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Hello, planeswalker!

I learned how to play MTG from Portal before I moved into Mirage and 5th. Edition. I've been playing ever since. My favorite decks (in order, follow the links for explanations of the decks' history):

1) Goblins
2) Academy
3) Dredge-a-Tog
4) Prosperous Bloom
5) Necro
6) Workshop/MUD
7) Ghost Husk
8) Ghazi Glare
9) Zombies

My favorite Magic cards are (in order):

1) Tolarian Academy
2) Psychatog
3) Goblin Lackey
4) Goblin Welder
5) Necropotence
6) Mind Over Matter
7) Sundering Titan
8) Braingeyser
9) Squandered Resources
10) Metalworker.

Here's a read that will change your life and the way you play games: Playing to Win by David Sirlin (one of the designers behind Street Fighter).

Also, be sure to check out my folders page for information regarding older decks. I've been working on creating an extensive archive of decks from various Pro Tour Top 8s and explanations for certain cards.

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Said on Stasis ideas...

#1

Back to Basics. Will absolutely destroy some decks and is a mainboard option. Since you're mostly basic Islands, you're unaffected and can build a soft lock before committing to Stasis.

I also agree that you probably want Black Vise over Ebony Owl Netsuke.

There's also no reason to not be playing Force of Will in your mono-blue control deck. This will help immensely if your opponent tries to do something tricky, like resolve a Stoneforge Mystic that's going to grab Batterskull or casting Liliana of the Veil.

Jace, the Mind Sculptor can also be a secondary win condition, in addition to making sure you have plenty of cards and bouncing any creatures that manage to sneak in via Aether Vial.

Probably the derpiest card for Stasis is As Foretold. Like, I don't think your opponent can actually win if you resolve both. You will be able to cast Counterspells with impunity, while never having to tap an Island except to pay for Stasis.

Lastly, Meditate, Chrome Mox, and Lotus Petal are all good options. Meditate fills a similar role to Chronatog, but helps you find more answers and threats. Chrome Mox and Lotus Petal allow you to go "SURPRISE, NERDS! Turn 1 Stasis on the draw!" or even turning out an early As Foretold.

August 15, 2018 4 a.m.

Said on Old mono blue ......

#2

There's a lot of viable Mono-Blue Control (and control/combo) decks in Legacy.

Some you might like:

Mono-Blue Painter
Omnishow
Counter Bridge
Mono-Blue Fish (this one isn't a control deck, but it's worth looking at because it's cheap to build, can be configured for Modern, and has a lot of overlap with other decks in the format)

I'm partial towards Omnishow, which is a combo deck that plays very "draw, go" before it dumpsters all over your opponent's face.

You might also like U/W Standstill. The deck can be made mono-blue, but it loses some of its power. Decklist can be found here. To make it mono-blue, you'd cut:

-4x Myth Realized
-4x Terminus
-4x Swords to Plowshares
-1x Council's Judgment
-3x Tundra
-1x Karakas

...and add something like:

+1x Faerie Conclave
+1x Mishra's Factory
+2x Island
+2x Daze
+1x Flusterstorm
+4x Delver of Secrets  Flip
+2x Counterspell
+4x Preordain

August 7, 2018 6:49 p.m.

Said on Mono-Red Burn...

#3

Why would you spend $40 on 4x Vexing Devils if you could buy 2x Goblin Guides? Vexing Devil is awful. It gives your opponent something to use their Fatal Push on.

August 1, 2018 4:46 p.m.

Said on Mono-Red Burn...

#4

If you don't have Goblin Guides, Foundry Street Denizen can get a lot of damage in, especially if you combine it with token generators.

Devastating Summons is also a good finisher. Sometimes you just get the nuts where you curve out, dump your entire hand into play, then make a couple of 4/4s or bigger.

Searing Blaze is another good option, but you may have problems without having fetchlands. However, the reward of it may outweigh the cons of sometimes only having it deal 1 damage. Cutting 2 copies of The Flame of Keld and adding 2 Searing Blaze may give you a good balance.

Since you are playing on a budget, there's a couple of other options to play Burn. You can go goblin-heavy, with more of an 8-Whack build (Reckless Bushwhacker, Goblin Bushwhacker) and also play Goblin Grenade.

One of my friends did a lot of grinding to earn packs/store credit to upgrade his Burn deck over time. I think he also was using Brute Force, Rubblebelt Maaka, Titan's Strength, and heroic cards for a while too.

Ramunap Ruins can provide your Grim Lavamancers with graveyard food.

July 31, 2018 6:33 p.m.

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