From the Ashes
Destroy all nonbasic lands. For each land destroyed this way, its controller may search his or her library for a basic land card and put it onto the battlefield. Then each player who searched his or her library this way shuffles it.
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From the Ashes Discussion
2 weeks ago
How many cards can you think of that are mean to "mean" players? I want to build a deck that forces opponents to win in "fair ways", and I'd love help finding cards for a deck like this!
Using MagicalHacker - List of All Anti-Tutor Cards, MagicalHacker - List of All Gold-Hate Cards, MagicalHacker - List of All Anti-Infinite Cards, and MagicalHacker - List of All Anti-Control Cards, I found these cards (organized by color):
Based on those cards, I think I'm going to build a gruul deck using Ruric Thar, the Unbowed as the commander or a cheap commander that can help ramp me into my cards (Radha, Heir to Keld). Some questions:
- Are there any other cards for gruul that you think would fit this theme?
- Are there any reasons to choose something other than gruul?
- If gruul is the best for this, what gruul commander should I use, and why?
1 month ago
Value lands are a major factor in my deck building. Rogue's Passage for any creature heavy deck. Arcane Lighthouse for more targeted removal strategies. Reliquary Tower where card draw is one of the major focuses. Yadda yadda yadda.
Two color decks have more basics because there's less concern about color fixing, and doubly so for mono colors.
2 months ago
Made some strength and curve changes.
Snow-Covered Mountain out for Boseiju, Who Shelters All: Making sure my Scrap Mastery or Blasphemous Act go off is really important if I am keeping priority and saccing in response. Without it I could cast it, sac in response, and then get counterspelled and have almost no boardstate left over.
Goblin King out for Gratuitous Violence: I've been wanting to fit this card in for a really long time. Even though Goblin King combos very well with Blood Moon, since I don't have any real pump spells for my Goblins besides Coat of Arms, I actually end up doing less damage overall. I could use Goblin King as a finisher, but Gratuitous Violence gives me a bigger boost, regardless of when it comes out. Sideboarding Goblin King for now, in case I do want to add him in just as a finisher later.
Snow-Covered Mountain out for Stranglehold: This puts me down two lands total from where I was, but it gives me a ton more control over the battlefield. I didn't realize it's potency before, until I realized it included cracking fetches as well. This actually makes me consider running From the Ashes instead of Ruination in my future MLD additions.
I will have to playtest a lot more to see if I took out too many basic lands, or added too many non-basics, but with all the ramp and mana rocks I should be okay.
Still looking for ways to get sideboard cards into the deck, but as it stands the deck is more consistent and stronger than ever.
4 months ago
I decided to steer away from From the Ashes. I find that most non-HD decks run enough basics that it does not punish them enough. I chose to attack mana rocks with Pulverize, but that increased my Mountain count. I think my list focuses more on Omnath token beats with disruption, while yours punishes the enemy for everything.
4 months ago
I also agree with Gates88 on that Omnath list. The first thing I noticed was lack of Mana Crypt; second thing I noticed was the 3.89 average cmc. Very few instants to boot. I honestly doubt that person even owns the list, probably just theorycrafted it, putting in all the cards they know to be good based on the price like Gaea's Cradle and Taiga, and maybe plays it on cockatrice against 7-drop tribal decks. Very few instants, very few ways to do anything if there's a Zur or Tazri player setting up. I hope the harshness of my criticism isn't too overdone. But anyway, I'm going to give a hard no on that list until I see more interactive things like Nature's Claim, Mana Crypt, Trinisphere, Blood Moon, Ruination, From the Ashes, etc.
5 months ago
Are just some of the great land destruction cards available!
Mudhole might be a good sideboard option.
5 months ago
I figure that by now, my deck is so low on basic land that I may as well not bother trying to keep them in. Nothing tutors them that can't grab a different land, and there's not enough to be protected from a Ruination or From the Ashes. My playgroup doesn't really run MLD, so I reckon I'll be OK.
5 months ago
Austin_Smith_of_Cards Thanks! I have had great hopes of acquiring a Storm Cauldron as well as an Invader Parasite, but have not found it at my LGS or any trade binders. They are both rather cheap cards, I have just put off buying them in the hopes that I can find them for trade (I'm just going to bite the bullet and order them). I also think I am going to go with Mana Web over War's Toll as it does not force full aggro on me (in multiplayer). I also need to get my hands on From the Ashes as it is a much better than Ruination is in this deck. The reason that I do not mainboard Burning Earth, is that my playgroup doesn't use enough non-basic lands for it to be of much value. I usually put them main board for three-color and up.
Also, thank you Adamaro and MohenjoDaro for the comments, I really appreciate it! Also, Treasonous Ogre is another card that I've wanted to get a copy of. My buddy runs it in his Marchesa, the Black Rose deck, and it definitely wins games.