ducttapedeckbox Counterer of Spells

So Magic. I started playing with a few friends when the Mirrodin set came out. Until Shards of Alara I only played for fun (and didn't know many of the rules), but then I started playing at FNM tournaments. And, when Zendikar came out, I played mono-black Vampires for a few months. I stopped playing right before Worldwake. I got back into Magic around the Innistrad block, but started to seriously collect again in the Ravnica block. I am currently in college and don't get to play as much as I'd like to, but my playgroup still tries to get together over breaks and stuff to play.

Regarding my meta and deck building tendencies

I play control. I play Nekusar, the Mindrazer in EDH and Blue Moon, UTron, and Skred in Modern. If a deck doesn't let you move the game at your own pace, it isn't for me.

My experience is obviously with control. I wouldn't consider myself an expert, but I know my way around a deck list. Feel free to ask for advice! I'm more than happy to check out lists given that they're linked in relevant places. Please do not comment on my decks with just a link to your own deck; either post that on my wall or leave me feedback as well.

Current Projects

I'm mainly working on one EDH deck and four Modern decks, you can check them out below:

  1. Crudelis Imperium - A Cyclic Chaos -- EDH -- Grixis () cruel control with Nekusar, the Mindrazer at the helm.
  2. Control & Conquer: Mono-Blue Tron -- Modern -- Mono Tron. This is my cheap segue into the format.
  3. Of Control and Denial -- Modern -- Izzet () Blue Moon control.
  4. Skred -- Modern -- Mono-red "control".
  5. The Spoiled Blue Mage -- Modern -- Mono Control

DJ_Ethanol says... #1

its funny my first deck box was made out of duct tape XD

May 31, 2016 6:59 p.m.

buildingadeck says... #2

Yeah, it's hard for a control deck to win a game in which it doesn't know what to expect. Control decks win by knowing which spells are important and which aren't, and if we can't decipher that, it is challenging to win.

That matchup against Junk is sick! Hilarious win. I am by no means a perfect pilot of our deck, but in general, I feel I make the right plays, so it's good to hear that other people think so as well. :)

May 30, 2016 2:49 p.m.

buildingadeck says... #3

Hey, your slides look good, man. I personally am trying to get Chalices, one more Moon, and start Legacy D&T, so I know the feels.

May 29, 2016 8:32 p.m.

buildingadeck says... #4

Epiphany is simply amazing. It's quite possibly my favorite card after playing it a few times.

I agree with your assessment of Monastery Siege. Replace with Bomb for sure.

Trinisphere is okay, but Chalice of the Void is a lot better. Waiting til T3 against Infect and Affinity means you might just be dead whereas Chalice on 0 (for Affinity), 1, or 2 kills a number of their spells. In my own list, I would cut the 2 Dimir Signets and a Dismember from the side for 3 Chalices if I could afford them.

I don't know if you've seen these, but here and here are two fantastic U-Tron matchups from GP LA.

Also, I have a new video posted against Scapeshift, found here.

May 29, 2016 7:26 p.m.

buildingadeck says... #5

Oh, and for Merfolk, test out Ratchet Bomb in the side. Crack it at 2, and you just win.

May 29, 2016 3:33 p.m.

buildingadeck says... #6

Hey, ducttapedeckbox:

I have loved Epiphany at the Drownyard. If you haven't tested it yet, test it because it's amazing in the grinder games and against Liliana. Testing has been going fairly well for me, but my performance in tournaments is sporadic due to pairings.

The aggro matchups are still hard (I went 1-3 yesterday at a win-a-box tournament because my Games 2-4 were: Bogles, Infect, Affinity, going 1-2 against each of them). The deck can put up a fight in aggro matches, as my results show, but it's a struggle to actually win them. Burn, Zoo, and other "fair" aggro decks are a bit easier for us to deal with than the matchups I listed above because we do have Wurmcoil Engine.

I have seen that video numerous times. It's one of the classic U-Tron videos, IMO. Thanks for the link, though. Good refresher of why I play the deck (very frustrated after last night).

May 29, 2016 3:31 p.m.

Atony1400 says... #7

Re: The trade

I am ok with the C13 Guttersnipe, and I think we could work the SGW and Emblems into the deal. I figured, that you didn't need the regular Roasts, based on your trade page.

Also, I'm cool with initiating the trade.

