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Rolling Earthquake deals X damage to each creature without horsemanship and each player.
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Rolling Earthquake Discussion
1 week ago
Thx for suggestion ReaperoftheNight_17
About Gratuitous Violence - it doesnt work with: Burning Earth, Chandra, Torch of Defiance, Fiery Confluence, Impact Tremors, Manabarbs, Price of Progress, Pyrostatic Pillar, Rolling Earthquake, Sulfuric Vortex. Its more than 50% of all burn spells deck have.
2 weeks ago
I'm also working on locust god and just a few observations from my playtesting.
The Locust God + Skullclamp + Thornbite Staff + Brass Squire is a strictly worse version of Ashnod's Altar + Skullclamp + The Locust God that is more complicated to set up when Clamp altar will draw your deck and net you infinite colorless mana, at this point Braingeyser, laborotory maniac, Throne of the God-Pharaoh, Rolling Earthquake or Goblin Bombardment all become win on the spot cards(situational excluding multiplayer which would be restricted to throne, lab, quake or Purphoros.)Outside of this single combo interaction both Thornbite Staff and Brass Squire are pretty bad in the list and are not doing much on their own, pair that with well placed removal on even Skullclamp and these draws become DEAD.
However Ashnod's altar is inherently good in this deck due to the amount of mana you can pump out of it , potentially playing locust god into brainstorm and curve right into kozilek.
Also I noticed almost no countermagic in your list. If you are going to play a combo based strategy cards like Force of Will, Mana Drain, and Pact of Negation are amazing options for tap out protection against other blue decks. Dream Fracture is another solid option.
Personally I feel Psychosis Crawler to be a bit of a dud in this list, it is very expensive and unless your already going off and screams "Deal with me before I kill you all" If your on a 2 turn set up Purphoros is a much safer play with fewer outs to dealing with him and a faster clock, 20 tokens gets a table win, 14 in 1v1. Skullclamp makes this happen with 7-10 mana. Energy Tap can pull 6 colorless off Locust god for a single blue. Where I'm going with this is cards that function well by themselves that ALSO enable those explosive plays will help to add consistency to your list.
I may sugest cutting the Thornbite+Squire and testing Basalt Monolith+Rings of Brighthearth. A well known infinite mana combo but also works really well in this deck with cards like fetch lands, Arcanis the Omnipotent becomes Ancestral Recall x2 for 2, Merfolk Looter/JVP and Isochron Scepter to name a few. Basalt+any sol land/card by itself fuels a T2 Locust God and helps cast cards like Enter the Infinite or Omniscience quickly
Cards like Mana Vault, Basalt Monolith, and Grim Monolith all get really insane with Goblin Welder.... who triggers Rings of Brighthearth to allow for double welding. If you add in some draw spells with discard like Careful Study Faithless Looting and Frantic Search your seeing more cards, netting more insects than most cantrips i.e. Ponder, Serum Visions, or Preordain, you can pitch things like Darksteel Citadel or ingot respond to removal and weld out your combo pieces or refresh your monolith/Vault
One Final note, I didn't Se Chasm Skulker you may look into him. he acts as kind of a Locust God piggy bank storing a second wave of tokens that can refresh a board after wrath effects or double the amount of mana you can generate via Altars, and at the very least its a creature that just gets absurdly large if unanswered.
Overall though glad to see others brewin' locust, he is a blast to play and I wish you the best of luck with your deck! Feel free to pm me if you'd like to talk more about the list I'm always looking for people to bounce ideas and suggestions off of.
2 weeks ago
IQuarent first of all TYVM for all your suggestions and comments! I really appreciate it!
I was lucky enough that Matrixxx999 almost answered on all your suggestions for me and I fully agree with him.
Here's what I can add:
IQuarentsays... "Burning Earth. Redundant and over-costed. It's also a nombo with your Magus of the Moon/Blood Moon. I think almost anything would be better than this."
(3/14/2017: Blood Moons effect doesnt affect names or supertypes. It wont turn any land into a basic land or remove the legendary supertype from a legendary land, and the lands wont be named Mountain.)
I dont quite see nombo here cuz Burning Earth still punish my opponents for tapping nonbasic lands for mana, but redundantcy maybe. This deck still in testing regime Burning Earth is one of the cards that can be dropped out in the future.
