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The Dos and Don'ts of Silver-Border Commander
 
Word of Command: Un-believable
  • posted a message on Post-rotation UB(x) control
    I've had massive life things going on, but I'm not an active poster really anyway, more of a lurker. What's you Esper list looking like Chaos? I'm still on Esper, but haven't looked at standard in a month and a half at least
    Posted in: Established (Standard)
  • posted a message on Post-rotation UB(x) control
    I like it Jon, not a bad idea. I'm probably more inclined to go towards Dreamstealer though.
    Posted in: Established (Standard)
  • posted a message on Post-rotation UB(x) control
    I was also playing a yahenni's, so that's probably part of the reason too, but kingpin is also easier to cast early (in my exp).
    Posted in: Established (Standard)
  • posted a message on Post-rotation UB(x) control
    I took a list based off unhly's list to my Super Sunday. I have 1 opt, 1 search, 1 settle no vraska's and none on the ixn lands.

    I ended up going 2-1 beating gr dinos 2-0, and jund minus counters 2-1 (mulled to 5 and kept a 3 lander, only drew lands in my loss) and lost 0-2 to vamps (no black mana g1 and g2 I brought back the wrong card with Scarab in response to an exile effect).

    I got a lot of mileage out of Fumigate all day (replaced 2 settle)
    Cast Out was great.
    Scarab us still house.
    I liked Search even though I only had one, I drew it heaps.
    1 of Approach was sweet.
    I still think 4 Glimmer is correct even with Opt and Search, but maybe I just felt that way because I as running 4 Glimmer, 1 Opt, 1 Search and 2 Will as my draw/selection.
    Never got to cast Settle.

    Edit: Also played the 1/4 for ub over gifted aetherborn (only own one) and I honestly liked it more, due to not dying to strike, but death touch is nice..
    Posted in: Established (Standard)
  • posted a message on [Sliver Queen]: Superfriends Control
    Just wanted to say thanks for such a great thread. I'm looking into 5c siperfriends as an addition to my edh decklists.

    Has anyone tried Ramos, Dragon Engine in their commander spot? He's what I'm looking at currently. I just think the mana aspect could be quite good, or would I be better to be focussing on land/artifact ramp only?
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Esper/UB control
    @jon
    How did your sorin and bolas testing go?
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Standard)
  • posted a message on Esper/UB control
    I feel the same way re: mono r. I draw enough b mana and some removal, then I win. I like the option of tendrils though for scroungers and zombies..actually..scarab God... I see what you mean haha. Why bontus over fumigate? Because it's cheaper? I think the mana not untapping is an issue in that matchup.

    Big reason I'm playing her is I loved her as a 1of and my meta is..well was last time I could play std, either hyper aggro or control. There was no in between.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Standard)
  • posted a message on Esper/UB control
    Quote from chaos021 »
    @corranhorn1, I'm sorry. I never got you my current sideboard.



    I changed it up slightly from last time. I dropped 1 Blessed Alliance for another To the Slaughter. I also dropped Flaying Tendrils for Essence Extraction. Kefnet is questionable right now. I didn't really know what else to put there. Contraband Kingpin does a ton of work against Ramunap Red.

    I'm also considering Hour of Glory for my sideboard as well.


    Look pretty solid. I like it. I really liked Kingpin, more than Authority I think, just bc it's a w splash and they also have to invest in a burn spell to kill it.

    Any suggestions for my list? Post 1191 (near top of page).

    EDIT: Why drop tendrils? I'm looking to get a tendrils back in the main.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Standard)
  • posted a message on Esper/UB control
    I hope the double post is ok. Unrelated to the one above.

    Here's my updated build.


    I am unsure on the mb alliance and pull. Pull because it's more draw power that illumination.

    Sideboard:
    Unsure if the mana can support the authority. Do I need more hub? Add wilds?
    Unsure if fumigate and tendrils are the correct wipes. I'm kinda worried a little about go wide and hydra decks. Or just big creature midrange.
    Would love to fit in a negate and summary dismissal/overwhelming denial but unsure where. Maybe doomfall? I do like the unconditional edict though.
    Should the murder become never//return?
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Standard)
  • posted a message on Esper/UB control
    Quote from JonInWherever »
    Downfall? You mean an additional copy of Never // Return? I have one still in the list, but could see two being right, maybe pulling the Murder entirely, sacrificing instant speed for potential PW removal. Like you, I'm on the fence with the draw spells. Technically, there's more, with Censors and Supreme Wills. It seemed to be ok on the 5-0 list, so I'm willing to try it once (and then likely curse and add in a Confirm Suspicions and another Glimmer).


    I swear I wrote Doomfall..yea..autoed..
    I think the correct term I meant was card advantage. Will is selection and cycling is redraw. If you follow what I mean.

    I hope you can prove my theoreying wrong haha.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Standard)
  • posted a message on Esper/UB control
    I assume this is to me. I only have 3 T1 white sources, so T2 is the usual. I will mulligan if I have no Authority, or if the hand's curve is high. I've kept and won off T1 Authority with no more plays until T3. Backbreaking vs red. Multiples are just flat out unfair. That's the temptation of going to 4 SB. I've only dropped them back to back in one game, and that was the most lopsided games I've played against a Tier 1 deck in ages. I probably will if I think GP DC will have a lot of red. It almost feels like a bye at this point.

    BTW, testing a new mana base to: 1. Maybe fit Bolas in, and 2. To have less lands come into play tapped. I think I'll be able to T1 Authority a lot more.


    It was. Sorry, using quotes is a pain for me atm. Only have a phone. You also run wilds, don't you? I have 9 W sources, 6 cpt t1. I'll see how it goes in my rebuild. You still run 2 kalitas too, right?


    Looks ok Jon, I dislike only 3 draw spells. I also dislike maxing out on counters, due to them not being great when you are being beaten down already. Maybe 1 downfall over a counter? I'm really interested in how the desert works out!
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Standard)
  • posted a message on Esper/UB control
    How often are you able to drop it t1 or 2? Chaos and I are kinda UBw (anguished, vents and alliance with me having sorin on top on that). I don't want to distort my mana base too much for it either. So that's my issue.

    My amonkhet cards finally arrived today. So hoping to get a rebuild happening for the weekend. Will post soon hopefully.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Standard)
  • posted a message on Esper/UB control
    I'd disagree with the "some relevant abilities". Got a lot of milage out of all 3 abilitiez in the past 2 weeks (rebuying hulk and kalitas - granted not often, but not that rare either). But yes, her main advantage is jamming her t3, and slowing the game down with a basically game ending ult.

    EDIT: spelling and grammar..fat phone fingers
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Standard)
  • posted a message on Esper/UB control
    Splashing w and r seems greedy tbh. I'd test with sorin over bolas to see which one you like more. I think without lili, 2 God and 2 walkers could work, but have to be careful about curve.

    Lili rotates? Isn't it just battle and oath?

    EDIT: just looked it up...i hope we get some good early non red removal in the next set...i don't enjoy playing red in std (outside of purphy, when he was legal). Hazoret looks like he will be quite the force after this rotation depending on what removal we get..
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Standard)
  • posted a message on Esper/UB control
    I hadn't thought about going +blessed in the board instead...seems like something to try. I'll free sb slots too.

    Also, how are people boarding vs red? Keep 1 or 2 negate? For Chandra. I'm also debating a sorcery speed pw kill spell, mainly due to keeping in unmaking vs red seems weird, but it answers hazoret and Chandra.

    Anyone running lost legacy/disposses?

    EDIT: Been liking tendrils as a 1of mb so far.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Standard)
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