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Magewright's Stone Discussion
3 weeks ago
Hey, to make your deck more competitive consider building around Darksteel Reactor , Magistrate's Scepter and Sage of Hours ? A strategy around Biovisionary is not worth it because it forces you to play a bunch of bad high mana cost cards to enable it.
What you want with Reactor/Scepter are cards that can untap Vorel to be able to use his ability more than one time a turn as well as other cards that interact with charge counters. You also want tutors for artifacts. With Sage you need to get a counter on him either with graft (Frogling), moving a counter from one permanent to another (Conduit) or target him (Bioshift).
Cards to consider adding:
- Coretapper : Reactor, Scepter, Prism, Everflowing, Cornucopia, Cannon, etc. use charge counters.
- Kiora's Follower
- Seeker of Skybreak
- Magewright's Stone
- Thousand-Year Elixir : gives Vorel haste and untap.
- Instill Energy : gives Vorel haste and untap.
- Kiora, Master of the Depths
- Tezzeret the Seeker : can be a repeatable tutor and put onto the battlefield either Reactor or Scepter, etc.
- Whir of Invention
- Buried Ruin
- Inventors' Fair
Another thing to consider is decreasing the avg. CMC of your deck. You can do this by cutting a lot of high mana cost cards especially creatures and enchantments for lower mana cost cards:
- Serum Visions
- Mystic Remora
- Rhystic Study
- Sol Ring
- Astral Cornucopia
- Everflowing Chalice
- Simic Signet
- Fauna Shaman
- Eternal Witness
- Scavenging Ooze
- Lux Cannon
- Swan Song
- Arcane Denial
- Trygon Predator
- Trinket Mage
- Ravenous Slime
- Chain of Vapor
- Beast Within
- Reality Shift
- Nature's Claim
Many of these cards are budget and cards like Study are expensive price, but entirely worth it if you're trying to be more competitive. Toothy, Imaginary Friend is a good creature with counter strategies and all these draw spells especially repeatable ones such as Remora and Study can really pump it. Fauna can be a repeatable creature tutor which is very helpful when your budget can't afford all the expensive price tutors. When playing Toothy you want Reliquary Tower because Toothy can draw a lot of cards and you want to keep all those cards in your hand.
I offer more advice :) Good luck with your deck.
2 months ago
I would highly recommend a bit more card-draw and a few untappers. Krenko does amazing with a few untappers.
Magewright's Stone is good. Thousand-Year Elixir is great too. Umbral Mantle is decent. Puppet Strings is good on a budget. Illusionist's Bracers are a good choice too. You don't need to go nuts but having three or so untappers in the 99 will serve you well. If you can tutor up Skirk Prospector, Krenko can go infinite with Thornbite Staff, though it just recently spiked in price.
Good red card draw is rare but every EDH deck needs a little. Reforge the Soul, Faithless Looting, Cathartic Reunion, Outpost Siege, Mind's Eye, Skullclamp, and Wild Guess are good. Staff of Nin is good on a budget too.
You have almost no ramp at all. Goblins are pretty low to the ground but every deck needs a little ramp. Krenko usually has a bulls-eye on his back so you'll want to be able to recast him. Sol Ring, Worn Powerstone, Fire Diamond, Mind Stone, Darksteel Ingot, Coldsteel Heart, Hedron Archive, Ur-Golem's Eye, and Gilded Lotus might be good places to start.
I would highly recommend dropping all the combat tricks. In a multiplayer setting with increased life totals they just don't have the "oomf" that they do in regular 60-card formats.
I would also drop Hedron Blade, Stormrider Rig, Claws of Valakut, Goblin War Paint, and Messenger's Speed. No good in EDH. War Horn is decent for Krenko but there are better cards out there so if things get tight you can drop it easily enough.
2 months ago
TheRedGoat The problem we see with greaves is that shroud conflicts with our untappers when we want to target Vannifar. Boots may earn a slot, but we are in the process of narrowing the focus of the list and making necessary cuts as this is only a first draft. As far as the 0-drops go, they are slotted in here primarily to combo off with Protean Hulk when we sac it. Our Hulk package consists of Ezuri, Claw of Progress, Sage of Hours, and the 0-drops to put them into play and get experience counters with them, and then place counters on Sage each turn to assemble an infinite turn combo. Also, this deck is really out there right now so don't think your more niche suggestions are unhelpful just because they're out there! I always encourage creativity and thinking outside the box. Magewright's Stone is good for an untapper, and we will definitely take it into consideration, but Thousand-Year Elixir somewhat outclasses it for being a sort of haste enabler for one extra mana. Haunted Plate Mail doesn't feel the greatest in Simic colors because we don't have the best artifact tutors available and we wouldn't be able to tutor for that in our pod lines.
2 months ago
Things to keep in mind:
Being Birthing Pod on a stick, it will be assumed your commander is on a high value/combo win game plan pretty much regardless of what you build. I see her as the type to "accidentally go infinite" myself. This will mean she is going to be targeted by counter spells and instant speed removal, or really any strategy that is already being used against Yisan, the Wanderer Bard. While you have blue, and therefore counterspell options ad infinitum, I recommend the good ol' "boots and greaves" package.
Secondly, I see no reason to run zero cmc creatures. Tokens can get the job done if you really want to work from the bottom of the barrel up, and there are plenty of cards that can fill that role without being dead draws in a stalled game. By all rights, if you're playing Vannifar onto a board without fodder already, I think something is horribly wrong.
I'm not sure what else to offer for card suggestions/insights as I'm not used to playing competitive magic like what you're starting with here (I mean, you're playing zero cmc ramp spells and force of will, which is basically equals top tier imo). My own playgroup tends to hate on players that try to win within the first 5 turns, so my advice is going to be biased towards more casual play. Or else I can just be truly unhelpful and simply point out really "out there" strategies or niche effect cards. Like Magewright's Stone. Also, Vannifar doesn't care if the creature being sacked wasn't a creature a moment ago like in the case of Haunted Plate Mail.
4 months ago
4 months ago
A friend of mine runs elf mom. shes nasty and very glass canon. one thing that i know he wants for his is Magewright's Stone. to untap any dorks or even elf mom for more mana.
4 months ago
5 months ago
Yeah Magewright's Stone would effectively accomplish the same thing. So, your mind is right on track with what I was thinking, anyway. Just something along those lines..
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