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Unstable Q&A with Mark Rosewater
 
The Dos and Don'ts of Silver-Border Commander
 
Word of Command: Un-believable
  • posted a message on The Ur-Dragon deck help
    I did saw your post before you edited it, but didn't have the opportunity to comment before. I did not want to propose certain switches, but wanted to provide food for thought. I don't know wich cards are within your budget and what your playgroup plays excactly, wich makes it harder to evaluate and propose specific cards. Also building a Commander deck is a process, tuning 100 card singleton is much harder than tuning the 60 card 4-of deck and I believe that there is no perfect configuration for a Commander deck, there are just so many options and so few slots. In the end you have to try and see what works for you and your playgroup.

    To comment on your recent changes, I like the cuts of Sarkhan and Archetype of Aggression, but don't like the addition of the expensive counterspells, as it is hard to keep up 4 or 5 mana if you want to slam dragons at the same time. And the UUU cost on Cryptic Command is so prohibitive for this deck. Maybe try Arcane Denial if you want a counterspell?
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on The Ur-Dragon deck help
    There is a really good thread here (click) wich talks about the Draconic Domination deck, you should look there for suggestions.
    An especially good one imho is to use the Battle for Zendikar duals like Cinder Glade and the Mirage Fetches like Bad River. While still having a your lands etb tapped often those would help you play with cards like Farseek, Nature`s Lore etc. The cycling dual lands from Amonkhet are an option too but always etb tapped. Also good old Evolving Wilds and Terramorphic Expanse were suggested and I would second that. You should play a few more Basic Lands to your list if you want to add those cards, but I think it's a solid option for a 5-color manabase.
    A legit way to tackle the mana of the deck is to treat it as a RG deck wich splashes all the other colors and plays basic fetching ramp spells like Sakura Tribe Elder, Kodama's Reach, Cultivate, etc. It's doesn't make the most powerful mana base for the deck, but it shouldn't slow you down much and make WUBRG easily avaible. And it doesn't cost you a fortune!
    Anyways as long as you don't have a mana base with Beta duals or shocks, plus fetches I would suggest for you to reduce the number of cards with double coloured mana costs you play unless it's double red wich you just need for many of your dragons (Even with my near perfect mana base I find Niv-Mizzets cost prohibitive at times). And I would in general look to reduce the mana curve of your non-dragon spells, so that you can play more than one spell a turn later in the game and have options early in the game besides ramping and fixing. So I would reduce the number of wraths for cheap spot removal and also switch some of the other more expensive instants and sorceries out.

    Are all cheap (money wise), flexible and can replace cards Rain of Thorns or Akroma's Vengeance for example. Sylvan Reclamation while costing a bit more mana is better then Return to Dust imho, because it's effect is more powerful it doesn't cost double white and has the option to fix your mana.
    For portection protection spells I would suggest Swan Song. It's a single mana to keep up and counters everything that could really make you worry if you have a bunch of dragons out. Kindred Boon is a cool card, but it's to mana intensive and if the enchantment is removed all your creatures lose indestructible (because the ability is not granted through the counter but the enchantment).

    Dragonlords Prerogative and Harmonize are other cards that can be swapped out for cards like Rhystic Study (costs money though), Elemental Bond and Temur Ascendancy (wich also grants haste), maybe also add Curse of Verbosity back into the deck again (don't know how good that one really is, have to test more). What I like about those enchantments is that I can drop them early and they keep drawing me cards so that I can keep slamming dragons. I also play Monastery Siege but atm I am not sure about it, may switch that one out in the future.

    Another card I don't like in the deck in general is Mirror of the Forbears. One would think that copying a dragon for cheap, giving it pseudo haste is good, but in reality it just adds another mana to the cost of your dragons and doesn't work with most of them because they are legendary. It's just really bad in this deck.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on The Ur-Dragon deck help
    I also bought the deck and play the Ur-Dragon. I don't know your meta but in my meta the decks are powerful but at the same time quite casual, we don't have any combo or lock decks and a few cards like Sol Ring are not played. So what I say may not be fully applicable for you.

