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Hieroglyphic Illumination Discussion
3 days ago
Pretty Solid. First of all this isn't standard because of the Lightning Axe. Disallow is Strictly Better than Cancel. You probably should add more prowess creatures to win games more often because a bunch of counter spells doesn't let you win. Glimmer of Genius is much better than Hieroglyphic Illumination. You don't really have any real use from the Treasures that Spell Swindle makes. I think that this deck could be pretty good.
2 weeks ago
2 weeks ago
its so funny that this deck once lost to saffronOlive's Naya Glorious End by making his opponent do the new perspectives combo and end it with Glorious End making his opponent waste his efforts lol. watch the match here
anyway, there is one card that you forgot to add and i think this is one of the best cycling cards right now - Hieroglyphic Illumination. other than that, this is your usual new perspectives combo deck...just add more untapped lands so that you can answer early game threats using censors and haze.
but in this metagame full of creatures, i would suggest to add more answers early game. i understand you have censors and haze but adding a sweeper or two wont hurt because they usually try to overrun you preventing you to pull your combo. so Sweltering Suns (which has cycling too) wont hurt you in the main.
when i made this deck, i made this in sultai colors because i just dont like to be greedier by adding another color...also i have Torment of Hailfire as an alternate wincon by cycling and tapping for more mana and making a lot of mana to cast it...maybe you may consider that card as another wincon.
hope it helps!
2 weeks ago
Leon9358, this is definitely a different tactic than my build with Rashmi, Rashmi's Foggy Summonings. I did a couple quick games against each other, and yours won consistently thanks to River's Rebuke.
I feel like Rashmi, Eternities Crafter isn't really being used to her fullest potential here, although paired with a late game Nissa, Steward of Elements or River's Rebuke she can generate some good value. You have zero instants, so you can never take advantage of her ability on your opponent's turn. I would consider dropping a pair of Kefnet's Last Word and putting in an instant-spped card draw like Glimmer of Genius or Hieroglyphic Illumination to help you dig for your Rashmi or other finishers.
Similar to Rashmi, you are only taking advantage of half of Majestic Myriarch's abilities as none of your creatures have any keywords. Emperor's Vanguard is easily my first choice to cut. Dreamcaller Siren would be a good swap since flying will benefit your Myriarch, and flash will also enable Rashmi. You might instead consider swapping in a pair of Dreamcaller Sirens in place of a pair of River's Rebuke to lower your average CMC. Ramunap Hydra is another option to replace the Vanguard, as it come loaded with a bunch of keywords. Siren Stormtamer is another option to give you the flying keyword, while also protecting you and your creatures from some removal. Vizier of the Menagerie could also be a good idea in this deck since you are running so many creatures; the Vizier also pairs with Rashmi and Nissa very nicely.
3 weeks ago
TappedOut isn't updating, so here is the new primer:The Primer
- The Scarab God is one of the best cards in the format. Its incredible versatility allows me to reanimate my own Gearhulks as well as my opponent's creatures. The extra scry + lifeloss is just icing on the cake.
- The Torrential Gearhulks are also great, a 5 power body with pseudo-haste and the ability to reuse my instants allow me access to better card advantage.
Abrade is a quick answer to early threats, and when coupled with Magma Spray will exile anything with power 5 or less. Alternatively, it removes God-Pharaoh's Gift and Aethersphere Harvester before they become relevant.
Disallow counters anything. Unquestionably the best counterspell in the format.
I run Glimmer of Genius over Hieroglyphic Illumination for the scry + the 2 energy. I can dig deeper with Glimmer, and it also guarantees me at least 2 mana of any color to cast the cards I find with it. While Illumination's cycling ability is great, Glimmer just works better for me overall.
Harnessed Lightning kills anything played turns 1 or 2, and can even be used to kill big creatures later on, which is great in a format with Dinosaurs and Gearhulks. Alternatively, I can use it just to get 3 energy for 2 mana, which powers my Aether Hubs or even Glint-Sleeve Siphoner.
Vraska's Contempt is one of the best removal cards in the format. Removing The Scarab God or Hazoret the Fervent is great, and the 2 life gained keeps me alive for longer as well. Still, the double black requirement is tough, so we only run two.
4 weeks ago
Yeah, Glyph Keeper might be a solid choice to top out the mana curve. I'll give that a shot and see how well it works.
I'm less keen on Pull from Tomorrow, though. Instant speed is nice, but it needs 5 total mana dumped into it to be better than Chart a Course. I think I'd prefer Hieroglyphic Illumination, since it's just two cards at instant speed that you can cycle if you get it early.
1 month ago
General good cards in these colors:
- Glint-Sleeve Siphoner
- Glimmer of Genius
- Torrential Gearhulk
- Regal Caracal
- Cast Out
- The Scarab God
- Search for azcanta
- Settle the Wreckage
- Hostage Taker
- Supreme Will
Cards that help the Call for Unity strategy:
Good cards for a cycling strategy:
1 month ago
A few things: 1. This deck is marked as standard, and is running a lot of standard legal cards but has Flooded Strand, Force of Will, Path to Exile, and Snapcaster, none of which are standard legal. If it is meant for standard, you should remove them. If it is for modern, you still need to remove Force of Will. All other suggestions for cards are based on standard.
2. Since you don't have any cards that care about cycling you may want to consider replacing Hieroglyphic Illumination with Glimmer of Genius.
3. Maybe go to only 2 or 3 Search for Azcanta Flip, since it is legendary.
4. The deck is currently named torrential Gearhulk U/R control but is white blue (U/W).
5. If you want to keep Approach of the Second Sun as your wincon, you can probably ignore my advice about Glimmer of Genius, but cutting an Approach would help to lower the amount of cards that you won't be able to cast until late in the game. This would let you replace it with some that can help earlier, such as Cast Out