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 Ravinica block. I am currently in college and don't get to play as much as I'd like to, but my playgroup still gets together over breaks and stuff to play.

Regarding my meta and deck building tendencies

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

My experiment is, obviously, with control. I woudn'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.

I think I'm a pretty nice guy. I can be blunt, but I'm only doing so in an attempt to be honest and realistic. I'm not out to sabotage your deck, so don't be offended if I suggest a lot of changes. You're also more than welcome to disagree with me!

Current Projects

I'm mainly working on one EDH deck and one Modern deck, 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.

This is how my binder is divided right now:

Multicolored/Lands -> WUBRG rares -> Artifacts -> Legendary Creatures (part of a personal project of mine to collect one of every single Legend ever printed)

The only C/UC cards I could think about putting in there are my Bolts (conditional upon me trading them to you, of course) and... That's about it. My Demonic Tutor (the original Duel Decks one, not the Anthology one) is already in the black section, but that's on a "you have something that I absolutely cannot find anywhere else" basis, and maybe a few Remands in my blue section.

Other than that, I don't have any real money C/UC cards. I could include Treasure Cruise just because like you said it's TC. I couldn't think of anything else that I would definitely want to put in there. Maybe things like Explore or Explosive Vegetation for EDH players? Idk I'm really not used to having enough trade stuff to actually warrant an official binder.

July 28, 2015 7:14 p.m.

Well, here is the thing, the list doesn't have ALL the counterspells, just the ones that could be good in commander.

But in reality, searching up this and adding Venser, Shaper Savant and Mindbreak Trap to the list will be more comprehensive.

As for opinion on collections, I personally believe that the best collection has all the originals and no reprints. Think about it. That way, you don't have to get every version of Cancel, just the very first one. That's what I was doing with planeswalkers when I was collecting them. :)

July 28, 2015 1:09 p.m.

Tbh that's the single biggest concern that I have is the cards falling out. I try to keep my binder right-side up or at absolute worst flat on a table or something at all times, but when I'm carrying my binder around with me to my LGS or sonething, it's always nerve-wracking. Plus I don't sleeve all my cards before I put them in my binder; I normally only sleeve foils and money rares/UCs, so that's just all the more cards slip-slopping around in there. And my pages aren't exactly air-tight to begin with... >.<

July 28, 2015 12:42 p.m.

I actually have an old Trapper Keeper, 3-ring with the zip going all the way around it and everything. It's got all my rares/money uncommons (hi, Demonic Tutor) divided with section dividers into colors, multicolored/lands, and artifacts.

July 28, 2015 12:33 p.m.

Magicrafter says... #8

Def interested in the promo Nocturnus and maybe one non-promo.

Wait, you want Mr. Gangler? TAKE HIM. I'VE BEEN TRYING TO GET RID OF HIM FOR MONTHS. He has value, but no one plays/wants a 10$ foil common that's in Standard XD

That trade sounds good, if you can find stuff for the Nocturnus I'd be happy.

July 28, 2015 12:13 p.m.

I've got a playset of M11 Lightning Bolts (they're either M10 or M11, I can't remember offhand). Would you be willing to do those for your Font of Mythos and Jace, Memory Adept? That's about a dollar in my favor, so if you wanted I could throw in a rare or two to make up the difference (or I could toss on another Bolt).

July 28, 2015 11:35 a.m.

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When do you trade and who do you trade with? If you're trading with people that you know play EDH, then those would be good to include. Does Bloom Titan in Modern play Explore? Might be worth including.

The best for me is when I find someone looking to finish a junk-rare cube. They have a field day with my bulk binder. I love reducing the size of my collection and increasing "density" (my term for a high value per card / card count ratio - i.e. a "dense" collection might be five $15 cards, while a less dense collection might be fifty $1 cards).

July 28, 2015 10:12 p.m.

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Interested in up to 4 Vapor Snags, up to 8 Mana Leaks, and pretty much any Standard legal counter spell, or anything pre-Shards of Alara. Timesprial Cancels if you played back then? I don't really value the counter spells at much (as long as they're crap).

What else do you see from me?

July 28, 2015 9:22 p.m.

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It depends on your trading audience. I attend FNM events which includes mostly Standard players, but also some EDH. I also attend drafts, which includes mostly Modern players and collectors. That's just the nature of my LGS.

In my "good" binder, I have desirable Standard C/U worth over a dollar or two (Valorous Stance and Treasure Cruise come to mind - while TC isn't worth, it's still, well, TC) and Modern playable C/U (ranging from cheap, but desirable stuff like Spreading Seas to pricier stuff like Electrolyze and Remand). I also include stuff like Grapeshot and Empty the Warrens. If it's played in an established archetype, it's in this binder.

In my "bulk" binder, I have desirable C/U for casuals and collectors. Hedron Crab and stuff. I also keep played Standard cards, but not staples. Things like Seeker of the Way and the cycle of charms and trilands.

It's really up to you. Seeing as you have one binder, I'd carry anything that's played in an established archetype. If you want to run a few sample cards by me, I'll tell you where I'd keep it, if I would.

July 28, 2015 6:06 p.m.

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Ah yeah, I only sleeve my more expensive cards before putting them in my binder, and my Four binder with the more expensive cards side-loads anyways. I just make sure to always put the binder in right-side up in my backpack. The zipper should help.

July 28, 2015 5:25 p.m.

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Ahh yeah, I assume salt and pepper.

I'll have to try out your suggestions. Thankfully the only tomatoes we have in the house are cherry tomatoes, so I may go try it out. Thanks!

Any good creations lately? I made pad thai the other night and it was a success. The chicken was a little tough, so I'll have to refine that.

July 28, 2015 4:28 p.m.

