Creature — Giant Wizard
Tap an untapped Wizard you control: Return target nonland permanent you don't control to its owner's hand.
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Galecaster Colossus Discussion
3 days ago
This is my first commander deck I got a few months back and have built it up slowly but am in dire need of help finishing it. I know it is slow and probably bad but I like it and it suits me just fine. I like how it can focus on the graveyard but the only strategies I have for it is the Duskmantle Guildmage and Mindcrank set and the Sphinx's Tutelage. Any help is appreciated.
Commander: Inalla, Archmage Ritualist
5 days ago
Dark Ritual says "add 5 black mana" with Kess out on the field.
You are missing draw. Preordain, Brainstorm, Ponder, Serum Visions are all cheap ways to draw cards and keep cards in your hands. I feel you constantly sit with no cards in hand which isn't good with a spell based commander.
Kess, Dissident Mage is a commander that needs spells. I have 32 spells in my deck and I feel I need more. 23 spells is not enough. You're almost better off running Marchesa, the Black Rose as your commander in this deck.
Counter-spells is needed also. I honestly don't know how you could run a spell based deck in blue, without running a couple counter-spells. Counterspell, Dispel, Negate, Counterflux, Mana Leak are all some you should consider.
2 months ago
jessniem I generally find that Yisan isn't too worried about to begin with, once you opponent/s see you get 3 uses in 1 turn he might be removed, but at least you can use him in response. I usually try and get Sylvan Safekeeper out before dropping him, when your opponent/s know you can easily protect him from spot removal they'll likely not bother trying as it's waste of their spell.
I usually go up the same chain of creatures;
1 - Serra Ascendant
2 - Harbinger of the Tides to bounce something
3 - Reflector Mage to bounce something
5 - Seedborn Muse no explanation needed
6 - Prime Speaker Zegana to refuel hand
3 months ago
First and most importantly are the wizards matter wizards id say. Patron Wizard is remarkably powerful, and Galecaster Colossus is crazy too. Stonybrook Banneret is good, and Im a big fan of Vedalken AEthermage. I run a fairly competitive Azami list, and Id say my choices in the deck as far as wizards go is top of the bunch. A notable exclusion that should be in my deck but I dont own is Glen Elendra Archmage. If you have any questions feel free to ask!
3 months ago
That should work as long as most your creatures are wizards. You should definitely take a look through this page for ideas of what other people run
Some of the budget options that stand out to me are Stonybrook Banneret, Dramatic Reversal, Galecaster Colossus, High Tide, Thought Vessel, Docent of Perfection Flip, Arcanis the Omnipotent, Psychosis Crawler, Graceful Adept, Sage of Fables, Supreme Inquisitor
3 months ago
Oh you have one in the list, I totally missed that! No I agree, it's fantastic. Might I suggest a Skullclamp to go with it?
Riverwise Augur is a Brainstorm on a stick, and a "quicker" ability, because you don't have to wait for it to turncycle. But, that doesn't matter if you make the hasty token copy. so I can kinda see your point there. Augur also has the benefit of being its own thing, and not dependent on having an established board. I feel like it would benefit heavily from the rest of your draw power and any card that can shuffle your library. You see top 3, grab the one ya want, and then shuffle it away and save the augur for later reanimation shenanigans to keep doing the same thing over and over and over.
With the amount of creatures you're running, I'd also suggest you take a peek at Galecaster Colossus for being an, albeit expensive, way to keep creatures off the board.
All in all, I think the deck looks pretty solid, and I hope you have a lot of fun with it! she's quickly become the favorite of the 3 decks I've got built IRL, though I've taken a slightly more spellslingy approach to mine.
3 months ago
Cards to remove-Cauldron Dance- Your not looking to attack with a control deck
Opportunity- Your paying 6 mana to draw 4 cards. Not a good trade off for your deck.
Memory Plunder- Not a bad card, but why be dependent on your opponent's cards?
Mirror of the Forebears- Not a bad card but ETB effects will not trigger off of it
Clone Legion- Once again your not a attack based deck
Etherium-Horn Sorcerer- His cascade effect won't do you much good.
Galecaster Colossus- CMC is too high for what it does in this deck
Magus of the Mind-If you can lower your CMC this is not a bad card. Otherwise I would cut it
Mairsil, the Pretender-This is a good card. Just not what your looking for in this deck. Also the fewer legendary creatures you have the better (You can not copy legendary with Inalla's trigger)
Shadowmage Infiltrator- Once again your not an aggro deck
Both Planeswalkers- I understand they are probably all you have as you ar growing your collection. But Neither of them are providing much synergy with your deck.
A few things before I give you some ideas of cards to add. Look at lowering your CMC. This will help Inalla alot, as you have to remember when casting a wizard your basically adding 1 colorless mana to it's cost for the copy. Here is a quick breakdown of things to look at for your deck stat wise (This is a general rule of thumb). These numbers are all rough so feel free to tweak em as you see fit.
