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Creature — Shapeshifter
Raid - If you attacked with a creature this turn, you may have Protean Raider enter the battlefield as a copy of any creature on the battlefield.
Protean Raider Discussion
4 weeks ago
Also for your mana curve I think if you want more 2 drops you might consider running 4 of Young Pyromancer and then maybe adding a flexible card like Izzet Charm . You can counter a non creature spell, do some spot removal, or get to your top end faster in 1 card. You could just cut a few 3 drops. My first cuts would be Protean Raider , or Call to Mind or Unwind . If you want more cards on your top end Ral, Storm Conduit might be good as a one or two of.
1 month ago
I would definitely drop all copies of Lighthouse Chronologist . I takes Waaay to much mana to be good for anything and if you are playing a control deck, you want your mana available at all times, for a counterspell or some quick removal. I would also look to drop some of your creatures, particularily some of the more expensive ones(mana wise) like Dominus of Fealty . This is Modern and is incredibly fast. I would look at a Snapcaster Mage for an increased threat of control or Torrential Gearhulk for a good end game threat. Counterspells are always something you need so, id suggest dropping Protean Raider for maybe a Mana Leak . Or maybe Opt / Serum Visions because you dont seem to have much card draw. Which brings me to another point. Control decks must, Must, MUST have a fair amount of card draw in them. You need to have your hand stocked with what you need so that you can respond to things when they pop up, not 2 turns later. I would suggest not only Opt / Serum Visions but Chart a Course and maybe Merfolk Looter which can help keep your hand at an even 7, while still making spells available using previously mentioned cards like Snapcaster Mage , Torrential Gearhulk , and Call to Mind .
1 month ago
Congratulations for your deck! I like the idea of cloning stuff, and I am still trying to find a build that works. If I can give you a hint, prefer cards that can clone any creature on the field over the cards that can only clone your creatures (everyone should have a Consecrated Sphinx , right? Not only your opponent).
I don't feel like would help you much with cloning. The best (and maybe only) white card that refers to cloning is Mirrorweave .
If you look at https://edhrec.com/themes/clones, you will see that almost all clone effects are blue: Clone , Vizier of Many Faces , Gigantoplasm , Vesuvan Shapeshifter , Body Double , Mirror Image , Supplant Form , Blatant Thievery , Clone Legion , Mirror Match . If you want to copy spells aswell, Insidious Will , Swarm Intelligence and Spelltwine are there for you.
gives you Evil Twin and all black tutors and removal.
gives you Altered Ego , Progenitor Mimic , Spitting Image and all of green ramp and removal. For me, it is the best color to splash on a blue clone deck, because it also allows the Biovisionary alternative win-condition.
As long as commander suggestions are concerned, here are some ideas:
Riku of Two Reflections is the go-to clone commander. He has all the relevant colors for cloning (), but he is crazy expensive at 20 dollars, so it might be good to consider other options:
You can have Keiga, the Tide Star as your commander. This way, you can clone him and let the copy Keiga die to the legend rule. When the Keiga copy dies, you can steal an opponent's creature, while still having the original Keiga.
You can have Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer as your commander. He is a win condition by himself, giving tokens haste and making all of them bigger. Red gives you a lot of token generators: Brass's Bounty , Flameshadow Conjuring , Storm the Vault Flip among others. Imagine creating a token copy of a Kokusho, the Evening Star , then turn all your tokens into Kokusho, then sacrificing all them to the legend rule, then draining all your oponents for lethal. Great value!
You can have Tatyova, Benthic Druid as your commander. She doesn't refer to a clone strategy, but she gives a lot of card draw by just playing lands (your hand will always be filled). You can clone Rampaging Baloths and Avenger of Zendikar for a massive win. Also, you have access to all the blue-green clones and the Biovisionary + Rite of Replication combo.
If you want to use altogether, you might consider Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder or Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis . Yidris allows you to use Evil Twin and all the black removal. Yidris also increases the value you get from playing spells by cascading into other spells. // K&T, on the other hand, gives you card advantage and makes you less threatening while you build your board. White also gives you access to great boardwipes ( Austere Command ).
All in all, good luck in your deckbuilding and have fun!
