Crystal Ball

Crystal Ball

Artifact

, : 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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Set Rarity
Mystery Booster (MYS1) Uncommon
Commander 2018 (C18) Uncommon
2011 Core Set (M11) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Modern Legal
Noble Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Unformat Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Casual Legal
Vintage Legal
Highlander Legal

Crystal Ball occurrence in decks from the last year

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All decks: 0.02%

Crystal Ball Discussion

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on Mayael’s Overwhelming Stampede

1 month ago

Hi there,

Mayael the Anima was my first commander deck. I no longer run her, but there are a few things that I learned while playing her:

1) Protection is key: Because of her ability, Mayael is a lightning rod for removal. I'd think about including cards like Swiftfoot Boots, Lightning Greaves, Dense Foliage (you aren't running much targeted removal anyways), Aspect of Mongoose, or some Umbras.

2) You need a back-up plan: You've already have a few ways besides Mayael to cheat creatures in, but I would highly recommend Hunting Grounds, as well as more ramp/mana doublers like Mirari's Wake

3) Top deck manipulation is the most important thing: In addition to Mirri's Guile, consider adding Sensei's Divining Top, Crystal Ball, Congregation at Dawn, and Scroll Rack (if you have the budget)

Also, some haste enablers like Rhythm of the Wild would be good. And I see that the pair of Avacyn, Angel of Hope/Sigarda, Host of Herons have already been suggested. I would consider the third member of the holy trinity, Archetype of Endurance, for complete protection.

jakeelephant006 on its too late they are already under your bed

1 month ago

This deck performs very well with some decently large deficiencies. I think you need to cut some weaker cards (sorceries and creatures mostly) and add in more Ninjas and ninja synergies.

Cards to Cut: Creatures: Definite cuts are Jeskai Infiltrator, but I'd also heavily consider trimming Dark Impostor, Deathcult Rogue, Etrata, the Silencer, and Nezumi Cutthroat.

Sorceries: Definitely cut Hour of Eternity, Kefnet's Last Word, Paranoid Delusions and consider trimming Ghostform, Slip Through Space, or Stealth Mission.

Artifacts, Enchantments, Instants, Planeswalkers, and Lands: I would definitely cut Briber's Purse, Fatal Push, and Vraska, Scheming Gorgon while also giving thought to the merits of including Skygames, Bontu's Monument, Forge of Heroes, Unclaimed Territory, and of, or at least the Amonkhet, cycling lands.

The cards I have recommended are either slow, have low to zero synergy with the rest of the deck, or are typically weak in commander.

Cards to Add Creatures: Ninjas, ninjas, and more ninjas (plus some cheaper unblockables for good measure). There are 19 Ninjas in mtg history (excluding changelings). You have 11 in this deck. I think you ought to have more. The cheapest are Mistblade Shinobi, Okiba-Gang Shinobi, Skullsnatcher, Throat Slitter, and Walker of Secret Ways. Higure, the Still Wind and Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni are both reasonable splurges in terms of powerful Ninjas to acquire. Now for other creatures to enable Ninjitsu. First off, I could have included Changeling Outcast in the last section since it is also a Ninja and you should absolutely be running it in here. Other small unblockables for you to Ninjitsu into are Gudul Lurker, Slither Blade, Tormented Soul, Faerie Seer, Mothdust Changeling, Gingerbrute, Dimir Infiltrator, Baleful Strix, Invisible Stalker, Augury Owl, Sage Owl, Spire Owl, and Cloud of Faeries. All of these cards are less than 3 cmc, and are either entirely unblockable or have good etb/ltb or dealing combat damage synergy (and are mostly pretty cheap too). I'd recommend adding at least 3 or 4 of them in addition to the above ninjas.

Other cards: This section is mostly for general things that you could do to make this deck more consistent and enjoyable to pilot, but there are a couple specific synergies I think you're missing out on. They're both pretty intertwined so I'll just address them together. I think you could be putting in a few more cards that are good to reveal off of Yuriko's trigger and ways to manipulate the top of your library so you get those card when they are most impactful. I am referring to cards like Treasure Cruise, Sibsig Muckdraggers, Temporal Trespass, Dig Through Time, Draco, Consign / Oblivion, Murderous Cut, Far / Away, Curtains' Call, Into the Story, Submerge, Commandeer, Commit / Memory, Discovery / Dispersal, Rags / Riches, In Garruk's Wake, and any other high cost card that has an alternate mana cost, mana reducing ability, split card, or is a high impact card. Then you could also throw in a few ways to manipulate the top of your library like Brainstorm, Ponder, Serum Visions, Tamiyo's Epiphany, and Crystal Ball. The only other synegystic thing you could put in here is making your other creatures Ninjas as well with Conspiracy, Xenograft, Arcane Adaptation, and Amorphous Axe.

