Key to the City

Key to the City

Artifact

, Discard a card: Up to one target creature can't be blocked this turn.

Whenever Key to the city becomes untapped, you may pay . If you do, draw a card.

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Commander 2019 (C19) Rare
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Format Legality
Pioneer Legal
Modern Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Unformat Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Casual Legal
Vintage Legal
Highlander Legal

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Key to the City Discussion

BRG24 on Look Ma! No Hand!

1 week ago

Interesting deck. Perhaps it might be worth considering some sort of madness package to make your discards hurt a little less? Fiery Temper would be great card, and it works really well with Lightning Axe in my experience. A Bloodmad Vampire or an Incorrigible Youths could also do a similar job, reducing the tempo loss of your discarding most of your hand. As a slightly slower discard effect, Key to the City could be good too, allowing you to punch through with your big creatures to end games. Just some ideas, hope these are helpful, and good luck with the deck.

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on Sharp hugs

2 weeks ago

Hi there,

I used to run a Sygg deck myself a few years back. Ninja's are a fine route to go, but the most important things that I discovered was how hard it was getting Sygg to trigger on opponents turns and the necessity to be able to withstand some table hate. Some cards that I found to be quite powerful in my old deck were:

Illusionist's Gambit - Such an underrated card which can save you in a pinch and force a Sygg trigger

Dulcet Sirens - Can force someone into attacking with the benefit you getting to chose whom they attack

Pestilence - A lot of times people will incidentally lose 1-2 life during their turn due to fetch or shock lands. Pestilence lets you get that 1-2 extra damage needed to trigger Sygg

Undermine - Counter anything and then draw a card

Any of Dauthi Embrace/Whispersilk Cloak/Key to the City/Keeper of Keys - Giving unblockable to whoever needs it

Smuggler's Copter - Flying 3/3 that loots and can be crewed by just about any creature

Some new cards that came out after my build that could find a home in Sygg are:

Loyal Subordinate - 3 guaranteed damage on your turn with Sygg out.

Rankle, Master of Pranks - It has 3 power, it flies, and you can always come out ahead with his discard ability if Sygg is on the battlefield. Oh, and he is basically a legal Braids, Cabal Minion

Garretthook on Ensoul Artifacts - Pioneer

2 weeks ago

I love the idea of tezzerets touch. -3 Darksteel Ingot +3 Ghostfire Blade -4 Dimir Charm +2 Fatal Push +2 Key to the City -1 Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver +1 Emry, Lurker of the Loch. upgrade your budget discard spells into Thoughtseize

BRG24 on Felidae Cult

2 weeks ago

9-lives, unfortunately unblockable is an effect mainly kept in blue, so I’m not sure if there are any effects like it in your colours. The way you will be getting damage through in this deck will most likely have to be trample instead. Unflinching Courage might be a good way of giving your big creature trample, and the lifelink is also pretty nice for a huge creature to have. Setessan Training and Cartouche of Strength are two other auras that can give something trample, and each having a useful secondary effect (card draw or removal).

About the only card I can find that does give unblockable in your colours is Key to the City, but I would not recommend it for a deck like this. While is have used the card a lot in discard decks, this deck probably can’t afford the discard cost, since the draw effect is pretty clunky and you don’t have any other sources of draw.

Regarding Sylvan Caryatid, this deck doesn’t feel like it is in need of ramp all that much, it would most likely rather just play out threats each turn. It would also prevent you from running Kaheera, the Orphanguard as your companion, which could prove significant.

Trial of Strength also feels a little strange. Sure it works well with Anointed Procession and populate, but it’s also moving away from all your cat synergy and is ultimately in lots of cases just a 3 mana 4/2. If you want another good token producer for the deck, I’m going to say once again that Ajani, Strength of the Pride feels like the best way to go. The tokens are replicas of one of the deck’s most powerful creatures, plus it has the flexibility to do so much more, which seems perfect for the toolbox strategy you are to be going for.

As a final thing, I’ll mention your sideboard. To make your toolbox strategy you’ve moved a lot of the traditional “sideboard cards”, like Prowling Serpopard and Watchers of the Dead into the mainboard, which I feel is a mistake. They are good into some matchups, sure, but they will often be dead draws against other decks. You’d probably be better off running flexible cards or cards with multiple effects in your main board, then having the full blown counter cards in your sideboard. Feline Sovereign is a great card for the mainboard, for example, since it has a primary buff effect that helps in every game, but can also have extra incidental value in some matchups, and then in the games where the artifact or enchantment hate is necessary you can sideboard in some more. Since we’re viewing this as a toolbox, you could see it as trying to fill the mainboard with “multitools”, shall we call them, and then have the precision tools for specific jobs in the sideboard (please forgive the awful analogy, but hopefully it makes sense).

And regarding Kaheera, cut down to only one in the sideboard, since you can only cast one from there each game.

