|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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|Planechase Anthology (PCA)||Common|
|Planechase 2012 Edition (PC2)||Common|
|Duel Decks: Venser vs. Koth (DDI)||Common|
|2011 Core Set (M11)||Common|
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Creature — Bird
When Augury Owl enters the battlefield, scry 3. (To scry 3, look at the top three cards of your library, then put any number of them on the bottom of your library and the rest on top in any order.)
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Augury Owl Discussion
2 weeks ago
47552 Love the idea, really creative! I have some recommendations for you though. Onto the birds!
First, if your play group doesn't mind un-cards, then Crow Storm is quite good. Other then that, Storm Crow itself, despite the memes, is not a bad card and is great in bird tribal. Murder of Crows is a really good finisher as it will deter board wipes and swing for 4 a turn. Mindshrieker is another good finsher. Swan Song and Essence Scatter are both great bird themed counterspells and Wing Shards is a great bird themed spell. Crookclaw Elder is a good draw engine and Impaler Shrike and/or Thieving Magpie add a good bit of draw. Keeper of the Nine Gales adds some great board control and helps disrupt the tempo of your opponent. Augury Owl gives some nice foresight to what is coming up and allows you to change the order or throw away the cards that are not needed. Finally, while not a 'bird bird', Soulcatcher is awesome at killing the opponent after some sacrifice shenanigans.
I also have some general recommendations for the deck. Firstly, Culling Dais is awesome. It can tap and sacrifice a bird if that bird is destroyed, turning it into another card for later on. It gets even more ridiculous with Thrummingbird increasing counters. Deluge gives all of your birds pseudo-unblockable and Gravitational Shift beefs up your birds while your opponent's ground troops get weaker. Kangee, Aerie Keeper pumps the power and toughness of all your birds while Aven Mimeomancer makes your tokens bigger. Door of Destinies does similar things to Kangee. Tezzeret's Gambit is a nice draw spell that also adds counters. Glory stops damage cold. In this deck Grafted Wargear is better then Barbed Battlegear, despite the synergy with Soulcatchers' Aerie. Cataclysm is an awesome board wipe, especially with Soulcatchers' Aerie. Masako the Humorless is nasty surprise for your opponent, especially with Glory chilling in the graveyard. Finally, with land I recommend using Nimbus Maze and Sejiri Refuge. I also recommend having 20 lands, but if 18 works, by all means, keep using 18.
I hope this helps! If you would like any help with cuts, just ask, I'll be happy to help!
1 month ago
i agree completly xyr0s.... again just currently butt-hurt about my purchase that I should have known better about.... this will go back to being Modern Legal soon after I wipe away my tears.
I'll probably swap out the Brainstorm/Ponder/Preordain with some other cantrip like Opt or Thought Scour....then replace Sensei's Divining Top with... some theoretical blue midrange card/utility devotion enabler... or maybe just Mana Leak or even going back to adding in Augury Owl like AdamChafee suggested...... this deck is almost a thing.... i know Conundrum Sphinx isnt the greatest but im determined to make it work in my playgroup.
1 month ago
I originally had Augury Owl in here but have chosen Omenspeaker for the higher toughness to slow down aggro longer... Like be able to wall out a Goblin Guide rather than just block once. I'm a fan of the owl but I have top deck manipulation for days and feel like I need the meat shields so I can swing with Conundrum Sphinx freely.
1 month ago
Cool deck idea!
1 month ago
@lagotripha those are some great suggestions! I was convinced that Counterbalance was not modern legal when I built this... I was wrong and am definitely going to put it in here and play test it.... I see what you mean about getting 2 for 1ed with Aqueous Form but the idea is to set it and forget it to leave Mana open for counter spells and has the evastion boost... But with Counterbalance in here I think I can go without it.... I feel the same way about Sage of Epityr but the higher toughness is really important to me hence why I chose Omenspeaker over Augury Owl.... Love your tech recommendations too I will look into those ty very much for the input!
2 months ago
Spreading Seas is easy enough to mainboad... possibly just replace Augury Owl...Despite the crazy amount of scry i am hesitant to put in any ETB tapped lands.... when i first started building decks i thought things like Halimar Depths and scry lands like Temple of Epiphany were the best things ever until i realized i was actually losing games from casting that much slower... but i think your right that a single copy of Halimar Depths wouldnt be back breaking and offset replacing Augury Owl with Spreading Seas.
2 months ago
Perhaps a more midrange monoblue, since you already have Thassa, God of the Sea? Kira, Great Glass-Spinner could be a decent addition to protect your creatures. Nimble Obstructionist has never really had a breakthrough in modern, but a single copy could be pretty good. And so on.
Also, if you have to play Sigiled Starfish and other severely underpowered cards to get your draw engine going, I'm not so sure it's a very good engine, since the card advantage you would be gaining is lost to card quality. So, the scrying has to be attached to cards, that are already good (like Condescend). Augury Owl is a 1/1, for 2 mana - it's not really a good card. And your deck is close to collapsing under bad cards if you don't get a Conundrum Sphinx into play pretty fast.
You could also adapt green, mostly for Courser of Kruphix.
3 months ago
Rimefeather Owl is my favorite.
Warden of Evos Isle, Aven Brigadier, Celestial Gatekeeper, Aven Mindcensor, Commander Eesha, Mindshrieker, Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker, Nimble Obstructionist, and Wingmate Roc are other creatures to consider.