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1 week ago
Continuing from above...
Given Bruna's high CMC you're usually tapped out after casting her. I'd recommend some of the cards below to ensure you get to attack with her next turn.
All the above have alternate ways to cast them even when you're tapped out.
I'd replace all the lands that enters the battlefield tapped with those that enters untapped.
Cavern of Souls ensures Bruna can't be countered.
Hallowed Fountain will be reprinted soon along with the other fetches so it's timely to grab one for cheap!
You can also consider the relevant Panoramas. Bant Panorama and Esper Panorama fetch both island and plains. It's slightly more versatile than Terramorphic Expanse and Evolving Wilds as the former an be tapped for and crafted only when we need that colored source. The trade off is of course the activation cost.
Hope you find my suggestions useful!
2 weeks ago
Commander / EDH
SCORE: 4 | 7 COMMENTS | 207 VIEWS
Feel free to give suggestions too if Esper is your thing.
You're absolutely right about the heavy reliance on Tatyova as the main card draw engine. I've very little protection for her though (only a handful of Counterspells and Sylvan Safekeeper as the main protector). With a good draw, this deck threatens to win on turns 4/5, or even as early as turn 3 so I didn't invest heavily in her protection.
In the unfortunate event she gets removed, I'd continue ramping and the next time I cast her, will be the turn I try to combo off for the win.
You're right that Hurricane and Squall Line are double-edged weapons and I do take damage from them too. Glacial Chasm is my protection against cases whereby I've less HP than opponents. The lifegain from Tatyova helps alot and more often than not, I'd have the most HP in the group (unless there're dedicated life gain decks around).
I've considered Mana Breach before but it fits better in a control archetype whereas this deck is combo based. Very often, I can cast 10-20 spells a turn while comboing off and Breach would actually hamper this as it'd return all my lands to my hand, stopping the combo (e.g. I'd have no more lands to untap via Turnabout).
Horn of Greed is an interesting card. It could be a redundancy for my commander if she gets removed too often and becomes too expensive to recast. Good suggestion, I'd try to grab hold of one!
You're absolutely right that Words of Wind doesn't allow us to target which permanent gets returned, however my aim is to return as many permanents as possible within the same turn. Opponents' mana base will be severely crippled once they start to return several lands per turn as most of them can only lay 1 land each turn. Most opponents would scoop up once this lock is established.
For the land ramp spells, all spells are under consideration as I try to find the best ones for the deck. I'd really like to try out Philoctetes's pet card Pir's Whim and some of those you've suggested above. Please keep the suggestions coming!
Speaking of Carpet of Flowers, I do have mono-blue players in my play groups so it's a possible include. It's under my KIV list atm. I do try to make the deck as generic as possible, being able to handle most decks without having to swap cards in and out depending on match up.
As for Stroke of Genius vs Blue Sun's Zenith, both have their merits and it boils down to personal preference. I just prefer Stroke's base cost of over Blue's . In times when I want to mill my opponents, I agree that Blur is better likely you rightly pointed out. Cheers!
I've opted to go with a Spellslinger build so am keeping the deck very creature-lite.
This deck doesn't have any "infinite combo" per say and I must say I probably use the words loosely for convenience sake.
Unfortunately, I don't stay in Germany though, else I'd love to meet up for games too. You may want to use the Playtest function that tappedout offers to try this deck out. Hopefully you can draw into an explosive hand and get addicted to this deck as much as I do!
Thank you once again for your suggestions. It is obvious you've put in serious thoughts about each of them and I appreciate it alot!
3 weeks ago
If we're going that direction...
You'll want to double down on the Thopter Foundry and Sword of the Meek combo if you'd like to make a bunch of tokens and thopters. Sai from M19 is really good with this. You could also insert something like Clock of Omens along with your already included Unwinding clock for even more shenennigans using tapping artifacts, seems real good to me.
On the field of counters, you've got loads and loads of options. Personal favorites of mine are Counterspell, Mana Leak, Swan Song, Flusterstorm and Force of Will. There's also Foil, which is more budget friendly. these cards are cheap to cast and perform like mad. Other options are, for example, Pact of Negation, which can be a game changer. Oh, and Negate, don't forget about that one. There's also Delay.
Scrap Mastery is a card which I'm advocating a lot, this card is too good not to play in a deck like this.
There's 5 things to consider furtherly, IMO, and those are Cyclonic Rift, Conjurer's Closet, the addition of infinite mana and Inventors' Fair. There's also the Isochron Scepter + Dramatic Reversal combo.
It all depends on which playstyle you'd wanna pick, but I think most of these options are up there on the "good cards for Breya" list, after having played with her for the past two years.
1 month ago
Annexus, I've been playtesting this heavily on Forge, but this will be my first paper Legacy deck, so I have no qualitative answer for you.
Yes, some sideboard has made it into main, most likely being the control elements. I tend to play heavy control in most of favorite decks. Please keep that in mind. With that being said, I find Mon-U painter is a very vulnerable deck, especially to its own color, blue. Because of this I am running heavy on counters. I find the protection of a well timed counter is essential to keeping such fragile things as a painter alive.
I have not thought about sideboard yet, but I will take your comment as my call to do so. Please check back soon and I'll have a sideboard up.
1 month ago
I see some of the sideboard cards have come to the mainboard, and FoW has been replaced with Foil, which is a cool card :) Have you been running this list, and if so, how did it perform? I'm curious, since this seems like a great budget entry to the format.
Also, have you already thought about a sideboard?
1 month ago
I personally went with a Wizards theme to emphasize the counterspells. Ertai, Wizard Adept is repeatable Foil, while Patron Wizard is just amazing at stopping your opponents, when paired with Murkfiend Liege.
1 month ago
It performed admirably tonight.
I won a game against a tuned Hazezon Tamar deck, and a fairly tuned Kess deck and I even mulled down to 5. Sadly, this was our practice game and the next game people teamed up since turn 2 and there was a turn two Unesh with a mana vault, sol ring, sapphire medallion, and etc.. and he won turn 7. Me and the Gitrog player were upset.
I took out and added a few cards in: