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  • posted a message on Advise needed for new edh deck with hexproof
    I'd hypothesized about building a Kestia, the Cultivator hexproof/indestructible deck but never put it together. Kestia gives you card draw and a consistent buff effect out of the command zone, and you can run enchantment creatures and other auras to increase your card draw. She's also in the best colour combo for both hexproof creatures and creature buffs (Rafiq of the Many, Finest Hour).

    Kestia's bestow ability also makes your board resilient against wraths.

    You'd likely want to run a decent amount of ramp due to Kestia's fairly expensive bestow cost, as well as many of the better hexproof dudes (Carnage Tyrant, Sagu Mauler) being pretty expensive mana-wise. Ramp can also help fix your colours, so it's less of an issue that you're running 3 colours.
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  • posted a message on The Ur-Dragon, Home of the 14 card Changeling Combo
    Quote from materpillar »
    I really think the Champion dorks are really strong. I just have way better luck with them it seems, see my above experience. Galvanizer is really bad outside that combo. I've almost never drawn him and the times that I have it usually rapidly lets me combo off. I'll put him higher on my watch list though, because he is really terrible in a vacuum.

    TBF I never really played with the Champion dorks much; I goldfished the deck a couple times and they were consistently awkward and not very useful to cast so I cut them early on in testing. I did recently manage to protect a creature from a wrath (ironically a Crux of Fate) by tutoring up my one Champion dork to protect it, but that's a play I can't see making more than once in a game generally speaking. I'll pay attention to how often I want to tutor them up in the future. My other issue with Galvanizer, aside from half its use being with combo, is its other main use is generating lots of mana and cards with things like Manaweft Sliver or Azami, but generally speaking when I have one of those cards + a couple of changelings the deck is already performing extremely well, so it feels a bit win-more.

    Ironically, I had someone play Crux of Fate against me naming dragons. I think my meta-game is a bit less creature reliant, I'm pretty comfortable with the two wrath spells I'm running. Crux of Fate is great, but I have a ton of dragon cards already. :/

    How has Wakening Sun's Avatar been for you? 8 mana is a lot.

    The meta I play this deck in generally has a lot of "fair" creature decks so it's important for me to have an answer to a scary board at some point or another. I only just put the Avatar in so no idea how it plays yet; half the reason I'm running it is just to check off Dinosaur. :>

    Personally I'm thinking of cutting Sliver Overlord. I find casting it, paying 3 mana and then the casting cost of a sliver to be prohibitively slow. The only thing I ever really wanted to search for was Sliver Hivelord which I cut.

    For me Hivelord has been pretty great, granted the couples times I drew it I also had a mana dork to help activate it quickly. It also has some amazing tutor targets. Hibernation Sliver has been one of the best cards in the deck for me, protecting me from wraths, working well with ETBs, and of course being a combo piece. Harmonic Sliver has been key to stopping some shenanigans. I also run a slightly bigger Sliver package with Cloudshredder Sliver. Being a big 7/7 is also nice for holding off attacks or attacking itself. If your meta is faster it might be a reasonable cut though.

    Patriarch's Bidding and Coat of Arms seem great, I'm just worried about the fact that they benefit everyone. I think other people might get more use out of casting them than I do. My metagame has a bunch of graveyard abuse decks and token swarms are always popular. This is the primary reason I hadn't added them myself.

    I played a game recently where another player at the table played Coat of Arms, and that was enough to convince me it probably doesn't belong in my deck. There's too many ways for other players to have more creature than me since the deck doesn't really make tokens, and me having 2 or 3 15/15s isn't as good as someone having 8 10/10s.

    I'm also planning on porting this over to mtgNexus in the near future.

