Aria of Flame reminds me of Aetherflux Reservoir, but with the downside that it gives away life to opponents rather than gaining you life. Both of these cards only target a single opponent and do little else to help the deck. Contrast that with Psychosis Crawler or Glint-Horn Buccaneer who hit every opponent at the table and are creatures to boot (albeit high mana cost creatures compared to others in the deck).
If you have one, give it a try and see how it plays, but I wouldn't spend the money on it as it is liable to fall out of your list pretty quickly.
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Jul 9, 2019I don't play fetches, but generally speaking the "filtering" is not significant enough to merit the loss of life. Waterlogged Grove/Horizon Canopy/Nurturing Peatland are used because they enable you to exchange a land for more gas in case of mana flooding.Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
Jul 5, 2019Core Set 2020 Cards:Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Scampering Scorcher - Another good token producer that hasn't been mentioned yet.
Glint-Horn Buccaneer - For when you draw a bunch of cards and run out of mana. End your turn and kill everyone on the discard. Sort of like Psychosis Crawler in reverse.
Jun 25, 2019I agree. Unless you continually keep 4 mana available, which would be severely limiting, Bag of Holding is going to get blasted before you get any significant value out of it. Even if you could keep 4 mana available, it's going to get destroyed the moment you tap it to use the loot effect.Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Glint-Horn will most likely be a one-shot as I doubt opponents will let you keep reusing him. I'm not a fan of abilities that require you to attack to use them in multi-player, particularly in a Jaya Ballard deck where you want to keep your head down until you can start casting inferno.
May 13, 2019I read every story associated with Guilds of Ravnica and Ravnica Allegiance on the Magic Story website, but there is virtually no progression of the overarching story other than the mention that Dovin Baan has somehow become the Grand Arbiter of Azorius. However, I've seen summaries stating that some major events occurred during these blocks, including the assassination of both Isperia and the Orzhov. Is there somewhere else I should be looking to read about these events?Posted in: Vorthos Content
Also, I'd like to read a thorough summary of "The War of the Spark" without having to read the entire book. Any recommendations on where I can find a good summary?
Thanks in advance!
EDIT - I found these which give a decent plot summary:
War of the Spark Story Recap | ACT I
War of the Spark Story Recap | ACT II
War of the Spark Story Recap | Act III
May 8, 2019I noticed that Damping Sphere isn't included in the primer and no one appears to be running it in their sideboard. Is there a reason why Stompy doesn't use it at all?Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
Also, what are your recommendations for combating Thing in the Ice and Arclight Phoenix decks?
Thanks in advance!
Oct 19, 2018Have you tried lowering your land count to 18? That seems to be the typical amount for 8-Whack and it might reduce your land flood issue. The only card that might be problematic is your 3 CMC Blood Moons in the sideboard.Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
Sep 16, 2018I use Tormod's Crypt and, if I ever acquire it, Scavenger Grounds. My next choice would be Sentinel Totem. If you're willing to exile all graveyards, then Relic of Progenitus is the typical choice.Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Jun 19, 2018The difference between Scry 1 on Treasure Map and Scry 2 on Crystal Ball is night and day. Treasure Map is basically a Darksteel Pendant for the first 3 turns -- a card I played for a while but cut because it under performed. I also don't like that Treasure Cove runs out of draw power when the 3 Treasures are gone, but I maybe I'm undervaluing that it can still be used as a land for mana at that point.Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
My local game store used to have a lot of good cards in its 15 cent bin. I found my Darksteel Plate in there. I also picked up a lot of high value commons/uncommons from older sets (e.g., Goblin Bushwhackers), which I traded on PucaTrade for cards like my Caged Sun right after it had a reprint, so the price was down.
