Ravages of War

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Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Masters Edition II Rare
Portal Three Kingdoms Rare
Promo Set Rare

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Ravages of War

Sorcery

Destroy all lands.

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Ravages of War Discussion

Winterblast on you don't need mana to play magic!!!!

3 weeks ago

Definitely Smokestack (and Sundial of the Infinite) Crucible of Worlds, Armageddon, Ravages of War, World Queller, maybe Cataclysm. Tapping is not enough in the long term, you have to chip away at the resources constantly to put more oressure on the opponents...having to sac while being tapoed out makes looking for solutions even more stressful

I would also suggest Cursed Totem and Torpor Orb to shut down more common strategies.

Spirits on Another Big Dumb Kaalia Deck

1 month ago

Hey nice initial build, +1, fellow Kaalia of the Vast player, Kaalia, Mirror Breaker EDH

You should include a secondary win-con into the deck, the standard Kaalia of the Vast is Crucible of Worlds + Armageddon + Ravages of War + Command Beacon + Strip Mine + Wasteland. Others are Worldgorger Dragon and/or Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker which is the one I play. It's too hard to deal 40 damage to all 3 players, especially with your board position, it pulls attention of the other decks, even though the others may be driving toward their win-con combos.

Dragon Tempest has been really nice, CMC 2 Haste which is what Kaalia of the Vast needs, even more than protection. Without haste it will be a tough go.

Mother of Runes is a nice cheap re-usable protection as well.

Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite is awesome, miss Phyrexia/Innistrad, but she isn't an A/D/D so tough to cast her. She will be too slow, albeit very controlling.

You have Brave the Sands use Angelic Field Marshal spot for something else. Maybe an Exquisite Archangel to hit the reset life button, or a Baneslayer Angel to lifelink who can be cast without Kaalia of the Vast, maybe Angelic Arbiter/Linvala, Keeper of Silence if you like the control aspect, or a Grand Abolisher which protect Kaalia of the Vast during your turn, which especially combos nice with the Haste.

I think Sheoldred, Whispering One again is someone that's not working with your overall game plan. The Praetors are way too awesome, but they are going to be far too slow for what you need to accomplish with Kaalia of the Vasts bar-brawl style of aggro play.

Sword of Feast and Famine works good with Hellkite Charger or an Aggravated Assault.

Steelshaper's Gift can pull a Lightning Greaves or Swiftfoot Boots which is better than a Hammer of Purphoros.

Citadel Siege is a little slow, your guys are already pretty big, not sure it's worth the 1 blocker tap-down.

Really cool, love Kaalia of the Vast, the mana will take a while but slowly work on it. Cheers.

Winterblast on

1 month ago

It's hard to rebuild a whole deck in order to change the strategy. It's much easier to list what you absolutely want in every Stax list - at least I could list a basic package of cards that I always use in Stax builds, no matter what the rest is supposed to do. When building a new Stax deck I consider these slots fixed, so the numner of free slots in the deck is reduced by ~33 for lands and the number of cards used for the basic speed and disruption package. The rest depends on what colours I want to use and how exactly I want to play with the deck.

A lot depends on your budget though, because Stax is the most expensive way to go (except for 5 colour with all the duals maybe, but only if there's a lot of other expensive stuff there too). I was lucky enough to get my hands on a playset of Mishra's Workshop around 2008 or 2009, when the playset was below the price you have to pay for ONE copy today and I also got an italian The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale for 70 euro, wich is a tenth of today's price. You don't have to play these crds, but they make stax a whole lot better and they justify playing cards like Crop Rotation and Tolaria West, which you might not want to include otherwise.

As for the basic Stax package I mentioned, for me this consists of the following cards:

Acceleration:

You see, there are a lot of slots that I consider fixed when I play stax and the rest of the deck should define the specific strategy. I have also listed some blue cards in my basic package, but without blue these could be easily replaced with other must plays, for example Goblin Welder in red. The tutors also depend on the colours you want to use, but with black and blue you have quite a few to choose from. White is good for some of the most perverted masss removals and lockdown pieces.

To complete your deck you have to double-check every card for its power, if it has a direct impact on the game or if it does next to nothing without other cards in the deck (in that case it should be a lock or combo). You also have to check if there is anything similar but better and then make changes accordingly. Also avoid multiple copies of effects that are not cummulative, unless it's an effect you absolutely want to see in every game and which is most likely a top target for removal.

Winterblast on

1 month ago

I wouldn't play Pox in a multicoloured deck, especially if your manabase is so inconsistent. With BBB it will often be a dead card and if there's only Zur on the board you don't want to play it either...I'd rather use Cataclysm or Armageddon and Ravages of War. Not Damnation and Wrath of God because you probably don't need and want to clear the entire board.

