You may remove a blue card in your hand from the game rather than pay Snapback's mana cost.
Return target creature to its owner's hand.
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4 days ago
Apparently I can't actually OPEN those accordion folders I created, because clicking them just hyperlinks to the users in question. Dammit.
Here's the gist of it, abbreviated (sorry):
RazortoothMtg: I felt I had a few options, but I needed to be able to use that combo even when holding up 0 mana. That leaves me 2 options: a free spell like Snapback or Pyrokinesis, or Simian Spirit Guide+Pyroblast. The former seemed better, and I got to kill a Kaalia deck with Snapback so I like it, hehe.
TheRedGoat: Sorry for how curt this is about to sound; I lost probably 700 words in those damnable spoiler boxes above :/ In short:
Words of War is inefficient and requires extra setup alas. I find Leyline of Anticipation to be subpar in this case, and slots are tight. Breath of Fury goes infinite with a draw outlet as long as I have any one undefended opponent, but I cut it anyway because it's too easy to disrupt. My deck is fast enough now (average T4 win) that Mystic Retrieval is too much mana. Hostility works for a couple combos in place of Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, but it's a very bad substitute because it won't save you from decking yourself if the effect in question draws more than 1 card. Also, you can't use Hostility as recursion to re-draw your GY. I would honestly try to get Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre if you want to cut a few $$s, but you do need an "Eldrazi shuffle" for the deck to function right. Purphoros, God of the Forge is virtually never a creature (barely have enough devotion in the deck to turn him on) so I'm not running Curiosity. I did add Mind Over Matter for the Niv-Mizzet combo tho. And when you do make that more casual Locust God deck, feel free to link me! :)
Again, sorry for the curtness. If you want more detail feel free to ask for clarification.
5 days ago
I don't like Leyline of Anticipation much TBH. It's always a "cute" card that doesn't actually give me enough advantage to matter :(
Breath of Fury's combo works as long as at least one player has no flyers (very likely in 4-to-5-player), because I can keep hitting that player with the enchanted Locust while my other Locusts swing at other players.
With regards to Faithless Looting vs recursion, this deck is getting increasingly fast, to the point where I am consistently winning T4 or earlier. In that light, the mana needed for the recursion spells is too high.
With regards to Kozilek, Butcher of Truth vs Hostility - Hostility only works in half of the combos, I'm afraid. It won't let you go infinite with Skullclamp, and it cripples your combo with Kindred Discovery. The biggest effect, however, is that you can't use discarding him as a source of recursion. When I have infinite draw but no win-con left in my deck (which happens a LOT) I can discard Kozilek, Butcher of Truth to functionally put my GY into my hand. Hostility won't let you do that :( Finally, you can't cast Hostility off of Ashnod's Altar and/or Mana Echoes. All in all, I really suggest biting the bullet and buying a copy, I'm afraid. He's pretty central to the deck's strategies.
Curiosity (and by extension, Ophidian Eye) are too situational when I don't have Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind out. I love the idea of pairing them with Purphoros, but he's virtually never a creature :( I only have 17 devotion to red in the entire deck! I am, however, going to put in Mind Over Matter, which does combo with Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind ;)
And when you post your more creature-centric build, please link me! I'd love to take a look hahahaha.
DarkEclipse18: Thanks for both suggestions! I was actually planning on putting in Mind Over Matter already haha (hadn't finished the next update lol), and I'll definitely consider Aggravated Assault :) Mind re-clicking that upvote button, though? It didn't seem to have worked the first time.
1 week ago
Daedalus19876: Having a Laboratory Maniac out before works, or if you don't have it in hand a Leyline of Anticipation/Vedalken Orrery out means you can flash in Laboratory Maniac in response to the trigger when you have no more cards in your library. Although adding Snapback works, it just seems to feel bad when you don't have Kindred Discovery. You can also add some 1-mana removal spell like Pongify or Rapid Hybridization so you only have to leave up when you go off.
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CoerusDarksoul: I would look at your auras; bounce and counters are Blue's removal; those aura ones are pretty trashy imo. They also fail to synergize with talran. I'd also cut Arcane Denial; yes it replaces itself but it super disadvantages you as you are even and an opponent is up 1. That's not the fallout I want from a counterspell. That opens up: 5 slots. Also Control Magic and Corrupted Conscience are cheao and greater than the 2 you're currently running. Also a pet card of mine Snapback is better than Consuming Vortex always unless you can splice onto arcane; the knock off Force of Will just feels so great imo. For greater consistency, free drakes, etc I'd run: Brainstorm, Ponder, and Preordain; all are dirt cheap and will really aid talrand. I'd go towards ~40-50 instants + sorceries for Talrand. The enchantments don't synergize with him so give them extra scrutiny and try to build up what will let you unleash an army of drakes! I am more than happy to give more help or suggestions(just ask!) but I don't want to inundate you either. Good luck!
6 months ago
Gah, it isn't that dismal! This deck is still a curveball for most archetypes, so with a few changes you can still improve it without rebuilding. To start, put Anger of the Gods in for Yahenni's Expertise. You NEED anger for dredge, but getting it a turn sooner is super relevant too. Honestly, drop both Snapback from the sideboard to jam up to 4 Anger of the Gods. They're useful enough to justify I think.
Make those changes and you'll be much better off. Collective Brutality is more expensive now than I remember, but those changes will make this deck much better I think without necessitating a complete rebuild. If you can find room for 2 Lavaclaw Reaches too, that would be a good idea.