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Goody, I in fact have done just that a couple times to hilarious results. Usually only one or two would do until Garruk Relentless Flip or Garruk, Primal Hunter becomes an unstoppable roid raged beast token generator. However, I usually don't get to do that too often in competitive matches since I usually have higher priority targets along with the fact that Master Biomancer is quite a removal magnet, but that means less removals for the rest of my creatures. Having an Vampire Nighthawk that can block Griselbrand and live to tell the tale is quite awesome.
You're missing a few staple cards that a Grixis midrange could run:
Crypt Incursion - sideboard
Wolfninja, Prime Speaker Zegana and Master Biomancer are both of a creature type Wizard so I usually use one of them for that since I prefer to use it and keep as many blue mana open as possible if AEtherling is out for safety purpose. Vampire Nighthawk 's double black cost sometimes also warrants naming a Vampire creature type to ensure his resolution on turn 3 and in time to block the incoming attacks from aggro decks. It's not so much as the uncounterable clause since I don't play against a lot of control decks. It's more for color fixing exactly when I need to. Sometimes having a land that adds virtually any color you need goes a long way. Also, since this is a 3-colored deck running cards with relatively demanding color combinations in mana costs, I need every land to be able to pull extra weight so I don't get stuck with cards in my hand and missing a color source to cast them.
There are 5 Wizards, 4 Shapeshifters, 4 Vampires, and 4 Beasts out of all 17 of my creatures so Cavern of Souls definitely does work in this list.
Thank you for the comment!
I was at 9 life and he had Olivia Voldaren with 2 +1/+1 counters on her with just enough mana to activate Kessig Wolf Run to pump her for exactly lethal. It was a race at that point since I had no way of stopping Olivia. I could block Sire Of Insanity just fine but it didn't matter since all he needed to do was pump the flyer and go right over. I had to finish him that turn. Remember that AEtherling does not have flying.
Thank you for the compliments! I document almost every test and tournament I participate in just to help myself keep track of the changes and to help me spot errors and flaws in the deck. Sometimes it helps to just try to recall the plays and the records of life totals and suddenly notice something that you should have done differently but you overlooked since you've been playing with the deck for so long. Long story short, documenting everything helps me keep track of my deck's progress and it also helps anyone who aspire to build similar decks (or even take the list for a spin at their own LGS).
FAM just doesn't roll off the tongue as well as FNM, huh.
We don't have that many players over where I play at, either. Since it's a Swiss tournament, if it's between 17-32 players, we have 5 rounds (We usually have around 30 players every week). We rarely have a 6-rounder or a 4-rounder (the latter being over early summer where everyone went home). It's weird how you get 30+ players and only going for 4 rounds (you usually go for 4 when there are 9-16 players). Might be some different tournament system that you guys use.
You want to keep Thragtusk , even move it up to 4.
You also want to move the land count up to 24-25 so you hit them every turn.
Arbor Elf can come out for Deathrite Shaman . Mana dorks may help you go faster but it runs the risk of getting swept or removed. You don't want to get into a habit of relying on them and I much prefer Farseek for ramping and fixing.
You probably don't need 3 Deadbridge Chant . 2 should do just fine.
You don't really need Rancor .
You could also run Garruk, Primal Hunter in this deck.
It's great against midrange as well. Your local meta seems to be lighter compared to mine. My local meta is brutal and full of mainstream archetypes and netdecks, save a few players with thrown-together lists so the lists I make have to be able to deal with pretty much everything. I haven't had the misfortune to run into a back-to-back Bant Hexproof and Junk Reanimator matchups yet, but I feel that it will happen eventually.
Granted, I do understand your not wanting to invest into any cards that are rotating (I am doing the same too by trying to trade them away and for the newer cards) and you can definitely make do without them.
For no apparent reason, seeing/knowing that Europeans also play MTG too feels so weird to me (despite all the Euro-language cards), hehe