Helm of Possession

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Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal

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Helm of Possession

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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

WargRave on Yasova taking over control

1 month ago

Just some random thoughts, sorry for the disorder. I don't really have time to organize this atm.

You're extremely light on way to interact with _non_creatures. You're gonna feel real silly as a green deck when you're facing an Asceticism and you don't have so much as a Reclamation Sage to deal with one enchantment. Consider taking out the tapping subtheme and adding Decimate, Beast Within, Hull Breach, or similar cards. Get Cyclonic Rift in there too. You need Turn to Frog much less than more noncreature interaction. Most any creature you can target, you can steal, one way or another, and the ones you can't probably aren't numerous enough to make Turn to Frog worth it.

17/39 is a lot of etb tapped lands. Try to replace some guildgates and Smoldering Crater at least, swap them for untapped dual lands, or conditionally untappeds or basics. I would guess that, while also etb tapped, the U and G vivid lands would serve better than guildgates. High Market has great utility with your gameplan. Opal Palace is possible, it helps with Yasova's power.

FYI, you can tag cards into multiple categories, so Helm of Possession, Grab the Reins, and Demonmail Hauberk can both go under Sacrificing as well. You might want even more sac outlets and fewer steal effects. Your general gives you the second but not the first, so the rest of your deck should provide more of the first and less of the second to ensure you have one of each every turn. It seems like you can do better than Barrin, Master Wizard. What about Ooze Garden? There's always the classics Fling and Birthing Pod.

You need card draw too, and a generous amount. A hand with 4 Threaten effects is a lot worse than one with 3 threaten effects and a Harmonize. At the very least, no Tibalt please. He doesn't even count as a steal effect, he's too slow for that. Shamanic Revelation, Rishkar's Expertise, and Treasure Cruise are all options. Skullclamp can turn your enemy's dorks into cards for you, or just pump up Yasova and give her death insurance. Add some more like Elvish Mystic of your own for more consistency out of the clamp. Life's Legacy and Momentous Fall do double duty. If Yasova is out, Life's Legacy is probably better than a hand of three threatens.

By the way, OG Threaten isn't good enough to make the cut, and Kari Zev's Expertise and Act of Aggression might not be enough of an improvement.

Under your ramp package, Temur Banner should be Commander's Sphere and Nissa's Pilgrimage should be Cultivate to fix your colors. You've got a pretty high curve, so adding even more ramp and bringing down the curve would help. Better to play a spell with 80% power than have a 100% power spell stuck in hand for three turns. Think about exchanging Clone Legion, Nissa's Renewal, and one of the expensive threaten effects with Rampant Growth, Farseek, and Primal Growth which gives another sac outlet. With more cheap fixing, you can run more basics, and therefor fewer etb tapped lands.

Rancor is nice for helping the general, much more efficient than Incremental Growth I think. Stormsurge Kraken seems pretty intimidating but it doesn't advance the gameplan and Yasova herself is pretty easy to remove.

Daedalus19876 on The Hungry, Hungry Aetherborn: Yahenni EDH

1 month ago

Burgdawg: I'll pass on the discard, I think - Thoughtseize could be good, but it doesn't synergize well with the rest of the deck.

I'm not running Helm of Obedience, I'm running Helm of Possession ;)

I have a copy of Temporal Extortion right here, I'm just not sure if it fits here. Thoughts? If you think it's worth including, what would you cut?

Thanks for the comment and +1! :)

isaelis on Mazirek, Shaman of the Swarm ($60 budget)

1 month ago

Alright here is a ton of cards that seems to fit the theme. Some are definitely better then others I'm just giving a list of cards. Some of these cards are not budget