    And I'll definitely be joining you there. :>
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  • posted a message on The Ur-Dragon, Home of the 14 card Changeling Combo
    Here's my list. I think they're pretty similar, but the two most notable differences are the manabase (I decided to follow darren's suit and stick with a traditional, non-budget manabase) as well as cutting almost all the Champion dorks as well as Myr Galvanizer - I drew the Galvanizer in about half the games I played and he was incredibly mediocre every time, I'm not convinced he's worth running just for the combo alone.

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    1x The Ur-Dragon

    Land (36)
    1x Mutavault
    1x Swarmyard
    1x Murmuring Bosk
    1x Arid Mesa
    1x Badlands
    1x Bayou
    1x Blood Crypt
    1x Bloodstained Mire
    1x Breeding Pool
    1x Command Tower
    1x Exotic Orchard
    1x Flooded Strand
    1x Godless Shrine
    1x Hallowed Fountain
    1x Marsh Flats
    1x Misty Rainforest
    1x Overgrown Tomb
    1x Path of Ancestry
    1x Plateau
    1x Polluted Delta
    1x Sacred Foundry
    1x Savannah
    1x Scalding Tarn
    1x Scrubland
    1x Steam Vents
    1x Stomping Ground
    1x Taiga
    1x Temple Garden
    1x Tropical Island
    1x Tundra
    1x Underground Sea
    1x Verdant Catacombs
    1x Volcanic Island
    1x Watery Grave
    1x Windswept Heath
    1x Wooded Foothills

    Changelings (22)
    1x Amoeboid Changeling
    1x Avian Changeling
    1x Chameleon Colossus
    1x Changeling Hero
    1x Changeling Outcast
    1x Fire-Belly Changeling
    1x Graveshifter
    1x Impostor of the Sixth Pride
    1x Irregular Cohort
    1x Mirror Entity
    1x Moonglove Changeling
    1x Morophon, the Boundless
    1x Mothdust Changeling
    1x Shapesharer
    1x Skeletal Changeling
    1x Taurean Mauler
    1x Universal Automaton
    1x Unsettled Mariner
    1x Valiant Changeling
    1x Venomous Changeling
    1x Woodland Changeling
    1x Crib Swap

    1x Azami, Lady of Scrolls
    1x Sigil Tracer

    1x Cloudshredder Sliver
    1x Gemhide Sliver
    1x Harmonic Sliver
    1x Hibernation Sliver
    1x Manaweft Sliver
    1x Sliver Overlord

    1x Elder Pine of Jukai

    1x Gilt-Leaf Archdruid

    1x Harabaz Druid
    1x Sea Gate Loremaster
    1x Tuktuk Scrapper

    1x Higure, the Still Wind
    1x Walker of Secret Ways
    1x Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow

    1x Khorvath Brightflame

    1x Lathliss, Dragon Queen
    1x Sylvia Brightspear
    1x Crux of Fate
    1x Dragon's Hoard
    1x Spit Flame

    1x Lin Sivvi, Defiant Hero

    1x Moggcatcher

    1x Priest of Titania
    1x Skyshroud Poacher

    1x Qasali Slingers

    1x Reaper King

    1x Sachi, Daughter of Seshiro

    1x Seahunter

    1x Seshiro the Anointed

    1x Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves

    1x Unesh, Criosphinx Sovereign

    1x Wakening Sun's Avatar

    1x Wirewood Savage

    1x Liliana's Contract

    1x Knowledge Exploitation

    1x Widespread Brutality

    Tribal Support
    1x Living Death
    1x Patriarch's Bidding
    1x Peer Pressure

    Looking ahead, in addition to Risen Reef, I'm probably going to pick up Wirewood Symbiote and give it a try too (though I worry about having too many bouncers and not enough things to do with the bounce). Coat of Arms is an idea I hadn't considered (though it seems so obvious that I'm not sure why) so I might try and test that. I'm also going to try and explore the idea of running a lot of tribal-exclusionary wraths as a way of keeping up on board to buy time for my synergies to come together - I'm already running Crux of Fate and Widespread Brutality, and Wakening Sun's Avatar was a recent inclusion I'm eager to try out, but Rakdos, the Showstopper might find its way back in and Hythonia the Cruel might work OK as well (though I'm more dubious of that one).

