The MagicGatheringStrat Show, Ep. 25

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

If you missed us, join us Tuesday evening at 12 am Eastern for the the Live show!

http://www.twitch.tv/magicgatheringstrat/

Section 2: What is happening this week on the YouTube Channel

MagicGatheringStrat’s YouTube page

Saturday 8/29/2015 Sunday 8/30/2015 Monday 8/31/2015 Tuesday 9/1/2015 Wednesday 9/2/2015 Thursday 9/3/2015 Friday 9/4/2015
The Set Review Show with Vaultboyhunter Episode 2 Arabian Nights 2-man Cube Sealed Pauper Tortured Transmuter Limited Magic Origins Sealed Deck Standard Pauper Mono Black Exploit with Cruise vs Mono Red Aggro Pauper Esper Blink-ifacts vs Affinity Magic the Gathering Modern RG Tron vs Scapeshift
MTG Tiny Leaders Tetsuo Umezawa vs Anax and Cymede Exciting Announcements MTG Modern Project Grixis Version 3 Rise of the Eldrazi Draft – Binkabi Extended Pauper League Round 5: pierakor vs NewHJ PAUPER Jeskai Trinket Modern – Kaboom Bees
MTG Tiny Leaders Yasova Dragonclaw vs Chandra Pauper Brewers Cup Gauntlet R1 – All Deaths Welcome vs Elves Pauper Brewer’s Cup Gauntlet R1 Artificial Sweetener vs Rebels Pauper Brewer’s Cup Gauntlet R1 Eidolon and On vs Infect MTG Pauper Brewer’s Cup Gauntlet R1 Esper Blinkifacts vs Burn Pauper Brewer’s Cup Gauntlet R1 Little Heroic Boros vs Infect Pauper Brewer’s Cup Gauntlet R1 Tortured Transmuter vs Burn

Section 3: What you may have missed this week on the YouTube Channel

Dan plays some sealed deck magic:

Project Grixis Round 2! Help Ted make a strong deck on his weekly budget:

Community League #6, Extended Pauper: Top 8

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Check out the week one article for all the rules and stuff. It’s the final week, all bets are off as the top 8 play for glory and prizes.

League Prizes

MagicGatheringStrat is proud to list Cardhoarder as an official sponsor of all our events going forward. Cardhoarder has been serving the MTGO community since 2005, and with new ownership since 2014 has shown renewed vigor to improve the way they serve their customers and create innovation in the MTGO community.

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Thank you to Cardhoarder for sponsoring this event.
Buy MTGO singles at Cardhoarder.com or through their bot network.

The winner of this event will receive 35 bot credits from Cardhoarder.

Second place will receive 15 bot credits from Cardhoarder.

In addition, the best-ranking patron in the league will receive 10 tix. This will be in addition to any prizes already won by placing first or second in the event.

Format for Community League #7

Now that we’re in to the Top 8, it’s time to vote on the format for our next league. I will pick the top three formats and submit them to this event’s winner, who will be able to select the format for the next league event. Vote below.

Top 8 Pairings

Top 8 is a single-elimination bracket seeded based on your positions after 5 weeks of Swiss. There is a play-off spot for third place, which won’t make a difference, prize-wise, unless it’s for the patron reward.

We step up the pace for top 8 to try and close things out. Our goal is to have all matches completed by the beginning of next week, i.e. before September 7.

Report in comments per usual. I will update the Challonge and the site as we go so you can see your match-ups.

mgs-league6-top8

Good luck, have fun!

 

Monthly Tournaments Coming Soon: Vote Now

Thanks to our awesome patrons, we reached a new milestone goal and will begin offering monthly PRE tournaments with prize support. Weigh in below on what time and format you would like to see in a new, once-per-month player-run event.

Pauper Brewers Cup Update

Tuesday is usually Brewers Cup day, and I do have news to report, but no new article. Dan and I have yet to schedule our matches, though he has chosen to play the lists that won their respective brewing challenges, so I will be playing one of the runners-up against him.

I have started playing the lists for their first rounds in the JFF room, and they have mostly been doing quite well. Every list gets a free match loss in week one, so even if a list loses, they will all proceed to week two. After that a match loss will DQ them. As expected, plenty of early concessions in the JFF room, but that is (unfortunately) the nature of the beast. A win is a win, as far as this event goes, because I don’t have time to make sure I get a “good” match in for it to count.

