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Whenever a player casts a spell, counter it unless its controller pays .
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Nether Void Discussion
1 week ago
Grand Arbiter Augustin IV is a solid generic hater, and Chalice of the Void works well too. Will you run stuff like Nevermore or Pithing Needle? There are also a lot of cards that give upkeep costs to things like Kataki, War's Wage or Breath of Dreams.
If you add black, you get access to stuff like Nether Void, Gloom and Blood Funnel. In fact, Mishra, Artificer Prodigy makes a great combo with these cards (your Sol Ring gets countered, then you search your graveyard for a card named Sol Ring and put it into play).
2 weeks ago
Nether Void is just insane.
Carpet of Flowers is a must-have in any stax deck where blue decks are going to be in your play group. Guttural Response, Red Elemental Blast, Pyroblast also things I'd recommend if blue decks are prevalent.
I'm also noticing a distinct lack of discard effects. One of the best ones in stax is Bottomless Pit.
4 weeks ago
+1 for Old School,
Also, I am totally making stax in this format with Nether Void, Invoke Prejudice, In the Eye of Chaos, Chains of Mephistopheles, The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale, Energy Flux, and Land Equilibrium... wait that just sounds like my current deck... wait Blood Moon was printed in The Dark, sweet!
4 weeks ago
Black Staples in cEDH: Dismember, Night's Whisper, Dark Ritual, Fatal Push, Cabal Ritual, Ad Nauseam, Dark Confidant, Toxic Deluge, Leyline of the Void, Necropotence, Reanimate, Animate Dead, Necromancy, Entomb, Buried Alive, Rain of Filth, Bubbling Muck, Vampiric Tutor, Demonic Tutor, Imperial Seal, Grim Tutor, Chains of Mephistopheles, Nether Void, The Abyss, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1 month ago
I like cdkime's suggested wording here. The infinite free mana one works, but as pointed out does some unintended things. And you need the clause that prohibits cost modification because the way the game determines cost of spells is blind to this sort of interaction.
That is to say, when the game asks "how much will this spell cost?" as part of casting the spell it doesn't see cost increases as something separate you pay, it's all rolled into what you need to pay to cast the spell. The key words here are "cost more/less to cast," which is distinct from something like Nether Void which does not increase how much it costs to cast the spell, it creates a separate cost you have to pay after you've cast the spell. On balance this is also a good double edged sword since it hurts you in the case of Helm of Awakening and the like.
2 months ago
Moat doesn't affect cEdh decks, almost ever. I mean Sword of Feast and Famine gets hurt a bit, etc. Same thing goes for Ghostly Prison, Propaganda, Sphere of Safety. These cards are neither prison nor stax, just pillow fort.
"Damage Mitigation" isn't stax/prison either, just more pillow fort.
City of Solitude and War's Toll aren't "Stax" in a conventional sense (War's Toll is very close), but they are much closer to combo protection. Rule of Law or Ethersworn Canonist are real options for "Casting Stax". Nevermore and Gideon's Intervention are considered removal though.
That leaves you with the following real stax/prison effects.
Okay, would your deck be stax? No, it would have a few stax cards. Would it be prison? No though it can pull off one.
Now, lets go back to reality. You run 4 cards, of which Mystic Remora/Rhystic Study are may costs, and so can't pull off a prison, and War's Toll doesn't affect many decks. It can stop a bit of disruption, which is powerful as an effect, but it does set up a prison without other cards. Think how good it would be with The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale, if they pay any upkeep costs, they tap all their lands, and their mana disappears by their main phase. But you don't run it for that.
Finally, the best Prison/Stax piece you run, Tainted AEther, which can affect a few very specific decks, and slow them down a turn or two. If you ran 6-10 of these silver bullets, and tutored them up dependent on the situation at hand.
To sum everything up, you run 4 stax peices, of which two can't set up prisons, one doesn't in this deck, and one that could, but is a silver bullet. You are not Stax nor are Prison.
3 months ago
To add to what enpc wrote, if you're really somehow looking to brew jank where you want to counter your commander to just get cast triggers, you could always run effects like Nether Void that counter spells. That way you get the cast trigger and can immediately send your commander back to the command zone.
For the record, I think that's a horrible idea, but it's doable if you really want some jank in your life.
Other than that, if you want to do something similar to benefit from enter the battlefield abilities, you may want to consider running free sac outlets like Viscera Seer, Phyrexian Altar, etc. That way you can kill your own commander whenever you want so that you can recast them.
3 months ago
That deck is simply awesome, it can do so much and use my favourite colors. I made my own version of it, I'm highly inspired by yours, but there are some cards that I simply prefer and/or don't fit my budget.