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Guardian of Tazeem
Creature — Sphinx
Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, tap target creature an opponent controls. If that land is an Island, that creature doesn't untap during its controller's next untap step.
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Guardian of Tazeem Discussion
1 month ago
I had thoughts about Hypnotic Siren, however it would only work once, as I don't think I can clone it for its Bestow cost, therefore it would only be a one time usage.
1 month ago
I have a Keiga deck too, here's a few of my thoughts from my build.
1 month ago
seeing as you've lots of landfall potential here, some can be done at instant speed, I figure it would be prudent to at least consider the more powerful options in mono blue;
Adventuring Gear is another option worth considering.
2 months ago
The keyword "infect" (search it in the advanced search if you aren't familiar) is super controversial because it was literally designed to feel un-fun. It will kill your opponent, but you might not have fun after 5 games.
I would suggest either a) the Ob Nixilis deck minus Mr. Nix, or b) a UW control/tempo deck.
For the UW control, effects like Reflector Mage put the hurt on +1/+1 counters and tokens, while you have things like Cast Out or Ixalan's Binding to answer planeswalkers. Counterspells like Cancel or Negate stop threats before they hit the field. Then, you can finish the game with a big flying creature like Guardian of Tazeem or something, once your opponent is behind.
3 months ago
I would definitely cut some creatures. Vortex Elemental, Aeon Chronicler, Guardian of Tazeem, and Stormsurge Kraken don't have the synergy or efficiency you will want. Keep efficient token producers and utility creatures or combo pieces.
Kefnet works best when he can come out early and start racking up commander damage. I would put more focus onto the "return a land to your hand" part for added consistency. Walking Atlas and Patron of the Moon are both great cards on their own that can play off Kefnet well.
7 months ago
Eladamri's Call and Cromat have never been reprinted, so I would like to see them reprinted in this set, and Worldly Tutor also should be here, as well, since it was left out of Eternal Masters in favor of Green Sun's Zenith.
As for iconic creatures, my predictions are as follows:
Angels: it is very safe to presume that both Serra Angel and Akroma, Angel of Wrath shall be in this set, hopefully, with new artwork for both, and I also would like to see Angelic Arbiter, Shepherd of the Lost, Angel of Jubilation, Pristine Angel, Iridescent Angel, Crypt Angel, Desolation Angel, Angel of Despair, Empyrial Archangel, and Archangel of Thune.
Demons: Lord of the Pit is one of the most iconic demons in the game, but some other excellent choices are Abyssal Persecutor, Archfiend of Depravity, Bloodgift Demon, Butcher of the Horde, Grinning Demon, Havoc Demon, Herald of Torment, Kagemaro, First to Suffer, Kuro, Pitlord, Lord of the Void, and Xathrid Demon.
Sphinxes: it was not until recently that sphinxes started to become powerful and efficient, but, thankfully, there ave been a number of excellent sphinxes made, recently, including Consecrated Sphinx, Conundrum Sphinx, Goliath Sphinx, Guardian of Tazeem, Medomai the Ageless, Sharuum the Hegemon, Sphinx of Jwar Isle, Sphinx of Magosi, Sphinx of the Steel Wind, and Sphinx of Uthuun.
Hydras: as with sphinxes, hydras only recently have been well-designed creatures, so some hydras that I would like to see in this set are Apocalypse Hydra, Domesticated Hydra, Genesis Hydra, Hydra Broodmaster, Hydra Omnivore, Kalonian Hydra, Khalni Hydra, Managorger Hydra, Primordial Hydra, Savageborn Hydra, Ulasht, the Hate Seed, and Vastwood Hydra.
Dragons: there are too many dragons for me too list all of them, but it is safe to presume that Shivan Dragon shall be in this set, hopefully with new artwork, and some of my top choices are Moonveil Dragon, Balefire Dragon, Dragon Tyrant, Ebon Dragon, Mirrorwing Dragon, Moltensteel Dragon, Scourge of Valkas, Stormbreath Dragon, Two-Headed Dragon, Utvara Hellkite, Vampiric Dragon, Viashivan Dragon, and Hellkite Overlord.
Wow, I certainly typed many card names in this post: I hope that I did not miss any.
10 months ago
I love this deck. It looks like a lot of fun to play.
I will say, there are a few pieces that have Landfall triggers but seem a little weak; namely, Retreat to Emeria, Retreat to Kazandu, and Guardian of Tazeem. These two retreats seem like they don't contribute enough to a win, and aside from being Landfall cards, they don't gel with your strategy that well. Guardian of Tazeem, in a lot of cases, won't do a whole ton in a 4-color deck that only runs 5 islands.
I also think Seer's Sundial performs poorly in a deck that has access to blue, which can draw so much more efficiently.
If it were me, I would think about swapping one of these out for the Exploration that has been suggested before. Even if it nets you one extra land, it's mana well spent.
That said, it looks like you are trying to stick to a budget, so here are some other suggestions:
Twincast and Reverberate are such versatile cards. I've scored them on things like Decree of Pain and Boundless Realms before, or I've used them to counter counters, etc... In a multiplayer game, copying someone else's great card can be just as good as including them in your own deck, or better, since you can pay significantly less mana for it.
Cyclonic Rift isn't in here, and I feel like it should be in every single deck that runs blue.
I'm also a huge fan of Day's Undoing. It shuts down graveyard and tutor shenanigans, and casting it on turn 2 after Burgeoning all but guarantees you'll be a few steps ahead of your opponents throughout the game.
I'm really digging this build, and I'll be keeping an eye on what you're doing with it. It seems really solid.
11 months ago
As for blue creature threats in Standard to give improvise, here are a few thoughts: Aethersquall Ancient, Aethertide Whale, Sphinx of the Final Word, Guardian of Tazeem, and Gearseeker Serpent as you mentioned. (I stuck with a big creature theme here)
Insidious Will could be good with improvise as well, I believe.