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Eldraine Top Ten + Five Ways to Break Emry

Eldraine Top Ten + Five Ways to Break Emry

September 27, 2019

Faithless Brewing, Episode 22: Emry, Lurker of the Loch

 

Eldraine is upon us, and Emry, Lurker of the Loch is the talk of Modern Town. In fact, we wrote an entire strategy guide for the card the very day it was spoiled. Our analysis contained one error, though: "Stoneforge Fishstick" is not the most appropriate nickname for the Lady in the Lake. Her power level warrants a more distinguished pedigree: nothing less than "Deathrite Salmon." This week, the crew unpacks five different ways to break Modern wide open with the new legendary merfolk. There's more than one way to fry a fish!

 

Timestamps

 

03:02  Niv-Mizzet Reborn (Damon): 5-2 Modern Challenge. Graveyard decks and Urza combo are currently ascendant in the metagame; plan accordingly.

 

Flashback: Green Week

 

08:57 GW Leyline Elves: 3-2 league, needs more speed and redundancy in the combo to compensate for lower overall power

 
14:08 Genesis Devotion (by u/Cube_): 8-7 leagues, capable of truly astonishing combo turns, but struggles to interact with other linear/degenerate decks
 
25:17 Unbound Devotion: 5-5 leagues, Llanowar Tribe is solid and Hydroid Krasis is capable of carrying the deck. Still struggles with the same spread of matchups as the other green devotion lists
 
36:17 Unbound Revelation (by u/DiogenesCane): uses Heartbeat of Spring and Finale of Revelation for a Time Spiral-like effect, as described here
 
41:49 "Hogaak-less Hogaak" (sketch): an attempt to graft the Saffi+Rallier combo into a Vengevine aggro shell
 
44:41 Rallier Combo (by Aaron Westbrook): a variant using Kaya's Ghostform for redundancy in combo pieces
 
 
Roundup: Eldraine Top Ten
 
 
51:10 (HM) Grumgully, the Generous
 
53:01 (HM) Witching Well
 
54:50 (#10) Brazen Borrower
 
58:57 (#9) Glass Casket
 
1:01:10 (#8) Wishclaw Talisman
 
1:05:33 (#7) Castle Garenbrig
 
1:10:07 (#6) The Royal Scions
 
1:14:50 (#5) Oko, Thief of Crowns
 
1:16:33 (#4) Drown in the Loch
 
1:18:51 (#3) Mystic Sanctuary
 
1:22:32 (#2) Emry, Lurker of the Loch
 
1:24:17 (#1) Once Upon a Time
 
 
Brew Session: Emry, Lurker of the Loch
 
 
1:29:25 The Core Emry Package
 
1:33:17 UrzaSword
 
1:33:50 Jeskai Ascendancy
 
1:39:12 Paradox Engine
 
1:41:54 Paradoxical Outcome
 
1:46:51 Kethis, the Hidden Hand
 
1:55:11 Fair Decks with Emry
 
 
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Hopelessly Devoted to Green

Hopelessly Devoted to Green

September 20, 2019
Faithless Brewing, Episode 21: Leyline of Abundance + Eldraine Previews
 
 
 
It's finally here: Green Week! After a long and arduous Hogaak summer, the metagame has finally slowed enough to potentially reward a strategy of flooding the battlefield with green permanents. Core 2020's Leyline of Abundance has been waiting in the wings, offering explosive starts with mana dorks, as well as a few sneaky infinite combos. Also, did somebody say two free pips for Nykthos? The crew breaks down fresh new takes on Leyline Combo, Unbound Flourishing, and Green Devotion.
 
Plus: a host of spicy previews from Throne of Eldraine, including bonus decklists!
 
 
 
Roundup: Niv-Mizzet Takes Flight
 
 
 
It was a big week for Niv-Mizzet Reborn, as this Faithless Brewing Original has officially ascended to Tier 2 status (at least, according to the wise sages at the Arena Decklists Podcast). But don't just take their word for it. The tournament results speak for themselves, with Niv putting up strong results at MCQs both in paper and online.
 
 
 
Glittering Niv (Ihavethefire): 1st place, MCQ Pittsburgh
 
 
 
Ramp-less Niv (Damon): 6-2 MCQ Seattle, 6-4 MTGO PTQ, 5-0 league x2
 
 
 
Traverse Niv (cavedan): 6-3 MTGO PTQ
 
 
 
Flashback: Kethis, the Hidden Hand
 
 
 
We'll be straight up, these decks sucked. Even Matt Nass's build could barely win a game. Not all is lost, however: the Saffi combo proved strong enough to possibly become its own version of the deck, and Emry, Lurker of the Loch means that help is on the way for dedicated Kethis Kombo.
 
 
 
Project Keth-eX: 3-7 practice matches, curve felt too slow, Kethis combo less well integrated than Saffi combo
 
 
 
Kethis "KCI" (Matt Nass, test deck): 0-5 practice matches, deck folded to everything, mana was horrendous
 
 
 
Emry Kethis Combo (Sam Black, test deck)
 
 
 
"Hogaak-less Hogaak" (test deck): re-built for speed and to maximize Saffi combo, with potential for turn 2 kill (Carrion Feeder -> Stitcher's Supplier into Unearth on Renegade Rallier, return Saffi, attack for lethal).
 
