Back to Basics


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ultimate Masters (UMA) Rare
Urza's Saga (USG) Rare

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

Back to Basics Discussion

SideBae on Yarok, but I'm Paper

19 hours ago

I mean, I'm surprised no one mentioned any cantrips yet... Ponder and Preordain are pretty easily two of the best cards in EDH (there's a reason they're banned in Modern), so I think you should stick them in there. multimedia's suggestion of a Flash line is a good plan, and adding the cantrips can help you find it (or whatever combo). Since you're not running fetchlands, I don't think Brainstorm is a good idea. If you do run things like Polluted Delta , it gets REALLY good.

I would also like to point out that, being as creature heavy as you are, you may have trouble with boardwipes. I think you should consider backup cards, like Living Death or Heroic Intervention , since they'll let you survive if you get hit with a Toxic Deluge or Supreme Verdict .

I like that you're running Deathrite Shaman and Birds of Paradise , but you should run some other dorks as well. Arbor Elf is good, especially with duals like your Overgrown Tomb . I'm also a big fan of Elves of Deep Shadow or the classical-era Fyndhorn Elves / Llanowar Elves / Elvish Mystic . Running dorks gets your general down that much faster, meaning your deck overall becomes exponentially more powerful.

If you run the dorks, you can cut cards like Chromatic Lantern in order to make Collector Ouphe viable. Collector Ouphe is a brutal card, especially since you can find it off of your Green Sun's Zenith .

You're running a lot of basics for a tri-color deck without Back to Basics or Blood Moon . There're some cards you may want to look into, like Mana Confluence , City of Brass , Reflecting Pool ... These'll smooth out your mana nicely.

Efficient counterspells can help protect your general and slow down your opponents. I suggest considering some of the following: Spell Snare , Spell Pierce , Delay , Dispel , Swan Song , Veil of Summer , Narset's Reversal or even Mental Misstep , depending upon your meta.

triproberts12 on niv-mizzet first EDH deck

2 days ago

My first thought was that you clearly know how to build a deck, and my second was that some of the choices are a bit subpar, which is to be expected when filling 99-slots, rather than the 10ish cards you'd select for a 60-card deck. I would lose low-impact cards like Spellbook, The Royal Scions, and Sentinel Tower. Thought Vessel , Dack Fayden , and a 36th land are the first 3 swaps I would make. If you're building on a budget versus friends who have the budget for better manabases, take advantage of that with Blood Moon , Ruination , and Back to Basics . If not, then I would use Niv-Mizzet, Parun as the commander and shore up the manabase. Also, no Ophidian Eye and Curiosity ? Finally, take a look at the EDHREC page for Niv. It's really the best tool for building EDH decks. I'd also check out Saffron Olive's 3 Biggest Commmander Deck Building Mistakes.

Corn_King_ on NMP Control Budget cEDH 500

2 weeks ago

I like the deck a lot after playing a few games with it. A few suggestions--Why is Misdirection in the deck? A better card would be Stifle . So often Misdirection is just a dead card. Also, various nonbasic lands are nice, but I played with all basics, and I found it worked just fine. 20 islands and 17 mountains were good. Since we're not playing Hermit Druid , there's little reason not to use them, especially with Blood Moon and Back to Basics in the deck.

LVL_666 on multimedia

3 weeks ago

Hello again great mentor - I made an update to my Sliver Queen deck, and somehow lost all of the "show" and "hide" buttons in the accordion menu. I have no idea how I made that mistake...and am just facerolling on the keyboard. I'd appreciate any sort of assistance you could provide...but i'm wondering what did I delete? Warning: this is alot of code.

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Vlasiax on ₣₳₦₲ɆĐ ₮ⱧⱤɆ₳₮₴ (ⱧɎ₱ɆⱤ ₳₲₲ⱤɆ₴₴łVɆ V₳₥₱łⱤɆ₴)

3 weeks ago

Also I'd cut fastlands in favor of more basics so you won't get hosed that much by Back to Basics effects. I personally started with mono-B core, which means lots of Swamps . Then I gradually replaced basics with duals that come into play untapped most of the time (ABUR duals are too expensive for me :/) while also providing . Thanks to this your checklands will be more justified as they'll come untapped more often.

Sanguinolency on Hulk Inc. Kenrith cEDH (Budget)

3 weeks ago

Deathstroke2791 people do play Back to Basics in my play group, however due to how tuned our decks are, it's not a show stopper. It is mildly irritating at best and its only expected in Urza or other high powered mono blue decks in the cEDH meta and I am running more than enough ramp/counters/removal to get around a Back to Basics. The deck's average cmc is 1.73 and doesn't have a problem when starved of mana through things like Winter Orb , Tangle Wire , Smokestack , or what have you. It seems odd, but most 4 and 5 color decks in the cEDH meta are running few to no basics, maybe one or two depending on the color pie of the deck. I need the support of mana that can tap for at least one of two colors and does not come in tapped for the deck to run smoothly, so having all non basic lands is the way to go. Thanks for the insight! Also, if I were to run any basic lands, it would only be one of each color at max. A lot of cEDH decks are set up for Consult/Pact lines so they can't run multiple of a single card. This deck can also support a Tainted Pact win line, but its not currently in the deck because flash//hulk is more resilient and strong.

Deathstroke2791 on Hulk Inc. Kenrith cEDH (Budget)

3 weeks ago

Do you not have to deal with Back to Basics in your playgroup? I would at least have 2-3 of each basic, unless you know you won't have to deal wit it.

match_lighter on cor Sliver matey

1 month ago

To start with, your deck is false. Secondly I would remove Brood Sliver for Magus of the Moon to help with your prison strategy, Remove Crystalline Sliver for Blood Moon , Harmonic Sliver for Back to Basics , and lastly remove The First Sliver for Hazoret the Fervent . I would also look to add more sweepers, counterspells and lands.

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Back to Basics occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.29%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Blue: 0.38%