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Talisman of Unity
Tap: Add (1) to your mana pool.
Tap: Add (Green) or (White) to your mana pool. Talisman of Unity deals 1 damage to you.
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Talisman of Unity Discussion
1 week ago
So here's the dreaded constructive criticism comment:
You need more mana dorks to make Paradox Sisay work. Like, my combo runs by putting at least 3 nonland mana sources on the table (of which Sisay can fetch them all now by going Amber (tap, float 1) > Opal (tap both, float 3)> Rishkar, Peema Renegade.
So, that in mind, I'll just go over some things that Paradox Sisay decks tend to run in order to make the Paradox combo work:
For these cards to be added, you could safely cut:
Cultivate, Skyshroud Claim, Sakura-Tribe Elder, Genesis Wave, The Immortal Sun, Mirari's Wake, Prismatic Omen (I have no idea why this is in the deck actually as you're not a 4-5 color deck nor are you running Valakut or something).
Swapping these cards slots will greatly advantage you in building up to your Paradox Engine turn. I playtested the deck a couple times before making this comment and I couldn't even go off with Engine as most Paradox Sisay decks do, and there was nothing I could gather from your Facebook post that would indicate this problem was by design.
Now, here are some cards that I've found to be immensely useful in Paradox Sisay after having played the deck for a year and a half:
Bow of Nylea is absurdly good in Sisay. If Paradox Engine gets destroyed, Bow puts it on bottom of your library to be re-tutored and cast again. That's extremely helpful tech and gives Sisay a lot of longevity at a table basically by itself. Also, when doing Paradox Engine chains with lots of mana dorks, you'll most likely end up with loads of surplus mana which you can use to buff your attacks substantially, kill flying blockers, or gain loads of life.
Inventors' Fair is one of the best cards you can run. It only produces colorless, sure, but you can drop it during a Paradox Engine combo turn via Azusa even if you've used your land drop and then it can go get any artifact combo piece you like. This is an invaluable card and it essentially takes no slots since you could just drop it in over Reliquary Tower or something.
Saffi Eriksdotter is really good, too. She protects pivotal creatures you have on board, but can also be used, during Paradox Engine loops, to generate infinite mana from your mana surpluses-- if you produce at least 5 mana while comboing (which Reki can draw you into easily) then Bow + Saffi will generate infinite mana if you have Engine on field since you only need 1WGG to perform this loop.
To win with a Sisay deck, It seems you're running Akroma's Memorial to win with an attacking force, but I would recommend Kamahl, Fist of Krosa for your big attacking turn (you could remove Kozilek or Iona for him pretty easily). You can use him to kill off everyone's lands (so they have a hard time fighting back) and overrun your dudes to immense sizes, which seems strong. I personally use Thousand-Year Elixir and Selvala, Explorer Returned plus Sisay and Engine to draw my whole library and then force everyone to draw out using Green Sun's Zenith, but there's also the option of using Cloudstone Curio for infinite bounce, mana, card draw, and untaps with Engine and Sisay using Reki, or you could even run Blasting Station + any cheap legendary creature + Bow of Nylea which will let you kill everyone (so cast Hope of Ghirapur, untap, sac it to Station to deal 1 damage, Bow it to bottom of the library, tap Sisay to re-grab him, and then repeat the process. You only need 3 nonland mana sources on board for this combo).
Outside of that, if you have any trouble cutting cards I could recommend these cuts for other things if you have stuff in mind: Thran Temporal Gateway is an easy cut (you're basically already running this in Paradox Engine and there's an easier backup plan you can win through if Engine gets answered, I'll address that at the end).
Iona, Shield of Emeria is too expensive and too slow when you could just win immediately. Same holds true for Kozilek, whom Reki will draw far more cards than, Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger who can't even help you during your Paradox Engine turn, etc..
As for a way to win without Paradox Engine, if you include Inventors' Fair, you can tutor up Umbral Mantle which enables an infinite mana combo with Selvala, Heart of the Wilds. This gives you infinite mana and untaps, which turns them into Paradox Engine 2.0 (as after making the mana you move the Mantle to Sisay). It also gives you an arbitrarily large force of attackers so you can just swing in and win no matter the board state.
Lastly, I do strongly recommend Thousand-Year Elixir. Your commander has a tap ability and being able to use her the turn she enters play is huge, notwithstanding you can get if off Inventor's Fair so either Selvala can tap during your combo turn too.
I know this comment was long. Hope it helps though.
3 weeks ago
Added emphasis on ramp, since deck really works from 4/5 mana onwards.
Added 3 Talisman of Unity taking out a couple of enchantments.
Sideboard redone, adding 3 Lingering Souls
3 weeks ago
I feel like you went a little too all-in on exalted creatures. Essentially, they serve as much more fragile equipment, pumping your attacking creature +1/+1 but dying as collateral damage in board wipes. In my opinion, +1/+1 is way too low value to justify a card slot, so I would probably shift away from vanilla creatures with exalted, and shift to using some more powerful buff effects. By doing this, you could dedicate less card slots to buffs, and free up some more space for utility cards, draw, ramp, or removal.
