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Search target opponent's library for a card and exile it face down, then that player shuffles his or her library. As long as it remains exiled, you may look at it and cast it as though it were in your hand.
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Praetor's Grasp Discussion
4 days ago
deck looks good and budget! just some ideas to help get by some front lines could add, Rogue's Passage , Whispersilk Cloak just for an easy way to get by. i play against a lot of mass token decks so i find these help me set up some combos.
Glissa, the Traitor is a good add if you have trouble keeping all your artifacts up.
Triumph of the Hordes has been a game ender for me since the amount of poison you can get off in a single turn. plus if you have Contagion Engine & Contagion Clasp. Phyrexian Swarmlord is a high cost but does have the chance to refill your board if your wiped out (:
5 days ago
Tap lands like Dismal Backwater or Jwar Isle Refuge can go. Here's some lands you don't have listed that are good in my opinion Sunken Hollow, Watery Grave, Tainted Isle, Sunken Ruins and Ash Barrens.
Dreamborn Muse, Riddlekeeper, Oblivion Sower can be good if you're exiling stuff, Manic Scribe, Crypt Ghast, Mortivore maybe?, Guiltfeeder, Nighthowler, Eater of the Dead, King Macar, the Gold-Cursed, Thousand-Year Elixir, Wight of Precinct Six, Consecrated Sphinx, Arcane Denial, Mirage Mirror can be secretly good, Stolen Goods, Praetor's Grasp and Dream Fracture.
I feel like the defender route can be... alright but with dimir you might as well just have good useful creatures that so happen to have decent toughness... also I feel like Jace, Vryn's Prodigy Flip, Oona, Queen of the Fae, Thunder Wall, Wall of Spears, Reinforced Bulwark, and Psychic Membrane are either don't fit or you can find something better.
2 weeks ago
The first card that comes to mind is Yahenni, Undying Partisan; it's a step toward the speed problem and not enough fatty problem, and fits the sac theme if you decide that. Sometimes to speed up your game, you have to slow down your opponent with Frozen AEther, Urabrask the Hidden, Baral's Expertise (which speeds you up as well), Vandalblast, Static Orb, etc. Beside that, there's ramp and sneaking in cards to really speed up your game. Consider Sneak Attack or Quicksilver Amulet, Deathrender or Clone Shell; also consider rocks like Commander's Sphere, Dreamstone Hedron, Hedron Archive, Heartstone/ Carnival of Souls for unearth, Semblance Anvil and Nightscape Familiar. There's also cards that help your opponent as well, but if you've more value it could work: Mana Flare, Dream Halls, Braids, Conjurer Adept.
Situations where you're in a stahlwart, loosing, and have huge problems, are different from situation where you're at parity and have equal footing. At parity, card advantage and evasion rule. Chariot of Victory and Haunted Cloak, Archetype of Endurance/ Archetype of Aggression/ Filth/ Wonder/ Brawn, Hot Soup/ Deepfathom Skulker/ Whispersilk Cloak, maybe Trailblazer's Boots or Prowler's Helm, all of these can help close a game. This deck needs much more draw, especially with some discard outlets you have. Cards like Arcanis/ Humble Defector (good unearth target), Skullclamp, The Immortal Sun, Harvester of Souls, Phyrexian Arena, Divination/ Faithless Looting/ Concentrate, Chandra, Flamecaller, Open Into Wonder. If you're loosing, usually board wipes are the best answer. Black Sun's Zenith, Toxic Deluge, Archfiend of Depravity, Perilous Vault/ Worldfire, All Is Dust, all for dealing with indestructible. You could also add some fatties or deathtouchers like Taurean Mauler, Consuming Aberration, Scourge of Geier Reach, Nighthowler, Ophiomancer, Ogre Slumlord.
It's rather hard to suggest versatile cards without answering direct metas, do you have any specific cards or strategies giving you trouble right now?
For general versatility, there's Rakdos Charm/ Rampaging Ferocidon, Gravepurge/ Footbottom Feast to protect your graveyard, which is rather important in this deck, Thief of Blood/ Vampire Hexmage for atraxa/ planeswalkers. For a combo heavy meta, there's Time Stop/ Summary Dismissal, Torpor Orb/ Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Praetor's Grasp/ Sadistic Sacrament to extract combo pieces. Stranglehold, Defense Grid/ Wild Ricochet (which is a counterspell) for control decks. Clever Impersonator or Phyrexian Metamorph adds a bunch of versatility, maybe some tutors to directly answer something.
