Back to Basics


Format Legality
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Leviathan Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Urza's Saga (USG) Rare

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Nonbasic lands don't untap during their controllers' untap steps.

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Back to Basics Discussion

SynergyBuild on Atraxa - +1/+1 counters

2 days ago

Astraxa was the list, it isn't super based on +1/+1 counters, but has cards like Anafenza, the Foremost, Scavenging Ooze, Dovin Baan (the ultimate is insane in stax), Tamiyo, Field Researcher, Teferi, Temporal Archmage, and Luminarch Ascension, all of which use Atraxa's proliferate ability, but her flying is used with fetching out Sword of Feast and Famine, which allows the deck to get around effects like Static Orb, Back to Basics, Winter Orb in the deck, and the list also runs a lot of creature based ramp, so it can get more mana than the opponents, by using effects like Sphere of Resistance, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Glowrider, Vryn Wingmare, Trinisphere, Armageddon, Null Rod, Thorn of Amethyst, Ravages of War, and Stony Silence to shut out all of their mana, and win the game!

Kendis on Stasis ideas

2 days ago

Of course after reading my post I realize that Back to Basics doesn't impact the usefulness of Forsaken City or Reliquary Tower...

Kendis on Stasis ideas

2 days ago

A lot of nice ideas in these posts. I ordered the cards in the deck list and after some real life playtesting I'll consider incorporating your suggestions. Below are a few responses to these posts.

I left out Force of Will to keep the cost down. Same with the various low and zero cost mana artifacts. If I was willing to spend more at this point in time then I would add some of these cards. Perhaps if the original deck list falls flat on its face I'll change my mind.

I also considered As Foretold, however I felt that another 3 CMC enchantment was pushing the boundaries of effectiveness if the deck also includes 4x Frozen AEther (CMC 4).

Back to Basics looks enticing, but even though most of my lands are Basic Islands, the 4x Forsaken City are key for Stasis upkeep. Reliquary Tower is also nice once the lock is in especially if Howling Mine has also come out.

I. Hate. Planeswalkers. I stopped playing Magic around 15 years ago and when I came back to it recently to discover these essentially uber creatures I immediately despised them for breaking the way I feel the game should flow. For this reason I am against including any Planeswalkers.

sylvannos on Stasis ideas

3 days ago

Back to Basics. Will absolutely destroy some decks and is a mainboard option. Since you're mostly basic Islands, you're unaffected and can build a soft lock before committing to Stasis.

I also agree that you probably want Black Vise over Ebony Owl Netsuke.

There's also no reason to not be playing Force of Will in your mono-blue control deck. This will help immensely if your opponent tries to do something tricky, like resolve a Stoneforge Mystic that's going to grab Batterskull or casting Liliana of the Veil.

Jace, the Mind Sculptor can also be a secondary win condition, in addition to making sure you have plenty of cards and bouncing any creatures that manage to sneak in via Aether Vial.

Probably the derpiest card for Stasis is As Foretold. Like, I don't think your opponent can actually win if you resolve both. You will be able to cast Counterspells with impunity, while never having to tap an Island except to pay for Stasis.

Lastly, Meditate, Chrome Mox, and Lotus Petal are all good options. Meditate fills a similar role to Chronatog, but helps you find more answers and threats. Chrome Mox and Lotus Petal allow you to go "SURPRISE, NERDS! Turn 1 Stasis on the draw!" or even turning out an early As Foretold.

Enral on "Gods, Continuum, Even You. All is [[Nix]]."

4 days ago

You should cut cards that do not contribute to the stax strategy or towards winning for cEDH:

Good luck!

SynergyBuild on Workshop Party

1 week ago

Confused at the last of Back to Basics, as it is a great way to shut off everyone's mana base, but I love the deck! +1!

Joelnpc on Nezahal Control

1 week ago

Missing Back to Basics! Best monoblue card ever.

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