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    posted a message on Proliferate and Sagas
    Just like I made the choice to Vraska's Contempt your Rekindling Phoenix. This is a non-issue.
    Posted in: Standard (Type 2)
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    posted a message on Jeskai Control
    That literally makes no sense. If it's supposedly that good than Negate should've been pretty damn good already. Making Negate uncounterable doesn't suddenly make it leaps and bounds better than every other counter spell out there. That's determined by the metagame. It's the reason we run so many different counter spells. I feel like everyone is trying really hard to justify something that doesn't make sense, but y'all do what you want. If i look at the top decks right now, there's not many where I'm leaning super hard on a Negate (upgraded or not). Those decks are Tron, UW control and Burn. There's only one matchup where Dovin's Veto is something I would want: UW Control which is a solid ~4% of the metagame. Someone tell me where I'm wrong.
    Posted in: Control
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    posted a message on Modern Esper Draw-Go
    Since when has Esper been the king of control mirrors?
    Posted in: Control
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    posted a message on Jund
    Am I crazy for thinking Deathrite Shaman might actually not be horrible for Modern?
    Posted in: Midrange
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    posted a message on UB(x) control
    I never said Teferi is dead. The problem is that there are so many situations where dropping a Teferi doesn't really help. More often than not, you have to have already stabilized before you can drop it. It brings about a similar feeling of Jace, the Mind Sculptor in Modern They're uber powerful if you can get to the point where you can untap with it, but you have to get to that point! I've been playing other blue control builds with less copies of Teferi and more cantrips and control elements. It's been working really well so far.
    Posted in: Established (Standard)
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    posted a message on Jund
    I'm not currently playing Maelstrom Pulse at all.

    EDIT: Ah ok. I would have to cut a Trophy.
    Posted in: Midrange
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    posted a message on Jund
    I guess I didn't. There isn't much special about it.



    I probably didn't need the basic Mountain in retrospect. What I noticed in the run up to the GP was that everyone seemed to be expecting a huge rise in big mana decks (specifically Tron) to combat Dredge. To beat a potential rise in Tron, people seemed to leaning heavily on aggro. I didn't really get it since I hadn't seen Tron numbers rising online or anywhere else. I did see a huge uptick in Burn and UR Phoenix decks though. I didn't see people playing the mono-red Phoenix variants but I was aware of them as well. That's why Kitchen Finks and Huntmaster seemed particularly useless. They do next to nothing impactful in other matches and aren't all that overwhelming against what I'm expecting. Collective Brutality, however, was a boss, and it was amazing throughout day 1. Day 2 the metagame shifted a bit. Even without a rise in aggro, I just don't think Kitchen Finks and Huntmaster are all that good any more. There isn't a single match up where I'm thinking, "Man, I wish I had a Finks right now." I really don't understand why Jadine is all aboard with it, and I'm glad it's kicking ass for her. That's just one train I refuse to get on until something changes.
    Posted in: Midrange
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    posted a message on Jund
    Kitchen Finks sucks. It's relatively slow and mopey in the few matches I would be willing to bring it in. You could be on the brink by turn 3 on the draw against aggressive decks. Against slower and/or controlling decks, it's just a random 3/2 for 3-CMC. It's not exactly threatening. The same feelings extend to Huntmaster of the Fells too. I was glad I cut it completely. I added a third Collective Brutality to my sideboard in its place.

    I would also consider at least 1 Grafdigger's Cage in your sideboard. There has been a resurgence of Collected Company decks as well as a high number of decks casting things from the graveyard (Dredge, Bridgevine, UR & mono-red Phoenix, Mardu Pyro and Snapcaster decks).

    I'm really not sure why you're so high on Kolaghan's Command. I've rarely made good use of more than 1 per game unless I was playing against Affinity.

    A huge two-thumbs-up for two Alpine Moon. I could've used them way more than the Nissa, Vital Force and Surgical Extraction that languished in my sideboard. I'm almost convinced that we shouldn't try to interact with graveyard strategies reactively. I feel a third Anger of the Gods makes more sense than ever sleeving up the first Surgical Extraction even if you're terrified of Dredge or UR (or mono-red) Phoenix.

    Finally, I very much prefer the 25-land builds by a wide margin. I tested 24-land builds in the run up to GP Atlanta, and the consistency issues with openers and the initial few draws reared its ugly head again. I think I just prefer conservative consistency than slightly more explosive openers.
    Posted in: Midrange
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    posted a message on Jund
    Quote from FlyingDelver »
    @chaos021 What was your record? Didnt know you were also playing at the GP.

    Titanshift is indeed very rough. I believe its the worst matchup we have, even worse than Living End.


    Day 1 was 6-2. Ended up 9-6.

    Both of my losses on day 1 were TitanShift. Day 2 I surprisingly lost to Humans twice, G Tron (just couldn't get the aggro starts) and Bant spirit (was really tight and just came down to top decks in game 3.
    Posted in: Midrange
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    posted a message on Jund
    I literally don't know what the first line is saying. I'm sorry, but yes, you can be winning with your play method, and I can still be adamant that it is wrong. I literally used to think I could save life points and get relevant information by keeping Thoughtseize in a long time ago. For the most part it worked, until a friend I met several years back came in and literally stomped me every time we played. After several months of him stomping me, I asked him to help me test against Burn, luckily he did. It took a month of me arguing, play testing and recording results and things of note before I realized that he was right. There were some games that it helped me, but we noted that in most of those games, Thoughtseize generally wasn't what influenced the outcome. As far as they're concerned, it's a 0-mana play to deal 2 damage and cost a card in a deck where most of the cards are similar. Do they like playing Shock? No, but it still advances their goal, and since the deck absolutely relies on the top of its deck to kill opponents anyway, any play you make that reduces your life needs to have an immediate impact on your longevity or killing them. There were other issues with playing Thoughtseize, such as being a terrible top deck any point past turn 2 (think worse than lands), being absolute garbage on the draw, and sometimes just being fairly weak against certain openings for various reasons. Player skill also influences games just as much as deckbuilding because clearly the guy that mopped the floor with me was far better than all the other Burn players I had met up to that point. Very little has changed with Burn for me to question all of that history. So how can I make judgments on your idea with Thoughtseize just based on your match record?

    As for your second point, if it doesn't help, then what's the point? Why even throw anything out there? You're just arguing points when you throw out your own reflections, and then claim the person you're responding to is biased. The person has literal records of what they did and why they think and do what they do. You don't even have the experience of watching someone play said card but make assessments that are just off base. Those assessments are arguments when you construct them as such because you are making a direct judgment based on them. For you to claim otherwise is disingenuous.

    You're right on your third point, but you literally have no reasonable basis from which to form an argument. At least not one, I believe, most would care about. If you don't like Experimental Frenzy, that's fine. I don't like it either. If this is what takes a different form of Jund to the top, I'm still interested.

    You can do whatever you want with your results. Aazadan gave more than just match records. It wasn't a lot, but it was enough to form a rough picture if I were to delve into it myself.

    Side note: If you don't know why Bloodbraid Elf is good, why do you even play it?
    Posted in: Midrange
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