I got in seven matches so far this week, and will sneak in the eighth at some point. Expect to see those videos start popping up on the YouTube channel next week.

Sagan of Isfolket-podden 1 Trollbunden

Välkomna till Isfolketpodden! Här ska vi ta oss an hela sagan, ett avsnitt per bok!

I första avsnittet tar sig Dan och Anna en titt på den första boken, Trollbunden. Här följer de 16-åriga (17-åriga?) Siljes färd genom ett pestdrabbat Trondheim.
En smula likbål, en excentrisk målare och lite sexdrömmar – Vad kan gå fel?

Dan @danhorning         Anna @annaceras

Isfolketforumet: http://shailina.se/Isfolket/

Berätta vad du tycker om (och betygsätt) Trollbunden här :   http://shailina.se/Isfolket/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=295

Anna blogg: http://setsunaceras.blogspot.se/

Fan of History the podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/fan-of-history/id958058555?mt=2

Game of Thrones Chat the podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/game-of-thrones-chat/id972440953?mt=2 

The MagicGatheringStrat Show, Ep. 24

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

If you missed us, join us Tuesday evening at 12 am Eastern for the the Live show!

http://www.twitch.tv/magicgatheringstrat/

Section 2: What you may have missed

Next week starts my debut as the content manager for the site. So lets celebrate by looking back at the last week of the old regime… Hopefully I don’t burn the place down.

New Creator Showcase:

Ted shows us his take on a Grixis Deck:

New week to week project where Ted starts from a budget deck then upgrades it slowly to Tier 1.
Join in with your input on how he should spend HIS money!

Brewer savant Tobias shows us what looking back at old mechanics and bring:

Binkabi lets us know that he can sling a mean card in limited as well:

YouTube: MagicGatheringStrat 2

For those who don’t know yet, this channel is our secondary channel. Where we put experimental and new video makers. We want to grow this site like we have grown our main channel.

Subscribe to MagicGatheringStrat2

Please head over there and subscribe. We will be putting up a lot of content there in the near future and if you are a binge watching YouTube fan, this will be a great place to belly up to the all your can view buffet.

Twitch: MagicGatheringStrat

Watch Farf take all the turns!

temporal-mastery

Pierakor shows us how Tron can be blue:

Repeal

Community League #6, Extended Pauper: Week 5

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Check out the week one article for all the rules and stuff. Also a quick reminder that I won’t send any more “bulk” emails until Top 8. Check back on the site every week, or follow us on social media for updates. Pairings will go up Friday mornings PST.

League Prizes

MagicGatheringStrat is proud to list Cardhoarder as an official sponsor of all our events going forward. Cardhoarder has been serving the MTGO community since 2005, and with new ownership since 2014 has shown renewed vigor to improve the way they serve their customers and create innovation in the MTGO community.

cardhoarder-logo
Thank you to Cardhoarder for sponsoring this event.
Buy MTGO singles at Cardhoarder.com or through their bot network.

We are happy to welcome additional sponsors or donations to the prize pool. If you’re interested, please get in touch.

Week Five Pairings

This is the last week of swiss play. Next week we will cut to top 8. Intentional draws are allowed if both parties agree, just let me know in an email. Please remember to email your opponent early and often, and copy me on those emails if you’re not getting a response. With further ado, here are your pairings this week. Good luck, have fun! If you have any questions, get in touch.

Hetfield881 gets a BYE this week.

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Greece in the early 9th Century BC (Fan of History podcast episode 19)

The Greeks will take center stage in our narrative in the future, but what are they up to in the days of Ashurnasirpal II?

Brennon and Dan have a look at the Greek world in the early 9th Century BC, before colonies, before the
Olympiad and long before some Roman decided to name the proud Hellenes “Greeks”

Please consider supporting the Fan of History on Patreon here: http://www.patreon.com/fanofhistory

Check out the YouTube channel here: (History of Assyria 3000-1000 BC): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28o-28fc-t8

World Map: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NlVs2ndVpA

A music video tribute to Ashurnasirpal II, king of Assyria: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dof6PuYsNr0

Contact information:

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuIXoVRYAX2KyMBtqq7JGxQ (Fan of History)
facebook.com/fanofhistory
twitter.com/thefanofhistory
web: thefanofhistory.wordpress.com
itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/fan-of-history/id958058555?mt=2
patreon: http://www.patreon.com/fanofhistory

Music: “Tudor Theme” by urmymuse.

