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Will The Madness Ever End?
I Hope Not!

  Here we are, in the "doldrums", and still new decks manage to surface! I know I've been outside more often now that the weather is turning nice, and I imagine other people are having picnics, as well.

 

  I knew if I waited long enough, it would show up! And here it is, the Twin Pod. Don't have Pestermite in hand? No problem! Pod one up! I do love mashups!

 

 

AVR, Modern, and You

But first, a musical prelude...

Ladies and Gentleman, Mr. Tom Jones!


Vex bomb vex bomb you're my vex bomb
You can give it to me when I need to come along
Vex bomb vex bomb you're my vex bomb
And baby you can turn me on

 

  So. AVR is out in the paper world, and set to hit MTGO soon. I think it's time we start looking at how these cards might fit in with the existing Modern archetypes. I was quite vexed by what I found! I had originally thought Desolate Lighthouse would be the first card to be played in a Modern SE. But now I find myself being forced to act like a presidential candidate and flip-flop on my earlier position.

 

Vex Bomb Bump
Magicman657
Beaters
4 Goblin Guide
4 Keldon Marauders
4 Vexing Devil
12 Creatures

Burn
4 Bump in the Night
4 Flames of the Blood Hand
4 Lava Spike
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Magma Jet
4 Rift Bolt
4 Shard Volley
28 Other Spells

Basic Lands
12 Mountain
Dual
4 Dragonskull Summit
4 Blackcleave Cliffs
20 Lands

   Editorial:
< Was Brimstone Volley in original build.


   Editorial:
< Could be Bob or Blightning.

Lightning Bolt

 

  This is your basic Bump deck, with Hellspark Elemental swapped out for Vexing Devil. 'Nuff said. I also took some liberties with the original version of this deck, namely replacing Brimstone Volley with Flames of the Blood Hand.

  This deck's brewmeister comments: "Vexing Devil is my new favorite red card."

 

Vex Bomb Zoo
Lantern
The Menagerie
4 Steppe Lynx
4 Tarmogoyf
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
3 Knight of the Reliquary
3 Grim Lavamancer
3 Loam Lion
3 Vexing Devil
2 Kird Ape
26 Creatures

Burn
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Lightning Helix
Control
4 Path to Exile
12 Other Spells
Basic Lands
1 Forest
1 Mountain
1 Plains
Fetches
4 Arid Mesa
4 Marsh Flats
3 Scalding Tarn
Utility
1 Sejiri Steppe
1 Horizon Canopy
1 Slayers' Stronghold
Dual
2 Sacred Foundry
2 Stomping Ground
1 Temple Garden
22 Lands
 
Kird Ape

 

  Here we have your basic "Thalia's Menagerie" Zoo variant, with Vexing Devil taking the place of Kird Apes three and four, and Loam Lion four.

  This deck has seen play in the paper world, and according to the brewmeister: "Vexing devil has been speeding up the aggro matchup, and even giving some early reach against control. He even ate a Wurmcoil yesterday. Slayer's has actually been awesome too, the power buff and top deck mode is awesome in matches where removal is flying around everywhere."

 

Vex Bomb Boros
Brewer Unknown
Beaters
4 Figure of Destiny
4 Goblin Guide
4 Ranger of Eos
4 Steppe Lynx
4 Vexing Devil
2 Goblin Bushwhacker
22 Creatures

Burn
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Lightning Helix
Control
4 Path to Exile
Utility
4 Proclamation of Rebirth
16 Other Spells
Basic Lands
2 Mountain
2 Plains
Fetches
4 Arid Mesa
2 Marsh Flats
2 Scalding Tarn
Utility
2 Flagstones of Trokair
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Slayer's Stronghold
Dual
4 Sacred Foundry
2 Clifftop Retreat
22 Lands
 
Goblin Bushwhacker

 

  Well, well, well! What have we here? This delightful mashup features the aggressiveness of Boros, Ranger of Eos shenanigans, and a surprise return from the grave with Proclamation of Rebirth! Some quotes from a discussion of this deck: "I don't think I've ever seen a more appealing selection of cards than these." "Double Devil off a Ranger of Eos is backbreaking." "This deck is probably the most aggressive deck I've ever played. The crazy number of 1 drops makes it easy to overwhelm the opponent quickly..."

