@ribby Thanks. We've been there for a while, IMO. The most common mode of Fiery Confluence was the "6 to opponent's face" as it closed out the game in a hurry with life-loss and Bolt-Snap-Bolt. I think Mentor getting restricted along with Gush made the control role worse and incentivized decks to try and exploit tempo more effectively, with cards like Wasteland. Shops is still the best tempo deck, but the URx decks can definitely fit into that role.
Edit: Also, Smash on a Precursor Golem is so good. About as good as Fiery Confluence on Precursor.
ugh, sorry @Log ... The base forum software has been updated a few times recently, and I've been hoping that updating TMD's software would "just fix" the issues, but obviously that hasn't been the case. Things have been busy for me lately, but I expect that to let up soon, and plan on having some quality time to build out some new TMD features. Hopefully we can get things in a usable state
@hierarchnoble I think the version I gave him could have better used and protected TAW. Chalice of the Void on 1 is particularly effective at stopping Pyroblast and there is just something cathartic about attacking with a 5/5 Chalice.
That variant has moved more towards Karn and PO and away from Damping Sphere and TAW, but I plan on revisiting those cards later in a deck that is more "prisony".
Edit: This isn't unusual. I often try to build multiple synergies and strategies into decks, then adjust based on how games play out. Turns out, Karn making multiple Marit Lage tokens is pretty good...
I understand you played in a number of February events, so I am looking forward to seeing those.
I played in the 1/27 event, but did not record data (was streaming and felt emotionally drained after 0-2'ing the top 8 and 0-3'ing a league).
I generally don't have time to spend a whole Saturday afternoon playing in these events on a weekly basis, but I would be inclined to enroll one or more a month simply to help you with the data collection. I could also help you crowd source the help, if that's becoming a bear.
Any help is appreciated, even if it's just helping to enter round data after the event. The time commitment is rough, but if someone plays the event, takes a screenshot of standings, and watches the "not-32", we can do the rest of the work later with flexibility. Hopefully, we can crowdsource that.
L1 Judge here. If I were called to the situation you described in your first post, I’d rule that player B’s explanation is correct: Player A putting their Gisela in the graveyard indicates that they chose to apply the damage doubling effect first, which is a legal choice for them to make. Player B’s choice of applying the damage reduction effect first is also legal, so there’s nothing to do here: Player A’s Gisela is dead, Player B’s Gisela is alive, and they can continue with the game.
Note that it doesn’t matter whether Player A knew that they could choose in which order they apply the replacement effects. Player B gets an advantage for having a superior knowledge of the rules, but that’s how competitive Magic works.
Good points added. It's generally not right to keep Misstep in but I figured I would add that Oath pilots should generally keep 1 (possibly 2) in post sideboard due to the importance of stopping Grafdigger's Cage. If they weren't on Oath, they probably have no excuse aside from "I just had so many Pyroblasts and Flusterstorms I didn't have enough cards to take out" in which case, again, no excuse.
I am interested to see the number of anti-shops cards that the PO decks were running, and also to know whether or not the shops decks were running null rod. same for how many stonys the mentor decks were running.
I guess in the top 32 lists we have 2 null rods in the 1st and 11th place shops decks.
12th place mentor deck has 1 stony in the board, 20th place has 3(!) in the board, and 32nd has 1.
I'd say all of the top 32 PO decks are softer to shops than my list...
@Log Yeah, that was precisely the one score that got both teams through as well. A 1-1 draw would have left them with to few goals scored and Italy would have advanced. Good thing they "happened" to play a 2-2 draw then.... The Italian press was furious about it if I remember correctly.