Steam Augury

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2015 (C15) Rare
Duel Decks: Speed vs. Cunning (DDN) Rare
Theros (THS) Rare

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Steam Augury

Instant

Reveal the top five cards of your library and separate them into two piles. An opponent chooses one of those piles. Put that pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.

Steam Augury Discussion

eliakimras on Huggles

2 months ago

You may play around Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis 's ability. Tatyova, Benthic Druid will give you extra card draw whenever you get a land on the field. Reliquary Tower is cheap now, and works wonders. You surely will have 5 lands on turn 4, so Temple of the False God is really good.

You should also consider Azorius Chancery , Boros Garrison , Gruul Turf , Selesnya Sanctuary , Simic Growth Chamber , Izzet Boilerworks . You play your untapped land for the turn normally, then play one of those with K&T's ability. You get ahead of mana since these lands tap for 2 mana.

Krosan Verge , Myriad Landscape and Blighted Woodland are good for ramping when you have nothing else to do.

I suggest removing Azorius Guildgate , Blossoming Sands , Boros Guildgate , Gruul Guildgate , Izzet Guildgate , Simic Guildgate , Tranquil Cove , Vivid Grove , Haunted Fengraf and Unstable Frontier for the lands above.

Do you want to see chaos happen? Hive Mind , Knowledge Pool , Thousand-Year Storm , Eye of the Storm , Shared Fate , Gate to the AEther , Possibility Storm , Ruhan of the Fomori , Perplexing Chimera , Dictate of the Twin Gods , Furnace of Rath , Gratuitous Violence , Mind's Dilation , Sunbird's Invocation .

Do you want to make people interact more with you? Fact or Fiction , Steam Augury , Avatar of Slaughter , Goblin Spymaster , the Tempt with Vengeance cycle.

Do you want to give more resources to them? Eladamri's Vineyard , Dictate of Karametra , Zhur-Taa Ancient , Heartbeat of Spring , Heartwood Storyteller , Intellectual Offering , Keeper of Progenitus , Well of Ideas , Rites of Flourishing , Ghirapur Orrery . Zendikar Resurgent and Mirari's Wake .

skroes on Riku of Two Fireballs

5 months ago

So, I'm not sure I'll change your mind, but I'll explain why I prefer the cards over Foresee and let you judge beyond that however you feel most comfortable. Foresee , by rule, does let you theoretically see 6 cards, but thats probably the worst case scenario for that card since that means your scry 4 is putting everything on the bottom and you are drawing blind.

Cards like Fact or Fiction and Steam Augury allow you to do 2 things. 1) you get to leave your mana up for any other instants or interactions that you can have when it is not your turn. 2) It puts you 5 cards deep into your deck at instant speed, so after resolution (in theory) you have full access to whatever pile you choose on your turn. These cards are also excellent politics cards if there is a scenario in multiplayer that everyone is way behind one player and you need to dig for an answer, you can talk your way into more favorable piles. Lastly, I understand players have the fear of not being in control of your cards, but quite a few spell slinger decks utilize their graveyards aswell as their hand for redundant value, so even though you get a 2 or 3 card split, those other cards can always be reclaimed with other effects and playing green, you have several ways to buy back cards.

Manifold Insights is a card that I like solely because it boils down to pay 3 mana, get 3 non-land cards. It is excellent in mid to late games because more often than not the worst thing you get is ramp, which in itself is pretty good.

One thing I did not mention is you probably want to add Fall of the Titans to replace one of your fireballs. Personally I don't much care for Crater's Claws . In a vacuum, its just a much better card whether you have 12 mana to do 14 damage to one target or you cast a 2 drop, have 10 mana at instant speed to 2 targets seems much stronger.

Finally, I did see the changes and do like the adds. I am a little skeptical of cutting Regrowth as that is a very strong card and is better, in my opinion, than something like Serum Visions or Ponder . Those two are great cards, but Regrowth effects in commander are much stronger than 1 mana, draw 1. Especially in the late game.

skroes on Riku of Two Fireballs

5 months ago

The curve is really only dependent on what you are trying to do ranging from storm low to reanimator high. I don't have any issues with the curve you have just was looking at not cutting a 2 (Baral) for a 4 (Jace's Sanctum).

As for cards I would cut, I mentioned Baral seems underwhelming to me. Foresee does aswell. I also don't think Niv-Mizzet does a whole lot with the amount of draw you have.

Draw spells I like better, Fact or Fiction , Steam Augury , Dig Through Time for instant speed card draw. I also like Manifold Insights for sorcery speed

triproberts12 on $10 Fistful of Dollars

5 months ago

Deadpoo111, so here's where I'm struggling with how to balance the cuts. With dollar Shu Yun, the math can work that you hit lethal commander damage by playing 2 1-mana spells that add +3/- and casting an aura/flashback/rebound/equipment that provides unblockable. With Prowess and double strike, that's 24 commander damage. The consistency that comes from just needing 3 of many duplicate copies of those effects makes the deck work with otherwise underwhelming spells. As a bonus, that math allows a sprinkling of spells that only provide +2/-, still hitting for 22 unblockable commander damage. If you have something like Tahngarth's Rage that can still provide +2/- the turn after you cast it, the next person goes down with less resources, and so on, closing out the game in 3 or 4 turns.

I can't be as efficient with this build. Brute Force is perhaps the best representative of what budget Shu Yun is about, but it's 20 cents, so you can see the average card quality has taken a hit. 2 +2/- spells means that Shu Yun is only hitting for 20 Commander damage with an evasion spell that doesn't provide additional bonuses. That's why Distortion Strike was so painful to cut. I'm keeping Aether Tunnel at 22 cents, although that's still a turn slower. The bulk of the deck is cheap red pump spells, but too many inefficient ones add up- Two Brute Force , rather than two Run Amok is two turns slower. The non-explosive early game also takes a hit, since 2-mana rocks are expensive. 3-mana rocks conflict with casting Shu Yun on time, but early-game interaction also tends to be pricier. I had to cut some of the better cheap equipment, like Runechanter's Pike , so It's hard to tell what this deck should be doing turns 1 and 2, other than hitting land drops.

The last issue is card advantage. A lot of draft staples like Hieroglyphic Illumination are over-budget already, so I think this is the portion of the deck that will take the biggest hit. I couldn't justify the cost of Steam Augury , which is already budget Fact or Fiction .

eliakimras on Vial Smasher & Thrasios

7 months ago

You might consider some cheap replacements: Vivid Creek , Vivid Marsh , Vivid Crag and Vivid Grove instead of Dismal Backwater , Jungle Hollow , Rugged Highlands and Swiftwater Cliffs for extra mana-fixing (which is needed in a 4-color deck). Also: Llanowar Wastes , Yavimaya Coast and Shivan Reef are cheap untapped lands. // You might consider Farseek , Sakura-Tribe Elder , Explosive Vegetation and Circuitous Route for further ramp. Farseek can grab Sunken Hollow , Smoldering Marsh or Cinder Glade , while Circuitous Route can search for Simic Guildgate , Izzet Guildgate and Golgari Guildgate . // You might run Fact or Fiction , Steam Augury and Ancient Excavation for early card draw and graveyard filler for delve cards, like Murderous Cut , Dig Through Time and Tasigur, the Golden Fang (they all got reprinted). Brainstorm and Painful Truths are also great draw spells. // Izzet Charm , Crosis's Charm and Sultai Charm are really versatile removing threats. They could replace Scour from Existence . // Zendikar Resurgent is a mana-doubler, which can fuel big Comet Storm , Blue Sun's Zenith , Pull from Tomorrow , Exsanguinate and Curse of the Swine . // Since you are playing expensive spells, Deep-Sea Kraken , Combustible Gearhulk , Avatar of Fury , Avatar of Woe , Primeval Protector , Sunbird's Invocation , Metallurgic Summonings are great ways to deal a lot of damage.

CaptSillva on Kess Ritual Storm

7 months ago

Maybe you could consider Gamble and/or Entomb since you don't really care about binning your cards.

You also need some of that Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth to help meet the black cost of Doomsday. The filter cycle could also help Sunken Ruins and Graven Cairns.

Other spells that may interest you are Breaking / Entering I know you don't run much in the way of creatures, but this can hit any graveyard, and it can get you back your win con if it dies somehow. Dig Through Time because Dig Through Time, enough said. Fact or Fiction and of course its lesser Steam Augury.

Trotticus on Should I Pretend This Or That?

8 months ago

A nice, little primer with a decent outline of an underappreciated commander. I've popped by a few times and I have to say you've found a bunch of awesome cards for Mairsil that I'm excited to give a go in my Mairsil deck. When I eventually get around to making it...

If I were to recommend anything, it'd be to replace some cage-fodder with some instant-speed interaction and sweet, sweet draw/cycling; like: Crosis's Charm, Terminate, Cyclonic Rift, Fact or Fiction, Steam Augury, Cathartic Reunion and Phyrexian Arena. Just to make your deck more consistent and less dependent on creatures, yaknow?

I also gotta shout-out Cavern Harpy, Avatar of Woe, Hammer of Purphoros, Whispering Madness, Basalt Monolith and Thran Dynamo as worthwhile possible additions to the list.

Other than that, I think this list is "Definately worth the to be featured" and I look forward to seeing your update to the primer!

eliakimras on Vial Smasher & Kraum EDH

8 months ago

May I suggest Shadowblood Ridge instead of Temple of the False God. This filter land may help you pay for a turn 2-3 Vial Smasher the Fierce. Also Exotic Orchard and Shivan Reef are not expensive. You might want Ancient Excavation, Steam Augury, Fact or Fiction instead of Frenzied Fugue, Thought Scour and Extract from Darkness for fuel for Delve. Mind's Dilation, Sunbird's Invocation, Stolen Strategy, Fury Storm and Fevered Visions can often win the game by themselves. You might want some counterspells which can also be card advantage: Izzet Charm and Arcane Denial. Disdainful Stroke and Swan Song stop almost everything for cheap. Have you tried Phthisis? Bojuka Bog and Rakdos Charm are good against graveyard decks (which is a popular theme). You may also consider Brainstorm for better control of your draws.

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