Used here under a commercial Creative Commons license. Find out more at http://ccmixter.org/files/urmymuse/40020
Support the Fan of History on Patreon here: http://www.patreon.com/fanofhistory

 

The Pauper Brewer’s Cup, Week 10: Ready the Gauntlet

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This week we get to see our final winning list and lay out the rules for the upcoming Gauntlet. As always, a big thanks to our good friends at Cardhoarder who are sponsoring the event with 50 store credits, so there will definitely be some prizes on the line.

The Pauper Brewer’s Cup

Here are some rules and stuff.

  1. Every week, I will offer some kind of constraint or challenge to our readers.
  2. Submit a fun, innovative, or powerful brew built around those constraints.
  3. Your submission must be legal for Pauper in Magic Online. Guidelines are here.
  4. I will select three lists out of your submissions, and you will get to vote for that week’s winner.
  5. After 8 weeks we will have 8 innovative brews, and they will enter the gauntlet portion of the Brewer’s Cup.
  6. Whoever owns (submitted) the deck that wins this gauntlet will be endowed with fabulous riches (to be determined) and great esteem.

If any of that doesn’t make sense, ask for clarifications in the comments. The idea is that we should have fun sharing ideas and brewing, maybe discover some new, powerful decks, and in general support and promote the format we love the most, Pauper.

So, rules and stuff aside, let’s get down to business.

Week Eight Winner

Even though we didn’t have a new challenge this week we still got a respectable number of votes, so thank you to everyone who took the time to weigh in. It figures that on the very last week we would have a tie for first place. Shnuffles and RRemedio both came in at 13 votes. It was a really tough choice, but I picked RRemedio’s list as the winner, partially because I think he has submitted something every single week, and partially because of Heltoupee’s praise for the list in the comments.

So, in our closest finish yet, RRemedio edges a list into the Gauntlet with his Tortured Transmuter toolbox list. Congratulations, Roberto!

And the eight lists moving into the gauntlet are …

Here are our finalists which will move into the gauntlet portion of the cup.

W1 – Cavern Harpy: Eidolon and On by TomScud

W2 – Blades of Alara: Esper Blink-ifacts by Brick

W3 – One Drops: Little Heroic Boros by Heltoupee

W4 – Distant Melody: Distant Spirits by GreaterGerardon

W5 – Extended Pauper: All Deaths Welcome by ModernFever

W6 – Tron: Artificial Sweetener by Icepick23

W7 – Combo: UW Manifest by honkbonkington

W8 – Toolbox: Tortured Transmuter by RRemedio

Gauntlet Rules

This is the proposed format for the gauntlet. If you have any smashing ideas, please share them in the comments below.

Gauntlet lists will earn points by competing in two challenges.

Challenge #1: Dan will pick one of the top three lists for a given challenge, he may pick the winning list or one of the runners-up. After Dan makes his choice, I will either pick up the winning list (if Dan did not) or one of the runners-up lists (if Dan picked the winning list to play with). Dan and I will pit these lists against each other in one match. The Gauntlet list will earn 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 points for a loss.

Challenge #2: I will play each Gauntlet list in the JFF room. Each list will go until it loses a match, and will gain 1 point for every match it wins.

At this point, two lists will move into a third and final challenge.

Challenge #3: The grand finale. The two lists with the most points will enter a final grudge match, one against the other, again played by Dan and me. Dan can choose his list, I will play the other, and we play out the best of 3 matches. First list to win 2 matches will win the cup.

I’m not entirely sure yet what kind of schedule Dan and I will be able to arrange, but I will continue to post every Tuesday with updates, and there will be videos aplenty in the articles and on the YouTube channel. I will note that I have purposefully not played any of the Gauntlet lists, yet, because I wanted to make sure none got an unfair advantage of practice.

Monthly Tournaments

This event will very likely continue for another month or more, as Dan and I find time to play against each other. In the meantime, because of our awesome patrons, we are going to start hosting monthly PRE tournaments. The big questions are these: when should the tournaments take place? what format should they be in?

Weigh in below:

A big thanks to everyone who has participated in the event so far. You guys are awesome and I really appreciate the fun brews and interactive comments we’ve had here on the site.

Last but not least, if you like this challenge or any of our other content, please consider supporting us via our Patreon.

Thanks!

