Still think Petitioners + 3 other advisors + Bloodchief Ascension could be a good way to knock players out of the game. That's draining 24 every turn.
Beyond that, Seedborn Muse lets you reuse you activate Petitioners every turn. In fact, there are a lot of blue and green untappers you might consider.
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Jan 15, 2019Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Won't work with Guttersnipe. You're only casting one spell and merely copying it all those other times.
Jan 15, 2019I have to cast a vote for Amy Weber, though TBH, all three arts are pretty good.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Let's say this: I have cast High Tide, followed by Snapcaster Mage naming...High Tide. Yeah, that kind of storm is as majestic as it is beautiful, once.
Jan 14, 2019It's still better to destroy threats. That's why back in the day, Wall of Swords was the closest thing we had to a passable wall. I mean, it still wasn't "good", but there weren't a lot of walls you could play.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Jan 14, 2019Radiant, Archangel also benefits from having so many angels.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Seriously, I was surprised how little Angel tribal there is that isn't just lifegain. So you'll have to use make-your-own angel lords like Brass Herald.
Jan 14, 2019Posted in: Commander (EDH)Quote from Hawk7915 »
I mean, Dragonlord Kolaghan isn't AMAZING but it's a perfectly reasonable card - "Rorix Bladewing with a baked in Fervor effect" ain't a bad place to be. Heck, 99% of what makes Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund great is being a hasty beat stick that grants everyone else haste, and Kolaghan does that same trick for one less mana AND doesn't only affect dragons.
It's a classic example of how players in general disregard a card that they can't get full mileage out of. I'm sure if WOTC printed a card for B that was an instant and said "Exile target creature. If it has the same name as a creature in its controllers graveyard, you gain 4 life", most EDH players would say to not bother with it since you'll NEVER gain any life off it.
I suppose she hoses Relentless Apostolic Petitioners decks.
Jan 14, 2019Posted in: Commander (EDH)Quote from ISBPathfinder »You can also potentially do some token swarm strategies and push to fast and efficient spells instead of big mana ones. Things like Talrand, Sky Summoner and The Locust God paired together with cheap cantrips and tied up in a bow with Time Warps.
Its a very different change in pace and they tend to go better with cheap cantrips but even doing things like Preordain twice thanks to your commander can be very powerful.
I'm glad you mentioned Time Warp. If you have a way to exile spells from your graveyard (or recur them or whatever), Time Warp can go infinite with Charmbreaker Devils. Or just with Archaeomancer and Conjurer's Closet.
Jan 14, 2019Possible with one or two colors, but after that, it starts to get dicey. Enters tapped and costs two mana and a tap to activate also hurts it. But at least it does tap for colorless, so there's that.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
If you're in white or green, you have some added benefit of running as many fetchlands as possible: Sun Titan and Ramunap Excavator respectively, in addition to Crucible of Worlds, but this would be pretty damn low on my list of priorities, after Onslaught/Zendikar fetches and Mirage fetches and even Terramorphic Expanse/Evolving Wilds but before Alara fetches. And Sun Titan wants a lot of other cmc ≤ 3 permanents with abilities requiring a sac, enters triggers, death triggers, or enter with +1/+1 counters which you can use in some way. Similarly, Ramunap Excavator (and for that matter, Sun Titan) can do deserts or blighted lands or Strip Mine.
Jan 13, 2019Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Is a sorcery really a combat trick? The point of combat tricks is to add an X factor to combat math, which implies they have to be instants, permanents with flash, cards with channel, etc.
I would regard cards that fit that and affect P/T (or direct damage, which is functionally similar) or add certain abilities (at a bare minimum, flying, reach, first strike, double strike, trample, menace, possibly lifelink just because it might keep your life total above 0 next time SBAs are checked) or bounce (or blink or otherwise exclude cards from combat) or prevent damage or untap creatures combat tricks. Possibly things like Hunter's Insight as well.
This one boosts P/T and messes with blocking, but it's a sorcery.
Jan 13, 2019Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Repercussion isn't quite that, but it makes Blasphemous Act, Shivan Meteor, and the like fit. Actually, Repercussion and Blasphemous Act sounds absolutely lulzy: Worst-case scenario, everyone dies.
