Creature — Merfolk Wizard
(1)(Blue), Tap two untapped Wizards you control: Copy target instant or sorcery spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Sigil Tracer Discussion
1 month ago
Oh wow, that's a lot of suggestions. Thanks king-saproling!
Lunar Force is an interesting idea that definitely synergizes well with Venser. However to use it properly, you'd be required to use a lot of mana (3 mana on the Force, while saving up another 4 for Venser). Though I think if the ability was a may-ability, it would totally be worth it.
Speaking of "mays," would the same trick work with Perplexing Chimera? I'm not familiar with the fine-print of the interaction, but I believe you could return Chimera to your hand as its ability triggers, and basically steal their spell with no downside (besides paying a total of 9 mana for the exchange)? If that would work, that would be pretty nifty indeed.
Okay, so the Ghostly Flicker/Displace cards are for the combos with stuff like Naru Meha, Master Wizard? Interesting. I haven't thought of that. Does this kind of fall in with your Sigil Tracer suggestion?
I've been keeping Equilibrium in the back of my mind for quite some time now. On paper it's a really good card, but I've found that most of the time, I'd rather be playing something else, and it becomes a dead card in my hand. It does synergize really well with Venser, but it's also pretty mana intensive.
Cloudstone Curio. Now that is a suggestion! I'm still not entirely sure about all of the implications of this card, but right away, I can see that it can potentially make Venser bounce one extra thing every time he hits the board. I suppose that it also makes it easier to bounce Venser back to your hand with another creature if you don't have one of the Gourmet Bagels out. It also allows you to infinitely bounce a Great Whale with a Peregrine Drake (or a Glasspool Mimic Flip/Clever Impersonator/Spark Double/Phyrexian Metamorph for that matter). A definite include.
1 month ago
Cool deck! You might consider these: Lunar Force (this one is really cool. after its trigger goes on the stack, bounce it to your hand with venser. the opp's spell will still be countered by lunar force. it also prevents counter wars as force will counter everything on the stack while it's out), Reality Acid, Vedalken Mastermind, Erratic Portal, Kefnet's Monument, Sunken Hope, Perplexing Chimera, Mirrormade, Cloudstone Curio, Sigil Tracer, Displace, Ghostly Flicker, Equilibrium, Meteor Golem, Duplicant, Merchant Scroll
1 month ago
Monomanamaniac: Unfortunately because you are casting spells, it does mean that dramatic scepter is suseptible to both ability hate but also storm hate, which has gotten me a few times before. But in a vacuum, it's one of the more compact combos.
I think the thing which makes it so strong is that it's such a low cost to entry on the combo - you only need 4 mana available to play and activate scepter which is super low. I used to run Tooth and Nail for Deadeye Navigator / Palinchron (with a bit of Rune-Scarred Demon enabling) in a Damia, Sage of Stone list which was good, but you always had to generate so much mana to so you could combo out with counterspell backup. With Scepter, a Mana Vault or Grim Monolith basically pays for the combo by itself and makes you mana positive.
The other thing I like with the combo is that there are replaceable pieces for it. I run the combo in my Thrasios, Triton Hero deck (alsongside Tymna) and I have Sigil Tracer who with Thrasios lets you copy Reversal on the stack. You can also use Nivix Guildmage or Izzet Guildmage in this role. But I was even toying with hte idea of using Isochron Scepter + Vitalize + Karn, Silver Golem as a janky combo in Selvala, Explorer Returned. I know it's not a great combo but it shows how you can adapt it so easily.
4 months ago
Interesting. You might like these: Tunnel Vision, Strata Scythe, Talrand, Sky Summoner, Docent of Perfection Flip, Metallurgic Summonings, Conjurer's Closet, Sunken Hope, Blood Clock, Umbilicus, Crystal Shard, Vedalken Mastermind, Erratic Portal, Venser, Shaper Savant, Quicksilver Fountain, Sigil Tracer, Vedalken Shackles
5 months ago
Thanks for the update!
Some questions and comments on card choices below.
- First, you have two Scheming Symmetry in the list (one foil, one non-foil). This is great since it means you have another slot ;)
- Phantasmal Image - is this a general utility slot or am I missing a key combo?
- No Dark Confidant? Bob seems great to play on turn 1.
- Land count and selected lands: is 29 enough considering you have Tabernacle? Maybe 29 mana producing lands would be good? Also a bit hesitant to include Prismatic Vista with only 3 basics, but I suppose you tested this. I would consider including Cavern of Souls for when you have to push through Circu for the win.
- Have you considered Winds of Rebuke? It has synergy with the Lantern effects and is a pretty solid card anyway.
- How has Brain Freeze performed for you? You tend to see this card in grixis storm for the synergy with Underworld Breach, but here it might be a bit win-more since your commander is a storm outlet.
- Not sure if it's needed, but I was considering including Sigil Tracer as a backup for Isochron Scepter. Your commander is a wizard, so it will generate infinite storm with Dramatic Reversal, but might be a bit too niche and expensive.
- I was hoping to find room for Muddle the Mixture (finds both parts of IsoRev) and/or Spellseeker (finds Reversal), but maybe they're too expensive or slow? I like muddle before wishclaw I think, which is really only usable on the combo turn.
I'll do a more extensive review and some goldfishing later!
7 months ago
Interesting deck. You might like these: Remand, Memory Lapse, Relearn, Docent of Perfection Flip, Metallurgic Summonings, Merchant Scroll, Elite Arcanist, Kaho, Minamo Historian, Pirate's Prize, Depths of Desire, Eye of the Storm, Meletis Charlatan, Sigil Tracer, Twincast, Will Kenrith, Conqueror's Galleon Flip
8 months ago
Magk_Autumn Emry, Lurker of the Loch is interesting enough for her own deck (there is a guy in my playgroup that uses her as his general, it's a mono U eggs... kinda) for my take on Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca Emry has more chance to damage the consistency of the deck than help it, since the deck does't have graveyard recursion at all, and so far it didn't really need it, and there are not enough artifacts in the deck to justify using her. To lose the Bracers or other artifacts is really not a big deal, the only artifact that matter is the Isochron Scepter, and when the time comes to play it I have at least 2 counterspells in hand plus 1 or 2 Sigil Tracer activations to protect the combo. There are quite a few merfolk that are clearly designed with mill in mind but in EDH mill is not really doable if not in a infinite mill scenario or a deck totally built around it, for me Ambassador Laquatus is enough for when I want to meme some of my friends. I'm considering using Grimoire Thief though, as a minor source of disruption and in a very fringe scenario a last resourt counterspell.