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Sen Triplets Discussion
4 hours ago
I'm actually brewing something similar, except it relies more on casting my opponent's spells from their hand rather than recursion. The catch to my commander being better than Sen Triplets however, is being tournament unfriendly. Of course, I'm referring to the deviously odd X. I'd love to give you some input as long as you give me some of your own, building abduction is a pain considering how much of a niche it is.
1 week ago
I really like the concept of the deck, however I think that you have a lot of cards which don't add much value to the strategy.
For cards you could easily cut:
Iona, Shield of Emeria, Cloudshift, Essence Flux, Graceful Adept, Sen Triplets, Greed, Leyline of Anticipation, Near-Death Experience, Paradox Haze, Bond of Agony, Enduring Ideal, Sanguimancy, Temporal Extortion, Conjurer's Closet, Phyrexian Processor, Spellbook, Vedalken Orrery and Carrion Howler. You also have too many lands, you could easily go down to 36 and be fine.
As for cards I would add to the deck:
Unspeakable Symbol is an amazing card, it provides the deck with instant speed life loss, but also provides you a win condition in the form of commander damage from Zur. On top of this it can be tutored by him.
Spirit Mantle lets Zur connect, allowing you those sweet tutors.
Soul Channeling is another effect that lets you pay life that is tutorable by Zur. It's not great but it's still ebtter than some of the life loss effect you're running.
Counterspells! the best way to protect your stuff (since you have to go a round once you've tutored your combo), you need much more in the way of counterspells to protect your pieces. Counterspell, Swan Song, Mana Drain (if it's in your price range), Delay, Negate, Arcane Denial, Pact of Negation, these are all good examples of counterspells you should be running. On top of this you should run removal, especially stuff like Swords to Plowshares, Anguished Unmaking, Disenchant, etc. as well as Grasp of Fate and Detention Sphere. There's also Seal of Cleansing and Aura of Silence.
Ramp! You don't have very much in the way of ramp/fixing. I would recommend finding space for Dimir Signet, Talisman of Dominance, Azorius Signet, Talisman of Progress, Orzhov Signet, and depending on your budget, Mana Crypt and Mox Diamond. Dark Ritual is another good burst of mana as well.
Savor the Moment is a card you could use to get to your next turn (to jumpstart your combo) if you wanted to.
And if you're concerned about discarding to handsize, Reliquary Tower and Library of Leng between the two should be enough. But for the most part you don't really card, just sculpt your best 7 and go from there.
Hopefully this'll help streamline the deck.
2 weeks ago
2 weeks ago
Bxbx on Sen Triplets
2 weeks ago
Hi, if the goal is to make the deck an unfun stax-build, then you'll have to include Grand Arbiter Augustin IV. Not only does it tax your opponents' spells, it also reduces the cost of Sen Triplets by two.
Celestial Dawn is not longer necessary for Sen Triplets decks because, since the rule change, lands like Rupture Spire can now generate mana outside the color identity of your commander. If you'd include more lands that generate mana of any color, then you could therefore cut Celestial Dawn. See my version of Sen Triplets for an example of this: Sen Triplets Handcontrol
That's all for now. Have fun!
2 weeks ago
You might want to cut your land count down. I'd recommend about 34-35 lands for Sen Triplets.
3 weeks ago
oh, and obviously the stax comment was sarcasm; no one likes playing against stax. It is fun to play tho...
4 weeks ago
Your deck includes a lot of ways to get infinite mana, but only 3, maybe 4, ways to use that infinite mana. We'd add some spells that would allow you to draw your deck with that kind of mana. Spells that come to mind are:
That brings us to the deck's ability to draw cards in general. It literally has no cards that allow for extra draw. To us, this seems a rather bad thing, considering that you're playing blue and you're relying on combo's (and the cards to tutor for them) to win. Then again, the deck does contain about twelve tutor cards, so maybe it works like this. Let's just say we would at the least recommend adding something like Rhystic Study, Sensei's Divining Top or Scroll Rack and maybe add some cheap instants/sorceries for draw like Ponder, Preordain or Brainstorm.
The final main problem; countering/removal. The deck doesn't have any, and you do need at least some. Not having any of it can be bad for a number of reasons. Just as examples, opposing players can steal Sen Triplets or cast a card like Stranglehold to prevent you from tutoring. There's many more creative ways to screw around with combo decks. Therefore, we would advise you to include at least some forms of removal/countering like Swords to Plowshares, Path to Exile, Swan Song, Counterspell, etc.
Well, we hope all this is useful to you and that we weren't being too preachy :) Good luck with the deck!
With kind regards,
Mr. and Mrs. NV_1980