PickleNutz The Deck-Master


My name is Nutz, Pickle Nutz. That's my real name... I was super unfortunate as a child I suppose. That's all a lie. My real name is David Hasselhoff. I really enjoy long walks on the beach, perms, and magic the gathering. I have been collecting magic since around the time I learned not to poop in my pants. So, around age 34... but seriously, I've been playing since the mid-90s when I was just a little pickle. This game is addictive, most people smell weird who play it, and I'm okay with that. Just don't sneeze into your hand during a tournament and offer me that same hand as a handshake peace offering and not expect me to scream and fling feces at you. I like to dabble in modern, I have a few Meta-specific decks... but I hate them. There's a huge lack of originality and variety in Modern these days, so I try to branch out from the typical. I also like Commander and Tiny Leader. #TinyLeaderNeedsToBeTournyLegal


Search through my decks, hate them or love them, I don't care. Leave some feedback, give me some +1s, and add me on here if you just want to BS about Magic the Gathering. Don't add me to talk about 80s country music.

Favorite card - Glissa, the Traitor

Favorite tribal - Elves

Favorite Magic card block - Zendikar

Favorite art - Grisly Spectacle

ManateeMan23 says... #1

Hey PickleNutz, I made a Tron deck but I'm trying to make it with my own spin on it. the deck is named Skittles Tron It Would be a huge help if I were to get some pointers from you on how to make it better.

Here is a link: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/skittles-tron/

September 25, 2017 5:04 a.m.

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No problem, golgari is my pride and joy. Its also fun to throw in Phyrexian Crusader to the sideboard and watch your opponent squirm if they play red.

October 22, 2017 8:33 a.m.

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I think you need a solid few ramp dorks to make this work more effectively. Birds of Paradise, Llanowar Elves, Elvish Mystic, Elvish Pioneer, Sylvan Caryatid, or Joraga Treespeaker? You just dont have anything to put out early and that could be an issue.

October 22, 2017 2:30 a.m.

I have been running a Varolz themed Golgari deck for almost a year now, if you want to see it I have it listed on my profile. I have had mixed amounts of success with it.

October 21, 2017 7:20 a.m.

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Well, first, you will probably never under any circumstance be able to cast something like Garruk, Apex Predator in Modern. Its just way to heavy of a creature if youre not using a lot of ramp.

Next, you should have at least seven strong removal cards in the deck. Fatal Push, Abrupt Decay, Walk the Plank, etc. youll want them to be mostly 2 or less CMC, most Modern games are won between turns 4 and 7. Occasionally youll see turbo fog decks or extreme control decks that can develop later, but those are rare. Tragic Slip is actually a pretty good card, but you need sacrifice fodder of enough removal to pair with it to get the upper end of the cards utility.

You need a solid win condition. I suggest cards like Lotleth Troll, Varolz, the Scar-Striped, Death's Shadow, Silhana Ledgewalker, and Bassara Tower Archer if you want to do counters. I have had a lot of success with a deck structured around those cards. You basically throw Deaths Shadow into the graveyard and use Varolz to scavenge 13 counters from him onto Silhana Ledgewalker who is Hexproof and can only be blocked by creatures with flying. Throw a Predator's Strike on top of it and Silhana becomes a 17/17 with Trample too. Its super fast paced and pretty cheap.

Land MATTERS in modern. Like, a whole lot. I understand Fetches are expensive like Verdant Catacombs, but there are budget friendly alternatives. Llanowar Wastes, Blooming Marsh, City of Brass and even Field of Ruin can be used. Any lands that come in tapped will set you behind your opponent 99% of the time.

Diabolic Tutor is a dead turn in Modern that takes up a 4 CMC slot. Its pretty much the worst tutor in the game. Grisly Salvage, Jarad's Orders, and Treasured Find are probably the best toolbox available for Golgari in the tutor department.

Fog will usually stop creatures, but it doesnt stop non-combat damage. So, modern Boros Burn, 8-Rack, Storm, Cheerios, and other decks that deal direct player damage make it pretty much a sideboard card unless you go Abzan and slot in Aegis of the Gods, Leyline of Sanctity, or some other card that prevents direct player damage. I would recommend relying on low cost spells instead of trying to stall the game for big plays later on. Instead, you could try Vines of Vastwood, Heroic Intervention, or something else to prevent damage to your creatures that doesnt cost a lot of mana and can help you win earlier matchups.

If you want to run a planeswalker, Liliana, the Last Hope is a fun one that can keep a good pace for n Modern.

Thats really the best I can offer you, I know its a lot, but Modern Golgari is especially fragile right now. Thats why you almost always see a third color splashed into them.

October 21, 2017 7:07 a.m.

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Are you intending to play this competitively at all? If so, theres a few suggestions that I have. If its more of a casual fun deck with friends then it wont really matter haha. Just checking.

October 21, 2017 4:53 a.m.

I have recently started running Censor in my Simic Merfolk Tribal alongside Opt, it adds enough card draw and control to really navigate around removal spells. If you get a chance, I would give Censor a shot.

October 21, 2017 2:57 a.m.

