When Colfenor's Plans enters the battlefield, remove the top seven cards of your library from the game face down.
You may look at and play cards removed from the game with Colfenor's Plans.
Skip your draw step.
You can't play more than one spell each turn.
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Colfenor's Plans Discussion
3 months ago
Q1 and Q2 - The exiled card is face-up and can be seen by anyone. By default, cards in exile are always face-up, unless an effect instructs them to be exiled face down. For example Bomat Courier exiles face-down, allowing no one to see the face-down card; Colfenor's Plans allows you to look at the face-down cards.
Rule 406.3. Exiled cards are, by default, kept face up and may be examined by any player at any time. Cards “exiled face down” can’t be examined by any player except when instructions allow it. However, once a player is allowed to look at a card exiled face down, that player may continue to look at that card as long as it remains exiled, even if the instruction allowing the player to do so no longer applies. A card exiled face down has no characteristics, but the spell or ability that exiled it may allow it to be played from exile. Unless that card is being cast face down (see rule 707.4), the card is turned face up just before the player announces that they are playing the card (see rule 601.2).
Q3 - You can cast that card whenever it would be legal for you to cast it (i.e. instants can be cast at instant-speed; sorceries at sorcery-speed; if you have something like Vedalken Orrery in play, that will also be taken into account). All you have to have done is attacked with a Rogue that turn--i.e. have declared it as an attacker. So, the earliest you could cast a card would be during the priority round of the Declare Attackers step.
Q4 - Lands are not cast, so you cannot play lands exiled this way.
11 months ago
Strangelove, if you're set on going budget, I like Inverter of Truth as a Leveler replacement. It's probably a bit more fun for the table as well lol. Personally for my taste for this particular list, Colfenor's Plans is a bit too mean, but I wouldn't suggest not adding it if you wanna add in a few spite cards.
As for cards over $5, I just went through and looked at all the prices tappedout has listed, and i think you hit the only two that are really necessary.
11 months ago
Super dope. I need a krumpus deck... something with a win con that group-hugs when people group-slug... I'm going for some budget replacements, but probably buying Illusions of Grandeur and Thought Lash .
Also, which are the $5+ cards you'd say are core?
Here are some of the cards I pooled.
1 year ago
How does Transcendence kill someone? You can only enchant yourself with it, so I can't see how it will affect other players unless you Donate it (maybe I'm just not understanding a rule here). Actually, if you want to go for the meme, you could actually run Donate, which also combos with your Celestial Dawn to stop a non-white player from producing any colored mana (because any of the white mana they would produce with their new plains would instead be colorless, as white is outside of their commanders color identity).
If your play group plays lots of Voltron, Fumble could be good, although with your low creature count you would likely just be giving those equipment to different player.
Maybe I'm biased towards land destruction because a lot of the time when I use it, my friends have ramped out stupid amounts of mana, and then the rest of their deck is thin on lands and they have an extremely hard time dropping lands each turn from that point on. I also mainly run mass land destruction in my Nahiri, the Lithomancer deck once I've got some type of board set up, so I get how it works in a more aggressive shell, whereas you're using it in a control sell, so I might not understand how it would feel in that type of deck. Still, I'd recommend you give it a shot; a board wipe like Supreme Verdict and Armageddon at 8 mana essentially resets the game, and with your decks land count I imagine that you'll have an easier time recovering from this than your opponents (as in, you will likely be able to drop lands more consistently than they will).
I stil don't know if Darksteel Forge is worth it. Does the 9 mana investment usually pay off? Like 11/14 of your artifacts mana rocks, and by the time you can cast a 9 mana spell you probably aren't in dire need of mana rocks anymore. On the other hand, if your playgroup does run a lot of multi-artifact nukes, are you really dropping Darksteel Forge in time (before the artifact nuke) to save your mana rocks that have come out? But you would know how effective its been better than me so if you think its pulling its pretty heavy weight, then I'm all for it.
Sun Titan is a pretty good creature as well, can grab back any destroyed artifacts or fetchlands and such.
Hushwing Gryff is also as good as a counterspell sometimes, if your group runs a lot of enters the battlefield creatures.
Thats all I got for now!
1 year ago
I think you did a pretty good job for a first deck.
