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Mikokoro, Center of the Sea
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Mikokoro, Center of the Sea Discussion
5 days ago
Batterskull is the most powerful living weapon.
Blackblade Reforged offers a P/T boost that scales with the game and can enable Balan to one-shot.
Hammer of Nazahn provides indestructible and auto-equipping.
Inquisitor's Flail stacks with Balan's double strike.
Sword of Fire and Ice is the best Mirran Sword and is worth acquiring a copy. P/T boost, hard card draw, damage, and protections can't be beat.
Sword of the Animist is a tutorable land ramp engine.
Expedition Map tutors for one of your utility lands.
Austere Command and Cleansing Nova are excellent options for sweepers. Using artifact sweepers in an Equipment deck may seem counterproductive, but it's necessary to keep your opponents' own artifact shenanigans in check. Spot removal can only do so much against multiple players.
Remember the Fallen is a great recursion spell.
Buried Ruin is artifact recursion that only takes up a land slot.
Kor Haven is an effective threat deterrent.
Mikokoro, Center of the Sea is a cheap card draw engine.
1 month ago
Do you think maybe mono white would be more effective? Drop Rites of Flourishing in favor of Temple Bell or Mikokoro, Center of the Sea/Geier Reach Sanitarium...and swap the green fogs in for Ethereal Haze/Holy Day or Angelsong.
Reliquary Tower is another tool to use for stocking up on answers for resolved threats like Oblivion Ring/Wrath of God.... in addition to Luminarch Ascension perhaps Drawing into Urzatron lands to hardcast Emrakul, the Aeons Torn could probably happen faster than drawing out the opponents library?
1 month ago
@User.Random the reason for both Temple Bell/Howling Mine is to be able to draw a lot of cards and remain Mono-... It could be replaced with a draw/loot lands like Mikokoro, Center of the Sea or similar but I personally think Bell is better when it's needed most in the early game... Not having to pay to draw frees up Mana to lay down Luminarch Ascension and start fogging to get counters earlier or even just frees up Mana to just fog when Mana screwed.
1 month ago
StopShot: Sorry about the delayed response. I appreciate the thought that went into the comment and wanted to respond in kind.
So to start off (and I will bounce around with your suggestions to group them by function a bit) I will cover Kami of False Hope. I run Spore Frog as a bit of a niche card, but generally I don't deal much with combat decks. It's in there on the odd chance that I do, but most of my meta is full of infinite combo and I don't want to take up extra card spaces for a card which isn't going to add much value 99% of the time. Generally I can win faster than most beatdown decks can assemble and if I see them coming I can either use Yisan, GSZ, Chord or any other creature tutor to get frog. On the topic of Maze of Ith, I'm not overly a fan of the card personally. It's ok but I play a lot of combo and agin don't play against beatdown decks. It's ok in pillowfort lists, but I would rather a land that taps for mana. In this light, Urban Burgeoning isn't great, but if I ran it I would prioritise it on lands like Mikokoro, Center of the Sea or Gaea's Cradle. Don't get me worng, it's not a bad interaction, but it just feels like a lot of effort for not much value. And I would much rather find Skullclamp with Open the Armory. Divine Presence and Ensnaring Bridge kind if fit into the same category here, it's a lot of combat step prvention where my play group doesn't need it and more than that, most combo decks will have either an out that doesn't require attacking or an out that ends up with me having no permanents on the board, only to connect next turn.
There is always an issue with playing pillowfort cards in that they are proactive cards, but they only really stop an opponent from doing stuff to you. This means that you're expending resources on cards that don't in turn actively slow opponents down the way true stax would, which is not a plce you want to be in, For more casual play this is fine, but for games which the deck is designed for it is just a waste of turns and resources.
Authority of the Consuls is an interesting card. it is good at shuitting down a few combos, but it feels a bit too niche in this particular build. If this was a more staxcy build it would probably be quite at home here, however as a singleton stax card I would prefer Blind Obedience as I can use it as a combo outlet as well.
On the point of wraths, it's the same kind of thing as with Kami of False Hope. I don't want to clutter up my hand with a bunch of removal (especially redundant removal) that also puts me back a heap. I would rather run a bunch of cheap, single point removal which I can use to deal with key threats than to clear the board (whcih can lead to an opponent comboing out of the blue). Because sometimes stax cards are better in play, shutting down my opponent. And I like Wrath of God because it's a cheap catch all. Cards like Slaughter the Strong and Citywide Bust are nice because of their cost, however they miss a lot of key creatures. In more competitive games, the majority of creatures you see are a lot smaller (because larger creatures generally have prohibitive mana costs) and if you're going to the effort of wrathing you would rather just hit everything. I used to run Rout before I ran Wrath of God and while it is more expensive than Day of Judgment I think it would be my next goto, especially since it has instant speed mode which is in a lot of ways more valuable than just a second wrath.
For spot removal, you're right in that swords and path play centre stage. I have tried to run primarily instant speed removal to deal with other combo decks/being able to wait to the last second to break free and combo out myself. Darksteel Mutation isn't bad but my problem with it is slot space. I run Song of the Dryads which is basically a better version under most circumstances (as it hits more). If I needed more removal, mutation is the kind of card which could work its way into the deck however I do need to be careful not to flood the deck with removal (for the same reason as with pillowfort cards). Soul Snare and Condemn are both cheap to cast, however they only work when a creature is attacking. That is enough of a drawback to not run them.
