ToolmasterOfBrainerd Creature - Super Saiyan Legend

Hi everybody, welcome to my profile page! If you are looking for Figag, you've found him. I just changed my account name recently. I also recently upgraded and I'll need some time to figure out my name coloring. Just hang on while I mess with it. Thanks for complying!

Before you go any further, there are 2 things you should know about me. The First: If I ever come off as knowing absolutely nothing about magic, please keep in mind that I'm a newer player. I am constantly learning and trying to improve. So if you are adamant that I suck as a deck builder from an incident from awhile ago, please give me another chance. I openly admit that I have been wrong in the past and am still wrong more often than I'd like to be. If I say a 'good' card is 'bad' and list wrong reasoning, please let me know or give me a month to learn otherwise and then give me another shot. The Second: If you have any problems with me as a user, PLEASE talk to me about it. I respect all of you other deckbuilders (with 1 exception) and want to be on your side because we all have something to learn from each other. Just blocking me accomplishes nothing except make me likely to do it again to some other user, which isn't fair to them. Feel free to block me, but I'd like to try to resolve our differences first. Trust me, I won't hold anything against anyone (with 1 exception) because we all have our bad moments, myself included.

My favorite card has to be Haunter of Nightveil with Unsummon as a close second mainly because of the flavor text. (If anyone has an unsummon foil, let me know. I might be interested.) 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 it has a special place for me. I have not been playing magic for long but have enjoyed it a lot and am loving the modern format.

I am fairly active on this site and try to give and ask for help frequently. I am best with and decks because that's what I play. Not gonna lie, I can really only help with modern decks, but I know the format fairly well and am happy to help! If you have an original deck you want me to look at, leave a comment. Anything I don't know about a format / colors I can learn and try to help with. I also love looking at original and creative ideas.

I'm mostly a Johnny with a little Spike, but not much. I am naturally a competitive person, but I would rather lose every game than win with a netdeck. It's just who I am.

For trading I mainly use pucatrade to get the cards I need. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants great reliability and fantastic availability for getting cards. Please use this link to sign up if you do join. Thanks!

So that's all for me, please check out my decks below, especially Rocket Science because it is my pride and joy and needs a lot of work, so please help me. +1's to my decks are also always appreciated! If you just wanna chat, that's cool too.

cklise says... #1

As our trade was successful, would you be willing to upvote the decklist for my collection to help me increase my visibility? It would be greatly appreciated.

June 23, 2017 9:20 a.m.

tlhunter07 says... #2

I do have 2 Dismember. Can we postpone this a couple of weeks for me to get the neccesary funds? Then we could do PayPal, or whatever works for you. I don't want the borders extended, and I can send you the Esper Charms. Thanks!

June 5, 2017 10:29 p.m.

tlhunter07 says... #3

The Islands are Veronique Meignaud art, so that won't be a part of it. I can give you 2 Spell Pierce, a Dismember, and a Delver of Secrets  Flip. I don't have any of those unlisteds. Maybe we can do PayPal?

June 5, 2017 8:17 p.m.

tlhunter07 says... #4

A playset of Charms would be amazing. Thanks! That's about $60. I have a few things unlisted, please ask if you need anything.

June 5, 2017 6:47 p.m.

tlhunter07 says... #5

Yes please! Could I also have the code for an upvote button? And thanks about the username.

June 5, 2017 3:45 p.m.

mazrimtaim says... #6

I can't think of any improvements at the moment.

May 30, 2017 4:40 p.m.

mazrimtaim says... #7

thanks for the alter it looks great.

May 30, 2017 3:46 p.m.

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Said on Let's have that ......


Part of the hate for burn likely comes out of the fact that burn is an uninteresting deck to lose to. I play grixis midrange, so when I lose to, say, a junk midrange deck, there were many interesting trade-offs, interactions, and moments of tense build-up about how the game is going to go, what could be in his hand, whether I can find my outs to his lingering souls team, and cause-and-effect analysis several layers deep. Losing such a game, for me, is very interesting and fun. Losing to burn will never hold that same feeling. Heck, even winning against burn will never be as enjoyable as losing to junk for me. But that's because I play magic for the strategic aspect. Burn undoubtedly takes skill to play competitively. But because many of my cards are situational at best against burn and I need to draw my good cards to win, it just isn't fun to play against.

