Ray of Distortion

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2019 (C19) Common
Odyssey (ODY) Common

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Ray of Distortion

Instant

Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

Flashback (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

Ray of Distortion Discussion

Optimator on Dig Up Her Bones

1 month ago

Yeah, your list looks great. Seems a little light on interaction but that might be inevitable considering how many dinos you need to run and the ramp spells to support them. Rite of Passage is some sick Enrage tech!! Crush Contraband is a great new card. Glad you included Runic Armasaur --seems awesome. I count twelve ramp and discount cards and that's probably where you want to be! It's a lot but dinos.

I know your slots are tight but here are some cards worth putting in the memory banks/maybeboard.

Duelist's Heritage is half-price since the reprint. Might be worth considering. Double triggers and no equip cost, after all. Small upside of being usable in political ways.

I know it's not cheap but Smothering Tithe is great in this deck. Land Tax obviously too.

True Conviction would be castable for you if you're looking to upgrade later. The lifelink might be great since your strategy is a bit slow to start.

You might want to consider putting Swords to Plowshares and/or another instant-speed removal card for when Polyraptor and Marauding Raptor start to combo because without stopping the chain the game ends in a draw. Being 1 CMC is very attractive since you've likely cast a spell once the chain starts.

Nahiri's Machinations might be a good budget way to use your commander liberally. Also worth noting would be Prowler's Helm and Trailblazer's Boots . Key to the City and Manifold Key too.

Kinjalli's Sunwing seems worthy of consideration. I now you're going for Enrage-tribal but the effect shouldn't be underestimated. Worth putting in the maybeboard IMO.

Colossal Majesty is a good one for this deck (most likely). Don't forget Harmonize

Where it me I'd include one more silver-bullet board wipe, like Planar Cleansing , Cleansing Nova , Austere Command , or Hour of Revelation . If you're worried about your enchantments you could do Hallowed Burial or Descend upon the Sinful .

Since you're running so few artifacts it might be fun to include some hosers like Stony Silence , Creeping Corrosion and Shatterstorm (my favs), or Fracturing Gust . Pulverize is on-flavor! By Force and Vandalblast are good too. There are tons of other great interaction cards but with so few slots and with all your ramp you may as well go for the big ones. Purify is good but you may want to keep your enchantments around. Seeds of Innocence is a funny one. Collector Ouphe is good but it's not a dino and it'll probably get killed by your Enrage stuff. Rampage of the Clans is a fun new one. Slight flavor fail though.

Wear / Tear , Ancient Grudge , Destructive Revelry , Hull Breach , Nature's Claim , Unravel the Aether , Deglamer , Dust to Dust , Return to Dust , and Ray of Distortion are solid in case you need something

Pal00ka on Auras for days

1 year ago

Cut

Silent Sentinel: high CMC and life-gain in EDH is meh unless you will actively use it (ex. Aetherflux Reservoir).

Battle wise Hoplite: underwhelming all-over.

Daxos of Melts: his trigger is pretty niche. Maybe ok 1v1 but multiplayer it will be not as easily obtained.

Celestial Mantle: /insert SS's reason\

Corrupted Conscience: infect is tricky because once people see you use it, next game they may gun for you to prevent it. And playing Bruna will already have people gunning for you. Your call.

Mask of Avacyn: better hexproof enablers out there. I like Lightning Greaves for haste, protection, and Bruna's ability doesn't care about shroud. Ring of Evos Isle slowly boosts Bruna and 2 for hexproof is not too shabby.

Counterspell: it is fine but I prefer a counter that replaces itself. Ex. Arcane Denial, Dream Fracture, or Statute of Denial.

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Looting spells; like Artificer's Epiphany, Catalog, Pull from Tomorrow, etc. are great with Bruna because they let you dig deep into your library to find answers and discarding auras is fine because she can reattach them for free. Generally whoever can draw the most cards in EDH will win. You have next to no draw so add in a bunch in the 2-4 CMC range.

Key to the City would be great in here too, unblockable and draw.

You have so little ramp despite playing a 6CMC general. I know you know how curves work so fix this with a cursory view of her edhrec page.

You have next to no enchantment/artifact removal. Austere Command, Aura Blast, Dismantling Blow, Fragmentize, Ray of Distortion, Terashi's Grasp, etc. I personally like the ones that will draw you a card in addition to removing a problem.

