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Ensnaring Bridge Discussion
1 day ago
So, I think you may have a problem. It seems as though you prefer a more controlling archetype of play. Atraxa is a phenomenal commander, however, when you build her around +1/+1 counters, you are tending to play quite aggressively. You have a few options. You can continue dumping money into Atraxa and you'll have one fairly powerful deck you can play. Not a terrible thing, probably your best avenue power wise. However, it sounds like you're holding onto this single deck because it was a nice gift, and it was, so keep it intact to play, but I recommend stepping a little aside and constructing a new deck. There is nothing wrong with having multiple decks to play, and you could build something a little more in your wheel house. If your group doesn't have a problem with it, I recommend proxying cards before purchasing them. Especially your more expensive cards. Try the cards out in a few games and see how they play before investing in them. Another issue is that it seems like you are in a moderately competitive meta. That's tough as a budget player. While not impossible to build a competitive deck on a budget, it is quite difficult. I recommend looking up cEDH deck lists on YouTube through channels such as LabManiacs. They have a few budget options if memory serves. There are numerous other channel that do the same thing. One of the best semi-competitive decks is Edric, Spymaster of Trest, but it is super aggressive as well. Tatyova, Benthic Druid is another option that could be a little more controlling...
If you're dead set on Atraxa, which I wouldn't blame you for, she's dead sexy, :p I recommend shifting into a more infect, or superfriends archetype. Superfriends referring to Planeswalkers. I personally am building Atraxa Infect as I acquire the cards as that's my playstyle, but you may enjoy the more controlly aspect of superfriends. If you go that route look at cards that increase your protection. Ghostly Prison, Sphere of Safety, Propaganda, Meekstone, Crawlspace, and Ensnaring Bridge are some good ones of the top of my head. Look at additional ramp like Mana Vault, Basalt Monolith, or even Hedron Archive. There is an excellent podcast for EDH called The Command Zone. Highly recommend them for suggestions as well. They've done an episode on Atraxa. Anyway, they recommend as a rule 10 cards that provide ramp, 10 cards that provide card draw, 5 board wipes, and 5 spot removal. With variance depending on who your commander is and the deck you're trying to play, these are just things to look for. If you're consistently top decking, add some draw. More than anything you have to find something you enjoy playing. You'll get to the point you have a $700 deck or even more that you just really don't enjoy playing...and that sucks. So that's my recommendation, either shift archetypes with Atraxa, or Build a new deck that fits your playstyle more. If I'm wrong and you really enjoy the aggressive route, then ya, picking up some cards that provide you and your board with hexproof is a great idea. Also, perhaps get some enchantment removal such as Naturalize in addition to the Krosan Grip you already run. Redundancy is good. If one iteration of a card is good enough for your deck...why not another? My personal favorites are Anguished Unmaking and Utter End as they allow you to deal with practically anything.
Sorry about the novella...good luck! Let me know if you have any more questions.
1 day ago
please keep in mind that this is a troll deck, not a serious build.
that being said...
Memoricide doesn't require a copy of the card to already be in the graveyard, allowing for better options against combo decks. So I can just name Polymorph or Grapeshot, without having to initially deal with a copy of the card.
1 day ago
I like the idea, but I feel that the low-mana artifact package could use some tuning. Ichor Wellspring has never tested well for me outside of combo brews- things like Mishra's Bauble or Nihil Spellbomb almost always perform better.
If you're dedicating to an improvise mechanic, Whir of Invention for Ensnaring Bridge is a thing in the format, and is in your colours. Lets you spread a little thinner and run a toolbox, with some cards that just shut down entire archetypes.
2 days ago
Thanks Onyx77. All it took was an arm, a leg, and the blood of my firstborn haha. I don't know your list, but something I am going to add in is Ensnaring Bridge. We don't tend to do well against eldrazi tron, or resilient decks that can build quickly after a board wipe (Collected Company decks come to mind here). I'm going to the Baltimore Open in August, and will update my list and potentially add in my results from that weekend. Good luck Skreding everyone.
4 days ago
My first recommendation is to add some cards that interact with your opponent, such as artifact or enchantment removal. Currently if your opponent drops an Ensnaring Bridge, you have to way of interacting with it and you will lose from there. Green offers plenty of removal for those cards, like Naturalize or Nature's Claim. I would consider adding other forms of removal in the sideboard so you can respond to control decks.
6 days ago
1 week ago
If the meta is more creature-based, I'd suggest, Norn's Annex, Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs, Ensnaring Bridge (Keeping your hand at 3 cards so Aurelia, the Warleader can attack, but most things can't is pretty good), AEther Flash, Authority of the Consuls, Sphere of Safety, Lightmine Field (great in voltron), Meekstone, Torpor Orb/Tocatli Honor Guard/Hushwing Gryff (great vs Pestermite/Deceiver Exarch paired with Kiki-Jiki, soulbond like Deadeye Navigator, allies, Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge, Breya, Etherium Sculptor, Sidisi, Brood Tyrant, Sidisi, Undead Vizier, Selvala, Heart of the Wilds, Craterhoof Behemoth, Derevi, Empyrial Tactician, Mairsil, the Pretender, Reaper King, Sharuum the Hegemon or any other ETB effect.)
1 week ago
ClockworkSwordfish Thank you for suggesting a lot of cards! Austere Command and Slaughter the Strong wouldn't work too well in my meta, beacause I play a lot against token decks which usually consits of creatures from 1/1 to 3/3. I am however looking for a spot to add Dusk!
Ensnaring Bridge looks like the best of the four you mentioned. I'll try to get my hands on one and test it for sure.
Abzan Beastmaster and Ulvenwald Observer are very interesting together with the suggestions InfinityMinusOne amde. Could be coupled with blink and a Laboratory Maniac combo. As I said earlier, I'll have some more games today and after that I'll decide in which way to go with the deck. Atleast I will try the other method!
Ensouled Scimitar is too expensive for me for 5 mana. Also it can't attack with its toughness like the other creatures because it doesn't have defender. It would sadly stay a 1/5 with flying.