Choose any number of creatures target player controls. Choose the same number of creatures another target player controls. Those players exchange control of those creatures. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.)
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Cultural Exchange occurrence in decks from the last year
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Cultural Exchange Discussion
4 months ago
Things I like:
I think it is a good idea that you have a good number of things to dissuade being attacked. Propaganda effects will be big for keeping people off your back.
The Sabotage section seems solid and you should be able to put the pressure on the problem player as needed.
Treasure Nabber is a great ramp card for this deck and with the bonus of being able redistribute afterward, should be solid.
Starke of Rath-I've always been curious to see him at work and he will be interesting here. Might need to be careful how you use him, but as far as removal goes, the guy is going to kill a fair bit of stuff, should be fun.
Smothering Tithe-great way to get tokens to give away and perfectly on theme! Only shame is they go away once used so it won't help your permanent count too much, but people are probably only going to use them when they really need them so who knows.
Humble Defector-Great card draw especially if you can work out a deal with whoever you give it to. Overall, I think you are going to be able dig pretty deep into your deck which is always nice.
Things I'd replace:
Pride Guardian-likely only going to get you 3 health and die, not particularly worth a slot
Viridian Longbow-a good card in a combo deck but i don't think you will get much from it here, a lot of man to equip makes it tough to use well
Goldmeadow Dodger-not likely going to impact things much
Longbow Archer-not likely going to impact things much
Reckless Cohort-this guy is gonna get himself killed or get someone mad at you
Somberwald Vigilante-not likely going to impact things much
Felidar Sovereign-Sovereign is interesting, I haven't seen it ever win someone the game, but I have seen it turn everyone at the table against the player. The other side (and this is probaby personal preference) is it might feel a little anticlimactic winning this way, but again I've never seen it. I'd say try it out and see how you feel though, it is 100% a legitimate way to win especially in a Zedruu deck
Sword of Vengeance-Not sure on this one. The stats it gives are good, but I don't think there are ton of creatures in your deck that will use it super effectively. The highest power you have right now is 3 I think, so at most they are going to be 5 power, which isn't bad but compared to some of the things they will be up against. However it is hard to know what things you are going to be taking, so maybe it will come in handy. Might need to playtest.
Sol Ring-it is too good to ignore. Between Zedruu eating 3 mana with that ability and some of your cards hitting 7 CMC you are going to want this extra 2 mana.
Chromatic Lantern-having the right colors will be important to using zedruu's abilities and this will free you up from having to worry about that too much
Cultural Exchange-a pretty quick way to re-balance the board, pricey manawise but pretty worth it, especially if you use it give your opponent a ton of things you own (for the same amount of mana Zedruu can only give away two things. If you do this for even 3 creatures are being more effecient and it is a decent jump up for your next Zedruu draw/lifegain)
Well of Lost Dreams-Double the number of cards you get on your Zedruu upkeep effect.
Cradle of Vitality-Put the lifegain to work to make your creatures increasingly large each turn.
Debt of Loyalty-not the best way to take control of things but not a terrible one either especially for only 3 mana.
Blatant Thievery-expensive but you get the best stuff the table has
Chamber of Manipulation-I like this on because for the cost of one mana you can take a creature and then have Zedruu give it away permanently (it won't be given back because Zedruu's ability overwrites that part of the Chamber's ability). At 4 mana total and the ability to continually do this each turn I think this is the most consistent and cheap way to steal stuff and give it away
Ajani, Caller of the Pride/Ajani Goldmane/Ajani, Adversary of Tyrants-Potential Little John? Quarterstaff weilding A-John-i is in line with your lifegain strategy and suitably strong for being your right hand man(cat)
Generally, I'd also say take a look at more tokening effects:
Elspeth Tirel/Elspeth, Knight-Errant-Another potential Maid Marian? I like Elspeth since she gives you tokens which you can give away, and she is can potentially win you the game if she sticks around. Livinia is comparatively not as useful in this deck (it shuts down Rakdos, Lord of Riots, but that is about it in our meta I think?)
