Modern Storm for SCG Columbus

LIST

modern storm 1-4-19

CHANGES

In the main deck Ive made a single change in that the third Electromancer has been cut to put the second Remand back in. This is mainly due to the slowing down of the format by the resurgence of Shadow and control deck and decline of Spirits and Humans. Getting flooded on bears is a way to lose many of the slower matchups so going back down to 6 has been great. Also, the addition of the Remand over a piece of creature interaction was chosen due to its flexibility against slower matchups and strength against KCI.

In the Sideboard there is also a single change in that the Gigadrowse has been cut for a Negate.  The Gigadrowse hasn’t been bad but it has only been performing in the control matchups and I would like something less narrow. I used to bring the Gigadrowse against Spirits but have been leaning more on Empty the Warrens.  This lead to Negate since I wanted a counter spell for combo, Prison in addition to Spell Pierce while also giving something to bring in against control. Plus this gives us some percentage points against big mana decks too.

MATCHUPS

Humans

In: 2 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Dismember, 1 Flame Slash

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 2 Remand, 1 Empty the Warrens

Burn

In: 2 Lightning Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Flame Slash, 1 Spell Pierce

Out: 3 Sleight of Hand, 2 Remand, 1 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Repeal

Hollow One

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Flame Slash

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 2 Remand, 2 Sleight of Hand, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Repeal

Infect

In: 2 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade, 1 Dismember, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Spell Pierce

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 2 Remand, 1 Empty the Warrens

Bridgevine

In:  3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 3 gifts Ungiven, 2 Remand, 1 Past in Flames

Titan Shift

In: 1 Wipe Away, 1 Echoing Truth.

Out: 2 Sleight of Hand

Affinity

In: 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Dismember

Out: 3 Sleight of Hand, 2 Remand

KCI

In: 2 Abrade, 1 Spell Pierce, 1 Negate

Out: 1 Empty the Warrens, 2 Sleight of Hand, 1 Repeal

Dredge

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Spell Pierce

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Remand, 2 Sleight of Hand

Storm

In: 1 Lighting Bolt, 1 Dismember, 1 Spell Pierce, 1 Negate

Out: 1 Empty the Warrens, 2 Sleight of Hand, 1 Repeal

Living End

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Spell Pierce, 1 Negate

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 2 Sleight of Hand

BOGLES

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 2 Remand, 1 Sleight of Hand

Tron

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Sleight of Hand, 1 Repeal

Ponza

In: 2 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Flame Slash

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Empty the Warrens, 1 Remand

UR Wizards

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle,  2 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Spell Pierce

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 2 Remand, 1 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Repeal

Bant Spirits

In: 1 Dismember, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 2 Pieces of the Puzzle, 1 Flame Slash, 1 Empty the Warrens

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 2 Remand, 2 Sleight of Hand

Jund

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 2 Abrade

Out: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 2 Remand, 2 Baral, Chief of Compliance, 1 Past in Flames

Mardu

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 4 Baral, Chief of Compliance, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past in Flames

Grixis Death’s Shadow

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Dismember, 1 Negate, 1 Spell Pierce

Out:  4 Gifts Ungiven, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Baral, Chief of Compliance, 1 Past in Flames, 2 Remand, 1 Repeal

UW Control

In:  3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Negate,  1 Wipe Away

Out: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Unsubstantiate, 1 Pyretic Ritual

Jeskai Control

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Negate, 1 Spell Pierce, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Baral, Chief of Compliance, 1 Past in Flames

HARDENED SCALES AFFINITY

In: 1 Wipe Away, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 2 Lightning Bolt, 1 Dismember, 2 Pieces of the Puzzle

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 2 Remand, 2 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames

Amulet Titan

In: 1 Wipe Away, 2 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 2 Pieces of the Puzzle

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Empty the Warrens, 1 Repeal, 1 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames

Blue Moon

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Negate,

Out: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Unsubstantiate, 1 Baral, Chief of Compliance

Izzet Phoenix

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Spell Pierce, 1 Dismember, 1 Flame Slash