    Quote from materpillar »
    How has the deck been running for you. Could you post your list? I'm curious to know how similar it is to my own. Any particular standout cards? I've been running into a bunch of wrath spells and been getting blown out. Have you had this problem at all? This deck top-decks terribly and really wants to over-commit to the board for maximum value.

    I've only played about 5 or 6 games so the sample size isn't large, but so far it's played about how I thought it would, I.E. with wild swings of variance. Of those games, the highest point was curving Manaweft Sliver + changelings into turn 4 Sliver Queen into turn 5 tutor for Hibernation Sliver which helped dodge a wrath that same turn cycle, turn 6 I replayed everything and then finally turn 7 I assembled Cloudshredder Sliver + Reaper King + Impostor of the Sixth Pride in play, which with the other two slivers is "Pay 2 life: Destroy target permanent". My opponents scooped to just that combo, and I even randomly drew into Tolsimir that turn but was a mana short of playing it alongside everything else. That's probably the closest thing to this deck's nut draw.

    The lowest point was being stuck on 4 lands for most of another game, with a draw that had both Hibernation Sliver and Walker of Secret Ways but no ways to abuse them and only 1 changeling to go along with my various tribal lords. Ways to filter cards or hit land drops seem pretty important for making sure the deck can function into the late game. I wish I could play like 5 copies of Elder Pine of Jukai.

    Two cards that seemed continuously impressive without ever being cast were Patriarch's Bidding and Living Death. Half the games I played I had one of these cards in hand and could play to the board knowing I could get everything back if a wrath hit (though I never actually cast them, either because I wasn't wrathed and won or because I died with my board in tact). Living Death being a pseudo-wrath that gets around indestructible is nice too.
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  • posted a message on The Ur-Dragon, Home of the 14 card Changeling Combo
    I finally put my deck together and played some games, and so far it's been a blast. Strangely I kept drawing the same half of the deck (I cast Knowledge Exploitation on turn 4 three games in a row) so I'm looking forward to playing with Higure and some of the other cards that have been talked about.

    Looking at cards from the new set ...

    Kaalia, Zenith Seeker - A good, efficient flying body that has a decent chance of drawing 1 or 2 cards with the deck running 18+ changelings as well as some actual dragons, Kaalia might squeeze in for me. Might need some testing to see how reliable the draw is. If this ever draws 3 its insane.

    Omnath, Locus of the Roil - I'm more unsure about this one. It'll be an FTK a reasonable amount of the time which is alright, and slowly growing our changelings or itself into bigger threats is nice (especially for me since I'm running the full suite of fetches), but we don't run enough land ramp to reliably get to 8 lands and that's where most of the value of this thing lies. I was initially high on it, but thinking about it more has me less optimistic.

    Other than those and Risen Reef (which is an auto-include), I'm not seeing anything else worth running.
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  • posted a message on Sheldon's Thoughts on infinite combos
    Quote from Dunharrow »
    This makes no sense. The ethos of Commander is 'build casual, play competitive'. You don't put combos in your deck and not play them. It makes the game worthless.

    Assuming you're directing this at "T"'s last sentence, I think what that commenter is saying (and I could be wrong) is that they don't take issue with people playing their combo on turn 5 if they have it, but the reason they are combing off on turn 5 is because they're actively tutoring and digging for those pieces.

    If by turn 5 I just happen to have my combo in hand without even trying and I go for it and no one has the answer, then cool whatever, that was a nut draw and we can shuffle up again and play a new one. But if the lead up to that turn 5 was turn 1 Vampiric Tutor turn 2 Demonic Tutor, and a sequence similar to this is happening every other game, then that's a problem.

