Saturday Sep 28, 2019

Eldraine Top Ten + Five Ways to Break Emry

Throne of Eldraine, Episode 1: 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!



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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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