Creature — Elemental
Whenever an opponent casts a white or blue instant or sorcery spell, Mindsparker deals 2 damage to that player.
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|Magic 2014 (M14)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
4 months ago
My first question is why no damage doubler effects? Furnace of Rath and similar work extremely well. Even though the opponent gets to decide what order the damage effects happen, you're still getting a big damage boost.
Second, have you considered going down to 33 or 32 lands? Your curve is pretty low and you aren't dumping your hand via artifact rocks or mana rituals. I think you could probably find one or two slots from land drops.
How have the planeswalkers been working out? The 4 CMC Chandra seems fine, but the other two seem expensive for not much effect.
Why are you running colorless creatures? The damage isn't amplified. Reality Smasher is expensive to cast at 5, and is effectively a vanilla 5/5 that keeps up card parity when it is removed. Smuggler's Copter gives card looting but requires creatures to make it work, creatures that could just be attacking and getting the +2 damage anyways. I can also see why you'd keep Phyrexian Revoker but Pithing Needle might outperform it here as its harder to remove and 2 damage a turn is negligible in EDH.
Some of your 3 and 4 CMC creatures you should reconsider for speed and effectiveness purposes. Thunderbreak Regent is a flying creature, but you aren't getting reliable triggers from it, most likely just one. Tectonic Giant offers card advantage and MASSIVE damage with Torbran. Inferno Titan is another powerhouse with Torbran as you can split the damage 3 ways and get 3 damage apiece. Mindsparker seems too niche and is a 3/2 first strike for against decks outside its color hate. Jaya Ballard, Task Mage seems nice but waiting for summoning sickness feels bad and having to pitch cards to it is a no from me. Taurean Mauler is certainly appealing and presents a threat later, but without trample you're losing out and would be better served by Hordeling Outburst for efficiency sake with Torbran. Finally, Dragonmaster Outcast takes way too long to turn on, and requires an upkeep step to do anything, making it prime target for opponents to remove. Its great when it works, but another token producer is going to outpace this. Specifically, Krenko, Mob Boss is going to run away with the game much faster especially if you have any random extra goblins floating around.
Alpine Moon is much more marginal than you think. Sure its shutting down Gaea's Cradle but your two other moon effects should be more than enough. Outpost Siege is a very marginal effect both ways, and I would recommend a cut for Impact Tremors if you are looking for more damage. Tectonic Reformation is -1 card advantage when you cast it, and no matter how many times you cycle it stays at -1 card advantage. It also becomes easier to cut if you go down to 32 or 33 lands. Experimental Frenzy seems useful when you've emptied your hand but seems marginal in the vast majority of circumstances. You aren't really running topdeck manipulation like Sensei's Divining Top or Scroll Rack to smooth this card out, and I sincerely think Thrill of Possibility is going to serve you better by making you have better turn 3's and turn 4's in your games.
9 months ago
I feel like you'd be better off with less pingers (tap for damage creatures) and more punishing triggered effects/etb effects on creatures.
Akoum Hellkite , Aria of Flame , Ash Zealot , Bomb Squad , Flameblade Angel (each time your dealt damage by any source with your commander on the ground, it deals 3 damage to that sources commander), Goblin Sharpshooter , Hellrider (same deal as Flameblade but attacking), Invader Parasite , Karplusan Minotaur , Leyline of Lightning , Mindsparker , Purphoros, God of the Forge , Repercussion (works even better since you control the source of damage), Satyr Firedancer (try it with damage based field wipes and you might just clear the table), Stalking Vengeance , Tephraderm , Mondronen Shaman Flip, Tunnel Ignus , Warstorm Surge
1 year ago
Honestly I think the walkers do not go well with this deck. As it is all your threats hit the entire table, there is no disincentive to attacking you since you have no real option but to hit everyone almost equally. I would try to get a decent creature threat base so that at the least you can punish people who attack you more severely.
Thus the walkers you have will just get focussed whenever they come out. Maybe you can try more creatures such as Charmbreaker Devils, Combustible Gearhulk, Mindsparker, Scab-Clan Berserker, Stoneshaker Shaman, Urabrask the Hidden.
