Fading 5 (This enchantment enters the battlefield with five fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.)
Remove a fade counter from Parallax Wave: Exile target creature.
When Parallax Wave leaves the battlefield, each player returns to the battlefield all cards he or she owns exiled with Parallax Wave.
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Parallax Wave Discussion
5 days ago
I agree. Add in No Mercy.
If you are playing Maralen of the Mornsong, along with the necessary Stranglehold to keep it one sided, you have no issue with tutors and combo. You should go all the way with this and play Vampiric Tutor, Enlightened Tutor, and Idyllic Tutor. Maybe add in some Transmute cards for extra tutoring, since these are often budget friendly tutor effects. Brainspoil gets you Starfield of Nyx, Sphere of Safety, Norn's Annex, Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs (why aren't you running this?), and Master of Cruelties. Dimir House Guard gets you a ton of stuff, most importantly including Stranglehold, but could also get Opalescence. Dimir Machinations gets you any number of cards, most importantly including Maralen of the Mornsong, Price of Glory, and Solitary Confinement. Both Shred Memory and Netherborn Phalanx could potentially tutor up some good stuff. Add in some Group Slug enchantments for continuous pings, or some combo kill, and you have a lockout recipe. Any of the Gods in would also make nice wincons that are tutorable with any of the above tutors. If you are going strong on enchantments, both Opalescence and Starfield of Nyx turn out to be good wincons all by themselves. If you have that many enchantments, Replenish provides protection against an enchantment board wipe.
I like all the Freeze elements, it makes this into a scary Stax style taxation deck. If you are going that direction, why not add in the three best Stax pieces, Parallax Wave, Smokestack, and Tangle Wire? Lethal Vapors, Parallax Wave, and Starfield of Nyx would create a recurring board wipe for creatures, and even as a one shot, both Tangle Wire and Parallax Wave would fit in here nicely.
I also suggest thinking about lowering your curve. The cards in your list that are the highest CMC are actually not adding much to your major strategy. Trim them to make room for more efficient pieces, more tutors, and more cards that exploit the Stax/Tax theme. Also, you should think about running more ramp in the form of mana rocks. My experience is that both Stax and Pillow Fort want a curve with an average CMC somewhere around 2.5, and these archetypes also want a lot of mana rocks to power out early defensive plays. You only run two ramp cards, and your average CMC is 3.65, with a curve that tops out at 9! You will probably be waiting until turn 15 or so to get out Avacyn, Angel of Hope or Blazing Archon. Waiting that long for your defense means that it is unlikely to be doing anything for you.
Anyway, this is a very interesting deck, and a very different take on Queen Marchesa than most. I will be watching you develop it with great interest.
1 week ago
Exploration, Burgeoning, Birds of Paradise, and Noble Hierarch are all great cards that I run to get the deck off to a faster start. I'd also consider the good 3 mana walkers for Atraxa, especially Nissa, Voice of Zendikar and Liliana of the Veil if you can get one, dropping one of these on turn 2 and Atraxa on turn 3 is the dream.- Skullclamp can be great in Atraxa as well as a draw engine or combo card if you want to be degenerate. - Chasm Skulker has been great for me in being a sticky creature that is fairly resilient.- Mikaeus, the Lunarch is probably one of the best creatures for beefing up the board.- Parallax Wave is pretty solid removal.- Notorious Throng can be worth running if your deck is more aggressive creature wise.- Winding Constrictor can synergize pretty well with a lot of cards and is really cheap.- Hatred can be ran as an alternate win-con with Atraxa, her flying lets her get past blockers fairly often, and if you have a Conqueror's Flail already equipped then this lets you beat people to death pretty fast.- Sram's Expertise can be a good way of putting out creatures to build up with counters, without losing tempo.- Pursuit of Knowledge is value town draw spell if you can proliferate on it.- Avenger of Zendikar is a great finisher as well.- Hooded Hydra is another counter synergistic card.- Mirror Entity lets your creatures swing in for wins if you have a decent amount of mana and 5+ creatures.- Inexorable Tide is one of the best sources of proliferation.
Hope this is helpful!
1 week ago
you need Rest in Peace to make the helm combo work. I see that you're running Karmic Guide and Reveillark and rest in piece nonbos with those two. either have helm+rip in and take out guide and reveillark or vice versa.
3+ cmc mana rocks (besides basalt monolith) are kinda bad here. an argument can be made for gilded lotus for budget replacement of grim monolith but you really need your mana rocks out early to get brago out before turn 4. assuming grim monolith, mana crypt and moxen are out of budget, try Fellwar Stone, Mind Stone and Prismatic Lens.
3+ cmc counterspells are also not great. mostly running them just to protect your combo or stop others from winning. try Swan Song in place of 1 of them for sure. not sure if more than 4 counterspells are necessary in this deck. would rather run Glen Elendra Archmage over another counterspell if budget is a concern.
Return to Dust should become Act of Authority if you're going to dedicate a card slot for enchantment/artifact hate.
