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Null Rod Discussion
4 days ago
Thanks! Big blockers don't actually stop the combo. The Godo equipped with the Helm of the Host from the new Dominaria set never needs to attack. The Helm keeps making another Godo each combat, so if someone has a big blocker, it will get whittled down by the multiple attacks from the Godo tokens. Same thing with Maze of Ith. It only stops one of the tokens and still gives the additional combat.
Even indestructible or first strike creatures aren't a problem. If the indestructible or first striking creature doesn't have 3 power at least, Godo can overwhelm them by amassing an infinite army of attacking Godos by only attacking with the newly formed token each combat, saving up for an attack with a very large amount of Godo tokens. If the indestructible or First Striking creatures do have 3 or more power, you just have to attack someone else first to amass the army of Godos and then go wide around the indestructible or first strike creatures.
What I am really scared about are stax effects like Null Rod and Stony Silence making me rely on Magnetic Theft or Hammer of Nazahn's triggered ability to win, or Torpor Orb shutting down Godo's tutor ability. I might need more artifact removal, but that costs me speed. So right now I am just seeing if I can get around the stax with the backup win of Twinflame/Heat Shimmer + Dualcaster Mage or Basalt Monolith + Rings of Brighthearth + Sensei's Divining Top.
1 week ago
Generally I find mill to be too weak for cEDH, but I really like your deck design and wincon. A little more removal might help some awkward Null Rod interactions, as ChrisKrow was saying, but I suppose if you stop your opponents from drawing Null Rod in the first place through lantern control, you won't have that problem. Have you thought about Torpor Orb at all as a control element? I know Trinket Mage can't play through it, but I find many commander decks rely on etb effects.
1 week ago
I mean if budget is the issue, this is a list of budgetnotwithholding. in other words, screw the price tag assume you have a copy of each card legal in edh. If colored mana is that much of an issue, may I suggest things like Stony Silence, Null Rod and such. I say that as one of the goals of this list was to show the optimal version of each commander regardless of pricetag. The secondary goal of ranking them is more complicated as not much data is there to go off of (WoTC give us cEDH tourneys?) if you would like to join the discord, we play often on trice if you want to test and see the meta.
2 weeks ago
I'm a relatively new cEDH deckbuilder, and my Grand Arbiter Augustin IV list is my first attempt at a build that can play with the big boys =P. Started brewing to compete in sanctioned at my LGS, and eventually take it to side events during prix and SCG events. I'm not trying to necessarily maximize variance to ensure optimal consistency of wins.... I'm trying to maximize wins in an "archenemy" EDH setting, where I'll have the highest chance of still claiming victory in spite of 3 players ready to hate me off the table right after the general flip ( In my LGS scene, general rule of thumb is throw as much hate my way as possible). This is why I opt to play Augustin with a hard stax/prison shell, with light combo, as opposed to a more reactive control focus found in French.
1) Which card would you personally switch on the main with Trinisphere ? I rather enjoy my Sword of Feast and Famine in Augustin, was considering dropped Faith's Reward and relying solely on Teferi's Protection, though with the frequency of wipes, and with the often 2-card Felidar Sovereign combo, I've been torn. I do feel at this point Trinisphere needs to make an appearance to make it a truly degenerate competitive deck.
2) I've been trying to drop my average CMC a pinch more (I still don't know if 2.38, or 2.27 with considerations for Force of Will / Mental Misstep / Chancellor of the Annex is considered competitive enough).... is Aetherflux Reservoir best left to kitchen table, or can it be a strong competitive alt-wincon? It feels a little more storm-ish to me, and Stony Silence / Null Rod already put me in trouble.... it seems like I would make them into a silver bullet even more
3) Gemstone Caverns & Chancellor of the Annex are staying in the build 100% (I'm willing to take the ever-slight consistency hit to enable straight blowout games, and it was already hard enough finally dropping Leyline of Anticipation =P),Darksteel Citadel I understand the pros/cons, but enjoy the land destruction asymmetry / early metalcraft... I find turn 1-2 Augustin enabled by it, and creating early mana asymmetry, usually play to my favor more than the inclusion of a colorless screws my opening hand. Thinking at this point Halimar Depths needs to go, however.
4) Any cards that you feel the deck absolutely needs, aren't exorbitant (I'm not about to pick up a Tabernacle anytime soon), and I'm a fool for not running?
Thank you for your time.
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2 weeks ago
Oh, just realized the update I was reading was back from August =P...
