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Illuminated Folio Discussion
3 months ago
4 months ago
One thing I spaced on was draw power and tutors. Mono-Red burn decks always have an issue here. The best I could suggest are:
Gamble ; the card name could not be more direct to the point, but given what we have to work with, it's one of the best tutors in this color.
Cathartic Reunion ; more Crucible shenanigans to be had here. Still good even without it in play.
Wheel of Fortune ; The OG. Only recommended if you have the cash to blow on this thing.
Illuminated Folio ; I'm iffy here, but I'll throw it out, anyway. The only concern with this card is its initial investment and the odds of having mostly land and not enough Red cards in your hand.
Molten Psyche ; more of a hand refresher, but useful nonetheless, as that kind of effect is a burn deck's best friend.
Teferi's Puzzle Box ; not necesserily draw power, but definitely a hand refresher every turn. It keeps opponents frequently mixed up while giving you greater odds of finding anything that isn't a Mountain.
Browbeat ; almost a guaranteed draw because nobody wants to take 5 damage in this format (unless they have lifegain)
Dragon Mage ; a pricer card in terms of CMC, but getting a wheel effect every time you swing successfully is great.
Knollspine Dragon ; another mana-demanding creature initially, but it has a wheel ETB trigger and high p/t to boot.
Skullclamp ; make a Mountain a creature, equip Skullclamp, sac it, draw, repeat.
Scrying Sheets ; only do this if you're up to replacing all of your normal Mountains with Snow-Covered versions.
Mind's Eye ; a higher initial investment, but it has a solid effect.
Seer's Sundial ; great for a deck dependent on always playing land.
Journeyer's Kite ; Repeatable land search. Perfect for the deck.
Mikokoro, Center of the Sea ; gives everyone draw power, but still produces mana when you need it.
Extraplanar Lens ; if you change your Mountains to the snow-covered versions, you will want this. You're going to be sacrificing your lands a lot, so the further those can go in mana production, the better.
Kher Keep ; mostly for defense.
I don't recommend necessarily all of these, rather, browse through them and see which ones you like.
Try not to add too many utility lands. I only suggested the two I did because chances are, you could get away with 2-3 non-Mountain lands, but I wouldn't push your luck.
Your duplication spells can also be used to either counter Counterspell effects and/or duplicate opponent's draw/tutor spells. Try to keep that in mind in your games.
1 year ago
Candles of Leng seems pretty good in a Commander setting.
Carnage Altar and Culling Dais seem really good with all the fodder you'll have for them.
Browbeat is one of my favorite red draw spells.
Coercive Portal could be fun, especially since your commander is indestructible.
Chandra Ablaze also has a good draw ability.
Liar's Pendulum is so much fun.
Solemn Simulacrum is ramp, draw, and fodder all in one.
Combustible Gearhulk, Aggressive Mining, Endbringer, Farsight Mask, Illuminated Folio, Mind's Eye, The Immortal Sun, Vanquisher's Banner, Magus of the Wheel, Wheel of Fate, and Wheel of Fortune all seem like solid draw effects.
1 year ago
Since I didn't get a direct answer, I am just going to infer that you want cards that cost at most 5 mana and cards that cost at most 8 dollars (you mentioned Staff of Nin and Mind's Eye which almost make it but don't).
Not knowing the rest of the deck and if you have lots of creatures in it (where Skullclamp and friends would be fantastic), here is a list I found of cards that should help after looking through MagicalHacker - List of All Draw Cards (Steady), my resource of all available efficient cards that let you repeatedly gain card advantage:
- Sunset Pyramid
- Bottled Cloister
- Oracle's Vault
- Seer's Sundial
- Tapestry of the Ages
- Thran Tome
- Illuminated Folio
- Moonring Mirror
- Treasure Map Flip
Take a look at that previously linked list to see exactly what can and can't work for you, and I'm sure that you'll find more than enough cards to do what you want. :)
2 years ago
I love a good mono-red BEATS deck! How does Urza's Rage sound? Chandra, Pyromaster is a cheap planeswalker than can copy a devastating damage spell. Dual Casting for more copying. If you want to have fun and gamble, Fiery Gambit can attract a crowd to your table to watch (Imagine copying it!). Braid of Fire Ain't cheap, but it'll supply you with mana. Wild Ricochet is almost an auto-include for me (saved me multiple times). run Brand if card stealing is heavy in your meta.
Card Draw: Unfortunately, Red mana doesn't have great access to card draw without discard effects; Avaricious Dragon, Browbeat can net a few cards, Burning Inquiry, Goblin Lore, Control of the Court, Mindmoil does a dope job of letting you dig through your library. ALOT of wheel effects.
BUT Geth's Grimoire Makes amazing use of these wheel effects!!
You might be interested in Otherworld Atlas. Yes it gives everybody cards, but hardly anyone can complain or target the guy giving everyone cards. Arcane Spyglass makes use of unneeded mana. Farsight Mask, Font of Mythos, Illuminated Folio, Staff of Nin, Well of Knowledge,
Sorry for the gross wall of text, hope this helps!!
