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When Khalni Gem enters the battlefield, return two lands you control to their owner's hand.
Tap: Add two mana of any one color to your mana pool.
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Khalni Gem Discussion
1 month ago
For a deck based around noncreature spells, this sure has a lot of creatures in it. Now, I haven't played a prowess deck before, but I feel like you don't need to run every single prowess creature in here, especially cards like Bloodfire Expert, Dragon Bell Monk, Ingenious Skaab, Jeskai Sage, Jeskai Student, Mage-Ring Bully, Sanguinary Mage, Spellweaver Eternal, Umara Entangler, none of which have any significant abilities. To replace these, I'd run some mana ramp, which you have a criminally low amount of (one, in Chandra, Torch of Defiance). You could run Sol Ring, an EDH staple that every deck needs, also Azorius Signet, Izzet Signet, and Boros Signet, and if you want to get rid of your ramp later in the game, Mind Stone, Commander's Sphere, Hedron Archive, and Dreamstone Hedron will suit your needs. Some other ramp cards that can work really well in your deck are Chromatic Lantern, Coalition Relic, Coldsteel Heart, Corrupted Grafstone, Darksteel Ingot, Dowsing Dagger Flip, Fellwar Stone, Gilded Lotus, Khalni Gem, Primal Amulet Flip, and Pyromancer's Goggles. Obviously, you souldn't run all of these, but you should definitely consider them. The average commander deck should have around 10 ramp cards, though yours may want a few less, considering it's an aggro-ish deck. Also, Ponder's really good.
3 months ago
I know cavern harpy can bounce mairsil "as many times as you want" but why not just play Shrieking Drake so you need less mana to bounce mairsil the same turn you play them the first time?
Definitely needs more tutors, if you're going to run demonic and buried alive you should definitely play Entomb, Vampiric Tutor, and maybe a multi-tutor like Demonic Collusion which synergizes somewhat with caging graveyard targets?
If you are playing Heartless Hidetsugu as a line of play you need to have a damage doubler that is opponent-specific which I can't find, maybe I'm blind?I wouldn't bother with effects like Magus of the Jar that require you both to have haste on field and sacrifice the creature in order to get immediate value. You aren't profitting from discard or draw directly and it feels like you can play something with a more consistent effect that represents a better target for Mairsil.
You have access to blue so swap Heartstone for Training GroundsAlso definitely think you need to go easier on the colourless ramp, your spells just don't cost that much and you could use more colour fixing since you're limited in terms of rampability. I find Khalni Gem is great for non-green colour combinations since you get your mana back right away AND it keeps your land-drops consistent. AS a mairsil target it can also give you blue mana for many of your activated abilities like knacksaw clique, which you must be aware goes infinite since I see you have quicksilver elementalMaybe you could write a primer explaining the various combos and synergies you're going for? I think some of them are weak lines of play you should cut for interactivity with your opponents instead.
Would also recommend trying to have at least one or two value backup plans that don't need your commander to resolve in order to win, especially since Mairsil requires quite a bit of setup to be a game-ender.
5 months ago
Boros is always difficult for card draw and ramp. I'm going to list all the ones I have been playing with some of the budget ones are really great and some of the expensive ones really are worth the cost.
Here are some of the things I have been playing with and found useful for my Angel Tribal (work in progress) deck.
Ramp; Knight of the White Orchid, Burnished Hart, Wild-Field Scarecrow, Solemn Simulacrum, Pilgrim's Eye, Myriad Landscape, Pearl Medallion, Sword of the Animist, Khalni Gem, Armillary Sphere, Land Tax, Gift of Estates, Tithe, Oath of Lieges, Sword of Feast and Famine and Crucible of Worlds(which will allow you to hit all your land drops if you have fetch lands)
Mana rocks that can be used as ramp to get your fatties out early;Sol Ring, Worn Powerstone, Gilded Lotus, Hedron Archive, Boros Signet, Coalition Relic, Thran Dynamo, Coldsteel Heart, Chrome Mox, Chromatic Lantern, Commander's Sphere, Cultivator's Caravan, Manalith, Star Compass, Doubling Cube
Creatures;Sunblast Angel kills all your opponents creatures and is a nice flyer, Pristine Angel Can only be dealt damage by non-artifact colorless creatures aka eldrazi while untapped. If you give her vigilance she can't be blocked either. Color protection is Really really good. Mother of Runes you can use her color protection to counter removal spells on your creatures one per turn. Eight-and-a-Half-Tails more protection!, Blinding Angel if they can't attack you..., Angelic Skirmisher super effective for all your creatures to choose Each combat lifelink, vigilance, first strike. Giving all your creatures lifelink is definitely something. Iroas, God of Victory he's low mana cost & exceptional, Oketra the True, Steel Hellkite super utility removal. Duplicant Also exceptional removal of even indestructible things, which it seems you like with your current removal. Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs great with gisela, I see you like stuffy doll and boros reckoner how aboutCoalhauler Swine, Mogg Maniac, and Spitemare. They work Really well with damage doublers. When they pull out all the stops and attack you fora lethal 20+ damage, Selfless Squire and you get a 21+/21+ creature to attack past their tapped creatures on your turn.