Out: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Repeal, 1 Sleight of Hand, 2 Remand, 1 Goblin Electromancer

Counters Company

In: 2 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade, 1 Dismember, 1 Flame Slash, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Repeal, 1 Empty the Warrens, 2 Remand

Dimir Mill

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Lightning Bolt, 1 Empty the Warrens, 1 Spell Pierce, 1 Negate

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Unsubstantiate, 1 Remand, 1 Serum Visions

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Modern Storm for SCG Baltimore

LIST

Modern Storm 11-28-18

CHANGES

In the maindeck things have stayed almost the same as in my previous update. The only difference is putting Repeal back into the deck over a Remand. The reasoning for this is the continued meta shift to fast and non interactive matchups where the Remand effect isn’t always good. Also the amount of maindeck graveyard hate is still on the rise and this gives us another piece of creature interaction and the ability to have 3 bounce spells postboard for gifts packages.

In the Sideboard there has been somewhat of a large change as the Ignite Memories has been replaced with a Gigadrowse, a lightning bolt with a Flame Slash, and a Pieces of the Puzzle with a Spell Pierce. While initially a hedge against Surgical, and very fun to cast, Ignite Memories wasn’t consistently good enough. Without Ignite I would still want to have a card for blue based control that could also overlap with spirits, thus I came back to Gigadrowse. As for the Flame Slash, Bolt going to the face is less of a concern in this fast meta and 4 damage is critical against spirits. Plus the different name is a nice bonus against humans. The removal of a Pieces of the Puzzle was mainly due to not feeling the need for it again due to the strength of Empty the Warrens in the meta and the want for a piece of spell based interaction. I am running a Spell Pierce in this slot due to only costing 1 mana so it can still be live in the draws where we miss on a turn 2 bear when racing combo and cantrip, while also being about the same as Negate when a Bear is out due to the speed of such matchups. This could easily change to Negate if the format slows down though due to not needing to have the counter up as early as possible.

MATCHUPS

Humans

In: 2 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Dismember, 1 Flame Slash

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand, 1 Empty the Warrens, 1 Repeal

Burn

In: 2 Lightning Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Flame Slash

Out: 3 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand, 1 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Repeal

Hollow One

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Flame Slash

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Remand, 2 Sleight of Hand, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Repeal

Infect

In: 2 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade, 1 Dismember, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Spell Pierce

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand, 1 Empty the Warrens, 1 Goblin Electromancer

Bridgevine

In:  3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 3 gifts Ungiven, 1 Remand, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Repeal

Titan Shift

In: 1 Wipe Away, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Abrade

Out: 1 Empty the Warrens, 2 Sleight of Hand

Affinity

In: 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Dismember

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand

KCI

In: 2 Abrade, 1 Spell Pierce

Out: 1 Empty the Warrens, 1 Sleight of Hand, 1 Repeal

Dredge

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Spell Pierce

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Remand, 2 Sleight of Hand

Storm

In: 2 Lighting Bolt, 1 Dismember, 1 Spell Pierce

Out: 1 Empty the Warrens, 2 Sleight of Hand, 1 Repeal

Living End

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Spell Pierce

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Sleight of Hand

BOGLES

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Remand, 1 Sleight of Hand, 1 Past in Flames

Tron

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 1 Spell Pierce, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Sleight of Hand, 1 Repeal

Ponza

In: 2 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Flame Slash

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Empty the Warrens, 1 Remand

UR Wizards

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle,  2 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Spell Pierce

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Remand, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Repeal

Bant Spirits

In: 1 Dismember, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 2 Pieces of the Puzzle, 1 Flame Slash, 1 Gigadrowse

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Remand, 3 Sleight of Hand

Jund

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 2 Abrade

Out: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 3 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Remand, 2 Baral, Chief of Compliance, 1 Past in Flames

Mardu

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 2 Abrade

Out: 3 Gifts ungiven, 2 Baral, Chief of Compliance, 3 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past in Flames

