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  • posted a message on Morophon, the boundless lets brew (a tribal)
    There's probably some potential for a super janky cheerios style combo deck here. Unless I screwed up my search, there are 962 EDH legal cards that can be cast for free with Morophon down (for anyone else curious, it's motly 1 drops. Only 225 of those are CMC 2+). Of those, 316 are humans. I haven't gone through in depth, but I'm guessing there are 40-50 that you wouldn't be laughed out of the room for playing. That means you could run a critical mass of humans with no colorless component to their mana costs along with cards like Guardian Project and Glimpse of Nature to storm off, while still having a decent creature gameplan when you weren't comboing. You can also run Cream of the Crop, which combined with the anthem effect on Morophon will help lower the number of misses.

    I checked a couple other common creature types like elf and cleric and most of those only have 60-70 creatures that fit the criteria. This probably works with those too but you're going to end up a lot more restricted in what you can run. The big selling point for cleric would be the ability to run Edgewalker for some redundancy, which is probably not enough of a reason. I suspect this would be a pretty bad deck no matter how you build it, but it's something different than just building with the usual tribal suspects.

    Here's my search if anyone else wants to tweak it. The formatting is breaking the link tags and fixing it sounds like a pain:
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on B&R Pauper: Gush, Gitaxian Probe, and Daze banned
    Quote from Creedmoor »
    Also, when did Pauper become so popular it needed a ban list? I've had pauper decks for ages and I've never met another person in a LGS that plays.
    It sees a lot more play online, which is also why there's hard numbers about Delver win rates despite not having large paper tournaments.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Unreleased and New Card Discussion
    Prismatic Vista is a great EDH card. That's joining Command Tower and Reflecting Pool in my auto-include pile for multicolored manabases and has the potential to crack a few monocolored lists. Finding Wastes means it even has upside over fetches in some lists.

    I'm cautiously optimistic about the snow cards in this set. Ice-Fang Coatl is playable without any other snow support and ridiculously good if you can reliably turn on the deathtouch. It seems unlikely that the set would include that and snow-covered lands with no other support, so we're probably going to see some more goodies. Some of the existing snow related cards are already fairly strong - I've played Into the North, Skred, Scrying Sheets, Dark Depths, Mouth of Ronom, Coldsteel Heart, Rimewind Cryomancer, and Heidar, Rimewind Master without any support beyond snow basics. If there are a few more snow cards at the level of Coatl in the set or some good nonbasic snow lands (untapped duals of some kind?), snow packages have a lot more potential.

    Most importantly, Morophon gives us the long awaited homarid tribal commander.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Nicol Bolas, the Ravager | Cruel Control
    Played a variant on this (with some of the WAR stuff) last night and it's exactly as durdle-y as it looks. I did manage to, at various points, a) hit Aminatou, the Fateshifter with The Elderspell to put counters on Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh and b) cast Deliver Unto Evil with God-Pharaoh, a Spark Double copy of God-Pharaoh, Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker, and Nicol Bolas, the Arisen on board, which feels like a flavor win. Won the game by accelerating into ultimates off of Flux Channeler and Finale of Promise.

    The list in the OP is obviously not exactly what I was running, but it's pretty similar. I'll probably retool it into something a little more proactive by removing the cute high CMC stuff and going a little harder on a reanimation plan. I got my ridiculous high CMC bomb game, now those are just going to annoy me when they get stuck in hand. The game last night worked out because one player was also doing something fairly durdle-y and controlling while the third player kind of got stuck between two decks that were just trying to draw into removal, which is not going to be the norm. That's even more true once my group gets tired of playing around with the new walkers and goes back to more aggressive decks. I was really happy with Bolas's discard ETB, especially because the table has an incentive to remove it when you're sitting on enough to transform. The fact that it's also an evasive beater was more helpful than I was expecting, because it forced removal to protect walkers/life totals over time and I didn't get caught paying 7 to have it removed in response. It honestly played a lot better than I was expecting it to.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on [[Primer]] Mono-R Control with Jaya Ballard!
    Looks really nice. I appreciate that there are a bunch of shared cards between our lists where we've gone for very different pimp options (which also reminds me that I should update those pictures because there have been a bunch of changes since I posted mine). How do you like God-Pharaoh's Statue so far?

