Insider: [Video] Zwischenzug Plays a New GB Rock

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The deck, my experiences with it, and comparisons to a similar list.

For a written list and more information on the deck, check out Adam Yurchick's article: Insider: The Best Modern Deck You Aren’t Playing.

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I always love feedback, so please leave a comment! I'm happy to answer any questions you might have. If you can find a better line of play or have an idea that might improve the list, I'm all ears.

11 thoughts on “Insider: [Video] Zwischenzug Plays a New GB Rock

  1. I borrowed a buddy’s Rock deck after reading Adam’s article and played it with Adam ‘s configuration. I really liked the MB Fulminators. However, there were times when I missed the sheer power and presence that an Obliterator provided. In my opinion, curving out at an Obliterator just made the deck more robust and provided a sense of inevitability. So I tweaked the deck further to add 3 Obliterators and found the results to be more to my liking.

    Anyway, nice videos again Paul!

  2. So if you had to pick one list to play for the foreseeable future which would it be? Obliterator just seemed more fun to me, so I think I’d go with that.

    1. Here’s my current list, most recent change was swapping the sb Thoughtseize for a Duress because of burn decks.

      4 Treetop Village
      3 Phyrexian Obliterator
      4 Dark Confidant
      4 Liliana of the Veil
      4 Tarmogoyf
      1 Woodland Cemetery
      3 Inquisition of Kozilek
      4 Abrupt Decay
      3 Overgrown Tomb
      4 Swamp
      1 Dismember
      1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
      4 Scavenging Ooze
      4 Verdant Catacombs
      3 Thoughtseize
      2 Courser of Kruphix
      1 Maelstrom Pulse
      2 Marsh Flats
      1 Fulminator Mage
      4 Twilight Mire
      1 Forest
      2 Slaughter Pact

      1 Shadow of Doubt
      2 Drown in Sorrow
      2 Creeping Corrosion
      2 Obstinate Baloth
      2 Grafdigger’s Cage
      2 Golgari Charm
      1 Duress
      3 Fulminator Mage

      1. Yep, that is identical to the one I’m playing right now. The only change is I still have a thoughtseize in the side cause burn isn’t that prominent in my LGS.

  3. Interesting discussion via Twitter. Jon Westberg (@J_IsOrange, a Swedish MODO-grinder, part time streamer) wrote that:

    “Every GB or GBx list I see SBs three Fulminator Mage. That card has never impressed me even though I’ve played it at multiple occasions…Could someone plz convince me why it deserves three of my valuable sb-slots? Let me explain further. Some matchups where it’s obv the MVP like tron I’m fine just giving up on and others where it’s “just boarded in” (Affinity, UWR etc) I feel like we could do so much better. To me it feels like a card that makes a miserable matchup a little bit less miserable and then being very mediocre in others”

    I’m interested in your thoughts on this.

    1. Against UWR I strongly disagree that you can do “so much better”. You’d be surprised how many times UWR players have decided they had no better option than to Lightning Bolt my Fulminator because it’s attacking for 2 every turn and eventually they have to do something about that. Fulminator is very good against any deck with Tron lands or Celestial Colonnades. Decks with those lands make up a large part of the MTGO metagame and I’m happy with those slots. I agree that Fulm is not important for matchups such as Affinity.

      This isn’t an argument for Fulm but just a fun play I got to make recently: opponent casts Gifts Ungiven on my end step and gets Seachrome Coast and Iona. This tells me he has Unburial Rites in his hand. His only black source was my Urborg, so I used Fulminator to destroy my Urborg on my end step.

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