In our local meta people have been trying the old Tier 1 builds, with some tweaks, but I think that may start to change.
Partially because my Flame-Chained deck has absolutely crushed some of the decks.
February 13, 2018 10:45 a.m.
Have you noticed a bit more diversity at the local level this season?
I think that, because the Pro Tour was Modern, people don't know what the "best Standard decks" are, and have been trying more original brews.
February 13, 2018 8:38 a.m.
Not to say that people on this site aren't bright. A lot off decks being built around here.
It's more people I've played against irl.
February 13, 2018 3:03 a.m.
I studied an English and History double major as part of a Bachelor of Arts, while concurrently earning a Diploma of Education.
Those were the requirements to teach High School English and History, up to the senior levels.
We got to choose our university subjects to some degree, so I chose some linguistic courses (which I wish I'd studied more of), and Middle English, because I liked Chaucer.
We studied more than just his works. Unfortunately my BA Dip Ed finished in 1988, so it's a little difficult for me to remember all the details! The course included Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Modern English ended up being my favourite course at uni, because I've always been a bit partial to T.S. Eliot and his contemporaries.
I only ended up teaching for a couple of years, then went into Youth Work instead.
Eventually I went back to complete a Master of Arts, and I have another Bachelor's degree and some Certificates.
I enjoy studying.
I can usually tell when someone is a little more educated on this site.
It seems to be mostly full of people who solely listen to death metal, and read fantasy novels.
I find that most people who play Magic aren't too bright. I think that's another reason so many net decks are played. People aren't smart enough to build their own.
February 12, 2018 11:36 p.m.
I'm curious - what is your education level?
I thought I'd move our conversation here.
In translating Middle English it was tedious at first, looking up every word.
After a while, as I started to get familiar with it, I was able to read whole pages without needing to translate them.
It was a tedious exercise, as it was time limited, but it taught me so much about how far the English language has developed.
February 12, 2018 10:37 p.m.
Bolas Tribal Thank you so much its kinda a pet deck of mine
February 3, 2018 5:49 p.m.
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Then I wish you both good luck this weekend and good draws.
February 13, 2018 9:11 p.m.
I think this season has been a bit more diverse, however the archetypes have remained largely the same (the lists have more variety however).
In my local there is still a large number of Winding Constrictor decks as well as mono-red decks, though some of these builds have found some variety in their threats and occasionally splash another color.
In addition to those I find there is a healthy amount of unique individual decks in the form of Merfolk, W/B Vampire Agro, U/B Mill, U/B Liliana Reanimator, Rowdy Crew Pirates, W/G Cats, and I'm currently trying to solidify a jeskai control list for standard.
Having the spotlight off standard has certainly helped this development, I think I am the only one who has seen the U/W Auras deck in practice here. I am more of a modern player so having a spotlight on that the tier effect is starting to impact people trying to get into the format.
Standard however I feel is in a really good place and is enjoyable to play right now seeing how the pros haven't had too many chances to shape it. What about your local? Are you also seeing some variety and experimentation or is it largely the same startegies as before?
February 13, 2018 9:33 a.m.
I completely agree, the community on here, and Magic at large, tends to be rather diverse when considering education level.
If I were to head down to a local shop here that very detail would range from High School dropout to University graduates. To a certain point the diversity is great, however when playing in a casual sanctioned event only to face a variety of tiered decks is not fun. In a competitive space full-hearedly accept when people begin playing the "best-decks" however it is a bit disheartening to see them at causal Magic events.
February 13, 2018 8:11 a.m.
I'm currently in university studying Egyptology and Medieval Studies. Essentially it formats itself in learning a wealth of languages for research so I can always respect anyone who has gone through the translation process. I have had some great english professors, notably Randy Boyagoda, hence the love of books.
As for the Middle English from my understanding Chaucer's english falls at a point where parts of the language began looking more familiar as opposed to the largely Germanic Old English. In learning Latin I really began noticing just how much the English language has evolved to adopt systems to explain concepts that otherwise can be denoted by case. What was the motivation on your part for studying english, specifically going into courses regarding the development of the language as reflected in a work such as Chaucer's? I find the development of English fascinating so any insights you have picked up are extremely fascinating to me.
February 12, 2018 10:59 p.m.
Argy I completely agree the real plight of the translator is communicating the little implications, the double entendre, the patterns, and the overall spirit of the text in translation. Even little things such as dialectic expression and unordinary sentence structure are sadly lost in the translation. I would love to have the opportunity to read Chaucer in Middle English. My grasp of paleography is fine but I fear some of the more Norman elements would at times throw me off. Though I imagine the largely simplified case endings make the process both more challenging and engaging.
