Enter the Unknown

Enter the Unknown

Sorcery

Target creature you control explores.

You may play an additional land this turn.

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

Enter the Unknown Discussion

Wirex on Goblins Are An Elves Best Friend

2 weeks ago

Hey thanks for leaving your Link on my list, I think you've got an awesome spin here, and the recursive loop between Marwyn and the other creatures means you could produce an insane amount of mana. Might be worth throwing in a Banefire or two to get a quick kill. With a board full of dorks and a few untaps, you could get to an unavoidable banefire win pretty easily.

A few other things I found while looking at the suggestions you left me:

Enter the Unknown You can either let all your boys get buffed up from the non-land part of exploring, or you can mix a draw in there to dig for some lands. either way you can do a lot with that many explores.

Confront the Unknown If you have several things on the board you can make a LOT of clues. Crack them with the mana from your dorks, draw a bunch of cards, and then untap everyone again. V spicy

Sudden Spinnerets is another good 1 drop untap that you can sideboard in against a heavy flying deck.

I really like your take on it. A little less aggro, and a little more combo. Very cool.

Reznorboy on Tazri/Zada

1 month ago

Thanks again for your continued input :). Also, I like more text. More chances to find what I need.

Anyway, I had put in the Maybeboard one combo that I knew about for a while but never acted on, Swell of Growth with Rain of Filth. I'll need to find room for it. However, with your addition of Enter the Unknown (it's actually perfect, seriously) the combo just gets better and more consistent. It makes the ~15 lands I have in hand during my final turn not useless.

I knew about Hundred-Talon Strike, but forgot to actually include it. I will add it but I'll want to first add more cards similar to Cerulean Wisps. (I would be playing that already if I had a copy/more use for it.)

A card I may add that is similar to Adverse Conditions is Traitorous Greed. Rather than making tokens and colorless mana, it makes double the colored mana.

I may add Splicer's Skill (but not Everdream.) (Odd choice, I know). It just feels that despite the higher mana cost, the tokens are invaluable.

Lastly, the whole protection spell thing was absolutely, completely beyond necessary. In the third game I played that day, one of my opponents played a card that gave all creatures -4/-4. I lost that game for that reason. If I had been playing a counterspell (I actually had Ajani's Presence in my hand when he played it, and the mana to do it), I would have most likely won that game as well (tragic, I know).

AceVonDuck on Tazri/Zada

1 month ago

Hmm...and it looks like now my spoiler isn't working. Alright, well, the cards were the following:

Everdream is basically an updated Evermind, but it allows you to splice onto any instant or sorcery (not just Arcane) for one extra mana than Evermind. This means you could use it in conjunction with other non-arcane spells you control, such as splicing it onto Ajani's Presence, Defiant Strike, Twinflame, etc. You could also cast it normally from your hand for the same cost as Evermind's splice cost, which might be nice if you're desperate or in dire need of card draw.

(There's only one other card that can splice onto instants or sorceries, Splicer's Skill, but it's expensive to splice and doesn't really synergize with what you're trying to do.)

Blossoming Defense: only one green mana for an instant! It could theoretically pump up your tokens enough for a lethal combat phase, depending on how many creatures you have. The main reason I brought it up though is that in quite a few situations it could be used as an alternative to your Protection cards, although you won't get the card draw or scry effects, which I assume is the primary reason for their inclusion. Similar to this card, though not as good in my opinion, is Dive Down.
Okay, so Enter the Unknown in particular really caught my eye, and is one card I would personally put in the deck, were I to purchase and assemble it to play with my own playgroup.

Comparing it to Explore, it's cheaper, but you lose the flat card draw. HOWEVER, it targets a creature, meaning if it targets Zada, every creature you control will Explore. For each Explore trigger, if the card you reveal from the top of your library is a land, you immediately put it into your hand (note, this is mandatory and doesn't count as drawing a card, which may be useful in some niche situations, such as an opponent controlling a Consecrated Sphinx or Smothering Tithe). You may then play that land (once the stack is empty) thanks to the secondary effect of being able to play an extra land this turn, same as Explore. But unlike Explore, you would get to play an extra land for every creature you control. So that's neat. However, if the card you reveal from exploring is NOT a land, the creature that the spell (or copy) is targeting immediately gets a +1/+1 counter. THEN, you may choose to either put the revealed card back on top of your library, OR into your graveyard. And then you still get to play additional lands for each copy of Enter the Unknown.