    As for what's next, appreciate not spending money/time/effort on the project for a while? There are bound to be new cards sooner or later, so it's not like it's ever really done. If you really want to keep working on it, you could always try and pick up some of the stuff that you bring in and out. I've got a pretty good stash of foil mono-R staples at this point. You get to keep a close eye on reprint sets and judge foils too - there are a couple commander set cards that are bound to show up in those eventually. The other thing I did was to pimp out a second list (aside from BB duals) and get a generally shiny collection, which isn't really a fiscally responsible choice.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day: Hijack
    Quote from tstorm823 »
    So question of the day, what's the wordiest token in Magic: the Gathering?
    Based on a brief search, it's Phoenix. Reef Worm comes close, though.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Dismantling a Deck...and Remorse.
    Quote from FoxOfWar »
    I admit that sometimes I buy a card just because I can't find a copy of random Mirrodin uncommon despite being pretty sure there's several floating around somewhere...
    I do this more than I will admit to. I justify it by picking up foil copies, which I'm much less likely to have just kicking around.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Look ma, no hands! - Erebos, creatureless control
    You've mentioned having problems with enchantments a couple times. I'd consider Blast Zone over one of your lower performing utility lands. It's not fast and it's telegraphed but the possibility of destroying multiple permanents is huge upside.

    Are you intentionally omitting planeswalkers? You have enough creature hate here that you could feasibly protect them for a few turns and some of the black ones are right in line with your game plan.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day: Hijack
    Quote from schweinefett »
    It's great, but i think it suffers from the overplayed syndrome. It seems like every deck that has green plays it regardless of what the deck actually wants to do. I've even seen someone play it in a torpor orb deck.
    This. It's a great card in a lot of decks. That doesn't mean it needs to be in every green deck. Sometimes you're better off with one of the spell versions, sometimes you don't need the recursion at all (admittedly a less common case).

    For the art, I'm all about the original.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Dismantling a Deck...and Remorse.
    Quote from FunkyDragon »
    Aside from the dozen or so decks that I keep together at all times, I also have 2,000 matching sleeves with a modular collection of cards that I use to build/rebuild decks for a few weeks before tearing them down to build/rebuild other decks.
    I also do this, but I only have one truly permanent deck and about 3k unique cards (closer to 5k with duplicates, primarily for other formats) in matching sleeves. It's rare that any of my non-Jaya decks last more than a month or two at the outside.

    At last count I had built about 130 different generals over the course of my EDH career and some of those have been built many times. Pulling apart and rebuilding is a more or less constant process for me. Some of the repeat favorites are Jaya Ballard, Task Mage, Estrid, the Masked, Tajic, Blade of the Legion, Dralnu, Lich Lord, and Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on [Offtopic] Community Thread
    Quote from Hermes_ »
    well, I had to disappear due to need a break from the world due to a panic attack that I couldn't get over with out an inpatient stay, but I am back and doing much better.
    Good to hear you're taking care of yourself. Glad to have you back.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on [[Primer]] Mono-R Control with Jaya Ballard!
    Got Ugin, the Ineffable down last night and it was solid, in large part due to the number of walker heavy decks at the table. There weren't enough creatures to effectively pressure walkers and there were a lot of walkers splitting attention, which is more or less ideal circumstances for getting sustained value out of walkers. It stuck around for ~5 turns generating tokens, including a turn where I also had Rings of Brighthearth, and discounted 4 artifacts/All is Dust in that time, so overall paid for and replaced itself many times over. I'm guessing it's rarely going to do quite that well, but I'm more than happy to keep on running it for the time being and would recommend trying it out for anyone who's been on the fence.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on [Offtopic] Community Thread
    I'm rooting for cryo. I would durdle so hard if Nightmare was unbanned.

    Got to play Bolas's Citadel last night in a deck with basically no deckbuilding concessions made for it, so no Aetherflux Reservoir, kids, or excessive lifegain. Got wheeled into it with nothing on board but lands and 8 vampire tokens with 30ish life (two superfriends lists in a 5 player game, so no one was getting hit). Proceeded to go through the remaining 60ish cards in deck thanks to that, ramp spells to shuffle away lands, Underrealm Lich, and Fecundity. Drained everyone for 20 with Citadel and Zulaport Cutthroat and was in a position to win on my upkeep with enough life to protect Lich as well as mana to cast Heroic Intervention. Someone else ended it with a wrath before I got there just to speed things up, but the end result was the same. Card's good.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on [[Primer]] Mono-R Control with Jaya Ballard!
    This set has a few things that are borderline for me. I've already made the changes I mentioned in my last post, swapping WastesBlast Zone and Skarrgan FirebirdUgin, the Ineffable. I'd also like to try out Finale of Promise and think that Karn's Bastion, Chandra, Fire Artisan, and Karn, the Great Creator are all potentially good fits. I like Jaya, Venerated Firemage, but I don't know that I have enough damaging red sources to really take advantage of the static and that's definitely where the power is. I like that she lives through Inferno, which is new for that effect.

    Testing those changes is complicated a little by not wanting to just keep running this deck back and playing about once a week, especially with all of the fun stuff in other colors in this set.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on [Offtopic] Community Thread
    I listen to 60s folk on a pretty regular basis. It feels a little anachronistic sometimes when I listen at work.

    Weezer on a classic rock station still made me feel old.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
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