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  • posted a message on [CMR] Jeska, Thrice Reborn and her Will— Merchant previews
    The problem with Jeska isn’t that she’s bad, it’s that the other PW is Tevesh Szat. That cards a buster, while this one is a reliable Aggro or Voltron partner staple that pays off for cheap commanders. There are ways to get around her ability by playing her in Temur or Gruul to get proliferate triggers to have her kind of be nuts. But compared to Szat, there’s not much she stands on.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [CMR] Yurlok of the Burn Thrash and Horizon Stone— Numerama previews
    Quote from Dale Dan Tony »
    What are some cards that make Yurlok pop-off?

    If a card like Hive Mind existed in his colors it would be absolutely nuts. Blinkmoth Urn, Overabundance (being my personal favorite if you have red damage doublers like Furnace of Rath), Shizuko, Caller of Autumn, and Valleymaker to name some good ones.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Pathos of the Exile (1-mana black removal)
    Quote from ChariSays »

    Pathos of the Exile B
    Instant (Uncommon)
    Exile target creature you don't control and target basic land you do control.

    There, I nerfed it a step further even.

    That’s a buff if anything. Run all non-basic lands and it’s a free exile.
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on Azorius blink deck buidling
    I forgot to mention, you probably want to include Peregrine Drake for the Infinite combo.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Azorius blink deck buidling
    I think a big one is that you’re heavy on creatures that don’t particularly fit the theme, and that’s in the big mana creatures. Azor, The Lawbringer, Dream Trawler, and Sphinx Mindbreaker simply have too large of a mana cost without good etb effects to be entirely useful. Regarding ramp keep only Azorius Signet for the guild artifacts and remove Mana Geode. Add more colorless such as Thran Dynamo or something like a Worn Powerstone. Instants and sorceries are ok, but I’d recommend less destroy all creatures and more bounce stuff like Cyclonic Rift. Overall my biggest input would be cutting creatures down and developing a better draw engine. If mana is a problem in play testing, remove some of the removal enchantments for Smothering Tithe. This deck also might need a win-con that’s not Thassa’s Oracle because you don’t have a reliable access to self mill. It’ll be removed faster than you can continuously blink it for value.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Upcoming Kaldheim miniatures
    Dang those walkers make me kind of sad. I was hoping we’d find out that this was Wrenn and Six’s home plane.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on 2022 sets, return to x?
    Well with the printing of fountain of ichor, we might see a return to every plane... invasion 2 electric boogaloo
    Posted in: Speculation
    Personally what I think will happen is that certain stores might ban these from their tournaments. Sure, the few players that buy these cards will be mad, but from the stores’ and other players’ perspectives it’s a viable reason.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Solving “Power Creep” with more Power
    1. How does this card cover color identity. The land is colorless and your deck needs to be commander legal even before “before the game begins” effects are present.

    Like I said if Prismatic Piper works and is colorless, then this land can.

    Regarding the Bishop, again if you use Command Beacon it negates it, or if you run any of the spirit guides to add mana it cheats it in. And that creature is not going back to the command zone once it’s cast. At that point it’s just a lost turn. I’m not opposed to increasing the draw back, but I don’t want the opponents to get an advantage, rather the player get a disadvantage.
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on Solving “Power Creep” with more Power
    There needs to be a middle ground somehow when making this, hence why I chose the 35 life 90 card drawback. My initial draft had “Commanders cost 2 more to cast” but I felt it hinders big cmc commanders too much. In the case of Bishop of Coronation, there isn’t a reason why you wouldn’t run that card as a commander. Sure that delays 2 turns of plays, but that isn’t a problem once it hits the battlefield, plus it’s a turn two body for any color of mana. I trotted a fine line of format vs game breaking when trying to design it and here are the reasons why I chose the card design:
    1. The card shouldn’t benefit the deck by being on the field, which the easiest way would be using a pre game effect.
    2. 35 life total instead of 40 causes a loss around 2-4 turns earlier depending on the table, losing a full hand gives each card individually a rough 7.5% of being exiled, meaning that out of 10 or so games, you’d most likely exile a combo piece.
    3. The card shouldn’t become a perfect staple, like Sol Ring, rather other strategies should still be viable.
    The land I designed is slightly format breaking, where it affects the format as a whole, yet doesn’t replace most viable strategies. The bishop is more game breaking, where it would most likely see play in almost every EDH table.

    And also turn 1 Command Beacon can be a thing that beats the Bishop’s ability. Nothing can gimmick the pregame effect, in the case of the land.
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on Solving “Power Creep” with more Power
    Quote from rowanalpha »
    You are right that it will power up lower tier commanders, but it power the higher tier commanders up as much or more, so its kind of defeating its own purpose.

    Does it really beef up top tier commanders though? What does Atraxa, Praetors’ Voice gain by adding red besides Saheeli, Sublime Artificer? Is it worth losing life and cards to run The Gitrog Monster in my Korvold, Fae-Cursed King? Most of those top tier cards are that strong because they fit so perfectly in their color that they don’t need another color or commander to be strong. There isn’t a point to take the risk of losing combo pieces.

    Now consider the combo of Márton Stromgald and Odric, Lunarch Marshal. That combo creates one of the strongest synergies for a Boros attack strategy that could in theory win consistently against high tier decks, even though the commanders alone are weak.
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on Solving “Power Creep” with more Power
    Quote from FetalTadpole »
    So you're saying I can run Marchesa, the Black Rose with a white partner so I get Cathars' Crusade, AND I get to have my life total lower than everyone else's at the start of the game?

    And that’s a problem compared to other potential synergies like Golos, Tireless Pilgrim and Azusa, Lost but Seeking? Plus, you could lose the crusade in the initial exile. Or, somebody runs a hatebear alternate partner for a deck depending on the situation to counter.
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on Solving “Power Creep” with more Power
    The new Prismatic Piper commander legends spoiler gave me an idea to try and solve the power creep issue magic created by printing more and more powerful commander creatures. Sure, this card enables extremely high tier combos, but low play commanders that are weaker competitively greatly benefit from this.

    Hall of Infinite Legends
    Legendary Land
    Hall of Infinite Legends can be your commander.
    If Hall of Infinite Legends is your commander, choose two legendary creature cards from your library and put them into your command zone. The chosen cards gain Partner. Then, lose 5 life, exile the top 7 cards of your library, and remove Hall of Infinite Legends from the game. The two cards in your command zone then become your commanders.

    This essentially enables any combination of commanders as a pre game effect similar to the Prismatic Piper’s pre game effect of color change. If you can begin a game without matching the color identity of your deck, but a pre game effect fixes that, then this card technically follows the rules.

    Regarding the power level of a card like this, I don’t see a reason why this can’t be printed. Sure, it’s a free partner commander of your choice, but the downside (35 starting life and a deck of 90) may push players to keep the traditional 1 commander approach. Plus, most cEDH wincons don’t involve the commanders, rather a gimmick coming from tutoring a combo, which defeats the purpose if you exile the condition playing this card.

    The main argument I see against this card would essentially be running a card and throwing a green legend in for ramp, but, while viable, I don’t think that this card will be mostly used for that. Rather than the expansion of the one commanders identity, the stronger synergies between two normally weaker commanders create the strongest benefit.
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on April Fools Secret Lair update— White-Bordered Tibalt
    I mean, I’d be down for a secret lair of white bordered Lorwyn or Alaran walkers with ‘Old-School’ art.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [ZNR] Ashaya, Soul of the Wild: can she cause creatures to trigger landfall?
    Oh boy infinite Omnath here we go
    Posted in: Rumored Card Rulings
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