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Lavaclaw Reaches enters the battlefield tapped.
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: Until end of turn, Lavaclaw Reaches becomes a 2/2 black and red Elemental creature with ": This creature gets +X/+0 until end of turn." It's still a land.
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Lavaclaw Reaches Discussion
1 week ago
First, manlands come in tapped. In modern, speed is the name of the game and we want our lands active by turn one. We can’t fetch for them and if we open up a hand with only a manland, it’s an auto mulligan. Manlands also usually require a lot of mana investment and don’t contribute to the Young Pyromancer / Bedlam Reveler gameplan.
Lavaclaw Reaches - 3 mana for a 2/2 that can get bolted, pushed, or removed before we can actually use it, does not work. Also, Mardu Pyromancer does well with 3-4 lands. So we would only activate and not pump it with the current gameplan.
Shambling Vent - the only one I would somewhat consider. Lifelink is nice with fetches and shocks, and 2/3 is not bad, but still bolt/push fodder while also entering tapped. Still doesn’t add to original gameplan.
Needle Spires - 4 mana for a 2/1? No, thanks. This can be hit by Lightning Bolt , Fatal Push , and even Gut Shot . For 4 mana we could get Hazoret the Fervent , or a combination of spells to fuel Young Pyromancer and Bedlam Reveler .
Nahiri, the Harbinger - as for planeswalkers, I personally don’t like them since their typing doesn’t add to the instant/sorcery gameplan. I mentioned why I don’t use planeswalkers in the primer, but, specifically for Nahiri, the Harbinger , I like the current list for flexibility and adding to current gameplan. Planeswalkers dont seem to add a quick enough clock for us. Nahiri, the Harbinger is nice for card draw and removal, but Mardu runs the best removal in Magic, so we don’t really need that. Plus, Surgical Extraction helps with exiling problems and adds to instant/sorcery count and it’s at instant speed, whereas Planeswalkers are sorcery speed.
I hope this answers your question/recommendation!
2 weeks ago
Wandering Fumarole is a main board pick for me, mainly due to the low density of creatures that control decks usually carries, so a land that can turn into a win condition against other control decks, or a blocker against more aggressive decks is very much needed. I would trade it out for Lavaclaw Reaches due to the fact that its colors are a lot easier to get to and add to your deck based on how wizards seems to not like the enemy color pairings but its also more expensive than a pick I would rather use over lavaclaw: Mishra's Factory , since it can be a very cheap attacker that allows you to keep up counter magic more effectively and turn it into a 3/3 after summoning sickness passes when you need to block. on the topic of lands City of Brass does more harm to you than good, especially against aggressive matchups, or storm.
I don't know about Volrath's Stronghold in a deck that doesn't: A: have very many creatures, and B: is not focused on a creature combo like Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker and Pestermite . And even then you have Kolaghan's Command to get back a threat anyway. If you want better recursion against a good portion of decks that's repeatable and punishes aggro decks look for The Scarab God , or if you want a cheap walker that can do that, look for Liliana, Death's Majesty , she makes 2/2 zombies while putting stuff in the bin for Tasigur, the Golden Fang , and reanimates something like Platinum Emperion after an Abrade .
Red Elemental Blast seems like a very specific pick, I'm wondering what kind of meta garners that kind of pick, but i'm not judging.
Liliana of the Veil is a good card, however I don't see how she fits with the decks overall strategy, yes she discards fueling delve, and makes an opponent sacrifice a creature, but resolving her doesn't win the game in the way Jace, the Mind Sculptor does, nor does she have the broad utility that you need for her to be that good in this type of deck. She's not good for card advantage and in fact it enables reanimator strategies where she's played in and helps decks that are more efficient than you are get ahead, and her creature removing capabilities are hindered by opposing tokens (which in that case I recommend Pyroclasm ). she's a good card, but she doesn't do that much for you.
So if you're stuck on what points to put in, I would do the following assuming you either have the card or don't care about price: Ancestral Recall 7, Dig Through Time 1, and either Treasure Cruise , True-Name Nemesis , or Mana Drain 1 = 10. Otherwise, you can stick with Demonic Tutor and try using the tutors fairly instead of using it for a combo: Demonic Tutor 3, Vampiric Tutor 3, Dig Through Time 1, Treasure Cruise 1, True-Name Nemesis 1, Mana Drain 1 = 10. However if you want to try adding combo to your list cheaply, like I have with my Grixis control deck with Kiki combo your two points for treasure cruise and true-name would instead go to Mystical Tutor at 2. However there's still at least one more point spread, which does involve combo and changing some of your deck's dynamics and cards to support it which can hedge into dedicated combo or a control shell to protect it, and again if you don't care about price: Time Vault 6, Demonic Tutor 3, Dig Through Time 1 = 10. To find the time vault deck, go through my page and go to "recently viewed" and look for "Grixis Vault control" from the Canadianhighlanderdatabase.
That's all for now, but I might comment again based on whatever feedback you need.
1 month ago
2 months ago
I'd suggest possibly cutting all the tapped dual lands with no bonus effect or just gaining you one life. Now Lavaclaw Reaches and Canyon Slough, maybe even Temple of Malice, you'd likely still benefit more from just running more basics (greedy Price of Progress bonus) rather than risk having to play your mana rocks a turn later or having to wait an extra turn to get rakdos online.
Now rakdos's mana cheaper effect rewards using burn spells as rituals, Gut Shot is the cheapest mana wise way to be able to cast rakdos, Lightning Bolt is just a straight up Dark Ritual, most of your card advantage is in chunks, always getting a 1-2 mana discount on something through a creature pinging is likely going to be less effective than getting a chunk of 3 from a bolt or getting a "free" Fireball down when you planned on casting a big creature.