2 years ago
Some cards I think are pretty underpowered in your deck, in no particular order:
- Path of Bravery
- Gleam of Authority
- Ethereal Armor
- War Falcon
- Territorial Roc
- Suntail Hawk
- Aven Skirmisher
- Aven Squire
I put a few of the low cost, low-impact birds on the list, 'cause EDH is about long games. Suntail Hawk can be aggro early, but getting it early is not likely, and it's an extremely bad card late-game. A good rule in EDH is to make sure the vast majority of your cards are high-impact. To that end, some other decent creatures you may want to consider:
Also look into some good draw engines to keep you going - it's easy to run out of gas with creature decks like this in long EDH games.
Finally, consider some mana rocks:
2 years ago
I also recommend checking out Ichor Wellspring, Mind's Eye, Wild-Field Scarecrow, Dreamstone Hedron, a Sin Prodder for a win-win, an annoying card but not useless Urza's Blueprints, an Illuminated Folio combined with winding clock is good, Im unsure how much colorless mana you have access to but Endbringer, and Mycosynth Wellspring for land and card advantage.
As for other things that could help out Blinkmoth Urn for some sick manas. Arcbound Crusher can help with closing a game out by getting real swole creature. Shimmer Myr useful myr if you wanna move to towards myr tribal. A Workshop Assistant makes a great thing to pitch to your commanders negative. A Contagion Engine gives you your commanders negative ability every turn you pay for it. a Rings of Brighthearth can give you double effects on abilites bit pricy though.
2 years ago
So the deck looks pretty good! I can see a good theme of aggressive creature that also do other stuff, like anthem all your creatures, so it looks like this can beat down pretty hard pretty quickly.
You mentioned that you find yourself in topdeck mode pretty often, and I can see why. I usually aim for 10-14 cards that draw more cards, and I only see 2 here (Staff of Nin and Reforge the Soul.) A lot of people will say that Boros just can't draw spells, but those people are wrong. Now, Boros isn't the most efficient at drawing cards, but it's not out of their reach. Get ready for a wall of text, because here are all your options:
Pursuit of Knowledge, Sorcerer's Strongbox, Slate of Ancestry, Dreamstone Hedron, Magus of the Wheel, Knollspine Dragon, Commune with Lava, Wheel of Fortune, Wheel of Fate, Mentor of the Meek, Bygone Bishop, Stromkirk Occultist, Sin Prodder, Prophetic Flamespeaker, Outpost Siege, Chandra, Pyromaster, Chandra, Flamecaller, Well of Discovery, Urza's Blueprints, Tower of Fortunes, Thran Tome, Tamiyo's Journal, Sword of Fire and Ice, Skullclamp, Rogue's Gloves, Moonring Mirror, Mind's Eye, Mask of Memory, Loreseeker's Stone, Infiltration Lens, Illuminated Folio, Farsight Mask, Endbringer, Bottled Cloister, Bargaining Table, Book of Rass, and Angelheart Vial.
Of these, I'm going to suggest the following eight to bring your number up to ten (obviously Mind's Eye, Sword of Fire and Ice, Chandra, Flamecaller, and Wheel of Fortune are the absolute best, but they are all above $5, unlike the following cards):
- Mentor of the Meek
- Outpost Siege
- Chandra, Pyromaster
- Knollspine Dragon
- Magus of the Wheel
- Slate of Ancestry
- Mask of Memory
So what 8 cards to take out? Let's find out which are the least impact, and let's start from the highest cmc, because getting a lower curve is never bad.
- Captain of the Watch: This card is great in a soldier tribal, but too low impact in this deck, I think. With only 10 cards that get the boost from her, on average, it will only interact with 1-2 cards at a time.
- Lightmine Field: I can understand wanting some pillow fort, but there are plenty of options that don't affect your creatures too, and you are going wide, so this card hoses you pretty bad.
- Ajani Vengeant: His plus is very situational, and even though the other abilities are pretty good, him sometimes not doing anything until then is kind of a waste of a card here.
- Sword of Vengeance: I like having a lot of abilities to get the boost from cards like Concerted Effort, but I think this card is just too expensive for too little. None of the abilities are necessities in the deck to be on one creature.
- Skyknight Legionnaire: French vanillas are sometimes cool, but this one here is not worth 3 mana. There are better hasty creatures and better fliers for 3 mana, so I don't think its necessary to have them both on one creature since they don't really combo in any way.
- Lightning Talons: This pretty much has the flaws of both above cards, plus the fact that it's an aura means that it opens yourself to a 2-for-1.
- Godsend: This isn't really an equipment-themed deck, and there are better equipment for a deck going wide, like Sword of the Paruns. Overall, it's not a horrible card, but paying six mana to give a creature +3/+3 and exiling "deathtouch" doesn't seem that worth it here.
- Asha's Favor: Again with the keywords, and the auras, and the three mana!
So those are the 8 cards I would take out for the drawing cards.
If you are interested, here are some cards I think would definitely make this deck more resilient!
Secondly, there are a couple of super aggro cards for edh that I think you could take advantage of, although be wary because these can make you an early target if played too soon: Luminarch Ascension, Serra Ascendant, and Hero of Bladehold.
Lastly, every deck needs a couple of easy ways to pick off nasty creatures, so I would recommend using Swords to Plowshares, Path to Exile, and Darksteel Mutation (which turns off commanders!) as some pretty good spot removal cards.
Thanks, and good luck!
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