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Planar Portal Discussion
1 month ago
I understand why you would think those cards would be good, but I haven't found any of them to be in practice. Let's go down the list:
- Animist's Awakening: The big problem with this card is that it's a sorcery. To be more specific to my point, it's not a creature. In a deck consisting of land search effects and creature tutors, this is a big problem, as the cards that can find it (Planar Portal and Ring of Three Wishes) would much rather find Genesis Wave instead. I used to have Collective Voyage in this deck filling a similar role, but cut it for all these reasons and I'm not convinced Animist's Awakening is significantly better.
- Summer Bloom: As an Amulet Titan player, I have a soft spot for this card, but for the same reasons as Animist's Awakening, it just doesn't belong in the deck. Azusa, Lost but Seeking, Wayward Swordtooth, and Oracle of Mul Daya are creatures (see above), so they get to keep their slot, and Journey of Discovery is versatile enough to keep its slot, and Summer Bloom is just left in this weird in-between where it can't compare to any of these cards despite it's similar effect.
- Lifecrafter's Bestiary: I could maybe get behind this one if more than fifteen percent of this deck was creatures. As it stands, it barely does anything (Rowen would be better and I'm not yet sure if I want that) and the times that it does do something, that something is middling.
To round it all off, your suggestions would take the maindeck to 102 cards, which of course is more than the Commander/EDH-required 99 plus a Commander/General. Do you have any suggestions for cuts, or are you just sounding off cards that you think might be okay?
1 month ago
In his description he uses Planar Portal as one of the cards to bounce Zacama, Primal Calamity. He meant to use Erratic Portal. It certainly does not do that. What it does do is be a great repeatable tutor for the deck which it does very well.
I like the deck but wanted to suggest a card for it. Since you have Erratic Portal and other bounce cards in the deck. And you have overwhelming Splendor maybe adding in a copy of the new Goblin Chainwhirler might be an amazing board wiper and weenie killer in this deck.
1 month ago
The Caves of Koilos are an important part of the history of Phyrexia, being the location of the portal that brought Yawgmoth to Old Phyrexia in the first place, setting in motion the beginning of the Great Work.
Planar Portal can be expensive to cast and to use, but it can be worth it. If you end up using it, I recommend the Invasion version, due to the flavor text.
Skeletonkey8 has the right idea with Rout. The new art shows Elesh Norn, and the old art shows Phyrexian forces overrunning Benalia, so either version works with your deck's flavor. Life's Finale is another Phyrexian boardwipe. And Damnation is ambiguous enough that it should fit.
Finally, don't forget that the plane of Rath, the Rathi Stronghold, and the Evincars were all part of the Phyrexian war plan. Guys like Volrath, Crovax, Greven, and Vhati all worked for the Phyrexians, so you can include cards featuring/mentioning all that. Of note are Volrath's Stronghold, Hatred (fun with both infect and a lifelink general), Endless Scream (also fun with infect), Reanimate, Vhati il-Dal (fun with -1/-1 counters), Tortured Existence, and the original printings of Reflecting Pool and Propaganda.
(Wow, this post ended up longer than I originally intended it to be.)
1 month ago
While not particularly fast, Ring of Three Wishes and Planar Portal should each help you find Primal Surge, and are not that expensive, so you might want to consider them if you truly want to make this a Primal Surge deck. I actually also use Primal Surge in one of my Yisan deck, but I don't really build around it besides leaving out all other permanent cards. Being able to put an arbitrary amount of your library onto the battlefield is quite fun.
1 month ago
For starters, this looks like a fun deck to play. Swarming the board with tokens is always an exciting strategy. I find myself agreeing with ZendikariWol though about swapping commanders. This kind of deck would probably prefer a commander that costs less than 7 because that's a lot.
Also, your mana curve is rather high. Lowering it means you'll have more to play on earlier turns more often.
Here are some cards I might recommend adding:
- Conqueror's Pledge - I heard you liked soldiers
- Captain's Call or Cenn's Enlistment - similar effects, one has more upfront tokens but the other you can cast repeatedly.
- Hero of Bladehold - not a soldier herself but brings friends and buffs all attackers
- Teferi's Protection - token decks are weak to boardwipes. This phases you and all your permanents out of existence letting your token army dodge the removal. Obviously this is expensive, so I think it would depend on your meta
- Sergeant-at-Arms - Makes one soldier early game. Makes 3 soldiers late game
- Daru Warchief - buffs and discounts
- Field Marshal - buffs and first strike
- Veteran's Armaments - essentially a 0 equip cost
Here are some cards I might recommend removing:
- Planar Portal - wow, 12 mana tutor. That's a lot of mana. And you do have Citanul Flute which is similar
- Angelic Arbiter - this prevents you from casting something like Mobilization and then capitalizing on it
- Herald of War - not a soldier, doesn't buff all your non-human soldiers
- Mikaeus, the Lunarch - lots of mana, $5
- Requiem Angel - also not a soldier. Though the tokens are nice, they aren't soldiers, to be fair
- Weathered Wayfarer - I know white doesn't have tons of options for this kind of thing, but this is $14 and seems rather out of place.
3 months ago
Creature - Elemental Incarnation
~ can't block.
As long as Malice is in your graveyard and you control a Swamp, creatures under your opponents' control can't block.
3 months ago
if you really want to get purph out easily try putting in Wheel of Fortune Possibility Storm Planar Portal and Gamble as these are really some of the only means of digging junk out of your deck in mono red (also put Krenko's CommandGoblin Piledriver and Empty the Warrens in for added fun)
3 months ago
I hadn't even looked at the list before I upvoted. Then I looked at the list. I love it! Might I suggest some Phyrexians to aid in the Cyber-Demonic Look? Body Snatcher, Diabolic Servitude, Flesh Reaver (looks like Pinky... not a great card though so Understandable if it's an auto out), No Rest for the Wicked, Soul Burn, Carnifex Demon, Enslave, Nested Ghoul, Phyrexian Rager, Planar Portal or Planar Bridge. Of course these are merely theme suggestions. Overall I love the look of this deck.