Also a cursory look at her edhrec for lands will help you improve it. We have a lot of the better UW lands too.

Since this seems mainly voltron, I'd add in Crawlspace in addition to your other pillow fort effects. Redundancy is key.

And I think a fun "combo" would be to cast Approach of the Second Sun, then before your next turn cast Dig Through Time, cast Approach again on your turn to win!

Optimator on

1 year ago

With a heavy Equipment theme you aren't going to have much room for utility. A such, all non-card-draw utility cards should probably be removal. I would include at least two board wipes (more is often better, depends on your meta). Blasphemous Act and maybe Rout are good budget options. Vandalblast is sick. I'm super big on enchantment removal so Return to Dust is S-tier outstanding. Not super budget but not expensive either. I like Ray of Distortion a lot. It's very mana-intensive but the fact that you can do it twice is awesome in EDH. Dust to Dust will be handy. Lots of artifacts in EDH. I kind of like Revoke Existence since artifact recursion is common.

Chained to the Rocks, Oblivion Ring, and Banishing Light are versatile on a budget--as are the other cards with similar effects.

White is really good at shutting down commanders with things like Darksteel Mutation, Prison Term, Arrest, Pacifism, Faith's Fetters, etc.

There is also Crib Swap, Swords to Plowshares, and Path to Exile--budget willing. Chaos Warp is good in EDH. Very versatile.

There is lots of random utility to find out there. Reconnaissance and Dolmen Gate are usually great for aggro decks but your commander makes it far less necessary. Perhaps Brave the Sands and Always Watching . Fervor and Hammer of Purphoros are sick too. Ogre Battledriver is nice but not a samurai.

Boros Charm, Make a Stand, and Rootborn Defenses can save your board state.

Really, at this point the sky's the limit. You could do random stuff like Throne of the God-Pharaoh or Gift of Immortality.

Forgot to mention Mask of Memory when discussing card draw and equipment. Slate of Ancestry would be good in your deck.

NensouHiebara on Balan, Equipment Voltron

1 year ago

@Kosmokatze

Mana Crypt Show


Sensei's Divining Top Show


Day of Judgment & Wrath of God Show


Grasp of Fate & Angel of Sanctions Show


Serra Ascendant & Transcendent Master Show

Kosmokatze on Balan, Equipment Voltron

1 year ago

Hey NonsouHiebara,

Thank you for sharing your great deck. I am a long time follower and I love this deck, because it plays the kind of magic which I enjoy the most: Artifacts and a mono-white build. Let's face it: mono white is the single-worst color in Commander. However, your deck is powerful with strong synergies and a flavourful theme, without swingy, game-ending cards and combos. I am taking a break from competitive commander, because it does not fit for me. There are other formats that do that for me. Therefore, I am strongly considering building a mono-white attrition deck for a more casual meta.

I would love to hear your thoughts on some cards.


Mana Crypt it is amazing, but it can do a lot of damage to you (1.5 a turn on average). It is great for decks that try to win fast. I think its probably fine to add it here since you have lifegain but I feel like you are a little slow to try to push for the win. The damage can add up quickly, especially when you aren't lucky with the random results.

Alternative Suggestions:

Wayfarer's Bauble is solid land ramp. I would rather have lands in play than a mana stone as they tend to get blown up. It's cheap to use and doesnt leave you with a target for things like Austere Command. It also lets you ramp into a turn 3 Balan, Wandering Knight.

Tithe is instant speed and let's you dropping lands when you fall behind.


Sensei's Divining Top I have started seeing this card a bit less as a staple for every deck.Card selection is always amazing and the more often you can refresh your selection the better this card becomes. It is amazing when you can manage to shuffle once per turn. This means that every turn, you get access to the best of three cards as your draw. It is great for trigger Miracle, like Terminus, even in your opponents turn. However, you don't have a lot ways to shuffle your deck to filter off the bad cards.

Alternative Suggestions:

Crystal Ball is topdeck manipulation where you dig into the cards you want or need. Whithout many shuffle effects it can make a nice addition.

Mind's Eye is one of the more powerful actual card draw effects available to mono white. It does not provide topdeck manipulation and it consumes a lot of mana. It is no Consecrated Sphinx and it may sit for a round until it provides value. However, it is very reliable card draw, especially if not answered quickly.