Grixis Death’s Shadow

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Dismember, 1 Spell Pierce

Out:  4 Gifts Ungiven, 3 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Remand, 1 Repeal

UW Control

In:  3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Gigadrowse, 1 Spell Pierce,  1 Wipe Away

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Unsubstantiate, 1 Pyretic Ritual

Jeskai Control

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Gigadrowse, 1 Spell Pierce, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 3 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Baral,Chief of Compliance, 1 Past in Flames

HARDENED SCALES AFFINITY

In: 1 Wipe Away, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 2 Lightning Bolt, 1 Dismember, 2 Pieces of the Puzzle

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand, 2 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past in Flames

Amulet Titan

In: 1 Wipe Away, 2 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Empty the Warrens, 1 Repeal

Blue Moon

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Ignite Memories

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 3 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Unsubstantiate, 1 Baral, Chief of Compliance

Izzet Phoenix

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Spell Pierce

Out: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Repeal, 1 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand

Counters Company

In: 2 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade, 1 Dismember, 1 Flame Slash, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Repeal, 1 Empty the Warrens, 1 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Remand

Modern Storm post GP Atlanta

LIST

Modern Storm 11:7:18

CHANGES

First I will cover the main deck changes to the list. In my last post the reintroduction of the 7th bear was due to the speeding up of modern, a lot of which is due to the resurgence and format response to Creeping Chill Dredge. Now though the format has continued down the speeding up path so that we need to be prepared to race while also being able to handle the “big mana” decks that prey on dredge. In addition to this we now have to consider more main deck graveyard hate, such as Relic and Ooze. This lead me to also make the changes of cutting a card that I have championed for a while, Noxious Revival. Now Noxious is an amazing card for Gifts piles and enabling “bearless” combo turns but in the current environment we don’t always have easy access to our graveyard game one and don’t have as many of the slower matchups where a gifts plus bearless kill is typical. Also the matchups where our “5 mana gifts lines’ come up most often, such as humans, are on the decline. In its place I have added a second Remand. This is to help with the influx of big mana decks and to help up the frequency of “double” Grapeshot combos in the face of graveyard hate, as we are now down to two.

This leads to the other change in the main deck that is a copy of Empty the Warrens over the third Grapeshot. I have long been an advocate of not running Empty main but now the meta game has shifted to a place where it is usually a good card and it helps in the face of the increased main deck graveyard hate. Plus it gives us a similar “out” to what Repeal did for some main deck hate pieces.

In the sideboard I have taken out the Thing in the Ice in favor of a Dismember and an Ignite Memories. The Dismember is mainly there for Spirits, since their creatures get out of Bolt range and it gets through Selfless Spirit, while also helping in other creature matchups. The Ignite Memories is a hedge against Surgical Extraction being everywhere. It comes in mainly against blue control, dredge, spirits, tron. Ignite has been ok and while it is very fun to cast I will be testing other options in this slot going forward. The first place I would start is with trying a Gigadrowse over it.

MATCHUPS

Humans

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Dismember

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 2 Remand, 1 Empty the Warrens

Burn

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 3 Sleight of Hand, 2 Remand, 1 Gifts Ungiven

Hollow One

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 3 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 2 Remand, 3 Sleight of Hand, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Goblin Electromancer

Infect

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade, 1 Dismember, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 2 Remand, 1 Empty the Warrens

Bridgevine

In:  4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 3 gifts Ungiven, 2 Remand, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Sleight of Hand

Titan Shift

In: 1 Wipe Away, 1 Echoing Truth,1 Abrade

Out: 1 Empty the Warrens, 2 Sleight of Hand

Affinity

In: 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Dismember

Out: 3 Sleight of Hand, 2 Remand

KCI

In: 2 Abrade

Out: 1 Empty the Warrens, 1 Sleight of Hand

Dredge

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Ignite Memories

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Remand, 2 Sleight of Hand

Storm

In: 2 Lighting Bolt, 1 Dismember

Out: 1 Empty the Warrens, 2 Sleight of Hand

Living End

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Ignite Memories

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Empty the Warrens, 1 Sleight of Hand

