76125763 wrote:Zindaras' meta is like a fossil, ancient and its secrets yet to be uncovered. Only men of yore, long dead, knew of it.
I enjoyed your article this week, glad that you're listening to us readers.Have you considered Surgical Extracation? It's decent against potentially ascension, tron (makes smallpox WAY better), aggro loam, splinter twin, melira (and other) pod, and basically any other archetype that leans too heavily on any particular card that you may be able to destroy/make them discard, as well as any non-diverse threat-light control deck.Also, in regards to the rat creature: 6 damage for 2BB is less impressive next to the 7 for 1BB and the 3 for 1 Rack. I'm really not sure what to suggest though, I still think it's better than Nihilith. Probably needs to be either a finisher of some sort or something that generates massive card advantage.
MaRo: One of the classic R&D stories happened during a Scars of Mirrodin draft. Erik Lauer was sitting to my right (meaning that he passed to me in the first and third packs). At the end of the draft, Erik was upset because I was in his colors (black-green). He said, "Didn't you see the signals? I went into black-green in pack one." I replied, "Didn't you see my signals? I started drafting infect six drafts ago." ******************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** MaRo: During a playtest, I played a Reaper from the Abyss. I attacked each turn, while my opponent would chump block (he had a lot of fliers), and then I killed a second creature. This happened until he had only one creature left. I attack, he blocked, and then the following dialogue occurred: Him: Kill your demon. Me: What? Him: My guy died so you have to kill a creature. Me: Yeah, but why would a demon kill himself? Him: I don't know. He's depressed there's no one left to kill. Me: That doesn't make any sense. Him: I don't care. It's what the card says. I then take out my pen, and wrote "non-Demon" on it. Him: You can't do that. Me: I redesigned him while the effect was on the stack.
The rat does not seem impressive, but think about what you want for replacement: "Probably needs to be either a finisher of some sort or something that generates massive card advantage." The rat does both, since it makes your opponent discard and then acts as a finisher.
It's great that you explained everything and listened to the audience, but you pulled a writing gaffe.Don't tell us what you will write about, just write about it. I see this mistake more and more and it baffles me. I was given the proverbial hand slap on essays and the like many many times for this, yet it seems that I am seeing it more and more.
The rat does not seem impressive, but think about what you want for replacement: "Probably needs to be either a finisher of some sort or something that generates massive card advantage." The rat does both, since it makes your opponent discard and then acts as a finisher.Unfortunately, the rat doesn't live up to the standards of any of what it does. Wrench Mind costs BB, the rat costs 1B for each card (plus 2BB down). The rack costs 1, this rat costs 2BB and doesn't come online until the opponent has no cards. And on top of that, the two sides are mutually exclusive. He's just not efficient enough in either regard when considered by themselves, and I would also argue that he's probably not good enough when considering both abilities as well. Tempo is extremely important in Modern, and if you're waiting for turn 5 you should probably have stripped your opponent's hand by then, making the front useless and the back overcosted.
Painful Quandry may be able to make it as 2 of in this deck, if you land one after voiding an opponent's hand then they are pretty much locked out of playing spells unless they main disenchanters, and it makes your discard better late game by being able to strip the cards they would discard so they're forced into a lose-lose situation. Maybe just like Gatekeeper of Malakir or something good against aggro decks? If this wasn't a budget deck the clear winner is Tarmgoyf, playing little brother to Nyxathid of all things. (or maybe lilliana of the veil coming in against aggro)Also, sideboarding Unburial Rites seems legit as hell when you've forced your opponent to discard a Titan/WC Engine.
..."window.parent.tinyMCE.get('post_content').onLoad.dispatch();" contenteditable="true" />The Rat comes online on Turn 3 (it costs 1B, not 2BB, though it is 2BB for the first card), and if it works, then it can be an absolute powerhouse.
Ok, so on turn 2 you get a 1/1 with this guy. Turn 3 you can activate it sure, but you've only gotten one card, two if you landed turn 1 swamp, inquision. That means it's still just a 1/1 while you stare at wrench mind/smallpox in your hand. Bottom line it's the rack on a 3/3 for 2BB minimum since the transformation is attached to the activation of the ability. Sure, it's good. 6 dmg/turn for 2BB is not bad, it's just not on Nyxathid, the Rack or Tarmgoyf's level in terms of consistant damage output/CMC.
Honestly, this deck is going to have a rough time against tempo-control the likes of Delver. Nyxathid/Rack isn't very good if they counter all your discard, is it? I think the regular control matchup would be a little better since they go for more of a 1 for 1 you until grave titan/consecrated sphinx/Black sun zenith and this deck is a little more resiliant to that with the unearth and the fewer but cheap and heavy hitting creatures, plus the rack that you can sneak under their counters early.
..."window.parent.tinyMCE.get('post_content').onLoad.dispatch();" contenteditable="true" />Sure, but Tarmogoyf is not budget and an unfair comparison for any creature, and the others need you to play discard first. Nezumi Shortfang rolls the entire package into one, which is pretty good. Also note that it is one of the very few pieces of instant speed discard that are available, which adds another layer of nastiness.If they counter all your discard, they're still emptying their hand. I would think Lingering Souls is also pretty good in that matchup. I'm not really sure though why Jacob thinks the matchups would be great, as I am no tournament player.
The biggest problem for JBL now, is how much similar his column will be with Gavin
it's (sideboarding) a fluff feature of a deck-building article.
As a builder, I realize sometimes my SB is way too expensive. I cut back, of course, but some players give in and let the SB be costless (honestly not a bad idea considering no SB is right for everyone anyway, it's a fluff feature of a deck-building article).While you're right about Damnation, I do want to mention this is Modern, an eternal format. You're guaranteed to be allowed your deck for much time to come, so whether that is deceptive or not, it's affecting the market. It can obviously be budgeted, but by percent, not by an absolute budget taken directly from whatever your standard budget is. If it's too much, you can't play.
About the Damnation: I really think that for BOAB there are good alternatives. Some people can't throw down for $40 of sideboard for one deck. The problem with this deck is that it folds to creature matchups. So why not put in stuff that's really good against creatures? These are all very reasonable options that are super cheap:Darkblast, Flame Jab, Funeral Charm, Infest, Consuming Vapors, Consume the MeekAlso these are good and may find a home, but could easily be a build of their own:Raven's Crime, Grim Harvest,
It's great that you explained everything and listened to the audience, but you pulled a writing gaffe.Don't tell us what you will write about, just write about it. I see this mistake more and more and it baffles me. I was given the proverbial hand slap on essays and the like many many times for this, yet it seems that I am seeing it more and more.Well, I think it's kind of a choice. In scientific circles, most papers introduce their subject and even their results before they start. Then again, I've also had professors who were vociferously against this.
snipHire me Wizards!!! I've consistantly contributed to the deck discussion, and I promise I'll keep up with the forum conversations and whatnot on choices and strategies - it's like a second article!