Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Modern Naya Burn updated

I am still swinging Burn in Modern. Here is a sample match against Time Walk Combo.

This is my updated deck list.

Main deck
4 Atarka's Command
4 Bloodstained Mire
4 Boros Charm
4 Eidolon of the Great Revel
4 Goblin Guide
3 Stomping Ground
4 Rift Bolt
2 Mountain
4 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Lava Spike
3 Sacred Foundry
4 Searing Blaze
1 Grim Lavamancer
4 Wild Nacatl
3 Arid Mesa
4 Wooded Foothills

2 Deflecting Palm
4 Destructive Revelry
4 Kor Firewalker
2 Path to Exile
3 Skullcrack

One extensive sideboard plan for Burn: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IAUv_SnPqTzsyRelnrOiotMBInzw0zKm5xeCN5ZJZdQ/edit?pageId=106024238989036834136#gid=1948138265
Another sideboard plan: http://www.channelfireball.com/articles/sideboard-like-a-grand-prix-finalist/

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Splitting prizes

Players have an option to split future prizes anywise. Usually, it means to split prizes in a half. According to the rule book the agreements on the result and prizes must be done independently (there is one exception: Top round of tournament). So none of them are influenced by the other. What does it mean? Take a look at some examples:

Player A: I have better ties, even if you win this match, you won’t get a prize.
Player B: I will let you win, but I want something for this favor.

In this scenario, player B is committing bribery. He is asking for a reward if he concedes a game. How should it be done correctly?

Player B: Do you want to share any prizes that we may get?
Player A: Okay
Player B: Then I concede this match.

In this way, the prizes are not a compensation for the result.

Let's analyze another hypothetical situation where the prize is a flight ticket to a bigger evet.
Player B: I cannot go to the tournament. So, I'm taking all other prizes and you are keeping the ticket.

Again, Player B is committing bribery. You cannot talk about prizes that are outside the tournament when you split prizes, even though it is the final match. How could Player B struggle out of it?
Player B:  I can't attend to this bigger event..
Player B:  But, I want to go there.
Player A: Okay, take it so you can enjoy it.
Player B: That's really nice of you. I will give you the rest of prizes for being so nice.

Scenario number 3:
Player B: I’m generous, so please concede the match and then we can talk it through.

Player B is beating about bush, but everyone knows what he is suggesting. It is definately bribery.

Scenario number 4:
Time is running out and current state of board results in draw. Both players won't qualify for the top8, then.
Player B: Let's coss a coin. Head I won, tail you did.

You just can't do it!

Each bribery leads to disqualification. Player A must warn a judge right away, otherwise he will be disqualifed too. I know, that the difference often is very slightly, but be conscious of such rules. Watch what you say, especially during event to players you don't know.

Pauper Bombardment Tokens after the deck doctoring

I ran Pauper Bombardment Tokens on my youtube channel for four weeks and received a lot of feedback on the deck. The original brewer, Cannonspectacle, was also a part of the process.

Here is the last thrilling game vs Rakdos Burn:

This is the final deck list:

Main deck
4 Ash Barrens
4 Battle Screech
4 Boros Garrison
1 Cenn's Enlistment
4 Journey to Nowhere
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Mogg War Marshal
3 Mountain
10 Plains
3 Raid Bombardment
3 Rally the Peasants
1 Secluded Steppe
4 Soul Warden
4 Soul's Attendant
4 Squadron Hawk
2 Veteran Armorer
1 Wind-Scarred Crag

2 Electrickery
3 Fragmentize
4 Lumithread Field
4 Pyroblast
2 Standard Bearer

We went for Veteran Armorer as card 59 and 60 after testing several other cards in those two spots. 

Standard Bearer was the last card to get spots in the sideboard, mainly because of Hexproof. 

