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Ash Barrens Discussion
1 week ago
11 Cuts from the original list: Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, Esper Panorama, Ash Barrens, 1x Plains, Altar of Dementia, Chromatic Lantern, Entomb, Nim Deathmantle, Panharmonicon, Recruiter of the Guard, Tithe,
11 Includes: Swords to Plowshares, Inspiring Vantage, Rogue's Passage, Homeward Path, Aerial Responder, Mother of Runes, Serra Ascendant, Stoneforge Mystic, Basilisk Collar, Darksteel Plate, Champion's Helm
1 week ago
This deck looks very well tuned and cool! Maybe you could improve your mana base a little by replacing a couple of basic lands with City of Brass, Mana Confluence, Reflecting Pool, Tarnished Citadel, Ash Barrens and Abundant Growth. Since your deck is fairly aggressive, your life total isn't a big factor and you can afford to run a couple of lands that hurt you, as long as they guarantee your mana works out.
1 week ago
For card draw, Rhystic Study is an EDH classic. In my budget Shu Yun deck, I'm using Mystic Remora, Desolate Lighthouse, Key to the City, and Jori En, Ruin Diver, and for other types of card advantage, I'm using Mind's Desire, Past in Flames, Charmbreaker Devils, Narset, Enlightened Master, Elite Arcanist, and Kaho, Minamo Historian.
For making your mana base more reliable, try replacing your basic lands with more lands that can produce or fetch a land that can produce any of the three colors in the deck. My suggestion would be to include Command Tower and some of the following: Mystic Monastery, Terramorphic Expanse, Ash Barrens, Vivid Creek, Vivid Crag, Vivid Meadow, Myriad Landscape, Grand Coliseum, Exotic Orchard, City of Brass, Forbidden Orchard, Meteor Crater, Thran Quarry.
2 weeks ago
So, my usual disclaimer: I don't make suggestions with regard to budget (unless specifically asked), since everyone's different. Some of my suggestions may be a bit pricey, and that's fine.
I like that you're running the Panorama's as alternative fetches. I'd suggest Jund Panorama over Bant Panorama, as it fetches both land types you've got rather than just one.
I'd also suggest replacing Crumbling Vestige with Ash Barrens, so that if you need the colored mana, you can go get a land that'll produce it permanently.
It's telling me you've already considered Tranquil Thicket and Forgotten Cave, but you should definitely think again. They play very well with your Life from the Loam.
For the most part though, I like the land base. Not usually a fan of the bounce lands, but they synergize well with your commander.
I'd also try to add Splendid Reclamation, both as insurance against that one jerk running mass land destruction, or against mill, and as a way to get back fetches for extra uses.
Skyshroud Claim is wonderful - gets two forest cards (duals count!), and puts them in untapped!
Blasphemous Act is a nice panic button to have access to, just in case things don't go your way.
I'd probably cut Sylvan Scrying (the only land worth searching for is Kessig Wolf Run) and Bramblecrush (I know you're looking for removal, but there's just better options, some that you've already got in the deck). I might also swap out Hunter's Prowess for Harmonize.
It's in your maybeboard, but if you're looking for removal, it doesn't get better than Song of the Dryads.
Asceticism is fantastic protection, while also giving you a way to attack more aggressively since you can regenerate your creatures if they're blocked unfavorably.
Gruul War chant is... okay. Your creatures can all get trample anyway, what do you care who's blocking? Same goes for Retreat to Valakut, to a lesser extent.
I like what you're running. Chaos Warp is in your maybeboard, and should just go it.
Krosan Grip is fantastic removal, can't be countered or even responded to.
Nissa, Worldwaker is probably the best walker you could be running.
Garruk, Caller of Beasts is pretty sweet too.
Really, most walkers named Nissa or Garruk are worth looking at. You don't want OG Nissa Revane, or the black Garruks, but otherwise they could all be good. I'm not a fan of Xenagos, he doesn't really do much. Makes mana, which you've got plenty of, makes a blocker, if you get his ult off its kind of lackluster.
3 weeks ago
Akroma, Angel of Fury appears to be listed twice in the deck list.
You mention duel commander, Duelcommander Banlist?
I think the new Ash Barrens is better than the Evolving Wilds because it has the potential of entering untapped, however, can tap a land to make it the color you need as well similar to the Evolving Wilds
4 weeks ago
Evolving Wilds and Jungle Hollow seem suboptimal here, tapped lands don't work well with the high number of cheap spells you are running. Why not run City of Brass and Mana Confluence instead? Even Ash Barrens is superior to Evolving Wilds. Similarly, Skyshroud Claim is a lot better than Explosive Vegetation since it gives you untapped lands.
I am no expert on Glissa, but aren't there some decent cheap artifact cantrips? Mishra's Bauble, Urza's Bauble, Chromatic Star and Chromatic Sphere all seem like good ways to ensure you get value out of your commander.
With all the great lands you are running, an extra tutor or two might be worthwile: Sylvan Scrying, Crop Rotation or Reap and Sow (which i like more than Tempt with Discovery anyway, you just have more control over the outcome).
The recently printed Scrap Trawler and Noxious Gearhulk would probably work fine in your deck, maybe you want to give them a try.
1 month ago
You should decide on a mid-range game plan too, Kaalia of the Vast draws hate, if she's being controlled need a game plan or combo. Some common ones I've seen are Crucible of Worlds good with your Armageddon (and others), Worldgorger Dragon is one of my favorites but scares me personally works with your Angel of Despair (and others), Sword of Feast and Famine + Hellkite Charger or Aggravated Assault (OLD SCHOOL), or the one I play and have been trying to refine Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker. Just gives some options for mid-game if Kaalia of the Vast strategy isn't working.
Butcher of the Horde didn't work for me, he might work for you, I was trying to abuse his sacrifice. At CMC 4 5/4 he ok, but read your list of 30 creatures and tell me how many you're going to sacrifice to him. Protects them from theft, I suppose, but too situational for me.
Stormbreath Dragon feels a bit too expensive at CMC 5 for a 4/4. But I really actually like that dragon. Personally I woudl run a Rakdos the Defiler or Thundermaw Hellkite or even a Platinum Angel or Kokusho, the Evening Star, ok theres a few! But he looks cool and like the Protection: .
I detest Tariel, Reckoner of Souls, his randomness has burnt me too many times for a tiny 4 power for CMC 7. Very much dislike him lol.
I find my Lightning Greaves critical to my deck, so I run Steelshaper's Gift, I know it's not popular, but I recommend it, never been unhappy pulling it. Idyllic Tutor can be more modular, but for CMC 3.
1 month ago
If you do add more cycling, definitely Fluctuator.