Re: The spreadsheet

So, as you see I offer trials if you'd like to see one. Plus, my personal one is much more extensive, but is not complete yet. Here's mine.

May 27, 2016 12:38 p.m.

Atony1400 says... #8

On the Guttersnipe, I prefer RTR because it's my first set, and the rest of the playset is also RTR.

The Emblems and Sea Gate Wreckage are not extreme wants, but they can make nice throw ins?

I will be sure to let you know as soon as it's certain if the Terminates are for trade. I expect to know by Sunday.

Any preference on the Roast? I'm totally cool if your only looking for the promo.

Sorry for the triple post.

May 27, 2016 2:26 a.m.

Atony1400 says... #9

"On a related note, I'm trying to build up a side job out of doing that. On my profile page, in the spoiler named "What Can I Do for You?", there is a link to my old "Salesmen Sample" of sorts, which has my old prices for building those for others. You might want to check it out."

EDIT: You already knew this.

May 27, 2016 1:50 a.m.

Atony1400 says... #10

Wow, you're the first person to even ask about that........ I'm speechless.

There were a few reasons I chose Sheets. The most important, I'd have to say, is the fact that it links to Google Drive. Being able to sort out where you want the file to be stored is genius, imo. The fact that it is free, is honestly just a bonus!

The fact that you can regulate who sees it makes it great for security.

Even though it has less options than Excel does, it has features that make it better for me.

On a related note, I'm trying to build up a side job out of doing that. On my profile page, in the spoiler named "What Can I Do for You?", there is a link to my old "Salesmen Sample" of sorts, which has my old prices for building those for others. You might want to check it out.

Lastly, is it cool if I enable chat, so we can discuss the trade, or just plain talk?

May 27, 2016 1:47 a.m.

Atony1400 says... #11

Oh yeah, it's more up to date than on here.....

I also took another look at your wants, I have a Roast I could throw in, but it's DTK and not even foil. Also I have 2 ARB Terminates I just got in Monday, but I might trade them this weekend. I'll keep you posted on that if it goes down.

Otherwise, I'm interested in Dissolve, Guttersnipe, and the Emblems.

May 26, 2016 9:56 p.m.

yeaGO says... #12

hmm.... what are the ads doing as you are experiencing that? there should be 4 to check.

May 26, 2016 5:22 p.m.

Atony1400 says... #13

Great! Here's what I got so far:

From me:

Thought-Knot Seer (OGW) $7.83


From you:

Felidar Soverign (ZEN) $3.59

Rise of the Dark Realms (M14) $6.59


Anything you would like to fill the $2.35 difference? I'll look through your wants and see what I can offer you?

May 26, 2016 12:57 p.m.

Derpachus says... #14

Sure. Go for it! I would love to see the turnout :D

May 23, 2016 9:35 a.m.

TheHroth says... #15

Font of Mythos and Gitaxian Probe are still of interest, as would be Black Sun's Zenith, Glistening Oil, Temple Bell, Wild Ricochet, and maybe Palinchron and Spiteful Visions.

As another Nekusar player, what's your opinion on Spiteful Visions? I am personally a fan as I don't mind losing the life, but the people I play with all have fairly slow decks.

May 19, 2016 2:07 a.m.

I have a Bloodbraid Elf? Other than Blood Moons, not much lol. But I can do the Shackles, Fumarole, and Elf for the Delta if you want.

May 17, 2016 8:39 p.m.

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Do you have a format in mind? This sure isn't Standard.

I highly suggest considering a red-black deck as red is the primary land destruction color. Noteworthy cards:

SaffronOlive recently did a red-green land destruction deck tech with matches, found here

May 31, 2016 6:53 p.m.

Said on Adblock!...


I had it on until 'Go pointed out to me that it affects the income from the ads. Never really thought of it. It was off for a while, but then I started experiencing massive increases in load time and turned it back on.

I try to keep it off as much as possible, but if my use of the site is inhibited, then it comes on.

May 31, 2016 5:54 p.m.

Said on Urza the Master ......


Right, but even then you should be able to draw into some of your win conditions rather than tutoring for them. Once you have your interactions in hand, the tutors are useless. I would try 3 Mages and 2 Fabricate, and replace the other two with draw power. That way you're still digging, but netting cards in the process.

May 31, 2016 5:52 p.m.