Crucible of Worlds is a good backup plan for your many utility lands. It turns Inventors' Fair into an engine. You already run Buried Ruin and Petrified Field which make this setup hard to disrupt. Personally I like including fetchlands if you are going to include this card just to expand what you can do with it. In mono color I tend to not run fetchlands. With Crucible I would consider fetchlands so I tend to have more shuffling, also for Sensei's Top.


Wrath of God and Day of Judgment are great when you are facing very fast decks. However, they lack versatility. At least the Wrath is a flavourful card and mostly stronger than Day of Judgment.

Alternative Suggestions:

Rout can wrath the board at instant speed as a nice surprise option.

Tragic Arrogance and Divine Reckoning work good with your voltron strategy. Keep your best creature and equipment and destroy the rest. Tragic Arrogance can also handle Indestructible and Hexproof, which is a great benefit.

Hallowed Burial Generally speaking I find it hard ever wanting to miracle Terminus. It can be nice with topdeck manipulation especially with Sensei's Divining Top, but I have also concerns with that card. Overall, I feel like the cheaper overall mana cost of Hallowed Burial could be a bit more solid than the random situations where you can profitably miracle cast Terminus.


Grasp of Fate and Angel of Sanctions are both efficient and versatile removal options. Your opponents will typically answer them quickly to get their cards back. I see it more like tempo cards, if you want to push for the win.

Alternative Suggestions:

Aura of Silence can act as as removal or as a tax and slowing effect on opponents until you want to remove something.You can access it with Enlightened Tutor and bring it back with Sun Titan.

Ray of Distortion is costly, but I think it's an underplayed card. Instant speed two-for-one removal is not too bad in my book.

Karmic Guide is amazing recursion on legs. It works well with Reveillark, even if you don't run Clone style effects.


Serra Ascendant is more aggressive and looking for swords. It's a nice and cheap beater.People get really pissed off when they see this on turn one and it usually leads to the whole table running you over first. Anyway, after clubbing a single opponent to under half life people start stabilizing and then you will turn the game into archenemy.

Transcendent Master Not really sure what to say. I think it's a very flavourful option and he gives you something to dump mana into. He can carry equipment and scales well into the late game. On the other hand he is very slow and everybody at the table will see it coming.

Alternative Suggestions:

Wall of Reverence acts as an amazing blocker paired with its lifegain it grants some great sustainability. You don't need to attack to gain life, which makes it great in more situations against decks that push hard on life. You also get the life end of your turn which can make a differnce.

Gisela, the Broken Blade comes down early, has evasion and lifelink. She's an efficient beater.

Baneslayer Angel is just an efficient beater, much like Gisela. She is very good at that. Again, it's a slow card, but so is Transcendent Master.

TheCardPool on Brisela, The fading Blade

2 years ago

Solid build +1! I saw the comments about putting in a mill theme and I really strongly agree with that. You are already using some of the best white recursion cards. There are a lot of artifacts that can help you mill. Mesmeric Orb, Smuggler's Copter and Grindstone are just a few. Plus there are some really awesome in-grave white cards to strengthen your build. Glory, Divine Reckoning and Ray of Distortion. I made a green and white dredge deck that used mill. Here's the link to give you the full picture. Green White Dredge (Sigarda EDH)

JacctheInsomniac on Rice the Resteamed

3 years ago

I haven't played with many token strategies, what does this sort of deck do when key cards or engines get milled away, or the board gets wiped. How does it recover?

Ray of Revelation is a good anti-enchantment tool, and Ray of Distortion, while expensive has built in recursion and is instant speed. (which applies to both)

Bonds of Mortality, is good for a lot of problem commanders, Rest in Peace hoses graveyard interactions, and I've been toying around with Marshaling Cry in my Abzan deck. (Worth noting, don't run Flashback cards with Rest in Peace)

Kingdomsteel on Lin Sivvi´s White power

3 years ago

Ah, there are a ton of options there. I'm just going to name some cards, you can select any of them to help you find what you need.

Disenchant

Divine Offering

Seal of Cleansing

Serenity

Aura of Silence (to make it harder for your opponent to cast them or to make him tap out/make it harder to cast 2 spells in one turn. can help lategame if sacrificed

Solemn Offering

Terashi's Grasp

Ray of Distortion

Akroma's Vengeance

Austere Command

maybe this will help :)

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