Btw if your playgroup allows, you can consider using a staples binder. I do as many of my cards are very expensive and I do not want to damage them during play.
3 years ago
IQuarent first of all TYVM for all your suggestions and comments! I really appreciate it!
I was lucky enough that Matrixxx999 almost answered on all your suggestions for me and I fully agree with him.
Here's what I can add:
IQuarentsays... "Burning Earth. Redundant and over-costed. It's also a nombo with your Magus of the Moon/Blood Moon. I think almost anything would be better than this."
(3/14/2017: Blood Moons effect doesnt affect names or supertypes. It wont turn any land into a basic land or remove the legendary supertype from a legendary land, and the lands wont be named Mountain.)
I dont quite see nombo here cuz Burning Earth still punish my opponents for tapping nonbasic lands for mana, but redundantcy maybe. This deck still in testing regime Burning Earth is one of the cards that can be dropped out in the future.
Shivan Harvest - Moon & Magus as was mentioned before doesnt change land type for basic so Shivan work perfectly. Plus when first two are on the battlefield they become primary targets for removals (unlike Shivan) and mostly they just buy us some time.
Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle - was in the maybeboard, I try to avoid using lands that enters the battlefield tapped, but honestly I like this card plus it's fit great in deck strategy!
Fanatic of Mogis - nice card and can actually be good here. I need to give it a try.
Matrixxx999 Thx for helping out :-P
Viashino Heretic - nice creature, fit in deck strategy as well, one minus its need to tapp as activation cost. But I will consider this one.
Mindsparker - was in my maybeboard sure it will play nice against your main deck my friend ;-P
Rolling Earthquake - love it! need it! and I just dont know how I missed it! XD
3 years ago
Scab-Clan Berserker is probably worse then Eidolon of the Great Revel and Harsh Mentor and his Renown ability is the drawback it is true, but still he can stop (or hurt prety much) an any fast combo deck (especialy storm decks). In early game, this creature can become renown very easy, especialy considering that it has haste. In late game... well, as this decks builder said: "Burn them fast or die bright!" :P. I think this card is just corresponds to the general philosophy of the deck. But I have to admit that some time ago I cut this guy out of my Grenzo deck after some testing. But if AlmightyTentacle will decide to cut this card, then I would suggest to swap it for Viashino Heretic, Kari Zev, Skyship Raider or Mindsparker.
Eidolon of the Great Revel is a very good card (especialy in burn strategy and especialy in multiplayer), the goal of using such (sometime suicidal) damage dealers is to create the conditions under which You are losing life, but Your opponents losing MUCH MORE! Its like playing with Pestilence. Actualy for this reason I would like to suggest cards like Rolling Earthquake or Earthquake.
Can't say confidently about Burning Earth, cuz I never played with this card, but from what I see I can tell that this card can punish decks that realy greedy for mana, for example it can shut down or slow down some infinite mana combos (Peregrine Drake, Palinchron and infinite High Tide combos say hellow!). But for me it seems like it is to slow spell, but I may be wrong.
Never seen befor this card - Devastating Summons, pretty interesting. For sure I would create two 0/0 tokens and punch for 4 in each opponents face. Actualy this card could create triggers not just fo ETB but for LTB too: (6/15/2010: You may sacrifice zero lands as you cast Devastating Summons. If you do, youll put two 0/0 creature tokens onto the battlefield as the spell resolves. Unless some effect (such as the one from Glorious Anthem) is boosting their toughness, theyll be put into the graveyard as a state-based action. Abilities that trigger when a creature enters the battlefield will trigger, as will those that trigger when a creature leaves the battlefield.). And all this for 1 red mana, pretty juicy.
I have to agree with AlmightyTentacle about copy spells. Unfortunately You can't be aggresive with copy spells in Your hand when there is nothing to copy. In the deck like this one copy spells will be dead draw very often. And You will have to rely on the opponents spells, which is pretty situational I think.