 

Vex Bomb Blink
BlippyTheSlug
Beaters
4 Goblin Guide
4 Keldon Marauder
4 Steppe Lynx
4 Vexing Devil
2 Archwing Dragon
18 Creatures

Burn
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Lightning Helix
Control
4 Path to Exile
Blink
4 Cloudshift
3 Momentary Blink
Utility
1 Proclamation of Rebirth
20 Other Spells
Basic Lands
2 Mountain
2 Plains
Fetches
4 Arid Mesa
2 Marsh Flats
2 Scalding Tarn
Utility
Slayer's Stronghold
Dual
4 Sacred Foundry
Clifftop Retreat
22 Lands
 
Goblin Bushwhacker

 

  I got inspired for this one from Vex Bomb Boros. The blink lets you "double down" your devils and marauders.

 

Vex Bomb Burn
BlippyTheSlug
Beaters
4 Goblin Guide
4 Vexing Devil
2 Archwing Dragon
2 Chandra's Phoenix
12 Creatures

Burn
4 Flame Javelin
4 Flames of the Blood Hand
4 Lava Spike
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Magma Jet
4 Pillar of Flame
4 Rift Bolt
28 Other Spells

Basic Lands
20 Mountain
20 Lands

                

Lightning Bolt

 

  Something I cobbled together when I saw the set spoiled. Pillar of Flame is nice for creatures with Persist and Undying. Archwing Dragon is a hasty 4/4 flier that returns to your hand. Obvious deck is obvious. Simple and nasty. Just the way I like it.

  I guess we'll see if any of these decks show up, and stand up to the Litmus Test of the daily SE's.

 

 

Win Stuff Every Night Of The Week!

  People ask me every day if there's a tourney happening. It happens so often, I've got a canned response: "not from me, but I'm sure there's one going on today!

  This is not an exaggeration. There are free to enter tournaments running every day of the week, in a wide variety of formats. Do you like Pauper? There's several ongoing series: TPDC, MPDC, SPDC, etc. Commander more your thing? Got a few of those, too. Two Headed Giant? Saturday Night Melee has been running for years. Recently there's been a lot of Single Elimination events happening. As always, pants are optional.

  These are all free to enter, and almost all of them offer prizes. Usually these prizes are in the form of bot credits at the sponsor's store or bot chain. Some events have "door prizes" just for playing.  

  Different events have different methods of registering to play. The first post in any given event thread usually tells you what you need to know. 

 

 

 

 


Overdrive! #46 Round-up

pelao28 - Overdrive! #46 Champion - 1st 5x Champ!
Martyr Proc
Beaters
4 Ajani's Pridemate
4 Ranger of Eos
4 Squadron Hawk
4 Serra Ascendant
4 Soul Warden
3 Soul's Attendant
3 Martyr of Sands
26 Creatures

Chumps
4 Spectral Procession
Anthems
4 Honor of the Pure
Control
3 Path to Exile
3 Proclamation of Rebirth
14 Other Spells
Basic Lands
18 Plains
Utility
2 Tectonic Edge
20 Lands

Proclamation of Rebirth

 

  Won against BYE, R(g) Aggro, Ritual Gifts, RDW Sligh. pleao28 becomes our first five time Overdrive! champion!

 

silence1186 - Overdrive! #46 Runner-up
RDW Sligh
Beaters
4 Goblin Fireslinger
4 Stormblood Berserker
4 Stromkirk Noble
3 Grim Lavamancer
1 Spikeshot Elder
16 Creatures

Burn
4 Gut Shot
4 Incinerate
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Shrine of Burning Rage
4 Volt Charge
3 Shard Volley
23 Other Spells
Basic Lands
21 Mountain
21 Lands

Lightning Bolt

 

  Won against Mono B Vamps, Geist of St. Bant, Infect, lost to Martyr Proc.

 

Semifinalists

 

  Won against BYE, Architect Toolbox, lost to Martyr Proc.

