Creature — Human Warrior
Whenever you cycle or discard a card, Cunning Survivor gets +1/+0 and can't be blocked this turn.
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|Hour of Devastation (HOU)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Cunning Survivor Discussion
1 day ago
however, if you are dead set on blue, I recommend a list similar to this:
2x Radical Idea
2x Fiery Temper
4x Ash Barrens
1 year ago
Thanks for the nice words and feedback! I'm honestly not sure what's up with Circular Logic . I tried changing the printing but it still shows as an illegal card despite it definitely being pauper legal.
I was just talking today with some people who suggested putting in some cycle lands, I wasn't sure if it mattered whether they are Barren Moor or Lonely Sandbar . I will definitely do that though. Makes them way more valuable in late game.
I had thought about Putrid Imp and Aquamoeba but both are pretty vulnerable to ping (amoeba opens up when I activate its ability) and I liked the relatively more hearty Dragoon with the evasion it gives. I settled on Oblivion Crown as the alternate/supplementary engine since it can allow Cunning Survivor and Grisly Survivor to become even more threatening while being a little more difficult to remove (at least that's my inexperienced thought).
I really like the idea of Gorgers for applying pressure but I'm just not sure what to take out for them. Maybe I don't need Duress and Divest in the sideboard, so I can move some removal (of which I have a lot) and put the Gorgers in.
I'm also wondering if I should have some way to draw. Something like the Careful Study I have in the maybe board. It's why I was also considering Looter il-Kor . I've also kicked around the idea of a Thorn of the Black Rose for the draw that comes with Monarch.
Sorry for the lengthy reply and thanks again!
1 year ago
I'd cut Enclave Cryptologist, the level up creatures are just mana sinks and you don't need a mana sink, instead try Magus of the Bazaar. I'd also cut Call the Bloodline and Sinister Concoction for either Zombie Infestation or Haunted Dead and perhaps try to find a space for Cunning Survivor, Nether Traitor or Grave Scrabbler.
Well that's a few suggestions, hope they help, have fun brewing your deck.
1 year ago
You could play some of the cycle lands (Barren Moor, Tranquil Thicket, Lonely Sandbar) for some "free" cycle cards. Also, I think you should go up on the Cunning Survivor/Grisly Survivors so you have the max number of payoffs. Oona's Grace is the slowest and costliest card you're playing, plus it's not very good in multiples, so I'd cut a couple of that.
1 year ago
At the moment the deck is less focused as I want it to be casual but I could see it being made into either token swarm, draw/mill matters or lifegain so if you wanted to focus the deck around cards like Psychic Corrosion you just need to cut cards from other themes, if you do that I think focusing on tokens with the addition of cards like Bident of Thassa, Kindred Discovery , Coastal Piracy, Psychosis Crawler, Patient Rebuilding, Mindcrank, Altar of Dementia, Altar of the Brood, Undead Alchemist would be good
I am currently focusing on making the deck more self discard focused because its fun as hell and when else would you use Dark Withering, Cunning Survivor or Spirit Cairnbut the lifegain element has actually been incredibly strong so I am looking at making a lifegain shell with cards like Rhox Faithmender,Sanguine Bond, Necromancer's Covenant, Whip of Erebos
2 years ago
This looks fun...keep working on it...Izzet is tricky, must find balance. Bloodmad Vampire and Hekma Sentinels are underwhelming unless you can run some evasion like Slip Through Space or Distortion Strike. I am running a 50% similar build..it's a madness/tempo build using Aquamoeba as a discard outlet: Aqua-Madness. I am considering Cunning Survivor for it (thanks to you!).
2 years ago
You're absolutely right. First build had a third color; without it, the fetchlands are a lot less relevant.
Cunning Survivor is good, but the other creatures seem decidedly "just okay." Won't be a competitive brew (at least, as of now) but it's fun and relatively consistent, so far!
2 years ago
So your infinite combo is to draw? Not sure what you do with that except maybe add Cunning Survivor as a win condition because of the discard triggers you can get yourself can make it swing lethal. All you need to do now is give it haste so you can just bring it back from the grave in the triggers.
After some digging in the card data base I found better options would be to run either Marionette Master as you generate an infinite amount of treasure or Faith of the Devoted as you can just drain them out.
For some real spice you can use Fateful Showdown. Not really reccomended
I am not sure why you have Karn, Scion of Urza in this deck idea to much, unless you were trying to get the token. I would skip that idea because the token can still be chump blocked after all. This should also save you a good chunk of cash as he will be a hot card likely.
I would also probably cut the Mox Amber as the card has no real value in the deck. It is a slow mana source as you can't tap it till you get a legendary creature. I could be under valuing it but I am not fond of how long it would take to become active.
I also advise adding counter magic to the deck to make sure you can get your combo off primarily to protect Teshar, Ancestor’s Apostle or to protect any of the suggested cards I mentioned.
Side deck definitely needs the counter magic, but also will want something like Demystify to get rid of any Ixalan's Binding that locks up a part of your combo (yes even squee can get locked up in this).
Best of luck with the deck. Might try this deck idea you have here with some tweaks when set comes out.