What's more, as long as you don't get rid of Elixir of Immortality, you can intentionally put revealed non-land cards that you don't desperately need into your graveyard. This gives you more opportunities to Explore (the keyword) into more lands to play, or more opportunities to buff your creatures, or it could even simply serve as library / graveyard filter.

One more card I'd like to mention in relation to Enter the Unknown is Gaea's Blessing. I don't think it would be worth including without Enter the Unknown, but if run together, could serve as a backup plan / alternative to Elixir of Immortality, since Exploring into it can immediately recover your graveyard into your library, including Gaea's Blessing itself. However, it would almost certainly be a wasted slot by itself (except to fetch Elixir of Immortality but that's still too niche), which is why I'm mentioning it here instead of in its own entry.

All in all, I honestly feel that Enter the Unknown is worth considering the most out of any of the others I've mentioned so far. That said, I don't want you to feel obligated to include it. After all, I haven't playtested the current decklist on TappedOut yet, so I have no idea if it's even a necessary inclusion. You've had a few chances to play and even win, now. It's your deck, and you know it the best, so it's totally up to you.

Crypsis doesn't really synergize with your deck since it doesn't include a card advantage (or similar) effect, but it is a way of safely swinging at opponents or reacting to a creature's targeted ability (or Crypt Rats-esque abilities) without also preventing yourself from targeting your own stuff. It also has the added benefit of untapping all of your creatures, but overall it may be too situational or non-synergistic to put it in the deck. Still, thought it was worth mentioning.
Hundred-Talon Strike: I'm sure you're aware of this card already, I just wanted to be sure. That splice cost seems really nice, considering Tazra herself, tokens made by Battle Screech or Raise the Alarm, and any copies of those you make, would all be able to pay for the splice cost, rather than having to spend mana. The downside is that it forces you to have at least one white creature to pay its splice cost, making it slightly less flexible than some other options. Still, I wanted to at least be sure you were aware of it.
Adverse Conditions is another card that still doesn't quite synergize with what you're doing, and it has CMC 4, which is expensive for your mana curve. Still, it could be simultaneous ramp and token population (of sorts). Cast this when you have a ton of creatures, targeting only Zada, and you immediately get a bunch of untapped 1/1s equal to the number of creatures you already control, which could exponentially grow your board for more Zada triggers, or you can just use them to sac for to pay for more spells.

AceVonDuck on Tazri/Zada

1 month ago

(Hah! TappedOut ate my comment. Let's try again.)

In regards to appreciating the deck, of course, haha! I absolutely adore janky and unique play styles. I get so tired of seeing the same tired deck concepts and "high salt" (according to EDHRec) cards in my playgroup, it's always super refreshing to see new, unconventional ways to play. ALSO HOOOOOOLY SHIT I JUST REALIZED HOW Rite of Replication WORKS WITH ZADA, WOOOOOW! I have no idea why that didn't click when I first saw it in the deck! If you can resolve it, that's so beautifully evil, oh my god!

Er, anyway, regaining my composure, heh. As far as the protection thing goes, it shouldn't be too much of a problem, so long as you're careful with it and only use it to wrap up your comboing or in response to a threat. Did it find solid use (or potential for use) in your matches with your group? I also had another question: is there any reason in particular that you haven't included any enchantments whatsoever? I can't help but wonder how Parallel Lives or Mana Reflection (especially considering you already have Basalt Monolith in the deck) would perform, despite their comparatively expensive CMCs to the rest of your mana curve. I realize they're both a bit pricey to purchase, but oh man, regardless, I can't help but envision Rite of Replication and Zada going off while Parallel Lives is on the field. Again, not sure if there's a specific reason you haven't included enchantments, was just wondering.

