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When Aether Hub enters the battlefield, you get (an energy counter).
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Aether Hub Discussion
23 hours ago
Hey, there's some good cards here, but if you're playing this deck at FNM then unfortunately the historic theme is not the direction you want to go, it's too slow and the synergies are honestly not very good.
Jeskai is fine and my advice is turn this deck into Jeskai artifacts with Sai, Tezzeret and Zahid with many low cost artifacts like Mox, Fountain of Renewal and Treasure Map Flip. I see Sia and Zahid in the main deck and Tezzeret in the sideboard; I suggest building the deck around them. Play red and white for removal Seal Away to keep you alive while you set-up the artifact strategies.
Until rotation you could play an energy theme with Whirler Virtuoso, Glimmer of Genius, Aether Hub and Harnessed Lightning. These cards are all budget. Whirler can make artifact Thopters. Hub with energy is great for a three color manabase. Until rotation you can also add Prophetic Prism and the very powerful with Thopters Inspiring Statuary with Banefire as a ramp finisher spell.
If you're playing at FNM then ignore trying to make your deck ready for post rotation right now especially if you can add a bunch of good budget cards each less than $1. Even if you only get two months of play they're worth it.
Here's an example until rotation:
- 4x Sai
- 3x Whirler
- 1x Zahid (more in the sideboard)
- 2x Tezzeret
- 4x Fountain
- 4x Prism
- 2x Map
- 2x Mox
- 3x Statuary
- 4x Harnessed
- 2x Seal (more in the sideboard)
- 3x Glimmer
- 2x Banefire
I suggest getting your hands on a playset of Sai he's less than $2 right now. Post rotation he's a big reason to continue to play artifacts.
3 days ago
Hey, consider Glimmer of Genius and 2x Aether Hub main deck? Since Kaladesh Glimmer has been the go to draw spell for control. Without it I think the way this deck is currently constructed there will be consistency issues. Consider cutting 3x Opt and 1x Invoke for 4x Glimmer? Opt is fine, but Glimmer is much more powerful draw spell especially with Gearhulk. Hub helps a lot for a three color manabase and Glimmer powers Hub. Until rotation the exile of Forsake is more important than the life gain of Invoke. Exile is for Scrapheap Scrounger and most of all God-Pharaoh's Gift. These cards are difficult for control to beat if you can't permanently exile them.
With only eight sources of red in the manabase Chandra is not worth it. Consistently it will be too difficult to cast her. I suggest cutting Chandra for 2x more Teferi. Competitively he's the reason to play Azorius control and the manabase can support him. Consider 1x Commit main deck and 1x more in the sideboard for red matchups? Commit is the only way blue control can stop a lethal Banefire and it doesn't actually stop it, it delays it. Banefire is a thorn in control's side and I think it will be even more a problem post rotation because Commit is rotating. Post rotation white has Shalai, Voice of Plenty who is protection against Banefire, you have hexproof, your opponent can't target you.
Some options for post rotation, I think Blink of an Eye can be a go to spell for control. Currently it's already being played as 1 of and 2 ofs. Blink gives control instant unconditional nonland permanent bounce with draw, works well with Teferi. Anticipate or Opt can replace Glimmer post rotation, both work well with Teferi. Currently Syncopate and more Essence Scatter can replace Disallow. I expect there to be a good a counterspell in Guilds of Ravnica because both Izzet and Dimir are guilds in the set. These guilds are traditionally control guilds and Wizards is going to push Grixis colors because of their new Dragon money maker Nicol Bolas, the Ravager Flip.
The mana situation post rotation is going to be interesting for control decks playing white. I think white is going to be difficult to play as a dominate color for control. Azorius and Orzhov are not in Guilds of Ravnica. Boros and Selesnya are in the set. You've done some real good thinking ahead here because as it currently looks like post rotation Jeskai can be one of the best colors to play white for control. Due to the post rotation mana situation, Esper only has playable Glacial Fortress and Isolated Chapel and some Plains. This is only enough white to splash Teferi and a few other single white cards, but not enough to play Settle the Wreckage, Cleansing Nova and Lyra Dawnbringer.
