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Creature — Snake
Flash (You may cast this spell at any time you could cast an instant.)
When Mystic Snake enters the battlefield, counter target spell.
Mystic Snake Discussion
4 days ago
Some thoughts: Frilled Mystic , Great Oak Guardian , Mizzium Meddler , Plaxmanta , Mystic Snake , and Selfless Squire all need to reenter the battlefield immediately for maximum effect. You have Deadeye Navigator and Temur Sabertooth only for that, with 0 tutors for either. I suggest either investing in more cloudshift effects, or taking most of the weaker of those out.
I also see Guardian Project as reasonable, but also strongly suggest Soul of the Harvest as in the utility creature deck, a high p/t blocker that also generates card advantage is very worthwhile as an investment.
With Ghostway and Eerie Interlude , Eternal Witness and friends are a very good investment. additionally, with so many low power dudes, Reveillark is amazing, and can help reduce tension for some of the issues with my first point, as reveillark triggers when it leaves, returning the desired dorkos immediately. Also consider Thragtusk , as swagboy is hilarious blink value, and can gain 10-20 life easy in a game, 3/3 blockers aside.
While cultivate and kodama's reach are great, in a blink deck, I strongly recommend Wood elves, even in a budget build it can grab the WG tango and cycling land.
Last point, run more card advantage. Mulldrifter can be evoked, the sac trigger responded to with roon activation for 5 mana draw 4 and keep fish alive. Cloudblazer might also be worthwhile though I never tested it myself.
1 week ago
hkhssweiss, i did a playtest today, deck performed pretty fast for midrange. Didnt draw Hibernation's End even once, however, Lurking Predators proved to be excellent de-flooder, and got to stick around for gamechanging effect. See the Unwritten did not perform according to expectation, graveyarding 6 or 7 cards proved to be too much price to pay. And Frilled Mystic with Mystic Snake hapoened to be dead draws - I ramped up so fast that it was a choice if either playing big creatures or hoping to counter something. Cought up Chord of Calling into El once, but that was it.
2 weeks ago
I have also been looking at Hibernation's End . With amount of ramp this deck provides, it can be a good creature fetcher - if it's not destroyed, that is. Cumulative upkeep pretty much allows me to play cards directly from library without paying hybrid costs as early as turn 3.
Looking at curve:
- llanovar elves
- Incubation Druid / Rattleclaw Mystic
- For turn 3 sadly only Reclamation Sage
- Champion of Rhonas / Shaman of the Great Hunt / Yeva, Nature's Herald / Rashmi, Eternities Crafter / Sunder Shaman / Frilled Mystic / Mystic Snake
- Outland Colossus / Wolfir Silverheart / Seedborn Muse or, unfortunately, Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir
- Vigor / Intet, the Dreamer / Savage Ventmaw / Hellkite Charger / Flameblast Dragon / Deadeye Navigator
- Atarka, World Render / Tyrant's Familiar
But as I said - it's very vulnerable.
2 weeks ago
I decided to go creature counterspell path for now, since they can be surprise blockers as well, need they be. I removed Bane of Progress , since I use a lot of enchantments, and he will hurt me too much, and Pattern of Rebirth . Maybe I need to remove Evolutionary Leap as well, not really sure. Added Mystic Snake , Frilled Mystic , Deadeye Navigator and now I need to remove 2 more to fit in Draining Whelk and Perplexing Chimera . Maybe I should switch Sight of the Scalelords with Reins of Power ?
2 weeks ago
It's the reason I chose not to run infinite combos in my Meren deck, that's my deck whenever I play with new people.
Going in response with your thoughts, since you are a creature heavy build. A budget option for reuseable counterspell package is Deadeye Navigator . That paired with Mystic Snake or Frilled Mystic makes it retain it's value. Not only that you can use other cards like Perplexing Chimera or Draining Whelk for more beats and have a good board state.
Teferi is good for protection and will be able to lockdown the board and protect more of your stuff, so I would say go for it. If going for a counterspell package the list I would use is only the most efficient ones as I listed before.
- Swan Song
- Spell Pierce
- Stubborn Denial
- Arcane Denial
- Red Elemental Blast
But also yeah Reins of Power is also great since it doesn't target, which makes it hilarious as hell.
2 weeks ago
You have a good point. I might need to run a counterspell package, after all.
