This article makes the bizarre assumption that instant speed artifact removal won't be played. Maybe it won't be *that* common pre-sideboard, but post? When the current set is almost half artifacts?
As for the article, I really like how you set it up. It flows very well, and the deck is rather cute.
"I understand that it's competing with Jace, the Mind Sculptor at the same mana cost. Jace is certainly better in this deck, but decks that have no way to protect the planewalker may be better off with Foresee."
Powerful words. Very interesting.
"The only non-red instant speed removal in the format is Doom Blade. This type of strategy is very strong until people start finding new ways to interact at instant speed."
My brain can't accept this. I'm going to have to comb through the lists...it just CAN'T be true...
"The only non-red instant speed removal in the format is Doom Blade. This type of strategy is very strong until people start finding new ways to interact at instant speed."My brain can't accept this. I'm going to have to comb through the lists...it just CAN'T be true...
After browsing Gatherer: Consume the Meek (big ouch there), Disfigure, Hideous End, Induce Despair, Instill Infection, Last Kiss, Smother, Stabbing Pain, and Tendrils of Corruption, and that's all just in Black instants, to say nothing of Green and White artifact-kill.
Kuldotha Forgemaster would also interact well with the Reservoir, since you can use the Reservoir to get back the artifacts you sac to the Forgemaster. It's tutoring also doesn't require you to reveal your card, so your opponent might not catch on quite as quickly... it is expensive though.
"I'd like to reiterate just how few cards actually interact with us. The only non-red instant speed removal in the format is Doom Blade." What format is he playing exactly? I see a lot of instant removal in black (Consume the Meek, Grasp of Darkness, Smother, Tendrils of Corruption, among others), not to mention a lot of green/white artifact instant removal that will be played post-rotation, at least in boards if not main. And the "killing titans" argument is moot. He counts Lightning Bolt as removal...that doesn't kill titans alone. Couple with that there's already tons of red decks being played and will be more post-rotation. Seems bad.This article, while presenting a cute combo, failed miserably on strategy and knowledge of the current cardbase.
@ ChroniclercGreen, white, and red artifact kill spells won't kill Titans or other non-artifact creatures.
@ ChroniclercGreen, white, and red artifact kill spells won't kill Titans or other non-artifact creatures.Not the point. Jacob was saying that Standard lacks ways to interact with his combo at instant-speed. Not only is there an abundance of quite good instant creature-kill, we're moving into a Standard with freakin' Mirrodin. Assuming that people won't main-deck some kind of artifact-hate if they can is a serious mistake.Also, my appologies for including Tendrils in my list earlier. The Gatherer filters failed me.
Oh, and while I'm thinking of it, you people need to stop suggesting alternate win conditions. Since when did an infinite number of infinity/infinity creatures with haste need an alternate win condition? The only actual reason I see for this deck to run Fireball/Comet Storm is to kill Platinum Angel or Platinum Emperion
Well, having alternate win conditions means that you have an improved chance to get to the win condition. That means you have a higher chance to win...
Wouldn't the copy have summoning sickness?