Format Legality
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal

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Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Tezzeret Uncommon
Prophecy Uncommon

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You may discard an Island card and another card rather than pay Foil's mana cost.

Counter target spell.

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Foil Discussion

Winterblast on Baral EDH

4 weeks ago

Thwart and Daze are additional free counters, maybe also Foil and Misdirection...nothing better than free counters imo. People don't expect it when you are tapped out, especially because most players only think about FoW and Pact in commander.

Epochalyptik on Dominus - Dreamcrusher Edition

1 month ago

@Dankey: There aren't enough Islands in this deck to make Foil worthwhile. Foil is best played in mono-U or U/X decks, where more consistent access to Islands is likely.

@ooop333: I was wondering for a time what the deck would look like if I switched to Leovold, Emissary of Trest as the commander. Any experience in that field?

@Silverf1sh: It depends. I know that's not a great answer, but control decks must be played contextually, and there are really no hard rules for things like Blue Sun's Zenith. Generally, though, I'll use it as a utility card and leave /X up. I try to cast it when most players are tapped down to reduce the change of interference.

@XxFATMAN247xX: I don't play either of those cards for the reasons stated in the primer. They're slow, expensive, and not impactful enough for their costs.

@Pyromancer999: It's true that cantrips generally raise consistency, but they don't make enough of an impact. In a deck clamoring for tutors, counterspells, and ramp, I'm hard-pressed to include "throwaway" spells that replace themselves for only minor benefit. The amount of raw draw and tutor power, plus the shuffle effects, reduces how important cards like Ponder might be.

@budlaorf: This deck is built on a philosophy of efficient, high-impact cards. The cards you mentioned don't really jive with that.

Countersquall's cost is completely saturated, meaning I must pay to cast it (as opposed to /X). This deck wins through combos, and there's really little reason to ping people for 2 life in the interim.

Havengul Lich is expensive and doesn't really do enough to justify paying . This deck also does not play combo creatures ahead of time, so those cards are rarely in the graveyard. I feel I have sufficient alternatives and recursion in case they do ever hit the yard.

Massacre Wurm is very expensive for a board wipe in these colors, and, as I mentioned above, I don't really need to make opponents lose life before I combo. And because I don't really need to attack with this deck, the fact that it's a 6/5 is kind of irrelevant.

Rakshasa Deathdealer has no utility abilities; it's just a 2/2 that can attack or block.

Beast Within was cut from the deck earlier because it was expensive to cast. It's good enough that it could still see inclusion in variations of this deck, but I never cared for casting it.

Winterblast on Padeem Duel EDH v2

1 month ago

Avg. CMC 3.85 is quite high imo. Given you have a bit higher budget you could greatly reduce that by playing more mana rocks (Mana Crypt, Mox Opal, Mana Vault, Voltaic Key, Coalition Relic,...) and cutting some of the worst high mana spells. I would say everything over 4 mana should be a potential game winner or essential combo piece and there are quite a few, which aren't either.

You could also exchange some counterspells or add more counters. Again, depending on your budget, you could really use Mana Drain and Force of Will, also Foil, Thwart, Daze and Pact of Negation are cool, because they are free counters.

Obviously you want Mycosynth Lattice in every game so the more tutors you have for it the better it is. Transmute Artifact is the legal variant for Tinker in commander and it's desperately needed. Some more mean tricks with mycosynth lattice would be great too: Karn, Silver Golem to destroy lands for , March of the Machines to make all lands 0/0 permanently (Master of Etherium would make your lands stay alive, if you really need them), Null Rod to disable ALL activated abilities (including mana abilities) of all permanents, which would result in a standoff with the current board state...there's a lot of beautiful moves you can pull of with that one card, all the while your artifacts have hexproof.

festerfizzle on Sir Drawalot (Arjun)

1 month ago

Couple more cards that may work due to having a larger hand size Foil or Misdirection.

jamesnasty on super budget $20 mana severance edh

2 months ago

you dont need Foil to be under Kaho. its a free counter that can replace Counterspell

davidlbd on super budget $20 mana severance edh

2 months ago

Hey dude, nice deck !Would love to have your feeling about Foil ?

Dankey on Dominus - Dreamcrusher Edition

2 months ago

Has Foil been suggested? I feel a competitive, low curve deck like this would dream of having as many zero cost counter spells as possible. Also, this commander in particular is excellent at drawing the cards needed.

outofnothing0 on Zur's Perfection

2 months ago

@K00lDudE1: I had a look and left you a list of suggestions. Thanks!

@Addrum: Thanks! You should send me a deck link when you have it up! I was previously catering to Foil which recently came out and forgot I don't need as many Island's now haha. You're absolutely right on the Seat of the Synod and i'll be switching it promptly. Thanks for pointing it out!

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