|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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|Core Set 2019 (M19)||Uncommon|
|Masters 25 (A25)||None|
|Tempest Remastered (TPR)||Common|
|Tenth Edition (10E)||Common|
|Ninth Edition (9ED)||Common|
|Ninth Edition Foreign Black Border (9EDFBB)||Common|
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3 weeks ago
Solar Flare was an old standard Esper control list based on ramp with signets and the like, and existed around kamigawa-ravnica standard, http://www.starcitygames.com/magic/standard/12799_The_History_of_Solar_Flare.html has more info on the topic, but it ran sweepers, big threats, ramp, recursion, counterspells, card draw, and removal, as any normal control list does.
The main threats Solar Flare ran were Angel of Despair, Meloku the Clouded Mirror, Yosei, the Morning Star, and Kokusho, the Evening Star, and had really cool interactions such as using non-land ramp like Dimir Signet in conunctions with karoos like Azorius Chancery to get mana through Hokori, Dust Drinker and used effects that discard like Sift and Compulsive Research along with Zombify.
Some of the countermagic it ran were along the likes of Mana Leak and Remand, it had sweepers like Wrath of God, and removal ranging from Mortify to Condemn, and even ran discard like Persecute. It ran Clutch of the Undercity as removal, burn, and a tutor for Wrath of God, Persecute, Zombify, Sift, Ivory Mask, and Hokori, Dust Drinker, and made it have extreme versatility.
4 weeks ago
Wow, this is a lot meaner than my list :)
I don't have a ton of experience with Stax, so I really don't have any suggestions. And Aminatou seems different than the majority of Stax decks (Since most Stax commanders are just cards that untap things, Derevi, Empyrial Tactician or Teferi, Temporal Archmage.
But thanks for reminding me about Parallax Wave. That seems pretty good in my list, since it can take out blockers or just blink 5 of my creatures with a single Aminatou -1.
The cumulative upkeep cards are really clever. Mystic Remora that I can reset whenever I want? Sounds great!
How has Trial of Knowledge played? Repeatable Sift isn't bad, but maybe Oath of Jace is better? Makes you discard 2 instead of 1, but it is a mana cheaper and Scrys on upkeep for 1, even with just Aminatou out
1 month ago
I agree with Sift and you're right I want a deck that is entirely rotation proof.
Thanks again for your help, it's much appreciated!
1 month ago
Hey snoozle. Fellow control player here. Since you are only running two colors, you could probably afford to include a couple copies of Zhalfirin Void and maybe one of Arch of Orazca. These are excellent utility lands that help you to to hit the cards you need at any given time in a game. I run them in my Second Sun control deck and they've been a huge help to me so far.
I really don't like Sift with the discard and sorcery speed. An obvious replacement for that would be Glimmer of Genius, but it looks like you want the deck to be legal once we hit the rotation in the fall. Hopefully we will get some better draw spells. That being said Blink of an Eye has been really good for me as both removal and draw. I feel like Moment of Craving isn't very good but then again, I've never played it. Maybe swap those out for the blinks?
Just a few suggestions I have. I hope that helped somewhat. Good luck out there! :)
1 year ago
Hey friend! Love the effort for a first deck. There's some cool interactions, and I love how you've stuck with your theme.
First, I'll suggest some weaker cards. Sift is a little expensive for a sorcery, you don't need 4 Laboratory Maniacs if you just draw your entire library (which I see as unlikely in the first place, though your playtesting may prove otherwise), you don't need both Artful Dodge and Thassa, and anything you're planning on casting for 6+ mana seems a little dangerous (Arcanis and Blue Sun), especially since you have so many copies in your library (any additional copies you draw won't be as useful, so I'd have 2 of each max). But here's a fundamental problem with alternate win cons: if you have alternate win conditions, and you plan to win by them, then all your "win by combat damage" cards like Sturmgeist are inherently useless. And vice versa: Sturmgeist wins mean that you had 4 useless Maniacs in your deck. Of course, you can have a backup win con, which is fine, but sometimes you gotta go all-in to make a wacky deck happen.
Then, here are some cards I think could replace some of those weaker cards. Perilous Research, Compulsive Research, Pore Over the Pages (you may see a theme of studying here...) are all high-powered budget draw spells. Sphinx's Tutelage is a slightly-more-reliable win con than Lab Maniac, although I suppose you could run them both at once and mill yourself to a win! Counterspells like Calculated Dismissal are also great, as they interfere with your opponent and help you get ahead on cards.
Hope this helped! Mention me (same way you highlight a card) if I can be helpful or if I can clarify my feedback.
1 year ago
Hi, nice deck! I like the theme. I've got a few suggestions, if they're not what you're looking for pay me no mind.
35 lands and average CMC 4 seems low, even counting the emerge effect. There are still more good budget lands available: Temple of the False God, Evolving Wilds/Terramorphic Expanse, (which are probably better than Foul Orchard, but I don't know if that's included for flavor) and Drownyard Temple which synergizes with self-mill and fits in Innistrad flavor too. There's hardly any ramp here, what about Rampant Growth, Cultivate, etc?
Draw looks really light too, especially for UBG. I don't know if you are bound to flavor to the point of rejecting good ol' Concentrate, but we can find some on theme things like Treasure Cruise that appreciate the milling. Ancient Craving at least sounds like eldritch horror, and Read the Bones, Night's Whisper, and Sign in Blood all sort of work too. Sift seems better than Amass the Components since you'd rather discard than put to bottom, though Sift has no flavor.
As for what to take out that I haven't mentioned, what catches my eye as not pulling their weight are Altar of the Brood (without an infinite combo this will just help opponents), Enlightened Maniac (low impact, no graveyard synergy), Ludevic's Test Subject Flip (slow), Geralf's Masterpiece, Momir Vig, Simic Visionary (not a huge number of triggers for him, the only other blue AND green creature is Sidisi), and Brood Monitor (Nice with blink effects but you haven't any).