Jun
18
2020

/u/bboomslang on Budget Rhystic Study?

Another nice and budget way to sometimes draw a ton of cards is [[Verity Circle]] – there are lots of situations where creatures want to tap without attacking (just think about the load of mana dorks in many pods) and you drawing off that can really help. It just doesn’t help against that 100-strong goblin army coming at you.

Jun
17
2020

/u/bboomslang on [JMP] Behind the Scenes of Designing Jumpstart

It is more a smashup clone. Where you also mix two decks together to get a ready to play deck.

Jun
17
2020

/u/bboomslang on [JMP] Thriving Lands

A bit fiddly, because you have to note down what choice you made, and in EDH budget decks you might do that 5 times … but still, like them as budget fixing, despite the “comes into play tapped”. I would have loved them to have some kind of clause to come in untapped in specific situations, but well, you can’t have everything. What really is a bummer, though, is that they are not fetchable. Dang. Missed opportunity.

Jun
14
2020

/u/bboomslang on Which mtg formats do you find fun?

Modern was my poison of choice online for a little while, but since I prefer paper magic a lot, I then went with Pauper with a coworker. After a while we went into 1v1 Commander and from there got a full-on Commander pod going, tending towards higher p…

Jun
14
2020

/u/bboomslang on Which mtg formats do you find fun?

Pauper was my main format for a long time, until we got a commander group organized. It is really a fun format, but towards the end I was really longing for higher power cards, especially after they killed blue power cards. Gush was badass and gave Pau…

Jun
14
2020

/u/bboomslang on I got super lucky and pulled a Nicol Bolas flip planeswalker out of a hhgff! What should I do for a commander deck for him?

I have a non-budget Nicky B, but the main focus is getting Blink effects – [[ghostly flicker]], [[displace]], [[Illusionist’s stratagem]] all allow flickering him in creature form, having [[archaeomancer]], [[mnemonic wall]] or [[izzet chronomancer]] o…

Jun
12
2020

/u/bboomslang on Goblins! Who is the commander of choice to be competitive now?

I scanned and nobody mentioned [[Grumgully]] yet. It is a great commander for combo goblins, enabling his own persist combo and just being a good lad for other goblin strategies. That freshly spoiled [[conspicious snoop]] goes right in. My current list…

Jun
08
2020

/u/bboomslang on It is deeply troubling that a CAG member did not know how the command zone replacement effect worked

The job of the CAG is to give the RC insights on the reactions out in the field. The RC don’t need the CAG to teach them rules, they are all deep-rules-knowledged people. What they were lacking was wider spread connections to the community, and that’s what that specific CAG member provided: most of the community probably didn’t know it either.

The more irritating thing is that the rules got more complicated by the change. I would have preferred to take a “the rules stay, we clarify” stance instead. The new wording just treats the “if it changes zones, decide to move it to the command zone instead” beauty in a two paragraph monster, that treats target zones differently. Not a fain.

I understand WHY they made the change, but to me personally those few commanders just aren’t worth the clunky rules change. But then, I am not playing any of those commanders …

Jun
07
2020

/u/bboomslang on Can anyone suggest a more colorful commander for my overly complicated artifacts deck?

Zirda the Dawnwaker can totally work, white gives some nice artifact synergies. Or Saheeli the gifted for the blue splash and some artifact synergies of her own – she shouldn‘t have a too bad reputation either. Kykar can work nicely, too, as you get Sp…

Jun
02
2020

/u/bboomslang on When Did The RC Ban Sideboards?

It always was optional. Using archive.org to go to the history of the rules, if you click the following url, you see the "optional" part where you can go to "sideboard". When going to 2016, you see it renamed from "optional&quo…

May
31
2020

/u/bboomslang on LED

Underworld Breach gave it its second combo, and that one is strong, as two cards already are staples – wheels and breach itself. It goes well with wheels already, but now can form a really solid way to go deep into your deck, so I see it show up in mor…

May
23
2020

/u/bboomslang on Is Kozilek the great distortion competitive?

It mostly is the lack of colors, as there is not really a good colorless 99 to base the deck on. Far too less ways to handle the board or break parity on Stax elements (most of them being in some way colored). A colorless shell is neither here nor ther…

May
23
2020

/u/bboomslang on Gadget Hackwrench, Lord High Artificer

I actually quite like it – it gives a frame (pun intended) of reference for card altering when you want to play non-magic IP related alters. People like their weird alters, especially in EDH, even building theme decks of outside IP. Now there is a clea…

May
21
2020

/u/bboomslang on Is it rude to ask if the other player wins during a long turn combo? Is it rude to scoop and just let them win?

Yeah, it is my „I just had a lobotomy, let’s play some magic“ deck, because the only setup it needs is Grenzo at power 3, then flip cards. Get enough flips and chances are you have a win sooner or later. It really is the deck that wins out of nowhere, …

May
19
2020

/u/bboomslang on Do you guys have also have casual decks?