If you like Deflecting Palm I'd like to recommend Ride Down, & Boros Fury-Shield. Pyrohemia is incredible with Gisela, as long as she is out and you only activate one at a time all damage is prevented to you and doubled to your opponents and their creatures. For stuffy doll and reckoner definitely enchant them with Pariah so when ever you are attacked that damage goes to your opponents instead!
Anyway sorry for the novel. I'm sure I gave you too much but hey it's better than too little eh?
5 months ago
Rhystic Study and Mystic Remora for cheap and efficient card-draw engines. They would draw less hate than Jace, Unraveler of Secrets, and since you only have two creatures in your deck, they would allow you to draw more cards than Skullclamp.
Mizzix's Mastery for graveyard recursion.
Do you have enough land to justify Doubling Cube?
Do you have enough card-draw to justify Thought Vessel?
With a counterspell to back it up, you can play Impending Disaster.
Ruination is a good way of getting rid of those annoying lands, and if your opponents are running four colors or more, it could potentially take out everything. It blows up annoying stuff like Boseiju, Who Shelters All, which could also be a great inclusion in your deck.
Land Equilibrium would be great, since your opponents will probably be playing more lands than you.
6 months ago
I'd go up to 38 or 39 lands just to make sure you'll never miss a land drop. That said, I'd focus more on things that allow me to play more lands per turn. This is one of the few times I believe Exploration works better than Burgeoning.
I'd add Budoka Gardener and Sakura-Tribe Scout as cheap ways of playing extra lands as well. I'd replace Rites of Flourishing with Ghirapur Orrery (Rites is too dangerous in my opinion and a well planned Orrery will benefit you the most).
Nissa, Vital Force has an emblem that's pretty easy to achieve and very underrated. Might be a little off budget, though. Nissa, Vastwood Seer Flip could be awesome as well, but I suppose you are aware of that.
I feel like Second Harvest might be a little too situational (but I don't dismiss its potential...) and the same goes for Harvest Season. Splendid Reclamation is only good if you plan on destroying/sacrificing your lands and I don't see many ways to do that in the deck besides Liege of the Tangle (which, btw, I don't think it's worth its price)
6 months ago
I like it, but it could use a touch more ramp mana wise. Cards like Caged Sun + Extraplanar Lens can help out with that, but I personally would stress the former unless you are willing to swap your plains for snow lands to reduce the amount of players that would share the benefits from the lens. Khalni Gem is another mana rock that can help you ramp, and if you are at all worried about your permanents getting destroyed you could side in a copy of Emeria Shepherd, with her landfall ability you can retrieve things easily enough. If you are looking for another possible good addition that has a big 'butt', perhaps you should look into adding Oketra the True since you more than likely will have enough creatures in play to ignore her limitation.
6 months ago
Let's start you at 39 lands. Drop Mishra's Factory and any number of basics to lower your land count.
Darkness, Army of the Damned, Cathartic Reunion, Twinflame, Havoc Festival, Polluted Bonds
Khalni Gem, Nevinyrral's Disk, Trading Post, Jet & Ruby Medallion
Abyssal Persecutor , Ashenmoor Liege , Chancellor of the Forge, Underworld Cerberus
Phyrexian Arena, More Dragons if we are under 100.
7 months ago
mortilus: I think Cathars' Crusade is usually enough with all the token creatures coming off of landfall. While there I will have many instances of lifegain, they're all consolidated onto only 4 cards. So unless I have 1 of those 4, Archangel of Thune ends up trying to do too much by herself.
nadder447: I really like Khalni Gem and Trygon Predator and have made room for both! I am worried about having too much protection redundancy. If my board gets wiped, Mother of Runes won't be helping me out too much. For now, I'm content with Spellskite and Sylvan Safekeeper and if I were to add another board protection card, it would probably end up being Kira, Great Glass-Spinner.