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Damping Matrix Discussion
3 weeks ago
Or make them indestructible, or give them protection from artifacts, or regenerate them if damage reaches lethal, or find a way to Stifle the Ballista's ability multiple times, or prevent activated abilities from being activated (Arrest, detain effects, Damping Matrix, etc.)….
In short, if your opponent is running Walking Ballista against you, there are lots of options besides Hexproof.
If you're the one running Walking Ballista, then you don't need to redirect the targets at all to target different creatures or players. It doesn't hit everyone, just one target at a time, and you would get to pick the targets. And in that case you'd probably want things like Illusionist's Bracers or Rings of Brighthearth to get more out of each activation, since each activation is also going to weaken the Ballista until it runs out of counters.
5hadao on GOT GREEN?
2 months ago
Made another change
Taking animation module out so I can put it in my Muldrotha deck :) and Emrakul’s because it’s less on theme with Rishkar... putting in some more artifact mana control to slow the game down for everyone... but me hahahaha ;)
3 months ago
Aven Mindcensor, Hushwing Gryff, Spirit of the Labyrinth, Winter Orb, Thalia, Heretic Cathar, Kinjalli's Sunwing, Vryn Wingmare, Mother of Runes, Ramunap Excavator, Aura of Silence, Sun Titan, Swords to Plowshares, Alms Collector, Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist, Eladamri's Call, Tocatli Honor Guard, Eidolon of Rhetoric, Kataki, War's Wage, Propaganda, Ghostly Prison, Windborn Muse, Stasis, Static Orb, Glowrider, Rising Waters, Lodestone Golem, Damping Matrix, Cursed Totem, and Damping Sphere
The cards above are powerful stax pieces that are heavy play, yet range from 0.15$ to 5$ on tcgplayer. Below are more expensive cards that still are good for the deck, yet are not required.
Hokori, Dust Drinker, Rhystic Study, Sphere of Resistance, Thorn of Amethyst, Nature's Will, Bear Umbra, Sword of Feast and Famine, Grand Arbiter Augustin IV, Linvala, Keeper of Silence, Recruiter of the Guard, and Thalia, Guardian of Thraben.
Other than these stag pieces (cards used to lock your opponents out of the game) the deck should ramp, have some good interaction, and have draw power too. It can then use a decent field of small creatures and some combat steps, or powering out planeswalker ultimates to win. Below are some ideas on how to do that.
3 months ago
Voltron has been a love of mine in commander since I started playing, especially mono-white. Mono-white has commonly had commanders like Kemba, Kha Regent and Balan, Wandering Knight that on a nearly empty field can kill all three opponents quite fast.
To make Voltron competitive, it must not be needless aggro.
What I mean by this, is that is you have sole speed, and nothing else backing you, you will lose competitive edh without a way to kill all three opponents before any of them can combo out. I am speaking in terms of cEDH, or Tier 1 - 1.5 decks. Mono-white can pull this off much better than other mono-colored deck, because of card like Containment Priest, Rest in Peace, Stony Silence (A bad card for equipments, but a mono-white hate piece), Authority of the Consuls and other combo-hate pieces. These cards are incredibly powerful. By utilizing them, along with cards that shut down control using cards like Ravages of War, Armageddon, Winter Orb, Cursed Totem, Null Rod, Damping Matrix, Stony Silence, Trinisphere, Sphere of Resistance, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, and Thorn of Amethyst can turn off the opponents for good. This is good stax.
When a stax lock is in play, Balan, Wandering Knight and a few equipments, or a lone Stonehewer Giant/Stoneforge Mystic can win the game with little to no resistance. The rest of the resistance can be taken care of by Path to Exile, Swords to Plowshares, Wrath of God, and Teferi's Protection, or other good white responses.
What I don't understand about this deck is why it doesn't run many of these cards. Currently it is the most competitive way to play Balan, and the only one I've seen that can beat Tier 1 decks with a decent win-rate, not as good and Tana and Tymna Blood Pod (The best stax deck), but very close.
Also, why don't you run Grafted Exoskeleton, Infect isn't hated, it isn't even competitive, in fact, I don't think there was a single time in the history of EDH that an infect wincon was considered competitive, nor even played nearly enough to be banned or hated. It also is really sweet on Balan, Wandering Knight, making her swing for a kill with perfect math (Double strike = x2, infect means you need 10, Balan starts with 3, Grafted exoskeleton gives 2, (3+2)2=10, 52=10, 10=10, OHK!).
3 months ago
4xShard Volley is pretty aggressive. I've found that the life gain from Lightning Helix and the utility of Searing Blaze are often vital in a burn deck. I would suggest dropping the Shard Volleys for a 2-2 split of helix and searing blaze.
On another note, is Damping Matrix supposed to be Damping Sphere or just a budget replacement for Stony Silence? Also, though I understand the feeling that it you would want to keep it purely RW, I think Destructive Revelry is just too good (and so much better than Wear / Tear. A one-of Stomping Ground in the main board is what I have seen people use to play the side board revelry. Ghitu Lavarunner is cute and enables the wizard stuff, but I might even say that Grim Lavamancer is better? not sure about this one though. with 18 creatures in the deck, it is hard to say for sure if it will be a 2/2 on turn 2 every time. Even if it is, not sure it isnt still worse than Goblin Guide despite the synergies with Wizard's Lightning (4x Soul-Scar Mage and 4x Grim Lavamancer might be enough).
Just a thought, if you're into the attacking with wizards thing, izzet might be the better color paring with Stormchaser Mage and the new and shiny Adeliz, the Cinder Wind. That way you get access to all the cantrips (Opt, Serum Visions, Slight of Hand) to prowess up your dudes and dig through your deck for a Temur Battlerage or something along those lines.
4 months ago
I'm seriously considering cutting Heir of Falkenrath Flip and Disfigure both are cards that often get pitched to Stromkirk Condemned anyway. Right now I am considering Smuggler's Copter to take the place of Heir of Falkenrath.
Thanks for your suggestion of Damping Matrix it is now on a very short list of cards to consider for my sideboard. Exactly the reason why I came here.
4 months ago
Even not on a budget, mono-black seems to have issues with affinity. My best suggestion would be Damping Matrix, but it does also hose half of your creatures. You could mitigate this some by trading out Heir of Falkenrath Flip for Guul Draz Vampire, which honestly seems like a decent trade anyways.
6 months ago
@snapdisastermage I get you, every so often I find that creatures can just shit on me because my deck isn't formatted against them. Mystic Remora can also be seen as a stax piece because the more competitive of an environment you are in the more cards you will draw or stop from being played. I guess you can play a Birthing Pod package because you have all of the colors or Yisan, the Wanderer Bard combo.