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rothgar13 it has been better than you might think. You can tutor it up with Treasure Mage and it triggers Sanctum of Ugin which let's you go grab Colossus (which are almost guaranteed to be free at this point) and immediately swing with flying vigilant 10/10s. With all of the ramp in this deck it isn't terribly difficult to cast. It is certainly clunky and not cheap, but if I have the mana to cast it on turn 4-5 that is often fast enough to win a game of Modern. If nothing else it prompts a fast scoop from my opponent just after them telling me how janky or dumb the deck is ;)
What I described is the total nut draw combo win, so I acknowledge that doesn't happen very often. With that said I'll need to try some games with different alternatives though to see how it plays. Thanks!
September 22, 2017 10:42 a.m.
Thanks rothgar13. I like Lightning Greaves for a lot of reasons, but the reasons I like Haunted Cloak (admittedly not the best of cards is the trample and vigilance. Unless I can get out my Akroma's Memorial the colossus can be chump blocked all day and then I can often quickly die on the crack back in Modern. I will need to do some testing with the greaves to see how it plays though. the 0 equip cost is especially enticing. Pentad Prism seems great. I have actually been playtesting a sideboard plan with Herald of Anguish and it would play really well with improvise. Remove a counter for mana and then tap for additional mana. Thanks again!
Thanks IlGuale (I had a terrible time with your name btw. Is it two 'II' or two 'll'? I don't know, it looks the same! Oh wait it is one of each...). Those are certainly very interesting suggestions...I will need to ponder what that would look like in the deck. Could be an interesting transformative sideboard plan. Completely throw off my opponent with a different plan of attack. Thanks again!
September 22, 2017 8:30 a.m.
Hello, I have been a standard player for a large majority of my time in MTG and have thoroughly enjoyed myself. Mostly playing 'kitchen table' with my coworkers during lunch. I have dabbled in Modern but never spent time (or money) to really tune a deck. Well I feel that I have found my deck. It may not be a 'tier' deck and probably won't be winning a GP, but it is mine and I really enjoy playing it and it is fairly unique, I feel (at least I haven't encountered very many similar decks on MTGO).
One of my favorite Standard decks, that won me a bunch of games was my Grixis Colossus deck featuring none other than Metalwork Colossus. It has always been a pet card of mine since I first brewed a deck around it and with many of the combo pieces rotating the end of this month I decided to migrate it to Modern to see how it does. With all of this said, (thanks for sticking it out this far) I am looking to improve the deck, by either adding or removing a color, updating the artifacts I currently have, changing up the creatures a bit, etc... Things I don't want to do are make this a Cheerios deck or turn this into a KCI deck.
I would really appreciate your help making this deck better. I especially need help with the sideboard.
Overall this deck is really fun to play and can really surprise some people when it combos off (a good bit see it coming though since not too many sane people play Prophetic Prism in Modern unless shenanigans are about to ensue). Thanks in advance for the help and Happy Brewing!
September 21, 2017 4:40 p.m.
No Winding Constrictor? Cool deck for sure.
September 20, 2017 11 a.m.
Forgot the deck. Seems to be a theme :)
September 11, 2017 3:29 p.m.
I have been playing around with a deck that includes Nissa as a win/con. It is essentially an energy shell with Bounty of the Luxa for ramp and card advantage. It does decently well on MTGO but I have not entered it into any competitive leagues and I think it is a strictly worse Temur Energy build if I am being honest. You could easily sub Vizier of the Menagerie for Majestic Myriarch. Nissa has won a fair number of games for me though. I enjoy playing with the card a good bit and this deck has been fun to play.
September 11, 2017 3:28 p.m.
Thanks for the comment KraKra21. I actually considered Majestic Myriarch for a bit, but I get worried about cards where their toughness is determined by the number of creatures. It makes for potential blowouts.
I will need to do some playtesting to see how good it is. It could be great if I manage to have it out prior to ulimating Nissa since it would be at least a 4/4 Flying/Haste, but that is best case scenario. I could see it replacing Vizier of the Menagerie as I am currently on the fence about that card and it wouldn't change the curve too much.
September 11, 2017 10:13 a.m.
clayperce that combo does seem sweet. All it needs is some unblockable effects and it would be insane. Not sure how +1+1 counters would fit in but Herald of Secret Streams would work.
Shane, perhaps you wanted some ramp? I can't really think of a good reason for green in Grixis control though. I'd keep an eye out for a Vraska Planewalker, which could potentially be sweet in a control shell. They just spoiled the Vraska exile instant that might be decent. Not sure about the 4 cmc though.
Qolorful I am with you, I think Merfolk look sweet so far. My one issue, as a deck brewer, with Tribal as it feels almost made for me if that makes sense. Similar to the Zombie deck, while a fine deck, it just seemed like someone said 'let's jam every rare zombie in standard into a deck and throw in some removal' and out pops a pro tour winning deck. Not to say there is something wrong with that, it just lacks that creative aspect for me. Interested to hear your thoughts though.
Overall it seems that many of the Kaladesh block decks are still pretty solid post rotation. Some, like Mardu Vehicles, lose some pretty substantial pieces but will still be solid decks I think.
I am of the camp that likes to brew janky stuff around cool cards but still tries to make old decks work.
With my Colossus deck, I plan on bringing in Herald of Anguish as another big threat and make it more of a controlling deck perhaps? I am still playtesting though so we shall see. I think big creatures were better in this current standard than they will be in Ixalan standard due to people packing more unconditional removal for Dinosaurs and whatnot. I also think that with the big dinos there could potentially be less Abrade meaning artifacts could be a good option. Either case I think it is an exciting period in Standard.
September 6, 2017 8:28 a.m.
So with rotation just around the corner, I am curious if many of you attempt to make your old Standard deck work in the new environment or do you drop it and start fresh with a new brew? I am sure this depends on how hard your deck was hit by rotation, but I was just curious. For me personally, I will still brew around the new environment, but I will be trying to see if my Colossus deck can still be viable without Sanctum of Ugin and if it is still competitive.
I look forward to all your responses and Happy Brewing!
September 5, 2017 3:30 p.m.
Thanks for the comment TreyV. I honestly put it in there in anticipation of getting Snapcaster in the deck eventually (not in for budget reasons). I also was debating adding some delve creatures, so it would synergize with those fairly well. Now the only function it serves is to draw a card and possibly get a lingering souls into the graveyard. This slot could be better utilized for sure. Even something like Peek might be better until I can afford to put Snapcaster Mage in the deck. Thanks again and let me know if you have any better suggestions for this slot!
September 5, 2017 9:52 a.m.
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