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At the beginning of your upkeep, look at the top card of your library. You may put it into your graveyard. Then if you have seven or more cards in your graveyard, you may transform Search for Azcanta.
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Search for Azcanta Discussion
18 minutes ago
Oops, my apologies.
19 minutes ago
5 hours ago
@Mike94 - Hey! Thanks for all of the input, I really appreciate it. There's a lot of information here, so it may take a while for me to process it, and make changes to the deck accordingly.
I wanted to start off by saying the deck is actually more consistent than at first glance. I've had a lot of fun with this current build, but I am always looking to improve it. I will note that I don't actually own the deck, so my testing is limited to the 3 or 4 decks I do own just playing against myself.
That being said, from my playtesting Search for Azcanta Flip has been the worst card in the deck. We don't play enough control elements to gain maximum value from it, and a lot of cases we don't have enough mana to even activate it. It generall ends up being a free island, but that's about it. I get it's a great card in control shells, but they don't mind playing a draw go game, where the flip side is at it's best.
As for Jace, Vryn's Prodigy Flip, he's been much better, as he allows me to discard finisher's or unearth cards, rather than hope a bad card is on top of our deck, so I could see uping the count on them.
Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite is usually a game ender against any fair deck. It usually kills a few creatures, and unless they have a removal spell that turn, it will more than likely be a victory. Grave Titan is in a similar boat. It made the deck because it is a great Unburial Rites target, but can also reasonably be cast (hence the 24 lands, although I think the deck would still operate on 23).
The Tasigur Gurmag split has been a weird balance for me, and I'm still not sure where I sit on it, although I can see shaving a Tasigur, the Golden Fang.
I also love the suggestion of Liliana, the Last Hope. She seems like a perfect fit into the deck, and I may slot her in over a Tasigur or something along those lines.
Now for the sideboard. I know my sideboard is full of gaps right now, that comes from not actually owning the deck, and therefore only having a moderate idea of where my worst match-ups are, and the best ways to shore them up. I personally don't see the point to Verdict over Wrath, as I'm not bringing it in against a deck running countermagic anyway, and the non-regeneration clause is likely more relevant due to that.
Anyway, that covers most of what you suggested. Thanks, I will definitly be testing with some of these cards to see how they feel. I really appreciate the help.
Argy on Rat Colony!!
10 hours ago
You need Draw options, too.
Of course I can't give you an accurate assessment until all the Dominaria Cards have been spoiled.
1 day ago
Love the deck but it looks really inconsistent, I could be wrong though. If I would take it for a spin I would make these adjustments;
- Tasigur, the Golden Fang -1
- Thought Scour -3
- Moorland Haunt -1
- Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite -1
- Grave Titan -1
- Gurmag Angler +1
- Griselbrand +1
- Search for Azcanta Flip +2
- Jace, Vryn's Prodigy Flip +1
- Ghost Quarter +1
- Liliana, the Last Hope +1
Thought Scour is one of the factor's that makes the deck to inconsistent and you can only do it once. You're not aggro so one for one's are not enough, value should bring you closer to your endgame. Search for Azcanta Flip or Jace, Vryn's Prodigy Flip are pure value generators. If you are really set on using Thought Scour, maybe Opt could be a great way to make it more consistent, it even draws an extra card but it would use up a lot of card slots though.
Tasigur, the Golden Fang should be good enough as a one of, while this opens another slot I would definitely add Liliana, the Last Hope she has good protection of her own and can help you with your self mill strategy while still gaining value of it. Her emblem wins games one it's own so she is an awesome threat in my opinion.
Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite feels a bit underwhelming as a finisher, she has no evasion on her own and doesn't give you anything for a grindy game. Griselbrand seems to fit the requirements to be a potent late game threat.
The Moorland Haunt seems to slow and not mana-efficient in the long game. Ghost Quarter is a main-board answer to Tron and can be boarded out if it's not necessary, 24 seems a bit high with your curve, 23 should also be enough I think.
For your sideboard, I would definitely try to add Trinisphere. Combo decks run rampant at tournaments and this card does a great job at keeping them from going of. I would also run Supreme Verdict instead of Wrath of God. You also don't seem to have an answer against control with their playsets of Snapcaster Mages, Grixis Death Shadow decks and Dredge. So to wrap it up this is how I would fill in the sideboard:
- Surgical Extraction 2x
- Trinisphere 2x
- Supreme Verdict 1x
- Stubborn Denial 1x
- Detention Sphere 2x
- Stony Silence 3x
- Thoughtseize 2x
- Leyline of the Void 3x
These where just some suggestion I hope you can utilize them!
2 days ago
Hi there !
I would suggest you Expel from Orazca instead of Boomerang, but the best would be to include the two.
Prowling Serpopard is basically killing your deck if you can't bounce or destroy or exile it...
For ramp I would suggest you to try to look at the pirates and spells from Ixalan block, to get treasures. Also Search for azcanta seems really on point for your deck, trimming your draw phase, like Sensei's Divining Top.
I hope it gives you ideas to make new ennemies out of old friends !
1 week ago
Looking at your maybeboard, Fatal Push will retain its value after rotation because of its use in eternal formats, so I'd get a playset of those to replace your Essence Extractions and move some of your Moment of Cravings to the sideboard. An extra Search for Azcanta Flip is good for the same reason, plus it doesn't rotate out for another year. Finally, Golden Demise is a cheap, easy-to-cast board clear that's excellent sideboard material against token decks and doesn't put you in time out for a turn. Good luck, keep us updated on how this goes!