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Posts made by desolutionist
RE: [XLN] Sorcerous Spyglass
I like this card. Even though it isn't taking over the format right now, just thought I'd mention, it took at least 6 months before Mental Misstep started seeing play at all. (4 Spell Pierce 0 Misstep winning champs that year) And it took several years before Gitaxian Probe started seeing regular play; you even used to be able to get away with saying Gitaxian Probe is a bad card. So one day this could be down right oppressive and restriction worthy.
RE: Temur Cascade
Umezawa's Jitte doesn't seem like a bad card to hit on cascade that bolsters your creatures and answers tokens. Furthermore, cascading into Stoneforge Mystic is high value. SFM/equipment seems great for this deck all around. (Probably better than JVP)
When Mentor was a new card, I played Mentor +4 SFM, and I absolutely slaughtered Delver decks at NYSE that year. Just something to consider, I'm sure it's still true.
RE: Curious Homunculus (revisited)
I've played Curious Homunculus a lot as well and it's nowhere near as good as Baral. The best the Homunculus has been is in Intuition/AK shell (still better off with Baral). The only advantage Homunculus has is to Cunning Wish for Berserk, but that plan is awfully finicky
I think best case scenario, Curious Homunculus is a Baral. But the floor is pretty low on the Homunculus, so it's intuitive to play 4 Baral before the first Homonculus. Dedicated 4x Baral decks are definitely Intuition decks. Also Frantic Search, Regrowth, and Deep Analysis; the mentioned 16-20 cards combine with Baral to form a high power "solidarity" type combo deck. I've found Empty the Warrens then to be superior to Homculous + Berserk.
It's important to consider all options when casting Intuition. Inexperienced players might want to get 3 Accumulated Knowledges to begin with. But piles such as Tolarian Academy, Regrowth, Yawgmoth's Will can be critical to setting up a quick "infinite" chain of spells, and in effect seeing more cards than you would from just a "draw 3".
RE: Vintage Challenge - 9/2/2017
So the "win percentage against the field" averages wins of an archetype against random opponents. What if we were to calculate numberWithWinningRecord_Archetype / totalNumber_Archetype? How might this data look from that perspective?
Young Pyromancer: 50%
@diophan is the classification, "Big Blue", appropriate for decks like 7th place (Egget's)? In my opinion this is more along the lines of Young Pyromancer because of the 4 Preordains, Dacks, delve spells, and spot removal (Plowshares, Wear/Tear) There's no Yawgmoth's Will or tutors or anything to really "go big" with besides Tinker-BSC, which I'm assuming is basically just Mentor #2.