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Death's Awakening (Primer)

Heres a detailed description of the combo. Theres no life link, but it can hit for lethal on turn 5.

October 20, 2017 10:46 p.m.

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Have you considered the Varolz, the Scar-Striped, Lotleth Troll, and Death's Shadow combos?

October 20, 2017 10:44 p.m.

I just personally never have luck with them. When you play this deck you really have to save Blossoming defense for Pummeler and removal is a real issue. So I just havent had luck actually keeping Longtusk out. Instead I just chose to load up on creatures who provide energy without having conditions attached to it. Its all preference and what works for you in the meta.

October 19, 2017 9:50 p.m.

Also, I dont see the point of 4 Growing Rites of Itlimoc  Flip in the deck. Its legendary, and you have a lot of card draw. I would recommend cutting it to 2 or 3 and adding Dusk / Dawn. Dusk misses your tokens and can open the board. Dusk also misses every other creature you have situationally. So it can also let dawn return them to your hand.

October 19, 2017 7:16 p.m.

Shefet Dunes wins games with token decks, I would recommend one or two in the deck.

October 19, 2017 7:14 p.m.

Merfolk are just a bit too slow in Standard to really get a great value out of Tishana, I would recommend cutting down to 2 Deeproot Waters and Cut Tishana completely, then add 4x Spell Pierce, Censor, Heroic Intervention, or Blossoming Defense. They are really important in competitive play.

I also recommend 23 lands.

October 19, 2017 7:03 p.m.

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I have a friend who has really put a lot of time into a Standard Ixalan Vampire deck, he has tried a bit of everything. Crested Sunmare makes this deck theme really strong, so does Angel of Invention. I wouldnt use both, but slotting two of one of those cards in will give you mid to late game power that the tribal vampires dont have right now. Also, Fumigate is a good boardwipe for when youre down and need a boost.

Heres his decklist

Adanto Vanguard and Mark of the Vampire is a really broken combo. You swing for 5, if they block him and it could kill him, you pay 4 life and he is invincible. You gain one life, probably kill the blocker, and Adanto hangs around.

Also, if youre aware of how Anointed Procession stack, if you have two of them out and play Call to the Feast, thats 12 tokens you create. One Anointed doubles, two does 4x. So its worth the slots for them.

October 19, 2017 6:41 p.m.

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This is super similar to a deck that I have ran, its so weird how effective it is with just a few large creatures and absurd amounts of removal and counterspells. The current standard trend is packed with removal and its the only way to really counter that. +1

October 18, 2017 8:22 p.m.

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I would change out the Evolving Wilds for the Field of Ruin that came out in Ixalan. You can destroy enemy flip lands or dual lands with it and still fetch a basic land. Its like a Ghost Quarter and Evolving Wilds together, except the land doesnt come in tapped.

October 18, 2017 3:54 p.m.

So, since this isn't standard anymore what will you change? They took away Spirits, but you could try out the Avens for control and have a pretty decent deck. Aven Mindcensor, Nimble Obstructionist, Dauntless Aven, Aven Wind Guide, Tah-Crop Elite, Aven of Enduring Hope,and Dawnfeather Eagle are just a few. Maybe not the best, but it gives you a super cheap tribal until you can come up with something new.

October 17, 2017 2:08 a.m.

I've been playing a similar theme to this that isn't really a budget deck, if you want to check it out. I have been looking for help, so please feel free to comment.

My deck:

October 17, 2017 1:50 a.m.

Spell Pierce is a better option than Censor isn't it? It's a very budget friendly card too.

October 17, 2017 1:48 a.m.

The biggest problem I run into is removal and The Scarab God, so I added a Kefnet's Last Word to the sideboard to steal him and Blossoming Defense to shelter my creatures (as well as Heroic Intervention in the mainboard). There is also extra counter spells in the sideboard to play against decks reliant on spells. The sideboard should be molded to counter meta decks you play, so against Ramunap you want hexproof, against energy you want counters, so on. It's all really a gamble, but I tried to consider the decks that were relevant and played well at FNM. The first night I ran this deck it was undefeated, but it was a weak competition. After that, it has gone just about even with some of the more powerful decks. A lot of that is because of the sideboard. My friend has created a token Vampire lifeline and Crested Sunmare deck that really gives it a hard time, so to counter him I have started consider splashing some red into this and Sweltering Suns to deal with his 12-20 Vampire tokens. I haven't yet, but probably will.

October 16, 2017 8:26 p.m.

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You could cut 3 swamp and 1 forest for 4 Aether Hub. More energy synergy and it plays well in multicolor decks. Growing Rites of Itlimoc  Flip would be an interesting 1 or 2 of as well. When it flips it gives you even more mana fuel for Hailfire. I think you should try 4 Fatal Pushes and only one Never though too, you still have the two Walk the Planks and Vraskas contempts to fight off larger creatures and planeswalkers. Maybe try out Rites in the sideboard, slot it in place of 2 Harvest Season. If it works effectively you'll get more push out of it, a tutor and mana ramp. Just an idea. Good deck!

October 16, 2017 12:32 a.m.


Death's Awakening (Primer)

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Finished Decks 155
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