I like the saying "I play a fair deck". I think it's a good way to describe it. I definitely play powerful cards and a lot of interaction, but I'm not trying to combo out, I'm not doing the exact same thing ever game, I'm not trying to prevent you from casting spells. Is the term "fair deck" something people say often? What does that usually mean?
38 lands is a lot, but I really don't want to miss land drops because even though I have about 8 or 9 nonland mana sources, I have a pretty high curve in the Atraxa deck.
And yeah, I'm not playing fast mana, I think cards like Sol Ring and Mana Crypt are degenerate/broken (although I used to play them years ago).
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Mar 30, 2019Honor Basquiat posted a message on How would you describe the power level of these decks?Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Mar 29, 2019Honor Basquiat posted a message on How would you describe the power level of these decks?I feel like I'm in an odd space for a Commander player. I am by no means a novice, I've been playing by years and I'm an ultra Magic fan, I play with expensive cards and love the commander format. At the same time, I certainly am not a competitive player. I don't like playing Commander games that last only 4 or 5 turns, I don't like a bunch of tutors in a singleton format and I don't like playing with infinite combos. I'm trying to get a better understand of describing my playstyle and power level when introducing myself to players and tables. I find sometimes I'm pubstomping or getting dominated by cEDH decks.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
These are my two favorite decks to play (and they are probably my best ones). How would you describe the power level for these decks (the more detail the better)?
4 Color Midrange Control
Sep 15, 2018Honor Basquiat posted a message on I'm having trouble phrasing rules text for an idea I havePlease help me clean up this rules text for a potential creature card idea I have.Posted in: Custom Card Creation
At the beginning of your end step, you may choose another nonland permanent you control. If you do, put a veil counter on it and it gains hexproof. You lose life equal to the chosen permanant's converted mana cost.
Here are some alternate phrasings I have thought of but I am even less confident about these:
At the beginning of your end step, you may choose a nonland permanent you control, if you do, you lose life equal to its converted mana cost. If you lost life this way, put a veil counter on the chosen permanent and it gains hexproof.
At the beginning of your end step, you may choose another nonland permanent you control and pay life equal to its converted mana cost. If you do, put a veil counter on it and it gains hexproof.
Note: I want the hexproof to last indefinitely rather than just until end of turn. Also, I want the veil counter to just be a memory aid rather than what is actually causing the hexproof (sort of like Isareth the Awakener).
Bonus points for anyone that can come up with a flavor/lore explanation for this ability (I'm thinking golgari, dimir or sultai colors for this card).
Sep 13, 2018Posted in: Custom Card CreationA one-mana card that recycles your spells in addition to providing a body is already beyond good without the ability to continuously buy back spells for you each turn. It doesn't even matter that the card is random, you still get a better card draw and all this needs to get going is your early Opt, though Shock also gets a lot better if it comes back over-and-over. Essence Scatter can get annoying really fast - so can any early answer. And then Glimmer of Genius. And never will this just draw you a land. Bonkers.
It doesn't just keep recurring a free card without any effort. It has to survive at least one turn before you can use its activated ability that costs 5 mana so the Essence Scatter scenario doesn't really apply. If you're playing a deck built around Mavel the Ingenious, you're not going to only cast one instant spell over the course of 6+ turns.
I will mention that I did consider including a drawback that caused it to enter the battlefield tapped. Also, perhaps more importantly, I probably should have mentioned for both of these designs I had the Commander format in mind rather than non singleton constructed formats. I agree that in constructed formats Mavel the Ingenious could potentially be more problematic than in Commander but I disagree that it would be super degenerate.
Unrelated Question, where do you get that frame for the legendary cards? In which program do you make them?
I designed the cards with mtg.design.
Sep 8, 2018Honor Basquiat posted a message on Shrapnel Burst, Swiftscorch, Mightosis, Crush Under, YevaYeva fundamentally violates the spirit of the Commander format and is a very slippery slope. Perhaps you could make a creature with a 5 color identity that rewards you for playing green creatures or punishes you for playing nongreen creatures.Posted in: Custom Card Creation
Jul 31, 2018Retreat to Coralhelm is the secret underrated tech that has the potential to be excellent with Yennett, Cryptic Sovereign.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Mystic Speculation is another hidden gem that is worth trying.
Jul 29, 2018Honor Basquiat posted a message on I have an idea but I can't figure out the exact wording and rules for itI think it should be pretty clear what I'm getting at, but I feel the phrasing is off a bit. Also I'm not sure if this can enter as a 0/0 assuming there are no nonland permanents in exile that you don't own, exile the target nonland permanent as it enters and become a 1/1 or if this is just dead on arrival if there are no exiled things already. I was trying to move away from */* and it seems like Wizards has been doing more 0/0 lately (i.e. Multani, Yavimaya's Avatar).Posted in: Custom Card Creation
Jul 29, 2018Honor Basquiat posted a message on Out of the new creature commanders which ones are likely to be the least and most popular?Most popular predictions:Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Least popular predictions:
Note: For what it's worth, according to Scryfall, the most expensive legendary creatures are Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow ($14.66), Kestia, the Cultivator ($5.99) and Yennett, Cryptic Sovereign ($5.11). The least expensive legendary creatures are: Arimethes, Slumbering Isle ($1.99), Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor ($1.99) and Xantcha, Sleeper Agent ($1.99)
Jul 29, 2018Honor Basquiat posted a message on Out of the new creature commanders which ones are likely to be the least and most popular?There are 16 new commander options from the new Commander 2018 set. 12 of them are creatures and 4 of them are planeswalkers.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
It is very likely that the planeswalker face cards will lead the front in the popularity contest, but what about the alternate creature commanders?
1. Which three new creature commanders do you anticipate will be the most popular in terms of building a commander deck around? Why?
2. Which three new creature commanders do you anticipate will be the least popular in terms of building a commander deck around? Why?
Jul 20, 2018Posted in: Custom Card CreationQuote from user_938036 »This probably doesn't need the CMC restriction. Zur has such a restriction because he looks through your library, getting from the graveyard is a much larger restriction.
I put the CMC restriction in place to prevent players from reanimating stuff like Omniscience or Eldrazi Conscription or even things that shouldn't be easier to recur that cost less like Asceticism.
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