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Hindering Light Discussion
4 days ago
First pass at cuts.
Ankle Shanker, Baleful Strix, Bloodbraid Elf, Cromat, Daxos of Meletis, Dimir Doppelganger, Edric, Spymaster of Trest, Enigma Sphinx, Etherium-Horn Sorcerer, Giltspire Avenger, Harmonic Sliver, Jenara, Asura of War, Juniper Order Ranger, Knight of New Alara, Kresh the Bloodbraided, Lightning Angel, Madrush Cyclops, Magister Sphinx, Mantis Rider, Master Biomancer, Mystic Snake, O-Kagachi, Vengeful Kami, Oloro, Ageless Ascetic, Pharika's Mender, Progenitor Mimic, Progenitus, Qasali Pridemage, Rubinia Soulsinger, Ruhan of the Fomori, Samut, Voice of Dissent, Shadowmage Infiltrator, Sharuum the Hegemon, Solemn Simulacrum, Stoic Angel, Surrak Dragonclaw, The Mimeoplasm, Thraximundar, Transguild Courier, Vulturous Zombie, Wall of Denial, Wasitora, Nekoru Queen, Witch-Maw Nephilim
Ajani, Mentor of Heroes, Bant Charm, Behemoth Sledge, Catch / Release, Citanul Flute, Counterflux, Crackling Doom, Crime/Punishment, Crosis's Charm, Cruel Ultimatum, Darksteel Ingot, Dreadbore, Dromar's Charm, Erratic Portal, Esper Charm, Expedition Map, Fellwar Stone, Fist of Suns, Flying Crane Technique, Fractured Identity, Ghirapur Orrery, Golgari Charm, Helm of Awakening, Hindering Light, Hunting Grounds, Mortify, Obzedat's Aid, Panharmonicon, Plasm Capture, Prophetic Bolt, Psychic Strike, Rakdos Charm, Render Silent, Signal the Clans, Spinal Embrace, Terminate, Unscythe, Killer of Kings, Utter End, Voidslime
This leaves you with 114 cards. Though I didn't really consider curve when I made these cuts so I don't know what will happen to that. Regardless, this would be my first pass at cuts.
5 days ago
Hindering Light is also an excellent sideboard for Burn and force discard decks.
2 weeks ago
Out --> In (+/- CMC): Reason
2 months ago
Thanks, hoardofnotions! Yeah, in general this deck typically tries to kill with commander damage as quickly as possible, but has other beats as backup, so Mistfire Adept is good for giving evasion to Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest.
I don't have any Snow-Covered Mountains in this deck because the average price for each version is above $2, and that's the limit for my local budget playgroup. You make a good point about artifact lands, which I had in the deck to synergize with Metallurgic Summonings. I replaced the Seat of the Synod with Faerie Conclave and Great Furnace with Swiftwater Cliffs (often better than Izzet Guildgate). My deck is mostly blue, but I'm keeping all the vivid lands since fixing for a three-color deck can be challenging.
I agree with you on Arcane Denial over Hindering Light. Oona's Grace seems a bit weak, and since I don't think I'll typically have more than 4 cards to exile from my graveyard, I think I'd rather have Plea for Power than Treasure Cruise.
What do you think? And thank you for the recommendations!
2 months ago
I really like the list! I'm jealous of the mana curve for sure!
No Snow-Covered Mountain? Why the artifact lands? They seem to open your mana base to artifact destruction for no benefit?
It looks like your deck is mostly blue cards, might be worth taking out Vivid Crag for a blue-red dual land (Izzet Guildgate) that way you can run out of vivid counters to play your nonsense and still have access to red.
Is Mistfire Adept good enough? Do you win most games with commander damage or random beats backed up with your commander?
Treasure Cruise could be good with all this spells going to the graveyard, delve the full amount!
2 months ago
I added 4 remandremoved 2 negateremoved 1 blessed allianceadded 1 cryptic commandremoved 2 azorius charm
2 months ago
I have these two partner commanders and find them pretty awesome and one-shotting people within a table cycle or two.
I generally try to find Sunforger as soon as I can as this allows me to access any Red/White instants from my deck to protect as needed, opening up a much wider way to protect Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker. By replacing mono-blue instants with multi-colored ones this opens your effective hand up more much more. Suffocating Blast, Render Silent or Hindering Light give you some countspells for access. Master Warcraft is also available for some combat tricks, Boros Charm for protection and Path to Exile and Swords to Plowshares for removal.
Open the Armory seems useful with your voltron style.
1+ from me!
2 months ago
As powerful as The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale is, I think it will end up hurting you more than your opponents with how the deck currently is (24 creature count).
Other cards in the maybe board that I personally wouldn't recommend would be Desertion (I'll explain why in a sec), Isperia, Supreme Judge, and Twincast. All are good cards, but your deck can do better without them!
Instead of Desertion and instead of Dissipate and Rewind, I recommend putting in Pact of Negation, Force of Will, and/or Mystic Confluence/Hindering Light. I'd say that having between 5-10 counterspells alone is the right call for this deck.
Isperia, Supreme Judge is not a bad card, but there are better draw engines/card advantage cards. Consecrated Sphinx being one that you already have included. I would recommend replacing Concentrate and Recurring Insight for more dependable draw spells, Ponder and possibly even Sphinx's Revelation or Blue Sun's Zenith.
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AEtherplasm, Blazing Archon, Drogskol Reaver, Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, Loxodon Gatekeeper (possibly just switch it with Kismet since the are the exact same), Phyrexian Metamorph, Rune-Tail, Kitsune Ascendant / Rune-Tail's Essence, and possibly even Sun Titan.
Again, these are just some suggestions. All are great cards, but overall I think that lowering the CMC and adding other, more controlling cards will help this deck be more resilient and consistent.
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Again, like the above, these are only suggestions! You don't have to add them all, or any at all. The only thing I would just really stress about changing this deck is lowering the CMC. That can highly improve the gameplay of the deck. Being able to have a turn two play or counter magic on those first couple turns lets you hold an edge over your opponent will you tax and control them over the long game.