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Going strictly green I'm not so sure of. What Eldrazi does so well is to beat down very fast with some slight disruption to speed down the opponent. Losing Thalia 1.0 and 2.0 and Glowrider would hurt that game plan a lot. Losing Containment Priest and Eldrazi Displacer as well as Swords out of the board would hurt as well.

The main reason to add green would be Force of Vigor for sure, but that would indeed require a lot of other green cards to function, and I'm not sure if a GW version could include enough green cards to make Force of Vigor viable, but it could be worth trying out.

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On Deafening Silence:

I haven't had the chance to test it much yet, but while I think that Stormanimagus is right that this card is great for Hatebears style decks, I also think that volrathxp is right that this card isn't format warping, because, let's be real, Hatebears is a fringe archetype.

I'd like to comment on one thing though: the time aspect. I think this is a greatly misunderstood concept when discussing Hatebears and other prison style decks.

The article says that "but that kind of turn does nothing to accelerate your clock in a game and gives your opponent all the time in the world to find an answer". I find that statement wrong. Sure, this card in itself doesn't accelerate your clock, but it doesn't give your opponent "all the time in the world". I think it's a mistake to perceive "time" like this. Hatebears and other prison style decks shouldn't perceive "time" as "turns" but rather as "how many spells can my opponent cast before he's dead?". If your opponent is completely locked out of ever casting another spell this game, it doesn't matter how fast or slow your clock is (think of the good old Stax decks that basically didn't even have a clock).
Yes, your opponent might be playing Repeal and Chain of Vapor but he doesn't have much "time" to find them because he can only play one spell a turn.

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I see this primarily as a SB card - and that's coming from a Hatebears pilot. Of course it's great against Storm of various sorts, and although the effect is also good vs Xerox, your matchup as a the Hatebears pilot should already be pretty good against Xerox - especially against the Dreadhorde versions. However, the card simply doesn't do anything against Shops and Dredge. Against Dredge that's just a minor concern as the maindeck is already packed with cards that don't do much in that matchup, but you really just need to find one of your maindeck Yixlid Jailers/Containment Priests/Grafdigger's Cage to win game one against Dredge. But you simply can't afford to play too many dead cards against Shops - especially when they come without legs.

That said, I do think this deserves maindeck testing. I'll probably start by replacing some copies, or all, of Thalia, Guardian of Thraben with it.

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Lol this card is bonkers. Unfortunately Grafdigger's Cage is hilariously bad against Dredge rigt now (although it's decent vs Dreadhorde Arcanist).

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I don't really get why they printed this card. It's just Voltaic Key with an additional benefit. Not sure what the point is.

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@moorebrother1 said in [M20] Fry:

I looks like the answer that PO might need to come back. It also is the mirror breaker.

It definitely doesn't look like a mirror breaker to me. One for one'ing against planeswalkers doesn't work well, as your opponent has already grotten value out of their planeswalker. It's a card worth considering, though.

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@ajfirecracker said in [M20] Blightbeetle:

Creatures can't have counters put on them

Ah, yeah, I somehow missed that. No wonder I found the wording weird, lol.

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@blindtherapy said in [M20] Blightbeetle:

@griselbrother it doesn't kill any ravagers or ballistas that already exist, but will kill all future ones played. same effect as Solemnity.

Well, the wording is different, hence my confusion. Solemnity says "can't get counters", whereas this one says "can't have counters". It would make the most sense if all counters are removed, I think.

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The wording on this one is weird. Does it mean that it simply kills Ravager and Ballista when it enters the battlefield? If so, I'm bummed it costs 2 and not 1 or else I would definitely try it out in hatebears.

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@smmenen said in 100 matches with GWB Hatebears:

nice report, and cool deck. Collectors Ouphe is a long term boon to this archetype. i like the directions here, but I'm not surprised at some of the findings.

Thanks, Steve. Yes, Collector Ouphe is definitely an upgrade to Stony Silence in many ways.

@iamactuallylvl1 said in 100 matches with GWB Hatebears:

Does it really count if all the wins are against me 😛

Nice write up ggs.

Haha, yeah, we had some good matches. You did, however, beat another build of mine with your crazy Paradox Engine build 😄