Despark

Despark

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Exile target permanent with converted mana cost 4 or greater.

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Commander 2020 (C20) Uncommon
War of the Spark (WAR) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Historic Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Vintage Legal
Limited Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Modern Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Arena Legal
Pioneer Legal
Block Constructed Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Legacy Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Highlander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Despark Discussion

itsbuzzi on Wither to Dust

1 week ago

For the same cost they have Despark which is just an all around good card, but restricted to higher CMC permanents. I do like Dire Tactics and Humans are one of the more popular creature types anyway. 1-2 mana removal spells are almost always mana efficient so I'll always use them and play around the downside if need be.

jaymc1130 on New EDH player please Help!

1 month ago

Sounds like a fairly standard Consultation line, or maybe a Doomsday set up.

Usually these wins revolve around cards like Demonic Consultation, Tainted Pact, Doomsday, Thassa's Oracle, Jace, Wielder of Mysteries, and Laboratory Maniac.

There are a number of ways to punish this line of play that are very effective.

Angel's Grace will prevent him from winning and he won't be able to interact with Angel's Grace when it's cast. This will, at a minimum, give your group a turn cycle to come up with an answer to his board state, or result in him killing himself outright if he used Thassa's Oracle.

Trickbind works similarly, it's got split second so it can't be interacted with on the stack, and it counters the triggered ability of Oracle or the activated ability of Jace, but doesn't really affect Lab Man. Again, with Oracle he just dies on his next turn, but with Jace this option buys the table a turn cycle to find a way to kill the Jace.

Mental Misstep is an excellent answer to Demonic Consultation.

Dispel is a good way to interact with both of the Forbidden Tutors (Demonic Consultation and Tainted Pact). Many other counterspells are also excellent in this role. The key is being prepared for him to attempt his line of play and then busting out the countermagic you were saving for that situation.

Spell Snare hits both Oracle and Tainted Pact.

Geier Reach Sanitarium can be used to force him to draw with an Oracle etb trigger on the stack, but is less useful against Lab Man and Jace. Any spell that can force him to draw at instant speed while an Oracle trigger is on the stack will cause him to lose as well.

Torpor Orb, Hushbringer, and Hushwing Gryff are cards that prevent creature ETB triggers and can be good answers to the Oracle.

Any form of instant speed creature removal is an excellent way to answer Lab Man while he has a draw trigger on the stack that would draw on his empty library and win the game. Lab Man will die, he will draw, then he will die.

Despark, Assassin's Trophy and other instant speed universal removal can be an excellent answer to Jace's draw ability trigger. Jace will die, he will draw, then he will die.

Meddling Mage and other cards that prevent him from playing important pieces of his line of play are also good solutions but can be vulnerable to removal.

ExpozeD on Nightmare's Vessel

1 month ago

I like what you got going here. I would suggest swapping out Sticher's Supplier for Serrated Scorpion

The mill doesn't seem necessary, as you aren't discarding bombs to reanimate early.

Maybe Despark though? Looks like a good build.

golgarigirl on Kelsien, the Plague

2 months ago

I like what you've got going so far, but it needs a little streamlining...a little focus. We're going to take a look at how many cards do these things you want to do in your description. Sorry if this gets a little long winded...

If you're going to be giving deathtouch, it would be great to have more creatures that would really benefit from it. To me, that's either more of Kelsien's type...'pingers' as my playgroup calls them...such as Blood Cultist, Goblin Sharpshooter, and Deathbringer Thoctar, OR it's some giant nasties such as Chandra's Incinerator, Inferno Titan or Sun Titan, (but only if they work with the deck). Of the creatures you currently have, only Kelsien and Kalmne really do anything neat with deathtouch, meaning multiples of deathtouch cards are kind of wasted.

By adding more ways to find our deathtouch, we add ways to find other useful things too, and trim the worse deathtouch cards. We can replace things like Gorgon's Head and Flail with Heliod's Pilgrim and Open the Armory, we gain access to way more options, both if we do or do not need deathtouch at the moment.

The Mardu colors are amazing at killing things. Your deck should be able to mow down normal creatures without much problem, so removal that just 'destroy target creature's something is not what we want. You've already got some great exile options, but those are also excellent at dealing with other things, so I'd like to suggest the tried and true Swords to Plowshares and Path to Exile, as well as Crackling Doom for really troublesome creatures. Despark and Generous Gift take care of everything else, and bonus points, Gift gives another creature for you to snipe. Shriveling Rot plays right into your strategy as well.

Like your deathtouch, I would really look at the quality of your reanimation. Is it better to have just a few really good pieces and consistently draw/tutor into it, or a lot and find that there isn't anything worthwhile to reanimate (I've been there)? A lot of these cards cost a bit of mana as well, so I would play some more mana rocks and card draw to help you get online faster. Signets like Rakdos Signet that come down before Kelsien are especially good (and I often run my rocks with Daretti, Scrap Savant, so I can turn them into important artifacts my opponents have destroyed later on). Black Market will also get us there in the long run. I like Torbran, Thane of Red Fell to really bulk up our 'ping' damage, and Sigarda's Aid just because it's awesome. Finally, Thrilling Encore does exactly what you want in this deck, and can even surprise your opponents after a board clear.

griffstick on Good cheap staples to pick …

2 months ago

This are the staple cards you need to get.

