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When you cycle Shefet Monitor, you may search your library for a basic land card or a Desert card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.
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Shefet Monitor Discussion
1 month ago
Ifnir Deadlands is a pretty sweet desert, and with Excavator with a removal spell you can continue to recur.
Hazoret the Fervent also seems really good in this deck by discarding lands you draw for a free 2 damage and then playing it from the graveyard for all the value.
Shefet Monitor might have a place?
2 months ago
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2 months ago
Thanks for the upvote and suggestions KeelHaul10!
Do you like any of your suggestions more than Tormod's Crypt? Because that's the swap I'll end up making, though i think the crypt might be better for now? I was thinking Primal Command or Struggle / Survive might be clever ways of hating graveyard nonsense. though the mana cost of the crypt is the best selling point it has.
Quick aside on Vicious Shadows, It's really good! It triggers on any creature dying not just my own. And if folks are casting all the cards in their hands my board wipes will be that much more effective. Also it can sometimes combo-kill the table when someones playing tokens and i have Blasphemous Act lol.
Shefet Monitor is fun with Radha, Heir to Keld because you attack with radha, get the trigger and cycle the monitor. than that same turn you have 3 untapped lands to hopefully cast another ramp spell. That's my thoughts behind it anyway, I am looking at is as my weakest ramp spell for sure.
2 months ago
Graveyard hate, eh? Burn Away do anything for you? if not, I recommend Mudhole for lands, Cranial Archive for card draw, Phyrexian Furnace is cheap but slow, Thran Foundry, and Watchers of the Dead seem like good choices to sub in. as for cuts, if you feel Vicious Shadows over preforms, then leave it in, but I just don't see how. It's trigger can be mitigated by having a low hand count. Shefet Monitor also could be cut.
All in all, I love your deck, commander needs more beat-down decks like this one rather than the tier 1 combo-crud that's been hitting my meta recently.
3 months ago
just thinking out loud here
I do like the looks of this deck.
3 months ago
Hehe. This is cute, and I mean that as a sincere compliment. It's not often that I giggle uncontrollably when looking at a deck description.
You might be able to tighten up the list a bit, though. You can probably cut Shefet Monitor and the Deserts from your land base. Speaking of lands, you can cut 3 or so and still be within a safe range :) This would open up space for Swords to Plowshares, Beast Within, and Constant Mists. No use shooting high if you won't survive long enough to pull off the mega-combo! ;)
I would also highly recommend playing Mana Reflection somewhere in this list. I am aware of its $$$ cost, yes. But when you have multiple copies of it, they stack exponentially rather than linearly, and I think you can push that 617 digit number even further into the stratosphere very, very fast.
Happy deckbuilding! :)
3 months ago
Control decks usually run more than 20 lands. Since your deck has a low CMC i would cut the 2 Aven of Enduring Hope for 2 extra lands. Also, try swapping some of the single colored lands for duals like Irrigated Farmland, Lumbering Falls, Scattered Groves and Fortified Village or maybe some Evolving Wilds.
The current standard metagame is full of aggro decks, maybe running Primal Druid instead of Manalith and Traveler's Amulet is a good idea. Thraben Inspector is a great card, i would totally swap some of your less impactful creatures like Wall of Forgotten Pharaohs, God-Pharaoh's Faithful and Eternal of Harsh Truths for a set of Thraben Inspector. Also consider swapping Beneath the Sands for Shefet Monitor. Traverse the Ulvenwald is amazing but kinda pricey.
Life goes on is a card i would definetly try to cut for something better. Cards that just gain life are often not worth of a deck slot. Ambuscade is not suited for control decks. Both cards could be swapped for sweepers like Fumigate or Descend upon the Sinful or better spot removal like Cast Out.
Choosing which creatures to run on a control deck is very diferent from choosing creatures for aggro/midrange decks. On control you almost always divide your creatures between support creatures and finishers. The only finishers you have are 2 Striped Riverwinder so i recommend adding some combination of Ishkanah, Grafwidow, Linvala, the Preserver and Angel of Sanctions for a total of 6 or 7 finishers. Casting a Shefet Monitor can also help you close the game but it doesn't have any evasion so i would use them almost exclusively to ramp.
Unsummon bounce effect is best suited on decks built to exploit the tempo advantage it gives or aggressive decks where temporarily removing a blocker can make a big difference so i would swap it for Spring or Nissa's Renewal.
3 months ago
Throw in some Cycling Dessert lands to go with your Shefet Monitor and also maybe a Ramunap Excavator to grab some of your cycled lands back. Abandoned Sarcophagus would fit nicely. Maybe go down a few New Perspectives as it'll tend to be a bit slow for the agro goal of your creatures. There might be some themes from here that you could add: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/articles/against-the-odds-desert-tribal-standard