Hi everybody, welcome to my profile page! I'm ToolmasterOfBrainerd. If you're confused by my name, listen to the above song. If you're still confused, well, Trip Shakespeare is an acquired taste. Go listen to some Twilight Hours to acclimate yourself (and hear some beautiful music), then try again. If you do embark on the path to being Shakesperienced, I'd be happy to give song recommendations.

My favorite card art has to be Haunter of Nightveil . I own a foil and it's beautiful. I also love Unsummon for its flavor text. I have a lot of favorite cards to play with. In no particular order, Stoneforge Mystic , Deathrite Shaman , Snapcaster Mage , and Thoughtseize . My favorite colors are . My favorite set, no joke, is Dragon's Maze. I think I'm the only one who likes it, but I pulled my first mythic rare ever out of my first Dragon's Maze pack, so I have a special place in my heart for it.

I am fairly active on this site and try to give and ask for help frequently. I am best with modern decks because that's what I've played the most. Although thealexgnan is the true Grixis savant around here. For non-modern formats, I think is a blast to play.

I keep on hand the cards to play any of the following grixis decks in modern: Rocket Science, The Angry Insect (Grixis Delver), Flame On (Grixis Control). Which of them I play depends on my mood and the meta. I also play Counter Cat Rawr in modern. I play Jeskai DelverBlade in legacy. I play I sees a Harpy, an' a Strixy and Heavy Metal Bears in EDH.

I'm a Johnny Spike. I am naturally a competitive person, but every deck I play has to be off-meta. It can be similar to what other people have done, but I never want to play a mirror match.

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Icbrgr It is not true that 'anything grixis can do UWx can to better'. Grixis has access to much faster win conditions than UWx. Bolts + Snapcaster Mage is a decent way to close the game. Tasigur is great for closing games. The other 'good' wincons for grixis close the game much more quickly than UWx. Kolghan's Command is also one heck of a card, and Snapcaster Mage + K-Command is one of the most synergistic combos in magic. Grixis can also play a much more proactive game than UWx; hand disruption helps with this.

That said, closing games quickly is not a very valuable thing in modern, unfortunately. UWx plays the long game better than grixis hands-down, which lines up better against the modern meta of the last few years.

February 25, 2021 12:11 a.m.

The biggest upside of collective brutality in my opinion is that it's relevant against decks that aren't burn. 'Target burn player loses' is a crappy use of precious sideboard spots. Any time you want more removal it can be brought in. It's not premium removal by any means but it does the job. I'd definitely bring it in vs mill, for example (apparently mill is now a competitive deck in modern?? What??)

February 23, 2021 3:44 a.m.

Collective brutality is amazing vs burn. It does a lot on turn 2 in a game where turns matter. It also lets you turn extra lands and cards that aren't very good vs burn into very relevant effects.

Countersquall and Spell Snare and other cheap counterspells are also amazing.

Inquisition of Kozilek is also excellent.

You might not expect it, but one of the best cards in grixis vs burn is Tasigur, the Golden Fang . Getting the game to a place where the burn player is topdecking isn't too hard. Sealing the deal once you're there is essential, and that's where Tasigur shines.

February 22, 2021 6:13 p.m. Edited.

I haven't played a game of modern since pre-covid. I will probably be jamming grixis something once I'm back.

A lot of the top decks in modern right now (looking at mtggoldfish) are soft to lightning bolt and fatal push. The biggest issue I see is that a lot of those decks can shrug off the first 2 or so removal spells and still get there. Unless you have something to 2-for-1 or generate a lot of value, you'll just peter out. Spirits, in particular, is very hard to beat with just removal spells. Something more is needed.

It looks like graveyard decks are at an all-time low, which means graveyard hate is down as well. Maybe Thought Scour + Tasigur is good still? Maybe that plays well with Kroxa too?

Snapcaster Mage + Kolaghan's Command will always be really good for generating card advantage. I just don't know if grixis can get its engine going quickly enough.

IMO the biggest problem I have had playing grixis over the years is deciding if I want to play on my turn or their turn. Modern counterspells have been disappointing forever. UW shells can work with the available counterspells so much better than Grixis. Without counterspells in grixis you're so vulnerable to the opponent's topdeck.

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February 22, 2021 1:10 a.m.

Specialties

Legacy - Stoneblade, Modern - Delver, Modern - Midrange, Modern - Tempo, Modern - UBR (Grixis)

Decks

Naya Reclaimer

Modern* ToolmasterOfBrainerd

SCORE: 3 | 2 COMMENTS | 358 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

I Will Cut You (Esper Delver Blade)

Legacy* ToolmasterOfBrainerd

SCORE: 1 | 197 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

I sees a Harpy, an' a Strixy

Commander / EDH* ToolmasterOfBrainerd

SCORE: 4 | 2 COMMENTS | 1061 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

The Angry Insect (Grixis Delver)

Modern ToolmasterOfBrainerd

SCORE: 25 | 55 COMMENTS | 3213 VIEWS | IN 7 FOLDERS

Rocket Science

Modern* ToolmasterOfBrainerd

SCORE: 269 | 320 COMMENTS | 44091 VIEWS | IN 93 FOLDERS

Counter Cat Rawr

Modern ToolmasterOfBrainerd

SCORE: 9 | 17 COMMENTS | 1421 VIEWS | IN 3 FOLDERS

Sugar-free Oreos

Modern* ToolmasterOfBrainerd

SCORE: 20 | 37 COMMENTS | 3706 VIEWS | IN 4 FOLDERS

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