Also, while it costs nine mana and only does 10 damage, Searing Wind?
Jan 13, 2019Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Unfortunately, it doesn't have any power, so you'll be blocking the biggest creature with power 7 or less (and no deathtouch or supertrample) over and over without some anthems (since of course it has shroud).
Jan 13, 2019Posted in: Commander (EDH)Quote from Onering »Old Teysa is better, even without the darkest hour combo.
The infinite is a big part of why, although something can also be said for costing 1WB instead of 2WB. The difference isn't much at first, but with the Commander tax, 3WB versus 4WB, 5WB versus 6WB, etc.
Regardless, you can put both of them in the same deck, but I'd probably go for Teysa 3 as a Commander. Though it isn't hard to brew a deck where Teysa 3 is a stronger choice; you'd be looking at Grave Pact variants, Blood Artist variants, and the like.
Jan 12, 2019You'll probably want black for Bloodchief Ascension. Once it's active, tapping four Advisors drains 48. This also would let you use Orzhov cards; after all, what's the greatest threat to a democracy other than the marriage of politics with money?Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Jan 12, 2019Posted in: Commander (EDH)Quote from cyberium_neo »
Which are all great with a Boros base. Black conveniently covers Boros' weakness of draws and recur.
Well, it was more frustration from seeing every token deck online have Akroma's Memorial, even though in some, giving every creature protection from black or red hurts you more than it helps you.
Anyway, Declare Dominance is really, eh, I use Lure a lot in green decks, less as a boardwipe and more as a finisher. This offers that, but it costs a lot more than classic Lure, only costs one less than bestowing Noble Quarry (which lets me hit twice), and then there's Nemesis Mask. There's also Taunting Elf and Prized Unicorn as options that come to mind immediately. This does have more potential as a boardwipe, though.
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Sep 21, 2018Nothing's set in stone. Most likely at least some of the draft will be like Ixalan: There were no tribes in WU or BG, but that doesn't mean there weren't archetypes for those colors. You can probably do something with Esper evasion, even though neither Azorius nor Orzhov is making an appearance.Posted in: Articles
But any format with taplands at common will make me ask if I can go three or four colors in limited.
Aug 8, 2018Sounds about right. And yeah, Guardian Idol is the one I thought of, just because this is still a monored deck, meaning the entire game conspires to push you in a threat-heavy direction (because red control is "unfun" according to MaRo), just you're going more midrange than aggro.Posted in: Articles
By the way, I've been wondering, isn't it Calgary Wolf Pack? (Funny story, I know a guy who used to play for them who also plays Magic. His favorite card is...Lantern Kami. Seems a bit vanilla, but okay.)
Aug 6, 2018Another issue, when you're playing a lot of five or six CMC cards, there are seven in your deck if I counted correctly, is, the lack of ramp spells or mana dorks in red. Artifacts need to make up for it. But again, not too many, since they are neither threats nor answers.Posted in: Articles
Jul 28, 2018The EPONYMOUS Soul Warden and Soul's Attendant. (Sorry, that's a bit of a bugaboo of mine. "Titular" refers to a purely ceremonial title, e.g. a king or queen being a titular head of state, but is one of those words like "nimrod" or more recently "literally" where the malapropism has become an accepted use.)Posted in: Articles
Resplendent Angel could also be used in Commander. Lifegain decks are an obvious pick, but so are token decks (especially if you back it up with Soul Sisters or just plain Blood Artist and friends) and even possibly angel tribal, considering one swing with Baneslayer Angel or just giving Resplendent Angel a two-power boost (or double strike) triggers her. Hey, several other white cards on this list work!
Remorseful Cleric is an obvious addition to any Sun Titan package.
Sai, Master Thopterist has "Oh, look, another Mycosynth Lattice combowombo." But you don't even need that, not really. I'm sure this could work with the traditional Ashnod's Altar/Nim Deathmantle combo, just using Myr Battlesphere or Wurmcoil Engine. All you need then is a source of U.
Stitcher's Supplier is the cheap self-mill reanimator decks need.
Goblin Instigator is interesting. It's a Raise the Alarm which can be blinked or Titan'd or...why isn't this white and making soldier tokens again?