Card draw- 5-7
Single Target removal- 3-4
Ramp (mana rocks/cads that give you more mana than 1 land per turn)- 6-10
Creatures and lands are dependent on the deck. You could get away with 35-36 lands in this deck with some more ramp. Creature wise is up to you and the balance you want to find with Sorceries/instants. (Control decks run heavier on instants, but wizards will allow you to go either way. Just depends on how you want your deck to run.)
I don't know your budget so I will throw out cards across several price ranges.
Cards to add-
Any lands that come in untapped (Pain,Check, Duals, fetches) Checks and pains will be the cheapest option.
Any tutors in your colors. Good news is that you have access to the best tutors in Grixis colors. Bad news is the best ones are not cheap. Vampiric Tutor Demonic Tutor Mystical Tutor. There are cheaper ones Diabolic Tutor and a few others I can not think of off the top of my head. You can do a Gatherer search for those.
Vedalken Orrery- This will allow you to play your non land spells at instant speed. An EDH staple but especially effective in Inalla.
Leyline of Anticipation- Same as Vedalken but an enchantment and you can play it out of your opening hand for free.
Sundial of the Infinite- A MUST HAVE for Inalla. Basically you move to your end step and in response pay and tap Sundial ending the turn. This "Skips" your end step allowing you to keep any tokens you made with Inalla.
Panharmonicon- This will double your ETB effects. Another MUST HAVEin Inalla if your doing ETB effects. The other two signets Dimir Signet Izzet Signet Signets are also EDH staples so they will help grow your collection and can be thrown into any deck with those colors. These will help you ramp.
Dualcaster Mage-Allows you to copy instant and sorcery spells when it ETB's. An auto include with Inalla
Rite of Replication- Allows you to copy any creature on your board (If you overload you get 5 copies) Also gives you a win con with Dualcaster.
Cyclonic Rift This is a blue auto include. It is not exactly cheap but it is powerful and well worth the investment. Bounce all permanents back to their owners hand.
Reliquary Tower- Gives you unlimited hand size.
Wanderwine Prophets- Allows you to go "infinite" with Inalla's token trigger.
Manic Scribe- This will let you mill your opponents for 6 with Inalla, and then mill them some more if you have 4 or more card types in your graveyard.
Brainstorm- Card draw and scry
Ponder- Card Draw and scry
Hopefully this helps get you on your way. If you have any questions feel free to ask. I have no problems helping new players. Especially with one of my current favorite decks. Feel free to check out my deck for ideas (I am running a different theme, combo out, but there are still some good cards in my list you might want to pick up that are not to expensive.) If Dig Dug Were a Wizard Upvotes and comments always welcomed :)
Also check out this site- It will give you some ideas and is a great tool for research on decks you might want to play and or decks you want to tweak.
4 months ago
If you're still looking for cuts here are my suggestions.
Overall Ideas: 1. Cut the instants and sorceries. 2. Add better creatures/artifacts with activated abilities.
I would look to add more wheel effects to get cards into the graveyard. Although it can feel a little similar to chaos the results are more effective card draw and will fill up your graveyard faster with more additions. Meaning you would fill your graveyard with more potential options for Marsil; and will add more overall card draw potential than the following cards: Probe, Flux, Mystical Teachings, Cathartic Reunion, Careful Study, Gifts Ungiven, Thirst for Knowledge, Frantic Search
Silumgar's Command: There are better creatures/artifacts that can fulfill this role through Marsil and have the additional benefit of being repeatable.
Walking Ballista: 4 mana for a +1/+1 counter is not efficient enough to justify it's inclusion.
Argent Sphinx: I think that relying on Metalcraft in this deck will end poorly in most situations.
Snapcaster Mage: By removing the instants and socrceries Snappy becomes less effective and should be removed.
Galecaster Colossus: Similar situation with this card having no activated abilities, the high CMC, and the ability to only bounce two (with the Colossus and Marsil on the battlefield) non-land permanents a turn doesn't seem worthy of an inclusion.
Decree of Pain: Being in Grixis colors, you have access to more effective card draw and board wipe spells than to justify this cards high CMC even with the cycling component.
Anthroplasm: This card confuses me and I don't understand its use. Care to enlighten me?
Cephalid Coliseum: You have access to better card draw that is repeatable.
Hammer of Purphoros: Unnecessary haste inclusion.
Basalt Monolith: All the ramp. None of the draw backs.
Hateflayer: BOOM, goes the dynamite.
Pili-Pala: The best part of your deck is this card.....
Jace's Archivist: Wheels for days..
Avatar of Woe: Problem solved. Plus can be a cheap cast on its own.
Vandalblast: You're playing red right?
Mercurial Chemister: Ehh, Idk about this one.
Entomb: Tutor time.
Gamble: Great tutor for your deck.
Cavern Harpy: Wow, just, wow....
Training Grounds: Mana reductions are the key.