/bava

 

The MagicGatheringStrat Show, Ep. 23

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

If you missed us, join us Tuesday evening at 12 am Eastern for the the Live show!

http://www.twitch.tv/magicgatheringstrat/

Section 2: What you may have missed

As we announced in the show, I have taken the mantel of Content Manager for the YouTube channel. With that brings a whole host of new responsibilities. Unfortunately it take a lot more of my time.
With that said, I am going to transform this article to more representative of that new role. Here is where I will show case what MagicGatheringStrat does on its various channels

So lets get into it!

YouTube: MagicGatheringStrat

Sam finished up his 7 part series for his Modern Silver Black Cube:

New Creator Showcase:
EternalGamePlayer is a newcomer to our site but he brings a powerful and popular deck. He is new and not all the recording kinks have been worked out. Despite that, I recommend watching this powerful new deck:

Quite a bit of controversy was stirred up over this week’s League match between Pierakor and Tazerdadog. What are your thoughts?

And fan favorite Binkabi shows off his latest crazy creation “Modern Tempo Thieves”:

YouTube: MagicGatheringStrat 2

For those who don’t know yet, this channel is our secondary channel. Where we put experimental and new video makers. We want to grow this site like we have grown our main channel.

Dan put in a lot of work trying to learn the format with a full battery of 4 man drafts:

Magic Origins 4 player draft UB Control vs Avaricious Dragon

Magic Origins 4 player draft Sigil of the Empty Throne

Magic Origins 4 player draft Disciple of the Ring

Magic Origins 4 player draft Shadows of the Past

Twitch: MagicGatheringStrat

Did you know you can watch full length pat broadcasts in Twitch?

http://www.twitch.tv/magicgatheringstrat/profile/past_broadcasts

Pierakor plays a game I have never seen before, XMage! It is a MTGO clone:

xmage'

If you like Mono Blue Tron, this this is a show for you:

monoutron

Community League #6, Extended Pauper: Week 4

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Check out the week one article for all the rules and stuff. Also a quick reminder that I won’t send any more “bulk” emails until Top 8. Check back on the site every week, or follow us on social media for updates. Pairings will go up Friday mornings PST.

League Prizes

MagicGatheringStrat is proud to list Cardhoarder as an official sponsor of all our events going forward. Cardhoarder has been serving the MTGO community since 2005, and with new ownership since 2014 has shown renewed vigor to improve the way they serve their customers and create innovation in the MTGO community.

cardhoarder-logo
Thank you to Cardhoarder for sponsoring this event.
Buy MTGO singles at Cardhoarder.com or through their bot network.

We are happy to welcome additional sponsors or donations to the prize pool. If you’re interested, please get in touch.

Week Four Pairings

With further ado, here they are. Good luck, have fun! If you have any questions, get in touch.

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Mid-Week Pauper Meta Report: Return to the End

About this article: This is a weekly report on the online pauper meta. The data it uses are from last week Wednesday to this past Wednesday. It looks at the data that I collect from a selection of dailies. I watch the replays on MTGO to figure out how each person did, not just the 3-1s and 4-0s that Wizards publishes. This allows us to see the whole iceberg and figure out how well each deck did in total. Now, this data is just for this week and just from this data, so it does ignore the other 3-1/4-0 results which means it is not perfect. Additionally, the conclusions in this article are just based on this week, and as the meta is fluid, the top decks shift. This is intended to see what decks are performing well this week and is not necessarily a reflection of the deck’s overall strength.

This article uses data from the 8-1 evening (using this one in order to increase the sample size as I have not look at the data for a few weeks in order to catch up), 8-9 evening, and the 8-11 dailies.

Since I last wrote, Magic Origins has been released and it appears to have not had a very significant effect on the format. The card that looked the best was [c]Aerial Volley[/c], but it has not been utilized that much so far, which is interesting as Delver is dominating the format. I certainly look for it to start making more appearances in the upcoming future. The main card that has showed up is [c]Faerie Miscreant[/c] in a small amount of Delver decks. Now Delver is already the best deck in the format, and the most popular, as evidenced by the graphs below.


As seen, Delver has by far the most decks, and it is doing well with those entries. If you want to win in today’s metagame, you have to beat Delver. This is presumably one of the reasons why MBC had a decent week as it has a strong matchup versus Delver. In addition, Stompy had a fantastic week and that was also in part to its strong matchup versus Delver. Delver can change to be a bit more creature heavy, with the addition of a card mentioned earlier, [c]Faerie Miscreant[/c]. The card allows the deck to have more cantrips and turns [c]Spellstutter Sprite[/c] into a much less conditional counter, all while pecking away in the air.

