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Ruby Medallion Discussion
5 days ago
6 days ago
Very Solid. There are some sub-optimal choices imo, but overall, nicely focused.
Shock is just not worth the slot in EDH. Leyline of Lightning is ok, but can be pretty mana intensive to keep using, especially in a land destruction deck, I don't see it being worth it. Guttersnipe is always nice, but with you creature wipes, you might kill it without a big payout. Keep an eye on how many X spells you have too, you might be shooting yourself in the foot, unless you add more artifact ramp, like a Fire Diamond and Ruby Medallion . Treasure Nabber can put everyone between a rock and a hard place if they are using artifact ramp. You'll also need some more card draw so that your single target removal keeps up with the board. Pyromancer's Goggles can help keep you up with 3 other players. If you fall behind, Acidic Soil and Price of Progress might be nice backups. Mana Web , War's Toll , Tectonic Instability might slow everyone down too.
Red has a huge weakness: Enchantments. You might want to add some enchantment hate, just in case. Even though they are costly Meteor Golem and Spine of Ish Sah are ok. Enchanter's Bane could fit in here real well.
I know you love your goblins, but I think Stuffy Doll is just better than Mogg Maniac . If you really want to anger people, mass land destruction is best: Ruination , Obliterate , Jokulhaups , Decree of Annihilation , and Impending Disaster are the most well known. Even an early game Tremble could be infuriating. If you your deck can get some tokens, or just fodder creatures Shivan Harvest might be fun. Mine Layer would cause a lot of frustration. So would Price of Glory , but it can hurt you too. I personally love Volcanic Offering because it can make someone mad at someone else. Bend or Break can divert some attention from you too.
You don't need to take any of these suggestions, but they might be nice ideas for a sub theme, or a different way to think about how the deck could be run. I am not looking forward to this monstrosity lol
3 weeks ago
Hey I got some inputs you may want to consider. Of course every deck's performance is closely related to the meta you're playing, but these are some things I think can help.
In my opinion, Haste is more relevant than, for example, Double strike in your deck, since dragons are big enough by default, same goes for Crucible of Fire. Having that is a bit overkill. I think I'd cut Berserkers' Onslaught, Rage Reflection and Crucible of Fire for this reason. I'd also cut Emblem of the Warmind because it's so very easy to deal with. Instead, I think it would be better to add Anger , Fervor , Hammer of Purphoros . Also, these cards can lower your average CMC.
Counter magic can be toublesome when you look at the high CMC of your spells, so Conqueror's Flail can help you protect against that. Also Red Elemental Blast and Pyroblast are good on these same way. Another thing is the sweepers, since your creatures will be the biggest and more costly, Wrath effects are more detrimental to you. Maybe squeezing in a Warping Wail to protect your board against that can be useful and also the least expected in a mono red deck.
I think you're OK when it comes to drawing cards, but there are some things I think can be improved. First, there is Urza's Blueprints which isn't very mana efficient. For 6 mana artifact you should replace it with The Immortal Sun , so much more at same cost. Then, comes the "when something happens, pay some mana to draw" effects, which I think are no good when you look at how much mana you're spending on your creatures: Here we have Mind's Eye and Seer's Sundial. Not only these cards require stuff to happen but also that you pay precious, scarce mana for them. Farsight Mask comes here as well; I think these can be replaced by Outpost Siege (choosing Khans) and Vance's Blasting Cannons Flip. The Outpost has a teeny tiny difference with the Cannons in that it lets you play lands while Cannons does not. Staff of Nin is a bit high cost for what it does but I think it's OK considering it's a "secure" draw. Dragon's Hoard is somewhat slow, but as it also gives you mana fits great. Same thing with Vanquisher's Banner, as it gives a little buff and some draw as well. Knollspine Dragon can really draw lots of cards, but somewhat late I think. I wouldn't cut it though, I'd maybe add Dragon Mage to refill your hand.