Shivan Harvest - Moon & Magus as was mentioned before doesnt change land type for basic so Shivan work perfectly. Plus when first two are on the battlefield they become primary targets for removals (unlike Shivan) and mostly they just buy us some time.
Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle - was in the maybeboard, I try to avoid using lands that enters the battlefield tapped, but honestly I like this card plus it's fit great in deck strategy!
Fanatic of Mogis - nice card and can actually be good here. I need to give it a try.
Matrixxx999 Thx for helping out :-P
Viashino Heretic - nice creature, fit in deck strategy as well, one minus its need to tapp as activation cost. But I will consider this one.
Mindsparker - was in my maybeboard sure it will play nice against your main deck my friend ;-P
Rolling Earthquake - love it! need it! and I just dont know how I missed it! XD
2 weeks ago
Scab-Clan Berserker is probably worse then Eidolon of the Great Revel and Harsh Mentor and his Renown ability is the drawback it is true, but still he can stop (or hurt prety much) an any fast combo deck (especialy storm decks). In early game, this creature can become renown very easy, especialy considering that it has haste. In late game... well, as this decks builder said: "Burn them fast or die bright!" :P. I think this card is just corresponds to the general philosophy of the deck. But I have to admit that some time ago I cut this guy out of my Grenzo deck after some testing. But if AlmightyTentacle will decide to cut this card, then I would suggest to swap it for Viashino Heretic, Kari Zev, Skyship Raider or Mindsparker.
Eidolon of the Great Revel is a very good card (especialy in burn strategy and especialy in multiplayer), the goal of using such (sometime suicidal) damage dealers is to create the conditions under which You are losing life, but Your opponents losing MUCH MORE! Its like playing with Pestilence. Actualy for this reason I would like to suggest cards like Rolling Earthquake or Earthquake.
Can't say confidently about Burning Earth, cuz I never played with this card, but from what I see I can tell that this card can punish decks that realy greedy for mana, for example it can shut down or slow down some infinite mana combos (Peregrine Drake, Palinchron and infinite High Tide combos say hellow!). But for me it seems like it is to slow spell, but I may be wrong.
Never seen befor this card - Devastating Summons, pretty interesting. For sure I would create two 0/0 tokens and punch for 4 in each opponents face. Actualy this card could create triggers not just fo ETB but for LTB too: (6/15/2010: You may sacrifice zero lands as you cast Devastating Summons. If you do, youll put two 0/0 creature tokens onto the battlefield as the spell resolves. Unless some effect (such as the one from Glorious Anthem) is boosting their toughness, theyll be put into the graveyard as a state-based action. Abilities that trigger when a creature enters the battlefield will trigger, as will those that trigger when a creature leaves the battlefield.). And all this for 1 red mana, pretty juicy.
I have to agree with AlmightyTentacle about copy spells. Unfortunately You can't be aggresive with copy spells in Your hand when there is nothing to copy. In the deck like this one copy spells will be dead draw very often. And You will have to rely on the opponents spells, which is pretty situational I think.
Also, Sudden Demise is a graet spell, don't understand why I didn't see it befor! Need to test it in my Grenzo deck. :)
3 weeks ago
1 month ago
Rolling Earthquake was in but I've been cutting down on the amount of table damage effects because you only need 1 and they're a bit mana intensive since you don't get anything out of casting them second main. The deck is trying to chain neheb + damage into extra turns/combats/mainphases into a combo kill at around turn 3 or 4 so X spells aren't as useful as a kill condition whereas draw spells are what is sorely needed.
1 month ago
I suggest cutting all singletarget X burn spells to fit in all "each player" X Burns such as Rolling Earthquake or Earthquake and stuff. Play it for X=5 precombat and get 15 Red mana at postcombat, crazy stuff.
2 months ago
In terms of ramp, most of the ramp you have are cards that push you only 1 mana ahead, which I think is too small of an effect unless it comes with another valuable effect. Because of this, I would drop Mina and Denn, Wildborn, Sakura-Tribe Elder, Rampant Growth, Animist's Awakening, and Gruul Signet for Worn Powerstone, Astral Cornucopia, Gyre Sage, Khalni Heart Expedition, and Overgrowth. That kind of upgrade to your ramp will ensure that you get huge creatures out very easily. If you want to see other cards that could also fit this role, check out MagicalHacker - List of All Ramp Cards, but I would say that this deck definitely needs cards that advance your manabase by two or more, so ignore the cards that only ramp you by one.
