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Maralen of the Mornsong
Legendary Creature — Elf Wizard
Players can't draw cards.
At the beginning of each player's draw step, that player loses 3 life, searches his or her library for a card, puts it into his or her hand, then shuffles his or her library.
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Maralen of the Mornsong Discussion
1 day ago
Tough to tell. A worst case I can see is that he replaces himself in my hand with a CMC < 4 card, So i haven't lost any card advantage. I get what your saying, I've wasted my Kaalia of the Vast swing for a 6/6 Flample at this point. If Kaalia of the Vast gets killed, it hasn't delivered any value. In my build 36 / 63 = 57.1% I'll only get 1 card as well. Using Hypergeometric probability, 24.9% I'll get 2 cards, 10.6% 3 cards, 4.5% 4 cards, 2.9% 5 or more. I can't tell if that is going to be worth the slot he's taking. If he draws me 3 cards (10.6%) I pay 3 life, I'm probably quite happy, because 2 cards are CMC >= 4 and 1 is CMC < 4. Need to see him in action a couple times, but worst-case I do not lose a card in hand advantage, gets me 1 card draw closer to that Iona, Shield of Emeria in my deck, and potentially he filters out some lands I would have top-decked (ew).
Trying to figure out his opportunity cost here, I already have Master of Cruelties and Iona, Shield of Emeria in my build, so those aren't options/opportunities. I can't see any other A/D/D that are on that level, I replaced Archangel Avacyn Flip with Demonlord Belzenlok, but her CMC5 was challenging too, and it only made creatures indestructible, and on occasion would wipe out my Kaalia of the Vast with her flip ability.
To get a Master of Cruelties or Iona, Shield of Emeria that means I would need a Tutor to hand, Gamble? It is cast/gone and then it also forces a discard, so I go down net 1 card, which might actually be the card I tutored. Also with 0 cards in hand it's just an Entomb. Diabolic Tutor but that is CMC4, but maybe better, in general it is too high a CMC. Cruel Tutor for CMC3 does top of library only, but maybe? Beseech the Queen i've been thinking about for a while, but it is limited by the number of lands I have, so can't pull a Razaketh, the Foulblooded. There are CMC5 tutor with Cycling or Spell Mastery etc, none feel just right. Imperial Recruiter but there's no Power 2 creature that helps me out that much, tutor the Dark Confidant maybe would be his best option, or Grand Abolisher/Mother of Runes?
I've found I'm at critical mass of A/D/D where sometimes (occassionally), I do not have an A/D/D and Kaalia of the Vast sits without anything to resolve. For a while I've been thinking of increasing my A/D/D by another 1.
Some other creatures I'm considering are Angel of Sanctions small and doesn't permanently exile it, Archfiend of Depravity which is situational, Aurelia, the Warleader which doesn't trigger properly with Kaalia of the Vast, Bruna, the Fading Light which doesn't work with Kaalia of the Vast, Disciple of Bolas which is a different way to draw cards, but it requires a creature to sacrifice, Maralen of the Mornsong which by itself is a dead draw and not an A/D/D, only powerful with Stranglehold (High CMC), Silverblade Paladin who I miss, but he was cut to increase my A/D/D odds so Kaalia of the Vast wasn't sitting doing nothing, Steel Hellkite who since being in the deck since inception has done nothing except destroy 1 Mana Crypt and 1 Sol Ring for all his efforts, Zodiac Dragon which I can't afford, but even so, he's not trample or flying, so limited usefulness, if any.
What other opportunities are > Demonlord Belzenlok, that's the key question. Right now have to see how he goes. I'm ok if he pulls me 3 cards to my hand and gives me a 6/6 Flample. Maybe he pulls me a Tutor so I can pull Teferi's Protection and protect my Kaalia of the Vast long enough to play the Razaketh, the Foulblooded he also pulled to my hand? I know that's a best-case type scenario, but it could happen?
Let me know if you get him resolved and if he does work, or if he's just a big flop.
2 days ago
Honestly, haven't seen him yet in gameplay. In fairness to him though, I would never tutor him, one day I will draw/resolve him.
Have you played him? Works? My sense is that the draw + potential for multiple draws will be very cool.
I think I took Archangel Avacyn Flip out for him, but lately I've been missing Stranglehold + Maralen of the Mornsong with all the Teferi, Temporal Archmage Infinite Turns I've run into. (Also: Izzet & Grixis )
4 days ago
3 weeks ago
Best Budget Commander I've seen is a Maralen of the Mornsong deck. It has 95 lands and uses Ad Nauseum to draw the whole deck, then dicards the lands to some spell to do damage.
Bruna, Light of Alabaster is fairly cheap too if you do it right.
4 weeks ago
DrkNinja - to answer your question, Kess was chosen over Inalla (or any other Grixis wizard) based on speed and the ability to exploit spells from the graveyard. The purpose of the deck, while not optimized to Tier 1, is to still be very quick and responsive among higher-tier decks. While the wizard-tribal theme was the flavor that pulled me in to building it, the majority of the deck's win-conditions are still spell-based. Using extra-turn spells twice each, exploiting buyback spells like Capsize and Mystic Speculation, especially when combo'd with Paradox Engine, using mindcrank as an infinite combo, and using Stranglehold and Maralen of the Mornsong to lock opponents out of the game are the main goals of the deck.
All of the wizards in the deck are low CMC and do at least a little something, and when combined in numbers, can do a lot more, but they are more of the supporting cast to the above combos. Shared Animosity and Adeliz, the Cinder Wind are really just a back-up plan if the game gets grindy or the combo(s) I setup prior get hosed somehow. In any case, Inalla doesn't add much benefit to that game plan, doesn't give me the ability to exploit my graveyard, and costs one extra mana to boot, so that's the best quick answer I can provide. Thanks for checking it out, though, and happy brewing to you.
1 month ago
Nice deck, I like the combos you've set up. You might need Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir to stop your opponents from disrupting your combos. I should just point out that Deadeye Navigator flickering Cloud of Faeries doesn't trigger Circu.
Training Grounds is really helpful for your commander's ability cost.
Mindslicer and Myojin of Night's Reach are great to clear out opponents' hands first. Stronghold Rats and Oppression sustain the discard. Warped Devotion can clear out their hands after a mass bounce. Notion Thief could be useful to stay ahead on card draw, especially with wheel effects. Archfiend of Ifnir can clear out opponents' creatures if you're also discarding.
I would suggest cutting Dread since it is costly for the effect. Kumena's Awakening also doesn't seem worth it because you might not have 10 permanents. Havengul Lich and Rite of Replication also don't really contribute to the strategy. You could instead try Sepulchral Primordial and Diluvian Primordial to make use of opponents' discards.
You could try Maralen of the Mornsong with Nebuchadnezzar since you can remove the card after they tutor it.
1 month ago
Aside from the other suggestions I'd take out hellcarver demon, defiler of souls,around 10-12 swamps. You'll need more than five red mana sources. as a color combination Rakdos wants to do more damage than be thinking about life gain.
you'll want to add Conduit of Ruin, Cryptolith Fragment Flip,Cryptborn Horror. Suggestions from me personally are Neheb, the Eternal, Conduit of Storms Flip,NighthowlerOb Nixilis, Unshackled,Maralen of the Mornsong.
1 month ago
This looks like an interesting spin on the 8-Rack deck. I'm not sure if you considered Brain Maggot or Sin Collector but I could see both fitting your deck, maybe instead of Thought-Knot Seer since it's presence means you need to be able to make colourless mana...
Another consideration is the tutor effect Transmute, particularly Dimir Machinations as it lets you tutor for Maralen of the Mornsong or mess up your opponents draws, also Shred Memory as a sideboard option against graveyard decks or tutor for a 2CMC utility card.
My last thought is replacing Thoughtseize, don't get me wrong, I love the card, but in a rack style deck the plan is to empty your opponents hand. In it's place I'd suggest Blackmail, Mire's Toll or Funeral Charm, the first two can hit lands, unlike most discard and the last is an instant so can be played after your opponent draws. The risk with Thoughtseize is the hit to your own life, when you don't really want to be blocking with any of your toolbox creatures.
Still this looks fun, so have a +1 and I hope my comments are helpful.