Makes sense for sure, though I will say on #4, Torpor helped me answer a Sisay combo/stax quite well, and saved me from quite a few Reclamation Sage s out of nowhere. ( Outside of Null Rod / Stony Silence , Aura Shards is prob what I'm looking for next to ruin my day, and people love trolling my Augustin with GW or GWB).
Would definitely say Back to Basics is phenomenal (am surprised at how few basics you're deciding to slot with it) ..... I am considering swapping Stasis for Mana Breach in my own list, how does it generally play for you? Wondering if it'd be a little win-more (I initially chose to slot stasis for another 2-card combo including Felidar).
On an unrelated note, what's your opinion on slotting a Felidar Sovereign wincon in Augustin? (Running Serra Ascendant and Blind Obedience as well, in an attempt to counteract the life I'm spending on early mana). I'm not saying your list should run one, more asking a fellow Augustin player whether they think it's a questionable choice overall for the commander/playstyle.
2 weeks ago
Alright, so my suggestions...
1) drop any tapland that doesn't give you 3 options, otherwise you're going to be too slow right out of the gate. You're already very creature heavy at 36, so I don't believe the manlands are necessary.
There are about 2-3 allies I feel just don't carry their weight (+1/0 for turn ally, the mill ally in particular), I would drop one for an Aether Vial to help flood the field even faster (the second I would drop for a Sol Ring , quite a hard card to justify not running if you don't slot Stony Silence or Null Rod ). Also, I'd find a way to cut some of the higher CMC allies... 5-6 is quite expensive for some of the benefits, and if you board state is already at a point where Murasa Pyromancer is relevant, you're probably in ""win more" territory.
As mentioned previous, Chromatic Lantern is a fairly auto-include in a 5 color deck .... Xenograft & Arcane Adaptation seem as if they're taking slots for very little benefit, Cathars' Crusade IMO would serve a much better benefit.
I don't really see a way for you to self-activate Child of Alara outside of Divine Reckoning , I would drop it and find another wipe if you'd like to go that route. Also, I'd include Teferi's Protection & Faith's Reward... you are going to be fairly susceptible to wipes yourself, you'll need more options than a massive amount of mana to dump and Asceticism .
These are all personal opinions of course.... I just feel with your dedication not to run flash hulk, you still need to speed up.
2 weeks ago
Aura of Silence is decent enough, except that it's another victim of Suppression Field. I've always been in the love-hate dilemma with the latter, so please tell me it's no big deal to pay an occasional extra two.
While the idea of adding enchantresses is probably a bit overstretched, it is Earthcraft with Squirrel Nest that might be taken into consideration. The combo dies to Suppression Field and The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale as a fact, but its compatibility with Humility and Rule of Law effects could make the inclusion worth its while. Furthermore, its capability of dodging artifact-hate pieces common in the creature-based decks, namely Null Rod, should help stealing a game or two. The cmc is tolerable, and a more basic land base has its own merits...or not?
That said, I don't think it will do a better job than dramatic scepter overall, sheer speed for one. However, both combos have a very tight package, and well inter-changeable.
Powerful enchantments like Living Plane, Moat, and The Abyss have a cmc of 4 obviously for a reason, perhaps also pricetag-wise. My meta is lack of orthodox storm decks, with Paradox Sisay as the fastest, so tapping out for a Humility is almost always worth the risk. As for the others, however, is not the case, at least not for me.
1 month ago
First of all Id like to thank you for your comment. Null Rod and Witchbane Orb are indeed annoying cards. I havent encountered those cards in my playgroup or on Friday night magic yet but that doesn't mean that I cant prepare myself. I already used Spine of Ish Sah in this deck. Spine of Ish Sah is a good way to handle the problem and I use the ability of Arcum Dagsson to bring it into play. But when I draw it then this means it is a death draw because its ridicilous to pay 7 mana for it, especially if I want to win on turn 5. I was thinking more of the card Hurkyl's Recall to bounce them away and makes an opening to win during the same turn. Its only 2cmc and I can use it to bounce my opponents artifacts or bounce my own to protect them from bord whipes. However, Hurkyl's Recall only works on artifacts. They both have their ups and downs. As long as my opponent doesnt play those cards there shouldnt be a problem. I already have a Spine of Ish Sah that I can use swamp in if needed. But for now I think I'm going for Hurkyl's Recall (if i find one). You made me think about my deck and I really appreciate it!I'm always interested in other artifactlike decks so I will definitely visit your page and hopefully learn more.
Best regards ,