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Play Cauldron Dance only during combat.
Return target creature card from your graveyard to play. That creature gains haste. Return it to your hand at end of turn.
You may put a creature card from your hand into play. That creature gains haste. Its controller sacrifices it at end of turn.
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Cauldron Dance Discussion
2 months ago
This is my first commander deck I got a few months back and have built it up slowly but am in dire need of help finishing it. I know it is slow and probably bad but I like it and it suits me just fine. I like how it can focus on the graveyard but the only strategies I have for it is the Duskmantle Guildmage and Mindcrank set and the Sphinx's Tutelage. I want to focus it on wizards mill where my wizards can help me use my graveyard getting back my instants and sorceries that help mill and draw using Sphinx's Tutelge. Other creatures can be added like Consecrated Sphinx but i'd like for creatures to be mostly wizard. Any help is appreciated.
Commander: Inalla, Archmage Ritualist
6 months ago
Cards to remove-Cauldron Dance- Your not looking to attack with a control deck
Opportunity- Your paying 6 mana to draw 4 cards. Not a good trade off for your deck.
Memory Plunder- Not a bad card, but why be dependent on your opponent's cards?
Mirror of the Forebears- Not a bad card but ETB effects will not trigger off of it
Clone Legion- Once again your not a attack based deck
Etherium-Horn Sorcerer- His cascade effect won't do you much good.
Galecaster Colossus- CMC is too high for what it does in this deck
Magus of the Mind-If you can lower your CMC this is not a bad card. Otherwise I would cut it
Mairsil, the Pretender-This is a good card. Just not what your looking for in this deck. Also the fewer legendary creatures you have the better (You can not copy legendary with Inalla's trigger)
Shadowmage Infiltrator- Once again your not an aggro deck
Both Planeswalkers- I understand they are probably all you have as you ar growing your collection. But Neither of them are providing much synergy with your deck.
A few things before I give you some ideas of cards to add. Look at lowering your CMC. This will help Inalla alot, as you have to remember when casting a wizard your basically adding 1 colorless mana to it's cost for the copy. Here is a quick breakdown of things to look at for your deck stat wise (This is a general rule of thumb). These numbers are all rough so feel free to tweak em as you see fit.
Card draw- 5-7
Single Target removal- 3-4
Ramp (mana rocks/cads that give you more mana than 1 land per turn)- 6-10
Creatures and lands are dependent on the deck. You could get away with 35-36 lands in this deck with some more ramp. Creature wise is up to you and the balance you want to find with Sorceries/instants. (Control decks run heavier on instants, but wizards will allow you to go either way. Just depends on how you want your deck to run.)
I don't know your budget so I will throw out cards across several price ranges.
Cards to add-
Any lands that come in untapped (Pain,Check, Duals, fetches) Checks and pains will be the cheapest option.
Any tutors in your colors. Good news is that you have access to the best tutors in Grixis colors. Bad news is the best ones are not cheap. Vampiric Tutor Demonic Tutor Mystical Tutor. There are cheaper ones Diabolic Tutor and a few others I can not think of off the top of my head. You can do a Gatherer search for those.
Vedalken Orrery- This will allow you to play your non land spells at instant speed. An EDH staple but especially effective in Inalla.
Leyline of Anticipation- Same as Vedalken but an enchantment and you can play it out of your opening hand for free.
Sundial of the Infinite- A MUST HAVE for Inalla. Basically you move to your end step and in response pay and tap Sundial ending the turn. This "Skips" your end step allowing you to keep any tokens you made with Inalla.
Panharmonicon- This will double your ETB effects. Another MUST HAVEin Inalla if your doing ETB effects. The other two signets Dimir Signet Izzet Signet Signets are also EDH staples so they will help grow your collection and can be thrown into any deck with those colors. These will help you ramp.
Dualcaster Mage-Allows you to copy instant and sorcery spells when it ETB's. An auto include with Inalla
Rite of Replication- Allows you to copy any creature on your board (If you overload you get 5 copies) Also gives you a win con with Dualcaster.
Cyclonic Rift This is a blue auto include. It is not exactly cheap but it is powerful and well worth the investment. Bounce all permanents back to their owners hand.
Reliquary Tower- Gives you unlimited hand size.