BOGLES

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 2 Remand, 1 Sleight of Hand, 1 Past in Flames

Tron

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 1 Ignite Memories, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Empty the Warrens, 1 Past in Flames, 2 Sleight of Hand

Ponza

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 3 Sleight of Hand, 1 Empty the Warrens, 2 Remand

UR Wizards

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle,  3 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens,

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 2 Remand, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past in Flames

Bant Spirits

In: 1 Dismember, 1 Wipe Away, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 1 Ignite Memories

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 2 Remand, 3 Sleight of Hand, 1 Empty the Warrens

Jund

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 3 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 2 Abrade

Out: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 3 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Remand, 4 Baral, Chief of Compliance, 1 Past in Flames

Mardu

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 3 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 2 Abrade

Out: 3 Gifts ungiven, 4 Baral, Chief of Compliance, 3 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past in Flames

Grixis Death’s Shadow

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 3 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Dismember

Out:  4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Baral,Chief of Compliance, 3 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past in Flames, 2 Remand

UW Control

In:  4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Ignite Memories, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Unsubstantiate, 1 Pyretic Ritual

Jeskai Control

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Ignite Memories, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 3 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Baral,Chief of Compliance, 1 Past in Flames

HARDENED SCALES AFFINITY

In: 1 Wipe Away, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 2 Lightning Bolt, 1 Dismember

Out: 1 Sleight of Hand, 2 Remand, 1 Empty the Warrens, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past in Flames

Amulet Titan

In: 1 Wipe Away, 2 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Empty the Warrens

Blue Moon

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Ignite Memories

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 3 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Unsubstantiate, 1 Baral, Chief of Compliance

Modern Storm for SCG Dallas

THE LIST

Modern Storm 10-18-18.PNG

CHANGES

Here for the first time the sideboard remains almost unchanged. The Thing in the Ice plan is still a great way to have an extra angle of attack against the super fast creature decks that now have more graveyard and/or noncreature permanent hate too. Also with the increased graveyard hate, mostly due to the resurgence of dredge, Empty the Warrens has become even better so I have upped the number of copies to 3. This did come at the expense of the 4th Pieces of the puzzle which may seem odd with the increased amount of graveyard hate but now we don’t need to dig as much due to a large Empty being more reliable to kill the opponent than before. This does make us slightly weaker to control though, due to them also increasing the graveyard hate but still having lots of sweepers.

The other change is the addition of the 3rd Electromancer over the Repeal. Maindeck hate permanents such as Leyline of Sanctity and Chalice of the Void are not really around anymore plus humans is on the decline so there is little need for the bounce game 1. The format has speed up a bit though so then the 7th bear was added over another remand. We will get blown out now from time to time though but the added speed more than makes up for it.

MATCH UPS

Humans

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade 1 Echoing Truth, 2 Thing in the Ice

Out: 3 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand, 1 Desperate Ritual, 1 Pyretic Ritual, 1 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Grapeshot

Burn

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 3 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 2 Thing in the Ice

Out: 3 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand, 1 Noxious Revival, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Grapeshot, 1 Gifts Ungiven

Hollow One

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 3 Lighting Bolt, 3 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Remand, 1 Sleight of Hand, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Past in Flames, 3 Goblin Electromancer

Infect

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade, 2 Thing in the Ice, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand, 1 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Grapeshot, 1 Past in Flames,

Bridgevine

In:  3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Thing in the Ice, 3 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 3 gifts Ungiven, 1 Remand, 1 Unsubstantiate, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Sleight of Hand

Titan Shift

In: 1 Wipe Away, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 1 Grapeshot, 1 Sleight of Hand

Affinity

In: 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Empty the Warrens

Out: 3 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand, 1 Noxious Revival

KCI

In: 2 Abrade

Out: 1 Grapeshot, 1 Sleight of Hand

Dredge

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 3 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Noxious Revival, 2 Sleight of Hand

