1, Tap: Scry 2. (To scry 2, look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them on the bottom of your library and the rest on top in any order.)
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Crystal Ball Discussion
10 hours ago
Nice deck- I enjoy seeing other people playing Commander Unchained. I am fortunate that my playgroup--after some persuasion-- came around to playing with fun cards as well.
A few notes after reviewing the list- Brainstorm, Sensei's Divining Top, Halimar Depths are all great cards, but to truly maximize their strength you need to run more ways to consistently shuffle. It looks like you run Windswept Heath, so you're on the right track, but a Polluted Delta, Arid Mesa, Scalding Tarn, etc would go a long way towards making those spells more reliable. I'm actually not even certain that they're correct in this list: only Terminus and Long-Term Plans seems to have much synergy. A Preordain, Ponder, or even Crystal Ball may just be a better effect. If you do decide to up the shufflers, Jace, the Mind Sculptor probably becomes better than Jace Beleren as well.
Hokori, Dust Drinker and Rising Waters could be upgraded with Static Orb and Relic Barrier. The Orb is weaker in general, but combos with Barrier and Blinkmoth Well to allow you to fully untap while your opponents can't. Similarly, Winter Orb was re-un-re-errated (the only word to describe its messy history) to where if it's tapped, it turns off. This means that it too will work with ways of tapping it to be the only person who gets to have fun.
Anyhow, these are just some ideas after taking a look around. I've been piloting an Arbiter deck for a few years now, and occasionally enjoy checking in on what other people are doing wit him. God bless, and best of luck in your conquests.-McDeity
4 days ago
... so, what's the plan. Replace Top with Crystal Ball?
No seriously. we should start the brew-machine and rebuild it to make it playable. Not Tier1, but playable.
2 weeks ago
I am thinking about removing the following cards, any suggestions will be taken into considerationKraum, Ludevic's OpusLudevic, Necro-AlchemistCrystal BallShow and TellDjinn of WishesPolymorphist's Jest
2 weeks ago
Some cards from that deck that you might consider are Skyshroud Elf, Opal Palace, Rith's Grove, Temple of the False God, Chandra's Ignition, Nissa's Revelation, No Quarter, Warstorm Surge, Crystal Ball, Explorer's Scope, Swiftfoot Boots, Arashin Sovereign, Dromoka, the Eternal, Drumhunter, Gruul Ragebeast, Knotvine Mystic, Mwonvuli Beast Tracker, Paleoloth, Ruric Thar, the Unbowed, Regal Behemoth, Terastodon, Vagrant Plowbeasts, and Woolly Thoctar.
4 weeks ago
Crystal Ball is also perfect.
1 month ago
Yeah, I feel you on the timing front. My Ertai deck doesn't get really effective until then, either. The thing that helps get started strong the most is consistency of the mana base (or lots of low-cost tutors), which it looks like you already have. As is stands, your mana acceleration is non-existant, so you can't play CMC 5 cards before Turn 5, period. You've got a lot of the 3-drop enchantments that can slow opponents down early game, which is really good.
I'd recommend more effects that encourage opponents to attack other players. As it stands, Esper Wizards don't do well in two-player games against aggro decks. There just aren't many ways to slow creature heavy decks down by Turn 4 without bringing their attention onto you. They are out there, you just might have to be creative or look at some more cards outside of Wizard tribal.
Speaking of tribal, The Bones To Build Your Tribal Deck has some cards that you might add in order to increase the effectiveness of Wizard tribal.
1 month ago
I think Sword of the Chosen would help in increasing Grenzo's power when you activate his ability.
Another good card to consider could be Crystal Ball since it can help you consistently scry certain creatures to the bottom of your library.
2 months ago
Sword of Feast and Famine and Bear Umbra are great for making sure you have the mana to activate the Dragon. Also with Intet, scry shenanigans can be great, so things like Crystal Ball or Darksteel Pendant can help fix activations. In your Maybeboard, I see Lurking Predators, great card.