Cost reducing effects do not change a spell's CMC, and so if you're using Kentaro's ability to cast the samurai, you're still paying full cost.
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Dec 10, 2018Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Hmm... stuff your deck full of colorless utility lands and colorless artifact ramp so that the 6 white samurai with double colored costs are easier to cast, while playing good colorless cards to offset the fact that you're otherwise playing a really bad tribal deck?Quote from tstorm823 »I know there are commanders that you can't even cast from the command zone, but this has to be in the running for most frustratingly useless ability for a commander to have, right?
Dec 10, 2018Lithl posted a message on Is there a tool to design your own formats besides cube?It looks like AvalonAurora is looking for something with a little bit more fine control than simply build your own block.Posted in: Magic General
Dec 10, 2018Posted in: Magic Rulings
It's also the case that in silver-border land, the "spirit of the rules" becomes as relevant if not moreso than a strict reading of the rules.Quote from peteroupc »In general, however, where the comprehensive rules neither regulate nor answer game situations unique to Unglued, Unhinged, and Unstable cards, the players in the game can agree on modifications to the comprehensive rules ("house rules") to accommodate such situations. Although Mark Rosewater issues "rulings" on how certain game situations unique to such cards play out, such advice is no more or less valid than the "house rules" agreed to by the players (that is, such players can agree whether to adopt such "rulings" or not).
Dec 10, 2018Posted in: Commander (EDH)
I run Tyrant not to put it on the battlefield, but to dump it into my graveyard for three keywords on Cairn Wanderer.Quote from Igzex »Late but I need to comment on this card. Like, this is the epitome of a meme card. Everything about this card is so ridiculous including both of its costs. In a world where Atarka, World Render is a thing the only reason to run it is to just get a good laugh from the table after they read this card's...everything.
With a pile of 9 creatures in my 'yard, Wanderer can get flying, fear, first strike, double strike, deathtouch, haste, lifelink, protection from all colors, protection from instants, trample, and vigilance. Off a single Buried Alive or Entomb, Dragon Tyrant is one of my best options. (Tyrant, Vampire Nighthawk, and Tahngarth, Talruum Hero is probably my go-to Buried Alive pile.)
It's a silly deck, with silver bordered cards; Mary O'Kill leads, which also means I can use Dragon Tyrant to get in some firebreathing commander damage if Conspiracy is in play (naming Killbot, of course). Switch Mary with Tyrant, firebreathe a bit, switch back. Unlike exchange effects or abilities like ninjutsu, Mary keeps all the changes because Dragon Tyrant was Mary O'Kill the entire time! Ohohoho!
Without Conspiracy, Mary can get to a 3-turn clock (7/5 with Fire-Belly Changeling) or bigger (Ghostly Changeling or Taurean Mauler), gain deathtouch (Moonglove Changeling), stay alive in the face of removal (Skeletal Changeling), and gain first strike (War-Spike Changeling). She can also dodge Commander tax by letting a Killbot take the fall for her and staying in my hand.
Dec 10, 2018Made some edits based on DementedKirby's feedback (and some offline friends). In particular, I've added a couple extra land tutors that can find Mishra's Toy Workshop, and a few Spirit Link triggers, because putting those on Fruitcake Elemental is hilarious.Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
With the inclusion of Super Secret Tech, I've removed Arachnogenesis, Entrapment Maneuver, Mirror Match, and Teferi's Protection, as they have no foil printing.
Dec 10, 2018Posted in: Commander Rules Discussion Forum
Literally the only two cards in the game that specifically search for cards with different names, put some in your hand and some in your graveyard are Gifts Ungiven and Realms Uncharted, which is Gifts Ungiven restricted to only land cards (and costs 1 less to cast). It even has art with the same design.Quote from MRHblue »There are lots of cards that interact with Commander in that fashion, including other cards that specifically search for cards with different names , puts some in your hand and the others in your GY.
(Well, I suppose Gifts Given as well, but that's silver-border.)
Dec 10, 2018Posted in: Magic General
There are insurance plans (and even entire insurance companies) specifically for protecting collectibles merchandise like an LGS's singles inventory.Quote from Colt47 »Quote from drakeavril »Isn't there insurance that covers for theft?
I'm not really sure how insurance for non sealed, frequently traded cards work. I'm sure they could (and definitely should have been) insured for sealed product since the value is pretty easy to point to via MSRP.
Dec 7, 2018I used to run Tibalt in Jaya Ballard, where I built the deck to not really care what I discarded. I even managed to -4 him for serious damage a few times (once even on the same turn I connected with a creature holding Sword of War and Peace), but I've never -6'd him, and eventually cut him for better stuff.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Dec 6, 2018Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Can't activate Dark Depths with Toy Workshop. The activated ability does not produce tokens.
I considered adding more keyword-heavy creatures for Disassembly, but was already having trouble figuring out what cards to cut D:Some Disassembly Required is not only epic with Atraxa, Praetors' Voice but with both Akromas, Spirit of the Night, and Sphinx of the Steel Wind, too (adding Earl of Squirrel in order to give a huge creature squirrellink would be epic - although you could simply add it because that card is amazing in and of itself (plus it's cheaper with Mishra's Toy Workshop)). On top of that, I would add Odric, Lunarch Marshal as a second way to have a similar effect.
