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February 23, 2020 9:15 p.m.
MindAblaze You got them all, but, I don't think you adequately explained the Rube Goldbergness of the Borborygmos Enraged combo: You Goryo's Vengeance a Griselbrand, then funnel all your life through it to draw cards (hopefully finding a Nourishing Shoal or two along the way), then exile a Simian Spirit Guide and discard a Borborygmos Enraged to pay for a Lightning Axe (to your own Griselbrand if necessary), and exile another 2 Spirit Guides to pay for a Manamorphose to pay for another Goryo's Vengeance on the Borborygmos Enraged you just discarded, then activate his ability enough times to kill the opponent.
This combo still goes 5-0 sometimes.
February 22, 2020 11:57 p.m.
I don't know, I'd say it's like standing in front of a vending machine with a letter from the IRS saying you owe them one dollar. If you have a dollar, you have to pay. Only if you are absolutely destitute would they accept nonpayment.
If you only have one dollar, you might as well shove it into the vending machine so the IRS doesn't get it.
February 22, 2020 5:19 p.m.
I always thought clue tokens would go well with Whirler Rogue or Lodestone Myr. And with all that blinking, casting a Confront the Unknown targeting a Precursor Golem could result in an insane amount of power on the battlefield. Even without any extra golems from blinking, one becomes a 4/4, one a 5/5, and one a 6/6, and you get three clue tokens.
February 22, 2020 2:45 p.m.
My first thought was Masako the Humorless, but that card isn't in pioneer. Then, I thought about all kinds of fun modern cards that would be fun, but aren't in pioneer.
I would probably cut Oak Street Innkeeper, since their ability doesn't stack, and only protects from targeted sorcery-speed removal, which I think is generally uncommon.
Since you have 12 Springleaf Drum-like effects on your creatures and lands, you could run offcolor cards like Jace, Colossal Mind-Mage. I'm not sure that Jace would be the best offcolor card to run, but it's worth realizing that you can. At worst, you can throw it away with your Reckless Racer.
I don't know, I'm just brainstorming.
February 22, 2020 12:35 p.m.
I was brainstorming, and I think the best solution (in addition to the Force of Negation you already have in the sideboard) would be to add one or two Commandeer, because Teferi is so important to your strategy, too. Free spells are difficult to play around. You could then start the lock using their own Teferi. It also has uses against Tron decks, so it won't be completely dead in the sideboard.
There is silver lining to the spells being cast off the scepter: you can pay kicker costs, so Prohibit and Into the Roil might be worth considering. Prohibit can be a harder counter than Mana Leak and Into the Roil can be a card draw engine in a way Echoing Truth can't.
February 22, 2020 12:33 p.m.
Of all of them, Borborygmos Enraged is probably the closest to playable in Modern.
February 21, 2020 7:12 p.m.
BlackDeegs The word "play" has a specific meaning: "If you cast a spell this way, you still pay its costs. You can play a land this way only if you have an available land play remaining." Since the original printing, they have clarified Isochron Scepter's ability.
This is important, because cards like Teferi, Time Raveler will shut down your scepter, as you will be unable to cast the copy, even if you activate the ability at sorcery speed, the copy you cast cast is part of the resolution of an ability, which is not sorcery speed.
And this brings up an issue: given how popular Teferi is, I think you might want a way to answer an opponent's Teferi, if they somehow resolve it. At least in the sideboard.
February 21, 2020 4:54 p.m.
Consider Mission Briefing to let your scepter reuse your graveyard.
February 21, 2020 11:33 a.m.
February 19, 2020 4:55 p.m.
If you need it to kill a Goblin Guide, the only ones I can find are Hail Storm and Unyaro Bees. There's also artifact-based removal, like Walking Ballista, Blazing Torch, Moonglove Extract, Dynavolt Tower (if you have other sources of energy), Sword of Fire and Ice.
Your best bet is to splash another color for your removal.
February 17, 2020 8:12 a.m.
I think you need pump spells, and to just run somewhere between 10-16 good evasive or cheap infect critters.
I'd like to recommend Vector Asp, even though you have to pay for the infect, you still need something on the battlefield on turn 1.
February 16, 2020 5:31 p.m.
I imagine it has pretty good synergy with Emergency Powers. Mostly because it would be fun to watch the opponent try shuffle their library with one hand, but if they fail, the Farewell to Arms would immediately make them discard the 7 they just drew. Or, just cast Emergency Powers in response to the trigger from Farewell to Arms.
Either way, it's probably a fun way to mess with the opponent.
February 15, 2020 7:36 p.m.
I imagine if you can Bolt Bend a burn spell to target their own creature, the loss of the burn spell and the creature makes it a 2-for-1 that burn would have a hard time coming back from.
February 10, 2020 4:12 p.m.
I agree. It gives red black and blue an answer to enchantments (and for black and blue, artifacts) that their color shouldn't otherwise have.
This card can just be thrown into any aggressive deck with no penalty: if the opponent has no artifacts or enchantments, then at worst, it's an overcosted Bonesplitter, and not completely dead the way Naturalize would be. But, best of all, it's a solid answer to itself: players will want to bring their own Spellslicers to destroy opponent's Spellslicers.
February 10, 2020 7:52 a.m.
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