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50% Timmy, 30% Johnny, 20% Spike ... and 100% Vorthos

I started out back in Revised, playing mostly Gruul (way before Gruul was even a thing). I still have my favorite deck from then, with a bunch of well-played cards like Lightning Bolt, Kird Ape, Orcish Lumberjack, and Craw Wurm ... plus a Taiga I really wish I'd had the sense to sleeve.

I was away from Magic for a loooooooong time though, until michael921 convinced me to attend a Two-Headed Giant match at the Dragons of Tarkir prerelease. I selected a Kolaghan pack, cracked a surprisingly solid deck, had an absolute blast, and haven't spent a day without Magic since! As an aside, the prerelease experience was awesome ... I think it's the best way to introduce (or re-introduce) someone to Magic EVER.

I mostly play Modern, but I also enjoy Limited (especially Sealed), Commander, and Standard. I enjoy just about any deck that's got Red ... Izzet, Gruul, Grixis, and Naya are my favorite color combos so far.

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I only very rarely play it tbh, since my EDH group all moved away :-(
A bunch of folks were back in town over the holidays last year though; we were able to get together, and Rith was able to do some serious rampaging! I'm hoping she'll get some playmat time this year too.

I kinda hate the BBD Doubling Season art (IMO, it looks like art from a Minecraft TCG rather than from Magic), so I wasn't too bummed to not pull one. If I ever make the upgrade, it'll be with the RAV art for sure. :-)

I still really love this deck, but it'd be fun to brew with an entirely new Rith card. We got Darigaaz Reincarnated and Primevals' Glorious Rebirth, so maybe Rith'll show up the next time we're on Dominaria ...

November 20, 2018 8 a.m.

Yeah, that seems like a good approach. Going Green (for Ramp) was solid, but not amazing ...

November 19, 2018 8:25 p.m.

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Oh, that was you? Cool!

Sorry I didn't get a chance to weigh in on the deck ... I was wrapped up in a bunch of family stuff this weekend. Hope your matches Saturday went well!

November 19, 2018 6:50 p.m.

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Saw your BBE Ponza deck and just wanted to mention: If you haven't already done so, please drop by PonzaMTG on Reddit sometime. We're an active (some would say 'rabid') community, and we're always excited to chat about Ponza!

November 19, 2018 1:41 p.m.

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Looks solid; +1!

Draw well!

November 19, 2018 1:40 p.m.

A couple other amazing Dragons:

  • Chameleon Colossus, which is especially good in a meta heavy on Death's Shadow (as few--if any--DS decks can deal with the card at all.
  • Hellkite Tyrant, which has maybe only been played in one competitive deck ever, but is perhaps the most hilarious sideboard tech I can imagine.
November 19, 2018 1:24 p.m.

Yeah, Skred Dragons and Mono-R Prison (feat. Sarkhan) are actually both kinda competitive.

I haven't tried brewing in Rakdos, but I spent a bunch of time working on Dragon Ponza in Gruul and Naya. The decks were a TON of fun and pretty solid, but never truly competitive.

Good luck (and good skill) with your brew!

November 19, 2018 1:19 p.m.

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Hey, thanks for the upvote on Smashface Gardening with Rith!

November 18, 2018 1:23 p.m.

Sorry for the double-post, but I misread your deck ... 25 Lands + 4x Servants should be close to "correct". The advice still stands though: If the deck feels too slow (for your playstyle or meta or whatever), you'll need to either add Lands or lower your curve, or both.

November 17, 2018 7:42 p.m.

First, welcome to Magic!

The biggest advice I could give you is to match your mana curve to your Lands. As I type this, the deck has an Average CMC of 3.17, which means it wants ~26 Lands (source is the table at the bottom of this article by Hall-of-Famer Frank Karsten). So you need to either add more Lands, or lower your curve, or both.

I know it's hard to get rid of cards you like, but please try it ... I think you'll find the deck runs MUCH more smoothly.

