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Seat of the Synod
(Seat of the Synod isn't a spell.)
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Seat of the Synod Discussion
2 days ago
Well I keep taking long enough writing down my suggestions to add that it kicks me off. As such I will write a comment for each section I have ideas for. I have played Brago for most of my time playing commander and like to think I know my way around the block with him. On the other hand I had completely missed some of these cards like Tsabo's Web and it won me a game since I added it.
I would suggest adding the artifact lands Ancient Den, Seat of the Synod, and Darksteel Citadel to the list. They can be searched with Trinket Mage or Tezzeret the Seeker and Darksteel Citadel survives land destruction.
I run a Terramorphic Expanse, Evolving Wilds, and Flood Plain in addition to Flooded Strand. The extra deck thin is helpful and more than one fetch works best with Sun Titan in my experience. They are slightly slower but still work.
Seraph Sanctuary can be good if you run many angels. There are enough with good ETB effects to consider and I have ran Brago angel tribal as a casual style of Brago.
2 days ago
Vedalken Archmage is really good because it draws a lot of cards in an artifact deck.
I don't think Platinum Angel helps your game plan much since it is easily removed.
4 days ago
Hey there! Looks like a sweet deck!
First of all, I'd recommend adding a few more cheap artifact creatures so you can tutor with Arcum easier - Myr Retriever, Silver Myr, Hedron Crawler, Manakin, and Myr Sire are all great for this. Some of them also count as ramp as well.
Finally, some generally good cards that I'd recommend adding include Seat of the Synod, Cyclonic Rift, Swiftfoot Boots, Lightning Greaves, Voltaic Key, Buried Ruin, Darksteel Citadel, Sensei's Divining Top, Thousand-Year Elixir, Counterspell, Padeem, Consul of Innovation, and Staff of Domination.
Hope this helps!
1 week ago
In doing so thought I'd mention a few things, see if anything is helpful, probably not,
Fabricate can pull the Isochron Scepter for your Isochron Scepter + Dramatic Reversal (or the Mana Crypt/Sol Ring that is needed to enable the combo?). I know you have Muddle the Mixture to tutor these, but you could Muddle the Mixture the Dramatic Reversal and Fabricate the Isochron Scepter as an additional tool. Worst case you Fabricate a Mana Crypt for net mana.
Personal Tutor can pull a Fabricate to top of deck, or if you have Temporal Mastery it can pull that to the top to Miracle for (Personal Tutor) + Temporal Mastery miracle to get the extra turn. You don't actually miss a draw, because you still draw on the extra turn you wouldn't have had anyway (technically). Also I find even if Temporal Mastery is in my hand, Brainstorm can make it favorable, or just wheel it away (not super effective), but you may even cast it for CMC7 in odd cases. Think Twice can Miracle it on opponents turns too, that would be fun.
You could run Show and Tell + Omniscience + Enter the Infinite, I think Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind would trigger? (but not sure), but your already tutoring enchantments which is very difficult. I know it sucks (no card advantage), but Gamble is a way to tutor a Curiosity and go for the win early. I think Gamble is a necessary evil here due to the difficulty of tutoring enchantments. You could also run Laboratory Maniac to win, even when you Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind + Curiosity maybe you need it to overcome a Trostani, Selesnya's Voice that's gained 60 life or something, just as an alternative to the draw/damage, once your out of cards in your library, no more way to output damage. Beacon of Tomorrows can also save you here too.
Faithless Looting can help with the cycling of the cards too for . Trinket Mage could tutor a Mana Crypt or Sol Ring for or you could add Great Furnace / Seat of the Synod and tutor a land, since Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind is CMC6, ramping spells never hurt.
Lightning Greaves can Haste enable him so he doesn't have to survive, although you have the Counterspell if you don't have a Pact of Negation or a Force of Will handy can protect him, especially in a 4-player pod where you can't Gitaxian Probe everyone. With so few creatures, I get why it's out.
I use Turnabout + Nivix Guildmage to Infinite mana, they can also be used with Frantic Search + Izzet Boilerworks + Nivix Guildmage to Tutor Curiosity or Ophidian Eye or Mind Over Matter. I really over-utilize Nivix Guildmage so probably not right here, but thought I'd mention as it is a tutor to your combos.
Scalding Tarn and Cascade Bluffs would be good land upgrades, you have other fetches so probably didn't need to say this, but Ash Barrens also good because if you need a color it can landcycle and filter out a land, if you dont need it, it comes in untapped and doesn't slow progression down at all.
Anyways, like I mentioned, not a Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind player, but I know how Tutoring really flattens out the consistency on a combo deck, especially one where you have no direct tutors (Gamble) to get the Enchantments to your hand, so some Janky ones might be of interest.
PS: some evaluations,
Magmatic Insight feels wrong, I like the draw, but sacrificing a land with a CMC6 commander still feels wrong? Plus if you draw it later in the game, it could be a dead draw until you draw a land.
Thought Scour is a pod-specific card? I don,t see much graveyard recursion here, so I assume your pod is top-deck tutoring that you need a response too? Or maybe just looking for as many Cantips as possible? Maybe Whispers of the Muse if you have the infinite mana going, gives you the infinite draw too.
Flusterstorm feels like a dead draw sometimes, especially against . If it's in your opening draw, it probably great, outside of that it's going to be less effective (but not always).
3 weeks ago
I've got a few thoughts. And by a few I mean many. But first, Tolarian Academy is banned.
Comboing in Esper
Mycosynth Lattice gives Sydri the ability to destroy target land for 1 mana of any color. Also combos with Darksteel Forge to make your whole board indestructible.
Salvaging Station + Disciple of the Vault + Seat of the Synod + Sydri, Galvanic Genius = infinite damage. Tap Seat to make Seat a 0/0 creature via Sydri's ability who dies, triggering Disciple's ability and untapping Station. Tap Station to return Seat into play and deal infinite damage.
Thopter Assembly + Time Sieve = infinite turns.
Thopter Foundry + Ashnod's Altar + Sword of the Meek = infinite colorless mana.
You're in blue and black with almost no card draw or tutoring. Demonic Tutor, Mastermind's Acquisition, Diabolic Tutor, Phyrexian Arena, Consecrated Sphinx, Blue Sun's Zenith, Rhystic Study, Sensei's Divining Top, Trinket Mage. All are great in EDH.
RemovalAgain, you're in the two colors best for removal in a format that relies on either having removal or being faster than removal, and you run no removal in a slow deck. Swords to Plowshares, Path to Exile, Oblivion Ring, Vindicate, Utter End, Vraska's Contempt, Merciless Eviction, Supreme Verdict.
It's easy enough to say "just run duals and fetches," but they really do make all the difference in the world for Esper decks. Shocklands and buddy lands cycles are great places to start. You want to minimize "enters tapped" unless the secondary effect is relevant. Chromatic Lantern is the best 3 CMC mana rock in the game and you should run it.
Wurmcoil Engine, Steel Hellkite, Batterskull are all amazing cards. Nevermore and Gideon's Intervention are solid defenses. Venser, the Sojourner is cool. Ajani Goldmane and Telepathy are just bad.
1 month ago
1 month ago
Daedalus19876 That makes sense. I took the basic idea from your deck and tried to cut costs down to ~800 USD and found this to be a solid substitute for Mox Diamond and works well with Seat of the Synod or a Darksteel Ingot. You are correct that sometimes there aren't enough artifacts to sustain it however...