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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:49 pm 
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Waha! Round 2 was even more successful than round one. By one whole entry! Maybe we can keep our momentum going into round three. The rules are more or less the same (given that I just copy/pasted them) but here they are again anyway.

The rules:
0. I will announce 1 or more cards for each round.
1. You may submit a deck that utilizes one or both of the announced cards. Decks that use multiple announced cards may get a small bonus in the judging (at the judges' discretion)
2. Your deck should "break" the chosen card(s). A card can be considered broken if it has a normally weak effect that gets utilized in an exceptionally powerful way. A card that has trade-off effects can also be considered broken if it is used in such a way that all of its effects are positive for the deck.
3. You ARE required to run full playsets of each of the chosen cards that you use.
4. Unless explicitly stated, there are NO deckbuilding restrictions (color, rarity, or otherwise). As long as it's legal in Duels and breaks one or more of the cards, it's valid.
5. The building part of the contest will last for a week. After that, I'll still consider submissions, but probably with some sort of late penalty.
6. Submissions must be sent by PM. For this round, submissions will NOT be anonymous.
7. Unless they object, the judging will be done by Soupcannon and Barney again.
8. The winner of each round gets to decide one of the cards for the next round.

Haven_PT and CardboardNomad both won last round so they collaborated to pick the card for this round. And that card is... Can I get a drum roll? Huh? They already know what card it is? They've already tested several brews while waiting for me to post the thread? Ach! Well, in case we get any newcomers to the thread, this time the card is Bloodbriar! That's it. No other options. But it is such a versatile card that I'm sure we'll see a lot of fun builds.

The deadline for submissions is was Wednesday, November 8th. As always, walk in the Jank.

Alright! Submissions are in and here they are:

CardboardNomad:
"Arrogant Gardening"


Haven_PT:
"ElBriarDraziRamp"


DCG-MTG:
"Tall, Dark, and Morbid"


Cucho Lambreta (WINNER!):
"Sac your tokens!"


TheFlakyMage:
"Blood4Poppies"


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:57 pm 
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That card is TERRIBAD

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:58 pm 
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And?

Edit: I hope DCG comes back for this round.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:29 pm 
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Love that card :)

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:19 am 
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Ezpz, got this one in the bag. Just need to tweak the mana base and this'll fit right into my deck from last round! :V


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:39 am 
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Good damn! I had a perfectly good golgari constrictor deck and now freaking negative counters sounds like a great deck...

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:48 am 
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So this is my initial build, still not sold on a bunch of options, got to test them throroughly. This is a slight rebuild of an older Bloodbriar deck I had posted here somewhere.


The best of Briar Adams

Creature(19)
2 x Glint-Sleeve Siphoner
3 x Winding Constrictor
1 x Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim
2 x Yahenni, Undying Partisan
2 x Tireless Tracker
4 x Bloodbriar
2 x Smothering Abomination
2 x Woodland Wanderer
1 x Verdurous Gearhulk

Instant(7)
3 x Fatal Push
2 x Blossoming Defense
2 x Anguished Unmaking

Enchantment(7)
2 x Unbridled Growth
2 x Oath of Ajani
3 x Hidden Stockpile

Planeswalker(4)
1 x Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
1 x Liliana, Death's Majesty
1 x Nissa, Vital Force
1 x Ajani Unyielding

Artifact(3)
3 x Renegade Map

Land(20)
2 x Plains
3 x Swamp
5 x Forest
2 x Hissing Quagmire
2 x Woodland Cemetery
4 x Evolving Wilds
1 x Aether Hub
1 x Westvale Abbey

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:56 am 
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I’m going to make that Hidden Stockpile engine purr like a kitten

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:51 am 
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Testing has been dismall. I went 1-5 with the deck. I guess today's the day for opponents with god draws for me.

Anyway, I'm gonna have to completely rework the deck.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:37 am 
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Here’s what I tossed together yesterday. Haven’t tried it on ladder yet but it feels kinda clunky in AI matches which makes me pessimistic.

