"Conspicuous by its absence: No Mind Sludge."Also conspicuous: No Cruel Ultimatum.
"Conspicuous by its absence: No Mind Sludge."Also conspicuous: No Cruel Ultimatum.Cruel Ultimatum isn't in standard and the deck doesn't have the correct mana for it anyway. Mind Sludge. however, works in a heavy swamp deck.
I don't know much about this deck, but I don't really get the second keep in round 4 either. For reference:ExploreExploreLotus CobraLotus CobraGoblin RuinblasterIslandMisty RainforestI mean other than the Goblin Ruinblaster, it's a bunch of conditional mana sources where the conditions aren't met. Is the idea to cast Explores without any lands to drop, or just to drop Lotus Cobras and hope we topdeck some business or multiple lands in a row? The Explores look so useless here that I'm tempted to consider this hand pre-mulliganed anyway...
I just wanted to raise a point that I know he mentioned in passing at the end but was interested in other people's ideas. One of the best pieces of advice when it came to preparing decks for tournament that I ever received was this:"If you build your deck and test it, and you find yourself sideboarding in/out a card/s more than 50% of the time, then that card should most probably be included/excluded in the main deck"I build and test and prepare all my decks with this moto. Its basic common sense, if you find a card you need more often than you wont need it sitting in our sideboard, or find you side it out more often than you keep it, you need to make some permanant changes to your main deck. This case was a perfect one because there wasn't only a card you were siding OUT the deck almost every game, but there was also a card you were siding INTO the deck with the same frequency. In almost every single matchup (bar 1), you were more happy to keep pyroclasm than runeblaster. I know pyroclasm is a specific sort of card, very conditional, but when you look at it objectively, runeblasters were probably even MORE conditional (you probably need to go first which happens about 50% of the time, need runeblaster in first 10 cards, opponent needs a nonbasic land target, it needs to resolve, AND your opponent needs to struggle to recover which only happens if he isn't playing his own landfetch and mana acceleration). All I am saying is so many people look at cards like pyroclasm and think: "Sideboard" immediately, and it definitely doesn't occur to them that perhaps in this environment main board is warranted. Its pretty funny that this article caught my eye because I had a similar situation when the original Mirrodin was standard, with the same card no less. I was playing a Tooth and Nail deck at the time and I looked at the decks that were at the top and beating me with any regularity. They were Affinity, Goblins, White wheeny and Land destruction. Turns out the second turn Pyroclasm sorted out 3 of the 4 decks because it bought me enough time to get off an oblivion stone/mindslaver into Tooth and Nail..... *scoop*. So I did something pretty unusual and splashed red in a traditionally monogreen deck and no less than 4 pyroclasms. This allowed me much more freedom to focus my sideboard on specific problem cards. I went around cleaning up most of the tournaments in my area.