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Creature — Human Pirate Wizard
Ascend (If you control ten or more permanents, you get the city's blessing for the rest of the game.)
, , Put Timestream Navigator on the bottom of its owner's library: Take an extra turn after this one. Activate this ability only if you have the city's blessing.
Timestream Navigator Discussion
3 days ago
I have been brewing a deck for a while based on the Helm of the Host / Timestream Navigator combo, but while there are definite similarities, there are also major differences. I don't know if any of my ideas will be helpful for your deck, but maybe something will work for you.
The big difference is I have splashed red, primarily so I can include Rhythm of the Wild . First, it allows you to give your Navigators haste so you can, in a pinch, drop one and use it immediately (which is also necessary when used in an alt combo discussed below). It also prevents your creature being countered which boosts the effectiveness of Frilled Mystic s--they will counter a spell...unless your opponent casts an enchantment burner as well as their own counterspell. Finally, giving haste or +1/+1 counters can beef up your mana dorks, make them usable the turn they are dropped, or in the case of the Incubation Druid automatically give them the tap-for-three ability.
The second big difference is I am including Prime Speaker Vannifar to pull the Navigator from the deck. What I don't like about Vivien is she doesn't dive deep plus she telegraphs to your opponent what card you pull. She also becomes an immediate target and can get burned fast. Vannifar is a much less impressive target, especially if you don't have many high CMC creatures to sac. If Vannifar is hasted via Rhythm of the Wild, you can use her immediately, sac a mana dork and pull a hasted Navigator. I you don't have a Helm ready, you can use this combo to create a limited loop that will last as long as you have 1 CMC creatures, by which time you have hopefully gotten your Helm of the Host repeater operational. Using Vannifar also means you only have to play two Navigators. She can also convert your Frilled Mystics (or any other 4 CMC critter) to Biogenic Ooze s or Mesmerizing Benthid s
Because I am playing Vannifer, I have a much higher percentage of 1 cmc creatures. Even without Vannifar, this could be helpful because it helps you Ascend faster, plus some of the creatures have an additional use. Siren Stormtamer is a cheap flyer that can also help protect your creatures when you start to activate/cast your combo. Wall of Vines gives you some protection vs weenie and token decks. Fanatical Firebrand (if you are playing red) is early damage and can take out key weenies. Benthic Biomancer can draw cards. Sparring Construct becomes a +1/+1. Get a Beast Whisperer in play and you can really burn through your library.
A few question I do have for you...What percentage of the time do you pull off the combo? How often do you cast the heavies before the combo? If you have few pre-combo heavies, you could maybe thin them a bit in favor of some counter magic and/or green removal or graveyard retrieval.
One final suggestion: Siren's Ruse . It can save a key creature, can double your Mesmerizing Benthid illusions, and can make Frilled Mystic counter another spell.
Good luck with your deck. It looks very viable now and has certainly given me things to think about for my still-brewing monstrosity.
2 weeks ago
So back when pirates of ixalan were released no one really played them because of the mana base, at least not in Grixis. Right now the mana base is solid enough to technically make them work.
What I am trying to do right now is creating a deck where all cards fit into the pirate theme while still staying somewhat competitive. It doesn't have to win all the time but having a chance against burn and Teferi would be nice.
It... hasn't really worked out so far. Is such a deck even possible?
With cards like Siren's Ruse , Lookout's Dispersal and of course Siren Stormtamer you have decent disruption, I have even been experimenting with adding more discard like Duress or Heartless Pillage . The latter is pretty great as far as discard spells go since it is effectively CMC 2. Cancel , Hornswoggle , Admiral's Order and Spell Swindle are pirate themed but not worth including in my opinion.
As for Lifegain your choices in a pirate theme deck are basically limited to Fountain of Renewal and Navigator's Compass . Compass is actually not that bad since it let's you fix your mana base without handing aggro decks a free 2 damage. (I am making an exception to the theme rule for Shocklands)
Admiral Becket Brass is a great flavor card but usually when you can hit your opponent with 3 pirates they are either dead or would be if you had dropped a Dire Fleet Neckbreaker instead of the Admiral.
The real problem with pirates seems to be that they want to go fast since their late game sucks but they have basically no advantage over mono red or blue other than tribal synergies. And their tribal synergies aren't that great, most of them are not even available until turn 4 or 5.
For Removal there are some options: Walk the Plank is great flavor although a bit hard to cast. Hostage Taker and the Admiral are decent for dealing with Teferi but not that amazing. Lightning Strike , Makeshift Munitions (bombarding your opponent with treasures is hilarious) and Fiery Cannonade are your go-to burn spells.
Card Draw can be provided by Curious Obsession (a bit tricky when you are also running Siren's Ruse), Chart a Course and maybe Treasure Map Flip and Dead Man's Chest . March of the Drowned could also be very valuable since it only costs 1 mana.
