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Seer's Sundial Discussion
1 day ago
Thank you for your suggestions. Vernal Bloom is a must. Will go in.
Rude Awakening was another card I was thinking of adding. Definitely must go in.
Green Sun's Zenith is very good, will add once I find room
Rishkar's Expertise I thought about for a while, I put in Garruk Primal Hunter for a Soul's Magesty type of effect, but Rishkars does seem a lot better. Will add.
Shamanic Revelation is more for a token deck I feel. This deck doesn't go wide. The only time I can see it's use is with Kamahl.
Natural Order is pretty good. I feel like I need more green creatures to get use out of it. That's why I want to add Terastodon or some other big green dude which can be tutored with Natural Order or Green Sun's Zenith.
Regarding the cuts....
Boundless Realms is my FAVORITE CARD of the deck and helps you ramp and thin your deck. Will always be kept.
Genesis Wave is WAY TOO GOOD to be cut. Most of the deck is permanents and this card does SERIOUS work.
2 days ago
Hello, as an Azusa player myself here are some recommendations...
First and foremost I'd play a lot more basic Forests and add Vernal Bloom.
Since you're already playing Exploration, Ramunap Excavator , and such, I'd also play Nissa, Vastwood Seer Flip, Krosan Tusker, and Sylvan Ranger to keep the lands flowing in your hand and avoid having 1 card in hand turn 3 scenarios.
Rude Awakening can be a finisher and when it's not it allows explosive turns with all the mana doublers
Kamahl, Fist of Krosa is also great in keeping boardwipes in check, or finishing games.
Green Sun's Zenith is just my favorite creature tutor in green
Rishkar's Expertise because the value of this card is huge.
Shamanic Revelation can be quite good in some cases.
Natural Order, i would play that card. It's too good to pass.
As for the cuts, my personal choices would be Garruk, Primal Hunter, From Beyond, Boundless Realms, Seer's Sundial, and i would choose between the genesis cards and some of the eldrazi that requires casting. They do not synergize well and my choice would be to cut Genesis Hydra and Genesis Wave.
Hope this helps, all of these recommendations comes from my playtesting, but is still personal since my playgroup is probably different from yours.
1 week ago
even though Zacama can destroy artifacts and enchantments with its ability, it still might be a good idea to pack cards like Austere Command, Return to Dust, Swords to Plowshares, and others just to have removal that's not "sorcery speed" (needing to cast your commander if it dies). Since you're playing big fatties you can also try out Pyrohemia to make sure your opponents don't get little annoying baby creatures. Beyond that you can also mess around with cards like Cloudstone Curio and lower CMC ramp creatures like Farhaven Elf to go infinite with your commander for mana. In the same boat is also Temur Sabertooth. If you wanted to ramp up the ramp even more, you can also throw in cards like Tireless Tracker, Seer's Sundial, Rampaging Baloths, Omnath, Locus of Rage to take advantage of that. Also you can try using enrage creatures with >3 toughness to trigger them on each turn with Zacama's damage ability, so something like Ripjaw Raptor, Silverclad Ferocidons, or Trapjaw Tyrant could be really strong. And speaking of the damage ability, Basilisk Collar.
2 months ago
Since I didn't get a direct answer, I am just going to infer that you want cards that cost at most 5 mana and cards that cost at most 8 dollars (you mentioned Staff of Nin and Mind's Eye which almost make it but don't).