I used to run Qasali Pridemage but in this list I cut it for Caustic Caterpillar. While you need to have 2 open for caterpillar, you can fetch it on turn one with Yisan, the Wanderer Bard which is super good. Don't get me wrong though, if I ever need more artifact/enchantment removal, it will be the first card to go back in. Seal of Cleansing and Seal of Primordium are less good versions of pridemage (creatures are easy to find) and Thrashing Brontodon/Sylvok Replica, while good, are too expensive as you spend 4 mana total to remove something.
I've seen the Scroll Rack + Land Tax combo before and have considered it in the past, but ultimately passed up on it. My problem with the combo is that neither of the pieces provide the card advantage the deck needs separately and while together they are quite strong, the deck lacks the ability to assemble said combo. On top of that, any artifact/enchantment tutors are better suited getting me direct win con lines rather than assembling value pieces. And while I can shuffle my deck with fetch lands, it's still not as consistent as you might think. Blinkmoth Nexus + Mask of Memory is a cute little package, however I have tried to focus on raw card advantage (i.e. cards that outright draw cards). And the value engines I do run are based off individual cards which add enough to the deck outside of those loops. Mirri's Guile has caught my attention on occasion, however ultimately I decided against it since it doesn't actually provide card advantage. And Sylvan Library and Sensei's Divining Top are bother better.
I hope this explains the card choices in the deck and while I have avoided running certain pieces. Don't get me wrong, the cards you have suggested aren't bad and some of the cards and card combos you've mentioned I might commandeer for some other decks (I like the Mask of Memory + Blinkmoth Nexus loop for canadian highlander) however for this particluar list and given my playgroup I have to be very specific on choices. But I appreciate the suggestions, they always force me to evaluate the deck and the particular choices I have made for it.
Grandmaster5327: I'm glad you like the list. The core of the deck isn't too expensive (minus the Phyrexian Altar) however a lot of the cost is sunk in the mana base and some specific cards (Survival of the Fittest, Mana Crypt, etc.). If you replaced these with some omre budget options, the overall price could be brought down much lower. While I haven't specifically put together a budget list, I am confident that you could get the deck down to the $300-$400 mark, which is a 5-6 fold reduction in price.
1 month ago
Utility lands you can run are:
1 month ago
Bottomless Pit, Necrogen Mists, Creeping Dread, Mikokoro, Center of the Sea, Anvil of Bogardan, Temple Bell, Howling Mine, Psychogenic Probe (mostly due to lots of tutors being in edh), Windfall, Whispering Madness, Jace's Archivist
1 month ago
Darksteel Garrison seems weak to me because you're spending 5 mana on a glorified Darksteel Citadel crossed with Cathedral of War when you really could just be running said cards. Speaking of which, if you REALLY needed another indestructible land, you could run Cascading Cataracts, although its usefulness is limited in a monocolor deck.
I get that Madblind Mountain is cute with Sensei's Divining Top, but unless you're running Scroll Rack and at least a few more cards that care about deck manipulation, it's not worth losing a tempo by having your land per turn come in tapped.
If you're looking for more worthwhile utility lands, I'd suggest Hall of the Bandit Lord, Hanweir Battlements, and Flamekin Village if you wanted to give your commander haste, Inventors' Fair for artifact tutoring, Geier Reach Sanitarium and Mikokoro, Center of the Sea for draw, and Rogue's Passage for giving Kamahl unblockable
Once again, I know you love only relying on Kamahl for attacking, but Valduk, Keeper of the Flame could really be hilarious in this deck because of all the equipment!
Keep up the good work! This deck looks very annoying to play against :)
1 month ago
A few thoughts:
Urza's Ruinous Blast seems like a good fit for the deck since many of your non-land permanents are legendary. You can't cast it without a legendary creature or planeswalker, which can be a pain, but that shouldn't be too much of a hurdle for this deck.
Wrath of God, Day of Judgment, or Fumigate might be worth thinking about instead of Hallowed Burial. You might prefer creatures go to the graveyard so Yomiji can send the legendary ones back to your hand. (If you never find yourself wanting to wipe the board while you have your commander and another legendary creature, ignore this suggestion.)
Several of your Legendary creatures (including your commander) are quite expensive, so you might want Land Tax to ensure you have lands to play every turn. Sword of the Animist or artifact ramp like Marble Diamond, Mind Stone, Hedron Archive, or Dreamstone Hedron could also help here.
I'm not sure whether you want mass land disruption like Armageddon, Cataclysm, and Winter Orb. They can be effective at converting temporary advantage into a win, but the deck looks like it will play best when you have a lot of mana to cast your spells, and recast your legends if they die with your commander on the field. If you do, focus on effects that destroy or force the sacrifice of lands (Armageddon, Cataclysm, Magus of the Balance, Fall of the Thran, Ravages of War (though that last one is way too expensive because there weren't many printed)) instead of Winter Orb, and use Crucible of Worlds or legendary lands you can get back with your commander to break the symmetry. I'd recommend looking at Flagstones of Trokair, Mikokoro, Center of the Sea, Gods' Eye, Gate to the Reikai, Eiganjo Castle, Geier Reach Sanitarium, and maybe Hall of the Bandit Lord or Legion's Landing Flip. You might also want Dust Bowl in this case. I'm not sure you have enough density of legendary spells for Untaidake, the Cloud Keeper to be good, but it might be worth it.
I don't think Darksteel Forge is that useful here: you have useful artifacts, but not that many and you aren't super reliant on them.
There don't seem to very many activated abilities for Rings of Brighthearth to copy. You may not need that card here.