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As an additional cost to cast Abjure, sacrifice a blue permanent.
Counter target spell.
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2 months ago
Ramp and card draw isn't treated as a theme, its just parts of a deck you need, no matter what build you go. A theme is tokens, blink, tap/untap, counters, planewalkers, voltron, control, etc...
Cut down to 30ish creatures and then you can get idea how much ramp you need depending on the mana curve. Cut these these non-creatures for start:
Everflowing Chalice i've tried it and never liked it
Helm of Possession its better in a aristocrat deck, blue offers much better take control cards
Ashnod's Altar not a deck for this card
Oracle's Vault doesnt seem good, you dont have ways to manipulate top of library
Skullclamp not a deck for this card
Cloud Cover could be good with your meta but seems very limited on when it happens
Growing Rites of Itlimoc Flip tried it and its better when you swarm the board, depends on how quick you can flood the board
Presence of Gond and Squirrel Nest really depends on what creatures you keep. You said you like these to chump block your opponents but in the end of the day, chumping and chumping doesnt really progress the board for you. Much better (and imo more fun) to steal their fatties and kill them with em. That or you you can do some strong plays with the 1/1 token generators.
3 months ago
6 months ago
Brian is a really fun card to build around! I really like cards that get you 2 (a counter plus) things...thinking value for your mana. For example: Sakura-Tribe Elder, Tinder Wall, Fume Spitter, Abjure and Implement of Ferocity are just a few examples. If you're looking for more inspiration check out Gattison's: Bloodbriar Decks
7 months ago
Throne of the God-Pharaoh is really good for full board swings especially in big multiplayer EDH. You also might like Genesis Chamber and Myr Battlesphere to make more 1/1 Myrs fast and have a nice beater later on alongside Thopter Assembly. If your deck lends itself to playing even more artifacts you might wanna check out Thopter Spy Network and Efficient Construction.
Looking at Edric decks for ideas, you might want to try running budget extra turn spells to finish off games with full swings like Temporal Trespass, Part the Waterveil, Karn's Temporal Sundering (needs a legend out), and even Timestream Navigator. Down the line you'd probably want Walk the Aeons.
Lastly, some other mono-blue goodies, Fact or Fiction, Abjure, Deprive, Toothy, Imaginary Friend, Dreamscape Artist, Tomorrow, Azami's Familiar, Imprisoned in the Moon, Monastery Siege, and Mystic Remora.
9 months ago
thanks for your thoughts. I had Hatching Plans on my list but didn't make the final cut, because my meta is rather heavy on exiling enchantments/artifacts. I was too afraid it would be most of the time a dead card without other cards to sacrifice the plans (like Perilous Research or Abjure) but I see the usefulness of it, even if it eats a normal mass disenchant. I do believe the elixir can be bonkers in many Ertai decks but mine is yet rather reluctant on creatures with good tap abilities (or even having enough creatures to sacrifice for Ertai). Hence I am not sure if the hexproof or shroud boots are better suited as I am already playing zur in the list. Actually i guess I should play 1 pair of boots + the elixir. Probably I had only bad luck in these games with the elixir as it is rather new in this build.
Currently I am giving Eidolon of Countless Battles, Future Sight, Mind's Dilation and Infinite Reflection a try. Gonna try Hatching plans after the next time i play this deck. I am especially not really sold on the eidolon but I wanted to give it a try.
I like the curses but they affect only 1 player if I don't cast them. Copy enchantment or the clever impersonator are helping on this issue (or getting them back from the graveyard). Some of them are dependant on the meta and I would love to test Curse of Exhaustion (our playgroup is currently enjoying some spell slinger decks). To me Overwhelming Splendor is the curse MVP. It can shut down certain decks for a time.
1 year ago
1 year ago
These are the cards above 10 dollars and what to include instead:
- Exploration can be changed for Burgeoning, but Exploration is more explosive since it lets you also cast a one mana creature on turn one and attack with it on turn two, drawing a card.
- Temporal Manipulation can be changed for Part the Waterveil
- Time Warp is very importart, I would recommend you buying it (I'm saving for Capture of Jingzhou since 5 mana take a turn are crucial for going off), but if you are short on money Temporal Trespass may do the trick
- Gaea's Cradle can be replaced with Boreal Druid. Don't use Growing Rites of Itlimoc Flip, since it is too slow. Remember to take out Crop Rotation
- Flusterstorm can be replaced with some other cheap counterspell, maybe Mana Leak, Disdainful Stroke or Swan Song (beware: the bird token blocking your flying creatures is very annoying)
- Force of Will can be replaced with Foil, specially since you will have more basics by taking out fetches. Abjure is another good option.
- Chrome Mox, Mana Crypt and Mana Crypt: fast mana is really important for this deck, maybe Elvish Spirit Guide can replace one, also try Druids' Repository and Nature's Will (specially if there is stax in your meta.
Regarding the mana base, just take of all the fetches, shocks and Cavern of Souls (its not that important) and replace them with duals lands that come into place untapped, like Reflecting Pool and Exotic Orchard (this is very important). If you don't find lands that come into play untapped, just play basics, a high basic land count its actually a good thing since Elvish Pioneer on turn one is one of your more explosive hands (it lets you cast Edric on turn two and attack with a creature).
This is a very "all in" version of the deck. Maybe a budget friendly version could try to be more resilient and run cards like Coastal Piracy, Bident of Thassa and more ways of protecting your creatures from wrath effects, Wrap in Vigor, Chasm Skulker, Hangarback Walker, Whisperwood Elemental, Foundry of the Consuls, Faerie Conclave are just some that come to mind.
This deck started as a budget one, and it did very well then :) it does improve with expensive cards, but not as much as you would think.
Best of luck! Upload yours when you build it and let me know of the results.
1 year ago
Looks quite solid on first glance. You run lot's of good cards and your curve and average cmc looks good. However you also run a few bad cards. Let me pitch some ideas for replacements:
Maybe try Kindred Discovery and name drake? Could be worth it and might draw an insane amount of cards.Maybe Tamiyo, the Moon Sage and target yourself with the -2 if you have lot's of drakes.Reliquary Tower and Thought Vessel because keeping 20 counters in hand is fun.
If you ever run close to milling yourself, try fitting Laboratory Maniac in as another fun wincon.If that way doesn't work you can try the opposite path and go recurring stuff with Timetwister(Budget: Day's Undoing / Time Reversal)
Refill your entire hand with Windfall.
More playable counterspells in no particular power order Abjure, Condescend, Flusterstorm(Opponents also help with storm), Logic Knot, !!!Mana Drain!!!, Memory Lapse, Mental Misstep(if your meta is running many 1cmc spells), Spell Snare, Miscalculation, Power Sink, Pact of Negation, Prohibit, Remand, Spell Siphon, Syncopate, Dissolve, maybe Unified Will. Please don't play all of them, some of the conditional ones might be VERY bad. Sometimes a Cancel is better than a cmc2 conditional that you can't cast for some reason. You know how your deck plays and what fit's in there. More here: http://magiccards.info/query?q=o%3Acounter+o%3Atarget+o%3Aspell+c%21u+cmc%3C%3D3&v=card&s=cname
As I said this is some ideas, some might be very bad but most should be quite good in the deck. There's so many ways to play Talrand, just keep playing lot's of spells so you keep making free drakes. Maybe even play Phyrexian Altar and or Ashnod's Altar to pitch your drakes in to pay for more counterspells..
If you ask specific questions and provide some info about your meta I'd be happy to help :)