This deck is now quite well tested and had a lot of good matchups in the meta game. Try it out if you want to test something new in Pauper. 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Standard Showdown ver 2.0

Standard Showdown events have already came to an end, but Wizards are keeping up the momentum and trying to attract even more players to Standard format. This time we will be tempted by Battle for Zendikar lands given to players on the same basis as it was in Standard Showdown. But first, a shop must run fifteen Standard events between February 13 and April 16. So, it is nine FNMs plus six other events. Once the requirements are met each store, depending on its level, will receive special promo lands with masterpiece art. Thus, it will be 2 (Core) / 4 (Advanced) / 6 (Advanced Plus) copies each of Prairie Stream, Sunken Hollow, Smoldering Marsh, Cinder Glade and Canopy Vista giving in total 10 pcs for Core level stores, 20 pcs for Advanced level stores and 30 pcs for Advanced Plus level stores. Additionally, three playmats featuring art from a card in Amonkhet are added to the prize structure. To have a chance to get one you need to participate in at least six evetns. Promo cards and playmats will be shipped on the week of March 27 to all stores that schedule Amonkhet Prerelease.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Aether Revolt: impact on Modern format

The most interesting cards from Aether Revolt that may find home in Modern format:

A Fatal Push is undoubtly the number one Aether Revolt card. It is the new one-mana removal that kills most of Modern playable creature cards. The power level similar to Path to Exile. A black color have been waitng a long time for such card.

A cat beast with blue horns called Felidar Guardian makes a new turn 4 combo with Saheeli Rai that creates infinite 1/4 hasty artifact Cat Beasts. It works very similarly to a Splinter Twin deck, but this combo is much easier to stop. Additionally, you must be playing three-color Jeskai deck. This both cards dominated the first bigger Standard events. Will it take the same route in Modern?

Baral, Chief of Compliance will be tested in Grixis Control and Jeskai Control. The early blocker, that reduces the cost of instant and sorcery spells, turns into Merfolk Looter while casting a counterspells. Looting is not quite as good as drawing card, but it still is adventageous. Speaking of counterspells, Disallow will be a new, better Counterspell if Baral is on the battlefield. This cards may go together.

Another card with potential is Lifecrafter's Bestiary. It is not a Glimpse of Nautre, but Elves deck may gain a large amount of card advantage over its opponent and constant scry help to find the answer you are looking for.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The top ten decks in Pauper right now

After the emergency banning of Peregrine Drake the Pauper metagame has been in an interesting state of flux. Being forced to fight Drake decks turned very aggressive and then it took some time to find a deck that could handle all that aggression. Now there is one and after years and years as a tier 1.5 deck UB Control is finally in the top tier of decks.

As of today, Jan 25 2017, this is the top ten decks of the Magic Online Pauper metagame.

1. Delver (10,1%)
2. UB Control (9,7%)
3. Murasa Tron (9,4%)
4. Bogles (8,3%)
5. Kuldotha Boros (8,3%)
6. Stompy (8,0%)
7. WURG Tron (6,6%)
7. Izzet Control (6,6%)
9. Affinity (6,6%)
10. Burn (4,5%)

Not as healthy a metagame as the Modern metagame I talked about last week but still pretty healthy.

Note the two different Tron builds, which really makes Tron the #1 deck in the meta.

Its amazing to still see Delver up there. It has been a tier one deck since before even Delver of Secrets was printed.

I have no idea why UB Control is that big right now when it traditionally has a bad Tron matchup and not a super stellar Delver matchup. If someone could explain that to me I am all ears. What caused UB Control to become a tier one deck after all this time?

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The top ten decks in Modern after the bannings

Gitaxian Probe and Golgari Grave-Troll were banned. What happened with the metagame? Lets have a look.

As of today, Jan 22 2017, this is the top ten decks of the Magic Online metagame.

1. Abzan (10% of the metagame)
2. Jund (7,6%)
3. Tron (7,1%)
4. Affnity (5,7%)
5. Burn (5,1%)
6. Titan Shift (4,4%)
7. Bant Eldrazi (4,4%)
8. Amulet Titan (3,8%)
9. Grixis Control (3,3%)
10. Ad Nauseam (3%)

If the aim of banning Gitaxian Probe was to get rid of combo that did not really happen.

Dredge is nowhere to be seen so it seems Golgari Grave-Troll was extremely critical to the deck.

GBx is back in force. I guess that is only natural. Much like aggro is often the better choice in a new Standard format, GBx is always the safe choice n a new Modern format. Grim Flayer seems to be doing some work.

I am amazed at the success of Tron. I had counted Tron out. I was definitely wrong. At some point I will get back to playing it. I am still playing Burn and enjoying it very much.

Overall the metagame looks very healthy. Look, there is even a control deck in there!