|Playing since||Rise of the Eldrazi|
|Avg. deck rating||33.00|
|Favorite formats||Standard, Pre-release, Commander / EDH|
|Venues||The Game Academy (Orlando), Campus cards and games|
|Last activity||1 week|
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The format isn't impossible to metagame against. It's incredibly difficult to metagame against, and as a result the players that do so successfully have been seeing greater success than others. Having a powerful sideboard plan makes all the difference in this format, whether it be full sets of Disdainful Stroke or slide-under threats like Fleecemane Lion out of the board, not to mention the rise of Mastery of the Unseen. Great sideboard cards are becoming the hallmark of successful decks in this format.
I have been playing Abzan Midrange/Control since the start of KTK and the evolution of my deck as the metagame flows has been astounding to observe. The importance and viability of different cards are constantly shifting and I enjoy trying to decipher what the important cards to consider are.
Also, aggro is super fun to play and to play against. I really like how many aggro decks there are and how many angles they can assault you from. It provides really interesting deckbuilding and play challenges.
February 23, 2015 7:25 p.m.
Mihara probably played it because he decided to use black discard spells on 1 mana (Thoughtseize, Inquisition of Kozilek) as his interaction and then pop Mr. Defecto down on turn two to either attack/use on turn three or, if the combo was unavailable, Twin him up on turn 4 to create a draw 2 per turn engine. It's probably why he also played so many maindeck Spellskites in order to protect both his combo and this particular advantage/setup piece.
February 16, 2015 4:28 p.m.
I think it's better if you can reliably find a way to capitalize on its benefits without allowing your opponents to benefit at all from it.
I've tried it in a Boros Twin shell similar to the initial list that Stanislav Cifka tried a while back. Restoration Angel helps a lot to keep him from defecting, and you can always activate then Path to Exile him against creature-light decks to get a ramp and draw two.
I don't think it's terrible, but Humble Defector works much better in non-blue builds where card advantage is scant at best, and even so it's a really hard argument to not just be playing UR or URx.
My decklist is below, for reference. It's competitive but not at the level of UR Twin. I think that's generally how you can view Humble Defector as a card, too. Good, but not quite good enough.
February 16, 2015 2:06 a.m.
Nicol Bolas's last known whereabouts was M13 as Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker, duh.
In all seriousness, he is probably still at the Pools of Becoming to further construct and enact his plans. He hasn't taken any direct action in the present in a while, he just keeps sending emissaries like Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas to observe the happenings in the world in the wake of the Eldrazi and Phyrexian threat. No one knows what his endgame is.
February 13, 2015 12:58 a.m.
Do not make cards if you cannot either 1) create meaningful, new rules text that is in concert with current wording and meaning or 2) make a card that correctly uses all currently available rules text.
There is no way to make this work. It fundamentally violates shroud and hexproof, ignores the concept of state-based actions, and uses wording not allowable on any card, ever.
Also, the flavor and power are completely off-base. Why is a warlord a shapeshifter? There is no flavorful basis as to why this should be so. It should at minimum be a Warrior and should also have a defined race type, such as Avatar. Moreover, a card like this would completely confuse newer players and have exactly zero appeal to competitive players, as previously mentioned. The idea is interesting but the design is completely flawed.