Look at the top three cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.
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|Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths (IKO)||Common|
|Mystery Booster (MYS1)||Common|
|Core Set 2020 (M20)||Common|
|Core Set 2019 (M19)||Common|
|Battle for Zendikar (BFZ)||Common|
|Dragons of Tarkir (DTK)||Common|
|Promo Set (000)||Rare|
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Latest Decks as Commander
1 week ago
abby315 For 1) and 2), I feel if I am running more threats, I won’t need to rely on Unsummon as a backup plan. I am considering Brazen Borrower and Magmatic Channeler for more threats, and have stuff against removal in the sideboard. Also, I don’t like mainboarding stuff to combat decks when I have a sideboard.
For 3) it’s the same thing about sideboarding as with 2). Also, with a little bit of 5), I can dig with Anticipate to find any copies that I need. I didn’t know Lurrus of the Dream-Den and Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger was the deck to beat.
For 4) I am an aggressive mulliganer, so I don’t like it when I see a late game card in my hand.
For 5), I like Crash Through because at worst it’s a cantrip, and at most it’s the difference between me winning or losing the game. I like Anticipate because I have a lot of copies of it, and I don’t have to reveal anything. I don’t like running much removal, so it’s a no for Blitz of the Thunder-Raptor, and I don’t like Silundi Vision Flip because I have to choose and reveal an Instant or Sorcery, which means I’m light on threats.
You really got me thinking, and I might take some of your options.
1 week ago
I'm running a similar deck on MTGA and I have a few suggestions:
1) I fully agree with above that you should either add 1-2 Brazen Borrower or 1-2 Heartfire Immolator as additional threats. I actually run 2 of both, for a total of 16 threats. I don't know if you've been running hands, but you'll find that you really need a threat in the opener, and at 12 threats you'll have to mulligan often to find one, which hurts your spell density. However, I waffle on Immolator since it doesn't fly.
2) Stern Dismissal should be Unsummon. Again, you're threat-light and this is not a true burn deck, so the option to save your creature and blank removal is more important than bouncing enchantments. I can't think of a deck that really utilizes any Banishing Light type effects and, in that scenario, Unsummoning your own creature can work just as well.
3) You should probably have 4 Spikefield Hazard Flip. It's a great spell against Kroxa and Lurrus decks, which are probably the most popular decks in the meta ATM. It's also very good against Rogues. Being a MDFC really lowers your opportunity cost, especially since the deck doesn't really need turn 1 open mana.
4) I see no reason not to run 4 Shatterskull Smashing Flip. I won't lie that it's an underwhelming removal spell, but being any spell to trigger Riddleform is super important. You have to be the faster deck anyway, and I often can play it tapped since the deck is low on curve.
I also prefer a build with 2x Silundi Vision Flip and 3x Blitz of the Thunder-Raptor over Anticipate and some Crash Through. I really think Anticipate is too slow here. But that's probably up for debate!
2 weeks ago
I think adding 2 or 3 Treasure Cruise could work. Most of the win-cons don't rely on your cards being in the graveyard, and it's a great draw card if you can delve (which I imagine isn't a problem, given the high volume of instants). Maybe cut some Chemister's Insight or Anticipate. Just a suggestion.
1 month ago
Hey, you're welcome.
Draknoz already said anthem effects, Crucible and Door, that pump Dragons are not really needed because Dragons are already have big power and flying. An exception could be if you add Dragon Broodmother, Mystery Booster version. These types of anthem effects could be cut for draw sources such as Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner since draw would be overall more helpful. Dragonlord Ojutai, Mystery Booster version, can be repeatable Anticipate, card advantage. Being able to choose one from three cards can be nice on a budget and she's also a 4 drop 5/4 Dragon.
If a mana dork can't make more than one color than I don't think on a budget it's good enough to play with five colors. To consistently be able to take advantage of one drop mana dorks you need lots of lands that can ETB untapped to make green mana turn one. This manabase because on a budget doesn't have that. If you ever upgrade the manabase with Shocks, Fetches and some Pains then some one drop mana dorks could be added.
Faeburrow Elder and Paradise Druid are fine budget mana dork options for five colors. Either one could replace Pillar of Origins. Mana Geode is the worst three drop mana rock here and there's quite a few of them. It could be cut for Idyllic Tutor to get Tempest or Ascendancy.
