This week we're heading to Standard to play a card that I think is one of the biggest sleepers in the format: Cultivator of Blades! While Cultivator of Blades has been overshadowed by other, similar five-drops in Angel of Invention and Regal Caracal, the addition of Huatli, Radiant Champion to Standard with the release of Rivals of Ixalan means that Cultivator suddenly has a ton of potential. The basic idea of the deck is simple: we play all of the best token producers in green and white, eventually we stick a Cultivator of Blades, play a Hutali, Radiant Champion to -1 on the Cultivator of Blades, make all of our random tokens huge and win the game in one attack! Of course, if this plan doesn't work we can also just ultimate Huatli, Radiant Champion and bury our opponent is a sea of card advantage. Can we make Cultivator of Blades work in Standard, backed by [[Huatli, Radiant Champion? Let's find out!
Oh, one quick thing before we get to the videos. My headset died last week, so part of this episode was recorded with my backup microphone, which sounds a little bit different. Don't worry, the replacement headset has arrived, and this time I've got a backup headset too, so things will be back to normal moving forward!
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Match 1: 8:42
Match 2: 24:05
Match 3: 32:29
Match 4: 42:00
Match 5: 1:01:04
Wrap Up: 1:18:03
I mean, I get it, you're doing a commentary. But would you talk like that in real life with someone sitting across from you? Example."I, uh, play a forest tapped an' swin' in for ten damage. I pass thuh turn. Po N-ant." It's obnoxious. You're a great player and a wonderful source of entertainment otherwise. Please, don't think this is personal or otherwise. This is just something that makes me cringe after watching over 20 of your videos. Notice the habit, change the method.
Being expensive is part of it, but I don't have it in the non-budget build either because we already have so many four-drops. Not sure we can play Anointed Procession, Huatli and Sram's Expertise in the same deck and still have a function curve (at least not four copies of each).
Haven't watched yet but want to say 2 things. 1-Man crush on Seth and his infectious awesomeness endures. 2-Multiple Cultivators make for some berserk damage totals since they stack. My favourite deck is my +1/+1 counters/tokens deck that ends with a cultivator attack. On the odd occasions of 2-4 Cultivators in play i break out my maniacal Seth laugh and swing for a billion.
I felt cultivator was only good when winning or on a board stall when I tried it in magic duels. Bad when behind. But I mostly tested it against the AI. Seems pretty impressive in your games. And I think a lot of your opponents didn't have removal for it which was weird.
I've made this deck some time ago but never try it becose I didn't have the card and it's seems a little bit to janky but you gave me confidence in it https://deckstats.net/decks/98076/915926-g-w-pummeler-token?saved=1&lng=fr
The fatal push play might not have been wrong. They could've been stuck on 3 lands and worried they wouldn't get to fumigate in time. In that case they drew land land. They also could have drawn fumigate off the top at the last minute.
Hey Seth, I was just wondering: how do you think this deck would fair against the more powerful decks in the meta? From the top 5 decks you only played Red, so I was wondering how it’d do against UB, Grixis, Constrictor etc since I’m interested in getting this deck. Thanks!
Game 1: opponent punts on multiple occasions making the win allot more easy then normally, although it seems like Seth would have won anyway.
Game 2: Opponent with some pretty bad misplays again, playing cards that should not be played in constructed standard.
Game 3: Opponent tries to glorybringer a untapped 4/4 pride sovereign, and dies shortly after. Again a game won by opponents mistakes... A pattern emerging?
Wow I knew that Huatli Cats was cool but why did no one show me Cultivator earlier?
The only thing that bugs me about that video is your attitude against the WB Vampries, it's pretty shitty and that's not the first time I notice it. You kept a hand with only lands and 4-drops but complained later about Sanctum Seeker. "the one good vampire in standard"... I'm not even sure if that is even Sanctum Seeker, just Mulligan such a hand and get your salt-level down. If you win you get ecstatic and wildly laughing but while loosing your mood is terrible.
Game 2 he had Trespassers Curse which single-handedly can shut your deck down and you have I think the ONLY answer in your hand. But that's not it: after he plays Vona which could deal with Binding you naturally top-deck another one. I'd say just imagine your reaction if that would happen to you but we can pretty much see the reaction at 40:40 when he plays Golden Demise.
I do not mean to offend you or anything but it's just something, it's just something you could watch out for. Beeing this ecstatic as you win is impolite when you can't take a loss. It's basically what Kripparian (well known Hearthstone Player) does all the time
Trespassers Curse wouldn't win him the game single-handedly but would give him a good amount of pressure and estatic and wild are maybe the wrong words(although he gets really loud sometimes) but that is more because of my bad english. Otherwise I would need some clearification where else I may have exaggerated
Why has no one done this before?
The combo cards are from opposite ends of Standard.
Cultivator being from Kaladesh and Huatli being from Rivals of Ixalan.
I certainly would have forgotten about Cultivator.
Great games though! Love your content.
MTGGoldfish That + they make almost as many creatures but theirs are bigger as they have lords/anthems. I do think token strategies in general are good at the moment though, with most decks favouring 1-for-1 removal over sweepers.
Hey Seth, I was wondering if you've done a brewer's minute on the best route to make a budget deck? I remember the video on how to go making a deck (top down vs bottom up), but with a budget deck I would like your process on it as well. Like do you start with the main 60 and focus on putting most of the budget there, then move to sideboard, or do you construct a non-budget version of a deck (full 75) then proceed to find budget alternatives, etc, things like that?
About "I don't know why no one did this before": Cultivator of Blades was never a relevant card because it matched poorly to Harnessed Lightning, which was ubiquitous until recently.
Any well timed removal or counter spell may wreck your game. You did lose to 3 Metallic Rebuke in a row, so I'd expect you to lose hard to any dedicated counter spell deck.
I'm surprised I'm not more excited for a GW deck with Sram's Expertise. It's kinda my jam!
Cultivator with God pharaoh's gift or scarab god seems super strong for maybe an against the odds or a much a brew. You bring back the cultivator with the God, it has 4 power, you make the servos then when you can swing with everything scarab god is now a 9/9, the 2 servos become 5/5's and the cultivator is a 4/4 that's 24 power swinging at them.
gustavo morales Why though? Why rely on your opponent to do your dirty work? That's asking for disappointment when you can set it up yourself and do it. Make it a Sultai deck where you mill yourself and set stuff up like normal good pharaoh's gift but you use scarab god and start reanimating your stuff as well as having the option to do your opponents. I hate relying on my opponents to do things though.
Seth complains like the world is unfair because the walking ballista is/will kill half his board.
It shot down 4 of his 19 creatures. On the SAME turn seth swings in and he actually killed 7 out of 9 of the ballista players creatures out of desperation to not die on the spot. Seth also ends that turn 33 to 4 life in his favor.
I don't get it.
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