Land — Island Mountain
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As Steam Vents enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, Steam Vents enters the battlefield tapped.
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|Guilds of Ravnica (GRN)||Rare|
|Zendikar Expeditions (EXP)||Mythic Rare|
|Return to Ravnica (RTR)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Steam Vents occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.79%
All decks: 0.81%
UR (Izzet): 19.8%
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.15%
UR (Izzet): 1.9%
RUG (Temur): 3.95%
UBR (Grixis): 1.68%
Steam Vents Discussion
1 day ago
Chadderson, I'm not Mortlocke but I am working my way up to building this deck. the easiest budget alternative to the original duals I have found is shocklands, like Steam Vents or Blood Crypt. They have basic land types so they are still fetchable with cards like Scalding Tarn. They were also recently reprinted in the Ravnica sets last year so they should be less expensive right now.
2 weeks ago
First time playing Modern since War of the Spark. Wasn't too sure of the meta at my LGS so I packed a little too much gy hate.
Round 1 vs. Dredge
Opponent was playing Dredge with Ox of Agonas.
Blood Moon on t3 limited his options which I Remand-ed back to his hand. No green meant no Life from the Loam to get his 5th land to hard cast the ox. Bounced 4 Prized Amalgam via Thing in the Ice Flip Flip and attacked for lethal after some burn to the face.
Sideboard for Game 2:
Started with an Anger of the Gods, Remand, Thing in the Ice, 3 lands, and a Lightning Bolt. T3 opponent casts Cathartic Reunion discarding 2 Stinkweed Imp and a Golgari Thug to dredge for 14. My T3 I remove Narcomoeba, 3 Prized Amalgams and a Bloodghast with Anger of the Gods. Drew the second Anger to keep his board clear. Tried to block Awoken Horror but when I showed Cryptic Command + Mystic Sanctuary he scooped with ~7 card left in library.
Round 2 vs. Eldrazi Tron
Opponent couldn't get t3 tron but managed a Chalice of the Void on 1, no can-trips or bolts for me. Played a Karn, Scion of Urza and decided to take an Expedition Map to try to get tron instead of a Mind Stone (He forgot that he couldn't cast it with Chalice). Remand-ed a Thought-Knot Seer twice and Cryptic-ed his Reality Smasher which flipped a Thing. Tried to stabilize with a Walking Ballista but before attacks I Archmage's Charm-ed to gain control of his only blocker. Game 2.
Out: 3 Opt
I had my only Snow-Covered Mountain in my opening hand which threw off my t3 Archmage's Charm and t4 Cryptic. I got lucky when my opponent still couldn't get tron until t5. Couldn't counter a Thought-Knot Seer and he took a titi but I also had a Magmatic Sinkhole to remove it. Kept countering his threats until I managed to get Ral, Izzet Viceroy out, -3 his Ballista on 1, he pings Ral and I keep using his +1 and countering his spells until I managed to ult Ral. He scoops.
Round 3 vs. Rakdos Vampires
Opponent was playing a vampire-themed midrange deck with Vampire Nocturnus, Gifted Aetherborn, Stromkirk Captain, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord along with the standard black cards like Liliana of the Veil, Fatal Push, Dark Confidant, and Thoughtseize. T1 Cavern of Souls was a pain but I could still draw a card with remand to dig for removal which I found in a bolt + snapcaster. I won with another snapcaster + bolt.
Out: 2 Opt
In: 2 Anger of the Gods
Removed Kalitas with sinkhole and Force of Negation-ed his lotv when he tried to remove a titi which he did push later. Stabilized at 7 life by slamming a blood moon to get rid of Stensia Bloodhall and Lavaclaw Reaches but next turn he played Chandra, Awakened Inferno which I removed via bolt + sinkhole. Had to race him and beat him to death with a snapcaster and a Brazen Borrower. Won at 2 life.
Round 4 vs. Boros Burn
Out: 2 Opt
In: 2 Anger of the Gods. At this point I didn't have any Dragon's Claw in my sideboard so I knew this was my worst match.