1 week ago
My deck: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/alesha-who-smites-death/
I've been having trouble lately landing infinite combos with Alesha who Smiles at Death. The combos I like pulling off involve the graveyard and work very well to my liking, but heavily fall apart to cards like Leyline of the Void, Rest in Peace, etc.
To counteract this I'm trying to go infinite with cards that don't use the graveyard, but many of those combos I've been finding very highly unsatisfactory. Instead I've came up with a new approach. If I can generate an infinite combo the produces infinite red or colored mana and I have either Blasting Station or Goblin Bombardment I can cast and sacrifice my commander, Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, infinite times killing my opponents. I'm just unfamiliar with infinite mana-combos in my colors that also don't use the graveyard. Any ideas? (Skip past the break below if you aren't going to ask whether I've tried a speific non-infinite mana combo.)
Extra: List of Non-Graveyard combos that I've already tried and won't reconsider. (Please don't recommend I try these. I've used many of them before already, and they're not reliable enough to my liking.)
Splinter Twin + Village Bell-Ringer Cons: I have to wait a round of turns after drawing Bell-Ringer after drawing it to mitigate summoning sickness before going infinite. I'd rather have something more instantaneous so I have more options to choose from when deciding to go off.
Ad Nauseam + Angel's Grace + Sickening Dreams OR Mana Geyser + Reiterate OR Dualcaster Mage + Heat Shimmer Cons: You have to cast all combo pieces at once rather than set up over a few turns in advance which requires usually completely tapping out. Also if the combo is thwarted it's too much trouble in Mardu colors to recur instants and sorceries from graveyard back to hand just to reset it.
Teysa, Orzhov Scion + Darkest Hour + Goblin Bombardment Cons: I've tried pretty hard to make this combo work, but for some reason having an extra creature to sacrifice makes this combo a little too unreliable for my liking.
[Any combo that involves milling] Cons: My playgroup runs the Eldrazi Titans meaning they're impossible to mill. Adding graveyard-hate interferes with my other combos and adds another piece to the mill-combo.
Parallax Wave + Opalescence + Impact Tremors Cons: Half the time this works. You can preset up Opalescence and follow up with Parallax Wave some turn later once you draw into it, but not the other way around since Parallax Wave has fading which becomes an unreliable clock to get Opalescence if you preset the combo in that order.
Sword of Feast and Famine + Aggravated Assault Cons: With the exception to Nether Traitor there are no other cheap CMC creatures with a form of reliable evasion and haste. Etched Champion and Mogis's Marauder are nice, but aren't as reliable as I'd like.
Eldrazi Displacer + Emrakul's Hatcher + Impact Tremors OR Restoration Angel + Impact Tremors + Felidar Guardian//Conspiracy Cons: Requires too much mana to set up at once or similar to the problems with Kiki-Jiki + Bell-Ringer in that you may have to preset the combo with a creature and hope it doesn't get removed by a board-wipe.
Mindcrank + Bloodchief Ascension Cons: Despite it being a multiplayer game getting three quest counters on Bloodchief Ascension is awkward and situational considering it gives my opponents extra time and turns to react.
Near-Death Experience + Plunge into Darkness//Fire Covenant Cons: Near-Death Experience has to sit on the field for a whole round of turns at the very least. An opponent removing Near-Death Experience after I've brought myself down to 1 life before my upkeep is also too high of a risk to take as well.
Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit + Murderous Redcap + Goblin Bombardment Cons: This combo already uses the graveyard, so its not a non-graveyard combo. Also I'm fine not using this one since the other graveyard combos I use I feel work better than this one.
As you can see I've covered a long range of different non-graveyard combos, but each one is too unsatisfactory for me. Unless I have missed a non-graveyard infinite damage combo I would like to know what infinite colored-mana or infinite red-colored-mana combos exist in my colors if anyone knows of any that don't use the graveyard. Thank you for your help.
3 weeks ago
hoardofnotions - First off, with the land issue, I have not really had any problems finding land. With Harrow, Cultivate, Kodama's Reach, Burnished Hart, Sakura-Tribe Elder, etc. etc. I have plenty of ways to dig it out of my deck.
Onto the lands you mentioned. Some of them have extremely expensive costs for the tokens they produce and also require the land to die, leaving me with less mana available than I already had. For that reason I am not sure I am a fan of Foundry of the Consuls and Spawning Bed. I also literally just took out Grim Backwoods because I never have enough mana open to use five of it drawing one card. Blighted Fen has always seemed weak to me because it only forces one opponent to sacrifice a thing. Jund Panorama is just essentially a worse Terramorphic Expanse or Evolving Wilds, and I would like to keep as much of my mana untapped as possible. That being said, Khalni Garden may be worth it because it's a free token just for playing a land.
Next up, Animation Module - That combo is dumb, didn't notice it at first, will definitely look harder into that bad boy.
Retribution of the Ancients is a very neat removal option, definitely requires some looking into.
