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: Remove up to X counters from target permanent. For each counter removed this way, Hex Parasite gets +1/+0 until end of turn. ( may be paid for with either or 2 life.)
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Hex Parasite Discussion
4 weeks ago
I know it's not what you asked for, but Hex Parasite might work in the deck, if you could find a Sultai Commander ...
1 month ago
Soren841 Without spamming chat with a real wall of text, you can find the list of decks I commonly see in my metagame here. Mind you there is a decent amount of fluff and seemingly unconventional decks I face because it's not a full fledged cEDH environment. My decklist isn't optimized by any means because I am on a budget believe it or not and that's why we drafted the budgetless list. Keep those elements in mind when looking at my list because I never claimed my personal deck was for cEDH gameplay. That part isn't terribly relevant exactly though because I stated that in the context of the background that went into building the budgetless version we are nominating.
What is relevant though is that I was capable of tuning my deck to my specific meta, and decks that were resilient were other planeswalker commanders or decks heavy in planeswalkers. To combat this originally I used Hex Parasite, but since it's useless under Humility I opted for Pithing Needle and Sorcerous Spyglass to hit walkers and provide some added versatility, which works well after flickering them with Aminatou's -1.
If you'd care to read our primer it is still a work in progress, but we provide a lot of detail about how the deck operates and functions. Please give it a read, this is a serious inquiry and we've put a lot of time and effort into putting these lists together.
1 month ago
Thanks for the suggestion. Sword of the Animist is dominant in this format,
As of just checking now, I'm 0.08 under budget. Sword of the Animist is $2.81, so would need to cut (if I do 1 for 1 instead of downgrading a bunch of other cards), $2.81 - $0.08 = $2.73. Graveborn Muse, Noxious Gearhulk, or Mindslaver are the only possible cuts.
I would probably cut the Scrap Trawler $1.62 or Go for the Throat $1.55 = $3.17 - $2.73 = $0.44 to replace 2 cards. Price of Fame is $0.25, leaving $0.19, which could be Costly Plunder $0.15 or Acidic Slime $0.24 (puts me a bit over).
I was also hoping to get a Hex Parasite in here, but he's $1.76 a little pricey, might need to get both these in. Also have Wanderer's Twig, Traveler's Amulet, or Golgari Keyrune could look at for cheaper ramp, but not as dominant as the Sword of the Animist.
1 month ago
XD I forgot to upvote!
Did that, now I actually love this deck. After looking over your meta, only Teferi Chain Veil seems to be the unfavorable matchup, assuming it is the Highest tiered varient, and I still think you have good outs to that deck (Hex Parasite).
24 of your 27 matchups are favorable, 2 of them are balanced, and 1 is unfavorable. That is insane overall.
If this deck doesn't force other players to make major changes to their decks, have them outright ban you and your shenanigans, I think you can expect a lot of wins handed to you, given this deck mulligans well.
A couple suggestions, given you want to spend the money, I have found Liliana of the Veil to have good potential for discard as an engine, and can remove threatening creatures your hate cannot deal with.
Other walkers could help, but overall you have the 4 major ones, with Aminatou being the best ;)
I still feel like other control/stax lists will fall to your ability to crush opposing players mana and hand apart. Painful Quandary is a very clunky card, so I wouldn't run it, but Cunning Lethemancer isn't much better, really hampered by the fact that you run cards like Humility, Necrogen Mists might be the best option for another discard enchantment, but I would prefer something better than that.
I really think just a few cards like Smallpox or Pox could work, really making discard come from nowhere, I think Aminatou might have some good synergy with Words of Waste, but you still go back a card, because Aminatou forces you to put back a card, unless you are empty handed. Liliana Vess forces discard, but it targets the player, is clunky on mana, and is probably better as a tutor.
1 month ago
TheRedGoat: Thanks for the thoughts/suggestions! The only pieces that care about -1 counters being on the creature when they die are Necroskitter and Blowfly Infestation - the former may get cut, and the latter mostly sticks stuff on my own creatures (so it's not a problem really). The deck mostly cares about the -1 placement itself :)
And regarding your suggestions - Plaguemaw Beast is interesting, but I'm not super convinced that it's worth the 5 mana and waiting for summoning sickness to wear off... Poison-Tip Archer isn't really worth the 4 mana to me, though I could see it fitting into my sideboard for the additional usefulness of having reach (this deck struggles with fliers). Driven / Despair is actually something I want to fit back into the deck when I find space for it (it may replace Necroskitter)! Rishkar, Peema Renegade just seems like a less good version of Cryptolith Rite here, another card I'm trying to fit in (too few slots, bleh). Quillspike recently got cut because he was too fragile, dies from a single counter, and is only really useful with Devoted Druid. Flourishing Defenses is just too much mana for its effect, unfortunately. Harbinger of Night just got cut - he was just too slow and tended to cause problems. Blight Sickle is not efficient enough, in my opinion (I'd rather run Glistening Oil, ANOTHER possible inclusion), and while Hex Parasite is cute against opposing PWs and maybe could find a home in the sideboard, he doesn't advance my game plan enough to put him in the main deck.
Thank you again for the suggestions! :)
1 month ago
So I have a question: How well does this deck interact with +1/+1 counters being placed on creatures? Or having -1/-1 counters removed before the creatures die?
Also, a lists of cards that could be useful (unknown if you already knew about these or play tested them)(would still want to hear your thoughts on them within a deck):
Plaguemaw Beast (sac-a-snake, make-a-nest)
Poison-Tip Archer (redundant win-con is redundant)
Rishkar, Peema Renegade (any counter counts)
Quillspike (known combo piece)
Flourishing Defenses (see "aggro?")
Blight Sickle (once again, aggro?)
Hex Parasite (political tool)
1 month ago
IAmTheWraith Thanks for your input! I added Terminus to my maybeboard last night because I was thinking that it has good synergy with Aminatou's +1 since I could put it on top of my library and set up a one mana boardwipe on the next turn. The thing is that I would have to probably cut one of my other boardwipes to make room for it, but the most appealing and comparable one to cut in here would be Austere Command except the versatility that comes with it is telling me not to cut it. I've been iffy about making the transition, so I may drop it because it's a tough call to make.
Reality Acid is pretty sweet removal, but I think I would have to focus on more blink effects to really maximize and profit from it because Aminatou is also needed to blink lands, walkers, mana rocks, and stax pieces just to keep us functioning through our own lock. We need to give her a little bit of a break and +1 her often enough to keep her from outright dying, but it's still worth testing because I really have three turns to blink it which feels like plenty of time.
I'm running a really low creature count as is, so I'm not sure if Baleful Strix is quite worth the slot. Four of my five creatures operate as Stax pieces, three of which have Flash which allows me to be responsive on other players' turns: Hushwing Gryff to combat an ETB trigger, Aven Mindcensor to keep someone from tutoring for a card or fetching a land, and Containment Priest to prevent Reanimator or some other means of cheating in a creature outside of hard casting it. Hex Parasite is an exception to my Stax creature rule because other planeswalker decks, such Atraxa Superfriends, Chain Veil Teferi, and Daretti Artifacts, all appear to be considerably resilient to this deck. Parasite effectively kills all of these strategies by removing loyalty counters from walkers and I consider it to be an asset in the deck for that reason because other walker decks show up often in my meta. I said in a previous post that I am trying to be as cutthroat as possible with this deck, and I don't think Strix achieves this mentality since card advantage is something that I am not in very high demand for since I'm running Ensnaring Bridge and discard effects.