Enchantment — Aura
Enchanted creature can't be blocked.
Whenever enchanted creature attacks, scry 1.
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Aqueous Form Discussion
1 week ago
Most of my experience with infect comes from playing simic, but I have played the mechanic in all 5 colors. In terms of power, green is the most effective color to play by a very VERY large margin. You get access to the best infect creature in Glistener Elf (along with the slower and safer option of Blight Mamba), you get trample sources to push through damage with Ichorclaw Myr such as Rancor, Predator's Strike, and Larger Than Life, you get protection bundled with buffs in the form of Vines of Vastwood, Ranger's Guile, and Blossoming Defense, and you get the largest pool of very strong power boosts in the form of Mutagenic Growth, Invigorate, Scale Up, Might of Old Krosa, Berserk, Become Immense, Groundswell, Phytoburst, Noble Hierarch, and Pendelhaven. Since infect is an all-or-nothing sort of archetype, even when running the less aggressive versions, the most important characteristics that you need are speed, protection, and evasion. Green offers two of those things in spades but can struggle with evasion. This is why blue is generally considered the next best color to run. You get the insane threat of Blighted Agent, unblockable buffs with Distortion Strike and Aqueous Form, and protection from spells via Spell Pierce, Dispel, Turn Aside, and the odd Spellskite. Black is the next best. Plague Stinger's flying isn't as good as the unblockable on a Blighted Agent but it's still very powerful evasion as illustrated by the ubiquity of Inkmoth Nexus in every non-budget infect list ever made. Black also nets useful control tools like Thoughtseize, Inquisition of Kozilek, Fatal Push, Dismember, and Assassin's Trophy. White was considered the worst infect color for a very long time since its best option (Apostle's Blessing) can be used in any deck, but the recent introduction of Giver of Runes has breathed some life back into the color. Additionally, I've seen a lot of equipment lists popping up that use Colossus Hammer, Kor Duelist, Sigarda's Aid, and Kor Outfitter to see some success. Unfortunately, that leaves red as the current worst color to run in infect. It has some decent buffs but they pale in comparison to green's offerings. The result is that most red infect decks rely on gimmicks like using Razor Swine's first strike to wither enemy creatures, generating infinite mana to pump into an unblocked Ogre Menial, or putting Phyresis on something like a Spikeshot Elder to bypass combat altogether. Your instant tricks definitely fall in this category. That's not necessarily a bad thing though. If your meta is casual enough, red should still work and it will be much more interesting to play with / fun to play against than a more traditional deck. How competitive you want to be is always up to you.
To answer your specific questions, I would probably start by cutting a few creatures. Most lists run about 12 infect sources (and that's including a playset of Inkmoth Nexus). With Hand of the Praetors on your top end, running 16-20 isn't that unreasonable, at least as long as all of them are good. Infect creatures usually become "bad" when they cost more than 2. That's why I wouldn't usually recommend running Ichor Rats or Septic Rats. Both Necropede and Plague Myr are perfectly acceptable inclusions with very similar power levels. They'll rarely be better than Plague Stinger or Ichorclaw Myr but that's okay if you just want more guys to play. As for Vector Asp, it's honestly a pretty bad choice in most circumstances. While you usually won't need to activate it more than 2 or 3 times to win the game, that mana would be better spent elsewhere, and it doesn't even trigger the Hand. However, given the choice of it and a 3-drop, I'd probably take the snake, especially since it would be your only proactive play on turn 1 (barring the inclusion of Glistener Elf or Inkmoths). Better though would just be to run neither and invest in more buff spells to assist in combat and trigger Livewire Lash. I do like the idea of those spells having cycling in theory, but in practice, the mana needed to cycle can short you of the resources needed to close out the game. Plus, cycling spells tend to cost more to account for the added ability. Cycling lands on the other hand should be fine as long as they come in untapped, although it looks like that only describes Ash Barrens and Blasted Landscape. Just like with creatures, I wouldn't run any spells that cost more than 2 unless they can win you the game like Soul's Fire can. This will also allow you to run 20 lands or fewer, opening up even more slots for gas. I apologize if I'm repeating myself about the low-cost-high-speed thing but that is basically the reason the infect mechanic exists. If you prefer a slow and more controlling style, Rakdos wither built around Necroskitter is a fun option that has some overlap with infect.
