SeekerofSecrets Certified Johny

My two favorite cards are Seeker of the Way and Delver of Secrets  Flip

I started playing magic in 2014. I originally played budget standard brews and won many FNM's with them. Now I play modern more casually, mostly with home brews less than $100. I haven't been to a FNM in over 3 years but eventually plan to take a budget list and try my luck.

My first successful build was a jeskai home brew that capitalized on prowess triggers and combat tricks. My tastes have sense become more refined in that i like efficient grindier decks that really mess with my opponents game plan to pull the win.

Valued Momentum: is my pride and joy, its my first competitive(ish) original(ish) list that ive owned in paper and it's an absolute blast to play. I would highly recommend trying it out if you want to play modern on a budget.

I am more of Johnny than anything, I love an original deck or tweaking tier decks into my own creations. I honestly enjoy brewing more than playing the actual game so if you need advice on an original idea just message me and I'll provide any feedback that I can.

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Xica right but we play the same amount of threats as boggles and infect. Thanks for the thoughts though! Ive actually tested UR pyro with the alarm combo, it was fun but it's to cute to be competitive. Its better for us to win by depleting our opponents resources and card advantage vs stalling

May 19, 2018 6:03 p.m.

Said on Glory to Esper...


lukas96 so i love Esper Charm, forcing your opponent into top deck mode on turn 4/5 can give us complete control of the game

I agree that im not super sold on Spell Snare but it has a solid reputation, it might become a one of Spell Pierce

I would consider going up to 3 Spreading Seas but i think 4 is over doing it just a bit, i could be wrong it assumption though. What would you pull for the additional 2

Your right about the side, but I'm not gonna touch it until i see what my metta looks like

May 19, 2018 5:53 p.m.

Xica I don't really see the synergy..... in the current set up we don't have a reliable enough way to untap with Intruder Alarm online. We could definitely go the combo rout if we wanted to but unfortunately the pieces arnt strong on there own and they just don't pack the same punch as twin. It could be worth testing though as it would give us a possible turn 4 win!

I'm pretty set on building midrange or agro/control initially though

May 19, 2018 5:34 p.m.

So I'm taking the plunge and investing in my first modern deck, Im in college so i have a $400 budget. Ive decided to go with an esper midrange built around Glory-Bound Initiate and Painful Truths (I know this isn't an original idea but its a blast to play, has plenty of room to brew and most importantly its the only 3 color mana base in my price range)

This is my current list Glory to Esper

The core spell package and mana base feel pretty solid but im struggling to decide on what creatures to play. I wish i could afford snap then the decision would be simple.

I've played delve threats with Tombstalker and 4 Thought Scour

And I've played utility with Spellskite and Tidehollow Sculler

I haven't tested the current set up (I don't own the deck yet and mostly test on i just want to hear the community's thoughts on it and the best set up to combat the current metta. Ill play moving to Atlanta in the fall so im not sure what metta will look like so I'll tune the sideboard as well when i get there.

As always thanks for any advice on the build!!!

May 19, 2018 3:22 p.m.

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Thanks for the upvote!

May 19, 2018 2:47 p.m.

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Thanks for the upvote on Glory to Esper!

May 18, 2018 11:40 p.m.

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Icbrgr Thanks for the upvote! and it has a good feel to it but I think it needs some additional tuning

May 11, 2018 9:26 a.m.

seshiro_of_the_orochi wow yea that it awesome. I honestly can't believe that isn't already a deck, all the pieces are right in front of us.

This is what I came up with The Bant Conundrum. It's very much a rough draft but it serves as a starting point. I'm actually looking for a unique modern deck under $400 to build (I'm currently working on esper midrange) so that's why there are no snaps, goyfs, ect.

Let me know what yall think about it! I think that there is some serious potential for maybe a tier 2 midrange

May 10, 2018 10:46 a.m.

You could play bant control or midrange for access to Crown of Convergence, Mul Daya Channelers and Courser of Kruphix (i really really like this idea, i might brew a list tomorrow)

May 9, 2018 10:47 p.m.

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albino_ninja, so i like Spreading Seas b/c it can disrupt mana intesive decks and it also helps our tron matchup game 1 (I've tested Field of Ruin in the main but it's very rough on my own mana base). It also cantrips which is extremely important in this list.

I do like the idea of Blind Obedience though, so I'll test it in that slot

May 9, 2018 10:09 p.m.

In mine i play Mana Leak as a 3 of. Its the only counter i play in the deck.

I think mine is a little more aggressive, I've been play testing on and I've had some success against most decks. My biggest problem is honestly getting a playable hand, I normally mull down to 6-5, it could just be that the site isn't great at getting a good shuffle

May 9, 2018 7:25 a.m.

Gotcha, let me know how it runs!

May 7, 2018 4 p.m.

+1, Im working on an esper midrange as well, glad to see another on the site! Yours has a little higher mana curve then mine but we have a some similarities.

How does it run? Have you had any success with it?

May 7, 2018 10:15 a.m.

I run Tombstalker as a 1 of in my esper midrange. while not a super popular choice it's great at closing games fast.

May 7, 2018 10:11 a.m.

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With thing you really want to play a more control then tempo so i would switch to 2 Remand 3 Mana Leak

Also you really need Delver of Secrets  Flip so i would pull the Faithless Looting and 1 land for 3. (you dont want card disadvantage and with 11 cantrips 19 land is plenty)

Good luck with the build! I love my budget UR delver

May 5, 2018 7:47 p.m.

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So I want to build an Esper home brew built around Tidehollow Sculler and Spell Queller.

I've been testing two different variants Abnormal Harmony and Glory to Esper.

The first is a delver deck that plays very similar to a grixis delver. It tempos very well but does't have great reach without bolt and doesn't have amazing staying power without life game

The second uses Glory-Bound Initiate instead of delver and focuses more around hand control. This one is much more grindy and I feel like has better game against most decks

Both seem to plagued by bad hands and top decks, if you don't have all of the pieces the deck seems to have a hard time regaining momentum but if you start out in front they are very hard to throw off balance. They could just need more tuning but I think my initial concept is flawed. I normally have to mulligan to 5 or 6 to get a functioning hand and both struggle against aggro.

I really want to make sculler and queller work together so I'm also considering a taxes build using Wasteland Strangler to gain additional value. I'm worried that without either vial ( I have a $350 budget so vial is just out of reach) the deck just won't be up to par to keep up.

I would love any input's on the current lists or on the concept. I don't really want to play a true control shell and would rather play a more midrange or tempo build.

Thanks for any input!

May 2, 2018 1:45 p.m.


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