GeminiSpartanX Eschewer of Obfuscation

I love playing Modern, and am always looking for a new rogue deck to play. I've been a pretty avid player since Ravnica/Timespiral, but took a break during the Zendikar Block (worst mistake ever!) I'm about the only person in my meta that enjoys playing modern. Everyone else is either a newer standard player or Legacy snobs who keep themselves interested in magic by playing standard. I'm always looking for a bunch of random cards to make rogue modern decks or upgrade one of my 3 Commander decks, so please check out my trade binder and see if we can help each other out!

failurechild88 says... #1

for sure!

April 8, 2017 2:45 p.m.

AtomicEmpire says... #2

Thanks a lot!

April 7, 2017 8:43 p.m.

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mcstang1986- What do you think of this? I might move the pridemage to the SB to add the 3rd Vizier, but I think this deck has merit. If I can get a hold of 3 Devoted Druids I'll try this out on a Modern night for sure.

April 26, 2017 3:20 p.m.

Said on Serious Ponza...


I'm not as high as Moonbar and Bovine073 are about running the full 4 Beast Within. Removal is great and all, but the lack of card advantage in this deck means that a threat-light hand with Beast Withins might give your opponent the tools to win the game if your draws go south. I prefer overloading on threats. Something I've been considering with my build is adding the 2nd Primal Command like you have here and going for more of a toolbox approach with it, in which case you could cut down on the 2nd Stormbreath Dragon and 2nd Obstinate Baloth add a MD Thrun, the Last Troll along with a Scavenging Ooze for tutor targets. I'm trying out a single Acidic Slime in my SB currently to try out this strategy, which can replace a now MD Scooze or Finks in your list here if you want to try it as well. This may be the wrong approach, but it's something that I've been toying with.

The madcap combo does shut down some decks, but I haven't tested it in gameplay to know whether it's better than some of the other cards in the deck currently. It seems like some decks remove Stormbreath Dragons for the combo in order to fit it in, but I think Stormbreath is so incredibly well-positioned right now in the meta that it deserves it's spot here. I'm personally not a fan of having 8-drops in the deck, since drawing them seems really bad and this deck can be inconsistent enough as-is that I don't want to risk drawing drawing any more dead cards than necessary, which is why I prefer just running more midrange threats.

April 26, 2017 2:12 p.m.

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I think that there are 2 slots that you could change in the MD for additional mill spells if you're so inclined. Going to 21 lands wouldn't be a stretch (cutting a basic swamp), and shaving the 3rd Crypt Incursion also would be decent since in most games you only ever want to draw 1 after turn 3 or so to stabilize your life (also there are many modern decks that run few to no creatures, making them a dead draw in some cases). In place of those you could either add a milling cantrip (Thought Scour) to keep your card count high and see more of your deck, or throw in 2 Visions of Beyond that are just game over if you can cast them for full value, but can also cantrip if needed. Also MD Surgical Extraction could fill those spots as a way to disrupt combo opponents or tron if you hit an early GQ, while still milling 3 cards out of their deck if you target something that you know is a 4-of.

April 26, 2017 10:17 a.m.

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I was only able to attend 1 prerelease this time around, but after winning it I pulled a few goodies that some people (EDH players?) may want more than me.

Combat Celebrantfoil icon


Champion of Rhonasfoil icon <-date-stamped promo

Pull from Tomorrow

Shadow of the Grave

2x Insult / Injury

Dread Wanderer

and a few others. If you're looking for cheaper cards just ask and I'll check. I'm mostly looking for the less-expensive cards listed in the wants section of my binder, with a focus on the cards needed for me to finish off UR Gifts storm (Baral, Chief of Compliance, Past in Flames, Sleight of Hand), but any matches would be great honestly. Let me know!

April 26, 2017 7:25 a.m.

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They may drop off some due to complaints that the colors on the cards are somewhat washed out. Some people don't want their $80 goyfs/lilys to look inferior to other versions. Still, a set with fetchlands in it won't decrease by much if at all over its lifetime.

April 26, 2017 6:54 a.m.

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Ballista will not keep it's value in the long term, so I wouldn't trade away a fetch for it unless you have absolutely no use for the fetch. However MtG IS a game, so it's important to get cards you need to play with, since investing in mtg is normally not worth the hassle, so it's ultimately up to you. I think if you wait a few weeks after Amonkhet releases, people may sell/trade their spare copies of ballista for the newer cards so you might be able to find them cheaper at that time.

April 26, 2017 6:29 a.m.

It seems as though the portal printing of Sleight of Hand (the only black boardered printing) is getting bought out on tcgplayer. There are only a handful of copies left.

April 25, 2017 7:05 a.m.

