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Your life total can't change. (You can't gain or lose life. You can't pay any amount of life except 0.)
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Platinum Emperion Discussion
5 days ago
Most of the answers to your question are in Platinum Emperion's reminder text: "You can't gain or lose life. You can't pay any amount of life except 0."
You don't gain life from the abilities on Zacama, Primal Calamity, Wurmcoil Engine, Verdant Sun's Avatar, or Dragonlord Dromoka. You don't lose life when you're dealt damage by Mana Vault or Ruric Thar, the Unbowed. You're not allowed to pay life to activate fetch lands, to let a shockland enter untapped, or to keep extra cards from Sylvan Library.
5 days ago
I'm currently working on a Mayael the Anima Deck. Some cards manipulate life in some way. Such things include Shocklands, Fetchlands, Zacama, Primal Calamity, Wurmcoil Engine, Verdant Sun's Avatar, Dragonlord Dromoka, Sylvan Library, Mana Vault, & Ruric Thar, the Unbowed. Based on these Rulings...
1/1/2011 The ability doesn’t prevent damage. Rather, it changes the results of that damage. For example, if a creature with lifelink deals damage to you, you won’t lose any life, but its controller will still gain that much life. Similarly, if a creature you control with lifelink deals damage to another player, that player will lose life but you won’t gain any life. Notably, if a creature with infect deals damage to you, you’ll get that many poison counters.
1/1/2011 Abilities that trigger whenever damage is dealt to you will still trigger because that damage is still dealt, even though your life total doesn’t change as a result.
1/1/2011 Spells and abilities that would normally cause you to gain or lose life still resolve, but the life-gain or life-loss part simply has no effect.
1/1/2011 You can’t pay a cost that includes the payment of any amount of life other than 0 life.
How would each aforementioned card work? From there, I'll decide what stays in the deck...
Thanks, just in case one answers this huge wall...
3 weeks ago
Are you asking if you have no cards in your library? Nothing occurs, you don't lose or anything, but since you have no cards to look at, sacrificing the creature doesn't do anything. It is like you can still damage a player with Platinum Emperion on the field, it just doesn't affect their life total.
3 weeks ago
You could swap out the instants and sorceries so Vaevictis has a higher success rate.
Engulfing Slagwurm is great to block any troublesome creature, or attack with it and force opponents to block. Flameblade Angel burns opponents when they attack or block you. Hornet Nest can give you lots of deadly tokens when opponents attack you. Dinosaurs with enrage like Polyraptor, Ripjaw Raptor, and Silverclad Ferocidons could be helpful.
Similarly, Phyrexian Obliterator, Vengeful Pharaoh, Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, and Dread, with the Pharaoh being great to sacrifice to Vaevictis since it comes back, and Mikaeus bringing almost all your creatures back again. Vigor just protects all your creatures from combat damage and makes them even bigger.
3 weeks ago
This: "Just because "paying the cost" in this case translates to basically "do nothing", you are still able to pay it" is precisely incorrect.
601.2h The player pays the total cost in any order. Partial payments are not allowed. Unpayable costs can’t be paid.
4 weeks ago
Jimmy_Chinchila - I like where your mind is at! Those cards never even crossed my mind when building this deck! Given that I don't have many ways of gaining life and I actively have ways to not gain life in this deck, I don't feel like I would be able to make full usage of Lich's Mastery and in many cases I could see it hurting me more than helping me. Platinum Emperion and Platinum Angel on the other hand I really like. I'm a little scared that they'll be like Kaervek the Merciless was in this deck and be a high CMC card that gets immediately removed before it has any impact due to my lack of protection in this deck. But since it's not actively damaging anyone else, maybe they'll draw less hate. Once I find the next underperformer in this deck I'll swap it out with one of those to give it a test run!
Gleeock - That card is hilarious! I almost want to build a deck solely based around it. Whereas this deck is pretty much purely "group-slug" I could see a deck built around that card being some weird hybrid of group hug and group slug with cards from this deck like Zo-Zu the Punisher, Manabarbs, & Ankh of Mishra while also having cards like Mana Flare, Ghost Quarter, Old-Growth Dryads, or Tempt with Discovery to have players ramp and hit those "punishing landfall" triggers like Ankh of Mishra. Not quite sure how the stack works in this case, but you could even potentially also try and get lucky with Warp World and see if you can Ankh or Zo-zu from your library to have players take damage from the lands they put into play from it. Either way, that's a really fun card!
acscreamholy - I've considered it and reconsidered it over and over. I'm still considering it! Unfortunately it only takes out one player at a time before you need to sacrifice Xantcha to do it again and you don't want to leave Xantcha under your control for an extended period of time. So it essentially takes a 2 card combo and turns it into a 3 card combo once you include a sacrifice outlet. I also don't have a lot of colorless mana sinks aside from Xantcha or Exsanguinate; so generating infinite colorless mana in this deck is much less useful than in most other decks. All that being said, it still is a way to take a player out of the game and it still is infinite colorless mana so it's definitely worth considering. I just would need to find approximately 5 slots for it (rings, monolith, and probably a minimum of 3 sacrifice outlets) and that's the hard part to do. Thanks for the suggestion and I didn't realize it wasn't in my "maybeboard" until you suggested it! Throwing it in right now.
4 weeks ago
1 month ago
Some other cards that you can use to dump things in the gy are Tormenting Voice and Cathartic Reunion. I think you should go down on the Wall of Omens since you mostly want to reanimate big things and Mardu is the best color combination for removal, which lets you focus on disrupting with removal spells until turn 4 when you can reanimate something big; if you wanted to keep them for the grindy value that might be ok though. I'd also take out the Bedlam Revelers, they're better in lower cmc spell based decks. You could play Shriekmaw in one of those slots.
Another thing you can do with this deck is add in Madcap Experiment and Platinum Emperion; that way you have a potentially game-ending lock against aggro decks, letting you focus more of your slots towards the unfair matchups (as in play more discard). You wouldn't be able to play any other artifacts though, unless you just board out the Madcap Experiments if you need to bring in Damping Spheres or something.