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Creature — Djinn Monk
Megamorph (You may cast this card face down as a 2/2 creature for . Turn it face up at any time for its megamorph cost and put a +1/+1 counter on it.)
When Stratus Dancer is turned face up, counter target instant or sorcery spell.
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Stratus Dancer Discussion
3 months ago
I'd cut down the land count honestly, 39 seems like a lot, especially given discounted spell cost.
Definitely worth looking into morph creatures, they become free to cast as morphs pretty fast. Icefeather Aven is fun, Willbender is awesome, Ainok Survivalist is good, Den Protector is awesome aswell, Hooded Hydra works here for many reasons, Ire Shaman is basically R: get a 3/2 menace creature and draw a card, and Stratus Dancer isn't bad.
3 months ago
Anticipate, Dragonlord's Perogative, Monastery Loremaster*, and Meditate are all thematic cards. They have decent/strong effects that aren't total garbage, but fit the theme of Taigam being a monk of the Ojutai order.
In a similar fashion are cards like Temple Bell, End Hostilities, Sensei's Divining Top, Humble, and Redirect. Almost all of these cards could be stronger versions of themselves, but I like the monastic feel of them.
*Monastery Loremaster deserves special notice because he serves a few different purposes. Since my deck isn't as heavily Instant/Sorcery focused, I will want cards back that just aren't Instants/Sorceries. Being able to get back my Artifacts or Enchantments is a good thing. In addition, it's another Morph. I really like Quicksilver Dragon, and sometimes the morph might come in handy, especially if I don't usually cast it for the morph, but cast the Loremaster for such, then get removal used on that... or if I ever want to toss in a Willbender, Voidmage Apprentice, or Stratus Dancer.
Ultimately, the primary wincon for the deck is Approach of the Second Sun so I don't mind the deck being weird. Though I'm more likely to win out of dragons or the off chance that Taigam goes in for Commander Damage, but they're ancillary modes so I don't have to run things like Mystical Tutor which would be super boring. Though, potentially getting a rebounded Enlightened Tutor could be fun and would be super thematic.
4 months ago
If you're just looking for a card to counter Surgical Extraction, your options are limited. Especially since that is most likely to be their turn 1 play, right after they Thoughtseize it out of your hand.
But, let's assume they're going to wait before they Extirpate your tree. Since you can turn morph cards face-up at any time, they can be used to stop Split-Second spells. It's a short list, but Den Protector, Kheru Spellsnatcher, Silumgar Spell-Eater, Stratus Dancer, and Willbender can stop Extirpate. Den Protector is probably the best one for the job, since it not only fizzles their spell, it gets it back to your hand to cast it again. Since you have 8 Chromatic things, I think you can come up with a green mana pretty easily.
Since both Mimic Vat and Morph cards cost 3, neither of them are unreasonable sideboard options against Extirpate, since none of them will be able to stop the turn 1 discard/extraction. It's something to think about.
6 months ago
6 months ago
@Gidgetimer: I agree with you in general, but in the presented case, it doesn't make a difference, and that's what I'm talking about. They described in detail what's on the board and in the opponent's hand, and I don't see any reason to assume that there are other cards involved we're not aware of. By context, it even seems evident that they were aware of this entire information at the time it happened, because otherwise, there'd be no reason to play around it in this fashion.
That said, Stratus Dancer could interrupt this play one way or another, and the only reason to play spells one by one is to not get hosed by Time Stop or Counterflux spells, none of which stand tall against split second. Unless I'm forgetting a very specific morph card or similar effect, this is a perfectly calculateable scenario.
6 months ago
BlueScope just because split second is involved doesn't make it any less sub-optimal to respond to Heartless Hidetsugu's activation with Molten Disaster rather than doing one thing at a time. You have already pointed out that if there is a morph out there is a possibility of Stratus Dancer and there are other morph creatures that counter when flipped up. There are also triggered counter spells and mana abilities that require a discard along with madness counters.
Granted you can check to make sure that none of these things are possible before casting the spells. Alternatively, you can just follow the best practice of putting one object on the stack at a time (unless there is a reason for multiple) and not get "got" if you miss something.
6 months ago
It's not only the optimal play, but the only one that guarantees that what you're trying will succeed - once you start activating things by activating Heartless Hidetsugu's ability (which means you would have priority), there's no way for your opponent to stop you from doing all of what you want, because even if they secide to act on a hunch in response to your activation of Hidetsugu, you will have priority after putting a spell or ability on the stack, and by destroying their creatures with a split-second spell, you completely lock down their play in this situation (while in general, you could still get hosed, for example by a Stratus Dancer unmorphing).
I'm not sure what Gidgetimer is missing here - or what I'm missing, in case I'm in the wrong. However, what Colgate seems to be missing is that you only need to cast Disaster with X=2, meaning the only opponent's life totals you would be missing with this action would be 22 and 21, which is a small enough margin.
6 months ago
Irrigated Farmland! Cloudcrest lake is not good but the art is nice at least :D