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Bovine073 says... #1

I am extremely happy to say that I just ordered my Ponza deck in paper! Got a bunch of money from selling away most of my Boros Burn deck, and was able to just barely have enough to order it. So hyped!

May 27, 2017 2:54 a.m.

Argy says... #2

You've been quiet lately.

Meanwhile I have arisen, phoenix-like, from the ashes.

May 26, 2017 3:26 p.m.

Argy says... #3

I've been testing my Amonkhet Minotaurs for hours and there's no way I can consistently beat the Temur Marvel decks.

So I guess this is yet another case of playing Standard this season, knowing full well that I can only make it so far in the field.

I know that people keep saying I should play Modern, but I HATE the Modern Players at my LGS. They are so smug.

Why Wizards? Why must you always make it so that only two decks can do well at the local Standard level?

May 21, 2017 1 p.m.

Delta-117 says... #4

I attended 2 game days, I went 3-1 only losing to a control deck, and omg our match (3 rounds) went on for about an hour and twenty minutes! It determined who of the two of us made top 4. I was playing this hybrid delirium/ +1/+1 counters deck with Walking Ballista, Winding Constrictor etc.

I didn't get all of my cards that I had ordered to replace my former delirium cards all on time so I had to play some different choices, which included things like a Ulvenwald Hydra (Could fetch a Blighted Fen for a last-resort answer to an Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger which my deck had a lack of answers for if cast game 1), a Liliana, the Last Hope (as a 1x of since I sold 3/4 of mine), 1x Rhonas the Indomitable, a 1x Liliana, Death's Majesty (which I have to add is a lot of fun with things like Noxious Gearhulk and Verdurous Gearhulk, among a few other things because I was lacking cards.

It was back and forth us asking how many cards the other had in hand because he had Thought-Knot Seers and Harsh Scrutiny, while I had a playset of Transgress the Minds after sideboarding, to him constantly exiling my Kalitas, Traitor of Ghets, Verdurous Gearhulk (only had 2/4 unfortunately for gameday the other 2 were still in the mail) with Declaration in Stones, Stasis Snares and Anguished Unmakings.

Then if that was not enough to slow our matches down, he was playing Authority of the Consuls after sideboarding, as well as Kambal, Consul of Allocation to punish me and all my removal (Had a playset of Fatal Pushes, 3 Never / Returns, and 2 Grasp of Darkness to gain lots of life as well of course from 3x Noxious Gearhulk which he was using on things like my Mindwrack Demon, Verdurous Gearhulk, Ishkanah, Grafwidow among others... I was using 2x Noxious Gearhulk (one main/one side) myself too which was pretty funny. Beyond that he was stealing my stuff with mainboard Gonti, Lord of Luxurys of which he had I think 2-3 of and he managed to beat me with one of my own Kalitas, Traitor of Ghets. Also 2x Demon of Dark Schemes he had which he also used t recur things, but mainly his own, although he did at times kill off my Ishkanah, Grafwidow spider tokens.

That had to be my longest game of magic, I ended up losing 2-1 after drawing 5 lands in a row and him slowly whittling down my health all the while with a Gonti, Lord of Luxury I could not afford to trade one of my creatures with, this was when I already had like 11 mana available which was lame. But I got third place anyways. Despite being long it was a challenging, yet fun match.

The second gameday I went 1-3, the problem is my deck was inconsistent with it being rather a hybrid of two strategies (delirium and counters) since I was lacking some of my much needed +1/+1 related cards. I had to mulligan a lot due to lack of lands showing up despite me using 24 which is fine. I forfeited my last match too someone I know because if I was to win he would lose his chance at top 4 and I already being 1-2 had nothing to gain from winning so I let him advance, he went on to being in the final match for the champion playmat but in round 3 because his opponent had a really, really good opening hand with zombies he just got steamrolled in the third round when they were 1-1. But the one who won is also a friend of mine who never got a gameday mat since he started gamedays in OGW, although he came close with an Aether Revolt one when it was between me and him for the aether revolt champion.

You attend any game days?

May 20, 2017 11:33 p.m.

Argy says... #5

The Marvel vs Marvel decks in the Pro Tour were extremely dull matches.

That deck has been played for a long time. It just wasn't good against Copy Cat, so of course it's back now.

I was so glad it didn't finish first at the Pro Tour.

With all the bullshit decks running around again I will have to go back to playing Cast a Shadow, and put Amonkhet Minotaurs on hold.

I wish my local meta wasn't full of the Tier 1 decks.

May 18, 2017 2:13 a.m.

Argy says... #6

I tell you what, as the season goes on you need less votes to hit the number 1 deck spot.

