, : Tap target creature you control and target creature of an opponent's choice he or she controls. Those creatures fight each other. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.)
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|Time Spiral "Timeshifted" (TSB)||Rare|
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1 day ago
Arena might be a good addition and tutor-able
1 month ago
enpc I understand that was your intention, but that seems to be from a standpoint that you want to lower the CMC. My point is that the creature itself would be more whole, if you kept it expensive but viable by itself without necessarily needing additional help, unlike a 2/2 trampler. It reminds me of a similar issue with Spawnwrithe. Spawnwrithe is often too small, even in Commander pre-cons to actually be able to function and do what it wants to do. Then it just ends up being irrelevant all together.
If you consider the Magus creatures, they are often costed and stat'ed to match what they intend to do and how their counterpart functions. Magus of the Bazaar is low stat'ed and cheap to cast because its main function is a creature-version of the Bazaar of Baghdad, so it doesn't need high stats as it needs to be used early and readily. It's not there for combat, it's there for the active ability. You want it early.
In difference to Magus of the Coffers who mirrors Cabal Coffers. Here the Magus is higher stat'ed and more costly, despite the counterpart is also a land. The Cabal Coffers is usually used as a late-game tool to explode some mana advantage, and the creature reflects that.
Magus of the Arena is also a very expensive creature, that is better stat'ed to better go with the fight-ability of it's counterpart Arena. If the Magus was weak, it would need help to function - on top of being a creature, whereas Arena is a land with no further inherent cost and is much better protected than a creature.
Magus of the Mind has the CMC of its counterpart Mind's Desire but also a more fair stat'ed body with a cheap activation to get the actual spell - in many ways it is better positioned to function than Mind's Desire itself, as it is very mana cheap the turn you break it, which opens up mana to cast spells to grant its active good value. The downside is that it is a creature and has summoning sickness, so opponents can deal with it or plan accordingly.
Magus of the Balance is the most different as it carries the CMC of its counterpart Balance, but with a heavier activation cost on the ability. And all the Maguses who mirrors a sorcery can still go off at instant speed, despite WotC's ability to limit it, and without adding to the cost of the active ability compared to the cost of the original counterpart. Granted Balance is also banned in all formats and restricted in Vintage, so it speaks more volume to the wrong costing and effect of Balance than the Magus itself being an outlier.
2 months ago
I mean, there is literally cards with Fight causing as an activated ability.
6 months ago
Thank you for the input, 7H30F7.
I was torn about which Lili to use. Reason for no Lili of the Veil is because I don't have any cards I want to discard so I wouldn't be getting any advantage from her plus 1. I also just flat out really like how Lili the Last Hope has been performing in modern and thought it would be a useful way to get a Gary or an Obliterator back from the GY if needed. No Nykthos because I don't have any mana dumps for it (other than dread shade?) and I need my black sources early game at all costs.
Kitesail Freebooter is also a very good idea, I'll probably drop 2 Gatekeeper of Malakir for 2 Booters. Good call. Dark Confidant has not been fantastic in modern for a while I feel, plus getting plenty of card advantage from Phyrexian Arena already (especially with 4 now in the MB).
Thanks again for the well thought out suggestions, I'll be sure to post how it performs at my LGS.
6 months ago
I would also consider bumping up to 4 Phyrexian Arena and taking out the Dread Shade . I've found card advantage to be really useful, though this might not be the case in modern as I haven't played Black Devotion against many meta modern decks.
on Gruul Hydras
6 months ago
NinetyFish thank you for the compliment.
yea i don't know last fnm was the only time i used Arena there probably isn't any room for a non mana producing land in modern ha. Basically i was hoping the ramp in the deck would be enough, and added it for nostalgic reasons, but it could be removed.
6 months ago
Really sweet, really creative deck! I'd be really excited to play against this deck. That singleton Arena worries me a bit; is there room in modern for a non-mana producing land?
I'd also personally be really interested in adding another Blood Moon to hate out Tron and greedy manabases, but I have no idea what I would cut for it.