Slycne - Beginner Grinder
Who I Am
My name is Justin, and I work for Escapist Magazine.
History With Magic
Like most folks I've played Magic on and off over the years. It's only been recently that a more competitive fire has been stirring. Moving past routinely getting prizes at FNM, I've Top 8'ed some PTQs and made into money at a few smaller events, it's been a slow climb but I'm enjoying seeing myself progress. I doubt I'll ever see myself on the Pro Tour, but I still like the environment of competitive magic.
Decks I'm Playing
Recently I've been trying to branch out from my aggro roots, see what it's like on the other sides and learn how they tick more fully. Playing control, tempo and combo in various formats.
|Avg. deck rating||5.20|
|Favorite formats||Standard, Commander / EDH, Modern|
|Venues||Atomic Empire, Gaming Underground, Event Horizon Games, Game Theory|
|Last activity||17 hours|
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A quick aside as well. Note that the same rule doesn't apply for planeswalkers. Planeswalkers are subject to the planeswalker uniqueness rule where you can only have one of a single subtype on the field. For instance, you can't have both Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Jace, Memory Adept in play since they are both share the 'Jace' subtype despite being different card names.
March 30, 2015 12:05 p.m.
Yes it is the creature as the source of the damage, so any ability that triggers or is a static effect from that creature dealing damage would apply - deathtouch, lifelink, etc.
However, damage and combat damage are different. Combat damage is specifically the damage being dealt in the combat damage step. So an effect like Phage the Untouchable wouldn't trigger.
March 30, 2015 11:58 a.m.
I feel like most of the time, the correct answer is ultimately neither. The number of gotcha wins is not worth the strenuously situational usages. There are too many other good cards worth running and taking off a turn, or part of a turn, to cycle away or use on poor value isn't free.
March 25, 2015 5:57 p.m.
kyuuri117 True, strictly as a draft there's 100% more packs than say Dragon's Maze. However, I think Dragons of Tarkir is still likely to end up in a similar spot as most third sets with overall packs being opened given that we're sharply transitioning into Modern Masters 2015 and then Magic Origins over the next 4th months. Normally a 3rd set has about 3 months of draft time to itself, whereas Dragons of Tarkir will need to split that with Modern Masters 2015.
March 23, 2015 2:21 a.m.
Calling it Melira Combo would help to clean up the confusion.
There's a reason why Congregation at Dawn has shot up to $3-4 from .75 cents. Certainly it's not as good as Birthing Pod, but T1 mana dork, T2 end of turn Congregation at Dawn pieces you don't have , T3 Collected Company, T4 combo isn't that awful.
The issue that that you're forced to play it like an all-in combo deck and the reason why Melira Pod was so dominate was that it got to play as a grindy mid-range deck that could "opps, I win" itself out of a tough match-up or from behind.
March 23, 2015 2:09 a.m.
*then I think it's not that bad a trade
March 23, 2015 1:54 a.m.
If you need it for a deck, then I think think it's that bad a trade, but if your only metric is long term, then no this wasn't a very good deal.
Right now the Sylvan Caryatids and Courser of Kruphix are a few dollars over the value of a Sarkhan Unbroken. Yes, the Sylvan Caryatid and Courser of Kruphix are going to rotate, but Sarkhan Unbroken is also at its highest due to release prices. They are both going to slide in value over the next few months. The only way you make out is if Sarkhan Unbroken becomes a format staple, which is unlikely given its 3 color cost and its awkward placement against cards like Siege Rhino and Crackling Doom.
The two things Sarkhan Unbroken has going for it is that it's a mythic in the 3rd set, which tend to be opened is smaller numbers and keep the prices up a little higher than normal, and being dragon themed means its got a certain floor due to casual markets. But in general, I think you traded stable cards for a volatile one.
March 23, 2015 1:53 a.m.
Short of a huge reprinting, like Thoughtseize in a fall set, a reprint in MM2015 isn't going to majorly impact the price. Before Modern Masters, Cryptic Command was a $30 card. It dipped to $25 before jumping up to $50-$60 where it is now.
I would just buy them now.
March 21, 2015 7:17 p.m.
There's certainly some cards I think are worth replacing. Polymorphist's Jest is just way too situational. It's also a big stretch on your current mana base. You only have 10 blue sources in the deck, even when you factor in Rattleclaw Mystic it's still not great that you're finding double blue in a timely manner. The deck would be improved by simply making the mana base better.
I think the bigger issue however is that the deck lacks a coherent plan right now. It's got a lot of good cards certainly, but a lot of those cards support different game plans. Right now it looks like it's split between wanting to go long and being more aggressively minded. I'd bet that you're winning games when you happen to draw the cards that work well together, and the correct mana, but you're having consistency issues when you're drawing the wrong parts. I think the first step toward streamlining the deck is figuring out what you want it to do.
March 20, 2015 4:22 a.m.
While disruption is nice to contain Tron's explosives draws, there is no silver bullet. Its more important to be backing up disruption with a clock than trying to overboard a bunch of hate cards. Tron will happily crush everyone in the late game if you let it.
Thoughtseize and Fulminator Mage are fine. The others I wouldn't ever bring in against them. Rain of Tears can't beat down and threaten their lands, if you want land denial Spreading Seas is much better if you can back it with a threat. Stony Silence and Kataki, War's Wage don't really impact the match-up that much, in addition to offering zero protection against natural Tron draws.