Lost Vale is beyond broken as regular land. It's strictly better than the Vintage-defining Mishra's Workshop. Is there literally anything you'd pick before this lovechild of Workshop and Lotus Vale?
Primal Wellspring might be more powerful still. Free Forks and mana of any color without a drawback?
Spires of Orazca and Spitfire Bastion also strike me as too strong, too good against creatures.
The others are potentially okay, though Azcanta, the Sunken Ruin provides impressive card advantage and selection.
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Sep 27, 2017Incanur posted a message on Discussion about playing only the land part of the Ixalan's flip landsPosted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Sep 26, 2017Incanur posted a message on Thrasios, Triton Hero & Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder ― Enlightenment by FireRegrowth is going to replace Vengeful Rebirth.Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Something going to replace Searing Meditation. It's a fun interaction with Tamanoa and Bruse, but so far it hasn't felt good enough. It's a solid mana sink with either of the aforementioned cards out, but Thras already provides an excellent mana sink.
Sep 22, 2017Asmira is for when I want a competitiveish creature combo deck with hatebear and mana-denial elements. It's additionally for when I want to look at gorgeous Rebecca Guay art.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Cromat is for when I want a basically causal deck that's capable of combo.
Dakkon is for when I want a friendly (no combo or mana denial) deck with a decent number of counterspells and/or when I want to win with commander damage.
Jaya is for hating on blue, Forking, and land destruction. Competitiveish against decks with blue.
Kozilek is for when I want to slam down rocks and hate pieces like there's no tomorrow. Also scratches that commander-damage itch. I'm comfortable playing it against the most competitive decks in my meta.
Kruphix is for when I want to sling spells, control the stack, and take all the turns. Not really competitive (no Sol Ring/Mana Crypt!), but works well enough against the local Riku of Two Reflections combo deck because of counterspell density.
Kydele & Ravos is for when I want a casualish, noninfinite combo deck and/or feel like drawing a bunch of cards.
Kynaios and Tiro is for when I want a solid interaction suite, soft mana denial, and combo potential.
Merieke Ri Berit is for when I want to bring my A game. It's always been a combo-happy list but now I've redesigned it with Paradox Engine and Isochron Scepter. I haven't yet played with the new build, but I'd guess it's my most competitive deck. (Still not true cEDH.)
Scion is for when I want to beat down with creatures and shuffle myself silly. I haven't played it enough yet to say, but I think it's potentially fast and consistent enough to threaten the aforementioned Riku list.
Selenia is for when I want a strong-but-fair combo deck with plenty of removal.
Tasigur is for when I want high variance, the chance of making goofy powerhouse plays that don't immediately win the game.
Thras & Tarl is similar to Cromat in that it's a causalish deck capable of combo, albeit with more interaction. Also Forking.
Tymna & Kondo is for when I want a competitiveish combo deck with mana-denial elements.
Vorel is for when I want a strong-but-fair list and/or feel like using a lot of dice.
Xira is for when I'm tried of shuffling and/or want a strong-but-fair deck with high variance and political elements.
(Yes, I have way too many decks.)
Sep 20, 2017I'm most excited about Primal Amulet/Primal Wellspring for my Kruphix deck. Paying 4 for a Goblin Electromancer is pretty bad, but it's still a powerful effect and Wellspring is incredible. The fact that I can float the mana with Kruphix appeals to me the most. While not at all cEDH, the deck definitely qualify as combo. I can't wait to cast Time Stretch with multiple mana from Wellspring.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Dowsing Dagger, Search for Azcanta, Thaumatic Compass, and Treasure Map are going in my Dakkon deck. It already has a top-deck-manipulation theme, so I'm hoping Map will pull its weight. Dakkon of course appreciates having extra lands.
I wish Arguel's Blood Fast weren't so tricky to transform. I might pick up one for my Selena deck at some point, but usually that deck eliminates at least one opponent when it goes down to 5 life or below. Erebos, God of the Dead costs twice as much but has the upside of sometimes turning into a creature, being indestructible, and preventing opponents from gaining life. While useful if you set an opponent's life to 1 or 2, the prevent of life gain does restrict life-swapping shenanigans somewhat. So Blood Fast might end up being better for the deck.
I'd like to run Conqueror's Galleon in Dakkon, but I don't have the creatures to reliably active it. Yes, Dakkon usually will have 4+ power, but I want to be swinging with him, not crewing. Galleon seems best cheap(ish) commanders with 4+ power, such as Yasova Dragonclaw. But Conqueror's Foothold isn't that great unless you're taking infinite turns or making infinite mana with it, and that requires twelve mana or so. Best-case scenario would be Reset, which still requires access to nine mana beyond Foothold. I don't think I'd pay 4 for an artifact with Foothold's abilities. The trouble you have to go through makes it worse still.
