Jay Butcher of Blaviken

Formerly known as Jp3ngu1nb0y.

I'm Jay. I'm currently a high school Senior, and I plan to study something in the realm of English. I'm into music and literature a lot. My favorite author is James Joyce, though I also appreciate the Beats and Russians a lot (and know far too much Nabokov). I could never decide on a favorite musician, though, because my taste is very ecclectic so I can't aptly represent it all in one. Currently, though, I've been listening to a lot of Postpunk, Postrock, and Posthardcore. And Shoegaze. Always Shoegaze. I play the bass, but I'm not in a band currently. Also the Contra Alto Clarinet.

I used to call myself a primarily White player, but I just play whatever catches my interest. I like graveyard interactions, so this leads to a lot of B, G, and W. I don't really enjoy U, but it has its moments.

As far as decks, I generally play one of two things:

-A wack combo deck or otherwise just-barely-fringe-playable gimmick. (This 90% of the time)

-A weenie-based aggro-control strategy (Hatebears, Dead Guy Ale, Death and Taxes, and so forth).

My favorite artist is Howard Lyon followed by Terese Nielsen and Rebecca Guay. Lyon's art on Make a Wish is my all-time favorite, and I collect it. If we trade, feel welcome to throw one in for my collection!

My prized card is my Foil Angel of Flight Alabaster, signed in silver pen by Howard Lyon. The foiling is amazing, and looks even better with the silver ink.

I used to delete decks all the time, but really just can't be bothered now. If you're looking for one that vanished let me know.

Currently I'm running as follows:

EDH: Diaochan, Artful Beauty, Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, Nath of the Gilt-Leaf, Underworld Coinsmith

Standard: Strangers to our Elves

Modern: Russel Brand's Vengeance, Manifest Dredge I'm an avid player of Assault Loam, and I'm eager to discuss it with any and all.

Legacy: Red Dead Redemption (proxied)

Feel free to hit me up with questions and stuff. I'm on here a lot. I can also post and edit articles, if ya need that done.

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If you don't wanna put in the legwork, you're gonna be taking a big cut by selling in bulk. Singles will net you much more money, but if you just wanna move cards then bulk still sells. The only thing easier than Ebay or Craigslist is walking into a card shop and seeing what they offer.

October 5, 2015 10:03 p.m.

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I agree that Jace is awfully overhyped. Standard he's a fine card. Modern I think he's hardly playable. Maybe a 1 or 2 of in some midrangey builds like Grixis? Even then I think he's subpar. If you showed me the card I would guess he's $15. If you pay this much for him, I'm sorry, but you're a fool.

October 5, 2015 9:21 p.m.

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I doubt it will ever be cheaper than $3-4, and that's only if it never finds a home. A high-tier Standard or decent Modern would be all it takes to hold this at $10+, and it's very possible one of those pops up. I wouldn't let go of it at $5.

October 5, 2015 8:13 a.m.

I think he's very solid. Not every deck will want him, but he's undeniably a value machine. Er, value tree.

October 2, 2015 8:36 a.m.

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I'll keep this pretty short. I need a new Modern deck to build and play. Nothing in the current tier 1-2 appeals to me. I'm looking for something interesting and fun, and it doesn't need to be super competitive (just for FNMs).

I like complicated decks. I played 4C loam for about a year and now play mainly Grishoalbrand. I also have a mono-W D&T list. I prefer things to lean towards Midrange, but combo is the best (though I'm not crazy about 2-piece win-on-the-spot combos). I'm not super worried about money stuff EXCEPT I can't afford stuff like Goyf, Snap, Clique, Lily, etc., so U is pretty much out of the equation if it's a "fair" deck. I have access to almost all essential lands, though, and could get the others if need be.

Some of my favorite decks ever have been:
Restore Balance
Grisel Cannon/Shoal
Quest for the Holy Relic
Amulet Bloom
Belcher (mono-G)

So! Sell me on your deck, or your favorite deck, or a deck that sounds like my thing. I will say I've tried most of the established or up-and-coming lists, so bonus points if you surprise me.


October 1, 2015 8:41 p.m.

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I don't think he'll hold at all. Personally I don't think he's good at all outside Standard. Anybody remember when Chandra, Pyromaster was being tested in Modern and spiked hard? Yea, same thing.