For this deck, I would reinforce your themes of mill, reanimation, and draw, and probably add more ramp and board wipes. I personally like ETB/ death triggers over big 'uns and tokens, so that's going to heavily influence my opinion. If you were to go wide, you could add threaten effects and Faerie Artisans to sac them, you could add Genesis Chamber/ Grave Titan/ Wurmcoil Engines/ Spawning Pit for tokens, Dragon Throne of Tarkir for combat tricks. Also, to make the deck stronger, I could point out some of the weaker cards. Like Worn Powerstone, I'd rather add Hedron Archive or Dreamstone Hedron; Star Compass is OK, but I wanted to point it out because it doesn't fix your colors, I'd suggest Realmwright to unearth/ Fellwar Stone; Spell Pierce is not too good in my opinion as is way too easy to pay, I'd rather have Mental Misstep/ Foil; Death's Approach can be replaced with Snuff Out, Sudden Death, Sickening Shoal with all the big creatures you have. You made a lot of good picks though, like Teferi's Veil, Flayer of the Hatebound, Stitch Together, etc., those are rather strong in my opinion.
If I had the commanders or strategies you're facing I think I could answer better, but I hope this helps you take step towards a stronger deck! I'm always here
2 weeks ago
jacobmcguffin: It is up to you but I try to evaluate cards at their best and worst case scenario. Possibility Storm adds a lot or randomness and can be incredibly detrimental to you (imagine trying to counter something that is going to cause you to lose with it in play, also 5CMC cards are painful from an Ad Nauseam) but does have a decent upside with your commander in play while still being disruptive to your opponents. If you think the risk is worth it, by all means. Blood Funnel also has a similar risk/reward position but is a huge risk if your commander is removed. The same could be said of Nether Void but if you can't guarantee your commander will be in play, requiring 3 more mana for all of your spells will likely mean you cannot win. Praetor's Grasp and Thada Adel, Acquisitor are decent cards even without your commander (Praetor's Grasp > Thada Adel, Acquisitor) so I could definitely see an argument for those.
loopsorspool The biggest difference between casual and competitive EDH is that in competitive, people run a lot more instant speed interaction and most decks are looking for the fastest, most efficient way to win which means most people are playing fast combo or stax to prevent the fast combo decks from winning. Generally speaking, the decks that play creatures and turn them sideways are not common. Also, your deck either needs to be fast enough to race decks that consistently win within the first three turns or have enough interaction that you can hold your own against them. Most decks try to do a bit of both and most of the dedicated fast combo decks still have a decent amount of interaction. This is why cards like Mental Misstep are actually incredibly powerful in competitive EDH where they are more or less useless in casual.
2 weeks ago
I think it mainly depends on your meta. If you're playing against a lot of combo decks, then I could definitely see Sadistic Sacrament doing some work. The biggest downside is that you're only effecting one other player. Praetor's Grasp at least allows you to play the piece you stole, which can help out tremendously depending on if it's a ramp piece like Mana Crypt or just a backup Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker.
2 weeks ago
I don't know, I'm a rather casual EDH player, so I don't really know how competitive really works. You also want might want to run Blood Funnel. It would make your artifacts cost 2 less and you don't have to sacrifice any creatures to cast your artifacts. You could also play Nether Void, it basically makes all cards cost 3 more except your artifacts which you let get countered then pull them back out again with Mishra. Oh, Praetor's Grasp and Thada Adel, Acquisitor. You might not have a second copy of any artifact in your library, but they will. Just be sure to pull out an artifact that you also run so you can pull out your own when you play theirs.
2 weeks ago
I think that one of Praetor's Grasp advantage is that it can double as a tutor in certain tables, not saying that it is less color intensive. Anyway, Sadistic Sacrament looks like it could have some place in this deck. Let me know your experience with said card!
2 weeks ago
Hey, what about Sadistic Sacrament over Praetor's Grasp? I know it's and that can be demanding for us, but being able to take out combo PIECES vs. a single piece could be very worthwhile. I'm gonna test it in my own build