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Alhammarret, High Arbiter
Legendary Creature — Sphinx
As Alhammarret, High Arbiter enters the battlefield, each opponent reveals his or her hand. You choose the name of a nonland card revealed this way.
Your opponents can't cast spells with the chosen name (for as long as this creature is on the battlefield).
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Alhammarret, High Arbiter Discussion
6 months ago
It occurs to me that a lot of people are going to try and keep good permanents in their hand, so you can't steal them. The way around that is to know what is in their hand, and steal it from there anyways.
Telepathy tells you what is there, and makes your counterspells much more useful.
Alhammarret, High Arbiter is funny because his ability continues to work even if you give him to someone else. Politics wise, he can help to rebalance the board, taking one player's big threat out of the game while giving the weaker player a 5/5 Flying blocker.
Chandra Ablaze gives you amazing hand control combined with Zedruu. She forces your opponents to discard all the cool stuff they've been holding, and then you draw a bunch of cards on your next upkeep with Zedruu to keep the resources imbalanced in your favor.
7 months ago
Against noncreature decks, maybe Alhammarret, High Arbiter would work.
1 year ago
Here's a list of cards that seem underwhelming or out of place.
Azor's Elocutors: Flavor's great and all, but this is a 5 drop that doesn't affect the board. You then need 6 turns after it drops to win the game
Sphinx of Magosi: Below average beater, below average draw engine, combined it's just ok
Sigil of the Empty Throne: Another 5 drop that does nothing on its own. Completely dependent on casting enchantments, of which you don't have a huge number that's only gonna get smaller as you make cuts
Soul Barrier: 2 damage is a really minor price to pay in EDH
Starfield of Nyx: Another slow 5 drop enchantment. To get value out of it takes turns, and the potential targets aren't exactly massive bombs
Sphere of Safety: Unless a third of your deck is enchantments odds are this is just Propaganda that costs more to cast
Azor's Gateway Flip: I kinda dig the looting in a 2 drop. If you were to keep any of these cards this would be the one I like the most. But it takes 5 turns to go off, and it's liable to get popped if you start pitching useful cards toward flipping it
Spellbook: Without metalcraft, storm, or any other effects to play off of its 0 drop nature it's just a really underwhelming card for the slot
Venser's Journal: 5 drop that doesn't affect the board or offer any sort of card advantage
Approach of the Second Sun: 7 mana to gain 7 life. Then a turn to untap, draw into it (assuming commander is out and you have the mana or other effects to dig that deep), and another turn to untap and play it again. As far as win cons this isn't the worst there is, but I can't help but feel there are better options in the 7 drop range
Beacon of Tomorrows: This is a card for a deck that's leaning heavily into extra turns and cheating spell costs, neither of which your deck really does
Alhammarret, High Arbiter: Really underwhelming ETB for a 7 drop, especially in multiplayer when you have 3 opponents worth of threats and you can only name 1 card
Of course none of these cards are truly bad, easy cuts, otherwise they wouldn't be in your decklist in the first place. Cuts like this are hard, and odds are you probably really like some or all of these cards. This is my take on some of 'em, and if you wanna keep them just look at the rest of the deck and ask "if not this card, then what?"
2 years ago
1 suggestion: Proteus Staff serves as a backup or 2nd Jalira for more polymorphing.
2 years ago
I already have Kindred Discovery in my maybeboard, I just don't know what it should replace. Sphinx of Jwar Isle ios a bit lackluster, since I can only look at the card and not cast it, like with Future Sight.
Conundrum Sphinx is also a bit weak IMO, since I don't have that many ways of knowing what's on top of my library and the low cost is insignificant when Unesh lowers the mana cost of all my sphinxes by 2.
Horizon Scholar is also a bit meh, since I'll be getting so many cards anyway.
And finally, Urza's Incubator is actually almost useless in this deck since I have Unesh to lower the cost of my cards by 2, Herald’s Horn to lower by 1, and Sapphire Medallion to lower them by another 1 giving me all the cost reduction I'll ever need.
2 years ago
Kindred Discovery really keeps the card advantage coming in. Really should be played in just about every tribal deck with access to blue.
Sphinx of Jwar Isle is an interesting card that lets you know whatever's on top of your deck at all times. Useful with all the Unesh triggers. Shroud is also nice protection on an evasive beater.
Conundrum Sphinx is one of the lowest-costing sphinxes you have access to, and choosing how to stack enters-the-battlefield abilities is really useful if you know what card is on top.
Alhammarret, High Arbiter is a nice card that's kind of like a Nevermore attached to a Peek on a 5/5 flier.
Horizon Scholar has a nice enters-the-battlefield ability that lets you filter out dead stuff with Unesh's trigger.
It's pretty expensive now, but Urza's Incubator is still a terrific card for tribal that frequently uses expensive creatures.
2 years ago
Since I have already created threads that list commanders and planeswalkers by home plane, I shall now create a thread that lists legendary creatures who have appeared in core sets by home plane.
As with my previous lists, I shall first list the planes known to be home to at least one legendary creature who has appeared in a core set alphabetically by name, and then list each legendary creature from that plane who has appeared in a core set alphabetically by name. If that creature is from a specific region of that plane or is a member of a specific faction on that plane, I shall list that region or faction in parenthesis after their name.
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Kaalia, Zenith Seeker (Bant)
Nefarox, Overlord of Grixis (Grixis)
What does everyone think of this list? Is it sufficiently informative? Have I improperly labeled any creatures? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
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