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3 days ago
Sounds like a plan, only I'm worried the combo won't work without a "draw for x" spell such as Prosperity, Braingeyser, or Stroke of Genius. If I'm playing white, Enlightened Tutor becomes an appealing option to grab Cadaverous Bloom.
1 week ago
So, Fb would be counted in the 2-11 slots and Bg would be in the 3-6 slots. Decks playing Bg will want a chance to be able to use at least one of those cards before their next turn, whereas the FB caster will probably be tapping out for it.
1 week ago
3 weeks ago
You and I are cut from a very similar cloth brother. Although Ashnod's Altar is also a house without abusing the Skullclamp. Sometimes you just need to fuel a giant Braingeyser to mill your opponent's out.
Nuerok Stealthsuit is some spicy tech, I like it.
1 month ago
Hope you don't mind some suggestions from ya boi Owen. I've looked thoroughly through your list and have some ideas to propose to you. Totally up to you whether or not to use these cards (I won't be offended either way- at the end of the day this still looks like a solid, fun list!). But here are some suggestions:
Replace some of the counterspells: I've noticed you've put a lot of counters in here. This is good- make sure people can't achieve their wincons. But 19 might be a little too much- mono blue can work very effectively with just 10 counterspells (especially with the draw and topdeck manipulation you will be able to achieve with this deck). Here are in my opinion the top ten best budget counterspells: Arcane Denial, Swan Song, Counterspell, Mana Leak, Foil, Pact of Negation, Summary Dismissal, Disallow, Muddle the Mixture, Condescend. And of course you have access to Mana Drain which could easily replace any counter out of the ones I just listed. Even if you want to stay at 19 counters, I would highly recommend taking out Annul, Ceremonious Rejection, Essence Scatter, and Spell Shrivel to put in cards like Swan Song, Arcane Denial, and Foil.
Draw Spells: You've got good stuff in here like Pull from Tomorrow and Stroke of Genius, but sometimes paying X every time you want to draw cards can be a bit too much (especially when you are trying to cast high cost Sphinxes). I'd recommend removing Stroke of Genius, Fact or Fiction, and Fortune's Favor to put in Frantic Search, Dig Through Time, and Paradoxical Outcome. Frantic Search lets you untap lands, Dig Through Time is just too good, and Paradoxical Outcome can let you net mana off of bouncing Sol Ring while also letting you get more ETB effects off of your replayed creatures. For strong early game draw, I'd recommend removing Braingeyser to fit in Mystic Remora.
Ramp: Since your average CMC of the deck is 3.48 and blue gives very little access to land ramp like green, you'll need to back that up with a buttload of artifact ramp. You need to put in Thran Dynamo, Mind Stone, and Sapphire Medallion. They will help you a LOT. Having Dreamstone Hedron, Everflowing Chalice, and Caged Sun in here addition to the other artifact ramp will definitely give you an edge over other players in mana. Also I'd recommend putting in at least 3 more islands.
Acid Rain: This card makes me lol against mono green players. It seems entertaining but may be a useless draw when playing against decks that don't run green. Or even if they do run green it could be something like my Surrak Dragonclaw deck that only runs a few forests with most everything else being nonbasics that don't have forest type like Karplusan Forest. Due to this, if you want to put in some land hate, run Frozen AEther. People will hate you but it's not too mean and it certainly puts you ahead and gains you even more counterspell advantage.
Sphinxes: Here are some Sphinxes I've found that I think would really do you a lot of work and versatility in this deck: Guardian of Tazeem, Chancellor of the Spires, Sphinx Ambassador, and Deadeye Navigator. Yeah, I know the Navigator isn't a Sphinx but he can blink your Sphinxes to get their ETB effects as well as Unesh's trigger. Endless value for only 2 mana.
Target Removal: I would recommend taking out a couple counterspells in order to fit in Reality Shift, Rapid Hybridization, Pongify, AEtherspouts, or AEtherize. These cards have insane value. Everyone expects a counterspell, but nobody expects their Pathbreaker Ibex to suddenly become a 3/3 Pepe the frog at the end of main phase.
The Immortal Sun. This card would do wonders for this deck- you saw first hand how well it worked on Saturday night. Imagine James trying to play that goddamn Teferi, Temporal Archmage with Immortal Sun out. Glorious.
Terramorphic Expanse and Evolving Wilds. Think about these two for a second. They come into play, you sac them and go fetch and island and put the island into play tapped. Your deck is mono blue- so the only thing you can fetch with these is a basic island. If you just replace these with basic islands they'll come in untapped.
Anywho- those are my recommendations! Hope they help and I'm really looking forward to seeing you play this deck! Sorry I went into so much gross detail about my suggestions but I really do love looking through lists and then writing about them.
1 month ago
Seedborn Muse to untap your lands on EVERY player's turn. In a 4 player game you can now generate 4x the amount of mana per turn cycle that you used to be capable of.
Not a fan of Insidious Will. Costs twice as much as Counterspell and Twincast. I'd replace it with either one of those two (I like counterspell more) or (my favorite option) Scour from Existence. Seems inefficient until you remember that you can cast it while tapped out with your mana that you have stored up.
Lots of the big bois in your maybeboard are great inclusions. Blightsteel Colossus is a must-have in this deck, imo, as are Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre, Artisan of Kozilek, and Kozilek, Butcher of Truth. Maybe even throw in a Platinum Angel or Platinum Emperion just because you can cast them easily and they're an extra line of defence.
On the note of wincons you could also consider Craterhoof Behemoth, Overrun or Triumph of the Hordes since if you're gonna play simic stompy it wouldn't hurt to have a way to give all your creatures trample and possibly pump them or give them infect for the turn. With Kruphix Triumph of the Hordes can win you so many games because: A) people won't see infect coming usually from a deck that doesn't have any other infect cards, and B) with so many huge creatures you can knock out the whole table in one swing lategame out of nowhere.
Oh, and Vedalken Orrery is baller in any commander deck, especially when it can let you play, I don't know, something like triumph of the hordes (wait for them to declare blockers, then flash triumph and prepare to lose friends) at instant speed.
2 months ago
Braingeyser and Blue Sun's Zenith are great suggestions. You're right about Jin and Kruphix being a budget issue (I have a hard time paying for any card individually valued above $5, I'll trade into them eventually). The unblockability suggestions are well made as well, originally Aqueous Form was on my list and I just forgot about it. Thanks for the feedback!
2 months ago
The deck seems super fun, I'd just suggest to trying to add as soon as possible Kruphix, God of Horizons and Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur: this deck would really benefit from them in order to close out the game (I get that probably you were going for a low budget).
Another good fog card that I see you are not running is Spore Frog: it's really political, can go off at instant speed, though your foes will know that's coming.