Greetings fellow travelers of the multi-verse. If you have found yourself here then I assume I have commented on your deck or forum post, if so I hope I helped in some small way.

I've been playing Magic on and off since 1997, possibly I started playing before some of those reading this were born. I tend to get into Magic again when a mechanic or card suddenly takes my interest, since even when I'm not playing I follow Maro's Blogatog (http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/). Mostly I'll play Modern or Casual with EDH on occasion, though, I'm not a massive fan of shuffling that many cards...

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Said on Darkwood Elves...

#1

The issue with Hunting Triad is that it costs 4 mana, this is a lot in a modern deck, you would be much better having another 1 drop than Hunting Triad, something like: Joraga Warcaller , Narnam Renegade or Essence Warden .

That aside as a new player on a budget I'd recommend you buy better lands before something like Bramblewood Paragon, Woodland Cemetery , Blooming Marsh even Llanowar Wastes can be used in other decks, a lot of your elves can't. The tempo difference of land that doesn't come into play tapped in an aggro deck is significant. Lands are the resource that let everything else in the deck work, they might seem boring but they make a real difference.

January 18, 2019 7:23 a.m.

Said on Living End Fortune...

#2

Architects of Will has cycling and a cool effect. As Angel_Zero said an expertise, I'd go with Kari Zev's Expertise since it's cheaper to cast and more suited to your mana base. Hope this helps, good luck with your brew.

January 17, 2019 11:57 a.m.

There is an entire deck archetype which uses it as a plan, here is a primer Guide to Turbo Fog: From Budget On. As I said before though, it's a very different style of play, going something like; stall, stall, stall, board wipe, do a thing to win...

January 16, 2019 6:44 a.m.

Said on Darkwood Elves...

#4

Elvish Archdruid , Elvish Clancaller and Bramblewood Paragon all seem like they would be solid in your deck, I'm not sure you want Hunting Triad or Gaea's Anthem when you have tribal lords which pump your creatures...

January 16, 2019 6:07 a.m.

Said on Arcades' Wall...

#5

Nobody plays it but Mannichi, the Fevered Dream would wipe out your entire barricade. More seriously people do play Twisted Image which is more or less a kill spell against your deck. I think you need to fit a protection spell in Heroic Intervention or Simic Charm , I'd cut Wall of Mist, since its a vanilla wall. I would generally play more 1 drops than 2 drops, maybe Dragon's Eye Sentry instead of Wall of Tanglecord? Hope this helps, good luck brewing your deck.

January 16, 2019 5:36 a.m.

Said on Cats...

#6

The simplest suggestion I can make is; Driven / Despair this gives your creatures trample and lets you draw cards...

January 15, 2019 7:03 p.m.

Said on First contact...

#7

The effect your replicating is Xathrid Slyblade , but unlike the Slyblade your creatures don't have any protection. Glissa, the Traitor also has both deathtouch and first strike, it even has a degree of synergy with your equipment. Ambush Viper has flash, so it can essentially function as a kill spell. Arena is a repeatable fight effect stapled to a land. The gods, Rhonas the Indomitable and Pharika, God of Affliction could be made for this deck, given it's themes...

Majestic Myriarch, isn't a new idea Cairn Wanderer , Soulflayer and Odric, Lunarch Marshal , but since none of your creatures have trample (sure they could Chariot of Victory but it costs 3 to cast and you only have 2) it can still be chump blocked by Lingering Souls in most cases.You could run Skinshifter , to provide trample or flying, alternatively use a cheap trampler like Charging Badger . Hope this helps, good luck brewing your deck.

January 15, 2019 9:27 a.m.

Said on Mono black zombies...

#8

A deck filled with zombies and black mana symbols without a couple of copies of Gray Merchant of Asphodel ? Otherwise this looks reasonably solid.

January 15, 2019 7:24 a.m.

Said on Mono-U Flyers...

#9

Pteramander will possibly see play in a UR build with Arclight Phoenix , Crackling Drake , Bedlam Reveler or Cryptic Serpent + a whole heap of spells... Except of those cards Pteramander doesn't compare that well...

