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Chart a Course
Draw two cards. Then discard a card unless you attacked with a creature this turn.
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Chart a Course Discussion
5 days ago
You may want to consider Angelic Renewal in this deck. The way it works with Evoke, you pay the Evoke cost, and by sacrificing Renewal, you get to keep the creature, as well as the ETB when returns to the battlefield. I've run the interaction in Pauper decks, and it's hilarious to do things like turn-2 Renewal, turn-3 Mulldrifter to draw 4 and get a 2/2 flier. You can do similar things by exiling the creature before it's sacrificed with Parallax Wave , Deadeye Navigator , Roon of the Hidden Realm , and Endless Sands . If you like that plan, I would include AEthersnipe and Walker of the Grove , too.
I'm also a little confused as to why you're not running Scapeshift in a Gates deck, especially one full of Landfall creatures. Other good land-fetch cards include Skyshroud Claim , Hunting Wilds , Ranger's Path , Wood Elves , Krosan Verge , Nature's Lore , and Karametra, God of Harvests , all of which fetch your Shocklands.
Path of Ancestry is fantastic in tribal decks, and it is an absolute staple in 5-color tribal decks.
The final thing I would do is include some looting effects and self mill that won't put your Gates in the yard, since your commander wants expensive Elementals to reanimate. Kiora, Master of the Depths and Mulch could be good on the mill side, and Faithless Looting , Frantic Search , Greater Good (You can sac Evoked elementals in response to the trigger! Value!), Sultai Charm , and Chart a Course are all good for looting. Also, Surveil can help to fill the yard, as well. Try Notion Rain and Price of Fame (Good for killing Commanders!).
As for cuts, I would lose Brighthearth Banneret (land ramp is just better most of the time), Fertilid (7-mana Explosive Vegetation is bad, even if it has recursion), Rubblehulk (no ability, so it'll just get chumped for days. Run Multani, Yavimaya's Avatar if you want the land-count effect), and Tyrant of Discord (too expensive for a random effect).
2 weeks ago
One thing to consider is swapping Careful Study for Chart a Course , or something similar. Since you have so many fliers, you can almost always attack to enable Chart a Course . Chart also gives card advantage (you spend one card to get two), while Careful Study gives card disadvantage, but good card selection (spend three cards to get two). Windbrisk Raptor seems too expensive for the deck, you could probably cut it and then trim a land for two more Chart a Course to add consistency, if you'd like.
2 weeks ago
I would get rid of Sphinx's Insight : 4 CMC for drawing two cards in my opinion is too expensive and the addendum effect is negligible. I'd rather opt for Opt (no pun intended), which for gives you 1 card AND let you scry.
2 weeks ago
Congrats on the pulls! I would suggest adding some cards lower on the curve (ones with cheaper mana costs), creatures or Tempo spells (that bounce or tap opponents creatures), and a cheaper card draw spell like Chart a Course . Best of luck!
2 weeks ago
So back when pirates of ixalan were released no one really played them because of the mana base, at least not in Grixis. Right now the mana base is solid enough to technically make them work.
What I am trying to do right now is creating a deck where all cards fit into the pirate theme while still staying somewhat competitive. It doesn't have to win all the time but having a chance against burn and Teferi would be nice.
It... hasn't really worked out so far. Is such a deck even possible?
With cards like Siren's Ruse , Lookout's Dispersal and of course Siren Stormtamer you have decent disruption, I have even been experimenting with adding more discard like Duress or Heartless Pillage . The latter is pretty great as far as discard spells go since it is effectively CMC 2. Cancel , Hornswoggle , Admiral's Order and Spell Swindle are pirate themed but not worth including in my opinion.
As for Lifegain your choices in a pirate theme deck are basically limited to Fountain of Renewal and Navigator's Compass . Compass is actually not that bad since it let's you fix your mana base without handing aggro decks a free 2 damage. (I am making an exception to the theme rule for Shocklands)
Admiral Becket Brass is a great flavor card but usually when you can hit your opponent with 3 pirates they are either dead or would be if you had dropped a Dire Fleet Neckbreaker instead of the Admiral.
The real problem with pirates seems to be that they want to go fast since their late game sucks but they have basically no advantage over mono red or blue other than tribal synergies. And their tribal synergies aren't that great, most of them are not even available until turn 4 or 5.
For Removal there are some options: Walk the Plank is great flavor although a bit hard to cast. Hostage Taker and the Admiral are decent for dealing with Teferi but not that amazing. Lightning Strike , Makeshift Munitions (bombarding your opponent with treasures is hilarious) and Fiery Cannonade are your go-to burn spells.
Card Draw can be provided by Curious Obsession (a bit tricky when you are also running Siren's Ruse), Chart a Course and maybe Treasure Map Flip and Dead Man's Chest . March of the Drowned could also be very valuable since it only costs 1 mana.
Like I said the best creatures seem to be the pirates that either have very good tribal synergy or flying. I am considering Fathom Fleet Captain and Forerunner of the Coalition but they both seem to be too slow. When you have a lot of treasures getting the city's blessing for an early extra turn via Timestream Navigator isn't too hard but I haven't really profited from it that much.
Revel in Riches is an interesting wincon but just too slow. Maybe an option for a more control-based approach. But when you have lots of treasures out it seems to be more viable to cast Mnemonic Betrayal , which technically isn't a pirate spell but looks like one. Or use overpriced Cards like Pirate's Prize that create more treasures.
With all that knowledge I still can't figure out a decent pirate deck, am I missing something? I am aware that you got to concentrate on some mechanics to make them work but I am not sure on which ones.
I really want to make pirates work before they rotate out and possibly never return to Standard.
3 weeks ago
cool looking deck. Here are a few suggestions. You can save a lot of space if you include just a single copy of one of the eldrazi titans (like Emrakul, the Aeons Torn or Kozilek, the Great Distortion ) that will shuffle your graveyard into your library for you. I would get rid of the Reliquary Tower s and Spell Book so that you can discard your graveyard shuffler to hand size.
Another thing you might consider is using Invisible Stalker as your creature of choice instead of Tormented Soul . The hexproof is very important for making sure that your 4 mana investment of Whispering Madness wont just go to waste after a simple Fatal Push . I also would cut the Aqueous Form since you've already got the "unblockable" text on your main creature.
rather than spells that only cantrip (draw you a card and nothing else) you should consider things that give you a little more options: Serum Visions , Opt , Sleight of Hand . These do the same thing, but allow you to choose your outcome a little bit (though Sleight of Hand wont trigger anything that looks for "draw a card".
Also, what happens if you don't draw the Whispering Madness ? you might consider more medium sized draw cards like Chart a Course that can get you to the good cards faster. Also you would want another win condition, like a Jace's Phantasm that can kill them with normal damage.
Lastly, a very good "draw a card" mill card you would want is Sphinx's Tutelage . This will ensure that they mill before you.
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3 weeks ago
First, I think you should swap Search for Azcanta Flip for Treasure Map Flip. You'll still get to scry, and Treasure Map provides extra mana or card draw which is great for casting or triggering Niv. Second, Chemister's Insight is just too expensive. Try Chart a Course , Radical Idea , or Discovery / Dispersal in it's place. Third, Quench is fine for early game but Spell Pierce does just as much. I'd honestly drop both Quench and Sinister Sabotage for Ionize . Lastly, Cry of the Carnarium doesn't fit what you're doing. If I'm your opponent and I see you cast that, I'm immediately targeting your big fliers for removal to exile them. Run another Ritual of Soot instead since you have no creatures it would affect.
1 month ago
Chart a Course occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.49%
U/R (Izzet): 1.58%
All decks: 0.04%
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.01%