Sep 20, 2017While instant speed is always nice, Forbidden Alchemy only looks at four and takes one. Looking at five and taking two is much better. And playing 6B for that effect isn't where you want to be most of the time.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
I ran Forbidden Alchemy back in the day, but it's been a while.
As far as similar designs go, Kruphix's Insight digs a card deeper and nabs up to three, but only enchantments. I'm planning to put a copy in my Cromat deck as soon as I acquire one, because that deck has enough enchantments to make it work and I can always choose zero for on-curve synergy with Replenish.
Of course, part of my motivation for using those cards is that I love committing to a theme and trying get maximum payoff from that. Niche cards that reward very specific deck construction are right up my alley.
Sep 20, 2017I've been seeing Pieces of the Puzzle everywhere lately. I decided to add it to my Kruphix list a few weeks ago. Around the same time, I learned that the local Riku of Two Reflections deck started using it. My Kruphix deck has 56 instants and sorceries. The Riku list in question apparently has 48.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
I also found out it's a thing in Vintage, at least fringe playable.
The fact that it puts the unselected cards in your yard is what really pushes it over the edge, assuming you run enough instants and sorceries. I haven't played a real game with it yet, but it's been solid in online testing and looked good in that Riku deck.
Sep 15, 2017Incanur posted a message on Thrasios, Triton Hero & Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder ― Enlightenment by FireAngrath's Marauders will be replacing Gisela, Blade of Goldnight as soon as I can get a copy. While generally worse, Marauders is easier for this deck to cast and can be profitably targeted with Rite of Replication and Heat Shimmer.Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Sep 15, 2017Ixalan cards I'm planning to use:Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Asmira: Growing Rites of Itlimoc
Dakkon: Dowsing Dagger, Search for Azcanta, Thaumatic Compass, Treasure Map
Kruphix: Primal Amulet
Selenia: Axis of Mortality
Thras & Tarl: Angrath's Marauders, Star of Extinction
There are a few others I'm interesting in picking up but less certain I'll use: Sentinel Totem, Sorcerous Spyglass, Sunbird's Invocation, Vance's Blasting Cannons, and Vona, Butcher of Magan.
Sep 12, 2017I'm thinking about this for my Kruphix deck at the moment. At first I cut Veg for Hour, but now I'm reconsidering. I'm just not sure any of the nonbasic lands in the deck are good enough to justify Hour. I'm leaning toward removing Glacial Chasm, Drownyard Temple, and Crop Rotation as part of pushing the deck more heavily in the combo direction.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
In a deck with Cabal Coffers and Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth or in a deck with a Cloudpost package, it's a windmill slam. Otherwise, I'm unsure whether Hour's worth the extra mana over Veg.
Sep 7, 2017Incanur posted a message on What land on the Reserved List and beyond would you like to see on a DFC for Ixalan block?I'd love for the white legendary enchantment to flip to Serra's Sanctum.Posted in: Speculation
Note that Spires of Orazca is quite different from Maze of Ith mechanically. It's a fixed Maze that doesn't let you save your own creatures or go infinite with Argothian Elder.
I'm blanking on what land the red legendary enchantment could turn into.
Sep 7, 2017Incanur posted a message on Your answer to RL "reprints" has arrived with two faces. Literally!While this maybe helps for EDH, it sure doesn't address high prices for Legacy staples. The front side of these flip cards isn't nearly pushed enough to make these competitive with the originals.Posted in: Magic General
Sep 7, 2017I could see it Modern Elves but not really in any other Modern deck. Dropping it on turn two off a dork and transforming it during the end step of turn three might be good enough for Elves.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
As far as Standard goes, Gaea's Cradle wasn't that amazing in Urza's/Masques Standard, though it certainly was played. Of course, that was a powerful Standard and creatures are better now.
Sep 7, 2017Is Growing Rites of Itlimoc actually better than Xenagos, the Reveler? I'm thinking so, but not necessarily by a lot.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Edit: In other news, I realized that Kruphix, God of Horizons allows you to store mana from Primal Wellspring and thus get multiple copy triggers for a single spell. I don't think Primal Amulet is a great card, but I love the art/flavor and I'm a sucker for Forking. I'm going to at least try it out in my Kruphix deck.
As an aside, Primal Wellspring would be far and away the most broken land ever as a normal land, trumping even Mishra's Workshop and Tolarian Academy.
Sep 7, 2017Assuming Growing Rites of Itlimoc is actually a rare as the symbol indicates, I'll surprised if it's much above $10 based on recent Standard-legal rares.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Does any Modern deck really want a build-your-own-Cradle for 2G?
In both Modern and Commander, Xenagos, the Reveler is arguably better. And that's about $5.
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