@benjamin_berry would be wonderful to see a Boros solemnity/blood sun deck on modo. Try to break the one bug per turn holy grail game.
Posts made by NBA84
Curious Homunculus (revisited)
From an old thread... Is this card something worth looking at as an alternative to the flavour of the month to Seeker of the Way? Even if the first face is a blank, he's usually a 3/4 at upkeep that works a lot like a certain chief of compliance. Just a thought.
RE: UR Standstill
@topical_island, correct. The second REB is definitely a meta choice. In previous iterations it has been any number of soft counters. Most recently a singleton spell snare or spell pierce.
What I find is that a resolved planeswalker is hard to deal with if your primary removal shifts from bolt or shock to abrade. Fundamentally this deck has no way to remove planeswalkers other than attacking with lands. Therein lies the particular problem with abrade.
Why two? Well I felt quite comfortable to reduce the number of missteps to three due to the ineffectiveness of swords (aside from lands). Mana drain is either a two or three off due to the versatility against both blue and brown. Islands are easily supported in two colours.
Ultimately I felt that flusterstorm has lost a lot of power with the shift towards permanent based storm with PO.
To be perfectly honest, the toughest choices for me are main deck null rods or main deck EE 's.
Thank you, nba84
Hi All. I thought I'd post the current deckles I've been trying out, which I think utilises Abrade quite well in the current meta.
The simple reason why I went with <Red> as opposed with the more traditional <White> is:
Dack who aside from being great against shops and of course colossus, allows me to filter through specific inconsequential cards in any given match up (i.e. REB's, Mindbreak Traps, Null Rods etc.). I tend to find that since the meta is so polarised between Brown and Blue that main deck answers are required for both but obviously in different instances,
Abrade, which one would assume falls into the above mentioned category of situational, similarly to what Stephen Menedian suggested in his podcast, is actually almost always a great draw. It has replaced By Force in the main, which perennially felt quite clunky. The mentor sequence usually involves waiting til your turn to Abrade, ideally with one or no mana open on the other side. Since mentor lists play few instants that interact with a creature-less decks (swords) they are left with Ancestral, Brainstorm and Dig as their main pumps for Mentor as response (assuming FOW is the other card). Usually that feels like an ok play since one of the above cards must be played prior to FOW.
A lack of a 'pure' removal that white offers is somewhat neutralised by Dismember, however fatties aren't the easiest to deal with.
The main drawback of course is the much less versatile
The Decklist is as follows:
1 Black Lotus
1 Crucible of Worlds
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
2 Null Rod
1 Consecrated Sphinx
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Dig Through Time
4 Force of Will
3 Mana Drain
3 Mental Misstep
1 Mindbreak Trap
2 Flooded Strand
1 Library of Alexandria
4 Mishra's Factory
4 Scalding Tarn
1 Strip Mine
3 Volcanic Island
2 Dack Fayden
3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Time Walk
1 Treasure Cruise
2 Engineered Explosives
3 Grafdigger's Cage
2 Tormod's Crypt
3 Ingot Chewer
3 Sulfur Elemental
Any comments or suggestions are MORE than welcome, as this deck is very much a moving feast at this point in time.
All the best, NBA84
RE: Dack Fayden - is he a main deck solution anymore?
@moorebrother1 I don't believe that your initial synopsis of the shops archetype as unfriendly to Dack is limited to him. Ballista, Revoker and Ravager are equally good against Jace or any other planeswalker for that matter.
RE: getting back into vintage with grixis thieves
I have been testing Abrade instead of sudden shock in my UR Standstill. They have outperformed sudden shock especially against mentor. Menedian in his podcast also suggested that they are main board material and I absolutely agree. Cheers.