Can someone link me to the announcement? I'm super stoked if miracles is leaving the format! Although I'm somewhat sad to see it go now that burn has the perfect hatebear against it.

April 24, 2017 11 a.m.

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clayperce- I've run my list at Modern night 3-4 times and am still undefeated with it if you want to take a look (we only get 7-10 players every week fwiw). It's pretty stock except I run bolts in the main instead of Bonfires, but that can be changed depending on what's better in your meta.

RG Ponza LD + Fatties, 1st at FNM

Modern GeminiSpartanX


April 24, 2017 10:57 a.m.

I went 3-0 in my prerelease playing GW exert along with some undercosted -1/-1 counter guys. Pulled a promo Champion of Rhonas and a pack foil Combat Celebrant. Prizes included a Glorybringer and 2 Harsh Mentors, so I'm pretty happy.

April 23, 2017 12:27 a.m.

I agree that non-standard sets over the last year have been really great. However I'm still cautious with this theme in relation to the price point of these packs considering that many of the iconic cards in magic history have already been reprinted into the ground. Shivan Dragon, Lord of the Pit and friends really don't jump out as something that I'll spend $10 a pack for. I'm sure there will be some value reprints, but it will be tough to top the awesomeness that was MM17. I'll be buying packs/cards from that set until all of the LGS's in my area are sold out. I'm not saying it can't happen, but unless they reverse the reserve list I can't imagine too many cards they'll include that I'll want (although having 2 sets in the same year that include both goyf and LotV would be awesome!).

April 21, 2017 11:20 a.m.

How long has Maelstrom Pulse been close to $20? For the longest time is was only around $12 since it's rarely more than a 2-of in decks that use it.

April 18, 2017 9:08 a.m.

APPLE01DOJ- I think pairing red with blue would give you the best land hate cards in modern. Blood Moon, Molten Rain, and Crumble to Dust along with the blue enchantments and counterspells seems better than adding green. You could then combo your blue enchantments with a Boil for awesome land hate lol. I often play RG Ponza in modern and can attest to how great LD can be :)

April 17, 2017 3:11 p.m.

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Remand is also bad in this death's shadow meta if you're not using it to buy time until assembling a combo or something. If you're talking about freeing up SB space, I actually think removing a Hurkyl's Recall would be the place to start, as you have 3 Angers and a vandalblast already along with your MD spot removal to deal with affinity. If lantern is what you're worried about, then Shatterstorm is better than the recall anyway.

I'd keep 2 Electrolyze in the 75. Some decks are finding that lingering souls is a great card against death's shadow and you could be ahead of the meta there by keeping them in :)

I think the 4th Snap should be in here. Moving Keranos to the SB seems good as it will lower your curve and you only need to bring him in for the grindy matchups.

April 15, 2017 10:50 p.m.

I'm interested in a Collective Brutality. I have 2x Young Pyromancer, 2x Hellspark Elemental, at least 2x Combust (maybe more than that, I'll need to check), 2x Searing Blood, and 4x Destructive Revelry to start with.

April 15, 2017 10:40 p.m.

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Zaueski- Traditionally cards that rely on other cards in order to be effective aren't played competitively, unless those card combinations win the game on the spot. Take a pet card of mine for example, Satyr Firedancer. It seems like everything a burn-heavy red deck would want, turning every burn spell into Searing Blaze. However, it never saw play because it's not worth a slot in burn decks since it makes the deck less consistent, and controlling decks in other formats normally have additional colors giving them access to Terminate or other unconditional removal spells that kill creatures regardless of their size anyway. The 2nd ability of Soul-Scar Mage is pretty specific and relies on other spells (much like Satyr Firedancer's ability) to be in hand in order to work. Both are only really applicable in a red deck that doesn't have access to unconditional removal in white or black, which limits the type of decks it will see play in. So all that's left to evaluate on the card is the fact that it costs 1 mana and has prowess. Those characteristics lead one to believe that it will more likely be played in an aggressive spell-heavy deck. In that case, swiftspear is the preferred option in non-standard formats for those specific traits.

I'm not saying that this card won't see play in standard, but the best that this card can hope for is some sort of synergistic standard deck that looks to abuse -1/-1 counters in some way.

April 13, 2017 2:24 p.m.

Have you seen the new card Harvest Season that was just spoiled? Any thoughts to its inclusion in this deck or are the other options just better?

April 13, 2017 1:50 p.m.

Gideon's Intervention = Nevermore + Runed Halo

My mono-white prison deck might need to be resurrected for this card :D

April 13, 2017 6:17 a.m.

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It will be a $.50 rare a few weeks after the set releases. The fact that a strictly-better version of the card exists means that it won't have the Modern/Legacy demand to drive up prices.

April 13, 2017 6:09 a.m.


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