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  • posted a message on [Primer] Mardu (Dega/BWR) Midrange
    Quote from JustSeph1 »
    Is Kambal good vs. control? I see a lot of people running 2 of him, but I'm not totally sold on him.

    He is a must answer threat. They can’t let him hit the battlefield without losing life. If they counter him then hopefully you can follow up by resolving a Reveler or Liliana.

    If they don’t have a path or bolt to kill him then they are forced to take a ton of damage while they opt, visions, etc or counter other threats. He forces them to make suboptimal plays and increases your threat density.

    He can also chip away for a couple points of damage here and there and can fight off opposing snapcasters.

    So while he isn’t the best card in the matchup he is a good one. Though he is primarily a silver bullet card for storm and burn.
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  • posted a message on [Primer] Mardu (Dega/BWR) Midrange
    Quote from JimmySG »
    Quote from JustSeph1 »

    Why 2 Spellbomb / 1 Surgical split? No more Hazoret main? Why 2 Wear // Tear? I'm in a similar state with the graveyard hate, I'm just not sure what number of those is correct, but I really like spellbomb vs. Jund and surgical vs. other decks. Hopefully going to an IQ on Sunday, so I can represent, but we'll see if that happens.

    Why do you ''really like'' Spellbomb vs Jund ?

    I think Nihil Spellbomb isn’t where we want to be in this matchup. Our deck is all about filling our graveyard and we will generally have multiple cards types in our own GY (if you are running Blood moon and Liliana then we have 6 card types main). Adding an artifact generally means that even though you wipe your opponents GY you are actually making their Goyfs grow.

    Also this match up is better if we add more threats post sideboard. Bring in planeswalkers, rabblemasters, hazoret, Kambal, Fulminator, etc. You can cut some discard to make room. This way when we eventually get to topdecking we are better able to keep up.
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  • posted a message on [Primer] Mardu (Dega/BWR) Midrange

    2 cards that you could consider for your sideboard that I am having success with are Kambal, Consul of Allocation and Chandra,Torch of Defiance.

    Kambal is great vs Burn, Storm and control and is okay against other decks that are fairly heavy on the noncreature spells Tron, Ad Nauseam, etc.

    Chandra is good at fighting other midrange or control strategies. She shoots down opposing planeswalkers and gives us pseudo card advantage. Her damage ability also works well to close out games in conjunction with burn.

    Also for consideration is crumble to dust for the Tron match up. It comes down a turn late though but it can lock them out of Tron and doesn’t give them a basic.
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  • posted a message on [Primer] Mardu (Dega/BWR) Midrange
    Madness cards aren’t necessary but are interesting to test with. I am quite happy with big game hunter and plan to keep him in the sideboard.

    Bloodhall Priest looks nice but only works when you are hellbent. I find in mardu you generally have cards in hand from reveler or that you are holding to discard to faithless looting. So that was the reason not to include it. Also you are paying the same price (3mana) when VP is a much better card.
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  • posted a message on [Primer] Mardu (Dega/BWR) Midrange
    Hi Everyone,

    I have been playing Mardu Pyro for a couple of months and am currently testing a few things. Just wanted to hear if anyone has already done it or has some feedback.

    1. Cutting the white package for field of ruin.

    I am trialing 3 FoR atm on magic online and it really improves the Tron matchup. To replace the lingering souls I am using goblin rabblemaster and tentatively some madness cards.

    I know LS is such a good card but so is FoR. This gives us a better G1 against Tron, also means that we don’t need to use our fatal pushes to deal with creature lands (celestial colonnade/raging ravine) and we can remove other problem lands that our main deck removal can’t touch.

    Unfortunately it can be a bit of a nonbo with Blood Moon as it forces the opponent to fetch a basic but if we drop our BM first then at least we can tap it for R.

    Finally the FoR + GR plan is better against GY hate. If we play against a deck likely to play hate we can trim a BR and we are good to go.

    2. Madness cards. Mainly Fiery Temper, big game hunter or possibly Voldaren Pariah (probably too jank).

    - While FT is just a conditional lightning bolt we can gain a card by discarding it. It has been a little awkward in testing but usually is ok. It is nice to discard to Bedlam Reveler as it gives you something to spend your mana on if you miss with the draw 3.

    - BGH is probably more of a sideboard card but I have had some good hits so far (Thought-knot Seer, Delve creatures, etc). I had a line where I was going to blow out my opponent with K-command targeting myself to discard BGH at instant speed though my opponent conceded before I got to use it.

    - VP I haven’t managed to get her out yet but only had a small sample size (running as a 1 of in the Hazoret/Liliana slot). BBB seems doable and you can get her out on T4 with a faithless looting or T5 with BR (full GY) though you probably want to hold her until you can immediately flip her. We often have elemental tokens, souls tokens or goblin tokens so sacrificing 3 creatures is possible and can get rid of a problem creature or clear the board and a 6/5 flying body can end the game quickly.

    3. Squee, Goblin Nabob. “Free” card advantage when discarding.

    I haven’t put him in a deck yet but have been looking at him for a while. I am worried he will dilute the deck but maybe as a 1 of might be okay. The other problem is that we actually want our instants/sorcerys in the GY so Squee can actually slow down our BR though he also keeps cards in hand so maybe we wouldn’t want to BR early anyway.

    Hope this sparks some ideas and discussion. Let me know what you think.
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