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Cryptic Serpent costs less to cast for each for each instant and sorcery card in your graveyard.
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Cryptic Serpent Discussion
2 days ago
Pteramander will possibly see play in a UR build with Arclight Phoenix , Crackling Drake , Bedlam Reveler or Cryptic Serpent + a whole heap of spells... Except of those cards Pteramander doesn't compare that well...
1 week ago
Yeah izzet is great :D I like Abrade and I tought about bringing in some more, but I think Anger of the Gods could be an alternative, too. Mana Leak has its weakness in the late game, like we all know, and because of this reason I think that more than 2 of them are not an good idea in my list. I love Cryptic Serpent too and I'm playing it in my Mono Blue Control - Ultra Budget. I will give it a try in this list, too, but I think I'll keep it in the other build. Field of Ruin will be added!
2 weeks ago
First I'd suggest you edit your deck list and under Format where it says Standard, change this to Modern. EDIT - Ugh, I can't actually suggest the linked cards because your deck is in the wrong format. :-(
I can think of maybe three ways to help fix your mana, that don't involve splashing green (not you Scuttlemutt or Vesper Ghoul), the first is Lotus Bloom. The second is in a similar vein Pentad Prism, slightly less efficient though. The third is a 2 card combo Invisible Stalker + Dowsing Dagger Flip, obviously this would dilute your deck more than the first two options, but maybe?
Fog effects will protect your Planeswalkers Darkness, Holy Day if you are worried about creature damage, Apostle's Blessing will work in most cases (sigh, Eldrazi), both would require you to keep 1 mana open though, then again your a control deck with counter-spells, so that shouldn't be an issue.
Your last issue is the toughest to provide a solution to, maybe Myth Realized, Cryptic Serpent? Left-field Laboratory Maniac, if you Ad Nauseam on your opponents turn or Conflagrate, if you Ad Nauseam on your turn? I'd also suggest a Boseiju, Who Shelters All in your sideboard, to protect the combo kill...
Thats all I've got, hope this at least gives you some ideas, good luck with your brew.
2 weeks ago
I feel like you need to refocus your spell package, it's kind of all over the place, theres allot of 1 ofs and I feel like that just creates inconsistencies. But to start I would play at a minimum of 3 Mana Leak and 2 Abrade and then go from there. I'm not a fan of Essence Scatter, with all of the Cavern of Souls decks running around, or Electrolyze atm, I just dont feel it hits enough relevant threats in this metta.
Also maybe 3 Field of Ruin? Great main board hate for tron and cavern of souls. Also surprisingly not bad for color fixing in budget decks
2 weeks ago
Your deck isn't pure control, rather it is an aggro-control hybrid, which is fine.
Lets deal with the NO (counters) section of a control deck. The first cards I thought of when looking at your deck were Delay, Grimoire Thief and Countersquall but they might be more than you want to spend. Since your using creatures to exile Familiar's Ruse is budget friendly and gives you the chance to recast your creature and exile a new card. Judge's Familiar is a creature and a cheap evasive creature at that, so is probably worth consideration. Perplex Might work as a counter or tutor. Honorable mentions Dawn Charm (fog or conditional counter), Dash Hopes (a black counter, really) and Dissipate. You might want to think about other spells too Thought Scour, Vapor Snag, Appetite for Brains, Castigate and Transgress the Mind...
The creature side of my suggestions is much shorter, first up is two one drops Deadeye Tracker and Mardu Woe-Reaper, they have similar uses essentially sending cards back to exile. For two drops there is Brain Maggot, basically additional copies of Tidehollow Sculler. Now we jump a bit to the control finisher, your using The Eldest Reborn I'd suggest backing that up with Cryptic Serpent and maybe Tasigur, the Golden Fang. Finally Murk Strider is worth consideration as well.
I'm not expecting you to use all of these cards, rather I'm throwing out ideas that might be of use to you. Hopefully this is of help, have fun with your brew.
2 weeks ago
I'd recommend either Soul-Scar Mage or Monastery Swiftspear to give you another low mana cost creature and an early play, they also both survive Pyroclasm. You might also want to consider a couple of copies of Cryptic Serpent, which isn't quite a budget Bedlam Reveler, but it's similar enough.
A quick note on Guttersnipe, it's a trap, partly because he's a horrible topdeck and partly due to cards like Pyromancer Ascension and Quest for Pure Flame, which perform a similar role but are harder to remove and cost less to cast. Eidolon of the Great Revel appears in modern burn because your opponent is forced to burn themselves to just play magic and most spells used in modern are under 3 CMC, since it's a turn 4 format.
On the subject of traps Traumatize isn't a good card either, primarily because it cost's 5 mana, even mill decks don't play it. Faithless Looting, Cathartic Reunion, Tormenting Voice or even Magmatic Insight are all better choices, probably in the order I've written them. I hope this is of some help, good luck brewing your deck.
2 weeks ago
i think adding Cryptic Serpent for the quantity of spells you got and replaceing Jace's Ingenuity for Pull from Tomorrow would be good, Pongify and the like plus all the bouncing spells would be a better way to deal with the opponents win conditions at least as a sideboard... not much more i can say without playtesting it so take it with a grain of salt :p
3 months ago
dalamosu, I think Ahmonkhet cycles with Guilds of Ravnica release. I don't think Commit / Memory or Cryptic Serpent will be standard legal. I'm positive you can't play Zhalfirin Void in this shell, even though I love that land. You just seem screwed if you don't have your opening colours on time.