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|Core Set 2019 (M19)||Uncommon|
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Creature — Shapeshifter
You may have Mirror Image enter the battlefield as a copy of any creature you control.
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Mirror Image Discussion
1 day ago
Mirror Image and Windfall can be added for sure. I actually knew about Phantasmal Image and originally had it in here, but the fact I cannot blink him without having to sacrifice him made me remove it. I never really liked the card either, but Mirror Image functions the same without the needing to sacrifice him, so that will be in for sure.
I feel recurring the miracle cards may be a bit much, esp since I forgot Temporal Mastery.
As for the cuts, I wish to keep Solemn Recruit as it is a target for Sun Titan that can quickly become a threat. Obzedat's Aid I have just realized doesn't have many targets outside of creatures to immediately bring back for value, so I will make that cut. I feel Boomerang is just too useful of a utility and control card to remove, and with a cheap cost as well. It's also tutorable by Spellseeker and can be an immediate answer to a threat or save a permanent of mine from a threat. I'd rather remove the more expensive 4 mana board wipe, Damnation. This will be easier on cost and I already own a WoG. I can remove Increasing Devotion as I wanted more utility out of being able to use my graveyard, but 15 1/1s at most over that long of a time frame isn't helpful as I originally thought.
@FiveEightFiveBC: It's a very useful tool because of that reshuffle, at a cheap price too! Ah, Commit to Memory is a very useful card, but not for this deck, so I didn't include it.
2 days ago
Hey, I really like this deck idea. I had planned to make a budget Commander deck (haven't got around to it yet) with one of the new Commanders, like I do every year and Aminatou has peaked my interest. I like the Solar Flare theme here, but I don't see enough enablers to match all cards for reanimation. You have plenty of reanimation, but only Fact or Fiction and Forbidden Alchemy to get cards into the graveyard.
Consider Windfall, Thirst for Knowledge, Frantic Search, Careful Study and Stitcher's Supplier? The bonus of most of these cards is not only do they put cards into your graveyard, but you also draw cards. Supplier is a creature you can blink to get cards into your graveyard can also be reanimated with Sun Titan.
A powerful interaction of Solar Flare when it was in Standard was Sun Titan and Phantasmal Image. Being able to reanimate Phantasmal with Titan then copy Titan and reanimate something else. Mirror Image is a card in M19 that can also do this since it can be reanimated by Titan.
I like the Miracle strategy with Aminatou's +1 ability. Consider Archaeomancer? Can blink her to get back a card with Miracle or any other instant or sorcery. Can then use Aminatou's ability to put the card with Miracle on top of your library.
As far as the nine cards you need to cut I'll base my suggestions on cards that are not as good as other cards that do the same thing in the deck. Not that the cards I suggest are not good, but they're not as good as other options already here.
Consider these cuts (in no order):
- Emancipation Angel
- Solemn Recruit
- Sawtooth Loon
- Increasing Devotion
- Obzedat's Aid
- Wrath of God
- Sage of Epityr
Good luck with your deck.
1 week ago
Arch of Orazca is kind of bad for this deck, you're right. However, I did play test this deck with some of the sideboard cards. I took out 2 Censors and put in 2 Mirror Images. I also had In Bolas's Clutches in and, while I did have it in my hand early on, I was able to draw the game out long enough to use it as well as Lay Claim. To make the deck faster, leaving out In Bolas's Clutches out is probably a better choice.
2 weeks ago
Hey Hipoisthabest, Mirror Image is an interesting suggestion, thanks. It can also copy Exclusion Mage and get another bounce ETB ability. I like this idea, but there's not any room for it in the current deck.
Yldraziw, thanks for your interest. I will keep playing this deck only if there's a good Simic dual land in Guilds of Ravnica. We don't yet know the land cycles in the set, but pretty safe to assume each guild of the five guilds will get a new rare dual land and the guilds not in the set will not get a dual land. The Simic guild is not in Guilds of Ravnica, it's in the second Ravnica set in Jan. 2019. We already know that Elves are in the Simic guild thanks to artwork revealed when Wizards announced Magic was returning to Ravnica again showing them as Super Soldiers. Jan. 2019 we'll get a new Simic dual land.
