(2): Put a charge counter on Gemstone Array.
Remove a charge counter from Gemstone Array: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
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Gemstone Array Discussion
6 days ago
Probably needs to be more streamlined, in my experience Partner Commanders tend to not be very fast unless they are enabling some sort of fast combo, and you don't seem to have a lot of pieces needed to combo off fast.
Paradox Engine is insane with Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix, and it combos perfectly with Isochron Scepter (and a respectable package of instants), easy inclusions that also strenghten Akiri, Line-Slinger incidentally.
I'd run a lot more wheel effects, and there are some not too expensive in the likes of Windfall, Winds of Change, Molten Psyche, Reforge the Soul, also ways to make use of the cards you pitch, like Past in Flames or even Snapcaster Mage, Torrential Gearhulk, Jace, Telepath Unbound and such.
Even if you go infinite on mana, which you can with the cards you already run, I don't see exactly how you'd turn that into a win right away, so you might actually go infinite without being able to win the game on the spot. Also, you can make infinite colorless mana, but not convert it to any color, so even if you draw into your whole deck with Staff of Domination, you wouldn't be able to cast more than a few cards, Gemstone Array is a good addition that helps with that as well, and if you want to win by drawing your whole deck, maybe Laboratory Maniac as well, even though I'd prefer some kind of Fireball which is my weapon of choice.
Check out my deck for any additional insight if you want to. Kydele and Akiri are not the most competitive pair, but they are very underrated nontheless. Really fun duo to play, I just think you need to fine tune your list a bit more to be able to make the most of it consistently ;)
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1 week ago
Skullclamp is insane so include it
cut Strength in Numbers its bad
why include Trading Post?
don't include Gemstone Array you don't have any combo with it
Oran-Rief Hydra is to slow and isn't great
1 week ago
Found some more eggs:
"found one!" Icy Manipulator
"5 nicely colored" Gemstone Array
"I hid it behind that tree, and it grew (l)eggs" Arachnoid
2 weeks ago
nottobay Thanks for the suggestions. I had thought about Gemstone Array, but hadn't put it in because I thought it was a bit expensive (6 to get going). I ended up getting Pentad Prism(cheaper and comes with counters) and Druids' Repository(cheaper and has a free trigger) instead. I've never heard of Otherworld Atlas before and it seems interesting (at least a fun interaction). I'll give it a try. I already have Mage-Ring Network in this deck. The storage lands have worked really well with Atraxa (I'm getting two more: Calciform Pools and Saltcrusted Steppe).
2 weeks ago
1 month ago
Kai-Erik, in your current decklist the Bomberman combo or Gemstone Array would solely exist just for the infinite mana possibilities (I guess the array could save you some mana to overlap to another turn), but I don't see how your deck can utilize infinite colourless mana other than infinite thopters from Thopter Foundry, then translating to infinite damage using Breya. If you used Blue Sun's Zenith instead of Sphinx's Revelation, you could use the infinite colourless to mill another player out.
If you want to justify the Bomberman combo, you could always add the spellbombs which are great utility, Pithing Needle, and all of them would be tutored with Trinket Mage, and Auriok Salvagers could just bring them back to hand. Lion's Eye Diamond is much more of a niche card, other than the combo, it's a 0 drop artifact to be eaten by Breya. But these cards are similar to Bitter Ordeal or Disciple of the Vault, where they do very little unless you already have the combo going.
I do think the above would be stronger than the Saheeli Rai + Felidar Guardian combo, as both of those cards alone have very low impact individually. Auriok Salvagers at least have limited tool boxing capability.
1 month ago
Kai-Erik, I suggested the Isochron Scepter combo because I saw it on another's deck list and thought it seemed fun and noticed you aren't running infinite mana combos that can produce any colour of mana, which is a win con with Breya as it lets you cast her an infinite number of times, and shoot a player for 3, leaving a thopter behind every time. Maybe add in Gemstone Array to convert colourless mana to any colour, but it's a 'bad card' by itself. If money is no concern, there is also the Bomberman combo (Lion's Eye Diamond + Auriok Salvagers). Umm, personally I'd cut the Reservoir + Sydri combo as it's a bit more fragile than the others (Sydri can't be recurred, and is kind of a dead beat by herself). Mana Echoes also seems kinda of "ehh" as it doesn't do much by itself and screams that you're going to be making a ton of mana to the rest of the table.
1 month ago
Rath's Edge is the primary wincon as it basically allows you to run the minimal amount of dead cards (cards that are dedicated to the combo and don't help much in any other way, making them essentially dead draws unless you're going off).
While cards like Exsanguinate, Gemstone Array and Bloodrite Invoker (as well as Ebony Charm/Geth's Verdict) do help with making the combo simpler, none of those cards really help you out in other situations. In the case that you draw Edge in the early/midgame, you can still use it as a land drop or abuse it for countless other land shenanigans that Gitrog makes possible (discarding it to any discard outlet to draw a card when Gitrog is out, increasing the amount of targets for Life from the Loam etc.).