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The Dos and Don'ts of Silver-Border Commander
  • posted a message on Crazy Plays in EDH.
    Due to un-cards the games have gotten a little, insane.

    Player A plays Mine, Mine, Mine!
    Player B is playing Spike, Tournament Grinder and in order to punish Player A, Grabs his Fastbond and uses Lotus petal to cat it.
    Big mistake as Player C cast commandeer grabs Fastbond, plays all is lands in hand (Which is all due to his deck leaving him at a very low life counts. However, he won as he now had enough mana to cast Omnicience, (and any counterspells he would have needed to combo off.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Commanders that just make you want to play with them
    Thromok the insatiable
    I had so much fun with this glass canon.
    Make tokens-eat tokens-get trample-?????-profit
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Commander Matter/Command Zone related cards
    Partners was cool, but in reality, i want to see more experience, not just in commander but also as a standard mechanic, as it would allow for far more experience realted decks and more cards that give you counters(granted, that would break maron even more)
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Need Ideas: The Ur-Dragon
    Quote from meowCat1234 »
    Quote from Gashnaw »
    Quote from meowCat1234 »
    Quote from Gashnaw »
    Quote from meowCat1234 »



    Lol this could be fun. However, the main reason I'm going for making multiple copies of the same dragon are the Kamigawan dragons, which have cool on-death triggers. And they actually die just having copies of themselves, so not having a sac outlet out isn't as crucial. I do think that having just the Kamigawan dragons in mind makes the strategy somewhat shaky but I do want it to be Plan A.

    Well yea if you are only cloning your kamigawa dragons then mirror gallery is not important at all, However I would love to RoR a Silumgar, the Drifting Death (Meaning every dragon I swing with gives defending player's creatures -6/-6, Most creatures you will go against won;t get much bigger than 12/12 anyway. (And luckily it eliminates indestructible too)

    But yea only if you plan on using RoR on anything rather than just 4 dragons (Because no one will play Jugen) Otherwise don''t bother with Mirror gallery.


    Make it 5 dragons with Scourge of Valkas. Smile

    But yeah I'm thinking that's the plan. RoR is going to be reserved for those 5 dragons

    wat is the amount od damage if you use RoR on scourge, i count 36 (if valkas is your only dragon in play before RoR


    Each copy of Scourge of Valkas will see each other copy of it as it enters the battlefield. The original dragon will see 5 dragons so its ability will trigger 5 times, as well as each of the 5 copies. That's going to be 5(triggers) * 6(different dragons whose abilities were triggered) * 6(damage, with 6 dragons in play) = 180. I think 180 damage is not something you can scoff at. Smile

    180, yea, that is a win ccn. 3 opponenst (Who may have been hurt by this point anyway) You have enough.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Need Ideas: The Ur-Dragon
    Quote from meowCat1234 »
    Quote from Gashnaw »
    Quote from meowCat1234 »

    Quote from Gashnaw »
    If you want to keep the dragon legends. Mirror gallery is fun.


    Lol this could be fun. However, the main reason I'm going for making multiple copies of the same dragon are the Kamigawan dragons, which have cool on-death triggers. And they actually die just having copies of themselves, so not having a sac outlet out isn't as crucial. I do think that having just the Kamigawan dragons in mind makes the strategy somewhat shaky but I do want it to be Plan A.

    Well yea if you are only cloning your kamigawa dragons then mirror gallery is not important at all, However I would love to RoR a Silumgar, the Drifting Death (Meaning every dragon I swing with gives defending player's creatures -6/-6, Most creatures you will go against won;t get much bigger than 12/12 anyway. (And luckily it eliminates indestructible too)

    But yea only if you plan on using RoR on anything rather than just 4 dragons (Because no one will play Jugen) Otherwise don''t bother with Mirror gallery.


    Make it 5 dragons with Scourge of Valkas. Smile

    But yeah I'm thinking that's the plan. RoR is going to be reserved for those 5 dragons

    wat is the amount od damage if you use RoR on scourge, i count 36 (if valkas is your only dragon in play before RoR
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Need Ideas: The Ur-Dragon
    Quote from meowCat1234 »

    Quote from Gashnaw »
    If you want to keep the dragon legends. Mirror gallery is fun.


    Lol this could be fun. However, the main reason I'm going for making multiple copies of the same dragon are the Kamigawan dragons, which have cool on-death triggers. And they actually die just having copies of themselves, so not having a sac outlet out isn't as crucial. I do think that having just the Kamigawan dragons in mind makes the strategy somewhat shaky but I do want it to be Plan A.

    Well yea if you are only cloning your kamigawa dragons then mirror gallery is not important at all, However I would love to RoR a Silumgar, the Drifting Death (Meaning every dragon I swing with gives defending player's creatures -6/-6, Most creatures you will go against won;t get much bigger than 12/12 anyway. (And luckily it eliminates indestructible too)

    But yea only if you plan on using RoR on anything rather than just 4 dragons (Because no one will play Jugen) Otherwise don''t bother with Mirror gallery.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Need Ideas: The Ur-Dragon
    If you want to keep the dragon legends. Mirror gallery is fun.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Need Ideas: The Ur-Dragon
    Quote from Dunharrow »
    Cards that can act like worse versions of Rite of Replication:
    - Cackling Counterpart
    - Infinite Reflection
    - Mirror Mockery
    - Mirrorweave (before a dragon comes into play) - doesn't work on legendaries though
    - Blade of Selves
    - Progenitor Mimic

    You can also play the token doublers like Anointed Procession, Parallel lives, Doubling Season...

