So I recently discovered the existence of the card Teferi's Protection and added it to my UW plansewalker control deck and it has been nothing short of fantastic. So I thought to myself, "self, how can I get this fantastic effect every round?" And so the Teferi's Elite Solitude combo was conceived. While I have the main 3 combo pieces I want, the rest of the deck is still up in the air.
With a City of Solitude in play, activating the Arcanist at the end of your turns will make it very very difficult for opponents to do anything to you, your life or your permanents. Then rinse repeat each turn setting aside 3 mana for the end of turn activation. Of course there are always exceptions that can break up the combo (Stasis, Linvala, Keeper of Silence etc) but they are very few and far between.
Sounds like an awful lot of fuss to make a 3-card combo.
That's where the fun in magic comes for me. I could use the same boring painters grindstone or dark depths hexmage combos that everyone else uses or I can try to come up with my own. I 100% know it's no where near as effective or consistent as other combos but that's perfectly okay with me.
That was one of the first cards I thought of to continually cast spells, unfortunately it only activates during your upkeep which if using with the Teferi's Protection, would cause me to basically skip my turn(s). Hypothetically it could work with something that win's during the upkeep such as Azor's Elocutors by stacking the triggers, but everything would have to be in play beforehand which is a lot more difficult to pull off.
If you really want to do it every turn, Eye of the Storm can do it. Yes, it will be delicious chaos
Eye was also another card I'd originally considered when looking to recast protection over and and over but I quickly dismissed it due to the fact that it also worked for my opponents and I didn't want them also getting the protection.
However, after thinking about it more, two things sprang to mind. 1) Do I really care if they also get protection considering my win condition isn't trying to modify their life totals. And 2) I could set it up so that the Eye was never in play for it to even effect my opponents spells. As long as I was casting at least one instant or sorcery at the end of each of my turns, I could just stack the protection last and it'd be phased out during opponents turns.
The tradeoff to using Eye of the Storm over Elite Arcanist is needing to get to 10 mana and needing to fill my deck with an abundance of instants and sorceries to make sure I always had one to cast.
So my question to you all is with those 3 combo pieces listed at the top, how would you build the rest of the deck?
You already know the answer; cantrips, ramp and interaction. Ideally you'll be able to make room for 4x Sublime Exhalation but otherwise all of your spare deckslots are going towards combo pieces, ramp and draw spells/cantrips such as Brainstorm, Preordain, Ponder, Compost, Impulse, Manifold Insights, etc. You call it a 3 card combo but it's more of a 5 card combo (you still need a haste enabler and a win condition) and that doesn't leave you with much to work with. If we pretend that you play 4 of each and ~24 lands you only have 16 slots left to play with and that's barely enough for 4x Preordain, 4x Compost, 4x Coalition Relic (Carpet of Flowers would also work) and 4x Sublime Exhalation or something along those lines.