So I know this card seem kind of unexciting and expensive, but I think it could be a great card in PO. I think the ability to turn any of your artifacts into blue sources is very very valuable as that is often your choke point. Additionally his ability to act as a mana sink and potentially dig a few cards deeper (for a large mana investment) could prove to be valuable in certain tight situations. I think his biggest weakness is the fact that he is a creature, and a legendary one, making him weak to Karakas and other creature removal. If you manage to make him stick a turn or two then I think he can be extremely powerful at helping you chain POs and find you more action.
Edit: Just realized potentially the most important and broken aspect of him overall, he makes your artifacts tap for mana through Null Rod effects!
This seems like a very powerful option for non-blue Gx decks such as @ChubbyRain 's Jund deck, and for UGx Xerox decks.
This card seems great for the format because it does not actually give you card disadvantage, and it allows you to come back from a very prisony start for little to no cost. I like the fact that it makes you play green as it is not a very played secondary color (mostly a tertiary color) and I think this could very easily change that.
The fact that it is 2GG makes this card a bit less likely to be realistically hardcast and if you do then you are likely very far ahead anyway. In my opinion that does not really matter and this will be a very good SB card for many decks with some playing 1 or 2 main.
Also, this with Force of Negation seems to suggests a cycle of "force" pitch cards for each color, doing something that each color is known for.
As a Dredge mage I am very very excited for this Force cycle since so far both seem very powerful in a Dredge shell. Dredge lives off of free cards so the ability to have free counterspells against hate and free removal spells seems insanely attractive, additionally since both new Force cards are instants you can use Force of Negation to protect Force of Vigor. I am excited to see how Dredge changes with these new card.
So far I very excited and happy with the new set as it seems to provide very versatile but not overly powerful cards.
@JimTosetti Do you know roughly when you will be streaming tonight? I will try my best to check you out. Also if you decide to continue streaming you should contact @briba20 @IamActuallyLvL1 and @ChubbyRain about joining their streaming discord to help you get more viewers I am happy always happy to have more content so thank you!
Date: May 19th, 2019
Format: Vintage, 15 proxy cards allowed.
Location: Eudomonia - 2154 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Time: 12:00 PM
I think I will be there! Let's get a good turnout, I really want to play some Vintage
We had 9 awesome players show up today to duke it out. It was 5 rounds of swiss + top 4.
1st Azorius Landstill
Mark Arce 3-1-1 in Swiss ($75+Playmat+Bye)
2nd Azorius Eldrazi and Taxes
Alex Kibner 3-1-1 in Swiss ($75)
3rd/4th Pitch Dredge
George (@Chronatog ) 3-0-2 in Swiss ($50 or $65)
3rd/4th Esper PO Storm
Andrew Calderon 3-0-2 in Swiss ($50 or $65)
5th Pitch Dredge
Me (@Rat3dE) 3-2 in Swiss (A Broken Heart)
I had a lot of fun today, and I am sure others did to. We had some very powerful wizards come out to play today including the indomitable Cyrus Corman - Gill (@CyrusCG ), and the handsome Matt Sperling. As some of you may have noticed Alex Kibner's decklist does not have 60 cards in it and that is due to him making some decklist errors and I do not know the correct decklist. I can post pictures of all decklist if wanted but I already stayed up late enough doing this, so I will consider it tomorrow.
Below is the metagame breakdown:
2 Pitch Dredge (22%)
Hope we can have some more people come out next time! If you have any questions or I made a mistake let me know.