Not knowing the rest of the deck and if you have lots of creatures in it (where Skullclamp and friends would be fantastic), here is a list I found of cards that should help after looking through MagicalHacker - List of All Draw Cards (Steady), my resource of all available efficient cards that let you repeatedly gain card advantage:
- Sunset Pyramid
- Bottled Cloister
- Oracle's Vault
- Seer's Sundial
- Tapestry of the Ages
- Thran Tome
- Illuminated Folio
- Moonring Mirror
- Treasure Map Flip
Take a look at that previously linked list to see exactly what can and can't work for you, and I'm sure that you'll find more than enough cards to do what you want. :)
2 months ago
2 months ago
Glad you could extract something useful from my questionable ramblings, have some more:
For the purpose of ramp, would you consider Mana Echoes? Now hold on, I know this isn't a tribal deck, but from what I can see there's a decent amount of overlap when it comes to the subtypes of the large quantities of creatures your cards can generate, either for yourself or others (it works in either case):
- Human: 8 creature cards
- Scout: 4 creature cards
- Cleric: 3 creature cards
- Cat, Shaman: 2 creature cards
Spider, Samurai, Angel, Troll, God, Advisor, Monk, Golem, Giant, Rogue (10): 1 creature card
Elf, Warrior: 5 creature card + tokens: on tap + X on 2 cards
- Insect: 3 creature card + tokens: active mana ability + damage provocation + on opponent casting + EoB
- Dragon: 2 + tokens on all upkeeps
- Spirit: 2 creature card + tokens: 1 land tapping + 1 card
- Goblin: 1 creature card + tokens on opponent step
- Ogre: 1 creature card + X tokens on hostile declared attacks
Beast, Knight: 1 creature card + token on 1 card (doubt you ever use Selesnya Charm for this purpose though)
Soldier: tokens: on upkeep + X on 1 card
- Elemental: tokens: on all upkeeps + X on 1 card
- Saproling: X tokens on 2 spells (maybe there's room for a minor Saproling subtheme somewhere by virtue of Psychotrope Thallid & Utopia Mycon?)
- Treefolk: tokens on 1 card
- Fairy: enemy tokens on 1 card (only works with changeling)
(Also Rhys' cloning, which is potentially massive even if it only works for your own tokens.)
Obviously the exact amount of mana you'll get will probably vary a lot between both different turns and games, but I think on average it will be pretty high. (If you do decide to get Mana Echoes, also switch Beast Within for Crib Swap. Less arms dealing but much more ramp. If you want to amplify ETBs I guess you could also include a championing changeling creature.) The fact that you'll get some extra mana during other people's phases might be a little awkward though, but you could maybe use some combination of Symbiotic Deployment, Carnage Altar, Slate of Ancestry, Book of Rass, (Mind's Eye) and Inheritance as card advantage mana sinks (in that category there's also Seer's Sundial, Mangara's Tome and your old friend Mentor of the Meek, although I don't think they're very reliable on turns other than your own). (On a related note, I assume you've already looked into Pursuit of Knowledge, Abundance and Sylvan Library?)
Finally, mandatory killjoy condescension: This might be a silly question, but is Mystic Barrier still giving you a net positive of enjoyment? The reason I'm asking is that while I can see why the card is fun from a broad perspective, it seems to me that it conflicts with the two main aspects of the deck, which I think would make things less fun since it limits the escalating purpose of the deck. (Man, do I sounds square right now.) First of all, one person is forced to attack only you, which conflicts with the pillow fort cards' point of encouraging the opponent to go for someone else, which also kinda means any tokens they've been given go to waste for the purpose inter-enemy damage. Second, escalating curses like Curse of Opulence become less powerful when they can't pain a target on someone, which both detracts from the previously mentioned inter-enemy damage, the relative deterrence of your pillow fort (why attack someone with Ghostly Prison if you can get Gold from a cursed player?) and your own ability to broadly benefit from such general chaos both directly and indirectly. I'm well aware the deck is more about entertainment than winning all day every day, so it's not irrational to keep the card if it's doing you more good than harm, but I think it's worth considering. (Also, since you've got Academy Rector you could potentially replace the Barrier with a single overcosted but powerful & fun enchantment that works in line with the deck, like Sandwurm Convergence, Zendikar Resurgent, Lurking Predators or even Vicious Shadows.)
That's all, hope reading that didn't take too much of your time and you'll be able to squeeze something good out of it, keep up the good work
2 months ago
Seer's Sundial + Tireless Tracker -> Regal Force + Recycle. This is a better and cheaper draw spell. Recycle synergies with Courser of Kruphix and Oracle of Mul Daya (if you choose to add them), Regal Force can stabalize a dicey board position.
Lifeforce + Seedtime -> Asceticism + Genesis Wave. Lifeforce and Seedtime are cute, but won't do what you want them to do. Asceticism deals with most removal fairly efficiently and Genesis Wave wins on the spot.
2 months ago