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I'm saying play more 1-ofs that you can transmute for. Its the payoff for transmute; golden bullets.
When you need to look out sideboard cards List of Modern Sideboard Staples hasn't been updated in a couple years but still has most of the stuff, but you can also look at tournament lists to see what people are putting in.
Profane Memento,Cling to Dust, Stern Dismissal, Drown in the Loch, Echoing Truth. This could also help you find the power cards you are missing; stuff like Visions of Beyond or the Archive Trap/Scheming Symmetry interactions. Generally the most competitive version of the deck is just fetches and saying "Hedron Crab, save me!", but its been an expensive tier2 list for a long time; there are budget options for a lot of the slots.
If you need power without picking up a bankbreaking manabase, pick up visions and then think about tinkering with Sphinx's Tutelage type 'stick enchantments and draw cards', with spells like Remand to stay alive is fun; the main advantage of non-netdecks and rogue decks is unpredictability; play around with different plans.
Pick sideboard cards based on what your deck needs to do in the matchup; slowing down aggressive decks that want to race you and protecting your threats/putting down a difficult to remove threat against decks that are slower than you. Mostly it'll be specific 'this buys me a couple turns for my orbs to win the game' cards.
Look at why matchups don't feel good and think 'what cards in my hand would have needed to be other cards to win that match'. Sometimes the answer is 'play a different deck', but other times you realise that if a secretkeeper was an Echoing Truth to search for, you'd win.
September 25, 2020 5:13 p.m.
If you are going to run that much transmute, run 1-of silver bullet answers in the sideboard that you can transmute for. Right now you have a lot of grave hate, which is also mostly searchable, but 1-of searchable artifact, creature or combo answers will help against a broader field- especially since you can swap out the transmute cards that don't search for what you need in a matchup. Exactly what you should take depends on meta, but dedicating 3 sideboard slots won't hurt the deck lots and will win games.
September 24, 2020 7:06 a.m.
On a 50-70 budget, I reccomend focussing spending on lands. Your spell selection will be good so working around that with a card advantage tribe like ninjas is a solid plan.
U/B has Sunken Ruins which fixes a lot of problems with budget manabases. It can have trouble in a deck with checklands, but still works good when you upgrade, which checklands don't- grab checks and painlands if you are gonna stay budget, or filters and shocks if you are gonna look to upgrade eventually.
Card advantage from ninjas also helps smooth out draws, while 1-1 trading with counterspells/hand pruning gets value and limits threats. Exactly how you balance those things is a meta call- just make sure you have answers for those turns 1-2 creatures and you'll do great - even if its just Unsummon.
September 24, 2020 6:59 a.m.
If you pack enough hand disruption turns 1-3, budget doesn't matter too much. Black/blue offers a lot of that, with Mana Leak/Duress effects cheap both in CMC and price. Sure, running Tragic Slip is worse than push, but you can still trade 1-for-1 with most decks in black and blue.
Bident of Thassa/Curious Obsession unblockable is a versatile list, where you play Changeling Outcast, the unblockable merfolk and disruption. You can tune it based on the amount and type of disruption you run, and because the decklist isn't set your opponent has no idea what kind of clock you are on.
September 13, 2020 3 p.m.
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