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Magus of the Library
Creature — Human Wizard
Tap: Add (1) to your mana pool.
Tap: Draw a card. Play this ability only if you have exactly seven cards in hand.
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Magus of the Library Discussion
4 months ago
I do like the idea of Command Beacon, and I've been considering going up to 36 lands for a while. Probably in the next update I'll cut something for that, since it seems like a great effect to have, especially on a land.
Currently I'm running Hornet Queen over Avenger of Zendikar because I don't have all that many fliers, so getting 5 flying blockers could be very relevant. However, I haven't been seeing as many dragon decks in my meta lately, so I could see making the swap.
I'm not a huge fan of Wild Beastmaster, since it doesn't give trample, and honestly I don't actually have that many creatures out most of the time. I could see running Pathbreaker Ibex because it gives trample, but for now I'm sticking with Dragon Throne of Tarkir because it can pump your team the turn you play it (although it takes a ton of mana).
I like the idea of Sekki, Seasons' Guide in theory, but I feel like in practice it would just leave too many decisions up to my opponents, and after they durdle around not letting it make that many tokens, just die to a board wipe. If anything, I think I would run Pentavus as another expensive token generator.
Edric, Spymaster of Trest was in a previous version of the deck, and didn't do enough in my opinion. Since then, I have cut even more token generators, so I think it isn't quite good enough.
Unfortunately, Sakashima the Impostor is a bit out of my price range, and even if it was, I feel like developing an extra Ezuri would just be a huge overextension. If anything, I might consider running Vizier of Many Faces as my clone effect, simply because I have it on hand.
I really like your suggestions on things to cut. Praetor's Counsel feels like it just costs too much mana for what it does, and Magus of the Library definitely is clunky a lot of the time. Maybe if the magus had a slightly easier cost I would consider keeping it in. Those two will definitely be coming out of the deck in a future update. I do, however, think that Tezzeret's Gambit is worth it. The card draw is helpful, and I feel that proliferating is very powerful. Until I find another decent piece of card draw or two, I think it will stay in to help with that aspect of the deck.
5 months ago
Swords to Plowshares
Dusk / Dawn
Spear of Heliod
Path of Discovery
Launch the Fleet
Gallows at Willow Hill
Magus of the Library
Whisperer of the Wilds
6 months ago
City of Solitude - Stops countermagic,
Hum of the Radix - punishing artifact tax
Choke - lolbluedecks
Freyalise's Winds - can harm you but it's a staxy control thing that really hurts opposing decks
Dosan the Falling Leaf - like City of Solitude, but a people.
Magus of the Library (not control/stax, but should be good for card advantage?),
Willow Satyr - Green Empress Galina!
Titania's Song - artifact hate
Arboria - a weeeird, janky card that could work in your favour. You could spend turns activating loyalty abilities.
Kudzu - land destruction but it comes back to bite you. Being green, you should have enough ramp to not care though.
Drop of Honey - green Porphyry Nodes
Power Conduit could help with your age counters, but that's entirely optional.
Thank you sir, you've inspired me for some Green Shenanigans.
6 months ago
I've found that Ezuri is fairly weak to board wipes, and you said you want more effects like Deadeye Navigator, so I'd suggest Temur Sabertooth. It lets you reuse etb effects, save creatures from board wipes, and can even enable some infinite mana combos along with a haste enabler.
Which brings me to my second suggestion: Swiftfoot Boots. Haste enablers are incredibly good in Ezuri, since often playing a creature, buffing it up, and having to wait a turn cycle to attack is too slow. The boots are great in that they also offer protection from targeted removal. Another option I like is Sword of Vengeance. While very mana-intensive to equip, it gives you everything you want: haste to attack the turn you play stuff, trample to make sure your beaters get through, and so much more.
Next, I would suggest adding a bit more ramp. Cultivate and Kodama's Reach are fantastic ramp cards that I try to fit into every green deck I build. Viridian Joiner is a great creature that can generate incredible amounts of mana with just a couple counters from Ezuri. Finally, I've really been enjoying Magus of the Library. It is a 2-cmc dork to get Ezuri down a turn early, and later in the game can double as a card draw engine. That's a lot of utility for a 2-drop creature.
Next, evasion is really important to get your buffed up guys through for damage. Whirler Rogue is one of the best options in my opinion. It generates 3 experience counters with Ezuri on the field, and can repeatably give unblockable to your creatures. Another great option is Herald of Secret Streams, which gives all your creatures with +1/+1 counters unblockable. Finally, this is kind of a weird suggestion, but I really like Tempting Licid. By putting it on something weak and expendable, you can basically give the rest of your team unblockable. In addition, you can detach it before damage to keep it around for future use. However, its utility doesn't end there. You can put it on big creatures to serve as a board wipe, and even attach to opposing creatures.
For more inspiration, check out my list (We're Gonna Need a LOT of Dice).
7 months ago
Hello there, First thing first, nice deck ! I love your Sasaya build. But I kind of wanted your advice on a certain card : what is your best use of Uncage the Menagerie ? Is it most of the time in early game for 3cmc or more for the 6cmc to finish off ? Also, I'm curently running Magus of the Library in my deck over Scroll of Origins for the early game mana accel and draw, even if its more restrictive than the scroll. Have you tried both and do you have any advices ?Thx and again and good job for you build
9 months ago
Boundless Realms - so gross w/landfall
Zendikar Resurgent - both sides great
Lifecrafter's Bestiary - ditto
Greater Good - definitely want a sac outlet w/ Omnath
Abundance - already a busted effect, super silly with you're thinking about landfallHeroic Intervention - keep your stuff if need to
10 months ago
Zendikar Resurgent seems like a no-brainer due to having both the free draws and mana doubling.
The problem I am having is not with what to suggest adding, but with what to suggest taking out. Things I would think of adding:Asceticism for creature protection, Zendikar Resurgent for the draw and mana, Mirari's Wake for anthem and mana, Soul of the Harvest for draw, Drumhunter for ramp and draw, Magus of the Library for ramp or draw (or both is Samut is on the field), Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite for anthem and because he neuters opposing token decks
11 months ago
Some cards that come to mind:
Magus of the Library Can alternate between ramp and card draw.
Gyre Sage Escalating ramp.
Managorger Hydra If it drops early, it grows really fast. Worst case scenario is it will eat a removal spell.
Nissa, Voice of Zendikar The +1 isn't great, but she is cheap for CMC and both of her minus abilities are very nice.
Triumph of Ferocity More card draw.
Creeping Renaissance Recursion
Bow of Nylea For the utility.
Triumph of the Hordes This one may not be as good without many token generators in your deck, but it can be a game finisher.
Soul of the Harvest More card draw.
Archetype of Endurance More protection, and more importantly it is blanket protection.
Predator Ooze Much like the Managorger, if this drops early, it will cause headaches for your opponents.
Joraga Treespeaker Takes a bit of growing, but will be better than the other 1-drop mana dorks. Can even make your land fetching elves tap for mana if you invest enough in it.
Elvish Harbinger A mana dork who can pull another mana dork to the top of the deck.
Seasons Past Recursion
As for what I would cut, it would depend on which cards I suggested that you added. Mana dorks would replace lesser mana dorks, Archetype of Endurance would replace a protection equipment, etc.
That said, I would agree with the suggestion to switch to Selvala, Explorer Returned, or better yet Animar, Soul of Elements. I use Animar for my Eldrazi deck, and every now and then I cast 3-4 Eldrazi in a turn for free. My previous commander for Eldrazi was Radha, Heir to Keld as she put a mana dork in my command zone and that seemed like a good idea.