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4 days ago
I like what you're going for here, but I see some places where you might consider changes. Specifically I like your cantripping combat tricks (buff, commander trigger, and replace themselves, all pretty great), and I like using Prowess creatures to sort of double-dip on the effect your Commander provides.
Your average CMC is nice and low, which is great. Unfortunately you're not running very much ramp, in combination with a somewhat low land count. A deck like this is going to be deceptively mana-hungry - you only get your Commander's buff till end of turn, so ideally you want to cast multiple spells in a single turn to pump the team as much as possible. Preferably mid-combat. Multiple spells means a lot of mana. I'd look at adding rocks, especially rocks that are 2CMC or less. Wayfarer's Bauble, Fellwar Stone, Coldsteel Heart, Star Compass are all great budget rocks for a 2-color mana base. Slightly more expensive are Fire Diamond, Sky Diamond, and Gilded Lotus. Since you're using combat and only running two colors, Sword of the Animist would work well too.
You have a decent number of cost-reducers for instants and sorceries, but I;ve always found that those aren;t really a good substitute for ramp. They're great cards, and if you build the deck with lots of instants/sorceries with generic mana costs they can really help you cast multiple spells in a turn, but they supplement ramp, they can't actually replace it. Similarly, Mana Geyser costs 5 - it's not really "ramp." It's a one-time effect for a big turn, but you need enough ramp to be able to cast a 5CMC ritual in the first place.
You're running several cards that are more optimized for 1v1, 20-life formats. I'm talking about Lightning Bolt, Lightning Strike, and Wizard's Lightning. There are times to play these in Commander, but typically only as part of a combo (Bolt doesnt do much in Commander...unless you can cast infinite bolts, which can be fun). There are much better removal options: Rapid Hybridization, Pongify, Reality Shift, Echoing Truth, Curse of the Swine, Snap, Into the Roil, Commit / Memory, Blink of an Eye. I believe these are all dirt cheap, and most are instants, so you can cast them during combat.
If you can spare the cash (and hopefully it'll get a reprint in the next Ravnica set), Cyclonic Rift is the 2nd most-played card in Commander for good reason. It's some of the best removal available in any color.
Also bear in mind that "copy spell" effects don;t provide additional cast triggers. If you use Bonus Round, then cast Brainstorm, you still only get two cast triggers total, even though three spells will resolve. To get extra cast triggers you need wording like on Isochron Scepter - "you may cast the copy."
Card draw is fantastically important, and so is evasion. Open Into Wonder does both for you. Kindred Discovery would be pretty much perfect for this deck, and I think it came in this precon so you might already have a copy; otherwise I think the price has risen unfortunately. Card is a powerhouse for tribal decks.
Also great for tribal decks are some universal pump effects. Shared Animosity, Coat of Arms, Vanquisher's Banner (also draws cards), Door of Destinies, Adaptive Automaton, Metallic Mimic, Obelisk of Urd all work well. If you can generate tokens consistently, Eldrazi Monument gives evasion, pump, and makes your Wizards indestructible. For some mana-doubling, Caged Sun and Gauntlet of Power can make your lands produce more mana and also pump your creatures.
Also consider some Buyback cards - you can spend extra mana to put them back into your hand isntead of the grave as part of their resolution. Capsize, Haze of Rage (this one is particularly perfect for you - the combination of Buyback and Storm pumping your entire team is nuts), Mystic Speculation, Shattering Pulse, Whispers of the Muse, and Seething Anger all look pretty good for this deck.
Now, combat damage with no infinite combos is pretty tough to pull off in Commander, where you have 3 opponents typically and everybody starts with 40 life. Thats a lot of damage you need to rack up, and your combat buff effects basically all wear off at the end of the turn, leaving you with a bunch of low-power Wizards for the next turn. I'm going to make some combo-based suggestions - this would be perfectly acceptable in my meta, but everybody's playgroup is different. Some of this will be dirt cheap, some of it will cost a little.
You're already running Isochron Scepter. This card is phenomenal. It can help you pull off your main game plan (smash with Wizards), and it can also provide alternative win conditions that you can use if combat becomes unfavorable.
Scepter imprinting Dramatic Reversal with enough non-land mana sources to produce 2 mana will untap all your mana rocks, all your Wizards...and the Scepter itself, which lets you reuse it. And it casts the Imprinted card, so you get an Adelize trigger every time. You can do this infinitely to make your whole team infinitely large. If your mana rocks can produce 3 or more mana, you also can produce infinite mana.
