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Cursed Totem Discussion
5 days ago
It loses to Rest in Peace effects including Leyline of the Void, creature theft like Gilded Drake, and extraction effects on Dakmor Salvage (especially Praetor's Grasp because that way you can't take it back via Riftsweeper). Cursed Totem/Linvala, Keeper of Silence will also slow down Gitrog considerably, especially Linvala because it's so hard to remove with our particular removal suite.
Those are the "special tech" against the combo itself, but really the most glaring weakness of the deck is removing Gitrog when it hits the table or countering it. The main goal for Gitrog is to have a discard outlet and the general on the field at the same time, so it's important to make sure that never happens. Gitrog also is a very powerful value engine, which is why it should be removed as soon as it lands, as getting extra draws and dredges can quickly win the game for her. In short, run more cheap creature removal and cheap board wipes.
Instant-speed grave hate works as well, but it's harder to pull off and you will need more than one instance of it. Scavenging Ooze helps here, as you can repeatedly try removing Dakmor or Kozilek in response to the shuffles depending on the situation. Mainly your target should be Kozilek, but if you're sure the Gitrog pilot can't put any lands to the graveyard in response to your exiling activations, then go ahead and target Dakmor instead. Just remember that the pilot will have more and more resources to nullify any exiling effects targeting Dakmor the more lands they draw, so be sure to target Dakmor immediately when they start going off if that is your goal.
6 days ago
1 week ago
I will highlight a few cards which I think are not optimal for your Stax build:
- Doubling Season : Too expensive for what it does. It only gives you an extra token, which is not a big deal in the mid/endgame of the game when playing Stax. It's a card that does nothing the turn it comes into play, which is not threatening at all for your opponents
- Dosan the Falling Leaf : Im not fan of this card, since you suffer from it as well having 11 instants
- Joraga Treespeaker : Is too slow if you ask me. The levelup can only be played on sorcery speed and most of the time you want to use your mana to play other threats.
- Parallel Lives : Mainly the same as with Doubling Season. I feel it takes a place which can be used more efficiently.
Cards to consider:
- Abrupt Decay :Great and effective removal spell that can eliminate nearly any threat that you oppose. So diverse!
- Cursed Totem : In EDH it is a great Stax effect for stopping MANY commanders. The impact is great in multiplayer.
- Necropotence : A great draw spell that refills your hand like crazy...
- Golgari Signet : Easy include for ramp and color fixing.
Also the amount of lands seems too tight. To avoid mana screws, based on your decks cmc, I would at least suggest 32 lands as minimum.
Hope I am of help for you :-)
1 week ago
Ok so I have a lot of suggestions that would make this deck more competitive because its pretty far off at the moment. I'll go by each section.
First artifacts, you should take out everything you have except for Sol Ring and Sensei's Divining Top. Yes even Chromatic Lantern, especially Chromatic Lantern. Spending 3 mana on a rock that only produces 1 mana is too much of a tempo loss in a competitive game and its effect is unnecessary which I will explain when I talk about lands. Instead add some fast mana acceleration. Cards like Mox Opal, Mox Diamond, Chrome Mox, Mana Crypt, Mana Vault, Grim Monolith, Talisman of Dominance, Talisman of Progress, Dimir Signet, Azorius Signet, and Orzhov Signet. You should strive to run as much of that ramp package as you can afford.
Second lands, with a solid land base you should have no need for a card like Chromatic Lantern even in Sen Triplets. Lands like Forbidden Orchard, Exotic Orchard, Mana Confluence, City of Brass, Reflecting Pool, Gemstone Caverns, Gemstone Mine and Command Tower along with Mox Diamond and Mox Opal should be able to provide all the green or red mana you should ever need in a game. You also are running far far too mana lands. With a decent ramp package running anywhere from 29-34 lands should be more than enough.
Third instants, you are running a lot of control style interaction with counterspells and one-off removal which is sort of fine but a lot of it is simply not viable in a competitive setting. Cryptic Command is super versitile but 4 mana as a response is brutal. Needing to leave up 4 mana for an answer will cause you to not be able to play anything in the early game. There are plenty of 1 and 2 mana counterspells that you should run instead. Disallow and Render Silent have the same problem, its just too expensive on turn 2 or 3 when you are trying to play a signet or talisman to ramp you should be able to have mana for an answer as well. Pull from Tomorrow and Flash seem like super weird choices and IDK why you are running Orim's Chant and not Silence.
