The reason Prophet of Kruphix is so good is that you basically get another turn for each turn your opponents take. You (player 1) take your turn, playing some creatures or whatever, then pass the turn, untap on player 2's turn, play MORE guys because they have flash, then untap on player 3's turn, etc. etc. As for mana sinks, Roon himself is an awesome mana sink, especially since you get to untap him every turn. Deadeye Navigator is even better, and if you ever get Prophet of Kruphix and Deadeye Navigator out at the same time, you probably just win, assuming you have something for Deadeye to blink. So you play out your hand, or, if you've already done that, you play Roon and just start blinking stuff every turn. The best is when you start blinking a creature that draws you cards and draw into more guys to play on other people's turns. It might not sound that broken, but you're doing this every single turn, not just your turns, and that adds up very quickly to an insurmountable advantage. I'd say the only cards in my Roon deck that are better than Prophet of Kruphix are Deadeye Navigator and Tooth and Nail... and I usually fetch PoK with Tooth and Nail.Quote from ajprokosFor Kruphix, I am looking through the guides to find mana sinks....or is basically to be able to hold up counters?
12/3/2013 9:43:40 AM
Posted in: Commander (EDH)
12/2/2013 5:32:17 PM
Yes, tricolor goodstuff decks can definitely work, and bant is one of the best color combinations for it. Roon seems to be the go-to bant general of choice for that kind of deck now. Keep in mind that Roon is best as a tempo deck, though, so choose your goodstuff accordingly. I used to think that goodstuff decks were just decks that... well, played good stuff, but that's not the whole story. Goodstuff decks still need a plan, because there's a LOT of cards that qualify as "good" and you can't play all of them.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
12/2/2013 4:49:11 PM
Stoneforge Mystic + swords, Batterskull, and/or Umezawa's Jitte. And, as already mentioned, Craterhoof Behemoth with Avenger of Zendikar (plus Tooth and Nail to fetch them both, obv.)Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Oh, and Prophet of Kruphix. That card is so stupidly broken it's basically a win condition just because of the absurd tempo advantage you get from it.
11/27/2013 12:42:34 PM
Posted in: Commander (EDH)
That's exactly how I built Roon and it's worked out great for me as well. You just play a ton of creatures that are good on their own and REALLY good when blinked, and this allows you to grind people out through sheer card advantage. It's actually a fairly aggressive deck, especially since I run a bunch of broken equipment that can be fetched with Stoneforge Mystic and Stonehewer Giant (swords, jitte, etc.). I've won plenty of games where I never needed to cast Roon. It's not cutthroat competitive, but it can certainly hold its own.Quote from zer0faultsRoon is great if you are going to either present enough threats or protect him. He basically acts as another saving blink spell on a stick. I run a heavy blink deck. I don't need Roon on the field, but when I can get him to the field and to stay, its basically impossible at that point to remove him.
I built my blink deck more as a grind out a victory kind of a deck, it slowly builds up board position and with that resilience while stopping other shenanigans through destroying lands / artifacts / enchantments that have a potential to shift the game to far away from me.
11/26/2013 10:28:47 PM
People in my meta don't actually build new decks too often, except for me. The two people that I play with the most have had the same decks built for several years and they just constantly refine those decks. Those decks are really pimped out and honed to perfection, though.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
11/17/2013 11:33:40 PM
I like your deck! I run a similar build, though mine runs slightly more ramp, a higher curve, and more GY hate. A few thoughts, based on my experiences with Roon:Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
- In my experience, Elvish Visionary is better than Wall of Blossoms because it can attack while holding equipment. I run both, but if I had to pick just one, Visionary would get the nod.
- Speaking of equipment, Jitte is absurd and you should definitely run it.
- Fiend Hunter seems kind of weak, as it's surprisingly difficult to permanently exile things with him. I cut him from my deck after playing a few games with him. I replaced him with Sower of Temptation, which lacks the ability to permanently deal with things but makes for a much bigger tempo swing. I've been meaning to try out Mangara of Corondor, though, which seems like it would fulfill much the same role.
- You only run 14 instants and sorceries (one of which, GSZ, should not be in the GY, so 13 that are recurrable under normal circumstances), so running Snapcaster AND Archaeomancer AND Mnemonic Wall seems like a bit much. I get that it's super powerful to recur instants and sorceries a bunch of times, but you have so few that it might make sense to cut one of the instant/sorcery recursion creatures.
