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Cruel Tutor Discussion
1 week ago
Thanks for the Imperial Seal and Cruel Tutor suggestions! I'd pick Seal here because I try my best not to have too many cards sitting at the same CMC as my commander, especially with Cruel being playable only at Sorcery speed. But then again, Imperial is like $200, lmao!
I feel so dumb! I had a Soothsaying a few months back, but I wound up trading it for some things I needed back then. I find cards like that to be important, especially when there's nothing better to use your mana on during any given turn.
Thanks for the compliment for the description, I actually wrote it! I do a lot of writing in my spare time, I'm super into comic books and I used to work as the head lyricist of my former music group, Falconshield.
1 week ago
Another card you might be interested in is Soothsaying. It fixes your top deck and also gives you an option to shuffle your library.
I especially like the quote at the beginning of the description. It was the main reason for the upvote. Lol. Would you mind telling me where it was from? And if you have the time, can I solicit some comments for my own Aminatou list? Thank you.
1 week ago
I have a few questions,
2) What is the major advantage to using Jeweled Amulet instead of another 0 CMC artifact like Mox Amber? At best, Jeweled Amulet can be used every other turn and only offers replacement/filter/storage of a single mana. Mox Amber can be used as soon as Grenzo, Dungeon Warden is in play.
3) If using Plunge into Darkness as a quasi tutor, why not substitute it for Cruel Tutor? Cruel Tutor is sorcery speed so that is a small disadvantage and it has the drawback of placing the card on the top of the library but, that can be played around with Chromatic Sphere, Chromatic Star, Sensei's Divining Top, Scroll Rack and Necropotence.
2 weeks ago
Liliana of the Veil is usually considered the budgetless version of Necrogen mists, but it’s also a pretty big target. I’m not sure how competitive Geth's Grimoire is but drawing off everyone’s discard is always nice.
I’m also noticing Mike and Trike as a wincon. If you wanted a more on theme win (permanent destruction) maybe try The Gitrog Monster, with Dakmor Salvage and Skirge Familiar. And maybe incorporate some extra lands for turn spells like Exploration?
Tendershoot’s here for token-fodder, I’m guessing? You could also use Sadistic Hypnotist for more discards.
I’d also replace Zhur-ta Druid with Birds of Paradise
3 weeks ago
Initial thoughts: Your curve is very 3 mana heavy, this is good and bad, means you can flood early, but leads to some dead draws late, assuming good draws, this will be fine.
For the amount of life you gain, Rhox Faithmender may be good in this deck. Big emphasis on may though.
For the amount of recursion you have, you need more sacrifice outlets. Diamond Valley Miren, the Moaning Well Phyrexian Tower Innocent Blood Vampiric Rites maybe even Carnage Altar Diabolic IntentDisciple of Griselbrand Hidden Stockpile Skirsdag Flayer Ashnod's Altar Attrition Bontu the Glorified
Oh, you sorta require Grave Pact I know it has a HUGE black requirement, but it's very much required in this sort of deck.
Some cards I'd consider cutting:
Arashin Cleric not good enough.
Greed you already have Erebos, God of the Dead you may as well replace with something better like Yawgmoth's Bargain Arguel's Blood Fast Flip that being said, you need more card draw. So maybe grab Necropotence or some of the other draw cards I've recommended here.
Some misc cards/tings (boom) you may want to consider:
Enchantment tribal? Constellation is a fun mechanic.
1 month ago
A few cards I think we might see in the esper deck:
Arbiter of the Ideal, Cruel Tutor, Diabolic Vision, and maybe even Brilliant Ultimatum.
I'm not going to hold my breath, but what I really want to see is Scroll Rack.
1 month ago
Mental Misstep might be a better card, as there is no inherent card disadvantage, and it still hits a ton.
Dispel, Ponder, Preordain, and Spell Pierce would be my other additions, dropping Tooth and Nail, Cruel Tutor, mikeaus, the unhallowed, Beseech the Queen, and Triskelion, it would lower your curve, and up the general playability against other Flash-Hulk Lists, Loops lists with Thrasios, Triton Hero, Tainted Shimmer Zur, and Yidris storm lists.