 

Krosanbeast9359
Infect
Beaters
4 Blight Mamba
4 Glistener Elf
4 Rot Wolf
4 Virulent Sliver
4 Ichorclaw Myr
20 Creatures

Pump
4 Giant Growth
4 Groundswell
4 Mutagenic growth
4 Vines of Vastwood
4 Titanic Growth
Control
2 Apostle's Blessing
22 cards
Basic Lands
18 Forest
18 Lands

glistener elf

 

  Won against BYE, RDW Sligh, lost to RDW Sligh

 


Eurodrive! #29 Round-up

  Eurodrive! once again saw a RDW mirror match in the finals! 

mihahitlor - Eurodrive! #29 Champion
RDW Burn
Beaters
4 Goblin Guide
4 Hellspark Elemental
4 Keldon Marauders
12 Creatures

Burn
4 Lava Spike
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Incinerate
4 Rift Bolt
4 Shard Volley
3 Flame Javelin
3 Searing Blaze
2 Burst Lightning
28 Other Spells
Basic Lands
20 Mountain
20 Lands

Lightning Bolt

 

  Won against RDW Burn, UB Zombies, 4cc Gifts, RDW Browbeat Burn.

 

FallenCherub - Eurodrive! #29 Runner-up
RDW Browbeat Burn
Beaters 
4 Goblin Guide
4 Grim Lavamancer
4 Hellspark Elemental
12 Creatures

Burn
4 Incinerate
4 Lava Spike
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Rift Bolt
2 Searing Blaze
2 Flames of the Blood Hand
2 Shard Volley
Draw
4 Browbeat
2 Faithless Looting
28 Other Spells
Basic Lands
18 Mountain
Utility
2 Ghitu Encampment
20 Lands

Browbeat

 

  Won against BYE, GBW Pod, Bant Blast Pod, lost to RDW Burn.

 

Semifinalists

 

  Won against G(r) Stompy, Boros Proc, lost to RDW Browbeat Burn.

 

 

  Won against Goblins, Jund, lost to RDW Burn.

 

 


 Where Angels Fear To Tread #7

   Players: 14
    4-0: NetworkGuru 
    3-1: apaulogy, _Kumagoro_, Leys7 

   Players, pairings, results, and standings can be found here.
   All decks for WAFTT #7 can be found here.

 

 

 

Interesting Tidbits

  There is a neat little poll going on at MTG Salvation, asking "Which format would you prefer to play?" Guess what format is way out in front? Uh huh. Modern, baby!

 

  *sigh* Another week has gone by, and both Extended and Kaleidoscope are still dead. No one plays these formats. Yet we are still forced to view their rotting corpses whenever we enter the Scheduled Events room, along with the presumed dead bodies that are Singleton. Four bodies. Looking in on a Fridays night, I see twenty nine slots offered for these desiccated formats to rise from their dust and decay. Maybe it's just left over Halloween decorations.. 

 

 

16 Comments

Woo hoo! by BlippyTheSlug at Wed, 05/16/2012 - 10:43
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Woo hoo! Kaleidoscope, Extended, and SIngletons are being hauled away!

"We will no longer be providing Daily Events for Extended, 100-Card Singleton, Standard Singleton, and Kaleidoscope. "

http://community.wizards.com/magiconline/blog/2012/05/15/announcements_-...

I really wish instead of just by JustSin at Wed, 05/16/2012 - 13:47
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I really wish instead of just hauling them away they could come up with some new idea for increasing play

This might be true of by Kumagoro42 at Wed, 05/16/2012 - 22:17
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This might be true of Kaleidoscope and Singleton, but Extended is just a fossil.

I already hate Vexing Devil. by KaraZorEl at Wed, 05/16/2012 - 13:40
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I already hate Vexing Devil. I hope this doesn't start showing up everywhere in Modern, though I have a feeling it will. Seems like ban bait to me.

I don't see Vexing Devil by walkerdog at Wed, 05/16/2012 - 13:42
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I don't see Vexing Devil getting banned if a PTQ season with Delver just happened. Devil gives the opponent the choice at least!

I've played a lot of Modern, by KaraZorEl at Wed, 05/16/2012 - 13:55
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I've played a lot of Modern, and red is by far the strongest single color out there. It still loses to lifegain, but the last thing it needed was another powerful creature that automatically deals 4 damage, since most opponents just aren't going to leave it in play. Red deck has always been a mulligan until turn 1 Goblin Guide is found, but if the Devil is out there, mulligans aren't quite as necessary. Vexing Devil is also extremely strong in any deck that runs Dark Confidant and has a ton of removal. He'll only ping you for one life and he can be a cascade target for Bloodbraid Elf. Unlike Delver, which is strong but a conditional in that it doesn't always transform, the Devil is always going to be powerful, disproportionately so. As a rare in a big set (and not a mythic), he'll be easier to come acquire over time which should keep his price down.