[d title=”Delver by Brivenix”]
Creature
2 Spire Golem
4 Cloud of Faeries
4 Spellstutter Sprite
4 Ninja of the Deep Hours
4 Faerie Miscreant
4 Delver of Secrets

Instant
2 Snap
2 Gush
4 Counterspell
2 Vapor Snag
2 Mutagenic Growth

Sorcery
4 Ponder
4 Preordain
2 Gitaxian Probe

Land
16 Island

Sideboard
2 Serrated Arrows
3 Stormbound Geist
3 Coral Net
2 Dispel
2 Annul
1 Steel Sabotage
2 Hydroblast [/d]

This version relies more on the counter potential of Spellstutter and it allows for a much quicker gameplan with more aggressive starts. In addition, it is able to buy it back with [c]Vapor Snag[/c] and [c]Snap[/c] for more counters. This version of the deck is still not the most popular, although it is new, but it does look to be promising enough to be worthy of consideration. When Delver needs to shift to be more aggressive, this is one way the deck can do it. On the other hand, it gives up a lot of late game power without the full set of [c]Spire Golem[/c] and no additional counters past [c]Counterspell[/c]/Spellstutter Sprite. Interesting deck to watch develop.

In terms of the future, I’m not sure how often I’ll be able to get to the dailies and how much will be released by Wizards (if any data at all), so that all remains to be seen. The era of the dailies are over for now though, and I’m sure Pauper will be fine moving on.

Enjoy, and thanks for reading! –Najay1

Winners

1. Delver – Stats: 18.06% Prominence; 46.34% Cash Rate; 56.20% Win Rate. Before leaving, Delver was running the show as the best deck. It has only grown more dominant. Even though I would say Stompy had the better results, Delver was able to do it with about 3 times the pilots! Even as public enemy number 1, Delver was still running over the competition. The main thing that needs to happen is that you need to be ready to face, and beat, Delver. The deck doesn’t look to be going anywhere. Very strong deck.

2. Stompy – Stats: 6.61% Prominence; 46.67% Cash Rate; 60.38% Win Rate. This is the deck with some of the best hate to the deck above. Not only that, it didn’t have a bad matchup against Delver to start with. Not only all of that, but it also has a great matchup with the deck below. Overall, the deck is just very strong against some of the other top contenders in the field and is able to do quite well especially at the top tables. This is certainly a deck I would look to as a strong contender and one that could gain the most coming out of Origins.

3. Esper Fae Combo – Stats: 5.29% Prominence; 41.67% Cash Rate; 58.54% Win Rate. Even though Delver is the most popular deck in the format, this is the deck generally gets a lot of buzz. Part of that is that it is not an easy deck to just beat with silver bullet cards, but it not a very popular deck and you do not see it too often when testing in the tournament practice room. Despite all of that, the way to beat the deck is simple, be faster than them. Simple as that. Yet, for many decks that isn’t possible to sideboard into. This deck still looks like a strong choice with enough practice, but it probably will not gain too many followers.

Losers

1. Burn – Stats: 4.85% Prominence; 9.09% Cash Rate; 44.74% Win Rate. This deck has not done too well for a while. Still it gets a decent amount of play, although it did not hit 5% this week and I would not be surprised to see the deck drop even further. Quite simply it is a metagame deck for when it has strong matchups versus the top decks, and that is not currently the case. Not sold on this deck at all right now.

2. UB Angler – Stats: 8.81% Prominence; 15.00% Cash Rate; 38.33% Win Rate. One of the more interesting decks as of late, it has been a lot more turbulent than some other decks. I think people are really attracted to playing the deck because the like the style and how different the deck is from many others. Despite all of that, it has not put up the best results in a while. I would be surprised to see this deck really break out any time soon, yet it is still one to look at as people mess with the deck.

3. UR Fiend – Stats: 7.49% Prominence; 17.65% Cash Rate; 48.28% Win Rate. I think this was mainly a bad deck for UR Fiend. The deck put up a decent win rate, about average, but it was not able to put up too many decks into the winners circle. Luckily, as the dailies change to 3 rounds, I would expect it to have to face less strong competition at the top which could mean that it is able to put up more top results.

Deck to Watch For

RW Rebels – This is a deck that has floated around for a while. It really popped up as a meta deck to counter the influx of Burn, but now it has established itself as a strong way to get things on the battlefield around counters. Luckily, counters are in right now with so much Delver and this deck could see another strong wave of success. As a toolbox, it can also adjust a bit more than other decks to changes in the meta. Really interesting deck right now.

