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Leyline of Anticipation
If Leyline of Anticipation is in your opening hand, you may begin the game with it on the battlefield.
You may cast nonland cards as though they had flash. (You could cast an instant.)
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Leyline of Anticipation Discussion
9 hours ago
I don't think there is too much of a need for Leyline of Anticipation seeing as this deck is already set to do a lot of creature-based stuff with haste. I think the orrery is enough.
Pirate's Pillage is pretty high costing for what you are trying to do, there are a plethora of cards you could put in over it.
Cards like Hordeling Outburst, Krenko's Command, and Dragon Fodder are pretty bad value with the number of board wipes in the format. To contrast this, cards like Karn, Scion of Urza are much better because they are repeatable effects that have a larger impact when it isn't your turn. Those token generators at sorcery or even instant speed are pretty bad value for EDH imo. You would be better suited by many of the effects that you already have.
Where the fuck is Helm of the Host. Biiiiiiig missed opportunity here. I love that card to death.
Overall I would say without going through more than two of your custom sections that this deck needs a change in development ideology. Try to make the deck centered around the idea that you can count on 2-3 tokens on the battlefield through the effects of your permanents. There are cards that do this, but I have yet to curate them. Right now you have a lot of bad value to pull off some combos, but they all rely on a lot of mana and combat steps, which means its creature based. You are looking for a bad time if you pull the trigger on a deck like that. Remember to also build the deck with the idea that Brudiclad won't always be an option to put onto the battlefield, especially at 6 or more mana. Your cards have to create value for themselves without big daddy Brudiclad there to support them. Brudiclad needs to be a powerful support mechanic, not an overwhelming piece to the deck.
17 hours ago
@DrkNinja, thanks for the suggestions. Most of them are a bit too expensive for me to seeking out, though. I do like Leyline of Anticipation, and thought about running Vernal Equinox as a psudeo-substitute for it (I don't think I have one right now), but the Equinox gives everyone the advantage, so am unsure of using it or not. I really like Daybreak Coronet for its casting cost, but I don't think I want to spend on that right now. I am replacing Graceblade Artisan with Ethereal Armor.
@, I also added Flickering Ward.
Thanks for the looks and the suggestions so far!
17 hours ago
And here are some cards that I think would go well in the deck:
- Leyline of Anticipation (The ability to hold up mana to have "answers" is priceless)
- Auramancer's Guise
- Daybreak Coronet
- Eldrazi Conscription
- Ethereal Armor
- Gift of Immortality
- Spectra Ward
- Steel of the Godhead
- Spirit Loop THIS IS NOT LIFELINK! So if a creature with lifelink would gain you double the life.
- Celestial Mantle
- On Serra's Wings
- Ajani's Chosen
- Hanna, Ship's Navigator
- Academy Rector
- Sun Titan
2 days ago
it's a bit ironic to assemble the Avengers (aka The Gatewatch) to help to construct a Bolas-deck, but nevertheless here are my ideas:
First of all, I would discard :) the whole Nekusar-wheel-theme. Nekusar, the Mindrazer decks just do it better anyways and playing Wheel of Fortune, Reforge the Soul, Jace's Archivist or Windfall in your deck has some drawbacks. While they're great to enable your plan of using the opponents' graveyards, your decks' cmc is not low enough to exploit those cards. Additionally, your opponents would get a significant amount of cards out of it, too, which also undermines the whole handcontrol theme of your deck: What's the matter of making them discard through Nicol Bolas, the Ravager Flip, when you're helping them to refill their hands the next turn? Cards like Megrim, Liliana's Caress or Fell Specter would have to go as well because they're only effective with the aforementioned cards.
So my proposal is to focus on discard and control. Cards like Painful Quandary, The Eldest Reborn, Waste Not, Oppression and Chains of Mephistopheles fit well and should stay. You could add Skull Rend or Liliana's Specter. You could also add cards that let your commander re-enter the battlefield like Ghostly Flicker. Some ninjas like Silent-Blade Oni or Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni do not only fit your theme but let you cast your commander again.
You have to strengthen your control over the graveyards when you're making people discard. The Scarab God is already good here. But you need some more graveyard-hate like Relic of Progenitus or Phyrexian Furnace which give you a bit of a choice what to exile. Don't play Leyline of the Void in here.
So far I mentioned 8 cards which should be cut, so here are 22 more: Kess, Dissident Mage, Nightveil Specter, Mind's Dilation, Omniscience, Torment of Hailfire, Disrupt Decorum, Entreat the Dead, Anvil of Bogardan, Go for the Throat, Blasphemous Act, Stunning Reversal, Thrilling Encore, Leyline of Anticipation (most of the permanents don't have to be played at instant speed. Casting leyline is just doing nothing for the turn), Bloodchief Ascension, Countersquall, Desertion, Preordain, Thoughtseize, Library of Leng, Disciple of Bolas, Hour of Devastation, Tormenting Voice.
