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  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day: Jareth, Leonine Titan
    Cool card that I never play because of 6 CMC. I don't like to run many cards that expensive outside of dedicated ramp decks and there are so many better options. I'd probably find space for this more often if it was at 5 CMC or even if it had vigilance. As is, it never makes the cut.

    Quote from DirkGently »
    Man, people really got stop overusing the quote feature. Reply works just fine most of the time. If you ever quote a post that's longer than a quarter page, the interface really ought to ask "are you sure? It's going to make the thread really annoying to read."
    Turning off nested quotes also goes a long way towards fixing that problem and it's rare that anyone needs to see the entire conversation thread in a single post.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Cards Most Needing a C19 Reprint
    In terms of recent prints, pretty much nothing. Some of the MRD era stuff sees occasional modern or legacy play, like Cranial Plating. There's a glass cannon modern combo deck that runs all of the 0 CMC equipment with Puresteel Paladin and Sram, Senior Edificer, so that probably runs one or two more recent prints. Otherwise, I'm not really aware of anything. I'm not at all a standard player, so there may be something there that I'm missing. I wouldn't even be able to guess at what, though. WotC has played it much safer with equipment after the early busted ones.

    All of that said and bringing it back to the original topic, I still have trouble seeing Stoneforge in a commander precon. There's enough speculation that it's going to see a modern unban, it sees enough legacy play, and it's a popular enough casual card that any deck including it ends up being the in demand one unless the other decks have correspondingly high profile reprints. As much as WotC claims they don't follow secondary market pricing, they're very careful with how much value they put into precon products.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Estrid Enchantress
    Earthcraft/Squirrel Nest is a great combo for enchantress lists. Neither half is useless on its own and they obviously play nicely with all the existing enchantress synergies. If I take this down a combo route, that's easily the first change I make.
    I updated the list in the OP to reflect a couple changes I've made over the last few months. I still feel like I could use more ramp and more hate, but when it works it's a lot of fun. I had a game a couple weeks back where Estrid untaps and a masked Gavony Township got half a dozen angel tokens large enough to attack through Meishin, the Mind Cage. Lots of fun even if I lost the game after an Aura Shards came down and picked my board apart.

    I initially wasn't a fan of anything from RNA, but after thinking on it a little I might give Wilderness Reclamation a shot. Estrid already promotes building with mana sinks thanks to the untap ability, so it wouldn't take much tweaking to support that more heavily.

    I also added the slightly outdated and not very well taken pictures of the deck, so if shiny enchantresses are your thing you should take a look.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Cards Most Needing a C19 Reprint
    Quote from JWK »
    Is that just a carryover from Cawblade in standard back in the day? If so, that's dumb, because I can't imagine a Cawblade deck that would even have a chance in Modern.
    That and presumably because it limits future design space for equipment. That's also a terrible argument because we're (a) unlikely to see anything on the level of Swords or Batterskull again and (b) Skullclamp and Umezawa's Jitte are (rightly) also banned. It's consistently on the community's radar as a possible unban, which is why it goes up in price every January before dropping back down gradually. It does see some legacy play, but probably not enough to drive prices compared to EDH demand. If it is ever unbanned in modern, expect the price to double or triple over the short term as those players grab them. It's not something to sleep on forever if you want more copies.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day: Jareth, Leonine Titan
    Card's good. Let's move on to a more important topic: which art is best?

    As much as I like Amy Weber's crazy sea creature array, something about the more abstract Drew Tucker art is pretty appealing. Anson Maddocks' is definitely third and the Dack art comes in behind all of them.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day: Jareth, Leonine Titan
    Quote from Lithl »
    It does enter untapped, which can be a big difference. OTOH, since you're already in green, I'd generally prefer ramp spells over the expensive/slow ramp lands.
    I don't mind Woodland in mono-G. You're unlikely to run into color trouble even with an excessive number of utility lands and I'd expect good mana sinks to take advantage of the ramp spells. Basically zero opportunity cost for marginal upside, which is a trade I'm fine with. Once you get into multiple colors, it's a little more of a trade off and I'd probably pass on it in favor of higher impact utility lands.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Ravnica Allegiance Wishlists
    Jaya:

    Estrid:
    • Nada. I'm not seeing anything here for grindy enchantress lists, which is not a big surprise.
    • EDIT - After thinking on it for a little, Wilderness Reclamation could be good here. Estrid already wants mana sinks, so it's not a major deckbuilding cost to make it good.