Looking your ramp, you got some good choices. I'd add Herald's Horn and Ruby Medallion to the "lowering cost" pack and also The Immortal Sun as I already mentioned. I think you should consider the inclusion of Solemn Simulacrum and Burnished Hart to get lands and also, there's this land I really like on mono colored decks with lots of basic lands, Terrain Generator . I'd be careful with symmetric effects such as Gauntlet of Power and Mana Flare, it could be dangerous to give free mana to your opponents. On a related subject, in addition to Belbe's Portal, maybe adding a Quicksilver Amulet and Cryptic Gateway as a second and third ways to cheat dragons at instant speed.
Your deck is lacking removal, there's virtually none if you don't count the effects on some creatures and as we all know, creatures are the most vulnerable permanent on the board. So, Chaos Warp is a must I think considering the versatility it provides. Warstorm Surge could kill most of your opponents creatures whenever a dragon enters the battlefield or do lots of damage directly to your opponents. Kilnmouth Dragon can act as a removal for creatures as well. Steel Hellkite fits here too, it's a dragon and can get any permanent of the specific cost needed, kills tokens for 0 mana, for example. Also, Vandalblast to get rid of your opponents' mana rocks. Earthquake is OK, I'd rather run Magmaquake or Starstorm because of instant speed, but I'd consider adding Blasphemous Act and maybe Hour of Devastation , Chain Reaction or Mizzium Mortars . Disaster Radius has a high CMC but it doesn't hit you or your stuff.
The last ability on Sarkhan, Dragonsoul is ridiculous, but hard to achieve. Still, I think it may worth the try.
Swiftfoot Boots instead of Mask of Avacyn, equipping for 3 mana is way too high.
3 weeks ago
I would cut Fevered Visions , without enough other life taxing effects it will probably just help your opponents answer your combos.
The tap lands are all pretty bad in this kind of deck. I would suggest cards like Spirebluff Canal , Cascade Bluffs , Ash Barrens , Shivan Reef , and maybe Exotic Orchard if you have other UR decks in your meta.
Ral, Izzet Viceroy will often get killed. If you really like him, then keep him, but I do not like him here.
3 weeks ago
SamsWrath thanks for your deck advice! Mox Opal is going in as soon as I have enough spare cash. At the moment it doesn’t benefit to remove Gauntlet of Power and Extraplanar Lens , but once I’ve included the artifact lands (for metalcraft) and some of the quick mana you have suggested, the benefits of those cards will be eroded sufficiently.
I will be keeping the ramp spells you suggest in mind. I am currently testing extra turn cards Last Chance and Final Fortune , and once I have decided if to keep them I will move on to those. What’s your thoughts on Treasonous Ogre to pay life for ramp?
I couldn’t warrant City of Traitors but Dwarven Ruins and Sandstone Needle are going in for sure. Crystal Vein I am going to pass on as I have never been left wanting more colourless as the deck has numerous ways of producing it.
Torch Courier doesn’t give this deck enough benefit to earn a slot. I would typically play the haste card when I am all set to win. As this is targeted haste, the goblin army can’t swing out, requiring more pieces to win. Also, it doesn’t synergise with sacking Krenko back to the command zone and recasting with infinite mana.
Some great suggestions dude, thank you!
1 month ago
My best suggestion is Sundial of the Infinite This turns anything temporary into something permanent. Exile at end of turn become "keep forever". Steal until end of turn becomes "Keep Forever". Anything that ruins your turn like cyclonic rift counter it with sundial.
- Draw: Mono red is difficult to come across draw you usually either have to wheel or rely on artifacts here are a few of my favorites.
- Endless Atlas
- Infiltration Lens
- Mask of Memory
- Culling Dais
Steal: Red does not have a lot of good removal but it's great at stealing stuff. My favorite strategy is steal and then kill whatever you stole by sacrificing it.
- Conquering Manticore
- Zealous Conscripts Goes infinite Kiki or Splinter twin also great with blade of selves removing the biggest threat.
- Mass Mutiny
- Captivating Crew
Insurrection end the game or steal it all then kill it all for an explosive second Main phase
Copy & Tokens: cards that can create copies of your stuff.
