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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.

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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If you'd like me to alter a card for you, let me know. TheAnnihilator is the much better artist, but I'm cheaper.

brokendwarf says... #1

That's fine actually. We're both still getting a fetch out of it.

October 31, 2018 9:31 p.m.

brokendwarf says... #2

Any foil checkland will do. Let me know if you can find enough.

October 31, 2018 3:01 a.m.

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I would say almost 0 since there have been so many lands already spoiled. The presence of the man lands and so many other lands (ancient tomb, urborg, karakas, cavern of souls, dark depths) basically guarantees there won't be any more lands at rare.

Rabid_Wombat path to exile at common would make me so happy. That would actually meaningfully increase the number of copies in circulation.

November 17, 2018 1:56 a.m.

It's probably really bad, but until I see it be bad I'm going to try it.

I'm splashing with 1 godless shrine because every fetch land can find it. I cut 1 field of ruin to add it, so I'm not really losing any blue. If I ever get scalding tarn then hallowed fountain would be better. Steam Vents into godless shrine is a better sequence for getting my colors even though it's worse for cryptic command. I definitely think the mana base will change a bit before in happy.

November 14, 2018 9:45 a.m.

TheAlexGnan the white splash somehow seems to improve my Tron matchup in game 3. I need to test it much more extensively, but I am loving this version.

I picked up a playset of Fulminator Mages signed by the artist. I probably over traded for them because I don't need 4 and they're going to go down, but I also got a good deal and they're really pretty and I'm a sucker for bling. Nonetheless, you've convinced me that Fulminator is the way to do things.

I still wasn't having luck with surgical vs dredge. I'm probably playing with it incorrectly, but I think the card just isn't my style. Rest in peace is much more my thing. I like slamming doors in people's faces without any sophistication.

November 14, 2018 2:10 a.m.

Worldly tutor would be a good reprint. I have no idea how likely it is, but I'd love to see it happen.

I'm hoping for another path to exile reprint. I firmly believe it should be a $5 card, yet it keeps creeping up to $7 after every reprint. Not like it's that big of a deal, but still.

I'd also like to see some reprints of burn spells because someone should be and able to build mono-red burn in modern for well under $50 if they don't play goblin guide. Stuff like Lava Spike, Grim Lavamancer, even Skullcrack.

November 13, 2018 11:05 p.m.

Said on JUND...


When do you board in Angrath? It doesn't seem very good to me. Would Tireless Tracker be good in that spot?

November 13, 2018 10:54 p.m.

Selling a Tropical Island from Unlimited, signed by Jesper Myrfors. Asking $495. See details here

November 12, 2018 11:12 p.m.

Asking $495, which is 10% below tcglow for MP Tropical Island from Unlimited. It is signed by Jesper Myrfors, the artist.

I'm not a card grader. I say it's MP, but you should decide for yourself from pictures. If you want to see more pictures (more angles, close ups, one with a time stamp, etc.), please just ask.

I'm potentially open to a combination of trades and cash, but I'd want a minimum of $300 of it to be covered by cash.

I will cover shipping in a padded envelope with tracking within the US. Any additional shipping requests beyond or international shipping beyond $5 will be paid for by the buyer. Buyer will pay before I ship, unless you have more references than me and recently completed trades, in which case we can discuss.

November 12, 2018 11:05 p.m.

Said on Free / Cheap ......


It's not exactly the synergy you're looking for, but Cryptbreaker can generate card advantage in a zombie deck. Vraska, Golgari Queen's +1 is also really good with gravecrawler.

November 12, 2018 9:12 p.m.

Interesting. I'll try that instead and see what happens. Thanks.

November 10, 2018 1:34 a.m.

Flame On (Grixis Control)

Modern ToolmasterOfBrainerd


Any suggestions are welcome. The sideboard especially is a tough puzzle to solve.

November 9, 2018 11:44 p.m.

Sorcerous Spyglass is probably the cleanest answer to planeswalkers. Especially because it also works on Celestial Colonnade.

You have to get 2 copies of Oriss before it does anything. If you want to add another combo to have another way of locking the opponent out, Isochron Scepter + Silence achieves basically the same effect. Each card can also be used in other ways in a pinch. Silence can buy you another turn while you transmute for that 2nd Oriss, or the Scepter can be used with Fatal Push or Path to Exile to keep the board clear for a long time.

