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Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)
Whenever a creature an opponent controls dies, you may cast target instant card from your graveyard. If that card would be put into a graveyard this turn, exile it instead.
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Toshiro Umezawa Discussion
1 week ago
Hey everyone, I've been working on my Toshiro Umezawa deck for quite some time now and I would like to hear some thoughts on it before I finalize getting it on paper. I'm a bit conflicted because I have gotten suggestions on taking into more of a reanimator direction and although reanimator may be a bit more powerful than it is now, I really think it would take away from the charm of it's current playstyle. I don't really want to put threats on the board as much as I want to sit back and play equalizer and politics by chaining together kill spells. Let me know what you guys think, thanks!
Commander / EDH
SCORE: 69 | 37 COMMENTS | 3502 VIEWS | IN 15 FOLDERS
2 weeks ago
Wintermoon I'll respectfully say that you should be a little more careful when commenting on someone's deck because I don't see your comments as criticism as much as I see it as trashing a concept that I built heavily around my commander's synergies. If you offered actual suggestions maybe I'd be a bit appreciative of the comments but I don't see anything even remotely contributive to help fix the flaws that you see.
First of all, I do not play this deck competitively whatsoever, nor am I advertising this as a competive deck either. I constructed this with full intention to utilize Toshiro's ability to chain together kill spells and I believe it does a good job at that and performs very well in my casual play group with friends. I don't believe the deck's functionality is entirely limited to my commander being on the board and there are more win conditions than Exsanguinate and Torment of Hailfire. Like I stated in my description, I aim to play this as an equalizer role. I don't need to have Toshiro out to chain together kill spells all the time because I typically keep a healthy amount of kill spells in my hand anyway. This deck is meant to be played patiently and even politically as Regoober pointed out since I often strike up deals with other players to deal with something that I may not be able to. I don't think protecting Toshiro is necessary at all. He is hardly ever seen as a threat, and my playgroup doesn't remove him often either because they know I'll have a removal card in my hand too. The most protection I want to play is Imp's Mischief because no one ever sees it coming. If I do need to recast Toshiro, this deck is capable of a lot of ramp so it's not hard to recast him especially since he's just a 3CMC general.
As for this deck achieving the top Toshiro Umezawa deck on the site, I could get into the semantics with you as to how it gained so much popularity, but very simply put: People like it, so they upvote it. I don't care that it isn't satisfactory to your opinion on what the top deck for this commander should look like. In a competitive meta, yes this deck may struggle a bit, but it's still fun as hell to play and I always love it when I cycle this deck back into my playgroup.
3 weeks ago
Im pretty sure that actually Toshiro Umezawa is the owner of the jitte.
1 month ago
I just browsed your profile and noticed your Deckwatch project and I was wondering if I could be a part of it. I have been playing the commander format for a very long time with friends, but it wasn't until recently that I finally crafted my own EDH deck with Toshiro Umezawa at the helm. I love helping people out with their brews in this community and I think your Deckwatch group project is a really nice concept to be able to interact with one another directly on our deck builds. Anyway, let me know what you think because I'd be more than happy to help out in any way I can. Thanks!
1 month ago
Kalkin, my thought on Toshiro Umezawa was that since you are sticking to a budget and so not running Surgical Extraction it gives you another shot at Extirpate or an instant speed kill spell, using your graveyard as a resource is a very black thing...
1 month ago
To coin a phrase; "cardboard crack" has been used to describe Magic for a long time, another phrase is "pay to win", both have an element of truth but aren't the whole story. Modern prices are without a doubt a barrier to entry, but to a certain extent a playable card or a staple probably should cost more than a booster pack, since you are removing the random element, but not 10x the price. Now as it happens the top five of the most commonly played cards in modern are one drops in each of the colours; Lightning Bolt, Serum Visions, Path to Exile, Noble Hierarch and Thoughtseize, to my mind none of those cards should be over $10 and they should have been reprinted in every masters set, Wizards though didn't do that. In fact if you look at the top 50 played cards in modern, source: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/format-staples/modern/full/all a fair few have only had 1 maybe 2 at most reprints.
Where I disagree with you slightly is singling out the mana base. New players think land is boring, they hate seeing a land in their rare slot. It is an important lesson that the lands you use are some of the most important cards in your deck, though again that lesson shouldn't be costing $20+.
As to your deck, I'd probably include Toshiro Umezawa and either Blackmail or Mire's Toll to let you target non-basic lands, since folk forget those discard spells don't have the non-land clause... Finally, I probably prefer Sadistic Sacrament to Praetor's Grasp, but not so much that I would recommend one over the other.
1 month ago
With kaladesh not out of standard yet, another artifact set (which new phyrexia would definitely be) will probably not happen for another four years, except maybe the esper part of alara 2. Ravnika is a very popular plane, and wizards knows we love multicolour sets. Theros 2 might also be a thing soon, as the cycle of tripple-mono-coloured (steel leaf cgampion and the like) creatures in dominaria heavily hint at this.
Personally, i'd love a return to kamigawa. As the story of the original block happened like thousand years before original mirrodin, kamagawa will definitely not be the same. Storywise, there actually are some possibilities: what has happened with Myojin of Night's Reach after gaining a pseudo spark and bringing Toshiro Umezawa to dominaria? Also, there is tamiyo's orphanage. And i actually see the tribes get shuffled up colour and class wise, as seen on Kaseto, Orochi Archmage: they weren't blue originally, and not mages either. I also imagine something like the kami belief being nearly forgotten in a world that's struggeling between innovation and retaining conservative society values, probably hekd up by the soratami, who always felt closest to the kami. Just my two cents.
1 month ago
A Mono black control using Toshiro UmezawaMy deck:
Commander / EDH*
SCORE: 7 | 26 COMMENTS | 1525 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER