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At the beginning of each end step, if an opponent lost 2 or more life this turn, you may put a quest counter on Bloodchief Ascension. (Damage causes loss of life.)
Whenever a card is put into an opponent's graveyard from anywhere, if Bloodchief Ascension has three or more quest counters on it, you may have that player lose 2 life. If you do, you gain 2 life.
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Bloodchief Ascension Discussion
1 day ago
I love the idea of this deck and Nicol Bolas, the Ravager Flip is my favourite commander to play with! I would strongly suggest you throw in more punishment for discarding, like Bloodchief Ascension or the previously mentioned Liliana's Caress. Creature cards that synergise well here too would be Fell Specter for some more discard punishment and Magus of the Wheel as well as Jace's Archivist to force some bulk discard effects. I have a similar deck to this and have found The Locust God helps out quite a lot when you draw cards to pump out a good wall of chump blockers! Hope this help!
1 week ago
You're right, I'm not sure what you're doing with this deck either. A couple suggestions;
Embrace discard or dragons, I'd recommend Discard, It's more reliable and offers you more advantage. However if you did go with dragons I'd recommend going all in and chucking anything that isn't a Dragon.
For Dragons I'd recommend Lathliss, Dragon Queen, and Demanding Dragon from M19, they are both strong picks and play into a Dragon strategy, shouldn't be too hard to trade for. Also, I know they are a bit pricey, but Herald's Horn, and Vanquisher's Banner The advantage these offer are worth it.
Anyway, good luck with this one, it's a strong foundation, just needs some polish.
1 week ago
I'm just going to toss these out here ("?" means I'm not so sure):
Adventuring Gear ...swing!
Imprison ...reusable control.
Multani's Presence ...hate blue? draw?
Permeating Mass ...my favorite chump!
Shaper's Sanctuary ...draw?
Thrull Parasite ...extort?
Utopia Sprawl ...ramp.
Altar of the Brood ...landfall?
Bloodchief Ascension ...lifegain/wincon.
Curse of Vengeance ...fun?
1 week ago
The Silver-Bordered cards and Bronze Tablet are largely cards I'm including for the fun factor. I like having Un-set cards sideboarded in case the game isn't necessarily too serious, and a bit of spice would make it more interesting. Bronze Tablet is not something I would use with anyone who isn't fine with the whole ante shenanigan. It was in my collection, and fit okay enough, so why not? As you might have noticed, I reworked the deck because I found that the prices were getting out of hand. Mnemonic Betrayal looks amazing, but considering it's a mythic in the most recent set in Standard, I'd like to wait for the mass box openings 'till I pick one up for a better price, or I'll trade my Deathrite for it and Praetor's Grasp. Bloodchief Ascension looks fun, might trade my Mission Briefing for it. I hold Magistrate's Scepter close to my heart because I have the promo version (one of the only two promos I own), and the threatening nature of it means I can divert attention away from my hand and towards the artifact. If I can find justification I'll cut it though. Spellbook is also a cut. Mastermind's Acquisition as well. Glasses of Urza (which I legit thought was an un-set card at first lmao) is useful utility early on but loses purpose after. I'll cut it. I appreciate the help lots!! Do you have any help for creatures? I'm only at 16 and it's kinda growing on me.
1 week ago
Okay, so I finally had some time to come by and take a closer look! First, I suspect you know this, but Crow Storm, Five-Finger Discount, and are silver-bordered and thus not legal in commander. Many playgroups will allow them, though, which is fine if yours lets you. With that being said, Bronze Tablet is beyond banned: it permanently exchanges ownership of a card, an effect that is never ever allowed under any circumstances in modern Magic. I know it's in the sideboard, but it's not even worth having there.