November 9, 2018 11:42 p.m.

GDS was tough when I was on Delver, and Cryptic Command is pretty clunky so I imagine it's a bit worse here. They're too friggin efficient.

When playing vs Dredge, what do you use Surgical Extraction on? I've tested post-board a little bit and I'm struggling a lot. I Surgical their Stinkweed Imps and then they go off with Life from the Loam. I snap-surgical Loam, and then they still get there with Golgari Thug and Darkblast. It just doesn't feel like it does enough.

On the plus side this deck is #6 on the site right now. I'm tempted to feature it since I have a feature token that I probably won't use elsewhere.

November 9, 2018 11:30 p.m.

TheAlexGnan the last few days I've been testing game 3 vs Tron whenever I have 5 minutes (with Tron sideboarded to the best of my ability). I have a decent win percentage (I haven't been tracking) but not as good as I think is necessary. I'm surprised and impressed that you're 6-6.

Surgical Extraction without a ld effect is really bad. And surgical with ld still leaves me way down on cards. I've actually lost quite a few games because I stumbled after getting them off of Tron, which seems a bit awkward.

For now I'm going up to 2 Field of Ruin and 4 Fulminator Mage and 4 Anger of the Gods in the sideboard. It's probably not correct to be all-in on those cards, but I won't know for sure unless I test a bit.

We also have Damping Sphere available. From the testing I've done with it before, it is actually really effective. They can get around it by hardcasting (like always) or with Oblivion Stone, but it might be worth looking into doing a 2-2 Fulminator-Damping split.

Disdainful Stroke is fantastic vs Tron and I can imagine how good it is vs Primeval Titan, however I really think I'll miss the extra Countersquall vs burn and storm. I'm not sure which is more relevant, but I suspect the Countersquall will win me over in the end.

I dropped the 2nd Countersquall because I found I was flooding on counterspells a little bit too much vs tron, which is a problem I noticed when playing Delver.

November 9, 2018 1:46 a.m.

Yikes, that's real sloppy by wotc. Not a good sign for what's supposed to be the greatest masters set yet. Thanks for the heads up.

November 7, 2018 10:53 p.m.

Interesting card. I've never heard of it but it's cool.

Although perhaps strange, counterspells are best for cards that cost a lot of mana. Spending 2 mana to counter something with cmc 1 is tempo loss - and that cmc 1 card that I'm countering probably dies to lightning bolt anyway. Counterspells really shine when you're countering Primeval Titan, Teferi, Hero of Dominaria, or Karn Liberated. These cards are impactful even if they're killed after they resolve. Usually cmc 1 and cmc 2 cards are just fine if they resolve.

So while prohibit has tons of targets in modern, it misses the cards that are the best reasons to play countermagic at all.

November 7, 2018 1:54 a.m.

Flame On (Grixis Control)

Modern ToolmasterOfBrainerd


November 5, 2018 9:30 p.m.

Said on Yes...


Don't you know that Islands are strictly better? Just look at how many upvotes that deck has. Blue is the most played color in legacy and home of Storm Crow. I don't know how exactly you plan on competing with that kind of power.

Not only that, but if this deck and Islands were matched up Islands would win every time because you'll mill yourself first.

Still, I'm glad you were able to get out of the mugging okay. And I also just realized this is a standard deck, so your misguided ways are understandable. +1

November 5, 2018 9:16 p.m.

Well, Fulminator is getting reprinted in a month. I'll be able to get some paper copies of those. And if by some miracle there's a Surgical Extraction reprint as well then I'll be in great shape for upgrades.

November 5, 2018 9:09 p.m.

If goyf gets cheap ($30 each) I'm definitely going to pick up a set and find a deck to play them in. Probably counter cat, or maybe something in legacy.

I'm really hoping for a Surgical Extraction reprint. It seems unlikely given it's not a box topper, but it's still possible since there are a lot of black box topper.

Edit: also there are 20 mythics in the set instead of 15. So good luck getting that specific mythic you want. At the same time, it does mean that more cards are seeing reprints.

November 5, 2018 7:40 p.m.


Modern - Delver, Modern - U/B/R (Grixis)


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