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Niblis of Frost
Creature — Spirit
Prowess (Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, this creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, tap target creature an opponent controls. That creature doesn't untap during its controller's next untap step.
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Niblis of Frost Discussion
1 week ago
I think this needs some work. Spirits are typically a bunch of low-health evasive creatures, so i would use a tempo-approach. slow your opponent down, while constantly hitting in the air. Silburlind Snapper does not suit this playstyle and Compelling Deterrence is kind of Just the Wind. Nebelgast Herald and Selfless Spirit would be useful.
Alternatively, you could try to build a control deck, that wants to cast a big Rise from the Tides at the end of the game. In that case, you need more spells (in the deck and especially in the graveyard) and better defenses. I would suggest Catalog, Nagging Thoughts, Geist of the Archives, and Contingency Plan. These help finding your land drops and Rise from the Tides, while making it stronger. Some counterspells could also help, e.g. Deny Existence.
1 week ago
Definitely take out Failed Inspection Traumatic Visions Marang River Prowler Aether Meltdown Rod of Ruin Millstone Slayer's Cleaver Soul Separator Lens of Clarity Pacification Array Tome Scour Winged Sliver Windrider Patrol Sliver Construct Skyline Predator Shifting Sliver Hinterland Drake Monastery Flock Kheru Spellsnatcher Deep-Sea Terror Diffusion Sliver Mystical Teachings
I know thats a lot but most of those cards are just straight bad for commander, and the slivers only benefit each other and theres just not enough of them, replace those and I have a few more suggestions
Serum Visions Cephalid Constable Chasm Skulker (def get Skulker) Deadeye Navigator Delver of Secrets Flip Disciple of the Ring Djinn of Wishes Contingency Plan and Niblis of Frost are just a few more that are pretty good
1 week ago
I think BFZ and OGW will rotate out together with SOI and EMN. There was a change in the rotation schedule.
I've also come across another card that might interest you, Rishkar, Peema Renegade.
1 week ago
Nick+ thank you for your input! I overlooked Niblis of Frost thats a great addition. What should I replace him with? I liked the Durable Handicraft because it leaves +1/+1 tokens on permanently and not just for a turn. Slip Through Space would be a great addition also but that block is about to rotate out with Amonkhet coming out in a few days.
1 week ago
Niblis of Frost can also tap opponents creatures if you cast an instant or sorcery and can grow big with prowess. I'm not very fond of Durable Handicraft, I understand its purpose, but the additional cost of makes it difficult to leave mana open. If you want to create just one big creature to swing, you can add Slip Through Space to make it unblockable.
2 weeks ago
Could use more mana rocks since Melek is pretty expensive and it's gonna get pretty hard to cast him if he gets removed a couple of times. I suggest Thran Dynamo, Fire Diamond, Sky Diamond, Izzet Keyrune and Sapphire Medallion for starters. Arcane Melee is a little risky, but should be a lot of fun too.
Also adding more cards that reward you for slinging spells is key (i.e. Talrand, Sky Summoner, Guttersnipe, Mercurial Geists, Thing in the Ice Flip, Niblis of Frost, Young Pyromancer, Wee Dragonauts, Thermo-Alchemist). Also Storm cards.
Work on finding a clear wincon too, it wasn't really apparent to me, but clear things up if there is one at the moment plox.
2 weeks ago
Yes, thank you archfield1 I've used Niblis of Frost before and chose to replace it in this list. I'm running less of a Control feature in the Main, so I want Mercurial Geists to get in a large front load hit using it's pseudo-prowess from buff spells and Slip Through Space.
If I had more slots to devote to the plan, I would use Niblis in the Side, where the deck transforms into Control/Burn. Unfortunately my current Sideboard slots are not very flexible.
1 month ago
I'll try to help you the best I can :) I've also dabbled in U/R control casual decks based on modern formats in the past and recently started working on a new UR control based on energy counters. I'll link them for inspiration at the end of the post.
The general gist of the deck is ok, Though you have 64 cards atm ;). Try not to go over 60 to have the best chances of drawing what you need. There are definitely some more improvements to be made. I'm assuming you're playing against a large variety of decks, though tokens/creatures being very present.
- Peek is a cantrip that lets you look at your opponent's hand, but it doesn't do much else to control the board. You'll generally recognize threats as they're played or when you know what deck your opponent is playing. Control needs answers and peek isn't an answer.
- Sphinx of the Final Word has a very strong ability vs control matchups but the ability is useless against other decks. It also costs 7 mana. Considering you also need to keep mana open for removal/counterspells against THEIR drops, the earliest you'll drop this is around turn 10 if you're lucky, so the effect isn't really all that useful over the course of the game. For the rest it's a nice creature, but there are cheaper options more in line with your average CMC that can do something similar. I'm a big fan of Niblis of Frost, AEtherling or Goblin Dark-Dwellers for example. Another big 7-mana finisher is Pearl Lake Ancient, but because it has flash, you can keep your mana open and play it at the opponent's end step, which is much more beneficial as it leaves you free to respond when needed. There are many good options and your finisher is mostly a thing of preference, so you COULD keep it.
- Pyromancer Ascension is mostly in there for fun I presume. Doubling counterspells isn't really a usable gimmick, mostly the extra draw and extra damage make it good in fast burn decks for example. This is different and I'd probably run it with something that can really benefit from the effect (I've used Harness the Storm as budget variant for extra energy counter generation for example)
Slagstorm is an odd choice if your plan is to go wide with Pyromancer and Talrand. You might want to use a boardwipe targeting specifically opponent's creatures. Electrickery maybe, AEtherize or AEtherspouts can also do well. If the board isn't too big yet, Baral's Expertise is a great value card!
Desperate Ravings is nice card advantage with flash back, but the 'discard at random' will sting more often than you'd like. Things like Serum Visions (Much less expensive nowadays) or Anticipate go through 3 cards in your deck instead of 2, and you get to CHOOSE what you discard, which can be very important. It's okay to keep some copies of this, but I'd personally also look into cards that cycle through your deck with more interaction. Steam Augury is always a fun card to challenge people to think. Magma Jet's Scry effect is also very nice in combination with the burn.
You also need a few more counterspells (I'd aim for 8-10), especially to deal with big creature threats from your opponent. You simply don't have the damage or removal to deal with those currently and late game your Mana Leaks no longer work. Cyclonic Rift is expensive, but Baral's Expertise could also help for example if they're important creatures that don't attack into Aetherize.
Finally, it's of course the most important that your deck is FUN and you like to play it. If you really wish there were some cards in there that I suggested to remove, you can put them back in. Another thing to make it more fun is to run into a few different but similar cards from time to time which makes the replay value of the deck much better.
Here's an old deck that I worked on: U R being Controlled and a new one: Lightning, Fire and Frost. The latter is definitely more fun imo, but the old one is more in line with the traditional control that you built. I hope that helps!