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Buyback (3) (You may pay an additional (3) as you play this spell. If you do, put this card into your hand as it resolves.)
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Shattering Pulse Discussion
2 days ago
I have made some changes to the deck, as I have been able to get hold of a few more cards I wanted:
Removed: Chemister's Insight, Command the Storm, Electrickery, Electrolyze, Izzet Charm, Lightning Strike, Ral's Dispersal, Stonefury Beacon Bolt, Divination, Invoke the Firemind, Precision Bolt, Roast, Windfall Nevinyrral's Disk Firemind's Research
Added: Mystical Tutor, Reiterate, Turnabout, Clockspinning, Shattering Pulse, Capsize, Gamble, Preordain, Vandalblast, Merchant Scroll, Mystic Retrieval, Past in Flames, High Tide, Hidden Strings, Misdirection, Young Pyromancer
This should give me a little more control, and has added some much needed combos in. Still not where I want to be with the deck overall yet, but all I could afford to put in for now. Will make some more changes after Christmas is out of the way, and once I have played with it a bit more to see what exactly needs doing.
3 days ago
I like what you're going for here, but I see some places where you might consider changes. Specifically I like your cantripping combat tricks (buff, commander trigger, and replace themselves, all pretty great), and I like using Prowess creatures to sort of double-dip on the effect your Commander provides.
Your average CMC is nice and low, which is great. Unfortunately you're not running very much ramp, in combination with a somewhat low land count. A deck like this is going to be deceptively mana-hungry - you only get your Commander's buff till end of turn, so ideally you want to cast multiple spells in a single turn to pump the team as much as possible. Preferably mid-combat. Multiple spells means a lot of mana. I'd look at adding rocks, especially rocks that are 2CMC or less. Wayfarer's Bauble, Fellwar Stone, Coldsteel Heart, Star Compass are all great budget rocks for a 2-color mana base. Slightly more expensive are Fire Diamond, Sky Diamond, and Gilded Lotus. Since you're using combat and only running two colors, Sword of the Animist would work well too.
You have a decent number of cost-reducers for instants and sorceries, but I;ve always found that those aren;t really a good substitute for ramp. They're great cards, and if you build the deck with lots of instants/sorceries with generic mana costs they can really help you cast multiple spells in a turn, but they supplement ramp, they can't actually replace it. Similarly, Mana Geyser costs 5 - it's not really "ramp." It's a one-time effect for a big turn, but you need enough ramp to be able to cast a 5CMC ritual in the first place.
You're running several cards that are more optimized for 1v1, 20-life formats. I'm talking about Lightning Bolt, Lightning Strike, and Wizard's Lightning. There are times to play these in Commander, but typically only as part of a combo (Bolt doesnt do much in Commander...unless you can cast infinite bolts, which can be fun). There are much better removal options: Rapid Hybridization, Pongify, Reality Shift, Echoing Truth, Curse of the Swine, Snap, Into the Roil, Commit / Memory, Blink of an Eye. I believe these are all dirt cheap, and most are instants, so you can cast them during combat.
If you can spare the cash (and hopefully it'll get a reprint in the next Ravnica set), Cyclonic Rift is the 2nd most-played card in Commander for good reason. It's some of the best removal available in any color.
Also bear in mind that "copy spell" effects don;t provide additional cast triggers. If you use Bonus Round, then cast Brainstorm, you still only get two cast triggers total, even though three spells will resolve. To get extra cast triggers you need wording like on Isochron Scepter - "you may cast the copy."
Card draw is fantastically important, and so is evasion. Open Into Wonder does both for you. Kindred Discovery would be pretty much perfect for this deck, and I think it came in this precon so you might already have a copy; otherwise I think the price has risen unfortunately. Card is a powerhouse for tribal decks.
Also great for tribal decks are some universal pump effects. Shared Animosity, Coat of Arms, Vanquisher's Banner (also draws cards), Door of Destinies, Adaptive Automaton, Metallic Mimic, Obelisk of Urd all work well. If you can generate tokens consistently, Eldrazi Monument gives evasion, pump, and makes your Wizards indestructible. For some mana-doubling, Caged Sun and Gauntlet of Power can make your lands produce more mana and also pump your creatures.
Also consider some Buyback cards - you can spend extra mana to put them back into your hand isntead of the grave as part of their resolution. Capsize, Haze of Rage (this one is particularly perfect for you - the combination of Buyback and Storm pumping your entire team is nuts), Mystic Speculation, Shattering Pulse, Whispers of the Muse, and Seething Anger all look pretty good for this deck.
Now, combat damage with no infinite combos is pretty tough to pull off in Commander, where you have 3 opponents typically and everybody starts with 40 life. Thats a lot of damage you need to rack up, and your combat buff effects basically all wear off at the end of the turn, leaving you with a bunch of low-power Wizards for the next turn. I'm going to make some combo-based suggestions - this would be perfectly acceptable in my meta, but everybody's playgroup is different. Some of this will be dirt cheap, some of it will cost a little.
You're already running Isochron Scepter. This card is phenomenal. It can help you pull off your main game plan (smash with Wizards), and it can also provide alternative win conditions that you can use if combat becomes unfavorable.
Scepter imprinting Dramatic Reversal with enough non-land mana sources to produce 2 mana will untap all your mana rocks, all your Wizards...and the Scepter itself, which lets you reuse it. And it casts the Imprinted card, so you get an Adelize trigger every time. You can do this infinitely to make your whole team infinitely large. If your mana rocks can produce 3 or more mana, you also can produce infinite mana.
You can also pair the Scepter with Paradox Engine. This starts to get crazy, because the Engine basically provides the same effect as Dramatic Reversal, but you an Imprint something else onto the Scepter. For example, you can Imprint Reality Shift. Activate Scepter to cast a copy of Shift, targeting an opponent's creature. Engine triggers, untapping the Scepter and your mana rocks. Reality Shift resolves, exiling the creature, and turning the top card of their library into a new creature. Activate the Scepter again to exile the Manifest creature and Manifest the next card of their library. Rinse and repeat until their entire library is in exile. Do that again for all of your opponents who have a creature out. Pass the turn, and let them lose from drawing on an empty deck. You can see how flexible this is. Opponents can stop you with well-timed interaction, but it works super well, and you're playing Blue, so you can hold counterspells to protect yourself. Engine is going up in price, I think its about $20 now, but it's well worth the buy. It'll only get more expensive.
8 months ago
The buyback spells are alot of value, like Fanning the Flames, Shattering Pulse, and Spell Burst. They all need 4-5 experience counters to get going, but then you can start doing things with your excess mana every turn. The best one is probably Whispers of the Muse. With 5 experience counters you can pay a blue mana to draw a card as many times as you like at instant speed.
I also like Dominate to steal opponents creatures.
Check out my deck if you'd like: Mizzix the Spellslinger
9 months ago
Banding is glorious! It's a fun, flavorful mechanic, and very strong... so strong that when you describe it for the first time, it sounds like you're cheating. (This is probably why they dropped it.)
On my side, I'm going to have to order my own weight in Oketra's Monument, Launch the Fleet, and Temple of Triumph. I'm still getting back into the game after a long hiatus, and I like the look of those cards...
10 months ago
judegiordano it was just your wording in the description "The deck has plenty of 5 cost, 4 cost, 3 cost, 2, and 1s to get him there" that made it seem like you were looking at the CMC instead of the numerals. It was also odd to see cards like Crush that provides no numerals for the Baron when there are many alternatives that may cost a little more, but give numerals and most give additional options like Vandalblast (though it's not an instant, but gives a 4), Kolaghan's Command (cost 3, but gives a 1 and a 3), Abrade (cost 2, but gives a 1 and a 2), Rakdos Charm (cost 2, but gives a 1), Shatter (cost 2, but gives a 1), Shattering Pulse (cost 2, but gives a 1 and a 3 and is reusable), Smash to Smithereens (cost 2, but gives a 1 and a 3)
11 months ago
You might find it a little mana heavy, but I love Shattering Pulse in EDH since it score a lot of card advantage over the course of a game. Maybe it would be preferable to By Force, since you don't have to get all the artifacts in one go, or Smash to Smithereens, since 3 damage is less impressive in a 40-life format.
Pawn of Ulamog, Golgari Germination and Catacomb Sifter give you more value from dying creatures, and Phyrexian Plaguelord and Brood Butcher provide more removal. Young Wolf also seems like an interesting inclusion, since he can give you two Graveborn tokens for one mana!
1 year ago
I have a mizzix of my own and a friend who plays a tuned version of him, here is my list
Its been retired for a while but i did a quick update, its not exactly budget but it works pretty well and is really explosive
You're missing a lot of two really powerful effects in this deck that usually win you the game, buyback and storm
Notable cards of those types id recommend
Hope my deck and those suggestions help!
1 year ago
Here is a list of budget cards I think you should consider:
Here are some cards that has a little more value:
Another thing I noticed you are lacking is card draw, here is some suggestions: