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  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day - Atarka Efreet
    Quote from LouCypher »
    Avacyn's Judgment

    So for a big massive protector of a plane, Avacyn's judgment seems rather piddly, doesn't it?


    Only when she isn't mad about it.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Just for Fun: What are your "auto-includes?"
    The vast majority of my pet cards are in black.

    White: Valorous Stance. It's almost as good as Swords or Path, but the modality really adds something. It's not an auto-include per se, but it has found its way into a lot of my white decks.

    Blue: Leyline of Anticipation This card really changes how you play the game, and allows you the maximum parity for your counterspells. No more waiting to have mana up for countermagic plus your main phase actions; just play on their end step. Tabling it once sucks, but, the permanent type is difficult for most colours to interact with, and it will pay dividends in the future. I also like Tolaria West: It searches for Tormod's Crypt, Pact of Negation, and Ancestral Vision. There are a ton of bad search targets, but some conditionally great ones as well (like Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx).

    Black: Shred Memory remains a huge pet card of mine. Take out the most significant part of a graveyard at instant speed, tutor for Black Sun's Zenith, Lightning Greaves, Gate to Phyrexia (if you play it), some generic 2-mana creature removal spell like Go for the Throat, and Bloodghast if you already found your Skullclamp. In a pinch it'll find Demonic Tutor, making a 5-mana tutor for anything. For similar reasons, I like Dimir House Guard: It covers the bases of being a sacrifice outlet, a half-decent sword carrier, a tutor for the 4-cmc slot (finds Damnation, Grave Pact, Crypt Ghast, Agent of Erebos, others). It's pretty hard to say 'no' to that kind of versatility.

    Red: This probably doesn't sound like secret tech, but almost all of my red decks have Vandalblast. It counters really fast artifact mana, and can be a real haymaker later in the game.

    Green: Hunter's Insight. At instant speed, it often sneaks in for a fair bit of card draw, and it doesn't have to be a jackpot. It's slightly more risky than Harmonize, and doesn't have the same pre-combat power of Rishkar's Expertise or Soul's Majesty/Garruk, Primal Hunter, but it's cheap and has great potential. I also appreciate the design: a green effect parasitic on the strength of their creatures appeals to me.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Woodfall Primus vs Terastodon
    I like Terastodon more. Mostly, I like the option of flattening 3 things I hate, and the power/toughness on Terastodon is considerably threatening (even if you do spawn elephants for your opponents).

    I also like the capacity to flatten some spare lands for more stats on my own side. It just seems more functional on its own than Woodfall Primus. JMHO, though, I can easily see someone finding the persist more attractive on WP.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day - Atarka Efreet
    Quote from LouCypher »
    Moonveil Dragon
    It's also not a BAD card in EDH. 5/5 flying for 6 with firebreathing isn't playable, but extending that firebreathing to your team can make token hordes pretty scary.
    It's pretty bad. It's a Shivan Dragon that might do more, but Shivan Dragon hasn't been playable in a long time. I really want this card to be good. I even bought a copy, and it was never going to fit my my Innistrad cube for thematic reasons. It's unfortunate that there are much more efficient cards to play ahead of this. Others have mentioned Shared Animosity, but there are so many other effects that essentially mimic overrun that the deck you play would need to be non-green.

    But man, do I ever want to play this with Mana Geyser.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Akira+Tana: the most underrated Naya Commander? Let's brew it.
    Seems like a nice home for Angel of Invention.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day - Atarka Efreet
    I wouldn't say I'm in love with Inventor's Fair, but it's no slouch either. It's a truly costly tutor with a low opportunity cost (not unlike Razaketh's Rite, which actually kind of makes me want to try out Razaketh's Rite).
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Commanders you've tried but just didn't like
    Quote from nekorin »
    You can get House Lannister sigil sleeves to sleeve up your Queen Cersei Marchesa deck and suddenly all her abilities make sense. Smile
    It wasn't that it didn't make sense (I built her because I thought she was very flavourful and cool). Definitely some Thrones thoughts when I built the deck.

    It was more that she was mechanically weak. Draw a card a turn. Okay, that seems alright; it's better than a kick in the teeth. Booby-prize of getting a haste/deathtouch assassin? Well, okay.

    But, in actuality, those things are just not that good. Drawing a card a turn might be a good use of a deck slot, but you wouldn't want to make it your general (i.e. you're probably not out there playing Lu Xun, Scholar General). Same thing with the assassin tokens. It's good, but it's also a 'so what?' Maybe they have a guy with first strike. Maybe they have Pestilence or some variant. It's just not all that great, and the downside (they seize Monarch and you can't take it back) is such an uphill battle that it's just not worth running.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Commanders you've tried but just didn't like
    Queen Marchesa.

    I guess I just wanted her to be better than she was. Phyrexian Arena on a general in what amounts to a control shell seems okay, but it's not really the same; you spend a lot of resources trying to keep Monarch for yourself, and the advantage it generates maybe isn't worth pigeonholing you into a commander that doesn't really do anything else. Your commander is a valuable slot in your deck, and Queen Marchesa is an uninspiring waste (unless you want to do something super thematic, like a Queen and her knights tribal).
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on How bad can we break Gifts Ungiven?
    Quote from cyberium_neo »
    With quick enough early mana, you can get Unburial Rites and Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur into graveyard and reanimate it on your turn. Four mana on turn 1~3 is not unheard of.


    I think pretty much this, but, a note for people who are not experienced with Gifts Ungiven: This combo only searches two cards, and not 4. You don't have to find 4, but your opponent does have to pick two cards from the ones you choose to put in the graveyard.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on [Deck] Reanimator
    Quote from Sputnik »
    As an exploratory process, please feel free to chip in...

    Turn 1 or 2 Griselbrand. We get a 14 card draw and he disappears, either from a Shallow Grave/Goryo's, Swords, Vindicate, Boomerang etc. etc. <snip>
    I haven't played Legacy in a while, but I still follow this thread.

    I'm not sure what this line of deckbuilding is meant to accomplish. When I was playing, if you tabled Griselbrand, you pretty much won, even if they followed it up with a Swords or Karakas. Paying 7 to Draw 7 meant that you'd be able to toss another fatty and you almost certainly drew a way to rez it. It didn't really matter if they answered it.

    I feel like more ways to win post-Griselbrand would only dilute the deck and hurt the chances you'd see a turn 1 or 2 Griselbrand.
    Posted in: Combo
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day - Atarka Efreet
    Meltdown spellshaper! The effect isn't bad, it's just not likely you'll need it repeated much. My usual go-tos are Vandalblast and Shattering Spree, but there are so many other cards that will get rid of artifacts for practical purposes while having other options attached.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day - Atarka Efreet
    Quote from Anachronity »
    I always feel better knowing old Kotho-Fred is lurking somewhere in my mono-B Toshiro Umezawa deck. It has also been relevant twice now that if I Tainted Strike both Kothophed and Toshiro (through Toshiro's recursion) then that's exactly 10 infect damage.
    He's also in my Toshiro deck; we kill stuff, and draw cards. Seems legit.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day - Atarka Efreet
    Heh, I meant *some* of the other suggestions. I mean, someone did mention Aura Shards, too.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day - Atarka Efreet
    I played it in my Intet top-deck champ deck, because it had clash on it. It wasn't super-stellar, but it wasn't bad either. It's worth noting that if you win the clash, Spring Cleaning one-sided, unlike the other suggestions.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day - Atarka Efreet
    I played Chronozoa in Chisei, Heart of Oceans! But, yeah, not spectacular.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
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