Minotaurs need 80+ votes, Prowess needed 50+, and latest deck only needed 35+.

May 18, 2017 2:07 a.m.

Argy says... #7

Thanks for adding all the Pro Tour decks.

They help a lot with my playtesting.

May 17, 2017 11:25 a.m.

Delta-117 says... #8

Oh sorry for the late reply, what you described anyways sounds like a pretty awesome prerelease when you had those Cut / Ribbons for two headed giant and all.

I'm actually playing in the Amonkhet league event at my lgs, and currently I have a deck with a Glorybringer of my own, along with a Rhonas the Indomitable which were both in my starting packs. Its pretty powerful.

I however have postponed finishing my modern infect deck, and i'm now working on mono tron which is a lot cheaper to build. I still will get around to finishing infect at a later point. I had a Nissa, Steward of Elements which I was going to try in infect, but now I think I'm going to be trading it along with some cash towards a Diabolic Intent invocation. I regret parting with all my former expeditions, masterpieces etc, which included: Windswept Heath, Prairie Stream, Fetid Heath, and Sword of Feast and Famine. I think now I'm going to start holding onto these masterpeices (at least the lower end ones) to build my collection further. Many are very playable in edh which I love to play anyways.

I was getting tons of things to build mono tron in return for buying 2 Chalice of the Voids and trading a friend an Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger. I also will be receiving other goodies from him like a Sliver Queen and Sliver Legion for my Sliver Overlord edh deck.


Sliver Overlord EDH

Commander / EDH* Delta-117

SCORE: 7 | 8 COMMENTS | 973 VIEWS | IN 2 FOLDERS


To buy these chalices however I sold off 3/4 of my Liliana, the Last Hopes, my Grim Flayers, Traverse the Ulvenwalds and a few other things to instead build counters around Winding Constrictor, Walking Ballista etc, and its now in fact almost done. However not in time for game day sadly, so I will have to make do with some substitute cards.

Here is my new modern deck anyways,


Mono Blue Tron

Modern* Delta-117

SCORE: 2 | 5 COMMENTS | 394 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER


. I'm not too sure if your familiar with this lesser used variant of tron, but its one that seeks to play a much more controlling game. All I need for it is my Academy Ruins + Mindslaver (which is one of the ways to win with this), a Oblivion Stone, 2 Thirst for Knowledge and 2 Condescend, all of which I'm buying from the credit from my former delirium deck. Then its finished, but if you have any feedback for it possibly then that would be appreciated. I'm going to play this for a good while before either finishing infect or building something else like affinity which I might as well considering I do have a playset of Inkmoth Nexuss' sitting around now.

I know the sideboard needs a ton of work to reflect my local meta better, which includes Living End, merfolk, tron, eldrazi tron, knightfall, among a few others.

May 16, 2017 11:47 p.m.

Argy says... #9

I featured the number 2 deck a couple of times so the Minotaur deck wouldn't hit the number 1 spot.

May 16, 2017 5:18 a.m.

Argy says... #10

They are holding another Frontier day soon at my LGS.

Might get some more takers, now that Standard is so shit.

Copy Cat won last time, from memory.

I came second with Monothopters [Frontier].

I'm thinking of trying Cast a Shadow [Frontier], next time.

Only problem is that it's the morning after my 50th birthday. Which is going to be a Sealed event.

May 14, 2017 10:33 a.m.

Argy says... #11

Well this Pro Tour is as boring as bat shit.

Another season of Aetherworks Marvel and #1 Mardu Vehicles to look forward to.

If that is the case in my local meta, I'll not be laying any Standard until the first couple of weeks of Hour of Devastation.

May 14, 2017 8:53 a.m.

Argy says... #12

We were theorising about how one builder would feel if another builder tweaked their deck and featured it on TappedOut.

As a sample size of one, I can comment.

Someone who based their Minotaur heavily on mine, and has acknowledged hat in their description, has been promoting their version.

It kind of feels like they are riding my coat tails. As though they've taken all my hard work and used it to draw attention to their deck, attention which it otherwise wouldn't get.

I'm fairly pissed off about the whole thing.

May 13, 2017 12:03 p.m.

ChaseMVPMTG says... #13

Saw your stomp and smash deck and was really impressed. Do you mind taking a look at mine? Here's the link if you get a chance: Math=sheep is fun, etc

May 11, 2017 11:27 a.m.

Argy says... #14

Well I had to put in that Comment about so-called tournaments.

It was too perfect. Glad you got a kick out of it.

At the end of the day I'm here to have some fun.

One poor fellow at FNM kept shaking his head at Throne of the God-Pharaoh and muttering. It was almost like there were no other cards on the field.

May 9, 2017 4:14 p.m.

