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Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Urza's Saga Rare

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

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Profet93 on Baral, HIgh Calibur Magic

1 day ago

Regarding your description, I don't understand how kira works with the greaves. Since greaves are on the field and not on the stack, it is a permanent, not a spell, unless I am misunderstanding something.

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Land Equilibrium

Consecrated Sphinx?

Profet93 on Cross counter

1 week ago

Strip Mine to get rid of lands like Cabal Coffers and Gaea's Cradle. Riptide Laboratory to protect talrand and reuse snapcaster. I know you run Back to Basics so you might be hesitant to do, but in my experience, it is very easy to play around. Consecrated Sphinx (or as I call it, Constipated Sphinx because he looks like he has trouble) is great for card draw. Speaking of which, perhaps a Reliquary Tower can help you maintain your card advantage? I mention these lands despite back to basics since your mono colored and have more flexibility with your mana base.

Land Equilibrium is fun (for you anyways)As Foretold is AMAZING!Mystic Remora for card draw?

Feel free to check out my deck Tisk Tisk Talrand since it appears you dont mind being the oppressor of the table

dinosaurzez on Bennie and the Jets

1 week ago


I played Caged Sun for a while, but I didn't like that it was more expensive than any card I wanted to cast. The double mana is nice, but 6 mana is pretty slow and talrand doesn't reallllllly need more than 6 mana anyways.

Academy Ruins is a good idea, although I only have 5 artifacts.

Idk why I'm not playing Consecrated Sphinx, I guess I just never bothered to pick one up, I should definitely find one.

I'm not playing Torrential Gearhulk because he's not a wizard. Also he's $20, I'll snag one if it ever goes down in price.

I've been meaning to test As Foretold, but I'm still not sure if it's that much more efficient than something like say Jace's Sanctum.

I don't think I'm mean enough to play Back to Basics; I'm already winning a good amount of the games I play so I don't think its worth it to draw more unnecessary hate to myself.

Thanks for the comment and the suggestions, I'll be sure to look at your deck and leave some feedback when I find the time.

Profet93 on Bennie and the Jets

1 week ago

Hey I like your deck, +1 from me!

Caged Sun is BEAST in Talrand. Small anthem combined with Double Mana? Yes please! Extra points if Future Sight is on the field :)

Academy Ruins to recur artifacts (Ex: Helm)

Consecrated Sphinx (or as I call him, Constipated Sphinx because he looks really mad as if he can't go #2) is great for card draw to get your combo pieces.

Torrential Gearhulk - Almost like snapcaster

Since those cards have a high CMC and it looks like your curve is low, here are other suggestions...

As Foretold - Counterspells and draw for free EACH TURN! This gets out of hand FAST!

Back to Basics - Punishes those greedy manabases

I don't know your budget so I'll refrain from more expensive suggestions. If you get a chance, please provide some feedback for my deck Tisk Tisk Talrand

goblinguiderevealpls on Grix and Stones, Draw Cards and Break Bones

1 week ago

Some budget land ideas as well as some ideas to support your largely basic landbase, starting with the latter

With Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth and/or a lot of basic swamps in which you already have, Bubbling Muck becomes a powerhouse ritual often outperforming Dark Ritual and Cabal Ritual,

same goes for basic islands and High Tide, easily ramping you to victory at very low $ and mana cost

Alternatively, you could take advantage of basic lands and artifact mana and run things like Price of Progress, Blood Moon, Back to Basics or Contamination to punish the use of nonbasic lands

Some budget yet value non-basics to consider:

Cephalid ColiseumGeier Reach SanitariumArcane LighthouseDesolate LighthouseHalimar DepthsRiptide LaboratoryBuried RuinMirrorpoolOpal PalaceBojuka BogCanyon SloughThespian's StageCrypt of the Eternals

Archwizard on [List - Multiplayer] EDH Generals by Tier

2 weeks ago

BMHKain Since it seems you're interested in building a competitive Jeleva list I'd advise you take a look at the list featured here. reversemermaid's list is an excellent example of well built storm deck. The cards you mentioned EtI, Omniscience, Beacon, and Eye of the Storm don't really see much play in cEDH. Some of them have fringe applications in the format, but they aren't really playable in storm. As for Ruination, you probably won't ever see that played at a competitive table. You'll most likely be more worried about Back to Basics or Blood Moon. Mind's Desire is quite good for what you're trying to do with Jeleva (see featured list for reference). 30 lands doesn't mean you mana starve because in competitive you'll be playing an ample amount of mana rocks and efficient draw. Most cEDH lists run between 28 and 32 lands depending on the deck's strategy. As a sidenote I will add that most of the resources you find will be more geared toward regular EDH deck construction. That being said you should probably start looking at the lists featured here to get a better grasp of the decks you are up against and the power level of competitive Commander.

Dorotheus on And My X

2 weeks ago

If there is one single thing I could use, it's a low-to-the-ground way to deal with enchantments, specifically Rhystic Study, and Back to Basics, and/or Tangle Wire but aside from the one single anti-artifact card in black, I can't think of, or find any others.

muse99 on Baral, Chief of No

2 weeks ago

Oh I see Back to Basics is kind of expensive. The effect is hard to beat in mono-U though.

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