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Modern Deck Tech: Holiday Ho-Ho-Harmless Offering

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Hello & welcome to this very special Modern Deck Tech! Since this weekend is Christmas, I thought I’d do something in the spirit of the holidays; and what’s more holiday-like than giving away presents? In this case it’s cards we’re giving away to our opponent, and whether or not they enjoy the presents is not really important. Let’s dive into it and explore this fun deck!

Gift Giving

Harmless Offering is exactly what its name says, sort of. You offer an harmless card you control to your opponent, what could go wrong? It’s all in good spirit, right? You can also play Bazaar Trader if you wish to have even more gift giving going on, and if you want to make the deck in Legacy you have access to Donate

Gift of Immortality

Immortal Coil is, imo, the best gift you could offer; it’s an easy combo to set up to win the turn you donate it. Pair it with some Relic of Progenitus or Nihil Spellbomb to make sure the graveyards are empty and BAM you win on the spot.

Demonic Gift

This is also a very good gift option since you start out by getting really good value and then donate it away for your opponent to lose. Drawing some extra cards, draining some life while killing off a creature & making your opponent discard their possible answers. If hey don’t have a counterspell or enchantment removal you’ll win on the spot! 

More & More Gifts!

The 2 previous gifts would personally be the only gifts I’d play in the deck, since it’s really tempting to play a lot of targets but you end up losing to fast decks since you’re not interactive enough. Though there are a lot of other options if you want to diversify. Bronze Bombshell is pretty cool since you can straight up deal 7 damage to your opponent. Lich’s Tomb is also pretty neat, acting similarly to Immortal Coil; if you deal enough damage they’ll end up sacrifice all their permanents, including the Tomb and lose. Abyssal Persecutor is pretty good as well, making sure you don’t lose along the way. Aggressive Mining is a pretty funny gift that prevents your opponent from playing any lands, so that’s a thing! Also, if you want to branch out into Legacy you can play Illusions of Grandeur & Disillusions of Mediocrity, which are super fun to play!

Gift of Removal

Even though the deck is a fun gift-giving experience, you still need removal spells. Terminate is amazing, as well as Lightning Bolt. You can even play some Murderous Cut, but it goes a bit against Immortal Coil so I’m not too tempted by it; maybe some Ultimate Price or Doom Blade. You just need a bit of removal to deal with early threats.

Forcing Your Gifts

In a match-up where people will try to refuse your gifts out of politeness & with the help of counterspells, you need to be assertive and insist that they take your gift, with the help of your own counterspells. Remand should do the trick, though Cryptic Command, Dispel, Mana Leak or Spell Pierce are also nice ways to make sure your opponent accept your gifts!

Finding Your Gifts

Your gifts are probably buried somewhere in your backyard, so you need to dig for them. What best way to do that than some good old Ancestral Vision & Serum Vision? Just draw tons of cards and you’ll be sure to find what you need!

Gift of Friendship

What best way to deliver your gifts than asking a friend for help? Your good friend Snapcaster Mage is always there for you and will make sure you’ll give out your gifts in time. Give flashback to your Harmless Offering, Remand, Terminate & whatever you need to fulfil your holiday gift giving!


There you have it boys & girls, a good old holiday cheer wrapped in some sleeves! The example of deck that I just talked about is a Grixis Control shell with Harmless Offering as a win-condition, because I feel like it’s the perfect match of effectiveness & gimmick. Modern is a very cutthroat format and going all-in on Harmless Offering would often prove unwise as you’d lose before you could do anything; by adding the theme into a Control list, you make sure you have time to get to your combo; but if you wish to make it more fun and less serious, you can take out some control aspects for the other cards I’ve talked about! Here is decklist that I’d build with the cards under the cut! See you guys next week for another deck tech, and 

happy holidays to all of you! :)

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Sundays are best spend doing fun projects, or relaxing and stretching your body with fun, easy workouts. Here’s a little sneak peak into my latest Stretch & Tone workout routines.
1. One leg bicycle x 20 reps on each leg
2. Crab leg swing to plank leg extended hip stretch x 10 reps on each leg
3. Swiss ball combo x 5 sets

It’s going to be a short but sweet little session. If that leaves you hungry for more, then do the full routine with more exercises in the ZGYM (at see you there! 😜♥️ have great rest of the weekend.
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Sweep the leg

A while ago I had the honor and privilege of getting an hour-long private lesson with former UFC fighter Gray Maynard ! I wanted it to focus on setting up my takedowns sine my striking/boxing skills are utter trash and I wanted an easy striking combo to set up a high percentage takedown.

Me with UFC fighter Gray Maynard and sifu @centerlinemartialarts

One of the major things we drilled and worked was a 1 & 2 combo to set up the single leg. Its still a go to bread and butter of mine and I feel that its relatively low risk and easy to force or shoot for. Best of all I find it pretty high percentage. If you have good take-down mechanics you can execute it pretty easily.

First things first is you set up your single leg with your punches. Make sure to throw a combo you feel comfortable with. A standard 1 & 2 combo works well. There are multiple ways I’ve seen it done and its best that you try it out in the dojo to see which you prefer. The way that you seen in Gif 1 is the way I was shown. Throw the one then step in and close the distance as you chuck your second punch.  Your step should take your lead foot outside theirs. Once you get in position get the leg keep your body tight, lift up and secure the leg.

Dan Hendo showing off his variation here:

Royston Wee has a great video showing multiple variations:

Once you get in position there are many ways to finish it. But make sure you lift that leg up and keep your body tight and pressure on them. I just like to run the pipe and finishing with my head/body movement. I like it because its simple, high percentage and it has less moving parts.

But there are other ways to finish the single from here like switching to the high grip or take the back like so. I personally don’t use this variation much but I like it and want to get some reps of it and see how it works for me. taking the back is HUGE and a great way to set up a strong finish via sub. 

This variation I do use but I still prefer running the pipe but I always feel more like a badass when I land this one in sparring.

This  combo isn’t just MMA it works in Sanda as well and you can land it with  gloves of different variety.

 This is my bread and butter takedown and I’m hoping to cultivate it and make it one of my go too. Try it out and tell me if you like it.

What’s you favorite transition to the ground? 

anonymous asked:

Hello, could you help me? I have an oily t-zone so i try to use only oil-free moisturizers and my skin is somehow still oily especially on the forehead so i avoid using it all the time mainly just before i put makeup on, but then lately my nose has been peeling and dry whereas other parts of my t-zone are oily.. is this something to do with blackheads or??

Means you have combo skin mixture of oily and dry skin. Too faced born this way is really good for combo skin, set your oily areas with translucent powder x