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Intruder Alarm Discussion
18 hours ago
Right off the bat, I think you should run Preordain . The card is very powerful, and I see it in your 'Maybeboard.' Second, I saw you replaced Anticipate with Sensei's Divining Top . This is a good idea, but if you're looking for more cantrip effects, Impulse is a strictly better Anticipate . Furthermore, looking at your deck's curve, you might want to consider running Counterbalance in conjunction with top -- I have had good results with that combo, particularly if running Zendikar and Onslaught fetches to clear the top. Azami's draw ability would do just as well though.
I don't think Halimar Depths is a very good card. Sage of Epityr is a one-drop wizard who does the same thing (slightly better, actually) and doubles as card-advantage later in the game. Siren Stormtamer is another good utility one-drop wizard, as is Sidisi's Faithful . (Note that Sidisi's Faithful can be tapped to draw a card while the exploit trigger is on the stack, and you can still have it exploit itself.) Generally any low-cost wizard that has a relevant ability is a good idea. Furthermore, cards like Intruder Alarm and Paradox Engine are your friend, as they make spells into spells plus draw 4 or 5.
Pairing Azami with Mind Over Matter then becomes an auto-win in conjunction with Jace, Wielder of Mysteries . For the record, Laboratory Maniac is a wizard, but I like your choice of Jace better. I think the Lab Man/Jace combos are likely a better way to win than wizard aggro.
Riptide Laboratory is a good way to protect your general.
Sapphire Medallion , which I see is also in the 'Maybeboard,' is also a good card. Mono-blue has little ramp, so any two-drop ramp is good. Same goes for Sky Diamond , Baral, Chief of Compliance and Coldsteel Heart . With more rocks, things like Aphetto Alchemist also get better (I strongly recommend playing him).
I do not recommend Portent . Half the time I use cantrips, I am using them to find a land or some other card I want to use immediately. The Ice Age slowtrips just don't fulfill that need.
Finally, I am not sure I think Arcane Lighthouse or Detection Tower are very good. It may be a meta-call, but I feel that Azami costing triple-blue means you want to run as few colorless lands as possible.
All the best and good luck! Azami was one of my pet decks when I used to play her.
1 week ago
Kiora, Master of the Depths , Vizier of Tumbling Sands , Fatestitcher , Arbor Elf , Voyaging Satyr , Intruder Alarm , Freed from the Real , Crab Umbra , Savor the Moment , Drift of Phantasms , Muddle the Mixture , Chalice of Life Flip, (not in your color scheme, but very powerful and of note: Aggravated Assault )
1 week ago
BMHKain: Responding in order.
I like Ajani Unyielding quite a lot. I picked Ajani, the Greathearted for the top ten though, because it's two mana cheaper, and the turn in comes down it puts more counters on your other walkers, meaning you can get some surprise ults off - same with Ajani Steadfast . Nothin' wrong with Unyielding though.
I saw the recommendations for completing the combo. They work. They don't work with your planeswalkers. What happens when you have Intruder Alarm but none of the other pieces? Or Jiang Yanggu but no creatures to put counters on? That combo doesn't synergize with your strategy of playing planeswalkers, and requires you to run three cards that don't help you unless you have both of the others. And again - you've already got an infinite combo in the deck, made up of four cards that all help you even if they're the only one you've drawn.
Kasmina's fine. I don't think she's particularly strong, since targeted removal isn't usually very prevalent in EDH, but that's up to your meta. Her looting is a good ability, but you only have access to it two times without finding ways to put extra counters on her. All in all, she's a C grade planeswalker.
Ob Nixilis is... eh. His +2 will be irritating, and he's useful to draw people's attention away from more dangerous walkers (I used Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver for the same purpose. His -2 is also good for you because a 5/5 blocker is pretty intimidating. His emblem is underwhelming - again, you can't really count on having a ton of creatures to use that emblem on. Also, as a rule of thumb - assume your enemies will not allow you to ult a planeswalker when you're evaluating its strength, because they won't. B-.
Ugin, the Ineffable is quite strong, actually. He's useful removal, he defends himself/your other walkers by making 2/2s, and he pseudo draws cards when those 2/2s die. I'd put him in, most likely. A-, for not being a way to end the game.
Will Kenrith is strong. Didn't comment on him cause I'm looking for cuts, and he's not a cut. ;)
Of the next three, Daretti and Saheeli are both quite strong as walkers to build around. I'm not sure how they'd do in a deck like this. Saheeli's strength is in making blockers when you cast spells. How often do you find yourself casting 2-3 spells per turn? My recollection of my own superfriends deck is that that was somewhat rare, and usually in the later game, as much of the deck has a high CMC. Given that the majority of your deck is 4+ mana, she may not be worth the include here. Sundial of the Infinite buys you some extra time on her ability, but that's not worth an include - it's not that powerful an effect to protect, and it's not synergizing with other cards in the deck. More rules of thumb: never put a card in a deck because it's good along with one other card in the deck. That just means it's bad unless you also get the other card.
