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2 weeks ago
I can't tell you much about viability or competitiveness of this particular card as a commander, however what I can tell you is this: In order for Child of Alara's triggered ability to trigger, it must die, which involves letting it move from the battlefield into the graveyard, without moving it to the command zone instead.
903.9. If a commander would be exiled from anywhere or put into its owners hand, graveyard, or library from anywhere, its owner may put it into the command zone instead. This replacement effect may apply more than once to the same event. This is an exception to rule 614.5.
Because the returning to the command zone can replace the event of the card moving from anywhere into exile, the hand, graveyard, or library, any sort of effect that would move it out of the graveyard to anywhere other than the battlefield can be replaced by returning to the command zone, so cards such as Reito Lantern, Junktroller, or Cremate can return Child of Alara (or any other commander for that matter) to the command zone from the graveyard.
1 month ago
You were right about obliterator while powerful for defense he's just...there :( same with mirari and unfortunately Revel in Riches as well a few discard spells may be effective due to toshiro's flashback ability. Some cantips like Cremate or Lose Hope could provide card advantage
1 month ago
Alright, that was along the lines of what I was thinking with regards to bounce lands vs. tri-lands. So that's an easy swap. I didn't think of Opal Palace as a means of getting a counter onto Atraxa, but it's a good idea. I was relying on other ways to get counters on her, and they are not always there.
Path to Exile and Vindicate were on the original deck list, but I discovered I didn't have a spare copy of either. If I get one, it will automatically find a way in, probably replacing Beast Within. I also had Suffer the Past in the spot of Cremate (there are a handful of graveyard shenanigan decks in my meta), but again found I had no spares and swapped in the Cremate. As it turns out, the cantrip function of Cremate is of some minor help because the deck can find itself in top deck mode.
Rishkar, Peema Renegade seems an obvious include now that it is in front of my face, and I'm reasonably sure I have a spare. Same goes for Champion of Lambholt. Thrummingbird is tempting, but I think it probably looks better on paper than in reality because it takes a few turns to set up my board for Proliferate and by then a 1/1 flyer is going to be a non-threat/easily blocked and killed.
2 months ago
The deck looks fun :)
2 months ago
Ensnaring Bridge is at its best when this deck is functioning poorly - we want to have cards in our hand, because that's the best way to threaten other players with the unknown. That said, if we're struggling to get our card draw off the ground, it could buy us time. Perhaps worth trying out, but I'm not sure how effective it would end up being.
Liliana, Heretical Healer Flip was in this deck for a while. She's good, especially if we can get her to flip. I'm not running enough creatures to reliably flip her, however, so more often than not she's just a 2/3 lifelink for three. Sometimes that's fine, because we often need to gain life to offset a lot of our card draw mechanics. I ended up taking her out because more often than not, she just wasn't performing to her maximum in this deck.
Wall of Souls and Stuffy Doll could be quite good, if you choose to move in a more creature-based direction. Both threaten opponents out of attacking us, which is the point of the deck. But unlike our kill spells, they can be removed. I'd therefore rarely be tempted to tap out to cast one of these, but if I could cast one and keep three or four mana open as well, they could be good defenders.
3 months ago
Why do you have the Cremates, Hero's Downfalls and Putrefy still? Unless it's a budget concern, Mishra's Bauble and Fatal Push seem much better in most situations, at least pre-sideboard. Also one more thing, if your not on a budget you should upgrade your manabase with some fetches like Verdant Catacombs and maybe more duals.
3 months ago
There are quite a few cards here, that are somewhat underpowered. Cremate isn't really that good. You want graveyard hate? How about a Scavenging Ooze or Relic of Progenitus instead? Or card draw? There's so many other ways to draw a card.
Hero's Downfall and Putrefy could both be replaced by Abrupt Decay. It handles a couple of the worst early-game planeswalkers just fine, and most creatures too. Comes up a bit short against tron decks, but then it's the card you exchange for something from your SB.
Some level of 1 cmc discard spells would be nice - it is one of the strongest things to do in modern, trading a 1 cmc card for the best card on your opponents opening hand.
The role of Gravecrawler in this deck is not obvious. You get to play it over and over, sure - plenty of zombies to enable that. But what is it suppsed to achieve? attack for 2 each turn? that seems a bit little. Sac to jarad? 4 mana to hit for 2 life seems, again, to be a large investment for a small output. n
4 months ago
Bojuka Bog isn't instant speed, but it is land that doubles as graveyard hate. Though with Blood Moon being a staple on modern.. Probably not the best. Crypt Incursion, Crook of Condemnation, Beckon Apparition, and Cremate. But that is all I can think of at the moment.