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Magic Market Index for June 8th, 2018
 
Ravnica: The Living Guildpact
 
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  • posted a message on [Offtopic] Community Thread
    Quote from cryogen »
    I didn't think I would care about the mana template change, but I was wrong. "Add one mana." is really stupid.

    I agree, it irks me for some reason I can't quite put my finger on. Maybe because it's the same concept as reading a passage in a book that says 'he lol'd' instead of 'he laughed out loud'. They say the same thing, but one has some finesse and the other doesn't.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Starvald Demelain and T'iam, Elder Goddess of Dragons - The Ur-Dragon
    Quote from skorchdnite »
    Yeah, I'm trying to hold myself off from building her own deck and just relegating her to my Jund Dragons build. She works with Panharmonicon and Helm of the Host, so I can't wait to see what becomes of those decks she heads up. Yeah, we've still got three Elders to see, though they're all without red, so I doubt any of them will have a tribal component.

    Yep, first time. I'm a big fan of expansive world-building (ASOIAF and Stormlight Archive have been my favorite series) so I heard Malazan would be a good one to start. I dodged your spoiler section, so we're good there. I am very eager to find out where the story goes though from how impressive I've heard it is.

    Agree, I think she's about the best dragon tokens have to offer at present, should be lots of fun.

    As far as the books go, you're probably gonna feel a temptation to spoil it for yourself. Partially because Erikson gives you absolutely nothing as far as hints go, and throws you in the deep end in the middle of the action. It's awesome, but very confusing the first time through. Regardless, DON'T spoil it for yourself. Just roll with it and accept that you have no further information than most of the characters. It really is some of the best modern fantasy has to offer, and beats the crap out of ASOIAF. Nothing against GRRM, I enjoyed it ok, but Erikson and Esslemont planned out the entire scope of the series, and when you realise how deep that goes, you can't help but be impressed.

    The good news is that the series really does reward re-reading, and it means you'll pick up a ton of information you missed the first time round.

    I've built three other Malazan flavoured decks, all around the happenings in the first two books - Yidris, Lazav and Kresh. Might be best to avoid looking until you're past at least the end of the first book though Grin it's all spoilered, but considering how much I loved these books I'd hate to ruin how epic they get.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day: Cinder Shade
    Quote from tstorm823 »
    Arcbound Crusher


    I could see this being pretty neat. It triggers on anyone's artifacts, so it could get big fast, and you can move that power to a general potentially. Reminds me of my friends old casual "modular + lifeline" deck.

    I can see this getting big quick. Genesis Chamber could be decent tech, Myr Battlesphere and Thopter Assembly too.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Chainer - The Real Deal Reanimator
    Quote from GloriousGoose »

    @toctheyounger77: how have you not picked up altar of dementia it's like three dollars and it's a sac outlet that fuels your graveyard and has dementia in the name i know you like to savor the flavor come on now


    I hate to be the bringer of bad news....but sadly, I took Chainer apart. As good as the deck was, I wasn't playing it. There were always other decks that are more fun, and there were some valuable pieces in here that I've picked up for pieces that are valuable for other builds. He's still far and away the best reanimator, but if I'm not playing him there's no point keeping the deck together. Crying
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Chaos just for sake being chaos
    Quote from Crazy Pierre »
    I'm fine with this. My friend Vassar plays Jokulhaups with Splendid Reclamaton and I'm going to play Jokulhaups in Yidris, probably.
    Just kill them?

    To me, the difference here is that this guy has no intention of leveraging that MLD for his own gain, he's playing it just because. If that's what he wants to do, fine, but it's still a dick move. MLD with purpose is fine. MLD just to play MLD is not always a dick move, but if you're stalling out a game just because you had it in your hand, personally, I'm probably gonna just sweep and start another game. My time to play is limited and I'm not going to waste in on a non-productive game state or starting again from behind the start line.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Starvald Demelain and T'iam, Elder Goddess of Dragons - The Ur-Dragon
    Quote from skorchdnite »
    Nice deck! Think you'll include Lathliss, Dragon Queen when M19 comes out?

    I'm in the middle of reading Gardens of the Moon right now, actually just got to the part where they mentioned Starvald Demelain for the first time.

    Thanks! It plays alright, it's mostly for fun more than competition but it's still a blast. Yeah, Lathliss, Dragon Queen will almost certainly come in. I'm keeping an eye out for the other Elder Dragons, too. So far none have really hit any notes I want to add, but you never know. There's still Ugin, Arcades Sabboth, Chromium Ruell...there might be some more fuel for Mother Dragon.

