In the end, I have about 70 cards I am going to try, spread across 34 decks.
Probably won't end up even putting all of those in, but I am still very positively surprised about the quality of this set, commons and uncommons in particular have a lot of pretty usable stuff compared to earlier sets.
As usual, the spread is pretty uneven; got a couple of decks that got nothing from the set (Damia land/discard, Tazri ally etb combo) and a couple of decks that are getting 6 cards (Karametra land animator, Licia legendary lifegain).
A lot of cards are just 'that looks fun' more than actually 'this is exactly what my deck does' though, so I'll see how much of the cards actually stick once I have to figure out what to take out to put them in...
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Apr 16, 2019Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Yep, that it does, but I am a slave to a theme.
'Missing out' is subjective anyway, though I did indeed (mildly) miss on not having those two cards in. Now Oketra joins them.
Also, how about that Casualties of War? New staple much?
This set has definitely gotten a lot better than I presumed from the initial premise. For the first time I am actually also interested in the story. I am happy to have been proven wrong.
Apr 15, 2019Posted in: Commander (EDH)Quote from FearDReaper »New Oketra is so hype for Varina!
Yep, except I now have a dilemma: so far, I've kept the Varina deck so that every nonland card either is a zombie or references zombies in its' rules text... and that the only kind of token the deck makes is the standard 2/2 black zombie.
Oketra makes better zombies, which oddly slightly breaks the themage. Nyyerf.
Apr 9, 2019Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Oooh, I like this approach to her. Tokens, destroy/exile them for benefit, build a board, then use the same removal cards to clear the way once you have an army.
Divergent Transformations should probably also be there, and could potentially be real scary if you get to cast it on repeated turns on your tokens and get big expensive stuff instead.
Apr 8, 2019FoxOfWar posted a message on Decks that start out focused and end up with split goals...Yeeeeeah.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Good example was going over my landfall Damia deck to see if there's any cards there that would have a better home in Kynaios and Tiro lands deck... and I took out five cards with actual 'landfall', the mechanic, on them. Damia had evolved into something more to do with tokens and abusing discard, with the occasional nod (Trade Routes, The Gitrog Monster) to some actual land-changing-zones-and-benefiting kind of thing, but it wasn't really a "landfall" deck anymore.
Another case was certainly Ephara, God of the Polis spirit deck. The initial idea was just to play all the cards that make 1/1 flying spirit tokens. From my previous incarnation of Azorius and from few spirits that do the thing, the deck had a 'freeze creatures' theme. That plus generating a lot of flying tokens led to planeswalkers. And good ETBs on some of the spirits led to Astral Slide and blink shenanigans. And now the deck kind of wants to do all of that. Somehow. Come to think of it, it might warrant a look with the deck, haven't tinkered with it in a while...
Apr 6, 2019Posted in: Commander (EDH)Quote from cyberium_neo »
I'd avoid creating new legends with many colors while having a popular theme. One problem with additional colors is that decks would be too similar when more colors are shared, lead to overlapping card choices and uncreative deck building.
Dexos the Returned is a great example of how new legends should be, forcing players to do enchantress unique to Orzhov instead of traditional Selesnya, or Noyan Dar, Roil Shaper doing a land deck with WU without green.
...and now I'm thinking what a "typical boring Boros combat-centric legendary" (any of them) would look like if colorshifted(abilities changed accordingly ofc)... in Sultai. Sultai really doesn't have a commander that wants to lead a team to the red zone - though I guess Sidisi, Brood Tyrant can sort of fill that niche if you squint a bit and don't overly focus on the graveyard.
I do agree though. Commanders that make you go 'huh' and consider options you haven't explored are fun.
Apr 6, 2019I play Final Fortune and Last Chance in Etali, Primal Storm. Sometimes you just need one more untap/combat to win, and this is definitely the spiciest way to do it. Or you know, I'm desperate and really really hope Etali gives me something good. Heh. Fun either way.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
(Last Chance is definitely also among the best reminder texts along with the one on Obsidian Fireheart.)
Apr 6, 2019Just from pure flavor perspective, I love Goblin Assault Team.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Also, Tomik, Distinguished Advokist will find a home in Karametra lands... well, at least until someone copies the thing. -.-
Apr 6, 2019I play it in Damia, a fog/landfall deck that tends to draw out games... this is a legit win condition there. As said above, you know you're doing well when opponents are actually not enthused to cast things.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Usually, people are excited for the first couple of draws, and then their expressions start to sour a bit... but oddly, I rarely have Forced Fruition destroyed early enough. Possibly because everyone is drawing cards, the good ol' "someone else will do it" is in effect.
Apr 4, 2019I freely admit I only look at others' playlists when I'm looking for ideas to build the same commander myself.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Then again, I don't post my lists online either. I keep meaning to, but there's not much justification other than for documentation's sake, given the effort involved in writing a thought-for writeup of my decks. (...and if I start down that rabbit hole, well... see my signature.)
I'm far better at 'looking for more cards that are useful in situation X' or 'looking for commanders/builds that kinda do X' topics, heh.
It's also hard to critique anyone else's decklists at a glance, and I just don't feel like devoting a lot of time to actually go through the list. As said above, it's also very likely I'd suggest cards that the creator already thought of.
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