As for Sylvan Safekeeper I actually took her out of the deck originally. I face many more boardwipes than targeted removal, but the card may deserve a second look.
Gyre Sage and Devoted Druid are interesting and I will be looking into experimenting with those. Joiner Adept is simply a Chromatic Lantern on a stick, and with only two colors I haven't felt the need for that effect in this list.
Fleshbag Marauder just barely got cut from the list on last revision, but I may consider putting it back in for something else as I flush out more of what cards are not pulling their weight.
Reyhan, Last of the Abzan had actually just popped onto my radar about two weeks ago, am currently looking at running him.
Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord definitely deserves a look.
Noosegraf Mob also deserves a look.
Wave of Vitriol is an expensive effect, but it may actually be worthwhile if I were to tweak the list to lessen the number of things I am losing to it.
Killing Wave has always performed for me. I can cast it for enough to make everyone sacrifice everything and then just pay for Mazirek and all of a sudden he is massive. One of my favorite tricks, however, is using it for X=0 then choosing to not pay 0 life for my creatures, thus allowing me to sacrifice however much I want to for only .
Vampire Hexmage is useful for planeswalkers, and is nice against cards like Tangle Wire and Parallax Wave. It is possible that he can be cut however. Also I am not running Dark Depths because it is banned in EDH.
As of now, I would argue against cutting the 4-mana walkers, simply because I haven't had a lot of difficulty keeping them around.
Reaper of the Wilds could definitely see the axe soon. The scry is nice, but could possibly be upgraded.
Smothering Abomination is another one that can be cut. I do generate significant tokens, but in the times he is bad, he's really bad. Could see cutting it for some other card draw source.
Gilded Lotus may go, may stay, unsure.
Already mentioned that Vraska may become Beast Within.
Reflecting Pool is just really low on my priority list right now because for two color EDH the mana is already so good that I don't feel the need to spend my $8 on this land. I think those $8 could be better spent elsewhere for the time being. I'll pick one up in trades if I can find one, but not going to drop money on it.
Alright, that's everything. Thanks a bunch for the input, it has definitely given me food for thought.
3 weeks ago
One card I would immediately think of for any Enchantment-only based deck is Starfield of Nyx. The ability to recur works especially well with something like Lunar Force or Hesitation, which can lock your opponent out of the game pretty easily. I also really like it with any "Seal" effect, such as Seal of Doom, Seal of Cleansing, Seal of Removal, and similar: Font of Fortunes, Compulsion, Soul Snare, or kinda Grave Peril.
Also, Pernicious Deed is a good enchantment-based board wipe, which may come in handy at some points. There are some other good creature hate cards available like Pendrell Mists, AEther Barrier, Porphyry Nodes, and stuff like Choke or Contamination, which are awesome hosers you could sideboard in. Lastly, the Parallax partial cycle is kinda fun for slowing things down: Parallax Nexus, Parallax Tide, Parallax Wave. And I've always enjoyed Nettlevine Blight. If you can get the counter lock going with Lunar Force and Starfield of Nyx, Nettlevine Blight will slowly eat them away to nothing.
1 month ago
@stagnantcelerity, Great point on the Nim Deathmantle still triggering, that is correct, however it still interrupts the combo pretty easily. Also nice catch on Ixidron, my playgroup sorta stopped using that card so since moving to Trickbind I haven't even seen him lately.
@Muse99, this is partially correct. Flicker effects from say Flicker, since they refer to the target to be returned as "it" or "that card", yes, they could simply use a replacement to the command zone and avoid the possible perma-trap in exile. However, other cards that exile the card, and then later refer to returning cards exiled (see Angel of Serenity, Parallax Wave, Voyager Staff's oracle text) will only be returned if they entered the exile zone (not replacement to commander zone since then it never was exiled).
See the rule quoted by Sheldon, one of the creators of EDH and a level 5 judge:
"Blink can get your Commander back because it's in the zone that it went to (Command Zone, replacing Exile). It didn't change zones, which is when an ability loses track, it just went to a different one than the ability expected.
If your General gets Faceless Butcher-ed, you can put it in 1) the Command Zone or 2) have it go to Exile. If 1) it doesn't come back when the Butcher gets killed. If 2) it does."
Long story short, the types of flicker spells I would use on another players general are the type that look to the exiled zone to return it, thus leaving you the choice:
- Replacement effect and place it in the commander zone, incapable of returning it via the delayed trigger, or
- Allowing the exile to take place, moving their general to the exile zone and risking a Trickbind-esk effect.
Most players simply accept their general just got killed and move them to the command zone.
1 month ago
Saw your deck on the commander thread. Some quick suggestions,
Aven Mindcensor and Stranglehold can stop your opponents from tutoring for answers or ramping.
Parallax Wave and Curse of Exhaustion are powerful enchantments.
Ghostly Prison and Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs are missing from your pillowfort suite.
I try to put Time Stretch in most my blue edh decks.
Im not too familiar with zeduru so sorry if these are less all-in commander and more goodstuff/control suggestions.