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Creature — Human Pirate
: Gain control of target creature an opponent controls until end of turn. Untap that creature. It gains haste until end of turn. Activate this ability only at any time you could cast a sorcery.
Captivating Crew Discussion
3 days ago
1 month ago
My Xantcha went with a discard theme to encourage people to use her ability. No extra damage for drawing. I would always give Xantcha to the biggest threat at the table. Sweepers that do less than 5 damage to keep the board relatively empty. Combat tricks to keep her alive amd sometimes get CMDR damage kill. Most importantly, ALL the rocks! I would use no less than 15 ramp pieces. Most of which should be 2 or less CMC. Captivating Crew is pretty good.
2 months ago
I'm glad my two cents worth could help your decision. I didn't realize how good Rhythm would be in Thromak until holding a freshly pulled copy in my hand, wondering if any of my decks wanted it. As soon as I thought of the hungry hellion, I was super stoked. I haven't actually gotten to play with the deck since adding it, but I expect it will be useful.
Earlier suggestions included effects that steal opponents' creatures; I run several myself. However, all I run are sorceries ( Insurrection , Mass Mutiny , Mob Rule ) and an instant ( Grab the Reins , which also can also be a second Fling ). Captivating Crew sounds like a great idea, and one I might try to work into my build. Other creature - based options include Zealous Conscripts , Conquering Manticore and Molten Primordial , but they're much more mana intensive. Since you're thinking about using elves to ramp anyway, this might not be an issue for you.
While searching up creatures that stole those of your opponents, Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor popped up. I think this may be a card for us both to consider, as it gives creatures upon death and plays nicely with trample.
I second the suggestion of Awakening Zone and From Beyond as repeatable sources of mana or sac fodder, as need be. I run both, though I have no targets for the tutor effect on the latter. (Well, I mean, Blisterpod , technically, but I don't foresee myself searching that up too often...).
I hadn't thought about turning lands to creatures so they can feed Thromak, but that's something I'll have to look into. I run Dryad Arbor for that purpose; not sure why I didn't think about Living Lands , etc.
2 months ago
Huh, well first you have to drop a card and add your commander. The format requires a commander + 99.
I would definitely focus more on creatures than on sorceries/instants/anything else. Thromok the Insatiable lives and dies by whether or not you have a decent number of creatures. That said having theft effects would be a great way to feed him! Captivating Crew is a favorite of mine.
This page is great for seeing what the average deck plays along with him https://edhrec.com/commanders/thromok-the-insatiable
People also tend to average 36+ lands these days but having green can alleviate the need for more lands.
2 months ago
Hey, saw your forum topic asking for help. Good start, but I think you can expand on the stealing your opponents creatures strategy and get more value from creatures you steal. There's also several budget staple Commander cards to consider adding. All my cards suggestions are budget ($5 or less each).
Command Tower , Exotic Orchard , Reliquary Tower , Yavimaya Coast , Shivan Reef , Cinder Glade , Game Trail , Ash Barrens , Naya Panorama , Bant Panorama are all good budget lands that can ETB untapped. Captivating Crew , Willbreaker , Dominus of Fealty , Zealous Conscripts and Roil Elemental are repeatable sources of stealing. Evolutionary Leap , Ashnod's Altar , Greater Good are repeatable sources of value by sacing your opponent's creatures after you steal them. Use these sac outlets with Skullclamp for even more value. Sol Ring , Chromatic Lantern , Simic Signet , Gruul Signet , Izzet Signet , Talisman of Impulse , Fellwar Stone are staple mana rocks for Commander.
Rattleclaw Mystic , Elvish Mystic , Llanowar Elves , Arbor Elf are budget one drop mana dorks. Sakura-Tribe Elder , Nature's Lore , Farseek , Fertile Ground , Farhaven Elf is more good ramp. Fauna Shaman , Signal the Clans and Gamble are budget tutors. Mystic Remora , Eternal Witness , Chaos Warp , Beast Within , Reclamation Sage , Reality Shift , Stubborn Denial , Arcane Denial are staple Commander cards. Temur Ascendancy , Coiling Oracle , Trygon Predator , Dack's Duplicate and Shaman of the Great Hunt are good Temur cards.
If you like some of these suggestions I offer help to make cuts. Good luck with your deck.
2 months ago
Hey Saint, I haven't had enough time to look over your deck enough yet to give detailed suggestions of cuts.
Some advice however is cut cards that don't give repeatable value. Key is repeatable. Creatures should be the priority because they are best with Marchesa. But this doesn't mean play 40+ creatures, still want to have a nice balance between card types. 30-35 creatures, 36 lands with 8x mana rocks is something to consider.
Captivating Crew is a creature who's ability is a repeatable steal creature effect. Crew is also a mana sink which is a good thing to have in Commander. Zealous Conscripts is also a creature, she can give you possible repeatable value of stealing your opponents permanents. These are more powerful than other cards that give you the same one shot effect such as Act of Treason , Threaten , Traitorous Blood , Slave of Bolas , etc. These cards are fine if you have reliable ways to recur them to cast them again, but you don't have that. You don't really need them because you have cards like Crew and Conscripts.