I am not saying that burn doesn't take skill to play with or against. It most certainly takes skill from both sides of the table at high levels, but in grind fests my deck feels like a well-tuned machine playing right where it belongs. Playing against burn has simple interactions and my deck feels like old hard gum.

June 22, 2017 9:44 p.m.

Said on Which deck to ......


Of those, burn and company seem like your best bet. Infect, storm, and bogles are really soft to the discard in shadow decks (storm less so than the others). BW Tokens is awful against anything eldrazi or tron or company. I don't know how ponza's matchups are, so I can't say how good that would be in an unknown meta.

June 20, 2017 9:33 a.m.


To start, I played the list with Thought Scour in a few tournaments with only okay results. I found that my opening hand oftentimes had a lot of cards that didn't do anything. Kalitas isn't useful until turn 4, Bloodghast doesn't interact with my opponent, and my cantrips don't interact either. A single piece of removal or a single discard spell plus a few cards that don't interact is a miserable hand in this meta, where pretty much every deck, especially Death's Shadow, requires constant pressure to beat. Basically in this meta I am not a proactive deck, I am the reactive control deck that needs to be interacting with the opponent pretty much constantly. Thought Scour was not useful in accomplishing this goal. So, I cut Thought Scour and the 3rd Tasigur.

After that I tweaked my interaction suite a bit. I'm back up to 2 Thoughtseize and 2 Inquisition of Kozilek instead of just 2 Thoughtseize. Discard I think is really good right now. Next I adjusted the removal to have 1 Fatal Push. Push is really good, but I want to be on 4 Lightning Bolt right now and since there are quite a few Tasigur, the Golden Fang and Gurmag Anglers running around, I don't want more than 2 Push tops, but for now I'm sticking to 1.

The last weird change I made was to add 2 Dispel to the mainboard. Dispel is amazing against every deck except Eldrazitron, which is a lost cause game 1 anyway. It counters Stubborn Denial, Path to Exile, and Collected Company, which is everything I care about. It's only a 1 mana investment and playing it so far, it has been amazing. The little bit of permission it brings is just enough to be super useful.

For the sideboard, it's mostly the same, but talking to people at my LGS, I should be playing Ceremonious Rejection instead of Blood Moon because I have Snapcaster Mage. Also a second Nihil Spellbomb over Rakdos Charm because spellbomb is so much better right now.

June 18, 2017 12:58 a.m.

Said on Stain the mind ......


I think you're better off playing Thoughtseize on your sideboard instead.

June 15, 2017 11:54 p.m.

I'll take a look at this when I get home to my computer tonight.

June 15, 2017 6:56 p.m.

That's actually a really good idea.

The reserved list is really a losing scenario for WOTC no matter what they do. If they leave it people will complain about card prices, and if they change it or remove it people will complain about them taking back their word, which they've been doing a lot of recently with pretty poor reception from players.

June 14, 2017 11:51 p.m.

Said on Rocket Science...


Sedraxis Specter was in the original Bloody Singleminded (Competitive), but cut because the discard tended to come down too late and didn't do enough. It was also too proactive - with Bloodghast already being pretty proactive, it just didn't really work to have other proactive cards too and still keep the control aspects of the deck. This would be even more true in this meta where we need to have a Terminate for Death's Shadow almost every game.

Fatal Push I don't have because $9 for a standard-legal uncommon is kinda ridiculous. Decks are also starting to respond to Push by playing cards that it doesn't hit, so I think it's actually a good time to not be playing it and play a deck that can support a bunch of Terminate instead. I would probably only play 1 or maybe 2 if I had them. Lightning Bolt + Snapcaster Mage just seems so much stronger in this meta because no one else is doing it. I've taken so many games against shadow because I can control turns 1-4 and then explode with aggro on turns 4-5 when they get low on life.

Not many modern decks tend to tap out for Censor to be effective, and I cut Thought Scour because I was tired of so many cards in my opening hand that didn't do anything immediately. Dispel answers Path to Exile, Stubborn Denial, and Collected Company - pretty much everything I care about. This deck is otherwise sorcery-speed most of the time so counterspells tend to be awkward in game 1.

