Do you think it would be worthwhile to haunt Cry of Contrition onto an Augur of Skulls?
February 5, 2018 8:28 p.m.
What would you suggest to make the discard deck better
February 5, 2018 8:14 p.m.
Sol ring is only banned in certain formats. This is a legacy deck, not standard
February 5, 2018 8:11 p.m.
Please login to comment
1x Abrupt Decay
I will break down the switches I would use, but mind this is my own experience, and what good hate cards are can be very dependent to the LGS, so I usually don't touch the sideboard of other peoples decks, but here I go:
Disdainful Stroke - This card has a lot more than it looks going on. It is a pure counterspell, which I love (unlike Mana Leak or Spell Pierce, etc.), and it costs which is great, as it doesn't hurt the three color mana base. The downside is it doesn't hit much in modern, and normally I haven't felt a huge impact on decks like Ponza, Jeskai Control, or Tron decks.
I would switch both copies for a couple Remands, which are catch alls, and though they only stall, they replace themselves, are fine with the three color mana base, and also are sweet card advantage on the Snapcaster Mage.
Finally, I'd drop a Kitchen Finks for a second copy of Maelstrom Pulse, as it is an incredible card, and I just don't see the lifegain as necessary to have this deck hold its own against damage based decks, when Tarmogoyf has your back.
The final sideboard looks something like this:
1x Abrupt Decay
February 24, 2018 1:02 p.m.
Tireless Tracker isn't a good fit for the deck, the deck has enough stuff to do without cracking clues. I'd go up a Dark Confidant, as they are pretty great. Possibly up a Snapcaster Mage and side out a Scavenging Ooze.
February 24, 2018 8:27 a.m.
February 22, 2018 8:26 p.m.
February 22, 2018 3:36 p.m.
February 22, 2018 8:04 a.m.
February 22, 2018 7:59 a.m.
Cool, I suggest hiding behind an Ensnaring Bridge instead of blockers.
February 18, 2018 9:46 a.m.
Cartouche of Solidarity is pretty decent.
February 17, 2018 10:30 a.m.
I like it, I haven't seen either of those cards, but it certainly seems good. If you want to hit on early game disruption (usually in the form of Thoughtseize or Inquisition of Kozilek), cards Loxodon Smiter are a suprise, and if you want to mess with aggro decks, Cryptic Commands and Supreme Verdicts are how control decks deal with many of them. I suggest Day of Judgment for a budget boardwipe.
If you really want to abuse Acolyte's Reward, I suggest using a Boros (Red-White) deck that answer the opponent and comboes off to win. Blasphemous Act is both a Board wipe and a win-con. Stuffy Doll, Spitemare, and Boros Reckoner are your creatures, and you blow up your own creatures to win. Possibly Pariah for the laughs as they attack themselves.
February 17, 2018 10:04 a.m.
A small list of budget options for counterspells & removal in Grixis Colors (Red, Blue, and Black)
Blasphemous Act (dependent on budget)
February 15, 2018 12:29 p.m.
Also, you say red-aggro, in the description, as if aggro is what will beat you fast. In the top decks, I will list off what meta decks beat yours and how:
Tron - 0% Estimated Win Rate - they pose a very big threat to this deck, as one Karn Liberated, or Ugin, the Spirit Dragon, and even an All Is Dust beats this deck outright, and they drop All Is Dust turn three or four on average.
Grixis Shadow - 0% Estimated Win Rate - That deck will kill this one turn three or four, possibly later it you Oust their shadow, but that deck runs to much disruption and removal, nothing on your side will stick if it does it the field.
5 Color Humans - <1% Estimated Win Rate - Weirdly, though this deck doesn't beat them, sticking a Battletide Alchemist slows them down enough to have a chance if you hit the Dusk / Dawn after they drop a couple lords.
Burn - 0% Estimated Win Rate - Burn is way to fast you this deck, if you go against it, you die, needs an opening hand Leyline of Sanctity for any Pillowfort deck to win.
Affinity - 0% Estimated Win Rate - Affinity is just as fast if not faster than burn, so not a real chance here, but sadly, most pillow fort will die to either burn or affinity, so unless you oppening hand a Ghostly Prison, it GG.