January 15, 2019 6:27 a.m.

Said on Noob Saibot...

#10

Happy to help, I have a soft spot for Nether Traitor , since I started playing when they first printed Shadow in Tempest... Proxy up something like my modern deck Power 4 is Ferocious and your play group will soon run graveyard hate. My deck isn't event the most efficient graveyard play, thats probably Dredge or UR Phoenix...

January 15, 2019 6:17 a.m.

Said on Candy Cane...

#11

Guttersnipe in a burn deck... Yuck, new player often evaluate the goblin as an extra 2 damage when they cast every Lightning Bolt, that sounds good! It isn't, in a burn deck Guttersnipe does nothing the turn it comes into play, it is an awful top deck and probably the card I tell people to cut from their decks the most. If I want something at CMC 3 in burn (which I probably don't) I'd play Hell's Thunder or Ball Lightning , since your already in white, you could even use Monastery Mentor or Spark Trooper ...

You aren't running any card draw, so replace Shock with Thunderous Wrath , in a similar vein Searing Spear is ok, but Magma Jet lets you setup your draws... Hope this helps (apologies for the Guttersnipe rant, but the card is bad), have fun and good luck with your brew.

January 15, 2019 5:50 a.m.

Said on Cats...

#12

There are a lot of better cats, Loam Lion and Wild Nacatl for starters, Fleecemane Lion rather than Oreskos Swiftclaw as a straight upgrade. I was actually helping another player build a cat deck, Procession of 9 Lives - Demo, I'd recommend you have a look. I'm happy to answer any questions you have, but my first piece of advice is, play more 1 drops and take advantage of the card pool available. Hope this helps, good luck with your deck.

January 15, 2019 5:36 a.m.

The newer deck isn't meant to be an aggro deck, it's essentially a combo deck. Anointed Procession / Parallel Lives do not belong in an aggro deck, they don't do anything the turn they come into play to pressure your opponent. Luminarch Ascension is essentially the card you win with, you hide behind the fogs until you get 4 counters on it, then start spamming angels, which Anointed Procession / Parallel Lives can double. the 2 planeswalkers make tokens Nissa's -2 will pump all your tokens, additionally the most common way of killing planeswalkers is creature damage, the fogs prevent that. If anything the deck shouldn't have any actual creatures, it should have 3x Holy Day (more fogs) and 3x Settle the Wreckage or Day of Judgment (board wipes)... Actually, I'll edit it to reflect that...

There are tons of people who just love to smash with creatures and that is OK. Anointed Procession is not designed for that sort of deck. You can build a combo deck around it, but a tribal cat aggro deck has no place for it, or for the ramp creatures really. Go back and look at my first comment, I suggested a bunch of cats because when I looked at your deck I saw an aggro deck, a deck with 30 creatures is an aggro deck by default most of the time, the issue is your focussing on one card Anointed Procession which doesn't belong in an aggro deck.

January 15, 2019 5:14 a.m.

Said on Mono-U Flyers...

#14

Cloudfin Raptor essentially does the same thing as Pteramander, but I suspect the Raptor may do it more efficiently, since it grows without the need of spending mana. On a similar vein Siren Stormtamer, is ok, but the effect has to be targeted, this is actually more restrictive than just instant/sorcery, so Judge's Familiar , might be a better choice as it is a tempo play, it forces your opponent to wait a turn. Neither creature is as good as simply having the mana open to play a counter spell, since the information isn't hidden from your opponent. Hope this helps, good luck with your brew.

January 14, 2019 11:32 a.m.

Said on Noob Saibot...

#15

This looks loads of fun, but you might be playing it at the wrong time. It's almost guaranteed that your opponent has graveyard hate, given decks which use; Stinkweed Imp , Bloodghast , Living End , Vengevine , Hooting Mandrills , Arclight Phoenix , Flamewake Phoenix , Bedlam Reveler , Striped Riverwinder and more all exist.

Rest in Peace and Leyline of the Void are the big hate cards, but Nihil Spellbomb , Relic of Progenitus , Tormod's Crypt or Ravenous Trap are all options people use too. Basically the graveyard is being hated on...