Storm

In: 3 Lighting Bolt

Out: 1 Grapeshot, 2 Sleight of Hand

Living End

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Empty the Warrens

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Noxious Revival

BOGLES

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Empty the Warrens

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Remand, 1 Grapeshot, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Past in Flames

Tron

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 1 Empty the Warrens, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Sleight of Hand

Ponza

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 3 Sleight of Hand, 1 Grapeshot, 1 Remand, 1 Unsubstantiate

UR Wizards

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle,  3 Lighting Bolt, 3 Empty the Warrens, 2 Thing in the Ice

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Remand, 3 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Unsubstantiate, 1 Noxious Revival

Bant Spirits

In: 2 Thing in the Ice, 1 Wipe Away, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 3 Pieces of the Puzzle

Out: 1 Desperate Ritual, 1 Pyretic Ritual, 1 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Remand, 1 Noxious Revival, 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames

Jund

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 3 Lighting Bolt, 3 Empty the Warrens, 2 Abrade

Out: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 3 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Noxious Revival, 4 Baral, Chief of Compliance, 1 Past in Flames

Mardu

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 3 Lighting Bolt, 3 Empty the Warrens, 2 Abrade

Out: 3 Gifts ungiven, 2 Baral, Chief of Compliance, 3 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Remand

Grixis Death’s Shadow

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 3 Lighting Bolt, 3 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 2 Thing in the Ice

Out:  4 Gifts Ungiven, 2 Baral,Chief of Compliance, 3 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Remand

UW Control

In:  3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 3 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Unsubstantiate, 1 Pyretic Ritual

Jeskai Control

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 3 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 2 Thing in the Ice, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 3 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Baral,Chief of Compliance, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Past in Flames

HARDENED SCALES AFFINITY

In: 1 Wipe Away, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 2 Thing in the Ice, 2 Lightning Bolt, 3 Pieces of the Puzzle

Out: 1 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand, 1 Noxious Revival, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Pyretic Ritual, 1 Desperate Ritual, 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames

Amulet Titan

In: 1 Wipe Away, 2 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Grapeshot

Blue Moon

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 2 Thing in the Ice, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Abrade

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 3 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Baral,Chief of Compliance,

Legacy ANT for SCG Baltimore

LIST

Legacy ANT 9-20-18

CHANGES

My last Legacy update was before the great banning of Deathrite Shaman and Gitaxian Probe so there are quite a few changes to the maindeck. These changes though have been pretty standardized over the past few months through lots of effort and testing from the storm community hivemind besides 1-2 flex slots. We are somewhat slower deck now without Probe so we have upped the discard spells to at least 7 and also have to run the full set of Preordains. As for the 2 flex slots in the deck I have chosen to include the 2nd Past in Flames and a Rain of Filth. I have typically been skeptical of running more Past in Flames but now without Deathrite we can draw one later and still get value unlike before. This also plays well with early kills where we naturally draw it and have a tutor as well. The other flex slot I have is the Rain of Filth which I have been a big fan of for a while and now without Probe having another ritual that helps threshold is even more important. Another Popular option that is also good is to include the 4th Duress as the 8th discard main but I prefer it in the sideboard.

As for the Sideboard now that we have lost some of our speed and ability to Empty for a 10+ goblins on turn 1-2 reliably the “sideboard into TES” strategy  of  3 Chrome Mox plus second Ad Nauseum isn’t where we really want to be for all of the fast non blue decks. I still have 2 Mox in the board but (as will also be shown below in the sideboarding portion below) they are primarily there for against death and taxes as I have been very unhappy with Dread of Night and Massacre. They also have the side benefit of being flexible enough to come in for a couple other match ups such as lands where we lose from loss of speed and mana denial mainly and also against super fast combo where we are very unfavored and are better off to play into the “belcher” style higher variance role (plus even on the draw against . Also, with miracles and stoneblade being decently popular Decay is definitely needed, plus having access to a Xantid Swarm is nice for Sneak and Show which can be difficult now. Finally, with what probably sticks out the most in the sideboard is the single Daze. This is a piece of technology borrowed from Kai Sawatari, who has championed the card for a while in ANT. I have chosen to include this as another card for against Death and Taxes and Burn to let us use a cantrip to set up while still being able to counter a turn 1 or 2 play. Plus has the extra range to enable this sequence against Chalice of the Void Decks when we are on the play.