    If a deck has the ability to reliably assemble and deploy the pieces of a 2-3 card combo in the early turns of the game, that deck in my mind would cease to be "built casually". At that point the deck is just a combo deck, and the homogenization of all decks and strategies into combo decks is probably part of what Sheldon is objecting to as well.
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  • posted a message on The Ur-Dragon, Home of the 14 card Changeling Combo
    Quote from materpillar »
    I still run Higure of the Still Wind. I wonder if this guy would be better. Waaay less awesome, but I might make that swap.

    How has Higure been for you? I'm still getting the pieces of my deck together so I've had no experience, but it seems like you won't often get in multiple hits with multiple changelings at a time to make Ingenious Infiltrator good, whereas with Higure you only need 1 hit and then you can tutor your best changeling (or Yuriko) and then repeatedly make Higure or your changelings unblockable. I do like that Infiltrator is only 2 mana to Ninjutsu, that's twice as cheap as Higure, but it still seems like Higure would get more mileage in the long run. How important has Higure's unblockability been?

    I look forward to countering some spells with a moggcatcher activation.

    Unfortunately that doesn't work, as Unsettled Mariner needs to be in play when the casting/activation/triggering of the spell or ability happens for its ability to trigger.

    We're pretty much on the same page for everything else. :>

    Oh... I hadn't even thought about adding this guy. I'm too busy trying to figure out what I'm going to cut to add Hibernation Sliver. This one is super fantastic for sure... but I have way too many slivers. I'm going to pass on it.

    For Hibernation Sliver, have you considered cutting Sliver Hivelord? HS and Hivelord both essentially do the same thing, protect your board from wraths and removal, but HS protects from all kinds of removal, not just destroy effects, admittedly at a loss of life and tempo, made up for slightly by its much cheaper casting cost. Plus cutting a sliver keeps your equilibrium of creature types in check.

    I just looked over my changeling list... there's only like 2-3 I actually want to cut. Ghostly Changeling, Chameleon Colossus, and Cairn Wanderer are the only obvious cuts. Sigh.

    Those 3 were also the first ones I landed on for cutting. I also decided to break up the O-Ring changeling loop by cutting 2 of the 3 Champion changelings, as the deck has better combos now and it feels like any hand where I have 2 or 3 of them at once would be a bit awkward. I think I'm gonna keep 1 in though just because having the ability to fetch one out with Skyshroud Poacher and friends to save an important creature from a wrath seems like a play I'd like to have available once in a game (not sure if I'll go with Changeling Hero for lifegain, considering how much I seem to be abusing Hibernation Sliver, or Changeling Titan just because he's gigantic).
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  • posted a message on The vanilla Challenge
    Do tokens (that have no abilities) count against your theme? If not then Sandwurm Convergence craps out big vanilla beaters every turn while stopping cheaty fliers and contributing to your enchantment theme. There's definitely more (and better) ones you can run, but whether tokens count is up to you.

    calamity_unleashed did a good job of getting some of the better creature enchancer enchantments, but I'll throw in Rage Reflection, Rancor, True Conviction, and Collective Blessing as some additional good ones for dumb beats. Kessig Wolf Run, Rogue's Passage and Skarrg, the Rage Pits are lands that help your 10/10s connect with face. I also feel like mentioning Kher Keep, not that it's super good in the deck, but it seems extremely on theme.

    You'll definitely want some card draw to fuel your Craw Wurm parade (and I hope you're playing Craw Wurm), and for that Rishkar's Expertise, Soul's Majesty and Hunter's Prowess pair well with the Wurm. Guardian Project, Greater Good, Elemental Bond, and Colossal Majesty provide consistent streams of cards that are also enchantments.

