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 who likes it, 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 keep on hand the cards to play any of the following grixis decks in modern: Rocket Science, The Angry Insect (Grixis Delver), Flame On (Grixis Control). Which of them I play depends on my mood and the meta. I also play Counter Cat Rawr in modern. I play Jeskai DelverBlade in legacy. I play I sees a Harpy, an' a Strixy 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.

Got an issue with me? Let's talk it out like reasonable people. Enable chat if you'd like to keep it private, or comment below and we can work it out for all to see.

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clayperce says... #1

Hey, thanks for the upvote on Gobbows!

May 3, 2019 6:48 p.m.

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My favorite part of Giver of Runes is that it's not a human. Well done wizards. Also it's balanced because it can't target itself. Mother of Runes is busted because of that.

May 21, 2019 10:30 p.m.

They're completing the Horizon Canopy cycle. Wow.

May 21, 2019 10:54 a.m.

I am an avid user of pucatrade, even today. I firmly believe you can get your Karns in Puca (there isn't demand for them right now). But if you want to be successful in pucatrade you have to join the discord server. I'm going to repeat that because it's really important. IF YOU WANT TO GET CARDS THROUGH PUCATRADE, JOIN THE DISCORD SERVER!!! Among other services, the discord offers a marketplace where people list the cards they have and how many points they want for them. Thus if there isn't a high promo on a card you want to move, you can post in the marketplace and see if anyone wants it. This could also help you find a Karn, although I don't think the marketplace has any at the moment.

The key to puca is to understand the economy. There are too many points in the system. They've been fixing this gradually over the last few years. What this means in practice is that you need to promote cards to a high point value before they'll get sent. Conversely, you should only send cards for a promotion. The current rate is about 80% for staples.

The other thing you should know about is the point destruction process. When you promote cards, puca takes a % and if you want insurance on your trade (I recommend doing this) puca will also take a %.

It might be a little bit of work, but I've had a lot of success in puca and feel pretty confident you'll be able to get your Karns through it. Duals move on it all the time. I've personally sent unlimited and revised tropical islands and received a revised tundra and force of wills, all within the last year. I don't know anything about cardsphere or how they compare.

May 21, 2019 12:11 a.m.

I'll make a long post later. I just got url redirected trying to type on mobile.

May 20, 2019 9:23 p.m.

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Force of Negation and Fact or Fiction are now modern cards. I can't think of a better shell than this deck.

May 20, 2019 5:06 p.m.

mymanpotsandpans alright I concede you were right and I was wrong. C'mon wizards keep those reprints coming!

May 20, 2019 2:26 p.m.

Maybe Bant with Noble Hierarch ? 3 Islands, 2 Forests, 1 Plains (all snow of course) and 14 fetch lands. 4 Misty, 4 Flooded, 4 of the new one, and 2 Field of Ruin (or 2 Windswept Heath). Maybe 4-3-1 on basics or 4-2-1.

I'm pretty disappointed with the lack of reprints. Goblin Matron and Flusterstorm are the only 2 (playable) cards so far. But I'm not exactly surprised. This is WOTC, after all. All the same, I'd like reprints of cool cards, not watered-down callbacks. Cabal Therapist is the biggest offender.

May 20, 2019 12:40 p.m. Edited.

saj0219 crap. Although, this card looks totally playable. It may not be in black, but maybe it can work? This, tarmogoyf, Snow-covered basics, force of negation, delver of secrets... It has only the snake for removal spells. And it probably can't be 3-color if it needs to procure 3 snow basics on turn 3. But maybe playing without removal spells is an opportunity in disguise. Cryptic command certainly thinks that you can hold off creatures without removal.

May 20, 2019 11:33 a.m.

On the flip side, it is really nice that Force of Negation can be used to aggressively counter Expedition Map and Sylvan Scrying . Who knows if it'll be enough for a tempo deck to actually beat tron, but at least it's something.

Tron is also running fewer creatures so they can play more Karns. From a tempo perspective, this is a very good thing.

May 20, 2019 12:56 a.m.

I would have been fine leaving Flusterstorm in Eternal. Modern doesn't need it. It's good in Legacy because there are counter wars and combo decks which play counterspells to protect their combo. In modern there aren't enough instants or sorceries for it to matter.

My problem is that the counterspells in modern all suck. Creatures define the format, so a counterspell needs to be able to counter creatures. And the 2 most playable counterspells, Mana Leak and Logic Knot , are way too fragile. Tron and Titan can easily pay for their costs. Wurmcoil Engine , Thragtusk , and Primeval Titan are the threats which midrange decks struggle the most to deal with. And, from a color balance perspective, these cards are supposed to be soft to countermagic. Greedy expensive bombs should be balanced by their vulnerability to tempo plays. Counterspell would fix that problem instantly. Heck, counterspell still gets blown out of the water by Aether Vial and Cavern of Souls . It wouldn't be broken. It'd help balance.

