Hi everybody, welcome to my profile page! I'm ToolmasterOfBrainerd. If you're confused by my name, listen to the above song. If you're still confused, well, Trip Shakespeare is an acquired taste. Go listen to some Twilight Hours to acclimate yourself (and hear some beautiful music), then try again. If you do embark on the path to being Shakesperienced, I'd be happy to give song recommendations.

My favorite card art has to be Haunter of Nightveil . I own a foil and it's beautiful. I also love Unsummon for its flavor text. I have a lot of favorite cards to play with. In no particular order, Stoneforge Mystic , Deathrite Shaman , Snapcaster Mage , and Thoughtseize . My favorite colors are . My favorite set, no joke, is Dragon's Maze. I think I'm the only one, but I pulled my first mythic rare ever out of my first Dragon's Maze pack, so I have a special place in my heart for it.

I am fairly active on this site and try to give and ask for help frequently. I am best with modern decks because that's what I've played the most. Although TheAlexGnan is the true Grixis savant around here. For non-modern formats, I think is a blast to play.

I play The Angry Insect (Grixis Delver) in modern, Jeskai DelverBlade in legacy, and Heavy Metal Bears in EDH.

I'm a Johnny Spike. I am naturally a competitive person, but every deck I play has to be off-meta. It can be similar to what other people have done, but I never want to play a mirror match.

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Said on Ug infect need ......


Definitely 4x Hierarchs and 4x Inkmoths. The land can be worked around. But without 4 hierarch and inkmoth you're playing a much worse version of the deck.

January 14, 2019 10:19 a.m.

Said on Vannifar Modern...


I'm not gonna lie, I don't think Thousand Year Elixir is good enough to play. It enables more turn 3 combos but unless you have the combo it does basically nothing. I think you would improve the deck a ton by loading up on more midrange potential and relying less on comboing off.

Similarly, I really don't like Pact of Negation. It's only usable to protect the combo.

January 8, 2019 2:53 p.m.

Said on Vannifar Modern...

January 7, 2019 4:18 p.m.

Said on Nath of the ......


Is Earthcraft better than Cryptolith Rite?

January 3, 2019 5:04 p.m.

Said on cEDH!!...


Leyline of Anticipation, if you're asking about other leylines. If you're wondering about grave hate, options include Relic of Progenitus, Tormod's Crypt, Grafdigger's Cage, and other artifacts.

January 3, 2019 2:20 p.m.

Said on Rocket Science...


Midrange is what lies in between pure aggro and pure control. The problem with midrange is that it tends to be expensive.

My understanding of Dredge is that it's a weird and cool deck the first 10 times you play it. Then you realize every game is the exact same and it gets boring. Put library into graveyard, put graveyard into play, turn things sideways.

The most interactive and successful deck in modern is the BGx variants - Jund and Rock (BG) are popular now, but Abzan was popular once upon a time and could be again. They also come with a $1500 price tag and don't work well on a budget.

Mardu Pyromancer, Grixis Death's Shadow, and Jund Death's Shadow are also highly interactive midrange decks. Grixis and Pyromancer are also much cheaper than the BGx decks.

Arclight Phoenix is really popular in modern right now and comes in a UR and a mono-R version. I think they're pretty similar to the standard version. If you want my personal opinion, they are a passing phase and will be nearly gone in 2 months, but I also don't know the deck very well. It could definitely stick around for longer. The good news about the Phoenix decks is that they can be built really well on a budget.

Luckily, there are a lot of decks that aren't in tier 1 / tier 2 that are great budget decks. And they tend to be aggressive but interactive.

Some kind of zoo deck could be a good fit. They play aggressive creatures but back them up with burn spells and Path to Exile to clear the board of creatures.

Budget UR Delver is also a popular deck for players getting into modern, but I think budget Phoenix is better right now.

Mono-W death and taxes is also a great budget deck. It's surprisingly interactive and actually pretty fun.

If you want to play interactive I think you have to play something with red, white, or black. That way you have Lightning Bolt, Path to Exile, or Fatal Push, which are the staple removal spells in modern.

If you want to play midrange I don't recommend green because Tarmogoyf is expensive and in every green deck.

Blue is also expensive because of Snapcaster Mage, but not every blue deck needs it.

I hope this long rambling helps at least a little. What's your target budget for building a modern deck? How competitive do you want to be?

January 2, 2019 2:31 p.m.

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Welcome to the format! I haven't played this consistently since summer of 2017. Last summer I played The Angry Insect (Grixis Delver) and now I play Flame On (Grixis Control).

This deck was really good when Splinter Twin and Jund were at the top of modern. Especially when Jund relied on Abrupt Decay, which this deck is very good against. In those days decks would only send creatures to your graveyard. Perfect when you're playing Bloodghast in the shell of a fair deck.

The problem now is that Terminus tucks creatures instead of destroying them. Bloodghast is no longer a persistent threat against the decks we need to grind out. And decks like Spirits and Humans are not as susceptible to Terminate as we need them to be.

This deck was a ton of fun in its day, but modern has grown since then. I discourage you from playing this deck because there are much better options available which do similar things. What kind of strategies do you like? What is it about this deck that you like? I'd be happy to try to point you towards a deck that is both your style and suited for the current modern meta.

January 2, 2019 2:18 a.m.

Said on cEDH!!...


Thrasios / Tymna has several variants.

Breakfast Hulk is a self-mill combo that can go off with Flash + Protean Hulk, Hermit Druid, or Cephalid Illusionist + Nomads en-Kor. Once it has milled itself itself there are a few different possibilities to include, but all usually involve Dread Return I think.

Paradox Scepter either slams Paradox Engine with a bunch of mana dorks in play and draws a ton of cards with Thrasios, or it plays Isochron Scepter + Dramatic Reversal to make infinite mana and draw the deck with Thrasios. It oftentimes features Vizier of Remedies + Devoted Druid as another way to get infinite mana (and draw the deck with Thrasios).

I play Aluren combo, but it's not quite cEDH. I'm on a budget and Aluren is not as good as other options.

Najeela has a couple ways it can make infinite combat phases. Druids' Repository, Sword of Feast and Famine, Nature's Will all allow the player to make 5 mana each combat.

Teferi chain veil is a deck. It incorporates stax pieces to slow the game down before comboing. I don't know enough about cEDH to say anything more.

I don't really know anything about Gitrog.

January 1, 2019 1:43 p.m.


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