If having trouble with opponent board states of little creatures attacking you then consider some budget damage spells and more lower mana cost Dragons? Earthquake and Rolling Earthquake, Double Masters version, for damage spells and Earthquake doesn't hurt Dragons. Thunderbreak Regent is a three drop 4/4 Dragon, Glorybringer is a four drop 4/4 Dragon who can potentially kill a creature the turn you play it with exert and Kiora has interaction with exert. These Dragons could replace Numot, the Devastator and Mana-Charged Dragon.
1 month ago
I mean it's obvious that Jori En is a suboptimal choice in cEDH, because there are plenty better commanders in Izzet. I mean Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain & Rielle, the Everwise are way better and to get the max out of Jori, you have to play more cantrips and cards like Quicken, Overmaster, Ponder, Preordain, Impulse, Anticipate etc.
2 months ago
Hey, you've done well overall with card selection on a current $300 budget. The good parts of your deck are the robust Dragon base and the nice selection of Planeswalkers. What can be improved is the manabase, more ramp/color fixing for five colors and more repeatable draw/tutors.
The manabase is slow with the Thriving lands and the Vivid lands which all ETB tapped. My advice is keep five Thriving lands, cut the Vivid lands and one Thriving land? Replace them with lands that have interaction with basic lands because there's 21 basic lands here. The five budget Battle lands can help the manabase since they have interaction with lots of basic lands to ETB untapped and Farseek can search for one of them.
Cascading Cataracts is a helpful land to cast Ur-Dragon and Crop Rotation can tutor for it. Rotation can be sac a basic land to tutor for any land and put it onto the battlefield. The five Triomes especially Forest ones would be upgrades for Thriving lands: Indatha Triome ($5), Ketria Triome ($6) and Zagoth Triome ($7). The prices of Triomes are displayed wrong here, they're all much less price. Land ramp that can interact with Triomes can really help with color fixing. Skyshroud Claim, Nature's Lore, Wood Elves can search for a Forest Triome and Farseek can search for any Triome.
8 additional mana sources that are 3 CMC or lower is a low amount for a 4.7 avg CMC deck with only 36 lands. Consider a few more sources of ramp/color fixing? The most important cards to want to cast in the early game is ramp or a repeatable draw source.
- Faeburrow Elder: can tap for two mana (green and white). If you control other colored permanents it can tap for more mana up to five mana, one of each color.
- Arcane Signet ($4) and Fellwar Stone
Some more budget tutors could replace some of the lesser Dragons. More low CMC tutors can get the better Dragons/other cards while also lowering the mana curve.
Low CMC repeatable draw sources when Dragons ETB are very good especially ones that trigger when a Dragon token is created. Ascendancy and Kiora are here, but consider more? The more of these enchantments you have the better chance you have of getting one onto the battlefield before you start casting Dragons.
Dragonlord Ojutai is a four drop Dragon thanks to the Ur-Dragon. It can potentially be repeatable Anticipate card advantage. The selection of what card you put into your hand is what makes it good on a budget.
Good luck with your deck.
2 months ago
Don't feel too bad about Sleight of Hand not being in the deck as it's actually pretty interchangeable with Opt at the moment. I just opted for Opt because it can be played at instant speed to leave my mana open for wheel effects the next turn. Sleight of Hand not drawing isn't a big deal so far in testing as most of the time the counters/Krakens are coming from the wheel effects, which is why Anticipate is still in the deck.
2 months ago
Thrill of Possibility, Light Up the Stage, Destructive Digger. In recent years the color red has become more and more engrossed with the concept of drawing cards perhaps more than any other color outside of blue. To some it may feel like a break in the color pie while others see it as boon for formats like commander. It's apparent that a balance needs to be struck so that red card draw remains an inferior counterpart to card draw of blue, but even so I do feel there are ways in which pre-existing card advantage could be improved upon to be more flexible.
((TL;DR - In this thread I'll present various red cards that offer card advantage, briefly describe the pros and cons and then offer a future-shifted variant of the card if that particular card draw mechanic were to ever be improved upon.))