    (And Primal Vigor)

    I don't have room to run the doublers, and I would not get benefit form it except form RoR (Which i added to my deck today thanks to this thread) And Dragon Broodmother
    I may however try to find a spot for Mimic. I run Sakashima the Impostor (Why not have two The Ur-Dragons out?)
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Need Ideas: The Ur-Dragon
    there are a few dragons you ma want to look at.
    One that i find really good is Dragonlord Dromoka. While the Bolster version of him is garbage, the dragonlor prevents you from having counterspells payed on your turn. He is extremely useful when you want to use some combos. Helps you pull off the RoR situation and you have given me an idea. I think I will add it. While Most Dragons I run are legendary, it does help. I could pull it off on one of my Kamigawa dragons or Valkas. or if I need, i can even crack it on Utvara Hellkite Or Maybe even Draco

    Yes I run draco. I am not sure how your land base is or you rmeta, but in my Deck and my meta Dragon reads as a 5 mana 9/9 artiafact creature with flying and
    "Opponents must destroy this creature as soon as they have a kill spell in hand"

    Many people may think it is a bad card to have but eh amount of times I see them waste a kill spell on Draco is funny. I use this 9/9 as bait. I cast a Draco, they use their counterspell, i cast Atarka. They already used their counter. (And if tehy don;t counter, i do now have a 9/9 (getting boosted by other stuff. (Like double strike from atarka)
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on The Great Calcutron
    Quote from Lithl »
    Quote from Gashnaw »
    What pony loop?
    Half-Squirrel, Half-Pony, the printed text means that as soon as a nontoken non-horse enters the battlefield under your control, you can blink it infinitely.
    yes, i was planning to build a deck utilizing that. It is not allowed anymore?

    Isn't it a may ability? Its not like an accident with Slave taker.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Un-Commander: Contraptions
    Quote from 31F »
    Riggers, contraptions, dice rolling theme with As Luck Would Have It.

    While as luck would have it is a fun card, I prefer Helix Pinnacle. More likely to go off. (As you can just pump all your excess mana at the end of turn.) Luck requires you to roll dice and there are not a lot of cards that do that. You almost need to dedicate a part of your deck to recursion of you dice rolling cards.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Un-Commander: Contraptions
    I plan on iklding a rigger tribal and of course use contraptio s. Question is, who will run the deck.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on The Great Calcutron
    Quote from illakunsaa »
    Quote from Sinis »
    Quote from Perodequeso »
    On blogatog, Mark Rosewater stated the you can use The Grand Calcutron as a commander, FYI.
    This would not be the first time Mark Rosewater was wrong about things, especially in the Commander format.


    This is not a commander rules question. Maro is the unrules manager so he decides on the unrules. Whether Calcutron is actually legal as commander is legal as commander is little questionable to. If you go to gatherer and look up Ordinary Pony's rules text it has been errated to prevent the infinite loop. The grand calcutron has no errata.



    EDIT: Suspend might actually work with this as it allows you to free up space in your hand at very reduced costs.


    Suspend doesn't really work. You can suspend stuff but you can only cast the first card of the program. This means no casting spells from exile, command zone, library or graveyard.

    What pony loop?
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Spike, Tournament Grinder - Going for broke(n)
    Quote from darrenhabib »
    OK, lets try this for style points. Winning via Battle of Wits by getting infinite life and mana (Fastbond+Crucible of the Worlds+Zuran Orb), pulling more than 110 cards into your hand, then taking an extra turn via Time Walk, making sure to get Kozilek, Butcher of Truth from library and discard him along with 110 other cards from your hand and then winning in your next upkeep.

    Staring hand:
    Lions Eye Diamond

    From Library:
    Battle of Wits
    Crucible of the Worlds
    Kozilek, Butcher of Truth

    Banned Cards:
    Black Lotus
    Fastbond
    Seat of the Synod
    Zuran Orb (Ice Age Block)
    Time Walk
    Demonic Tutor

    Okay now my question
    Has eeryone forgotten about te fact that Spike s black? You cannot run battle of wits in your deck.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Ghave clarity
    Quote from wallycaine »
    Quote from Gashnaw »
    Quote from wallycaine »
    To answer the actual question, the reason you can make those saprolings "infinite/infinite" is because once you have infinite mana and creatures, Ghave allows you to convert infinite creatures into infinite +1/+1 counters by sacrificing them. So you can produce 200 billion saprolings, then produce enough more to put 200 billion +1/+1 counters on each of those saprolings.

    Yep, you swing and once they declare blockers, put counters on the unblocked ones.

    There are also many other combos. "Ghave, Guru of Combos"
    I mean, with infinite mana/tokens, you don't even need to do that. Just make 200 billion^2 tokens, and sac all of those for counters before combat so all your saprolings are giant.

    True, but not as funny when they think they have survived.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
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