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|Modern Masters (MMA)||Uncommon|
|Future Sight (FUT)||Uncommon|
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Creature — Elf Shaman
When Riftsweeper enters the battlefield, choose target face-up card that's removed from the game. Its owner shuffles it into his or her library.
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2 weeks ago
SamuraiNinjaSpy I will throw in Gonti, Lord of Luxury for Gideon, Ally of Zendikar. You can give them Gonti with Avarice Totem, exile Death Wish with Bojuka Bog, Riftsweeper Death Wish, force them to Mirrorpool Gonti (for ETB), then force them to Gonti to take your Death Wish, then force them to cast it. I'm always happy to add another layer of convolution to this deck.
The instructions will not represent this change until I have spare time. Thank you for your input.
3 weeks ago
geekmp3: Also, the command zone and the exile zone are definitely NOT the same thing. Back in the early stages of commander they were, when you could Riftsweeper somebody's commander right from the "command zone" into their deck so they would lose access to it.
The command zone was created and is Destinctly different for that reason and a few others. So if you're ever able to get somebody's commander into the exile zone, it's generally as good as gone for the rest of the game. Though with the replacement rules, these days you have to use Mindslaver + a well timed Swords to Plowshares or equivalent combo.
1 month ago
Tainted Pact is a card that first seems like an obvious pick for a deck that wants to rush into its "one-card" combo (Gitrog + Dakmor Salvage) as soon as possible, but unfortunately it really isn't that great here as the combo has so many moving parts in it. The deck also relies heavily on these moving parts, which is why exiling combo pieces can be a real pain if not a complete blowout.
Flipping a Kozilek is the main deal breaker as you never want to exile him, and to add he's more or less a completely dead draw. Furthermore, assuming we hit Dakmor it's another must-keep, even though it has at least some use outside of the combo. And finally, if we have any part of the combo in exile (which almost certainly will happen when we dig more than a dozen cards with Pact), we never ever want to exile our one-of Riftsweeper as then we lose access to the pieces permanently.
I will admit that I haven't counted the numbers on the odds of flipping these pieces, but seeing as there are potentially several cards that you will almost never want to flip off of Pact, it really has some bad blood with this sort of deck to be a viable tutor candidate (unlike in a deck that dives to their combo piece head-first or has several one-card wincons like Food Chain Prossh or Doomsday/Shimmer Myr Zur respectively).
Thanks for the recommendation though, it's not something that has been asked before so it's a good card to be discussed about.
1 month ago
2 months ago
It loses to Rest in Peace effects including Leyline of the Void, creature theft like Gilded Drake, and extraction effects on Dakmor Salvage (especially Praetor's Grasp because that way you can't take it back via Riftsweeper). Cursed Totem/Linvala, Keeper of Silence will also slow down Gitrog considerably, especially Linvala because it's so hard to remove with our particular removal suite.
Those are the "special tech" against the combo itself, but really the most glaring weakness of the deck is removing Gitrog when it hits the table or countering it. The main goal for Gitrog is to have a discard outlet and the general on the field at the same time, so it's important to make sure that never happens. Gitrog also is a very powerful value engine, which is why it should be removed as soon as it lands, as getting extra draws and dredges can quickly win the game for her. In short, run more cheap creature removal and cheap board wipes.
Instant-speed grave hate works as well, but it's harder to pull off and you will need more than one instance of it. Scavenging Ooze helps here, as you can repeatedly try removing Dakmor or Kozilek in response to the shuffles depending on the situation. Mainly your target should be Kozilek, but if you're sure the Gitrog pilot can't put any lands to the graveyard in response to your exiling activations, then go ahead and target Dakmor instead. Just remember that the pilot will have more and more resources to nullify any exiling effects targeting Dakmor the more lands they draw, so be sure to target Dakmor immediately when they start going off if that is your goal.
2 months ago
I've already got isochron scepter + reversal. Super fun and consistent way to go infinite.
I just realized I'm running Thought Scour already which allows me to win very easily by milling every opponent. And Nihil Spellbomb in between each thought scour should keep even the most persistent graveyard decks from abusing my milling.
Is there any realistic way for Cyclonic Rift to not remove hate pieces? Riftsweeper is interesting, but I don't think quite worth playing. I have Abrupt Decay and Nature's Claim that I could play. Are they worth it? Also what about Stifle?
Eternal witness and friends is plenty of buyback effects from the graveyard.
I need to make this deck a lot more efficient. So many decks play much faster. Especially taxing decks. I don't interact until turn 4 or later usually, and even then it's only a board wipe and maybe a counterspell. That doesn't feel like enough.
2 months ago
Walking Ballista is probably the best infinite mana win-con, since it doesn't require colors. I'm betting it's better than Gary.
Rather than work on a good plan B, it's probably best to work on a good plan B-way to get your combo back. :P
If you're in Sultai, you can add the Paradox Engine + Dramatic Reversal + Isochron Scepter combo to have a secondary way to get infinite mana. Otherwise, I'd just run cards like Winds of Rebuke, Regrowth, Riftsweeper, Abrupt Decay, etc to get hate pieces off the table or buy back your win pieces.
2 months ago
@Snapdisastermage Thanks for the comment. The deck originally included Peregrine Drake and Deadeye Navigator. I have pared down redundancy in favor of a more compact win-condition and less dead draws. Palinchron and Phantasmal Image or the Cabal Coffers combo has worked extremely efficiently. I don't need my wincon until late game and once I need it it is almost never difficult to gather. If a piece gets exiled I have Riftsweeper as a safety net. He is effectively my more compact redundancy package.