Had to mull to 6 which opponent was happy about. Fought through two Eidolon of the Great Revel and stabilized at 6 life. Slammed Ral, -3 on Monastery Swiftspear, and +1 until he ulted, countering every burn spell without using a snapcaster. Opponent scooped after I used bolt + mystic sanctuary + ral emblem. Showed me a hand of 3 Searing Blood + 1 Path to Exile (from sb to get rid of titi).
I did not lose a single game this FNM but I knew I got very lucky vs Eldrazi Tron Game 2 and burn both games.
Changes to mainboard:
Note: Even though most lists run 1 Mountain it still felt really bad having it in my opening hand. This time I wasn't punished but I can't rely on that every time. An additional steam vents keeps me at 5 red sources without blood moon and it acts as an additional Island for Mystic Sanctuary
Changes to sideboard:
Note: Tonight I wasn't against a Stoneforge Mystic deck that my friend uses so I was pretty vulnerable to any artifact deck. Since I already have 6 cards in the sideboard that hate on graveyard decks and only ceremonious rejection for artifacts, I decided to put a recurrable hate card that can help deal with a variety of decks.
3 weeks ago
This is probably a stupid question, but why 3x Temple of Epiphany instead of 3x Steam Vents to help with having the mana for early threat-countering over a scry, then putting in the 4x Opt to get the scry and take out both Thryx, the Sudden Storm (this does nothing for you because it benefits CMC 5 or greater), 1x Mischievous Chimera and 1x Mountain to make the deck a little more consistent?
3 weeks ago
Oh, and sorry this is coming in bursts. I'm just noticing one thing at a time. The other thing that will vastly improve this deck is getting some of the tap lands out. Unfortunately, any dual land touching blue is absurdly expensive, so I won't lecture you on how a fetch/shock/ABU dual manabase is always correct. There are some budget options, though:
Shocks were reprinted relatively recently, so investing in Blood Crypt, Steam Vents, and Watery Grave now will improve your deck's speed, and if you run the slow fetches Bad River, Mountain Valley, and Rocky Tar Pit, the mana should be very consistent, as well. Drowned Catacomb, Dragonskull Summit, Choked Estuary, and Foreboding Ruins also like more basic land types. Grixis Panorama and Ash Barrens are nice, because they can come down untapped or fix!
Temple of the False God is garbage. Being stuck on 3 lands and Temple until turn 6 will slow you down. Yep.
3 weeks ago
Lanzo493 I like field of the dead, thank you for showing me that, Steam Vents was meant to be Scalding Tarn, just a brain fart on my end, thank you for pointing that out. Crop Rotation and Elvish Reclaimer both seem perfect as well, just got to decide on what to cut.
DemonDragonJ it is cheaper but I would rather not help my opponents out asymmetrically considering most decks I play against want the extra mana much more than I do.
3 weeks ago
Field of the Dead is perfect for any lands matters deck. If you have Dryad of the Ilysian Grove out, you can trigger both it and Valakut with a Scapeshift. You can remove Steam Vents since it’s illegal in your colors. Sulfuric Vortex is great at stopping life gain strategies. Crop Rotation gets you Valakut and Elvish Reclaimer gets you Valakut and extra mountains. In general, your deck is basically a Torbran deck with green for Scapeshift. So you can look at Torbran decks on EDHREC for more ideas on good red cards.
3 weeks ago
Lands to consider: Prismatic Vista, Blood Crypt, Bloodstained Mire, Bountiful Promenade, Breeding Pool, Clifftop Retreat, Command Tower, Dragonskull Summit, Drowned Catacomb, Exotic Orchard, Fabled Passage, Flooded Strand, Glacial Fortress, Godless Shrine, Hallowed Fountain, Hinterland Harbor, Isolated Chapel, Mana Confluence, Marsh Flats, Misty Rainforest, Morphic Pool, Overgrown Tomb, Polluted Delta, Reflecting Pool, Sacred Foundry, Sea of Clouds, Steam Vents, Stomping Ground, Sulfur Falls, Sunpetal Grove, Temple Garden, Verdant Catacombs, Watery Grave, Windswept Heath, Woodland Cemetery
3 weeks ago
Having 1 shockland of any kind into play enables all checklands to enter the battlefield untapped