 
 
Throne of Eldraine Previews
 
 
 
Specter's Shriek (Bonus list: BW Processor Eldrazi) -- Bonecrusher Giant (Bonus list: Bonecrusher Kiora) -- Grumgully, the Generous (Bonus list: Grumgully Goblins) -- Torbran, Thane of Red Fell -- Drown in the Loch -- Faeburrow Elder -- Merchant of the Vale (Haggle) -- Irencrag Feat -- Fires of Invention -- Vantress Gargoyle -- The Magic Mirror -- The Cauldron of Eternity -- Witching Well -- Oko, Thief of Crowns (Bonus list: Faerie Foodies)
 
 
Brew Session: Leyline of Abundance
 
 
 
Sketch #1: GW Leyline Elves
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sketch #3: Nissa Devotion
 
 
 
Sketch #4: Genesis Wave (designed by u/Cube_)
 
 
 
Reference lists:
 
 
 
Leyline Combo (PVDDR, test deck)
 
 
 
Leyline Combo 2 (PVDDR, test deck)
 
 
 
Devoted Elves (tagosaku, 5-0 league)
 
 
 
Bant Abundance (Jon Stern, MC Barcelona; Jeremie Ross, 5-0 league)
 
 
 
Steel Leaf Stompy (Ryan Robinson, 1st place SCG IQ)
 
 
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Eldraine Previews and Kethis in Modern

Eldraine Previews and Kethis in Modern

September 13, 2019

Faithless Brewing, Episode 20: Kethis, the Hidden Hand

 

Throne of Eldraine is around the corner and the previews are coming fast and furious. Some look sweet, some look strange, and some look downright broken, including a certain strange woman lying in a pond distributing swords. That's no basis for a system of government.

 

In the meantime, though, we've got unfinished business with Core Set 2020. Kethis, the Hidden Hand had a surprising breakout late in the Standard season, anchoring a slick combo deck full of powerful legendaries. Modern has even more enticing options, but can this bizarre strategy withstand the transition to the lightning-fast eternal format? Or should Kethis be reimagined as the centerpiece of a midrange build? The crew has some ideas, so let's discuss!

 

Flashback: Kiora and Niv-Mizzet

 

Ramp-less Niv-Mizzet (cavedan): Top 8 SCG IQ

 

Ramp-less Niv-Mizzet (Ihavethefire): 12-0 Modern Playoffs

 

Kiora Dragons: 10-10 leagues

 

Kiora Eldrazi: 11-4 leagues

 

Bonus list: Cat Jesus Returns (sketch)

 

Throne of Eldraine Previews

 

Dave has eight spicy hot takes on exciting new contenders for Modern, and Damon and Dan are eager to prove him wrong. Plus, don't miss our in-depth written article on the most dangerous card in the set, Emry, Lurker of the Loch!

 

Stoneforge Fishstick: A Brewer's Guide to Emry, Lurker of the Loch

 

Bonus list: Emry Ascendancy (sketch)

 

Brew Session: Kethis, the Hidden Hand

 

Sketch #1: 4c Value Kethis
 
 
 
 
Sketch #3: Project Keth-eX
 
 
Reference lists:
 
Standard Kethis Combo (Ondrej Strasky)
 
 
Kethis "KCI" (Matt Nass, test deck)

 

Abzan Kethis Station (yooisa, test deck)

 

Kethis Erayo (anonymous, test deck)

 

Kethis Emry Combo (Sam Black, test deck)

 

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Three Challengers for the New Meta

Three Challengers for the New Meta

September 6, 2019

Faithless Brewing, Episode 19: Kiora, Niv-Mizzet, Kolaghan's Command

 

Faithless Looting is gone, and our beloved "non-rotating" format is in upheaval once again. Tournament results are trickling in, but in the Magic Online leagues, it's the Wild West: everyone has dusted off their midrange decks, hoping that strategies that have always fared poorly will finally get a chance to breathe in a graveyard-free Modern. It is a great time to be a brewer.

 

With seemingly endless possibilities to explore, this week the crew revisits some old favorites: Faithless Brews that were powerful before Modern Horizons, but couldn't keep up with the madness of Hogaak Summer. We discuss new builds of RG Kiora Dragons, Rainbow Niv-Mizzet, and old school Grixis Control. Are these old challengers ready to compete for the top tier of the new Modern? Let's discuss!

 

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Flashback: Stoneforge Mystic
 
 
UW Stoneblade (D00mswitch): 3-2 league
 
 
Jeskai QuellBlade: 2-3 league
 
 
Bant Devoted Blade (bobinchese): 4-1 league
 
 
Brew Session: New Takes on Old Favorites
 
 
Kiora's Dragons (post-Hogaak update)
 
 
Rainbow Niv-Mizzet (post-Hogaak update)
 
 
 
 
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