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Cool. I like the Smallpox lists too. I might try it one day. I think Copter is way better than equipment since it costs so much less mana. It is also quite good with Smallpox.
I agree that the new Gideon is sweet. I haven't found that any decks really scoop to it with possible exception of Ad Nauseam in game 1. Mostly it's just a nice flexible card and a great beater.
May 20, 2017 12:12 p.m.
I am sorry. Do you have a link to your BW midrange list?
May 20, 2017 8:28 a.m.
Ok. Here's the problem I see with your changes: you seem to want to make the deck worse in the early game but better in the late game. However Modern is a fast format.
For instance, none of the discard shenanigans are good on turn 2. Squadron Hawk is not actually a good card to cast- just compare it to Lingering Souls. It is not worth spending 2 mana to fill your hand with blanks. There are already plenty of good late game discards, e.g. extra lands, discard spells, and of course Lingering Souls.
You've cut essentially cut Dark Confidant for Asylum Visitor. Which is better on turn 2?
I think you are fixated on discarding cards "for value" and haven't realized that the cards that require discarding are already so good that you don't need to make them better, least of all by playing weak situational cards. You don't need to do anything special to make Liliana of the Veil into a good card. You are giving up good cards for bad cards that make your remaining already-good cards slightly better. It is a net negative.
The last comment about lands is also a bit misguided. Based on all these suggestions I think you are focusing on unlikely worst/best-case situations. Maybe play with the hypergeometric calculator and see just how unlikely these things are.
May 19, 2017 11:49 a.m.
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