: Put a charge counter on Lux Cannon.
, Remove three charge counters from Lux Cannon: Destroy target permanent.
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|Scars of Mirrodin (SOM)||Mythic Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Lux Cannon occurrence in decks from the last year
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All decks: 0.01%
Lux Cannon Discussion
2 months ago
AscendedLandfalls, I appreciate you asking me some hard questions. Yes, lands are definitely the top option as most EDH decks don't run land destruction, but the only viable option (In my opinion) you've suggested thusfar is Farseek. It's a good card, but i'm having a hard time finding a place for it. What would you cut? and why.
I do have some comment for some of your statements: "since you are running Defense of the Heart and some high cmc spells, which are cards for mid-range decks, not fast decks, I wouldn't worry too much about a few lands coming in tapped since it also allows you to color fix early on, but this is also predicated on running a few more basic lands."
Spells like Rampant Growth just aren't a good fit for the deck as it is. To get the most use out of Growth i'd have to cut either filter lands or utility lands to make room for basics - that doesn't make sense, and would only serve to weaken the deck's manabase overall. Additionally, with lands coming in tapped early on, I lose out on opportunities to play my 2 or 3 drop mana rocks. I disagree with your logic as lands entering play tapped can potentially waste a play early or late game.
I was not aware that Defense of the Heart was an enchantment geared more toward mid-range archetypes - could you provide a source? This deck isn't intentionally designed to be a "fast archetype" (what do you mean by fast? like aggro?). I guess to that point I unintentionally built a midrange deck as I can "combo" with a soft lock on the board (utilizing Tangle Wire and a proliferation source - while proliferating poison counters, ideally). The alternative strategy is trying to swing in with an infect creature and pump it up with enough +1/+1 counters to go for lethal before an opponent can go for a combo.
Honestly, I don't run Vampiric Tutor because of two reasons - 1. I have no idea what I would cut for it, and 2. I'm still paying off my Revised Tropical Island (in played condition) + Savannah (in lightly played condition). I have a sweet deal with a friend (he's a legacy player) who wants to offload some revised dual lands (he's upgrading to unlimited) and is giving me a steal of a deal. So, i'm currently working on paying off those two cards and the deck will be fully assembled in paper. What would you cut to make room for Vampiric Tutor? Inexorable Tide? Maybe Lux Cannon. It's a pet card that I enjoy...so I feel at odds about removing it. Plus it is a gaudy distraction on the board, especially when I have multiple proliferation sources active.
My landbase is pretty competitive as I want to give this 4 color deck as much of an advantage as I can. This deck isn't meant to be casual, but not entirely competitive either. It's in a strange place where it's a strong deck that can win knock out an opponent as early as turn 4 or 5, but defeat all opponents around 7. Personally i'm not a fan of Stax, as I enjoy actually playing against others. I could push the deck a little further in that direction, but what I really want is a strong and viable means of sealing a win via Infect/Poison counters. My personal hope is that the upcoming Commander Legends set will have something of use to that end. I know Infect is a parasitic mechanic, but it is one that I champion and will forever advocate for.
Thanks for the talk and criticism so far, I look forward to more from you.
2 months ago
UltimateRoxas40, wow i'm flattered that you took inspiration from my own deck. Thank you for that. I personally subscribe to The Progress Engine's school of thought when it comes to deck building - especially when it comes to my own Atraxa deck. So looking at your list you have a lot of different themes. The primary seem to be +1/+1 counters and infect. I think you could lean a little more into that - including cards like:
The Ozolith: Fresh from ikoria, this card guarantees that if a creature is removed from play you will always gain value from it if you manage to put a +1/+1 counter on it.
Corpsejack Menace: I have a promo copy of this little guy, but decided to build in a different direction. Regardless, Corpsejack can help your boardstate get out of control very easily with those counters.
Forgotten Ancient: Another fun little card that can dramatically increase the number of +1/+1 counters on your creatures.
Now what would you be cutting? Well some of the less efficient cards I see are:
- Simic Ascendancy: This is a maybe cut from me as I've tried this card in my deck but I determined that it was just too mana intensive to use. The simic requirement for activation was just tough. Maybe this card has done better in your deck since +1/+1 counters are a primary theme.
- Lux Cannon: This is a maybe cut from me as well. This is a pet card of mine in the deck. I love it's flavor and overall style. Yes, it can be a mean and very scary deterrent/distraction on the board but it depends entirely on how you feel about it. I know I could probably find a more efficient card in the slot - but I like it.
- Reanimate: As cool as this card is, only being able to resurrect one creature isn't that great in the span of things. I swapped this out for a Yawgmoth's Will. Super expensive card, I know. But it's so insanely good.
- Consecrated Sphinx: For such a high CMC creature the pay off isn't quite that great in the context of your deck. Normally, Sphinx would be used in something like a Nekusar deck that runs a good amount of wheel effects like Windfall or Time Spiral.
3 months ago
Bolt Bend - Counters counterspells, redirects some extra turns, some draw, some removal. Overall versatile card which will shine in this build
Mind Stone - Ramp and draw, definitely what red needs.
How does Sundial work with Ilhrag, do the creatures just stay on the battlefield?
Wheel of Fortune, Magus of the Wheel, Mind's Eye, Memory Jar (maybe), Arch of Orazca, Commune with Lava, Endless Atlas, Humble Defector, Ignite the Future, Light Up the Stage, Tome of Legends, Skullclamp, Solemn Simulacrum are all good options for draw. You NEED card draw in red badly.
Chandra, Torch of Defiance - Ramp, card draw, win con all in one.
What do you feel your decks weaknesses are? How has it been playing for you?
4 months ago
I'm late to the party, but you might want to look into these cards, if you need more ideas on how to spice up your deck:
Volt Charge or Contagion Engine (Proliferate is great with multiple mana rocks and Lux Cannon or Titan Forge)
Dismantle (Move your charge-counters from your manarocks onto Darksteel Reactor or Jinxed Choker for alternate wincons.
Energy Chamber (Imo a great alternative to Surge Node)
4 months ago
Ok, I have a couple of combos that are pretty versatile, and very easily go infinite. Here they are:
Coretapper + Mimic Vat This combo provides 3 charge counters a turn, every turn, for just 3 mana each time. What makes it infinite? Well, one of the things you can do with 3 counters every turn is take infinite turns. Just put those counters on Magistrate's Scepter, and your opponent will never get another turn. If you want, you could create this combo again, and create as many 9/9s as you like, with Titan Forge, or destroy as many permanents as you like, with Lux Cannon
It's always an Infinite ETB trigger and Infinite Death trigger combo.
Arcbound Ravager, Megatog, Blood Aspirant, Bloodflow Connoisseur, and Carrion Feeder grow infinite P/T from it (Megatog's growth only lasts the turn, but he also gets trample, so he doesn't need to keep the increase).
5 months ago
Hey man, great deck! I know you said no creatures, but there's a combo that fits great in this deck that I think you'd enjoy, but one part is a creature. Coretapper+Mimic Vat is the ultimate charge counter combo: every turn, for just 3 mana, put 3 charge counters on any artifact you want! Lux Cannon or Titan Forge can be set off every turn, it's a lot of fun. Anyway, just a suggestion, you've got my +1 for a fun deck!
5 months ago
Welcome to Magic the Gathering, where magical ..... well, you know Btw. The strategy you are reffering to is known as Aristocrats.
Rings of Brighthearth - Synergizes with your commander. If you are were to add fetchlands (lands which grab other basic lands from the deck) such as Prismatic Vista, Verdant Catacombs and others, you can get 2 lands for each fetchland by using rings. You sacrifice the fetchland putting the ability on the stack, then pay 2 mana and copy the ability with rings.
Imp's Mischief - This card does a lot of 2 mana. Lots of spells in MTG target. Removal such as Path to Exile, draw spells like Overflowing Insight, extra turns like Time Warp and even Counterspells target. A cool thing you can do aside from redirecting a spell that has 1 target is the following..... You cast your commander, they cast Counterspell, targetting your commander. You then cast imp's mischief, changing the target of the counterspell to imp's mischief. Imp's mischief resolves. Counterspell tries to resolve and counter imp's mischief but because it is removed from the stack, the counterspell does nothing. Then your commander resolves. Very useful card! Do not overlook it!
I see you already have some decent tutors which is good. Tutors ensure consistency, help you get a combo like Exquisite Blood and Sanguine Bond. They also help you get whatever you need when you need it, it is black's greatest strength in EDH. Now to discuss weaknesses.....
Black has almost no way to get rid of artifacts and enchantments. If an opponent plays Rest in Peace or something similar, you will find yourself in a tough position. As such, having cards such as Blast Zone, Karn Liberated, Ugin, the Spirit Dragon, Ugin, the Ineffable, Meteor Golem, Ratchet Bomb, Lux Cannon and others can be extremely useful.
I don't know what your meta (the group of people you play with) are like and how powerful their decks are, this seems pretty casual. There are lots of cuts and many more cards you can add depending on what you're going for exactly. If you want ideas of other cards to add and/or what to cut, let me know. Mono black EDH is my favorite.
6 months ago
This list is a decent start but let's look at mono red's weaknesses, card draw and enchantment removal. You have LOTS of cuts to be made, lmk if you want ideas on what to cut or more things to add.
Arch of Orazca - Card draw that only takes a land slot
Commune with Lava - Can be used on end of opponents turns, usually good for 3-5 depending on how much mana you have and your curve.
Endless Atlas - Reuseable, cheap to play, cheap to actives
Hedron Archive - Card draw and ramp
Humble Defector - Draw with politics
Ignite the Future - Very good "draw" as it can be flashbacked
Light Up the Stage - Similar to above
Mind's Eye - Re-useable, fun with wheels
Skullclamp - Cheap easy card draw, fun with myrs
Solemn Simulacrum - Card draw and ramp
Tome of Legends - Your most powerful draw engine in the entire deck
Lastly, with all your enchantments you might want to consider Crystal Chimes