MATCHUPS

 Grixis Control

IN: 2 Flusterstorm, 1 Empty the Warrens

OUT: 1 Cabal ritual, 1 Lotus Petal, 1 Past in Flames

Miracles

IN: 2 Abrupt Decay, 1 Duress

OUT: 1 Lotus Petal, 1 Cabal Ritual, 1 Past in Flames

Stoneblade

IN: 2 Abrupt Decay, 1 Duress

OUT: 1 Lotus Petal, 1 Cabal Ritual, 1 Past in Flames

Death’s Shadow

IN: 1 Empty the Warrens

OUT: 1 Ad Nauseum

Grixis Delver

IN: 1 Empty the Warrens

OUT: 1 Ad Nauseum

Eldrazi

IN: 3 Echoing Truth, 2 Hurkyl’s Recall, 1 Empty the Warrens (on the Play 1 Daze) (on the draw 2 Chrome Mox)

OUT: 2 Duress, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Dark Petion, 1 Rain of Filth, 1 Preordain (on the play 2nd Preordain)  (on the draw 1 Swamp, 3rd Duress)

Moon Stompy

IN: 3 Echoing Truth, 2 Hurkyl’s Recall, 1 Empty the Warrens (on the Play 1 Daze) (on the draw 2 Chrome Mox)

OUT: 2 Duress, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Dark Petion, 1 Rain of Filth, 1 Preordain (on the play 2nd Preordain)  (on the draw 1 Bayou, 3rd Duress)

Death and Taxes

IN: 2 Chrome Mox, 3 Echoing Truth, 1 Empty the Warrens, 1 Daze

OUT: 1 Island, 3 Duress, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Dark Petition, 1 Preordain

Sneak and Show

IN: 2 Flusterstorm, 1 Xantid Swarm

OUT: 1 Swamp, 1 Rain of Filth, 1 Dark Petition

Storm

IN: 2 Flusterstorm

OUT: 1 Swamp, 1 Rain of Filth

BR Reanimator

IN: 2 Flusterstorm, 2 Chrome Mox (on the play 1 Daze)

OUT: 1 Rain of Filth, 1 Swamp, 1 preordain, 1 Past in Flames (on the play 2nd Preordain)

Burn

IN: 2 Chrome Mox, 1 Empty the Warrens, 1 Daze, 3 Echoing Truth

OUT: 1 Past in Flames, 1 Ad Nauseum, 3 Duress, 1 Swamp, 1 Rain of Filth

Modern Storm with Thing in the Ice

THE LIST

Modern Storm 9-2-18

CHANGES

Here again we have no changes to the main deck since the switch back to the full 12 cantrips. In the SB though we have the addition of Thing in the Ice over the third Empty the Warrens and the Peer Through Depths. This is a piece of technology that has been going around on MTGO in storm for a while thanks to Beicodegeia but due to the usual low prevalence of direct hate from the faster decks of the format IRL I have been slower to adopt. Now though many matchups, such as humans have changed to where they are boarding cards such as Damping Sphere and Surgical Extraction to beat us. Thing for us mainly acts as an Empty the Warrens/Bounce Spell hybrid where it serves a similar role to what Chandra did before which is to create a subgame. The shift to permanent based hate in control decks also makes the Thing plan decent there as well since then we are taxing their Path to Exiles more and if treated as a mini Empty still helps with our plan of killing them in waves of small goblins. Also Thing can come in for some of our other worse match ups to help give us another axis to fight on (similar to how ascension did before out of the board). For example in the Burn matchup we now have a tool that can win the game in a couple hits or soak up 5+ damage before dying to by us time to bearless kill, or against Infect now we have a wincon/way to bounce creatures through protection. One final note that you will see below is that Thing is currently coming in for a lot of other matchups as well. This is also a consequence of them being incentivized to cut big creature removal post board and just rely on a few pushes and bolts.

