Maybeboard


Description

WELCOME TO PONZA!

We're clayperce and Moonbar, the moderators of PonzaMTG on Reddit, and we'd like to welcome you to our Ponza deckbuilding primer. We look forward to your questions, comments, and suggestions!

There are a few sub-archetypes, and one may be better than another for your personal playstyle or meta. You don't have to choose now, but you'll want to consider them before you dive in:

  • Traditional Ponza, featuring "all the key ingredients to a Ponza Rotta: The cheese (burn), the meat (big creatures) and the sauce (the land destruction)": Good in almost any meta, but sometimes frustrating due to inconsistency.
  • Monster Ponza, featuring more value Creatures/less removal than Traditional: Good in almost any meta. More consistent than Traditional, but sometimes frustrating due to lack of answers.
  • Eldritch Ponza, featuring Eldritch Evolution and toolbox Creatures. Especially good in a Control-light meta.
  • Robot Ponza (aka Platinum Ponza), featuring Madcap Experiment + Platinum Emperion : Especially good in a Burn-heavy meta.
  • Tribal Ponza, featuring more Dragons, Dinosaurs, or whatever than Traditional: Best for a casual environment.
  • RG Midrange, featuring more value Creatures/less Mana Disruption than Traditional: Best for a casual environment. And it's not really Ponza.

Option 1: Make a copy of this deck, as an untuned starting point.

  • This is the "average" competitive Ponza deck according to MTGdecks.net (last checked on 1/11/2018), with minor tweaks. For example, sometimes Madcap Experiment makes it into the average deck, but it's useless without Platinum Emperion.
  • Cards marked with an A are HIGHLY recommended ... according to MTGgoldfish (last checked on 1/11/2018), they've been played in all of the recent competitive decks. Everything else is flexible.

Option 2: Pick the most recent competitive deck in the sub-archetype of your choice:

Option 3: Poke around these sites, looking at recent competitive decks until you find a deck you like:

Option 4: Pick one of the recent top finishers from a large tournament:

Except for the cards in the 'Unproven' section, ALL the cards in this deck (including the maybeboard) have seen play in successful Competitive decks. Finding the perfect mix of cards for your playstyle and meta is very tough, but you can honestly build a very good deck with any of them!

Below are some brief comments on the cards. Please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions!

Most competitive decks play 21 Lands. Some play 22 though, especially with a higher curve or 4x Tireless Tracker.

Played in all competitive decks:

Popular:

Less-popular:

Played in all competitive decks:

Popular:

Less-popular:

Rarely played:

Played in all competitive decks:

Played in all competitive decks:

Popular:

Less-popular:

Rarely played:

Popular:

Less-popular:

Rarely played:

Played in all competitive decks:

Popular:

Less-popular:

Rarely played:

Ponza is constantly evolving and there are a TON of cards which haven't seen play in competitive decks (yet), but might be perfect for your decklist, playstyle, or meta.

Please check out our list of Possible Ponza Tech. And if you try anything from there, please let us know how it works out!

We highly recommend posting your deck in PonzaMTG on Reddit and the Modern Desk Help forum here on T/O, and asking for feedback. It may be helpful to include a short description of your expected meta (if you know it) and any budget constraints.

P.S. If you post on the Advertise your Modern deck thread here on T/O please follow the rules and offer feedback on the deck posted immediately before yours.

Now for the best part: Get some reps in with your deck! You'll quickly learn what works for your meta and playstyle and what doesn't. Please share what you learn with us, here in the comments or in PonzaMTG on Reddit)!

Then go back to Step 3 :-)


Shout-outs to ...

Finally, please +1 Upvote this primer if you found it useful! :-)

Suggestions

Updates Add

We made some changes based on the results from last weekend:

  • Tweaked the maindeck to reflect the new "average" competitive Ponza deck on MTGdecks.net
  • Changed the sideboard and cards marked with an A (which have been played in all recent competitive decks) to reflect the new card percentages on MTGgoldfish
  • Updated the Traditional, Monster, and Robot Ponza decks in Step 2 Option 2 (the list of most recent competitive decks in each sub-archetype)

Comments

Casual

100% Competitive





Compare to inventory
Date added 4 months
Last updated 2 days
Key combos
Legality

This deck is Modern legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 3.03
Tokens 3/3 Beast, 1/1 Thopter, Clue, 2/2 Wolf, Chandra
Folders >> Active Decks <<, Modern Decks, Interesting Ideas, Stuff I like or intrested in, Cool Shit, Competitive Ponza, Modern Brews, Primers, Tutorials, and Format Staples, Decks, Favorable Fodder, See all 11
Top rank #1 on 2018-01-14
Votes
Ignored suggestions
Shared with
Views

Revision 13 See all

5 days ago)

-1 Kessig Wolf maybe