oh right forgot about The ringheart crest, that makes sense.
Hmm, yeah I think that start can skip the Quandrix command? We don't strictly need the bounce mode.
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Sep 16, 2021 Posted in: Magic General
Sep 16, 2021Realmwalker lets us mutate sea dasher from the top, so we never need to draw it. It still costs U though so we need to draw the island to pay for it so I think its fine.Posted in: Magic General
Being able to copy Kinnan earlier would be really nice, but there's not really a way to do that without spending blue or losing a creature slot (augmenter pugilist/echoing equation is close but would need UU (at which point we'd just mutate) or another tibalt's trickery at the very least (which requires either red, or mutating anyway).)
This seems like all works. We have to be a little careful due to all of the gyruda mills, but we can keep the quandrix command safe in our hand if we really need to, and be set.
Though I'm curious the lack of Circle of Dreams Druid? it seems like putting one of those into play instead of tyvar would make the mana situation a bit smoother, and would be an extra creature instead of a walker? (I haven't actually worked it out at all though...)
Sep 14, 2021Sorry, I haven't had much time for this recently, but should have some time over the next few days. With rotation fast approaching, are there any changes we want to get in? Also what start did we end up on?Posted in: Magic General
Sep 8, 2021hmm, there might actually be something nice there, as gyruda doesn't give us mana as long as the enchantment creatures are all odd? possibly a colorless mana layer?Posted in: Magic General
But a layer above the stages isn't very useful, and changing the start seems unlikely to be profitable in terms of creatures v noncreatures.
Sep 6, 2021Huh I thought primal might was an instant, good catch. and did completely miss the x=0 case for it. Fresh eyes are helpful with this stuff.Posted in: Magic General
That takes out the sea gate stormcaller, and potentially allows the The great henge version ahead again? as trickery would need to actually counter something to cast kinnan. I feel like there might still be a problem in there...
Sep 5, 2021Because of retargeting issues, we only get to destroy all of our nontokens every toralf 2 damage trigger, so each one of those profits some blue. Effectively making the toralf stage one layer smaller but that's not a problem.Posted in: Magic General
But sea gate stormcaller has the same problem as dual strike, allowing us to loop a legendary creature for great henge triggers, we even have an extra quandrix command mode to copy stormcaller with right before we cast trickery.
Ringheart crest looks like it works though.
Sep 4, 2021hmm, that's not exactly true, but since reflections of littjara doesn't let us change the targets, the octopus is still going to end up on a vadrok stack. (instead of say a kinnan or orvar) This is important because remaking a legendary vadrok stack is expensive.Posted in: Magic General
If the octopus is not going on a stack of vadrox (vadrii? vadren?), then we don't get quandrix commands, or other spells.
edit: oh the mutate stack can be nonlegendary, and on a scaled herbalist, hmm that does look problematic.
so we mutate onto the herbalist,
make an orvar copy of it
put island into play
resolve reflections trigger 1
vadrok casts instants
-kill our land
-command kills kinnan, reshuffle island
resolve reflections trigger 2
-command reshuffles kinnan
-trickery casts kinnan (needs a target... Dual strike gives it itself.)
resolve orginal octo
-command bounces octo
yeah this seems to go infinite, maybe cutting Dual Strike to make trickery need to counter something lower? Sea Gate stormcaller is also a problem though...
Sep 4, 2021Yeah great catch on the orb of dragonkind/Kinnan interaction! I completely missed that, would have been worse than when we misread TYS two years ago.Posted in: Magic General
As for primal might, that seems good, though working around the great henge seems tricky. I think gating all loops through quandrix command -> vadrok trigger -> octo -> blue spend is safe. I don't see any sorcery speed loopholes we can infinite through, even with a cheap creature like sorcerer's broom. Especially since we only get one draw per creature.
Aegar, the freezing flame looks like it almost works for transitioning, but can't actually generate blue because we can't cheaply trigger it between the reflections of littjara octopi.
Birgi would be a pretty good mana engine but Harnfel, Horn of Bounty seems dangerous.
Ardent electromancer seems inefficient, but technically works, once we have a full party (we actually already do: Vault Robber, Duskfang Mentor, Kargan Intimidator, and a bunch of wizards, not to mention arachnoform) and doesn't require haste.
It's still pretty inefficient as needing to etb as an electromancer is more expensive and only profits one mana, slowing us down a lot in the start.
I think that leaves us with palladium myr + kinnan?
Sep 2, 2021That seems like it works, except woe strider can't sacrifice itself, which looks like it just loses us a green mana, but that kind of cascades through the rest of the line.Posted in: Magic General
Sep 2, 2021Unfortunately, we need to draw the island as otherwise we can just let the octopus resolve and bounce it with quandrix command, and avoid using draw triggers at all.Posted in: Magic General
I'm leaning towards an enchantment creature over omen of the hunt because of the additional synergy with the broodmoth and sacrificing for free instead of 2G. but both of those effects end up being pretty negligible.
Sep 2, 2021Yeah I've been chipping away at the writeup, focusing on the math and the stages that are unlikely to change much as the start/end gets optimized.Posted in: Magic General
luminous broodmoth is a pretty nice way to optimize things. Koll, the forgemaster is another similar effect if we wanted to double up a bit via the arachnoform we are already playing, though its probably not worth it. (edit oops RTFC creature goes to hand not back in play)
As for omen of the hunt, its main use is being cast via a vadrok trigger, which is technically possible for an enchantment creature too, though it needs to get q commanded back in the library, then cast with tibalt's trickery. This kind of puts pressure on quandrix command as we also want to be reshuffling the island and octopus each time, and with the mill from trickery that nets -1 card from library each time. But Dual strike can let us get multiple q commands per vadrok trigger, so that seems fine. And we need dual strike for heliod's intervention anyway so we can't cut it.
Aug 26, 2021I was stuck on how to set up another computation after an arcbonded creature died. But I looking back on it now I see what I missed: Wild Research+Mirror of Fate. It seems to work and properly require a decree, as its not possible remove instants from the GY any other way.Posted in: Magic General
Aug 26, 2021I think I'm missing some steps for how that version is supposed to work?Posted in: Magic General
Aug 25, 2021That line seems to work, I might have missed something with all of the changes but nothing pops out as wrong. Getting those triggers set up seems a bit awkward/expensive but shouldn't be too bad.Posted in: Magic General
Show and tell is probably the only way to get started with so few cards left in the deck.
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