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Blade of Selves
Artifact — Equipment
Equipped creature has myriad. (Whenever ts creature attacks, for each opponent other than defending player, you may put a token that's a copy of this creature onto the battlefield tapped and attacking that player or a planeswalker he or she controls. Exile the token at the end of combat.)
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Blade of Selves Discussion
4 days ago
ctwizzle Do you mean creatures with myriad? I'm sticking with Wizards, but Blade of Selves could be an interesting way to make tokens. Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker is easier to use repeatedly compared to Saheeli Rai but Saheeli could be useful too.
1 week ago
Oh! A bunch of comments to respond to!
TheRedGoat: Honestly? I wouldn't trust EDHRec as far as I could throw them. I don't have much faith in their advice, haha. But for what it's worth, you may be right about Young Pyromancer, although she's so cheap in terms of mana that (for now) I think she's worth it.
I feel like making a deck that makes a token clone of an opponent's creature, then replicates that token tenfold is reasonably viable? I am running a few goodstuff creatures myself, to clone with Arcane Artisan or what-have-you, but of the cloning options you list, I think God-Pharaoh's Gift is the only one I'm interested in (and even then, 7 mana is pretty steep). I generally don't want to pay the mana costs of my huge creatures if I can avoid it. I have been considering Feldon of the Third Path, but I don't currently have good ways to put stuff into my GY from my hand...Still, I should find space for him. Blade of Selves doesn't create tokens that work with Brudiclad, and Goblin Bombardment has far too small of an effect.
Thank you for your suggestions!
Kishe: Exactly - I've selected effects that create token copies of ANY creature whenever possible, rather than just mine (this is one major change from the original list from Casey4321). The goal is to not steal opponents' creatures, but to clone them and replicate the clone many, many times. I'm trying to handle the inevitable board wipes with counterspells, though, since I am in blue after all haha.
WanderingSpirit: Thank you for your kind words! I considered Dark Depths, but honestly I don't have any ways to make non-legendary copies outside of Helm of the Host unfortunately. Still, now I want to make a deck specifically to abuse that haha.
el_mao: Huh. Why? Both of those kill my entire token horde, while only giving me one large token (which I then cannot replicate).
Thank you all for your help (and +1s)!
1 week ago
Okay, so I did some checking around and found an edhrec article on Brudiclad, and they set some good ground rules for the deck:
Firstly, don't go for too many styles of play. You've got a ton of sources for token creation, and there's no reason to short yourself by being greedy about the kinds you'd like. (by example I feel you have too few spells to trigger Young Pyromancer atm)
Secondly, there is a big difference in going big and going wide as well as versatility and power. All your tokens becoming big and hasty isn't the same as being small with special abilities. (big difference in token beaters and token Eldrazi scions)
I would point out that the article covers only two builds: artifacts or spell slinger. You say you want to emphasize a clone/theft build, but honestly I'm not sure Brudiclad is well suited to that. To my knowledge such a build would rather play Mind Control and Threaten than Goblinslide or Goblin Assault (at least to name the weaker cards I see you running).
I will say that if you want to just run a bunch of random good stuff cards to make tokens of, then you need the following package: Soul Separator, Soul Foundry, God-Pharaoh's Gift, and Back from the Brink. Those cards, plus Mimic Vat and the Feldon in your maybe board, act as a perfect graveyard package for whatever other creatures you want to run. Other "packages" you should look into are ETB copy effects (see Blade of Selves, sacrifice outlets (like Goblin Bombardment for having a mass token hoard), and if you decide to run any tokens that generate mana there's always "x-spells".
Best of luck to you! I can definitely say that I'll be trying out that grave package, but if you get to it first let me know how it plays in your meta! Also as a disclaimer I don't know what running some of these packages will do to the power level of your deck. It may be lower tier, or it may be too OP for your playgroup. Use with caution.
1 week ago
If you're playing with both equipment and tokens, Nazahn, Revered Bladesmith could be good to tutor his hammer and tap blockers. Blade of Selves and Helm of the Host make more copies of a creature, and Bloodforged Battle-Axe makes more copies of itself. Anointed Procession and Parallel Lives give you more tokens. Growing Rites of Itlimoc Flip is great for ramp if you have lots of creatures and tokens.
1 week ago
The storm crow is signed. No cutting that beauty.
The game plan of this deck is to put enough on the table to force a boardwipe, but still be able to rebuild after the boardwipe. And the next boardwipe.
Future Sight isn't so hard to cast. The deck is Bant with a little bit of black. And it's very good card advantage. I don't know what would be better card advantage. It rebuilds after the boardwipe real good. But it is dead in the early game.
Farseek or Sakura Tribe Elder are both net -2 mana for the turn to gain mana the next turn. Skyshroud Claim is also net -2 mana for the turn to gain mana the next turn. Except that it ramps for more. I had Cultivate in its place but the basic lands just weren't cutting it. I'd rather be finding duals.
I thought Spawnwrithe was too cute as well, and then I tried it on a friend's insistence and it took over a few games in short order.
Etherium Sculptor could go. It's definitely worked very well a few times when I've done stuff like Stoneforge Mystic into Blade of Selves. But in general it feels bad once the boardwipe hits. Mentor of the Meek has also been under-performing, to my surprise. It draws cards, but it's expensive to do so. Same with Lifecrafter's Bestiary. I find I skip the card draw option about half the time.
As for Yuriko, there are a lot of creatures which draw me a card when they hit a player. I don't like any of them. They durdle so hard.
You're assessment of Silas Renn is spot-on. I think I want the effect. I tried running more payoff, but I think it was the wrong kind of cards. Stuff like Burnished Hart is super slow and not worth the trouble. Same for other artifact creatures like Filigree Familiar. Maybe I should put Shardless Agent in the deck, but the 3-drop spot is super tight as-is, which is why I excluded it in the first place.
What are good payoff cards for Silas Renn. I found Dispeller's Capsule to be way too costly for the effect. I tried Chromatic Sphere, but I realized I was putting way too much effort into drawing 1 card. If I try to make stuff like Scrap Trawler or Krark-Clan Ironworks work then I need to add way too many artifacts, which dilutes the hatebears too much. The other spellbombs seem borderline unplayable.
Thank you for your comment. It's given me a lot to think about.
1 week ago
KongMing Thank you for your suggestions. Aligned Hedron Network is really a niche card. Could be good against some decks in my group but would be a dead card otherwise. It really depends on your meta but it is not bad. I run Suture Priest in my Trostani deck and it didn't helped much yet. It hasn't prvoked the big life loss or token stop, yet. Mostly it got countered or destroyed right away when someone plays tokens. I'll consider Chord of Calling, but semms a bit too situational at the moment. Blade of Selves is expensive mana wise but could bring an opponent down in a swing. I will test it for sure! Conjurer's Closet reads good, especially with a defender who also has card draw like Wall of Blossoms or Axebane Guardian.
UndeadSpider1990 Thank you for your suggestion, but like HobbyGamer007 said, Myth Unbound isn't that good of a card and reads a lot better than it is. Sadly Command Beacon wasn't reprinted with C18, so it's still expensive and I wan't to keep this deck budget friendly.
2 weeks ago
One other card to consider is Blade of Selves. The Myriad token copies coming in to play should trigger Arcades' draw trigger, not bad if you want to draw some extra cards.
Conjurer's Closet can also re-trigger Arcades's draw and any other ETB effects, and flicker an attacker into a blocker at end step. Edit: On a second look, the closet might be weak for this deck. Very few of your creatures have ETB abilities that can be exploited, essentially all this does for you is give you an untap and a draw trigger at your end step.