Instants
3 x Fatal Push
3 x Blossoming Defense
2 x Destined // Lead

Creeps
2 x Walking Ballista
4 x Blisterpod
3 x Carrier Thrall
3 x Winding Constrictor
1 x Bontu the Glorified
2 x Yahenni, Undying Partisan
3 x Defiant Salvager
1 x Rhonas the Indomitable
2 x Tireless Tracker
4 x Bloodbriar

Enchantments
2 x Evolutionary Leap
2 x Ulvenwald Mysteries
2 x Aid from the Cowl

And
1 x Nissa, Voice of Zendikar

Land (20)
2 x Hissing Quagmire
2 x Woodland Cemetery
4 x Evolving Wilds
1 x Rogue’s Passage
6 x Forest
5 x Swamp


I went with Salvagers over Connoisseurs because they can sac clue tokens for free. 20 land feels iffy tho and I’m toying with trying to work in a set of Primal Druids to help make it work. Destined // Lead has been quite good here, countering removal and allowing my huge Bloodbriars to swing unimpeded while some sacrificial grunt gets piled on.

Edit: looking at the list analytically and with fresh eyes, I think a big issue is the tokenmaker creeps. They provide huge value to the other cards but have negligible impact on their own. I def think I’ll try replacing the Thralls and one Yahenni (I drew both back to back in TWO of the three test games) for those Druids. And prolly put Smothering Abomination back in over Aid from the Cowl. Aid is a really fun card but this prolly ain’t the right build for it. Scrapheap Scrounger is another card I’d like to squish in for recurring sac fodder but IDK what to cut for it.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:14 pm 
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Smothering Abomination without sac fodder is terrible. Totally didn't work in the first brew.
I made a golgari list and it went 2-0 and it felt much smoother, but less focused on the briars. Mid-range just feels so bad, it got out-answered in everything. This list is much more aggro and more my style.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:50 pm 
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Testing Gruul Aggro vs AI. 5 or so matches in, and the RNG refuses to give me Bloodbriars.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:23 am 
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Flaky you sadistic bastard! -with love-... this bloodbriar BS... is making me hate Duels! I wish I win this crap so I can select a good card next time...
first draft
Bloodbriar- brewing

Creature(26)
2 x Greenwheel Liberator
3 x Longtusk Cub
2 x Winding Constrictor
3 x Voltaic Brawler
3 x Fleshbag Marauder
2 x Yahenni, Undying Partisan
2 x Lathnu Hellion
4 x Bloodbriar
2 x Impetuous Devils
2 x Heart-Piercer Manticore
1 x The Gitrog Monster

Instant(6)
3 x Fatal Push
3 x Harnessed Lightning

Enchantment(5)
3 x Unbridled Growth
2 x Evolutionary Leap

Land(23)
2 x Smoldering Marsh
3 x Swamp
2 x Cinder Glade
3 x Mountain
7 x Forest
2 x Woodland Cemetery
2 x Rootbound Crag
2 x Dragonskull Summit

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:16 am 
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I’m not sure I’ll be able to judge/test anymore cuz I lost access to the site at work and I used to print deck lists to build and take notes on. I’m so bummed I can’t NGA from work anymore :(

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:03 pm 
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Somebody snail mail Barney the deck lists!


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:05 pm 
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What kind of damn company blocks NGA?

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:45 pm 
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I’ve been going to NGA forever from lots of different companies and jobs, this is the first to block it :(
They let me on YouTube though which is almost always blocked. I don’t want YouTube though. I want to send intimate PMs to Soup :(

Cardboard gave me a great idea, if someone wanted to copy pasta the decklists in an email to me, that would work

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I read that as "send intimate PMS to soup". I'm not on board, Barney. I am not on board.

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I’m not sure I’ll be able to judge/test anymore cuz I lost access to the site at work and I used to print deck lists to build and take notes on. I’m so bummed I can’t NGA from work anymore :(


Those fascists! I’ve a mind to call your company and give them a piece of my mind. Hell, if I worked there, I’d seriously consider firing my boss.

(As I’m typing this, Beastie Boys’ Fight for your Right comes on the radio. Huh! Beastie Boys==BB==Black Barney? It’s an Omen!)

@Cucho: while I have no objections to being labeled a “sadistic bastard”, I do feel compelled to point out that Bloodbriar was actually Haven’s idea. Honestly, I think it’s prolly the least terrible card we’ve worked with yet, but that’s just me. I’m curious which card you’d choose tho, so here’s hoping you win, too.

While we’re talking about sadistic bastards, anyone else scare any poor trick-or-treaters into tears last night? :evil:


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