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When Ixalan's binding enters the battlefield, exile target nonland permanent an opponent controls until Ixalan's Binding leaves the battlefield. Your opponents can't cast spells with the same name as the exiled card.
Ixalan's Binding Discussion
RAIL17 on Life Leech
2 days ago
Oh, no, it's quite alright, I honestly I'm glad that I can get detailed feedback on a deck that felt was pretty gimmicky; and something I can actually work with. Open the Graves , much like most of the cards I picked, is there mainly for token summoning-- It's not much about building a defense, but getting three spawns for life points: exactly so I can play Thoughtseize and Dark Confidant , which are two great additions I am definitively going to try and squeeze into the deck, now that I know they are a thing.
I figured there were two ways I could play this deck: - Vampiric healing: Which would depend on having one or more Ajani's Welcome set up from the beginning and then start dropping 1/2 mana creatures w/Token spawning until I can run Epicure of Blood and turn my healing into the offensive. Having two 'Ajani's Welcome' setup with 'Epicure of Blood; and then having Ajani's Pridemate attack with it's 2 cat tokens, and three vampire tokens from Call to the Feast , that's a minimum of 10 healing if everything was blocked, which translates into 10 damage to the opponent's Life (Which has the problem of being a more 'endgame' strategy, with a weak start that can mess me up) - Token overwhelming: Which is basically dumping as many creatures/tokens from the very start, which mixed with the fact most of them have life-link, allows me to save my beefy cards for attacking, rather than blocking. (Which, considering most of them are 1/1, would mean a simple splash damage card would leave me wide open. So basically dead on arrival against a Red deck)
Now I'm the one that's rambled, but to get to the end of my thoughts: Ixalan's Binding is good, but Seal Away is cheaper, and unless I'm preventing Token piling, like clerics from Rite of Belzenlok and the like, I don't think the cost justifies it's use.
So, since you're offering advice-- I could remove : 1x Harmless Assault , 2x Ajani's Pridemate . And in their stead, add: 2x Mortify , 2x Cast Down , 1x Thoughtseize , and 2x Dark Confidant for a good 60 card roundup, while keeping the core gimmick of 'stealing life' intact?
2 days ago
Hey, there! Welcome to MTG! It’s a super complex game that’s always evolving but it’s incredibly fun and we’re glad to have another player! Your deck looks incredibly solid, I just have to critique one small thing, that every player falls prey too when they first start. That critique is: life is a resource. It’s not important to have 100 life, all that matters is that you don’t have 0. Cards like Thoughtseize and Dark Confidant (my favorite card) are some of the most powerful in the game, even at the cost of your life. Use your life total as a resource. Cards like Ajani’s Welcome are super fun, because who doesn’t like gaining a bunch of life? However, those cards are traps. They’re not good. They have a neat effect, but you should play a cheap creature with lifelink, or a removal spell instead. Ajani’s Welcome will gain you maybe 5-10 life per game, but will cost you immensely when it’s turn 7-8 and you’re at 30 life, and you draw it. You’re going to wish it was anything else besides a land. Ajani's Pridemate and similar cards are also traps. You’ll spend so much time trying to build it up to a huge contender on the battlefield, just for it to die from a Mortify or a Cast Down . Open the Graves is strong when you have a huge board, but if on turn 5 you don’t have any creatures, again, you’ll be punished. I would recommend playing your own copies of Mortify, Cast Down, Vraska's Contempt , or Ixalan's Binding which are all super good in your colors.
Hope I helped! Sorry if I rambled. I’m around to answer any questions you have.
2 weeks ago
I feel like Dovin's Veto should be a sideboard card against control, as you want to minimise the amount of dead cards in your hand. You can replace them with Thought Erasure which is appropriate in any situation, whereas Dovin's Veto against a creature deck is not that useful. I would also consider removing Essence Scatter from your sideboard as it is very situational. It's better to have removal such as The Eldest Reborn or Cast Down s or even Ixalan's Binding s which are more applicable.
2 weeks ago
VampiricJace Of course! I'm happy to help someone especially if they're finding it troublesome to get a good idea on what's hot and what's not:)
I'd say you definitely have a point with the Cast Down as it is definitive removal and should definitely be in the deck, but it does have the downside of being a destroy effect and not a reduction effect like Moment of Craving . If you're shooting for BO3 I would recommend having the Cast Down mainboard and Moment of Craving sideboard just to be on the safe side of things in case they happen to not be running aggro and Moment of Craving is a bit less effective. The Mirari Conjecture is a very useful card, don't get me wrong, but in a dire situation it can be too slow to provide an answer if you're using it to recur card draw. It's perfect for snatching back a Vraska's Contempt or something or the other, but again just a tad on the slow side. I don't mean to insult you or your creative incorporation of a not super often used card, so I apologize if I sound a bit pretentious or ass-hat esc. Wall of Runes is yet again another twist, and I do quite like it in all honesty. Against mono-red, they'll have to spend burn spells to remove it and punch through for damage. That's just burn not being blasted at your face. Against mono-white it's a solid wall until you manage to remove their board state and stabilize, although mono-white has nice access to Ixalan's Binding and Conclave Tribunal . I hope my limited knowledge does help at least to some degree, I can't say I know the most about magic as I only started playing recently. I've got a nice LGS though with a very bright and Magic-loving owner who helped me get things going for myself in standard and I'm pleased to continue passing on the favor.
3 weeks ago
Arclight Phoenix provides a secondary win condition that provides a lot of value if milled and doesn't depend on Jace actually working. It's a plan B in case plan A gets hard removed. Doom Whisperer can't do that as effectively
3 weeks ago
I am playtesting this thing right now, and it is having trouble. Card and mana wise. Thinking about adding more Revitalize or Wall of Runes . I don't know. Brainstorming is in the works. Thank you both for the advice!
3 weeks ago
I'd also drop the kaya you run for Narset, Parter of Veils for some anti-control!
Ixalan's Binding occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.38%