Return a creature you control to its owner's hand, then destroy all creatures.
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Time Wipe Discussion
1 week ago
2 weeks ago
Hi there West,
As a player who specializes in WUBRG big mana, I'd like to add a few suggestions.
First off, let's look at a robust boardwipe package. I recommend 3 to 6 Sweepers total for a big, slower deck like this.
Disclaimer - while boardwipes can be a big feel bad for some, they are often extremely helpful to prevent slower decks from getting #WREKT by faster, lighter decks. Just make sure your playgroup is okay with you leaning into a slower playstyle that uses boardwipes to keep the nonsense at bay (this will really depend on your meta). Keep in mind boardwipes also help you get in for Voltron damage, assuming you sequence your plays correctly.
- Crux of Fate
- Ixidron: Looks strange, acts stranger. This thing is in my top 5 for favorite creatures, as it deals a crippling blow to most enemy decks.
- Cataclysmic Gearhulk: Thins the board without killing your best things. Beware, the opponent will still have stuff, but you're betting that Ramos can take 'em.
- Sublime Exhalation
- Day of Judgment
- Wrath of God
- Phyrexian Rebirth: If your deck is ramping enough (I think your deck can probably do it) then this spell is bananas.
- Flood of Tears: It is easy to overlook the second sentence...
- Time Wipe: A bit meh with Ramos himself, but keep in mind you can utilize this before Ramos even comes out to save your best creature while clearing the way for big mana spells.
- Phyrexian Scriptures: DANGER!!! This one is so slow that it can straight-up get you killed. It might be okay with Ramos, but it could also aggro everybody. I only include it because it synergizes a little bit with Ramos.
So one reason your deck might be "sputtering", as you put it, is simply the lack of Card Draw. With about 12 Card Draw sources you should be more able to keep yourself going and avoid sputtering.
Generically good card draw happens to be mostly black. Don't worry about life loss here, especially if you do end up adding board wipes.
- Syphon Mind
- Painful Truths
- Read the Bones
- Ambition's Cost
- Ancient Craving
- Underworld Connections
- Urban Evolution
- Recurring Insight
- Phyrexian Arena
- Kumena's Awakening
Your removal package is one of the strong things I see here. My only comment is that Vindicate looks good but its sorcery speed, so a Beast Within or Generous Gift is better in my opinion. Nice job on this section though :D
It's a Trap!!!
Alright, so I'd like to help you identify the "trap" cards. My playgroup calls a card a trap if it looks good in the deck in theory but is actually quite bad in practice.
I strongly recommend against Morophon, the Boundless because you will be getting at best one or two creatures from him. I don't believe your deck is (or should be) tribal enough to take advantage of him.
Ponder and Preordain are unlikely to do as much work as real card draw spells, at least from what I gather skimming over your list. Your deck is going to be naturally slower (and that's fine if you have enough Removal and Sweepers to keep yourself alive) so don't sweat cutting the 1-drops for card draw spells. I would instantly run Painful Truths and Read the Bones in place of these.
Voltron: This is just an opinion, but your Voltron section looks too big. I think the best thing about Ramos as a Voltron commander is his ability to naturally acquire a threatening amount of power as a side effect of you playing a really good Rainbow deck! Lean into that. I know it feels bad to cut some of the artifacts, but you may find it better to have other threats or support for your threats, instead of relying on your commander (who is already a bit of a priority target if I'm being honest). Now granted I am not sure that you've got too much Voltron stuff, but my instincts tell me to avoid committing too much to Voltron. I have seen it end terribly many times and this deck has the luxury of Incidental Voltron, so I would take advantage of what your commander is already doing.
Also, just a general trap for big mana decks is choosing too many "Payload" cards (like Maelstrom Wanderer, Nicol Bolas, etc) while not including enough support for them. I don't think you've got an issue with that, but stay vigliant - you're the only one who can stop you from going overboard.
Other Quick Additions
Kessig Wolf Run: Supports the Voltron, lets you sink that excess mana, and only takes a land slot to boot! Simply a great card for the Voltron portion of your strategy.
Overall, this is an interesting deck design though I do think it could benefit from a more focused game plan.
Don't get me wrong, this is good stuff - I think you've created a nice first version. Please don't take my criticism of your card choices personally, these are after all just my opinions and I am very passionate about making WUBRG work well. That doesn't mean I know best, though I'm trying to share what tips I can on the topic. At the end of the day choose the cards you want, but please do add more draw spells ;)
Cool deck and nice first draft.
Cheers and have fun :D
2 weeks ago
Really cool word-of-the-day idea!
The deck looks a bit top-heavy, though I understand that tends to happen when you go Sphinx Tribal ;)
Depending on the speed of your meta, I would consider adding a couple more board wipes since that your good creatures are deployed so late in the game. Would help you stave off the nonsense until you're ready to send in the air force.
Some recommendations include:
Also an important note, Magus of the Moat was just reprinted, in case you are so inclined...
Good luck :)
1 month ago
If you really want to power up your faeries, take a look at anthem enchantments. Glorious Anthem is a good start, but there are many others (most of which have fairly useful side-quirks) like Radiant Destiny, Force of Virtue, Gravitational Shift, Favorable Winds and Etchings of the Chosen. Cathars' Crusade isn't technically an anthem, but it can be no less hilarious if you can set up a turn of enchantment / artifact storming. If you have the budget for it, and you aren't too opposed to artifacts, The Immortal Sun is a pricey piece, but it has a lot going on, especially if you don't run any of your own planeswalkers. A fair bit of warning on this anthem route: Skullclamp absolutely will not work the way you want if you play anything that offers toughness bonuses to your tokens unless you have some kind of sacrifice outlet. Some seem to consider that alone as reason to not anthem your faeries into the stratosphere, even if it's very possible on even tight budgets. Others tend to avoid anthem spamming because it makes you look far more dangerous than you're likely prepared to be, and impromptu archenemy is no fun to be on the wrong side of.
For space, I'd take out Ancestral Blade, as I've never been a big fan of that card when you can get far faster, cheaper, and overall more robust power-ups from anthem sources. (It's more of a knight tribal / white weenie card.) Also you may want to tone down your sizable nonland permanent hate. Oblivion Ring type effects are fine in the short term, ideally if you're ready to swing for lethal if not for that pesky Ghostly Prison in the way, but eventually you could get your enchantment answered and be right back where you started. For long-term answers, you're better off with Swords to Plowshares and Mortify (or arguably even better, Counterspell) effects that can straight up remove the problem for good, especially if exiling is involved. No sense tying someone's arm behind their back when you can just shoot them in the head.
If you wanted to win on commander damage, Cranial Plating is a fairly-priced budget piece that can play well into smashing face with Alela, especially if you can spare the mana to attach at instant speed. Shadowspear is a fairly expensive piece, as you would expect from something that not only confers trample (a bit hard to come by in Esper colors), but can strip hexproof and indestructible.
You don't have a lot of ramp sources. Ramp can be tricky to come by outside of Green, so you probably want a good 8-12 artifacts, probably closer to 12. You already have the big two (Arcane Signet and Sol Ring), Heraldic Banner, and most of the Talismans. You can also look into Signets (Azorius, Dimir, Orzhov), Diamonds (Sky, Marble, Charcoal) and Myrs (Silver, Gold, Leaden). Mind Stone and Worn Powerstone aren't terribly expensive for colorless artifacts, and Everflowing Chalice, Thran Dynamo and Gilded Lotus aren't much more expensive than that. And last but not least, particularly if you're leaning more heavily into enchantments, the newcomer Nyx Lotus from TBD is a fantastic choice if you plan to have a lot of colored non-token permanents on board. Alternatively, you could lean massively into artifacts given how much Alela likes them anyway, though it's worth pointing out that (1) artifacts have some of the widest ranges of cheap and commonly played answers and (2) the vast majority of them do zilch for your color devotion.