Argy says... #15

nvm I worked it out.

May 9, 2017 4:29 a.m.

Argy says... #16

Hey, how do you do those links to specific posts in the Comments?

May 9, 2017 4:23 a.m.

Argy says... #17

I see my Minotaur deck has now reached that annoying stage where all those late to the party have graciously agreed to share their wisdom with me about why it sucks.

In such specific detail, too.

"That card is stupid! There are heaps better ones!"

I am as surprised as anybody about the effectiveness of Throne of the God-Pharaoh. It's proven to be deadly. Which is Aboriginal for sick.

The deck plays like this:

Simmer
Simmer
Few points of damage
Simmer
HOLY HELL WHERE DID ALL THIS DAMAGE COME FROM?

I'm a wee bit tired. This is my very tired way of saying thanks for backing me up.

May 7, 2017 8:03 p.m.

Argy says... #18

I have cracked 38 packs of Amonkhet.

Not one By Force.

:0(

May 5, 2017 11:45 a.m.

Argy says... #19

You were right, By Force is a better meta call than some of the other Sideboard cards I had.

I did want to see what my crazy local meta did, first.

I do have a concern that #1 Mardu Vehicles Players might get smart and Side in Eerie Interlude against it.

I guess I can deal with that, if it happens.

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May 5, 2017 11:04 a.m.

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Wrigz,
Nice! I left you some thoughts on the deck itself.

All,
I had a total blast running Electrostatic Pummeler throughout Kaladesh Standard, but it was utterly hopeless during Aether Reveolt. It seems the current Amonkhet meta might just allow the little Construct to shine again. Thanks in advance for your thoughts and suggestions!


The Return of Steel-Cannon Pummeler (AKH)

Standard clayperce

SCORE: 6 | 5 COMMENTS | 141 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER


May 28, 2017 4:28 p.m.

Said on Spirit Tap-A-Thon...

#2

Wrigz,
Have you done much playtesting against the Zombie Hordes? Putting Archangel Avacyn  Flip back in and adding Fumigate might be really helpful if they're a challenge in your meta ...

Also, if your meta is as infested with Planeswalkers as mine, you may want some more Cast Out and Negate too.

Draw well!

May 28, 2017 4:20 p.m.

Said on pummel flinger...

#3

MCourtaway,
Nice approach!

I know Pummeler builds are very meta-dependent, but here are a couple thoughts ...

  • I'm not sure you've got enough Artifacts to make use of Inventors' Fair ... you might consider Sheltered Thicket, some more Basics, or Hanweir Battlements instead.
  • Lots of folks seem to love Built to Smash with Pummeler staple, but I'm not a fan at all. I was stuck with one in my hand way too often back in KLD Standard, wishing it could pump up a Creature on defense or wishing it could grant Trample to a non-Artifact Creature.

Good luck (and good skill) with the deck!

May 28, 2017 4:07 p.m.

Said on The Return of ......

#4

ive-been-degaussed,
No worries! :-D

Argy,
Thanks much ... I'm really enjoying Fling here as well!
Also thanks for mentioning Nature's Way ... I love the card, and actually ran 2x in sideboard in my KLD Pummeler deck, as a replacement for Arlinn Kord when facing flyers. But because I'm not running Arlinn here, I didn't even think to look at Nature's Way. I will do so for sure!

MCourtaway,
Thank you very much. I'll give your deck a look ... it's always great to see other approaches towards Pummeler!

May 28, 2017 3:52 p.m.

Said on Garchomp98...

#5

I'm glad you liked Serious Infection enough to put it in a folder! Mind giving it a +1 as well? Thanks in advance!

May 28, 2017 10:57 a.m.

Said on Rigol...

#6

Glad you liked The Return of Steel-Cannon Pummeler (AKH) enough to put it in a folder! Mind giving it a +1 too? Thanks!

May 28, 2017 9:22 a.m.

Said on The Return of ......

#7

ive-been-degaussed,
I would if I could, but to be Standard-legal, I can only run 4x Blossoming Defense in the 75.

Thanks though!

May 28, 2017 9:11 a.m.

Catalog9000,
For Gahiji, Honored One, I always recommend people check out Gahiji: Forever War, by awalloftext.

You also might want to check out Samut, the Relentless [05.23.17] (which was a Gahiji deck until very recently), by snotice.

And if you're going Naya, I'd be remiss if I didn't shamelessly point out my own Smashface Gardening with Rith too :-)

May 28, 2017 2:06 a.m.

Said on Bovine073...

#9

That's so cool, on your Ponza deck!

I've been playing the deck a ton lately, and enjoy it more and more each game ...

May 27, 2017 6:51 p.m.

Said on Catalog9000...