    If you want to take Igzex's idea a bit further and play some cards that put your opponents creatures down to your level and make the game "simple", Torpor Orb, Cursed Totem, and Damping Matrix lock down activated and triggered abilities. Rest in Peace stops death triggers and Eon Hub stops upkeep triggers. Katabatic Winds is funny as a way of hating on those totally unfair creatures with flying, at least every other turn.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on The Ur-Dragon, Home of the 14 card Changeling Combo
    Man, this set really added a lot to help this deck become more refined. I'm curious to hear your thoughts on some of the new cards. Here's all the ones I'm looking at:

    Irregular Cohort - This one seems like a slam-dunk; two changeling bodies at a reasonably cheap 3 mana to double-trigger our Unesh and such while also providing multiple bodies to tap for mana. It also goes infinite a number of ways. Haste outlet + mana outlet + Walker of Secret Ways + Cryptic Gateway = infinite ETBs (EDIT: Nope nevermind, this is a nonbo, forgot that you're tapping the creatures for Gateway and thus can't also tap them for mana). The previously mentioned Hibernation Sliver + Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves synergy alongside Cryptic Gateway gets infinite life + ETBs AND infinite (tapped) tokens by responding to the Gateway activation by bouncing Cohort back with the Sliver's ability.

    Impostor of the Sixth Pride - 1 mana changelings are the best. I'll probably cut one of the more medium 4/3 mana options I was running like Ghostly Changeling.

    Valiant Changeling - This one I'm unsure how to evaluate. The new set added enough 1 mana changelings that this will sometimes be castable on turn 2 which is great, but without a changeling it's sketchy. The deck has enough creatures with two or more creature types that I think it'll be castable for 3-4 a reasonable amount of the time even when we don't have another changeling, but even then that's pretty bad, and lategame it seems likely to be bricked by larger creatures. It does have some neat synergies with Yuriko and Seshiro though. I'll probably try it but I think the deck actually has better options.

    Changeling Outcast - Works amazingly with Yuriko and Seshiro and friends and costs 1. Definitely in.

    Graveshifter - This is definitely worth including right? It's a bit awkward that there's going to be spots early game where we want to play a changeling for tribal synergies but don't have a creature in the yard, but being able to get back our strong tribal card lategame seems more than worth it.

    Undead Augur - I'll just mention that maybe in a version of this deck that's more sacrifice heavy this would be a good include. As is it's probably too difficult to trigger reliably without sac outlets.

    Venomous Changeling - As mentioned, this card is great with a couple of cards in the deck like Widespread Brutality. Definitely makes it in.

    Ayula, Queen Among Bears - I think this card requires too much work to be good. Needing to play this out BEFORE playing changelings, and then needing to build up enough counters on one of our tiny changelings to be big enough to fight seems real bad. Maybe just because it's cheap and has a unique tribe that makes it appealing, but I'm unconvinced.

    Webweaver Changeling - Seems wayyy too expensive. The lifegain is whatever, and being a big reach body is fine, but I don't want to spend 4 mana on a medium changeling.

    Cloudshredder Sliver - Both flying AND haste are abilities this deck wants a lot and there's no other card that does both this efficiently, it's just unfortunate it's attached to a sliver (since I've taken your stance in trying to diversify creature types as much as possible). I think it's likely this makes it in for me though.

    The First Sliver - I feel like there's some sort of silly combo this enables, but right now I'm not seeing it. As is, it's another Sliver that's expensive and is doing something the deck already does (draw cards/generate value) with a creature type we already run plenty of. Seems like an easy pass. I'd rather play Sliver Overlord.

    Ingenious Infiltrator - We already have this effect a bunch as well, and we also have a bunch of Ninjas already. It's just a weaker Yuriko. Nah.

    Unsettled Mariner - Seems like an easy include. No mana discount, but making other players pay a tax to mess with our stuff seems great.

    Morophon, the Boundless - He's definitely in.

    Birthing Boughs - Wayyyy too much mana. No thanks.