And you can't cast Earl of Squirrel with Toy Workshop, for the same reason you can't activate Dark Depths with it.
I did have Anointed Procession and Parallel Lives in the list earlier, but I had to make cuts somewhere. I kept Doubling Season because it also doubles Urza's loyalty when I cast him. Brudiclad seems like an interesting choice with my token copies of nontoken creatures, however Brudiclad and token doublers (outside Parallel Evolution, which was in the list until I cut it for space) can't be cast on Toy Workshop mana.Divine Visitation makes chumpy 1/1 soldiers, etc. into 4/4 flying angels. Similarly, I would also add Brudicald, Telchior Engineer to make all tokens into the best of them all. This to add consistency. Additionally, these cards could all be cast with the mana from Mishra's Toy Workshop. Given all the different cards in EDH, it would be possible to obtain a ridiculous amount of tokens for just 2GG if you include Symbol Status. But, since you're running snow basics instead of normal basics (giving the possibility of increasing the variety of expansion symbols), you won't be able to abuse it as much. Even so, there're many different cards (not counting the Happy Holidays promos so if you have different versions of cards in such a way to take maximum advantage of the expansion symbols, Symbol Status becomes a truly broken token creation spell - especially in the late game.
Sacrificing Ink-Treader in response to an opponent's spell won't stop the spell from being copied. It's an intriguing idea, though.Ink-Treader Nephilim. Casting a copy spell on it will create for you a copy of each creature on the battlefield. If an opponent uses this ability against you, you can simply sacrifice it to avoid that problem. In case of emergency, you could also target it with Crib Swap or Beast Within. Or, you can just add Zada, Hedron Grinder just for your own creatures and copy spells.
Uktabi Kong can't be cast on Toy Workshop mana. Super Secret Tech might be a fun include, though!Cyclonic Rift or something along those lines. Since you're in silver-bordered, you could add Uktabi Kong, which would also receive the bonus from Mishra's Toy Workshop and it destroys all artifacts. Also, along the same vein as Mishra's Toy Workshop, you could include Super Secret Tech. All Happy Holidays promos are shiny so they'll cost less and the creatures will get a buff (as will Atraxa, Praetors' Voice). Additionally, if you pimp out the rest of your deck, then you can get the bonus of it.
Dec 6, 2018Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Black, Blue, and Green all get evasion abilities from the cycle. Your opponent can counteract the flying from Wonder by playing their own fliers or creatures with reach (or effects like Chaosphere or Gravity Sphere). Your opponent can counteract the trample from Brawn by playing bigger blockers. Your opponent can only really counteract the swampwalk from Filth by playing a completely different deck (or making themselves super vulnerable to nonbasic hate), and since Planar Chaos maybe not even then thanks to Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth.Quote from ryuplaneswalker »Can we take a moment to appreciate how hosed Black got in that cycle with Filth.
SwampwalkQuote from ryuplaneswalker »What ability does filth give?
Dec 6, 2018Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
So I'm building a holiday deck, and I'd like to refine it a bit before ordering my cards. I don't have Bog Humbugs in the list, because I couldn't find one for sale (I've ordered all the other holiday promos), but I do want the promos I have to stay in the list. It turned out token-heavy, so that I can ensure I have stuff to spend Mishra's Toy Workshop mana on, and some of the creature choices (like Atraxa, Darigaaz, Yennett, and Zacama) were to give better sacrifice choices for Some Disassembly Required.
Looking for any suggestions for substitutions to help the deck be not total rubbish. No particular budget, but it's intended more as a theme deck than a powerful one. It's just that a deck the sucks and dies every game is also no fun to play.
- Armadillo Cloak
- Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer
- Clone Legion
- Cyclonic Rift
- Kodama's Reach
- Odric, Lunarch Marshal
- Phage the Untouchable
- Secure the Wastes
- Soul Link
- Sphinx of the Steel Wind
- Spirit Link
- Super Secret Tech
- Sylvan Scrying
- Ulvenwald Hydra
- Vampiric Link
- Wing Shards
- Zada, Hedron Grinder
- Adarkar Valkyrie
- Benevolent Offering
- Coldsteel Heart
- Echo Storm
- Entrapment Maneuver
- Faerie Artisans
- Grip of Phyresis
- Land Aid '04
- Master Trinketeer
- Mirror Match
- Selfie Preservation
- Spoils of Victory
- Sprout Swarm
- Teferi's Protection
- Vampire Nighthawk
- Yennett, Cryptic Sovereign
- Zacama, Primal Calamity
- Armadillo Cloak
Dec 5, 2018Posted in: Commander (EDH)
And a year after that, Coastal Piracy gave the ability to all of your creatures. An argument can be made that Ophidian gave you both card draw and the creature to attack with on a single card, instead of one card for draw (Curiosity/Coastal Piracy) and another for the body. But Thieving Magpie was also two years after Ophidian.
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