Ghostly Flicker

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Modern Masters 2017 Edition (MM3) Common
Avacyn Restored (AVR) Common

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Ghostly Flicker

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Exile two target artifacts, creatures and/or lands you control, then return those cards to the battlefield under your control.

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Ghostly Flicker Discussion

cornpie987387 on Esper Panharmonicon

4 hours ago

I come baring recommendations! Perhaps Venser, the Sojourner might be useful. As for some instants or sorceries, you might want to consider Ghostly Flicker or Momentary Blink. I would put some Ravenous Rats or a Sin Collector in there myself, add a few more options, you even get to see your opponent's hand!

TaegukTheWise on Howl at the Roon

1 day ago

The problem you find with any Roon deck is that they are durdle nauts. Roon can be exceedingly fun against slower decks.

Now I have a couple of issues with this list, even though you took it apart. Cards like Ghostly Flicker can be real duds, especially on an empty board state, I recommend to go creature heavy so there is no whiffing, or add more counterspells. There are also creatures that bounce things when they enter the battlefield. so you don't need unsubstanate in a creature deck, nor that many instants or sorceries and take our rite of replication, this is a blink deck, not a control shell. This deck also has nothing to stop Torpor Orb, no naturalize, or krosan grip, aura shards can't save you once that or Hushwing Gryff enters play. Farhaven elf is really good in a deck with more basics, if you are running cards that fetch for basics then play more, 6 to 7 of each are my numbers for a 3 color deck, and since you have that Eldrazi displacer put in at least 3 to 4 wastes, so then you can get full use, along with thinning your deck and playing around blood moon. Did you also know that Derevi is a good addition in this deck as well? Trinket mage has no place here, in a cheerios style deck with 1 to 0 cost artifacts I would say yes, but it only searches for one card that, if you have fetched enough basics its even better than sol ring. And there are plenty of new cards to make this deck better if you so wished to rebuild it. Panharmonicon, Felidar Guardian (which would replace the threat in limited known as flickerwisp) Ashnod's Altar is a must if you have karmic guide and reviellark. Oh, and add Minion Reflector for shenanigans! :)

I know your deck is basically dead, but I figured to at least give some suggestions.

TaegukTheWise on Roon of the Hidden Realm: Transcendent Rhino

2 days ago

Have you looked into Restoration Angel, and Felidar Guardian? They are really good since they play toward what the deck wants to do. That and if you pod a 3 drop, you can get felidar guardian and blink the pod to pod away another creature! Also, I tend to stay away from cards like Ghostly Flicker, and that's because they do nothing to an empty board state. I'm also a huge advocate of using Ashnod's Altar to combo with reveilark, karmic guide, and a creature with 2 or less power, and if you add Ashnod's altar, get Minion Reflector, it combos well with the reveillark/karmic guide combo I stated acting very similar to Kiki Jiki and deceiver exarch/zealous conscripts.

Cereal_Killer on Order of Stolen Will

4 days ago

As said before by thehat an indicative budget could help when searching for cards that cuold be add to your deck.

Lingering Souls and Raise the Alarm are very good cards. I'd prefer them to Timely Reinforcements (remember that you need to have less creatures than your opponent or Timely Reinforcements won't give you any token).

As for the lands: consider some Flooded Strand. Personally I don't like so much Moorland Haunt and Forbidding Watchtower and, in my opinion, you should reduce them to 20 in order to don't see them too often. Moorland Haunt is a land that provides you colorless mana and needs 2 specifical mana and a creature in a your graveyard to put a 1/1 token, Forbidding Watchtower enters tapped and needs 2 mana to became a 1/5 creature. Furthermore, I'll reduce to 2 the Mystic Gate. If you don't want to spend money on Flooded Strand consider Glacial Fortress.

I'd cut Acrobatic Maneuver that needs 3 mana cast and you will just use it to bounce a creature and get a +1 +1 on Champion of the Parish or Thalia's Lieutenant if one of them is on the battlefield. If you really want to go this plan I'd add Essence Flux or Ghostly Flicker.

Personally I don't like Silver-Inlaid Dagger. If you want to boost your creatures I'd choose Honor of the Pure.

Another good card you could consider, if your opponent plays lot of creatures, is Ghostly Prison. If you want to control more the board an option could be Detention Sphere or Path to Exile. Wrath of God is a good card but consider also Supreme Verdict.

As for Beguiler of Wills, I understand you really like it, so won't ask you to cut it.

Ruffigan on Pauper EDH Primer

5 days ago

@MrXilas: The speed is going to depend on your playgroup and how much removal people are running but in general I think drain decks are the fastest outside of a few voltron commanders. You will need to watch out for being focused, so your control Auras will be invaluable. I would add Heliod's Pilgrim and/or Totem-Guide Hartebeest to get them out more often. Maybe Shred Memory as well since it can also remove annoying cards like Ghostly Flicker. Another thing to consider are suicide black cards like Crypt Rats, Pestilence, and Evincar's Justice. The deck looks good in general though, will just be harder to deal damage if your commander is taken out.

