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Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Future Sight (FUT) Uncommon

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Counter target spell. If the spell is countered this way, remove it from the game with three time counters on it instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard. If it doesn't have suspend, it gains suspend. (At the beginning of its owner's upkeep, remove a counter from that card. When the last is removed, the player plays it without paying its mana cost. If it's a creature, it has haste.)

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SynergyBuild on Bruna,Voltron Control

1 day ago

I have seen it said before, but I want to question your win-condition as a deck under the "Competitive Hub".

Bruna, Light of Alabaster is a very good "pub-stomp" commander. I am sure you can understand why, it is really good at pumping out damage once you deck has the ramp and enchantments to pull it off. Good card draw or tutoring allows you to pump it up with 2-3 enchantents that get it to one-shot opponents. That wins in three turns!


I think I should break that down just a bit. You need 2-3 cards additional to the commander, and for the sake of arguement, I will say 2. Battle Mastery + Corrupted Conscience for example, given you only have a few other 2 card "combos" with you commander, this one is the cheapest. All together it would cost mana, but your commander really makes that mana and a combat step uninterrupted. Honestly, winning with 2 cards additional to the commander that costs 6 mana outside of green isn't great, but given you can tutor them up well, which you can to some extent as the cards you need are aura enchantments and you are in white.

Truely, this is wrong though. Intuition and Three Dreams are one-card combos with your commander, sadly your commander can't cheat their costs, so if we take Intuition with Bruna, Light of Alabaster, it costs 9 mana, and it one-shots a player per turn.

Per turn is the issue though. A 3 turn win (killing one opponents a turn) leads to 6 turns your opponents have to answer an unprotected body (no hexproof nor any indestructible type effects). 6 turns is forever in cEDH, and since you run so much of your deck as useless enchantments (outside of combat win), it is simply not likely you can counter everything your opponents through at you.

This is why I question your win-condition.


The thing is, a control deck isn't just trying to win. It needs an absurd amount of card draw and cheap answers to stop every attempt at dropping a stax lock or combo finisher. Every Dark Confidant, Trinisphere, and Food Chain needs a Swords to Plowshares, Chain of Vapor, and Swan Song respectively. You don't have the luxury of running just 20 answers for the 20 threats in each opponents deck, you need 60 answers for the 20 threats in each of 3 of your opponents deck. 60 cards that are simply answers won't do the trick either, you are drawing one card a turn, your opponents (collectively) draw 3 a turn. EDH is a game that every player is at a statistical disadvantage.

So run multple answers in each card Grasp of Fate all the Dark Confidant, Trinisphere, and Food Chain all at once. Windfall a new hand of answers, Timetwister back your answers, and draw a new hand. Brainstorm, Ponder, Preordain, Opt, Impulse, Serum Visions and cantrip your way to the right answers for the situation at hand.

You actually have what I would normally say is the next point, prematurely answering threats. Armageddon can wipe a hand out of the game, if your opponents can's cast the cards in their hands, they might as well not have it. Cataclysm is similar, for obvious reasons, and so is Ravages of War, a card I would greatly recommend.

To get more value out of these effects, you need another tutor like Personal Tutor is a great way to find a land-swipe effect, I also suggest better card draw like Timetwister, Time Spiral, Manifold Insights, Treasure Cruise, Dig Through Time, etc.

Cheap answers like Chain of Vapor, Fragmentize, Mental Misstep, Delay, Mindbreak Trap, Rapid Hybridization, Pongify, Into the Roil, Blink of an Eye, Grafdigger's Cage, and other such answers are the best thing to have a ton of. They are blowouts early-game, useful tempo boosts mid-game, and still relevent late game. Being able to have a card for every threat means spending more cards on ramping is unrealistic at best, but running a deck very low to the ground is incredibly useful, pretty much every cEDH control deck is either stax-hybrid control, or straight 1-2 mana answers, some sweepers, and 1-3 mana card draw.


To end all of this, I would recommend greatly changing this deck, or dropping the "Competitive" tag, it is misleading as-is.

I also want you to know, QKNARWHAL, that I mean no disrespect to you or your deck-building capabilities, I do not think that this deck is a bad deck, simply not competitive. A previous user, Podkomorka had showed similar thoughts to mine, yet did not explain them. Podkomorka also was not mentioned or responded to in further posts, which I hope will not be done to myself.

