Crystal Vein


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander Anthology (CMT) Uncommon
Commander 2014 (C14) Uncommon
Premium Deck Series: Graveborn (GRV) Uncommon
Classic Sixth Edition (6ED) Uncommon
Mirage (MIR) Uncommon

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Crystal Vein


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Crystal Vein Discussion

Bchong on Menstruating Mind Masters

1 week ago

It really depends on your deck building philosophy. What is undeniable is that a creature based strategy is a bad method in winning a game, because people can easily come back with cards with Vandalblast. In addition, creature based strategies aren't that strong when you are using artifacts.

A couple of ways to play Sen Triplets as a central part of your deck is to either use sen triplets as hand disruption, or using sen triplets to deck your opponent by playing their entire deck.

It was a lie when people told you that combo pieces will close out games. This is the only way to consistently win games.

The weakest parts of your deck is your creatures, all of your equipment except Skullclamp, all of your planeswalkers expect Tezzeret the Seeker , all of your enchantments except Rhystic Study.

Some of the cards your deck is missing is, all of the possible signets, all of the possible talismans. These are mana rocks which are very strong and every deck needs them. This deck needs to have more ramp than everyone else and Sen Triplets needs to hit the battlefield as fast as possible like on turn 3. So you also need to be running all of the possible ritual effects, like Dark Ritual.

Then to make sen triplets a strong card you need:

Mana rocks: Basalt Monolith Mana Vault Lotus Petal Vedalken Engineer Crystal Vein MindStone

Wheel effects like: Windfall or Jace's Archivist or even Temple Bell

Good combo pieces: Paradox Engine

Things to look at players hands: Telepathy (this is the greatest hate magnet card ever) Gitaxian Probe

Protection for Sen Triplets: Lightning Greaves

Hate cards: Notion Thief Teferi's Puzzle Box Blind Obedience

Bounce cards: Wash Out Baral's Expertise

Tutor cards: Trophy Mage Trinket Mage Fabricate Lim-Dul's Vault

Removal and Interaction:

Draw: Brainstorm Ponder Preordain Opt Thoughtcast

Mana reduction:Etherium Sculptor Semblance Anvil

Strong cards: Prophetic Prism Krark-Clan Ironworks Chromatic Sphere Chromatic Star

You don't have to do this, this was basically my plan for my sen triplet's deck. Basically just ramp super hard and then play sen triplets and then cast someone's entire hand. For deck is filled with very strong creatures but creatures in EDH are very weak.

Dienekes on Extra Crispy Neheb, the Eternal

2 weeks ago

Combo: Basilisk Collar combos with Furnace of Rath and Heartless Hidetsugu for insta-killing everyone. Life gain on other creatures is helpful. Library of Leng is awesome with wheel effects, it lets you keep the cards you want!

Card Advantage: Sunbird's Invocation provides needed card advantage for monoreds. Etali, Primal Storm, Loreseeker's Stone, Seer's Sundial, Arch of Orazca, Sea Gate Wreckage, Magus of the Wheel, Memory Jar, Gamble, Mizzix's MasteryI really think Wheel of Fortune is worth it.

Ramp: Thran Dynamo, Worn Powerstone, Ancient Tomb, Sisay's Ring, Crystal Vein, Dreamstone Hedron, Foriysian Totem, Gauntlet of Power, Gilded Lotus, Koth of the Hammer, maybe Mana Flare on the big turn/finisher

Protection: Burnout, Boseiju, Who Shelters All, Red Elemental Blast

Bchong on pretzels

4 weeks ago

Sorry the I am messaging you like this but I kept getting 404 errors when I tried to comment on you sen triplets deck

This deck seems to play very slow and has no discernible wincon. You need to basically takeout every single creature, instant, sorcery, and tap land. And just leave everything that draws you cards, protects Sen Triplets.

You are missing so many cards and effects like Lightning Greaves Swiftfoot Boots, literally every bit of possible ramp like Mana Vault Mana Crypt Dark Ritual Cabal Ritual High Tide Dramatic Reversal Isochron Scepter Windfall Mystic Remora Paradox Engine, all of the 2 mana artifact ramp, Vedalken Engineer, effects that look at players hands, wheel effects, Ponder Crystal Vein Ancient Tomb Lotus Petal, take extra turn effects.

