( can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)
When Arcum's Astrolabe enters the battlefield, draw a card.
, : Gain one mana of any colour.
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|Modern Horizons (MH1)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Arcum's Astrolabe Discussion
1 week ago
If you say that the deck is too slow, then I'd speed it up with a few more cantrips and black discard/counters while dropping the phantasms. Since you're running snow lands anyway, throw in a set of Arcum's Astrolabe in place of some lands (2x watery graves and the Urborg, as well as the 1st Phantasm) to dig through your deck faster. They also make Urza better. Many of the modern Urza decks get away with only using 20 lands, and with your vials plus not needing more than 3 lands in play I think you can shave a few. The other 2 phantoms can be Thoughtseizes or counterspells of some sort (Spell Pierce or Swan Song for mana efficiency's sake), or simply Mishra's Baubles for more cantrips and to add artifacts for Urza.
May I ask why Painter's Servant is in the deck? From what I can see, it's just to save a mana when you drop Grand Architect for the win, but do you need it as a 4-of? It may be another possibility if you need to shave something for additional controlling cards. Looks like a sweet list though!
2 weeks ago
I’m going to go out on a limb and say Contamination. I know its not banned in any format, but if it were legal in Modern or Standard I definitely think it would get the ban-hammer. And yes, I know that can be said for lots of other legacy cards, but Contamination is probably the most playgroup banned EDH card I have seen so far. While mana rocks have improved a lot like the expansion of talismans, Arcane Signet, and Arcum's Astrolabe, the card Contamination can still be as harsh as Iona, Shield of Emeria against mono-color EDH decks. And think about it, in practically all 60 card formats this card is effectively a lock your opponent out of the game for three mana card. While it wasn’t nearly as busted when it first came out we’ve had cards like Bitterblossom, Reassembling Skeleton, Bloodghast, and Dreadhorde Invasion get printed which has made its drawback laughable. While I’m all for good two card combos, this one just drags out the game instead of auto-winning, and its incredibly easy to pull off the lock by turn 3 without ramp. My argument is this is a card that is just cruel and its busted just like these other cards, especially the fact it can corrupt your mana to the point you can’t even cast your enchantment removal cards anymore. That’s just top grade evil that cards like Blood Moon and Back to Basics can’t even compete with and those cards are hated enough as it is.
3 weeks ago
you have a lot of pay offs but not many cards that make creatures. from the way your decks built i feel like it what at 4 Lingering Souls and maybe 2-3 in any combination of any of these Elspeth, Sun's Champion, Elspeth, Sun's Nemesis, Elspeth Tirel as these can all spit out a lot of token quickly, without to much hassle and have abilities that care about having lots of creatures, (the also work with Enduring Renewal quite nicely)
i would also be tempted to run a snow basic land base and then add 3-4 of each Dead of Winter and On Thin Ice as a strictly better budget removal suite(also sublime exhilaration isn't modern legal). going snow also means you can run Arcum's Astrolabe as you don't have many 1 drops and they would help fix your mana.
lastly, unfortunately Blood Pet isn't modern legal which kind of kills the combo.
but Hope of Ghirapur would work ok in the slot, especially as it provides some consistent hate for control decks and a sackable 1 drop from the combo (even if it isn't infinite anymore)
if you were determined to keep the combo as is you could splash red for Wild Cantor which is legal, (if you wanted to splash red on a budget then i would definitely run the show packages as it would again increase your mana consistency for fairly little.
1 month ago
That's great to hear, and I REALLY appreciate all the tips. I'm slowly picking up the rest of the pieces and will give the deck a go, for sure!
I'm not sure, but probably mostly for the meme or because they like the art.
In highly competitive play, Snow Basics are probably "strictly better" than normal Basics, because an early Snow-Covered Mountain could make an opp think they're playing Skred, or an early Snow-Covered Forest could make an opp think they're playing an Arcum's Astrolabe deck like Bant Snow Control or 5c Niv-Mizzet, and either may make the opp misplay ... or at least spend mental energy wondering what deck they're on.
Another factor is on MTGO, where they publish every distinct deck that's 5-0'd over a given period, and Wizards has defined "distinct" as at least 20 cards different between lists. So brewers hoping to 5-0 and get their list published will sometimes add Snow-Covered Lands and other random cards in their 75 to make a deck more distinct from others.
I don't honestly see either being an factor with this deck though. It frankly doesn't seem like a great deck for highly competitive play, and it's not like there are a bunch of other Assault Loam decks in the MTGO deck-dumps :-D
1 month ago
I think you would like Gerrard, Weatherlight Hero . Due to his ability, you can do some very cool things, if you're fond of wiping the board, but want to be more aggressive about it. He makes cards like Cataclysm , Razia's Purification , and Scourglass a lot of fun. If you were thinking Jor Kadeem, I've had a copy for a long time and have just never seen the potential, but Gerrard makes much better use of cards like Mishra's Bauble , Urza's Bauble , Ichor Wellspring , and Arcum's Astrolabe for insane card value, along with bigger stuff like Memory Jar and the above-mentioned Scourglass . I'm in the process of collecting cards for a Gerrard deck, and the angle I plan on taking him is Spitemare , Boros Reckoner , Lavabelly Sliver , Truefire Captain , Mogg Fanatic Coalhauler Swine , and Creepy Doll with mass damage effects like Star of Extinction and Blasphemous Act . Throw in some redirection cards like Master Warcraft , Gideon's Sacrifice , Nomads en-Kor , Outrider en-Kor , Shaman en-Kor , and Warrior en-Kor , and you can build a deck that really does uniquely Boros things focused on mass destruction and direct damage.