Also, Sudden Demise is a graet spell, don't understand why I didn't see it befor! Need to test it in my Grenzo deck. :)
3 years ago
Makes sense. I feel like harsh mentor only really stops combo with that heavy threat to their life total, forcing miscalculations where they activate an ability then die to direct damage rather than just viewing it as an extra cost. There are a bunch of cards in red that sorta play into the strategy, but they all have problems. Balefire Liege and Stormbreath Dragon is probably too high mana cost , Barbed Shocker does let your opponent refill their hand, but also it forces your opponent to refill their hand, Goblin Razerunners/Obsidian Fireheart or Jaya Ballard, Task Mage are interesting one-ofs to turn late game wasted resources into extra effect, Mindsparker, Zo-Zu the Punisher and Scab-Clan Berserker are of limited use (i'd play them if they cost one less or had 4 toughness), Sin Prodder provides some advantage, but once again, more three drops. Menace is great though. Thats the toolkit that I can remember from my testing, I hope its of some use.
3 years ago
Not to be rude, but this is a weak Werewolves deck. The primary issue is your choice of Werewolves. They are many much stronger Werewolves to run. Here's what I suggest:
Instigator Gang Flip--This guy should be at the top of your curve, being 4 CMC, but he is well worth it. 2/3 with static battle cry that flips into a 5/5 trample with triple static battle cry. (I notice him and Mayor are SB. Why? They should definitely be MB, being stronger than most of your MB WWs.)
Immerwolf--A 3-mana 2/2 intimidate lord for all your creatures that stops nightside WWs from flipping back. This is a real punisher with Vildin-Pack Alpha Flip: all your WWs come in flipped and don't flip back.
Moonlight Hunt--The best spot removal you could ever put in your deck. As long as you have enough creatures (doesn't care dayside or nightside), this will kill anything your opponent has that's not hexproof or indestructible.
What I would recommend taking out:
Huntmaster of the Fells Flip--Don't get me wrong, Huntmaster is good. But the best strategy with him is something that flips him every turn. With you, best strategy is to get WWs on the field, flip 'em and keep 'em flipped. If you really want, you can still run him, but after he flips, he's just a 4/4 with trample that can be buffed by your lords--pretty good, but he takes up room that other cards could.
Rubblebelt Maaka, Slaughterhorn, and Wasteland Viper--Bloodrush is certainly good and it plays well with the deck, but Ghor-Clan Rampager is the only one good enough to see play here (who should be a 3- or 4-of btw). If you lose all your WWs and have to play these guys, you lost a lot of potency, since your lords don't buff any of these creatures. Wasteland Viper is maybe the only other one that could maybe also see play, but SB please. He only comes in against decks that somehow produce bigger creatures than you.
Hanweir Battlements--Not worth paying the two extra mana for a deck that should already be very fast. It's not horrible I guess. If you want to play it, I would say keep it at 1-of only.
Blood Moon--This doesn't help your strategy (even your combat tricks are WW-themed!) and should therefore only be SB.
Garruk Relentless Flip--He doesn't really do anything for you except make Wolves, which you have Arlinn Kord Flip for. He's not horrible, you'd probably just rather run more WWs, another Arlinn, or Domri Rade MB.
As far as your SB goes, I would recommend:
Blood Moon--Previous comments have explained why this card wrecks face in Modern. Gotta be careful with this though--you have a lot of nonbasics yourself.
Silverfur Partisan--He is good. However, you don't use a ton of spells yourself, so you'd rather side him against Control decks with a lot of spot removal--they either kill him first, or if they try to deal with your threats, you at least get an army of buffable tokens.
Witchstalker--I don't know Modern meta that well, but this guy is a 3/3 hexproof that is buffable by your lords and punishes opponents for instant-speed shenanigans.
The rest are ideas based on color hate:
And Savage Summoning is pretty good too.
Sorry, I'm not trying to put you down, I'm just trying to help you improve your deck to a competitive level. I hope this was helpful and not hurtful. :)