Like an ideal land base is only like 30 lands and then have like 20 mana rocks. Honestly you are trying to cast your opponent entire hand. And your commander is a total hate magnet, so you should be trying to cast her like turn 3 or 4 with something to protect her.

Look up some mana rocks most are very cheap and you will using them if you play EDH for any amount of time. FYI buy like all of the signets, talismans, and try and pick up Mana Vault and Lotus Petal because it will go up in price.

Also you should have a wincon, something like an infinite combo will work.

sylvannos on Would crystal vein be a ...

1 month ago

I think it's fine if you're planning on going all-in on a combo. The downside is the turn after you use Crystal Vein. However, if you draw most of your library via Griselbrand, you should also draw into another fat beater to kill your opponent in one attack phase, or at least position yourself where you can't lose.

In other words, since you won't have a developed mana base after using Crystal Vein, you have to go all-in on the combo, not relying on the turn after since you'll basically be down to 1 mana. This means playing 8+ fatties (Griselbrand, Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, and something else) and 4 Lotus Petal. You may even want to experiment with Chrome Mox and/or Mox Diamond to increase your chances of a turn 1/turn 2 Show and Tell or Sneak Attack.

TheHelvault on Would crystal vein be a ...

2 months ago

For your level of competitiveness, I'd say Crystal Vein is very acceptable. Turn 1: Island, Turn 2: Crystal Vein, Show and Tell, Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, etc. Seems good for kitchen table legacy to me haha.

I ran Tin-Fins for a kind of competicasual thing my playgroup had going, and it worked fine with some Gemstone Mine's instead of Underground Sea. I wouldn't worry too much about using Crystal Vein.

Dredge4life on Would crystal vein be a ...

2 months ago

Basically the title. Im building Sneak and Show in Legacy, and Im not able to get my hands on a pair of City of Traitors just yet. Im wondering if Crystal Vein would be a suitable budget replacement until I can acquire them. My current spread of fast mana is 3x Ancient Tomb and 2x City of Traitors. Not looking to compete in tournaments, just playing competicasually amongst friends. Thanks!

Kingdomsteel on Cheating, an Enlightened Commander

2 months ago

Omg, Narset. I used to have a Narset deck once. Removed the deck since I didn't want people to scoop in turn 2. I used the all-known Enter the Infinite and Omniscience combo, together with Beacon of Tomorrows.

Getting Narset out is you main purpose. You can make your ramp and color fixing as expensive (moneywise) as you want. Using every type of fetch you can helps. Using cards like Lion's Eye Diamond, Crystal Vein, Ancient Tomb, Pyretic Ritual, Simian Spirit Guide, Mana Vault, Mana Crypt or Lotus Petal Will get you there faster aswell, but it comes at a price. Literally.

Once you get narset out, you should be able to swing with her. So haste enablers like Mass Hysteria, Fervor, Generator Servant, Hall of the Bandit Lord or Ashling's Prerogative will definitly help.

The swings are important because you want extra turns, or extra attack phases. (=EXTRA COMMANDER DAMAGE) Expropriate, Temporal Mastery, Walk the Aeons, Time Warp, Time Stretch, Relentless Assault, Waves of Aggression, Seize the Day, Fury of the Horde,...

Essentially you want to cast Omniscience with narset and an Enter the Infinite after that. Swing for 21 commander damage total and win.

"Yeah that is IF you get to cast Omniscience". Just plant it there with Long-Term Plans or use an Enlightened Tutor before you swing with Narset. Find a Long-Term Plans with a Merchant Scroll or Mystical Tutor. Or maybe if you already have an Omniscience in hand, you can use or find a Brainstorm.

Besides the winning part, you have to be able to protect yourself. Defense Grid, Grand Abolisher, Misdirection, Wipe Away, Path to Exile, Force of Will or even an Armageddon or Boom/Bust will help you save your game.

Possibility's are endless. People will be targeting you. People will delete you from facebook. In the end, it's all about the fun. Narset takes away the fun. She's mostly there for competitive play IMO.

Go get 'em tiger. You got this.

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