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No problem with the foils. The foil Bolt and foil Electrolyze would be a little over $12 ($12.28) if they're both MM2.

So far on my end I have

Which totals $10. Is there $2 more you see?

If you go a little over $2, I'd be interested in Ghost Quarters if they're Dissension and Vapor Snags regardless of edition.

I also collect counter magic, so if you have anything - regardless of bulk-status - I'd be open to trading for that, although most of it isn't worth pricing out.

July 28, 2015 4:25 p.m.

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I love this. It looks like a blast to play. I don't have any suggestions right now, but I'm going to toy around with the list and see if I come up with anything.

July 28, 2015 4:04 p.m.

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Epochalyptik, APPLE01DOJ, anyone, do you have any tips for making bruschetta with tomato and basil? It's decent when I make it but it could be better. I usually mix tomato, garlic, basil, oregano, olive oil, and sometimes a little onion together.

Is there a specific type of tomato I should use? Should I blanch the tomatoes?

July 28, 2015 3:29 p.m.

Ah yeah I realized that after posting. I might limit my collection, for now, to all instants, and ignore the creatures and enchantments that counter things.

I like idea of only collecting first printing, but I also think it would be cool to see how the card art/flavor text has changed over time.

Did you collect one of each walker? or a set of each?

EDIT: Oh, and your link doesn't work :(

July 28, 2015 3:20 p.m.

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@ Zaiato -- It depends on draws and skill. I'd say this deck has the upper hand Game 1 because we don't have any dead draws (they have creature removal), but Games 2 and 3 come down to skill and who can draw a counter when they need it.

U/B Control is the superior deck, at least until rotation. We'll have to see what BFZ brings us.

July 28, 2015 1:53 p.m.

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Aha, great. I'll go initiate. I'll have them out tomorrow.

July 28, 2015 12:43 p.m.

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Ooh that sounds useful, I'm always afraid of cards falling out of the top. I had dividers in mine until a day or two ago actually, and opted for smaller size over quick navigation. It's still decent C/U, WUBRG, Multi, Artifact, just without dividers.

July 28, 2015 12:36 p.m.

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@ nicrophiliac -- 8bitMick got that one. The life loss isn't significant when I gain it back with all of the lifegain lands.

@ Zaiato -- Mindswipe is Crater's Claws + Clash of Wills. It counters a spell and Fireballs for the same x-cost. Instant speed is also very relevant in this deck.

July 28, 2015 12:30 p.m.

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What kind did you get? I've used a plain 3-ringed binder with cheap UltraPro sleeves for the longest time. A few months ago, Massdrop had a drop on the Four binders (3 rows, 4 columns, perfect for Magic playsets) so a friend and I split the drop and got them for pretty cheap. Playsets look beautiful in it, but it's a pain to move around. I still use the 3-ringed binder for my bulk rares and stuff.

July 28, 2015 12:27 p.m.

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Correction: Prerelease Nocturnus, not promo.

There's a few Modern players that frequent my shop on draft nights, figure if I decide I don't want it I can offload it to them. I'm always happy to thin out my binder though. Less to carry.

Ideally I'd trade the Nocturnuses? Nocturnusi? as a set, but they've been sitting in my binder SINCE Zendikar. I'm not seeing anything more right now, but it's not like they've moved in what, 5 years? 4? If you get something cool, they'll probably still be here.

July 28, 2015 12:24 p.m.

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Sounds good. And I'm the same- I don't need anything right now, just trying to have some cool stuff in my binder.

July 28, 2015 12:05 p.m.

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Would you do my 4 Vampire Lacerator, 4 Vampire Nighthawk, 4 Vampire Hexmage, and 3 Gatekeeper of Malakir, all Zendikar printing (I played mono-black vampires in ZEN standard and KICKED ASS), for your foil Gurmag Angler? It comes to my $9.56 for your $10.24. Anything I can fill the gap with?

I also have a set of Vampire Nocturnus - one promo - if you ever have interest.

Lastly, if you have any bulk counter magic that you feel like getting rid of, I am now collecting it :)

July 28, 2015 12:04 p.m.

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I have a good amount of this deck if you're looking to build it in paper... :P

How good is Falkenrath Aristocrat going to be over Vampire Nocturnus? She won't get counters, and Noct makes everything big most of the time.

July 28, 2015 11:46 a.m.

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Aww no binder to browse though :(

You'll have to let me know the edition. I like the M11 printing because it doesn't have flavor text. The M10 printing has flavor text.

When will your binder be up? I see that it says tomorrow? I can trade both Jace and the Font. Jace has some wear, though. I'd say LP- the bottom corner is worn.

July 28, 2015 11:42 a.m.

I'm looking to get another trade or two through before I close down shop for a few weeks while I move into my apartment. I want to have all trades resolved before I leave on Aug. 13. I will resume trading about a week later.

There are a couple things I'll trade for:

  1. Promos for my Standard and Modern decks. Namely, Treasure Mage, Disdainful Stroke, and possibly Dissolve.
  2. Cheap staples. I have a Four binder and it looks so good when I have playsets of staples. Looking for things like Lightning Bolt, Terminate, etc. Cheap stuff.
  3. Counter magic! I'm going to collect all counter magic, starting with every Standard legal counterspell. I'll take older ones too!

I am also looking for a Steam Vents and possibly Watery Grave. I have unlisted stuff for these.

Even if you don't have anything above, don't hesitate to propose something! Always open to looking through binders.

Mah binder

July 28, 2015 11:24 a.m.

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Crudelis Imperium - A Cyclic Chaos Playtest

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Control & Conquer: Mono-Blue Tron Playtest

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Of Control and Denial Playtest

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LOL NO (UR Counterburn) Playtest

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UB Test *P* Playtest

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Countermagic Collection *P* Playtest

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