Return up to three target artifacts and/or creatures to their owner's hands.
You may cast a card with converted mana cost 4 or less from your hand without paying its mana cost.
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Baral's Expertise Discussion
7 hours ago
Nice! I can always appreciate a control deck. There are a lot of new tools available with the release of Aether Revolt. Also maybe some from kaladesh you may have missed. I'll throw out some suggestions and I'll try to keep them budget
-Keep in mind Aether Revolt prices will slowly drop over the next couple weeks-
One of the biggest advantages of playing control is always having answers in your hand. You aren't taking advantage of the great card draw spells that are available such as Glimmer of Genius(works great with Baral's Expertise), and Anticipate/Take Inventory.
You are playing a LOT of countermagic mainboard and I think that's where you could swap in card draw. Horribly Awry is the weakest counter, however it would be good in the sideboard. Tightening Coils could be easily swapped for draw spells.
Sorry for the wall of text, I just love brewing and playing control! I will probably double post at some point if I forgot something lol. Good Luck!!
17 hours ago
The only problem with adding too many more artifacts is that I cannot cast them with Inspiring Statuary. I think I would get the most out of casting cards that make clues, but there aren't a lot of them in blue that really seem good. I have looked into Confirm Suspicions, but it is a dead card in your hand if you end up drawing it early.
You're right, the card draw is a little lacking, so I will try to make that work a little better. I like Reverse Engineer, so I'll have to look into what I can do with that.
[Niblis of Frost] is a card I picked because it was cheap enough to be cast with Baral's Expertise and because it could help me to "remove" my opponents creatures that manage to get on the board. I know it isn't much of a wincon, but it should be able to hit for 4 or 5 pretty consistently.
I never thought about Welcome to the Fold, so I'll have to look into how that plays out, but I like the combo.
17 hours ago
I really like Fall of the Titans because if I surge it out off something like a Shock I can get one damage for every mana I tap straight to their face which can be game ending in a pinger deck, wheras Battle at the Bridge is better for catching up to an aggro deck. I am considering cutting the chandras, mostly because its not great to drop it on turn four without a solid defense though if I can untap with her up I feel like she'll do more than Yahenni's Expertise in terms of winning the game. I've been doing a lot of practice hands and with all the extra draws and scrys and low curve I'm not 100% sure i need many more lands. My curve is topping at Baral's Expertise (which is only in for the amazing Fevered Visions synergy and im considering cutting without that many relevant 4 drops besides chandra.)
1 day ago
I was watching someone play this type of deck and they were also playing Baral's Expertise. I think that card is really good because in some scenarios it clears up the board from lethal attackers, or it returns 3 zero drops and plays a free Aetherflux Reservoir. Those are my opinions on the some deck additions.
2 days ago
Seems neat, however our decks are very different because mine is much more controllong than yours. I'd suggest moving thing to the side to make room for multiple baral because he could be insane in a deck like yours. Also, I'd consider Unsubstantiate, Brutal Expulsion, Baral's Expertise and replacing Void Shatter with Disallow. Let me know how it works out!
3 days ago
Zaueski, if you're choosing to go mono-blue you can take great advantage of Engulf the Shore as an instant board wipe that can also be flashed back with Torrential Gearhulk to then use Gearhulk again. Engulf paired with Baral's Expertise could make it very hard for your opponent to keep creatures on the battlefield. Engulf also plays right into what you are trying to do which is counter everything to get value with Baral by bouncing creatures to your opponent's hand so they can be countered.
Mono-blue gives a lot less of good cheap instant removal options which you will need to stop Felidar Guardian and Saheeli Rai combo. Deadlock Trap works for a while until you run out of energy, but only stops Saheeli which can also be bypassed by your opponent by simply playing another Saheeli. Disperse is an option to playtest; it can bounce either and become a more powerful Unsummon with Baral in play.
Good luck with your deck.
3 days ago
I went 3-1 in prerelease with a Sultai control-y deck. It just won by stomping trough with Fen Hauler and Lifecraft Cavalry. Stars were Fen Hauler, cant be chumped by servos is great, Yahenni's Expertise, and Battle at the Bridge. last round i beat a gu with Platinum Angel, foil Torrential Gearhulk, Freejam Regent, Baral's Expertise and Whir of Invention. i lost to this crazy artifact combo deck with Ravenous Intruder, Scrap Trawler, and tons of implements/puzzleknots
4 days ago
Hi there! I think your deck is similar to mine, except I run Tamiyo instead of Gideon. I can't say she's better, but she's very worth a try for all the card draw she gets youu.
I also can't say my deck is better either, I'm also trying to develop it, and you seem to have a fine list.
Things I suggest you try: Baral's Expertise - lets you remove the enemy and drop your planeswalker at the same time. Archangel Avacyn
Flip. Oath of Nissa.
Things I like in your list: Oviya, Stasis Snare, Heart of Kiran, Cryptolith Rites.
Things I don't care for in your list: Solemn Recruit, Torrential Gearhulk. BUT: I'm not sure what creatures would be better choices.