You seem to be running a combination of really good cards and out of place shitty cards. Unless there is some combo or synergy you have with them that I'm missing I think the following cards are garbage and should be cut:
If your opponents are going off way faster than you then you need to think about how to upset their early game with hate pieces. In combo heavy metas cards like Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Vryn Wingmare and Glowrider slow your opponents down enough to let you gain control of the situation Kambal, Consul of Allocation also gains you life to stick around as they cast themselves to death. for creature heavy metas cards like Archfiend of Depravity, Ophiomancer, forced sac like Butcher of Malakir Dictate of Erebos and Magus of the Tabernacle can really fuck over a lot of decks. For pure control, stax is usually the best option in competitive EDH since relying on counterspells and spot removal to keep 3 other players in check isn't feasible. I also always recommend some graveyard hate in any deck Nihil Spellbomb Relic of Progenitus Grafdigger's Cage Rest in Peace Tormod's Crypt Crypt Incursion Silent Gravestone are all good and cheap to play. I also personally put Necropotence in every black deck, It's so good it honestly should be banned. other good general control cards are Force of Will Pact of Negation Mystic Confluence and Cryptic Command.
I'm not really clear on the win con. Something like a Blightsteel Colossus, any of the preators, or a x mana life drain like Debt to the Deathless, Exsanguinate, or Torment of Hailfire could kill of opponents once you've stabilized the game.
2 years ago
(I would add a proper community card but that feature seems to be malfunctioning right now.)
Farly straightforward, this card would mostly be Zedruu the Greathearted (although a different character, not simply her gone evil or something) with a casting cost of and an activation cost of . In EDH, this could lead to some fun usage of cards like the following:
(I realize you can basically already do this with any Grixis commander + e.g. Bazaar Trader, but that's a bit less straightforward.)
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I'm unsure what would be suitable for its upkeep ability. Just copying Zedruu's straight off isn't too inappropriate, as drawing is certainly associated with black and life gain isn't too far out either, but that's kinda boring. Replacing the life gain with something negative towards opponents like milling, discard or plain life loss proportional to the amount of gifted permanent could be one option that's more in line with the color change (thought the negative effects would probably targeted in order to preserve some political potential). Putting a +1/+1 counter per gift on Zedruu the Grixishearted to take advantage of commander damage could also work (especially when combined with auras like Herald of Torment), in which case you could also change power/toughness from the original's 2/4 to 4/2 to signal greater aggression.
For the sake of flavor its subtype would be Horse Djinn, with the artwork depicting a djinn with a mare's head, wearing a mouth-covering veil.
Feedback would be welcome, especially on ways to make Grixis!Zedruu more distinct from the original while still fulfilling the basic function of giving out torturous black cards, in addition to the blue and red ones they both share.
(A version containing green could also be made for the sake of giving that color a chance to show off its painful cards, in which case the creature in question should probably have monkey paws.)
2 years ago
Back in the Alara Block, they made a whole bunch of stuff that wanted you to have a creature with power 5 or greater. Things like: Bloodthorn Taunter, Exuberant Firestoker or Mighty Emergence. Back in the Tarkir block, they made stuff that wanted a critter with power 4 or greater. Things like: Wild Slash, Savage Punch, or Temur Battle Rage.
I bring this up, because it seems like the Lupine prototype and Avatar of discord are cheap ways to meet these power-conditions.
Around the time of Ravnica, there were plenty of cards that wanted you to have no cards in hand. Cards like Jagged Poppet, Keldon Megaliths, Taste for Mayhem. The most recent sets have included Hazoret the Fervent, Neheb, the Worthy and Thresher Lizard, along similar lines as the older Hellbent cards.
What's the point of all this? Adding another color would increase the power of the deck considerably. The Jagged Poppet would probably be the most powerful addition, since it survives bolt (and Fatal Push without Revolt), and you may even consider bolting him yourself because you wanted another way to discard your hand, and can generate advantage by making them discard their hand.
You might still want to keep your deck monoblack, but I remembered an old card that would be awesome here: Colfenor's Plans. In this deck, it basically gives you a new hand of 7 cards. You're planning to discard your hand, it's not like you'd ever be playing more than 1 spell per turn anyway. I've used them before, they are impressively powerful when they chain into eachother, with one of them exiling another.
Anyway...these are things to think about.