Another approach is to add more ramp. Sarkhan, Fireblood can help, and I personally like using Arbor Elf and Utopia Sprawl ... together they can make a pretty insane amount of mana. Dragonlord's Servant is an option as well, but it only counts for ~1/4 of a Land. Here are a couple of examples in Gruul and Naya. Neither was truly competitive, frankly, but they may give you some other ideas ...

Good luck (and good skill) with the deck!

November 17, 2018 7:25 p.m.

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but this is the most expensive standard ever.

Ok. You're wrong. ;-)

Seriously though, as I type this, the average price of the Top 10 decks in Standard is $324, per MTGgoldfish.

That compares favorably with previous average Top 10 prices:

  • May 2014: $366
  • May 2015: $300
  • May 2016: $388
  • May 2017: $275

Please note I'm not saying Standard isn't expensive ... I personally saved up for a few sets, and bought into Modern. But it's certainly been more expensive.

November 17, 2018 3:48 p.m.

The single biggest advice I could give you is to run more Lands. As I type this, the deck has an Average CMC of 2.92, which means it wants ~25 Lands (source is the table at the bottom of this article by Hall-of-Famer Frank Karsten). So you need to either add more Lands, or lower your curve, or both.

I know it's hard to get rid of cards you like, but please try it ... I think you'll find the deck runs MUCH more smoothly.


Reaching out because I liked your Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons deck. Do you have any (super-budget) suggestions for this deck? Thanks tons if you do, and no worries if you do not.

November 17, 2018 3 p.m.

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This :-D Show

November 16, 2018 5:24 p.m.

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Oh, that Whirr+Cage interaction is just evil. Yuck!

November 16, 2018 10:53 a.m.

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I ran Eldritch Evolution for a while, and at the time, Control decks were the biggest threat to the deck, by far. Nothing feelsbad quite like sac'ing a Creature to Evolution and then having it countered :-/

If that becomes an issue in your meta as well, here are a few options to consider: Guttural Response (great, but a non-bo with Bloodbraid), Choke (not as immeditely effective, but definitely messes with them), and Vexing Shusher (fun, but the least effective of the three IMO).

Draw well!

November 16, 2018 9:08 a.m.

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Hey, thanks for the upvote on Ponza.dec (Deckbuilding Primer)!

November 15, 2018 10:24 a.m.

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One more thought, after looking at your Ponza deck: At that budget point, 8-Whack is going to be much more competitive ... $250 is about what you want for competitive Ponza.

So though it pains me to say it, it frankly might be worth doing 8-Whack as your first deck, and then saving up for Ponza ...

November 12, 2018 8:13 p.m.

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Saw your deck on Reddit and thought I'd drop by.

My biggest input is on the manabase. I TOTALLY understand the need to keep the budget down as far as possible, but the deal with Ponza is we really want an untapped Green source on Turn 1 so we can play a Dork or Sprawl, and get some of that sweet sweet Blood Moon / Land Destruction on Turn 2. This means an Evolving Wilds in your opener is basically a dead card. Instead, I would recommend 15x Forest, 5x Mountains, and 1x Kessig Wolf Run.

Also, with a super-budget manabase though, chances are lower (than with a competitive deck) of getting 2R on Turn 2, so I would frankly shave a Blood Moon. Or maybe use that money for a Wooded Foothills instead. And the chances of getting 1RR on Turn 2 are VERY low, so I would not recommend running Molten Rain at all. Details (and the actual math) are over on this thread if you want to dive in.

The other thing to keep in mind with Ponza is that while Land Destruction is a blast, it's not a win-con. At heart, ours is a Tempo deck, where we want enough LD to set our opponents back turn or two so we can race ahead, but not so much that we never draw our threats. Competitive decks right now are running 6-7 "Rain" effects, so I'd probably start with that, and then work up (or down) as you figure out your meta.

Draw well!

November 12, 2018 8:02 p.m.

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Hey, thanks for the upvote on Ponza.dec (Deckbuilding Primer)!

November 12, 2018 4:59 p.m.

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November 4, 2018 8:35 a.m.


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