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Sixth Sense Discussion
2 months ago
Draw is at an interesting impasse. The more evasion/trample this deck has, the more Keen Sense and Sixth Sense are viable; Running both seems overkill. Rishkar's Expertise is not half bad, but I’m torn between it, Garruk, Caller of Beasts and Vivien Reid . Inspiring Call is now leagues better with Drana. I’m still waiting for that diamond in the rough.
I’m jumping in headfirst with Dolmen Gate . Sooo many creatures sit on the board only to boost Skullbriar. This combos super well with Drana. Dolmen also acts as alternative evasion since not everyone wants to block a lose/lose.
Ouphe wrecks. So many decks play off mana rocks and artifact combo win cons. I search for him quick. Besides big cmc, I avoid those evasion-equipment because of him.
I need to buy shizo... I just can’t imagine a reprint of a weird card like that... but that $$$ hurts.
Scheming supports friendly gameplay. Like, idk if I’d be bothered playing it 1v1. EDH is supposed to be fun, not punishing.
Rite is rough around edges. High cmc, doesn’t work with dolmen, most creatures aren’t tough enough to survive the initial damage, and not a guaranteed counter. This is an aggro deck so the creatures should always be tapped and attacking. Without vigilance, Rite doesn’t work as well imo. Idk, I feel like Unspeakable Symbol and Vivien, Arkbow Ranger land more counters, but even then I feel like none of these warrant their slot. I’m pretty shoehorned into Drana and Dolmen lol
3 months ago
Shit I’m on the fence about:
Heroic Intervention , Inspiring Call , and Rishkar's Expertise : are all just okay. Surprise protection &/or draw is cool, but nothing game changing. Heroic is the least synergistic. Inspiring on average draws 2 cards. Riskar’s(better for 1v1)could be interchanged with Garruk, Caller of Beasts (better for mp).
Sixth Sense feels weak when it only lands with damage. I debated Keen Sense too, but damage is hardly guaranteed. Inspiring Call , Rishkar's Expertise and Phyrexian Arena take the load atm. Draw still feels lacking.
Beacon of Unrest can go. I don’t have an artifact I’m trying to play. I have enough grave-recursion.
Bow of Nylea will never sit right with me. Does a bunch of stuff, none of it blows my mind.
Reyhan, Last of the Abzan is iffy. Creatures don’t always have counters to make it count.
Often I get caught up protecting creatures and forget that Skullbriar is totally okay with dying. The deck is built around doing its own thing, but he’s always glad to join the party.
I really want the Vivien planeswalkers to be better. They fall short and would better if they traded abilities: Vivien, Arkbow Ranger is close. I enjoy the counters for 4cmc, the other abilities lack. Vivien, Nature's Avenger is waaay to expensive, but has fun abilities.
Dolmen Gate is mulling around my brain. The deck is aggro, so this definitely seems to fit. Is it worth protecting the 1-3 attacking creatures?
I’m starting to appreciate counter-creating cards and sorta want to add Blessings of Nature . I still wish there were better options.
3 months ago
Agreed. After my Animar, Soul of Elements deck fell apart, I wanted to make a counters deck with less bells and whistles. I always find EDH disheartening when the best versions have been calculated and there’s no room to refine. Skullbriar needed a massive facelift imo.
Collector Ouphe definitely warrants his spot. I’ll keep my Sol Ring just cuz. But I might switch the other out for one that can be sac’d in response to him being played(so it doesn’t become useless). Since creatures are much more the focus here, especially with Green Sun's Zenith , I might stick with mana dorks. Crypt Ghast is weird. I feel like I never have enough swamps for him to be effective at 4cmc.
Bow of Nylea : deathtouch wrecks with your setup. With trample it’s stellar, but I’m still torn. A single counter a turn for 2 is garbage, 2 damage is meh, lifegain is a no, I can return and play cards from my grave. But just sitting there it’s not terrible. It’ll probably go out at a later date.
3 months ago
Alright, so I'm gonna give my two cents since we're discussing this on my page.
Pump spells are garbage unless they are synergetic with your commander, you have a way to re-aquire them after use, or you're infect based. They rot in your grave too often, and multiplayer is the last place you want that.
Skullbriar is counter based. Why pump him? He's a 1/1 with haste. I'd rather pump something that already had hexproof or had a special ability. I also play a Feather, the Redeemed deck. Using pump or instants in that deck make sense because they're reusable.
"although that is not to say the reanimation stuff is bad. It’s another clever way to work with how Skully keepa his counters, which is fantastic. Plus it prevents you from having to pay commander tax"
^I'm confused by that statement. He keeps his counters no matter what... unless you elect to send him to your hand or library. I don't usually use reanimation on Skullbriar, but on creatures that I don't want to hard cast like Necropolis Regent .
Damn, 14/16? That's way too long of a game imo. I can't imagine playing a game where I had that much mana lol
Yes, reanimation spells can get countered, but it's the difference of board presence and cmc loss. If any of your pump spells get countered, you're out 7/8cmc. If someone lets you play your pump spell, then destroys your pumped creature, now you're down a card in hand, a creature on the field, and 7/8 mana. Holy fuck that's a lot. If a reanimation spell lands, now you have a creature on the board, who's effects live on. If someone kills the creature or counters the spell, I'm only out 1 mana and a card in hand.
You say one shot, but I build with multiplayer as my focus. I just don't think pumping a creature is scary against more than one person. Even against one, most people will just wipe him out after he's pumped.
Say we compare Ghalta, Primal Hunger to Emrakul, the Aeons Torn . Yeah, they both have huge attack powers that could wipe out another player, but there's a clear distinction between the two's overall power.