I also suggest switching your current Hermit Druid wincon from Laboratory Maniac to Necrotic Ooze, and dropping Phyrexian Devourer for the classic Wall of Roots, Blighted Bat, Devoted Druid, Channeler Initiate, and Walking Ballista win condition
2 months ago
Tough to tell. A worst case I can see is that he replaces himself in my hand with a CMC < 4 card, So i haven't lost any card advantage. I get what your saying, I've wasted my Kaalia of the Vast swing for a 6/6 Flample at this point. If Kaalia of the Vast gets killed, it hasn't delivered any value. In my build 36 / 63 = 57.1% I'll only get 1 card as well. Using Hypergeometric probability, 24.9% I'll get 2 cards, 10.6% 3 cards, 4.5% 4 cards, 2.9% 5 or more. I can't tell if that is going to be worth the slot he's taking. If he draws me 3 cards (10.6%) I pay 3 life, I'm probably quite happy, because 2 cards are CMC >= 4 and 1 is CMC < 4. Need to see him in action a couple times, but worst-case I do not lose a card in hand advantage, gets me 1 card draw closer to that Iona, Shield of Emeria in my deck, and potentially he filters out some lands I would have top-decked (ew).
Trying to figure out his opportunity cost here, I already have Master of Cruelties and Iona, Shield of Emeria in my build, so those aren't options/opportunities. I can't see any other A/D/D that are on that level, I replaced Archangel Avacyn Flip with Demonlord Belzenlok, but her CMC5 was challenging too, and it only made creatures indestructible, and on occasion would wipe out my Kaalia of the Vast with her flip ability.
To get a Master of Cruelties or Iona, Shield of Emeria that means I would need a Tutor to hand, Gamble? It is cast/gone and then it also forces a discard, so I go down net 1 card, which might actually be the card I tutored. Also with 0 cards in hand it's just an Entomb. Diabolic Tutor but that is CMC4, but maybe better, in general it is too high a CMC. Cruel Tutor for CMC3 does top of library only, but maybe? Beseech the Queen i've been thinking about for a while, but it is limited by the number of lands I have, so can't pull a Razaketh, the Foulblooded. There are CMC5 tutor with Cycling or Spell Mastery etc, none feel just right. Imperial Recruiter but there's no Power 2 creature that helps me out that much, tutor the Dark Confidant maybe would be his best option, or Grand Abolisher/Mother of Runes?
I've found I'm at critical mass of A/D/D where sometimes (occassionally), I do not have an A/D/D and Kaalia of the Vast sits without anything to resolve. For a while I've been thinking of increasing my A/D/D by another 1.
Some other creatures I'm considering are Angel of Sanctions small and doesn't permanently exile it, Archfiend of Depravity which is situational, Aurelia, the Warleader which doesn't trigger properly with Kaalia of the Vast, Bruna, the Fading Light which doesn't work with Kaalia of the Vast, Disciple of Bolas which is a different way to draw cards, but it requires a creature to sacrifice, Maralen of the Mornsong which by itself is a dead draw and not an A/D/D, only powerful with Stranglehold (High CMC), Silverblade Paladin who I miss, but he was cut to increase my A/D/D odds so Kaalia of the Vast wasn't sitting doing nothing, Steel Hellkite who since being in the deck since inception has done nothing except destroy 1 Mana Crypt and 1 Sol Ring for all his efforts, Zodiac Dragon which I can't afford, but even so, he's not trample or flying, so limited usefulness, if any.
What other opportunities are > Demonlord Belzenlok, that's the key question. Right now have to see how he goes. I'm ok if he pulls me 3 cards to my hand and gives me a 6/6 Flample. Maybe he pulls me a Tutor so I can pull Teferi's Protection and protect my Kaalia of the Vast long enough to play the Razaketh, the Foulblooded he also pulled to my hand? I know that's a best-case type scenario, but it could happen?
Let me know if you get him resolved and if he does work, or if he's just a big flop.