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Leovold, Emissary of Trest
Legendary Creature — Elf
Each opponent can't draw more than one card each turn.
Whenever you or a permanent you control becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls, you may draw a card.
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Leovold, Emissary of Trest Discussion
2 weeks ago
So here is some hopefully useful data about my experience (25 or so games) with the updated list:
Notion Thief + Winds of Change/any other wheel effect: has been decent but fragile and I rarely ever want to tutor for one of these. Winds of Change in particular has been incredibly bad when I did not have the Notion Thief or if it was not cast post Ad Nauseam to mix up my hand. This is to be expected but I am still not sold on this card. For now, I will continue testing it to see if my opinion changes.
I still think this combo needs some more redundancy in case Notion Thief gets hit by removal or is taken by a Praetor's Grasp effect. If only Leovold, Emissary of Trest wasn't banned. The removal spell problem happens a lot considering this deck does not run a lot of relevant creatures to remove so I have noticed a lot of the time the rest of the table ends up "stockpiling" on creature removal. I can usually Force of Will my way through one or even two, but when there are 4+ removal spells that have been dead against our deck the whole game finally being useful again, it is hard to get this combo to work.
Tormod's Crypt: even with a bunch of graveyard decks floating around my meta, I have been incredibly disappointed by this. Although it is good as a free untap after a Paradox Engine, I would almost always prefer another source of acceleration or at least a card that cycles upon use. Relic of Progenitus is bad because it hits our own graveyard so I recommend Nihil Spellbomb. I feel the 1 extra mana is entirely justified because it can replace itself when it is not needed or to keep you up on resources if it is needed.
Llanowar Elves: I understand why turn 1 acceleration is important, but this card has been terrible for me in testing. Green mana is almost always irrelevant so it might as well just make colorless and mana dorks are mediocre on Paradox Engine lines because they are far more vulnerable to removal and cannot be used the turn I play them. If this was a more dedicated mana dork deck that could abuse Gaea's Cradle, I would like it far more, but I am not a fan. I would at least consider Candelabra of Tawnos as a potential replacement due to how good it is on Paradox Engine lines to just filter away the abyss of colorless mana we make into actually relevant mana. Candelabra of Tawnos can also help you fight through Back to Basics effects which are incredibly good against this deck (and have picked up in popularity since all of the 4 color flash+hulk decks took over).
Dark Petition: I finally actually had some good experience with this card and I do believe it is better than Fabricate. Although the 5cmc hurts on Ad Nauseam lines, the explosiveness of this card on Necropotence/Yawgmoth's Will lines is very good. Not a fan of it for Notion Thief/Wheel of Fortune lines considering the BBB is not particularly relevant but it is at least reasonable.
3 weeks ago
1 month ago
Not so much a faerie, but perhaps consider a card like Leovold, Emissary of Trest as a 1 or 2 of to punish your opponents for targeting your stuff and trying to draw cards. Otherwise I'm a big fan of this list, mainly because I ran faeries in Modern when Bitterblossom got unbanned, but also because I love 4c lists.
1 month ago
I see quite a few updates to the list since I was here last and quite frankly, I do not understand them.
Llanowar Elves seems out of place in a 4 color deck primarily splashing R and G. Even at 2 mana, I feel that Bloom Tender would be better at least 90% of the time due to the fact it can actually make more relevant colors. I understand the Notion Thief, but I strongly feel that cutting Jace, Vryn's Prodigy Flip is a mistake. Also, what purpose does Winds of Change serve without Notion Thief in play? If Leovold, Emissary of Trest wasn't banned and you wanted to build the list more around resource denial to give you more time to set up, I could see it, but I just don't get it. Also, Dark Petition was abhorrent in testing for me. The most comon way that I lose with the deck is by hitting poorly off of an Ad Nauseam, resulting in me drawing too few cards from it and not having enough resources to win. Every single time I ever hit Dark Petition of of an Ad Nauseam or just had it in hand while trying to win, it was an entirely dead card, or directly caused me to lose.
I could definitely be wrong about the changes, and it is possible I have just had bad experiences with some of these cards and are therefore judging them unjustly, but without an explanation, these changes do not feel like the appropriate direction for the deck to evolve.
1 month ago
Are you playing him in his own deck or in the Birthing Pod 99?
I think he is broken when there are sac outlets, and I certainly hope he does not get banned. At the same time he needs a specific engine of creatures to be present to break the format, unlike Prophet of Kruphix (which enables resources) and Leovold, Emissary of Trest (which hinders draw steps and cantrips you for every target). There probably is a broken combo out there to abuse him, but he seems combo specific to me, so Id say there's sometime until we see him get banned.
1 month ago
Umm id argue with your logic on not running Necropotence or Ad Nauseam.. you say you wont run them cuz they "take the fun out of magic, yet you're playing a dimir commander, the least 2 fun colors of magic and even less fun combined, not to mention your decks purpose is to LOCK PEOPLE OUT OF THE GAME entirely with Mindlock Orb and maralen.. the least you can do is use GOOD cards to speed up the painful process which you intend to use this for, you're going to get hated on just for playing dimir and after the first use of the mindlock combo the hate will double, you almost NEED ad and necro to finish games quicker or your opponents will quickly grow bored of not beimg able to do anything and either team up on you every following game or scoop. I play a [very competitive nekusar] (http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/competitive-multiplayer-nekusar/) deck, and I certainly would rather scoop to a draw lock than fall asleep waiting 40 turns for you to win, theres a reason Leovold, Emissary of Trest just got banned, and this is basically a downgrade but equally oppressive, which I do admire as a grixis player but most opponents wont be so impressed lol.
Decent deck though, he does seem to be arguably the best "dimir wizard" commander as far as card advantage, can abuse draw step as much as ol' nekusar
1 month ago
I see that now, thanks for pointing it out. Sometimes us Legacy heads can get so far down the rabbit hole we forget other people can't see where we're going.
This is actually a relatively basic midrange deck, at least as far as Legacy is concerned. Leovold, Emissary of Trest and Ramunap Excavator don't actually have any synergy themselves, but they're relatively unique card selections for this build, which is where the name comes from.
So basically the point of this deck is you slam Chalice of the Void and then slam some creature or something that can attack. Usually you'll have the game locked up midway through and you don't actually have to attack for the win because your opponent is gracious enough to scoop. Some people call this strategy "hate bears", because you're playing grizzly bears like Gaddock Teeg that hate entire other decks out of the format.
This deck doesn't actually do anything, but that's kind of the point. Your opponent isn't going to be doing anything either, if things go according to plan. Eventually you can garner a win by attacking with the hate bears or ultimating Liliana, but they'll probably scoop before things get to that.