It might seem counter-intuitive to include board wipes in a deck designed to go wide with faeries. My take is that eventually you're going to be on the wrong end of a wipe at some point, so you want to have some wipes of your own ready to go just in case someone rebuilds quickly or you start getting jumped on by the rest of the table. This is especially important as Alela decks' bodies mostly come in the form of tokens that get wrecked outright by the ever-popular Cyclonic Rift. Speaking of which, it's worth pointing out that Cyclonic Rift has a cousin card in white, Winds of Abandon. Less good admittedly, but it's a lot more budget friendly, and even overloads for less mana. Speaking of budget, Time Wipe and Kaya's Wrath are other classic wallet-friendly wipes, while the flat out best one (after Cyc Rift) seems to be Toxic Deluge. Another reason to have wipes in Esper: they have some of the strongest ones in the game.
1 month ago
Sold on Thryx, the Sudden Storm over Destiny Spinner. I swapped those in the sideboard. I also buy Shatter the Sky over Time Wipe. I reduced my sideboard's Dovin's Veto count to add the fourth Shatter.
I think Shatter makes more sense tempo-wise with Dream Trawler as the big closer - you can wipe on turn 4 or 5, and then drop Trawler.
Regarding Mono-Red: I think that the deck is actually positioned fairly well to deal with it (acknowledging that the "Red Deck Wins" archetype is a perennial, loathable pain-in-the-ass that often, indeed, "Wins"). Spot removal through Banishing Light, early blockers through Meletis, Alseid (sacrifice block, setting up for Dance), and Champion, and a little lifegain to weather until the sweep. Side in the extra Shatter, Archons and Heliods for extra lifegain and board presence. Side out Elspeths, and some combo of Narsets and Teferis (2 and 1?). Watch the tide radically turn on turn 5. That's my theory - we'll see how it survives the real world.
1 month ago
I hadn't thought about draw/discard for setting up dance.
I removed Destiny Spinner because I think Titus is right: it's the big spells getting countered most of the time, not the enchantments. With control back on top, it might be time to give her another try. I do still like Thryx, the Sudden Storm though. He's a threat, he makes Dance and Elspeth Conquers Death cheaper, and he comes out at instant-speed so we can catch control decks off-guard when they use end-step abilities.
The main thing I see is that there's nothing in your sideboard for dealing with mono-red aggro, which is still very much a tier-one deck and something to be aware of. That's the main reason I have Shatter the Sky over Time Wipe. Against aggro, they aren't getting a card anyway. Against slower decks, we have a decent chance of having Narset, Parter of Veils on the battlefield anyway. The cheaper cost on Shatter the Sky also helps with turns where we want to cast two spells.
1 month ago
I've been fiddling with it a bit - here's my take.
The big differences:
Dream Trawler over Archon in the Main. The resilience and the draw/discard seems really powerful for setting up a big Dance.
The sideboard has been overhauled - I think some of the issues your version was solving in the earlier iterations are now better handled by Teferi and the boosted Banishing Lights. I also think that Destiny Spinner deserves a second chance - she and Archon can really pair up to ramp the tempo of this deck when appropriate.
I'll test it some more over the coming days.
1 month ago
To remove: Callaphe, Beloved of the Sea, Crashing Drawbridge, Empyrean Eagle, Expedition Raptor, Expedition Raptor, Peace Strider, Sephara, Sky's Blade, Serra Angel, Threnody Singer, Tome Raider, Victory's Herald
To add: Solemn Simulacrum, Silas Renn, Seeker Adept, Myr Propagator, Trinket Mage, Trophy Mage, Tribute Mage, Daxos of Meletis, Clever Impersonator, Burnished Hart, Magister Sphinx, Divinity of Pride, Hanna, Ship's Navigator
To Add: Mirage Mirror, Sculpting Steel, Spellbinder, Isochron Scepter, Wayfarer's Bauble, Sol Ring, Traveler's Amulet, Prying Blade, Explorer's Scope, Dimir Signet, Orzhov Signet, Swiftfoot Boots, Lightning Greaves