Second, this deck looks a lot better than the first time I stopped by here! It has a tighter focus and more focus on a specific goal: steal if you can, mill if you can't. You're still on a budget, so I'll do my best to keep that in mind. I don't know if you're opposed to infinite combos, but Bloodchief Ascension is great here: just a great card anyway with mill, but doubly awesome when it goes infinite to kill opponents with Mindcrank. Mnemonic Betrayal might be exactly up your alley, as might Lazav, Dimir Mastermind and/or Lazav, the Multifarious. You also could use some more decent draw effects, like Rain of Notions, Read the Bones, etc.
Beyond that, Mastermind's Acquisition doesn't function in EDH unless your playgroup is playing with unusual rules (the second mode just doesn't do anything). My first cuts would be Energy Chamber, Feroz's Ban, Glasses of Urza, Magistrate's Scepter, Spellbook, Mastermind's Acquisition, and Peek. I hope that helps!
2 weeks ago
1 month ago
Heliogabale Thank you for all the suggestions and the comments!
I definitely agree with the lands, after play testing quite a bit I found myself drawing far too many lands and will take the ones you suggested out. Assuming the upcoming pre-release is nice I'll have the better pay 2 life lands, but we'll see.
One of the reasons I opted out of Nicol Bolas, the Ravager Flip was because he is an expensive card. I typically don't like to spend more than 10 dollars on a single card. It may be something I try to trade up for though as I think he is a much more fitting commander than Crosis, the Purger.
I have mixed feelings about Sire Of Insanity just because then I have no cards in hand and would end up top decking just like everyone else. Granted if I draw the true wheels of discard draw 7, I would have something to do, but I find it really slows down the game for me, as well as everyone else except the blue player who will draw 50 cards a turn and do stuff. Again, I could just be playing around it incorrectly. I like the choice of Rackling and I have a Bloodchief Ascension but every time I have played it it usually is just too slow of a card, or as soon as I slap down a Mindcrank (in my Mill deck) one of the pieces gets insta removed. Even a turn one Bloodchief Ascension has failed to ever reach 3 counters. It could just be my meta and how people just get rid of annoying stuff early and then can't deal with stuff later when it doesn't matter as much.
Another question I ask myself (and others) is how many wheels is too many? I honestly haven't found a good number yet and will add those two wheels back in.
I too am not found of tutors, but agree with the assessment that those pieces are somewhat critical to actually doing damage while making people discard. I will probably opt for slower tutors that don't cost $40. Liliana of the Veil and Scourge of the Throne are cards I would like to put in the deck, but again are cost prohibitive for me.
Lastly, oath of scholars is definitely a oops backfire kind of card. The idea was there, but it fell short because I was actually just giving my opponents a hand again.
Thanks again for all the comments!
1 month ago
This is exactly the style of deck I like. I also enjoy pushing the themes to their full extent, looking for unusual wincons and infinite combos are banned in my group.
I believe you have too many lands. I use the formula 40-(Rocks+Fetch+Other Mana sources), which in this case would be around 35. I suggest you lose the Vivids and the Bounce Lands, and add Crypt of the Eternals, Geier Reach Sanitarium and Crosis's Catacombs. If you own them or have budget, you could easily replace the lesser fetch lands (Evolving Wilds, Grixis Panorama, Terramorphic Expanse) with Blood Crypt, Steam Vents and Watery Grave.
If you are not going to use Nicol Bolas, the Ravager Flip as your commander, should he not at least be in the deck? Maybe replace Nicol Bolas, the Deceiver, which is expensive and doesn't do much in here?
I am not usually very fond of tutors, but you really need Megrim or Liliana's Caress (or Bloodchief Ascension) to kickstart, so in this case I would run 2 or 3.
Many of your discard spells, like Cruel Ultimatum are single occurrence, whereas Liliana of the Veil can activate each turn.
Scourge of the Throne is a nice dragon.
If you have one or your group allows proxy, add Chains of Mephistopheles will turn these wheels into double the discard and prevent your opponents from building hands. Note that it affects you as well.
Oath of Scholars may very well backfire; if you are the only one holding cards, you are basically letting your opponent draw 3 each turn. I am not sure what the rationale is for including it.
I hope this inspires you!