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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. 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 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 Shoal of Secrets in modern, Dark Knight Delver in legacy, and Heavy Metal Bears in EDH.

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.

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Chasmolinker this is what I have in mind for a potential list. More removal, 2x Field of Ruin, and 2x Leyline.

May 23, 2018 1:15 a.m.

Said on Wait, you play ......


I could cut a Flooded Strand and an Island for 2, but hitting my colors is more important than ever with Anger of the Gods in the deck. But the payoff is real. I think 1 for an Island is definitely worth it. I used a lot of removal on manlands against Jund tonight. I'll start with 1 and if it's not hurting too much I'll add another. Not going to 2 right away because I only own 1.

Regarding Leyline, I need 4 Anger of the Gods in the sideboard. The testing I've done shows me it's way too good to not play. Additionally, the Eldrazi matchup is so bad that I need to be sideboarding something for them. Collective Brutality is the best thing I can do against the colorless menace, and the matchup is bad enough to warrant playing 4. Finally, if I play any Leyline of the Void, I need at least 2, and probably should play 4. That only leaves me with 3-5 spots, in which I need to address burn and midrange and control. 3 spots Certainly isn't enough. 4 probably isn't. 5 might be. Those 5 would be 2x Dispel, 1x Countersquall, and 2x Collective Brutality and I'd have to add another Terminate (probably cutting 1 opt) to the main deck to feel safe. Could 2 Leyline of the Void be enough to justify playing any? It's only in the opening hand 22% of the time, but with 2 copies I'd board it in against Control, Mardu Pyromancer, BGx, and any Snapcaster Mage deck.

Basically I'm worried about spots in my sideboard and how I'm allocating them. I need to be good against the field, not just beat one deck.

Thanks for helping me puzzle through this.

May 23, 2018 1:09 a.m.

Said on B.U.G Control...


Eldrazi Tron is indeed on the decline, but RG eldrazi is the new fad at my store, and it does not use the tron lands. In addition to that, while Eldrazi Tron does play the tron lands, they do not need to assemble tron in order to beat face. If you've used 2 mana to play a Damping Sphere, I do not think Eldrazi Tron would care very much.

Terminate is a card that makes me very happy every time I play it. So many grixis players are trimming copies to play more Fatal Push, but I've always felt naked without it.

I could see 2x Cast Down working well. There are not many legendary creatures running around right now. Tasigur, the Golden Fang is the only Legendary that Fatal Push doesn't hit.

May 22, 2018 4:36 p.m.

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Grafdigger's Cage is good, especially because it is playable against any Snapcaster Mage deck in addition to Hollow One. My own snaps prevent me from playing it. Although in all honesty I could probably play it anyway. Things to think about.

Anger of the Gods is great against Humans too, which is another problem deck for me. And Dredge, if anyone plays that anymore.

Leyline of the Void is the real deal against Hollow One. If I can turn 0 Leyline, basically their only way to win is to drop turn 1 Flameblade Adept followed by Hollow One into a few big swings. I have to keep any hand with Leyline and 1 land, so they can catch me with my pants around my ankles if I don't have a Lightning Bolt. But odds are pretty good I have a Lightning Bolt or Fatal Push. Unfortunately, Leyline of the Void is expensive right now, so I don't have any yet.

Eldrazi decks and Hollow One are my biggest problems. Cavern of Souls is the biggest problem out of Eldrazi decks. If not for that, I could Ceremonious Rejection them into oblivion. But alas, I can only do that sometimes.

May 22, 2018 4:06 p.m.

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Thanks! Long live fair magic, indeed. Too bad WOTC doesn't agree. Hollow One is such a frustrating matchup.

May 22, 2018 2:29 p.m.

Said on B.U.G Control...


Glad to hear it! What about eldrazi decks? Damping sphere doesn't seem good against them because Eldrazi Temple is the only land that it affects.

What's your game plan against hollow one? Degenerate decks are a pain for fair decks to deal with, especially hollow one.

This deck is super well built. There are a lot of bad sultai modern decks out there. This isn't one of them.

May 21, 2018 11:11 a.m.

I did some testing and Leyline of the Void is really good against Hollow One. If it's in our opening hand post-board then we almost always win (not always but it takes a serious nut draw to not win). I haven't tested it elsewhere, but unless there's another way to beat Hollow One, then I'm probably going to say it's the right card to run.

Leyline of the Void is also insane against the new Eggs decks that are popping up. After looking at some decklists, I admit I'm not sure how they win. I think it's with Mishra's Self-Replicator, but that seems a bit foolish to me, given they have nothing to give it haste and no way to survive Anger of the Gods. Nonetheless, the dependence on the graveyard is pretty clear.

Because of how expensive it is, I'm going to try to wait for a reprint of Leyline of the Void and simply concede to Hollow One until then. Feels bad, but oh well.

