Nephalia Academy

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Eldritch Moon (EMN) Uncommon

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If a spell or ability an opponent controls causes you to discard a card, you may reveal that card and put it on top of your library instead of putting it anywhere else.

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chadsansing on Second Tron

1 week ago

Cool idea - I like the suggestions from Pieguy396, too.

A few concrete ideas: drop the Spyglass and Verdicts from the sideboard and play 2 Pithing Needle and a Nephalia Academy instead to protect against walkers and hand disruption. Replace the Relic with Grafdigger's Cage which is more versatile against Dredge, Storm, and Counters Company. Consider a few Split Second cards like Trickbind and Wipe Away in place of EE. No one ever expects them and they wreck Ballista decks, walker ultimates, man-lands, fetches, etc. Maybe run a Boseiju, Who Shelters All mainboard. Split Sleight of Hand 2-and-2 with Peer Through Depths. Since you need to stay alive, you may also want to replace or split Ballista with Hangarback Walker to get blockers. Maybe run 1 Academy Ruins in place of the 4th Fountain and 1 Mindslaver in place of a Sphinx's Rev to have an alt win con or a chance to buy more time.

Now for something more abstract. Since you are trying to combo off, I think Tron is the wrong shell here. I would adapt an Ad Nauseum shell. It's a deck that's made to dig and then use a ton of mana around turn 3 or 4 to win. You would have to do the same thing to cast your first Sunrise, and then dig for the second in an unfair way. Ad Naus buys you protection with Angel's Grace, as well, and Phyrexian Unlife, which you can make even better with Solemnity. You can protect your second casting of Sunrise with Pact of Negation, as well. I just think the Ad Naus mana base is much more effective here than the Tron one.

So, if we were to adapt an Ad Naus mainboard, it might look like this:

  • 4x Approach of the Second Sun,
  • 4x Simian Spirit Guide,
  • 4x Angel's Grace,
  • 3x Phyrexian Unlife,
  • 3x Solemnity,
  • 3x Serum Visions,
  • 2x Sleight of Hand,
  • 2x Peer Through Depths,
  • 3x Pact of Negation (or Swan Song on a budget),
  • 4x Spoils of the Vault (this is your all-star),
  • 4x Lotus Bloom,
  • 4x Pentad Prism,
  • 3x City of Brass (or Mana Confluence),
  • 3x Darkslick Shores,
  • 1x Dreadship Reef,
  • 2x Gemstone Mine (or 3 Mines and no Reefs),
  • 1x Island,
  • 1x Plains,
  • 1x Swamp,
  • 2x Seachrome Coast,
  • 3x Temple of Deceit,
  • 3x Temple of Enlightenment,

Something like that should be faster than Tron. You could also drop the Solemnity and run ad nausuem itself to put all of the Sunrises in your hand on turn 3 or 4 and then cast, cast, as able.

I hope that makes some sense. I love the Tron idea, and I encourage testing it, but I suspect a free-mana combo shell would be faster.

Happy brewing!

GC79 on Jin-Gitaxias, Crusher Of Hope.

1 month ago

Ponder, Preordain, Brainstorm are 3 cards you should definitely consider for any blue deck to help you with card draw, you're going to need a Reliquary Tower too, for sure!

If you are ok with spending an extra few dollars, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx is a very good call, especially when 14 out of 16 creature cards you have give you more than one devotion, (12 give 2 and 2 give 3). Another good, yet expensive card I can recommend for you is Consecrated Sphinx, this allows you to have even more card draw which will be very good considering you can then always be threatening a counter to your opponent's spells which will make them scared to play some of their bigger cards.

In terms of max hand size, you already have Spellbook and Venser's Journal , but I would also recommend a Library of Leng as it stops you from having to discard if someone forces you to wheel, Nephalia Academy will also pull this off for you. I don't think a Jace, Unraveler of Secrets would be too bad in the deck either, if you get to ult him then the enemy has to burn cards for no reason other than to try play their other cards for the rest of the game and it can therefore almost secure your victory as they will run out of playable cards very quickly!

That's all I can think of for now, but I hope it will help you finish your deck list!

demonicgrizzly on Selvala's Big Dudes

3 months ago

Someone beat me to it by a moment. Oops.

Might I suggest Tooth and Nail for two creature tutor plus cheat onto battlefield. Also, Regal Force for card draw. And sine you have a boatload of mana dorks, Kamahl, Fist of Krosa can turn them into threats once he e outlived their usefulness.

Simple things to upgrade your mana for more utility like Reliquary Tower, Maze of Ith, Mosswort Bridge, Ghost Quarter, Nephalia Academy, and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx Re awesome and relatively inexpensive.

The_Overlord_666 on Do They Work together

4 months ago

Neotrup Thanks for the help in one of the recent games that i was playing i had been protected for most of the game so far with having Island Sanctuary , Nephalia Academy , and Light of Day on the battlefield then after them kill each other the next thing that i realized was a swarm of 1/1 blue red flying locusts all flying towards me oneshoting me. after that yah i am updating my deck.

the deck i was using: The Halls of Protection

Lowenstein on Best Deck In Modern. Not Gonna Lie. (44 Lands)

4 months ago

Hi, thecakeisalie42

I have found that often I don't wish I had a Reliquary Tower, and when I do have it, I usually don't need it. These is because Treasure Hunt usually doesn't draw a ton of cards since I run more nonlands than normal. In fact, I have been thinking about replacing it with a Nephalia Academy.

I will definitely do testing with one more though.

Fergernuggets on Teddyjunior11

4 months ago

Unfortunately, there isn't a great alternative to Leyline of Sanctity. Nephalia Academy is a budget "alternative" used as it helps protect you from discard, but leaves you vulnerable to the mirror and Storm still. Another option could be Ghost Quarter as it can help keep your opponents off important mana and slow Tron down.

Magic_Badger on Erebos, God of Discard

5 months ago

lilgiantrobot Appreciate the advice! I did debate on how much 'everyone discards' to put in because I don't like the idea of killing my hand off (ironic seeing as what I hopefully am doing to all other players XD) but I have a couple ways of abating my own discard ( Nephalia Academy Library of Leng ) so I'll make some changes in that department. I think I may replace Oppression with either Creeping Dread or Necrogen Mists because they still hurt my opponents but are kinder to me than making myself discard through playing spells.

I've already replaced Plague Wind with Crux of Fate but forgot to add in the change here after I realised how much mana it was, which is looking sweet with the new Dragon Commander 2017 deck coming out.

Jumping back to your first comment on Bloodhusk Ritualist I felt I needed to bulk out the creature count with relevant effects that didn't hurt everyone, me included, so that I don't immediately turn the game into that of Archenemy. Do you think it'll make life hard by hitting everyone with discard effects for that reason?Again, thanks much :)

discipleofgary73 on THROUGH ANGER, WE HUNGER FOR GOD

6 months ago

What a fun deck! Some cards that popped into my head when I looked through it (in no particular order): Nephalia Academy, Font of Mythos, Horn of Greed, Plague Wind, Barter in Blood, Necromantic Summons, Necrotic Plague, Torment of Hailfire, Torment of Scarabs, Yahenni's Expertise, Corrupt, Nightmare Incursion, and Pestilence.
I think the Font or the Horn could work especially well. Everything else is just something to consider if you find a need for more of a certain mechanic, since they're all covered by other cards in your deck. Sorry if you've already debated some of these. Great work!

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