    First, what I think are the worst cards in your deck are the Lairs. They fix your mana and are falvourful, but they also slow you down so much because of the bounce clause they have. This is for sure not the thing you want in a deck full of expensive creatures.
    My list is not fully tuned, but I play a lot of fetches and shocks. So regarding the check and filter lands, I can't really say something about those because I haven't tried them. But I think the tri lands are better for you, check lands will probably come into play tapped often and filter lands probably won't be able to make colored that often, especially in the early game. Your list is also missing Path of Ancestry and Crucible of the Spirit Dragon and you could try other 5-color lands like Forbidden Orchard, Exotic Orchard, Reflecting Pool, City of Brass or Grand Coliseum.
    Regarding other ramp and fixing I think about 12-14 spells is a good number wich gives you a good chance to draw 2 of them early. I also decided to reduce the costs of my spells a bit so that I am able to maybe play two of them early and put a dragon down on turn 4 or at least turn 5 wich often works. Ramps I play are Wayfarer's Bauble, Sakura Trib Elder, Farseek, Nature's Lore (those two may not be that interesting for you because you don't play duals and fetches), Fellwar Stone, Darksteel Ingot, Herald's Horn (doubles as card advantage), Chromatic Lantern, Coalition Relic, Urza's Incubator, Dragonspeaker Shaman (those two are good they ramp 2!), Prismatic Geoscope (also not good without duals) and Frontier Siege wich I play with the Dragons mode more often than Khans.

    Hope that helps, I may write more later, going to bed now. Smile
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Marchesa the Black Lives Matter
    Quote from Last Laugh »
    Ok so I'm considering adding Avalanche Riders (because I'm a dick.). Does anyone have any experience with the card in Marchesa? Also, I need a suggestion on what to cut please.


    I don't like Avalanche Riders that much, they cost too much mana. You play them, blow up a land, attack, they get a counter, now there are two a few ways how this can go:
    -Either they live through combat, then during your next upkeep you pay Echo, then they aren't better then Ravenous Baboons. Avalanche Riders has haste but cost 8 mana total.
    -Other way, they live through combat, during upkeep you don't pay Echo, they die, come back during your endstep, blow up a land and during your next upkeep you have to pay echo again if you want to keep them. This way you have too pay Echo every other turn and paint a big target on your head because you also destroy a land every other turn
    -Or they die in combat, and come back during your endstep, blow up a land and you have to pay Echo during your upkeep if you want to go on with them. This way you blow up a land each turn and also pay echo each turn and paint an even bigger target on your head because you destroy a land on each of your turns.

    The best land destruction creature for the deck is probably Fulminator Mage, but it's expensive. Ravenous Baboons is budget, but not as powerful and then there is also Shivan Harvest, wich I haven't tested, but should do the job. But it will also get your opponent's attention. There are probably other options too that I may not remember right now.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Solrune's Marchesa, the Black Rose (Flipping Thrones in Multiplayer)
    Quote from Tev »
    Siren Stormtamer is giving me ideas. There's tons of value in Glen Elendra Archmage but this Siren Pirate Wizard counters abilities or spells. Doesn't specify triggered or activated, so an opposing Avatar of Woe, Grimgrin, Corpse-Born or King Macar, the Gold-Cursed won't be able to ice Marchesa. Also, this is a Wizard so it naturally has synergy to Metallic Mimic set to Wizard, Sage of Fables and its nonhuman nature means Mikaeus, the Unhallowed gives it Undying.


    Good call on that card. I always thought Glen Elendra Archmage was way too expensive, but the Siren is a good fit for an aggro deck.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Solrune's Marchesa, the Black Rose (Flipping Thrones in Multiplayer)
    Quote from Decimator1 »
    So it turns out that the Herald of Secret Streams is a 4-drop rather than a 3-drop, but I still think it makes the cut.


    Also Angrath's Marauders costs 7 mana, not 5... Frown But maybe it's still good enough? The effect is really strong.
    And Eli Shiffrin, the rules manager, now errata'd Hostage Taker to exile another target creature or artifact. Here's the tweet about it.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Mairsil - building the ubermensch
    Cool list you have there, Mairsil didn't interest me that much, but now I am considering building her.
    Quick search showed me Torchling and Cinderhaze Wretch. Both good untappers with more abilities. Cinderhaze Wretch could replace Greel?
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Solrune's Marchesa, the Black Rose (Flipping Thrones in Multiplayer)
    So what do you all think about Shifting Shadow? Seems like a nice card for this deck as it gives haste and card advantage and a "sac outlet" to reuse etb triggers. It has the usual problems that auras have, can be an easy 2-for-1, but it's cheap and has so much potential!
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Solrune's Marchesa, the Black Rose (Flipping Thrones in Multiplayer)
    So as of me writing this post only one new card remains to be spoiled and there aren't many Wizards that would be interesting for Marchesa. Most of the Wizards are about Instants, Sorceries and getting card advantage somehow. I guessed this would happen, wizards just aren't a super aggressiv tribe like vampires.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Solrune's Marchesa, the Black Rose (Flipping Thrones in Multiplayer)
    Quote from Last Laugh »
    Anyone else tried Arcbond as a boardwipe? So far I'm having really good results with the instant speed.
    Haven't tried it yet, but it doesn't look bad. I have experienced others playing this card, it really is a solid board wipe, but I can imagine weired situations where it doesn't do what you would want it to do.

