RicketyEng Deckling

I started using this site to try building and play testing decks online. Several of the decks on here are (or at least start as) the physical version that I have.

I am very glad to have learned this game and I thoroughly enjoy it! I also enjoy strategy board games such as Catan, Axis and Allies, RISK, Carcasonne, and many others. I am a huge Transformers fan, and Lego fan. I went to school for robotics and automation and I am a Mechanical Engineering Technologist. I can also be found on World of Tanks as RicketyEng.

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Also note that when you have Invoke Prejudice resolve before Knowledge Pool and the spell is successfully countered before Pool resolves, then the spell will not be on the stack for Pool to grab and the player won't get to cast something else from the Pool.

Either way, stacking the two triggers such that Prejudice resolves first is the only way it will get to interact with the originally cast spell. If Pool resolves first then the original spell will no longer be on the stack when Prejudice resolves (the ability doesn't actually fizzle since it doesn't target, but there isn't much incentive to pay to prevent a nonexistent spell from being countered). However in the meantime, Prejudice may trigger for the spell cast from the Pool which, as you said, is pretty straightforward.

January 16, 2017 2:27 p.m.

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Something From Nothing

Commander / EDH RicketyEng


I have decided to start moving my Daretti deck in more of a stax-y direction. I have been developing the goal to slow down combat (mostly for my own survival) and build up some artifacts that help my side of the battlefield survive better. Meanwhile I want to take Breya the way of artifact combo.

The suggestions I am looking for are which cards that are currently in Daretti could work better as combo cards in Breya. I need to make some room for defensive artifacts.

January 16, 2017 11:35 a.m.

Nantuko Husk could provide another sac outlet and combat trick if you need them.

Zulaport Cutthroat can make for a good Blood Artist effect as I noticed someone above suggested.

Sanitarium Skeleton works similarly to the Reassembling Skeleton if you want another creature like it. Although I guess it only works at sorcery speed.

January 16, 2017 11:27 a.m.

Said on MS: The Skies ......


Part of mitigating the Gideon/Jace weakness is to send Jace on his own special missions so that he and Gideon don't need to have each other's approval for tactics. I also think that we could see Ajani become not only a group mentor (Ajani, Mentor of Heroes) but the group leader. He has a wize voice of reason and more leadership experience than the others.

Nissa and Gideon's care for Chandra was listed as a weakness.

January 12, 2017 8:16 a.m.

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How is this for a Plan B?

January 11, 2017 1:57 p.m.

For my Brago deck I have actually been slightly more interested in the new cards which have blink effects on them. They're included in the set to help enable Revolt but I see them as backups to help Brago function when he is unable to reliably trigger.

My Brago deck is a semi-budget build which actually tries to exert some control using auras and other enchantments. Call for Unity is a Revolting card that I may consider trying out.

January 9, 2017 11:48 a.m.

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Gideon's indestructibility was there before we met him. I was about to claim it as part of his heiromancy too but he used it on his first day in jail when he picked a fight with a goon. Gideon also used it a lot during the battles for Zendikar and Innistrad (any time it mentions golden light rippling across his skin). An example of how he can still be defeated even though he is indestructible is his duel with Ob Nixilis. Nixilis was able to subdue Gideon by holding the latter's head under water in a large puddle.

January 5, 2017 7 p.m.

Said on MS: Burn...


This was such a great story! So much happened and we got to see a number of perspectives. Nissa was a complete powerhouse and I loved Chandra's reaction when Nissa suddenly had a sword and resorted to non-magical combat.

As far as I can tell, I think the gearhulk Gideon took down was probably the Cataclysmic Gearhulk. Can anyone concur or disagree?

Which is the gearhulk with two heads? Edit: ah, Torrential Gearhulk.

January 4, 2017 3:15 p.m.

It is true that Planeswalkers can create havoc too (and the lore has shown us a number of examples). Maybe a character will figure that out sometime and decide to start hunting them down or maybe Garruk could use that as some semblance of a good reason to be hunting planeswalkers.

From a story telling perspective you have a point about the planar bridge. The morality of its existence seems clear that it should not exist and therefore the Gatewatch's actions can be justified. I suspect that by the end of the block the threat will only be temporarily neutralized. That will leave it available for future use but without it causing any more threat in the short term.

Alternatively, in the final showdown we could discover that we're dealing with a fully operational planar bridge and realize that "it's a trap!" Maybe Bolas will manage to come through the bridge either fully or partially and that could become the reason to follow the villains to Amonkhet. Perhaps what this says about the bridge is that while it is clearly immoral to exist due to incalculable evil potential, the reality is that it can only be used for one evil deed at a time. Therefore we just may get to see it used a wee bit before it gets destroyed.

Either way, the consulate will be overthrown and the conflict on Kaladesh will either be finished or downgraded to an internal conflict allowing the Gatewatch to leave.

January 4, 2017 10:13 a.m.

Vedalkens with hair: Shrewd Negotiation, Nimble Innovator.

Maybe with hair: Glimmer of Genius, Curio Vendor?


In other news, I liked the story a lot. Sram seems like a reasonable fellow. He was pragmatic and straight forward enough to recognize the situation for what it was and concede control of the Aether Hub without putting himself or his engineers and technicians in any unnecessary harm. I like that.

I disagree with DemonDragonJ about the planeswalkers' goal of destroying the planar bridge. I think it is pretty easy to see that the potential for bad far outweighs any potential for good that the technology surely has. The dangers of New Phyrexia alone are reason enough to eliminate any chance of a planar bridge falling into their control. The Gatewatch and friends may not even know about New Phyrexia (maybe Elspeth told Ajani?) but if they did, their resolve would be pretty strong.

Rashmi's dedication was very moving. May the Heart of Kiran be a flagship of the future.

January 3, 2017 12:06 p.m.


Something From Nothing

Commander / EDH RicketyEng


The Lovely Ladies

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Narset's One Woman Show

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Merfolk Are Awesome

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Ezuri's Progressive Elves

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Shifting Into High Gear

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I'll Have My Bragging Rights!

Commander / EDH RicketyEng


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