    Universal Automaton - Ohhhhh boy they did it. 0 mana changeling. Everything I said about Irregular Cohort applies to this guy except you can totally remove Cryptic Gateway from the equation (EDIT: and add in Training Grounds for the first combo I guess). There's gotta be something else that goes off with this guy, but I don't feel like diving into that now. Never thought I'd be this excited for a Memnite. EDIT: Hah, well if nothing else Hibernation Sliver + this + Reaper King is "Pay 2 life: Destroy target permanent", which is incredibly amusing.
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  • posted a message on Random Card of the Final Day: Maelstrom Nexus
    I have a hyper-casual Maelstrom Wanderer commons-only deck that runs this as it's only boardwipe (because it's the only good one at common in Temur colours). It's pretty bad, but it usually does the job.

    No reason to use it if you aren't restricting yourself though; Chandra's Ignition is leagues better than this for only 1 more mana and for a much stronger effect. I mean, I guess you can get it back with Sun Titan? Tutorable wrath with Heliod's Pilgrim? I'd rather just play a better card.
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  • posted a message on [[Official]] Unreleased and New Card Discussion
    I'm not seeing how he's unfocused.

    He's obviously meant to support a token deck that uses Bloodghast and Ophiomancer and friends to fill its hand with cards and shrink down enemy creatures with counters, and then uses its full hand to discard to proliferate and shrink down those creatures till they're dead, freeing the way for the rest of Yawgmoth's creatures to attack. You can even run cards like Drana, Liberator of Malakir, Necropolis Regent, and Unspeakable Symbol to pump up your tokens, and then proliferate those counters to pump them further.

    Black Market, Spawning Pit, Yahenni, Undying Partisan, Smokestack ... there's a number of artistocrat and even stax-type cards that Yawgmoth's proliferate works very well with. Really though, all you need is tokens and repeatably resurrecting creatures since the combination of card draw + mass -1/-1 counter distribution + discarding cards to kill those creatures en masse is already strong, even ignoring the further synergies he enables.
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  • posted a message on The Ur-Dragon, Home of the 14 card Changeling Combo
    Quote from materpillar »
    Combined with the Ur-Dragon it’ll make a bunch of changelings cost 0 mana (like that new Imposter of the Sixth Pride). I’ll need to find some more infinite combos based around that I think.

    Surprise surprise, Cloudstone Curio is a busted with yet another card. Keep bouncing 1 or 2 mana changelings to your hand and trigger your infinite lifegain off Tolsimir, vindicates from Reaper King, card draw off Unesh or Wirewood Savage, etc. Gilt-Leaf Archdruid draws infinite cards as well, and then once you have 7 changelings in hand you can play them all, then with the Curio trigger on the stack, steal someone's lands, resolve Curio to bounce back a changeling, then play it again to return your tapped changelings to hand then replay them again, effectively untapping them to steal the table's lands. Aluren offers a bit of redundancy to this combo as well (though TBH with three direct-to-play tutors, it's probably egregious). Curio is also a good card by itself, since the deck has so many cheap 1-2 mana changelings (with more hopefully coming with MH) so it can juggle them to trigger Lathliss and Spit Flame and the like. With the tutor creatures you can also save your important creatures from wraths with Curio.

    For a more tribal-based combo, Hibernation Sliver + Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves gets you infinite life and infinite ETBs with any cheap changeling. If you have a haste outlet and a mana-maker, it's also infinite mana. Hibernation Sliver also seems decent in the deck already for the same reasons Cloudstone Curio would be. There's also probably something you can do with Arcane Adaptation to break it, but right now I'm not seeing it.
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  • posted a message on The Ur-Dragon, Home of the 14 card Changeling Combo

    Welp, I've gotta start ordering the cards I need now. Making the Ur-Dragon cost 4 mana with a giant tutorable body is pretty slick.
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  • posted a message on Lifelink + Band Together + Ajani's Pridemate
    If I control two lifelink creatures and I target both of them with Band Together (as well as target an enemy creature to fight), and I also control an Ajani's Pridemate, will the Pridemate trigger twice, once for each instance of lifelink damage being dealt?