Like I said the best creatures seem to be the pirates that either have very good tribal synergy or flying. I am considering Fathom Fleet Captain and Forerunner of the Coalition but they both seem to be too slow. When you have a lot of treasures getting the city's blessing for an early extra turn via Timestream Navigator isn't too hard but I haven't really profited from it that much.
Revel in Riches is an interesting wincon but just too slow. Maybe an option for a more control-based approach. But when you have lots of treasures out it seems to be more viable to cast Mnemonic Betrayal , which technically isn't a pirate spell but looks like one. Or use overpriced Cards like Pirate's Prize that create more treasures.
With all that knowledge I still can't figure out a decent pirate deck, am I missing something? I am aware that you got to concentrate on some mechanics to make them work but I am not sure on which ones.
I really want to make pirates work before they rotate out and possibly never return to Standard.
1 month ago
I honestly tend to find Bottle Gnomes pretty relevant, as I often lose a lot of life, but I suppose I'm playing enough tutors now to where I can just grab Zulaport Cutthroat or something if that's really such a concern--I suppose I can cut him, though I will miss him.
I'm still kinda on edge about cutting Black Market --my meta is still fairly casual, but I have, in fact, won before with Exsanguinate thanks to all the mana from Black Market against a fairly competitive (but by no means optimized) Prossh, Skyraider of Kher deck (and some other peeps). I might find something else to cut for Pitiless Plunderer , but I'd rather not have to choose between both of them. (Also, something worth considering is that Black Market is harder to remove than Pitiless Plunderer , though they'd need exile effects or something in any case).
As for Sanguine Bond + Exquisite Blood , getting 10 mana isn't a problem for me, but I get what you're saying--it's not exactly the fastest combo available, and my deck probably doesn't slow the game down enough to make it competitively viable. All the same, there's just not that many better mono-black combos.
As for running more tutors and stax effects, well, for one, I actually still want this list to be playable in my meta (it's approaching a point where it's just too cancerous relatively to what the majority of everyone else is playing, believe it or not), so adding Trinisphere and Static Orb and the like would be very unsubtle and super cutthroat (though, yes, that's exactly what would make the deck more competitive, I understand that). Secondly, the list is getting pretty tight, yet again, so I'd probably have to cut some Shirei synergy for that sort of thing, which would probably be worth it, but would make me feel that much more soulless, honestly. Can never seem to strike that balance between not playing a whole bunch of staples and having a synergetic build...
Thirdly, while they'd absolutely be worth it, I'm not playing more tutors simply due to budget considerations. I know that might sound pretty laughable considering the deck costs $830 dollars, but it's the only list I have that I own in paper (well, most of it--waiting for more cards to arrive, as I keep cutting stuff), but I've been building it up over the course of 3-4 years. Budget is no object in cEDH, I know, but it is for me--the most expensive card in the deck is about $75. Spending $100 on a card isn't something I really want to do. I might find something to cut for Cruel Tutor , though (bad as it is).
As it stands, I think Liliana's Shade and Bottle Gnomes are out and Skittering Surveyor and Scroll Rack are in. A marginal improvement--still not good enough, though, you're right. If only I could run Land Tax + Scroll Rack ...
(Oh, and, on a completely unrelated note, this might already be a thing, but I was wondering if anyone had figured out a way to combo out with Timestream Navigator in a Prime Speaker Vannifar list. All you'd need is a 1-drop that recurs itself to either your hand or the battlefield, and, so long as you had enough mana and the city's blessing, you could take infinite turns. That might actually be a viable combo in cEDH).
1 month ago
If I activate Timestream Navigator's ability, which requires it to be put on the bottom of it's owner's library, and choose to instead put him back in the command zone, do I still get to take the extra turn?
1 month ago
Cool, easy improvements:
73 cards mainboard as is.
Step 1: Sideboard out all of the negates but one (70 cards mainboard, 3 sideboard)
Step 2: Remove all copies of Tezzeret, Cruel Machinist, Sigiled Sword of Valeron, Drowned Secrets, Sinister Sabotage, Cancel, Timestream Navigator, Opt, and Omnispell Adept (56 cards mainboard, 3 sideboard)
That will make this deck a standard powerhouse (well about as much of one as mono-blue tempo is right now!)
TCG prices estimate these will total cost $25.42 and will make it a fully meta deck! Full sideboard included ;)
2 months ago
So ladies and gentlemen I need help. I'm a returning player after like 12 years, and currently only doing drafts (Ravnica so I've got tons of RNG commons). I put below yet to-be a deck for playing standard at my LGS.
Can you please suggest what goes in main and what goes side-board? What do I need?
I may buy some more cards if I can find them at my LGS. Usually I can't, cause most of cards are out of stock. My budget to add more cards are like around $50 but please suggest what goes side-board what goes main...
Thank you very much in advance, I'll buy you a beer if we ever meet =p
let's make me a good deck out of these...
the ones that didn't make to the deck are;
2 months ago
Cool, here's a few more from recent sets:
3 months ago
Timestream Navigator occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.03%
U/B/R (Grixis): 0.07%