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Swan Song Discussion
1 day ago
3 days ago
Hunted Lammasu makes a 4/4 horror, not a * / * horror.
Goblin Spymaster makes a 1/1 goblin with an ability, while on tappedout it says he makes a regular origins goblin.
Swan Song makes a 2/2 blue bird, not a 1/1 white bird.
5 days ago
5 days ago
You have a big land problem, you don't have enough and your not running any basic land. You need a minimum of 20 land (probably 22), and at least 4 have to be basic. Next you have 82 cards listed, you want 60 and 37 of those spells cost 4 or more, spells costing this need to help you win. You want the hard work of the deck to be done by cheap spells and creatures, most of a deck should be under 3 mana...
Here is a sample deck, focussed on milling but also still exiling the graveyard and running 8 extraction effects, most decks don't have 8 threats -
2x Drowner Initiate, mill when you cast a blue spell.
4x Hedron Crab, mill when you play a land for free.
2x Oona, Queen of the Fae, finisher creature.
4x Altar of the Brood, mill when you play a creature, land, planeswalker or artifact.
2x Tormod's Crypt, exile a graveyard for free.
2x Mistvein Borderpost, mana fixing, it's also blue and gives an extra Alter trigger and Crab trigger next turn.
4x Lost Legacy, extraction...
4x Duress, discard to remove any pesky non-creature spells.
4x Extirpate, extraction...
4x Swan Song, cheap counter, the creature doesn't matter.
4x Archive Trap, free mill for 13 as most decks tutor for land.
2x Void Snare, bounce and a sting.
Jace Beleren, he draws and his ultimate mills.
4x Creeping Tar Pit, an extra creature, just incase.
2x Terramorphic Expanse, fetch and trigger the Crab twice.
2x Evolving Wilds, fetch and trigger the Crab twice.
2x Shelldock Isle, hideaway is fun!
2x Ghost Quarter, land based strategies.
Now for the rub, trying to fit in the extraction strategy makes the deck unwieldy. It's a cool effect but it's really more of a sideboard thing. Still if you want to build a mill deck you now have a groundwork to base it off of. By putting in the extraction to the mill based deck, I can't run card draw, so the deck suffers a little. Hope this helps.
6 days ago
Depending on how mnay artifacts you want to run, Paradox Engine could be worth a slot. Especially if you include cards like Pyretic Ritual and Desperate Ritual and Isochron Scepter. Cards like Fellwar Stone, Chrome Mox and the like are also good. You could even consider Thran Dynamo if you wanted.
i would also recommend swapping Fact or Fiction with Mystic Confluence - while it doesn't dig as deep, it's such a flex card that ti's not an issue. Also, Rewind is not good as storm deck counterspell. Swan Song would be a much better fit.
1 week ago
Dimir Signet or other on-color signets
This is the best I have off the top of my head. The multicolored ones add some things, too.
1 week ago
Looks like a fun deck, Rafiq is great and can be very powerful!
Saw your deck on the commander thread, here are some quick suggestions, hopefully some of them you like and are in your budget. Cheers!
Lands: cut Vitu-Ghazi, the City-Tree and some of your ETB tapped lands for some etb untapped multicolor lands to help your color production be reliable: Command Tower, Yavimaya Coast, Adarkar Wastes, Prairie Stream, City of Brass, Breeding Pool.
ramp: Sol Ring, Simic Signet,Azorius Signet, Cultivate, Kodama's Reach.
Wrath of God > Terminus.
Rout > Martial Coup.
Counterspell, Arcane Denial, Swan Song, Swords to Plowshares, Cyclonic Rift.
Eternal Witness, Seasons Past, Mystical Tutor, Archaeomancer.
Recurring Insight, Fact or Fiction, Stroke of Genius.
things to help Rafiq of the Many crush your enemies:
Rancor, Inquisitor's Flail, Steel of the Godhead, Shield of the Oversoul, Swiftfoot Boots, maybe Command Beacon, Sword of Vengeance, maybe Sigarda's Aid.
given how many creatures creatures you run, you might want some tricks to protect your board from boardwipes. Bastion Protector, Make a Stand, Dauntless Escort may or may not be useful.
anyway those are just the things i thought of. I built a rafiq deck a while ago, you should be able to find it in my profile if you want any more suggestions, i went a little bit more in on the pillowfort/control/combo side of things but the list was a bit pricier too. anyway have fun and keep crushing!
1 week ago
If you want to go the competitive route, then I would advise you the following:
- Accelerate as much as possible, so that you can have your commander out on the battlefield asap;
- Buy lots of cards in the process and play little evasive creatures;
- Counter anything that stands in your way and play cards that give you extra turns for the win with many small critters out.
Extra mana acceleration on top of what is curently available:
Counterspells on top of what you already have:
- Notorious Throng
- Time Warp
- Temporal Manipulation
- Capture of Jingzhou
- Part the Waterveil
- Walk the Aeons
- Temporal Mastery
Then I could be summin' up some good small critters.
But first I would like to hear if this route is one that interests you? Cause it means that you make some mayor changes. These options and gameplan I sketch gives you a first rough outlining of this possible route.