Being realistic post rotation until Jan. 2019 this deck is dead. The loss of Aether Hub, Servant of the Conduit and Botanical Sanctum at rotation makes it too difficult to make blue mana while not hurting consistency of having green mana to play Steel Leaf Champion. I don't want to have to play a lot of islands. Woodland Stream alone can't save the manabase and Stream is just a bad land, I don't want to have to play it.
In Jan. 2019 I will definitely revisit this deck and Simic, but until then I'm set to focus on Golgari or Selesnya for post rotation Elves. Golgari and Selesyna are two of the guilds in Guilds of Ravnica and we know Elves are Golgari. I suspect Elves are also in Selesnya.
2 weeks ago
@toastySmorc, I haven’t really considered adding any other creatures because that would just dilute the decks strategy. There’s no benefit to doing a little more player damage, you’ll do enough with a single Tempest Djinn or you won’t. This deck is simply going to lose against certain decks and I don’t think it’s worth the sideboard spots to make it a little less likely. Against lots of ETB triggers or decks that go really wide really quick you’ll just have to get real lucky.
I don’t like counterspells in this deck, beyond Negate in the sideboard. It’s better here to bounce a creature and draw a card then to counter it with Essence Scatter because the opponent will always have more creatures in their hand, you can’t really ever get ahead.
I’m still not satisfied with the sideboard, but have some new ideas. Basically I’m thinking I want a Mill strategy against Control and in any other bad matchup I just want to be able to do my thing even more reliably, so a couple Mirror Image and I’m thinking I’ll try Leave in the Dust.
2 weeks ago
Hey, this look good, I like this version. I like the combining of the control for the early game with the midrange Angels for the mid and late game. I also like the idea of clones with Angels, Vizier is an underrated card, but Mirror is only good here with Resplendent and Vizier is only good with Resplendent or copy an opponent's creature. Because of this I'm not sure if Mirror is worth including.
Unfortunately, coping Lyra or Shalai with a clone isn't good. You can't control two of the same Lyra or Shalai on the battlefield at the same time. For instance if copying Lyra since both Mirror Image and Vizier of Many Faces make an exact copy of Lyra including the legendary creature's name then the legendary rule applies when you copy Lyra. You can copy Lyra, but then you have have choose one and the other dies. Can't have two of the same Lyra or Shalai in your control at the same time.
Adding blue with Angels for counterspells is good, but blue also gives you draw and dig which is something that white lacks. Consider Anticipate and Supreme Will? There's some set-up required here to get the most out of the Angels. Anticipate or Will can help to find Lyra who is really the most important card for the strategy. Will for instance can be a counterspell or a dig spell turn three having this versatility is helpful. Both these spells can help to make your land drops each turn; making a land drop each turn until turn five to play Lyra.
Consider Cast Out instead of Binding? The cycling of Cast Out is really good for white because white lacks draw options. I also like that Cast Out is instant which is helpful in current Standard where there's so much powerful haste creatures and Heart of Kiran. Binding is a good sideboard card, until rotation I think Cast Out is more beneficial main deck.
A card I think is being overlooked with Resplendent is Renewed Faith. It seems good you can play it for three mana to gain 6 life and make a 4/4 Angel at the beginning of end of your end step or most importantly because it's an instant at the beginning of your opponent's end step. That's one of the most powerful parts of Resplendent's ability it can make an Angel at the beginning of both end steps as long as you gained 5+ life during the turn. Three mana at instant speed to gain 6 life and get a 4/4 Angel is pretty incredible value in aggro or midrange matchups. Faith is also another cycle card for white, more draw as well as life gain.
The big benefit of these clones is if the creature you copy has an ETB ability then the cloned copy gets this ETB ability. Good with Shield Mare and Sunscourge Champion, these creatures gain life when they ETB.
Have you been following some of the reveals from Guilds of Ravnica? One reveal is new artwork of Aurelia, the Warleader. Looks like she's going to be a big part of Boros Legion guild in the set. The GRN set symbol also looks like her pointed helmet, she could be a big part of not only Boros by the entire set. I can imagine that new Aurelia with Lyra and Resplendent is going to be great midrange fun :)
Perhaps think about brewing a Boros version of Angels to prepare for Guilds of Ravnica? Azorius is unfortunately not a guild in Guilds of Ravnica have to wait until Jan. 2019 for Azorius.
Good luck with your deck.
3 weeks ago
+1 for the deck, I love it!