Crested Sunmare-Gotta give Robin and Co. mounts and it doesn't get much better than a 5/5 indestructible horse
Griffin Aerie-Similar to Sunmare but maybe a little to fantasy for the theme, not sure how you feel
Last notes, I'd say some things to consider would be some of the fancier lands (shock/check lands) to make your colors easier to get, a little more enchant/artifact removal, and a board wipe or two because sometimes it all must go.
All in all, looking good!
6 months ago
If you give everything away Ward of Bones means you are the only one capable of actually playing cards.
Reins of Power and Illusionist's Gambit might not be directly "giving" somebody something but maybe after all those gift they owe you something... I especially like trading creatures with Player A and then using them to attack Player B.
1 year ago
I told that teachin' lady the only crayons my son needed were red, white and blue.
1 year ago
You might like these cards: Cloud Cover , Flickering Ward , Mark of Eviction , Conviction , Lunar Force , Seal of Cleansing , Zur the Enchanter , Spark Double , Animate Dead , Doomwake Giant , Thoughtrender Lamia , Coastal Piracy , Distant Melody , Cultural Exchange
1 year ago
Bravo! Talrand aficianado here and I like your "One Card, Many Casts" take on him. I have reviewed over 30 different Talrand builds since I became obsessed with tweaking and tuning this guy, and it's true: every (well-constructed) Talrand deck has the same formula on paper just like you said. A few big payoff creatures, support artifacts and enchantments to keep things consistant. The fact of the matter is, while many people jam the staples and format heavyweights, this is wholly unneeded and a little bland. Those spells underwhelm in Talrand because while good spells almost always equals good deck, what makes him the prime canvas for self-expression is that he can play almost any pile of instants and sorceries. The builds that stand out the most for me are the ones with pet cards, oddball inclusions, and the B squad of spells that are always glanced at but first cut from other commanders. I applaud your choice to make an original and creative Talrand deck rather than just "a list you just threw together in 20 minutes" or counterspells.dec (both of which is how alot of youtubers built him).
If I were to offer any advice, I would say you seem to be a bit wee heavy on the permanents, and your curve is a tad high. With the caveat of not knowing your meta, I think Talrand performs better when he's squeezing out more spells per turn than opponents. I can see that this is a more value driven approach than a pure spellslinger, but perhaps cutting a redundancy here or substituting a "similar but cheaper" spell there may tip things in your favor.
If I would comment from my personal experience with Aquaman, I can't believe how insane 0 cmc instants perform in Talrand. Gush , Frantic Search , Snap , and yes even Snapback have all been clutch spells when chained into other effects, as interaction, making emergency blockers, or by bailing Talrand out of a critical situation. Finally, I find these three are Talrand-specific MVPs. - Abjure - Shared Discovery - Cultural Exchange
1 year ago
Big, Dripping Red Letters...Tree of Redemption
1 year ago
Thanks for suggestions! Monastery Mentor is probably out of my budget right now, but I would slam dunk him to this deck if I had one.
I actually had Aetherflux Reservoir in this deck, but personally I grew tired of it because it was in nearly every deck in my playgroup back then. My friend once died to it four times in a row in a single day. ;)
Im not sure how I missed Rootborn Defenses (as I'm always mad at Artful Dodge not being an instant). And Myriad Landscape because I put it in nearly all my 2 color decks. But ramp actually feels okay in this deck, I have no problems casting my pricier spells, so I would probably put Wayfarer's Bauble only to replace other, worse ramp spell.
I'm a bit torn on cantrips. Sure, Brainstorm is hell of a card, and its a great spell either if your situation is bad or good. But I feel that some Divination-like cards like Compulsive Research may not be as good as a cantrip when on you are on topdeck, their ceiling is much, much higher in a deck when you can consistently cast it again for free. I actually changed Cultural Exchange for Fact or Fiction recently, but I was too lazy to update the deck here too. ;)
Maybe I should experiment and try how this deck would work if I replaced all those draw cards with cantrips.
2 years ago
Wave of Reckoning and Cultural Exchange. Cultural Exchange can hit creatures with hexproof and shroud because it targets the player not the creature. They get a defender and you get whatever you want. To play spoiler you can force 2 opponents to trade creatures. Hilarity ensues.