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Enchantment — Aura
Enchanted creature has base power and toughness 8/8 and "Whenever this creature attacks, you may tap target creature with power 8 or less."
Totem armor (If enchanted creature would be destroyed, instead remove all damage from it and destroy this Aura.)
Octopus Umbra Discussion
1 month ago
for starters dope commander never seen him before! I think the redundance of duelists heritage is unecessary as it seems you want to win with commander dammage most of the time anyway. I would include more cards to slow your opponents down like Silent Arbiter . having an Eldrazi Conscription on your commander could be another wincon.Having an Arcanum Wings and a Three Dreams could help you get to that wincon more easily. Do you want to win more? add some infect maybe a card like corrupted conscious to steal any creature with power 5 or more and delete whoever you want. Octopus Umbra and Blackblade Reforged might also be interesting options for you to explore!
1 month ago
Hi willarevalo_95, I really like your take on Tuvasa the Sunlit . To improve the deck you should be clear about your game plan and how you want to win. Obviously your budget is important for deck building as well. Additionally you should keep the meta in your playgroup in mind: Do they play creature heavy decks - throw in some boardwipes, do they tend to combo off in late game - play more countermagic and so on. With that said I'm going over the different card types in your deck.
Because your commander is based on enchantments I think the amount you run is fine, maybe throw in some more (looking at you Enchanted Evening ). But I would cut down Abundant Growth since it doesn't ramp you (put in Birds of Paradise instead, they will ramp into your commander) and put in one or two more Umbras to give your commander totem armor ( Octopus Umbra to boost your commanders P/T by 8(!) and Drake Umbra for some evasion). I would play Myth Unbound as well to reduce commander tax in case Tuvasa does get killed.
Here I would like to mention in the second ability of your commander. You get to draw for the first enchantment you play each turn so not only your own but on opponents as well. Thats why i would play some more cards with flash and cards that give your spells flash (e.g. Epic Proportions , Sigarda's Aid , Leyline of Anticipation , Alchemist's Refuge and maybe Vedalken Orrery ). Then you can maximize your draw.
Regarding lands, I would just add Alchemist's Refuge for flash and its up to you whether to cut a land and which kind.
Especially when you plan to play more with flash, your instants become much more valuable. Spot-removal ( Beast Within ), protection ( Heroic Intervention ), Countermagic ( Counterspell ) are some examples. But I think these are the moste flexible spots in your deck. Just pick what you think ist fitting.
I would at least play one more boardwipe, especially in white. Austere Command would be the best in your case because cou can choose to keep Tuvasa and kill all the fatties. Also blowing up all artifacts is just nice.
Add your maybeboard for some blockers and early ramp. Cut some of your "put lands onto the battlefield" creatures to compensate for the cards I recommended. Also I would leave out Karametra, God of Harvests , maybe swap her for Kruphix, God of Horizons . You don't play that many creatures and don't need that much ramp as well. Kruphix is good for handsize, flash and leftover mana.
If you want to take a look at my Bant Enchantment List to get some additional inspiration, feel free: Estrid Enchantress
But keep the different commanders in mind, Estrid can play much more land auras and boardwipes due to her abilities.
I hope I was able to help you and I'd like to wish you a great day!
2 months ago
Hey, saw your forum topic asking for help.
Since you're a new player in Commander my advice is keep it simple. Build this deck around what your Commander does. Admiral Beckett Brass means Pirates and she doesn't do anything unless you have Pirates. Not Zombies, not Vampires or any other tribe, just Pirates.
The steal your opponents nonland permanents/creatures is a fine strategy, but don't go overboard with single cards that only give you a single steal effect on a single creature such as Act of Treason . Brass's combat damage to a player from three Pirates ability and Captivating Crew are repeatable ways to steal your opponents creatures/nonland permanents and that's better, really all you need for this effect.
There's only 27 lands here which is not enough land; you risk getting land screwed (not drawing or have lands on the battlefield). When this happens you're not able to play cards in your hand because you don't have lands on the battlefield. Getting land screwed is not fun and since you're a new player it's even worse as it can possibly make you not want to play again.
Getting land flooded (drawing too many lands/having too much land) is also not fun, but it's better to have lands to cast spells then to not have any lands at all. If land flooded you can at least cast Brass since she's in the Command Zone. All Commander deck builders have to clear deck space for enough lands.
My advice for the manabase is if you don't want to add other lands that you don't have then add more basic lands. Play a total of 38 lands with 15-20 basic lands, split up between Islands, Swamps and Mountains. Play more Islands than the rest, next is Swamps and last is Mountains. There's more blue and black Pirates/cards than red here. If you're willing to add lands you don't already have then I can help you on a budget to upgrade the manabase starting with Command Tower .
