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1 day ago
Greed is a better version of Erebos' already very strong activated ability.
Tamiyo's Journal can be pretty great in a slower matchup, the utility of choosing to draw or tutor makes it good in multiple different scenarios.
Having No Mercy in play means your opponent can only really ever afford to attack you with lethal damage if at all.
Also you should throw in a Kor Haven, it's just a crazy good land.
Sorin Markov does so much here, particularly setting your opponent to 10 life, meaning if Kambal is out, they can only cast up to 4 more non-creature spells before dying.
Ward of Bones can lock your opponent out of playing creatures, and because of your pin-down auras, what creatures they do have out may be worthless.
BONUS: Grand Abolisher stops all sorts of counterspells and insant-speed nonsense.
1 day ago
SURE, WHY NOT?
I'm gonna keep this brief.
2 weeks ago
Interesting approach with the one on one battles. One recommendations I had on my deck that might actually work really well in yours would be Nacatl War-Pride: it'll make a token for each creature and force them into one vs one combat! Similarly, Stalking Tiger has the same, but it doesn't make extra tokens. I see you've got some token doublers in your maybeboard.. if you do go the token way that would be insane, especially since we just got that new white doubler..
You might like Crawlspace, its pretty much the same as Dueling Grounds but more defensive. Oh and I was thinking of putting a Strionic Resonator in my deck, to copy Arahbo's triggered ability. it'll work with your Sun Titan, Stoneforge Mystic, and Eternal Witness as well, so it's not like just Arahbo would benefit from it.
2 weeks ago
I'd recommend Oloro, Ageless Ascetic and going pillowfort, and has that in spades. Cards like Propaganda, Ghostly Prison, No Mercy, Island Sanctuary, War Tax, etc, paired with some artifacts like Silent Arbiter and Crawlspace will help keep you safe while you set up shop. I know I'm missing some others, but those are just a few to start with. and can set you up with card draw with cards like Necropotence, Rhystic Study, Phyrexian Arena, Dictate of Kruphix, and Consecrated Sphinx. I also think Soothsaying is an under-appreciated and under-played card. And if you go with Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth + Cabal Coffers or Serra's Sanctum, especially if the deck is enchantment heavy, or add in Enchanted Evening, you could get a lot of value out of Soothsaying during the last end step before your turn starts. You could set the top 5 cards of your library pretty easily. Add to that the counterspells available in blue, and the board wipes that white and black offer, you would probably have a pretty good start. You could also consider giving the old Attunement + Replenish combo a go as well.
2 weeks ago
Love the deck. Izzet represent :P
2 weeks ago
while playing control, I personally really enjoy having a wide variety of options and safety measures. Cards that give you flash like Leyline of Anticipation and Vedalken Orrery are super handy as you can keep up safety nets you usually wouldn't have like instant speed Supreme Verdict or any other wrath cards. It also makes it super easy to play head games with the other people at your table even if you don't have anything. Also against aggro heavy/token decks, Crawlspace is super nice to have.
3 weeks ago
Good start so far. Dragonlord Ojutai was my first commander, so I hold him very close to my heart!
You have a good build so far. Some cards you might be interested in for the voltron theme are Brave the Sands (gives Ojutai vigilance so he can't be targeted), Steel of the Godhead (lifelink and unblockable is a fun time) and Sword of the Animist (good for ramp, as you said the deck tends to be slow). Depending on how tight of a budget you have, Land Tax is also a phenomenal card.
To protect yourself, I'd suggest putting in Detention Sphere, Crawlspace, Ghostly Prison, and Propaganda. All of which are pretty affordable, especially since Ghostly Prison got reprinted. Condemn is a super helpful 1 drop. I always have a great time with Wing Shards, I highly recommend it. Board wipes are good to have too, as I see you have Planar Cleansing. I would suggest finding a spot for Wrath of God as well, as I've always had great success with that.
Another helpful card is Narset Transcendent. I found her to be amazing in my Ojutai deck, as most of my cards were noncreature or nonland. In addition, Sphinx's Revelation is phenomenal. If you have the money, I'd also recommend putting in Enlightened Tutor, but Steelshaper's Gift or Open the Armory is good for now.
I hope that helps! If you have any questions let me know. Great build so far!
4 weeks ago
Considering your description, I assume this is meant as a pillowfort deck. In case this is the case (lol), here are my recommendations:
- Aegis of the Gods; fantastic card to use until your Bruna/Gisela/Teeg combo hits the table.
- Grand Abolisher; an Abolisher a day, keeps the counterspells away.
- Linvala, Keeper of Silence; bit expensive but not as much as she used to be. No more activated abilities from enemy creatures.
- Avacyn, Angel of Hope or Soul of New Phyrexia; to protect everything on your board from targeted removal and destruction wipes.
- Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir; even worse than Grand Abolisher, now your opponents can't cast spells during their own upkeep or combat phases either. And as an added bonus, you can cast creatures anytime you want; even after your opponent has declared attackers!
- Melira, Sylvok Outcast; just in case your opponents like to use infect.
- Vigor; this is great in combat and even better against red damage spells that target multiple creatures.
- Sphere of Safety; great potential to be even nastier than Ghostly Prison.
- Leyline of Anticipation; almost as fun as Teferi.
- Crawlspace; very nice against token decks.
Whatever you decide to use, I sincerely hope you'll get of Entomb, Buried Alive and Jarad's Orders. First off, these cards are nice, but are better suited in a deck that's heavy on recursion. I'd replace them wih Diabolic Tutor, Beseech the Queen or if you have the money, Demonic Tutor and/or Vampiric Tutor. Second, you're using Ground Seal; this seems very counter-productive.