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Cryptolith Rite Discussion
13 hours ago
Love the deck, not sure how much help it would be, but Cryptolith Rite might help you out.
23 hours ago
You have so many ways to make use of extra mana, and lots of creatures. Cryptolith Rite would be amazing here, i suggest adding 2-3 copies. It can help you really go over the top by generating a lot of extra mana.
Heroic Intervention, while a cool effect, isn't something i would want more than 1-2 copies of in my maindeck. Keeping up 2 mana is a very real cost, and it doesn't even protect you from Engulf the Shore or Yahenni's Expertise.
Compulsory Rest is an odd choice for a removal spell, since it doesn't really answer creatures with powerful static abilities like Metallic Mimic, Lord of the Accursed, Winding Constrictor or Tireless Tracker. You might want to consider Stasis Snare or Declaration in Stone to replace it.
2 days ago
Quadsimotto I like the way you think I may actually put in Transgress the Mind into the side board and pull out the Panharmonicon, with the combo of Hidden Stockpile and Cryptolith Rite it's faster to use Approach of the Second Sun in either 2 turns or one if you've got both in hand and a board of servo's. either way you'd scry down 6 to get to Approach of the Second Sun trigger Hidden Stockpile and refill your board. Putting inTriskaidekaphobia is a third or 4th win con in this deck and a bit clunky that may bite you as well as it doesn't discriminate as to who is losing. Dispossess is a good side board and overlapping removal with transgress, I also only own 1 so i can't really put in a playset to test in this weekends gameday at my lgs. Maybe next weeks fnm.
2 days ago
There are 6 cards that each let you directly convert mana into creature tokens at a 1=1 ratio.
Any one of these cards with your commander, and you can make as many tokens as you have mana, turn after turn after turn. I would strongly suggest running all six, as that maximizes the chances of having one in your opening hand, and of drawing a replacement if one should meet an untimely end.
Any one of the above-mentioned "Six Keys" will go infinite with your Ashnod's Altar, but if you want to pursue having them go infinite I would recommend also adding an Earthcraft. It is fantastic mana ramp by itself, similar to your Cryptolith Rite, but allowing you to tap creatures the turn they come into play, thus giving you your mana sooner, and enabling infinite combos.
Geralf's Messenger deals infinite loss of life when combined with your altar and your commander, and can otherwise be exploited as a token generator.
Since you run Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, you could always add in a Triskelion for an infinite damage combo that does not rely upon your commander. Slotting in Tooth and Nail to fetch them out together makes for a nice single card wincon. (Triskelion would slot in nicely for Walking Ballista maybe)
Sacrifice effects are amazing in this deck, and a Dictate of Erebos or Grave Pact can give you control of the game. The one I would really recommend, however, is Martyr's Bond, as it bring retribution for any permanent of yours that is destroyed, while still working as a field wipe as you sac creatures.
Deathreap Ritual and Smothering Abomination lets you receive good card draw when you sacrifice tokens, and Eldrazi Monument give all your creatures Flying, Indestructible, and +1/+1, at the cost of 1 token per turn.
3 days ago
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4 days ago
you are right about the lack of mana rocks, especially with land destruction in the deck. I'll consider switching out Impending Disaster for Cryptolith Rite, so if I ramp into Obliterate Cryptolith Rite will remain on the field.
4 days ago
Cryptolith Rite seems like powerful tool for your deck, since you have lots of creatures and lots of ways to make use of extra mana. Nullmage Shepherd could also really shine here, and i think with access to blue mana, running a small number of counterspells as protection against cards like Wrath of God might be helpful. Maybe Unified Will or Swan Song deserve a spot?
4 days ago
LeonGraves123: I'm glad you like the deck! :) Of the cards you highlighted, Cauldron of Souls and Mikaeus, the Unhallowed definitely could find slots. Cryptolith Rite is also something that might work, though the mana curve is low-ish in the deck and it's better to avoid tapping your snakes. I usually don't like Concordant Crossroads much, because it gives your opponents so much advantage... I'm not sure. But the issue really is that the slots are tight. If you wanted to reduce the stax aspect of the deck you could remove some of them for these additions...or maybe Dusk Urchins? If you like the deck, upvotes are always appreciated :)
guard5: If you wanted to remove the Stax from the deck, I'd add more combo cards (particularly Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and tutors). Fair warning that any deck that plays with -1 counters is going to be relatively staxy by its nature...