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Apr 19, 2019Alhammarret's Archive is fun with looting. The key is, you're drawing twice as many cards, but discarding/topdecking the same number. (Note that with Sylvan Library, you only draw five cards and then topdeck two..)Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Apr 19, 2019Posted in: Commander (EDH)Quote from Igzex »His name means he who kinda draws on the floor a little with red marker.
An aside, how many declensions does the Vithian language have? Grixis, Yidris, and Sedris seem to be one declension, while Nefarox seems to be another, and Thraximundar is a third.
I would prefer Thraximundar or Grimgrin.
Apr 18, 2019Posted in: Commander (EDH)Quote from lyonhaert »Massacre Wurm is great against weenie tokens because if goes after only opponent's stuff.
I'd also like to second the honorable mention of Kagemaro, First to Suffer as an alternative even though it's not ETB. Havoc Demon also has some nice numbers if you have sac outlets and reanimation, though it's not ETB, either.
Pestilence Demon is nice.
Outside of black, Squallmonger is cute just because Snake Umbra means you now pay 2 to draw three cards, making it the cheapest repeatable Ancestral Recall that hasn't been banned in some format or another.
Apr 18, 2019Posted in: Commander (EDH)Quote from DirkGently »man, your meta must be suuuper low power level for telepathy to draw hate. Usually when I play it, it reveals 5 kinds of scary BS that pulls the hate off me very quickly.
I think it falls into "annoying hate", which certain decks will do even if they're low-powered: Rebels, anything blue, Stax, land destruction, discard...Even if it's low-powered, it annoys.
You'll notice that with the exception of Rebels, I listed control decks.
Apr 17, 2019Too slow. Only real use I can think of for this is if I'm playing Skullclamp and anthems in the same deck, to deal with antagonism. Even there, Ashnod's Altar or Phyrexian Altar is usually what I really want.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Apr 16, 2019Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Brother from another universe. God, now the RNG wants me to make more comic book jokes? Well, no, I refuse! *punches the space-time continuum*
Anyway, I have a slightly better opinion of Jace, but only slightly. Yeah, you do get a scry before drawing. Good. But you also get a bounce.
Probably the best thing I like about this card is, it's fairer than Erayo, Soratami Ascendant.
Apr 15, 2019Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Piper is boltbait of the worst sort. If you have some way to protect her (Sylvan Safekeeper comes to mind.), she's awesome, but if you don't, you're basically relying on dumb luck.
Apr 15, 2019hyalopterouslemur posted a message on IGN Spoilers - Nicol Bolas, Dragon God, Deliver Unto Evil, The ElderspellPosted in: The Rumor MillQuote from itazuranarisu »Flavor text on Elderspell should be a "It would be a shame if someone were to..." meme.
What? Not "Mister Bolas. I don't feel so good."
Quote from itazuranarisu »Is it Teyo getting desparked in the art?
I think it's Ral. If it's Teyo, then we have our Kole. Which kinda makes sense, given their powers.
Apr 15, 2019ITT:Posted in: The Rumor Mill
MaRo: Planeswalkers are superheroes.
MTG fandom: Time to reenact "A Death in the Family".
(Of course I'm going to make that joke. "A Death in the Family" was my first comic. I'd only seen reruns of 60s Batman before that, so, even at five, I was basically in the same position as the older fans who didn't know their Robin was off fighting demons, being tortured by a cult, liberating his girlfriend's home planet, and taking care of the son of that mercenary he has a weird relationship with.)
Poor Domri. Destined to die to bring the end of the Multiverse. But hey, like I've said at least a hundred times, it's an event comic. Most characters die in these things.
Apr 14, 2019hyalopterouslemur posted a message on Decks that start out focused and end up with split goals...Also consider antagonisms. I never use a card antagonistic to a Commander, though I am willing to let some antagonisms pass in the 99.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
So, what's antagonistic? Well, if you're in tokens, that would be Wraths based on damage or -N/-N, and of course Ratchet Bomb and Aether Snap. But if you're playing Ghave or Marath, it also includes Akroma's Memorial (which I really only play if there's a really good synergy, like in Oros, the Avenger or any deck running Pestilence).
Ghave has had "little antagonisms" I'm willing to let slide. Like lieges or original guild champions and Mycosynth Lattice: When the latter comes down, I basically just won because I have either Aura Shards or Martyr's Bond out. Or any +N/+N effects and Sigil Captain, though these days I'm likely to pick any other option. (I'm fond of Ivy Lane Denizen and of course Cathars' Crusade.) Speaking of Cathars' Crusade, it's antagonistic with undying creatures, but highly synergistic with persist creatures.
Apr 13, 2019Posted in: Commander (EDH)Quote from darrenhabib »Library of Leng is an interesting card for this as well. All you need is a discard outlet.
But the rulings on Library of Leng are tricky, I'm getting clarification in the rulings section for help on this.
But I assume you can use things like Merfolk Looter to discard your spell to the top of library.
It will for Looter. It will not work on something like Stronghold Machinist or Mind Over Matter, though, because those are costs. It also won't work if something says "you may discard a card". Subjunctive makes it optional. Same thing if your opponent uses Painful Quandary or Torment of Hailfire: The fact that you can choose another option means the effect isn't forcing you.
If we're looting, Thought Reflection and Alhammarret's Archive.
Apr 13, 2019Posted in: Commander (EDH)Quote from Forgotten One »
Agreed. The card seems great up until the point where it reads "It deals X damage to you", after which you wonder whether you should be Donateing the sucker instead (at which point, just use Demonic Pact, Immortal Coil, or Forbidden Crypt)
It's passable if you have a way to gain that life back, like Trostani, Selesnya's Voice or giving the token lifelink.
Note it's only passable, not good.
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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, 2018hyalopterouslemur 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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