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  • posted a message on [Primer] G/W Auras (Bogle)
    Has anybody gotten to do any play-testing with Angelic Gift? I've really been digging on it lately as it's essentially a cantripping Spirit Mantle. So far I've been running a single copy in the place of a Mantle, but I'm going to try a 2:2 ratio of both cards and track the results. More often than not, I find Kor Spiritdancer to be a clunky draw, but it's pretty clutch when you're able to draw two off of the Spiritdancer/Gift combo.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Shadows Over Innistrad April 2016
    A return to a fan-favorite plane that will probably sell exceptionally well based on nostalgia alone? I can't possibly imagine how this could fail; there's no way they would make a half-assed set devoid of needed reprints and expect it to sell itself.... GrrrAAAAAH
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [Primer] G/W Auras (Bogle)
    I don't get much time to play between work and school and I wanted to post my FNM results.
    This is what I ran to tie for 2nd:



    Round 1: vs Tokens?
    He scooped twice to a loaded bogle, so I'm not quite sure what he was playing. However, he was able to play a Gideon, Ally of Zendikar and Honor the Pure so I'm guessing it was Tokens.
    Result: 2-0 good guys

    Round 2: vs Affinity
    His deck played very fast and his Inkmoths hit me for 6 poison counters by turn 4. After I was able to play both Ghostly Prison and Suppression field, he knew it was over. The next few turns were me swinging with a loaded bogle/ w/spirit mantle and daybreak and him blocking with an activated Etched Champion, so he scooped. The next game was quick; my opening hand had Stony Silence and Suppression Field and he couldn't do anything.
    Result: 2-0 good guys

    Round 3: vs Grishoalbrand
    He mulligan'd down to 4 the first game and scooped before he could play anything more than 2 lands. I went into the second game blind and he was able to cheat out Griselbrand to tie it up. The last game came down to the wire; he hit the majority of his sideboard cards and killed two of my bogles early with pyroclasm. Luckily, I drew another hexproof creature and landed Ethereal Armor on it before my opponent played Spellskite. I was only able to play Daybreak Coronet due to his Spellskite, but it was enough to take out his chump blockers and hit him for lethal before he could draw his combo.
    Result: 2-1 good guys

    Round 4: vs Infect
    Long story short is that he annihilated me in two games. Both games I went to Path his infect creature and he played kicked Vines of Vastwoods to hit me with lethal infect damage.
    Result: 0-2 bad guys

    Round 5: vs Hive Mind
    I thought I was going to win game one as I had him down to 2 life after turn 5. He hit me with the Hive Mind/Pact of Negation and I was done. I sided in both copies of Seal of Primordium and Gaddock Teeg for the next two games and won pretty handily.
    Result: 2-1 good guys

    Between work and masters school, I don't get to play much, so I was very happy with a 4-1 record. My lack of knowledge regarding other modern decks almost lost me a few games, so I have some research to do before next time. Suppression Field and Ghostly Prison were my two all-stars; nobody could respond and definitely weren't expecting to see them played. I may add another copy of Ghostly Prison to my sideboard b/c it gave me some great results and I just plainly think it's a terrific card. I think that I got lucky with a majority of favorable matchups, but it also helped that I'm the only player who runs Bogles and I seldom get to play, so nobody was expecting to see it. My Fridays will be open in January so I'm looking forward to more chances to play. However, this is my only modern deck at the moment and I'm sure I'll start to see some specific sideboard cards; what are some common sideboard options that are effective against bogles?
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on [Primer] G/W Auras (Bogle)
    Before I acquired my canopy playset, I was ran x2 Wooded Bastion and x2 Sunpetal Grove. Obviously, you won't be happy to see Grove in your opening hand, but after that it's all gravy once you're able to play/fetch a basic/shock. Horizon Canopy isn't essential, but it's great to have late game when you're top-decking crap and looking for one more aura to finish off your opponent.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on [Primer] BW Tokens
    Hey folks, I've been putting together a B/W tokens deck and I'm curious to hear if anybody has had success running Vampiric Rites? I did a search and saw some posts mentioning the card when it was spoiled, but I haven't heard anything since. I'm a returning player and currently playing modern Bogles, but I'm looking for another fun modern deck to play. My first MTG purchase since Mirrodin was the Modern Event Deck and I'm just now finding the time to build around it. Aside from adding some commonly played cards like Liliana of the veil, thoughtseize, bitterblossom, etc, I've also been looking to toy around with some lesser-played cards such as blackmail and vampiric rites.

    At BFZ prerelease, I pulled a gideon,ally of zendikar & vampiric rites and instantly thought about how fun they'd be to play in B/W tokens. However, from a competitive standpoint, is vampiric rites a viable card in this deck? I figure that it complements bitterblossom well when they're both in play; it (somewhat) negates the life drain and offers valuable card draw options. Anyway, thanks in advance for the information; I'm lookin forward to getting acquainted with and piloting the deck soon.
    Posted in: Modern Archives - Deck Creation
  • posted a message on Exploratory Design: More ideas for "Hocus Pocus"
    The voltron idea sounds like something that would be in Yugioh. Not a fan at all.
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on How often do you play and what deck do you play?
    Between studying for the PCAT and 40-hour work weeks, I don't get to play as much as I'd like, but I try to play about two FNMs a month. My deck choice is pretty consistent as I've been playing with Bogles the last few months.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on [Primer] G/W Auras (Bogle)
    I too am finding Dromoka's Command to be very useful, especially against burn; how many are you running?