- Blade of Selves Create 3 tokens instead of just one and can repeat.
- Splinter Twin a second kiki
- Feldon of the Third Path
- Mirror March not yet released but keep your eyes on it.
- Mimic Vat
Life & Fight & Death: Great creatures for you to copy.
- Combat Celebrant Goes infinite with kiki and splinter twin
- Balefire Dragon
- Wurmcoil Engine
- Thermopod free sac outlet or mana
- Fellwar Stone Better then a few of the rocks you have.
- Caged Sun
- Pyromancer's Goggles
- Ruby Medallion
- Rogue's Passage
- Maze of Ith Protect your key attacker or protect yourself
- Gratuitous Violence Only doubles your damage
- Disrupt Decorum
- Grenzo, Havoc Raiser
- Basalt Monolith Goes infinite with rings of brighthearth
- Breath of Fury Goes infinite with Raka
- Ben-Ben, Akki Hermit Goes infinite with thornbite staff
- Nim Deathmantle Goes infinite with ashnod's altar and raka
Have fun going through and choosing stuff from the list and worst part of all cuts in your own deck.
1 month ago
I'm just going to make suggestions for cutting and adding, but they're more suggestions on what I would do if I was building it. OrientSuperior might have some good feedback. He's good at going wide and tribal too.
Not a lot to say here. I'd probably cut some of your higher CMC creatures for more low CMC knights. You probably want to treat your dragons like my Sunhome's Finest deck treats angels: sprinkle them in there, but don't make them a main attraction. Their CMC is usually fairly high.
Sunhome's finest generates a lot of 1/1's to bide time for a big angel to come out, but Knight's aren't quite as good at that as soldiers are, I'd add some more mana rocks and cut a big boy or two. Right now you're running about 22 Knights out of your 29 creatures, with three ways to get a limited number of tokens from what I'm seeing.
You might consider cutting Door of Destinies if you end up being more of a hybrid Knight-Dragon tribal, otherwise it's probably fine for now. I'd probably cut some equipment for commander protection and mana rocks.
Main Cuts: I'd cut these for sure, but there are a few more I'd lop off for other things.
- Bloodforged Battle-Axe: It's a mana sink and you're going to be strapped for mana in Boros.
- Godsend: This card isn't very useful in commander. If you exile a card it's gone, since they can't run multiple copies. If you hit their commander they'll just return it to their command zone instead of exiling it.
- Sunforger: It's really just not that great. It's a mana sink and I actually cut it from my own deck.
Extra Cuts: I'd probably cut Forebear's Blade, Mind's Eye, and Obelisk of Urd as well. Obelisk is worse than Door of Destinies, so keep that latter if you're cutting one of the two. Mind's Eye is a good card, but I barely manage to take advantage of that in a mono-White deck crafted to ramp fast. Forebear's Blade is just so-so, it's not bad, but it's not great.
- MindStone: Great mana rock with draw in case you really need it.
- Swiftfoot Boots: You've got two commanders. Run swifties and greaves?
- Worn Powerstone: It's a tap for two mana rock. Could be more than worth it for you.
I don't have a lot to add here. I'd probably want more instants in general, and I'm not a huge fan of Dawn Charm.
I would cut Arch of Orazca and replace it with Terrain Generator. I'd find space somewhere in your artifacts to cut a card and add in a Reliquary Tower too. The 36th land is more important for your colors and you're more than likely to have a build up of cards with a big CMC in your hand at some point. Arch is a cool land, but you're going to rarely have that much mana on hand outside Green. If you're super set on having a card draw outlet like that, go for the Vanquisher's Banner.
I'd probably cut Quest for the Holy Relic for a copy of Honor of the Pure, but that's just me. I feel like the deck is built to go tall, but the tribe is made to go wide. If your deck wins because of commander damage, it's probably because you have two commanders, not necessarily because one of them got beefy.
1 month ago
Invert / Invent isn't legal in this deck because Krenko doesn't have blue in his color identity. It would be nice though!
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