Break Through the Line
: Target creature with power 2 or less gains haste until end of turn and can't be blocked this turn.
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|Fate Reforged (FRF)||Uncommon|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Break Through the Line Discussion
1 week ago
About building it online rather than from my own collection, I do feel it's worth mentioning that I've built Marisi before using just my collection, and wasn't too pleased with the results. (Though that may have been partially due to having only two opponents instead of three.) Anyway, this is my second shot at building this commander, and I wanted to really make sure to get it right. My original build did reveal some breakout cards though! (Has Break Through the Line ever been played with any commander besides this one haha)
I do kind of wish Marisi had black in his identity, for Curse of Disturbance, Clackbridge Troll, Hunted Horror, Xantcha, Sleeper Agent etc... I wonder if it would be possible to put together a solid forced combat build like this with Saskia or Najeela. Question for another time, I suppose.
1 month ago
Some other stuff I was thinking might be a good fit:
- Virtus the Veiled and Quietus Spike are both miniature Master of Cruelties.
- Break Through the Line and Key to the City to ensure your attacks get through. Key to the City also has the upside of pitching expensive stuff for you to reanimate with Alesha, and it gives card draw in a pinch.
- Azra Oddsmaker for card draw and fueling your graveyard.
- Karmic Guide for more reanimation fun, especially with something like Felidar Guardian.
- Charming Prince seems like straight value for you. He might end up getting cut, but all the ETB options on him are things you want.
3 months ago
Key to the City , Rogue's Passage , Whispersilk Cloak , Break Through the Line , Glaring Spotlight , Goblin Smuggler , Manifold Key , Pathmaker Initiate , Suspicious Bookcase , and Tawnos's Wand . Also Dauthi Embrace , Dauthi Trapper , and Traitor's Clutch .
4 months ago
Dreadhorde Arcanist / Young Pyromancer ; strong and meta, but end up defining any deck they are in. Break Through the Line is an interesting enabler, but cards that aren't dealing damage are a little weak here.
7 months ago
I always thought "Pirate Minotaur" sounded like a poorly delivered insult imo.
I think Break Through the Line is worth thinking about to promote evasion and getting raid triggers and such.
10 months ago
Hi Savaaage, Thanks for the comments and questions. I've been wanting to discuss the deck with someone for a while now. I built this back when Grenzo, Havoc Raiser was first spoiled and haven't really looked at other Grenzo builds too heavily. My initial thinking with him was to try to build a deck that capitalized on the Goad mechanic, and I tried to include a bunch of Goad creatures and spells... Unfortunately, It wasn't that great.
I chose to go with Goblins for a couple reasons. Primarily, they are cheap and easy to spam the board with... Which is perfect for a deck that wants to go wide. And going wide IS what I believe to be the correct strategy. I also chose Goblin tribal because I had a Goblin deck already built which I cannibalized to build this (See Goblins... Why do they always come out Goblins?)
In terms of your thoughts and fears, yes, it is easy to get blown out by a well timed boardwipe, so that's where you the player need to determine how many creatures on the board at once are enough. I often find myself holding some back to recover from a wipe.
As far as play strategy, I would say my usual turn is a very short main phase, casting as little as possible or necessary, then swinging wherever I feel I can get through to exile cards, which I will then cast if possible, or just leave in exile. It's very disruptive to your opponents to see their key combo pieces exiled and then used against them.
Concerning how to actually get attackers through, I have packed the deck with cards like Rogue's Passage , Goblin War Drums , Key to the City , Break Through the Line , as well as wonky shenanigans like Raging River and Stand or Fall . Menace is your best friend.
I hope this is helpful, at least to start answering your questions. Please hit me back with more. I love chatting about this deck.
All the best,
1 year ago
I thank you for your comment.
As for Comeuppance , what a great card in here! I'll likely replace Virtus the Veiled with that. I don't see me ever really connecting to a player with him to make it worthwhile unless I have Break Through the Line on the field.
As for having a board wipe, I've honestly been thinking of replacing Magus of the Disk with Merciless Eviction . But since it hits everything I'm worried it would put me so far behind on the board. What board wipes would you recommend for this style of play?