Jan
19
2020

/u/bboomslang on Is Discard a viable archetype?

Linked it in my other reply.

Jan
19
2020

/u/bboomslang on Is Discard a viable archetype?

Opus Thief is running Tymna/Kraum and I think the white is quite important, even only light splash. White gives you payoff spells for wheels in Smothering Tithe and Draw hate in Alms Collector, protection in Silence and general Stacy stuff to play in t…

Jan
19
2020

/u/bboomslang on Cyclonic Rift – Myth or Truth

When I play stax or prison style decks, I usually see it overloaded from my opponents that know how to play against that style of deck – and I then lose to it. So, not a myth 😉

Jan
18
2020

/u/bboomslang on Is Discard a viable archetype?

[[Narset, Parter of Veils]] or [[Notion Thief]] into wheel effects probably. Opus Thief in a nutshell. And I probably shouldn‘t tell you that, because I like my cards in my hand …

Jan
16
2020

Magic: The Gathering

I played a game of Magic: The Gathering.

Jan
15
2020

Wingspan

I played a game of Wingspan.

Jan
13
2020

/u/bboomslang on Secret Lair Germany – Duty and Taxes

When I asked Scalefast they said they need a scan of the tax invoice to act on it. And yes, WOTC got it wrong AGAIN. They fail even the essentials by now, like properly paying taxes. Use the scalefast contact link you got in your confirmation email for shipping to reach out to them.

Why WOTC hasn’t added it to the FAQ is beyond my understanding. Guess they don’t want to break the streak of borked delivery and sales experiences …

Dec
31
2019

/u/bboomslang on Do people not understand what "casual" is?

Jin is good in Re-animator shells, one of the solid three Re-animator targets you see most often – look at Razakats for example, a solid cEDH deck. Jin is bad in decks that need to hardcast him, but if your deck is focused on cheating out fatties, he i…

Dec
27
2019

/u/bboomslang on Black/red/colorless artifact protection

Yep, and the engineer does double duty as a tutor for it, too.

Dec
24
2019

/u/bboomslang on Unexpected Results! Name a card that… December 24, 2019

Dang. I just realized Ugin makes Spirit creature tokens. I think he should go into my Kykar deck – Spirits are Mana, his discount makes my equipments and vehicles cheaper and I get card draw with both him and Kykar out. Never really payed attention to …

Dec
24
2019

/u/bboomslang on Every time I brew, as soon as I start optimizing, my decks become combo decks.

Combo players getting salty about counterplots to stop them are just bad magic players, sorry. Of course I fully expect my opponents to try to stop me and pay attention to what I am doing. I usually get punched early on more than others, because my gro…

Dec
24
2019

/u/bboomslang on Unexpected Results! Name a card that… December 24, 2019

Yeah, she is heading one of my decks, but slowly creeps into all my artifact decks that can play blue – she is just that good.

Dec
24
2019

/u/bboomslang on Every time I brew, as soon as I start optimizing, my decks become combo decks.

Or you could just accept that you are a combo player. I mean, we are not totally evil, only when we go and protect our combos with Stax 😉 – if your play group is fine with you being the combo player, just embrace it. I tend to power down a bit by goin…

Dec
24
2019

/u/bboomslang on Lavinia Control w/o Stax or Hatebears

Yeah, I don’t get it either. Being fine with Animar Statue combo, but disallowing the answer to that sounds like madness to me. I’m running a Lavinia Hatebears on planes list sometimes, I could understand someone not wanting to polar against that – it …

Dec
23
2019

Rurik: Dawn of Kiev

I played a game of Rurik: Dawn of Kiev.

Dec
23
2019

/u/bboomslang on Secret Lair German Orders

Well, the customs office is probably a bit overloaded at this time of the year. It takes time to control stuff coming in from outside EU and cross reference it to paid or unpaid taxes. I’ve seen up to 3 weeks for customs processing at some times.

Dec
23
2019

/u/bboomslang on True or False: Emry is not a good general for a casual playgroup

You need the X mana cost creatures, because you cast them for X=0, so they die and can be recast by Emry. Ornithopter would just stay in play, you would need sac outlets for those (also doable of course). I prefer the X cost creatures over 0 cost creat…

Dec
22
2019

/u/bboomslang on True or False: Emry is not a good general for a casual playgroup

I actually think, after the ban of Paradox Engine, they are mostly on par. Sure, Arcum tutors from your library, but if you build Emry on self mill as a base, she „tutors“, too. Their abilities are quite similar, just using different zones. And it is e…

Dec
22
2019

/u/bboomslang on True or False: Emry is not a good general for a casual playgroup

