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Enchant creature (Target a creature as you cast this. This card enters the battlefield attached to that creature.)
All damage that would be dealt to you is dealt to enchanted creature instead.
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1 day ago
Of course you can! I'm just afraid there's no way to really be competitive in your meta doing that.
Let's break this down: Atraxa, Praetors' Voice is your commander. She has to be to give you the color identity to play her, so Muldrotha, the Gravetide and Stuffy Doll are in your 99. In 4 colors, on a budget, you're going to be running many taplands and any rock/dork that gives you "any color." Flexibility comes at the expense of output, which hurts the odds of you having enough of the right kind of mana to cast any given card during the first 5 turns.
We're building towards infect. With that in mind, let's look at Stuffy Doll. Stuffy Doll doesn't have infect, it must be given infect, so Stuffy Doll is dependent. There are 6 cards in the game that can give a creature infect; Glistening Oil kills Stuffy Doll, Tainted Strike and Triumph of the Hordes are one-shots, and Corrupted Conscience is a waste on your own creatures. That leaves you with 2 ways in a 99 card deck to give Stuffy Doll infect.
Assume best case scenario: you've tutored (expensive or slow) or drawn into Stuffy Doll, Grafted Exoskeleton, and the mana to play Atraxa, Praetors' Voice. Let's go one further and assume you've curved out perfectly with an opening Sol Ring. Grafted drops on turn 2, Stuffy on 3, Atraxa and equip/swing with Stuffy on 4. Let's also assume your opponents have no walls or other chump blockers to diminish Stuffy's effectiveness.
With this 4 card combo you've managed to put 4 poison counters on a single opponent, and you're tapped out with 4 cards in your hand having destroyed nothing. Most decks with 2 specific cards they've built around, their commander, and optimal circumstances can truly blow out the game. Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon on his own can put 4 poison counters on someone and he gets around Wall of Blossoms.
Pariah only adds to Stuffy Doll's fundamental problem. Stuffy Doll sets up a choice; your opponent is always going to choose what's best for them, and on its own the consequences Stuffy Doll sets up are really underwhelming. Your opponent can play Desolation Twin but you can't force them to attack into Stuffy Doll or to block Stuffy Doll without committing and depending on more cards like Lure or Bident of Thassa. Even then they'll have choices, it just makes them a little worse. All Pariah does is limit the choice of who they attack.
On top of it all Pariah and Shield are dead draws if you don't have Stuffy Doll. The most they'll do without Stuffy is buy you a turn at the cost of whatever creature that likely could've just blocked and given the same result.
Now we come to the plan of using Muldrotha, the Gravetide to recast a sacrificed Stuffy Doll to change its target. This is using a 6 drop to cast a 5 drop that gives you no card advantage on its own, and to then re-equip the Grafted Exoskeleton we're assuming you have in play you have to then sacrifice that creature. This is fighting a war of attrition against yourself to the benefit of an indestructible 3/3 with infect and no evasion.
1 day ago
FancyTuesday: Thanks so much for the help! I'll definitely keep all that in mind. Sadly the two i wanted to work the most are the ones everyone says I should take out... Is it possible to keep all of that in mind while still trying to keep Atraxa, Praetors' Voice and Stuffy Doll? I was looking into going Infect build. With Grafted Exoskeleton and Pariah(or Pariah's Shield) on Stuffy Doll, I could focus a threat? Then I could sacrifice the doll by unequiping exoskeleton and replay it with Muldrotha, the Gravetide to focus someone else? Is that too main-focused?
2 days ago
Colorless EDH is paradoxically highly competitive. At least, in that space between actually competitive EDH and casual EDH, it's often a heavyweight due to the fact that colorless mana is relatively very easy to produce. Half a dozen playable sol lands, monoliths, vault, ring, crypt. There's a lot of utility and power in colorless as long as you can pay.
If you're trying to punch up on a budget I wouldn't go with Atraxa. She may be strong casually, but building effectively around her is expensive. Rolling 4 colors means your mana base is either going to give you a permanent two turn handicap or cost $2000, and themes she plays well to (Superfriends, Infect, etc.) are either expensive or better served with other commanders.
