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|Commander 2018 (C18)||Uncommon|
|2011 Core Set (M11)||Uncommon|
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, : 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.)
Crystal Ball Discussion
5 days ago
1 week ago
There are so many mana rocks that are better than
that not one single copy should ever get used regardless of budget. The most obvious replacement is
which is the most played card in EDH but the signets and talismans were already mentioned, the diamond cycle, ie:
Sphere of the Suns
are better by virtue of being only 2 CMC to cast.
At 3 CMC you have: Mana Geode [scrys], Commander's Sphere [draws card], Pristine Talisman [gains life], Heraldic Banner [anthem], Spinning Wheel [taps creature], Vessel of Endless Rest [reclaims card for yourself or buries a card an opponent is recurring from their graveyard back into their library], Crystal Ball [scrys], guild Keyrune and Cluestone cycles [animate or card draw], Darksteel Ingot [at least it is indestructible], Seer's Lantern [inferior version of the Crystal Ball], not to mention much better ones like Chromatic Lantern , Worn Powerstone or Coalition Relic .
1 month ago
There are plenty of ways to build Etali and yours appears to be a fun one (though it is hard to make a boring Etali deck). Your mana ramp is well built for Etali and the large creatures.. which will be prone to removal..and no Etali is a bummer. Bolt Bend or Emissary of Grudges are fun ways to protect your commander in addition to what you have. Aggravated Assault goes infinite w/ neheb and is a good card regardless, lastly Crystal Ball is also a noteworthy card for those who can't afford something like Scroll Rack .
Keep the Etali love alive.
2 months ago
I guess I neglected a relevant response to the OP's mention of top manipulation...
Once you begin to resolve an item on the stack, you must resolve the effect fully before adding anything to the stack.
In the case of Chaos Warp , once you shuffle the permanent (or replace the event of it being shuffled into your library), you must resolve ALL of Chaos Warp . This includes revealing the top card of your library and if it's a permanent, put it to the battlefield. That means you cannot shuffle for Chaos Warp , then activate Crystal Ball to scry the top 2, and then reveal for Chaos Warp 's effect.
4 months ago
First of all...I wish I knew about Reinforcements prior to purchasing Noxious Revival to play the same role in my deck, but here we are haha. Also, Reclaim is another good budget reanimator option for this deck.
Anyways, as a fellow person trying to brew with Atla, here are some suggestions. I am not sure of your budget restrictions so some of these may be a bit expensive:
You run a bunch of mana dorks, which are dud hits with Atla. You mention in your description that you use top deck manipulation to help avoid this, but that doesn't always work. You could probably completely avoid the issue by using more mana rocks and sorcery ramp in place of the mana dorks. That would ensure that all of your egg hits are impactful. Your mana dorks are also a bit of a nonbo with Marauding Raptor .
Penance is fantastic for sculpting the top of your library from your hand. It adds additional protection as well.
Nesting Dragon can consistently provide eggs and is an amazing board wipe deterrent.
You might also be creature heavy enough to profitably use Lurking Predators
+1 from me!
4 months ago
4 months ago
5 months ago
Not sure I understand the inclusion of Worn Powerstone over Sol Ring unless its just a placeholder until you get another copy. For scrying power Crystal Ball is strictly superior to Seer's Lantern , [though I would add the Crystal Ball to replace the Manalith as pretty much any mana rock is better here]. My understanding is that despite the low CMC of the deck, Feather is actually fairly mana hungry so perhaps more artifact ramp may be in order to get the engines going sooner.
While I haven't played with or against Feather yet, I watched a few videos and Feather dies a lot even with the instant speed protections so my feeling is you'll really miss not having Swiftfoot Boots , Darksteel Plate , etc. to free up your mana to just buff and draw cards.
Crystal Ball occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.02%