I still have casual-ish decks and even a slightly improved precon for super-casual days, just because I prefer to play than not play, even when people are only in a casual mood. I prefer competetive or at least high power, but well, if people want to go battle-cruiser, that’s ok, too.

May
18
2020

/u/bboomslang on Are cards more expensive in Europe?

Exactly. Expensive cards are cheaper in Europe than the US, but cheap cards – at least those at the bottom of cheap – are more "expensive". Not much penny stock for example when I limit my search to EU or German traders.

May
13
2020

/u/bboomslang on Alela Consultation

It’s more like Moxfield is dead … (main page doesn’t work either)

May
08
2020

/u/bboomslang on Sudden Substition: Budget EDH Replacements for Copy Artifact

I kinda disagree. The thing that people in discussions always focus on is that it COPIES AN ARTIFACT for cmc 2, whereas they should more concentrate on it copies an artifact FOR CMC 2 😉

The big thing is that it comes down T2 and copies a sol ring or mana crypt, and can be used right away. It is the best mana rock on the table, wether it was you or someone else who played it. The bigger ones – well, a sol ring for cmc 3 just doesn’t sound that exciting anymore, right?

I agree with most of the choices being good cards – Mirrormade also copying enchantments, Phyrexian Metamorph aso copying creaturs, but I disagree with Mechanized Production, that thing is just jank. Fun jank, but still jank 😉 – and all of them only replicate the actual function, when much more often what you are interested in is the speed.

The classic shell you want copy artifact in is anything building around the Isochron Scepter / Dramatic Reversal combo, because you can get a hard win out of that – the second scepter imprinting swansong and you going infinit swans – and if you draw copy artifact without scepter, it still is a solid mana rock most of the time. You rarely are happy about Mirrormade in your opening hand. Metamorph is a bit better due to it’s much nicer color requirments (which is none if you have the life to spare which you do have at the start of the game), but still, a hand with a mana rock and copy artifact is oftentimes keepable, whereas the same hand with Metamorph oftentimes isn’t.

I guess I outed myself a bit as a spike by now 😉 – but the gist of it: don’t replace expensive cards with something cheaper in money but higher in cmc with a similar effect, replace it with the next best card to play. In the case of Copy Artifact, you might just be better off playing another cmc 2 mana rock instead of going for a higher cmc copy artifact effect.

May
07
2020

/u/bboomslang on Emry for a more casual meta

One thing to do with Emry is to go for the obvious synergies (eggs and baubles) to have a solid draw engine and replay artifacts over and over again – and then go for token producers on artifact cast ([[efficient construction]], [[sai, master thopterist]], [[mirrodin besieged]]) and combine that with [[intruder alarm]] and [[steel overseer]]. You still get to go infinite from time to time, because Emry untaps, too, but if you skip the cost reducers and focus on cmc 1+ baubles and eggs, you only get value that way – casting a [[chromatic sphere]] 5 times a turn with emry and intruder alarm and a token producer out is just value, and it’s a bit janky, so people shouldn’t get too upset. And with overseer out your thoper and myr get big quite fast. Throw in [[dragon throne of tarkier]] and [[master of etherium]] as another way to pump up your token creatures and you can go hame quite reliably.

The nice thing: your deck can rebuild quite easily, because you have tons of cheap artifacts to play and use to replay Emry should she be killed. And you can go crazy quickly if you have haste enablers like equipments or [[thousand year elixier]] available. Your turns won’t be directly turned into infinite “draw your whole deck and win with Thassa” but instead you will draw big chunks over and over again, replay eggs and pump your board and kill with damage.

You will horribly lose your presence to any broad artifact board wipe ([[vandalblast]]), but you will rebuild over and over again. And you still can throw in value pieces alike [[Mystic Forge]] or [[Future Sight]] to raise chances you can really go off in your value turns.

And well, if you notice you need more focus, you can go quite reliably into tutoring, as most of your stuff is artifacts and the non-artifacts can be tutored with transmute cards.

May
03
2020

/u/bboomslang on Kadena is a seriously underrated commander

So you put a winning combining and use your morph creatures only in emergencies where they can actually help (rarely) and the rest of the game as free Cantrips. If Kadena and some way to play creatures at instant speed are out, your morphs are free Can…

Apr
27
2020

/u/bboomslang on What Cedh/Edh decks do you play and why?

I’ve played quite a lot of Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain, because it combines the things I love about magic: artifacts, combos, and stormy decks going off big time. That is why some of my alternative decks are Teshar (also cedh) and Emry (casual high power).

I am currently building a edh high power Nicol Bolas, the Ravager list, because Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker was one of my first paper cards I got – when I got the Ajani vs Bolas duel deck. So even though old Nicky B won’t be in there (and his first creature version neither), at least some of his newer incarnations will show up. So yep, sentimental attachment right there.

And I run two goblin decks now in casual edh (RB Grenzo and RG Grumgully), because goblins.