SirSh4ggy on I copy this. And this.. And this...

1 week ago

Have you considered putting a copy of Fork and maybe a Laboratory Maniac in case you run into a doomsday deck? Or else there's a combo with Dualcaster Mage and Ghostly Flicker which makes infinite mana, in addition to Riku it makes infinite 2/2 dualcasters. Also, the spell Eldritch Evolution will fetch a lot of your creatures to combo out on turn. If you copy it, also, you don't have to sac an additional creature since that's the casting cost and not a side-effect. That's the same rule for Harrow which will net you three lands for the price of two.

Fatespinner79 on Esper Familiars

1 week ago

Ghostly Flicker requires three mana while Cloud of Faeries uptap only two lands. So you need another card that either reduces the mana for blue spells and a land that produces two mana to make the combo work. So a five card combo.

How can you prevent counterspells?

ClearPearl on The Hidden Ocean-Forest City

2 weeks ago

As a more detailed comment from the one I made the other day-

Part I) Cards to remove and why:

A) Angler Drake- You have this in here mainly so you can abuse your "enter the battlefield" effects. There are plenty of cheaper options to do this.

B) Storm Sculptor- Basically the same reason as Angler Drake.

C) Sylvan Primordial-Depending on who you ask, this card may or may not be banned. Might as well play it safe and take it out.

Part II) Cards to consider removing and why:

A) Emperor's Vanguard- It's a decently powerful creature for its cost and can help you get land, but there are some more reliable ways to get card advantage. If you add more ways to get through opponents defenses (i.e. unblockable effects) then I guess this can stay.

B) Blossom Dryad- It's good because it can untap the lands that tap for two mana, but you might want to go for a more reliable, cheaper mana source (i.e. Birds of Paradise, Curse of Bounty, Deserted Temple, Krosan Restorer, Bloom Tender, Elvish Mystic, Gyre Sage, Llanowar Elves, Quirion Elves, Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary, Sylvan Caryatid

C) Carnage Tyrant- It's a powerful creature, and it's hard to get rid of, but other than that, it doesn't offer much. Considering you have other power creatures in your deck (i.e. Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger), you might want to consider replacing the tyrant with something just as big that can offer more synergy with the rest of your deck. Consider: Sphinx Ambassador or Colossal Whale, among others.

D) Last Thoughts- Gives you a single card with the promise of more cards later, which is nice, but for 4 mana you could probably reliably get more card draw than this card offers.

E) Growing Rites of Itlimoc- In many decks this card is very powerful, but for your deck, in playtesting it turns out you rarely have 4 creatures out at a time, making this card not really worth having in your deck. You have plenty of other ways to get loads of mana, so you can probably remove this one without problem.

F) Jace's Erasure- It's nice to mil cards especially since you're drawing cards anyway, but mil is an unreliable way to debilitate your opponent unless your whole deck is built around the strategy. You might be able to remove a good card or two, but it's a gamble that often doesn't pay off in the long run.

G) Loxodon Warhammer- Good card, not much synergy with your deck. There are better cards that you can use to combo things.

Part III) Small creatures to consider:After playtesting a bunch, it seems your deck likely needs a few more small creatures so you have a better chance of defending yourself or making a dent in your opponent early on. Here are a few suggestions:

A) Invisible Stalker- Small dude, unblockable and hexproof. It's pretty neat and you can combo with those cards that let you draw if you deal damage to an opponent.

B) Ohran Viper- Smallish creature, gets you early card advantage. Deathtouch is a nice touch.

C) Slith Predator- Smaller than Ohran Viper but it gets bigger the more often you poke an opponent with it.

D) Slith Strider- The best of both Ohran Viper and Slith Predator. You might draw a card, you might make the little guy bigger, either way, you get a good early-game bonus.

E) Thada Adel, Acquisitor- Smallish creature, and chances are your opponent as a good artifact or two you can abuse. Early on you can exile cards you don't want your opponent to use, and later on you can just summon that shit for yourself.

F) Zhuge Jin, Wu Strategist- Smallish creature, makes one of your other creatures unblockable every turn. Early game helps with the little dudes like the Slith bros or Thada Adel, late game helps with your big guys to deal big damage to your opponents.

G) Stealer of Secrets- Another small dude that gets you card advantage early on.

Part IV) Removal to consider:The other big thing I noticed when playtesting with your deck is you don't have much removal for when your opponent sneaks past your counter spells. Here are a few suggestions to remedy that.