Sorceries

Victimize

Vicious Betrayal

Tormented Thoughts

Tendrils of Despair

Skulltap

Simplify

Scapeshift

Ritual of the Machine

Reprocess

Primal Growth

Natural Balance

Life's Legacy

Killing Wave

Innocent Blood

Exhume <-- That is nice with Fleshbag Marauder

Eliminate the Competition

Eldritch Evolution

Edge of Autumn

Dread Return

Diabolic Intent

Dead Drop

Curse of the Cabal

Cruel Edict

Consuming Vapors

Choice of Damnations

Chainer's Edict

Caravan Vigil

Bone Splinters

Bog Down

Barter in Blood

Instants

Altar's Reap

Carrion

Constant Mists

Crop Rotation

Culling the Weak

Harrow

Merciless Resolve

Momentous Fall

Plunge into Darkness

Rescue from the Underworld

Tragic Slip

Tribute to the Wild

Urborg Justice

Enchantments

Attrition

Bitterblossom

Black Market

Call to the Grave

Dark Prophecy

Death's Presence

Desolation

Dictate of Erebos

Fecundity

Gate to Phyrexia

Grave Pact

Greater Good

Hecatomb

Infernal Tribute

Lethal Vapors

Lifeforce

Mind Slash

Necrogenesis

Recurring Nightmare

Squandered Resources

Tainted AEther

Lands

Diamond Valley

Dust Bowl

High Market

Lake of the Dead

Miren, the Moaning Well

Phyrexian Tower

Artifacts

Zuran

Trading Post

Phyrexian Soulgorger

Phyrexian Altar

Mortarpod

Jinxed Idol

Helm of Possession

Eldrazi Monument

Demonmail Hauberk

Damping Engine

Claws of Gix

Burnished Hart

Ashnod's Altar

Altar of Dementia

Creatures

Slum Reaper

Shriekmaw

Sadistic Hypnotist

Phyrexian Obliterator

Ghoulcaller Gisa

Dawntreader Elk

Champion of Stray Souls

Bloodbriar

Anowon, the Ruin Sage

Savra, Queen of the Golgari

Hope you find something useful within all these!

Amyas on Daretti MUD control (10% Red splash) Brown stax ta

1 month ago

I like it! I have been wanting to get a Helm of Possession for my Daretti runs Purphoros's Forge! for a long time now.

I love Daretti he is so much fun.

hosshughes on Sac Outlets - Green, Blue, ...

2 months ago

Some of my favorite colorless sac outlets are: Altar of Dementia, Blasting Station, Helm of Possession, Phyrexian Altar, and Spawning Pit

the_earl_0f_grey on Monkey Stax

3 months ago

If you're interested in any more stax effects Damping Engine can be fueled entirely by Ragavan once you take the lead, worst case scenario can sacrifice itself. Price of Glory combined with your War's Toll (occasionally Tectonic Instability) will keep counterspells, Cyclonic Rift, and Seedborn Muse at bay. Im sure you've already considered Blood Moon but Planar Chaos is all but forgotten these days and does a fantastic job at keeping spells at bay and Torpor Orb can shut down most things while only stopping your own god and tremors triggers. Kill Switch can shut down artifact heavy metas while also being another method of manipulating your orbs. Portcullis can also be backbreaking in a stax shell. Ragavan can also be used to fuel a Helm of Possession as well.

MagicalHacker on Game of Thrones (Marchesa Primer)

3 months ago

precociousapprentice, absolutely! All of them are playtest based. I can't speak for the new cards yet, except in theory.


I dropped Curse of the Nightly Hunt, Goblin Diplomats, Goblin Racketeer, Grenzo, Havoc Raiser, and Maddening Imp because they weren't as impactful as I'd like.

I dropped Pariah's Shield and Helm of Possession because I rarely had tokens I wanted to use up.

I dropped Darksteel Mutation because it's sorcery speed removal in a deck that wants opponents yo attack each other.

I dropped Aegis of the Gods and True Believer because they didnt ever do anything important when the combo players are likely getting pummeled thanks to my helping out mutual opponents.

I dropped Crumbling Sanctuary since it pillow forts my opponents.

I dropped Sun Droplet since it doesn't trigger in a pillow fort, or it doesn't fort and stop me from dying.

I dropped Volrath's Stronghold since it doesn't add colored mana and has an activated ability I rarely needed.

I added Dolmen Gate, Iroas, God of Victory, and Reconnaissance to protect my attacking creatures.

I added Avatar of Slaughter (previously ignored due to cmc) and Season of the Witch to replace my dropped goading cards.

I added Blood Feud, Furnace of Rath, Dictate of the Twin Gods, and Pain Magnification for additional reasons to make people attack, while also making my opponents worse off.

I added Island Sanctuary since I misread initially, thinking it made a Moat effect. No, it only protects you!

I added Thran Dynamo and Tymna the Weaver back in for another ramp card and draw card respectively.

And then I added a Swamp or so other basic to replace Volrath's Stronghold.

DespairFaction on Skycaptain Kari Zev, Captain of the Sky!

3 months ago

Hey I love the article, and you have some really cool synergies listed. I have just a few suggestions. I have never really had great experience with Sword of Light and Shadow its just awful in the early game, and I never really get it when I need it in the late game, so I would cut that. As far as additions, check out Helm of Possession and Sword of Kaldra. The helm lets you steal things, and the sword ability with first strike means you can exile just about any creature in the game, also it gives her a huge PT boost. Otherwise I think your deck looks awesome. Definitely something I want to try out.

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