Cut / Ribbons is interesting. I haven't seen that card yet. It still misses Tasigur, the Golden Fang and Gurmag Angler and most Tarmogoyf, but it hits a lot of other things. I never really get more than 5 mana in any game, but that's a card I'll have to keep in mind.

Smuggler's Copter is an interesting one. I've never considered it here, but it's more damage than Snapcaster Mage or Bloodghast and it has evasion. I'm thinking turn 1 Thoughtseize, turn 2 Copter, turn 3 snap-thoughtseize and crew Copter. That would be a devastating line against Eldrazitron. I might not have enough creatures to make it worth it and a hand of multiple Copter would really suck, but it could give the deck the aggression it needs against Eldrazi.

Thanks for all the suggestions though! You've given me some stuff to think about.

June 14, 2017 11:48 p.m.

Gleeock the pucatrade article I linked actually makes a pretty convincing argument as to why MTG would die if cards were reprinted to player satisfaction. I feel downright dirty defending WOTC and the reserved list, but it's simply a fact that standard players come and go month to month, while the true stable player base is in those that are invested in the game - the modern and especially the few legacy players.

However, what would be a good move by wizards is to repeal the promise they made to not reprint reserved list cards as promotional cards either. If reserved list could be promotional cards, then there's actually a chance of making them possible to get and that would keep collectors happy and make players happier.

June 14, 2017 11:23 p.m.

Thanks! I'll make those changes.

June 14, 2017 1:31 p.m.


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June 13, 2017 7:13 p.m.

Said on Legacy Budget Burn...


You should probably have 4 Eidolon of the Great Revel, though they are expensive. Soul-Scar Mage has also proven to be quite good in Legacy UR delver, so it almost certainly be played here too (fire a Lightning Bolt or Chain Lightning at a Gurmag Angler or Tarmogoyf). Harsh Mentor is also seeing Legacy burn play. It's very good against Umezawa's Jitte and Deathrite Shaman, 2 of you biggest problem cards. Finally, 1-2 Sulfuric Vortex is a very good idea.

June 13, 2017 7:12 p.m.

I hate to say it, but magic would die if WOTC reprinted cards into oblivion.

For context, legacy is my favorite format by leaps and bounds - and I will not own it in paper at least until I get out of college, which will be several years. The way I wish to play the game the most is not accessible to me, yet that is something I have to accept.

I don't know how many of you have played other CCGs, but in my younger years I played both Pokemon and Yugioh. Both games have very aggressive slash-and-burn reprinting patterns and an unstable power curve. A top yugioh deck might have a card worth $50 in it. However, within 2-3 months that card will be worth less than $5 and it will never go up in value again. Never. It's not worth getting good cards, and if you don't, then you usually accept losing records consistently. Yugioh has a pattern of making a card super limited in printing (high rarity, only one set) and let it be expensive for a few months. Then they print it in about 3 different special sets in rapid succession killing the price, but at the same time they release the cards that will make up the new best deck so that the card they just made accessible is now obsolete. As a player, that sucks no matter what side of it you're on. And having all the cards be free, like in Hearthstone, will cause players to lose interest very quickly. Hearthstone will be dead with in a year or 2, tops.

There was a very good article on Pucatrade awhile back about why expensive cards in magic may be annoying, but are ultimately necessary for the game's survival. Now, Standard cards I can totally get behind being $10 or less across the board with a decent deck being $40 and a PT winning deck being less than $100. I want reserved list cards as much as the next guy (I'm actually going to be playing legacy with shocklands soon and expect 1-3 finishes at best) but there has to exist some expensive cards for the game to survive.

June 12, 2017 9:40 p.m.

Bindercycling isn't really necessary. The trading post is pretty effective for advertising an interest in trading. The real need is for better binder organization.

The biggest thing I am going to request is that if you add an option to filter by format, please make it usable simultaneously with price sorting high to low. That way someone looking for standard staples in a very large binder can filter out all the cards not legal in the format and still sort the cards in a way that makes looking through them efficient.

However, sorting by format wouldn't solve the cases of trading cards for a friend or if you have a subset of cards you wish to sell rather than trade or other similar situations. The current binder system will still be inadequate in such situations.

June 11, 2017 2:54 p.m.

List looks pretty good - do you have a sideboard for it?

June 11, 2017 11:40 a.m.


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