Creatures

Instants

Sorceries

Artifacts

Enchantments

Planswalkers

I hope this helps because it took forever to type out.

Azeworai on Life Drain - EDH

2 months ago

Alright, I have some suggestions. Now, never have I dipped in the complot of nocent life-gain, but I do see some follies withal the current decklist.

So, ramp and card draw are necessities of any commander strategy. I typically play decks that dump their hands aggressively, thus I have far more draw than normal. Around 34 slots grant me card advantage and 11 slots are for ramp. Here, you have four cards of ramp and five cards of draw. Granted, one of the draw engines is your commander, but that's six-mana afore it does so.

Furthermore, there are plenty of cards in here that just lack reach. Ajani's Sunstriker is horrid to draw turn 8 and onwards. It may be aggressive betime in the match, yet it is outclassed far too quickly.

So, what I'd cut due to card quality: Agent of Masks, Ajani's Sunstriker, Drana's Emissary, Fog Bank, Goldenglow Moth, Grim Guardian, Night Market Lookout, Oreskos Sun Guide, Pride Guardian, Servant of Tymaret, Wall of Essence, Elixir of Immortality, Fountain of Renewal, Narrow Escape, Spell Pierce, and Mana Leak.

Alright, same drill but I wish to offer some substantiation afore I denunciate these.

  1. Coastal Piracy is a very potent card in decks possessing cheap, evasive creatures. This deck does not, thence I would advise ablating it; merely too inutile.

  2. Sinister Possession and Stab Wound, no matter how much I love the Wound, are easily removed. A sacrifice outlet just negates this effect. The Possession in particular doesn't seem to do anything against certain creatures. Chainer, Dementia Master or Oracle of Mul Daya just don't oft attack or block. Even if, it is a mere two damage. Sure, it may stack quickly, but there are better ways to do so.

  3. Condescend is just outclassed so quickly. Counterspells above two mana must do something potent, and this is potentially more. Scrying 2 is fine, but that also doesn't do much.

  4. I have never seen Dramatic Rescue ere now, but I know not why it would be run. Just put in a Swords.

  5. Dismiss into Dream is sweet, but this deck cannot deem to hent much from it.

Lovely! Now upon what I would add.

Given that the curve is rather high, I'd add Pristine Talisman; Arcane Signet; the talismans of dominance, progress, and hierarchy; Orzhov, Azorius, and Dimir signet; Mind Stone; and Worn Powerstone. This should grant you later plays far earlier in any match.

Unto thee, benison in card draw. Painful Truths is one I much enjoy. Sign in Blood or Night's Whisper are cheap and efficient. Phyrexian Arena and Underworld Connections go in quite a few decks. Well of Lost Dreams is just splendid. Fact or Fiction is never bad. Dawn of Hope is slow but on-theme. Erebos, God of the Dead seems all too perfect due to its static and activated abilities. Dream Trawler is awfully enticing for gameplans such as this. Lastly, Unfulfilled Desires is a hidden gem that I play in any deck that produces blue and black mana.

Of course, just some efficient engines and finishers. Debt to the Deathless and Exsanguinate are each nocent once resolved. K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth could also be fine, but lacking depending on your hand, for it cares only if the cost is black. Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord fetches fallen utility creatures from the yard and proffers much in life-gain. Aetherflux Reservoir does much in murdering everyone, too.

I'd recommend some more wraths in this deck. Fumigate is perfect, Merciless Eviction or Austere Command deal with those pesky artifacts efficiently, Elspeth, Sun's Champion is never bad, Supreme Verdict is fine though pricey, or Kaya's Wrath is always lovely. Take your pick.

Okay, now for some other upgrades on the basics of the deck. Swords to Plowshares, Path to Exile, Abolish, Return to Dust, Murderous Rider, Anguished Unmaking, Despark, Hero's Downfall, Reality Shift, Generous Gift, Pongify, Rapid Hybridization, and Heliod's Intervention all remove permanents efficiently and at instant speed. Vindicate is fine but a sorcery.

As options for better counterspells, Absorb, Counterspell, Negate, Countersquall, and Dovin's Veto are all cheap whiles bearing value at all moments in the game.

Finally, some more life gain payoffs as consideration: Authority of the Consuls has oft shut down my strategies, Ajani's Pridemate gets far too large, Blind Obedience does something similar, Divinity of Pride and Serra Ascendant are giant threats in their own right, Bloodthirsty Aerialist does the same, Propaganda and Ghostly Prison make opponents pay to deal damage, Soul Warden and Soul's Attendant are early drops that allow for quite a bit of life to be gained, Archangel of Thune is always potent, Vona, Butcher of Magan is spicey, Angel of Vitality bolsters your engine, Boon Reflection doubles it, Twilight Prophet can get out of hand, Beacon of Immortality puts you heavensly ahead, Ajani, Strength of the Pride can win games on its own, and Felidar Sovereign demands an immediate answer.

That's all from me! Have a lovely day.

Oh, and I suppose I'll put a deck of my own here. Let the Nightmare Go On.. is a constant favourite of mine and The Lands Restored offers commensurate enjoyment.

Thank you and farewell.

shadow63 on Favorite Answers?

2 months ago

Despark has been an all star for me since it was printed. I also really like Imprisoned in the Moon

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