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Oct 18, 2012Hi, this is a casual deck I've assembled, mostly for planechase. It tries to get out a couple of Zubera early on to ward off aggression and mass destruction. In the mid game it uses direct damage and counterspells to disrupt opponents. It can end the game with a kicked Replication cast on the red Zubera, then popping them with the damage sweeps. When not playing Planechase, I swap out the powerstones for Prismatic Lens or Mind Stone.Posted in: Multiplayer
May 24, 2012From my own experiences playing a Malfegor deck (with some discard elements) I've found that effects that punish opponents for number of cards in hand are pretty underwhelming. Two important exceptions are Skullcage (because it hits too many cards in hand, too) and Hollowborn Barghest (because it also triggers off of you not having cards in hand, and with Malfegor this will definitely happen). Lavaborn Muse is ok, since the 3 damage can painful, but Hellfire Mongrel is not very good. Also, Nezumi Shortfang isn't very good since it is usually too slow.Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
In the "group draw" category there is: Horn of Greed, Temple Bell, Font of Mythos, Teferi's Puzzle Box, and the new Otherworld Atlas. Also, Shocker and big bro Barbed Shocker, and their mean uncle Dragon Mage. For punishment, there is Kederekt Parasite and the reverso Psychosis Crawler.
A couple of classic mass-discard spells are what you need, to take away all those cards you helped the table draw. Mindslicer, Myojin of Night's Reach, Deathcloud, Pox, Smallpox, Rotting Rats, Delirium Skeins, Syphon Mind, etc...
May 10, 2012Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Thanks, and I guess it's right there in the gatherer, too...
May 10, 2012Gurst posted a message on Avacyn EDH bombs making your meta more answer-heavy?Yes, the legends have not made as much of an impression as Banishing Stroke. I played with a jankily built Gisela, Blade of Goldnight deck (basically the Kaalia precon with the black cards replaced by random RW stuff I had within arm's reach). She was good, but not crazy good. She still gets wrathed... And tucked by BS! Though I did enjoy a Cone of Flame quadrupled off of a Fire Servant!Posted in: Commander (EDH)
May 10, 2012Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Does that work? Redirect wouldn't be a valid target when you're choosing new targets as it wouldn't be on the stack yet.
Though there are at least 6-8 similarly priced and better counterspells, I'd run it if I was playing ~15-20 of them.
May 6, 2012I love the theme! You list Oros as the commander and then again under your creatures. Did you double count him?Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
You are missing two very important Knights for a tribal theme: Kinsbaile Cavalier and Haakon, Stromgald Scourge! Haakon is the best reason to dip into black for any Knight tribal deck. However, you will need some way to discard him. Alternatively, you can opt for Buried Alive, which will plonk him into the yard with two of his best buds.
For a general, you say that Oros is kind of arbitrary. She isn't a knight, either, but Tariel, Reckoner of Souls has a more relevant ability (Oros will kill a lot of your own guys!) and you could make a case flavorwise that knights are more likely to follow an angel than a dragon (the archenemy of knights?).
Another "knight" card that also rocks: Elspeth, Knight-Errant
From the new set, Slayers' Stronghold is on-theme and relevant.
Some other good knights: Kabira Vindicator (doubles as an anthem!), Student of Warfare (comes out fast, gets mean), Riftmarked Knight (why settle for one knight when you can have two?), Lightwielder Paladin (knight-based removal). Not quite "good", but certainly interesting is Lim-Dul's Paladin. He also serves as a discard outlet for Haakon.
What about the token generating knights of Hero of Bladehold and Knight-Captain of Eos? Yes, the tokens are soldiers... but think of them as "squires". You could even use Squire as the tokens!
To make room, I would cut some of the flanking creatures. Also, Cover of Darkness isn't really knight-like, and Fury of the Horde is just bad. You already have Waves of Aggression, so that right there should be enough for the extra attacks you want.
IMO, In the Web of War is better than Fervor, and maybe more on-theme.