Sorry that this is long again, hopefully this is helpful.

BRG24 on Fair Dredge

1 month ago

Nice deck. If you’re running Bloodrage Brawler, perhaps Rotting Regisaur is a possible card to consider? The constant discard can sometimes be problematic, but it’s a huge body and if your deck is looking to discard a lot, then maybe it’s worth considering. I’m not sure about your budget, but if you’re willing to stretch then Grim Flayer also seems strong. It’s a low drop aggressive creature that will help fill your graveyard pretty quickly, although if you’re looking to go all in on discard perhaps might not fit as well. Finally, Key to the City is my personal favourite card for discard decks, being able to get through your big creatures to end games is always good value. Hope this is helpful.

BRG24 on Insatiable Thirst

1 month ago

Hello again, just a follow up to my previous comment. Looking at your list as it is now, I agree that Key to the City doesn’t look like it would do too well. The card works really well when you have a high number of cards with madness to ensure that the discard isn’t a tempo loss for you. Here, however, there are only three unique cards with madness, and actually rushing out an Asylum Visitor without getting its extra value is often a bad play, making most plays off of Key feel bad. Regarding the untap ability though, you only ever want to be activating it late game when you’re low on cards and up on mana, most of the time it’s irrelevant to you.

As I see it, and you may massively disagree with me here, your deck is, while on one ultimate strategy of playing aggressive with vampires, split in how it gets there. You’ve got your madness/discard package and then your more generic aggro vampire package, and personally it doesn’t seem like both can be the deck’s focus and you need to pick one or the other. Some cards (Asylum Visitor or Stensia Masquerade) probably make it into both versions just off their raw power but that won’t be the case for everything. Having built both versions of vampire aggro in pioneer and modern, hopefully I can give some helpful advice.

Firstly, if we start by looking at the straight aggro deck, cards like Lightning Axe, Fiery Temper and Thrill of Possibility don’t really seem to synergise, and you probably also have better alternatives for your one drops. Knight of the Ebon Legion is a very solid card to replace perhaps the Insolent Neonate as it scales much better into the game. Gifted Aetherborn is incredible as a two drop, and Drana, Liberator of Malakir feels like a must in this type of deck if your budget can accommodate her. Sanctum Seeker and Champion of Dusk are great late game cards that let you close out games as well. Black has really good removal options as well, perhaps my favourite being Drag to the Underworld, although that does put you in heavy black, but that might not be the worst thing with all the support from Ixalan, but Olivia's Bloodsworn and Stensia Masquerade would certainly justify a red splash. There are many other good cards, these are just some of my favourites.

If you decide to go down a more madness/discard based route, other cards become weaker. Weird as it may seem, but Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord is not all that great of a card for this strategy in my experience, since it lacks any synergy with discard, and cheating a vampire into play often isn’t worth it since your curve tends to be very low. Thrill of Possibility is another card I’d recommend against, using free discard outlets instead is far better for your tempo. I’d replace these with more units with madness, as I’ve said before Incorrigible Youths and Bloodmad Vampire being my favourites, with Voldaren Pariah  Flip being a great finisher or stabiliser. Call the Bloodline is another interesting discard outlet you might want to consider, of course alongside Furyblade Vampire and Key to the City, which now becomes better now that you can curve it nicely into strong turn three aggression. If this is the route you choose to take, the discard outlet slots are quite flexible, so experiment and find those that fit how you want to play.

I’ll put the links to my two lists here for if you want to have a look:

I understand that you want to test your current build first, and your testing may prove me wrong entirely. These are pretty big changes that I’m suggesting, and they may lead the deck away from what you are envisioning for it, so please feel free to completely ignore these recommendations. I wish you luck with the deck and hope that this has been helpful to you.

skrai on Insatiable Thirst

1 month ago

Hey BRG24. I actually had just changed this list pretty drastically, putting in Asylum Visitor, Olivia's Bloodsworn, and Stensia Masquerade, so I'd like to test the current list before making extensive edits. In a previous version of this list, I've run Stromkirk Condemned, and everytime I got it out I found that it just didn't do enough, so I ended up replacing it for the Asylum Visitor. I do like the idea of Incorrigible Youths as an aggressive turn 3 play, but I did just put in the bloodsworn which can give itself or others haste depending on the turn/situation, and I think that flexibility could be more worth it in the long run. I think I may put in a couple Olivia, Mobilized for War because the deck could use some closing power. I used Key to the City back a while ago, and I found that most of the time it just put me back on card advantage and activating the untap ability just fit too awkwardly. That being said, since you've experienced great success with it, I think I may give it another go before dismissing it fully. Lastly, I may experiment with Furyblade Vampire because I like the inherent trample to push damage through, but there are a lot of 2 drops in this deck as is, so I'm not sure how worth it it would be. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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