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Return target artifact or enchantment card in a graveyard to its owner's hand.
Conspire (As you play this spell, you may tap two untapped creatures you control that share a color with it. When you do, copy it and you may choose a new target for the copy.)
Mine Excavation Discussion
1 week ago
Also Mine Excavation instead of Restoration Specialist ? It's not instant speed, but is that really that important? Also it can't be removed, and it costs one less mana. You have plenty of creatures in order to be able to return two artifacts/enchantments. I'd say give it a try. If you really put that much importance on creatures, then.. eh
4 months ago
I like! Some cheeky choices.
Most glaring issue is that your mana count isn't where it needs to be. 28 lands and 5 mana dork won't let you cast your spells consistently. You won't even be playing half the time. This article talks about it a little: https://articles.edhrec.com/superior-numbers-land-counts/ Basically, you're running a mana count appropriate to a deck that's like 40% lower CMC than you. Your high capacity to draw does help a little bit in making land drops, but any trims you can make will dramatically improve your consistent ability to play freely. 5 more mana sources would be a decent start, but I'm not sure even 10 more would be unreasonable, PARTICULARLY because you have X spells that are skewing your average CMC to appear falsely low.
Suggested cuts: Divination is very low impact and low efficiency. Mine Excavation is also likely overkill; you can just dig to a new wincon if you lose one. Beastcaller Savant is also probably not where you want to be; you don't have a lot of creatures, so his restriction is a major downside, particularly when you're storming off.
I'd also strongly recommend cutting the soul sister life gain package. I get that it plays into your alternate wincon strategy for Felidar Sovereign , but you don't have quite enough to power that out consistently, and it has no synergy with your main strategies associated with drawing cards and playing instants and sorceries. You have plenty of other strong win cons without going that route; it dilutes your game plan. The 3 life gain creatures + felidar sovereign would let you nicely round out your mana, maybe add more dorks to support the Jeskai Ascendancy plan.
6 months ago
Cipher- Whispering Madness .
Conspire- Mine Excavation .
1 year ago
Those all seem like great options for the extra turn varient, will you write up a decklist and put it in the description?
Also, what are you dropping for the combo?
It seems like Intuition might be a fun joke card with the combo.
Whichever is left in hand, cast it, recurring Intuition (or recur Archaeomancer then recur Intuition if that was the card left in hand), then cast Intuition again, fetching Auramancer, Monk Idealist, and Exquisite Blood, then whatever is left in hand, cast it, if it wasn't Exquisite Blood then recur and cast Exquisite Blood.
After all of that, flashback the Unburial Rites targeting either Mnemonic Wall or Archaeomancer (whichever is left) recurring Intuition a final time. Cast it, fetching Argivian Find, Mine Excavation, and Sanguine Bond. Whatever is left in hand, cast it, if it wasn't Sanguine Bond, return Sanguine Bond to hand, and cast it.
It is an 8 card combo, but every piece is fetchable with one Intuition The combo costs , so it is really easy to go off turn one with it.
1 year ago
You should replace your Divination with Secrets of the Golden City. Since you're running a bunch of artifacts, Academy Ruins/Buried Ruin is a good addition. Artifact recursion like Argivian Find/Mine Excavation/Remember the Fallen/Restoration Specialist/Sun Titan are useful.
1 year ago
If I may offer some suggestions, I don't think storm is the best route for these colors b/c you don't have cantrips or high tide or any of the good shit that makes storm work well in, let's say, grixis. My I would suggest adjusting the deck to incorporate more of the following:
Phyrexian Altar (and to a lesser extent Ashnod's Altar)+Reveillark/Karmic Guide loop generates infinite colorless mana and ETBs. We can get there faster with Buried Alive/Reanimate +our loop and Wall of Omens (probably the only way to competitively do this.) Using Wall of Omens we can draw through our library. Using Blood Artist/Zulaport Cutthroat and our loop we kill our opponents. With infinite mana from the Phyrexian Altar we can cast Torment of Hailfire and kill everyone. You can Sickening Dreams. You can cast Consume Spirit to drain one player to death then Bond of Agony to kill table or Debt to the Deathless (or any other b/w kill spells).
So at a minimum to set this combo off you need 4 which provides you infinite colorless and our entire library with which we can cast Phyrexian Altar, Gemstone Array, or Mycosynth Lattice to turn our infinite colorless into infinite colored mana. Now we win. Having 3 targets for our infinite mana means our opponents better have stopped the combo back when we were reanimating, cause holding up enough counters to stop 3 spells ain't easy. Since black has so many ways to reanimate, this isn't a problem either, throw in Necromancy, Exhume, and Victimize and we have plenty of options open to us.
(Another option that just occurred to me is to have Disciple of the Vault out, buried alive our loop + an artifact creature (preferably one that provides value), won't need the altars, so this costs 1-2 mana less, but requires more and doesn't give you the option of your library+infinite mana).
I would take out the Serra Ascendent, Candelabra, Land Tax, Aetherflux, Paradox Engine, Human Frailty and anything else that doesn't help us get there
I would be very interested in what you think of these changes, I will probably put up a build of my own when I get a chance
(I was brought here after being asked to for a competitive build for Orzhov, found your comment on the Lab Maniacs CEDH list. I think this is a good start, but I think it can be improved.)
2 years ago
Thanks so much for the response! Upon rereading War's Toll, I now see what you are saying- I might still keep the card in the deck, although your other suggestions might make me do otherwise.
The Stranglehold combo you're talking about sounds absolutely wonderful- but I'm slightly hesitant to have the elf since I need to have Stranglehold to get use out of it. A lot of my meta aims for infinite combos in their decks, so without Stranglehold I'd be helping them.
Recursion is something I'd been considering lately due to removal as you say- I can't quite afford Replenish but I had been looking at Mine Excavation. Likewise, I cannot afford Avacyn but Boros Charm will do!
In my meta the only card someone owns to take control of another player's turn is Emrakul, which I've seen happen I think twice, so I'm not too worried about that. I will be noting it for when I play with other people, however, so thanks.
And I'll be sideboarding Pyroblast for when I play against blue decks!
Thank you all!
2 years ago
I like Bitterblossom here since it works with Unlife. You can also use Dark Confidant and Phyrexian Arena. Phyrexian Arena is almost strictly better than Dark Tutelage if you fix up the mana base. For a start, should remove 10 basic lands and put in 8 fetchlands, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, and Shambling Vent
There's pretty much no reason to ever play cards like Mine Excavation or Greater Auramancy since it's strictly worse than just tutoring for another copy if the card gets destroyed, and does nothing otherwise.
Having all these tutors means you should definitely put in some powerful hate cards like Fulminator Mage, Rest in Peace, Stony Silence (questionable due to Blasting Station), Nevermore, Rule of Law, Leyline of Sanctity etc.
You can check out my similar competitive Solemnity combo deck.
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