One last thing I noted upon reading the entire decklist again: unless I'm missing something, in the deck's current state, Manamorphose, Explore, and most of your token generating cards only get their "as designed" single use before you have to shuffle them back out of your graveyard with Elixir of Immortality and hope to draw them again. Am I missing anything, or is that correct?

Anyway, that's awesome to hear about the win. I'm sure the expressions on your playgroup's faces were priceless!

Here are some cards that came to mind and some others that I stumbled across:

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Anyway, that's all for me today. I'm certain there are plenty more cool or even better cards to include, but if I research any more right now, I'll likely be up all not, haha.

Congrats again on the win! Lemme know what you think of the cards I mentioned. I'll keep my eye on this deck as well as new cards for it, since I really love how silly this concept is.

AceVonDuck on Tazri/Zada

1 month ago

(I'm going to apologize in advance right now, since I was studying for an exam earlier and took some Adderall to help me focus. As a result, this comment is about to get a super wordy. Very sorry.

-Arcanity- on Zada’s Wolfpack

4 months ago

I see you're going all in on Silverfur Partisan, running a total of 11 wolves in your deck. Since you're going so deep on one card, I'd play the full four. the ability even stacks when you have multiple on the battlefield!

Now, an issue I see is that if you do not draw either Zada, Silverfur, or Season of Growth, you're left with a bunch of underpowered wolves, which isn't ideal, though I don't think there is a way to fix that as all the more powerful wolves come from original Innistrad block which isn't in pioneer.

Also, I recomend you swap Vines of the Recluse with Invigorated Rampage. Vines is very poor, as this kind of deck simply isn't in the market for a defensive combat trick. Rampage is ideal for this deck as it can target two creatures, thus making two wolves for each Silverfur in play. The extra mana should be manageable (you have 8 ramp sources in the deck, even excluding the Enter the Unknowns).

-Arcanity- on Pioneering the Mirrorwing [PRIMER]

5 months ago

Darkewarrior

Hi, and I appreciate the vote!

Now, onto your points:

Season of Growth is the most powerful card in this deck and one should not play less than four. Have one copy on the battlefield, and it feels like you're playing a completely different game. Have two and you'll never run out of cards in hand. And drawing out has never been a problem. We have SIXTY card in our deck. Besides, Song of Freyalise just doesn't do much since we don't have a lot of early-drop creatures. If you feel like you need ramp, then play a one-drop mana dork or Sylvan Caryatid.

While having another two-drop is beneficial for our curve, Duskwatch Recruiter  Flip is just underpowered. It is a literal BEAR with an ability that costs three mana to activate and does not impact the board and does not synergize with the rest of our deck (we only have 15 creatures so the ability is gonna whiff more often than not). Krenko is great with all our pump spells and will take over the game if ignored. I n fact, due to our above-mentioned threat-lightness, we need each of our threats to be able to win the game on its own of ignored. Ask: if I see this card across the table, will I kill it on sight?

Heroic Intervention is very narrow in application and is in here for one reason: sweeper protection. Four of it is way too much. With the way this deck plays, you're really mana-tight and holding up two to cast intervention is quite unrealistic in creature matchups, as spectacular as it would be if it actually happened. Anger of the Gods obviously kills all our tokens, as well as every non-dragon creature in our deck, but with the way our deck plays out, we simply can't race aggro decks, so we have to play it. Just don't play any creatures on the first three turns, sweep the board, and deploy our creatures after. Our most powerful creatures don't come down until turn three anyway, and if I had anger in hand, I'd hold any Dreadhorde Arcanists.

As for Enter the Unknown, it's interesting. The ramp is less useful than it looks, since the earliest we can actually cast it is turn three, after a Dreadhorde Arcanist on turn two (and we're a 23 land deck, so the chances of having an extra land to drop is ). However, the filtering it provides may make it worthwhile in matchups that go longer. The problem I see is that it suffers from the Confront the Unknown problem - minimal board impact.

Darkewarrior on Pioneering the Mirrorwing [PRIMER]

5 months ago

Additionally, with all of the card draw I think this deck would LOVE Enter the Unknown it can buff your creatures, grab land, drop land(s), and set up dreadhorde with some good stuff to grab from the graveyard if you so choose.

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