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|Magic 2015 (M15)||Uncommon|
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Staff of the Flame Magus
Whenever you cast a red spell or a Mountain enters the battlefield under your control, you gain 1 life.
Staff of the Flame Magus Discussion
1 month ago
DemonDragonJ I agree and disagree at the same time tbh. The game needs introductory points for new players. I get that it feels dumbed down, especially if this was a broad thing that affected everything WotC ever prints, but we do still get symmetrical effects on new cards. WotC just seems more open to using both options, which is a good thing imo. Slivers, for instance, always should have been "you control" imo, along with almost all Lord-type effects.
The design choice between affecting all boards, or just your own, can also play a part in power levels. Take the Soul Warden vs Ajani's Welcome comparison I made above. The Warden's effect is clearly more powerful because it takes your opponents creatures into account, but Ajani's Welcome is harder to remove, because it is an enchantment.
With cards like Dragon's Claw vs Staff of the Flame Magus , I don't feel like the power of these cards is enough to be concerned about it, but it's worth noting that the Staff affects land drops as well. And Prism Ring is of course lower casting cost, so it's on a similar level to something like Dragon's Claw imo.
2 months ago
its probably because Staff of the Flame Magus also triggers off of land drops, and Diamond Mare is a creature. so its probably just a balancing issue. if Diamond Mare gained life off both players, it would be strictly better than stuff like Dragon's Claw
2 months ago
My guess is "let new players have fun doing stuff." With Dragon's Claw , a new player might not immediately realize that the black spell they're casting is worth more than the 1 life their opponent gets. What they see is, "If I cast this Volcanic Hammer , my opponent will have more life and be harder to beat." So they don't cast the Volcanic Hammer , and get beaten down by that Ogre Taskmaster . Sooner or later, they'll notice that 1 life isn't a big deal at all, if they stay with the game. But who knows how many would-be players felt stuck, with a choice between helping their opponent and doing nothing, so they lost interest and never picked up another deck.
This logic seems obviously wrong to enfranchised players, but anybody who has a full understanding of tactical costs and benefits in this game the first time they shuffle and draw will probably hit the top of the world rankings within a month.
Staff of the Flame Magus is more obviously build-around: use Mountain s and red spells. It doesn't direct affect your opponent's ability or desire to act, at any level. The new player can Lightning Strike every Thundering Giant that looks their way and feel rewarded. And let's face it, these aren't really top 8 all-star cards. They're going to be used in Limited and by people without a lot of cards. Let the new players feel rewarded without jumping through hoops.
4 months ago
I actually think Staff of the Flame Magus or Blinding Beam are the weak links you could take out first before taking out another ramp card, but if you want to keep both of those and trade ramp for ramp I’d say to drop Grow from the Ashes .
6 months ago
OK so the deck glitched out and it didn't work out the way I wanted it to so I will just put in a comment of what I would do/suggestions. 1. You have too many lands. 30-35 lands is what you would look for in a deck. So I would cut down to 35 lands and use those 5 that you cut out to get ramp. I would put in Sol Ring , Kodama's Reach , Zendikar Resurgent , Commander's Sphere , and Urza's Incubator . 2. I would also get rid of the things that are giving you non-dragon creatures. So I would take out Goblinslide , Devils' Playground , Dragon Fodder , Dance with Devils . This is so that you can use cards like Vanquisher's Banner and Door of Destinies so that you can pump up your dragons and do more damage! 3. You have some creatures that are there just to be there. I would replace all non-dragon creatures other than Dragonmaster Outcast . Dragons that you can use to replace are; Lathliss, Dragon Queen , Savage Ventmaw , Utvara Hellkite , Scourge of Valkas , Hellkite Tyrant , Moonveil Dragon , and Thundermaw Hellkite . 4. Although your dragons can remove creatures you need to be able to deal with enchantment, artifacts, and you also have to protect your dragons as well! So I would remove Draconic Roar , Echoing Courage , Sarkhan's Rage , Savage Alliance , Stonefury , Bathe in Dragonfire , Devour in Flames , Make Mischief , Reduce to Ashes , Sarkhan's Dragonfire , Atarka Monument , Staff of the Flame Magus , Outpost Siege , and Retreat to Kazandu . You already have dragons doing damage when they Enter The Battlefield so I would take out instants or sorceries that are doing that. Plus I recommended taking out some of the ramp that you already had because there is better ramp. For removal I would suggest Beast Within , Naturalize , Decimate , Hull Breach , and Vandalblast . Now to protect your creatures I would add Heroic Intervention and Asceticism . 5. Last but CERTAINLY not least, MANA! Ok so I know I mentioned going down to 35 but even if you just take away 5 basic lands there are non-basics that I would take out that might fix you down to 35 and then I will give some recommended lands that might help. I would take out Crumbling Vestige , Gruul Turf , Looming Spires , Pinecrest Ridge , Quicksand , and Vivid Crag . I would put in Command Tower , Cinder Glade , Rootbound Crag , Mosswort Bridge , Spinerock Knoll , and Spire Garden . Ok so I know that is a LOT to take in but please take note that I am in no way a professional helper. This is all in my opinion and don't let me influence your playstyle. I am happy to answer questions if I can and I am here to help!
9 months ago
Not so much a pointer as it is a share and "hey look at mine" deal but heres my take on Jori En, Ruin Diver. I have a lot of fun with my deck. Ever think about running Staff of the Flame Magus and/or Staff of the Mind Magus for some lifegain?
1 year ago
I'd take out the staffs and find some more ramp and card draw.
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