Daretti is good for making blockers, and good removal. He's probably the best of the three you listed.
Rowan... I'm surprised to hear people dislike playing against her. She's just... not good. She makes people attack, but unless you've got some other defense going like Crawlspace , they're going to attack you. Crawlspace is good without Rowan. Rowan is not good without crawlspace.
Ashiok, Dream Render is fine. I think he's a C+ of a planeswalker in EDH. If you're facing against a combo deck or a graveyard deck he's better - if you're not, he's worse. I don't think its wrong to include him. I just don't think he's the best you've got.
Dovin, Grand Arbiter is terrible. His +1 does nothing unless you're ahead on board. His ult is basically a better Dig Through Time , which is already underwhelming, plus you have to protect him for four turns to get to it. His -1 is fine as defense, but because it's a -loyalty effect, means it doesn't help him get to his pretty-weak ult. He's easily one of the worst walkers on your list. Grade is an F.
Serra the Benevolent is in a similar boat. Her -ability makes a pretty strong creature, which is nice. Her +ability only helps Atraxa, Praetors' Voice and her own tokens though, and just makes them a bit bigger, which doesn't have much effect if you want to stay on defense. Her emblem is good, and easy to get to, but relies on a not-creature deck having creatures to be strong. Grade is D.
I do think Kiora, the Crashing Wave is stronger than Dovin, Hand of Control . I'm interested in Dovin primarily for his ability to bubble a problematic creature, which is nice defense. But unlike Kiora, Dovin has no other abilities, and his static is... fine. But not particularly strong. Thalia, Guardian of Thraben is the card he reminds me of - almost unplayable outside of heavy taxes decks.
1 week ago
@PhotogenicParasympathetic: Peter Capaldi as the Nth Doctor (Remember, Heaven Sent; basically had The Doctor regenerate Hundreds of Billions of times while counting as one.): I'll start with the obvious.
It's ironic you'd recommend Ajani, the Greathearted over Ajani Unyielding for the top ten. MSully_17 actually suggested using Intruder Alarm for a loop between Sliver Queen & Jiang Yanggu, Wildcrafter ; tap 2 +1/+1 Counter Creature tokens, make a Sliver Token, all creatures untap. Something that Superfriends would even have as the equivalent of 1,000,000's of 1/1 Squirrels. Most likely; I'll change the CMDR back to Sliver Queen for this notion.
But back to the other notions:
What's your thoughts on Kasmina, Enigmatic Mentor ? She Taxes opponents, makes you Tokens, & even Loots after token creation.
What about Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath ? After whatever kind of combo to note that I just mentioned, is he any better than Sorin Markov NUMERO I ? His emblem might even be really useful in a plethora of situations...
Ugin, the Ineffable ?: Yeah, I've no Colorless worth chopping the price by . At least making a 2/2 via Topdeck Exile still prevents your enemies from ever knowing what it is, until you have your hand with it in it. But maybe you might be right about this not worth adding into this...
Will Kenrith : Stunned you have no say on this; Will can do actual Transfiguraion; something not even Kasmina, who should be able to do this, has no proof of this. He can even pay for your Walkers, Instants & Sorceries. You can even choose yourself to allow yourself to copy instants, & Sorceries as an Emblem. But I've a bigger interest on one of these thoughts:
The Hated Walkers that Help with so DAMN MUCH. : So many people have hated all 3 of these walkers, & don't care about the idea if infinite activations of Loyalty Abilities on the fly w/ any of these 3. Rowan, for starters, forces target player to attack w/ everything they got. This is a problem in the past, but has since been improved because of a Walker you stated I should cut: Angrath, Captain of Chaos ; & even adding Crawlspace means attacking me w/ 2 creatures just simply gets better when you realize you can block both w/ one each; negating the attack from there. Did I also mention this Angrath would love to play some Jund w/ Doubling Season as well? Amass 2 will create a 0/0 Zombie Army token w/ 2 +1/+1 Counters. Add ol' Doubler, & it is a 4/4 instead. See? I told you this has use. Plus, Rowan's Emblem is actually worth using in a pinch. Now for Daretti, Ingenious Iconoclast . He makes 0/1 Construct Tokens w/ Defender; & they can be used as fodder when destroying opposing Artifacts & Creatures; The Construct is actually an Artifact Creature Token you know. Even making 3 Copies of whatever Artifice you need is pretty good; especially since you can also do this in your yard; not just your field. Lastly, Saheeli, Sublime Artificer ; just casting noncreatures as a whole gives you 1/1 Servos. If you can use them to make copies of already existing Aftifacts, this is reason enough to keep all 3. But what's so wrong about Sundial of the Infinite ? It actually helps more for the walkers than so many other things; namely: "Until end of turn", & "This Turn" effects. Those copies are going to stay even if they are forced out of the game in the first place.
