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Star Compass Discussion
1 week ago
Mono red has a lot of functional budget cards kicking around, thanks to tier2 cards being printed basically every set. I had a quick glance through the list of devil cards- Impetuous Devils looks fun, Wolf of Devil's Breach and Flayer of the Hatebound/Scourge Devil are interesting cards pointing to a possible self-mill strat.
If you're playing a casual format, its important to measure your decks' power and how 'unfair' it feels to play against- noone wants to feel like their games are a coinflip. So while the 'red deck wins' go wide strategy with Bedlam Reveler, Shared Animosity and Rakdos Cackler is available, I'm gonna talk about something more fun in less competitive metas- Big red.
Big red likes setting down mana rocks to get to 4-5 mana early, using spells like Roast to clear the board. A creature base in the 3/4/5/6 slots isnt' unreasonable, so long as you can cast early spells to clear out creatures.
I'd look at a set of Roast, Slagstorm/Pyroclasm, and Pulse of the Forge. If you can just blam creatures off the board and threaten their life total on your end step, getting to the big devils isn't too tricky.
Flames of the Blood Hand is an amazing RDW sideboard card because it helps stop decks that go 'I gain 10 life, you literally can't win against me now'. Your value plan should only be worried about life in the 'Is this making them completely immune to damage' sense. If charmbreakers stick, you don't have to worry about a foe being at 30 life.
If your meta is lifegain-combo heavy, then consider sticking an Everlasting Torment- its on theme and should stick around longer.
Last, mana. Specifically, mana rocks. The beating heart of casting big spells in red. Mind Stone, Star Compass, Talisman of Impulse, Boros Signet/Rakdos Signet, etc. They are really good- either people are wasting cards on artifact removal, which doesn't massively affect your gameplan (at least, not unless its a competitive meta with Ensnaring Bridge everywhere), or you get to cast 3/4 drops early. The best even draw you a card when you no longer need them. It also can easily take the place of some of the lands you play- The rule of thumb is generally that 2 rocks is worth 1 land. This should let you more reliably cast bigger creatures. I wouldn't normally mention it because I don't like the card, but Rakdos Keyrune is on theme.
3 weeks ago
I've gone back and forth on mana accelerants such as Dark Ritual. While being able to do a larger spell earlier is great, my goal with the mana rocks is to have a mana base intact after the Pox cards remove lands.
I used to run Sign in Blood prior to Sword-Point Diplomacy, but actually stuck with Sword-Point Diplomacy due to opponents who thought it was smarter to lose the life instead of letting me have the cards, and that Sword-Point made the opponent bleed instead of me.
Phyrexian Totem looks hella fine... I'll add it next time I browse tcgplayer for cheap cards I want to use to polish stuff up. Mainly because I can turn it on/off easier than Cryptolith Fragment.
3 weeks ago
Foremost, I like where your head is at.
Some cards to consider:
Dark Ritual - You're going to need BBB often. This gets more mileage out of everything.
Sign in Blood might be better than Sword-Point. Draws off of only 2 mana and can be turned on your enemy to end the game or make poxing better.
Phyrexian Totem is a sneaky card that does everything you want. 1. Gives mana 2. Takes out big chunks of life 3. Rubs their nose in it.
1 month ago
I'd recommend Savage Beating it's a surprise win out of nowhere, I'd also recommend The Immortal Sun it's one of the most over loaded cards ever printed, maybe a Star Compass, I'd also recommend a Thaumatic Compass it will help to guarantee your lands and it will turn into protection from counter attacks.
2 months ago
Gleeock Oooh I love the deck! Nature's Revolt seems pretty disgusting in this kind of build... I secretly love it. I also didn't know about the "hunted" cycle! Seems really interesting and it looks like it might be exactly what this deck needs. I can make my opponents attack every turn, but when they have no creatures to attack with it doesn't really help anything. Also Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor looks even better now that I take another look at her; I'll have to consider her for this deck too.
