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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
2 days ago
@Moby_Copperfield, with the right cards you can always do both. And you could add in other stuff like Shefet Monitor to help with the splash if you go green or make it a splash non-white. One of my favorite things about magic so far is the endless possibilities you can do. I've gone against someone who splashed in three colors into their previously mono-red deck and it worked amazing. I recently helped a friend splash green into his Dimir rouge deck because I got Vraska the Unseen and gave it to him. Now I have an even harder time dealing with that deck...
Even though I hardly splash my decks, I greatly see the possibilities and endless combos available with both green and red. I would also suggest, even though some of these would fit a cycling deck better, Haze of Pollen, Shefet Monitor, and Gift of Paradise for green; and Bloodrage Brawler, Deem Worthy, Hazoret the Fervent, Tormenting Voice, and Merciless Javelineer for red. All of those are really good cards without even looking outside of Ahmonkhet. If you really cant decide, you can always do both by splashing into your main deck and having your side deck have splashed of the other color along with those already in your side deck. I might actually do that now myself.
1 week ago
Shadowhand, mana is fairly easy to come by with the Shefet Monitors and Vizier of Tumbling Sands. Even if I tap out to cast New Perspectives I can still acquire enough mana to end the game without passing the turn. No need to cycle on opponents turn, unless it is to help ramp or pull into New Perspectives.
Once New Perspectives is out, it is important to get the other basic lands on the battlefield with the Shefet Monitors first. If I have two or more in hand I'll cycle the first, triggering the land search ability, and before the cycle resolves to draw, I put another on the stack. That way I can pull the lands out of the deck, not leaving them to a possible cycle draw. (You wouldn't believe how often I drew a basic land after cycling a Shefet Monitor before I started stacking them like this.) Any basic land in hand, if I already did my land drop for the turn, while going off with New Perspectives, is a dead card. They are better suited on the battlefield. Once I pull all the basic lands from the deck (I run 10) or if I run out of Shefet Monitors, I use Vizier of Tumbling Sands to untapped lands. They are best used on a land enchanted with Weirding Wood though so I try to save them for that as much as possible.
If all the Shefet Monitors have been cycled or the library has run out of basic lands, and all the Vizier of Tumbling Sands are already cycled too, I play Shadow of the Grave to bring them back to hand and keep the mana flowing. I'm just careful to make sure I have the mana to cast Shadow of the Grave at all times when going off. I don't want to fizzle out of cyclers without mana to get my graveyard cyclers back.
The real trick I've found is deciding what direction to go for the win, Faith of the Devoted or Approach of the Second Sun. They are both very viable but it is important to weigh variables such as: life totals, counter magic possibilities, how quickly I can get my mana to fulfill the win con, and how many cards I have left in my library, before committing to one.
I like Faith of the Devoted because it costs less mana overall if my opponent hasn't had any life gain. With a full health opponent, it takes 13 mana (outside the costs of Shadow of the Grave) to win. It takes 14 mana with Approach of the Second Sun. With Horror of the Broken Lands and Fling, it only really takes 7 mana.
There are pros & cons to all three. If the opponent has any life gain that'll raise the overall cost of a Faith of the Devoted kill. But it can be cast in the early game before going off with New Perspectives and can have early benefits by keeping me alive. I also run three so it is more resilient to counter magic. Approach of the Second Sun works great but it is more mana intensive with no early game use. Since there is only one in the deck it is highly susceptible to counter magic.The Horror of the Broken Lands and Fling combo is the cheapest to use and can have some pre-New Perspectives play use/buffering. But it is susceptible to removal. Counter magic on the Fling can be devastating.
One big problem I've run into is decking myself. I think it has been just from sloppy play, not keeping an eye on my library count and not planning ahead. Each time I cycle a Shefet Monitor or Vizier of Tumbling Sands for mana it eats away at the library. Sometimes that is good, like when Im hunting for a win con or more mana production, but other times it is bad, like when I realize I cycled my last Vizier of Tumbling Sands, with no cards left in the library, and I still need one more mana to win. (Happened to me in play testing today)
It is really important to know how instant speed timing on the stack works with this deck. If the opponent is at 20 life and I have a Faith of the Devoted on the battlefield, 10 mana in my mana pool, 10 cycle cards in hand, and 0 cards left in the library...it is still possible to win as long as Im careful with how I resolve triggers and add new ones to the stack.
I have found it best to get all the mana Ill need in my mana pool before pulling the trigger on a win con. Sometimes I get a bad draw order, even with cycling, and I don't have enough mana to win in a particular way. For this I am considering Curator of Mysteries. It will really help in getting the cards I need to the top of the library, and the ones I don't to the bottom. It will also have some early, pre-New Perspectives use with buffering attacks. Still have to do more play testing though.
I started using 5 mana color specific d12s to keep track of my mana pool. It helps a lot since I have to tap and untap the land with Weirding Wood a lot by way of Vizier of Tumbling Sands. Keeping a healthy mix of black and white mana, and red if a Fling is an option, in my mana pool will be important when pulling the win con trigger, whatever it might be. Having some blue available with a Censor or two in hand is good for added protection.
This deck is complicated. It requires a lot of practice to really get all the ins and outs of it. I hope to play it on Game Day this weekend but I think I need a lot more practice. I learn something new about it, or a new trick or tactic, after nearly ever play testing session.
It can be a lot of fun to play if you like a challenge or figuring out puzzles. Not so much fun for the opponent as they will often just sit there while you flip through your library for 5-10 minutes finding a way to kill them.
1 week ago
So my question would be how this stuff goes;
Now I cycle Shefet Monitor for any basic land. (let's assume it's not a plains here)
What I intend to do: get all the basics from my deck on the battlefield in one turn by cycling for 0, triggering landfall, returning the monitor to my hand and cycle again for 0, rinse&repeat.
What I think could conflict: idk about the exact order of operation when cycling- is the Monitor already in the grave when Landfall from the Shepherd triggers?
1 week ago
I'm specifically looking for:
4x Angel of Sanctions
3x Cast Out
3x Drake Haven
4x Sweltering Suns
Here's my binder. Let's make a deal?
1 week ago
There's the option to play a BUG shell with Kiora's Follower, Arbor Elf, Utopia Sprawl, Garruk Wildspeaker, Kiora, Master of the Depths, etc. With that much ramp, you can easily get a turn 3 New Perspectives. You then cycle through your deck and go for the kill via Laboratory Maniac.
The other thing I was thinking of is with Shadow of the Grave, it's not just when you cycle cards, but whenever you discard anything. This opens up options for things like Worm Harvest, Greater Good, Raven's Crime, Cathartic Reunion,Conflagrate, and so on. The only downside is needing mana because they don't benefit from New Perspectives.
1 week ago
So there's this card, right, New Perspectives, that is seeing play in a standard combo shell. The way that combo works is you cycle all of your cards with cycling after dropping New Perspectives (faith renewed, Shefet Monitor, and the cycle dual-lands). Sometime during this process or before this process begins, you enchant one of your lands with Weirding Wood. You then use Vizier of Tumbling Sands to untap and float as much mana as possible with the wood.
Once you've run out of most of your gas (viziers and monitors), the deck uses Shadow of the Grave to get it all back. Then rinse and repeat. Eventually, you will have so few cards in your deck and so much mana you will be able to cast Approach of the Second Sun and have it go right back to the top of your library. Cycle into it again and then recast to win.
So, modern. is a lot for a modern combo piece. The lucky thing is, the deck is built to combo off tapped out. Additionally, a modern New Perspectives deck doesn't need Weirding Wood - it can just win with Laboratory Maniac, and has extra Vizier of Tumbling Sands in the shape of Esper Sojourners , which have the added bonus of tapping our opponents lands. Modern also opens us up to Resounding Wave, which is just too. Much. Fun. We also get Angelsong, which I would consider a strict upgrade over Haze of Pollen.
So the modern deck needs to figure out what it wants to be. It has two options: it can try to ramp into its New Perspectives, or it can delay the game until it hits New Perspectives. Any thoughts on where I should take this?
2 weeks ago
I really like the idea, but with so much mana, you might as well throw a few monsters in there as well. One or two copies of Aetherwind Basker would be a great secondary win condition. Greenbelt Rampager isn't expensive but he'd be a great energy sink. Shefet Monitor could be great ramp that also works as a huge body when you need to stabilize. Greater Sandwurm is another monster that could fit in here that you can cycle if you just need more action. Or how about Endless One? Ooo, or this could be a great deck for Ulvenwald Hydra, helping ramp you while holding down the fort.
Certainly don't include all of those, but some combination of them could really help round out the deck. My money's on a playset each of Rampager and Hydra plus a singleton copy of Basker. That would really make your opponent need their brown pants.