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Did you and your buddy come up with anything for the fetch lands?
August 19, 2017 7:56 p.m.
If you get a chance, I'd love your thoughts on Sideboarding Ponza for competitive(ish) meta?. And no worries at all if you can't get to it!
August 14, 2017 2:12 p.m.
Sorry, the only elemental tokens I have are the red 3/1s.
August 1, 2017 12:10 p.m.
July 31, 2017 10:11 p.m.
I actually don't have the mox anymore, but I have 2 tempest Reanimate and one that looks like battle royale or archenemy.
July 28, 2017 2:55 p.m.
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I agree that you're running too few lands. Equipment decks need a lot in case things go wrong. I think since you have so few, cards like Harrow and Crop Rotation wouldn't be as good as Farseek or Talisman of Unity. I've never been impressed with Sword of Body and Mind in EDH, so that could be a cut for more land. Since you have enough tutors, some duplicate equipment could be shaved (like Loxodon Warhammer compared to Behemoth Sledge. Also it was said above that there are no targets for your Green Sun's Zenith, so I'd either add a Dryad Arbor or a few green creatures to make use of it. Thrun, the Last Troll holds equipment nicely since he regenerates, and Sigarda, Host of Herons is the commander of my equipment deck due to hexproof and her resistance to edict effects. Armory Automaton, Eternal Witness, and Qasali Pridemage are great creature inclusions here.
If you're interested in looking at my current build, check out my Sigarda Voltron deck. It's not cEDH so I don't have all the fast mana rocks, but it's otherwise quite solid.
August 23, 2017 11:12 a.m.
I got my brothers into magic before I ever started playing at FNMs or anything, so once I finally learned how the game works (stack, priority) and tried to explain to them that things didn't work the way we had been playing before for a number of years (no, you can't play instants in response to my land drop, you can't tap down my attacker after he attacks, etc.), they didn't like it and now no longer actively play. I'm sure that other people have experienced the same thing and ultimately left the game. The best idea I can figure is to make sure that the random do-nothing insert cards in booster packs have a link to the official rules rather than just to the generic wizards website or at the very least a more noticeable statement on the card that says that the rules are on the website. I remember having the wizards phone number I'd call when I wanted a ruling on something ("does a X/1 stop the damage from a creature with flanking since it becomes a X/0 and dies when it blocks?" was a big one I remember. Yes it does).
August 23, 2017 10:45 a.m.
I think you can get away with only 18 lands in this deck since your curve is so low. Maybe for 2 more burn spells like Roast to take care of bigger things or some mana leaks.
August 22, 2017 7:59 p.m.
How do you target yourself to untap the 5/5 jellyfish? Other than that, this deck is very you, you blue control person you!
August 22, 2017 2:32 p.m.
QKNARWHAL- Against spot removal though, wouldn't Alexi's Cloak be better than DI since it comes down at instant speed? I know DI can't be targeted once in play, but if someone has a path, plow, or other instant-speed removal, wouldn't they play it in response to you targeting Bruna with DI anyway?
August 21, 2017 8:41 a.m.
I can't say that I have any competitive EDH decks, but Bruna is my go-to deck against competitive lists simply because it has any counterspells at all lol. I play EDH more for fun anyways. I save my competitive energies for Modern :)
August 21, 2017 8:36 a.m.
QKNARWHAL- I used to run Alexi's Cloak as a pseudo-counter to targeted removal the turn I play Bruna. However, I didn't like how I couldn't equip Lightning Greaves or Swiftfoot Boots on the same turn if I used it and was then weak to sorcery-speed boardwipes. If I get to my attack phase, I've found Spectra Ward to be enough protection from targeted removal that also gives a nice p/t boost. I'm not sure that Diplomatic Immunity gives me anything more than the cloak would since most players target the bigger enchantments with their removal anyway in my experience, or they have mass bounce or permanent-wipes to hit all enchantments anyway.
Boseiju, Cavern, Fow, and Pact would all make the cut if I had any extras to spare (or any period for some of them!). Pact especially would be great in this deck since the turn I cast Bruna is usually the turn I have the least mana available to protect her. I have a set of Caverns that I swap between Modern elves and slivers, so I could swap a copy in here for certain if I come across another control deck.
I'm unsure if the card disadvantage from Chrome Mox would be worth the ramp in a multiplayer game. I know it's great 1v1, but it always seems like someone is good at destroying artifacts/enchants in the pods I play in. If you have experience otherwise, let me know and I'll consider it since I have a copy.
August 21, 2017 8:28 a.m.