I like all of the Umbra cards... but only for the Totem Armor they provide. The pumps they give are useless. Reach isn't needed. Snake Umbra 's draw power is good but 3cmc vs Keen Sense and Sixth Sense 's 1cmc. I don't need to untap land with Bear Umbra because I'm not ramping to anything.
Hot Soup is a fun jank card. I just don't like that it makes a 10/10 a 10/1.
There's a few cards that I'm planning on moving out of the deck soon. I don't like making counters from other spells. It just feels way too slow.
3 months ago
Hello fellow Skullbriar player!
Right off rip, I’d say Armorcraft Judge is a great card. Here are some others I use:
Ridgescale Tusker more counters
Skarrg Goliath Bloodrush!
Dauthi Embrace unblockable
Hot Soup this is a personal favorite!
We both have a lot if similar cards. I think I have more unblockable stuff while you have more relating to counters.
Check my deck out here.. I’m down for any feedback you may have!
Good luck! +1
6 months ago
+1, looks great!
6 months ago
Nice deck. I always enjoy playing with my werewolves Howlin' With the Pack and it looks like you've got a pretty strong core. I'm not convinced by Burning-Tree Emissary , Dawntreader Elk , Mina and Denn, Wildborn , Radha, Heir to Keld or Zhur-Taa Ancient though. I don't think creature-based ramp is that helpful because, on the whole, most of your creatures aren't that expensive and playing multiple spells in your turn will just end up flipping your creatures back over! Plus plenty of your sorceries do the job. Similarly, I don't know how much work Chromatic Lantern is doing in a two colour deck compared to something like Gruul Locket that could at least draw you cards (vital for a R/G creature-based deck to keep the pressure on a la Hunter's Insight / Sixth Sense ) or cost reduction like Ruby Medallion / Rhonas's Monument ? Mage Slayer and Rhythm of the Wild are definite all-stars for me as well.
9 months ago
Well as far as additions are concerned, I dont know if I have what you are looking for, but here are a few cards I can make a strong argument for.
Read the Bones - Not the same ceiling as a card like Driven, but definitely a higher floor. I dont know how fast your metta is, but if you are like me, when you want to draw cards, you want to draw cards now and not sit around waiting for upkeep or other conditions to be met. I think of Read the bones as a better version of Harmonize. I know for sure it deserves a spot in your 99 more than Deathreap Ritual and I would argue it more valuable than Phyrexian Arena too. With a 2 cmc commander, you do often have 7 cards in hand on turn 3, so casting Read the Bones on curve might not be that desirable, but if you are in a pinch, I feel it's still worth it to bin one card in order to get whatever peace you need. If you haven't used this card before, run some playtests with it, I am never disappointed to have Read the Bones in hand.
Mask of Memory or Skeleton Key - I personally haven't tried these two out yet but I was strongly considering them for the synergy with Archfiend of Ifnir. I was thinking that equipping the Mask to a snake would be a good way have the opponent not block, but that plan might not always work. The Key is a little more likely to connect could possibly help Hapatra get in but I'm not sure its worth it. Along the same line you could also consider Keen Sense or the slightly worse Sixth Sense. Warriors' Lesson is interesting in that you could use it on your opponents creatures.
Memory Jar and Bazaar of Baghdad both have synergy with Archfiend of Ifnir again but are useful all by themselves. And if you are going to be discarding more often why not think about Skeletal Scrying (which is also helpful with all those fetchlands you have).
In my own list I also run Whispersilk Cloak just for Hapatra but that doesn't have anything to do with card draw.
Underrealm Lich and Izoni, Thousand-Eyed are higher on the mana dump but either one is worth considering and obviously they work well together. I know these two suggestions are kinda out there at first glance, but I think if you really consider their potential, they have value. It may require to much of a direction change for the deck right now, but good to keep these cards in mind.
Concordant Crossroads - This is another card I'm surprised you dont run already. When your combo lands endless tokens, this can be a finisher for one mana.
Viridian Corrupter - Because we tutor for creatures so often, I feel like this dude is worth including. If there is an artifact you really need to take out, why not overlap with some infect potential? Every deck has artifacts in it and no one wants to start taking poison counters, especially when they know you can proliferate, but that's just the threat, the real value is in the snakes he nets you when they block or attack (and they will attack if you are blowing up their nice things).
Fauna Shaman - the budget version of Survival of the Fittest, why not run both? More tutor means more combo and more discard means more synergy for the Archfiend of Ifnir as well as other cards I mentioned like Skeletal Scrying or Izoni, Thousand-Eyed.
Vedalken Orrery - Now I know this can be less helpful in the faster metta, but if you have the time to deploy it, it is very powerful. Many of the combos in your deck are creature baised, this protects them. It also helps set up that "Defense of the Heart.
Bear Umbra - I dont know if you are in the market for more ramp but I like the idea of keeping Hapatra on the table as long as possible. And because the untap trigger doesn't require you to deal damage I would argue this is even better than Sword of Feast and Famine.
Viridian Longbow - this one I wanted to throw in just for fun. It basically gives you another Ulvenwald Tracker tracker effect and could be very useful.
Well I bet you have considered many of these cards already but sometimes the value of a card can change from the first time we see it. Sometimes its helpful to go back with a fresh perspective and decide if now is the time to shake things up. I hope my ideas here are useful, even if the cards I listed dont make it into your deck, it may help you get those brewer's juices flowing for your own ideas and help make sure the deck keeps evolving the way you want it to. I know I'll be coming back to see what updates you have in the future. Maybe Ravnica Alliance will give us something spicy :)
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