Thanks for reading! - SynergyBuild (I'll toss you an upvote on the way out)

Boza on Fun Casual Deck Ideas

6 days ago

Budget Acid Trip and UB Processors (if you cut out the expensive lands that are not Eldrazi Temple, you will be able to fit it under 75. Main thing is Delay and processor eldrazi are super fun.

joecool1299 on A Journey of Self Exploration

1 week ago

You're kinda light on Ramp and card draw. I tend to want something like 6-9 pieces ramp and 4-7 pieces card draw. Kodama's Reach, Cultivate and all on the on color signets I'd recommend for ramp. And Treasure Cruise; Fact or Fiction, and it's cousin Sphinx of Uthuun; and Read the Bones I would consider for card advantage. Maybe something like Regrowth too.

Have you ever considered Victimize? Works well with all your zombies. Corpse Connoisseur is also an Entomb stapled to two zombies. Might be worth a slot.

I feel like Rise from the Grave and Rakshasa's Disdain are subpar versions of better cards. Like why not run Counterspell or Logic Knot or Delay or Disallow or... you get the idea. Yawgmoth's Vile Offering could be a spicy edition to this deck over rise. I'll also agree with the comment above and say Diabolic Servitude is great.

Seasons Past could be really really good but it depends on your meta. The deck indicates that you probably want one but if you have a faster meta, probably pass on it.

If it were me, I'd probably cut Grimoire of the Dead (Very slow), Ghoultree (Not really synergistic), Sultai Ascendancy, (It's not a great card advantage engine or graveyard filler), Boneyard Wurm, (Chumped all day long) Altar of the Brood, (My guess would be you'll never win by milling your opponents out), Witchbane Orb, (I doubt it's gonna come up, all that often), and Rise and distain as I mentioned above.

Cool deck. Hopefully any of that was useful.

tenrose on Naru Meha - cEDH Combo

1 week ago

What's the reasoning behind not including the following?:

Into the Roil

Spell Pierce

Delay

I can understand Into the Roil as it's a carbon copy of Blink of an Eye, however the two low-cost counters are usually ones I look to put in most decks I play, especially mono blue. Was there a reason you didn't include these or was there simply no space?

cdkime on Nexus of Fate and the ...

1 month ago

I'm with Stormforge_Mystic--I see the theoretical problem, but not sure I see it being a problem in reality. It's really rare for individuals to deck themselves unless mill is at play.

Let's say this card does see some use, or is used as a sideboard card against mill. Generally, this will not be too big of a problem--as there are fewer and fewer cards in one's deck, there is a vastly larger chance it will be sitting in an opponent's hand when you are ready to win the game. Even if not, Blue can still run sideboard cards like Blue Sun's Zenith, Arcane Denial, Delay, Dissipate, Remand, Void Shatter, etc.

Boza on ProcEspers

1 month ago

@Chasmolinker,

Honestly, this deck was made 2 years ago. I said then that Aether Vial is criminally underplayed. Now, humans is the top deck with 4 vials at the helm and vials are still criminally underplayed.

I have not touched the deck in 2 years. I sold my vials and landbase a year ago, so I cannot rebuild it, but it is the most fun deck I have played in modern. Delay + processors is one of the most powerful things in modern. If I played it now, I would 2 Relic of Progenitus to the main instead of the singleton interlude and reality shift and substitute a flickerwisp for a Spell Queller and have to retool the SB to fit the new modern meta, but it is still a solid deck.

Funkydiscogod on Shared Fate Modern

1 month ago

I have a few issues with this deck: first, you have no win condition.

Second, once you're playing out of their deck, they will be able to cast Baral, Chief of Compliance, and it'll operate differently for them than it did for you. Dissolve becomes a cantrip for them, since the draw will exile the next card from your library, but they don't have a hand to discard from. Mana Leak and Delay have similar problems.

Then, there's the Scry part of Dissolve and Read the Bones which doesn't work the way you think when under Shared Fate. The scry will be on their deck, where they can control what you will draw next.

Anyway, it's something to think about.

Crow_Storm on UB Processors Magic Aids

1 month ago

Delay is so sweet in this deck!

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