rothgar13 Waterbreather Captain

Welcome to my page and deck collection. I've been playing Magic on-and-off for quite some time, but my most recent "on" phase (which started just as Theros hit the shelves) has made me determined to keep playing for the foreseeable future. My favorite format is definitely Modern, but I also play Legacy and Pauper.

You'll find all sorts of decks in my collection (especially tiered Legacy, Modern, and Pauper decks), because I believe that the best way to understand a deck is to build it up and test it yourself. As far as archetypes go, my favorites are midrange and tempo, followed by aggro and control, with combo coming in last place. I also have a soft spot for synergistic/tribal decks, which is why my favorite deck is Merfolk. You can find my most up-to-date decklists for the decks I play competitively here:

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Favorite Guild: Izzet ()

Favorite Shard: Grixis ()

Favorite Clan: Jeskai ()

I'm also down for helping to critique or test decks, so if you want me to take a look at your deck, or to test on MTGO, Untap, or Cockatrice (my username there is the same as it is here), just shoot me a message. One thing that I will say, though, is that all of my advice comes from the perspective of making your deck more competitive. I am a competitive player, and that is how I look at things.

rothgar13 says... #1

Sure filthyc4sual. Left a comment.

August 26, 2017 11:18 a.m.

filthyc4sual says... #2

Hey rothgar13, I'm getting into more competitive play and am in the process of building my first modern deck, Cloudy with a Chance of Elfball, and I was hoping you could give my some feedback on it. My priority right now is the sideboard. Thank you so much!

August 26, 2017 3:23 a.m.

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Said on wither deck help...


Stigma Lasher is a solid card. I'd keep it. Ashling cots too much, and I'd cut it.

September 17, 2017 11:04 a.m.

Said on wither deck help...


The reason you're struggling is because your curve is jacked - you have way too many cards that cost 3 or more, which means your deck gets started at the time when most of the aggro or combo decks are looking to kill you. Furthermore, some of your cards are just... bad. I wouldn't even play the likes of Smoldering Butcher in Limited, to be honest. If you want to keep the wither theme, I suggest jamming 4 copies of Everlasting Torment, 4 copies of Soul-Scar Mage, and playing piles of burn spells and efficient creatures.

September 17, 2017 12:10 a.m.

Said on Ride the Lightning...


Probably in the Clique spot. The card hasn't impressed me.

September 12, 2017 9:50 a.m.

I've faced a reasonably successful Angel Prison deck on MTGO, which had the basic components of Prison (Chalice of the Void, Anger of the Gods, Blood Moon, etc.), then finished the game off with Angels like Guardian Seraph and Baneslayer Angel. That's probably your best bet.

September 10, 2017 9:08 a.m.

I can see that. I guess that when I read the article, I mixed up you talking about Gideon the card versus Gideon the planeswalker, and how WotC approaches the cards that bear his name. Thanks for taking the time to explain.

September 10, 2017 1:51 a.m.

Said on Unbreakable...


It does indeed. I'm just writing it down because I thought it was an amusing idea.

September 10, 2017 1:36 a.m.

Then it seems I misunderstood your latest comment. I was referring to my initial statement regarding my feelings that you underestimated Gideon Jura in your article (which you did again in your comment, but that's not entirely the point here). Let me apologize for that, and once again inquire as to why you think the card is unimpressive - every time I've either cast it or had it cast against me, it's either been game-deciding or damn close.

September 10, 2017 1:27 a.m.

Not true at all, dude. Look at what's placing. Did you even examine the meta before you wrote this?

September 10, 2017 1:02 a.m.

I was mostly trying to allude to berryjon with my previous assertion. A -based weenie back clearly wants no part of Gideon Jura.

September 9, 2017 3:05 p.m.

...You do realize Gideon Jura is currently a win condition in Modern's most successful control deck, right? The card is not the least bit overcosted, because his +2 ability in a control shell basically insulates you from death, and then once your removal spells clean up the board, he closes the game out single-handedly. It's very hard to lose a game against anything creature-based when you resolve a Gideon.

September 9, 2017 1:48 p.m.

Well, that went off the rails quickly. None of those ideas sound particularly good, to be honest.

September 9, 2017 1:27 a.m.

Not a fan of the Moat, personally. I'd rather play Sphere of Safety, which functionally does the same thing. Heliod, God of the Sun combined with Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx can also be an interesting win condition, though note that you won't be able to play something like Suppression Field if you go that route. And don't forget generally useful enchantments like Rest in Peace, Stony Silence, and Leyline of Sanctity.

September 8, 2017 1:32 p.m.

I think mono- Pillowfort sounds like what you're looking for. Ghostly Prison, Gideon's Intervention, Runed Halo, and either Enduring Ideal fetching Form of the Dragon or Sigil of the Empty Throne to (eventually) win the game.

September 8, 2017 1:15 p.m.

I think that decks heavy on fetchlands will prefer Opt, since it dodges the Serum-fetch nonbo. Overall, this is a very nice addition to the card pool, and I expect it to see a bunch of play.

September 7, 2017 9:09 a.m.

Said on LOL NO...


I think it looks pretty good. The only thing that I find curious is the lack of Jace, since he's been a bear to deal with every time he's resolved against me.

September 5, 2017 9:22 a.m.

Said on Gruul Zoo...


I think you're off to a decent start, but Lava Spike is rather poor when the rest of your deck wants you to be spamming out creatures. I like Manamorphose because of its synergy with Hidden Herbalists and Reckless Bushwhacker, and you may want to look at Narnam Renegade as another 1-drop.

September 4, 2017 10:42 p.m.

Static -1/-1 effects are not quite the same as -1/-1 counters, sorry to say.

September 1, 2017 1:38 p.m.

Said on The Big Booty ......


The blue frankly brings very little to the table here. I'd cut it and focus on more generally applicable disruption. A funny trick I ran into when facing a similar deck was Ensnaring Bridge to make you the only player able to attack.

September 1, 2017 12:23 a.m.


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