Ponder

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2018 (C18) Common
2012 Core Set (M12) Common
2010 Core Set (M10) Common
Lorwyn (LRW) Common
Promo Set (000) Common

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Ponder

Sorcery

Look at the top three cards of your library, then put them back in any order. You may shuffle your library.

Draw a card.

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Ponder Discussion

multimedia on Budget Niv-Mizzet, Parun Combo EDH

1 day ago

Hey, saw your forum topic asking for help. Nice budget deck :) What is the max budget amount?

Budget cards ($4 or less each) to consider adding:

Cards to consider cutting:

  • 1x Mountain
  • Izzet Guildgate
  • Highland Land
  • Chemister's Insight
  • Dismiss
  • Ionize
  • Dissolve
  • Opportunity
  • Deep Analysis
  • Shock
  • Starstorm
  • Lightning Strike
  • Erratic Cyclops
  • Gelectrode
  • Crackling Drake
  • Enigma Drake
  • Wee Dragonauts
  • Spellheart Chimera
  • Beacon Bolt
  • Concentrate
  • Foresee
  • Corrupted Grafstone
  • Vessel of Endless Rest

If you would like I offer more help. Good luck with your deck.


kaluzzay on Budget Formatless Decks

4 days ago

Hello everyone.

Me and my friends are trying to build ultra-budget formatless decks to play "competitively" against each other. The restriction is it cant be more expensive (based on a particular website min. price) than 15 dollars.

I started sketching some decks online based on strong cards that are also cheap or banned in other formats. For example i could use Ponder and Brainstorm and even Treasure Cruise and Hymn to Tourach .

i came up with this:

1 - UR Spells shell deck, using Thermo-Alchemist and Electrostatic Field together with Curiosity and cheap shocks/bolts, cantrips. Link -> UR Spells

2- Monoblack shell with discards, Smallpox , Pox , Shrieking Affliction and The Rack Link -> Budget Smallpox

3- UR Shell with Kiln Fiend and Nivix Cyclops Strategy. Link -> UR Kiln Fiend

4- Infect based, since we have acess to Invigorate , but the list seems too fragile and slow without room for Mutagenic Growth , even running BS and Ponder.

Ill be linking the decks ASAP here.

do you guys have any cool ideas for decks that i can come up with that are strong and fast, or maybe some weird control or combo deck would be nice too. Id like some kind of Balance deck xD

4doublexx on Budget Fullmetal Narset V.2

4 days ago

Heyo! So it looks pretty good. I'm going to assume the win condition here is mostly through an Enter the Infinite and Omniscience . I'm worried however that some of the big X mana spells are going to get lost. I can't see a way to generate infinite mana, so you can put a bunch into them, but they are not going to be game winners. If you want to go for the Narset turns kind of build, I would learn much more heavily into extra turn cards, and get rid of things that aren't that.

I would also keep Ponder and Serum Visions in your deck. They are powerhouses. Cantrips in Narset are just really really good. You essentially are wanting to hit a land drop for 3-4 turns and play rocks on t1-t3. So you can t3-t4 out a narset and then start getting stuff for free.

Aetherflux Reservoir is also probably an auto include because of how fantastic Narset can storm off. You already have one of the good storm cards, but I'd look into Empty the Warrens and Temporal Fissure all of these can be great wincons for storming out.

Hopefully this helps!

multimedia on KullaBunny Jeleva

1 week ago

Hey, nice start for a budget upgrade of the precon.

With Jeleva you don't have to go completely over the top with all splashy high mana cost spells, some is good. You can benefit from Jeleva by simply getting card advantage when she attacks from a low mana cost spell you exiled with her especially a draw spell such as Brainstorm or a tutor such as Gamble .

Budget cards ($5 or less each) to consider adding:

Lots of creatures goes against Jeleva's ability. If you have a lot of creatures then it makes it more difficult for you to hit an instant/sorcery to exile. You want to benefit from Jeleva's ETB ability too, not just exile your opponents spells.


