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    What Should I Play In My Metagame?

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    One of the most fundamental questions when playing a Constructed format is: "What deck should I play?" or more accurately "Which deck gives me the highest chance of winning?"

    A high winning percentage can mostly be achieved when your deck strategically trumps a majority of the field. So in order to find the "Tinker" deck for your metagame, you have to know your metagame.
    I think this aspect of the game is as important as tweaking your maindeck or sideboard, and doesn't get the attention it deserves.

    Now, the purpose of this thread is to describe your metagame as good as possible and afterwards the other Sourcers try to help finding the deck that trumps your metagame.


    For example, in my metagame Landstill is very successful and "obscure" combo decks like Belcher and Breakfast are also quite popular (strangely no Tendrils). The Landstill versions range from two-color to 4-color versions. There is also a smattering of various Aggro decks (too many to list them all), although they mostly populate the lower tables, so I think they're not that important.

    What deck would be the optimal choice in a metagame like this?
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    No counterbalance? Landstill the only blue deck?

    Play storm combo. TES, FT, Solidarity. Adjust the sideboards for the opposing combo decks (e. g. by playing Echoing Truth in FT and Solidarity) and you're good.
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    Re: [Discussion] Your Metagame Thread

    Yeah, almost no Counterbalance and Threshold. Also, no Ichorid, Stax and very little Goblins. Strange metagame indeed.
    I don't know if Storm is the way to go, because there are quite a few decks packing Duress and Hymn.

    This thread is not just for my particular metagame, feel free to describe your own metagame so that other Sourcers can help you.

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    Re: [Discussion] Your Metagame Thread

    You can play FT and deny easily that others combo decks with FOW and Orim's Chant. Echoing Truth maindeck would make this matchs much better.

    Vs Aggro and Landstill you can simply Goldfish them in 2nd-3rd turn.

    Duress and Hymn would be a little more hard, but Disupt, Divert and Spell Snare could help.

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    Re: [Discussion] Your Metagame Thread

    My Meta is mostly random aggro decks, a bunch of landstill/control decks with top and CB, a few combo decks, and soon a bunch of prison/stax decks. No thresh... but goblins has shown its ugly face once in a while. Edit: also a few BW hand disruption decks.

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    What should I be playing? Metagame included.

    The metagame at my local card shop is mostly Landstill/Threshold decks. Lots of Countertop, lots of Force of Wills, etc. There are no storm decks, and very few Ichorids. There is also only one vial Goblins deck.

    What should I be playing?

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    Re: What should I be playing? Metagame included.

    Quote Originally Posted by madcow305 View Post
    The metagame at my local card shop is mostly Landstill/Threshold decks. Lots of Countertop, lots of Force of Wills, etc. There are no storm decks, and very few Ichorids. There is also only one vial Goblins deck.

    What should I be playing?
    Aggro Loam. You beat Threshold, Landstill, Countertop, and you can just board shit in against Ichorid. Also, Vial Goblins is a bye for you, no joke.
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    Re: What should I be playing? Metagame included.

    RGB Survival. 7-8 discard spells, 2+ Magus of the Moon, recursion, and a versatile wishboard are both bad news for blue based control. Goblins is about even preboard, and gets better post board. Ichorid can be heavily boarded for to improve games 2 and 3.

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    Re: What should I be playing? Metagame included.

    Stompy decks. None of those decks could stand up to their affordable might.

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    Re: What should I be playing? Metagame included.

    Quote Originally Posted by Citrus-God View Post
    Aggro Loam. You beat Threshold, Landstill, Countertop, and you can just board shit in against Ichorid. Also, Vial Goblins is a bye for you, no joke.
    Second. Aggro loam will run those blue decks down.

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    Re: What should I be playing? Metagame included.

    Third. Aggro-loam. Each creature attack is like getting hit by a bus with Tarmogoyf usually being the tiniest. Play chalice MD for increase sad faces...it does absolutely nothing to your deck but shuts down multiple cards of theirs at 1.

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    Re: What should I be playing? Metagame included.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaynel View Post
    RGB Survival. 7-8 discard spells, 2+ Magus of the Moon, recursion, and a versatile wishboard are both bad news for blue based control. Goblins is about even preboard, and gets better post board. Ichorid can be heavily boarded for to improve games 2 and 3.
    Seconded. You can also tailor the deck as the metagame adjusts.

    Dragon Stompy would also be a good choice, although it's nowhere near as consistent as Survival.
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    Re: What should I be playing? Metagame included.

    Dragon Stompy. Every deck you listed is favorable.

    Imperial Painter's also a good choice. Just keep a decent Ichorid board.

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    Re: What should I be playing? Metagame included.

    Quote Originally Posted by jazzykat View Post
    Third. Aggro-loam. Each creature attack is like getting hit by a bus with Tarmogoyf usually being the tiniest. Play chalice MD for increase sad faces...it does absolutely nothing to your deck but shuts down multiple cards of theirs at 1.
    Aaaand fourthing the Loam option. Worm Harvest is surprisingly good against control, so having one in the board is a good idea. Running Eternal Witnesses somewhere also helps get back things that get countered.

    Just be careful about graveyard hate like Leyline.

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    Re: What should I be playing? Metagame included.

    I put another vote into agro loam, as you will molest that metagame with it.
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    Re: What should I be playing? Metagame included.

    agroloam with raven's crime its brutal on blue control.

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    Re: What should I be playing? Metagame included.

    AggroLoam or RGB Survival. Actually, I'm surprised no one has mentioned Ichorid either. Ichorid is the easiest of the three to hate, and will have the hardest time against Goblins, but the easiest time against Thresh and Landstill. It's also probably the cheapest of the decks. Am I missing something obvious about the Ichorid matchups?

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    Re: What should I be playing? Metagame included.

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    Actually, I'm surprised no one has mentioned Ichorid either. Am I missing something obvious about the Ichorid matchups?
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    Re: What should I be playing? Metagame included.

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    Re: What should I be playing? Metagame included.

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    It means he agrees with you. As in, "this is what I would say, also". It also serves to add emphasis to your prior statement.

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