Mark of Mutiny is the only card with this type of one shot effect I would keep because it's only three mana and also puts a counter on the creature you steal which is good with Marchesa. Don't misunderstand some budget cards that give you a one shot effect are excellent, worth playing, such as tutors ( Gamble ), instant removal ( Chaos Warp ), counterspells ( Arcane Denial ) and low mana cost draw spells ( Brainstorm ), but these cards need to be powerful if you're only getting to use them once. In fact consider adding all of these?
The next place to look for cuts are the four and five drops since there's a lot of them and you don't need them all. All the four and five drops are good cards, but some are better than others. I honestly think you can consider ending the creature curve at six drops with Flayer of the Hatebound . The majority of the power level here is coming from the four and five drops. Can keep Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker as the top end since he's repeatable removal and steal your opponents creatures. The avg. CMC of your deck is currently 3.6 which is in my opinion high. Try to get this number less than 3.0 for smoother game play.
I don't think cards with graft in Grixis colors are worth playing. Graft as an ability for the +1/+1 counters synergies is lackluster. Consider Olivia, Mobilized for War ? She can be a repeatable source of +1/+1 counters for creatures as long as you have cards to discard.
More later :)
3 months ago
Recommended Cards to Add
This of course does not take into accountmana curve considerations or anything similar. It is merely cards to consider
Captivating Crew - Repeated steal effect to have ammunition to throw at people
Evra, Halcyon Witness - Large creature that can be as big as your lifetotal when thrown if wanted.
Serra Avatar - Large creature that is as big as your life total to potentially one shot someone and double your lifetotal
Zealous Conscripts - Can steal an opposing creature to throw, opposing walker to ult or any other problematic permenent. Also incidentaly goes infinite with Kiki Jiki.
Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker - Can tap to make copies of your big creatures to throw. Goes infinite with Zealous conscripts.
Malignus - Large creature that scales with life total of opponent
Molten Primordial - Mass threaten on a stick
Feldon of the Third Path - makes copies of your already dead creatures
Emeria Shepherd - Recursion that can also be reanimation
Hoarding Dragon - A way to search out our game winning artifacts. Easy enough to throw at someone to get our artifact.
Karmic Guide - Reanimation
Neheb, the Eternal - lots of mana if you throw things pre combat
Yosei, the Morning Star - Very good thing to be able to recur. Can lock people out of the game with enough setup.
War Elemental - Scales as we throw things
Bloodshot Cyclops - Backup Brion?
Bearer of the Heavens - Dont make me do this!
Gisela, Blade of Goldnight - Double our damage, half theirs? Yes please
The usual goes here of making sure that we have interaction for people trying to stop us or making sure we can stop people. Though of specific mention
Faith's Reward - Recover from a wrath or just rebuy a couple of good creatures after a combat and throw.
Orim's Thunder - Hadn't actually seen this before but it seems to be a good potential 2 for 1 while also being a good answer to artifacts and enchantments.
Here there are a lot of potential threaten effects that i could recommend. But we know that we need them so i won't list them all. Other effects we could need do include one or two wraths as even though we are the creature deck, sometimes they just have more or better creatures. However other things to note.
Open the Armory - Tutors equipment or Auras.
Chandra's Ignition - Targetting some of our big creatures might just end the game with this.
Insurrection - You usually just win if this resolves on a decent board state.
Other than that, the fun things include
Phyrexian Processor - Yeh this card is rather good. Just Make big tokens and start throwing them
Well of Lost Dreams - With the triggers from Brion we should be able to restock our hand quite easily with this
Illusionist's Bracers - Copy the fling. As sacrificing a creature is part of the cost it will effectively be two triggers from flinging the same creature.
Thornbite Staff - Untaps brion when a creature dies. This includes sacrificing the creature to brion, so effectively tapping him causes him to untap....
Thousand-Year Elixir - Gives Brion haste and an untap.
Aetherflux Reservoir - 50cal Sniper Rifle to the face anyone?
Damage doublers can be recommended but i usually avoid the symettrical ones from personal preference. One or two effects that give Haste might be good too. Other effects however
Flameshadow Conjuring - Copy up our faties for good ETB triggers, effective haste or extra copies to throw with Brion.
Sigil of the New Dawn - Recur everything!
Marshal's Anthem - Decent mass resurrect in white. Though a little mana intensive
Angelic Renewal - One time use recursion of a creature
Goblin Bombardment - Backup sacrifice effects for all our threatens. WE don't want to have to give their toys back do we?
3 months ago
Captivating Crew should be in this deck. Steals creatures [pricey activation but can do multiple times given enough mana] and is relatively beefy for the CMC. Much easier to punch through with attackers if you take their blockers. I will second Warkite Marauder as it has built in evasion and makes blocking unprofitable so essentially it allows 2 pirates to get through each turn.
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