MATCHUPS

Humans

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade 1 Echoing Truth, 2 Thing in the Ice

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand, 1 Desperate Ritual, 1 Pyretic Ritual, 1 Noxious Revival

Burn

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 2 Thing in the Ice

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Repeal, 1 Grapeshot

Hollow One

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 3 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 2 Thing in the Ice

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Remand, 2 Sleight of Hand, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Repeal, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Electromancer

Infect

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade, 2 Thing in the Ice

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand, 1 Repeal, 1 Grapeshot

Bridgevine

In:  4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Thing in the Ice, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 3 gifts Ungiven, 1 Remand, 2 Sleight of Hand, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Repeal, 1 Noxious Revival

Titan Shift

In: 1 Wipe Away, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 1 Grapeshot, 1 Sleight of Hand

Affinity

In: 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Empty the Warrens

Out: 3 Opt, 1 Remand, 1 Noxious Revival

KCI

In: 2 Abrade

Out: 1 Grapeshot, 1 Repeal

Dredge

In:4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 2 Thing in the Ice

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Remand, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Grapeshot, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Repeal

Storm

In: 3 Lighting Bolt

Out: 1 Repeal, 1 Grapeshot, 1 Sleight of Hand

Living End

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Repeal

BOGLES

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 1 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Wipe Away, 2 Thing in the Ice

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Remand, 1 Grapeshot, 1 Repeal, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Sleight of Hand

Tron

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Past in Flames

Ponza

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 3 Opt, 1 Grapeshot, 1 Repeal, 1 Remand

UR Wizards

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle,  3 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 2 Thing in the Ice

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Remand, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Repeal, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Baral

Bant Spirits

In: 2 Thing in the Ice, 1 Wipe Away, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand, 1 Noxious Revival

Jund

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 2 Abrade

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Remand, 1 Noxious Revival, 2 Baral, 1 Past in Flames

Mardu

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 2 Abrade, 2 Thing in the Ice

Out: 4 Gifts ungiven, 2 Baral, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Repeal, 1 Remand

Grixis Death’s Shadow

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 3 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 2 Thing in the Ice

Out:  4 Gifts ungiven, 2 Baral, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Repeal, 1 Remand

UW Control

In:  4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 2 Thing in the Ice, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Goblin Elctromancer, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Unsubstantiate, 1 Pyretic Ritual, 1 Grapeshot

 

Jeskai Control

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 2 Thing in the Ice, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Baral, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Pyretic Ritual, 1 Unsubstantiate

HARDENED SCALES AFFINITY

In: 1 Wipe Away, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 2 Thing in the Ice

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand, 1 Noxious Revival

 

Fetchless Storm for SCG Baltimore

THE LIST

Modern Storm 8-11-18

CHANGES

Here in the maindeck there has only been one change and that is the addition of the 12th cantrip (4th Sleight of Hand from the previous post) over the second Remand. Remand has been getting worse with the speeding up of modern and even against the bigger slow decks currently, UW and Mardu, it isn’t at its greatest either. Also, just upping the consistency of the deck is something that helps a lot too in the face of all the graveyard hate. I had been trending the other way in testing towards another bear and less cantrips but this (along with the SB change) were inspired by looking at and thinking about what those at the PT had done.

In the SB there is only the change of the 3rd Empty the Warrens over the Gigadrowse. This is mainly a concession to the blue based control decks shifting to permanent based hate for us. At first I tried a second wipe away which was ok but the 3rd Empty has proven to be better in that it also is great with a “kill them in waves” plan to grind them out against control while also helping in our turbo fast matchups which we either have no control over what they do and/or are very unfavored, such as Bridegvine and Burn. Plus this approach still works well with the Pieces of the Puzzle plan post board vs many of these decks.

