michael921 Deckling

Brewer by nurture, Vorthos by Nature


I am primarily a black mage, with heavy influences of green and white in me as well. I have touches of blue, but very little red.

I've gotten into standard thanks to Drana, Liberator of Malakir, as no other card has ever inspired or resonated with me so much. When she rotates out, I'll have to find the card to be the new set of inspiration.

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gebell, Monkeylordz, Carnivorous_Death_Parrot, clayperce, and Delta-117, thank you all for your input and comments! Due to semester finals, I haven't had much time to appropriately reply to your comments, but I'm getting around to them now.

Delta-117, I agree that Yahenni, Undying Partisan is a non-bo with Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, which severly detracts from the viability of him. However, with the addition of Winding Constrictor, the deck feels more like a beat down strategy rather than a grindier deck that looks to edge out value over the course of the game. As such, as Yahenni is a more agressive card, he may end up making it. I have some more testing to do though. In addition, why do you think that Fatal Push isn't great for the main board? Is it just that the Revolt is unreliable and thus better for just against aggro match ups?

Monkeylordz, I agree with Carnivorous_Death_Parrot on the topic of Walking Ballista. Because the cost is XX, it ends up being significantly behind curve compared to my other creatures. And as clayperce pointed out, the constrictor does work with Endless One.

Carnivorous_Death_Parrot, The issue with going below 23 lands is that every land below 24 decreases the effectiveness of Tireless Tracker. If I go lower to 20-22 land, the tracker may get a total of one clue, in which case a simple draw spell like Live Fast would be more efficient, especially with an energy subtheme, which is something that I'm looking at with cards like Longtusk Cub, which work well with the constrictor.

As for your point on Smuggler's Copter, wizards took care of that problem for me by banning that card! Now I don't have to worry about which is better. :P I do feel like I need more removal in the mainboard though, but I'm not sure which cards I can take out to slot them in.

gebell, the reason why I'm not running the mimic combo, is that the deck is feeling far more agressive with the addition of Winding Constrictor. If I built a WB servo token build however, that combo would be sure to make the cut for a massive mana sink that I could use. However in golgari, because I have Nissa, VoZ and Drana, I already have a similar effect that uses my mana similarly to how the mimic combo works.

January 11, 2017 1:43 p.m.

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Zaueski, have you considered going temer instead of naya?

By using blue you get access to more win conditions with Crush of Tentacles and Part the Waterveil, you gain access to more enablers with Kiora, Master of the Depths, countermagic, token makers with cards like Eldrazi Skyspawner which gives you access to even more mana, and you even get more one drops with Mausoleum Wanderer, Prophet of Distortion, and Salvage Drone.

These one drops have large utility, as the wanderer can sometimes protect your other creatures, and the drone and prophet give you access to more card draw, even if it is a bit clunky.

Not to mention that you get my favorite combination of Coralhelm Guide or Key to the City and Oran-Rief Invoker, where you just pump the invoker a bunch and punch the opponent in the face with it. However, this is probably strictly worse than Crush of Tentacles or Part the Waterveil.

Finally, by having wedge colours instead of a shard, you gain access to Wandering Fumarole, Spirebluff Canal, Botanical Sanctum, and Lumbering Falls, which provides something to do in the event that you face a control deck, and could speed up your mana with the fast lands.

I'm sure there's probably more interesting blue cards that you gain access too, but this might be an interesting path for you to follow.

January 1, 2017 6:32 p.m.

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