Jeskai Control - 0% Estimated Win Rate - Jeskai Control is the king of control, with Lantern control behind it, and it will be the late game winner of this game, because it is very good at late game, and this deck doesn't have a win condition other than combat.
Eldrazi Tron - 0% Estimated Win Rate - It is similar to tron how it will beat this deck, only this deck packs more disruption and is faster to kill.
Dredge - <1% Estimated Win Rate - If you manage to last long enough by chump blocking to resolve a Battletide Alchemist, which you won't most of if not any of the time, then I think you have a chance at winning, it packs disruption and removal, but if it just doesn't find it, or it is mana screwed, I can see you might win.
Storm - 0% Estimated Win Rate - Kills by turn four super consistently, and doesn't care about Battletide Alchemist, as it just deals two of it's Grapeshot Damage and the Alchemist and the rest at face.
Titan Shift - 0% Estimated Win Rate - It deals way too much damage to prevent, and though it is in groups of three, they will kill the creatures that stop the damage, then the rest kills you.
Those are just the top decks in the format, and I didn't cherry pick them either, I just chose the top ten decks in the metagame based off of percentage data gathered from mtggoldfish.com
February 15, 2018 12:16 p.m.
Battletide Alchemist is a five mana creature, your deck can't ramp, and modern is a format of turn 4 or earlier wins. Control decks do exist, and so do pillow fort decks. If your control elements, or pillow fort cards do not come online before the turn your opponent intends to win, you lose.
A control deck board wipes, and stops the opponent with counterspells and removal. You run semi-removal in the form of Oust, and a semi-board wipe in the form of Dusk / Dawn, but those are only semi. They don't remove many of the aggro threats as they are large in number and small in size, nor does the removal stop voltron stype Slippery Bogle decks. The lack of a serious control element stops you from playing in such a manner.
If you were to consider this a pillow fort deck, one that stops the opponent from doing things, but doesn't actually remove the threats, you would be out of luck. Battletide Alchemist might be closer to Sphere of Safety in a real w/x pillow fort deck, but that is a "finisher" or a card that stops the opponent after Runed Halo, Ghostly Prison and Nevermore slowed them down. The issue is you don't have a real way of slowing them down until then, and you will be dead before you drop Battletide Alchemist if you don't. Casual aggro decks for 15 dollars have more of a chance in the current meta in a late game scenario than this deck, because if Battletide Alchemist is your deck, you don't have one.
Pillowfort is an underused strategy, one that lock the opponent in many ways, preventing damage does so little on its own, that the real pillowfort decks only do it if it is 3 mana and prevents all damage dealt to you (Solitary Confinement saw some play). Loss of life will kill you, removing the Battletide Alchemist will kill you, etc.
The types of things a pillowfort deck should do are 6-fold:
Your deck covers part of #1 with Battletide Alchemist, and part of #5 with Eight-and-a-Half-Tails I say a part of each because plenty of combat isn't damage, it is infect, or "when this creature attacks" (think eldrazi tron and all of the eldrazi's with the annihilate keyword), and because a destroy all (Supreme Verdict) gets around protection effects. Creatures a way flimsier than enchantments, and this deck doesn't even cover that.
February 15, 2018 11:45 a.m.
I'd run the deck closer to a soul sisters deck. Here is the decklist I'd run:
4x Soul Warden
Something like that, it would be cleric heavy soul sisters, but lifegain and tokens too.
February 15, 2018 11:07 a.m.
False advertising, I thought it might be interesting, but it is trash, and the deck costs ~$150
February 15, 2018 10:35 a.m.
Welp, I certainly feel sorry, I used to trust gatherer. I am going to build up caw-blade, gimme a sec.
February 15, 2018 10:30 a.m.
February 15, 2018 10:09 a.m.
Wizards of the Coast, has considered him banned for over 7 years. Unless you aren't playing modern and lied in the tags of this deck.
February 15, 2018 10:07 a.m.
4x Shefet Dunes
February 15, 2018 9:59 a.m.
SCORE: 6 | 10 COMMENTS | 2245 VIEWS | IN 5 FOLDERS
SCORE: 2 | 312 VIEWS | IN 3 FOLDERS
SCORE: 2 | 190 VIEWS | IN 3 FOLDERS
90 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER
|Avg. deck rating||3.00|
|Good Card Suggestions||24|
|Last activity||1 hour|