Here's an interesting analysis: Leyline is in the opening hand 40% of the time. That is, 40% of the time we simply win post-board. 60% of the time we don't get Leyline and have to win through other means, which probably means we have to draw Anger of the Gods. Winning without Leyline or Anger is very hard to do. We naturally draw Anger of the Gods by turn 3 50% of the time, but that doesn't account for cracking fetches or using cantrips. It also doesn't account for manascrew, which would prevent us from casting Anger of the Gods. For the purposes of this, I'm going to say it's 50%. That brings our post-board win rate to an estimated 70%: 40% of the time we win, and 50% of the remaining 60% we win, for a total of 70%. 70% post-board win rate is pretty good, but assuming game 1 win-rate is 0%, our match win rate is 49%. It's a very rough approximation, but better than I expected. But this requires 4x Anger of the Gods and 4x Leyline of the Void in the sideboard.

The conclusion I'm drawing after all of this is that you're playing the right decklist. You have awesome matchups vs fair decks and the sideboard can shore up anything unfair. My biggest concern is Eldrazi. I hate that deck.

May 19, 2018 1:05 p.m.

Said on Shuffle and Sleeves...


Using matte sleeves usually makes them last a lot longer. Wiping them down with a damp paper towel, as mentioned above, helps a lot to restore non-matte sleeves. Be sure to take the cards out before you do it! Water and cardboard don't mix well.

May 19, 2018 11:19 a.m.

I've been feeling a little down with grixis at the moment because the local store I play at is at the competition level of an SCG Open, or day 1 of a GP.

Leyline is sounding better and better to me. It shuts off Logic Knot, Search for Azcanta  Flip, and Snapcaster Mage from control decks, which is enough to justify boarding in a few copies. Vs Jund it shrinks Goyf, turns off K-Command and Liliana, the Last Hope's -2, as well as some sideboard cards they play. Against Junk it makes Lingering Souls much more manageable.

I don't know if that's enough to justify playing down 1 card in the matchups, but it's worth testing.

If I do pick it up, my sideboard might become 4x Anger of the Gods, 4x Ceremonious Rejection, 4x Leyline of the Void, and 3 flex slots to shore up the control and midrange matchups. Maybe only 3 Leyline, but still. Kind of a weird sideboard plan, but if it works I'll do it.

So what about Eldrazi? Damping Sphere is beautiful vs Tron, but there's a lot more Eldrazi than there is Tron these days and Damping Sphere isn't very good against Eldrazi. I predict RG Eldrazi will pick up a lot of metagame share over the next few weeks, then fall off again.

Ceremonious Rejection is really good, but only if they don't have Cavern of Souls. I'm sharing your hate for Cavern of Souls right now. That card has no right to exist in modern. Terminate is pretty good against RG Eldrazi, but that deck is basically a pile of 2-for-1's.

I miss Infect and Twin. Those decks would have been great at punishing Eldrazi decks. Eldrazi doesn't have enough removal to stop a Twin player from comboing and their 2-for-1's are useless against the explosiveness of Infect.

May 18, 2018 11:50 a.m.

If it's been working then keep rocking it!

Looking at your matchup statistics I'm a little surprised that burn wasn't a better matchup. Historically it's been 55/45 or maybe even 60/40 for Grixis, but depends on the grixis build.

Hollow One. That matchup annoys me. I think Anger of the Gods and Damnation in the sideboard make it better, but still not good. Graveyard hate, especially Leyline of the Void, helps too, but I don't know when I would board it in otherwise. But all the same, is there anything we can do to improve that matchup?

May 17, 2018 4:31 p.m.

Said on Selesnya Flicker...


Just go selesnya and spend the extra money on Chord of Calling.

May 17, 2018 1:55 p.m.

This deck is so cool.

Would Silence be a good card to include? It can shut off a player when you go to combo.

I also think Dark Ritual and Cabal Ritual would be good includes. They would allow you to win the same turn you get 6 Shadowborn Apostles in play as long as you have untapped and Teysa in play. Because then you tutor Razaketh, use the 6 tokens to tutor Edgewalker, Dark Ritual, Cabal Ritual, Songs of the Damned, Secret Salvage, and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx. Use the B mana to cast your rituals, making 11 black mana. Then you have enough mana to cast Edgewalker, Secret Salvage, and activate Nykthos. Then of course tutor up Gary and Exsanguinate to win.

But being able to win the same turn you get 6 Apostles seems good.

May 16, 2018 12:48 p.m.

I've got the ema green sun's zenith, but that's all. If you don't find anyone else to swap versions, I'd do it.

May 13, 2018 6:14 p.m.
May 12, 2018 12:43 a.m.


Wait, you play Grixis? Why?

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