    Never ever ever cut living death. Pariah is a good cut, all the others should stay.

    Don't know if it was in this thread or one of the others, but people talked about how Living Death is often a dead card because we are ahead on the board and/or other players graveyards are stocked much better than our own. Although in most situations where you want to play it Living Death is really awesome. I also don't play Entomb (don't own one) or other ways to fill my grave. I am not sure, maybe I should just switch some cards around and try them out, I can always switch back later.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Any suggestion for a commander
    If you want to play more infinite combo stuff you can play Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind as your Commander who wins if enchanted with Curiosity or Ophidian Eye. The Locust God also works well with all those draw effects that where already mentioned.
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  • posted a message on Solrune's Marchesa, the Black Rose (Flipping Thrones in Multiplayer)
    Hi everyone!

    Had a blast at the Prerelease in my local gamestore today, had a crazy good deck with The Scarab God among other things. I also opened an Invocation Counterspell. Went 3-1, wich was second place and the only games I lost where because of flood and screw respectively (and even those games where close).
    But now the reason for wich I'm posting, I want your opionions. I also pulled a Dreamstealer today, wich already made the list, switched it in for Liliana's Specter. But I am also wondering what other stuff I should put in. I opened Bontu's last Reckoning and recently picked up a Fire Covenant and I think both are good playables. I put in Attrition recently but couldn't play it that often till now, but the one time I had it out it was good. But maybe I could try one of the other mentioned cards instead?
    Other cards I want to try are Whip of Erebos and The Scarab God because I think both give me more options in the lategame. But I don't know what to cut, I don't really want to increase my mana curve. The most expensive cards in my deck are Decree of Erebos, Living Death, Voldaren Pariah, Sidisi, Undead Vizier, Puppeteer Clique, Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Urabrask the Hidden, Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and Flayer of the Hatebound. And of those I only really consider Voldaren Pariah and Living Death as possible cuts, also Faerie Artisans, I couldn't play it very often till now but it hasn't really done much for me yet the times that I could get it out.

    What are your experiences and opinions? And what are your cool prerelease stories?
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  • posted a message on Solrune's Marchesa, the Black Rose (Flipping Thrones in Multiplayer)
    Although it is worth noting that pitching him for necrotic ooze is exceptionally spicey.

    Are your refering to Razaketh?
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on [Idea] Grand Architect
    I wouldn't play Tolaria West. With transmute costing 3 mana it's really slow and a land that comes into play tapped is really not what an aggro deck wants.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Solrune's Marchesa, the Black Rose (Flipping Thrones in Multiplayer)
    Quote from slikwilly »
    Dreamstealer
    2B
    Menace
    Whenever ~ deals combat damage to a player, that player discards that many cards.
    Eternalize
    1/2

    Not bad.


    This made me do a search for creatures that have similar effects and would scale well with +1/+1 counters on them. Besides the Cephalid Constable that Tev already mentioned and that I am also still testing, there are a lot of creatures that are powerful but too expensive imho. The few interesting ones that are not that expensive are Needle Specter and Grenzo's Ruffians. The Specter is kinda the same as Dreamstealer. I think I will probably exchange my Lilianas Specter for Dreamstealer, because of the Wizards synergies and potential lategame option with Eternalize.
    Grenzo's Ruffians is powerful, but not what the deck wants. Our deck is made to only attack a single player each combat to get the +1/+1-counters and also not damage and dethrone multiple player's at once.
    Other interesting cards are Shocker and it's big brother Barbed Shocker, wich can disrupt your opponents or help them depending on their cards in hand and their draws. I like the effect of Barbed Shocker better, but not its mana cost.
    What does everyone else think?
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