Sean Plott gets schooled by MTG educator and pro player Luis Scott-Vargas in episode 4 of Spellslingers!
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This week's challenger is MTG educator Luis Scott-Vargas!
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As a long time MTG player, I feel like what Luis did to Sean's hydra when he cast Griptide was incredibly rude. It's one of my pet peeves in Magic. Don't cast your spell and move my cards for me. He cast Griptide, and before Sean had time to learn what the spell did or what was happening, Luis slipped his Griptide under Sean's hydra and rapidly flicked it away so it flew over to the side of the table. General rule of thumb of a fun MTG environment: don't move your opponent's cards for them without their permission. You're allowed to look at their cards to learn what they do, but not physically remove their cards for them. Bad form.
19:22 LSV put his bestowed creature in the graveyard instead of putting it back on the battlefield when it died. This misplay lost him the game. Or he was nice enough to misplay and give Sean the win not sure which one.
the first time i watched other people play in a video, that i enjoyed. in these protours and streams all i see is cards for ants where i cant even see the artwork and have no idea whats happening, no audio either so just a blurry mess which noone who doesnt follow this format for many years can understand.
Personally, I'd go with the Fury deck but that's just me. I generally prefer aggressive decks to control, and Shaun's mana mojo where he got 17 mana was awesome. I know that probably would not happen to me, but it'd be awesome if it did
Problem was, Sean should not have been able to monstrosity again with the same hydra the second time. Monstrosity is once per game, per unique card. Since that hydra was the same hydra that was returned to his deck that he drew, the monstrosity would not be possible. Took me a while to catch that!
The mana you make is being put into the mana pool. The mana pool empty itself after each step. For example if you generate mana in upkeep steep you have to use it in upkeep or when you proceed to draw the mana will vanish...without any mana burn.
oh hey spoilers down below....
you know.... if shawn had just not gone all or nothing all the freaking time.. he totally would have won. just attack with like... 2 or 3 hydras at a time. that still 16 freaking damage, which would have forced him to counterspell.. and then he would have won the turn after. there was absolutely no reason, no fucking reason to go all in. ESPECIALLY SINCE HE´s so paranoid about blue anyway!
In the original power 9 (which is usually regarded as the 9 best and most broken cards in the game) there was a card called time walk, which let you take another turn. Timewalking refers to something happening that is equivalent to you taking another turn. For example, when Luis bounced Sean's ill-tempered cyclops on end step and Sean couldn't cast it again, it set back Sean for a turn, as all Sean got out of 2 turns was 3 damage (which is not that much). So in that scenario, it was like Luis had cast time walk against Sean, without casting time walk. Timewalking refers to these scenarios when you've basically cast time walk.
Sam Sprague, by taking the 3 damage Luis leaves up the option to bounce a better newly played creature that Sean could have played in his main phase two. Also by waiting until the end of turn Sean cannot replay the Cyclops in his main phase two (which he could have done if Luis bounced it to save a measely 3 life). By sacrificing 3 life, Luis gained "tempo", which he defines by effectively removing the Cyclops until at least next turn when at that point he saves 3 life because the Cyclops will be summoning sick and also tying up Sean's mana. Hopefully that made it more clear.
I believe that Luis was thinking that taking 3 damage would be worth it if Sean played an even more dangerous creature he needed to bounce during the second main phase after combat. It turned out that Sean didn't have a play, so Luis went ahead and targeted the cyclops.
because if he returned it back into Sean's hand before he takes damage, Sean could still cast it at his 2nd main phase because he still has all his lands untapped. Doing it at the end phase was smarter because Sean wont be able to cast it during his end step. (does this help?)
Noob to Magic here...most of what was going on just went waaaaay over my head. That being said, I'm sure what was being said and therefore explained, will eventually make sense to me. Noticed they are playing with a 2015 deck, but the video was published in the summer of 2014. Question: How often do decks named after the year come out? Is it annual? Where do these decks fit into on being the backbone of the current sets being currently used?
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