I’m a pretty new player when it comes to Magic and Commander, having played only about four game nights with my friends so far. Thus my experience is limited to the preconstructed decks that I borrowed for those nights and the things I did some reading up on. With Christmas we have another get together and I felt it was time to get my own deck. Initially the idea was to just pick up a preconstructed deck myself but having seen the others play their own decks, I figured this can be a backup plan in case I can’t get a deck made myself. The only issue is that it’s my first time trying to build a deck and thus I can do with some help on the finishing touches and tweaking.
When it comes to playing games I know that I’m not a highly competitive player, with themes and synergies being important aspects and if I have some chances at winning a game, I’ll be happy enough. I asked my friends for some suggestions on what to play and mentioned the same to them, leading to a joking remark that actually inspired an idea/concept that I want to try to build. I’m not sure yet how viable the idea will be, but I’ve spent the past days putting together a potential list of cards for this.
The thing they suggested me not to build was five color Slivers, which from a lands perspective I can understand as I am trying to build an entry level deck which I can either upgrade down the line or in the least doesn’t set me back too much if the idea fails. However, reading up on Slivers I am somewhat intrigued by them and am looking to build a two color version of them instead. For the Commander of the deck I’m looking at Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer. He was in one of the preconstructed decks that I’ve played and it would be interesting to use his ability to make a potential Sliver army. From what I read on Slivers Blue/Red is not the best two color combination to have, but I’m still willing to try.
From what I gathered so far, it’s going to be a deck that is rather mana intensive. So I plan on running 38 lands albeit it isn’t going to be any fancy, again this is a starting point and I can invest in something better down the line. And in digging around I came across Inspiring Statuary, which is currently making me want to focus the token making on artifact related stuff: artifact creatures, treasure and clue tokens being the main ones. Eldrazi tokens are an option to since they can be used for mana as well.
With that in mind I managed to put together somewhat of a list of cards that I potentially want to include in the deck, but looking at adding some support I do feel a bit overwhelmed and thus am looking on advise/suggestions on what to do for things like card draw, interaction, removal and such. Also, other tweaks and suggestions for making my idea a playable deck are of course welcome.
These are mostly cards that I came across that I haven’t decided on whether to run them or not. They do fit the theme, but having people noticed mentioning maintaining a curve I am not sure if these would push my initial list or not. Mechanized Production Mimic Vat Precursor Golem
Some Notes :
I didn’t add Galerider Sliver to the list as a potential budget cut.
At the end of the day, it feels like you're running too many low-impact token makers. You don't need a ton of tokens to just instantly win the game once you have a tokenized Bonesplitter Sliver on the battlefield; having say that token plus three more (including one from Brudiclad) means you are suddenly swinging out for at 32 plus whatever other slivers you have. As a result, your goal should be too
1) Run cards that generate a LOT of tokens at once.
2) Run cards to ramp to your endgame of casting Brudiclad, ideally with a developed board.
3) Run cards to clone Bonesplitter/Battle/Thorncaster/Bladed sliver so you can win the game.
Welcome to salvation. We tend to save the commander main area for more generic and broad questions about commander or specific cards rather than discussing decklists. Due to that I am going to move your list over to the multiplayer section just for organization sake.
Thread moved from commander main to commander multiplayer.
My apologies, I posted it in that forum since I saw a few other threads that inquired about help there.
First of all, thank you for your reply and suggestions. As you indicated some cards are more than likely to be outside of my budget, since this is going to be my first time getting cards. Nonetheless, I have made some notes on those you suggested, just so I can look into maybe getting them when/if I decide to upgrade this deck.
I took your advise and took out the cards you suggested as cards to consider as cuts, while adding one or two cards from each of the suggested sections to fill out the list.
I wasn't too sure about Echo Storm as a potential inclusion, as I feel that my clone effects should in the least be capable of cloning a Sliver as well in order to have something to make use of for Brudiclad's ability. Taurean Mauler and Shapeshifter are one's I'll also not end up running, while they count as Sliver creatures they don't have any abilities to share with the other Slivers, so I'm rather including some of the other mentioned Slivers in your instead. And would Shadow Sliver be good enough? I can see it giving evasion but it also stops me from using them as blockers from what I get.
As far as counterspells go, I wasn't intentionally avoiding them. For removal and such I've been heavily relying on looking at other Brudiclad lists and the ones I looked at didn't always have them. So I was mostly unsure of what to add for those sections of the deck, which is why I am asking for help with things here. I did add Mana Leak to the updated list, as it looks to have a versatile mana cost.
Been contemplating the suggestion made so far a bit more and trying to incorporate a bit more of that. I removed Treasure Map from my list and ended up adding Unsubstantiate, adding some more interaction while also changing out a card for a cheaper one. The main reason for that is that I do want to try and see if I can have some budget left over to potentially add Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker.
I fear Mana Leak is too likely to get muscled past at a key moment (Izzet Charm shares that weakness but makes up for it in versatility). While all of these (except Counterspell) have a weakness they should be more reliable and they should all be under a $1. If you're willing to spend a little more, Counterflux, Mystic Confluence, and Swan Song are probably stronger than the bottom half of that list.
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Hmmm, well, I gave these suggestions a bit of thought. So far I can tell that Brudiclad isn't a cheap Commander to cast and this deck would be relying on him a lot. Also, getting a token copy of a key Sliver will take some mana as well, so chances are I won't have much left each turn. Also, the mana base will be pretty basic so that makes me want to avoid the three mana cost ones and probably those with double blue in them.
I like versatility so I'll be considering Izzet Charm as an alternative first, or Swan Song should I be able to pick one up.