MATCHUPS

Humans

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand, 1 Grapeshot

Burn

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 1 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 3 Empty the Warrens

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Repeal, 1 Grapeshot

Hollow One

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 3 Lighting Bolt, 3 Empty the Warrens, 2 Abrade

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Remand, 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Repeal, 1 Past in Flames

Infect

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand, 1 Repeal

Bridgevine

In:  4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 3 Lighting Bolt, 3 Empty the Warrens, 1 Peer Through Depths, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 4 gifts Ungiven, 1 Remand, 4 Opt, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Repeal, 1 Noxious Revival

Titan Shift

In: 1 Wipe Away, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 1 Grapeshot, 1 Sleight of Hand

Affinity

In: 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Empty the Warrens

Out: 3 Opt, 1 Remand, 1 Noxious Revival

KCI

In: 2 Abrade

Out: 1 Grapeshot, 1 Repeal

Dredge

In:4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 3 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Remand, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Grapeshot, 1 Noxious Revival

Storm

In: 3 Lighting Bolt

Out: 1 Repeal, 1 Grapeshot, 1 Sleight of Hand

Living End

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Peer Through Depths

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Repeal

BOGLES

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Peer Through Depths

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Remand, 1 Grapeshot, 1 Repeal, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Opt

Tron

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Peer Through Depths

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Sleight of Hand

Role change note: Here I’ve stopped boarding in Empty since it has become worse (even with surgical being around) due to them keeping in  more Oblivion Stones in plus Walking Ballistas. Also I have started keeping in both Past in Flames due to needing to hit a pay off when forced to go early more often. This does fly in the face of them still running lot of graveyard hate but our most common way to win involves 2 Grapeshot or Grapeshot + Remand so forcing the surgical onto the stack more or punishing them tapping out more often is quite helpful

Ponza

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 3 Opt, 1 Grapeshot, 1 Repeal, 1 Remand

UR Wizards

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle,  3 Lighting Bolt, 3 Empty the Warrens

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Remand, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Repeal, 1 Noxious Revival

Bant Spirits

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand, 1 Noxious Revival

Jund

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 3 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 2 Abrade, 1 Peer Through Depths

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Remand, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Repeal, 2 Baral, 1 Past in Flames

Mardu

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Lighting Bolt, 3 Empty the Warrens, 2 Abrade, 1 Peer Through Depths

Out: 4 Gifts ungiven, 2 Baral, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Repeal, 1 Remand

Grixis Death’s Shadow

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 3 Lighting Bolt, 3 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Peer Through Depths

Out:  4 Gifts ungiven, 2 Baral, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Repeal, 1 Remand

UW Control

In:  4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 3 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Peer Through Depths, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Goblin Elctromancer, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Unsubstantiate, 1 Pyretic Ritual, 1 Grapeshot

Role change note: Here post board we are no longer trying to only brute force of wait until Gigadrowse. Now we try to focus more on waves of Empties for 4-6 Goblins to slowly grind them out with the goal to chip away at their life total for a medium grapeshot way later (if all the goblin waves fail). Also now we are highly graveyard independent so their increase in graveyard hate is also side stepped.

Jeskai Control

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 3 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Peer Through Depths, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Baral, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Pyretic Ritual, 1 Unsubstantiate

Role change note: Here we have a similar plan as UW but we need to be more aggressive due to them having more interaction and the ability to pivot to killing us easier. be very wary of your life total as they can sometimes just race small Empties with a Clique plus burn.

HARDENED SCALES AFFINITY

Hate: Damping Sphere, Relic, Surgical, Cage

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand, 1 Noxious Revival

Preboard: This is a pure race where they are an on average faster affinity deck that will Inkmoth us to death a lot. We also want to aggressively “mow the lawn” with grapeshot as they are also a lot more linear and more reliant on Steel Overseer. One thing to remember though is that bears will die more often due to their Walking Ballistas.

Postboard: They have a lot more hate than traditional affinity with spheres, relics, cages, and surgicals. Thus they do have to dilute their deck a fair bit so we will have some more time. We also cant just jam with impunity when they tap out suspiciously due to the high number of surgicals. The bolts also come in here due to their heavy reliance on overseer and ravager + nexus/ballista to kill us quickly