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Said on Grenzo ft. DJ ......

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Hey mate! Glad you popped in and took a look.

I had the Grenzo Discord Server have a chat about top for you, and assembled the thoughts. There are a handful of folks both for and against the card, so it comes down to a judgement use.

Pros:

  • It draw's us a top deck tutor target (off imp seal and similar tutors)

  • It give us a turn 1 play if we need it which can smooth out early turns

  • It allows us to scope our top deck draw out

  • It can draw a Ritual off the top of the pile on a Doomsday Kiki Line to allow a BBBB line, rather than a BBB+2 line.

  • It adds to our Rock count for Opal

  • It filters sub 3 card hands better than other filters.

Cons:

  • It doesn't ramp us

  • It doesn't tutor for us

  • It filters 3+ card hands worse than other 1 mana filters

  • It draws worse than other draw

  • It has no real value in the t1-2 race

So, that's about our assembled list for the Pro/Cons of Top in Grenzo. Personally, I like top because it's only of the few cards we can run with the pure utility. The ability to use a 1 mana top of deck tutor, and then get it in our hand right away, converts all those 1 mana, 2 turn tutors, into what is essentially a 2 card tutor.

That it smooths out top deck draw is also very important early. That single mana ability can mean all the difference in drawing a ritual and winning, or drawing 2 more lands and not having a win for another 2-3 turns.

Finally, it serves as a minor ability to play under stax locks as we seek an answer in a deck that doesn't have a lot of ways to dig itself out.


Jeweled Amulet is a whole other beast. It's not the strongest. Not even close, and that it makes 1 mana every 2 turns, will almost constantly keep it on the chopping block.

It maintains it's place due to it's identical nature to cards like Blood Pet - they both essentially cost 1 mana, to make 1 mana a turn later (casting blood pet for B, then sacing it for B same turn, doesn't make a lot of sense).

While blood pet sticks around for it's inevitable mana production (the same as jeweled, as they have the same clock), Blood Pet stays around for it's Culling and Intent synergy (on top of it's single card value), Jeweled maintains the same situation. It's single card value is enough to maintain it's spot in the deck, but it's ability to mesh with Mox Opal and increase our coloured mana production keeps it's home.

However, cards like Blood Pet, Jeweled Amulet, Chromatic Sphere, and Overeager Apprentice, are just 1 card release (or new card discovery) away from losing their place in the deck. While individually they all offer something that we need by themselves (coloured black mana) and have synergy with other cards, they hold that fringe-playable landscape of knowing they'll be the first cards looked at to cut when new and stronger things come along that do what they do, better.

May 6, 2017 8:51 p.m.

Said on Grenzo ft. DJ ......

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Oh snap! Thank you, thank you! updated!

May 6, 2017 5:27 p.m.

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