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Careful Study Discussion
2 days ago
5 days ago
Some suggestions that might help.
Krark-Clan Ironworks Gains you plenty of mana and also protection from your artifacts getting exiled.
Izzet Signet Since you are running Paradox Engine it makes sense to run all the rocks
Fellwar Stone Ditto
Gilded Lotus Ditto
Mind Stone Ditto
Mana Vault Ditto
Grim Monolith Ditto
Sensei's Divining Top Staple in artifact decks
Dramatic Reversal Can lead to overwhleming advantage plus go infinite mana with Isochron and mana sources that provide 3 or more mana.
Hope that helps!
1 week ago
High Tide, Rite of Flame, Desperate Ritual, Snap, Frantic Search, Pyretic Ritual, Gitaxian Probe, and Seething Song are all of the blue/red instants/sorceries that are mana-neutral or generate mana that I know of.
Brainstorm, Sleight of Hand, Ponder, Preordain, Opt, Serum Visions, Impulse, Anticipate, and Telling Time are the cantrips I remember on hand, but cards like Careful Study, Faithless Looting, Tormenting Voice, Chart a Course, and Cathartic Reunion are some other good choices.
1 month ago
I think your mana base could use some work. A large number of your lands enter tapped, which is further hampered by the bounce lands. Even if shocks and fetches are beyond your budget, pain lands, check lands (with more basics), or some of the less expensive rainbow lands (City of Brass, Tarnished Citadel, etc.) will provide you usable mana the turn they are played.
Related to the above, I think you could use some more ramp cards--Cultivate, Life from the Loam, etc. will speed up your gameplan, and allow you to hardcast your larger threats if you can't get your commander fielded.
Even with more ramp, you have a number of fantastic, but expensive-to-cast creatures. You might want to cut some of these--most of the time they will be dead draws. I'd consider focusing on game-ending abilities or cards like Protean Hulk which have the potential to win the game on the spot through combos. Add Flash for the ability to win on turn 2 with Hulk.
Careful Study is a strong draw card that also puts items into your graveyard.
You could use some more removal--Abrupt Decay is solid and will hit a large number of targets. If enchantment removal is not large in your meta, Imprisoned in the Moon and Song of the Dryads can take out an enemy commander without a zone change, so it gets stuck on the battlefield in a transformed state.
1 month ago
Good call. I love that card, and it plays well here, where we often are forced to fetch a forced t1/t2.
Thank you! Will probably purchase this weekend.
3 months ago
Hey, I really like this deck idea. I had planned to make a budget Commander deck (haven't got around to it yet) with one of the new Commanders, like I do every year and Aminatou has peaked my interest. I like the Solar Flare theme here, but I don't see enough enablers to match all cards for reanimation. You have plenty of reanimation, but only Fact or Fiction and Forbidden Alchemy to get cards into the graveyard.
Consider Windfall, Thirst for Knowledge, Frantic Search, Careful Study and Stitcher's Supplier? The bonus of most of these cards is not only do they put cards into your graveyard, but you also draw cards. Supplier is a creature you can blink to get cards into your graveyard can also be reanimated with Sun Titan.
A powerful interaction of Solar Flare when it was in Standard was Sun Titan and Phantasmal Image. Being able to reanimate Phantasmal with Titan then copy Titan and reanimate something else. Mirror Image is a card in M19 that can also do this since it can be reanimated by Titan.
I like the Miracle strategy with Aminatou's +1 ability. Consider Archaeomancer? Can blink her to get back a card with Miracle or any other instant or sorcery. Can then use Aminatou's ability to put the card with Miracle on top of your library.
As far as the nine cards you need to cut I'll base my suggestions on cards that are not as good as other cards that do the same thing in the deck. Not that the cards I suggest are not good, but they're not as good as other options already here.
Consider these cuts (in no order):
- Emancipation Angel
- Solemn Recruit
- Sawtooth Loon
- Increasing Devotion
- Obzedat's Aid
- Wrath of God
- Sage of Epityr
Good luck with your deck.
3 months ago
Honestly apavel, plenty of lists run both, as good digging spells with some discard mechanics that can be abused with this deck's graveyard themes. Chart a Course is an actual card advantage spell sometimes, and worst case scenario is only card neutral, compared to Careful Study which is always card disadvantage unless you can use the graveyard. I like Chart a Course a little bit more, but only slightly, and a storm Kess list might rather the lower mana cost more than this deck, however I don't play Kess storm so don't quote me on it.
3 months ago
I'd highly recommend Careful Study and Frantic Search as terrific Graveyard enablers. Also (if your budget allows), classic reanimator targets like Nezahal, Primal Tide, Tidespout Tyrant, Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite, Iona, Shield of Emeria and Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur