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Lonely Sandbar enters the battlefield tapped.
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Lonely Sandbar Discussion
4 days ago
As the guy above mentioned, unless you bring some sinergy, the deserts aren't doing much but if you want some cycling lands just for those situations when you draw a land on turn 10 i think Tranquil Thicket and Lonely Sandbar are better options.
Also, maybe i'll do a casual cat tribal like your deck since C17 let the cats out of the bag and they left me feline pretty excited about them (i had to do the puns, srry xD )
1 week ago
Urgh, had a whole thing typed out here and then accidentally closed the browser. That's annoying.
The deck looks neat, is it something you've played with already or still in the planning stages? Also just FYI it's Sphinxes, not Sphinx's. :P
There are a number of utility cards coming in the new commander 2017 set for tribal decks that I'm sure would help you out, but considering they're not out yet I'll stick with cards that actually exist. Like Consecrated Sphinx. Also I'm not sure what your budget is so I'm just gonna throw out some kinda expensive suggestions in the mix.
I'm sure a Cavern of Souls and possibly a Boseiju, Who Shelters All would be nice for some extra protection. As for cycling lands, in a mono blue deck that doesn't care about deserts, both Remote Isle and Lonely Sandbar are strictly better than Desert of the Mindful. On the topic of lands, if you like artifacts, there are some more neat inclusions that might interest you: Academy Ruins, Mishra's Workshop (crazy expensive), Sequestered Stash, Tolarian Academy.
It sort of goes against the artefact theme you're running but I personally prefer Mystic Remora or Rhystic Study to Mind's Eye, it puts the tax on the opponent instead of you. You mightn't always draw cards off them, but they're somewhat cheaper in multiplayer games and can force opponents to chose to pay the tax instead of good spells, which is subtly very nice.
Argent Sphinx is actually great in here I'm just realising. Neat.
There isn't a lot of cycling in the deck so I'm not really sure what Curator of Mysteries or Ominous Sphinx offer the deck aside from being sphinxes. Some other fun sphinxes I like are Master of Predicaments and Sphinx Ambassador, and some others that might synergise with your commander or otherwise offer good card advantage are Consecrated Sphinx, Horizon Scholar, Prognostic Sphinx, Sphinx of Jwar Isle, Sphinx of Lost Truths, Sphinx of Uthuun, Vexing Sphinx, Windreader Sphinx.
There are a lot of great sphinxes actually, whew.
Anywho, good luck with it!
2 weeks ago
I would suggest getting some early looting/draw effects. For example: Faithless Looting type of effects.
Lastly have cyclers on lands: Forgotten Cave, Smoldering Crater, Barren Moor, Lonely Sandbar, Remote Isle etc. They work as lands but they double up as draw later on. Inexpensive dual lands are the pain lands cycle: Shivan Reef, Underground River, Sulfurous Springs. They help out alot for mana fixing. Exotic Orchard is also another inexpensive fixing.
Also replace grixis charm with Crosis's Charm. Crosis is simple better.
1 month ago
Think Twice could be a nice way to keep the spells coming, and Goblin Electromancer and Curious Homunculus Flip would make a lot of them cheaper to cast. Brainstorm, Blue Sun's Zenith Treasure Cruise offer more cheap card draw. Izzet Signet and Mind Stone could be good for ramp and for fixing, in the first case. Young Pyromancer, Docent of Perfection Flip, and Talrand, Sky Summoner could be nice to pump out bodies. Archaeomancer offers a second Mnemonic Wall, not that I want to encourage any more of that. Rapid Hybridization, Curse of the Swine, Grapeshot, and Reality Shift offer some real cheap removal. Elixir of Immortality could help prevent self-mill. Also for cheap duals there are Izzet Boilerworks, Izzet Guildgate, and Highland Lake. Evolving Wilds and Terramorphic Expanse offer cheap fetching, and Lonely Sandbar and Forgotten Cave might work well too.
With all the cancels Baral might be decent as well, though he's a touch pricey. Come to think of it, Baral and Kari Zev's expertise cards could also help cast two spells in one turn.
Just my thoughts; I look forward to playing against it.
1 month ago
I know it's been over a week, but I'm glad the suggestions were helpful! Why not a potentially excessive amount of them?!
Somehow, all of the cycle lands completely slipped my mind before. In a deck designed to draw as many cards as possible, you'd likely want all of the lands that can turn themselves into cards.
Blasted Landscape, Forgotten Cave, Lonely Sandbar, Remote Isle, Smoldering Crater, and the new ones coming out along with The Locust God in the new set, Desert of the Fervent and Desert of the Mindful. Mikokoro, Center of the Sea and Geier Reach Sanitarium Could also be decent.
Oh, and WHEELS! Don't even get me started on wheel effects! Dragon Mage, Forgotten Creation, Magus of the Wheel, Fateful Showdown, Incendiary Command, Collective Defiance, Reforge the Soul, Runehorn Hellkite, Wheel of Fate, Memory Jar, Magus of the Jar... I can't think of any more.
A nice way to take advantage of your swarm's sheer size is to use Breath of Fury, which can provide infinite combat phases when paired with Bident of Thassa, Coastal Piracy, or Windreader Sphinx, but it's really just good on its own..
If you can't tell, I've been thinking about building this deck since Locust God was spoiled.
1 month ago
Delve can be turned on just for playing Magic normally though.
Brainstorm is a must for any legacy blue deck. Life from the Loam synergises with lands like Lonely Sandbar. 2 can be cycled to dig deeper into deck. The tjird dredges back LftL which enables more delve.