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

Counter target spell.

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Set Rarity
Mystery Booster (MYS1) Common
Ultimate Masters (UMA) Common
Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Tezzeret (DDF) Uncommon
Prophecy (PCY) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Oathbreaker Legal
Limited Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Legacy Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Highlander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Custom Legal
Unformat Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Leviathan Legal
Vintage Legal
Pauper Legal

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Foil Discussion

VampiricTooter on New EDH player please Help!

3 months ago

Pongify Rapid Hybridization Beast Within

Can all deal with his commander at instant speed.

Naturalize is a great option against artifacts and enchantments at instant speed

Counterspell Negate Swan Song can stop your troubles before they even begin.

There are many more options on a budget in your colours that are as good as these if not better depending on the situation.

If you find your opponent amassing a board state with many combo pieces, perhaps try Tranquility like effects. Play at least 10-15 removal spells and effects in most decks and you will stand a much better chance of finding answers to your opponents’ win conditions. Throw a copy of Seedborn Muse or Wilderness Reclamation in, so you can have mana up to cast instant spells when your opponents are about to win and Foil their plans! Hope you are running Azusa in your build.

Omniscience_is_life on Thrasios & Alena

3 months ago

Priority is a fun thing, yes. The thing with red's "counterspells" is that they are very limited (obviously), but what that means is a blue player can just hold up Force of Will Pact of Negation Fierce Guardianship and Foil and just counter your commander, and then counter your counter, and then combo off and kill you. Still powerful though, just intractable like TypicalTimmy said

TriusMalarky on None

4 months ago

I like Force of Will in decks where you can draw a ton of cards. My mono blue banned-in-everything list can draw enough cards that Foil isn't even a dent on my hand size.

Seriously, I'll be discarding to hand size even after casting two Foils.

Dredge4life on Cheapskate Talrand (Competitive, Budget $75)

4 months ago

If the plan is to Polymorph, I would cut the Deadeye/Drake package, and just run Oracle/Leveler. I think the better plan is to always know that Talrand is lethal if Mass Polymorph resolves. Other than that, I would probably try and lower the curve a little. Cut some of the more expensive countermagic and run things like Winds of Change and Chain of Vapor. Dispel and Miscast should also be in here, and maybe even Foil for another free hard counter. It’s bad, but we don’t have access to Force, and losing three cards is better than losing the game.

Let’s cut some of the other expensive win cons like Sphinx-Bone Wand to run a few more mana rocks, like Coldsteel Heart and Sky Diamond. We only have one primary win condition now, but it’s much more effective and resilient, and we can keep our combat damage backup plan. If we really wanted to, we could play Proteus Staff to try and stack our deck in the event we draw both combo pieces/have had them killed, but I think that’s just super greedy and going to be a liability most of the time.

Amass the Components could be See Beyond. That way, we could keep the escape option if we accidentally draw our wincons, but we lower the cost by two. We could also shave Distant Melody and replace it with Chart a Course. It might be less cards total, but it’s half the price, and is always letting us see two cards. Careful Study could be in here too.

That’s all I can think of for now, but I really like this concept. Mostly, we just really need to bring down this curve. Best of luck!

Copied from my response on reddit.

Bahoola on Kalamax - Instant Speed Tribal Primer

6 months ago
  1. Force of Negation

=> Let's make a "free Counterspell" budget.. wow.. ehm, yes, no!


Artatras on The Many-Faced God - [Primer]

6 months ago

Providing budget alternatives is not that simple because the deck is balanced as is and changing any single card would alter its equilibrium. I will try my best, but do keep in mind that with the following changes you will need to play the deck a lot slower than before. Without free counterspells you will need to wait for when you can leave mana open, and so on and so forth. Hopefully, the fact that all the decks in the tournament follow the same budget restrictions can make up for this. Here are my budget changes:

Mana Crypt and Mox Amber: any two-mana rock, like Arcane Signet and Mind Stone.

Force of Will and Fierce Guardianship: a copy of Foil and Dispel. Depending on your specific meta, you could consider Mental Misstep.

Mana Drain: any two-mana counterspell. My choice would be Countersquall.

Ancient Tomb: a basic Island.

Cyclonic Rift: Echoing Truth. This can bounce a single permanent or an army of tokens, which seems particularly useful in your case.

Damnation and Toxic Deluge: your choice of Languish, Whelming Wave, Evacuation or AEtherize.

Dark Confidant: I once used Disciple of Deceit, which was suboptimal. Alternatively, Looter il-Kor or any draw spell.

Intuition, Demonic Tutor and Vampiric Tutor: Diabolic Tutor, Forbidden Alchemy and Beseech the Queen are okayish.

Training Grounds: Heartstone is the closest comparison, but do keep in mind it works for your opponents as well.

These are all direct substitutions. I took the cards you mentioned and replaced them with their budget counterparts. If you think some of them aren't good enough (and in most cases they are not), then you can consider including something completely different instead. I'm thinking about cards like Propaganda, Torpor Orb, more removal, more card draw, more ramp. You have the privilege of knowing the decks you will be facing, so you can tweak the deck according to your matchups.

If you want to be prepared against a token deck, try shaving some single target removals or counterspells for a few extra board wipes. Just be extra careful against Meren because they tend to play a lot of Fleshbag Marauder-like effects, which is something this deck really struggles with. Make use of your haste enablers to kill your opponent during the very first turn you play Lazav, before he or she has the opportunity to play those cards.

I wish you good luck for your tournament, and let me know about your results!

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