May 2, 2012Gurst posted a message on [Competitive] Blast 'Em, Heartless Hidetsugu EDH/CommanderThree other "furnace" effects:Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Yes, of course it could whiff and result in Hidetsugu having a change of heart... but at least it won't hurt you either! On the plus side, this is a very cheap option. You could cast Hidetsugu, liberally apply some free haste, then cast this and potentially end the game.
Quest for the Pure Flame
Needs to power up, but it is easy to power up at least.
Curse of Bloodletting
Interesting in that it will kill only one opponent. I'm not sure if this is something you want though, as you probably want to kill all the opponents at once.
Also, re: Haste
No Anger? Battle Rampart > Anger? Strider Harness > Anger? The new Duel Decks Anger looks nice, too.
Apr 30, 2012Ramping usually trades card advantage for board presence (mana sources). So just ignore the ramping and focus on negating any attempts to refill the hand or put out a significant threat. Counters or targeted removal work just fine! Eventually they will jus run out of gas. Let the rest of the table know you're being awesome by shutting down the ramper so that they don't beat up on you (ie, play politics!).Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Another card suggestion: Mind Funeral. Great if they've already taken out most of their lands!
Apr 30, 2012I feel proxies are fine for commander. Games are more fun when people can try out new things, and in practice, I have yet to encounter anyone who proxies a significant amont of cards in any single deck.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
You can certainly refuse to play someone for using them, by why be such a hardliner? Why would you try to prevent someone from doing something with arbitrary rulings when you can "encourage" them to use real cards with good old-fashioned mocking and derision?
Also, on the Xiahou Dun sidebar: Replacement is a silly word in magic, when literally each card is unique due to the near infitinite interactions between cards. But... Shrouded Lore is better than Xiahou Dun because it can get back artifacts and lands. Make some friends at the table, you'll see...
Apr 30, 2012I have a big-mana MBC deck, and the Impostor fits right in. I can see top decking her as an expensive Sever the Bloodline that leaves behind a 3/3. Sure, it's not the best value, but if she lives a turn she becomes significantly better. Also, the fact that she sits out there makes her an effective rattlesnake.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
And of course, recurring creatures is a black speciality...
Apr 29, 2012I really like Phyrexian Processor for Vish Kal. It is much like a second copy of Hatred, but I believe it to actually be better most of the time.Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
1. If it's countered, you don't lose any life. Unlike Hatred, the life payment is not a cost!
2. The effect is permanent! Vish Kal chews up a minion and gets the counters to keep, unlike Hatred's effect which ends at the turn.
3. The effect is repeatable! You can activate the processor the turn you cast it, and again each time you untap with it. Plenty of minions to bash with!
4. You can use the processor even without Vish Kal. What if your commander gets shuffled into your library? Hatred is a dead draw, but the processor will still spit out a 20/20 minion each turn.
5. Processor is cheaper. Ok, not really... it's a total of 8 to activate the processor vs. Hatred's 5. But it can be split up into two payments of 4, and it's all colorless. These features make it roughly even with Hatred in my mind.
6. Recurs more easily. Instants are tough for BW to get back from the yard, but there are plenty of ways for those two colors to get artifacts back should your fun get spoiled.
The only down side is that Hatred is an instant, so you can definitely surprise people. But, this comes up pretty rarely. Most people will block a general if they're able to, so it is a rare occurence when someone could block Vish Kal but doesn't and you cast Hatred.
Wow, that was a long answer to a question nobody asked. If I were you, I'd run both Hatred and Phyrexian Processor.
Different note... Do you use the red and blue runes of protection because you often don't need those colors, so you cycle them? If that's the case, why not cut them both and run Story Circle instead. Story Circle is never a dead draw! This also makes room for the aforementioned Phyrexian Processor.
EDIT: Someone mentioned your CoP/Runes while I was typing this up. The runes require W activation anyway, so it's not any different than Story Circle.
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