Jun 19, 2018Okay, I didn't realize you could skip the discard portion of Wild Guess, et al. You can't skip the discard on Faithless Looting though (which is what I was thinking for the other three spells). I'm still not convinced you have enough useful instants and sorceries for the copy effects. You are running more than me though. My deck only has 11.Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Treasure Map is really a draw/filter card, not a ramp card. If you want to keep that type of utility, my favorites after Mind's Eye and Staff of Nin are Crystal Ball and Outpost Siege. I'm never disappointed to see either of those cards. If you have enough colorless lands, Endbringer can be amazing if it sticks.
Thaumatic Compass is basically a Journeyer's Kite that transforms into a Maze of Ith late game. As much as I'd like a Maze of Ith, I've never been a fan of the mana requirements for Journeyer's Kite.
My backups to Jaya are Pyrohemia and Heartless Hidetsugu. Both can dish out the damage and generally synergize with the same cards as Jaya.
My deck list is linked in my signature if you're interested. Glacial Chasm is the probably the most overlooked card that wins me the most games.
I can't comment on the planeswalkers as I only play cards I've obtained for 50 cents or less and I have yet to see a planeswalker that cheap (though think Tibalt was close at one point).
Jun 18, 2018Thoughts from a budget player:Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Avacyn's Judgment - The non-madness effect isn't good enough to earn a spot, so this is only worthwhile if you can consistently use the madness cost. The problem is that we usually want to discard for Jaya's Inferno ability and there typically isn't enough mana left to power the madness cost to great effect in addition to the 7 mana already invested.
Cathartic Reunion/Faithless Looting/Tormenting Voice/Wild Guess - Decent cards, but they don't provide card advantage for Jaya. I found the effects were too small and replaced them with higher impact cards, though you do have some of the higher end graveyard recursion cards (e.g. Crucible of Worlds) that make these perform better.
Primal Amulet/Pyromancer's Goggles - Are probably be sub-optimal. These are usually better in a spellslinger deck and I'm not sure there are enough cards you'd want to target with them. Do you really need to copy All is Dust, Blasphemous Act, Shattering Spree, or Vandalblast? Also, the small filter effects are rarely going to be worth copying (see previous paragraph).
Thaumatic Compass/Treasure Map - I generally feel these are too slow and require too much mana investment before they come online.
Jun 10, 2018Myrmadillo posted a message on Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs - Drag 'em down to your level and beat 'em with experience!Update:Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Bloodmark Mentor => Frenzied Fugue
Bloodmark Mentor is fragile and hasn't been as impactful as I hoped. I'm nearly always glad to draw one of my steal spells and adding Frenzied Fugue brings the count up to an even dozen. I'm also intrigued to see how the ability to "share" a creature by borrowing it multiple times plays out in game. Captivating Crew is another potential future addition that I'll be keeping my eyes out for when perusing trade binders.
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May 30, 2018Some corrections:Posted in: Articles
Chiyo is Eitoku's superior, not the other way around.
Nagao is grievously wounded and presumed dead, but he survives as revealed in the next book.
In the final scene, Toshi sends Choryu the water wizard and friend of Michiko to Hidetsugu (not Chiyo the soratami).
Nov 30, 2017Myrmadillo posted a message on If You Can't Take Criticism of Jeremy Hambly, You're Part of the ProblemI generally never read or comment on these things, but I don't think this post is appropriate as a front page article. The article doesn't explain who Jeremy Hambly is, what he has said or did, who is criticizing him, what they are saying about him, and it only gives a minimal amount of information about Christine Sprankle. As a result, I barely have a clue of what the article is supposed to be addressing. The article makes so many assumptions about prior knowledge that it's almost unintelligible. On top of that, the article is packed full of biased political statements, which makes me wonder why it was even permitted to be posted.Posted in: Articles
I come to these forums for Magic: The Gathering, not politics. If this article actually informed me about what is apparently major event in the Magic community and made a clear statement about how to correct the issue without resorting to belittling, politically charged statements, it could have actually been a worthwhile article.
Oct 11, 2017For those interested, I went through the 37 problematic cards listed in the article above. Only allowing cards that are legal in Modern that have been printed at common level reduces the problematic list of cards to five that need banning:Posted in: Articles
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