While there are many, many various other forms of this manner of red card draw it can be safe to say this is probably red's favorite form of card advantage. Effectively these cards typically read as, "this card and another card in your hand have cycling." as cards such these don't aim to increase the number of cards in your hand, but to simply take a chance at improving the cards in your hand. There are other benefits too such as purposely wanting to put certain cards in your graveyard to accrue additional value. However, because these cards never increase the number of cards in hand, running out of cards in hand is a real problem that can nullify this type of card advantage until your next draw step. It's also important to note that you can even risk throwing away a so-so card for worse cards in return. Cards like these also make themselves easy targets to get 2-for-1'd by counter spells.
Flexibility. While it may not be the most astounding of changes it does lend the player more choices when playing the game. If your hand is weak you can draw two cards and if your hand is strong you can draw one card instead. This card even makes itself useful if it’s the only card in hand. If I were to further improve upon this card I might add, "This spell can't be countered by spells and abilities" but that might be too much text for a common card. I could have also just given this card cycling instead, but that might make the card harder to put in non-cycling sets. It too, would also expand the amount of text on the card if you consider reminder text.
When it comes to discard-draw on creatures there's a myriad of different ways it can be triggered or activated, but the common factor amongst them all is the exchange rate of one card discarded per one card drawn. Despite this the pros and cons to these creatures work much like their instant and sorcery counterparts. Their abilities won't work if you have no cards in hand nor do they actually ever increase the number of cards in hand. They simply provide any given card in your hand cycling. One additional issue however is these creatures can sometimes take a full turn cycle before they can use their effects unless if you give them haste.
First of all, Card B is meant to be an improvement of Rummaging Goblin though the same concept wouldn't be too hard to apply to cards such as Academy Raider or Reckless Racer. At first, I thought slapping haste onto these creatures would suffice enough, however; giving them an ETB rummage seemed more creative as you achieve the same end except if you have some extraneous source that provides haste you'd be able to double the effect just for the turn it comes in. As for the ability, I've maintained the same one card discarded per one card drawn ratio just in a more roundabout way. Essentially by activating the creature ability not only do you get a rummage, but you practically get your next draw step a turn earlier. Card parity is maintained as the second card discarded will be the one you will never draw on your next turn. As impatient as red is this seemed on point to me. I also believe this ability works better on permanents than instants and sorceries as its easier to remember to skip your draw step when you go to untap the permanent that caused it the following turn.
Discard-Draw isn't the only avenue red gets its card advantage. Exiling cards off the top of the library is practically no different than drawing the cards, except your opponents can see what's drawn and the cards have an expiration date, so it’s better to cast them fast. While this method may be even closer in theme to pure card draw its faults can make it more of an unpopular choice than the discard-draw route. The issue itself boils down to mana and speed. Red's most explosive in the early game, but in the early game mana is limited. If you have to cast a three mana card that exiles multiple cards that you can only cast for that turn the overall CMC of that spell is going to cost you in the 5 to 7 mana range and that's if your deck is built low to the ground which makes the effect horribly impractical in red's color theme. In order to fix the issue lots of liberties need to be made in order to make the effect practical on red's level such as making the exiled cards last until the end of your next turn and making the exile spell cost one mana like with Light Up the Stage. This sets up obnoxiously tight standards to meet when designing practical cards that utilize this effect. Not only that but you don't get to choose which cards are exiled whereas discard-draw gives you some choice as to what gets put in the graveyard. Furthermore, some cards create value when put into the graveyard, unlike the exile zone.
Choices. Instead of exiling two cards off the top of the library, two cards are drawn followed by exiling any two cards from the hand. Because the player can choose which cards get exiled, cards can only be cast from exile instead of being played. The difference is spells are treated as usual, but lands can no longer be played from exile. Lands are the easiest cards to play, thus not being able to play them from exile puts more weight on what cards you choose to put into exile. The card advantage effect was inspired by Faithless Looting. (That is if Faithless Looting was fixed and didn't allow you to dump busted cards into the graveyard.) As for the duration of how long cards can be cast from exile I also wanted to leave that up to choice. Red likes to attack a lot so an attack restriction impacts red more than any other color as you may have to choose between tempo or card advantage. While additionally putting a blocking restriction may seem weird it's important to note that if you choose not attack with your creatures they'll remain untapped which may make your opponent uncomfortable with attacking. Because your opponent can see what's in exile they too can try to force a choice out of you to their advantage. As I see it the cards in exile are pretty much treated as though they have Mardu Blazebringer's ability which is what has inspired this duration effect.
