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Altered Ego can't be countered.
You may have Altered Ego enter the battlefield as a copy of any creature on the battlefield, except it enters with X additional +1/+1 counters on it.
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Altered Ego Discussion
5 hours ago
Well, heart of Kiran is out! It did not fell generic in this deck. So everything that came with it is out as well: Greenbelt Rampager; Nissa, Voice of Zendikar. Instead i found THE creature for my deck. Altered Ego. Since i steal with Confiscation Coup i can copy&paste as well. Call it lack of imagination. But in my eyes there is no good "finisher" creature for the energy deck. O.K. There is Aetherwind Basker but it is too expensive. Even Aethertide Whale is a bit too big with six mana. Other creatures don't fit in so well. If i would play e.g. Gearhulk i do not need the energy creatures.
1 day ago
So, on to my next, semi-casual EDH deck. I've had it on the back burner for quite some time now, and I've decided to try my hand at creating a clone deck with a subtheme of stealing or reanimating.
The reason for this deck's creation is I occasionally get complaints from people not liking my decks or it's too mean. This deck will only be as good as my opponent's, so if they complain, they end up inadvertently bashing their own deck building skills. (Lol).
Anyway! I have a couple ideas in mind, and I'd like to know what you all think!
Lazav, Dimir Mastermind (Non mill)
I used to have a mill Lazav deck. But that wasn't very fun in the long term. 2 Colors, less ability for reactions, but more consistent. Only has to see the creature enter the graveyard from anywhere. Copies, doesn't steal. 4 Mana. Hexproof.
I have most of the land base for BUG, as I used to run Damia. Adds green for ramp and Progenitor Mimic and Altered Ego. Adds reanimator cards like Meren of Clan Nel Toth. Provides reaction cards for artifacts and enchantments. But is more expensive to cast, and requires 2 creatures in graveyards to interact with.
Merieke Ri Berit & Rubinia Soulsinger
I haven't played with these before, so I don't know how I would like them. They have decent abilities, however each one either lacks a good color for thieving/copying, or has a color that is not suited for the theme.
Sakashima the Impostor
I have probably 3 mono-U decks, so a fourth isn't too appealing to me. On top of that, it loses both black and green, making me resort to more preemptive responses to threats, making me run more counterspells. Which at that point ends up being my Baral, Chief of Compliance deck. But if someone can make a good argument for this one, i'll take it into consideration.
Marchesa, the Black Rose
Trading Green for Red, or just adding Red, has come across my mind before. It allows for Dack's Duplicant, and more steal effects. However, I feel like this deck would turn into a combo deck at some point with Marchesa, which I'm not intending to do here.
Anyway! I'd love to hear your thoughts! As a side tangent, but still relevant, if there are commanders in some combinations of these colors, while not sticking to the theme of copy/steal, that you think would be good to use, let me know!
2 days ago
Also I would suggest using some of the temple duo lands rather than the ones you have as they do the same thing except you get to scry 1 as they enter, for example Temple of Epiphany or using some of the Kaladesh duo lands such as Inspiring Vantage
I'm guessing the only purpose for the snow-covered lands is because you can rather than for there being any real need for them?
3 weeks ago
Oh boy. Simic value is the best value. +1 from me.
This deck feels like a basic value deck: play 2-for-1s, ramp, play big things. While fun, and a core idea of Simic, you might want to split the deck: one for value, and one for +1/+1 counter shenanigans. A few endgame mana dumps would make for some ridiculous plays, and some flicker effects could help abuse all the juicy ETB triggers you got going on. Progenitor Mimic, Mystic Genesis, and Rashmi, Eternities Crafter are some examples.
If you want to keep this as one deck, it'd probably be better to double down on the counters: there are a ton of value cards that still use +1/+1 counters: Fathom Mage and Primordial Hydra and Altered Ego are a few. Sub a few of them in to cement the counter theme and get the evil laughs rolling.
Also, for all casual Simic decks: play Unexpected Results.
3 weeks ago
Clones might help, Altered Ego particularly.
Check out my deck, it's got some similar function. I swing in for beatdown or keep trying until I can combo out for mill.
Might help for a backup plan.
Commander / EDH
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3 weeks ago
12.Give / Take
4 weeks ago
I just want to point out: You can't actually run Dryad Arbor in this deck (it has white in its color identity, and Animar is RUG, so you can't play any white or black cards). You can easily replace it with just about any other green one drop though, so that's no big deal.
Ancestral Statue + 4 counters on Animar = infinitely big Animar. Very cheap card, so it's not like it'd hurt to include it.
Lightning Strike is pretty terrible in Commander (40 life, multiple opponents), so its best use is as removal, but Beast Within is the premiere removal in your colors. I strongly recommend running Beast Within, and since it just had a reprint recently it's at its lowest price in some time. It hits anything, so you can hit the tryhard's Gaea's Cradle, the combo player's Sanguine Bond/Exquisite Blood or any other random combo card from Mycosynth Lattice and Ashnod's Altar to Grave Pact and Laboratory Maniac. It's a very good card, I recommend it highly.
Creatures with X in their casting cost get absurd with Animar since any counters he has = automatically contributing that amount to X costs. Altered Ego isn't bad as you copy any creature for the same price as Clone, but you get +1/+1 counters = to Animar's counters lol.
Vorel of the Hull Clade seems like it could be decent here. Just a tap to put Animar in lethal range? Not bad. Fathom Mage can be a pretty handy draw engine as well, and with Vorel it gets even better.
1 month ago
It won't copy any counters from the targeted creature, but it enters with it's own counters which works with Winding Constrictor. You could target your own Verdurous Gearhulk or even a Hissing Quagmire/Lumbering Falls if you want to get weird. But I mostly use them if the opponent is casting other gearhulks or big dudes (Ishkanah, Grafwidow, Archangel Avacyn Flip, Metalwork Colossus, etc.)
What do you think?