So far I plan following:
To be removed:
To be added:
- Wolfir Silverheart - 8/8 that is likely to make another very strong creature, maybe even Surrak, +4/+4. Just found out about this awesome dude.0
- Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir - Flash for days, just like Yeva, Nature's Herald , but not only greens. Also, no more counterspells and attack responces.
- Oran-Rief, the Vastwood / Kessig Wolf Run - Pump lands to replace Temple
- Sight of the Scalelords - Buff and Vigilance Enchantment
- Wash Out - Single player (most of the times) boarwipe. Especially good agains token decks since those don't bounce. I also have River's Rebuke , which is tiny cyclonic rift.
What do you think? I definetely need to clear some space, but right now I am not sure what to remove. So this is what I have: Counterspells:Mystic Snake or Frilled Mystic would be better? Boardwipes:
- Scourge of Kher Ridges
- Nightshade Peddler to pair with Harbinger of the Hunt though inconsistent (2-card combo without tutoring), can be devastating
- Volcanic Fallout
- Temur Sabertooth - Good boardwipe protection, but costly.
- Paleoloth will bring stuff back if they die.
- Impervious Greatwurm - 16/16 indestructible with convoke only for 10.
- Soul of New Phyrexia - Indestruct for all.
- Reins of Power - I actually like the idea of bamboozling the opponent.
I don't run tutors not because they are expensive (Though Wordly Tutor, Gamble and Mystic Tutor are fairly affordable as an upgrade), I don't want to make deck too (uhh) strong. I made Lavinia, Azorius Renegade deck which revolves around getting Knowledge Pool out, and if I draw one of the artifact tutors and have anti-counter in hand, I win, it's only a matter of time. Which is nice to spook new players, but not that great when I play N'th game with same people.
2 weeks ago
No problem goldlion! You know your meta the best!
Yeah the meta I come from is super high paced and competitive so everything that comes in mind is all about efficiency, disruption, and protection.
In regards to your response, as I said earlier you know your meta the best, I personally don't like one time use effects for long term board state as I like the reuseability of an effect more than burst advantage unless the burst advantage gives an overwhelming board state. I see your reasoning behind most of the cards I selected to consider taking out. If you are worried about indestructible and hexproof creatures, luckily enough we do have answers for them. If they aren't hexproof here are a couple suggestions.
Now for the hexproof creatures, well we only have a couple ways to deal with them. First and foremost is mass bouncing like Evacuation , another way to deal with them is to use cards similar to Reins of Power to steal their creatures and than get rid of them. The alternative way is to run effects like Arcane Lighthouse to make them lose their hexproof so that you can target them with removals. Other than those the only way is countering them, but since you are only able to run three of them that is a low percentage.
For your shuffle effect since you are gaining a lot of mana, it's not really a budget option but the Eldrazi's are an option to prevent yourself from milling out or reusing cards again. I would recommend Kozilek, Butcher of Truth as he provides CA as well as shuffle effect.
Now for the next part... Prophet of Kruphix is broken, since you are able to play with it again. Use her to your heart's content. It is why I said it will be beautiful with Deadeye, you can use more effects that abuse ETB or LTB triggers. Cards like Mystic Snake will gain more value and be able to be reuseable as long you have open mana. Slithermuse also is fun this way in conjunction with your Psychosis Crawler . The worrying part on your curve also wouldn't matter as 6 CMC for a card that does give you advantage shouldn't matter as also you have access to flash from two sources and you also play in a slower meta.
Lastly, Pemmin's Aura is an absolute house imo. Giving it protection as well as pump and tap/untap abilities all on one cards is pretty bonkers. The thing I love about it the most is that it gives your creature shroud on demand, and if your opponents have multiple kill spells you can also in response activate it as many times to protect itself.
Hope that helps buddy!
3 weeks ago
Excalibur478, the previous version of this deck actually ran no counter spells in place of counter creatures, but it was consistently blown out by graveyard hate decks. There is also the problem that I can not flash in Mystic Snake from the graveyard on an opponent's turn when they drop something like a Rest in Peace. I can look in to reducing the number of counter spells or just removing the bad ones like Devious Cover-Up .
Mystic Snake occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.01%
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.03%
G/U (Simic): 0.33%
RUG (Temur): 0.2%
GWU (Bant): 0.1%
BUG (Sultai): 0.08%