11 cards to consider cutting to add more lands:
- Act of Treason
- Mark of Mutiny
- Selective Snare
- Contract Killing
- Storm Strike
- Bolt Bend
- Price of Fame
- Grim Captain's Call
- Train of Thought
Other cards to consider cutting to make 100 cards:
- Burn from Within
- Voyage's End
- Welding Sparks
- Pirate's Pillage
- Pirate's Prize
- Think Twice
- Mana Geode
- Eel Umbra
- Curator's Ward
- Curse of Opulence
- Metamorphic Alteration
- Octopus Umbra
- See Red
- Bloodmist Infiltrator
- Deep-Sea Kraken
- Phylactery Lich
- Kiku, Night's Flower
- Body Double
- Buccaneer's Bravado
- Blinding Flare
- Sinister Sabotage
- Costly Plunder
- Doom Blade
- Polymorphist's Jest
- Teferi's Time Twist
- Darksteel Ingot
- Stealth Mission
- Stolen Goods
- Treasure Hunt
- Brass's Bounty
- Deliver Unto Evil
- Light Up the Stage
- Sleight of Hand
- Collective Restraint
- Conqueror's Galleon Flip
- Spell Swindle
- Icy Blast
- Fated Infatuation
- Deadeye Navigator
- Lighthouse Chronologist
- Dreadhorde Invasion
- Ral, Storm Conduit
- Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh
As far as cuts to consider, cut single cards that give a single effect such as stealing an opponent's creature for one turn. Only getting to cast a card once and only target one creature to steal for one turn is not good enough. Single card combat trick spells that can only target one creature are lackluster and can be cut. Auras that only help one creature and don't give evasion can also be cut. Ghostly Wings and Aqueous Form are fine since they can give Brass evasion making it easier for her to do combat damage to a player.
Simplify your deck's strategy, go with Pirates and cut the majority of the nonPirate creatures. Creatures such as Wonder , Nightveil Specter and Sower of Temptation are worth keeping especially Wonder. Specter and Sower are good cards to go with the theme of stealing your opponents cards. Clones are fine, but not high mana cost ones that can only copy a creature; honestly cut them.
Some redundancy (multiple cards that do the same effect or close to it) in Commander is good. But, if you're needing cuts then redundancy is a place to make cuts. Draw spells for instance are good redundancy such as Brainstorm , Night's Whisper , Read the Bones . These are all low mana cost/mana efficient draw spells. Opt and Sleight of Hand are also fine, but if you need cuts they can be cut. Draw spells such as Pirate's Pillage , Pirate's Prize , Train of Thought , Think Twice are not good, cut them. Low mana cost (0-2 CMC) mana rocks are more good redundancy: Sol Ring and Signets/Talismans. Chromatic Lantern and Commander's Sphere are much better than the other three drop mana rocks here; Mana Geode and Darksteel Ingot can be cut.
For your deck combat trick spells, counterspells and targeted creature removal is in my opinion bad redundancy. I'm not saying to not have these kinds of effects, but limit the amount of them you play. Counterspell for instance is a staple card of Commander play it, but Cancel , Sinister Sabotage and Rethink are worse then Counterspell, cut them. Sabotage is better than Cancel, etc.
Blasphemous Act and Fiery Cannonade is good redundancy. Murder is better than Doomblade, cut Doomblade. Sorcery or high mana cost instant creature removal can be cut such as Contract Killing and Price of Fame . Bitterblossom and Dreadhorde Invasion is good redundancy, but Bitterblossom is a much better card than Invasion. Invasion is a good card, but if you need to cut a card then cut it because you have Bitterblossom, otherwise keep it.
Spells that give all your creatures evasion of some type are fine, but don't go overboard with including lots of them because these cards do nothing without you controlling a creature; making them dead draws/dead cards in your hand too often. These kind of effects that can give all your creatures evasion are better if they can be repeatable or are a static ability such as Wonder or from an enchantment, not an aura. You want to play cards that can give your creatures lasting evasion more than a single card for a single effect on one turn.
I offer more advice if you would like. Good luck with your deck.
2 months ago
These are my considerations for your removal... I don't do it often but most of them just dont do much other than offer you the hexproof ability.
Troll Ascetic : problem with regeneration is you gotta hold mana for it. Easy to forget.
Soul of the Rapids : doesn't do much for it's cost.
Sagu Mauler : I mean it's ok... but just doesn't do alot other than have abilities.
Prognostic Sphinx : I see no reason to want to discard cards for optional hexproof. Scry's nice but there are better options for card advantage.
Ascended Lawmage : Again, cost vs stats... it's just not there. One mana less would have changed my mind...
These are just what I can think of... again, with my previous changes in mind.
Heroic Intervention : and similar cards can protect you from board wipes and other spells that don't target.
Wild Growth and similar cards could be useful if moving towards more of an 'enchantress voltron' style deck.
Curiosity for extra cards, coupled with an evasive creature.
Octopus Umbra : great for the evasive creatures. Also for anything that has accrued counters, then it becomes 8/8 + counters and hopefully unblockable... maybe even Ishai.
