@desolutionist Ahh, I misread your post then. I was thinking you were saying Ankh vs a deck using gush is as good as Null Rod vs a deck like PO. Many decks, like Jeskai, use Gush and mystic Sanctuary, but, since Gush is restricted, will be taking at most 8-10 damage and just winning the game, whereas Null Rod vs PO is basically turning their deck off until they remove the rod.
Thanks for the read. I am super happy that you put me in The Spice Corner with the 4C Baazar Humans. I actually was 3-0 things where going really great. I brew the thing together a day before, so I am sure someone else can improve on it. Expect a decent amount of turn 2 / turn 3 finishers with this deck and sometimes you even get turn 1. It all depends if you see the lotus or mana crypt early on, and preferably with Cavern of Souls. Also there is obviously a learning curve, I probably made a lot of mistakes.
What I learned: You want to hit that 3 mana + Bazaar as soon as possible. Herald is always around the corner. Also don't forget you can put Herald on stack and then activate Bazaar in response (even if there are no cards left in your hand). This might sometimes be your only play to win on the spot.
I considered that possibility, but I also wrote off that possibility because the timeframe of the announcement made that seem rather unlikely. It was a reactionary measure and it did not feel realistic to expect them to make an unrestriction.
In fact, I kind of think that we may never see another unrestriction based on how they are now approaching announcing BnR updates. Ad hoc announcements of announcements does not bode well for unbanning/unrestricting of cards at all.
Furthermore, I don't have any particular bias for any one deck (unless you count decks that include the card Risen Reef and then well let me tell you all about that), let alone PO. It really wouldn't bother me if they actually restricted it, but a lot of the data I look at really suggests that it doesn't need to be.
I forgot to post part two of this! These were a lot of fun, and they're relevant beyond Dave being a friend of ours. Listen if you have interest in Magic's early days.
For episode 45, Geoff Moes (@ThallidTosser on Twitter), Nat Moes (@GrandpaBelcher), and Josh Chapple (@joshchapple) continue their discussion David P. Baum, longtime owner of a card and comic book store in Northern Ohio. He doesn’t have a personal Twitter account, but (Pop! the store has one. And if you’d like to support the store through the coronavirus quarantine, Pop! opened an online storefront to help get them through.
Here’s the timestamped table of contents for your listening ease and enjoyment:
01:20 – The Dangers of Supply: Fallen Empires, Chronicles, and the Power 9
30:00 – Dave Opens His First Store
38:49 – “They Stole Your Cardboard?”
51:55 – Changes, Inertia, and Model Railroads
57:26 – Digressions About Success
Total runtime – 1:15:19
I would be changing my Blue white spirits considerably to try to add red or green mana to support a vanilla 5/5. That does not beat the 15th sideboard card as far as I am concerned.
I looked up pioneer spirits and saw 85% running 10-11 green sources for collected company and sideboard cards in a deck that was otherwise UW. the ones since mid-april were playing jegantha, although that was admittedly only two reported lists.
@protoaddict I still think Zirda is the most easily broken at 3 mana with a negligible requirement and 8x monoliths available in vintage. "Big artifact mana" decks are already a thing with PO, so there's the precedence of that style of deck already. Zirda basically just lets you build a deck where "channel" is always in your opener.
I scoffed at Gyruda at first, but he does have some great ability to win on T1 with 4x defense grid/4x grim monolith main. It's kinda fragile though in that all the rod effects that nerf belcher also nerf Gyruda (at least for many turns), as well as grafdigger and plow and REB being viable answers that would wiff vs belcher.