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Artifact Creature — Vedalken Wizard
(2)(Blue): Untap target artifact.
Filigree Sages Discussion
4 months ago
If you're running Aphetto Alchemist and want to get a Paradox Engine -esque effect, you could try to include Illusionist's Bracers . It will give you infinite artifact untaps of your mana rocks. Also consider maybe swapping out one of your lands for Prismatic Vista , since it's a great fetch card that can help fix any of your mana needs.
11 months ago
So this is what it would look like if I just gave up on the equipment side focus. Otherwise the new maybeboard would take the places of Crystalline Crawler, Thran Dynamo, Filigree Sages, and Planar Bridge. I really liked the equipment idea, but I think it was hindering the main focus of the deck. I know I didn’t cover everything mentioned in the comments, but it’s at least a step forward. Thoughts?
11 months ago
Bchong, the deck normally ramps rather well, actually. It’s around the same speed as the decks I play against. I can usually get everything I need in time, and I’m pretty good at keeping the stax enough in my favor to work. Seedborn Muse and Tidal Force really help with that. So casting my big cards aren’t usually a problem.
But like I said, I was hoping to keep it a little equipment based, that’s why I have cards like Nazahn, Revered Bladesmith and Sigarda's Aid in it. But I see your point that the second may be unnecessary.
Also, yes, I meant to make all the basic lands snow covered. I just forgot to do it on the website.
You’re probably right that I don’t have enough benefits for infinite mana. I meant to try adding Nylea, God of the Hunt as well as a combo with Filigree Sages and Planar Bridge, but kept putting it off. I also have an infinite combo that I took out a while ago, but may put back in.
Thanks for the insight, I really appreciate it! I’ll see what changes I can make and post them soon.
1 year ago
1 year ago
dhynes1 I actually do have one! And I already have Dramatic Reversal in the deck. I can do the one that you suggested, or I can just have Filigree Sages out with Astral Cornucopia out with at least 4 counters on it. That is the less likely one, but still another possibility.
1 year ago
Infinite Reflection doesn't go infinite with any of the indicated cards as far as I can tell (doesn't affect tokens).
1 year ago
first of all i really like the deck and the monstrosities it produces. i personally play EDH casually with a group of friends and therefore is everything i know based on my experiences there. my very first deck i ever built was Varolz, the Scar-Striped and it did similar things with all sorts of hydra's and counter doublers. this deck never won. the reason was that i needed several turns to get out a big dude, only to have it struck by Anguished Unmaking. for these kinds of decks you need explosive turns where once you're set up, you can keep going each turn untill your opponents are trampled over. the first thing that came to my mind was Everflowing Chalice or Gyre Sage. combined with Sword of the Paruns a gyre sage that taps for 4 green mana becomes an infinite mana source. Mistcutter Hydra could now be a hasty 10000/10000 coming at your unsuspecting opponents. Gemstone Array is really usefull when you are producing immense amounts of mana, for you can use it as a converter to make UG for vorel.
now we are creating big mana (remember, there are so many ways of doing this, i just happen to like these ones) its time to look at the creatures that benefit from this and the creatures that are too slow.
i'm just mentioning things that i think need to be replaced, if a card is not mentioned, it can stay imo.
Master Biomancer: currently you have no effective ways of adding power to your creatures that do not generate +1/+1 counters by themself. therefore you should either remove Master Biomancer or add cards like Death's Presence.
Lorescale Coatl, since your carddraw is limited this card is too slow.
Oran-Rief Hydra i smell something of a mini landfall subtheme in the deck as it is, however this isnt what you currently are trying to do so that makes this card way too slow.
Sphinx of the Final Word: are your instants and sorceries the things you win your games with? i think the answer would be: no, my creatures are going to win the game for me. therefore i would replace this card with Archetype of Endurance if protecting is what you want to do.
Zameck Guildmage: probably too slow.
lastly, 37 lands is fine, but the amount of ramp is not. Nature's Lore and Chromatic Lantern are the only cards that make sure you have your lands. you have green, so add cards like Cultivate, Kodama's Reach, Rampant Growth, Explosive Vegetation. also a Simic Signet is nice to have.
this deck can go anywhere and i had lots of fun trying to figure out a path to playing fun games, i realise that i have been rambling on and on so i would really appreciate your opinion on the matter.
2 years ago
First off, you've got 2 of Verdant Confluence in your deck.
In addition, some of your token generation (admittedly all ones you classified as weak) doesn't feel very impactful for its cost. Hornet Nest is an ok rattlesnake card, but you don't have any way to ensure that it generates tokens. Sekki, Seasons' Guide doesn't really feel like it does enough to justify its huge mana cost. Followed Footsteps is a really cool card, but it feels like it would too often just be 5 mana to do nothing, since you need to wait a whole turn cycle before it does anything, and gets 2-for-1ed incredibly easily. I'm also not sure if you have enough instants/sorceries to justify Docent of Perfection Flip.
There are a bunch of great token generators that synergize very nicely with your deck. Cultivator of Blades gives a repeatable Overrun-style effect (albeit without trample) and brings with it some tokens to pump. Whirler Rogue lets you tap the tokens it creates to make your stuff unblockable. They may not exactly fit well with your deck, but I've found Awakening Zone and From Beyond to be incredibly effective token producers.
You suggested to replace Mosswort Bridge from the precon, but I feel that that's a big mistake. With Ezuri, you can easily meet its condition, and not only does it let you play the card for free, but also at instant speed. Imagine flashing in a Consecrated Sphinx in response to a wheel, or maybe Edric, Spymaster of Trest after your opponent decides not to block your team. Another great land for this deck is Rogue's Passage, giving you another unblockable effect on a land.
For more inspiration, check out my Ezuri deck (We're Gonna Need a LOT of Dice).
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