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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SirChris39 says... #1

ToolmasterOfBrainerd would u know how i could my U/W Control to 100% competitive

July 16, 2019 5:31 p.m.

SirChris39 says... #2

ToolmasterOfBrainerd i have my U/W Control deck on paper now but saving up to get the sideboard done after

July 14, 2019 12:15 p.m.

SirChris39 says... #3

check out the sideboard i may use for my U/W control and give me any suggestions on it

July 13, 2019 8:59 p.m.

SirChris39 says... #4

ToolmasterOfBrainerd thank you for all the advice on my U/W Control Deck and also my deck for paper play/competitive

July 6, 2019 9:02 p.m.

Fellin22 says... #5

Thnx for the advice

July 3, 2019 1:15 a.m.

SirChris39 says... #6

Would Spell Queller be better than delver of secrets in my U/W control deck

July 2, 2019 8:40 a.m.

SirChris39 says... #7

ToolmasterOfBrainerd what is good sideboard for My Legacy W/U Control deck

July 1, 2019 9:05 p.m.

SirChris39 says... #8

ToolmasterOfBrainerd can you look at my legacy U/W control

July 1, 2019 4:49 p.m.

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Ouch. Sorry to hear that. I'd look at some of clayperce's decks for help with land destruction. He's the resident Ponza expert.

You can also block users you had trouble with and delete the comments from your deck, but I'm not actually sure if comment deletion works

July 20, 2019 4:23 p.m. Edited.

I'm so confused. Did you make a new deck with the same decklist and description as your old deck, and then make a new forum post with the same text as your post from yesterday?

July 20, 2019 3:22 p.m.

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Because with Wrenn and Six you can play Wasteland every single turn and it turn out that's a good thing to do in legacy.

July 19, 2019 7:57 p.m.

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Japanese foil? I'd definitely hit up the Japanese magic cards Facebook group. They'll almost certainly have one for you.

July 19, 2019 12:01 a.m.

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I have this problem too every once in awhile. Sometime in the next few days you'll getb like 30 notification within 30 minutes of each other and all of them will have been from awhile ago. It's annoying.

July 18, 2019 6:05 p.m.

As a modern and legacy player, I recommend giving commander another shot. Do not get into modern. It's a cesspool of tears. You will lose on turn 3 most games and go 0-4 in events. And if you don't lose on turn 3, then you will watch your opponent kill every creature you play, make you discard or counter any spell you play, and you won't feel like you got to play at all. If you play a competitive modern deck, then it's better, but modern is extremely unforgiving to decks which are not fully competitive (and accordingly, really expensive).

The pre-built Commander 2019 decks are coming out soon (late August). Those tend to be balanced and powerful decks, and only set you back about $45. If you're not a good deckbuilder yet, play one of these straight out of the package and you'll find that you have a lot of resilience to what other players are trying to do.

Commander has a lot of downsides, but I think it's the only format that is both widely played and good for casual players.

The biggest downside of commander, for you specifically, is probably the game time. But I feel pretty strongly that you will not enjoy or feel like you can win fast games in other formats. Commander is an inherently casual format. It's designed to be that way. You're supposed to be able to play and win with decks of any budget. Of course you can't expect a $40 pre-con to beat a $1000 combo deck, but to tell you the truth, in about 10 games we played, my friend playing the Meren pre-con deck did beat my expensive combo deck once, so anything is possible. Finding players which have the same power level decks as you is necessary, but most commander players will have 10 or more decks built at a range of powers. Commander is the unique format which is both widely played and friendly to new players.

July 17, 2019 11:26 a.m.

Were either you or your opponent clicking on the animated cat? Apparently there's a bug with it, but I have no idea what the bug actually does.

July 15, 2019 9:02 p.m.

Summoning yeaGO to help.

July 14, 2019 10 a.m.

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List looks solid. Sideboard looks decent. I think the way to do the sideboard is to see what your local meta looks like, then adjust the sideboard to beat those decks.

The one other thing I think would be really helpful is 4 more fetchlands and 4 fewer Plains. You definitely want 4 Flooded Strand because it can fetch island and plains. Prismatic Vista is a good 1-of or 2-of. It can't fetch hallowed fountain, but it can fetch both island and plains.

Good luck if you build this and play it! Legacy is super fun.

If you want more suggestions (which is a good idea) try posting it in the legacy deck help forum.

July 13, 2019 9:18 p.m. Edited.

Chasmolinker Historically, Grixis is really good at beating Jund. With the new toys in Jund, I'm now slightly terrified of the matchup. Your cards are extremely hard to 1-for-1. For the first time in a long time I feel the need to adapt to have a good Jund matchup.