Stax is really good if it prevents the opponents from playing anything useful in the first place instead of reacting to threats, it's the archetype for proactive control. I personally wouldn't play counters, if you don't play Mana Drain because it doesn't fit the overall strategy. You don't want to keep mana open to react, you want to drop something that locks the opponent down. Maybe some more taxing permanents? Sphere of Resistance, Lodestone Golem, Thorn of Amethyst, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Trinisphere...Tangle Wire is also great and you have some cards that prevent untapping too.

If you already play Rest in Peace I would include one of my all time favourite combos and use Helm of Obedience. For more consistency add the Leyline of the Void again as well. This trick has won so many games for me, it's ridiculous. A bit more tutors would be cool though, for example Transmute Artifact if you want to buy that (you find some on ebay for 40-50 USD).

MagicalHacker on In light of the recent ...

1 month ago

In light of the recent MTGO Commander Banlist announcement, I thought to ask everyone what the banlist would look like if they made it.

The following proposed banlist is my opinion of what the banlist should look like. You will see 3 criteria for what makes a card unfit for the format, and a list of what cards could be banned based on them:

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BrandonMurrayBMM on Sram, Senior Edificer | Equipment Voltron

2 months ago

Sorry but there is no reason not to run the 0 drop equipments. It makes your deck a 93 card deck and in a 99 deck format, that's relevant. Their effects are relevant in combat and certainly not useless at all or you must not have played enough Sram. Extra toughness and vigilance matter the most but drawing cards is good regardless. The deck isn't cheerios just because if you run them, you run them because they are good. They are also are broke with Golem-Skin Gauntlets and Puresteel, like most things are. Same with Flagstones of Trokair, Eiganjo Castle, and of course fetches. You run significantly worse land so there is no reason these shouldn't be in over them and yes fetches do help deck thin and do matter with Sun Titan. You should run them. The other 2 swords are still 100% good enough to run and space should be made for them. Flickering Ward is insane and I'd find room for it and Angelic Destiny as well, probably only other aura worthwhile. Skullclamp is broken and should be ran. Dispatch is arguable better than Path as you will almost always have metalcraft which is helped by the Ancient Den and Darksteel Citadel you "dismissed" and aren't running. With those, Mox Opal should be run as it's essentially Mox Pearl. I'd also suggest Mana Vault and Grim Monolith. And the land destruction like Armageddon and Ravages of War are needed and once again combos with Flagstones and Darksteel Citadel. They allow you to control the table and actually kill 3 other players with the time provided or secure your win in a 1v1. Nearly every card in your notable exclusions are great and 100% usable. They certainly should be run, but you come off arrogant when dismissing them for no good reason other than "I dont wanna play these cards because I can't evaluate cards", not to mention you are handicapping yourself while doing it.

Winterblast on Enchanting Esper Tax

2 months ago

You could start with cutting all the mediocre planeswalkers and enchantments that are not doing anything for creating a lock (because you say that is your plan here).

You should have a look at these cards:
TAX: Sphere of Resistance, Thorn of Amethyst, Trinisphere, Nether Void, AEther Barrier, In the Eye of Chaos, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Spelltithe Enforcer

UPKEEP: Smokestack, Tangle Wire, World Queller, Pendrell Mists (if you don't already have The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale), Mana Vortex, The Abyss

MASS REMOVAL: Armageddon, Ravages of War, Cataclysm, Sunder, Wrath of God, Damnation, Toxic Deluge

SLOWDOWN: Land Equilibrium, Ward of Bones, Overburden, Mana Breach, Ghostly Prison, Propaganda, Humility, Words of Wind, Thalia, Heretic Cathar

...There are so many cards that can effectifely create REAL locks, but I can't see how this current list could do that. I think you should cut a lot of irrelevant creatures here, because the most powerful lock pieces are enchantments and artifacts. Usually people can't run as many removals for these card types to prevent all of them from staying on the table, if your deck is full of that stuff.

Winterblast on I Atraxa Hate

2 months ago

I wouldn't play so many spot removal. Considering the format, a spot removal is a loss of one card for removing one single threat on the table, while you probably have 2 or 3 people playing against you. Spot removals are great if you can break a combo with them, but I'd rather go for more constant disruption. Your current choice of cards shows that you are not running on a completely low budget, so if you want to invest some more money into making this pile overpowered, you might have a look at:
Land EquilibriumNether VoidRavages of War (and Armageddon)Crucible of WorldsCataclysmJace, the Mind SculptorTrinket Mage (plus a nice toolbox in addition to the mana rocks)SmokestackTangle WireGilder Bairn (perfect for planeswalkers and for creating a lock with tangle wire!)

Maybe you find some more useful stuff in my own Atraxa list: Atraxa's super(un)friendly StaxMy deck is almost creatureless though, so some parts certainly won't be good in your current shell...but if budget is no problem, you might find some cards that you haven't considered yet.

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