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Sacrifice a snow Mountain: Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn.
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Glacial Crevasses Discussion
2 months ago
I see what you're going for, and I appreciate it. Here's some thoughts I had that might help:
First off, Chaos Warp is just really good removal, which this deck lacks at the moment.
As nice as Foriysian Totem is as a mana rock/blocker, I think Silent Arbiter would be a better option. It's great for slowing down the game when you need to slow it down, and you can just pop it with one of your artifact destroyers when it's your turn to go in.
If you can afford it, I'd cut Sokenzan Spellblade and replace it with Daretti, Scrap Savant. You have enough artifacts that I think it would be worth the slot. Hell, with the prevalence of artifacts, you could even run Hellkite Tyrant as a surprise, cheeky wincon for when you've not been able to properly set up your wall of attackers.
As amazing as Dualcaster Mage is, idk if he runs enough Instants/Sorceries for it to be worth it. Like yeah you can copy Starstorm or Chain Reaction for the big boy damage, but you could produce a similar result (with repetition even) by running Pyromancer's Goggles. Like yeah you could copy Scour from Existence or Wild Swing as well, but idk.
In my opinion, Dormant Volcano is always a bad land. Mathematically, the benefit of DV is the same as if you ran another basic land. However, I think this deck is actively hurt by its inclusion. You use Snow-Covered Mountain for triggering so many different effects like Goblin Charbelcher and Glacial Crevasses so having to sacrifice one for a land that doesn't even come in untapped is just not good.
Overall, solid list! I like the strategy.
2 months ago
3 months ago
Hey! Thanks for the mention :)
Love the idea! In terms of pure win percentage, my deck definitely isn't the right way to go about things and I feel that a more defensive pillowfort strategy like you mentioned would net you much more wins.
While red/black aren't the best pillowfort colors in the traditional sense, they have a few cards that slow or disincentivize attackers; not to mention there are a few land and artifact cards that help too. No Mercy, Dread, Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs, Maze of Ith, Mystifying Maze, Spires of Orazca (flipped from Thaumatic Compass Flip), Uphill Battle, Glacial Crevasses, Vow of Malice, Vow of Lightning, and Crawlspace just to name a few. Since most of the pillowfort cards are in white, another route could be playing a card like Queen Marchesa and running Xantcha in the 99.
I think the 8x8 theory is solid for most of these categories! I feel that the player controlling Xantcha dying is a rare enough occurrence (she'll probably get destroyed or another player could get taken out before them) that you might not need a full 8 slots dedicated to sacrificing her. If this does happen, you could always use your single-target removal on her and run a bit more of it. It's not ideal, but might save you from situations where you have a Viscera Seer or Ashnod's Altar and nothing to sacrifice with it.
Same goes with the politics and memes. Depending on your definition of memes, they could have a lot of overlap there too so you might not need to dedicate 16 slots in your deck to both of those (like Curse of Opulence, Sower of Discord, or Disrupt Decorum).
Overall I think you're on the right track and I can't wait to see what you end up with!
3 months ago
4 months ago
Thanks for the suggestion - I have Glacial Crevasses in my binder waiting to take it for a spin; I'm just afraid of the nonbo with Leyline of Punishment and also losing lands with a commander that is so expensive. I do run it at time with great success in my Jaya Ballard, Task Mage deck!
5 months ago
Since you're playing snow-covered mountains, Glacial Crevasses is a great little tool both for playing politics and for directing aggression elsewhere.
6 months ago
@Mokan Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs was the original commander of the deck!
It was originally conceived as a sort of pillowfort-then-explode deck with cards like Forcefield and Ensnaring Bridge, but I found in my playgroup that the Earthquakes often took care of my defence for me, provided I wasn't focused too hard by anyone.
Thanks for all your great suggestions!
9 months ago
Maybe test with Arjun, the Shifting Flame, Bend or Break, Endless Whispers, Etali, Primal Storm, Galvanoth, Genesis Wave, Intet, the Dreamer, Mind's Dilation, Mindmoil, Planeswalker's Mischief, Rashmi, Eternities Crafter, Scrambleverse, Shared Fate, Teferi's Realm, Thieves' Auction, and a Glacial Crevasses for late-game protection?