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.

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Said on Magma Spray and ......


Yes, Magma Spray creates a replacement effect that replaces dying with being exiled. Since Hangarback Walker's ability triggers when it dies, it never happens.

August 24, 2015 6:22 p.m.

Said on Grixis Control help...


The current Grixis control lists that are doing well are built around a few principles.

As for your list, there's some cute and backbreaking interactions with Notion Thief, but you're just honestly not going to get a super-competitive list that heavily relies on a fragile 4 mana creature. A lot of the support cards are bad or actively work against the decks controlling nature if Notion Thief isn't in play.

If you really want to make a Notion Thief deck, I would explore other non-control avenues. For instance, Burning Inquiry could do some work in a deck with Bloodghast, Gravecrawler, or other ways to use your graveyard when you don't happen to have Notion Thief.

August 21, 2015 2:24 a.m.

Said on None...


Yes they still deal combat damage, whether or not a creature is tapped has no bearing on its ability to do damage - other than it's pretty hard to get into a situation where a tapped creature is blocking.

August 20, 2015 12:33 p.m.

Situation 1 - Yes, Mizzium Meddler can only change one instance of target to itself. It can also only change the target successfully of what it's a legal target for. So you could only every make Mizzium Meddler get the +1/+1 or the fight target.

Situation 2 - Nothing would happen. Mizzium Meddler, neither of them target with their abilities. Whenever a ability references its name it essentially saying "itself" not target this creature.

Situation 3 - Yes, basically Mizzium Meddler can try to make itself the target, but if it's not a legal target the spell or ability resolves normally. This allows you to do stuff on the stack to otherwise make it a legal target if need be.

August 19, 2015 12:51 p.m.

This is handled under the Tournament Error Outside Assistance of the IPG. If they are a part of the tournament, the spectator would be given a match loss, in their current round if they were still playing or applied to the next round.

The head judge would then investigate to see if the the information was solicited or not and the player would get the same infarction.

Tournament Error Outside Assistance

Penalty - Match Loss


A player, spectator, or other tournament participant does any of the following:

Seeks play advice or hidden information about his or her match from others once he or she has sat for his orher match.

Gives play advice or reveals hidden information to players who have sat for their match.

During a game, refers to notes (other than Oracle pages) made before the official beginning of the currentmatch.

These criteria also apply to any deck construction and draft portions of a limited tournament. Additionally, no notesof any kind may be made during a draft. Some team formats have additional communication rules that may modifythe definition of this infraction.

Notes made outside the current match may only be referenced between games, and must have been in the playerspossession since the beginning of the match.


A. During a game, a player references play notes that were created before the tournament.

B. A spectator points out the correct play to a player who had not solicited the information.Philosophy

Tournaments test the skill of a player, not his or her ability to follow external advice or directions. Any strategyadvice, play advice, or construction advice from an external source is considered outside assistance.Visual modifications to cards, including brief text, that provide minor strategic information or hints are acceptableand not considered notes. Detailed instructions or complex strategic advice may not be written on cards. The HeadJudge is the final arbiter on what cards and notes are acceptable for a tournament. Spectators who commit thisinfraction may be asked to leave the venue if they are not enrolled in the tournament.

August 11, 2015 10:49 a.m.

Chalice of the Void is usually Mono-Blue Trons go to for these kind of situations. Some versions will even maindeck it because of how strong it can lock down things like Delver of Secrets  Flip decks. More expensive sweepers just leave you open for getting tempo'd, but slipping in a Chalice of the Void and then Repealing anything already on the board can shut them out.

August 10, 2015 1:03 p.m.

MTG Decks

Stoneforged Rock and Roll Playtest

Commander / EDH Slycne


Stoneforged Rock & Roll Playtest

Legacy* Slycne


Oath Sworn To Black Darkness That's Dark Playtest

Commander / EDH Slycne


Atarka's Goblins: Once You Pop The Fun Don't Stop Playtest

Standard* Slycne


Finished Decks 44
Prototype Decks 40
Drafts 0
Playing since Zendikar
Points 20130
Avg. deck rating 5.20
T/O Rank 73
Favorite formats Standard, Commander / EDH, Modern
Venues Atomic Empire, Gaming Underground, Event Horizon Games, Game Theory
Last activity 5 days
Joined 4 years
MTGO Username Slycne