Final thought is looking towards using what makes black one of the stronger colors in commander, tutors Diabolic Tutor is the classic example of a cheap tutor for budget.
4 months ago
If you are planing on preordering be wary that the set has not even released yet and they already leaked some of their garbage rares: Lavaclaw Reaches, Stirring Wildwood, and Tasigur, the Golden Fang. Even Raging Ravine and Creeping Tar Pit seems like a feels bad Box Topper. Guess which Box Toppers will be printed at a higher rate. I don't trust this set at all, especially with an MSRP $50 CHEAPER than a PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
5 months ago
Any thought on cutting the ritual plan to become a 'purer' creature-combo deck? It should build some resilience to disruption. Burning-Tree Emissary, Geosurge, Cloudstone Curio, Priest of Urabrask and so forth? It gives a lot more solid a back up plan than 'draw rituals and not combo pieces'.
Alternately, you could look at value red 3 drops so that the rituals do things without the combo in hand- I'm a fan of Goblin Rabblemaster turn 1 off a guide and ritual.
You can run Fossil Find so that any two you have in hand with a graveyard with 1 card or less in it makes infinite storm with 3 mana, and it can also help recover pieces in a pinch. I've used it in Nettle Sentinel/Blistercoil Weird decks before, although the mana generation is a little different there. A Paradise Mantle backup isn't really on the table here- I'd look at cutting the rituals for things like Expedite or Crimson Wisps if you go that direction, but that combo finds it tricky if it draws too many lands.
5 months ago
In all honesty, token beat down is how your current build is progressing. You need creatures/tokens in your deck to win a game, and you currently are not playing any creature spells. The only decks that do not play creatures/tokens as the win condition are combo decks such as storm, scapeshift, control etc. Your only non-token win condition is Nahiri + Emrakul, and that is a very slow plan and vulnerable to Dreadbore, burns spells to keep Nahiri from her ultimate, creature heavy decks, discard spells, and control decks. No Nahiri equals no emrakul casting, or very slow casting if everything is shuffled back into your deck and you hope to draw everything again. For a break down if your planeswalkers:
Ajani Vengeant seems to be more of a semi-control with the +1 ability, and using the -2 ability over and over again will be very slow and allows for your opponent to find an answer. The -2 ability does not hit all creatures in the format so it will not be very consistent with controlling the field. It is a good walker to get extra damage across, but not something I would not recommend using as a primary win condition.
Elspeth, Knight-Errant fits the token theme well and provides protection for your walkers. So no issues with this card.
Gideon of the Trials can be used for beat down when activated as a creature, but it is vulnerable to Path to Exile. Also, you lose the ability to attack with it as a creature if you have to use the +1 ability to protect yourself and your walkers. Thus, you would lose a win condition. Also, this would cause board stalls and allow for your opponent to draw into answers. I do think it is a good card to have in this deck though, but it just needs some additional support.
Liliana of the Veil is just a great card in general. I see no concerns with playing this card.
Nahiri, the Harbinger is a good card for filtering and the -2 ability will be relevant. I already addressed the concerns with the Emrakul plan.
Sarkhan, Fireblood is a good card filtering mechanic and is something early on that your opponent does have to answer. The -7 ability could be helpful, but it is a token which goes against your deck concerns.
So outside of your Nahiri + Emrakul plan, your win conditions are tokens generated by Elspeth, Sarkhan, and Lingering Souls, creature beats from Gideon, and pinging your opponent with Ajani. Even with the Oaths in there you are hinting around at a token themed deck because you get 1/1s from Gideon and 2/2s from Liliana.
Please do not get me wrong by all of this because I think you are on a right path with your build, but I just want to explain why adding more token generation would be important to your plan. You basically need a quicker clock so your opponents do not have enough time to find their answers. I suggested the other walkers in place of the Oaths because I felt like they fit your superfriends theme as well as providing more consistent token generation.
Elspeth, Sun's Champion is a good card in regards to token generation and clearing the board with the negative ability, but I do have to agree with the posts on your thread that getting up to 6-mana to play it may be tough. You can give it a try and see how it works because the worst case senario would be to just replace it with something else.
For Chandra, Torch of Defiance, I was not thinking that you should take Sarkhan out for it, but replace it for one of the Oaths since all of the abilities are relevant.
You could try your extra Inquistion and Thoughtseize plan, but that may be too much discard and without a reliable discard oulet on your end it would be a bad draw late game. I know you have Lilly, Sarkhan, and Looting in your deck, but that is just 7 cards out of 60 that allow you to discard. So your odds of having them out along with one of them in your hand for discard is small.
If you really want to get away from the token theme, you could try using man-lands as another win codition. These would be Shambling Vent, Lavaclaw Reaches, and Needle Spires. I am not sure if I would recommend that though because it has the potential to really slow downy our game early on since they have to come in tapped.
There are just a few ideas I had for you and in now am I trying to bully you into the token them. Just some things I was noticing with your current build and would like to help you make your deck more consistent.
May I ask why you are against the tokens theme?
6 months ago
I'd cut Descent of the Dragons and Dragonmaster Outcast. Descent is only rarely good, since you're creatures will almost always be better than the 4/4s and your opponents will almost always be worse. I understand that Dragonmaster Outcast looks very powerful, but you don't start pumping out dragons until turn 8 or 9. Most games will be over by then. Also, your opponent will very likely kill it before then anyway.
Your manabase could be improved. Foreboding Ruins is a good dual you should run. Lavaclaw Reaches is probably better than your current etb tapped lands. You'll still want enough basics for Foreboding Ruins and Dragonskull Summit to be consistently active though.
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