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|Commander 2014 (C14)||Common|
|Beatdown Box Set (BTD)||Common|
|Urza's Saga (USG)||Common|
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Remote Isle enters the battlefield tapped.
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Cycling (, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
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Remote Isle Discussion
2 months ago
Urgh, had a whole thing typed out here and then accidentally closed the browser. That's annoying.
The deck looks neat, is it something you've played with already or still in the planning stages? Also just FYI it's Sphinxes, not Sphinx's. :P
There are a number of utility cards coming in the new commander 2017 set for tribal decks that I'm sure would help you out, but considering they're not out yet I'll stick with cards that actually exist. Like Consecrated Sphinx. Also I'm not sure what your budget is so I'm just gonna throw out some kinda expensive suggestions in the mix.
I'm sure a Cavern of Souls and possibly a Boseiju, Who Shelters All would be nice for some extra protection. As for cycling lands, in a mono blue deck that doesn't care about deserts, both Remote Isle and Lonely Sandbar are strictly better than Desert of the Mindful. On the topic of lands, if you like artifacts, there are some more neat inclusions that might interest you: Academy Ruins, Mishra's Workshop (crazy expensive), Sequestered Stash, Tolarian Academy.
It sort of goes against the artefact theme you're running but I personally prefer Mystic Remora or Rhystic Study to Mind's Eye, it puts the tax on the opponent instead of you. You mightn't always draw cards off them, but they're somewhat cheaper in multiplayer games and can force opponents to chose to pay the tax instead of good spells, which is subtly very nice.
Argent Sphinx is actually great in here I'm just realising. Neat.
There isn't a lot of cycling in the deck so I'm not really sure what Curator of Mysteries or Ominous Sphinx offer the deck aside from being sphinxes. Some other fun sphinxes I like are Master of Predicaments and Sphinx Ambassador, and some others that might synergise with your commander or otherwise offer good card advantage are Consecrated Sphinx, Horizon Scholar, Prognostic Sphinx, Sphinx of Jwar Isle, Sphinx of Lost Truths, Sphinx of Uthuun, Vexing Sphinx, Windreader Sphinx.
There are a lot of great sphinxes actually, whew.
Anywho, good luck with it!
2 months ago
I would suggest getting some early looting/draw effects. For example: Faithless Looting type of effects.
Lastly have cyclers on lands: Forgotten Cave, Smoldering Crater, Barren Moor, Lonely Sandbar, Remote Isle etc. They work as lands but they double up as draw later on. Inexpensive dual lands are the pain lands cycle: Shivan Reef, Underground River, Sulfurous Springs. They help out alot for mana fixing. Exotic Orchard is also another inexpensive fixing.
Also replace grixis charm with Crosis's Charm. Crosis is simple better.
3 months ago
I know it's been over a week, but I'm glad the suggestions were helpful! Why not a potentially excessive amount of them?!
Somehow, all of the cycle lands completely slipped my mind before. In a deck designed to draw as many cards as possible, you'd likely want all of the lands that can turn themselves into cards.
Blasted Landscape, Forgotten Cave, Lonely Sandbar, Remote Isle, Smoldering Crater, and the new ones coming out along with The Locust God in the new set, Desert of the Fervent and Desert of the Mindful. Mikokoro, Center of the Sea and Geier Reach Sanitarium Could also be decent.
Oh, and WHEELS! Don't even get me started on wheel effects! Dragon Mage, Forgotten Creation, Magus of the Wheel, Fateful Showdown, Incendiary Command, Collective Defiance, Reforge the Soul, Runehorn Hellkite, Wheel of Fate, Memory Jar, Magus of the Jar... I can't think of any more.
A nice way to take advantage of your swarm's sheer size is to use Breath of Fury, which can provide infinite combat phases when paired with Bident of Thassa, Coastal Piracy, or Windreader Sphinx, but it's really just good on its own..
If you can't tell, I've been thinking about building this deck since Locust God was spoiled.