Wanderwine Prophets- Allows you to go "infinite" with Inalla's token trigger.
Manic Scribe- This will let you mill your opponents for 6 with Inalla, and then mill them some more if you have 4 or more card types in your graveyard.
Brainstorm- Card draw and scry
Ponder- Card Draw and scry
Hopefully this helps get you on your way. If you have any questions feel free to ask. I have no problems helping new players. Especially with one of my current favorite decks. Feel free to check out my deck for ideas (I am running a different theme, combo out, but there are still some good cards in my list you might want to pick up that are not to expensive.) If Dig Dug Were a Wizard Upvotes and comments always welcomed :)
Also check out this site- It will give you some ideas and is a great tool for research on decks you might want to play and or decks you want to tweak.
7 months ago
I'm always a fan of some scion. I've been reworking my own list recently. I like to play reanimator shenanigans as much as the next guy, but it sucks when you get stuck with huge cards in your hand, like The Ur-Dragon or Nipple Bolas. The solution: Spellbound Dragon. Draw a card, pitch a card, do some good damage.
I love Cauldron Dance and your other instants, but could I interest you in a Cyclonic Rift? I hear it's a pretty good card in EDH.
I play mostly the same enchantments but I get tons of work out of Temur Ascendancy, usually.
Rite of Replication can do some dirty things with Keiga, or end the game outta nowhere with Scourge of Valkas, which you should absolutely have.
Uhh, Swords to Plowshares, Bring to Light, Birds of Paradise are all really good. I feel your pain on making a 5 color mana base on a budget, but good lands are one of the most important parts of a good deck. I've had success with the cycle of triple lands, a la Arcane Sanctum, and a full set of shocks, which was an investment. Good luck with Scion!
7 months ago
So I see 102 cards. One of them is an extra fumigate and you'll have to drop something else...
Three reanimation effects with a commander that fills your grave? I'd add a few more: Bladewing the Risen, Journey to Eternity Flip, Reanimate, Cauldron Dance, Debtors' Knell, Teneb, the Harvester are all pretty good. Living Death or Patriarch's Bidding are game enders. 5 mana + 2 more for each dragon you want to reanimate... I don't know if it gets much scarier.
The Ur-Dragon- I'd put this in the 99. I think scion makes for a better commander since he is faster and grabs any dragon for you but Ur is a ton of value to go and put in your grave off scion's ability then hit with Reanimate next turn XD
Bower Passage- I find this hilarious, now dragons are unblockable.
There are so many cool dragons I don't know what else to recommend... Just experiment.
Some considerations for removal: Coat of Arms, Darksteel Forge, Slumbering Dragon. I realize you are already looking to remove 2 of those but in case you were unsure about them they really don't belong here. Slumbering is a nice early dragon but I'd rather be ramping into better dragons. I'm always terrible at removals so I really don't know what else to take out...
8 months ago
Since you're going to be filling your yard rather quickly, can I suggest a few fun replacements? How about Balthor the Defiled? Unlike rise of the dark realms or insurrection, he's not an instant scoop for your opponents. Another fun one is Cauldron Dance.
9 months ago
Here's a little list of suggestions:
- Crosis, the Purger is like Bolas's little brother.
- Sedris, the Traitor King, Sidisi, Undead Vizier and Taigam, Sidisi's Hand, a very Grixis flavored synergistic creature package.
- Prince of Thralls pure oppression incarnate.
- Archfiend of Depravity great for archenemy and multiplayer in general. Keeps the board easily manageable.
- Cauldron Dance a very powerful combat trick.
- Malfegor because demon dragon, among other things.
- Fists of the Demigod, Helm of the Ghastlord, Clout of the Dominus for flavorful buffs.
- Kederekt Parasite with Elder Mastery is one of the most evil things you can do.
11 months ago
I've been working on an Inalla list for a long time and I've been making cuts constantly. If you wouldn't mind, could I ask about some specific cards you're using and why?
How has Galecaster Colossus worked out? I always found it too slow and never wanted to spend mana on it.
What are you ideally looking to hit with Cauldron Dance?
Do you find that Silumgar's Command is too expensive sometimes?
Lastly, 38 lands seems like quite a lot. Are you able to move through your deck quickly enough to avoid bricking?
I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for your time in advance!