Apr
27
2020

/u/bboomslang on Is there a "perfect" set of three cards for Emergent Ultimatum?

the if’s are just the three choices they can make and the demonstration that each one leads to a hulk trigger. One of them – the third – is the most situational (and I’d say the only correct choice for your opponent) that needs some board state to operate on. And that board state is nothing unusual – have your commander out and in a green deck, have one mana dork. Or any creature that dies to one -1/-1 counter. And all the pieces actually make sense, as you can win by assembling them manually, too. So yeah, it is actually a working thing, if you ignore the 7 CMC big-ass-complicated-mana sorcery you need to go off 😉

Edit: don’t put Pattern on opponents creatures though, please 😉 (I am dumb, reading the card explains the card)

Apr
27
2020

/u/bboomslang on Is there a "perfect" set of three cards for Emergent Ultimatum?

Can we assume some board state? Because if we can assume a mana dork, this could work with [[Volrath, the shapestealer]] as commander and him out in the field during pre-combat main phase.

Your pile is [[Pattern of Rebirth]], [[Viscera Seer]] and [[Protean Hulk]].

  • If they give you the seer and the hulk, they straight up lose to your hulk pile, as you just sac Hulk to your Seer.
  • If they give you Seer and Rebirth, you put the Rebirth on your mana dork, sac it to your seer and grab hulk, sac that to your seer and win.
  • If they give you Hulk and Rebirth, you put the Rebirth on your mana dork, go to combat and put a -1/-1 on your mana dork to get Seer into play and sac the Hulk to your Seer and again win.

Hulk pile is [[Spellseeker]], [[Thassa’s Oracle]] and [[Blood Pet]]. Seeker grabs your [[Demonic Consultation]] which you cast with the black mana from blood pet with the Oracle ETB trigger on the stack.

Yeah, sultai rector-less pattern rector for the win. If I’ve ever come up with jank, this is it 😉

Apr
23
2020

/u/bboomslang on RC discussion about cEDH.

Yep, especially in the light of two actual RC members (unlike Shivam, who is only CAG) being highest ranked judges, of course they put competitive as equal to tournament. It only makes sense for them. And to be fair, tournaments are brought up in discu…

Apr
22
2020

/u/bboomslang on Power Level Wednesday!: Ask r/EDH what’s your deck’s power level? – April 22, 2020

http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/nicol-bolas-jank-lord/

Commander: [[Nicol Bolas, the Ravager]]

It is a mostly standard Grixis shell taken from competetive grixis lists that run top-heavy spells (like grixis turns lists). It wants to win with [[Nicol Bolas, Dragon God]]’s ultimate. It utilizes infinit mana combos, preferably [[Barrin, Master Wizard]] and [[Dockside Extortionist]], or [[Ghostly Flicker]] and Dockside. It utilizes the infinit mana to dig into the deck via spells like [[Illusionist’s Stratagem]] or our commander to find the missing pieces. Best case scenario is to go for [[Planar Bridge]], tutor mutiple times for the Bolas planeswalkers, nuke opponents boards with [[Nicol Bolas, God-Pharao]] and ultimate the Dragon God for the win.

It clearly is jank, but what tier of jank?

The shells, as said, is oriented along the lines of other efficient grixis shells, which is the reason for expensive rocks and the probably weird looking mana base with only 31 lands (for cedh, that’s more on the higher number).

So marrying a competetive shell with a janky wincon – what does that make? 🙂

Apr
22
2020

/u/bboomslang on OPPORTUNITY FOR EVERY VORTHOS PLAYER HERE

Jhoira and Teferi fit in nicely into the story, to, both being students at that time and being directly involved, Jhoira even being friends with K’rrik for some time.

Apr
20
2020

/u/bboomslang on Flash Ban Megathread

yes, I totally agree, but I just doubt that WOTC or Hasbro actually invest there. And I especially doubt someone from the RC invests there instead of just giving numbers they grabbed from thin air.

So I am not rejecting the fact that it can be done, I just doubt the assumption that it actually is done in any way relevant to distinguish casual vs competetive EDH.

They totally have data driven decisions for other formats and the health of other formats that are tournament result based. They have a wealth of data there from MTGO, Arena and paper event results. It’s just not there for cEDH vs casual EDH and I strongly doubt they invest there just to clarify how big the cEDH movement is 😉

Apr
20
2020

/u/bboomslang on Flash Ban Megathread

Or you can just pull the numbers out of your ass, which is faster and cheaper to do and hell, who cares, right? I personally never seen and played in an actual casual game of EDH. Whenever I read stuff Shivam writes about casual EDH, I am totally &quot…

Apr
14
2020

/u/bboomslang on Is there any reason to use products like the Quiver or the Superhive other than to reduce wear on deckboxes?

I got me the Quiver when I went to MF Bologna, because I thought it is easier to carry than a backpack. I also have the Ultimate Guard Ammonite Backpack now, but actually I prefer the Quiver if I just want to have a selection of decks on me. It’s easy to carry, doesn’t take up lots of space and is not as bulky as the Ammonite. Grabbing decks without rummaging through the backpack blind is nice 😉 – and it forces me to be selective, because it only holds 5 EDH decks.

And come on, you have to agree, that thing has style 😉

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