I'm convinced that everybody is selfish and people only do things for others out of personal gain. I don't know for sure because I never do nice things for people.

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Said on Zendikar plotline...


Thank you for all the responses, you guys are great! Second question: Was the name of Rise of the Eldrazi not public until shortly before its release? I know New Phyrexia had an alternate public name for suspense, Eldritch Moon had its set symbol withheld, and we don't know the name of the third Ravnica set.

December 10, 2018 11:40 a.m.

Said on Zendikar plotline...


I started playing magic with the release of the 2011 Core Set. My first card was Admonition Angel, which my cousin gave to me from a pack a short while earlier. While I'm aware of the general plotline, my question is: What was the story like as it was being released? While the eldrazi were hinted at in stuff like Eldrazi Monument and Eye of Ugin, along with references in flavor texts, what did we know about Zendikar before the release of Rise? My perception and knowledge about the plane is pretty tied to the Eldrazi, and I was wondering what the story and lore and plot hooks were before the Eldrazi were released. Anyone able to help?

December 9, 2018 10:54 p.m.

Said on Kitchen table deck...


0/10, terrible curve. Not nearly competetive enough for Kamigawa block pauper tiny leaders. At least get some Storm Crows to pitch to hand size. -1 from me.

December 9, 2018 9:58 p.m.

Said on The Poison Was ......


Any interest in Crumbling Ashes and Blowfly Infestation? Not sure what your budget is but they're both pretty strong. Heartstone is universal but you'll almost certainly get more use out of it than your opponent.

December 9, 2018 6:57 p.m.

Can a triad run for office?

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Need to cut a fair number of cards, mainly focused on making allies and punishing enemies.

December 9, 2018 6:55 p.m.

I've been working on a politics-based Triad of Fates EDH deck for a little while and I'm looking for more good political cards. I'm aiming for a 75% deck, not super focused on winning but more about manipulation and making allies and deals. The type of politics I'm aiming for is deal-making, where I have something to offer a player. Triad works well for this because I can turn tokens into card advantage for my opponents and flicker out creatures attacking me or my allies. Slightly controlling, because it's about turning them against each other. Virtus's Maneuver is a good example of the type of card I'm looking for. Any thoughts?

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December 9, 2018 3 p.m.

Not sure if this is the right forum for this, but I'm trying to look for cards that have an effect when damage is prevented. The only one I could find is Selfless Squire, but I feel like there must be more. I'm looking for things that can trigger off of other sources preventing damage. Anyone know of anything like this?

December 8, 2018 3:40 p.m.

Said on Sunbird's Shoal...


@Funkydiscogod: That's what I'm going for. I want it to be as competitive as possible, but I think there's a reason nobody has ever built this deck.

@DuTogira: My goal is slamming SI on turn 4. Two Arbor Elfs, two Utopia Sprawls, or an Overgrowth lets me play it then. An elf and a sprawl let me play it on turn 3. As far as matchups go, like you said, aggro is good. Even if I don't have the Invocation, 5 bolt's worth of life for free is a massive time-buyer. Some combo decks, especially TtB, just fold to sending up to 15 damage back at their face with Shining Shoal. I'm not sure how I do against fast combo decks like storm and KCI, but based on my current version of the deck it seems bad since they can solitaire faster than me. But I don't think T4 is dreamland, unless I'm up against D&T or Ponza, and I think I'm more resilient than a TtB would be because if TtB gets countered I just wasted all my rituals, with this, I probably get the 15 life and eldrazi cast trigger, just not the eldrazi. I think what SI has going for it is consistency, but speed at a cost. How crippling that is, I have yet to find out.

December 7, 2018 11:57 a.m.

Said on Mr. Use your ......


I have pretty similar deck and I have to say, one card I've had a lot of fun with is Cruel Entertainment, but my kicker is I always have to target myself. If my two opponents realize it's in both of their interests not to screw with each other, they wont, so I target myself so we can have a bit of fun. It felt bad casting Worst Fears off of Jeleva, but CE is super fun. Mind's Dilation is also a good one.

December 7, 2018 10:33 a.m.

Said on G-20.In...


Daggerfella, I hope you aren't serious. Let us have our fun when Trump's cybersecurity advisor fucks up and creates a conspiracy within twitter to cover the fact he's an idiot. +1 by the way

December 7, 2018 2:58 a.m.

Said on Sunbird's Shoal...


