clayperce Old School
Hey man I'm gonna dive into ponza which deck on your list should I use as a base since I always love to potentially add something but I've known you been playing the deck for a fair while now so I'm sure you have most of the kinks hammered out
May 21, 2018 10:11 a.m.
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Sorry for the double-post, but I forgot to mention: It's bonkers with All Is Dust.
May 22, 2018 7:33 p.m.
May 22, 2018 7:28 p.m.
I've gone back-and-forth on 1x Smuggler's Copter ... I really like it, but it always seems to be my "Card #76" and I keep cutting it. So I've never even thought about running 4x ... how do you like it, and does a full playset feel right?
May 17, 2018 3:43 p.m.
I don't have a ton of experience with the deck yet, and Ghostly Prison is very much a meta-call, but I've found them to be ...
- Amazing vs. go-wide or go-big decks that don't have a ton of mana available (e.g., Humans, Affinity, Bogles, Pyromancer, Death and Taxes, Merfolk, 8-Whack). A Prison or two and some chump-blockers can usually stop them cold.
- Good vs. decks with a "fair" amount of mana (e.g., Hollow One, Jund, RG Eldrazi). A Prison or two will slow them down but never stop them ... but sometimes that extra Turn or two is all we need.
- Kind of indifferent vs. Control. Generally useless, though they can prevent Snapcaster beats for a little while (until they get enough mana to attack and hold up counter-magic).
- Completely useless vs. Combo (any of them) and decks with tons of mana (e.g., Tron, Titan Breach, Elves, Mono-G Devotion).
I really like Hex Parasite. I could totally see adding a Walking Ballista to the main just because of its versatility, but IMO the Parasite is much better at killing Planeswalkers. E.g., it takes 8 Mana to kill a Liliana of the Veil on 4 Loyalty with a Ballista (and it kills the Ballista in the process), while it only takes 5 Mana with Parasite plus we get a 5/1 out of the deal. And yeah, 1x is almost certainly correct (FWIW, I've seen a bunch of competitive decklists with 1x but have never seen one with 2x), but I like having 2x ... partly so I have a better chance to draw one early rather than having to Ranger one up, and partly so I've got another available after the first one gets killed.
Thanks tons for the thoughts; I'll check out your deck shortly!
May 17, 2018 3:17 p.m.
And also for Ponza.dec (Deckbuilding Primer)! :-)
May 16, 2018 8:30 p.m.
Hey, thanks for the upvote on Ponza.dec (Deckbuilding Primer)!
May 16, 2018 8:07 a.m.
Yeah, I've run it through ~100 matches now on MTGO, including pick-up games in the Tournament Practice Room, 1x Friendly League, and 5x Competitive Leagues. My overall Match Win Percentage is almost exactly the same as with Wolbers' list, but the games seem MUCH more swingy. E.g., though I have yet to 5-0 with the deck, it's earned 2x 4-1 ... but I've also played it to a 1-4 and an 0-4 drop.
I've not tried Rancor; that may be worth a look for sure.
How's your deck been doing?
May 15, 2018 10:41 a.m.
You asked about trading a Growing Rites of Itlimoc Flip for a Mistveil Plains, but I'm sorry, I traded it last weekend it'll and didn't update my binder promptly. I look forward to trading with you in the future though!
May 15, 2018 9:02 a.m.
Sweet! It just seems like no matter what may be seriously cracked in the world, all's right if Argy's playing Vehicles in a deck feat. the God-Pharaoh (may his return come quickly and we be found worthy)!
May 14, 2018 8:09 a.m.
Came for the title; stayed for the deck!
One thought though: With an average CMC (as I type this) of 2.27, you might seriously consider a few more Lands. I always use the table at the bottom of this article (by Hall-of-Famer Frank Karsten) as a starting point ... and without ramp or cost reducers, he'd recommend 23. Now, I totally understand it's really tough to make cuts like that, but I'm always surprised how much more smoothly a deck runs when I follow his guidelines ...
Of course, if you try 23 and hate it, never mind! :-)
May 13, 2018 11:37 p.m.
No reason to apologize! I'm happy to have a little vagueness in my life if it helps prevent spam accounts and links to the darker parts of the internet!
May 13, 2018 9:39 p.m.
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