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Library of Alexandria
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: Draw a card. Play this ability only if you have exactly seven cards in hand.
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Library of Alexandria Discussion
2 months ago
NOTE: these are just my thoughts, backed up by points regarding both the Magus, & the Original. Be warned.
cEDH is, IMO, a subformat willing to drain you of all of your wallet; with one card. So I'm going to show why sometimes, even a Magus could be an (OK) alt.
Before we start this fish fry, keep in mind, I know some staples aren't even expensive; but some are just out of even the range of some of the the most lavish of Mercadia.
Before we begin, I just want to show the comparison to the Magus version to the original version of said cards. So? What the heck are we waiting for?
Yep. Fraggin 18 Magus' (possibly) worth playing in cEDH. Now for their original base cards...
Balance (BANNED AS ANYTHING.)
Mind's Desire (Anyone got something closer?)
Yep, I'm doing Kanji for the points. Anyways...
- Most of the latter cards are too expensive for some.
While I won't count Blood Moon, Nevinyrral's Disk, & even Future Sight (Thank Bolas those are Consistently being Reprinted.), We have stuff that can reach as far as 4 figures at worst. Ironically, stuffle like Eladamri's Vineyard is surprisingly cheap as well as its respective Magus. Sadly, that's where the point comes in. Most of the original cards in our economy are either:
A: In the 3 Figures >
B: Banned (See Balance; which, ironically, is cheaper than its Magus counterpart.)
C: Something your average decklist is worth in cash (Unless it requires 2 or 3 of them.)
Don't get me wrong, It's not that the card is "bad", it's just I can't just pay for something that I can make the rest of my deck with instead. Just my honest opinion...
- They have the same Manacost/Effect
You may, & must have paid attention to the similarities of the Bases & the Magus'; those without a Land Base have an identical CMC, & even the same manacost regardless of either the Base/Magus. Don't believe me? Look above. The only Magus' to have costs to effects that are differing are Magus of the Balance, Magus of the Wheel, Magus of the Mind, & Magus of the Will even. Outside of this, Effects are entirely identical to the original. While manacosts are relatively high for Manacosts for Magus' with a Land version Base, nothing wrong with rocks/dorks, I guess...
- Creatures can be supported by other cards for protection.
Sad to say, Creatures are among the most fragile of Permanents in all things Magic (The Most Fragile though, are Planeswalkers, they have yet to have a cEDH Deck of their own... Odd. :/) However, there are ways in which even in cEDH, Magus', & Creatures in general, do have some kind of protection:
Lightning Greaves is entirely versatile & can work in all decks in a pinch (Unless your Comander is a Walker, then you'll have to work on what creatures In The 99 (Or if you want to use both Will Kenrith, & Rowan Kenrith as Partner Commanders for The 98; But who in god's name would do that?!) Swiftfoot Boots has an equip cost, but generously gives creatures Hexproof. A solid Alt. for the "Other Boots of Haste". Trailblazer's Boots is the last to recommend for footwear as it has Nonbasic Landwalk. Effects from players with even a Fetchland will do zilch, & if the creature in question has a Power amount, it can bypass Blocks entirely. Problem? You'd need a Non-Basic yourself if your opponent attacks; but this is an impossibility for essentially, all the best cEDH decks! Cards like Flicker/Bounce/ and even Brago, King Eternal can bounce your own creatures, evading actual target. One of the Best examples of this is Venser, Shaper Savant who comes into play as a Triggered Ability; bypassing even stuff like Krosan Grip & even other stuff that threatens your cards. *For Auras, There are so many that work so well, I can't even make a list of them all. Aqueous Form makes enchanted creature Unblockable; & when it attacks, it allows you to Scry 1. Canopy Cover Allows your creature to be attacked by Fliers & those w/ Reach; that & it gets Hexproof. Even Gift of Immortality is capable of bringing back even Commanders if need be.
