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Creature — Eldrazi
When you cast Desolation Twin, put a 10/10 colorless Eldrazi creature token onto the battlefield.
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Desolation Twin Discussion
4 days ago
Anyways, thanks for the list - I really want to try it out! Quick question, though: do you feel the deck is still viable without the more expensive cards (e.g., Force of Will, Karn, Scion of Urza, Moxes, etc.)?
4 days ago
Rzepkanut: It's not hyper competitive, and doesn't do much other than ramp in the first few turns. That being said, it's VICIOUS once it gets going, and plays enough countermagic to reasonably get to the late-game.
Not to mention that in testing, it's been EXTREMELY fun, haha. I get to do a bunch of really silly Timmy/Johnny things, and it often comes out of nowhere. I controlled 4 tokens and Brudiclad, then cast Karn, Scion of Urza and used his -2. Suddenly, once I moved to combat, I had six 7/7 Constructs, and swung for an immediate victory. This was on turn 5 (curving off of a Saheeli, the Gifted). It's a bit inconsistent and janky, but it does WORK. I'd highly recommend from my experiences so far!
I used to run a Trostani deck, actually! I really do miss the Populate for this deck, but in many ways my commander is a mass Populate every turn, plus makes tokens. It's really strange, and not many UR decks run like this. I love it. I will say that I'm nervous about not having enough mana to cast Desolation Twin, and all of my methods of cheating it don't cast, unfortunately.
In terms of necessary cards? Hmmmm. There are a few cards I'd describe as "musts": Arcane Artisan, Combat Celebrant, Faerie Artisans, Helm of the Host, Karn, Scion of Urza, Mimic Vat, Reef Worm, Saheeli, the Gifted, and Sharding Sphinx, maybe? But honestly, the only thing I'd say is a "must" is to have a good balance of cards that MAKE scary tokens, cards that make token copies of things, scary things to make copies OF, and cards that make a bunch of small tokens. That balance is tricky, and I'm still tweaking it ;)
TLDR, though, I'd highly recommend trying him at least. Some of the most fun I've had in years.
4 days ago
Am I the only one that thinks it would be super fun to make a bunch of Desolation Twin tokens? They've got to be one of the scariest kinds of tokens that the game has.... although its not exactly easy to get one in play.
It's interesting to me that the other similar decks to this one (if even there is a truly similar deck to this one) would be Trostani or Rhys... which share no colors with Brudiclad, so there are not very many crossover cards between them. The few that can cross over are all colorless....which explains my recommendation.
This Commander definitely enables some unique strategy and it intrigues me. I'm considering building this commander myself too, but I'm still too curious about how it works in practice. Does it win? Does it even compete or is it too janky? What cards are super important and need to be in the deck for it to be any good? I'm curious to hear from you how it plays in practice.
1 week ago
2 weeks ago
Short answer: yes. If AEtherling was targeted by Ulamog's "destroy target permanent" ability, you can flicker it to dodge it.
Long answer: When a player casts Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre, or any other card with a "when you cast this" triggered ability, such as Desolation Twin, Demigod of Revenge, etc, the ability goes onto the stack above the cast card. So the stack will look like so:
Ulamog's Triggered Ability
Before either of these things resolve, there is a round of priority. With Ulamog's trigger on the stack targeting AEtherling, you can flicker it when you have priority, and it will be exiled until the end of turn, no longer the target of Ulamog's triggered ability.
2 weeks ago
CianHauser unfortunately most large eldrazi have shuffle effects that prevent them from ever being able to enter the graveyard at all. Either that or their effect is a "when you cast this spell" not a "when it enters", this stops me from playing anything like Desolation Twin because Whip of Erebos bypasses the cast effect. Even Emrakul, the Promised End doesn't trigger her control opponent cast effect but her trample/flying/protection from instants as a 13/13 is still high value; plus her synergy with Graveyard/Delirium also makes it possible to potentially hard-cast her for 7.
2 weeks ago
Desolation Twin is expensive and the token is weak.