Surveyor's Scope

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Pauper Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Commander 2013 Rare

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Surveyor's Scope

Artifact

T, Exile Surveyor's Scope: Search your library for up to X basic land cards, where X is the number of players who control at least two more lands than you. Put those cards onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Surveyor's Scope Discussion

Liquidbeaver on Ib Halfheart, Goblin Sac-tician [PRIMER]

3 days ago

Taking out Lightning Crafter and Thornbite Staff for now. This removes all of the infinites that are possible with the deck, but I never had fun doing those anyway, and they were definitely win-more cards with the way the rest of the deck is balanced. These, along with Mana Web/Stranglehold/Manabarbs, may make it back in for FNM outside of my regular playgroup.

This opened up slots for the fantastic Curse of Opulence and Kindred Charge from C17. The curse will fill the ramp spot that removing Treasonous Ogre made (without any negatives!), and Kindred Charge is just straight up stupid in any red tribal deck.

Current Sideboard:

Still looking for a slot for Disrupt Decorum. Not only is it a really strong card, but it also fits this deck's playstyle very well.

Gauntlet of Might and Imperial Recruiter will make it in sometime in the far, far future.

I want to playtest Surveyor's Scope. The exile aspect is rough, but since I can all but guarantee that I can have less land that the other players, this is basically "free" goblins and landfall triggers for Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle. Put it on the stack and then crack a fetch in response and you are already at -1. In my regular playgroup this is good for 3-5 basic lands. You can use Rings of Brighthearth on it as well, so that helps.

I need a little more protection for the more important creatures, so getting a Swiftfoot Boots in to backup the Lightning Greaves is probably my best option in MonoRed. Not sure what to cut for it though.

As always, if you have any suggestions or criticisms, start screaming them at me!

sonnet666 on [List] The MTG Weapons Arsenal

1 month ago

Don't stop now. I believe in you!

Name on Dariens Soldier Army

1 month ago

There's a very tight, efficient feel to the deck that I quite like. Just some super quick thoughts. Land Tax is objectively better than Surveyor's Scope and is around 12$ atm. You want your deck to have a nice pretty curve and a cmc closer to 2 than 4. You might like Slate of Ancestry or Skullclamp for draw and maybe? things like Stuffy Doll or Acorn Catapult for token gen. There are also other ideas like stax damage, say Ankh of Mishra or Dingus Staff. Stuffy Doll also works well with Pariah or the higher mana cost but reusable Pariah's Shield. Blasting Station makes a good wincon if you can make large amounts of tokens. Ancient Tomb should prolly be in there as early ramp and nice self damage. This deck might eventually work in cEDH if you moved in the direction of stax with things like Smokestack.

andylkell on Omnath Locus of Rage Elemental Onslaught

7 months ago

I'm confused why you have so many mana dorks and mana rocks. They may be fine early game plays, but they're worthless if they're not in your opening hand. You should be playing more basic land ramp spells since they give you more elementals with Omnath in the late game as well. Surveyor's Scope is probably the worst because if this deck is doing what it should be, you will never get any cards from it since you'll probably be the one with the most lands anyway. Here are some good cheap ramp that you could look into: Rampant Growth, Cultivate, Skyshroud Claim (because the basics come in untapped), Sprouting Vines if you can cast multiple spells in the same turn, Boundless Realms could be a good finisher, Genesis Wave is a bit pricey, but it hits all permanents and is something to do with all that mana you have, and finally, if you can get your hands on a cheap Oracle of Mul Daya, you'll be in business.

MagicalHacker on Land Hate help (4 color)

8 months ago

The only things I found even close to more cards like those are Tectonic Instability, Invader Parasite, Overabundance, Scald, Storm Cauldron, and Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger.

Most, if not all of those, are not exactly the type of cards that seem like they would be all that powerful in the deck you're building... However, maybe among the following cards, you might find cards you like that are close enough to that strategy: Avatar of Fury, Gift of Estates, Knight of the White Orchid, Land Tax, Oreskos Explorer, Rivalry, Surveyor's Scope, Tithe, Weathered Wayfarer, Acidic Soil, Carpet of Flowers, Ignition Team, Price of Progress, Power Surge (This one is really the only one that I really like...), and Primal Order.

Osbert on Purphoros Token Fiesta EDH

9 months ago

Sorry for the double post, not sure how to edit one.. But i forgot some crucial cards: Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle Does heavy work, Caged Sun : Mono color decks best friend, Slate of Ancestry : even more draw, Surveyor's Scope : decent land ramp at an affordable cost.

Lhurgyof on I̐̐ H͔̖̲̥̤͍͚͒͆ͭͣ͝Ú̪͌N̪̺̟G̠̻̥̱ͯ͊͂E͓̤̰̿͗̓ͬ̔Ȑ̦̤͔̜̎̊

1 year ago

Clock of Omens has always seem underpowered for a 4-mana slot in most decks I run it in. I usually end up cutting it. I have a copy but I always end up just having mana rocks to tap to use it. It's cool that it can tap itself to help pay for the cost, but without an infinite combo using it in here, I don't think it'll pull its weight.

Surveyor's Scope would be great if I can more Wastes, but I think I can cut it for a low-cost artifact.

Voltaic Key is a great card, and I have to put one in here when I get a chance. I agree that Summoning Station is great, but I don't have a copy of one unfortunately.

Temple Bell and Loreseeker's Stone I like, because they're decent at what they do. Loreseeker's draws me back up after ramping (much like Kozilek), and Temple Bell works much better than Howling Mine and has a good cost. But putting Kozilek into the commander slot might alleviate the need for those draw engines.

metalevolence on I̐̐ H͔̖̲̥̤͍͚͒͆ͭͣ͝Ú̪͌N̪̺̟G̠̻̥̱ͯ͊͂E͓̤̰̿͗̓ͬ̔Ȑ̦̤͔̜̎̊

1 year ago

Yeah I would've suggested cutting random duders like matter reshaper or bane of bala ged

temple bell is pretty awful IMO

loreseeker's stone is pretty much worse than the Station

explorer's scope is real bad (you could try Surveyor's Scope if you want to ramp lands)

Orbs of warding seems hella cuttable

Also Summoning Station is actually pretty great. Also that made me notice you're missing Voltaic Key and Clock of Omens, those are some great cards

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