That's all for now. Good luck with your deck!
3 days ago
You have 137 cards, you need to drop 37?
Drop all three temples, bounce lands, Sunken Hollow and Smoldering Marsh, Forge of Heroes, Command Beacon, the three lands like Sulfur Falls, Dragonskull Summit, Desolate Lighthouse, and Drowned Catacomb, total of 13 lands, but add City of Brass, Gemstone Caverns, Ancient Tomb, Mana Confluence, Tarnished Citadel, Gemstone Mine, Shivan Reef, Underground River, and Command Tower
Total loss of cards = 5, rest needed = 32
Mainboard additions I'd suggest?
Talisman of Dominance, Fellwar Stone, Talisman of Indulgence, Bottomless Pit, Dark Confidant, Snapcaster Mage, Timetwister, Ponder, Brainstorm, Laboratory Maniac, Demonic Consultation, Tainted Pact, Imperial Seal, Dismember, Chain of Vapor, Pact of Negation, Mystic Remora, Swan Song, Delay, Dispel, Liliana of the Veil, Jace, the Mind Sculptor, Chrome Mox, Mana Vault, Mox Diamond, Lotus Petal, and Rolling Earthquake.
Addition of 27 cards = 59 total to drop
Xantcha, Sleeper Agent, Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker, Vedalken Humiliator, The Scarab God, Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh, Liliana Vess, The Eldest Reborn, Painful Quandary, Pendrell Mists, Mind's Dilation, Omniscience, Leyline of Anticipation, Hero's Downfall, Stunning Reversal, Rakdos Charm, Thrilling Encore, Countersquall, Desertion, Go for the Throat, Fraying Omnipotence, Hour of Devastation, Tormenting Voice, Torment of Hailfire, Syphon Mind, Disrupt Decorum, Dark Intimations, Cruel Ultimatum, Blatant Thievery, Beacon of Unrest, Blasphemous Act, Damnation, Bloodchief Ascension, Disciple of Bolas, Etali, Primal Storm, Nightveil Specter, Fell Specter, Blazing Specter, Augur of Bolas, Clever Impersonator, Jace's Archivist, Kess, Dissident Mage, Mystic Confluence, Disallow, Cryptic Command, Reforge the Soul, Megrim, Liliana's Caress, Entreat the Dead, Phyrexian Arena, Rhystic Study, Search for Azcanta Flip, Dream Salvage, Chromatic Lantern, Expedition Map, Lightning Greaves, Worldgorger Dragon, Animate Dead, Gonti, Lord of Luxury and Glacial Chasm
That should do it! 100 card deck!
The biggest upside to my switches and drops is the extreme amount of lowering that is done to the average cmc of the deck, along with the droppage of slower cards that do little without other spells. The new gameplan would be use discard and disruption like countermagic and removal to stop your opponents just long enough to use Laboratory Maniac with Demonic Consultation or Tainted Pact to exile your deck, and usually a draw spell like Brainstorm. More tutors for consistent gameplay is in the switches too.
4 days ago
If you go with Rashmi you should definitely take advantage of the effect being the first spell each turn. If you have Leyline of Anticipation and Vedalken Orrery I would use them if not there are some cheaper but not as effective options such as Yeva, Nature's Herald and Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir.
Since this is for a more tuned meta control should be the focus of the deck but you might consider running Oona's Grace. Instant speed retrace could be alright. Maybe?
4 days ago
6 days ago
33 lands is a bit light, try going up to 35-37. What are the wincons for this deck? Craterhoof Behemoth is probably the best token/creature finisher out there and Avenger of Zendikar seems like a must include in any token strat. Also, I would strongly recommend taking out Serum Visions, Preordain, Opt, and Chart a Course, that type of card draw isn't gonna cut it in edh, drawing any less than 3 cards usually isn't worth it. I would also take out the Jace and Kiora planeswalkers, their payoff doesn't seem to follow with your counter theme, and neither does the Nissa, Steward of Elements but she is a solid card advantage engine. A solid include and a auto include in any of my edh decks is Vedalken Orrery, being able to play on your opponents' turns is very powerful and allows for so much flexibility and optimization, and since you're in blue you can use Leyline of Anticipation which is arguably better. This is my simic build Kydele & Thrasios EDH there are some cards in it that could be used for your deck and imho it has a pretty solid mana base. Hope this helps!