Ashiok, Dream Render : Players are definitely going to need to tutor, or just straight up search for anything, which is basically nullified by Superfriends' own Stranglehold . Also, Destroying Enemy Graveyards can actually be extremely useful against those who can use the yard to their advantage. Just imagine a Reanimator deck user's response when he has to use it that much.
That said, again, I'd like some thoughts on all this. Thank you for your time. :)
1 week ago
2 weeks ago
Thanks for the nice words about my favorite deck. Glad you appreciate the build. After taking a look at your build, I have a number of questions, and comments.
My deck is a midrange build. It is not necessarily meant to be the fastest, only the most consistent and flexible. The strength of the deck is to reliably have a solution in hand or deck.
Your build has a lot of the overlord staples, which is great - however if you're interested in something that's more "Spike" but still Sliver flavored, then Sliver Queen is your gal. Thing is, you'd need to build a very different deck and you won't be playing tribal slivers for the most part. Queen is a higher tier general whom you can more reliably combo off and win with. If that's what you're looking for, I can give you a number of card suggestions to help you on your way. Otherwise, i'll offer a critique of your deck as it's currently built:
Creatures - You're running 27, in my opinion you'd want to narrow it down to at most 25. Why? Because you need room for more interaction. For your deck to survive in any relatively competitive meta you need to be able to protect or slow down other players who will more than likely have faster options or higher tier generals than you. Cut suggestions would be Virulent , Syphon , Root *, and Essence Slivers. I leave an asterisk behind Root because you may want to keep that in depending on your meta.
Interaction - Speaking of interaction, I tend to lean more toward counterspells, but some good suggestions for you would be Countersquall , or from the latest set Dovin's Veto - which is more or less cut from the same cloth. Beast Within is also awesome for obvious reasons. I'm not saying you have to get the previously mentioned cards, they're merely suggestions. Heck, you could run an Expropriate if you were so inclined - so long as you run spells you like - and allow you to remove key pieces from your opponent's boards. Or more importantly, protect your own.
Individual cards - Aluren is a cool card, however much like Intruder Alarm this can be taken advantage of by your opponents. Personally, i'm more shrewd in my dealings with other players - assuming they always have some quick thinking which lets them thwart my plans. (I like that word...thwart). Personally, i'd cut it - replacing it with Skyshroud Claim . Claim lets you ramp, and fix your manabase as you can tutor for any forest in your deck. That means both Taiga and Savannah can hit the board, and you get the colors you need right away. Another suggestion could be Pir's Whim (more political, not quite as powerful - but fun). Harsh Mercy is a cute card. I tried play testing it and always got nowhere with it. Too many players in my playgroup ran tribal flavored decks. In it's place you have so many options ranging from Wrath of God to Engineered Explosives or even the off beat Blast Zone . In this slot, I think you have far better options. Oh, same for Wild Pair . I too, play tested this card and have always had a substandard time with it. Maybe you have better luck, but personally - i'd cut it like a bad habit. In it's place i'd run a mana rock like Mox Diamond - as it seems that budget isn't much of an issue for you. Speaking of rocks, why are you running Mox Amber ? Not that many Legendary permanents in the deck to speak of, I'd imagine you wouldn't be able to take advantage of it often. I'd recommend that get cut as well. Oh, and also sub out Aphetto Dredging for Yawgmoth's Will . YawgWill is just so much better. Casting creatures OR anything else in the graveyard directly to battlefield is such a luxury. And in late game usually means a win.
Those are just some of my thoughts and suggestions. Hopefully you've found some of them useful. Good luck fellow hive mate.
2 weeks ago
EDIT - added links
Some Maybeboard cards I think should be in the main deck: Benthicore , Inspired Sphinx , Kederekt Leviathan , Pentavus , Intruder Alarm , and Soothsaying . Myr Turbine and Heartstone are kind of meh, I'd replace with Genesis Chamber and Unstable Obelisk . I'd also swap some counterspells - Geist Snatch , Summoner's Bane and Lazotep Plating in for Cancel , Dissipate and Rewind .
Cards I'm not really impressed by: Stormsurge Kraken , Tidespout Tyrant , Windreader Sphinx (depends how much flying you end up with), Sphinx Ambassador , Darksteel Colossus , Pathrazer of Ulamog , It That Betrays . I think it's better to focus on big guys that also have ETB effects than use these.
Some other cards to consider (plus the ones I sent you): Erratic Mutation , Synthetic Destiny , Evacuation , Aether Gale , AEtherize , Crystal Ball , Interpret the Signs , Precognitive Perception , Seer's Lantern , Ugin's Insight , Treasure Map Flip, Zhalfirin Void .
2 weeks ago
We're happy to help! Teferi's Veil could definitely work. In our deck it would clash with both Sentinel Sliver and Intruder Alarm though, as these allow us to have our attackers function as blockers as well; phasing them out after combat would prevent such use.
Mrs. and Mr. NV_1980
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