Counterspell sees play in legacy, but not much. I'd say they are pushing the uniqueness of legacy with Force of Negation way more than they would with Counterspell . Force of Will and Brainstorm are the flavor of legacy.

May 19, 2019 9:33 p.m.

Heh, so true. Expect a lot of that from this set. Like Cabal Therapist.

I do appreciate that it's easy to hardcast. It's totally playable in a tempo deck. You can slam threats on your first 2 turns while keeping up permission, then switch over to hardcasting it and keeping up on card advantage. I don't know if tempo is actually playable in modern, but this will help.

May 19, 2019 7:56 p.m. Edited.

Can't counter creatures. I'm pretty annoyed by that. Please let me counter Primeval Titan and Wurmcoil Engine . With Flusterstorm and this, I'm losing hope on getting Counterspell , which is what modern actually needs.

May 19, 2019 6:58 p.m.

I think planeswalkers are almost necessary for the story. I say this because if each block takes place on a new plane, then there's a new cast of characters every year. Planeswalkers are the only faces that can appear all the time. As fans get attached to their favorite characters, it would kind of suck if you knew your favorite character could only get a few months in the spotlight before being gone for a few years.

Nonetheless, I do agree that planeswalkers are overbearing. Personally I don't like the gatewatch at all. Magic has created some really cool characters. Why'd WOTC have to pick a sucky squad to be the main characters?

Also WOTC has no balls. I wanted to see a pile of bodies in WAR. Instead we lost 3 planeswalkers. Bolas is pathetic if he could only bring 3 named characters down with him. The Bolas I know is better than that!

May 14, 2019 3:56 p.m.

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No problem! I've never played with the card but I'm currently trying to get a few to try out.

May 13, 2019 1:30 a.m.

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Settle the Wreckage is really good in my opinion. Wrath of God kills your board too but Settle is one-sided.

May 12, 2019 11:08 p.m.

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Spell Pierce . It's very good vs that stupidity, Phoenix, and Tron. And it's playable against everything else except humans.

Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek will also be amazing.

May 8, 2019 11:11 p.m. Edited.

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Look at the modern metagame. Most decks fall into one of two categories. The first is aggressive persistent linear aggro. These include Phoenix, Dredge, Humans, Affinity, Burn. To beat these decks you need to shut them down hard. Wrath of God is a good start, but you only have 2 copies and Phoenix and Dredge only somewhat care about Wrath. Phoenix and Dredge are why UW Control usually plays Terminus . Tucking creatures is a really powerful effect. Nonetheless, the WAR cards do almost nothing to interact with these decks. Kefnet is an okay blocker, but that doesn't really matter when humans has Reflector Mage and phoenix has Lightning Axe . Teferi is so durdly. Bouncing an opposing creature is not good interaction. And Deliver is 3 mana to get back the 3rd and 4th best cards from your graveyard, which is kind of terrible. I'm pretty sure there are better 3 mana recursion spells that still see no play because graveyard recursion isn't good unless it's done by Snapcaster Mage . Gifts Ungiven isn't played for value. It's played as a double Entomb , with value as a backup plan if entombing is bad.

The other type of deck is decks that go over the top. UW Control, Tron, Amulet Titan, even BGx and Grixis Death's Shadow. The first 3 especially try to do something powerful that's hard to interact with and will win the game if left unchecked. Imagine playing Kefnet or Teferi vs Tron. They'll slam Karn, Wurmcoil, Ugin, or Ulamog and no matter how it goes they're in a much much better spot. The story is the same vs Amulet Titan. And the finishers in UW Control are much better. Teferi, Hero of Dominaria can deal with your threats effectively and Cryptic Command will pull them ahead. When facing UW Control is the only time Teferi, Time Raveler might be good, and even then I'm not convinced.

Karn is a very good card, and I think the archetype has potential, but frankly you've built this deck to take down standard. Modern is a totally different beast.

May 8, 2019 12:05 p.m.

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Why are you playing so many bad war of the spark cards? Deliver Unto Evil , Dreadhorde Invasion , God-Eternal Kefnet , Teferi, Time Raveler , and The Elderspell are all awful in modern in my opinion.

May 6, 2019 6:26 p.m.

Wall of Omens alongside Delver of Secrets  Flip isn't where you want to be. Get rid of one or the other. I highly highly recommend 4 Spell Queller . If you want to play Restoration Angel , I don't think Monastery Mentor will be better than Geist or Queller. But if you wanted to go a different direction and play fewer creatures and tons of cantrips, then Monastery Mentor could be insane. Medomai the Ageless is 6 mana. Don't play it. Ojutai is greedy enough as it is.

Opt is popular in UW because it can hit Terminus . In this I think Serum Visions is better, especially if you're trying to flip Delver of Secrets. But on the whole this doesn't really look or feel like a delver deck.

I guess, what do you want to play? What cards are you attached to building around?

May 3, 2019 12:31 p.m.


Legacy - Stoneblade, Modern - Delver, Modern - Midrange, Modern - Tempo, Modern - U/B/R (Grixis)


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