These are the iffy ones... they could stay, or go. Up to you
Multani, Maro-Sorcerer : other players can control the stats my discarding/casting etc. Sure it could get big but its subjective. Also if we follow a voltron strategy you cant target t either.
Witchstalker : on curve, but unless it's a meta call because U/B is common... but idk.
2 months ago
eerie343 for sure ill try to share a couple combos in detail for everyone. This will be a huge message so hold on!
The deck functions off the Fblthp and Proteus Staff combo. Fblthp being the only creature in the deck means that when you cast proteus staff on Fblthp he will be put on the bottom of your library and you'll reveal every card from your library until you reveal and then cast Fblthp from your library with Proteus Staff's ability. Before Fblthp is cast you are able to rearrange all the cards revealed this way however you want. So you can rearrange your entire library how you want and then draw two cards, just by targeting Fblthp with Proteus Staff for 3 mana.
Once you have rearranged your library and drawn the cards of your choice this is where it can get fun. Depending on your mana or board presence you may want to do other things but here are some combos I like.
To simply win the game you want to search and grab Jace, Wielder of Mysteries , High Tide if needed, and Tunnel Vision . You also want to make sure when you rearrange your deck to put a card on the bottom that you will remember. When you have the resources needed simply cast Jace and then Tunnel Vision. Target yourself with Tunnel Vision and name the card at the bottom of your library. You will then mill yourself to the last card of your library. Then activate Jace's +1 ability and win the game on the spot!
Another combo is grabbing Goblin Charbelcher and making sure you rearrange your library so that when you activate Goblin Charbelcher you will dig through 40 or so cards before revealing a land card so you then deal 40 damage to an opponent.
Saucier combo includes grabbing Animatou's Augury and High Tide when you have the mana cast High Tide and then Animatou's Augury to then cast for free Flow of Ideas (based off your proteus staff rearranging this needs to have you draw Blustersquall or a card like it, Frantic Search will untap some mana, and Part the Waterveil ) then cast Commence the Endgame for free with Animatou drawing some more cards and creating lets say a 8/8 amass token based on your hand size, hopefully even bigger! Continuing with Animatou's Augury you can then cast Octopus Umbra for free making the amass token a 16/16 because amass is +1/1 counters not base power. Then with your remaining mana you want to cast frantic search giving you extra mana if needed to cast Part the Waterveil . On your bonus next turn you can cast Blustersquall and swing in with your 18/18 amass octopus token to then start putting the pressure on hilariously.
Finally there's a Fblthp commander damage combo! Haven't done it yet but I'm pretty sure it works. You have to get Diviner's Wand out and attached to Fblthp as the combo includes drawing enough cards to make Fblthp able to swing in for lethal commander damage. Once this has happened and you have at least 7 mana, 5 or more cards in hand and you have arranged your library this certain way you can pull off the combo. Start by casting High Tide from your hand then Frantic Search . Draw Brainstorm and Blustersquall or a card like it. Discard two poop/not needed cards in hand. Cast Blustersquall for its overload. Cast Brainstorm , draw Flow of Ideas and put others back. Cast Flow of ideas. Draw 7 cards. 1 being an Island (lay this). 1 being a random artifact of your choice. 1 being Thirst for Knowledge and another being Windfall . Cast Thirst for Knowledge drawing more cards and discarding the random artifact. Cast Windfall drawing more cards. At this point opponent's creatures are tapped and your Fblthp should be at least a 21/21 with the help of Diviner's Wand . Swing in with FBLTHP for the commander lethal damage!!
3 months ago
5 months ago
Sooo, how often are creatures of you going to connect? You have quite some cards that want to beat face (e.g. Drana, Liberator of Malakir , Necropolis Regent , Bred for the Hunt and Thrummingbird ). Most are small but could be good though! Personally I haven't been able to profit much from bred for the hunt, but I never run the flying creatures and the heralds that you do.
But on to the questionable cards. Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest wants the Butcher of Malakir , Cataclysmic Gearhulk or Slaughter the Strong kinda effects. But Yehenni seems like your only man. So why play him?
You run allot of instants and sorceries for a deck that cares about creatures and counter-interaction, but you miss the Reyhan staple Living Death . Really, it's gorgeous (and also works with Mazirek)!
"When an effect happens or card becomes played this is put on top of an imaginary stack.
However, when a card is in the middle of being resolved, any new effects cannot take place until the card is done. So Reyhan's ability can only be placed on the stack when Living death is resolved.
Thus, Reyhan can choose new targets for all the counters that would've been lost otherwise!"
Stipped right off my primer: Reyhan&Ishai | Where Unstoppable Meets Immovable!
You have an expensive taste, maybe Assassin's Trophy is an option?
Together Forever does not only score points on it's amazing flavor between Reyhan and Ishai, creatures "die" before returning to your hand. It's all Reyhan ever needs to hear.
Lastly I'd like you to take a look at your creatures and their base power and toughness, and then take a look at Octopus Umbra . It's off-theme, but packs quite a package. Just saying.
6 months ago
Octopus Umbra occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.01%