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  • posted a message on Storm deck ideas?
    Bitter Ordeal is more Aristocrats than storm.

    My storm deck (a bit unorthodox) is Animar, Soul of Elements. Storm is just one thing it does: Aluren, Horned Kavu or Shrieking Drake, and any storm win con (or Purphoros, God of the Forge).
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on No Mercy
    Island Sanctuary is my pillow of choice, but it depends on your ability to draw cards outside of the draw step, so (of course) I never use it in monowhite or even Boros.

    If you really want to screw with players, follow up Sanctuary with Mystic Decree (if in blue) or somehow cheat out Sandwurm Convergence (if in green); in the latter case, you'll think of something, since white has Replenish and Academy Rector and green has Eureka, Hypergenesis, Genesis Wave...Regardless of what you do, this makes it so no one can attack you. You will want Fountain Watch, Sterling Grove, or Greater Auramancy, though.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day: Dimir Informant
    Would be lotoi, TBH. Greek. Though apparently it's probably loaned from a Semitic language, likely Phoenician. (Compare Hebrew lot, myrrh.) The Homeric lotus was believed to be a North African shrub, from which a kind of wine could be made. The yogic sense is first attested in 1848. The Magic sense is attested in 1993, but refers to an older Robert E. Howard story, of a lotus which, unlike Homer's, induced terrible dreams which drove all but the most evil of souls mad with horror. (Which, given who REH hung around with, most likely means it showed the secrets of the universe.)

    I was right now many years old when I learned all of this. The more you know.

    Never realised HPL and REH hung out either. Two early giants of the fantasy fiction world.


    Well, they more did correspondence, since Texas and Rhode "not really an" Island are a long way away. The third member of this group would be Clark Ashton Smith.

    But yeah, "At the Mountains of Madness" mentions the Cimmerians, and REH borrowed HPL's monsters every now and then, and, true to the source material, they were never defeated; one could only flee.

    And both REH and HPL have been Flanderized like a mother****er too!
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day: Dimir Informant
    Yeah, most of the Loti (that's the plural now, I called it) offer, at bare minimum, good value. For 5 this needs to earn it's spot, but it's a decent rock in many builds. It's good to great value depending where it's used.


    Would be lotoi, TBH. Greek. Though apparently it's probably loaned from a Semitic language, likely Phoenician. (Compare Hebrew lot, myrrh.) The Homeric lotus was believed to be a North African shrub, from which a kind of wine could be made. The yogic sense is first attested in 1848. The Magic sense is attested in 1993, but refers to an older Robert E. Howard story, of a lotus which, unlike Homer's, induced terrible dreams which drove all but the most evil of souls mad with horror. (Which, given who REH hung around with, most likely means it showed the secrets of the universe.)

    Anyway, this is a staple for me. I've been diversifying my mana for the last few years, and this costs just 1 moar than Skyshroud Claim and gives me an additional mana, so it works out.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Creatureless Mono-Green
    Quote from darrenhabib »
    Why would you use Wave of Vitriol in a creatureless deck?
    To remove all enchantments, artifacts and non-basic lands.


    That's not my point. A big reason for playing boardwipes (or symmetrical effects in general) is to hurt opponents more. If you don't have any creatures, see where I'm going?
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Mana Burn?
    Most Gaea's Cradle players already run mana sinks, usually something like Ant Queen since, um, I'm already going wide. So yeah, that can't really be used as an example.

    I gave an example of the few cards for which functionality would arguably be improved (or restored to original function, or, you know, actually have functionality) by mana burn. And I guess The Fallen would be restored to its original flavor. But beyond that, why?
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day: Dimir Informant
    Well, we all know the "mystery boxes" or "power cubes" or whatever they're called at Walmart are a scam, right? Same logic applies here.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Creatureless Mono-Green
    Why would you use Wave of Vitriol in a creatureless deck? 😵
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Mana Burn?
    Quote from Lithl »
    Interestingly enough, without mana burn, Omnath, Locus of Mana would still work the same way, but you'd still need a mana sink since killing it would most likely kill its controller. I base this on Upwelling.
    Or you'd simply do what Omnath decks already do, and include Winding Canyons, Vedalken Orrery, and Yeva, Nature's Herald. When Omnath gets killed you spend some of the floating mana to immediately re-cast him.


    I was thinking more generally, TBH. Note that you can't do that with Upwelling, which is why it used to fall on my "This could almost be good." section of my personal Bad Card List. It's great, but it's a potential green Lich if you're not careful. When mana burn was removed, Upwelling was removed from that list.