Runic Armasaur is just ridiculous in Commander. If not for how Wizards uses the subjunctive ("you may draw") for this kind of card draw, I could see some feel-bad moments here.
Amulet of Safekeeping is a bit of a trap in Commander. It's perfect against storm, and seems to be good against tokens, but between anthems and tokens' real strength, triggers, it's not as good as it looks. It does stop incompetent token decks, though. Still, storm is a greater threat than tokens.
Desecrated Tomb also triggers off persist and undying. Just putting another Solemnity/Melira, Sylvok Outcast combo out there.
Meteor Golem is an obvious Commander pick. It's just another way for black and red to cover their butts.
May 1, 2018It's not weak. I mean, let's look at it this way:Posted in: Articles
Balance I would have to say it's second only to Alpha/Beta in this, and for the same reason: Literally no one knew the medium, and it took a few years. You get cards like Mana Drain, Sylvan Library, Land Tax, Eureka, The Abyss, Nether Void...and Aisling Leprechaun, the eight or so cards that mention bands with other, Part Water, Visions, Great Wall (the whole cycle, but Great Wall is particularly egregious), some improved laces when we know the entire lace concept is less than useless now. And Wood Elemental.
Color pie It's probably not fair to complain about the color pie given that the mechanical color pie was in its embryonic state at this time. (tl;dr: Black and red can't destroy enchantments, white gets nearly all banding cards and green gets the rest...and that's about it.) So I won't.
Fun Now, keep in mind, I define "fun" very narrowly. Many of these cards I personally enjoy, but I can see how a new player might not. Acid Rain is a definite "not". Arboria as well. Living Plane could either be really fun or a real pain in the ass. Moat? Presence of the Master? The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale? In the Eye of Chaos? Now, I'm a Stax player, so these "unfun" cards tend to be the bestest thing in the world to me as a member of Team Pain In The Ass, but they can vex new players. We just don't think about it because we teach new players with a subset of cards from Standard-legal sets (and, in a few months, a Core Set). Again, this is an early set thing: Naked Singularity was in Ice Age, so it's really around Mirage that things started tightening up; Tsunami, Flashfires, and Conversion all exist as a middle finger to blue, white, and red players respectively. (If they really want to see what eternal looks like, I let them barn a game of Commander between myself and similarly enfranchised players.)
Rules/memory issues These two basically mean "mindspace", so I'm putting them together. Laces are a factor. (Portal: Three Kingdoms has the same issue with sorceries which should be auras.) WotC Oracled a lot of these cards to make the memory issues irrelevant by adding counters. The other issue is rules issues. Poor Ivory Guardians only gives a bonus to creatures of the same name because the guardian creature type was discounted. Again, bands with other. How does Blood Lust stack with other toughness-lowering effects again? Bands with other's reminder text (per Oracle, since you'd have to drop to 4-point at least to put it on a card) reads like an epic poem. Equinox? Again, it was learning curve, and I'm far more tolerant of Legends than I am of the Humility/Opalescence cluster **** that took nearly a decade to resolve properly.
The set does gain a lot of points for flavor, though. And not just the eponymous legends. Frost Giant, Cosmic Horror, Nether Void, Planar Gate, Living Plane...These cards feel like fantasy tropes, either centuries old (Frost Giant) or ones that will soon turn 100 (Cosmic Horror).
Apr 30, 2018The island is called Avenant. They're known for their archers, but also their ballistae. (Yeah, apparently d' is either genitive, "of Avenant", or ablative, "from Avenant".)Posted in: Articles
I think a lot of it was still Early Set Weirdness. The designers didn't know what they were doing because, frankly, no one did. Trading card games as a medium had literally only existed since Alpha. The result is, just like Alpha, instead of A, B, and C cards, you have A+ cards and D cards. And you had complicated rules. (This is in an odd spot. You see, in a board game or a card game like bridge, you know what every piece is going to be, and in video games, the computer can help with rules weirdness, but in Magic, new game pieces are being invented all the time.)
Legends also gives us Thunder Spirit, which is actually a better case for abolishing the Reserved List than the usual case presented. (It would fit into a lot of limited environments.)