    First time reading through? I hope you didn't read too much of this thread, because it's literally the final spoilers at the far end of the series, and it's epic enough that I really don't want to ruin it for you. I've read through the entirety like 6 times now. It's a journey, and a big one. I really do hope you enjoy it.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on [Offtopic] Community Thread
    Your Jenara primer was approaching legend status. Nowhere near Gaka of course, but still really popular.

    That primer was fantastic. I've never played bant, but this is one primer I followed for a while with an eye to building.

    Squee the Immortal sounds interesting. I had a feeling there was something there, but I'm generally apprehensive of mono-red. I had Krenko built for a while but damn it got boring quick. I'm trying out Daretti presently, time will tell if it sticks around.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Who is my next General?
    Roon of the hidden Realm? My wife has built a really strong, fun blink deck.

    Ghave, Guru of Spores - Builds a good swarm deck, attrition deck, counters deck, and is generally all around degenerate. Combos more easily than you can think of combos to add, so if that's not your jam maybe someone else would be better.

    Zedruu, the Greathearted - it's a weird deck, but it's a ton of fun once you realise how strong an engine of advantage Zedruu is.

    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Chaos just for sake being chaos
    Sounds like the guy isn't really a fan of considering the consequences of his actions. This would get me frustrated too, and it's definitely not chaos. Well, the act of playing an MLD spell out of the blue with no plan thereafter is not chaos at any rate. That is to say, MLD and chaos are not necessarily mutually exclusive. This guy just sounds like an idiot to be honest.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on [Offtopic] Community Thread
    Quote from ISBPathfinder »

    Nothing annoys me more than a challenge that requires you to not be an introverted nerd.....


    This would be enough for me to stop playing the game. If it requires interaction I'm not comfortable with, no thanks.

    what's a 75% meta?

    I assume a casual, non-combo oriented meta?
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day: Cinder Shade
    Great card. As simple as it is, I really like the art, too.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Lazav, Dimir Mastermind EDH Deck. Win conditions??
    Lazav is a weird commander. Outside of competitive circles, he scales really well to what the table is playing, predominantly because his ability ties in to what the rest of the table is doing. In the time I've been playing him, I kind of keep the game plan open and don't tie myself to a specific win won. Granted, my deck is VERY themed so you probably shouldn't draw too heavily from it. But it does well enough regardless. I guess the one big thing you can rely on is commander damage from Lazav, so building in unblockable could be a thing.

    End of the day, you're not in great colours for ramp, so it tends to be easier to keep an eye on your curve. Making sure your available ramp matches the CMC size of spells you're casting, and keeping the high end light. I've also found it helps to make sure you can colour fix well. Anything deep into black or blue you want to make sure it isn't sitting in your hand.

    Draw wise, I've had a great time with Bident of Thassa iterations. Drowner of Hope and Shadowmage Infiltrator, and I have an Isochron Scepter package too, with some kills spells and a few that pertain to a draw package - Opt, Brainstorm, Lim-Dul's Vault, Impulse.

    Sygg, River Cutthroat is great draw tech for cheap too.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day: Cinder Shade
    Quote from tstorm823 »
    Grip pf Desolation


    I know 6 mana spells are supposed to be game ending, but I've always found this exiling, instant-speed 2-for-1 rather compelling. Hits Iona/10.

    Good point about Iona. It's not unusable, but I've always found 6 mana too high, meaning it ultimately gets cut from my lists. There's bound to be places that use it though - exiling 2 for 1 at instant speed is strong.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Trying to Build a $50 Artifact Deck
    Considering the Anthology is quite expensive as a pack, if you have an opportunity to, yes. There's some good stuff in the other decks but probably nothing you can't find elsewhere without spending as much money.

    There's other generals for artifact shells too, btw. Daretti is good, but there's plenty of options. The precon just gives you great value.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Trying to Build a $50 Artifact Deck
    Commander Anthology II has just released last week and includes the mono red Daretti deck from 2014. If you could find someone who'd sell you that it's a great place to start.

    Here's the list https://magic.wizards.com/en/products/card-set-archive/commander-2014/built-from-scratch


    Agreed, really good place to start. Especially considering the first card people will recommend as a staple is Wurmcoil Engine. It's worth it just for that and Caged Sun. Those two pretty much make up 95% of the value of the deck financially, and there's plenty of decent staples in addition.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
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