So I had a long conversation with Mark about it, and while we can to a similar conclusion that it's close either way and it'll take a lot of testing to figure out, there are lists that's get away with 0-2 remands in the maindeck because it's so resilient to disruption anyway.Evil Tim wrote:I think Sleight of hand is mostly better than Opt as with sleight you are looking at two cards and picking the best one. Opt is looking at the top card and guessing if the next card is better.
I would factor Opt in to supplement the above as a 3/2 or a 2/2 split as you are not running Pyromancer Ascension. It will require a lot of goldfishing to get the right feel but I don’t think it is strictly better than anything already in the deck. Instead it just gives us the option of running 1-4 more cantrips to dig for rituals, reducers, Gifts Ungiven and Past in flames.
Things I would not cut is any ritual as with the banning of seething song, the deck needs those cost reducers so the other rituals make enough mana.
Evil Tim wrote:I can get behind on those trades. Though I am glad you didn’t opt to take out more remands because I like the synergy it has with Grapeshot->Remand-> Grapeshot or Remand and Baral, Chief of Compliance.
Any thoughts at putting something cute in the sideboard like a Gift’s Package? Granted they both get hit by a Relic of Progenitus, Scavenging Ooze or Tormod’s Crypt.
For anyone wondering why he took out a land should look up The Xerox principle.
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