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  • posted a message on GBx Snek
    The Scarab God is there to slam the door shut on games that go longer. Sometimes you just aggro then out on the Constrictor plan, and, if that's your cup of tea, that's fine. I'd rather go for a true midrange plan. It tears apart a lot of the decks currently because everyone wants to be aggro. Aggro v aggro tends to be a coin flip on who hits their key cards or synergies first. I literally don't see a need to have any other blue cards main deck. I really wish there were more but I don't see a need for more.
    Posted in: Proven (Standard)
  • posted a message on GBx Snek
    I have stayed on Sultai and I basically have arrived at the same conclusion as the Jessups have: Scarab God is the nuts now. I only went up to 3 instead of 4 but it's definitely pulled its weight. I disagree with Hostage Taker still being good. I think it's a sideboard card right now unless you're trying to keep the older setup with Blossoming Defense. There's way too much removal floating around and, more importantly, I need all my creatures ready to rumble. Hostage Taker often requires too much protection.
    Posted in: Proven (Standard)
  • posted a message on Jund
    Quote from Spsiegel1987 »
    There is no world where Grim Flayer is a better card than Dark Confidant; I highly advise against doing so.


    Yep. Totally not possible. Ever.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jund
    Quote from Ayiluss »
    Quote from lowekevin123 »
    I noticed in some of Todd's matches against humans and storm he sided out Hazoret. What would be the reasoning to do that and in what other matchups?

    The reason he boarded out Hazoret against Humans is because they have very little removal which makes it worse. Hazoret is the best against decks with lots of removal because its indestructibility helps when facing all that removal.


    Shouldn't that reasoning make Hazoret an all-star in that match? I figured it was cut because all you need against Him and is cheap interaction. Once you've survived the onslaught, almost anything that has legs will be enough to kill the opponent. What you don't want is a 4-cmc spell in your opening hand to further clog up what you have going on. At least that's my take on it.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jund
    Quote from Spsiegel1987 »
    Oh, wow, having Benjamin say this does have some credibility to it.

    I usually try to get rid of all my junk in my hands.

    Now I am confused hearing this from him


    I can understand why Nikolich maintains his PoV. He is on an actual control list that can reload his hand or find ways to clean the board. The midrange/tempo style decks either don't have that or are really weak in that department. Traditionally, Jund has suffered in the past at the hands of blue mages that used to pack Sphinx's Revelation or Ancestral Vision.

    I just have a hard time understanding how it worked against such a control deck. I did think it was weird that Wafo-Tapa kept in Bolts and Helices.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on GBx Snek
    Quote from SamAffandy »

    The only downside to sultai is the mana fixing. Splashing blue is still viable w servants but in a strictly bg shell, journey does a fine job.


    I haven't had any issues really after adding Servant of the Conduit and going to 3 Fetid Pools. I even have made an energy variant that still seems good. It's more focused on counters than energy, but it's still good.
    Posted in: Proven (Standard)
  • posted a message on Jund
    Quote from Spsiegel1987 »
    So, interesting thing for me, guys

    Was just on Todd Stevens twitch, and he actually answered a question of mine

    I wrote,

    "Dear Todd Stevens, I saw your take on Jund. Doesn't it seem wrong to cut LOTV in that matchup?"

    He responded that they'll gladly trade their dead cards/lands for yours and easily win the CA advantage game. He feels LOTV being good against them is one of the hugest misconceptions. The -2 of her ability doesn't work on much of their deck, either. He says obviously he did something right since he won with them all night. He claims to just side in more threats against them.



    Like, I must be going ******* crazy here, right?

    Obviously, I don't feel the way he does, but was surprised to hear such an...against the grain opinion. Was glad he answered that though and appreciate it, even if I don't agree.


    I said the same, exact thing to myself while I was watching it happen. I thought he lost his mind, but he's not exactly wrong. I still have a hard to time believing he is right though. My question is this: What else you would cut to bring in the Fulminator Mages? I had a difficult time trying to figure it out myself.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jund
    Quote from FlyingDelver »
    Yeah lets hope so. Is it just me or does this article basically say nothing though? BBE is annyoing to play against, and what else? I know the detailed data is coming next week, but why this article then?


    The quality of articles on Modern Nexus has been circling down a toilet for a while now. It's not just you. That specific article just seemed like a fluff piece just so he can turn something in for his assignment, or maybe he's laying some foundation for something. I have no idea. It just seemed like a waste of time to read. Nothing in the article was "news" or interesting. Just a layout of how they arrived at the test deck (which could've been one paragraph) and what line-up they're testing it against with some personal opinion on the side.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on GBx Snek
    Quote from SamAffandy »
    Who needs scarab god when we have Journey to Eternity?


    Because I'd rather play your creatures against you when you try to raise them from the dead.



    After some serious testing last night, I legitimately believe Sultai is still good. I just don't have many blue spells I really want in the main deck other than Scarab God. I've kept a fairly similar sideboard. Maybe I should keep Hostage Taker?
    Posted in: Proven (Standard)
  • posted a message on Jund
    Yes, most people do. However, what people "should" do and what I've seen don't always line up. With mono-white D&T in particular, most of the pilots I come across are loathe to give it up. Maybe they have their reasons. I really don't know the match from their side of it.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on GBx Snek
    I actually think it's a bit slow. If you're going harder on the Constrictor plan, it probably has a better chance of working. I wouldn't mind trying it as a 1-of, but I feel like it's not where we want to be right now.
    Posted in: Proven (Standard)
  • posted a message on Jund
    Mono white D&T is specifically good against greedy mana bases. There isn't much to do but bring in all the cheap removal you can muster and hold on as best you can. I actually keep discard spells in based on the sideboard I have at the time. Some creatures they generally like to deploy as a surprise.

    Specifically I tend to bring in Collective Brutality (as a weak removal spell) , Ancient Grudge (I think blowing up Vial is necessary), Liliana, the Last Hope and Grim Lavamancer. I usually cut 2 Liliana of the Veil, 1 Goblin Rabblemaster, 1 Hazoret the Fervent and 1 Inquisition of Kozilek. Generally, I'm just shaving from the top of my curve. I do find Liliana of the Veil to be useful on the play. On the draw, I cut all four though. If you can keep Thalia off the field and survive to turn 4, you generally have a chance. Otherwise, you're done.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on GBx Snek
    Is it just me or is everyone being especially greedy with the amount of removal players are skimping on?
    Posted in: Proven (Standard)
  • posted a message on GBx Snek
    While I understand that energy has taken a little hit. I just added Servant of the Conduit and my list felt fine. I actually reverted to another, older list I came up with just prior to Ixalan, and it seems fine. It finally let me shed the value train that is Rogue Refiner, and let my deck be base Golgari with a blue splash because Scarab God gonna be Scarab God.
    Posted in: Proven (Standard)
  • posted a message on Modern Esper Draw-Go
    Quote from Cipher »
    Am I the only one who didn't realize you can Cryptic bounce Sanctum of Ugin in response to the trigger to void the search trigger?


    I knew you could but that seems not-so-good unless you're about to win.
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
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