4 months ago
4 months ago
Picking up the Polymorph discussion - As you already said, you get a Drake for a Drake, but I believe what EmmaMuu was going on about was that you might potentially hit something not worth spending the on, such as Baral, Stratus Dancer, or Willbender. Baral could be worth it depending on your hand at the time, but for the other two, seeing as they're utterly useless when entering the battlefield face-up, those aren't good draws and will leave you wasting a turn, as well as mana you could've left open for counter magic.
I haven't made good experiences with those two cards in particular myself - Willbender is too situational and rarely mattered when I was playing games. I originally intended to steal the opponent's Time Warps with it, but you really need to spend the initial for Morph, protect the permanent until it matters, then unmorph for another , and then hope your blue opponent doesn't have a Stifle. Insidious Will is the better card here by far, all things considered.
As for Stratus Dancer, it's a cool card because it can counter Split-Second cards, which is the only justification I can see to play it. Well, it's a 2-powered flying creature, which I guess plays into your deck's mechanic. Either way, it's pretty much sub-par for the same reason as Willbender, though if you have to leave one of them, it would be this one, as it's at least a hardcounter (so it will help against something like Blasphemous Act).
Still, I'd go with cutting both, replacing them with potent counterspells such as Cryptic Command and Mystic Confluence. Since your list doesn't include Disallow yet, that might be a chance to cheat it in there if you're worried about the former two's mana costs. I could also see Torrential Gearhulk replacing one of them, as it will even get you another Drake, plus the chance to get two uses out of a counter spell should you draw and cast it.
As for the rest of the deck, the only things that stand out to me are Halimar Depths (which is a land that I personally deem one for slow control decks, which yours is not), which I would replace - the same really goes for Myriad Landscape, which seems redundant when looking at your mana curve, and will probably slow down your early game, with nothing to use the mana on later on. Of course, there will always be those turns where you leave mana open for a counter spell, and your opponents don't do anything, so maybe I'm wrong about it.
As for suggestions in the Land department, I would very much include Homeward Path to prevent getting hosed by Reins of Power, or Insurrection. Unlike the aforementioned lands, it also comes into play untapped, so it will be marginally faster. Other than that, I like the Cycling lands Lonely Sandbar and Remote Isle. While these are slow, they aren't useless if you draw them from the top, and since you can cycle at instant speed, you don't have to worry about the investment for it all that much.
I also noticed you're not playing a Cyclonic Rift... what kind of blue commander player are you? :D
4 months ago
Some of the cards seem pretty underwhelming, particularly the creatures. Ambassador Laquatus is pretty bad unless you're generating infinite mana, Ixidron is pretty bad when you're trying to play big monsters, and Sphinx of Jwar Isle is more or less just a Future Sight that doesnt give you any card advantage. Those could all come out for other interaction or threats. Coral Atoll is an awful land, and should realistically just be an island. As for other stuff in the deck, Cultural Exchange feels awkward, all of your creatures are things that you want to hold onto, this card is better in a deck where the creatures are disposable, like tokens. You dont have a ton of stuff to put under Isochron Scepter, so that could be cut. I think that almost all of the cards listed in your 'sideboard' are cards that could be in the main, and some of them should definitely be in the main; Call to Mind, Dismiss, Exclude, Into the Roil, Pongify, Remote Isle, and possibly Sea Gate Oracle. Hopefully this helps.
4 months ago
Academy Ruins, Mystifying Maze, Homeward Path, Maze of Ith, Thespian's Stage, Soldevi Excavations, Halimar Depths, Myriad Landscape, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, Lonely Sandbar, Remote Isle, Geier Reach Sanitarium, Mikokoro, Center of the Sea, Terrain Generator.
4 months ago
Looks pretty good my friend, +1. A few suggestions for you:
I would add a Halimar Depths over Remote Isle to help stack the top few cards a little. Possibly replace All Is Dust with an Inundate. All your tokens are blue or black so All Is Dust will affect you heavily. Inundate will leave your Drakes etc. but will keep any of your opponents blue creatures. I would also add an Isochron Scepter in place of one of the extra turn cards. I find that extra turns tend not to help too much when playing with my Talrand deck, plus you have 22 good targets for an Isochron Scepter
Just my suggestions of course, the deck looks good as it is already! If you would like anymore ideas then please check out my creatureless build Talrand and His Minions of Flying Doom.