I don’t know what it is about some decks I play, but some of them just leave me with so many fond memories and good feelings that they just stay with me. Many of these decks do overtly powerful or synergistic things, and some of them have a lot of myself put into the development of them. This Tribal Flames deck is one of the ones in the first category. Since I first saw this deck being played by the Peach Garden Oath in GP Toronto 2012, I knew that I would be playing it at some point. The banning of Bloodbraid Elf was a big hit to this deck, but we got some solid tools to fight Twin and Control decks in RTR block, which brought it to back to life. I have been playing this list on paper for some time now along side fellow podcaster and past stream guest, Jason Clark (@RealEvilGenius) and once Phil Samms suggested Chandra, Pyromaster instead of Elspeth, Knight-Errant in our list last week, I knew that I was running this back to try it. Jason messaging me mid week pumping the power of this card in our deck didn’t hurt either.
Here’s the list:
No changes other than Chandra this week. Going forward though, I would certainly cut the Misty Rainforest for a Scalding Tarn, and I think that the mana base is a land off. I often feel like I want either a Hallowed Fountain (which can be found with any of my fetchlands), or an Overgrown Tomb (which is only searchable by one fetchland currently). I often want blue earlier than turn 3, and being able to leave up one land instead of 2 different ones to threaten Deathrite Shaman makes me happier from a mana conservation stance. It is entirely possible though, that Phil is also right that the Voice of Resurgences should become Thoughtseize, as they would increase our resilience against random decks that we otherwise cannot interact with.
Here is the Stream
So what did we learn this week?
Simply put by someone in the chat, this deck does really well against the established field of decks, and folds to most tier 2 or less decks. I certainly felt like I was just unprepared. That said, how many times would you expect to face the following decks in 4 rounds of play:
Enduring Ideal Combo
Mono Black Infect
Quite a departure from last week’s gauntlet. All hail the glory of the 2 man queues.
As we saw in our Obliterator Jund match, there were a number of decisions which I made poorly which cost us the game. One of the things that you need to be aware of with this deck, is when to ignore the board and look for the dome. This seems intuitive most of the time, but there are those instances where the decision should be made much earlier than you’d suspect, and failure to recognize it can cost you the game quickly. I definitely recommend that you put in the practice with this deck, as it’s not often as straight forward as you’d like it to be.
I’m looking forward to the Banned and Restricted Announcement releasing on Monday (today) and I’m hoping that we see some selective unbannings before any major bans from the current pool. LSV has stated on Paul Cheon’s stream this week that he’s about 90% sure that they will be banning Deathrite Shaman, and 60% on Birthing Pod getting the axe, with nothing being unbanned. Personally, I really hope that this is not the case. I agree that there are some very powerful decks which revolve around Birthing Pod as a combo enabler, as the event records will show. I fail to see however, how Deathrite Shaman is a more oppressive card to the growth of the format than even Pod. I hated Faeries as much as every other non-Faeries player during Lorwyn Standard/Extended seasons, but I think that it’s time to bring back Bitterblossom. BW Tokens is a fringe Tier 1.5/2 deck right now that could easily see a lift with Bitterblossom, let alone the return of Faeries as a strategy. We have Abrupt Decay, and a bunch of other good answers to the card which we didn’t have before, so I think it’s time to start loosening the reins a bit. There have been so many bans, many of which have been met with severe displeasure from the community, but the one unbanning that occurred (Valakut, The Molten Pinnacle) seemed to be met with wide open arms. It could just be that we feel better when we are given something back, and badly when something is taken away from us though, so let’s see what happens. Although Modern is a healthy format right now, many of the Professional community are begging for some room for innovation. Let’s see what WOTC has in store for us.
I want to thank all of you that tuned in last week. I had a blast, and all 350+ of you are sincerely appreciated. Congrats to Astronaut898 for his super sweet win of the Elesh Norn alter. Get at me with your address.
Look forward to tonight folks. Working on something sweet for you. See you tonight.
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