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Helm of Possession
You may choose not to untap Helm of Possession during your untap step.
(2), Tap, Sacrifice a creature: Gain control of target creature as long as you control Helm of Possession and Helm of Possession remains tapped.
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Helm of Possession Discussion
2 days ago
Crested Sunmare is an interesting card for this deck. It provides you a 5/5 indestructible blocker whenever you gain life--sacrifice this horse with Brion, gain some life via lifelink, and immediately gain another replacement horse in the next endstep.
I might think of adding more sacrifice outlets and untap mechanics. You have numerous capture spells, and several which capture multiple targets. A few more sacrifice outlets will allow you to use, attack, and then destroy these captures, even if there are several of them or your commander tapped/is not on the field. I found a couple which might be interesting, at budget-friendly prices:
Helm of Possession allows you to both destroy a borrowed creature and net another creature semi-permanently.
Ashnod's Altar provides and destroys one of their creatures.
Infernal Plunge nets you some mana when you sacrifice their creatures.
Scapegoat is fairly inexpensive to cast, and has a number of uses in this deck. Not only can you sacrifice a stolen creature, but you can also bounce other stolen creatures to their owners' hands and bounce your own thieves, such as Conquering Manticore.
Rupture has the downside of harming yourself. However, you have a solid number of flying creatures, so it may not affect your boardstate much.
There are some W instants (ex. Burst of Energy) and creatures (ex. Dauntless Aven), as well as some artifacts (ex. Thousand-Year Elixir) which untap creatures, and would allow you an additional fling with Brion. Not sure if any of these are efficient enough to be worth a card slot, but it might be worth playtesting.
2 days ago
Prefer signets over cluestones - cost less, turn one sol ring into signet is very powerful when it happens. And help lower you average casting cost.
Helm of Possession is good in a token build.
Here is a list of budget staples. It also has links to other useful lists.
Edhrec.com is a good resource when building decks to see what others are using.
1 week ago
1 week ago
Gonti is one of my favorite commanders to use. There are other creatures and cards you can use if you're going for the theft and greed gimmick
1 month ago
Yeah, liliana, heretical Healer is SO close to being really really good.
Here are a couple cards I use in Meren that aren't on typical lists you might find interesting.
Helm of Possession - I fully understand that this card is not suited for CEDH, But i find it a very good utility card that is very underplayed.
Withering Boon - being able to counter a commander or important creature can come out of the blue and be very effective. This card has tension within the deck though because Meren doesn't typically like to leave mana open. You want to be curving out and spending all your mana on your turns to put pressure on the board, however I still find theupside worthwhile.
2 months ago
Hey kidcisco. Cool deck!
What is the primary win-con here?
With all of the the token generating and saccing, I've got a few recommendations:
2 months ago
Rage Nimbus is definitely low priority but it's a great way to force your opponents to run their creatures into each other and leave themselves more open for you. There are probably just better options like Avatar of Slaughter. If you add more mana ramp in the form of some of my other suggestions and Gilded Lotus, Caged Sun, Gauntlet of Power, and Thran Dynamo you should have enough mana for Nim Deathmantle. Definitely you should have Neheb, the Eternal in the deck, and he would also contribute to making the Deathmantle amazing. If you are really tight for budget then yeah, stay away from the deathmantle for now. For Helm of Possession, the point is that Brion might get killed, or become too expensive to cast and you just have a bunch of Ball Lightning creatures that don't do anything so the Helm is another way to turn them into value by stealing other people's creatures. Armillary Sphere isn't actually ramp since it puts them in your hand; just play cards that put them into play instead and that you may be able to reuse, like Burnished Hart. I forgot to mention Sun Titan, but he should absolutely be in here, given that so many of your dudes that come in to smash and die are 3 CMC or less. Infiltration Lens is what I suggest to replace Staff of Nin. It works perfectly in your deck's plan and is super cheap. Combine it with Nemesis Mask for all the cards. For Sunforger you should generally be building the deck around it in the first place, or playing at least 10 targets and Mistveil Plains. Of all the cards I recommended, Lifeline is definitely the most important. I would say no to Sneak Attack and Kiki-Jiki, they're too expensive for the effects without saving you much in this deck. Dreadnought is interesting though.
2 months ago
RingoDingo92 thanks for the suggestion! I've definitely considered him as he'd hit about 25% of my deck. Thanks!
EternalBrewmaster I'm so very grateful that you took the time to make that list! And cut suggestions! I love you! A few follow up questions so I can get a better understanding of your reasoning:
Why Rage Nimbus exactly? I get that it can kill some annoying creatures and is 5 power for 3 mana, but is he really a good fit for what this deck is doing? And what other cards can work well with him?
From my experience, I'd never have enough mana for Nim Deathmantle to work. Is it worth the $6?(super budget player, I know)
Helm of Possession is awesome but what creatures do I have to sacrifice? I'm always sacking them to Brion.
Do you have a good card draw engine to replace Staff of Nin?
How many cards is a critical mass for Sunforger? Just out of curiosity.
Also what to you think of Neheb, the Eternal being in here?
Otherwise, I love all of your suggestions! Some are counted out do to budget but most are under consideration! Again Thank you so much for your help!