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Mystic Remora Discussion
2 days ago
Burgeoning - I think this is mainly personal preference, while it does ramp you well, it's also a -1 in card advantage, and then you must ensure your hand is stocked with hands, which can go away fairly quickly. I'd rather remove to improve my chances at hitting sol ring, ancestral, or wheel.
Elvish Mystic - Same thing here, I'd rather remove to improve my chances at hitting sol ring, ancestral, or wheel. Also dies to easily to mass removal.
Clan Defiance - X spells don't play along with Cascade effects.
Rampant Growth - Staple Green Ramp
Abrupt Decay - Staple removal
Counterspell - Staple Counter
Swiftfoot Boots - Staple Artifact
2 days ago
Do you ever find yourself lacking card draw with your build? In addition to Jace and Rystic Study, I run Mystic Remora in the early game for more card draw, and some of my counterspells also draw me cards- Arcane Denial, Dream Fracture. If you play multiplayer more so than 1v1 with this deck, then another good wrath-tribal card is Hour of Revelation since it hits planeswalkers in case you have any superfriends players in your meta. Also, unless you regularly attach Indestructibility to non-creature permanents, I've found Shielded by Faith to be slightly better if you want to use it in the early game on an arbiter or abolisher due to the lower cmc.
4 days ago
I would include a few Duress effects.Collective Brutality is one that fits well in Kess.
If you are trying to be a storm deck I would cut some of the higher CMC cards and add a Mystic Remora as well. You'll also find Double Negative is the worst counterspell in your deck. Counterflux just does a better job
5 days ago
Agieryna: That is the primary reason, yes :) Two other reasons, however - I want to be able to interact with certain abilities (notably the cycling of Decree of Annihilation and the activated ability of Aetherflux Reservoir), and I want a card with a jackal on it in the deck (I'm an unashamed furry).
rkjunior: Yeah, the high mana cost, high blue devotion, and summoning sickness ruin the card for me in this build :( At least Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind does something when not able to tap, and still goes infinite with Mind Over Matter.
weiman: Will do! :)
5 days ago
@rob_kittenz The deck is a bit strange so I'll try to explain it as best I can. The goal of the deck is to set up situations that allow you to benefit from skipping your turn, to put it a bit simpler you know your winning when you can completely remove yourself from the game. Set up cards like Mystic Remora, Spiritual Asylum, and Sulfuric Vortex then use your turn skipping effects to dodge the negative edge of those cards. I hope this explanation helps, its about the best i can muster, the deck seems very counterintuitive at first glance but after you get the hang of setting up your effects its really fun to pilot. :)
1 week ago
Strip Mine to get rid of lands like Cabal Coffers and Gaea's Cradle. Riptide Laboratory to protect talrand and reuse snapcaster. I know you run Back to Basics so you might be hesitant to do, but in my experience, it is very easy to play around. Consecrated Sphinx (or as I call it, Constipated Sphinx because he looks like he has trouble) is great for card draw. Speaking of which, perhaps a Reliquary Tower can help you maintain your card advantage? I mention these lands despite back to basics since your mono colored and have more flexibility with your mana base.
Feel free to check out my deck Tisk Tisk Talrand since it appears you dont mind being the oppressor of the table
1 week ago
Your deck seems specifically tuned to your meta so I am not sure how much my suggestions will help, but here are some things that you might consider.
Personally I feel that Rhystic Study is superior to Mystic Remora. You avoid cumulative upkeep cost, which for a controlling deck such as this seems important, and Rhystic Study triggers off all spells your opponents cast, not just non-creature spells.
I am not sure about your meta, but including Glacial Chasm to help stall until you assemble combo pieces is an option.
Lastly, I'd suggest a board wipe or two. I think Cyclonic Rift would be great here.
1 week ago
SufferFromEDHD yeah, those cards are nice, but the main thing I'm trying to accomplish is fitting Solemnity and Mystic Remora into the deck. I feel like Viral Drake is an obvious cut for going down that route, since Solemnity makes Infect on Viral Drake useless and Inexorable Tide says I can usually do more than just proliferate for 4 mana. I'm just not 100% sure what the other cut should be. Possibly Deepglow Skate because it's really a win-more card in 99% of the decks it's run in