Secondly, I only see three cards in here for draw, so there's no wonder that this deck doesn't hold it's own! We have all been there at some point, so let me emphasize this point: Draw is the most important thing for 99% of decks. Draw will let you have options, draw will let you build board states quickly, and draw will make it harder for you to get mana screwed or mana flooded. All of these are very important. You have Harmonize, Lifeblood Hydra, and Citanul Flute, but let's try to get 7 more cards for draw in here. If you need to take some out after testing, that's fine, but I don't see that being a problem. Too much draw isn't usually a problem with 10 cards that draw in the deck, so I think you should add any 7 of the following 9 options: Abzan Beastmaster, Elemental Bond, Triumph of Ferocity, Drumhunter, Outpost Siege, Lifecrafter's Bestiary, Skullclamp, Wheel of Fortune, and Life's Legacy to your deck to be able to refill your hand quickly and often. Check out MagicalHacker - List of All Draw Cards (Steady) and MagicalHacker - List of All Draw Cards (Burst) if you want to see options I didn't mention or options that aren't quite so expensive. I do think that those 9 cards are probably the best draw cards for your deck though, so picking 7 will bring your draw up to a reasonable amount. (I'll get into what 7 cards to drop soon.)
Next, let's tackle boardwipes. You've got Savage Twister and Chandra's Ignition, which I think are fantastic, but you do need more. There are only a few board wipes that can kill flying creatures and nonflying creatures in red and green at a reasonable mana investment, and those are Nevinyrral's Disk, Chain Reaction, Heaven / Earth, Blasphemous Act, Rolling Earthquake, and Starstorm. I think you can pick any 3 of those to add to the deck and you will be set on board wipes. (This brings us up to 12 cards that need to be dropped.) If you want even more options, again, feel free to check out MagicalHacker - List of All Board Wipe Cards to see more cards that could work, but I think adding any three of the above options would be fine.
Now, let's move on to item removal. You have Decimate, Hull Breach, Vandalblast, Beast Within, and Steel Hellkite. These are all fantastic, but I'd like to see Chaos Warp as well to be able to deal with any permanent.
Lastly, let's take a look at what cards you have to be able to deal with creatures at instant speed. Most people assume that dealing with creatures at sorcery speed is just as strong as dealing with creatures at instant speed, but here is why that is not correct: your opponents' creatures are good cards for you when they are attacking other opponents, and they only become problems when they attack you. For that reason, it's important to remember to have lots of instant speed removal to be able to kill creatures during combat when they would deal lots of damage to you or to kill creatures that are about to allow an opponent to go infinite. That said, your only options for that are Chaos Warp and Beast Within, making Chaos Warp that much more important for this deck.
Now that we have gotten the enablers down, let's talk about the bulk of the deck. To really abuse Rosheen Meanderer, we want the rest of the deck to be about using that X restriction. That said, we do want to use cards that will use that restriction to do things of value. If we are going to make big creatures (which we do want to do), we want to make sure that those creatures can attack to deal damage to players by giving them evasion.
Lifeblood Hydra and Primordial Hydra are the only ones that have an evasion ability naturally, so then we are forced to include things to give evasion. Flying is a good start, so I think that Akroma's Memorial and Homura, Human Ascendant are a place to start. You were right to add some ways to give everything trample, but I would add Khenra Charioteer, Gruul War Plow, and Primal Rage. Those five in addition to your Nylea, God of the Hunt and Archetype of Aggression should be enough ways to make your big dudes go through.
I realize now though that I've lost track of how many cards to add, so instead I am going to make a decklist to show what I would suggest this deck should become. No worries, I will link it at the end.
I would actually add all the creatures that cost X but enter with X counters (excluding the ones that cost double X, since those are not as powerful). And after that, just some ways to double +1/+1 counters or use Rosheen's ability will round out the deck.
Personally, I believe that 37 lands including Sol Ring would be enough since you now have enough ramp, so I brought down the number of lands too.
Hope I was able to help you!