Early Frost

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Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Modern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Pauper Legal

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Fifth Dawn Common

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Early Frost

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Tap up to three target lands.

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Early Frost Discussion

Grifoneis on Budget Mono Blue Control

1 month ago

An alternative to Mana Leak is Rune Snag which doesn't start out as powerful but carries into the late game better once your opponent has more mana to work with. Also in the interest of spreading a pet card of mine I'd throw a few Early Frosts in there to use on their main step to hopefully shut them out for a turn, or if they're holding mana open on your turn you can use it to tap them down.

ghoul_Legion on The Hate Game

4 months ago

Nice deck, I've made a Modern version of this a few years ago.Whenever my friend wants to play his discard deck, I take this one out.Nobody wants to play against this.

Nice deck, I like so use Whelming Wave against tokens heavy decksA big weakness of this deck is elves and any deck with a source other than lands to provide mana. Some destroy in the sideboard is a good option.

Early Frost is another of my favorites with mana short for a few turns of free damage and wasted turns.

landofMordor on Brave the Steel of Lawmage Safety ($25 Budget)

10 months ago

Thanks for your comment! Love the feedback.

As for your suggestions, I should preface by saying that my casual meta is light on multiplayer games, hand disruption, and token spamming, so that definitely influences my card choice. You're right about crowd control. Usually, my Brave the Sands + Order of the Stars is sufficient as early-game defense, as it gives complete protection against two creatures that share a color, while Detention Sphere helps shut down spammed tokens and creatures in the meanwhile. However, I'm totally going to sideboard a set of Early Frost; Blind Obedience is also great. Those are great suggestions for rounding out the crowd control until I get Sphere of Safety up. If the combos are set up, I usually have mid-game and onwards locked down, but your suggestions will really help out in staying alive until mid-game.

I'm on a bit of a budget, so I'm going to hold off on Geist of Saint Traft, Ghostly Prison, and Worship, but those are great suggestions if I ever want to take this deck competitive.

As for the other creatures you mentioned, I'd be okay with any of Cloudform, Slippery Bogle or Invisible Stalker, but Ascended Lawmage is preferable because it takes advantage of both clauses of Steel of the Godhead, not just one. If your concern is avoiding having to discard or sacrifice the combo pieces of the deck, I would guess that Leyline of Sanctity or an Angel of Jubilation could help counter those particular strategies. If wrath effects are your concern, Crab Umbra and hexproof takes care of most removal and boardwipes besides Merciless Eviction, which I suppose could be handled with a couple of Cloudshifts.

Thanks for your suggestions! Really appreciate it. Edits to the decklist to come.

lagotripha on Brave the Steel of Lawmage Safety ($25 Budget)

10 months ago

Nice start- a little easily disrupted for my meta, but fun. You considered Cloudform/Cloudshift interactions for additional hexproofiness/cheap big spells? Invisible Stalker/Geist of Saint Traft/Drogskol Captain? I'm a big fan of Blind Obedience, and this looks in need of some crowd control.Ghostly Prison/Evacuation/Early Frost? Just some stuff to keep creaturespam in check until you sphere up basically. Slippery Bogle is interesting. Worship/hexproof can kill entire decks. \the rest just depends on your meta.

Wurmlover on Can I play, too?

10 months ago

try Early Frost with stick.

lagotripha on Jeskai control

11 months ago

Ok, so most of these cards trade one for one with threats on the field, but fail to replace themselves, and there aren't the large trading tools that most control decks use to deal with this, or a fast enough clock or lockdown to kill the opponent before they recast their spells. Most control decks run enough card draw that you can afford to Spell Pierce their cantrips, and Mana Leak their spells, and budget builds tend to focus the first three turns of spells in one colour to make up for the taplands slowing their mana. You'll want to consider cards like Think Twice Murmurs from Beyond and Wrath of God. Silence can be worthwhile and when paired with Isochron Scepter stops all sorcery speed spellcasting, Early Frost can timewalk and you will want something more like Condescend to ensure you keep drawing cards. My shout is simple. Keep the cards simple, and blue for the first few intended draws and run islands so you get time to untap your monestaries and temples, so that you can cast later, more powerful threats. Deflecting Palm is a nice trick, but it doesn't stop a second attack unless you kill the opponent with it, which doesn't happen often.

TLDR; More Mana Leak more Think Twice, less 'I swap an instant for a creature, then run out of hand'.

Good luck, and happy brewing!

lagotripha on Control freak

11 months ago

I don't like the reflector mages or Invocation of Saint Traft or especially wall of swords - they just don't hit hard enough, and are risky (not really the control deck watchword)- I'd rather have a Concentrate, Think Twice Murmurs from Beyond or more mana leaks. Send to Sleep could be Early Frost or Blind Obedience

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