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  • posted a message on Those Commanders that Miss the Mark
    Quote from darkeshrine »
    Quote from 3drinks »


    Zurgo and Licia are both just beats though. And one if them literally just attacks. At least Tariel breaks the symmetry by wiping resources and then crushes you with your own cards while you're trying to rebuild. That's what I was getting at.


    I get your point. Maybe it's because I didn't play ld, but my Tariel deck was always a lot better when I didn't cast Tariel.


    I get that. I'm like an outlier as a player of Mass Land Destruction tribal 🤣
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day: Jareth, Leonine Titan
    Quote from JWK »
    I like this card a lot. It is so full of flavor. Unfortunately, whenever I have tried to fit it into a deck - in Meren, in Alesha, in Teysa, in Ertai - it just hasn't quite made the cut. Not that it is bad by any means. It isn't. It's just that those decks always have so many other strong synergy options that this one keeps getting edged out. I may include it if I decide to build Muldrotha one of these days.


    I'd imagine getting 1/2 of a lingering souls every turn in Alesha is worth the slot. Then in the event you have some sort of a payoff - clamp, purphorous, shivan harvest, or even the innocuous vampiric rites - puts it over the top. Being 3 mana with no further investment is what's gonna make (or break I guess) it. I'd say, as long as you can get two bats off this consistently, it'll be worthwhile.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Those Commanders that Miss the Mark
    Quote from darkeshrine »
    Quote from 3drinks »
    Quote from darkeshrine »
    Quote from 3drinks »
    No one has said Tariel, Reckoner of Souls yet?


    Tariel would have been subpar as a 5-drop, let alone 7. The random aspect hurts, a lot, but the 7cmc is what makes it unplayable.


    At least she makes a pretty decent Wildfire commander.


    So does Zurgo Helmsmasher and Licia, Sanguine Tribune.

    Tariel just so happens to combo with any free sac outlet and Thornbite Staff.


    Zurgo and Licia are both just beats though. And one if them literally just attacks. At least Tariel breaks the symmetry by wiping resources and then crushes you with your own cards while you're trying to rebuild. That's what I was getting at.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day: Jareth, Leonine Titan
    I really should reevaluate this card's role in Alesha.........
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Where to play Commander?
    Just get into Magic Online. Though it's without any support for my beloved Duel-Commander, it's otherwise a stable environment. Plus, as commander only, you'd only need 1 of any given card that isn't a basic land. You can buy in at whatever level you'd like, even high end cEDH decks are barely a fraction of their RL prices.

    I myself have a 20tix (1tix ~ = $1 usd) mono-G Goreclaw "stompy" deck, and a "3dh" (3tix commander) Alesha if you were looking for a starting point to jump in. I like the 3dh format as it precludes most of the fast mana that leads to lopsided games. Look me up there under the same name I have here if you'd like to try.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Those Commanders that Miss the Mark
    Quote from darkeshrine »
    Quote from 3drinks »
    No one has said Tariel, Reckoner of Souls yet?


    Tariel would have been subpar as a 5-drop, let alone 7. The random aspect hurts, a lot, but the 7cmc is what makes it unplayable.


    At least she makes a pretty decent Wildfire commander.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Those Commanders that Miss the Mark
    No one has said Tariel, Reckoner of Souls yet?
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Thawing Glaciers
    Quote from GloriousGoose »
    Quote from cryogen »
    I get more annoyed by someone that takes five minutes to resolve a demonic tutor than I do someone who can resolve thawing glaciers in thirty seconds every other turn an entire game.
    Seriously. Why would you ever tutor without knowing exactly what you're going for? Maybe their deck is new, or they're borrowing it, or they're a new player, whatever, that I get. But I see otherwise competent players committing this sin all the damn time and it drives me nuts.


    I don't struggle to know what I'm searching for, I just miss the card I wanted until the fifth or sixth pass through my deck.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day: Jareth, Leonine Titan
    I have fond memories of losing so hard to this card in high school in, yes, the aforementioned "Tim" deck. Prodigals, Zuran Spellcasters, Suq'ata Firewalkers, and iirc a 2-of Mawcor too. A pair of Sunken Cities as a backup - not that it was necessary. God this sounds so dated 🤣.

    Quote from void_nothing »
    As a longtime Doran player this card can beat me till I remove it. Also can be funny in Horobi?


    I don't see why. Death Pits does not target, it is triggered based on a condition being met. I also don't see the meaningful interaction vs Doran unless you mean it's strong vs those wacky high butt guys like Indomitable Ancients? But this strat is already lukewarm and suboptimal to the standard of aggro rock anyway such that I don't see how it's meaningful to the discussion of Death Pits anyway.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Post your pimp decks here!
    Quote from TheHiscock »
    Quote from 3drinks »
    Finally finished Kari Zev, since expo fetches/wasteland and box topper Cavern are far too rich for my blood. Holding out for judge print fiery confluence too.


    Kari Zev alter is 2x NXT Women's Champion the "pirate princess" Kairi Sane. Combining my two fave things, Magic & wrestling Grin


    Those are very nice, who did them?
    I'm slowly working on Altaring my Gitrog monster deck and foiling Sidisi.


    Revelen's Light is my artist of choice.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Thawing Glaciers
    Quote from darrenhabib »
    The advantages of using software for such cards.. this was Turn 3
    Thawing Glaciers + Burgeoning + Amulet of Vigor.

    It still took me 5 mins to get 16 lands into play, but yeah auto shuffler and alphabetical card selection makes playing a pleasure.



    You're setup for life, until someone Arnageddons and then you're sad lol. To live and die by the sword, I guess.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Is Isolated Watchtower good?
    I just scrolled by this thread a couple days ago and thought you meant Detection Tower and it's older cousin Arcane Lighthouse and thought "depends on your metagame I guess". Then I was confused by the replies mentioning "a slow meta". It confused me and only then did I see watchtower was a whole different card...

    And then I read it. That card is trash, don't bother with it. You'll be better off. 😎
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Thawing Glaciers
    As someone that uses it, when you do the math on it (yay, my favorite part!) it's about +0.75 lands/2 turns. Which sounds bad, but is mitigated by needing no additional resources to pull this CA out. This is the absolute floor value of the card however, and there are a number of tools to go turbo-glaciers though (Stone-Seeder Hierophant and/or Amulet of Vigor being the most efficient way).

    I digress. Sorry, I like doing the numbers. Anyway as far as "time" this isn't any worse off that enabling cruci-fetch (Crucible of Worlds + fetchlands). And I'm someone that shuffles every turn between tutours, fetches, recruiters, it's really not an issue. My advice would be just...chillax. This isn't a sprint, it's a marathon, we're not on a chess clock here, so stop pressuring people to hurry up. Let the person enjoy the labor they've put into their deck building, the same respect you'd like to be afforded too.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day: Jareth, Leonine Titan
    Quote from tstorm823 »
    Oblivion Stone


    I actually think this card is kind of miserable and choose not to play it.


    I'd never play this before Disk, and usually not before All is Dust. This is eight mana even over two turns. I've got better things to do. Also loses to Abrupt Decay while Disk does not.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Post your pimp decks here!
    Finally finished Kari Zev, since expo fetches/wasteland and box topper Cavern are far too rich for my blood. Holding out for judge print fiery confluence too.



    Kari Zev alter is 2x NXT Women's Champion the "pirate princess" Kairi Sane. Combining my two fave things, Magic & wrestling Grin
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
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