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Apex of Power
Exile the top seven card of your library. Until end of turn, you may cast nonland cards exiled this way.
If this spell was cast from your hand, gain ten mana of any one colour.
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Apex of Power Discussion
16 hours ago
Full of fun effects and flavor, but you don't call things to my attention for flavor shenanigans. You call things to my attention for cold, ruthless efficiency.
First of all, you have cards that pull you in directions that the deck...just isn't going. Malfegor wants you to discard your hand, but you like having a full hand of tricks. Ashnod's Altar wants you to sacrifice creatures, but most of your creatures aren't expendable. God-Pharaoh's Gift wants you to reanimate things smaller than 4/4s, but most of the things you'd want to reanimate are bigger. Not sure you have enough cards (dragons and instants/sorceries) for Bladewing the Risen or Augur of Bolas. Fraying Omnipotence hurts you just as much or more as it does the other players, and Apex of Power is neat in theory, but with the number of big, expensive things you're running, you'll usually be casting only one card off of it. Gate to the Afterlife wants you to have things dying, but your things are too expensive to kill so haphazardly.
Then there's a few things that just suffer from the scale of EDH. Tormenting Voice can do work in mono-red, but you have blue. Play blue card draw. It's just...better. Even the cheap stuff. Hell, Chart a Course is a bad option and it's almost strictly better. Eternal of Harsh Truths doesn't do all that much here, just drawing you a few cards...whopee. It's EDH. Nobody cares. Likewise, Undermine has pretty much no upside over Cancel, and if you can, I'd try to find a better counterspell. For Elder Mastery, I'd be hesitant including it, because it bares your throat to removal or tempo plays for not...too much gain, because if you can leverage it to advantage, you're probably already winning. Sadly, except in niche cases, Wit's End isn't super effective in EDH because it won't hit for more than a few cards in almost all cases.
And never forget in EDH, your general matters. When you flip Bolas, you get a super powerful 'walker and an endless stream of cards. To fully take advantage of this, play removal, a few cheap counterspells, and most importantly, MORE RAMP. You are a very top-heavy deck. You gotta double down on that ramp; you'll always have something to do with your mana, especially with Bolas in the helm.
I have more optimizing comments, but those are the big glaring problems I see. Others are suboptimal things that you might want to keep for fun and trolling (I know how you play).
For card suggestions, peruse Lord Bolas. It is a rather expensive list, at times, but it can give you an idea of how to work with the Ravager as a commander.
2 weeks ago
Despite full knowing it isn't gonna be anywhere close to top tier. I really want to build something in standard with Omniscience (O.S.). My criteria is that O.S. has to be either the MVP or at least a viable alternate win condition for the deck. I'd appreciate it if people posted decklists running it, give suggestions or just share their thoughts below.
I'll post some decklists as I finish them but for now here's some of my rough concepts:
- UG version of the standard 'Elf Ball' list running multiple O.S. and a Nexus of Fate. All the elf mana dorks+Beast Whisperer/Vanquisher's Banner. Ramp into O.S. and draw you deck.
Salvager of Secrets/Naru Meha, Master Wizard/The Mirari Conjecture + Blink of an Eye/River's Rebuke/Quasiduplicate/Unexplained Disappearance+ Diamond Mare/Diligent Excavator etc for post O.S. infinite something.
Nexus of Fate turns
I'll still be adding stuff to this list as people suggest things.
4 weeks ago
Creatures: (Maybe do an elves sub-theme? they seem really good for your deck) Beast Whisperer, Book Devourer, District Guide, Acidic Slime, Reclamation Sage, Llanowar Elves, Elvish Mystic, Scavenging Ooze, Arbor Elf, Inferno Titan, Hornet Queen, Genesis Hydra, Elvish Rejuvenator, Satyr Wayfinder, Primordial Sage, Garruk's Horde, Nullmage Shepherd, Protean Hulk, Dryad Greenseeker
Enchantment Sarkhan's Unsealing
Primeval Titan is banned
1 month ago
1 month ago
You’re welcome. The deck looks better, so nice job on that. I do have one question, however. How is Oracle of Bones performing for you? It seems like it would be more in place of a deck with instants/sorceries like Apex of Power and other super expensive spells. I can see how it would sort of work in this deck, being either a 3/1 hasty creature that gets to save 2 or 3 mana on an instant, or a 5/3 hasty creature, so I don’t know.
1 month ago
Alkadron I agree Nicol Bolas is the best ;) Apex of Power I feel is too much mana for too little value. I’ve played it before, it’s very expensive and usually only gets me 2-3 spells. Fraying Omnipotence just cuts the board in half and i feel doesn’t really do a whole lot for me. (Also from a flavor stand point, Bolas is losing power in that art) Patient Rebuilding could be a good value engine and even be a bit political and maybe even a win-con so I might try that one out. I am absolutely disgusted with how cool of a trick Arcbond is and although it does seem cool I think it may be a bit too limited in this deck, but I will have to give it a shot sometime. Dark Intimations is an auto-include and should have been here from the start. Good pointing that out!
1 month ago
I love Nicol Bolas! He's the best.
Disrupt Decorum isn't as good as Damnation, but it's way more fun.
1 month ago
Squicken: I'm glad the deck inspired you!!
Hmmm. I could definitely see what you're saying re: Bonus Round and rituals, but... I feel it's too conditional. Many times the mana spent on Bonus Round itself is barely recouped by the copied ritual, and copy effects don't stack with Zada's chained draw spells.
And finally Apex of Power doesn't seem like my cup of tea here. It's already very hard to get to 10 mana in mono-red, and if I do so, generally a draw spell does just as much (or more) than Apex of Power does? It's just a dead card most of the time unless I'd already win.
Thanks for the comment! :)