    In regards to Suppression Field, I'm curious as to where you're running into problems with the card? lately, I've been playing with 2 in my main board and 2 in the side (as opposed to 4 in the side) and it's been working wonders for me. I started running them in the main due to a heavy twin presence in my meta, but it's been even more useful in shutting down Spellskite and slowing down cascade spells when playing Living End. Speaking of Living End, I've made a note to try out your strategy. Personally, it's my most frustrating matchup as it puts me away fairly quick; my only answer is to stall with Suppression Field and hope that I draw a Rest In Peace.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Rest of the Expeditions
    Aside from the obvious reason of moving product, the expedition lands will be a cash grab and ultimately end up in the hands of collectors/investors. Believing this to be true, I don't understand why WoTC couldn't make these "true" full-art lands and omit the text box. It seems like they're catering to new players rather than the seasoned players and collectors, especially considering that there won't even be that many printed. Hell, I remember thinking fetches were worthless when I first started playing around Onslaught (albeit I was about 10 year old). I don't plan on buying singles of the expedition lands nor do I plan to take Hasbro's bait and start cracking packs like a fiend, so I'm not trying to be pissy and nit pick. Rather, I've really liked the new expedition art that's trickled down the last few days and it just seems like covering half of the "full" art image with text -that 75% of your fanbase is already familiar with- is redundant.

    With that being said, I plan on picking up a fat pack or two and I'll surely scream like a little schoolgirl if I pull that beautiful Polluted Delta.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Proxies
    Holy smokes, I don't want that on my permanent record. What's the typical punishment for playing proxies? I had no clue that the LGS could also get into trouble; yikes, double trouble. Have there been a lot of sting operations going on? I think I actually might've spotted an undercover DCI agent last Friday. The DCI's 'War on Proxies' must be getting pretty serious with all the trouble they're handing out. It's sad to think about all the children who will have to grow up fatherless, because dad caught a non-violent proxy charge and was sentenced to a life of trouble.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on [Primer] G/W Auras (Bogle)
    With the exception of Leyline, there's nothing in my main deck or sideboard that costs more than 3 mana. There have been plenty of games where I'm top-decking garbage with 5+ lands in play; even if I draw an aura that I'm looking for, it'll still likely cost only 1 or 2 to play. I don't care if it etb so long as I hit my first two land drops. It would be a nice option to have.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Proxies
    I'm a proponent of proxies for personal use, especially within one's own playgroup. Honestly, I've been playing a deck with 4 proxies of Horizon Canopyat FNM for the past 3 months. I have a career that allows me to buy most cards that I want, but I'm also not a fan of flushing money down the toilet. For 1/3 the cost of a single Canopy, I received a proxied playset along with 20 other cards from an overseas vendor; the only difference between the proxy and the real deal is the fact that I saved $220. However, I would never consider selling them or passing them along to another player as though they were the real deal. On one hand, I find the quality of certain proxies to be scary-accurate and that's disturbing to hear if you're a collector; at what point do proxies stop being proxies b/c they're indistinguishable from legitimate copies? I may proxy, but I still have a collection that's quite valuable and I would hate to see that value diminish should an influx of knock-offs flood the market. On the other hand, I have a family and career to worry about, so I only really have the time to play magic at FNM; it doesn't make economical sense to spend an exorbitant amount of money on authentic cards that will see play maybe 5 times a month.

    TL;DR: I think counterfeiting poses a significant problem to the future of the game, but I will continue to use proxies so long as they are available to me.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on [Primer] G/W Auras (Bogle)
    I'm aware that GW are the optimal colors for us, but does anybody think the recently announced Lumbering Falls will have a place in Bogles? 4 mana for a 3/3 hexproof manland is solid in itself; consider casting rancor to get a 5/5 hexproof manland until end of turn, rancor falls off and back into our hand, rinse and repeat. I think that hexproof lands could add a whole new dimension to the deck, what do you folks think?

    http://www.mtgsalvation.com/forums/magic-fundamentals/the-rumor-mill/630642-mothership-spoilers-september-07-enemy-manland
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on [Primer] G/W Auras (Bogle)
    Hey guys, I got the day off work last Friday and was able to attend FNM for the first time in quite a bit. Since the previous time I went, I've been toying around with less spiritdancers, upgrading to a playset of canopies and some other goodies:



    Long story short, I dominated the majority of my first games, but struggled against Burn, Storm, and Living End during games 2 & 3. I couldn't draw an answer for Eidolon of the Great Revel and my graveyard hate was quickly taken out by Destructive Revelry and other removal. I finished the night 3-2 my first time running the deck and that was without the canopies, so I don't know if it was just an unlucky night or if my deck/sideboard isn't well suited to my meta. The majority of build played in my meta are: Burn, Living End, Twin variants, and infect. Any reccomendations for sideboard answers to these decks? Or ways that I can tweak my main deck? I always tend to run 65 maindeck cards because I have difficulty deciding and like to have options; does an extra 5 cards really have that much impact on consistent draws? Once again, thanks for the advice, fellas.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Blogatog: Full Art Lands, New ZEN Dual Lands Confirmed, No Enemy Fetches
    Bummer. I quit the game before starting college, sometime during the Future Sight block. I started playing again a little over a year ago and was looking forward to cracking some packs to find enemy fetches. Regardless, I'm still pretty jazzed to open a new set from the Zendikar plane; I missed out on some pretty bad ass blocks during 2009 - RTR.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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