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Yeah, Carnage Tyrant cleans up the game. I have seen some discussion about a 2-2 split between Ripjaw Raptor and Bristling Hydra, and I think it's worth exploring, but so far I think the hydra holds his own against the raptor in this particular deck.
September 17, 2017 2:06 p.m.
I think Ripjaw Raptor is an awesome card that fits really well in a dino-themed deck because of all the synergy and extra benefits he gets from his fellow dinos. While I will playtest him in this deck, I just don't think he'll ever outshine Bristling Hydra for the 4-drop slot and same exact mana cost. Once the hydra hits, he's practically un-removable unless they board wipe or want to block with multiples. With all the extra energy lying around in this deck, Bristling Hydra just synergizes much better than Ripjaw Raptor. In a gruul/naya dino deck though, I'd take the raptor.
September 17, 2017 1:17 p.m.
That is also true. Bristling Hydra gets out of control pretty quickly and most of the time I can make him hexproof in response to removal.
I too am excited for Ixalan. Only a couple more weeks!
September 11, 2017 4:16 p.m.
It could certainly be a viable build, and if it turns out to give me some trouble I may add more Sweltering Suns to the sideboard since all the pirates seem to have three toughness or lower. Then, even if they have Admiral Beckett Brass out, when Beckett dies from Suns, the other pirates lose their extra toughness and die from being dealt three damage and having three or less toughness, except they won't have Ramunap Ruins to try and finish me off later. Spell Pierce and similar are annoying, but post-SB against a deck like Grixis pirates, I would bring in 3-4 Sweltering Suns, Spell Pierce of my own, Jace's Defeat, possibly Supreme Will, etc.
September 11, 2017 4:03 p.m.
As an add-on, I think pirates might turn out like vampires. Something WOTC really tries to push but just isn't as competitive as "good stuff" decks.
September 11, 2017 11:24 a.m.
Very true there will be new decks post rotation such as Dimir/Grixis pirates and Gruul/Naya dinos. I've tested against lots of hypothetical dino decks and Temur holds up very well, especially post SB. Pirates seems a little more of a question mark. I need to take a look at some more pirate decks and see how Temur energy fairs. The only good thing is a tribal deck where all creatures are coming from a single set probably won't have enough to make it full-on Tier 1, maybe more of a 1.5. My gut tells me ramping dinos will be more prevalent since they can already make use to to older cards to get the job done. Nevertheless, you are right, I need to be prepared for pirates.
I too dislike always-tapped lands, however, the cycling is very useful. Also, Sheltered Thicket counts as a Mountain Forest, which is not super relevant except for Rootbound Crag. I think a -1/+1 alteration may be in order though. I will say, the mana base between Servant of the Conduit, Attune with Aether, and Aether Hub works out beautifully.
Whirler Virtuoso is probably my least favorite card in this deck, and if I were going to take something out for Rhonas, it would be Whirler. I did have Rhonas in here before but traded him for Nissa, Steward of Elements because I like the utility and late game win-out-of-nowhere if you have eight mana sources. I will test +1 Rhonas, -1 Whirler and see how it goes. I think you might be right here.
September 11, 2017 11:21 a.m.
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