Tzoulis wrote: ↑
1 year ago
FoodChainGoblins wrote: ↑
1 year ago
EDIT> I was back watching the streamer and he and several people commenting believe that Lurrus is fine and that people like to complain. He even said that Twin was better than Lurrus. Then the conversation got to Ice-Fang Coatl and Baleful Strix and he said that Strix is better. I mean, this is a player that I respect a lot; an amazing player who has played more Magic than I have the last 2 years. I don't know what to think of it.
Jeff Hoogland has been %$#% on and blocking people that think Companions (and specifically Lurrus) are warping the metagame, especially in older formats and has been making some pretty dishonest arguments in favor of them.
Fun fact, he stopped streaming standard because "Companions are making it impossible to brew", while loving Lurrus mirrors and demeaning Legacy's/Vintage's problems.
It might not have been him, at least he was one of the more prominent streamers to say so.
It actually wasn't Hoogland. I did not want to say the name, out of respect for the player, but I don't think it's disrespectful to say it anymore. It's just someone's opinion.
It was Edgar Magalhaes, whom I'm known OF and respected ever since he jammed Amulet.
I am starting to have doubts about my own evaluation on cards. Now, the issue of consistency (with the banned Preordain and GSZ as examples) was not really addressed by anyone. I mean, most people are there just to watch him stream, learn, and have fun. But people there like to focus on the 1 or 2 things that Twin has gained in the past 4 years and not the 100 things they've lost. I will admit that there were a few (minority) of people there not agreeing with Edgar, but some other popular MTGO names and grinders were agreeing with him. He said that people will always complain about something in Modern. While this is true, I'm not usually the one to complain. I can play through any meta, even if it is %$#% up. But to tell me that someone having Lurrus in their opening hand with a "cannot be discarded" clause every ... single ... game, but I can't play Preordain, GSZ, P Fire, and a million other cards; I'm sorry, I'm having a hard time accepting that.
I have come to the conclusion that Baleful Strix is indeed better than Ice-Fang Coatl. I must be wrong before. I feel that his bias is coming mostly from Legacy, where Baleful Strix can be set up to block a Delver on turns 2 or 3, while Ice-Fang Coatl is rarely a deathtouch creature by then. But Delver is not a problem in Modern; not in the slightest. Edgar brought up Goblin Guide. I brought up that Goblin Guides are double as plentiful ever since Lurrus has been in the metagame - ktkenshinx showed 6.5% pre IKO and 12% post IKO on p 251 here. I didn't even want to bring up the Bolt, Push, PTE, among other cards that the Coatl decks can use to kill Guide since they are all 4 color soup decks with Astrolabe and Abundant Growth. (or maybe Abundant Growth is only with Yorion?)