I feel like the upcoming meta is going to be really good. The new Urza Sword decks and Mentor decks are super sweet. UW Control and Jund at the top tables ensure there will be fair matchups every once in awhile. If Neoform and Infect catch on, then interactive decks will be in a great spot. Especially because then even the aggro decks are forced to interact since the Infect kill is faster. I think the unfun crap might be a little bit behind us for a short while. At least, I hope so.

July 12, 2019 6:25 p.m.


Same challenge!

July 11, 2019 11:10 p.m.

Rift Bolt , Shard Volley , Light Up the Stage , Skullcrack are all good spells. Monastery Swiftspear is an amazing creature. Since you're on a budget, you should consider a Needle Drop + Thunderous Wrath package. If you leave 2 mana open, and your opponent cracks a fetchland on their turn, then you can play Needle Drop and have a chance at drawing Thunderous Wrath . Wrath is bad your opening hand, but with the London mulligan, that's less of an issue these days. Eidolon of the Great Revel is absolutely amazing, but it's a little bit expensive. If you can't afford it, then Hellspark Elemental is a very good alternative.

I'd cut the goblins and Goblin Grenade . If you want to play goblins, that's a different deck, and I don't think that adding them to the burn deck helps. Browbeat isn't very good. Incinerate is also real bad.

July 11, 2019 11:39 a.m.

dingusdingo Sarkhan420X oh my god just block each other and get it over with already. I haven't seen hate boners this big since the last time I read Youtube comments.

July 9, 2019 10:53 p.m.

averagenovice74 with the recent printings of a TON of support for UW, I honestly don't think control decks would homogenize into Twin. A twin deck probably doesn't want Teferi, Hero of Dominaria . Moreover, UW Control would probably also be a natural predator of Twin decks. Imagine playing Teferi, Time Raveler while holding Force of Negation . Twin cannot go off, and while they try to kill Teferi, you have the time to get into the late game and get Cryptic online.

Even in the absence of Twin, there are only 2 control decks: UW and Esper, and Esper is pretty fringe. They've basically homogenized anyway, but since it doesn't have a combo as the posterchild of the deck, it goes unnoticed.

If twin comes back, and Arclight decks don't die, then there will still be 2 UR decks. But at the same time, Twin would probably have an insanely good matchup vs Phoenix. A well-timed Thing flip or a Lightning Axe is about the only way they can stop the combo. That's why I thought the meta was so much fun when Twin was around: non-interactive crap like Pheonix couldn't exist.

Grixis Death's Shadow would return in big numbers if Twin was around. Grixis would be so good vs Twin; there's almost guaranteed diversity among blue decks. Especially because Grixis Death's Shadow cannot adopt the Twin combo itself.

July 9, 2019 5:04 p.m. Edited.

I think this deck will be a lot more successful in standard. The cards you listed that aren't standard-legal (biomancer, vorel) don't seem like they would synergize well with elementals.

July 9, 2019 11:53 a.m.

You don't need bridge to put 14 power into play on turn 2. A good looting into a good supplier or 2 into Hogaak, with vengevine or bloodghasts coming back, is still a hand you will draw with reasonable frequency.

I've heard some people suggesting Satyr Wayfinder or Cryptbreaker . You could also use those slots for a little bit more interaction, since I've heard that things like infect or humans can be difficult.

Either way, the deck is far from dead. I wouldn't be surprised if it's still the best deck. And I definitely think it still has a shot at being tier 1.

July 9, 2019 9:37 a.m.

I think that's a good move from wizards. Good riddance. Maybe unbans at the next announcement?

July 8, 2019 11:19 a.m.

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Epoch made a long-winded help guide on getting more attention, back when he was still active in tappedout.

Link to his help guide

It should have some useful advice in there somewhere.

July 8, 2019 11:17 a.m.

My prediction: no changes

My realistic hope: Bridge from Below banned

But I wouldn't mind seeing Looting or Stirrings get the hammer. And I expect we won't see any unbannings, but man would I be excited if Stoneforge came off the list.

I think Hogaak is definitely tier 0 and it's worth emergency banning something from it, but I don't think WOTC will take action against a deck that uses cards that are available from current packs.

July 7, 2019 11:31 p.m.

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My first thought is 2 Windswept Heath instead of 2 Forest. You'll have more access to red mana and you'll be able to get something back with W6 more often. Or 2 more Prismatic Vista. Either works.

My other thought is 2 Birds of Paradise instead of Sakura-Tribe Scout and Coalition Relic to maximize the chances of having turn 1 ramp, but honestly I have no idea if it's better.

I playtested and got the nut draw of turn 2 pillage + stirrings into turn 3 Chandra + liquimetal, and if I'd drawn another land the turn I would have had Karn + Liquimetal on turn 3.

July 7, 2019 2:27 p.m.


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