    This ruling for Pridemate:

    "Each creature with lifelink dealing combat damage causes a separate life-gaining event. For example, if two creatures you control with lifelink deal combat damage at the same time, Ajani’s Pridemate’s ability will trigger twice."

    ... suggests it should work the same way, especially since Band Together specifies that it is the creatures dealing the damage (thus lifelink definitely happens) and that they "each" deal their damage (implying two instances of damage) but I want to make sure I'm not missing a key difference between these scenarios.
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  • posted a message on The Ur-Dragon, Home of the 14 card Changeling Combo
    You've got 33 creature types but none of them are Zombie? Smile

    Graveborn Muse seems like the best candidate to me, as a Phyrexian Arena on a body, except this Arena can easily draw you 5+ cards a turn if you flood the board with Changelings which compensates for the main weakness of Arena (drawing cards too slowly). If you're losing too much life, you can Champion it away, chump attack/block with it etc.

    For less damaging card draw, Gisa and Geralf act like Wort, Boggart Auntie #2, with some minor downsides and upsides: they can't get back Crib Swap; they don't let you hoard changelings in your hand, you have to cast one every turn or lose value; you get to cast a changeling the turn you play them; they mill you to make it more likely to have stuff to cast; they've got a bigger body but no evasion. I'd try and fit both in if you can.

    I'll also mention two other options though I think they're both weaker. Cryptbreaker does his best impression of Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca's good ability while also being way cheaper and providing additional bodies to block, attack, and tap for cards. Rooftop Storm is expensive and is pretty bad at casting your mostly cheap changelings, but combined with Artificial Evolution of Arcane Adaptation it can do some silly stuff.

    I might end up building my own version of this deck in the future, hope you don't mind me stealing the idea. :>
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  • posted a message on Niv-Mizzet Reborn and His Golden Army - AKA 5C Midrange-Voltron-Combo
    Quote from TribalElfMage »
    I love this deck! I've been working on something similar for our new Niv, and this list gave me some great ideas. I had no idea about the Lasav combo, definitely sweet. I've been considering adding some infinite draw combos Horizon Chimera to either ping the table to death with Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind, fuel a giant Debt to the Deathless with Cadaverous Bloom, or just be boring and flavorless with Lab Man. Ultimately, I feel I'm more spell-based then you at this point, are there benefits/disadvantages going one way or the other?

    I'm pretty sure Hostage Taker and two clones gives you infinite ETB triggers, right? Not sure what the payoff would be there barring adding something like Vela the Night-Clad, which while it would help the with making Niv-Mizzet unblockable for Voltron beats, as well as helping make sure your Lasav combo connects, I'm not sure if that alone makes it worthwhile.

    Thanks! There's definitely some other neat combos in guild colours. In terms of creatures vs noncreatures, one of the main advantages for the creature deck is getting to run Gaddock Teeg, Ruric Thar, the Unbowed, and Nikya of the Old Ways, the first two being serious thorns in the sides of spell-heavy decks that the deck is able to recur or protect in a number of ways, and Nikya is just a big source of mana strapped to a big body that has to be dealt with or you can do silly things with Niv. The other benefit is that creatures are simply more proactive than spells, and Niv really rewards you for being proactive. Most of the guild spells are reactive (i.e. counters and removal), but the problem there is you basically have to spew them on whatever your opponents play early, regardless of whether you really want to or not, because if you want to drop Niv, you'll probably end up discarding them to handsize anyways. If your build of Niv is more combo-oriented then that might not be a problem (since you'd be using Niv more as a tutor and thus card advantage isn't that much of an issue), but my original list was a spell-heavy control deck and so casting tons of removal would just lead to me getting hated out. That was my experience with the spell-heavy deck anyways.

