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||2 days|
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Aren't you just already winning any game that you have enough time to repeatedly dash and pump Lightning Berserker in for value?
If your opponent is giving you that much time to find all the various Lava Spikes in the deck, I don't see what edge Lightning Berserker is really getting you and it makes you even weaker to cheap removal like Lightning Bolt since you need to pump.
April 23, 2015 6:18 p.m.
Basically it's never a spell you want 4-of, but the upsides of say countering their Turn 2 play when you're on the draw is well worth the cost of it sometimes being a dead card.
April 23, 2015 12:30 p.m.
Also, sometimes it's simple deductions. For instance, it's easy to say that Theros was more heavily opened than Journey into Nyx because of the draft formats. We spent months opening triple Theros, months spent opening two more packs in Born of the Gods draft, and still one more pack being opened in Journey into Nyx block draft. That's more pack opened for a longer period of time than the one Journey into Nyx being opened for a single draft format strech.
April 22, 2015 10:15 a.m.
What you might be thinking of however, is that Secure the Wastes is an instant. So you can pass the turn and wait to play it in your opponents end step and then move to your turn. Which sort of acts like haste since they have less opportunity to respond before they attack.
April 22, 2015 10:09 a.m.
Except for the fact that the first Modern Masters did increase the interest in the Modern format. Modern exploded in popularity last year. All you have to do is go back and look at the statistics like GP attendance to see the huge uptick in Modern events, let alone say the community pressuring WotC to add a Modern Pro-Tour back to the 2015 rotation.
If you want to make the argument that a cheaper pack cost would bring more people in that's fine, but it's certainly not dumb for WotC to be doing what they are doing.
April 19, 2015 4:26 p.m.
It's not an AP/NAP situation in this case. No one receives priority during a spell resolving and Foul-Tongue Invocation has to resolve fully before anything else can be added to the stack. So you'll have gained the life before the Outpost Siege trigger is even added to the stack.
April 17, 2015 5:42 p.m.
Sunscorch Regent will live.
Casting a spell is the act of running through the steps and costs of putting it on the stack. So Sunscorch Regent ability triggers in response to Lightning Bolt entering the stack. Assuming no other actions the stack empties out top to bottom as normal. Sunscorch Regent gets a +1/+1 counter making it a 5/4, Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to it. Sunscorch Regent is a 5/4 with 3 damage marked on it.
April 15, 2015 12:48 p.m.
No, while it's similar to say an enchantment like Encase in Ice, which would fall off if you have the creature protection, it's not the same.
Protection gives a very specific suite of protections, which often gets shorthanded as DEBT. Damage, Enchanted/Equipped, Blocked, and Targeted. An Icefall Regent's ability currently keeping your creature tapped doesn't qualify as any of those.
April 14, 2015 6:24 p.m.
Also, the Strangleroot Geist that returns to the field is no longer the same target. You have to declare all your targets when you're casting a spell, and the undead Strangleroot Geist won't be a legal target yet. As far as Magic is concerned when a permanent leaves and re-enters the battlefield it's a brand new one with. So while functionally the card itself is the same it's not the same with regards to the rules.
April 14, 2015 12:49 p.m.
No, for a couple reasons.
Commands always resolve in the order that they are printed. So you can't pick and choice the way you want it to resolve.
When resolving a spell you always resolve it fully without any other actions. Anything that they trigger goes on the stack. If Strangleroot Geist dies during the spell resolving, its undying ability won't return it to the field until after that spell is finished.