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, Tap an untapped creature you control: Add one mana of any colour to your mana pool.
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Holdout Settlement Discussion
4 days ago
Ok time for another complete overhaul!!?? Turns out a 5 color deck is a little hard to nail down. And that I was overrating some cards and underrating others.
Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit - too slow, Mana intensive, and isn't a threat on it's own. Got hit by removal way too often.
Dromoka's Command - not a very aggressive card, and its other modes besides the fight and counter were never used. Still could be a good sideboard card vs. burn and blood moon decks
Bloodbraid Elf - Was great some of the time, and other times just hit bloodhall ooze or something. I want something more synergistic.
Plaxcaster Frogling- to be honest I never play tested it. It might be great against certain decks, but it seemed slow and unimpactful.
Simic Initiate - not a standalone threat, and weak to removal.
Skyrider Elf- I passed up this card because it's a little boring. But after playing against humans and really needing a strong flyer, and then play testing it, it exceeds my expectations and is nice and aggressive after a turn 1 hardened scales.
Citadel Siege - this card may be one of the most underrated cards ever. It's simply awesome in this deck. Especially with all the 1/1 flyers we get from abzan ascendancy and Hangarback. It just makes anything and everything a threat. Or you can play it for the other mode and use it as a versatile piece of removal. It hits haste guys, man lands, guys that have death triggers, etc. Its absolutely what you want to top deck when you are facing a big threat. 3 seems excessive, but it's really, really good.
Zameck Guildmage- I was considering Tireless tracker, but then compared it to this card, which arguably does a lot more, but still draws a card for 2 Mana. Combined with Hangarback walker or abzan ascendancy it can make an army of threats after a board wipe. It can make 1 drop top decks actually good. It uses the counters on creatures that don't really need more, like bloodhall ooze or paladin. It's that key piece of the deck that actually gives it some inevitability late game.
Ulvenwald Tracker- This card is also very underrated. It pretty much demands to be killed or it will keep killing everything you play. It takes advantage of the huge creatures you get which would usually just be sitting around getting chump blocked. It gets much better with the citadel seiges being able to pump it so it can fight stuff itself.
Experiment One - A very quick and hard to disrupt start with a constrictor on turn 2. Also a very nice top deck with citadel seiges out, and fuel for zameck Guildmage.
-2x Llanowar Reborn - I really wish I could keep playing this land, but since ziggurat is gone, I needed to cut it for more fixing
+2x Vivid Grove- Almost never runs out of counters. Definitely slower than other lands but it's necessary.
+2x Holdout Settlement - seems odd but it works pretty well. Usually we have creatures out turn 1 that we can use this on and not feel too bad. We can also use creatures that just came out.
- Fast Lands - In order for our manabase to not just kill us, we have a variety of fast lands that give us as much variety of color as possible. Playing 8 of the pain lands was way too much. 6 is still harsh, but manageable.
5 days ago
Fuel for the Cause will not work well in a mill deck--mill is an aggro deck, not a control deck. Control requires domination from the very beginning, either through counterspells or removal. Mill requires aggressively playing your mill cards early, trying to kill an opponent before you die yourself. Late-game counterspells mean nothing--by turn 4, your opponent has already set up their board--they can happily kill you with what they have. Even if you disrupt their turn 4 play, their turn 1-3 plays were still fielded completely unchecked.
Also, just a general advice, Crumbling Necropolis, Evolving Wilds, and other lands that enter the battlefield tapped are far too slow for Modern. Modern is often considered the turn 4 format--on turn 4, an aggro deck should be poised to win; a combo deck should be comboing off; and a control deck should have locked down the opponents' board. There's just no time to waste on a land you can't immediately use. Frankly, that's true in pretty much every format, though tapped lands can be effectively used in more casual, non-competitive commander games.
As for the colourless lands, there are not really enough creatures in this deck to benefit from Holdout Settlement, and the Crabs are really better off as blockers for any 1 drops/tokens. Crumbling Vistage is fine the turn it is played, but there are too many spells that only require coloured mana for it to be effective long-term.
Continuing my slight land digression, if you need three-colour-fixing in Modern, the best way to go is a mix of Fetch/Shock lands and some rainbow lands (Mana Confluence, City of Brass, Cavern of Souls if tribal, etc.).
5 days ago
You can run cards like Fuel for the Cause for proliferating, and if that is too much mana you can run Braid of Fire, Seething Song, or Simian Spirit Guide. And for the mana flexibility, you could use Crumbling Necropolis, Evolving Wilds, Crumbling Vestige, or Holdout Settlement.
2 months ago
Also, you could try Narcolepsy. It's either very good or very bad I think.
4 months ago
I like that you use interesting cards. Its look like you prepared for everything on the table.
Im busy to tapping my general in Disciple of Deceit - Combos PDH too. There is way much spells that can help you. Hidden Strings is my favorite. You can untap Siren three times in turn with it!
Also, notable cards is Ebony Horse and Mobile Garrison (that have exact 2 crew!).
And for sure, dont forget to add Survivors' Encampment and Holdout Settlement for extra tap each turn.
4 months ago
Dont forget Holdout Settlement And there is one more card that does the exact same. :)
5 months ago
How about Holdout Settlement ? Can tap her down in a pinch.
5 months ago
The dual taplands are missing the Tranquil Expanse.