Cards to consider cutting:

  • Dimir Guildgate
  • Izzet Guildgate
  • Rakdos Guildgate
  • Temple of the False God
  • Vivid Creek
  • Vivid Marsh
  • Baleful Strix
  • Dimir Doppelganger
  • Djinn Illuminatus
  • Fog Bank
  • Nekusar, the Mindrazer
  • Thraximundar
  • Tsabo Tavoc
  • Uyo, Silent Prophet
  • Vampire Nighthawk
  • Hypersonic Dragon
  • Fissure Vent
  • Liturgy of Blood
  • Molten Disaster
  • Tempt with Reflections
  • Annihilate
  • Price of Fame
  • Starstorm
  • Spiteful Visions
  • Illusionist's Gambit
  • Phthisis

If you like these suggestions then I offer more help. Good luck with your deck.


goodair on Kruphixer Upper

1 week ago

As of cards to add and relatively budget: (also your deck wants to have alot of instant speed/flash stuff, always leave your mana up to plays spells not on your turn or float the mana if nothing important happened.
Wilderness Reclamation
Tatyova, Benthic Druid
Blue Sun's Zenith
Stroke of Genius
Pull from Tomorrow
Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix
Curse of the Swine
Nezahal, Primal Tide
Ponder
Rewind
Plasm Capture
Genesis Wave

DuTogira on Can Counterbalance Mimic Chalice of ...

1 week ago

Counterbalance is strong no doubt... but part of what really makes it worth playing is having a critical mass of control over the top card of your library. Legacy had that with Brainstorm and Sensei's Divining Top , as well as fetchlands. Modern (being slower) can actually et away with something similar using fetchlands and Jace, the Mind Sculptor (plus some intelligent play) to do a reasonable impression of legacy's fetchlands and Brainstorm . The real downside here is that in legacy, Sensei's Divining Top , fetches, and Brainstorm all play at instant speed, which is critical for a control deck. In modern, you can still fetch at instant speed, but modern's instant speed top deck manipulation is severely lacking. Jace, the Mind Sculptor is ok at the manipulation aspect but is slow. Ponder is slow. Opt doesn't actually let you manipulate what the card on top of your deck is, they just help manipulate draws. There's not even something as bad as instant speed Mystic Speculation .

Not saying you can't make it work, but rather that you have to really work a lot harder to stack the top of your deck in modern, and even if you do, your opponent only has to get hit by Counterbalance once to know that it's just blocking one specific CMC for that turn, so you still frequently have to hold up counter magics even with Counterbalance in play, which sort of defeats the point.

Now that top is banned in legacy, I don't think Counterbalance even sees legacy play still. Again not saying you can't use it modern, but rather that it lacks the critical support to really make it go hog wild and worth building a deck around. Otherwise... your deck has to keep a few other answers up its sleeves just in case, and the Counterbalance is more of a "heart of the cards" aspect than an actual wincon/strategy.

SynergyBuild on UB Teaching Fish

1 week ago

I think Ponder would be better than Preordain.

praetor605 on Wheelfinity

1 week ago

Hi, nice deck. I just recently built a Niv deck as well and would suggest a few things. Take a hard look at any lands that do not tap for color mana, cause Niv is tough to cast so any colorless lands need to really be worth it. Along the same lines, you want artifacts that tap for color mana, so Commander's Sphere , Coalition Relic , and even Fellwar Stone and better than something like Thought Vessel . Finally, I would replace some of the higher cmc cards like Ring of Three Wishes and Planar Bridge with cheaper cantrips like Ponder , Preordain , and Brainstorm . These cheaper spells are really the gas that can get Niv rolling. Hope this helps, and good luck with the deck!

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Ponder occurrence in decks from the last year

Legacy:

All decks: 2.41%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.15%

Blue: 0.84%

W/U (Azorius): 1.52%

U/R (Izzet): 1.21%

U/B (Dimir): 1.27%

G/U (Simic): 0.53%

W/U/B (Esper): 0.81%

U/B/R (Grixis): 0.79%