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|Ultimate Masters (UMA)||Uncommon|
|Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas (DDH)||Uncommon|
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Counter target noncreature spell. Its controller loses 2 life.
2 days ago
The first day of previews for Core Set 2020 are not too bad, but, after the double whammy of War of the Spark and Modern Horizons, this set will almost certainly be underwhelming, at least to enfranchised players, such as myself.
I shall immediately state that I dislike how angel of vitality says “25 or more life;” did WotC not learn anything from Serra Ascendant ? Would it really have been that difficult for the cad to say “5 or more life greater than your starting life total?”
On a more positive note, Seb McKinnon’s artwork on scheming symmetry is again amazing, and I especially appreciate the resemblance to the artwork of a traditional playing card. Whoever Kethis is, I do hope that they (although the name sounds masculine) eventually have a card. As for the card itself, a Vampiric Tutor that costs no life is quite awesome; it does assist an opponent, and is only a sorcery, but those are small prices to pay for such amazing card advantage. I also am very pleased to see that WotC has not completely phased out "tutors," as those have been an essential aspect of the game since its very beginning.
It is nice to finally see a red/white/green angel, but I am not certain that I can make room in my EDH deck of those colors for her, unfortunately.
I very much like cavalier of flame for its first ability, which is slightly more expensive than that of Moonveil Dragon , but also grants haste and is on a creature that is not specific to any plane, increasing its options for reprints in the future.
Dread presence is very nice, a perfect embodiment of black’s philosophy; I wish that it had higher toughness, to survive a Lightning Bolt , but it likely would have needed to have had a higher mana cost, in that case.
Why did WotC choose Chandra as the face card of this set? Is there something special about her?
Corpse knight should gain its controller life equal to the life lost when its ability triggers, because there is nothing white about it otherwise.
I fail to see any reason for which ironroot warlord’s toughness should not be variable, as is its power.
Wow, that new Ajani is awesome, but I thought that his color identity was settled on green/white by this time.
Atemsis is nice, but her (the name sounds feminine) ability definitely feels more black then blue, in my mind.
Cryptic caves is also very nice, essentially a colorless version of Horizon Canopy , albeit with a stricter requirement for activating its ability.
I see that Yanling shall be in this set, so I am pleased to see a planeswalker who has not been in a core set, before. I really hope that Sorin is both black and white, but that is not likely, since core sets usually have one planeswalker of each color (with an exception being made for Chandra, in this case).
5 days ago
Demonic Tutor Diabolic Tutor Muddle the Mixture Dimir House Guard Shred Memory Faithless Looting Final Parting Sulfuric Vortex Prince of Thralls Counterspell Countersquall Mana Leak Essence Scatter Mystic Retrieval Doom Blade Terminate Dreadbore Hero's Downfall Go for the Throat Chromatic Lantern Vapor Snag
2 weeks ago
A few more changes:
- Cut the Phyrexian Unlife , Nevermore , and Counterbalance
- Ghostly Prison and Copy Enchantment to the side and Spreading Seas to the main
2 weeks ago
Thanks man! I definitely get your points, in fact I think my list is too low on the counter magic. I definitely think I should add in at least Dovin's Veto , maybe also Stoic Rebuttal and Countersquall like you have. Also Despark is a smart inclusion as well. The eternal problem is what to cut heh.
The Mirrodin Besieged card is pretty cool, but it might be too slow. On that note I noticed you are running Efficient Construction , I think cards that flicker offer more versatility but also fill a similar role producing tokens, thats why I would run Conjurer's Closet over it for instance. So my eyes are more on Soulherder to be honest since it also curves super nice into Breya, oh and also Etchings of the Chosen might be kinda cool as a thopter anthem that also protects her.
3 weeks ago
i cut a 1 mana draw spells for Deep Analysis but its hard to make a cut for In Bolas's Clutches . i also added a couple other cards to the maybe board that are great for flavor but i cut to make room for stronger cards to keep up with my playgroup. the exception being Countersquall , i would run it but it's hard to find that printing without ordering it online
1 month ago
Delta, I have removed Steady Progress and replaced it with Flux Channeler , because you are correct that it is a much more useful card for the same mana cost. However, Countersquall is too good to remove, due to its low mana cost (not many cards in this deck have a converted mana cost of 2) and the fact that it also causes a player to lose 2 life; essentially, it is adding insult to injury, countering a spell and then punishing the player who cast it even further for their audacity.