All in all, this is the worst card design I've seen in some time.

What? by walkerdog at Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:19
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Timely Reinforcement, Jace TMS, Lingering Souls, and Miracle would all like to discuss their place on your "worst card design list," and I hear Snapcaster, the Swords, and the Titans are all considering legal action.

I think Vexing Devil is less by mihahitlor at Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:57
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I think Vexing Devil is less powerful than Lava Spike in RDW builds. It will either do 4 damage or it will eat a removal spell, which seems worse than a spell that consistently deals 3 damage. And the later you draw it, the worse it gets.

In Modern it will get played for sure, because there aren't as many good RDW options as in Legacy, but I don't consider it one of the archetype's best 1 drops (Lightning Bolt, Lava Spike, Rift Bolt and Goblin Guide are all better IMO)

Vexing Devil is great card by Cownose at Wed, 05/16/2012 - 17:43
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Vexing Devil is great card design. Just like Browbeat it LOOKS like it will do a lot more than it will actually do. The other player will always choose the option that is best for them. 4 damage for R is great, a 4 power beater for R is great--but letting your opponent choose which one it is is not so great.

If they can't deal with it, then they will eat 4 and its a slightly better lightning bolt, but if they can deal with it then it will do nothing, which is a fair drawback for it doing 4 for R sometimes. Its fine and not as broken as it seems, nowhere near the power level of Lightning Bolt or Goblin Guide though.

Chicken Littles by apaulogy at Wed, 05/16/2012 - 18:01
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It is easier to call for banning cards then to develop strategies to beat them.

Wizards has been a good Daddy in this regard lately, and most people just want Daddy to fix all their problems for them.

Others just want Grizzly Bear Wars.dek to be all that is legal so everyone can play with the same power level of cards and there is absolutely nothing unfair about anything ever.

OMG!!! ITZ UH 4/3 FER 1. BAN ALL TEH CRADZ!!!

I mean, if a 13/13 for B was by walkerdog at Wed, 05/16/2012 - 18:16
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I mean, if a 13/13 for B was able to make it unbanned...

You should read the fine by Kumagoro42 at Wed, 05/16/2012 - 22:21
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You should read the fine print on that 13/13 before calling it a 13/13. :)

Well, it is similarly by walkerdog at Wed, 05/16/2012 - 22:44
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Well, it is similarly situational to how Vexing Devil is a 4/3.

oh vex by BOBBAKAKE at Wed, 05/16/2012 - 18:23
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My only concern with the vexing devil is ISD block. RW agro seems like the already top deck in the format and this will only make it more so. Banned, not Banned, who really cares about rules and regualtions? I just hope I open lots of them.

Devil wasn't even played in by walkerdog at Wed, 05/16/2012 - 18:24
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Devil wasn't even played in the Block PT. It's not really even viable atm in a Tier 1 deck at least.

dafuq by apaulogy at Wed, 05/16/2012 - 18:41
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The Devil will see play. He is a good man. But the draw back is real.

Standard RDW is a joke deck at this point. However, since the perception is that Wolf Running is the best thing to be doing right now and that your other one-drop creatures are Goblin Arsonist and Fireslinger, he will go into RDW in Standard and will put pressure on Wolf Run Ramp to either take 4 or Devil's Play it. I am going to still play Delver.

Block has a whole bunch more things going on and I am sure that most of the decks with red base or secondary color beaters already have better options (Stromkirk Noble, Champion of the Parish).

I do think Modern is THE place for him. I think he might be slightly better than Figure of Destiny in red decks, which is already placing him in the fringe since most straight RDW decks in modern don't run him. Figure is a Boros creature ATM in Modern. Goblin Guide is way better than this guy for RDW. Still, I think the devil will go into RDW to a decent effect and may work out well in Boros with Ranger of Eos too.

Legacy is different because I play exactly one deck maybe once a week. I am not going to pretend I know about Legacy Burn, but again he seems to be competing for the Figure of Desitny slot, and I have heard that Figure is the worst creature in the deck so I think he may find a place in Legacy Burn for a while. If he does well, he will also find a home there.

Bottom line, I don't think he is as bad as the people who say he is bad. I also don't think he is as good as the people who say he is good. I think it is a fine middle of the road beater that has an incredible p/t-cmc ratio with a VERY REAL drawback...

how is that for anti-hyperbole?