Otherwise, you could probably add in some more ramp (Sol Ring, Mind Stone, Star Compass, etc.), card draw (see cantrips above and Last Thoughts), board wipes (could probably replace Bontu's Last Reckoning with some of the ones from the last section or just add those ones or some other good boardwipes) and spot removal or counterspells (I don't see a lot of good ways to deal w/ non-creature permanents in here).

Luckee on Intet Lottery

1 month ago

RNR_Gaming those are some good suggestions! I tried to look for cards that could bring as much recurrable top deck manipulation as I could, Castle Vantress, Crystal Ball, Psychic Impetus, and Sigiled Starfish as examples. Cards like Brainstorm and Ponder are pretty powerful for one-time plays, but I was trying to seal the long game with the previously mentioned selection. However, I suppose that same argument could be used against the inclusions of Savage Beating and Seize the Day, though I thought getting in extra attacks could mean more triggers and potentially game-winning plays so I made an exception.

As for Sensei's Divining Top, I was considering it, but I was looking to budget some of the options to keep things within as reasonable as a price range I could.

Thanks for taking a look! The feedback is appreciated!

yawgmothsbargain on Gavi Spellslinger

3 months ago

Great list you've got going. I love the spell-slinging for value approach you've taken. I have a couple budget additions for you if you like.

I suggest swapping Scrap for Shredded Sails. I love the original Urza's artwork and card frame, but the new artifact hate is more modal and costs one less to cast if you need to.

Also, you don't have a lot of alternative ramp cards like Dockside Extortionist and Smothering Tithe. If you're on a budget, I suggest putting in the Talismans and pulling Myriad Landscape as its just too slow. Also, Migratory Route cycles to color fix you, but it only gets a basic and is practically unplayable. If you're going to keep a landcycler in, I suggest Sanctum Plowbeast. Granted, it's not exactly playable either, but it cycles for a "Plains" or an "Island", so you can go grab a basic or your Irrigated Farmland or your Prairie Stream or your Raugrin Triome, or any other fetchables that you end up putting in the deck. You might also consider putting in something to slow your opponents down like Kismet or Frozen Aether.

Seriously consider keeping Curator of Mysteries in for top deck filtering when you cycle. You could put Crystal Ball in instead, but Curator works with the cycling theme. We all would love to stick Sensei's Divining Top in our decks, but $$$$. Also, if you have Decree of Silence, put it in. At it's floor, it's a free counterspell with Gavi or New Perspectives, and at its ceiling, it eats your opponents next three spells.

I also suggest Hall of Heliod's Generosity to put Decree or Astral Drift or any of your other enchantments back on top of your library. If you're gonna run Akroma's Vengeance and Dismantling Wave, you should have a way to get your enchantments back.

Savai Thundermane isn't necessarily cost effective. I would suggest pulling it for the new Drannith Stinger. Ping ALL of your opponents for free when you cycle, rather than paying two to hit one target. If you're worried about targeted removal, don't forget you have Lightning Rift which does the same thing as Savai for one less mana and is much less likely to be hit by a wrath.

Have you play tested this yet? I've always found both Niv-Mizzets prohibitive in casting. Brallin, Skyshark Rider  Flip and Glint-Horn Buccaneer work very similarly with Curiosity and Ophidian Eye, are far less prohibitive to cast, and with how fast this deck draws, you should have no problem getting to 8 cards.

Let me know your thoughts!

DemonDragonJ on Clash of the Titans

5 months ago

I have replaced Crucible of Worlds with Crystal Ball, since this deck does not contain any lands that can sacrifice themselves, making the ball a far more appealing option for this deck.

DemonDragonJ on Crystal Ball or Crucible of ...

5 months ago

MindAblaze, DrukenReaps, I am actually surprised by your suggestions, but I do appreciate them, very much, since I was planning to keep the crucible, but you are both correct; this deck does not contain any lands that sacrifice themselves, so Crystal Ball is definitely better. Thank you very much for your suggestions.

MindAblaze on Crystal Ball or Crucible of ...

5 months ago

Do you play fetchlands? Strip Mine et al.? Cycling lands? Dredge of any sort, especially Life from the Loam? Any other way that you put your own lands in the graveyard?

If so, Crucible. If not, Crystal Ball is repeatable top deck control for a reasonable cost.

DemonDragonJ on Crystal Ball or Crucible of ...

5 months ago

I have a copy of Crucible of Worlds in my five-colored EDH deck, which is definitely an awesome card, but I am wondering if I should replace it with Crystal Ball, because that card is also very awesome.

I am experiencing difficulty with this decision, because, while WotC has not been emphasizing land destruction nearly as heavily as it once did, land destruction does still exist, so the ability to play lands from the graveyard is very valuable. Crystal Ball is very nice, but the deck does already contain both Arcane Encyclopedia and Temple Bell, so I am not certain if it really needs to have the ball.

What does everyone else say about this? Should I replace Crucible of Worlds with Crystal Ball?

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