You might be better playing like the spirits aggro list with; Supreme Phantom Selfless Spirit and Spell Queller and switch to the Mortal Combat / Iname, Death Aspect plan from the sideboard, if you did that I'd also stick Nether Traitor in for either, free hits or removal bait. On its own Nether Traitor won't warrant the grave hate so hopefully your opponent sides it out. Hope this helps, good luck brewing your deck.

January 14, 2019 10:09 a.m.

Said on die creatures...

#16

Generally your card selection here is at too high a mana cost, no 1 mana spells is a big deal, especially when, off the top of my head; Viscera Seer , Mortician Beetle , Deathgreeter , Quest for the Gravelord and Thoughtpicker Witch all exist. Modern is a fast format, spells which cost 4 or more mana need to have significant impact to be playable, spells that cost less need to be the most efficient version. For example, you might think that these three cards would be ordered in playability thus: Murder > Victim of Night > Fatal Push , the opposite is actually true Fatal Push is the best of the 3, it is one of the best removal spells in Modern... In a deck focused on sacrifice though Tragic Slip is also a good choice.

Cards like Grim Haruspex , Skirsdag High Priest and Bone Picker are ideal for this sort of deck as you net an additional benefit from the sacrifice. A card like Scavenger Drake can't be played until turn 4, Mortician Beetle is potentially there on turn 1. If you want a finisher in this sort of deck Demon of Death's Gate would be a classic option. Cards which can return themselves also have value Bloodsoaked Champion and Reassembling Skeleton would be examples.

Try to organise the deck so that you have more 1 drops, than 2, more 2 than 3 etc, keep in mind though that functionally Bone Picker should be a 1 drop in your deck, so there is a little wiggle room. I hope this helps, good luck brewing your deck.

January 14, 2019 9:20 a.m.

Epochrasite is fun with Cascade, there are creatures with alternative costs, this is normally preferable to casting them so sets some conditions. Qasali Ambusher , Akuta, Born of Ash and Greater Gargadon would be examples, there are lots of others...

To what end are you wanting a list?

January 14, 2019 7:40 a.m.

Said on Blegh Blegh...

#18

A draw spell on a vampire body might well be a reasonable option, in the same way a kill spell on one is Gatekeeper of Malakir ...

January 14, 2019 6:30 a.m.

This is what a deck built around Anointed Procession / Parallel Lives (and you need both to avoid extraction effects) would look like Anointed Procession - demo. You would use Fog or Ethereal Haze to stall your opponent and build counters on Luminarch Ascension or the planeswalkers Nissa, Voice of Zendikar and Gideon, Ally of Zendikar . You have cheap one drops that make tokens Doomed Traveler and Centaur's Herald . There is even a card that protects all your stuff Privileged Position and an incase of emergency Gather the Townsfolk . You have Adorned Pouncer and Honored Hydra in your sideboard because after the first game your opponent will remove any graveyard hate and add enchantment and planeswalker hate, what form this hate takes will depend on the deck you are playing against...

Decks which want to use tokens aren't tribal decks, in fact they rarely have creatures other than a few basics to keep them alive. My first demo deck, Procession of 9 Lives - Demo was essentially a tribal aggro deck, which is what your deck is at the moment. This new demo deck is an Anointed Procession deck, there isn't a cat to be seen in the main-deck and it plays very differently to your deck...

January 14, 2019 6:20 a.m.

Said on BR vampires...

#20

Vampire Nocturnus is a cool card, however land are colourless (24) Burst Lightning, Shock are red (8), is 32 cards, so more than 50% of your deck won't effect Nocturnus. Luckily there are alternatives Stromkirk Condemned or Metallic Mimic , critically they both also cost less to cast than Nocturnus. Using one of these lets you play the red spells, however Burst Lightning, Shock aren't really Modern level, I'd swap them to Magma Jet and either Rift Bolt or the classic Lightning Bolt . Or you could stay almost mone black with Alms of the Vein and Pharika's Cure ... Hope this helps, good luck brewing your deck.

January 14, 2019 4:56 a.m.

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