Jeskai is different because you'll have Fortress, Clifftop Retreat and the new Boros dual land hopefully Sacred Foundry in Guilds of Ravnica. This is enough white dual lands along with Plains to play Settle, Nova and Lyra. With Gearhulks rotating, control needs a new finisher. Which ever way control will go post rotation can be determined by what color has the better control finisher. Esper already has one in Chromium, the Mutable lets hope Jeskai gets one in Guilds of Ravnica.
If this advice is helpful I can give more advice about the sideboard. Would you like more advice?
Good luck with your deck.
3 days ago
+1! Love the breed lethality precon, and am very happy youu both decided to pick it up, but also want to upgrade it!
I can help a lot more, and even build you up a mini-primer for the deck if you tell me how much money you are willing to put into the deck, how competitive your playgroup is, and the types of decks you play with, but good luck and have some great fun with the deck!
4 days ago
sorinmarkauv, yeah, Atraxa, Praetors' Voice is a common superfriends deck, able to build up tons of walkers, and protect them with a vigilance, lifelinking, deathtouching, flying blocker! With good synergy with tons of different lands, such as storage lands, vivid lands, Aether Hub, Gemstone Mine, Tendo Ice Bridge, Mirrodin's Core, etc. you can easily fix for tons of creatures.
4 days ago
Aether Hub and Tendo Ice Bridge both seem bad in a control deck, as they only make 1 colored mana each, and you can't really afford to have colourless sources in a deck with Cruel Ultimatum, you just won't be able to cast your spells.
Disallow, Dissolve and Electrickery all seem mediocre in modern, the counters have more efficient/better options like more Mana Leak/Remand/Logic Knot and more Cryptic Commands, and Electrickery is just a bad board wipe, something like Damnation or Languish is likely to be much better.
23 lands is almost always too few for a control deck, you tend to want at least 25/26 to make sure you hit your land drops consistently
A lot of cards in the sideboard have better alternatives too, like Consume the Meek, Electrickery and Yahenni's Expertise could all become Damnation or Languish which kill the more common creatures in modern, the Duress and Harsh Scrutiny could become Collective Brutality as additional discard which is more flexible, and better in more matchups and Tragic Slip should probably just be more Fatal Pushes.
6 days ago
You could consider playing an energy sub-theme for Longtusk Cub adding Aether Hub and Servant of the Conduit, you will get mana fixing and probably a turn 4 Regal Caracal. Also, so many 2-of, scpecially non-legendary creatures, indicate lack of focus on your brew, so i'd advice you to decide wether you want 4x Adorned Pouncer or maybe even 4x Ajani's Pridemate since there is also a lifelink sub-theme. Finally, looks like you will have a hard time against flyers or big creatures so consider adding some Seal Away Check out my Post-Rotation Sai
1 week ago
Good to know. Just didn't know if finding the mana sources (mainly Aether Hub as it does not get killed as easily by being a land) was that much of an issue. I really like this deck! It's a very unique take on pummeler. Do you ever find that finding pump spells for pummeler is an issue?
1 week ago
Hey Hipoisthabest, Mirror Image is an interesting suggestion, thanks. It can also copy Exclusion Mage and get another bounce ETB ability. I like this idea, but there's not any room for it in the current deck.
Yldraziw, thanks for your interest. I will keep playing this deck only if there's a good Simic dual land in Guilds of Ravnica. We don't yet know the land cycles in the set, but pretty safe to assume each guild of the five guilds will get a new rare dual land and the guilds not in the set will not get a dual land. The Simic guild is not in Guilds of Ravnica, it's in the second Ravnica set in Jan. 2019. We already know that Elves are in the Simic guild thanks to artwork revealed when Wizards announced Magic was returning to Ravnica again showing them as Super Soldiers. Jan. 2019 we'll get a new Simic dual land.
Being realistic post rotation until Jan. 2019 this deck is dead. The loss of Aether Hub, Servant of the Conduit and Botanical Sanctum at rotation makes it too difficult to make blue mana while not hurting consistency of having green mana to play Steel Leaf Champion. I don't want to have to play a lot of islands. Woodland Stream alone can't save the manabase and Stream is just a bad land, I don't want to have to play it.
In Jan. 2019 I will definitely revisit this deck and Simic, but until then I'm set to focus on Golgari or Selesnya for post rotation Elves. Golgari and Selesyna are two of the guilds in Guilds of Ravnica and we know Elves are Golgari. I suspect Elves are also in Selesnya.