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Snow Creature — Slug
(Snow): Thermopod gains haste until end of turn. ((Snow) can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)
Sacrifice a creature: Add (Red) to your mana pool.
2 weeks ago
To clear up some confusion, do you swing your commander along side the tokens, or does he just sit in the back making them? Regardless, I feel that Dragon Throne of Tarkir , Berserkers' Onslaught , Strionic Resonator , Brass Squire , Thermopod , Cosmotronic Wave , and Neheb, the Eternal would probably make the deck a bit better. hope this helps!
2 weeks ago
I like the deck so far, the birthing pod line is very efficient and I will probably play test it in my list. Currently I think the biggest issue in the deck is speed which comes down to two things, ramp and redundancy.
First off is ramp, I would highly recommend running Dryad Arbor as it is absolutely insane in the right setup. First off at its worst its a summoning sick land, at its best its a turn one ramp spell off Green Sun's Zenith . It has insane synergy with Natural Order , Eldritch Evolution , etc. Additionally you could consider some fast single turn ramp with cards like Lotus Petal , Elvish Spirit Guide , Simian Spirit Guide , Rite of Flame , Seething Song With the spirit guides you also have the added benefit of being able to Survival of the Fittest / Fauna Shaman them for your combo pieces.
Now onto redundancy, especially with different typing. First off I think you could use redundant sac outlets, the best of which would be Thermopod who is a creature tutorable Phyrexian Altar (only for red) which doesn't seem all that good but just the creature typing and mana ability makes him worth it, especially with Lesser Masticore who at least in my build is by far the most efficient way to win. Cards like Thunderblust Protein Hulk also help redundancy but aren't fully necessary due to their inefficiency but can be pretty good with Sneak Attack and Elvish Piper . I also would highly recommend Ashnod's Altar as an additional sac outlet.
A few minor issues I had play testing this deck: Frequently getting mana screwed when trying to use Blood Moon effects. They are insanely good stax effects if dropped early, however you would probably need to drop some utility lands to use them efficiently.
Goblin Engineer lacking an artifact to sacrifice. This is an issue I had in my deck as well and hasn't gotten better and 6 artifacts just isn't enough to consistently use it.
Not having a wincon with Greater Good . This one is easily remedied yet again by adding fast mana. the issue is that drawing your deck off greater good does not always yield enough mana to play an actual wincon such as Goblin Bombardment . This issue happens when Mana Crypt is already in play.
Overall a very good shell but it just needs to increase the speed or go deeper into stax to really create value out of the combo. Hope this helped a bit.
3 weeks ago
The key detail behind what the Oracle ruling says is that paying costs is the very last step of casting a spell, with the window for activating mana abilities in the step right before that.
In the situation where you want to use Llanowar Elves for both mana and a sacrifice to help cast Decimator of the Provinces (or Natural Order or whatever), you would tap the Elves for mana in the mana abilities step and then spend the and sacrifice the Elves in the cost payment step.
This doesn't work in the case of getting mana from something like Thermopod because if you sacrifice a creature to make mana during the mana abilities step, it's gone when you get to the cost payment step. You won't be able to sacrifice it to help pay the cost of the spell you're casting.
3 weeks ago
I noted the oracle rules on emerge cards states:
The creature chosen to be sacrificed is still on the battlefield up through the time that you activate mana abilities. Its abilities may affect the spell’s cost, be activated to generate mana, and so on. However, if it has an ability that triggers when a spell is cast, it will have been sacrificed before that ability can trigger.
I know this means that you could sac a mana dork to emerge a creature and then tap the dork for mana to pay mana costs.
My question: since the sacrificed creature is still on board whilst paying mana costs and mana abilities can be used, can you use a mana ability like Thermopod ’s to sacrifice it yet again for mana?
It seems wrong to me that you can double sacrifice but the oracle ruling makes it look like a corner case where you can.
2 months ago
Thank you for the suggestions Joe_Ken_ . Runed Stalactite and Ashnod's Altar are both great suggestions and are already in the deck. I am a little worried about including Nesting Dragon Too many "non-egg" creatures could break up the sacrificing chain. I already have Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre , Kozilek, Butcher of Truth , Thermopod and Purphoros, God of the Forge .Although if I can get Mirror Entity out first, then I should be fine. We'll put that one down in the maybeboard.
I've also been wondering, if I champion Atla Palani, Nest Tender , then sacrifice the thing championing it (like Changeling Berserker ), will Atla Palani, Nest Tender come into play in time to see Changeling Berserker hitting the graveyard? If so, maybe I should put some haste-givers in here so I can use the now untapped Atla Palani, Nest Tender .
2 months ago
Had a chance to sit down and give the list a more in-depth look, and had a couple thoughts.
Currently, you have 8 or so cards that are there to generate card draw when they enter or leave the battlefield. While these might be nifty post executing your combos, I'm not sure if they are really necessary given the numerous other post-combo ways you have of winning. I am also skeptical as to their pre-combo effectiveness as compared to other options for the deck-slots.
Granted, I have not had a chance to playtest it much, and I may very well be incorrect--such artifacts might be necessary to draw into your combo pieces in Boros.
One other thing, since you are running Thermopod , you might as well change your basics for snow-covered basics.
3 months ago
bushido_man96: If you're looking for ideas, here's my list for Garna, the Bloodflame ! I never actually got around to building it in paper, so I don't have solid confirmation on good/bad/unplayable, but maybe it'll give you some thoughts!
The basic principle is to get cost reducers into play and to get things like Phyrexian Altar and Thermopod and Skirge Familiar out, then discard and sacrifice and get mana to cast Garna, sac Garna in response to her own trigger, and get everything back to do it again infinitely.
Thermopod occurrence in decks from the last year
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All decks: 0.0%