You're already running Favor of the Overbeing, and while the other cards in its cycle are a bit more expensive, I feel their power level definitely justifies the cost. Shield of the Oversoul gives some evasion in flying, but the reason to run it is the indestructible it gives. Likewise, Steel of the Godhead gives lifelink which is nice, but the really important keyword is unblockable. You throw that on Rafiq, and all of a sudden you're swinging for 12 unblockable commander damage a turn. In addition, since the unblockable is for blue creatures, all the other creatures in the deck that you need to hit opponents also can get unblockable from it.
Because you focused so much on exalted cards, you seem to have neglected a few important categories. By my count, there are only 5 pieces of draw, and 7 pieces of ramp in the current deck. This is just a rough rule of thumb, but I usually like to try for at least 10 for each of those categories.
So, let's start with draw. If you decide to stick with the hordes of exalted creatures, Lifecrafter's Bestiary is a great way to filter your draws for no mana early on, and then start drawing cards off of every creature you play later on. On the other hand, if you decide to shift the deck more towards equipments/auras, Sram, Senior Edificer is a great way to draw cards off of those. Hunter's Insight and Hunter's Prowess both let you draw cards off of the damage your creatures deal. Hunter's Prowess in particular turns your commander into 7/7 trampling double-striking monster on its own. One cool creature that lets you draw cards is Augury Adept. Not only does it draw cards off of hitting opponents, it also gains you some life on the side. While it has no inherent evasion, I feel that the combination of those two abilities is worth a slot. One more thing that's kind of just a pet card of mine is Conqueror's Galleon. All of its abilities are kind of expensive for what they do, but the flexibility it offers is pretty awesome. You can use it as a land, loot, draw, or even recur stuff from your graveyard.
And I'm realizing that this comment has gotten really long, so I'll keep my ramp suggestions pretty short. Talisman of Progress and Talisman of Unity are both good, Kodama's Reach and Cultivate are great, and a card that I really like for this deck is Thada Adel, Acquisitor. She has built in evasion, and hits people to steal their Sol Rings for powerful ramp early on.
Anyways, sorry about how long this got, hope you find some of my ramblings useful.
1 month ago
2 months ago
Alright, heres some suggestions.
Id drop the mana rocks, like Commander's Sphere, Talisman of Unity for ramp like Nature's Lore, Skyshroud Claim, etc. This will make your Ramp package better at color fixing and providing a more permanent ramp to your mana.
Lastly, staples in your colors: Worldly Tutor, Enlightened Tutor, Eladamri's Call, Rishkar's Expertise, Wrath of God, Aura Shards, Eternal Witness... you could also consider something like Greater Good for those late game post-combat tricks.
Ill keep brainstorming, but I hope this helps you with your brewing!
2 months ago
hey you should really consider some more ramp cards like every mana dork possible and every signet possible. They are very good and will be worth your time...and every other EDH deck you build will probably need them.
here is a couple ramp cards you should seriously consider.
I don't know what else to really suggest because I don't play voltron or with creatures in general for my EDH deck and it seems like you have choosen a lot of budget option rather than many EDH staples.
3 months ago
because you're sporting both the shock and buddy land, you can run Nature's Lore which will get either. Farseek is another option - Three Visits is the end goal but that card is disgustingly expensive.
Sakura-Tribe Elder is a solid ramp card, hits the board and gives you a blocker until you crack it. Talisman of Unity is basically Selesnya Signet number two (but in some cases better). Priest of Titania works really well with Rhys and can potentially generate a lot of mana. Avacyn's Pilgrim is good in that it fixes off green. Birds of Paradise is a no brainer.
By combining these with even cultivate and Kodama's Reach, you will increase your chances of hitting early game ramp and will let you land your beaters much earlier. Because having 6-7 mana available on turn 4 is what aggro wants to do.
4 months ago
First; you need more lands. With a commander costing 5 mana it wouldn't be vrazy to start around 37 or 38, 33 is waaaaaay too low. Lifelands are terrible. Brushland, Krosan Verge, Wooded Bastion and Reflecting Pool would be neat.
I'm not playing Sigarda myself,but my best friend is. So my ideas are based on his build as well as on my perception of core concepts such as mana efficiency and draw power.
Reduce number of creatures. Sigarda wants to go voltron here and all these don't help that gameplan. Avacyn, Hart, Mirri, Nazahn and Silverblade paladin have no business here. More enchantress effects would be helpful. Manadorks like Birds of Paradise, Arbor Elf, Llanowar Elves, Elvish Mystic and Avacyn's Pilgrim would be nice. Eidolon of Countless Battles could be fun. Stonehewer Giant or Stoneforge Mystic would be nice if you insist on keeping up the artifact theme.
As for artifacts, there are some underwhelming ones. Caged sun and Strata scythe depend heavily on number of certain basics you run, they aren't goiod outside monocolor decks. Empyrial Plate is unneeded because you aren't really keeping your hand full. Add more swords if you can.Even bad swords will do on a budget honestly. It's not much, but they're not terrible in voltron. Also add Talisman of Unity and Fellwar Stone because 5cmc commanders like to hit the field earlier than expected. Sensei's Divining Top can make your draws better,and since you lack conventional draw spells (most of Sigarda's draw is engine-like more than a good one-time boost), it could help.