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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:58 am 
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Well, on reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/spikes/comment ... dinosaurs/) they said, Golgari would be the worst matchup. The plan is too be strong against the aggro-meta without being too weak vs Control.

Of course, if Arena evolves slower due to people sticking to their Golgari decks (We'd do the same if we were invested.), that might not help. I didn't play much over the weekend but yesterday evening I had maybe 2 Golgari opponents and ~6 aggros. Forgot to track for I "only" wanted to get a few wins in to not waste daily gold.

I don't think Lyra is a major factor to be concerned of.

But while we're at this:
I've read that Kraul Harpooner can kill her through his ETB fighting - which is questionable due to her First Strike. So, is that true? And if so, is that a special fighting rule that also applies to Savage Stomp and it's brethren? Somehow the name of the 1 mana evergreen card eludes me right now.


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Sol77_bla wrote:
Well, on reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/spikes/comment ... dinosaurs/) they said, Golgari would be the worst matchup. The plan is too be strong against the aggro-meta without being too weak vs Control.

Of course, if Arena evolves slower due to people sticking to their Golgari decks (We'd do the same if we were invested.), that might not help. I didn't play much over the weekend but yesterday evening I had maybe 2 Golgari opponents and ~6 aggros. Forgot to track for I "only" wanted to get a few wins in to not waste daily gold.

I don't think Lyra is a major factor to be concerned of.

But while we're at this:
I've read that Kraul Harpooner can kill her through his ETB fighting - which is questionable due to her First Strike. So, is that true? And if so, is that a special fighting rule that also applies to Savage Stomp and it's brethren? Somehow the name of the 1 mana evergreen card eludes me right now.


First strike only applies in combat, not with the fight mechanic. So yes, lyra dies to the harpooner.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:04 am 
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Thank you. So Prey Upon (there it is :D) can also kill her. Good to know.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:21 am 
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Can't tell if it's just me but I'm playing against significantly more Dimir/Grixis control than expected. In fact it, together with Selesyna tokens, seems to take up roughly as much a metagame share as the "big decks" (Drakes Jeskai Golgari Boros monored). Among these big five, Boros is noticeably the least common, but it's there and a fast draw from that deck is still very dangerous.

I have mixed feelings about Dimir/Grixis control. It seems quite strong against all the other major decks in the metagame - certainly I don't consider it a good matchup for Selesyna, and Ritual of Soot & Golden Demise should be devastating against Boros as well. Does anyone play Dimir/Grixis control, and if so, what are the bad matchups? Monored I guess since they can't answer Experimental Frenzy (another reason to have Unmoored Ego I guess), anything with Carnage Tyrant, and what else?

Also it feels awful to have eight answers to enchantments in my deck and only draw one while my monored opponent draws two Experimental Frenzy :sick:


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:49 am 
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Banedon wrote:
Also it feels awful to have eight answers to enchantments in my deck and only draw one while my monored opponent draws two Experimental Frenzy :sick:

Don't you see that - when you kill a Frenzy - your opponent doesn't put the card into his GY but on top of his library? :D

Regarding the meta, if your conclusions are based on weekend observations, I would discard those. There was a lot of uncommon jank in my matches over the weekend.

If Dimir and Grixis become relevant, you might want those Nullhide Feroxes back as "discard-fodder" as per the discussion in your sideboard-thread.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:24 am 
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I'm seeing quite a bit of the new BG Undergrowth deck - https://www.channelfireball.com/article ... -standard/

These rogue decks make me appreciate The Immortal Sun more. Cards like Karn and Vivien are better against control, but they're quite narrow; meanwhile TIS is sideboard-able against all the rogue decks. Also, note to self: these decks don't seem to run sweepers post-board. Stay small, don't board in the anti-control anti-sweeper package, and overrun them with the mainboard tokens!


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I have played against it too.
this is one nasty combo
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Good luck dealing with that.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:21 am 
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I shifted gears, trying out a sideboard without Ferox and with Lyras & Karns instead. Only played two matches so far. Lyra is devastating against aggro decks if they can't remove it, but is bad against Golgari and control. Hopefully Karn will pick up some slack against control though, and I have a TIS for Golgari now too. Dimir & Grixis matchups definitely get worse, though.

Also does anyone else hate BO1? Especially against control decks. I might have tons of sideboard hate, but can't even deploy them, and meanwhile I have to sit there looking at my dead cards while they torture me. Argh, hate these decks.


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