    Miscellaneous:
    • Teysa Karlov - I'm a sucker for the kinds of decks that she goes into, so I'll play her a lot.
    • Ministrant of Obligation - Pretty much the same as Teysa. Small value creatures are my jam.
    • Revival // Revenge - Small value creatures again. Generally worse than Unearth, but I'll still run it sometimes.
    • Guardian Project - I wasn't expecting another one of these effects so soon after Beast Whisperer, but I'm not complaining.
    • Rhythm of the Wild - I really like having a haste source that isn't dead when you draw a second one. The decks that want those usually want enough to guarantee finding one early.
    • Smothering Tithe - Good value card. Potentially suffers from the same problems as Rhystic Study. I can see people being much more likely to let you have a treasure than a card though.
    • Bedevil - Good spot removal spell. Casting cost is a little rough if you need to cast it early, but manageable.
    • Shimmer of Possibility - My blue decks are generally loaded with cantrips, and this is on the border for making the cut. While it's not bouncing any of the usual suspects, I've tried to make turbo xerox decks in the past and I will certainly try again. Any passable selection cantrip in the 1-2 CMC range makes that more possible.
    • Sunder Shaman - Trygon Predator is decent and this is in better colors for haste. Needs some evasion, which also isn't too tough in these colors.
    • Various other stuff. I usually pick up everything that I might play someday, so this is more of a greatest hits/I have some idea of the decks I would stick these in already. A couple of the Orzhov cards I'll grab if for no other reason than the art. Pitiless Pontiff and Seraph of the Scales are both great looking cards that can probably make the cut somewhere. Seraph in particular I think is a solid card, if a little unexciting.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day: Jareth, Leonine Titan
    I've run Landscape in Jaya since it was printed and it usually does decent work because I have a lot of incidental support for it (Rings, Crucible, Valakut, 3 Gauntlets). I don't think I've run it anywhere else though.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Cards Most Needing a C19 Reprint
    Quote from JWK »
    Does the Top see significant play in Modern, Legacy or Vintage? If so it probably wouldn't - and shouldn't - be reprinted in a Commander project. Most of the rest of what people are recommending seem pretty solid options, and definitely Rhystic Study.
    Banned in modern and legacy. Paper vintage isn't a big enough thing to drive prices and I'd hazard a guess that Top isn't the financial hurdle for most people interested in that format. EDH is probably the primary driver of demand for the card at this point unless there's more 60 card casual demand for the card than I'm giving it credit.

    I'd like to see more P3K reprints, particularly Three Visits. Dong Zhou, the Tyrant and Yuan Shao, the Indecisive would also be good ones. There have been a number of P3K reprints in these sets in the past, so it's not out of the realm of possibility.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Unreleased and New Card Discussion
    Plenty of nontoken creatures that bring tokens along in BR. I think people underestimate having an anthem in the command zone when it comes to aggressive strategies.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Unreleased and New Card Discussion
    Judith looks fine as a commander. I'd probably play her as kind of an aggressive aristocrats list. Focus on swarming with tokens then use Judith and cards like Goblin Bombardment as reach to finish people off. Red and black both have some decent burst token generation thanks to goblins and zombies. It's not going to stand up to a super competitive meta, but it could easily be tuned for a variety of power levels under that.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Unreleased and New Card Discussion
    Quote from JWK »
    Rhythm of the Wild will probably be replacing Fires of Yavimaya in the decks which run that. I think I have used the sacrifice option for Fires maybe twice ever. Rhythm is a more powerful and more flexible card at the same cost. Seems like an obvious switch.
    Fires still has a place if you're running heavy on tokens. Rhythm is a nice upgrade for a lot (maybe most) decks and I'm looking forward to that. Not having to choose between the counter and the haste until a creature actually comes down is great - the decks that want haste really want it and redundant copies of the effect have always been rough to draw in an aggressive list.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Post your pimp decks here!
    I'm not usually a cEDH guy, but I like to have options. Figured some of you would appreciate these despite it not being the full deck.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on [[Primer]] Mono-R Control with Jaya Ballard!
    Not surprising for a Ravnica set, there's not a ton here for mono-R. Gruul has about as many options as expected and I'm skipping most of those cards here, but the spectacle mechanic from Rakdos fits Jaya pretty well even if there aren't a lot of options there. I'm looking at one card that I'll definitely be trying out with a couple possibilities.

    Red
    • Deface - Destroying a creature with defender isn't going to come up often and sorcery speed limits the usefulness here. 1 CMC artifact destruction is the right rate, we just have better options.
    • Electrodominance - X-cost burn spells are usually decent here with the focus on hitting land drops and number of Gauntlets I run. Instant speed is a definite perk, even more so when it allows things that aren't usually instant speed to come down at the same time. This is my number two card from the set and the harder to evaluate one. I think it could definitely have a place but could also see it being just a burn spell more often than not.
    • Immolation Shaman - Incidental damage is fun. Shaman dies way too quickly here to be a good choice, even with the built in pump.
    • Light Up the Stage - Best card of the set for Jaya. Spectacle is an easy trigger and the floor on the card is roughly Divination much of the time. I like that we're seeing more of the "until the end of your next turn" wording from Commune with Lava.
    • Mirror March - Fun EDH card that will probably lead to a lot of memorable moments (for both the successes and failures). Not a good fit for Jaya - there are plenty of other expensive enchantments I'd look to before this one.
    • Rubble Reading - Stapling a scry to a Stone Rain still gives you a decent cost. This falls behind all of the options you can run in your manabase. Worth considering if you don't have access to any of those.
    And that's it. All of the artifacts and lands in mono-R color identity are either tied closely to gate, to multicolor, or are overcosted with the exception of Scrabbling Claws, which is a reprint. As much as I like the setting, that's more or less what I expect from Ravnica. I'll be finding a place for Light Up the Stage for sure and maybe testing Electrodominance, because sneaking a Gauntlet out EOT sounds delightful. As usual, I'm interested in hearing what other people think of the set, especially when I've missed something.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Unreleased and New Card Discussion
    I'm most interested in Light up the Stage, Teysa Karlov, and Ministrant of Obligation. There are a few others that I'll definitely be picking up: There's nothing I'm dying to build around and nothing that I'm likely to include as often as Underrealm Lich, but lots of stuff that I'll certainly play at some point.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
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