Fourth sorceries, the only thing here that i notice is that the triple white kind of makes it unplayable most of the time even when you do have the condition met. With all the other creature wipes I would cut it. Also no Toxic Deluge? Unburial Rites is also way expensive when you have reanimation effects like Exhume, Dance of the Dead, and Necromancy.
Fifth creatures, no this one is messy. you have WAY too many reanimation targets, you need to cut some fatties. In competitive re-animator you only need like 1-3 fatties because they should be so powerful that once they are reanimated they just win you the game essentially. You do not want to have one in your hand ever in an ideal world so you really want to limit the number of reanimation targets in the deck. The only ones i see that are worth running are Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur and Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite. You could add an eldrazi titan if you wanted as well. The others are simply weak in comparison.
Those are my thoughts on the cards you are currently running. Now for the second awkward part of this deck. The majority of your card advantage I notice is over time. You have a lot of engines like Phyrexian Arena and Rhystic Study and not many 1 off draw spells like Night's Whisper. That is fine in a stacks strategy when you can slow the game down enough to get the value form them but you arn't really running any stacks effects. This deck should probably run cards like Aven Mindcensor, Sphere of Resistance, Torpor Orb, Cursed Totem, Pithing Needle, Aura of Silence, Seal of Cleansing, Nihil Spellbomb, Tormod's Crypt, Phyrexian Revoker, Blind Obedience. The problem is there arn't that many hard stacks cards that don't hurt your gameplan as much as everyone else. The deck needs a lot of cleaning up and some cohesiveness in its strategy to be considered competitive.
3 weeks ago
Bitter OrdealRakdos Charm Infinite Obliteration Containment PriestPath to Exile Swords to Plowshares Leyline of the Void Scrabbling Claws Crypt Incursion Honor the Fallen Dissipate Void Shatter Syncopate Cursed Totem those are only a small amount of the other cards that hose you, i could continue but yea
3 weeks ago
Assuming you want to go more stax than combo:
- Spirit of the Labyrinth
- Arcane Laboratory
- Blasphemous Act
- Dream Tides
- Pendrell Mists
- Aura of Silence
- Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
- Frozen AEther
- Lodestone Golem
- Vryn Wingmare
- Thalia, Heretic Cathar
- Grand Arbiter Augustin IV
- Ghostly Prison
- Sphere of Resistance
- Thorn of Amethyst
- Brago, King Eternal
- Leonin Arbiter
- Suppression Field
- Karmic Justice
- Salvaging Station
- Aven Mindcensor
- Mindlock Orb
- AEther Flash
- Porphyry Nodes
- Ethersworn Canonist
- Blind Obedience
- Authority of the Consuls
- Orb of Dreams
- Mist of Stagnation
- Tangle Wire
- Cursed Totem
- Mana Breach
3 weeks ago
Finally decided to break down and update the list to reflect all the changes that have been made in the actual deck since it's inception and the new commander decks seemed like just the perfect time. As they say out with the old and in with the new.
For the most part these changes are fairly self explanatory. Seeing as we are a deck that is completely committed to an "all in" strategy there's no point in denying ourselves any extra card draw or cost reduction. The deck is by far much less likely to run out of steam. The only ones that are a little more in the grey area would be the Ash Barrens over another plains and the Bloodforged Battle-Axe which you could sorta argue is a sidegrade to the Gorgon's Head.
What's out on the other hand I'm still on the fence about as a whole. After give or take a month or two of testing these bad boys were the biggest do nothings of the deck either being just some of the more lack luster of the equipments and Cursed Totem always feeling a turn too late to prevent them still getting some value out of their dorks. Sensei's Divining Top is the only one that I ever had any dilemma over and you could just swap out the Ash Barrens for it if you wanna be a cool kid.
Decks still a work in progress but it's coming together. Gonna test out Hammer of Nazahn at some point once I figure out how to make room for it.
3 weeks ago
Lorderos23 not sure if you mean my deck with that but it actually has a combo with the commander included (also a reason why I would suggest exchanging it with the current submission for sliver queen). It's "only" a backup plan creating infinite tokens and using only one slot in the 99 but it can be tutored for and assembled if it needs to happen. I couldn't just replace the commander with any other 5c legend because that specific trick needs sliver queen. I've also thought about putting in Harmonic Sliver or Necrotic Sliver instead of some other removal creature...I went with Trygon Predator for now because it plays around Torpor Orb and Cursed Totem