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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My favourite part was when Jace disassembled and reassembled the telescopes. I do that sort of stuff too.

September 21, 2017 10:28 a.m.

Said on MS: A Question ......

#2

We don't know that.

September 16, 2017 11:14 p.m.

Said on MS: A Question ......

#3

I thought of a really complex way to represent planeswalkers being unable to leave. An artifact with a triggered ability that states if a pw would be put into a graveyard due to having 0 loyalty counters, instead its controller chooses an opponent at random. The chosen player gains control of the pw and places one (or N) loyalty counter(s) on it.

The flavour here being that the pw can't walk away when it is no longer loyal to you so it gives a little loyalty to an opponent instead. This doesn't prevent them from leaving via exile or sacrifice which would flavourfully be the pw actually dying.

There might be some weird interactions with the legend rule.

September 14, 2017 4:13 p.m.

Said on MS: A Question ......

#4

I actually suspect Bolas wants Vraska to retrieve whatever artifact is responsible for the binding effect and take it to another plane (like Ravnica). I started a thread in which I went into more detail.

September 13, 2017 10:55 p.m.

Bolas's employment of Vraska may have been more of a manipulation than employment. Maybe it could have been, "Have you heard about this place called Ixalan? I here there is some cool treasure there. Here, take this compass with you if you want to find it." He might just be relying on her needing to find it in order to leave, and she would naturally take it with with her. That is, she would take it to Ravnica for him!

September 13, 2017 1:51 p.m.

When contemplating Ixalan's Binding a new thought occurred to me. I now suspect that there is some artifact in the lost city Orazca which produces this effect that prevents planeswalkers from being able to leave Ixalan. This is suggested by the number of references to the treasure hidden in the city.

You might now ask, "What does this have to do with Bolas and Vraska?" I'm glad you asked. My theory is that Bolas knows Vraska to be an accomplished treasure collector (as seen in the story with Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest) so he sent her to retrieve this artifact.

Acquiring the artifact in itself doesn't seem too profound yet, but the more interesting part lies in what he plans to do with it. I think Bolas wants to create a planeswalker trap. I think he will use his army to invade a plane (I'm betting on Ravnica) and rely on the Gatewatch to recruit as many planeswalkers as they can muster to come to the plane's aid. Then he deploys the Artifact of Binding to trap them all on the plane. He may even have ways to lure even more planeswalkers to the plane.

At this point I see two possible endgames. I think one possibility is that he deploys yet another trick to steal all the power from the trapped planeswalkers. Another possibility is that he now has removed anyone who would stand against him on any other plane. He would be free to go forth and conquer planes and gather power without further interference from would-be-hero planeswalkers.

September 13, 2017 1:46 p.m.

Said on MS: A Question ......

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I'm pretty sure Vraska has tried to leave. When she found Jace she made a comment about trying to walk felt like walking into a window.

September 13, 2017 1:26 p.m.

Said on MS: A Question ......

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I thought the flavour text from Angrath's Marauders was pretty unambiguous about him being a planeswalker. The bigger reveal for me was that he is a minotaur planeswalker!

I liked the poetry in the middle and the idea that warriors of the Sun Empire relate their stories in poetry. It's a neat piece of culture.

Angrath's attitude toward Huatli took an about face when he realized she was a planeswalker. Even though he seems intent on destroying things for the sake of it in lieu of being able to leave, I wonder whether or not he will remain an antagonist in the greater story.

Planeswalkers sure do seem to get angry when they're not allowed to planeswalk. Ob Nixilis tried to destroy Zendikar in retaliation for his imprisonment. Angrath can't leave Ixalan so he gathered some pirates and just goes around pillaging and burning and marauding. We have yet to find out Vraska's feelings on the matter.

September 13, 2017 1:14 p.m.

I like the flavour you've included in the description!

I looked through all the comments currently visible to see if anyone had suggested this yet: Obstinate Familiar. I use it in my Arjun deck as a safeguard against decking myself. It might not be what you're looking for given it's limitations as a creature, but it works for me.

September 12, 2017 5:16 p.m.

That's looking pretty cool, Daedalus. Comment incoming!


Shifting Into High Gear (Arjun Primer)

Commander / EDH RicketyEng

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I seek upvotes and I am also interested in card draw advice. Please read just a bit to know what kind of card draw I'm looking for.

September 12, 2017 4:35 p.m.

Said on Jace Tribal...

#11

Thanks for the upvote on my Arjun deck!

I have a few suggestions you may want to consider:

Baral, Chief of Compliance, and Arcane Melee both provide cost reductions for your spells. Sapphire Medallion would do much more work for you than Sky Diamond. Baral also turns all of your counter spells into cantrips.

Being mono coloured, you don't need fixing, but Evolving Wilds and Terramorphic Expanse would help thin your deck along with the Myriad Landscape you already have. Any of the Bant, Esper, or Grixis panoramas would also help with this.

Disallow, Arcane Denial, Baral's Expertise, and Insidious Will offer some more good counters and other control.

Memory Erosion and Startled Awake can also help with the milling theme. However, I caution against focusing too much on that. People don't like being milled and will often choose to deal with it by removing you from the game.

September 12, 2017 2:25 p.m.

Said on MS: Jace, Alone...

#12

Its exciting to see Jace just being himself in the here and now instead of having any past influences on his character. He still uses logic and finds joy in discovery and solving problems. It turns out he is quite like an engineer and I actually found myself relating to him.

I wonder if his interactions with illusory Gideon and Liliana will have any effects on how he feels about them in the future. It sounds like he will be less inclined to cooperate with Gideon. He might still be wary of Liliana but less susceptible to her intrigues or seductions.

September 6, 2017 1:04 p.m.

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