1 week ago
Yes, you die to crab commander damage. :(
Like the crab, and the deck. :^)
1 week ago
I'd also recommend swapping out Nyx Lotus and Gilded Lotus for different rocks. It costs 4 mana to cast AND comes in tapped AND you aren't even guaranteed to get value out of it. It all depends on whether or not you're having a good game. You could play this turn 4, not get to use it til turn 5 since it's tapped, AND still maybe only get 1 or 2 mana out of it. Oh, and because of its high cost it's going to be a juicy target for removal. If it gets blown up you basically just skipped a turn. Gilded Lotus is similarly a large target for removal, it's slow, and if it gets destroyed it isn't quite like skipping a turn since you get 3 out of it immediately, but it's still a setback. Everflowing Chalice and Fellwar Stone would each be pretty nice replacements.
I like your deck! Big crab is gonna be fun to see in action. Hope this helps. :^)
1 month ago
AultimusPrime the best thing ino is to run Tuvasa the Sunlit as the commander and go full on ham with the enchantresses like Eidolon of Blossoms, Mesa Enchantress, Setessan Champion, Verduran Enchantress. Also maybe Aqueous Form, as many of the og theros gods as you can, Spirit Mantle, Sigil of the Empty Throne, Luminarch Ascension, Courser of Kruphix, Dryad of the Ilysian Grove Aura Shards Idyllic Tutor. With a deck like this you want to ramp hard, draw a metric ton of cards, and seeing through with big evasive creatures. I just don't think estrid herself is fast enough to stop your opponents from going off, and without enough card draw you become vulnerable to wipes. Not trying to criticize your deck in any way though, just providing some constructive criticism. v
1 month ago
1 month ago
Hi, I also have a competitive Tatyova list and I was just wondering how this deck wins. Sure you get the infinite combo but then do nothing with the infinite mana (the only thing you could do is Capsize everyone else's board but that is not winning). You are also missing probably the best land you could play: Mystic Sanctuary. In my opinion, you also do not need any of the mana dorks because you are already playing 38 lands and plenty and I mean PLENTY of land tutors you really don't need all of the dorks.
For the infinite combo pay off there are a few different ways you could go. The safest way is to mill all of your opponents by infinitely looping Compulsive Research or Deep Analysis which early also doubly as good cantrips.
Then there is the more casual friendly way by making and infinitely large Ivy Elemental or something similar then slap a Rancor or Aqueous Form on it and kill one player at a time. An alternative way of doing this is with Adventuring Gear on Tatyova (or any other creature) and then with infinite mana flicker, a land and an Archaeomancer to get infinite landfall triggers. Then with evasion, you can nock others out.
On last thing. Tidal Bore + Mystic Sanctuary + Sakura-Tribe Scout + Tatyova, Benthic Druid = Infinite blue mana + infinite life + infinite land fall triggers (as a side note you do need three other islands for mystic to work)
1 month ago
1 month ago
Nice deck! I'd like to just make a few suggestions from my experience playing Ruhan. I won't suggest too many card worth more than $2 since you're on a budget, but I'll start out with a couple that I think would be pretty good additions. Two of the most important things I find when playing Ruhan is to get him out and attacking as soon as possible and also keeping him protected from removal. Therefore, Lightning Greaves and Swiftfoot Boots are pretty invaluable.
I also think you could utilize a couple more ways to make Ruhan unblockable. Cards like Spirit Mantle, Holy Mantle, Aqueous Form, and Whispersilk Cloak all fit the bill and provide some additional utility.
Lastly, I'd like to talk about Sunforger. I'm just putting a Sunforger package into my Ruhan deck and after doing some research I think there's a few cards you could consider swapping out. First, the counterspells. If you swap in Dovin's Veto for Negate, Render Silent for Cancel, and Counterflux for Rewind, you can have a counterspell that can be cast by Sunforger for almost any situation. Absorb and Izzet Charm could also do the trick. There's also a few protective spells that you could swap in. Valorous Stance works great as a way to save Ruhan from removal or remove a big threat from an opponent's side of the board. Eerie Interlude can protect all of your creatures from a board wipe. And to wrap things up, Steam Augury does a nice imitation of Fact or Fiction that can be cast off of Sunforger as well. I would trade it in for Thought Scour or Read the Runes.