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Cryptolith Rite Discussion
21 hours ago
I've built some similar decks in the past here is my rundown of useful cards-
MVP Puresight Merrow
Backup plan Disciple of Deceit
I actually put up results in an FNM with a similar freed from the real combo deck- the big issue is that it just can't be played in a hand disruption meta. The deck loses to thoughtsieze.
2 days ago
I see you have Derevi, Empyrial Tactician in your maybe board. You should definitely move him to the main board. His value is ridiculously strong.
Other cards I would recommend that won't necessarily break the bank: Bear Umbra, Kindred Discovery , Reconnaissance, Shared Animosity, Path to Exile, Cyclonic Rift, Yasova Dragonclaw, Eternal Witness, Vandalblast, Shattering Spree, and By Force.
Reconnaissance is truly an all star. It allows you to swing with everything, then remove them from combat AFTER their damage goes through but BEFORE your opponents damage goes through. It's like vigilance, only 10x better. Plus allows you to tap them for mana to things like Cryptolith Rite.
One sided board wipes, clears, or artifact removal, or even just spot removal is always a good thing. Though it might more depend on the meta you play in, the need for those cards.
Eternal Witness can get you your cards back. 'Nuff said? Yasova Dragonclaw can steal some fun things. Shared Animosity can get ridiculous, real quick. It's like a cheaper Coat of Arms (but slightly worse, but only goes for your things...so...you know). Kindred Discovery is a great card draw engine.
Obviously, to increase the consistency of your deck, tutors. And a more expensive landbase. But you said your budget is $150. So most tutors are already out. However, if you decide you want to sink way too much money into it, Tutors are easy, no brainer, inclusions
Now the hard part. What do you cut to put things in that maybe help you combo, or make your stuff bigger, all of a sudden, or just to provide value?
My recommendations for that, mostly based on high CMC or not providing as much value as something else: Zealous Conscripts, Surrak Dragonclaw, Stonehoof Chieftain, Lovisa Coldeyes, Jazal Goldmane, Blood-Chin Fanatic, Blaring Recruiter, and Blaring Captain.
Of course, all of these are just suggestions. If you like the way a card interacts with the deck, or you think it's just fun to play, keep it! It's just a game, designed for people to have fun with. And all that matters is that you have fun with playing your deck. Best of luck to you in all your future games, I love Najeela. She's a lot of fun, and almost no one like to see her across the table from them.
6 days ago
@DrkNinja: If there was a reason, It's Alongside Elspeth in the Starfields of Nyx (Though it was assumed Elspeth is part of the same Literature Circle in Kamigawa as Tamiyo, & Narset; so I guess She's alive after all this? It would be a HUGE surprise if Daxos knew Elspeth is a Constellation, & went directly to Nyx to free her; As an Orzhov Masked, Zombified, abomination. I dun think we'll ever know...
Anyways, Magic Story Aside, what do you think of the following:
Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath: Leeches life, creates BIG tokens for a small price, & can use tokens as card advantage/Lifegain fodder.
Saheeli, the Gifted: Makes Tokens, Reduces price for cards to play, & doubles all Artifacts you control.
Garruk, Apex Predator: Kills enemy Walkers, Makes Tokens with Deathtouch, has Lifegain in the form of Killing enemy Creatures, & an opponent will be dealt 5 or so additional damage from each attacking creature, & gains Trample for leftover Damage.
Estrid, the Masked: This is where the Chain Veil Combo gets BS for real. She gives my walkers Auras with Titem Armor, & you can put as many as you need.
If you don't like Cryptolith Rite for whatever reason, just know the mana potential with a lot of tokens is potentially worth it; unless you can think of a better alternative. ;)
1 week ago
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1 week ago
1 week ago
I still think Cryptolith Rite is still a bit weak here because you only have 8 creatures and 8 card that produce tokens, 2 of which only do so as part of their ultimate. Unless you intend to use Rowan Kenrith to bolt creatures when you don't have Doubling Season, she appears to be your weakest planeswalker. Pir, Imaginative Rascal has a great effect, but is probably your least efficient creature. It can boost your planeswalkers, but it also dies to just about everything, and will likely have to chump block early, or get destroyed through the myriad of burn/destruction spells in the format. Otherwise, I'm really struggling to find a fourth card to remove. Maybe Toxic Deluge because it will still destroy your creatures even with Avacyn, Angel of Hope/Eldrazi Monument on the field.
1 week ago
The cards I would consider cutting are: Cryptolith Rite, Paradox Engine, Saheeli, the Gifted, Will Kenrith, and Tezzeret the Seeker . Cryptolith Rite makes your creatures produce mana, but you only have 10 creatures plus the tokens some of your planeswalkers can generate, but since you don't have enough pillowfort cards, you're likely to be trading creatures with your opponent, making the Rite fairly weak. Paradox Engine isn't doing much, even if you have Cryptolith Rite on the field. Saheeli, the Gifted can make tokens, which is good, but they'll likely just chump block other creatures, the cost reduction is nice, but most of the time it won't be more than a reduction of 2, and her ultimate is lack luster since the artifacts you have are for the most part not worth having in duplicates. Without Doubling Season, Rowan Kenrith can really mess you up if you don't have your pillowfort set up. Your deck does not have enough artifacts to make Tezzeret the Seeker 's abilities worthwhile.
Besides those, I'm not seeing too many other problematic cards, so it might come down to cards that don't help you as much. Perhaps Angrath, the Flame-Chained, Mana Vault, The Chain Veil, Mystic Barrier, Unsubstantiate, Ever-Watching Threshold, and Oath of Ajani
2 weeks ago
Maybe: Cryptolith Rite
Note's: You are running a lot of ramp that touches only forests or basics, if you are going to include big ramp like traverse the out lands too and the basic grabbing lands which is an improvement to the garrisons I would increase your basic count maybe cut some of the tap lands.