You can also pair the Scepter with Paradox Engine. This starts to get crazy, because the Engine basically provides the same effect as Dramatic Reversal, but you an Imprint something else onto the Scepter. For example, you can Imprint Reality Shift. Activate Scepter to cast a copy of Shift, targeting an opponent's creature. Engine triggers, untapping the Scepter and your mana rocks. Reality Shift resolves, exiling the creature, and turning the top card of their library into a new creature. Activate the Scepter again to exile the Manifest creature and Manifest the next card of their library. Rinse and repeat until their entire library is in exile. Do that again for all of your opponents who have a creature out. Pass the turn, and let them lose from drawing on an empty deck. You can see how flexible this is. Opponents can stop you with well-timed interaction, but it works super well, and you're playing Blue, so you can hold counterspells to protect yourself. Engine is going up in price, I think its about $20 now, but it's well worth the buy. It'll only get more expensive.
1 week ago
Your curve seems very high; how does this deck perform in the early-mid game? I run a Sidisi deck that's somewhat similar to yours (I focus more on token duplication and slight Zombie tribal instead of ETB's specifically though) and I think the deck might perform much better if you add more removal, self-mill, draw and ramp in the 2-3 slot and cut down on your bombs. That way you'll be able to ensure that the board state doesn't spiral out of control before you can land stuff like Hornet Queen or one of your combos. Here's my list for context. Sort it by CMC and you'll see what I mean.
In terms of specific card recommendations, Hermit Druid is pretty ridiculous in 3 colour decks, especially since you're only running 9 basics; it'll most likely throw a bunch of cards in your graveyard early-game while helping you stabilize your land drops. Pongify and Rapid Hybridization are fantastic removal at any point in the game while being more "fun" than typical removal (I don't run them in Sidisi because 3/3's can block and kill her; instead I run Reality Shift and also Beast Within solely due to how versatile it is).
I'd swap cards like Regal Behemoth and Zendikar Resurgent for more early-game ramp like Wood Elves, Sakura-Tribe Elder, Krosan Restorer and Farseek. Victimize is premium recursion, especially since a lot of your creatures are disposable due to having ETB's.
Other than that, you might see some specific cards in my list that you like the look of. I try to restrict myself by not running any tutors or infinites and I find that no two games with the deck are ever the same, which I really enjoy. Hope that helps.
2 weeks ago
I like the deck, although I'd feel more comfortable with Thrun, the Last Troll as the aura host in addition to the Spiritdancer. Since Tuvasa only cares about what you control. So, I agree with Noelqkazoo with the other players killing your Commander if you are planing on attaching the Auras to him/her.
I also think Mystical Tutor is a must if you plan to use approach. Especially if you hit Approach with Primal Surge. Also, I can't seem to play green, white and blue without Krosan Grip, Pongify, Swords to Plowshares, and at least 3-5 counterspells.
And, if I am playing Approach, I am definitely playing Boseiju, Who Shelters All with Expedition Map / Sylvan Scrying in order to fetch it. Just because there will be a dude like me playing at least 3-5 counterspells lol.
Also, Asceticism is really good with the limited amount of creatures you have, plus it's an enchantment.
Why no Enlightened Tutor ?
2 weeks ago
Yes, I apologize, I think you misunderstand. I said I was upset over your previous comment on the Tier list, not that I was upset at you. Semantics.
You don't run Mental Misstep, a cEDH staple, Blink of an Eye, a second Into the Roil, Snapcaster Mage, a classic that though Mission Briefing beats, I think would be better with both, Arbor Elf, Priest of Titania, and Boreal Druid for more mana, with Bloom Tender & Devoted Druid as other possible additions.
Gitaxian Probe, a free cast on your turn, Rapid Hybridization, a second Pongify, Repeal (I am a personal fan of this, bouncing Mox Diamonds and Chrome Moxs to make them use another card and I replace mine is really nice, while triggering Rashmi.), High Tide to make more mana, Enter the Infinite, the best wincon in this list, Sapphire Medallion, a huge boon to this deck, giving you tons of mana, and Unsubstantiate as another counterspell that has a lot of versatility.
I'd also drop Spell Snare
4 weeks ago
1 month ago
I assume you have counters in the deck...but here are some suggestions anyway, in case you haven't heard of them: Ionize, Disallow, Counterflux, Misdirection, Rewind, Summary Dismissal (personal favorite of mine), Overwhelming Denial, Arcane Denial, Negate, Essence Scatter...
I know most pillow fort cards aren't instants or sorceries, but if your problem is getting overrun in combat, you could try Propaganda and the like.
Hope this helps!
1 month ago
1 month ago
Curse of the Swine
Go for the Throat
Chain of Vapor