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heckproof:

I thought about the possibilities of Mystic Monastery in this deck, and concluded that the deck doesn't want to get to 4 lands practically ever. To be fair, a 17-land count is a bit low for the synergy to be more consistent. Maybe in a deck running 20+ lands this would be a game winning combo, but in this deck it just isn't viable enough. The land will end up being a tap land more often than not.

October 8, 2019 2:53 p.m.

plusARGON:

I understand that. I'm aware that all of the creatures mentioned above die to removal, but I'm measuring the difficulty that opponent might have dealing with the creatures using said removal, and also measuring the impact that the cards can have on the battlefield relative to the turns they stick in play. Mist-Syndicate Naga feel like a card that if left unchecked, has the potential to run away with the game on its own, like a Goblin Rabblemaster . Brineborn Cutthroat can be checked by the premier removal spells of the format even after getting many +1/+1 counters. Maybe it could be argued for that reason that the Brazen Borrower in not as good for closing out the game as the Ninja, but the added interaction from the Adventure spell, and the Flash & Flying attached to a 3 powered body is very good compensation.

September 25, 2019 2:30 p.m.

plusARGON:

Thanks for the suggestion but the fact that spot removal spells like Fatal Push and Path to Exile are so prominent in Modern, Brineborn Cutthroat feels a bit inferior than the Mist-Syndicate Naga since it only takes one hit from it to get out of control. A huge Cutthroat can still get wrecked by really cheap spells and will still trade as a 1 for 1 in Modern. Truth be told, I'm looking out for the Brazen Borrower as the perfect card for the slot when it comes out... that card seems bonkers... What do you think about that option? I could even run 2 Borrowers and 1 Ninja and get some sweet occasional Ninjutsu value, since the Adventure part on the Borrower is some really needed interaction for pests that slip through the counters.

September 24, 2019 10:23 p.m.

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