Scoured Barrens

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2017 (C17) Common
Eternal Masters (EMA) Common
Commander 2015 (C15) Common
Fate Reforged (FRF) Basic land
Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Common

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Scoured Barrens

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Scoured Barrens enters the battlefield tapped.

When Scoured Barrens enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.

: Add or to your mana pool.

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Scoured Barrens Discussion

The_Baneslayer on Oloro, Ageless Ascetic (Budget Spirit Tribal)

3 days ago

Your mana base is not consistent enough to make the deck work fast enough (in playtesting I always had problems with the mana).

You need more dual lands, not expensive ones, such as Caves of Koilos super cheap and effective a full list of cards Id recommend going into the land slots being:

Caves of Koilos

Scoured Barrens

Adarkar Wastes

Underground River

Port Town

Irrigated Farmland

Sejiri Refuge

Jwar Isle Refuge

Salt Flats

To speed up the deck as well you could also include one or two more mana rocks, Thran Dynamos Iconic Masters version is currently about $2.5

Also if you wanted too you could base the deck around a recursion combo with Second Sunrise and Devouring Greed, just find a way to recurr the two spells, add some cheap tutor effects (Diabolic Tutor, Increasing Ambitionand boom

Muscletea on Holy Grail

5 days ago

Just replace Scoured Barrens with basic plains... you don't need black mana in this deck and tapped lands can lose games :) also Blessed Alliance is good card against hexproof/infect decks and it can also gain you some life!

kameenook on I gain. You lose.

1 week ago

Generally speaking a card like Soulmender is worse than Soul Warden or Soul's Attendant. I would explain this in a couple ways.

One, they're the same mana cost same P/T, so we're mostly just comparing their ability to gain life. Thus, Soulmender will only ever gain you one life a turn, although consistently. However one of the other white creatures would give you the opportunity to gain one life every time you play a creature out (if it's Ajani's Pridemate you'll immediately gain the counter on the cat) allowing for the potential of multiple lifegain triggers in one turn. The real icing on the cake though is the fact that it doesn't trigger only on your own creatures, which means now any time your opponent plays a creature, you're gaining life and triggering your synegies. This makes it much easier to gain more than 1 life for each go around and sometimes could be as much as 3-4 life a turn. Another suggestion is to trim on the number of Kambal, as he is legendary and as a general rule of thumb unless you will win the game every time your legendary permanent stays in play, you don't want to draw multiples because if they are not removed any beyond the first is a dead card. I would recommend adding some form of removal in his place, Fatal Push/Path to Exile being the most competitive, while Mortify/Unmake being solid budget alternatives.

Nirkana Cutthroat is likely worse for you than say Vampire Nighthawk which is a very solid similarly costed creature that will not only gain you life but comes right away with flying and deathtouch. Drana's Emissary also plays a similar role of being a solid evasive creature with lifegain.

Another card that I think seems better than it actually is is Diabolic Tutor, it seems great when you think about it, being able to get your best card, but really spending a whole turn to do that sets you back and all your cards are fairly similar in power level. As such maybe you would consider Read the Bones as a cheaper alternative that can get you up on cards.

Then lastly I recommend upping the number of lands you run, as a general rule of thumb I would put 24 lands in any deck, and go lower than 24 when the curve is significantly lower, such as a lot of one drops and two drops, however since your deck reliably wants to get to four mana or so 20 lands is not the ideal number, I would recommend some number of easy to access dual lands (Scoured Barrens, Orzhov Guildgate, maybe even Temple of Silence) which would also help with potential mana problems.

FerventMonkey on Black White Life Drain

1 month ago

Have you considered using Scoured Barrens rather than Orzhov Basilica?

Argy on Unfinished Kaalia needs HELP

1 month ago

You can check out the version I built after getting lots of tips from this site.

It has worked well in lots of games I have played.

1x Akoum Refuge
1x Badlands
1x Blood Crypt
1x Bloodfell Caves
1x Bojuka Bog
1x Boros Garrison
1x Command Tower
1x Evolving Wilds
1x Godless Shrine
1x Molten Slagheap
3x Mountain
1x Nomad Outpost
1x Orzhov Basilica
2x Plains
1x Plateau
1x Rakdos Carnarium
1x Rogue's Passage
1x Rupture Spire
1x Sacred Foundry
1x Scoured Barrens
1x Scrubland
3x Swamp
1x Temple of Malice
1x Temple of Triumph
1x Vivid Crag
1x Vivid Marsh
1x Vivid Meadow
1x Volrath's Stronghold
1x Wind-Scarred Crag
1x Lavaclaw Reaches
1x Needle Spires
1x Shambling Vent
1x Temple of Silence

1x Akroma's Vengeance
1x Diabolic Tutor
1x Dreadbore
1x Earthquake
1x Evincar's Justice
1x Mob Rule
1x Syphon Flesh
1x Syphon Mind

1x Boros Signet
1x Darksteel Ingot
1x Lightning Greaves
1x Loreseeker's Stone
1x Mardu Banner
1x Orzhov Signet
1x Rakdos Signet
1x Sol Ring

1x Akroma, Angel of Fury
1x Angel of Despair
1x Angelic Arbiter
1x Archfiend of Depravity
1x Aurelia, the Warleader
1x Avacyn, Angel of Hope
1x Baneslayer Angel
1x Basandra, Battle Seraph
1x Bladewing the Risen
1x Bloodgift Demon
1x Boros Guildmage
1x Dragonlord Kolaghan
1x Duergar Hedge-Mage
1x Fallen Angel
1x Flamerush Rider
1x Gisela, Blade of Goldnight
1x Iona, Shield of Emeria
1x Lightning Mauler
1x Mana-Charged Dragon
1x Master of Cruelties
1x Mother of Runes
1x Oros, the Avenger
1x Razorjaw Oni
1x Resolute Archangel
1x Rune-Scarred Demon
1x Shattered Angel
1x Tariel, Reckoner of Souls