    I KNEW there was a combo with Hostage Taker! Thanks for pointing that one out. In terms of how to win with it, I'm uncertain if Vela the Night-Clad is really what the deck wants. We aren't playing tokens, and while we do have a ton of creatures and flicker effects, its really expensive for a bad Blood Artist. And Intimidate is a big nonbo with our general, since intimidate stops artifact creatures and creatures that don't share a colour with our creature from blocking, which for our general basically means everything can block it except for Eldrazi, and it can only do so much with our other gold creatures.

    Long deepdive into the Hostage Taker combo below:

    Looking at some of the available options (and ignoring some of the less useful, finicky options like Bronzebeak Moa, though if there's something potent I don't mention here let me know), Juniper Order Ranger can become infinitely large but can only one-shot one player via combat (unless you also combine it with Aurelia, the Warleader or Medomai the Ageless, though if you've managed to stick either of those for a turn there's probably other ways you can win); however it's also an additional way to combo off with Murderous Redcap, performing a similar job to Master Biomancer in buffing up our dudes. Ezuri, Claw of Progress is similar in that he can only kill one player (though he can make any creature lethal, not just himself) and he doesn't have the same combo potential with the other combos in the deck, but the deck does have a ton of 2 power creatures for him to work with, he's legendary which has a couple benefits, he helps with the Voltron plan, and he's extremely cute when combined with Meren of Clan Nel Toth (which currently isn't in the deck). Boltwing Marauder can enable killing multiple players, but it's once again through combat, it requires multiple evasive creatures, and as a card the Marauder is pretty unimpressive for the cost, especially in our token-less deck. However, it is an additional card that combos with Murderous Redcap + a counter generator (use Redcap's ETB to kill itself, generating infinite Boltwing triggers to make all our attacking creatures lethally large).

    But a card that perfectly combos with Hostage Taker + clones and does so without using combat, while also being useful to the rest of the deck is Dire Undercurrents. Hostage Taker is both blue and black, so we have infinite draw and infinite discard, and importantly Undercurrents lets us target any player! We can even stack the triggers such that we put the draw trigger first (targeting our opponent) and then the Hostage Taker's ETB on top of that, meaning the Hostage Taker's ability will resolve first, exiling the other Hostage Taker, putting the OTHER exiled Hostage taker in play, triggering that Hostage Taker as well as triggering Undercurrents, and then repeat from the top, leaving all the draw triggers on the stack. Thus we can create a stack that is 1000 draw triggers targeting each of our opponents, meaning their only out to stop themselves from decking (aside from having interaction in hand when the combo gets started) is something like untapped mana + Teferi's Protection. Even if they do have that, we can also target ourselves and draw half our deck till we find some of our other combos as a backup to hopefully beat that player on our next turn. Note that we can also layer the discard triggers in between the draw triggers, so we can also discard all the cards they draw off Undercurrents (which does play around Teferi's Protection somewhat, leaving them with only their board and the top of their deck to answer me on their next turn), and if they discard an Eldrazi or something similar off the first 100~ draw/discard triggers, we can decline the discard trigger for the next 900 draw/discard triggers (since it is a may).

    As an expensive noncreature card, Dire Undercurrents is playing a bit against some of the constraints of the deck, but I am running 13 blue creatures, 10 black creatures, and 5 creatures that are both blue and black (not including the 4 clones or Niv-Mizzet), and the deck has a number of flicker effects, so it seems like I'll be able to generate advantage from the card often enough, and it even combos with the Redcap + counter generator engine again similar to the way Boltwing Marauder does, generating infinite discard triggers, though obviously that isn't all that strong. I'll also mention that its a 2-card combo with The Locust God that generates an insect for each card in your deck (and it's a may so you won't deck yourself), and while I think the God is bad in my deck since it's expensive and my deck barely runs any card draw, it might be relevant for anyone who does run draw.

    TL;DR: I think I'll give Dire Undercurrents a shot, if only because pulling off this combo even once sounds hilarious.
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