When do you think they'll add more 5* characters to the standard banner? (If they ever do) Or will it be only the same 5* characters (Diluc, Keqing, Mona, Qiqi, Jean) forever, and only event 4* are gonna be added to the pool?
Take liberties in terms of size and location.
On Day 2 of the Arena Open I got dumpstered twice in a row by Rakdos ramp. I was on Rakdos midrange and have since switched, out of pettiness and curiosity, to Rakdos Ramp. While playing the deck over the last two weeks I identified a few spots to make interesting changes to the stock list and I wanted to share those changes with the Spikes community.
The first addition is [[Yidaro, Wandering Monster]]. Yidaro serves two purposes in this deck; first as a cycler that digs for key pieces (Irencrag Feat, Ugin, Shadow’s Verdict), then as a finisher. I stumbled across Yidaro when thinking about the role cards like Fire Prophecy and Shredded Sails served in the deck, namely cards that have function as removal or as a digging tool. So in this sense, I’ve replaced those removal cards with a threat, but the function of digging remains.
The second addition, [[Shadow’s Verdict]], is one I’m genuinely surprised I have not seen in more lists. Verdict annihilates Gruul and has game against Rakdos Midrange, Rogues, and random aggro decks. If you are playing Rakdos ramp, play this card. All of Gruul’s creatures are 3 mana or less, with the exception of [[Questing Beast]], which is usually no more than a 2-3 of in stock Gruul lists. This means you can spend the first turns playing nonsense like [[Mazemind Tome]], [[Duress]]ing their Vivien, Henge, or Embercleave, then ramp to 5 mana with Solemn Simulacrum and shortly thereafter wipe their board.
The fact that Verdict is 5 mana is not such a big deal here — the deck is built around getting to 5 mana with sequences like turn 4 Solemn Simulacrum, turn 5 Irencrag Feat into Ugin. A raw Ox of Agonas for 5 mana is often a fair deal, as it provides a body, card draw, and digs for your key pieces.
Here’s the list:
4x [[Spikefield Hazard]]
4x [[Shatterskull Smashing]]
4x [[Mazemind Tome]]
2x [[Heartless Act]]
1x [[Fire Prophecy]]
4x [[Solemn Simulacrum]]
4x [[Irencrag Feat]]
3x [[Ox of Agonas]]
3x [[Shadow’s Verdict]]
4x [[Ugin, the Spirit Dragon]]
4x [[Yidaro, Wandering Monster]]
4x [[Fabled Passage]]
4x [[Temple Of Malice]]
3x [[Crawling Barrens]]
2x [[Soul-Guide Lantern]]
4x [[Agonzing Remorse]]
4x [[Kroxa, Titan Of Death’s Hunger]]
2x [[Shredded Sails]]
1x [[Eat To Extinction]]
1x [[Rankle, Master Of Pranks]]
1x [[... keep reading on reddit ➡
One thing I have learned (right or wrong) is to always get a sewer inspection done. I purchased a home several years ago only to find out a year later that my sewer collapsed due to roots that had been there “for years.” Lesson learned.
Does anyone suggest any additional Inspections to the homeowners inspection, sewer, and structural inspections?
Personally I think [ Feed the Swarm ], as well as [ Scourge of the Skyclaves ] and [Shadow’s Verdict] have really brought some great tools to the table for black!
With the addition of Ikoria, three old decks that have languished due to lack of tools or lower power have gotten some significant new additions: Izzet Phoenix, Esper Hero, and Flash variants. In this article, I'll break down the new cards that can be played in these decks, and provide a sample decklist for the post-Ikoria iteration of these decks.
[[Blitz of the Thunder Raptor]]
[[Rielle, the Everwise]]
The most important card Izzet Phoenix got is Cathartic Reunion, a sorcery-speed discard and draw spell. This will help you load your graveyard with Phoenixes, useless spells and lands. The biggest draw is that this card is a sorcery, making it a suitable target for [[Finale of Promise]], which is the most powerful play available to this deck.
Sprite Dragon is a powerful 2-drop that fits perfectly with this deck's strategy of playing lots of small spells, and acting as an evasive, fast, growing threat. This little guy should grow fast enough to end games quite quickly in this deck. Also, it synergizes well with Finale of Promise, as it will get a permanent +3/+3 whenever you cast a Finale, which should also bring back your phoenixes and end games.
Blitz of the Thunder-Raptor is going to become this deck's key removal spell. It is an instant speed [[Beacon Bolt]] that exiles, hits walkers, and costs 1 less but does not have jump-start (not that it really needed it). In the early game it can hit small threats, then it scales very well into the late game, allowing you to take down big baddies.
Rielle is probably the weakest new card that can potentially be added to the deck, though it is not a bad card. She does a reasonable impression of [[Enigma Drake]], though she has less toughness and can't fly. The secondary ability is the main reason to use her though, as she turns all the discard spells we run into extra draw spells. Playing Cathartic Reunion when she's on the board draws us 5 cards, allowing us to completely refuel when we're out of gas.
Here's a sample decklist (sideboard is WIP): https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2918908
Esper Hero (AKA Esper Humans)
[[General Kudro of Drannith]]
This deck gained the newest new toys to play with, however I believe the two cards it did gain push it to the next level in terms of power. General Kudro doubles the power of the tokens that [[Hero of Precinct One]] creates, while also triggering He... keep reading on reddit ➡
Looks to me the only difference (so far) is cosmetic which doesn’t seem worth it to me. Paradox games tend to have hundreds of DLC’s though so I’ll probably get it for the expansion pass.
What have you guys bought or are you still deciding?