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.

MTG Decks

Azorius Conviction Playtest

Standard* Slycne

SCORE: 2 | 0 COMMENTS | 1082 VIEWS Top 8: 12/20

Delver of Progress Playtest

Legacy Slycne


Elspeth & Gideon Best Friends UW Control Playtest

Modern Slycne


*Insert Firebat Quote Here* Playtest

Legacy Slycne


Patriot Geist Flash Playtest

Modern Slycne


BUG Control Playtest

Standard* Slycne


Rabble Jeskai Playtest

Standard* Slycne

Finished Decks 40
Prototype Decks 28
Drafts 0
Playing since Zendikar
Points 17350
Avg. deck rating 5.33
T/O Rank 58
Favorite formats Standard,Commander / EDH,Modern
Venues Atomic Empire, Gaming Underground, Event Horizon Games, Game Theory
Last activity 5 hours
Joined 3 years
MTGO Username Slycne

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With Deathrite Shaman out of Modern they've kind of skyrocketed in price, but you'll want to replace those Avacyn's Pilgrim and Birds of Paradise with Noble Hierarch eventually.

September 18, 2014 11:52 p.m.

Said on How does Stifle ......


Your opponent is incorrect. Persist triggers like any other ability, it doesn't happen immediately without using the stack. Your opponent will sacrifice Glen Elendra Archmage as part of the cost to put the ability on the stack. Presist will then trigger and be added to the stack above that. Once you're finally given priority then Stifle is cast targeting the ability. If everyone passes then the stack starts to resolve.

Stifle resolves countering the ability.

Persist resolves putting Glen Elendra Archmage back in play with a -1/-1.

Because the stack only resolves when both players pass over it, your opponent does have the opportunity to activate Glen Elendra Archmage again if they so choose.

Lightning Bolt resolves, if they didn't activate a second time.

September 18, 2014 1:46 a.m.

Said on urborg tomb of ......


Yes. The chances that your one Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth will mess up the colors you need on board is much higher than the chances that your one Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth will be relevant for letting you tap a Mana Confluence or fetch without taking damage.

Your effectively cutting a colored source to gain some life. It would be equivalent to running a Radiant Fountain in your deck.

September 17, 2014 3:03 p.m.

Said on Black Lotus...


Heh, too bad in the mythical format that allows two Black Lotus in the deck all your lands are Moxes anyways.

September 17, 2014 2:42 a.m.

Said on Mardu vs naya ......


There's no ideal aggro deck with some expected curve of creature numbers at predesignated slots. Even in the realm of beatdown there are many different flavors. Like sligh decks that will often employ basically nothing by one drops or Naya is often know for going to little higher up the curve.

In general you just want a good curve overall, trending more towards the low end, so that you can deploy the maximum amount of threats each turn. Your average aggro deck is also going to be closer to 30 creatures than it is to 20. Three color aggro decks are typically on the clunkier side of things.

As for Mardu vs Naya, a lot of that will probably depend more on how the format shakes out. My gut makes me think that Mardu probably has better support and a deeper pool of cards to pull from.

September 16, 2014 11:47 p.m.

Said on Nissa worldwaker...


While the card is certainly seeing play, which ultimately drives the demand. Nissa, Worldwaker , and to the smaller extent cards like Goblin Rabblemaster , are the market trying to equalize out the sets value to the pack value. If there's literal no value in a pack of M15 then less packs get opened, when less packs get opened cards that would normally be worth a smaller amount get inflated. I would expect Nissa, Worldwaker to see a a very similar pricing curve as something like Voice of Resurgence .

September 16, 2014 11:29 p.m.

Apoptosis The way I see it, I think all those examples fall under my clause about incidental versus dependent. Though perhaps incidental was a poor choice of word. What I was getting at was that Restoration Angel , Thragtusk or the cards in your deck are all fine Magic cards on their own when played on an empty board or top decked. That they happen to synergies on some level is just gravy.

To use an theoretical example for this Mardu deck. I think it would be the difference between having Purphoros, God of the Forge and Mardu Ascendancy over say Goblin Rabblemaster and Butcher of the Horde . The former two do absolutely nothing on their own while the later enjoy having synergy along with just being decent enough cards by themselves as well. With midrange being pulled in a bunch of different directions I think it's prudent to look for power first and then let any synergy and favorable interactions split the decisions on cards.

Also, I think it's possible to make a super-synergistic decks as well, the recent constellation decks are a good example, but I'd argue that those are almost more akin to combo decks than midrange - they just get lumped into midrange because they are slower.

September 16, 2014 11:20 p.m.

Often times there's design or development reasons for it as well. Lightning Strike was a functional reprint from Searing Spear before it, but the story goes that the card Lightning Strike original was got deemed to be too powerful. So rather than change it at last minute, which has historical lead to cards the likes of Tarmogoyf and Umezawa's Jitte , they went with something they knew wasn't going to upset the balance of either limited or constructed.

September 16, 2014 8:42 p.m.

Said on To Foil or ......


Just to play devil's advocate to the great advice already given. One of the upsides of seeking out foils however is that it's a better investment if you're ever considering selling the cards again down the line. Foils, in general, tend to hold value better. Even if a card falls out of favor in a list, the foil price might not swing as rapidly. For instance, both the regular and foil version of Knight of the Reliquary have lost about $3 off their price over the last few months, but $3 off $23 is a big difference from $3 off $8. Just something to keep in mind.

September 16, 2014 7:40 p.m.