Forgive my candor, but as you asked for guidance I have to tell you that Stuffy Doll is not a good EDH card. You can stick to your guns and run it because you like it, goodness knows half the cards in my decks are there because they're dumb and I love them, but if you're struggling this needs attention. Stuffy Doll is a 5 drop that doesn't affect the board at all on its own, only targets a single opponent in a multiplayer format, and does virtually nothing on its own. For Stuffy Doll to be powerful you need multiple other effects (make it a threat and attack, force them to attack with something it can block, or force them to attack with Pariah on it) or play and burn it. All told it's 8 ways dependent on other things just to be ok, let alone strong, in a game where two turns later Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger is just going to sneeze it out of existence.
Muldrotha, the Gravetide is your diamond in the rough here. is probably the strongest combination of colors you could ask for in sub-competitive EDH, three colors is a lot more manageable than 4 on a budget (and with as one of three rather than one of four you can lean on ramp), and your commander is a recursion engine which is supremely valuable in EDH. If you wanna build her cheap:
- Go heavy on card-value (one card nets you more than one card) ramp cards (ex: Cultivate, Skyshroud Claim) and plan on playing a little top heavy. Big explosive cards tend to be cheaper dollar-wise than low CMC, efficient cards
- For your mana base favor green and ramp into the other colors. Stick to or duals, avoid (which is generally a more expensive combination anyway). Splurge and get the duals that have the subtype Forest so you can grab them with forest tutors
- Small creatures should be utility pieces you can get added value out of reanimating (ex: Reclamation Sage, Solemn Simulacrum), not "good" creatures unless they offer a major advantage (ex: Vampire Nighthawk will never amount to more than a body, Nether Traitor might fuel sac engines cheaply depending on how you build the deck)
- Roll big card advantage sweepers (ex: Decree of Pain, Bane of Progress)
- Have versatile removal; exile and bounce are stronger than destroy (ex: Cyclonic Rift, Curse of the Swine
- Have plenty of effects that can reload your hand (ex: Disciple of Bolas, Skullclamp)
- Recursion is as strong for your opponents as it is for you, so have a handful of cards to apply graveyard hate (ex: Bojuka Bog, Agent of Erebos)
- Have a couple threats that can legitimately end the game if not dealt with. We can't all afford to Tooth and Nail into Craterhoof Behemoth, but something like Worldspine Wurm or Dread Cacodemon won't break your bank.
Beyond that, just make sure that whenever you're slotting in a card it really does something for you, and if that something is dependent on something else that it's either a really dominant affect or a really common trigger (ex for both: Consecrated Sphinx). If all else fails steal your opponents more expensive things with clone effects and grave robbing (ex Phyrexian Metamorph, Geth, Lord of the Vault, Sepulchral Primordial).
Anyway, that's my take. Hope you find some of it useful!
4 days ago
I moved Corrupted Conscience, since Infect might be a bit too powerful for my group but I could swap it back in for a more competitive game.
I feel like I don't have enough auras but I'll do some play-testing tonight to see if that's actually the case.
6 days ago
Switch these in from the sideboard:
What you should try to do is use Scour on their lands as soon as you can, and try to get some creatures through to attack.
6 days ago
Update: Took out Divine Offering for The Immortal Sun = I had way too much artifact and enchantment removal. Cursebreak for Mind's Eye = That extra Mana now has a use. I am also fixing that dead draw. Solemn Offering for Land Tax = Unseen Card advantage by thinning out the deck. Plus never missing a land drop is nice. Terashi's Grasp for Mana Vault = When I am having downtime waiting to blow up the board state, I can untap with the four mana. The ping of one damage really is not seen by how much the life gain is represented here. Then, Repercussion for Boros Signet = This was great, but I am susceptible to mass artifact removal.
Did come into a weird situation that needs addressing. Someone puts Followed Footsteps on my Stuffy Doll. They name me. I have Pariah on my Stuffy Doll and Repercussion. What happens here? My judge classes give me the sense that I essentially loop and the loop cannot stop. In that time the damage has nowhere to go that will hurt the game state. Thus, moving on with the game happens.
2 weeks ago
Nice deck. Since you're using an indestructible general and the color white, have you thought about adding Pariah or Pariah's Shield? Together with Heliod, they basically make you invulnerable to damage. Grand Abolisher seems extremely useful to stop any shenanigans from opposing players during your turn.
Have fun brewing and playing this with your friends! And if you have the time and inclination, I'd love some feedback from a skilled builder like you on one of my decks.