#10

Btw, I made a bunch of comments about budget stuff on your thread ... I know you play Modern, so budget may not be a big consideration. But my thought was start EDH on the cheap, so you can try out a bunch o different Archetypes and Commanders ...

May 27, 2017 1:26 p.m.

griffstick,
Idk ... Kaalia of the Vast was almost totally unplayable in my meta, b/c she drew SO much hate. Not sure I'd rec' her to someone new to the format. But that was a while ago, so maybe now?

May 27, 2017 1:22 p.m.

Catalog9000,
First, welcome to Commander!

For everyone new to the format, I recommend starting with a Commander Pre-con. None of them are optimized (because they all come with three different Commander options), but they're all playable out of the box. You get a decent manabase and a ton of Commander staples, plus by playing the different Commanders you can very quickly get a good feel for the direction you'll want to take your eventual homebrew deck. Plus you'll get to playtest the very different card interactions and politics of multiplayer without a big time/$/emotional investment.

Commander 2017 comes out in August (with Tribal themed decks), if you want to wait. Otherwise I would probably recommend one of the Commander 2015 products. They were all surprisingly good out of the box, and with some inexpensive upgrades, the Meren of Clan Nel Toth and Mizzix of the Izmagnus ones were really good.

Also, here are some resources I really like:

  • The Command Zone podcasts and videos are superb. You will probably not find the deck tech ones very helpful (the hosts are pretty spiky, so budget is not much of a consideration) but their level up ones (on politics and ediquitee for example) are great for folks new to multiplayer.
  • For some good budget decks and great explanations of the thought process that went into them, I recommend checking out Abe Sargent's Budget Commander series at GatheringMagic and Tomer Abramovici's Budget Commander series at MTGgoldfish.
  • I also recommend Jason Alt's 75% deck deck design philosophy to most new players.

Sorry about the wall of text. Thanks for reading this far!

Good luck and good skill!

May 27, 2017 1:15 p.m.

Said on Argy...

#13

Yeah, been wrapped up in end-of-school-year festivities for my boys (one graduating from College last weekend, and one from High School next week). Plus focused on Modern, so we just don't have as many overlapping comments.

I'm still toying with Electrostatic Pummeler though, and I think it's got some actual potential against Aetherworks Marvel as it's capable of T4 wins as well. Aggressive Mulligans are absolutely the key, so if I can sort that out just a little better, you'll see more of me in the Standard forums soon ...

Finally: Farewell, Argeaux! Welcome, Argy!

May 27, 2017 1:06 p.m.

SaltyBird
There are a bunch of different approaches to this, and I've no idea what might be best for your playstyle or meta. Maybe check out the decks on the Soul-Scar Mage page for some examples.

I personally like Stan_Bandhoof's Jund approach, Steaming Tar Pit, though it's more about Creature-beats than Burn ...

Good luck with the brew!

May 27, 2017 12:39 p.m.

Said on Board Games?...

#15

I know I'm late to this thread, but wanted to mention ...

Besides Dominion and Pandemic (both already mentioned), I also highly recommend Settlers of Catan, Hanabi, and Burgle Bros.

May 27, 2017 12:33 p.m.

Vman,
I've encountered this with Blossoming Defense, a card I use in both my Standard (single-sleeved) and Modern (double-sleeved) decks.

  • No, a mix of double-covered and single-sleeved cards would be not be tournament-legal. You can totally tell the difference, so they'd count as marked cards.
  • No, it would not damage the cards.
  • Yes, it feels totally weird.

Another option is to proxy the expensive ones (but of course have them available) and play the proxies single-sleeved. But I'd probably just order some more double sleeves.

Good luck (and skill) with the deck!

May 27, 2017 11:29 a.m.

GabeCubed,
Sorry for the double-post, but I got to thinking about the card draw discussion above, and was wondering if there might be room somewhere in here for Lifecrafter's Bestiary ...

May 26, 2017 11:25 a.m.

GabeCubed,
What a fun deck ... even though it totally demolished my Serious Ponza on MTGO! :-D

Draw well!

May 26, 2017 11:17 a.m.

Said on Looking for a ......

#19
May 24, 2017 6:50 p.m.

Said on Looking for a ......

#20

chirz2792,
Or Artifact Creatures :-(

May 24, 2017 5:09 p.m.

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Commander / EDH clayperce

SCORE: 35 | 21 COMMENTS | 5235 VIEWS | IN 24 FOLDERS

Smashface Gardening with Rith

Commander / EDH clayperce

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Modern clayperce

SCORE: 7 | 24 COMMENTS | 1323 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

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SCORE: 6 | 6 COMMENTS | 262 VIEWS | IN 3 FOLDERS

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