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Jalum Tome Discussion
2 months ago
Let's look at taking the deck into some good directions first and foremost.
I'll start with the indisputable, end to all hearsay obvious: The Chain Veil. If you can afford it, get it. Sell/trade the chandra for it, honestly. I'll list a better chandra further down anyway.
Blasphemous act is nice, but it kills all of your shit too, and there are much meaner, still nicely budgeted ways to flip your opponents the bird in an artifact deck, and find synergy in our cards.
Star of Extinction is even worse, it kills Daretti, any boardwipe that kills your own commander when it's a planeswalker and meant to dodge most boardwipes, is awful. Let's knock it out for a card that helps us a lot more:
-Star of Extinction +Mycosynth Lattice, this puppy is a hellish landscape for your opponents, due to how difficult it is to keep out of your battlefield, thanks to daretti's handy graveyard recurrence (or if you have a forge out). It's something we want to work with, fill up our card slots with synergystic artifacts. Now I know what you're thinking, "how does this help me control the board like star and blasphemous?" Why, my monochromatic friend, like this!:
Also, where is your Trash for Treasure? And I know you know you want your graveyard full of presents for you that make Daretti look like Santa Clause, so let's start filling it and cycling through the deck. (remember! Overdrawing is perfectly okay! It might as well be substituted for the term 'card advantage' with this commander). Tormenting Voice Wild Guess Cathartic Reunion Bomat Courier Magus of the Wheel Chandra, Flamecaller (yes, I'm telling you to swap it for your current, more expensive chandra that doesn't help nearly as much with your graveyard synergy)
These two following cards are much more dedicated Daretti discarding versions, I would NOT recommend adding these until you are comfortable with piloting Daretti, and have tailored your deck to cheating out the stuff you're discarding. The Flame of Keld + Dangerous Wager
Next: Value cards & some more combo's now that we've touched on the utility of Mycosynth Lattice and its two best friends.
Pia Nalaar artifact pump that creates you a thopp for sacc? Yeah, get that good shit straight in your mainboard.
Skullclamp (for all the */1's you play)
Thopter Engineer A hasty boi Pia Nalaar
Scrap Trawler literally pure gold, artifact decks should give their right arms before they give up scrap trawler in mainboard
Crucible of Worlds Now you can discard your lands. Literally almost as valuable as scrap trawler. Absolute necessity if you have the budget.
Trading Post Recursion and utility. Marvellous.
Hopefully this list of suggestions helps shape your artifact synergy into a direction you wish to take it!
(you may want to look into infinite mana combo's with Krark-Clan Ironworks or Nim Deathmantle or Ashnod's Altar but I don't seem to remember what to do with them in monored, I just can't remember what you're meant to recur, someone else in the comments should know the combo's.
The easiest thing to do would be chuck a pyretic ritual, desperate ritual, isochron scepter, paradox engine, mana rocks, voltaic key, etc etc and then you can have infinite mana, ping with nin or do whatever insane convoluted artifact combo you want.
Or you can be an insane wank and throw in a grapeshot, mirrorworks and other things that duplicate artifacts, copy isochron with one of your loot cards, draw through your deck with a good 20 loots and 50 or so mana combos, and grapeshot everyone once you find it, but at this point you're turning daretti into a mage and the only thing thematic is his +2 and helping protect/recur your artifact combo's, absolutely nothing else).
2 months ago
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2 months ago
Instead of Jalum Tome, you could play Staff of Nin, perhaps. More expensive to cast but it gives you straight draw instead of loot, and you can zap X/1’s and planeswalkers, or just tick down players. Tome is still nice because sometimes you’re happy to put artifacts in your graveyard for Daretti to use. Perhaps run both?
4 months ago
Okay, y'alls ideas inspired me to to do some specific digging and I found the following cards that allow looting or dredge, but are precise as well as quick to put into action -
5 months ago
Thanks for all the suggestions Faceless_Being! I'm more interested in the lower cmc draw cards, Phyrexian Vault, Carnage Altar, and Jalum Tome seem to fit that the most here. Farsight Mask is also a great one, but I already have it in here.
5 months ago
Nice list so far! +1 from me mate.
To address your card draw worry there are some decent and some not so decent choices at your discretion. Howling Mine, Tower of Fortunes, Loreseeker's Stone, Sandstone Oracle, Farsight Mask, Phyrexian Vault, Carnage Altar, Otherworld Atlas, and Jalum Tome to name a few, hope this helped slightly
5 months ago
Changes in April 2018: finally took out Rise from the Tides as the alternative finisher. These decks are all meant to feel and play like a properly built deck, and having cards that work against each other makes the deck feel awkward and less fun (bad interaction with delve). The same problem would occur with Cryptic Serpent. One option is to ditch the Treasure Cruise, but delve is an important part of our hedron exile strategy, and losing it will cripple the deck.
So at this point we need a new finisher, and a new card that lets us do something on turn one.
I like the Curator of Mysteries for both. He introduces cycle, is a sphinx, and the deck could use a flier. He is very in theme for blue. He can be cycled on turn one if needed. He already has synergy with Jalum Tome.
Only having two Curator of Mysteries makes it nearly impossible to cycle him, there is too much lost by discarding half of your alternative win condition. Instead, I prefer 4 copies.
I considered only 2 copies and a replacement for Quicken. The Quicken replacement should either cycle or discard for synergy with the sphinx. A consideration was Striped Riverwinder; he adds another late game option with artwork people either love or hate (I like it). Opt, Peek and Twisted Image were all considerations, but they don't have synergy with the Curator. I like Hapless Researcher or Careful Study. They have synergy, help the early game, provide another discard option, and have good art on theme.
Ultimately, I did the following:
Playtesting is still in progress, but this worked OK so far against the other decks. (playtesting blue takes the longest, because of the character of the deck).