Brew of the Week

Temur Freed Combo – This is a very different type of combo deck that I really didn’t give too much credit to at the start. These types of decks have been around for a while and they have never really gained any traction. This one has not only been more successful, but it has done it a decent amount of times to be considered legitimate. I am definitely looking for more people to be pick up this deck in the near future.

Data

PCT Results – The PCT is a weekly tournament hosted on Gatherling.com by LongTimeGone. It occurs Tuesday at 8 pm est.

Trust Me: Trusted Advisor In Modern

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by Lev Novak

Let’s talk about an under-used, potentially broken Modern-legal uncommon.

No, not [c]Sky Hussar[/c] although there’s some synergy there. No, I’m talking about [c]Trusted Advisor[/c]

[c]Trusted Advisor[/c] is an odd card at first glance It’s a 1/2 for U, back when anything above a 1/1 was slapped with a drawback. But today, we’re exploiting that drawback.

Magic: Origins has provided a tremendous boost to [c]Trusted Advisor[/c] by offering two crucial cogs in [c]Harbringer Of The Tides[/c] and [c]Faerie Miscreant[/c].

[c]Harbringer Of The Tides[/c] gives us a strong, recurring tempo play and [c]Faerie Miscreant[/c] gives us an extra boost for running faeries, like [c]Spellstutter Sprite[/c] and [c]Vendilion Clique[/c]. It’s also an extra faerie for [c]Mistbind Clique[/c] which, coincidentally, forms a lock with [c]Trusted Advisor[/c].

[c]Aether Vial[/c] is going to flash in those engines for free when we return them with the Advisor.

Huh. Now we’re getting somewhere.

Let’s take a look at the whole picture before we talk about any more of the individual cards.

[d title=”Trust Me (Modern)”]
Lands
11 Island
1 Plains
4 Flooded Strand
1 Polluted Delta
3 Seachrome Coast
2 Hallowed Fountain

Creatures
4 Faerie Miscreant
4 Harbinger Of The Tides
2 Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
1 Master of Waves
2 Meddling Mage
4 Mistbind Clique
1 Restoration Angel
4 Sage of Epityr
4 Spellstutter Sprite
4 Trusted Advisor
2 Vendillion Clique
2 Voidmage Prodigy

Artifacts
4 Aether Vial

Sideboard
2 Meddling Mage
3 Rest In Peace
2 Hurkyl’s Recall
2 Spellskite
2 Echoing Truth
2 Ephara, God Of The Polis
2 Pestermite [/d]

[c]Trusted Advisor[/c] is the engine of the deck, but every card here has seen at least some Modern play. No card here is jank, which is part of the deck’s appeal. If an opponent is burning out your [c]Trusted Advisor[/c] every game, you still have a potentially strong tempo game with fliers, beaters, and efficient disruption that comes packed on creatures.

Your ideal turn one play is an [c]Aether Vial[/c], followed by a [c]Sage of Epityr[/c] or a [c]Faerie Miscreant[/c] if you’re holding a [c]Spellstutter Sprite[/c]. Once you set up the engine, drop your two-drop: either a [c]Meddling Mage[/c] to act as a pre-emptive [c]Remand[/c], a [c]Harbinger Of the Tides[/c] to fight off tempo or a [c]Spellstutter Sprite[/c]. Then, drop a [c]Trusted Advisor[/c]. You can recycle all your triggers all game. And if your advisor eats removal, guess what? Your efficient troops can do their job.

You win by pecking at them in the air after an attrition game with Harbinger bounce and Spellstutter counters, or by a lock with [/c]Mistbind Clique[/c] or [c]Spellstutter Sprite[/c] off your [c]Trusted Advisor[/c]. Remember that digging for that combo with a combination of [c]Sage of Epityr[/c], fetch lands, and [c]Trusted Advisor[/c] works nicely.

Sideboarding should speak for itself, though it’s flexible for your taste. [c]Meddling Mage[/c] is a pet favorite of mine in this deck, though. You can reset it with [c]Trusted Advisor[/c] and it works great at both blocking and drawing removal. [c]Pestermite[/c] is more of a budget replacement. [c]Ephara, God Of The Polis[/c], meanwhile, is a brutal and immovable piece in attrition wars and a secondary win condition.

[c]Sky Hussar[/c] may also be a card used for those fans of absurd, abusive value-decks.

Happy playing!