1x Anguished Unmaking
1x Bathe in Light
1x Congregate
1x Crackling Doom
1x Master Warcraft
1x Orim's Thunder
1x Path to Exile
1x Return to Dust
1x Sulfurous Blast
1x Swords to Plowshares
1x Wrecking Ball

1x Necropotence
1x Palace Siege
1x Righteous Cause
1x Stranglehold
1x Vow of Duty
1x Vow of Lightning
1x Vow of Malice

The Vows could be removed for:

Demonic Tutor
Diabolic Tutor
Grim Tutor

Bezter on Kaalia's Kitchen Table

1 month ago

Looking nice so far!! Here are some suggestions from my experience, fellow Kaalia player :)

As far as creatures go, pretty much just play the ones you like!

Some less-budget suggestions: Master of Cruelties, pretty much instant kill if they have no blockers. Rune-Scarred Demon, Gisela, Blade of Goldnight, Aurelia, the Warleader, Lord of the Void, Akroma, Angel of Wrath, Gisela, the Broken Blade. Those are some of my favorites. A little heavier on the budget but super fun!

Mid-budget options: Ob Nixilis, Unshackled, Platinum Angel, Anya, Merciless Angel, Mana-Charged Dragon, Rakdos, Lord of Riots, Angel of Despair, Mother of Runes, Deathless Angel, Hellkite Tyrant, Tariel, Reckoner of Souls, Blinding Angel, Overseer of the Damned, Akroma, Angel of Fury.

More budget-friendly options: Angel of Serenity, Angelic Arbiter, Indulgent Tormentor, Reya Dawnbringer, Harvester of Souls, Bloodgift Demon, Exquisite Archangel, Herald of the Host (For multiplayer), Angelic Skirmisher, Bruna, the Fading Light (to pair with Gisela), Seraph of the Sword, Guardian of the Gateless.

There are obviously numerous options as far as creatures go. Those are a couple of mine. But don't go off just what other people say- if you don't like the feel of killing someone outright with Master of Cruelties, don't get him! If you want to play a little more defensive you can run Seraph of the Sword and Guardian of the Gateless or something! Just play what you want to! :)

You may want to stay away from enchantment Auras, as they can get 2-for-1ed pretty easily. Gift of Immortality is great though, as it can come back to the field. Maybe opt for equipments instead, such as Fireshrieker in place of Battle Mastery and Prowler's Helm (which I see you have) or Whispersilk Cloak, which has the added benefit of shroud. Spectra Ward is a pretty good Aura, as it gives protection from all colors, making whichever creature (supposedly Kaalia) free to attack and block, without taking any damage. But again if someone plays Day of Judgment, it'll get 2-for-1ed.

Not really sure about the curses. I personally probably wouldn't run them, but they seem fun!

Dragon Tempest is a good include. Give all your fliers haste!

That being said you might want to not have too many at all. Mainly equipment to protect Kaalia, like Lightning Greaves, Swiftfoot Boots, and Mask of Avacyn or equipment of the like.

You definitely want ramp, and I see you have some. The appropriate signets, Commander's Sphere, Darksteel Ingot, probably the cluestones (They can draw you cards, which is usually more useful than getting a small creature until end of turn, as with the keyrunes).

You have quite a bit of removal which can be good! Sometimes you can have too much though, and that is occasionally my problem. You have some good target removal and a couple good board wipes. I have Earthquake in my deck, although I haven't found it super useful yet. Merciless Eviction, Hallowed Burial, Planar Cleansing, akroma's wrath, Fumigate, and maybe even Torment of Hailfire are good. But as with creatures, there are tons of options for board wipes.
Land bases can be pretty rough to figure out, not to mention expensive. Going super budget, obviously the guildgates, lifegain lands (Scoured Barrens, etc.), bounce lands (Boros Garrison, etc.), other dual lands (Forsaken Sanctuary, etc.). All the basics. Other useful, cheap lands include Exotic Orchard, Rupture Spire, and the pain lands like Caves of Koilos and Battlefield Forge.

If you're going to spend a little more, the check lands like Clifftop Retreat and Dragonskull Summit are great. Scry lands such as Temple of Malice and be very useful. Obviously fetchlands and shocklands are good, but not friendly to the budget at all. I don't think they're worth it sometimes. But everything is up to you! :)

Hopefully these suggestions help! I've said it a lot, but play whatever you think will be the most fun for you! Good luck in the building process- I'll be following along to see how it goes! :)

brandonsperry25 on *HELP* Vampires first EDH deck tribal

1 month ago

Dragonskull Summit and Unclaimed Territory might be good cards you can use in place of some of the shock lands. I understand the utility of a shock land, but have never been a fan of pinging myself every time I want to use a land for mana. I tend to use lands that benefit me if they are coming in tapped like Akoum Refuge, Bloodfell Caves and Scoured Barrens. Temple of the False God might warrant a spot in this deck.

Transguild Promenade and Rupture Spire may also be some better options for you as well.

I agree with enpc suggesting lowering your lands down to about 37. I run Edgar Markov comfortably on 37. You could also include Rakdos Cluestone, Boros Cluestone and Orzhov Cluestone for both mana and card draw.

And then with some of the life gain you are running, I will always suggest Sanguine Bond and Exquisite Blood for the combo. It's a staple in most vampire decks.

Hope some of my suggestions helped!

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