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UG Gifts Updated after a very long time

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:40 pm    Post subject: UG Gifts Updated after a very long time Reply with quote

So maybe you remember my UG gifts deck, from a while back well modern has changed considerably and i have got all sorts of new toys for it and come up with a new even more fun version, more suited to a very different meta)

4 noble heirarch
2 birds of paradise
2 spell snare
2 dismember
1 engineered explosives
2 mana leak
2 remand
2 logic knot
1 tarmogoyf
1 scavenging ooze
1 walking balista
1 snapcaster mage
2 kitchen finks
2 eternal witness
2 tireless tracker
1 vendillion clique
1 kira greater glass spinner
1 trinket mage
2 gifts ungiven
4 cryptic command
1 torrential Gearhulk

4 botanical sanctum
4 breeding pool
4 misty rainforest
2 verdant catacombs
2 scalding tarn
2 island
2 forest
1 tolaria west
1 academy ruins
1 Flooded Grove


1 flashfreeze (burn, valakult, elves, skred control, company decks))
1 fracturing gust (affinity, boogles, mono white enchantments)
1 deglamer (tron, adnaseum, affinity, burn boggles)
1 thrun the last troll (control, grixis deaths shadow)
1 kithcen finks (Burn, removal heavy decks)
1 obstinate baloth (burn, decks lilly, eldrazi tron)
2 chalice of the void (burn, grixis delver, storm, adnaseum, elves)
3 spreading sea's (elrazi tron, tron, valakult, bw hate bear eldrazi aka the deck with the worst mana in modern.)
1 tectonic edge (tron, eldazi tron, valakult, control, decks with borad wipers for a bop)
2 Vedalken Shackles, creature based decks
1 Engineered explosives, creature based decks

Modern has slowed down a fair bit since i last played this deck, less tarmogofys as push makes it worse, tracker is amazing when unanswered and your hitting lands or even when you can resolve it and a fetchland in the same turn.

Torrential Gear Hulk is prefect for this deck, its super sweet with gifts and command.

Dismember been around for a while but it kills most the relevant threats in modren for 1 mana.

Trinket Mage, plus walking balista, mage was not quite good enough with just explosives and citadel as justifiable maindeck targets. You will be surprised at how often mage for citadel comes up as a huge play. Its walking balista which has really pushed this over the edge, it gives you reach to burn people out a way of controlling threats and makes trinket mage a great top deck, in the late game when both players resources are exhausted.

Logic Knot I wish i had thought of this as an option, at the time but i didn't. Oh well i can not be the genius behind every piece of tech.

Engineered explosives, with deaths shadow as a premium threat and the bonus of trinket mage now being able to fetch balista, this becomes maindeck material.

Tolaia West, has been included for its ability to fetch explosives and ballista, plus academy ruins, giving me an effective 3 copys main of explosives and ballista, plus 2 witness and a ruins that can recur explosives and ballista, improving multiple match ups at the expense of a man land that was never attacking.

Ruins allows to me continually recur explosives, ballista plus gearhulk giving me better inevitability.

Feedback Appreciated:)

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For the record I'm consistently going 3-2 in the competitive leagues on modo and have also managed to 4-1 just can not seem to make 5-0.

4-1 were as follows

2-1 grixis deaths shadow
2-1 uwb control
2-1 ur storm
0-2 affinity
2-1 valakult

2-1 valakult
2-1 burn
2-0 grixis deaths shadow
1-2 vengevine hollow ones deck
2-1 boggles

Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For the record I managed another 4-1 in the competitive leagues today.

2-1 W cruel control
2-1 W jeskai control
2-1 W burn
1-2 L BW hate bears
2-0 W As fortold, living end, visions combo

I think I have enough testing with the deck to list the match ups now

Good Valakult, tron, eldrazi tron, storm, living end, burn, lantern, cruel control, uw control, adnaseum

Even grixis death shadow, boggles, jeskai control, affinity

Bad company decks, dredge, hollow ones, merfolk, hatebears variants, elves, traditional jund or junk

Even the bad match ups are tight and winnable with a bit of luck and solid play.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another 4-1

rbw bedlam W 2-1
Burn W 2-0
Living End L 1-2
5cc Humans W 2-1
Blue Moon W 2-0

Good times
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