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Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur
Legendary Creature — Praetor
At the beginning of your end step, draw seven cards.
Each opponent's maximum hand size is reduced by seven.
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Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur Discussion
5 days ago
So an explanation to my "true tier one" list is not in any particular order, just a list of the commanders. I will break it down commander by commander and explain my choices.
- Animar, Soul of Elements
RUG is a very resilient color combination and Animar is more of a goldfish type of deck. The main combo of Ancestral Statue and Purphoros just kinda wins. Mainly I'm focusing on commanders that are one half of a two card combo. Along with that and the colors available you have so many options in the form of ramp, counterspells, and interaction. Really hard to beat in my experience.
- Derevi, Empyrial Tactician
I feel that Bant is the best way to go as far as multicolored STAX is concerned. You could make the argument that Brago is better, but personally I play Brago and it revolves around getting that blink trigger too much and durdles too often. But with Derevi you add green and the ability to always have access to your commander and that tap trigger at instant speed. Again this is a test of resilience, it is the best the colors can produce.
- Leovold, Emissary of Trest
Leovold feels a niche that is truly an example of how degenerate this format can get. The color combination is one of the best in the format and one of the most resilient. Combine that with the built in hand denial that comes from Leovold himself. If you can Windfall or Timetwister the turn or the turn after he comes down, you immediately lock some decks out of the game. He's a small Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur.
- Prossh, Skyraider of Kher
Prossh is a very scary deck to sit across from in this format. It's a consistent combo deck that abuses Food Chain and the rules of commander by allowing you to infinitely cast your commander. Again, another example of a commander that is a part of a two card infinite combo.
- Tasigur, the Golden Fang
Like Leovold, this is in brilliant colors, but the true brilliance is Tasigur's consistency. Being able to get back your spells from the graveyard using his activated ability allows you to quickly grind out your opponents. Mana production in this format is very easy in these colors, as well as the availability of mana rocks in general. So casting a turn four Tooth and Nail is hardly an issue. This of course allows you to get + , infinite mana allows you to activate Tasigur's ability an infinite number of times to pull all of the nonland cards out of your deck and into your hand. By there, you can win any number of ways.
Side Note: Thrasios is not a replacement for Tasigur, they are very different decks. Thrasios is more of a Hermit Druid deck while Tasigur is more of Sultai control/combo deck.
- Teferi, Temporal Archmage
Teferi, like Leovold, fills a particular niche role in which it's a STAX deck but gets to take certain advantages because it is monocolored. There are only two monocolored decks that considered to have the potential to be tier one. Both are extremely consistent and good at what they do. Teferi has the benefit of playing things like Back to Basics and Extraplanar Lens. This adds another lock piece to the deck along with different ways of extending its mana capabilities.
- Zur the Enchanter
Some tier one decks are not tier one because of the commander but because of the strategies that deck embodies. For example a Food Chain deck is based around Food Chain, not necessarily the commander. Using this card as an analogy, I velieve Prossh is the best fodd chain in the format. Yes, Tazri is a good Food Chain but not necessarily the best. I do have two STAX decks on my list but that is because those decks are very different in how they play and how they implement their lock pieces. I have two Sultai decks, but as I have previously stated they both have very different ways of going about playing the game.
Zur is one of the decks that are more concept than commander. The name of the game is Doomsday. It is a powerful spell that shuffles your grave into your library and then tutors for five cards, exiles the rest and puts those cards on top in any order. This effect is unlike anything else in magic and deserves a spot on this list. Zur just happens to be the best mold for this card.
- Honorable Mentions
These are decks that could possibly be tier one but have something inherently flawed in their game plan that makes them unable to be at the top.
- Brago, King Eternal - Relies too heavily on his damage trigger.
- General Tazri - Although powerful with the addition of blue, still relies too heavily on one of the creatures that go infinite with Food Chain. Honestly, although Food Chain might be the fastest, you could accomplish this with any of the infinite mana combos in the format.
