Destroy target nonwhite permanent.
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|Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Tezzeret (DDF)||Uncommon|
|Planar Chaos (PLC)||Uncommon|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
1 month ago
Hey man! Good first draft! I like some of the ideas in here. I have some constructive criticism for you, so, as brutally honest as I will be with my suggestions, keep in mind I’m just offering my best advice on how to improve this list. I tested this deck a bit and here’s some thoughts I have:
More Tutor / Draw: You’re running very little card advantage, which I noticed when I was testing this deck. There isn’t enough dig or deck manipulation going on here. Basically every time I found myself durdling. Here are some suggestions:
- Sensei's Divining Top
- Scroll Rack
- Crystal Ball
- Courier's Capsule
- Wheel of Fortune
- Stroke of Genius
- Mystic Remora
- Jace Beleren
- Long-Term Plans
- Land Tax
- Academy Rector
- Idyllic Tutor
- Madblind Mountain
- Fetch Lands. Literally any fetches.
More spot removal: Your deck doesn’t have a lot of ways of dealing out targeted removal. Mass Land D and other sweeper spells are great and all, but you also need ways of handling individual problems as they arrive. Here are some suggestions I have:
- Path to Exile / Swords to Plowshares
- Seal of Cleansing / Dispeller's Capsule
- Return to Dust
- Crush Contraband
- Shattering Pulse
- Shattering Spree
- Chaos Warp
- Lightning Bolt
More Persistent harassment: You’re running MLD, Tax, but you aren’t running a whole lot of effects to consistently torment the opponent. Smokestack, Pendrell Mists, Kataki, War's Wage, Manabarbs keep pressure on your opponents. Even just running more stuff to slow things down (Winter Orb, Tangle Wire, Kismet, Rule of Law, Stranglehold etc.) would be useful here.
Consider less creatures, more enchantments: Hatebears are cool, but consider the fact that they are easier to kill than their enchantment counterparts. Magus of the Moon dies much easier than Blood Moon and you want these effects to have a good return on investment. This one is more food for thought than actual criticism.
Suggestions for cuts: Hall of Heliod's Generosity (?): It’s a great card, but right now you aren’t running enough Enchantments to justify it. Most of the time it’s going to just tap for colorless. If you run more Enchantments, it’s a keeper! (I think I’m going to try and find a slot for my own deck)
Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain: This is pretty vestigial. It’s not really pulling much weight. Cut it.
Karn, Silver Golem: See above.
Tomik, Distinguished Advokist: I get what you’re going with here, but you’re blowing up your lands anyway, making them untargetable is kind of moot. There’s a bunch of hatebears I’d rather run in this slot.
Saltblast: This card is kind of bad. Costs waaay too much for targeted removal. Also, is completely dead against decks that run white. I’d honestly remove this and replace it with Wrath of God instead.
Karn, the Great Creator: Not doing enough. I see the combo with Mycosynth Lattice, but Hellkite Tyrant is a much better combo.
Empowered Autogenerator: Too slow, too expensive. It’s not as good as it looks. Ideally, rocks should slot into the 0-3 CC range. If you desperately wanted something in the 4 slot, why not just run Thran Dynamo instead? It’s more consistent.
Firemind Vessel – See above.
3 years ago
I understand that lab maniac would make sense as an alternative win condition in here. However, my playgroup uses him a lot and I'm kinda tired of seeing him as the win condition lol. Simply personal preference :)
I tried endless ranks of the dead in here and didn't find it moved fast enough. Perhaps I didn't give it a fair shot though. I could play test it some more. It's a great card.
I think epiphany at the drownyard could work great in here. Very much on theme. Like fact or fiction, it gives my opponents a tough choice since I like stuff in my grave
3 years ago
I like the deck idea. Great choice on a commander.
4 years ago
Alright, time for some suggestions.
First of all, things that probably aren't very good here:
Divine Verdict is an ultra weak card. Like, REALLY weak.
Nyx-Fleece Ram: I run lifegain and don't play this. Not a good card.
Jareth, Leonine Titan is not good for this strategy.
Ageless Sentinels is awful. It's a french vanilla 4/4 for 4.
Academy Elite doesn't seem any good. Way too slow, even for a GAAIV deck.
Saltblast: wow that's bad
Ravages of War: Not bad, but also 300 something dollars.
AEther Storm: the pay 4 life effect essentially makes this card completely irrelevant, as somebody will ALWAYS pay the life immediately.
Now, of course, I'm not going to just tell you to cut a bunch of things without adding anything, so here's some suggestions:
More Counterspells: Arcane Denial, Overwhelming Denial, Mental Misstep, Cryptic Command, Dissipate, Void Shatter, Faerie Trickery, Render Silent, and Hinder are all viable options. Of course, I'm not saying you should add ALL of these because that would be insane, but these are all worth considering.
More Hatebears: by hatebears, I mean cards like Ethersworn Canonist, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Aven Mindcensor, Hokori, Dust Drinker, Linvala, Keeper of Silence, and all the other mean lockdown cards.
Overall, I'd say these are my primary suggestions. If you want to go full stax, there's tons of good decks in that category on the site.
4 years ago
But seriously, Chief is a mod and just explained very clearly what the situation is. I don't think it will change unless it gets sorely overused or whatnot, so can we perhaps not start another argument? There have been way to many pile-ons in recent days.