1 month ago
A few thoughts. This is gonna be some word vomit, so take what you please. I'm also only going to suggest more budget-friendly cards, since this is casual (so no Cyclonic Rift ).
- My first thought is to get this strictly down to 60 cards. Your chances of getting to what you need is significantly higher for every number you go above 60. With a deck like this, cut it down to about 23 lands, and fill in the rest.
- Take out Kasmina's Transmutation . There are so many good red/blue removal. From Lightning Bolt to Lava Coil ; from Vapor Snag to Curse of the Swine .
- You don't want too many counterspells, cause permanent removal is just as good most of the time, so I'd take out Counterflux and bump up Ionize to four copies.
- Hijack should definitely be a sideboard card, since control is a popular archetype. Same goes for Protean Raider .
- You have more than , so Pyromancer's Goggles might not be the best fit, but running a 1 of isn't too bad.
- You can never have too many Young Pyromancer s if you are running spells! Also see Murmuring Mystic and Talrand, Sky Summoner .
- Keranos, God of Storms is legendary and top of your curve. Consider cutting 1-2, but definitely leave him.
1 month ago
ETB Clones: Infinite Reflection , Mirrorpool , Spark Double , Vesuvan Shapeshifter , Body Double , Clever Impersonator , Dack's Duplicate , Evil Twin , Gigantoplasm , Mirror Image , Phantasmal Image , Phyrexian Metamorph , Protean Raider , Quicksilver Gargantuan , Progenitor Mimic , Sakashima the Impostor , Sakashima's Student , Stunt Double , Vizier of Many Faces , Altered Ego , Bramble Sovereign .
Just some cards, hope that helps.
2 months ago
That is if you decide to follow with Marchesa as commander. If you go the route of Beckett Brass, I think you then need some things like Nemesis Mask , Demoralize , Panic Attack , Outmaneuver ... things that help your creatures become harder to block. Also, more shapeshifters could be a good thing (i.e. Dack's Duplicate , Protean Raider , Clever Impersonator etc.).
Also, because a good amount of pirates create treasures and so do some other flavorful Ixalan sorceries, instants, artifacts... it probably would save you some slots to not run things like Chromatic Lantern since treasures are technically mana fixers.
Hope that helps! Feel free to ask for more input. I love the Ixalan-Pirates theme.
2 months ago
Protean Raider seems to fit your gameplan quite well too,...
4 months ago
This is a challenging tribe to build around. I would recommend checking out Saffron Olive's video on finding the competitive advantage of your tribe. Also, Tomer built a phoenix tribal deck for Commander Clash not too long ago. Watch the end to see how he wins, because it's pretty great.
In terms of specific cards, I think Mana Echoes would go well, since you need a lot of mana to enable phoenixes. Thundermaw Hellkite could be good. Lose Temple of the False God and Dormant Volcano , though, because those are awful cards. The former because it's useless as a 3rd, 4th, or 5th land, and the latter because it's just asking to be strip-mined and is both slow and makes colorless mana.
Finally, you might want to consider adding a second color. For example, in blue, you gain access to Favorable Winds , Gravitational Shift (It's freaking Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite in your deck), Sprite Noble , Stormtide Leviathan , Windstorm Drake , Warden of Evos Isle , Windreader Sphinx , Kindred Discovery , Call to the Kindred , Distant Melody , Mistform Warchief , Faces of the Past , Riptide Shapeshifter , Saheeli's Artistry , Sakashima's Student , Sakashima the Impostor , Metamorphic Alteration , Phantasmal Image , Clone , Quicksilver Gargantuan , Protean Raider , Mirror Image , Gigantoplasm , Stunt Double , Clever Impersonator , Dack's Duplicate , Phyrexian Metamorph , Coastal Piracy , and Bident of Thassa .
In white, you get Archon of Redemption , Energy Storm , Magus of the Moat (and Moat if you have unlimited money), Radiant, Archangel , Serra Aviary , Soulcatcher , Spirit of the Spires , Harsh Mercy , Shared Triumph , Kindred Boon , Mirror Entity , Radiant Destiny , . Going into Jeskai also gives you Teferi's Moat and Thunderclap Wyvern .
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