- Yisan, the Wanderer Bard - Wonderfully consistent, though hard to win the game quickly without great tutors for win cons that aren't creature based. Yes, there are creature based combos that work but after looking through decks it seemed that Staff of Domination was the main win con.
Hope this helped explain myself guys :)
6 days ago
I think if we trim down your most expensive Enchantments, we'll get closer to what you need. We already agree on Lurking Predators, but there's also Dictate of Karametra, Sphere of Safety, Starfield of Nyx and Well of Ideas. Sphere seemed better before we started needing to cut you cards. You've already got stuff like Propaganda and that ogre (Yes, I know they stack, we're cutting here haha). Personally, I don't think Starfield is that great anyway. Still arguing against Time Stop. Also, I'm starting to feel that Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur is too big of a target to keep in the deck without stuff like Whispersilk Cloak to protect him.
6 days ago
When comes to high cost creatures I have Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs, Psychosis Crawler, Consecrated Sphinx, Rubblehulk, Avenger of Zendikar, Gisela, Blade of Goldnight, Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur are the only cards with cc 5 or greater. everything is easily playable so i think dropping Lurking Predators is the right move with it being at 6cmc and having probably a 20% chance of getting a card for free.
6 days ago
blackhawk22, I was thinking Pulsemage Advocate as a recursion spell- for bringing back your high-priority targets (things your opponents are going to remove as soon as they're able, such as Progenitor Mimic Avenger of Zendikar Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur etc.). I can see how the gods aren't your best choices. I recommended Lurking Predators because of the fact you have a ton of high cost creatures, but further than that- at the very least you're semi-scrying each turn, right?
6 days ago
When it comes to max hand size i am going to be drawing, along with everyone else, on average 3 extra cards a turn. I want my deck to built to handle that. This deck ramps almost as well as my Omnath, Locus of Rage deck, if not better from all the card draw. He's actually on the maybe board right now. Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur is an end game lock down where only I start to benefit from all my card advantage after I have my pillow fort up. And I don't think you understand how good Time Stop is
6 days ago
Since you only have 2 counter spells, you should just get rid of them. The same could be said of your 4 removal spells. Neither of those are your main archetypes, so just focus on what you're going to do, and do it well- y'know?
I understand your hard-on for Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur, but do you have any way of playing him for free, or for reduced cost? Because, I know he's awesome- but he's fucking more expensive than Gisela, Blade of Goldnight.
I still don't think Time Stop is worth the mana cost.
1 week ago
I didn't know Mana Maze existed, I'll look into that one.
I didn't run Island Sanctuary for a while because of my brothers Talrand deck. It's been dismantled and turned into a Memnarch / Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur deck. (One that I AM having trouble with). I'll see If I can pickup a copy of it.
Once I started building this deck, my local playgroup started to run more artifact/ enchantment removal. So I usually grab things like Grasp of Fate , Detention Sphere , etc with it. But also since this deck used to be built heavily around Sunforger it can grab that, plus some of the mana rocks I'm running as well.
Truthfully, I might replace him at some point, but until then I'll keep him around.
2 weeks ago
Thanks for your ideas! Monastery Siege looks very interessting and so do the draw/discard-spells.I think i will go a simalary way with my deck, because these cards are cheap and i think for the Hermit Druid Combo is Life from the Loam very importent. But it issent a a budegt card therefor not an option for me. The same apllies to Survival of the Fittest and Fauna Shaman, both very powerful but expensive.
The idea to play The Mimeoplasam-Deck as a midrange toolbox-kit is good and fun, but i have a problem in my playgroup with this strategy. When i play this deck i have already a target on my head from the start on. They dont like to see ther owen creatures turn against them (but i like it very much :D) and some of my cards like Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur or Living Death are not loved as well. Furthermore i have a mono black, mono green and the sasikia commander denck in my playgroup and each can get very agressive early. How do you deal with these kind of decks?