It is kinda funny that multicolor cards and the eponymous legends are now a 1 on the Storm Scale, but the two keyword mechanics are a 9 (It turns out "When CARDNAME becomes blocked, it gets +N/+N." or "When CARDNAME becomes blocked, it gets +N/+N for each creature blocking it." is more grokkable.) and, breaking the scale, an 11.
Apr 16, 2018With all the uncommon legendaries, and legendaries are more likely to be multicolored because 1) it allows them to be even further pushed, and 2) Commander (Visit EDHrec some time, compare the commanders of an archetype, you'll find a strong positive correlation between the number of colors and the number of decks, somewhat upset by a bias in favor of precons.), don't be surprised if you find yourself in three colors, especially since Abzan tokens is very much a thing in this set.Posted in: Articles
Mar 16, 2018I honestly thought the "hand size matters" idea was a good touch, especially given that every rare in the block was legendary. But I've always liked those sorts of variables. (Obviously we saw a similar thing with the graveyard in Odyssey block.)Posted in: Articles
As for a favorite, I like Descendant of Masumaro in multiplayer.
Mar 12, 2018hyalapterouslemur posted a message on Dominaria Spoiler Digest - Who's Who and What's What from the Release NotesYeah, we've had the "halcyon situtation" before with Sylvan Caryatid and Sylvan Library, though those were on completely different planes, and "sylvan" was never associated with any particular plane.Posted in: Articles
While we're here, what was the entire story with the Baron? I know Irini Sengir isn't his daughter and Grandmother Sengir isn't his grandmother. Are they even from Dominaria?
Mar 6, 2018I love the underlying theme of situational ethics:Posted in: Articles
Vraska only kills people if she needs to, or if they're evil (by her judgment).
Azor brings law to societies, and then says when they decay, that decadence is their own fault.
The Dusk Legion only kills unbelievers, or to extend their lifespans.
The Sun Empire doesn't kill their enemies, but they feed them to the dinosaurs.
Kumena considers it totally fine to claim the Immortal Sun for himself, so long as he's protecting it; the expression "power corrupts" doesn't exist on Ixalan, apparently.
The Brazen Coalition only raids the Dusk Legion, until they've learned of a weapon which can kill the Dusk Legion.
Torment may be "the black set", but the flavor feels the most philosophically black of any plane we've seen thus far.
Feb 18, 2018Homelands falls into the "vindicated by the future" file, IMO. Many of the better cards (Memory Lapse, Merchant Scroll, Primal Order) were simply reprinted in later sets. Then you have Digeridoo: There are good minotaurs now. I'm not saying a minotaur deck would be good because, well, it wouldn't, but it can bring out Boros Reckoner and Neheb, the Eternal.Posted in: Articles
Other cards have actually gotten worse. t2 Ritual out Sengir Autocrat used to pay for Hecatomb next turn. It still does, but there are better ways to get four creatures.
Feb 10, 2018There are actually some good cards in Fallen Empires.Posted in: Articles
Breeding Pit The original "one token a turn" card. It's no Bitterblossom, but it's not bad per se.
I loved the return of Goblin Grenade in M12, especially with Reverberate and Goblin Arsonist. *smiles at 11 damage for 3 mana*
It's not "good", but I should mention that Goblin Kites is oddly synergistic with Ball Lightnings.
Goblin War Drums needs no introduction.
Goblin Warrens turns your extra mana into more goblins, and gives you plenty of triggers. Synergy with Doubling Season too!
Hand of Justice just looks like he could be effective in a token deck.
High Tide is another one that needs no introduction.
Homarid Spawning Bed would be pretty funny with Scornful Egotist.
Hymn to Tourach is better early on than Whispers of Emrakul, but it doesn't matter in monoblack.
Mindstab Thrull also really good.
Night Soil. Just Night Soil.
Order of Leitbur and Order of the Ebon Hand were arguably better than their Alpha counterparts.
Thelonite Druid looks interesting.
So does Thelonite Monk.
Thelon's Chant could just be LOL. Or, for a Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons EDH deck.
Tourach's Chant is the other Hapatra card.
Vodalian Mage. Just any repeatable soft counter is probably good. I mean, there are other cards that can do this, two of which are actually playable in Commander.
There are also the Elvish Farmer-like cards, just since there are so many ways to produce saprolings now.
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