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Quest for Ula's Temple
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may look at the top card of your library. If it's a creature card, you may reveal it and put a quest counter on Quest for Ula's Temple.
At the beginning of each end step, if there are three or more quest counters on Quest for Ula's Temple, you may put a Kraken, Leviathan, Octopus, or Serpent creature card from your hand onto the battlefield.
Quest for Ula's Temple Discussion
3 weeks ago
Kiora, the Crashing Wave is kinda a pet card that I've always wanted to build around and whenever I do I seem to always end up with a deck that feels more like a deck that happens to have her in it rather than a deck truly built around her... I've messed with Quest for Ula's Temple and a few gimmicky simic counter decks and they just didn't quite feel right.
I'm think really leaning towards building a turbofog brew with proliferate spells to get the -5 emblem accompanied by a Whelming Wave for a win condition. (Avoiding the typical mill strategy)
Does anyone have any thoughts on good sideboard options for simic colors to assist with noncombat oriented/combo decks?... so far Negate , Dispel and Beast Within seem to be the main things that speak to me.
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1 month ago
This looks pretty interesting. I'd consider leaning into an entirely colourless package with tron lands, and use Fist of Suns , but the bringers deserve to see the light. There are a lot of 'cheat big stuff' shells out there. Being reanimator is likely the strongest option, and I might try the dice archetype's mana package, to just make a ton of mana. Far from the most fun.
Pentad Prism is used to power out ad-nausiem, and artifact ramp cards offer options.
The unique thing about the big changeling is that he can abuse tribal cards. So go tinker with that.
Call to the Kindred , Preeminent Captain , Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord , Incandescent Soulstoke , Summoner's Egg , Quest for Ula's Temple , Descendants' Path / Leaf-Crowned Elder , AEthermage's Touch , Fold into AEther , Braids, Conjurer Adept , Reason / Believe also works as topdeck control, Call of the Wild / Impromptu Raid , Thran Temporal Gateway Champion of Rhonas , Dubious Challenge , Neoform / Allosaurus Rider , Deathrender , Unexpected Results
1 month ago
I had dreams of dropping krakens on each upkeep. It took me an emotional minute to process that Quest for Ula's Temple was never a good odds card. So to overcompensate I swapped in Emrakul, the Promised End . Not technically an octopus but I'm including the tentacle monster anyway as a nod to Lovecraft.
1 month ago
Quest for Ula's Temple is a trap. I'd highly recommend dropping it
3 months ago
The big question is, 'how competitive'.
First things, flat upgrades and options. Elvish Mystic can be another four llanowar elves, cards like Skinshifter tend to perform better than Fog Bank , Elvish Rejuvenator is usually better than borderland ranger and even Farhaven Elf is bettered by Sakura-Tribe Elder . In terms of big threats, things that can't be hit by your opponent are popular. Inkwell Leviathan , Kalonian Behemoth , Plated Crusher , Drownyard Behemoth etc. Another popular type is cards that help you stabilize- Pelakka Wurm type effects.
In terms of stratgy, focusing on mana curve will do a lot. Plan turns 1-7, and try to make sure that doing one thing flows cleanly into the next thing.
If you want to get super competitive, Arbor Elf , Utopia Sprawl and Birds of Paradise is the core of this deck style. Traditionally, it ramps into 4-5 drop threats, which are the largest spells not-cheated in modern. 1 drop turn 1, 3 drop turn two, 5 drop turn three. Thragtusk is old school with it, but there are various five drops that perform well enough, and most of it fits into the 'ponza' land destruction archetype or other ramp strategies (titan, combos, etc) when you want to go full spike.
Now for the middle roads- the fun kitchen table stuff. Leyline of Abundance offers huge payoffs for playing a lot of 1 drop mana dorks. Quest for Ula's Temple / Slinn Voda, the Rising Deep / Whelming Wave offers a cute tribal strategy, while things like Quicksilver Amulet let you cheat big stuff into play. Mirror Image / Quasiduplicate / Saheeli, Sublime Artificer / Tendershoot Dryad is a cute 'go wide' strategy which lets you mess around with Mirrorweave .
If you can think of it, theres a combination of cards that let you do it somewhere in magic- the trick is getting them to run smoothly.
4 months ago
I actually thought of the idea of your deck becoming mono blue devotion and running Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx . I have been rocking BW devotion for some time now and do put up results with it. Blue is a colour that has tons of blue enchantments and creatures that are amazing. you already run azcanta so you have one of the best. as an example you could experiment with Declaration of Naught . you would be able to do a prison style deck that has threats that must be answered. The main thing with your threats is that it is better to have a top end threat instead of three.
enchantments I would consider if you went with the devotion idea are Declaration of Naught , Sea's Claim , Convincing Mirage , Quest for Ula's Temple and Telepathy . all fit the deck well and fit what you are aiming for. if you also wanted to be funny you could run Quicksilver Fountain and Vedalken Shackles .
I am just trying to give you ideas, I am terrible with blue and feel kind of limited with my suggestions.
7 months ago
You're absolutely right Optimator! I've been struggling about whether I should cut Quest for Ula's Temple or keep it in for the flavour and potential reward, but it has been underwhelming in every game played so I might as well get rid of it instead.
I'm quite happy with the Ramp package I've got so far as well, and I'm not really struggling with casting any of my big sea-monsters.
As for Quicksilver Amulet , as mentioned above, I've never really struggled with casting my big guys. 9/10 times I will cast my commander on turn 4 and then I'll be able to pretty much cast any creature I'd like.
I think I'll add in a nice finisher instead, such as Overwhelming Stampede to close out some games faster.
Thank you very much for your tip and suggestions!
7 months ago
Quest for Ula's Temple is a total trap. I had one in my Thassa-led seamonster deck for a long time--I speak from experience. It only gets counters on ~27% of flipped cards, it doesn't put every type of bomb in your hand into play, and is somewhat removable if it's perceived as a threat by anyone. It's way better in 60-card decks where the proportional creature count is higher and getting a 7-drop out early actually matters.
I would highly recommend replacing it with something like Quicksilver Amulet , Farseek , Gilded Lotus , or even Simic Signet . Your ramp package seems quite good as-is so it could open up a utility slot for you.
Quest for Ula's Temple occurrence in decks from the last year
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