Ashnod's Altar


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Ashnod's Altar Discussion

multimedia on Cheap Marchesa, the Black Rose deck

9 hours ago

Hey, you're welcome.

I think the interaction of Sage with Marchesa is alone enough reason to play Sage. Ordinary this would not be the case, but Marchesa is your Commander. You have easy access to her that means you just have to draw Sage. Vedalken AEthermage can tutor for Sage or any other Wizard such as Puppeteer Clique . Sage's ability as a draw engine is also really good, not to be underestimated especially with Ashnods as a sac outlet.

The interaction of Sage and Puppeteer Clique is quite powerful because Clique is a Wizard and has persist; it's another good reason to add Sage. When Clique ETB after dying it gets a -1/-1 counter, but with Sage this counter is canceled out by a +1/+1 counter. With a sac outlet such as Viscera Seer / Ashnod's Altar / Goblin Bombardment this interaction is an infinite sacrifice loop because Clique never ends up with a -1/-1 counter. As well as stealing all your opponents creatures in graveyards, attacking with them for the turn and then exiling them EOT. Sage + Clique + Viscera Seer is infinite scry as well as an infinite sac loop. Sage + Clique + Ashnod's Altar is an infinite colorless mana combo as well as an infinite sac loop. Sage + Clique + Goblin Bombardment is a game winning combo resulting in infinite damage to each opponent.

If you add Marchesa to the Sage + Clique + Ashnods/Viscera interaction then you permanently steal your opponents creatures from graveyards who get a +1/+1 counter after attacking for the turn. As long as you sac those creatures who have a +1/+1 counter on them before the EOT. They die, but come back onto the battlefield under your control thanks to Marchesa. These creatures changed zones, this creates a new instance of each creature therefore they will not be exiled EOT from Clique. If you add Zulaport Cutthroat then just like Bombardment you make all your opponents lose infinite life and you gain infinite life because of the infinite sac loop.

Trophy Mage can only tutor for an artifact that has a CMC of 3. Only Lantern and Ashnods currently here. You could add other 3 CMC artifact such as Commander's Sphere , etc., but honestly Trophy is still good with only having two possible targets because those two targets are really good cards for your deck. Trophy can just be sac fodder if you don't have an artifact to search for, she already did her job.

I would play the Signets along with the Talismans :) You're right to play Talismans before you play Signets, but Signets are still good mana rocks. Marchesa is a four drop this makes her a prime creature for two or less CMC mana rocks to be able to ramp and play her turn three.

Cloudchaser.Kestrel on The Locust Storm Cometh

1 day ago

Glad you like it :)

Lying in bed last night I had the realization that you already have a version of the combo I was talking about with Skullclamp + The Locust God + Ashnod's Altar for infinite creatures, card draw, and mana. I wonder if some trinket mage kinds of effects might be worth putting in? Inventors' Fair Artificer's Intuition Hoarding Dragon etc.

Dead213End on Inalla listens to Wheel Smith

1 day ago

Bloodline Necromancer + Ashnod's Altar + Phyrexian Altar is not infinite by itself just for other to know. I think you're using Lifeline for the combo too. That also requires all your spells having flash. Which I think is why you have Leyline of Anticipation .

snowfox54119 on Grenzo, Dungeon Warden - The Slot Machine of Value

2 days ago

Hey Kayoz, there's a two primary reasons I've left it out of the list:

  1. It's effect isn't terribly powerful. We already have token generators off of Pitiless Plunderer and Pawn of Ulamog and their tokens translate directly into mana for more flips. So you need Ashnod's Altar to make the Desecrated Tomb good, and even then, I'd rather just get one of the previous two creatures I mentioned instead.

  2. It's a noncreature artifact. So including it has the chance of messing up flips more and since the effect isn't all that powerful in and of itself (as described above) it's not worth muddying the waters for.

SynergyBuild on The Deckwatch [Home Base]

2 days ago

Other cards in white that deal damage to you are rare, but some colorless cards exist for the job, here all of the ones that come to mind:

The white part of the Odyssey utility threshold lands: Nomad Stadium

Grand Coliseum and City of Brass

Mana Vault and Mana Crypt are even better than usual here!

Staff of Nin xDD to deal damage to you!

Ankh of Mishra would be amazing!

Off of that staff one I though of Blasting Station ... there is some infinite combo there, right?

Jinxed Idol might not be so jinxed after all!

Ancient Tomb is amazing as well.

That is all I have for that... now for some finishers once you have the life/token engine going!

Well of Lost Dreams / Mentor of the Meek ? They would do a fair amount of work in terms of drawing.

Felidar Sovereign / Archangel of Thune - normal lifegain shenanigans.

Jazal Goldmane / Cathars' Crusade / Coat of Arms / Mirror Entity / Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite - normal token shenanigans.

Anointed Procession for more fun?

Divine Visitation too...

Ashnod's Altar / Phyrexian Altar would be good value

Slate of Ancestry on that note.

That's all I got... other than random anthem effects like Dictate of Heliod , but that would be too weak IMO.

griffstick on Secret Tech you have found!

3 days ago

I've really been into pauper edh recently and I found a combo to make infinite mana with having Sigil Captain as the cmdr in play, with Ashnod's Altar (its a common in Chronicles) in play, with Safehold Elite in play. Sacrifice Safehold Elite to the altar, it comes back with a -1/-1 counter on it but gets 2 +1/+1 counters because Sigil Captain . Making infinite colorless mana

In a game where I was up against a Zndrsplt, Eye of Wisdom and Okaun, Eye of Chaos deck I lost to a combo I have never seen befor. He put Assault Suit on his Zndrsplt, then played Frenetic Efreet . Passed his turn, gave me his Zndrsplt. Then put 150 coin flip activations on the stack forcing me to draw my whole deck

Barito on Threnody for the Victims of Dementia

3 days ago

Hey Lil_Kalki, thanks so much for commenting on my post! Your suggestions (and this deck) have given me some new ideas for cards to try out in my version of Chainer. If there is anything I would suggest for this deck it is Bog Initiate . I know on the surface this card seems fairly meh, but my experience with it is that it really helps win games. There are plenty of colorless mana producers in this deck and sometimes you want more black mana to repeat combo with Kokusho for example. Ashnod's Altar + Bog Initiate is a great example of its potential. In this case it now only costs 1 black mana each time you want to bring out any creature.

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Ashnod's Altar occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.17%

Black: 0.65%

Red: 0.37%

White: 0.26%

Golgari: 0.6%

Rakdos: 0.4%

W/B (Orzhov): 1.18%

BGW (Abzan, Junk): 2.7%

U/B/R (Grixis): 0.49%