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Hands of Binding
Tap target creature an opponent controls. That creature doesn't untap during its controller's next untap step. Cipher (Then you may exile this spell card encoded on a creature you control. Whenever that creature deals combat damage to a player, its controller may play a copy of the encoded card without paying its mana cost.)
Hands of Binding Discussion
1 month ago
TheRedGoat: Honestly, Scroll Thief and Smuggler's Copter SEEM bad, but they consistently draw me into my lands and my control pieces. I'm never ever disappointed when I see them in my opener. Inundate isn't a bad idea XD but I'd rather just play Merchant Scroll / Spellseeker to grab Cyclonic Rift for example, in that slot. The other rattlesnakes are... okay? But I'd usually prefer outright control or counters in that slot (I don't like giving my opponents choices when I punish them). I tested Hidden Strings , Last Thoughts , and Hands of Binding , but they all got cut :( Last Thoughts is strictly worse than Scroll Thief in this list, and the other two were too low-impact overall. The issue with Sakashima's Student and Ninja of the Deep Hours is that they're only unblockable ONCE in this list (they have too large of a P/T to be unblockable here). Teferi's Veil and Siren Stormtamer might have a home here, avoiding removal? Honestly unsure, I've definitely considered both. Prying Blade ups my power, which I actively want to avoid XD Verity Circle might make it in here, it's been really REALLY good in The Locust God , though Rhystic Study would get that slot first. Murmuring Mystic could be cute I suppose (paired with Bident of Thassa ? wooooooo that seems hilarious). But Time Stop really isn't my jam in multiplayer: it makes me tap out and be unable to answer anything :( Thanks for the thoughts!
TJFNIJ: Oh, that's cute XD I like that, but it's 10 mana before I get the pump effect (assuming I want to pay echo), so I think I may have to skip it for now.
2 months ago
Looter il-Kor for Latch Seeker and River Sneak for Invisible Stalker . if its on budget Delver of Secrets Flip but you will need to add more spells. all the enchantments seem redundant Ordeal of Thassa , Singing Bell Strike , Waterknot could be replaced by Curious Obsession , Hands of Binding , Hidden Strings or spells like Vapor Snag , Boomerang , etc. Hall of Triumph might be too slow and you can only have one at a time. if you add black to the mix you could have Inkfathom Witch for a bit more reach and better removal plus a few revival cards like Undying Evil and Demonic Vigor , and hand disruption. and having a 4 of Rune Snag will probably help you too, to stop the opponent killing your creatures or getting a threat. that all i got, i think, good luck with the brew.
2 months ago
3 months ago
Still an impressive piece of work I see.
Next, what are your thoughts on the following (literally just your thoughts not saying you should make cuts for them):
Prying Blade as completely unnecessary ramp.
and last but not least, Time Stop . Because nothing is more oppressive than hearing "beginning of your turn, end the turn."
4 months ago
Hmm, I think I'd swap out 2 Hero's Downfall and 2 Dimir Keyrunefor it. I thought on some other changes I might make to the deck. Curious Obsession might be nice in place of Curiosity for those times you don't have an Inkfathom Witch. Also maybe 2 Hands of Binding for 2 Hidden Strings?
4 months ago
6 months ago
Slither Blade instead of Mist-Cloaked Herald; it's strictly better.
Hands of Binding as a repeatable version of your removal spells.
Mindlock Orb doesn't do anything; players will be fetching before turn four. If you're in a casual format, hardly anyone will be tutoring for anything. Excess copies beyond the first are literally useless, and wouldn't it just be better to counter what they tutor for?
Ingest also does nothing. I would cut them in favor of cards that have relevant upsides, like Invisible Stalker or Augury Adept. Anyone worth their salt will not be tilted by Ingest as it has equal chances of helping/hurting them.
Rune Snag or Mana Leak are far better than Cancel in 90% of circumstances. Any spell that your opponent can afford to pay the tax is likely too small for you to even care about countering, and if it's early game than they are indeed literal Counterspell. Rune Snag in particular scales well as the game goes on.
Ordeal of Thassa gives you a payoff for attacking and speeds up your clock.
Finally, cut the deck down to 60 cards. Having over 60 reduces the odds that you are going to draw your best cards. Always stick to the minimum card
10 months ago
If you have a lot of unblockable, you should add cards with Cipher in them such as Shadow Slice, Hands of Binding or Undercity Plague. The cipher ability goes onto an unblockable creature and then you can always get an additional effect out of attacking. All of the cards that have cipher on them are U/B so check them out!
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