, Sacrifice Scourglass: Destroy all permanents except for artifacts and lands. Play this ability only during your upkeep.
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1 month ago
First off, I love the Mistborn reference, and will be using it hence forth as my girlfriend and I love Sanderson's work. Second, may I suggest Muddle the Mixture? Selective counterspell that can find Foundry-Sword combo pieces, death mantle, Isocron scepter combo pieces, animate dead, cyclonic rift, and many others... yeah, transmute is a beautiful thing. Or it can just be stuck under isochron scepter and make everyone at the table nervous to cast tutors/board wipes. Also noticed you aren't running any of the artifact board wipes (Nev's disk, Boompile, or Scourglass), they're pretty fun, are rattlesnakes so I can understand their absence.
1 month ago
Thanks for taking a look Daedalus19876 I'll be making a few changes based on your suggestions, first is Mother of Runes is now in the deck, originally I misunderstood what she did but she has now earned a spot.
Also Scroll Rack I didn't really know how to use it properly (I'd always put something on top that I wanted and accidentally tutored and shuffled it away and other various misplays) but after reading through your primer it's an auto-include for the scroll rack + land tax combo.
Most mana doublers I've tried but found they slowed me down in the past, this deck has evolved so much however so maybe Caged Sun might help. Extraplanar Lens in my meta isn't run because it's a huge target (mainly for personal reasons, I'll just say when any of my friends play it I destroyed it so they'd also be down a land and now they seek revenge.) Had to cut it from my colorless wastes deck for that reason lol.
As for the lands I've just been testing I change between 34 to 37 lands all the time since the land base is one of my biggest weakness when deck building.
I cut Haunted Cloak and am thinking about cutting Helm of Kaldra. I only keep the helm for the off chance I have the other two pieces (or Stonehewer Giant since I'll search for both those pieces anyway) and will tutor it for an indestructible 9/9 that can't be Gilded Drake'd or Toxic Deluge'd but on it's own it's kind of a dead card. What do you think?
Duelist's Heritage and Silverblade Paladin would love a spot, I'm just bad at making cuts. I can think of one card I could cut but I don't know which to add both Silverblade Paladin can beat down on his own but if I don't have another creature he's a 2/2 and is more susceptible to removal but can be recurred with both Emeria, The Sky Ruin AND Sun Titan. Duelist's Heritage seems like the stronger of the two can be tutored with Enlightened Tutor and if I understand it correctly I can give an opponents creature double strike if they hit an opponent?? Only down side I can think of is Sword of War and Peace and Etched Champion.
Again thank you for the kind words and suggestions, I previously skimmed through your primer when building this but finally fully read it ;)
1 month ago
cracks knuckles This should be fun! :)
One of the first EDH decks I ever played against was a Kemba voltron deck, and my pet deck has been my Judgment Day: Avacyn the Purifier EDH | *PRIMER* voltron list (which also might give you some ideas). There's a beauty in simplicity inherent in Voltron strategies. With some experience with Voltron, here are my thoughts on your list:
1) Generally speaking, it does work better to whack people with your commander, just to take advantage of that handy commander damage rule. But I understand that your non-reliance on your commander is the unique thing about this deck, so I won't suggest swapping commanders. That being said, I would test a few games with Sram at the helm, because he's one heck of a drug in this kind of deck ;)
2) Your creature base looks fine. The only major omission I see is the lack of Mother of Runes here. Ranger of Eos and Recruiter of the Guard can also be great tutors. And Silverblade Paladin is great for getting in faster damage and giving doubled Swords triggers...
6) With an average CMC of 3.4, I personally would not dare play as low as 34 lands (Maze of Ith doesn't count because it does not produce mana).
7) I would take a look through your equipment and cut the lower-impact ones. In any deck planning to win via combat damage, every single card needs to have a major impact when it hits the board. I've never found Deathrender or Haunted Cloak to do enough to justify their inclusion in my decks.
8) Double strike is your best friend in aggressive decks. I am currently loving Duelist's Heritage (though many of the best options are in boros colors alas).
9) Your primer seems like a good start! :)
1 month ago
I'd rather not trade RL cards for precon items, sorry! I would, however, be open to trading my Mana Vault, Scourglass, Whip of Erebos and The Great Aurora for your Ajani Vengeant, Herald of Anguish, Groundbreaker and Rune-Scarred Demon. That should come out pretty close to even.
2 months ago
For the cuts, maybe you could cut one of the boots. And Lim-Dul's Vault doesn't put you the card you want in your hand. It's like a more expensive and more damaging Vampiric Tutor. Soul of New Phyrexia has never been useful enough to me. Scourglass is a non-bo with Mycosynth Lattice. Caltrops could also be cutted, except if you putted it in for a local metagame answer (facing too many token players?).
2 months ago
So cards that i think are a little underpowered are: Aegis Angel, Jeskai Barricade, Astral Cornucopia, Jace Beleren, Vapor Snag all feel underwhelming to me. Also i think 8 boardwipes are a lot, 6 is probably as many as you would want.
Some cards that might be good to add in are: White Sun's Zenith, Spirit Bonds, Springjack Pasture, Scourglass, Mirror Mockery, Martial Coup, Moonsilver Spear, Invocation of Saint Traft or the actual Geist of Saint Traft works well too. Cyclonic Rift can end games on its own. Some good draw cards are Treasure Cruise, Well of Ideas, Concentrate, Stroke of Genius and Rush of Knowledge and Bident of Thassa. Here is also a good list of draw spells https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/2u5o6m/best_reusable_blue_card_draw_edh/. I would also probably replace one elspeth with Ajani, Caller of the Pride
2 months ago
Looks good so far my friend!
Some suggestions I have for you:
Krark-Clan Ironworks - easily the most important card in my deck. It is just phenomenal.
Nim Deathmantle - lots of fun. I wondered why everyone kept suggesting it, and when I played with it I understood why. If you want to go infinite, that is a possibility with Nim!
Personally, I think Padeem, Consul of Innovation is a little overrated. Sure, you could potentially draw an additional card on your upkeep and your artifacts have hexproof but I just think there are better ways for card draw and protection. I also think Ethersworn Adjudicator is a little more expensive than he's worth, but that's just from experience. I've played with him and didn't find him very useful, but he is versatile.
I hope that helps! Looks like a lot of fun so far!
3 months ago
I finally finished my Sydri! All I need to do is get my hands on a Scourglass, and I'll be done with her!: How does my list look overall?