A) Cyclonic Rift- If you would put any of my suggestions in your deck, you should definitely put this one in. Reacts effectively to early-game threats as well as late-game ones (Plus it hilariously screws with token decks since tokens die instead of going into a hand). When you overload it, it bypasses both hexproof and indestructible. Very few cards can resist it at that point.

B) Wash Out- Can be pretty helpful, especially if your opponent doesn't play blue or green. Works as cyclonic rift in regards to bypassing defenses.

C) Dissolve- Yeah it's another counter spell but this one lets you scry.

D) Voyage's End- Removes a threat and lets you scry.

E) Duplicant- You probably remember this one from my karador EDH. It's not as good here, but it's still good removal. Exiles an enemy while getting yourself a decent creature in the process.

F) Phyrexian Ingester- Blue Duplicant.

G) Brittle Effigy- Exiles a threat and puts your opponent on edge because WHO WILL YOU EXILE OH GOD!

H) Heartseeker- Somewhat reliable destroy effect for creatures, which is uncommon in blue.

I) Curse of the Swine- Exiles multiple creatures and replaces them with cute lil piggies (I love Theros lore, it's just straight-up greek mythology)

J) Reality Shift- Cheap exile effect with an insignificant drawback.

K) Pongify- Cheap destroy effect with a drawback that's only a big deal in the early game.

L) Rapid Hybridization- Same as Pongify.

M) Lux Cannon- Pretty decent late-game removal, but it takes time to set up.

N) Ugin, the Spirit Dragon- Pretty neat planeswalker addition with removal and card draw.

O) Steel Hellkite- Pretty neat creature that removes stuff, easy to hit opponent with your unblockable shenanigans.

P) Krosan Grip- Good cheap removal.

Q) Acidic Slime- Good mid-game creature. Removal and deathtouch.

R) Song of the Dryads- Can hilariously be used on commanders without sending them to the command zone.

S) Evacuation- The blue version of a board wipe.

Part V) Abusing "Enter the Battlefield" effects, aka "Flicker" effects.You probably want a few more of these.

A) Deadeye Navigator- Flicker whatever you want as many times as you want, provided you have the mana for it. You can change soulbonds every time you flicker.

B) Ghostly Flicker- Flicker two different things and you can do it in response to an opponent targeting something to prevent it from succeeding.

C) Archaeomancer- You want this almost as much as you want eternal witness.

D) Eternal Witness- Bring back any card into your hand. Wanna use any of your instants/sorceries again? Cuz ya can. Want a creature back? Revive that shit.

E) Equilibrium- Works on both your creatures and your opponent's.

F) Mulldrifter- For three mana, it's basically a sorcery that draws you a couple cards. For five mana, it's a creature that can be flickered.

G) Palinchron- Considering the lands you have that provide double mana, you may end up with an infinite mana combo here.

H) Nephalia Smuggler- Reliable flicker effect.

I) Augury Owl- Small flickerable creature, plus you can get an early-game scry which is nice.

J) Omenspeaker- Same as the owl.

G) Cryptic Annelid- More scrying.

H) Fool's Demise- Keep your big guys alive while abusing their "enter the battlefield" effect.

I) Mystic Snake- Since you love countering so much, why don't you flicker to get even more countering?

J) Prime Speaker Zegana- Hey this looks kinda like your commander, doesn't it?

K) Strionic Resonator- This works on any trigger effect, which includes every one of your "enter the battlefield" effects.

Part VI) Land ShenanigansYou can always use more land shenanigans. It's pretty easy to replace a basic land with one of these options.

A) Hinterland Harbor-Good dual land. Chances are you can get it out untapped, and it's not even a big deal if it comes in tapped.

B) Rogue's Passage- Why is this not already in here?

C) Breeding Pool- Another good dual land option. It also counts as a "forest" or "island" for effects that specify those words (i.e. Hinterland Harbor).

Part VII) Other cards to consider and why:A) Prophet of Kruphix- Really synergizes with your counter spells. Feel free to tap out all your land to play a creature, cuz at the beginning of your opponent's untap step (even before their upkeep), all your land is free to use again to counter stuff (and use other instant-speed effects).

B) Genesis- Bringing back your dead creatures is usually a good thing.

C) Sphinx Ambassador- Fun big card.

D) Colossal Whale- Another fun big card.

E) Hunter's Insight- Easy way to get a good amount of card advantage.

F) Veil of Secrecy- Creature gets hexproof and unblockable for a turn, which is neat.

G) Artful Dodge- More unblockable.

H) Boundless Realms- ALL THE RAMP

I) Protective Bubble- The blue whispersilk cloak.

J) Aqueous Form-Unblockable AND scry

K) Into the Wilds- More ramp is nice.

The problem with EDH is you ONLY get 100 cards, which always sounds like a lot more than it is. At one point it just becomes a question of what do yo personally like the most. Have fun narrowing this list down.

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