Not all Auras can be used appropriately in all 5 individual colors, but some Auras can screw with your opponents' cards in an attempt to disrupt their stratagem. in particular has stuff that affects the opponents' cards, & the opponent themselves. has Darksteel Mutation & has Imprisoned in the Moon, which essentially turns a creature, land, or even a Planeswalker into a Wastes.
This is still a WIP. Anyone having better ideas to protect Creatures in cEDH, let me know.
With that said, there are some things I actually would like to see WotC reprint as Magus'. I mean; Timetwister is expensive as garbage. But if the Magic Group can make a Magus for that, with a cost I guess, I'd be sold; that; & I wouldn't have to worry about exiling other Timetwister Variants. Nether Void is in the 4 figures, so why can't the R&D group do something about it with a Magus? Stuff from Legends, The Dark, & some others have Magus variants already, why not have some more?
Hello, I'm BMHKain. I apologize if I caused any offense, I'm a cheapskate since I started during Scars of Mirrodin. BTW, how can you guys even afford all this, & more? Just wondering...
Thanks for reading... ^_^ I had to edit this to be more... Conservative. That & I had to redo a Part entirely. Still in the works though. :/
2 months ago
Though some have clear reasons, such as Griselbrand being a powerhouse storm commander like Sidisi, Undead Vizier with an Ad Nauseam in deck, I just don't personally agree with all of the choices. An example would be that Library of Alexandria is banned yet similarly powerful cards like Candelabra of Tawnos are legal. Sundering Titan I couldn't even tell you why it was banned from a competitive standpoint, and from a casual standpoint of it being too powerful, Jokulhaups should be banned instead.
I'll probably do it, but because of these discrepancies, it'll take some amount of time.
3 months ago
Primer has been updated with a new layout and updated card selections! I have sub-divided my card selections into Core, Flex, and Old Inclusions to help readability - no more long walls of text! (or at least not as long...)
@TheMightyHoju pop those bad boys in there then, by all means! I believe that Library of Alexandria and Mox Diamond are two very near to the top for inclusion, you can check out my new Wishlist section for cards I would definitely add if I owned them. as for the cuts, well.... That's the challenge I think! One word of advice though - don't cut any lands. If anything, the deck wants to run 50% or greater lands, it feels light right now.
Let me know how the games go!!!
3 months ago
That’s great to hear! I can’t wait to get your feedback, I’ve been running this solo for quite some time now, it will be great to have a sounding board.
Thanks for following this deck! In regards to your question, you most certainly can run a more budget land base. Notably, Gaea's Cradle is obviously great but really more of a vanity inclusion. Also, the colored sources can be downgraded at the expense of some speed and consistency. Dark Depths really does add a ton to the deck, but I played for a long time without it. Strip Mine effects are very essential, but Tectonic Edge does a reasonable impression. I think Kessig Wolf Run is a must as well. And other than that, a lot of the interaction out of the lands slot are cheap cards like Ifnir Deadlands.
I have begun the makeover of my primer, I will be fully updating the layout, reorganizing card choice sections, making it more user friendly, and adding a few detailed sections on core cards vs flex slots. I will also add vanity cards that I currently don’t own but would fit in the fully tuned list, ie Mox Diamond, Library of Alexandria, etc etc.
7 months ago
solRing at least in Vintage cube. But its actualy pretty close to a mox in general
Library of Alexandria is also very strong.
Those are called the 10th powetpiece sometimes. There might be some mor ebut those are the only ones i can think of in the moment.
9 months ago
10 months ago
right, im pretty sure they do it to help each other from blaming the game if they ever get screwed/flooded, so everyone gets to start with a land card on the field. it doesn't have to be basic but it does have to be a land, it cant be something that needs something else to happen to produce mana, so Library of Alexandria would work, while Lost Vale would not. when I originally posted, I thought sol ring was an artifact land and I was mistaken, I don't use sol ring all that often so I hope I may be forgiven this fox paws, faux pas for those that don't listen to chad daniels.