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      CommentAuthorTitan
    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2009
     
    Here's what I played saturday, yes there's 8 of each blue dual, I'm just to lazy and never remember the names of the crappy ravi duals :P


    Artifacts
    4 Sensei's Divining top
    4 Jeweled Bird
    3 Tormod's Crypt
    4 Engineered Explosives
    1 Pithing needle
    1 Relic of Progenitus
    1 Voltaic Key
    1 Time Vault
    1 Crucible of Worlds
    1 Isochron Scepter
    1 Chaos Orb
    4 Mox Diamond
    1 Black Lotus
    1 Mox Emerald
    1 Mox Jet
    1 Mox Pearl
    1 Mox Ruby
    1 Mox Sapphire
    1 Mox Crystal
    1 Mana Vault
    1 Sol Ring
    1 DSC

    Black
    4 Contract From Below
    4 Thoughtsieze
    4 Tainted Pact
    4 Shred Memory
    4 Perplex
    1 Demonic Tutor
    1 Cruel Tutor
    1 Grim Tutor
    1 Imperial Seal
    1 Vampiric Tutor
    1 Yawgmoth's Will
    1 Executioner's Capsule

    Blue
    4 Brainstorm
    4 Thirst for Knowledge
    4 Fact or Fiction
    4 Drift of Phantasms
    4 Muddle the Mixture
    4 Tezzeret
    4 Trinket Mage
    4 Misdirection
    4 Force of Will
    4 Mana Drain
    4 Counterspell
    4 Evasive Action
    4 Counterbalance
    1 Gifts Ungiven
    1 Intuition
    1 Merchant Scroll
    1 Ancestral Recall
    1 Fabricate
    1 Personal Tutor
    1 Mystical Tutor
    1 Time Walk
    1 Time Twister
    1 Tinker
    1 Transmute Artifact
    1 INKY

    Green
    4 Rhox War Monk
    4 Trygon Predator
    4 Lorescale Coatl
    4 Pernicious Deed
    4 Tarmogoyf
    1 Crop Rotation
    1 Sylvan Scrying
    1 Fastbond
    1 Eternal Witness
    1 Regrowth
    1 LFTL

    Red
    4 Fire // Ice
    4 Sudden Shock
    4 Lightning Bolt
    4 Firespout
    4 Sulfur Elemental
    1 Gamble
    1 Ancient Grudge
    1 Hull Breach
    1 Rack and Ruin
    1 Recoup

    White
    4 Aven Mindcensor
    4 Oblivion Ring
    4 Reliquary Knight
    4 Path to Exile
    4 Swords to Plowshares
    4 Kitchen Finks
    1 Balance
    1 Dispeller's Capsule
    1 Enlightened Tutor

    Land
    20 Fetch Lands
    8 Underground Sea
    8 Tundra
    8 Tropical Island
    8 Volcanic Island
    12 Bad Duals
    5 Basic Land
    4 City of Brass
    4 Exotic Orchard
    4 Mishra's Factory
    4 Maze of Ith
    4 Wasteland
    1 Strip Mine
    1 Tolarian Academy
    1 Library of Alexandria
    1 Tolaria West
    1 Academy Ruins
    1 Petrified Field
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    And how does it work out for ya?
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      CommentAuthorTitan
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2009
     
    Top 4 at the last event, could be better but good enough
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      CommentAuthorJD.5
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2009
     
    Alright, a few thoughts...

    - Why no Stifle or effects of that variant? WIth everybody able to play every dual and fetchland to their liking (lest we forget the new enemy fetches coming soon), nailing out those early fetches is amazing. I personally run a full suite of Stifle, Trickbind, Shadow of Doubt, and the pure tech of Interdict (no one ever sees it coming). At the very least, all but one of the previous cards can stop a fatal Pernicious Deed or Engineered Explosives as well.

    - Rhox War Monk? How has he proven for you?

    - How has Lorescale Coatl performed for you? I've always been interested, but his lack of evasion always keeps him away for me. Thoughts?

    - Why oh why only one Recoup? Has it been restricted without my knowledge of something? This thing is too good not to be a 4-of. Busting out multi-Contracts is amazing, along with two Time Walks.

    - Petrified Field? Why?

    - Why are you running 3 Tormod's Crypts? Isn't 1 enough, epsecially alongside a Relic of Progenitus?

    - Firestorm is leagues ahead of Firespout. Jus' sayin'.

    Overall, how does this thing fair against Aggro decks? It seems relatively slow. Just curious.
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      CommentAuthorTitan
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2009 edited
     
    - Why no Stifle or effects of that variant?

    with 300 cards and only 20 fetchlands in a deck stifle is just proving to be more and more useless and it's almost always terrible aggainst aggro

    - Rhox War Monk? How has he proven for you?

    he's a house, he trades with or kills most aggro dudes and has lifelink

    - How has Lorescale Coatl performed for you?

    Contract from below and brainstorm make him tarmogoyf size in no time, tarmogoyf doesn't have evasion and I drop him as 2-3 toughness all the time

    - Why oh why only one Recoup?

    Simply a target for gifts ungiven

    - Petrified Field? Why?

    gifts ungiven for: petrified field, academy ruins, voltaic key and time vault

    - Why are you running 3 Tormod's Crypts?

    No, too many people like thier graveyards, and with 4x loam and crucible off the banned list it's proven good, I've lost a few games already by not getting one in time, shred memory has actually been used quite a bit for graveyard removal as well as transmuting for timevault/walk

    - Firestorm is leagues ahead of Firespout. Jus' sayin'.

    Firestorm is good if it's followed by a contract, control decks don't like pitching thier hand, there's very few times that I need to kill multiple 4 toughness dudes

    Overall, how does this thing fair against Aggro decks?

    It is a bit slow but there's more than enough removal and taking infinite turns is pretty good, I could probably be a bit more tweaked for aggro but with the brand new B&R list I wanted to be right in the middle of the potential meta
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      CommentAuthorDipstik
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2009
     
    "Overall, how does this thing fair against Aggro decks?"

    Not well ;)
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      CommentAuthorTitan
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2009 edited
     
    Dipstik draws way too good for me ;)

    after dispatching a few lions, he gets hidden herd/goyf one game and double hidden herd the next, and I'm such a bad player I boned myself with balance not noticing a hidden herd and his proxied wasteland *ARG!*

    I beat 2 other aggro decks and flash before the finals, the only other loss was jeremy B's orb combo (one of the matches that needs more crypt)
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      CommentAuthorzombor
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2009
     

    with 300 cards and only 20 fetchlands in a deck stifle is just proving to be more and more useless and it's almost always terrible aggainst aggro

    Wait until every deck is playing 40 fetchlands.

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      CommentAuthorJD.5
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2009
     
    Posted By: zombor

    with 300 cards and only 20 fetchlands in a deck stifle is just proving to be more and more useless and it's almost always terrible aggainst aggro

    Wait until every deck is playing 40 fetchlands.



    My thoughts exactly. And sure, it's not the best against Aggro, but against a fellow Control deck, Stifle et al are retarded good. Meh, just my thoughts.
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    Mox Diamond + Deed + Explosives = Not a Combo.

    Also there's way too much transmute. How good is Spell X if you add 3 mana to it at sorcery speed?

    I like how you left out Consult, and would also drop Gamble from the list.

    Suggestions: Shadowmage, The Quiet Spec Engine