Desert of the Mindful
Land — Desert
Desert of the Mindful enters the battlefield tapped.
T: Add U to your mana pool.
Cycling 1U (1U, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
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Desert of the Mindful Discussion
1 day ago
It looks like you've found all the playable mill cards in standard right now. Unfortunately, black doesn't have much to offer, so it might not be worth including. It provides some removal options, but since you only really need to slow down your opponent, blue will probably be good enough on its own.
I'm not sure how good counterspells will end up being. Things like Engulf the Shore will probably work better just because counterspells require you to leave mana unused "just in case" but you're going to want to play your mill cards.
If you want the deck legal in standard, Battle for Zendikar and Shadows Over Innistrad will be rotating out once Ixalan comes out. On the bright side, Ixalan features Fleet Swallower and Navigator's Ruin.
1 week ago
Your anther hubs don't seem to be doing anything the only reason you should run anther hub is so you can have more consistency with your mana base but in a mono colored deck with only 1 card that can use energy it won't be doing much that an island could already do and I also recommend running more deserts from ahmonkhet and hour of devastation like Desert of the Mindful as it is better than nothing
1 week ago
Not a huge fan of Standard, and blue is my least favorite color, but this looks extremely fun!
Would you consider putting in some of Desert of the Mindful? Since you have low costs, having a Cycle land or two may prove beneficial if you don't have draw spells ready.
4 weeks ago
Something interesting as well about this combo is that the newer deserts that cycle can be usable as well for further budget players.
1 month ago
Ok Ghouul. That has happened to me when I made my first deck, but then had to remove over half the cards to create this as it was not standard. By land that can be cycled, is Desert of the Mindful what you were thinking of? I will probably get Baral, Chief of Compliance one day but it may take awhile.
1 month ago
Urgh, had a whole thing typed out here and then accidentally closed the browser. That's annoying.
The deck looks neat, is it something you've played with already or still in the planning stages? Also just FYI it's Sphinxes, not Sphinx's. :P
There are a number of utility cards coming in the new commander 2017 set for tribal decks that I'm sure would help you out, but considering they're not out yet I'll stick with cards that actually exist. Like Consecrated Sphinx. Also I'm not sure what your budget is so I'm just gonna throw out some kinda expensive suggestions in the mix.
I'm sure a Cavern of Souls and possibly a Boseiju, Who Shelters All would be nice for some extra protection. As for cycling lands, in a mono blue deck that doesn't care about deserts, both Remote Isle and Lonely Sandbar are strictly better than Desert of the Mindful. On the topic of lands, if you like artifacts, there are some more neat inclusions that might interest you: Academy Ruins, Mishra's Workshop (crazy expensive), Sequestered Stash, Tolarian Academy.
It sort of goes against the artefact theme you're running but I personally prefer Mystic Remora or Rhystic Study to Mind's Eye, it puts the tax on the opponent instead of you. You mightn't always draw cards off them, but they're somewhat cheaper in multiplayer games and can force opponents to chose to pay the tax instead of good spells, which is subtly very nice.
Argent Sphinx is actually great in here I'm just realising. Neat.
There isn't a lot of cycling in the deck so I'm not really sure what Curator of Mysteries or Ominous Sphinx offer the deck aside from being sphinxes. Some other fun sphinxes I like are Master of Predicaments and Sphinx Ambassador, and some others that might synergise with your commander or otherwise offer good card advantage are Consecrated Sphinx, Horizon Scholar, Prognostic Sphinx, Sphinx of Jwar Isle, Sphinx of Lost Truths, Sphinx of Uthuun, Vexing Sphinx, Windreader Sphinx.
There are a lot of great sphinxes actually, whew.
Anywho, good luck with it!
1 month ago
I can definitely see the beginnings of a good deck here. +1 from me.
Looking at the deck, my immediate suggestion would be cut 2 copies of Essence Scatter. It is a good card, but it might not be good in all of your matchups and also you have Censor, which is probably just better in this deck. another good payoff for your cycling is Archfiend of Ifnir is great, especially in the matchup against the ever-so-popular mono red aggro deck, even though it's only five mana. I would recommend 3 of these in the mainboard. Also, because of said mono red deck, 2 maindeck copies of Bontu's Last Reckoning wouldn't hurt. 4 Abandoned Sarcophagus is also great because of the ability to let you replay cards you've already cycled. You could, for example, cycle Archfiend of Ifnir on turn 2, play Abandoned Sarcophagus on turn 3, and then play archfiend on turn 5.
3 of Nimble Obstructionist is also quite good just because of how versatile it is. It can be sided out in matchups where it is not very good.]
If you want to run cards like The Scarab God or even God-Pharaoh's Gift, you need more creatures that cycle. Cards like Striped Riverwinder, Curator of Mysteries and Horror of the Broken Lands are great for this. My recommendation would be a 4 of Curator of Mysteries and a 3 of Horror of the Broken Lands and Striped Riverwinder And, of course , the 4 copies of Champion of Wits are awesome, even though they don't cycle.
If you use my suggestions, the deck will add up to 39 non-land cards (I think). In order to make the deck legal for constructed play, it will need 60 cards. Of course, you still need to add lands, but I would also cut 2 copies of Supreme Will, which is a good card, but it doesn't do anything to help with your cycling theme. As for the lands, you can tweak these to fit your budget, but I would replace the Submerged Boneyards with Choked Estuarys, just a better card, and also implement the other changes to the cycling lands suggested earlier.
Sweet deck! I hope this helped. +1 vote from me.
1 month ago
I like this, it looks solid. Any reason for no fourth Ipnu Rivulet? And if you want to get as much value from your Rivulets as possible, I would suggest maybe Desert of the Mindful and/or Scavenger Grounds.