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Braid of Fire
Cumulative upkeep-Add (Red) to your mana pool. (At the beginning of your upkeep, put an age counter on this permanent, then sacrifice it unless you pay its upkeep cost for each age counter on it.)
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Braid of Fire Discussion
5 days ago
You can run cards like Fuel for the Cause for proliferating, and if that is too much mana you can run Braid of Fire, Seething Song, or Simian Spirit Guide. And for the mana flexibility, you could use Crumbling Necropolis, Evolving Wilds, Crumbling Vestige, or Holdout Settlement.
6 days ago
Braid of Fire is definitely tempting. Xantcha is an amazing sink for this card. My only concern would be how long the game lasts. Two mana is such a low investment that it might be worth putting into the deck anyways. Also would make a stronger case for Pyrohemia getting added back into the deck too!
As far as Vampiric Link goes, I think you're spot-on with your analysis. I don't think the lifegain offsets the potential of getting 2-for-1'd and once my opponents know that I'm gaining life for every Xantcha activation; they will probably stop doing it. It also would be a nonbo with 3 cards currently in the deck (Sulfuric Vortex, Havoc Festival, and Rampaging Ferocidon). Along the same line of thinking, I considered adding Phyresis into the deck. However, since it would be the only source of infect, she would either need to attack the same enemy twice or have someone pump 15 mana into her activated ability before she (or the enchantment) gets removed. Alternatively there could be a damage doubler on the battlefield, but I think that's bordering on thinking too wishfully.
Adding in Braid of Fire is really tempting but also hard to slot in. As I mentioned in the update section, I'm trying to add more card draw, another boardwipe (Pyrohemia or Chain Reaction?), and a land. You could somewhat make an argument for Braid of Fire being card draw with Xantcha, but that might be stretching it too much. I'm also looking for cuts in the deck so that I can include those categories of cards; but I love every card that's currently in there. Thinking Crown of Doom even though it encourages attacks and potentially turns Xantcha into a 3 turn kill instead of a 5 turn. Let me know what you think!
6 days ago
Tempting to debate finally being a useful sink for Braid of Fire . I'm not sure though.
1 week ago
Aight, the big question- are you an aggro deck that combos out ral zarek? Are you U/R midrange? Are you a control deck that just repeat ults ral and hits with an Invisible Stalker?
At the moment you've got the kind of low cost instants and sorceries that speak to a Stormchaser Mage tribal deck, but the components can be swapped around in that to do a lot of cool things.
You can put together a proleferate list with Thrummingbird/Tezzeret's Gambit/Skyship Plunderer with Cloudfin Raptor,Astral Cornucopia,Braid of Fire and other shenanigans. Ulting planeswalkers every turn is a good way to win.
You could even build a true Fiery Gambit deck where you just pray and flip coins.
Ther big thing is to look at the restof the deck that isn't Ral and decide what the plan to support him is. Is it all counterspells? Multiple mana generating artifacts that abuse his +1? Burn that threatens his -2?
3 weeks ago
For Xantcha, Sleeper Agent run Hero's Blade to make her bigger before giving away control of her. Also run Heartstone since it makes all activated abilities of creatures cost less regardless if you control them or not. Also run Braid of Fire and Thran Turbine since you can use those to draw cards on your upkeep with free mana. Grave Betrayal practically makes her impossible to get rid of. Mana Cache is a way to give your opponents lots of mana to spend on your commander. You can also run cards like Oppression, Bottomless Pit, Necrogen Mists, Stronghold Rats to keep everyone's hands empty so that they'll want to draw more cards. Helm of Awakening is also good, since it makes all spells cost less leaving your opponents more mana to spend on her ability. Also since she has to attack you could also run Vampiric Link to gain life by enchanting your commander or you could just use Exquisite Blood to capitalize on the slugfest that is bound to ensue.
3 weeks ago
Thanks. The problem after adding such things though is; what the crap to cut? Especially since these colors have decent Rummaging, but I dunno about White Draw... I already have decent White Ramp (Besides Kor Cartographer.), but stuff like Mana Geyser is why I would even find more Red Ramp outside the already removed Braid of Fire, which the fact that the mana it produces lasts until the end of Upkeep makes me wonder how stupid I am about that card in the first place...
I'll see what I can fit... But I need cuts desperately; Commander 2018 is coming soon, & I might need a new walker or two; maybe even some support for them...
3 weeks ago
You're trying to do too much with this list - you've combined combo and beats with MLD and general stax, as wel las few "cute" combos which aren't bad but don't need to be here.
I'm not a fan of Teferi's Protection and Apocalypse, Apocalypse only really works with protection and you shouldn't generally need protection as you'll have some of the biggest stuff on board. Braid of Fire, Karmic Justice, Mana Barbs and Personal Sanctuary all feel lackluster as effects.
With all the "play only one spell" cards, I would drop Paradox Engine and Planar Portal - storm feels like the wrong route here. Vedalken Orrery is a wasted card slot. I don't like Staff of Domination here - again, you're trying to do too many things.
Silent Arbiter and Soulbright Flamekin, you don't need either. Kataki, War's Wage wrecks you, really badly. Endbringer feels really expensive. Etali, Primal Storm has a nonbo wit ha bunch of your cards, but is still decent. I'm on the fence about him. I'm not sure how I feel about Defense Grid.
You need a way to give your commander vigilance. It will help with beatdown and so you don't stax yourself out of the game.
1 month ago
Ok, thanks for clarifying that - so Braid of Fire is just for storm decks from what I see...
How is this new version of deck performing? Did you have a chance to test it?