Special shoutout to Bedlam Reveler. Similar to discarding a card to draw a card, this form of card draw instead works by discarding your entire hand just to draw two or three cards, because red is sometimes extreme like that. The main benefit to running these effects is if you’re able to use up all your cards naturally you won’t have a hand when one of these effects hit the table. Under this scenario you’d be drawing two or three cards with no strings attached which would be pretty good. The issue is playing without a hand means you can’t carry removal spells and it can make your plays all the more predictable for your opponent to counteract. It may also be difficult to use up all the cards in your hand in a speedy manner meaning it won’t be until much later in the game that you can fully utilize your draw effect. Given all the previous draw effects can be used much earlier in the game with little consequence this particular form of card draw seems to be not worth the inclusion unless it comes stapled onto a huge creature you can cheat out for two mana. With that said I’d like to create an improved form of Dangerous Wager. Back when this card was printed its only competitor was Wild Guess. (and Faithless Looting.) These two cards were roughly on equal power level to one another with their strengths balancing out, but now that Thrill of Possibility has been printed recently Dangerous Wager hardly has any benefits over it. This begs the question, how could Dangerous Wager be designed today to compete with Thrill of Possibility or Cathartic Reunion?
Dangerous Wager was the type of card you probably wouldn't cast turn 2 or turn 3 as you would risk major card disadvantage for very little pay off. In essence you'd want to play the card much later in the game where the pay off was either equal or advantageous. Just like Dangerous Wager, this card was constructed under the same mindset to be cast more preferably towards the later half of the game. The upside is if you have one or two cards in hand when this spell is cast you're guaranteed of keeping the cards. This provides the benefit of gaining better card advantage over Thrill of Possibility yet bearing the downside of not being able to cast it as early in the game.
"Random" is a fickle word. It's all fun and games when the word random is forced on your opponents, but the word quickly loses it novelty when its applied to the caster. It's hard to picture many scenarios where any of these cards provide outstanding value. If you cast them with no cards in hand you're practically casting a cantrip that also self-mills you. Maybe with a full hand you could call it a free mulligan, but the only times I'd want to mulligan is if my hand has all lands or all spells. In either scenario you're probably not casting this card anyway. Perhaps if random was less random it could serve as a better free mulligan card?
Yes, its a bit of a word wall. The effect is simple so perhaps someone can come up with a cleaner way to shorten up the text? Essentially this is a draw three cards, then discard two cards at random. Except in this case you exile three cards at random, but you get to keep the one you like the most. Basically if there's one card you absolutely don't want to lose to the random effect, then you're guaranteed to keep it through this process. This makes the random process less random yet still beyond the caster's full control. I also chose to make the excluded cards go to the bottom of the library instead of the graveyard. The reason for this is to prevent the card from being too similar to Faithless Looting which is banned in Modern and to make it more similar to scrying or the card Fire Prophecy. Another interesting thing to note about this custom card is if you have no cards in hand this card becomes Anticipate but in red. Please keep in mind though that having no cards in hand is a pretty strong drawback as this card for the most part will be much less reliable than it if you have cards in hand.
Special shoutout to Countryside Crusher. Red really likes land destruction, so why not draw cards off of destroying your own lands? This effect is probably the most inconsistent out of all the red draw effects. While the concept is solid, getting it to work in practice largely seems to be a work in progress. I suppose the blue standard for this type of effect is best represented by Trade Routes and Compulsive Research interestingly enough.
Since Tectonic Reformation is a red version of Trade Routes I thought I would make a red version of Compulsive Research as the card doesn't seem like too much of a stretch for red to imitate. While Card F may seem very simple for a rare, I think drawing three cards at instant speed would be pretty strong. Unlike Compulsive Research your discard payment option is limited to discarding the land card only, and you have to discard the land card first before you can even draw any cards. (With Compulsive Research you'd likely draw into the land card you'd discard anyway.) Making this card cost two more mana to draw one more additional card from Magmatic Insight also seems to align well too I think.
Anyway, that's about all I had planned. I did want to make a card to represent the Wheel of Fortune cycle consisting of Wheel of Fortune, Wheel of Fate and Magus of the Wheel but that effect is so incredibly strong that I can't really think of a reasonable way to nerf it while still having it be practical in a two player game. If I do think of something I'll probably add a Card G to this thread. Regardless, do you think any cards are too strong or too weak? What card would you really want to see be included into the game?