    Anyway, returning mana burn might make Power Surge and Citadel of Pain make sense, and it might make Braid of Fire and Mana Flare genuinely feel red again. But it's still more feeling than actual value.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day: Dimir Informant
    Quote from Shadow345 »
    Use it with Panharmonicon, Eternal Witness and Time Warp for infinite turns.


    Four-card, four-color rococo combo is the best combo.

    But seriously, I have to say, Leave is obviously good, and I'd play Chance if I had enough reason to play cards to double my card draw. But mostly, Leave is obviously good. I smash stone tablets over the heads of anyone who doubted.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Snow covered lands use??
    Quote from Forgotten One »
    The only place I run them is when I want Into the North as another 2-drop ramp spell.


    Added benefit (besides, you know, Dark Depths) is there are a cycle of snow taplands. If they already enter tapped from Into the North (and every non-Nature's Lore two-drop ramp spell), that makes them slightly less terribad.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Commander 2019 Theme Speculation
    Quote from Faruel »

    paladin8000 asked: Mark, can we get a taste of the commander 2019, at least the colors?

    I tried licking one of them. I’m thinking peppermint. : )


    http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/183392655833/mark-can-we-get-a-taste-of-the-commander-2019-at

    Is this just Maro being Maro or does this mean something?
    Peppermint could mean Green, Black?
    I googled 'peppermint' and the first search result was from wikipedia 'Peppermint - Angel of Vengeance'.


    Um, no. This is like Steven Universe fans looking for information on crystals from one of the OVER NINE THOUSAND New Age sites out there (all of which attribute different things to different rocks) for something, anything, because of a leak on (of all places) the Turner Classic Movies site. *cough*Smoky Quartz*cough* Basically, when Maro can't say something, he goes into Cloudcuckooland mode.

    Also, I would've at least thought of peppermint as red and white.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on [WAR] War of the Spark facts by Greg Weisman
    Quote from Simto »
    Am I the only one who finds it a bit annoying that the Chandra comic takes place after the war? Kinda like there's already a trailer out for a new spiderman movie taking place after End Game. other than it already spoiling the outcome, it kinda diminishes some of the stakes and build up knowing at least some of who survive.


    And a Black Panther one. They were expecting Guardians, but then Roger Stone got James Gunn fired. But for those of us who remember the original Infinity Gauntlet event comic, Thanos is just the first act. Or first and second act, depending. But you may as well consider the trial of Adam Warlock in a sequel comic the fourth act then.

    Which reminds me, of course people will die in WAR. It's an event comic. I think the only event comic that didn't have huge body counts was Secret Wars. I mean, the only major consequence of Secret Wars, besides confirmation that Marvel doesn't consider Magneto a villain, was that Spider-Man got a completely harmless new black suit.

    Quote from Raptorchan »
    ...and almost 100 named characters.


    Pfft... Only 100?
    C'mon. I've read the Iliad, where everyone who dies is named. ;-)


    And every one of them has a complicated backstory due to future fan fictions about them.

    Is that the original event comic, or is the story of the Argo the original event comic?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day: Dimir Informant
    You need some answers to artifacts to play this. Probably some ways to topdeck things for your opponents.

    I could see it in Nekusar, the Mindrazer. Some direct damage, and while it doesn't trigger Nekusar (or Underworld Dreams or Spiteful Visions or Psychosis Crawler or The Locust God or Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind or Niv-Mizzet, Parun...), it adds one to the number of cards Teferi's Puzzle Box draws, one to the number of cards each wheel discards and draws, and one to the damage done by Sudden Impact/Gaze of Adamaro and Black Vise and Viseling, and one more card for Ebony Owl Netsuke. It also makes Maros (both the traditional and Ada varieties) bigger.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Eldrazi Deck
    Quote from Intelman94 »
    When it says as long as it’s not a mana ability does that mean That if it produces mana you can’t copy it or you can’t copy it if it spends mana?


    Mana abilities are either activated abilities which produce mana (except for planeswalker loyalty abilities, such as Xenagos, the Reveler's +1 or Koth of the Hammer's -2) or triggered abilities which produce mana and are triggered by the production of mana, e.g. Fertile Ground, Caged Sun.

    Mana abilities cannot be responded to.

    By the way, spells which produce mana, such as Dark Ritual, can be responded to, at least in this century.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
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