- Frost Titan doesn't seem all that great. He's OK, but I think there are more powerful things you could be doing.
- While he isn't a blink target, Stonehewer Giant is great in a deck that's running a lot of busted equipment like yours is.
- Lavinia of the Tenth is awesome. She locks down mana artifacts, equipment, tokens, many planeswalkers, and small creatures. I definitely recommend trying her out.
- Chord of Calling seems like a better Wargate. While you can only get creatures with it, you can cast it at instant speed, which can lead to huge blowouts.
- Stonecloaker is another good GY hate option. It can also save an important creature (like Prophet of Kruphix) from a wrath if Roon is unavailable. Probably meta-dependant.
- I notice you don't run any bounce except for Venser. Riftwing Cloudskate is another possibility if you want to expand your options there.
- Terastodon is another creature in the same vein as Woodfall Primus. Obviously, if Woodfall Primus is too expensive for you then this guy is too, but I just wanted to throw him out there as another option in the "blowing up noncreature permanents" department.
- Blade Splicer has helped me defend against super aggressive starts from opposing decks and is an OK blink target later on. You run a lower curve than me, so this might not be as much of an issue for you.
- Armada Wurm is kind of big and dumb, but it gets out of hand pretty quickly if you blink it a couple of times.
- You didn't mention lands, but Alchemist's Refuge is better in Roon than in most decks, and I found that it is worth the slot in my deck.
- Any particular reason you're not running Tooth and Nail? It's pretty busted even under the fairest circumstances, and the Magical Christmasland scenarios with it are just bonkers.
10/21/2013 3:42:49 PM
Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Agree to disagree then. I think the new one looks terrible.
That's the point. The emphasis and style make a huge difference, which is why I dislike the new artwork and like Jace Beleren's and JTMS's artwork.
10/21/2013 3:26:39 PM
Posted in: The Rumor Mill
No one's bashing the artist himself. On the contrary, every post I've seen that addresses the artist at all has basically said "You're awesome, but this particular piece of artwork sucks."Quote from BitsyIts sad to see people bashing the artist himself. There are so many worse artists and artworks...
It's not the outfit, it's the depiction of the outfit in this particular artwork. Compare it with, say, the Jace Beleren artwork. The outfit in the Jace Beleren artwork looks very substantial and three dimensional. The outfit in this artwork looks very flat and two dimensional, like a cheap costume.has mentioned that there are strict guidelines on planeswalker style and attire, and that he has received corrections on that very front. Those corrections may not have been on this piece, but the fact is that this is the outfit that Wizards of the Coast wants Jace to wear.
10/21/2013 2:03:51 PM
Posted in: The Rumor Mill
For what it's worth, I actually really like most of your stuff, including the Elspeth vs. Tezzeret artworks. Elesh Norn is one of my favorite artworks ever. And the Vraska half of the Jace vs. Vraska picture is fine. I really don't like the Jace artwork, but meh, you can't please everyone all the time. That sucks that there are a lot of compositional constraints for vs. deck artworks, though. I can see how that would be aggravating.Quote from SmokestackIt has nothing to do with phoning in. You have to put two characters together in one piece but they have to work separately. There are also some pretty aggravating compositional restraints.
There's a reason I don't do comic covers and, given the reaction I see here,I won't be doing any more VS products for the foreseeable future either. Not my cup of tea it seems.
10/21/2013 9:36:49 AM
To all those people saying that Jace's artwork is perfect because he's a politician now, I disagree. The art is terrible on multiple levels.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
First, the colors are washed out and the textures make it seem like it was done with colored pencils or something. This doesn't feel like a high quality, professional illustration, it feels like a mediocre fan art.
Second, as someone already mentioned, the artist used "realistic" proportions, giving Jace a large head and midsection, which makes him look very dumpy. Jace's hairstyle (or lack thereof) and uncharacteristically ugly face also add to him looking below average.
Third, Jace's pose and the composition of the artwork in general is boring. The fact that he's a politician now is no excuse. Artwork depicting politicians can still look cool.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, I'm pretty sure that when the person compared Jace's artwork to a politician, he was commenting on how boring and/or ugly Jace looked. The average politician does not make a good model for fantasy artwork, so responding with "Oh well Jace is a politician now" is missing the point.
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