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Crystal Shard Discussion
2 weeks ago
1 month ago
+1 Awesome deck for sure!
I feel like with the Ninjitsu you may want to be able to return more of your Ninjas to your hand with their abilities. In conjunction with Crystal Shard I recommend Echoing Truth + Isochron Scepter this is awesome to bounce more things back, but potentially even better is if your opps. create a lot of pesky tokens, you can clear an entire board of 2/2 zombies etc. with this lil combo. I would also suggest Capsize as well.
1 month ago
Would Crystal Shard be worth including? It could clear opponents' boards of creatures or potentially give you infinite Unesh triggers once the Dramatic Scepter combo is up and running. Even without the combo, it can protect your creatures by returning them to your hand and help you rack up more card advantage off Unesh. Being able to bounce and replay clones is a nice bonus as well.
1 month ago
In playing I have found an infinite mana combo: Gilded Lotus
and a buyback spell - like Capsize to bounce the entire board or Forbid.
obviously this is a 4 card combo, but I thought it was funny that I assembled it without even tutoring while playing today. Im sure there could be more combos w/ all the untapping effects here. The deck has many different lines of play and intricacies which Im a huge fan of.
the deck feels so strong once you get unesh out and get going, chaining your sphinges and spells together. Some cards that Im really liking:Grand Architect for ramp and the +1/+1 buff is just gravy.
Crystal Shard has proven to be really useful.
Stubborn Denial seems great on paper in this deck as well but I haven't been able to try it yet. What do you think about it?
some cards Im still unsure about are: Arcane Adaptation( I have 7 creatures out of 25 which are not sphinx)
Have you tried these last two? seems only good with untapping effects or a really grindy game. thinking of adding mystical tutor for utility or some more counters/removal.
2 months ago
Thran Dynamo can help you ramp in addition to your lotus. Play turn 4. Then turn 5 play another island, your commander and have enough mana for a counterspell (because no one wants their commander taken away).
If not the dynamo then maybe a Caged Sun can help.
Clever Impersonator for utility
Consecrated Sphinx for card draw. I call him constipated sphinx.
If you really want to steal their creatures efficiently then Gilded Drake is always nice. Extra points if you bounce it.
Not on theme with your deck but still something to consider, Ixidron is a blue "board wipe." Another card that's not on theme but still interesting is Crystal Shard. Can save your creatures in a pinch of make someone think twice about casting a creature to tap out. Can be used politically to exploit ETB effects as well.
Ancient Tomb for ramp
3 months ago
soul22 Well... It is an awesome card for her but... there are sometimes better options. For example, if I have Peregrine Drake or Scourge of Valkas as examples (or any great ETB creature) and Crystal Shard, would it be better to play Paradox Haze or say Twinning Glass? Or Belbe's Portal? Paradox haze is wonderful but I'm trying to figure out how to play without it to free up a potentially sick slot. Paradox haze can REALLY suck to have in play if opponents play stuff that makes me sac a creature during my upkeep, or that gives me damage then, etc. So it comes down to deck workflow I guess.
3 months ago
This is pretty basic conpared to the Damia jank i played last week. It had Crystal Shard, Fleshbag Marauder & Malevolent Awakening constantly board wiping and Glen Elandra should definitely be in there as well.
3 months ago
If you are looking to do this on a budget, I'd look at more copy creatures and token effects, and replace some of the less good allies in the deck. Cards like Rite of Replication, Clone, or even Dack's Duplicate can give you the Ally synergy without running mediocre cards.
Also, a few more flicker effects can go a long way. Crystal Shard, Ghostly Flicker and maybe even running a Venser, the Sojourner could help.
You could also run Arcane Adaptation. This will let even non ally creatures trigger your ally boons!
What your looking for is more consistency in a deck like this. It's easy to get lost in a five color deck like this, so think about your most powerful interactions and how to have them happen more frequently. Slowly trim the fat and you'll have a beast of a deck in no time. I would focus on a three color pie with 2 color splash.As you start to invest more in cards, look at things like Door of Destinies or Coat of Arms which can be huge boost in tribal decks like this.