I would add more Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Gurmag Angler. Change the Stubborn Denial to Mana Leak. Dedicated yourself to midrange control instead of being all over the place and not having a plan. Cut points would be Grim Flayer, Traverse the Ulvenwald, and Mishra's Bauble accordingly. If you have Jace and Fish you don't need those cards and can better spend the deck slots elsewhere.
March 11, 2018 12:05 p.m.
I am actually going back and forth between the Goblin Rabblemaster and Tireless Tracker. The factors that lead me to fall on the Tracker were that the Rabblemaster seems better in multiples since he synergizes off himself and I like how the Tracker fits the "2 for 1" theme of the deck better. Say you turn 3 Rabblemaster and they Abrupt Decay. You're left with a 1/1 token. Decent, but nothing to write home about. Tracker can get a clue. I'd much rather have a Tarmogoyf in the hand than a 1/1 Goblin on the field. That's actually why I don't use the Tracker as a turn 3 play unless I absolutely have to. He's a turn 4 play, ideally following up with a fetch.
March 11, 2018 noon
and then after all that I did add an Abrupt Decay just to test its viability.
March 6, 2018 8:49 a.m.
A lot of people ask me about the Abrupt Decay, but I feel like I'm right not including it here. As far as creature removal goes I've got Lightning Bolt and Fatal Push at 1 mana. So what does Decay do that Bolt and Push don't? It can't be countered and it can kill artifacts and enchantments. So I figure the "can't be countered" clause is less relevant in Modern than Legacy and Decay is actually a better Legacy card than a Modern card because of the prevalence of Brainstorm and Force of Will. If I need to kill artifacts I still have Kolaghan's Command. I probably could find room, but I'm already skimping a little on the creatures and man lands to make room for Liliana of the Veil. The tipping point for me in the decision was Bloodbraid Elf. As I said in the description, I favor Lightning Bolt over Fatal Push because flipping a push to Cascade on an empty board is bad value. Similarly, Collective Brutality is far more flexible than Abrupt Decay and will always have at least 1 relevant mode when Cascaded into.
So that's my long-winded response to why I don't have Abrupt Decay. As for the Kitchen Finks Obstinate Baloth numbers, those are a little more malleable but I want a Baloth for random decks like Burning Inquiry or Liliana of the Veil mirrors. Kitchen Finks is a Cascade hit and is good against other Fatal Push decks though.
March 5, 2018 7:25 a.m.
Yea the manabase could definitely be improved. I put this deck together kind of quickly for the girlfriend. I'm also thinking of doing Field of Ruin instead of Ghost Quarter because I don't have Leonin Arbiter to take advantage of it. I like the Mistveil Plains - Squadron Hawk combo though, first time I've ever heard of it. Thanks for the tip.
March 5, 2018 7:05 a.m.
that is true, but the 2 lifegain from Vraska's Contempt sells it because it combos with Crested Sunmare. Gaining a horse on their turn after gaining a horse on mine is usually enough to put the game away, especially after exiling their Scarab God / Hazoret.
That being said, the mana is clearly awkward, splashing for a single off color card in the maindeck that has double symbols. That's part of the reason I went all the way up to 26 land, that and all the 5 drops. I like to think the sideboard is made better from the black splash though.
March 2, 2018 10:28 a.m.
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