I like Denial simply because it's another 2 cmc unconditional counterspell. The extra random cards they get (which are delayed, making a difference) haven't lost me any games yet (although they could). Hour has been good for me so far since it is most needed when there are a ton of things/creatures on the field and it costs only WWW. I'll admit that it's not that great against other control decks with few creatures (like Thraximundar), but it's been worth a slot for me. I figured since your build looks more competitive than mine you'd benefit from Remora, but if the people you normally play against aren't as competitive I can see not using it.
August 21, 2017 7:55 a.m.
Do you ever find yourself lacking card draw with your build? In addition to Jace and Rystic Study, I run Mystic Remora in the early game for more card draw, and some of my counterspells also draw me cards- Arcane Denial, Dream Fracture. If you play multiplayer more so than 1v1 with this deck, then another good wrath-tribal card is Hour of Revelation since it hits planeswalkers in case you have any superfriends players in your meta. Also, unless you regularly attach Indestructibility to non-creature permanents, I've found Shielded by Faith to be slightly better if you want to use it in the early game on an arbiter or abolisher due to the lower cmc.
August 21, 2017 7:03 a.m.
My friend and my schedules haven't lined up yet, but if you have another offer that you like better I wouldn't be offended since we're taking so long.
August 19, 2017 9:15 p.m.
I'll try and put together a decklist if you'd like. I know he has lots of older cards that commonly see play in EDH for sure like Yavimaya Hollow and Rhystic Study that would even out the difference. Your wants list on your binder isn't very long it seems, but it's possible he has a Recurring Nightmare. He is just getting back into magic now after quitting shortly after Urza's block. I'll get with him soon to get a list made.
August 16, 2017 12:56 p.m.
Goblins is very consistent, and you'd be surprised how well generic aggro decks can do against 'meta' midrange decks. Just try to dodge the UW control, Sun & Moon, and Living End matchups and you'll be fine :)
August 16, 2017 6:53 a.m.
My buddy has a Marsh Flats and is interested in your 2 deltas. I'm pretty sure he can make up the difference if you're interested.
August 16, 2017 6:21 a.m.
VexenX- I'm in the process of building Om-rath, so I figure I'd let you take a look at what I have so far. I'm still missing a few key pieces (Lotus Cobra, Crucible of worlds, Scapeshift, Azusa). Other than those 4, which cards from my maybeboard are the most important to the deck in general? In other words, which ones should I focus on getting first?
August 15, 2017 9:44 a.m.
As of late I've been pretty low on Beast Within. I rarely want to see it in my opening hand as a LD spell, and there have been games where the token helped my opponent more than me. Against aggro I often use it as a 3 mana 3/3 to destroy one of my own lands in order to live another turn or 2, but that line never seems to work out. I think I'll be crazy and try siding them out completely for another threat or two just to see if it makes a difference in the optimal lines of play this deck normally takes. I mean, ideally you're not casting beast within until turn 4+ anyway.
August 15, 2017 6:40 a.m.
I'll start by saying that in my experience Ponza is as flexible as you want it to be against certain matchups in a perceived meta. That being said, I'm not a huge fan of how your posted MD is set up, which may be why you're having more trouble against certain decks than I've had. I run MD Tragtusk, Baloth and primal command in my version, and combined with the 2nd baloth and Scooze from the side I've never felt like burn was terribly bad. I never side out blood moon vs them since it cuts off most of their SB options along with their best 2cmc burn spells, which has often given me the time to finish games against them. I think if you are expecting burn (which you should in a larger event), some MD changes would be your best bet.
I have a great record against tron decks, with the exception of blue tron. I run a single Crumble to Dust in the SB and don't dedicate any other slots to the archtype. I prioritize keeping a fast hand with minimal disruption (at least 1 LD spell) over a heavy LD hand with no threats since they have inevitability about getting lands into play since that is what half of the cards in their deck do.
Against aggro decks, Inferno titan has been all I needed. I've found Beast Within to be lacking when it functions as creature removal. I'm considering running a single Dismember in the SB though since the occasional oddball creature ruins my day (it was a Predator Ooze this past week that did me in). Against storm, the most important thing to do is kill their cost-reducing creatures. Again, Dismember helps here and running 2 trinispheres wouldn't be bad against control decks either. Mass grave hate also makes it tough for them to win. Make sure to keep in your sweepers for the SB games since they'll often go more all-in on the Empty the Warrens plan.
I'm always going to run 3x Ancient Grudge since affinity is tough, and it randomly hoses the thoper sword combo decks and lantern control as well.
I don't like Surgical Extraction in this deck as the only grave hate. I run a mix of relics and Scoozes to help in the matches that I need the hate. Along with the primal command in the main it's enough if you open with one or more of them.
Hope I've been able to help. The best thing I've learned is not to be afraid to mull a slow hand. Turn 3 fatty after a turn 2 LD spell is the goal, so aim for it.
August 14, 2017 3:32 p.m.
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