Indirectly with the stations. [[Blasting Station]] and [[Grinding Station]] and [[Altar of Dementia]] can turn a stream of thopters into glorious damage and mill, the stream generated with Emry, [[Intruder Alarm]] and X creatures like [[Stonecoil Serpe…

Dec
22
2019

/u/bboomslang on True or False: Emry is not a good general for a casual playgroup

Emry can play Sai and [[Efficient Construction]] and [[Mirrodin Besieged]] and now your egg loops and bauble loops generate Thopter that you can pump with [[steel overseer]] if you have [[intruder Alarm]] out to the wazoo. Or with [[dragon Throne of Ta…

Dec
22
2019

/u/bboomslang on True or False: Emry is not a good general for a casual playgroup

You can do a lot in mono U. Bug fish beaters. Go wide with Thopters. Combo. Synergies with Throne of the God Pharao and Go Wide. Draw decks with self-mill and LabMan, or opponent mill. Prison decks with twister effects and Omen Machine. Stax decks wher…

Dec
22
2019

/u/bboomslang on True or False: Emry is not a good general for a casual playgroup

But Arcum is fun, too! 😉 – ok, he was linear Combo at cEDH level with Paradox Engine still legal. But he was my favorite deck to pull out against my coworkers Brago, when playing 1v1. I loved his super clear game plan, the whole deck only built to onl…

Dec
22
2019

/u/bboomslang on True or False: Emry is not a good general for a casual playgroup

Yeah, my saying about my Emry deck is that if I have 10 permanents out, I probably have 2 combos already online that I didn‘t notice. I still think she can be great for higher power casual, but definitely not at precondition level. She just is too fast…

Dec
21
2019

/u/bboomslang on Need a cedh viable niv Mizzet parun

http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/niv-mizzet-combo-updated/# is the list from Cameron from the LabManiacs. I like it for its more controls interactive setup. Still haven’t sleeved it up, though, because I am still having fun with Jhoira in those colors.

Dec
20
2019

/u/bboomslang on Who’s the best Artificer?

Most lists go for Emry Eggs – small artifacts with cheap (best CMC 0 or CMC 1 with cost reducers) and self-sacrifice abilities, like the baubles. That in combination with untap effects for Emry ([[Intruder Alarm]] if you go for cheap creatures and sac outlets, [[Mirran Spy]] if you go for normal artifacts) allow you to dig deep into your library and grab stuff from there and rebuild or win. She tends to go combo, but you can also go token go-wide with stuff like [[Sai, Master Thopterist]], [[Mirrodin Besieged]] and [[Efficient Construction]]. And you can even combine the stuff to have multiple strategies. For more casual tables I would opt to not run tutors but to rely more on deep draw and digging spells and creatures, so you don’t go linear combo win but instead see what happens and comes up.

http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/tin-elves/ is my list that runs most of what I talk about above 😉

Dec
20
2019

/u/bboomslang on Who’s the best Artificer?

For competetive settings I love love love my Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain deck, because it’s super fun and consistent – but for casual tables it is super overpowered. It’s not cEDH tier 1, but it’s tier 2 at minimum. So for more casual settings that are still higher power, I went with [[Emry, Lurker of the Loch]], because she can circumvent commander taxes in a way (just have enough artifacts out when you need to replay her). Arcum Dagsson was my go-to commander when Paradox Engine was still legal, but that again was mostly a cEDH tier 2 deck. Urza – well, I love Urza and play him in my 99 in many artifact decks of mine, but it’s damn hard to not build him in a totally broken way. So both Arcum and Urza will usually experience a lot of table hate. Emry on the other hand kinda flies under the radar at first and even if she gets concentrated on, she is still easy to get out.

An alternative could be to go wider in colors and go for Jeskai, with either [[Elsha of the Infinite]] or [[Kykar, Wind’s Fury]], as they add the good artifact tutoriing of white to the already passable artifact tutoring from blue. I myself built me a Kykar deck that concentrates on equipment and vehicles and uses Kykar as kind of a battery to get the mana for equipping stuff after playing. Definitely a way to get more and broader interaction and synergies than in mono-blue.

Dec
18
2019

Ethnos

I played a game of Ethnos.

Dec
16
2019

/u/bboomslang on Single Card Discussion: Chain of Vapor

So, it sounds a lot to me that someone is sitting in a salt mine here. But let’s try one last time: there is a winning player. You have an answer. You decide to not take care of the problem, but instead try to gain advantage on another player, that did…

Dec
14
2019

Red7

I played a game of Red7.

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