BioProfDude Sure.

I played MtG starting with Beta/Unlimited (right as it was finishing and moving to Revised) and stopped about the time 4th Edition came out. I started playing again right before Oath of the Gatewatch was released. The game has certainly changed! I prefer to play Standard format, though Pauper is definitely becoming my favorite format.

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Boza, that 4x Fireblast is exactly what Steve Rubin runs (see above link to his deck list). Honestly, I haven't had any problems with it. I do fairly frequently use it to finish games, and I have even cast-by-=sacrificing 2 copies from my hand to finish games. It's too important to relax on the number. It's worth noting that games don't usually go past about turn 7 or 8, so I want to ensure I get a Fireblast in hand. To ensure that, 4x has proven to be the optimal number.

Thunderous Wrath is amazing if you draw it and have mana-- it's absolutely and 100% terrible to have in hand. I did play with this for a while and, in my experience, it is exceptionally inferior to Fireblast.

3x Curse of the Pierced Heart is also main in Rubin's build, and I have had amazing luck with it in the main. Occasionally I side it out, but probably 75% or more of the time they stay in. I do currently run a build with 1x Shard Volley and only 1x Magma Jet, but I have yet to decide whether this is better. Sometimes it is, sometimes that scry is awfully useful. That's a piece with which I'm still tinkering.

19 lands is pretty well balanced for this build. Unless I play a pretty serious land destruction deck (which happens very rarely), I don't really have mana issues with this build. It's about knowing when to keep and when to mulligan, I guess. Even against a land destruction deck I have a pretty darn good win percentage. That's when Fireblasts come out of the main.

Thanks for the thoughts/comments!

June 20, 2018 10:46 p.m.

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TheMadRocketeer, except this is a Standard deck, so that particular strategy wouldn't work. Cool idea, though!

Mornelith, yeah, that combo isn't not very good for this deck. However, I would say that Consuming Fervor might actually be good for this deck-- it's an aura, has a good bonus, and can potentially get in for quite a bit of damage for a couple of turns.

Crash Through might be even better, though. Trample and draw a card. Seems pretty good. I'm thinking that giving creatures trample would be good for this deck. For an aura, Tilonalli's Crown would meet a couple of criteria (e.g., aura for some triggers, then trample for additional damage) and could go on most of your creatures without killing them. Trample and double strike is a great combo.

Just a thought. Good luck! Looks like it's fun to play.

June 12, 2018 5:08 p.m.

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Consuming Fervor might be an interesting addition, perhaps instead of either Short Sword or Honed Khopesh. I get that the equipments stay even if the creature dies, but +3/+3 is pretty good! Coupling that with Vizier of Remedies could be fun, but I don't know how you would make room for the vizier. Just a thought!

Cool deck! +1 from me!

June 11, 2018 12:16 p.m.

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