February 12, 2018 3:41 p.m.
Argy First off I must say thank you, you as well have excellent taste in literature from what I can tell. The Handmaid's Tale has been on my list for a very long time maybe I should finally get around to opening it up.
As for Kafka's stream of consciousness, you may already know this but his stream of consciousness has a very specific reasoning behind it. In a diary passage from 1911 he explains how without the period the sentence, being longer, releases it's "full breath" on the listener without the break that returns it to the speaker. Truly genius in my eyes.
I forgot to mention the Odyssey, a great book and a great tale I agree, the Aeneid is another exclusion and if you are able I strongly recommend reading it in the Latin or with the Latin to the side, an amazing experience struggling through that text. Another classic that doesn't get attention is the Tale of Sinuhe, a Middle Egyptian tale of a man who upon learning of the King's death abandons his home to live with a group of Asiatics.
To finish quickly I must recommend Monkey Beach again. I will admit the first time I read it I did not appreciate or even like the book but there is no book that has stuck with me like that one, and upon reading it again I have no shame in saying that it is the closest a book has come to reducing me to tears, the story of Lisamarie really captured me.
February 12, 2018 7:51 a.m.
Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson I think has slowly stood the test of time for me as my favorite book I have ever read the more I think about it despite my initial dislike of it. It's short and at first the structure is confusing but after reading it a couple times the story and characters really started to hit home and suck you in. Anyway strongly recommend it not only for the story but for its accurate depiction of life on a First Nations Reserve.
I would be remiss to not mention both Tolkien's corpus and Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, both simply standing as the pinnacles of fantasy for me. Tolkien's detail is inspiring and Martin's storytelling in my opinion is second to none.
Other books I cannot help but mention are Kafka's The Castle; it's dense and Kafka's aversion to using periods can make it difficult but I like a book that makes me think and Kafka really wants that to happen. To this end Huxley's Brave New World is also a book I need to mention and a must read.
The classics are also something that should be spotlighted: the corpus of the Mabinogion (Welsh tales), The Iliad, Plautus' Pseudolus, and more are all works that have something amazing to offer.
Too many books...
February 11, 2018 10:10 p.m.
No you cannot add an infinite amount as the cost does technically still has to paid, and in this case it is that you may tap the card, if it is already tapped it cannot be tapped again unfortunately.
February 7, 2018 8:32 p.m.
Hey just wanted to say thanks for the upvote on my deck Taking All the Turns!
February 6, 2018 9:53 a.m.
If bogles is something you face a ton then I would just keep Lili though if that is the case then she should probably just be mainboard. Otherwise the bogles matchup in my opinion is not worth siding for just to much can go wrong, sweepers like Damnation can help but otherwise I would just call it as a bad matchup.
February 4, 2018 7:39 p.m.
So firstly lets start with the mana, the mana base is likely just too painful for a control deck like this, I would run something more like this:
1x Blood Crypt
Man-lands and some more flexible lands that can come in untapped without downside help in a deck like this, the above land base has been made popular by Corey Burkhart and consists of 22 lands which may seem low but being a control player I can agree that 22 tends to be enough as long as you know when to mull.
Another thing I would advocate here is one going up to 3-4 Fatal Push and only 1-2 Murderous Cut and to that end instead of Serum Visions running Thought Scour to fuel delve as you help the cut's as well as giving yourself the option of running Tasigur, the Golden Fang either mainboard or as a sideboard threat.
Eventually Treasure Map should be switched out for Search for Azcanta, the ability to correct your draws consistently while also filling the grave is just so valuable, however on a budget I don't mind Map probably as much as some other people would.
Dropping Opt, Faithless Looting, and then moving Damnation to the side is also likely in your best interest. In their place you ideally want a couple Terminate, a playset or 3 Kolaghan's Command and then a counter package as sweepers cannot always be relied on: Countersquall, 4x Cryptic Command, 2x Logic Knot, Spell Snare are all good options. Even if you don't like counters they need to be in this list as it really does want to durdle until it can play Nico. Having tons of sweepers sometimes just is not enough so as much as I love Anger it isn't enough.
The sideboard looks solid, I don't really like Lili in there but I assume it hits something you have considered, so unless you want input on that I think you are fine for the time being.
February 4, 2018 10:14 a.m.
Sure, just link me the list and I'll take a look a little later today!
February 3, 2018 5:39 p.m.
My binder here is reasonably up to date, if there is something you specifically need though I am more than happy to go through my boxes and see if I have it lying around.
February 3, 2018 1:51 p.m.
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