Said on Urza the Master ......


I think 7 is too many. I mean, UTron needs to tutor for Mindslaver or another win condition, and most lists now go down to two. I'd say a combination of 4 is good.

May 31, 2016 5:04 p.m.

It looks like you linked the wrong deck? You listed a Mardu aggro deck.

May 31, 2016 12:23 p.m.

In my opinion, having dozens of decks on your profile makes it less likely for someone to click on them. I found it irritating to visit someone's page for whatever reason, and have to scroll way down to find what I'm looking for.

Also Hobbez9186, I think (correct me if I'm wrong) 'Go was referring to the decks list when you click on the Folder icon and expand the Decks panel. That just lists all of your non-archived decks with the top being the most recently updated.

May 31, 2016 10:52 a.m.

Said on Help with huge ......


I'd do this in a heartbeat. Even if you don't want Kalitas, you should be able to easily flip him, much easier than everything else. Do the numbers work out?

May 31, 2016 12:06 a.m.

Said on Urza the Master ......


I understand the concern with Spell Burst, but I do think Condescend is better than Dissolve. It's the extra scry, can be cast on Turn 2, and you'll almost always have the mana to turn it into a hard counter. I guess another concern is the double blue- you run more lands than I do in my typical version, but I still occasionally have a hard time getting two blue sources.

May 30, 2016 6:30 p.m.

Said on buildingadeck...


I completely agree.

If I do make a misplay, I think I'm often able to realize it within the next turn or two. A few days ago I went to resolve Sundering Titan (which would essentially win the game on resolution), but failed to remember their Bob had just given them a Remand the previous turn. I don't expect I would have made that error in paper as I try to write down information like that, and I also realized it before they even went to Remand. Misplays happen, and the only thing to do is learn from them.

Hell, in one of those videos you linked, bouncing his own Chalice to play Ratchet Bombs and then replay double Chalice was hilarious. Glad to see an "unfair" deck go down hard. Also, the Epiphany that got him there was beautiful. Both in what he flipped and just in general. The announcers were shitting bricks over dumping a dozen mana into it, haha.

May 30, 2016 6:24 p.m.

Those look very nice, Hobbez9186!

However, the only difference I see between your page and the folders (besides the visuals) is that you're able to adjust the code yourself to reorder the decks. You actually lose the quick-view at comments, views, etc. in your method.

May 30, 2016 6:20 p.m.

Thanks for your comment, abby315! Karn Liberated isn't the most effective in Mono-U Tron because we don't aim to get Tron online early like RG Tron. Karn is the most useful when he is played on Turn 3 and is able to decimate your opponent's hand and board state. That's not to say that he's bad later in the game, but just not as powerful.

This deck relies on Platinum Angel in a variety of aggressive matchups to survive until we're able to combo off or present a board state of our own. Burn has to use at least two spells to remove her, and Infect often has trouble with her as well. Affinity has Galvanic Blast, but that's about it. The hard part in those matches is to get her out before you lose, but if she hits, your chance of winning climbs drastically. Karn doesn't pull you out of that hole.

May 30, 2016 6:15 p.m.
  1. Buy EMA box
  2. Open foil Force of Will or Karakas or something
  3. Buy phone and still have most of an EMA box
May 30, 2016 4:27 p.m.

I do not believe that is a current option, EastsideRock.

From what I'm reading, you want the folders to be collapsible and be able to customize the order that the decks appear in those folders? Is that correct, Hobbez9186?

I think the best thing we can do to help resolve this problem and keep the complaints to a minimum is identify the qualms with the update and find ways to address them such that they don't change activity for the users that don't mind the change.

Making the folders into true accordions and essentially making them "tiles" to move around sound like it would fix this issue? I'm not sure how difficult tiles are for 'Go to implement, though.

May 30, 2016 4:25 p.m.

Said on Draft League...


I might be interested- how were you planning on distributing the time? Would we sit down and draft/do the matches all at once, or draft together and then play the matches over the course of a week or so?

May 30, 2016 1:15 p.m.


Crudelis Imperium - A Cyclic Chaos

Commander / EDH* ducttapedeckbox


Control & Conquer: Mono-Blue Tron

Modern* ducttapedeckbox


Of Control and Denial

Modern* ducttapedeckbox


The Spoiled Blue Mage

Modern* ducttapedeckbox


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