That's what's counterintuitive about this deck. I'm tapping out for a do-nothing enchantment, but also slamming an eldrazi titan or Progenitus later that turn or on my opponent's end step. Also, enchantment hate is ridiculously rare. Assassin's Trophy and Destructive Revelry are really the only things people are running right now. Blood Moon is the strongest enchantment in modern and it's easier to play around than remove. And, even if someone does try and remove it, I just Shoal in response.

December 6, 2018 10:18 a.m.

Said on Sunbird's Shoal...


The reason I'm trying to use Sunbird's Invocation is partly because I've never seen it done before, but slamming a T4 one with the help of Overgrowth, or even T3 with Arbor Elf and Utopia Sprawl, seems absurdly strong. While there are other ways to cheat on CMC, Shoals seem the most consistent, and being able to gain 15 life or redirect up to 15 damage in a pinch isn't bad either. But what makes SI so strong is that you don't need the shoal to resolve, and if I'm hitting eldrazi (I was thinking Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, and Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger) I get immediate cast value, and a Kozilek might just draw me into doing it again. It seems insanely explosive at it's best and merely slow at it's worst. Slow can be a death sentence in modern, but I think it's still feasible. I think Elvish Piper and Through the Breach are too easy to interrupt. Yeah, I get hosed by Grafdigger's Cage but most people are running Relic instead of it. I like the idea of having early control pieces once I've played my elves and birds, Trinisphere seems good there.

I'm putting together a list, that I'll link here soon. Anyway, thank you all for your suggestions, I'll try and get back to all of you when I have time!

December 5, 2018 11:12 a.m.

Said on Sunbird's Shoal...


That's the thing. SI is an amazing EDH card but what modern offers is consistency. Consistent ramp, multiple shoals (4 green 2 white?), consistent Sunbird's. It's kinda counterintuitive, but what makes the card good makes it absolutely stomp with a build-around. If I go the Temur Jace, the Mind Sculptor route I can run a bunch of 1-of hate cards mainboard that I can hopefully find when I need and brainstorm away when I don't.

December 5, 2018 4:36 a.m.

Said on Sunbird's Shoal...


The name probably gets you right to it, Sunbird's Invocation and Nourishing Shoal. Your typical Arbor Elf/Utopia Sprawl/Overgrowth ramp package combined with a topend filled with Ghalta, Primal Hungers and Eldrazi, with extra value and maybe an instant-speed Emrakul, the Aeons Torn off an exiled Autochthon Wurm. Thoughts? SI has been dismissed as a 6-mana do-nothing enchantment but it seems incredibly potent if you can get immediate value out of high-cmc, low-cost stuff via Delve and the white or green shoals. Summoner's Pact for consistency. I haven't found much discussion of this kind online, and I was thinking of trying to put it together. It seems like jumping through less hoops than Grishoalbrand, and splashing blue for protection and Jace, the Mind Sculptor for a backup win, digging power, and getting your topend out of your hand and right into a juicy Sunbird's Invocation.

Am I sitting squarely in Christmas Dreamland or is this one of those 'just crazy enough it might even work' deals? SI saw a bit of play with Approach of the Second Sun but has never been all that great at a competitive level, but this genuinely seems like it could break it. I've watched a fair bit of modern but never played it, and I was thinking this would be a fun (albeit costly) way to get into it. Thoughts?

Yes, if you exile a 15 cmc card to Nourishing Shoal, it's cmc is 17 on the stack and for the purposes of SI.

December 5, 2018 2:30 a.m.

Deadeye Navigator + Peregrine Drake + Havengul Lich + Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge + Damping Sphere + sac outlet = infinite library exile, let your opponents die on their draw steps.

Assemble an infinite combo with my favorite card, Fleshwrither

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December 5, 2018 1:28 a.m.

Said on Looking for a ......


Oviya Pashiri, Sage Lifecrafter might be a bit underpowered even for 75%, but she's a solid mana sink. Mono-green artifacts is a bit tough though.

December 5, 2018 1:13 a.m.

He can't Force of Will because Storm Crow was in the Command Zone, not his hand.

December 4, 2018 1:16 p.m.

Fun with banding.

Shoutout to the judges on the askajudge live chat for putting up with me.

We're Getting the Band Back Together

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December 1, 2018 12:10 p.m.

Said on I Move to ......


Not sure what your budget is, but Koth of the Hammer and Chandra, Torch of Defiance are both strong mono-red support cards. Outpost Siege and Stolen Strategy are nice engines and mana sinks as well.

December 1, 2018 12:08 p.m.

For the fun of the table and budget considerations, would you consider running Fugitive Wizard as a 3-of? I play it in my mono-green Tibalt EDH and people usually scoop after it resolves.

November 29, 2018 2 a.m.






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