I actually did have Putrefy in this deck, before I removed it in favor of Assassin's Trophy , which is a superior card in nearly every situation. I actually was considering replacing Recoil with Cyclonic Rift , but I then learned that it costs over $20.00, and I am not willing to spend such a great amount of money on a single card. Also, I have been on the receiving end of the card too many times, and know how painful it is to be affected by it, so I would feel guilty about subjecting other players to that same torment.
multimedia, after much consideration, I have decided that you are correct about Plasm Capture having too strict of a mana cost, which means that I will need to counter a spell with a mana cost of at least 4 for it to truly be worth casting, so I have replaced it with Dream Fracture , which another user recommended to me in another thread. That card may provide the controller of the countered spell with a new card, but it also replaces itself, effectively leaving both players in nearly the same situation as they were before. Also, doing that reduced the average converted mana cost of this deck from 3.70 to 3.68, which, again, is a very good thing.
Recoil is a nice card, but it will only truly be useful if the owner of the permanent that I target with it has no other cards in their hand, which shall force them to discard the card that I returned to their hand, having the same effect as forcing them to sacrifice that permanent. Therefore, I may wish to find a replacement for it, and I am considering Pernicious Deed , since that card is extremely powerful and has the same converted mana cost. It itself is an enchantment, but its ability can be used at instant speed, and can be activated in response to a player attempting to destroy it or return it to my hand, which means that it can act as a deterrent in tense situations. What does everyone think of that card?
1 month ago
I really like Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God and want to see him stay, so I suggest taking out some of the cards that really want a color that is not black, such as Cryptic Command , Vendilion Clique , and Sweltering Suns .
The counter spells and instant speed interaction like Vendilion Clique and Countersquall adds something to the deck, but shouldn't be the focus of it. Instead I think Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God would do best in a sort of Grixis-that-feels-like-Jund list that wants to make sure the coast is clear with removal and discard before slamming an unstoppable threat and winning.
- Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet - great all around threat which works well with removal and gets better as the game goes on.
- Liliana of the Veil - runs down your opponents' resources.
- Gurmag Angler - "cheap" threat
- Death's Shadow - most shadow decks are very aggressive, but as control decks run low on life generally, it may be a fine way to close out the game while freeing up the rest of your mana for removal or card draw. Would require some relatively major changes to the deck though.
- Cryptic Command - too blue intensive
- Vendilion Clique - too blue intensive and not a strong enough threat
- Jace, the Mind Sculptor - too blue intensive and cards like Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet would be better for the mana and as a threat
- Sweltering Suns - red intensive, but also objectively worse than Anger of the Gods in a Arclight Phoenix and Bloodghast meta.
- Countersquall - Mana Leak should probably be your only counter as life doesn't really matter for you and there are many creature heavy decks running around, but also it just doesn't fit with the discard/removal + slam a threat game plan.
- Opt - blue card draw and selection is one of the biggest reasons to play blue, and I think Opt and Serum Visions would be good for smoothing out your mana, curve, and finding the answers you need.
- Angrath's Rampage - good removal that people won't expect
- Kolaghan's Command - 2 for 1
- Search for Azcanta Flip - good blue card advantage engine
- Snapcaster Mage - just good value
- Terminate - good removal
1 month ago
Then I don't think you need Countersquall , how about swap that for a Swords to Plowshares , Putrefy , Path to Exile , etc. I think you have a couple too many counterspells, in my Atraxa deck I don't play really any counterspells except for well Counterspell . I rely on Supreme Verdict , Damnation , Merciless Eviction , Swords to Plowshares , Assassin's Trophy , etc to remove threats rather than bother with trying to counter them. While, your not a control deck obviously, 1-2 boardwipes could nonetheless be useful. Then I figure there must be a reason that you don't have Cyclonic Rift in here right? Otherwise, Recoil is an easy swap.
I also feel that you can cut some of your other instant/sorceries that read … proliferate. Cards like Merciless Eviction , Supreme Verdict , might just serve you better. I think a little more ramp could be used here also, such as Simic Signet , Commander's Sphere , Fellwar Stone , Kodama's Reach / Cultivate and such (1-2 mana of these would help), So I think cutting a card like Contagion Clasp and or Temple Bell would be a good choice.
So, in summary I would cut some of these cards: Wanderer's Strike , Countersquall , Grim Affliction , Steady Progress , Juniper Order Ranger , Recoil , Temple Bell ( Otherworld Atlas could be more interesting, I use it in Nekusar, the Mindrazer :).
And add some of these, Scavenging Ooze , Flux Channeler , Winding Constrictor , Simic Signet , Orzhov Signet , Golgari Signet , Commander's Sphere (1-2 more mana rocks would help, Crystalline Crawler could also work maybe) Merciless Eviction , Cyclonic Rift , Putrefy , Swords to Plowshares , and Mortify .
Even though my list has been converted to superfriends now, you could have a look at it for some still possible ideas. I hope some of this helps.
Countersquall occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.05%
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.01%