October 1, 2015 7:47 a.m.

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Went with Drana over Anafenza almost exclusively for the coolness factor, haha. I feel like she (Drana) needs haste to be really good instead of just ok. But overall I agree with your suggestions and applied most.

September 30, 2015 7:54 a.m.

I think the best wording would be about:

Parrot- The next time you cast a spell this turn, put a 2/2 green and blue Parrot creature token with flying onto the battlefield.

September 29, 2015 9:02 p.m.

I think "Flock" would be a good name for it.

Also, I think it should be noncreature spell or possibly instant/sorcery. I think with just the open "spell" it has the potential to be a little too good. Possibly leave it at spell and limit it to once per turn ("the next time you cast a spell this turn...").

September 29, 2015 8:03 p.m.

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Also, how do you feel about the sideboard? I just kinda threw it together so I feel like I must be missing something solid.

September 29, 2015 8:39 a.m.

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Baycer, sorry it took me a while to get back to you:

I prefer Sorin to Gideon because of what you mentioned. The token abilities are secondary, primarily I want the buff from Sorin. I think he helps put the pressure on with 2-3 creatures already down better than gidjun. That said, Giddy is better when I can't stabilize, and better against control in general I think. I'll probably stick with Sorin because we don't see a lot of Control in our meta, but I could always board Gid.

I actually don't really like Ally Encampment for this build. The manabase is so simple and easy here the fixing is irrelevant, and I don't think the second ability warrants not being able to cast spells with it. Koilos I again just don't think I need. The colors are easy, and with lifegain being a potential wincon I'd rather not rack up the extra 3-4 damage just for a little bit of extra fixing. If colors ever become an issue I'll add some, but as is it's just fine I think.

I agree 4 retreats is too much. That sorta carried over from an earlier version of this build that was slower and less tempo-y. I'll definitely drop it down or cut it altogether.

I think Rally and March both have merit. The reason I'm using March right now is basically for the longevity. The fact that the creatures stick around (and don't get exiled) adds a lot to my long-game. Either way I'll get a fair amount of ETB triggers, but I'd rather have my guys stay on board than get the extra 1 or 2 triggers.

While Red does bring some solid options to the table, I think I'm gonna stick with just BW because the simplicity is one of the best assets I think. It's fairly streamlined with lots of 4x right now which is, as I don't need to tell you, great. Also, I want to try and stay lifegain-oriented, and while I could keep that and add R it would likely be set on the backburner in favor of more aggressive gameplans. I 100% think BWR is viable, but I think I'm gonna stay 2-color for now.

Anyway thanks for the input. I'm gonna make some tweaks right now, feel free to comment or disagree with my above analysis.

September 29, 2015 8:37 a.m.


September 27, 2015 1:33 p.m.

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Plus Bob sees less and less play nowadays

September 26, 2015 12:42 a.m.

Said on Cupid Come...


Ahh yea he's just too much mana for a really inefficient ability in here. 7 mana should be game-ending.

September 24, 2015 9:35 p.m.

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Of course I'm still doing references! And I've never seen the movie haha I just LOVE the band (that song in particular).

What would the Tainted Remedy be for? Am I missing a good synergy?

September 24, 2015 5:47 p.m.

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I would recommend never letting go of a signed card for less than face value; someone will always offer you more. I, for one, love signed cards and value them over a normal printing.

September 24, 2015 5:23 p.m.

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I don't think I really have enough fodder for him to be viable. Thanks though!

September 21, 2015 7:44 p.m.

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Thanks fellas, glad ya dig

September 21, 2015 8:06 a.m.

Also keep in mind that a 4/3 flying is a big deal. Grim Haruspex isn't gonna close out any games.

September 20, 2015 3:29 p.m.

Said on 50 shades of ......


I would suggest a Darksteel Citadel because otherwise Ruination etc. are gonna give you a really hard time. I mean, they still will, but having 1 land on board vs. none is a big difference.

September 17, 2015 9 a.m.


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Finished Decks 61
Prototype Decks 32
Drafts 0
Playing since 2012 Core Set
Points 54710
Avg. deck rating 8.21
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Favorite formats Standard, Commander / EDH, Modern, Pauper
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