As far as redirect spells are concerned, I'm not sure what I would use them on! There's nothing really that this deck plays that needs to be protected from targeted removal except from Xantcha herself and maybe a couple huge enchantments like Havoc Festival. I LOVE the redirect spells in my Zada, Hedron Grinder deck because they effectively work as counterspells for my opponents' counterspells, but not sure how they would really help in this deck. Can you explain a little further?
scumbling1 Thanks for showing interest!! It's still a little too early to tell what's good and what's not but I was able to play two games with her using a proxy for the commander (because my cards finally arrived a couple days ago!) and I'll give you my first impressions below before I give a "formal" update after I get to jam a few more games.
First game I played went pretty horribly. Got mana screwed but I think that was moreso bad shuffling and WAY too greedy of a keep (2 lands and a Star Compass). I was only able to get a Spellshock and Xantcha to stick in the early game. Xantcha was great because I was able to use her activated ability to try and draw myself into lands, but I had to go about 4-5 cards deep before I even found another land. By the time I was able to play Painful Quandary my opponent combo'd off and took out the table. The deck ran 9 mana rocks and 35 mana producing lands (excluding Glacial Chasm and Maze of Ith at the time, which I felt was plenty. I added Thaumatic Compass Flip to help consistently get land drops and change into a functional Maze of Ith for the late game, but might also replace one or two of the weaker mana rocks with a 36th/37th land for more early game consistency. I'd want to play a few more games though since this was a greedy keep and the first game I've played.
Second game was MUCH better. My opening hand was 3 lands, Sol Ring, Last One Standing, War's Toll, and Manabarbs. Thanks to the early ramp I was able to get Xantcha and my damage dealers online much quicker. I drew into Eidolon of the Great Revel (which didn't really do much damage that game), Furnace of Rath, Spellshock, and Exsanguinate. Unfortunately, we made a ruling mistake that allowed me to do much more damage than I was supposed to. We didn't know that War's Toll's trigger doesn't draw the mana from your lands when you tap them. Because of that, Manabarbs ended up dealing about twice the amount of damage it was supposed to. With that all being said, I was able to play Furnace of Rath, have it survive a turn around the table, and then Exsanguinate (where x=7) for 14 damage and gain 52 life. Then for the remaining player, I cast Mob Rule to take the majority of their blockers and knock them out of the game. Even though there was the ruling error that caused me to deal more damage than I was supposed to, the deck was still sitting in a prominent position and probably would have won regardless. The only complaint I had with the second game was that it took until ~turn 4 before I felt like I was really impacting the game. I wish there were more cards like Harsh Mentor, Eidolon of the Great Revel, or Pyrostatic Pillar that I could replace some of the top-end cards with. I really wanted to order Polluted Bonds for the deck for the constant damage and lifegain, but considering the curve of this deck I think I'll hold off on it.
No more major changes slated until I get to play a couple more games with it! Like I said, would love to add more low cost cards.
2 months ago
If you're asking for tips on what you should buy, cards like Lantern of Insight can help you make sure you're not going to give that Rakdos, Lord of Riots player a free Emrakul. Lens of Clarity could guarantee a sexy 7 drop rather than lands, and maybe more artifact ramp just so you can hard cast some of those fatties if they end up in you hand: Mind Stone, Fellwar Stone, Star Compass, Gilded Lotus and Thran Dynamo are some sold budget options. Also: run more eldrazi! If you don't want to fork out your life's savings for an Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger, a Pathrazer of Ulamog or It That Betrays are some thicc boys.
2 months ago
Even with a fairly low average cmc you're going to want mana rocks, probably 7-10 of them. Sol Ring, Boros Signet, Star Compass, Fellwar Stone, Marble Diamond. Fire Diamond, and Prismatic Lens would be my initial suggestions. Apart from Sol Ring they should be dirt cheap and will help so much when you need to recast Tiana.