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  • posted a message on Good commander to wear Helm of the Host
    I'm thinking Talrand, Sky summoner would be really good if you were running a control shell and wanted to close the game quickly.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Finally completed the set
    That's incredible man! Congratulations! My biggest problem would be getting them to the shop to play, which would lead me to my second biggest problem: picking one!
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Thinking about new cards
    So I ended up ordering the Cradle. Thanks for the advice. I imagine I'll try to pick mana drain up next before its price jumps too much.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Thinking about new cards
    Hey everybody, I wanted to ask for opinions regarding some Christmas presents to myself.
    I'm torn between two options:
    The first would be a Gaea's Cradle
    The other option would be to get Mana Drain, Force of Will, and Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed.

    The blue spells would go into my Riku of Two Reflections, Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed would go into my Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim, and Gaea's Cradle would make it into my Karametra, God of Harvests.

    They would all be very good, they mostly speak for themselves, after all. Xiahou Dun would be an excellent role player that would allow for spell recursion in a deck that otherwise can't. And Karametra loves to drop creatures onto the battlefield.

    So, if given the choice, would you pick the three, or the one?
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Vona, Butcher of Magan
    I'm actually beginning to think I should put her and Karlov in my Ayli deck to set the scene for a really exile focused control deck. Exile tribal, if you will.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Picking a Fitting Tutor
    I think the only real option is demonic. You can't beat the card, and at twenty-five bucks it's a great value and will probably always hold that value. Also, if it ever ends up in the trade binder, I guarantee you'll be able to move it
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on When to dismantle decks? How many do you keep built?
    It always seems to me like any deck I play is missing something. I like playing interactive decks that can affect the board, but I also want to be able to pressure the board with aggro, and those don't always go hand in hand, so sometimes I try aggro, and then I feel like I get blown out of the water by consecutive boardwipes. I'm still looking for that balance, I think my first deck, Kaalia, was a good mix of the two, but again, she would get blown out by a well timed Sleep effect and it was so hard to play in multiplayer.
    I guess what I'm getting at is that I know that feeling, but it's hard to really nail down what's missing.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Rhys the Redeemed - 1CMC Card Only Token Deck
    Swords to Plowshares, Path to Exile,Sylvan Safekeeper, Sol Ring, and Exploration...I think I'm out haha. A Gatherer search would probably help though.
    You'll need a lot of draw in this deck to keep anything going, so good luck with that.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Best early game defense for Simic control?
    Depending on the type of decks you typically play against, I always thought Kiora, the Crashing Wave is great. I'm not sure she's exactly what you're looking for, but it's funny how hard it can be to drop a second dude that can actually get to her, she can ramp you, she will just win if left unchecked, and at the very least, she'll distract somebody from attacking you.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Aggro Finishers for Alesha, Who Smiles at Death
    I think you could benefit from marton stromgald if you want to go wide. He's like a red craterhoof that makes your blocking better too.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Possible Mana Sinks for Either Selesnya or Gruul
    I was thinking about going Selesnya with Chorus of the Conclave at the helm, so that once you've assembled your combo you can just play out your hand with all the beaters, drawing cards all the while.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Riku of Two Reflections Theorycrafting (Attack of the clones)
    This is my favorite thread in weeks. I think this could be the birth of a Riku that's fun to play against!
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on The Saffi Compendium
    Alright guys, I've been lurking around on this thread for a while, and I, along with a lot of others, have been really bummed about the lack of great Selesnya stuff that we've been looking for, but I think the next fantastic card just got announced in Conspiracy. Recruiter of the Guard is for real. I don't think the deck even needs a rework for it to be good. I'm excited about it for Saffi. What do you guys think?
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Can Hunting Grounds be effective as a non-blue control enabler?
    First, thank you everyone for your feedback, I’ll respond directly first.

    Quote from darkeshrine »
    I really like this Idea. I just have two problems with it: Building around a card in the 99 is really difficult without loading up on tons of tutors; and I can't think of a color I wouldn't want in this deck.

    You make good points following your headline, stocking the deck with an absurd amount of tutors isn’t really my thing either, but I don’t mind having the prerequisite white tutors for enchantments and artifacts that smooth out some of the bumps you get in a singleton format, so in that way I can grab the things I need, but I still challenge myself by not having the open-ended black tutors that let me get whatever, whenever.

    Following that, I do want to stay away from blue, because I have been that guy sitting with a strong position playing Riku of Two Reflections and the EOT Rift. Honestly, it’s just too easy when you’re playing against other fair decks.

    Quote from BlackVise »
    I don't think it would be reliable in EDH, though I like the idea of the deck. Perhaps you could add R for Sneak Attack and see what other similar cards are available to give you a creature-based control deck? It would then be along a similar theme but without relying on one specific card.

    I really like this idea, I think using the Naya colors would allow me the opportunity to react if I lose Hunting Grounds or threshold through Sneak Attack, or even something a little jankier, like Impromptu Raid. In addition, Naya opens up the chance to run Sunforger which can allow me to respond to the Cyclonic Rift with a Ghostway on occasion.

    With all that being said, even with Survival of the Fittest in play I would be afraid of not having a creature in hand, so that whole self-bounce situation could be a great. Thank you for that suggestion.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Can Hunting Grounds be effective as a non-blue control enabler?
    So, first off, long time lurker, first time poster; please forgive any mistakes in formatting as a result. With that out of the way, this is something I've been rolling around in my head for a while.

    I've been playing commander for about two years now, and I have gone through several decks and archetypes. From Sharuum the Hegemon to Kaalia of the Vast to Mayael the Anima to Riku of Two Reflections. At this point I have realized that I absolutely love toolbox decks and the Selesnya color identity. I like that when playing as the Selesnya player you can play control with any number of bears and more powerful game-changers like Linvala, Keeper of Silence and of course Gaddock Teeg; at the same time, you can change gears at the flip of a switch and go straight aggro as soon as you drop Avenger of Zendikar or something equally scary.

    That's where the toolbox comes in. Running a toolbox deck gives me the opportunity to do all of those things and more, but the problem then becomes that I have to commit to the board proactively. I don't like doing that because it gives Mr. Blue Mage across the table time to plan and cackle maniacally as he plays his eot Cyclonic Rift.

    This is why I want to ask you, the wonderful, well-informed, and incredibly attractive members of this forum, if Hunting Grounds is viable as a focal point for a reactive control deck? Just in case it isn't immediately obvious, once you have threshold any "to hand" creature tutor becomes "when an opponent casts a spell you may put a creature from your deck into play." Survival of the Fittest jumps to mind.

    What's that? Wrath of God? Cute, here's an Avacyn, Angel of Hope, and so on.

    I would love to hear three things: Is it doable? What would the deck need to run correctly? And What would be the best commander for the deck?

    I know the legend that immediately jumps to mind is Captain Sisay, but I want to see if any others are suitable to what I want to do or have an advantage over her; however, if she just can't be beat, please share that opinion. I'm just a little scared of her because of her perceived threat level.

    Thank you in advance. I look forward to hearing from you.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
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