Train of Thought

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari (DDJ) Common
Guildpact (GPT) Common

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Train of Thought

Sorcery

Replicate (When you play this spell, copy it for each time you paid its replicate cost.)

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Train of Thought Discussion

DuTogira on Pili pala needs help xD

2 months ago

I’d recommend replacing Perplex with Drift of Phantasms . I know it doesn’t look as fun, but Perplex really really blows as anything but a tutor. It won’t stop game winning threats from resolving, but it costs a whole 3 mana. Drift of Phantasms on the other hand is an absolute wall against many aggro decks, and since it has flying it blocks the spectrum.

I’d also try to fit some removal in here. Something like Fatal Push or Path to Exile as a 4 of goes a long way. I know they’re a bit pricier, but they’re worth it if you don’t want to drop big bucks on Ensnaring Bridge .

I might also try to make your wincons into one-of’s that can be tutored by cards like Tribute Mage and Drift of Phantasms . This frees up a lot more board space, especially considering that most of the payloads are really bad without infinite mana.

For wincons, maybe replace Train of Thought and Pyromatics with Whispers of the Muse and replace Profane Command + the auriok salvagers package with a single Welder Automaton (that way it can be fetched by Tribute Mage which can be fetched by Drift of Phantasms ). Also now that Tribute Mage exists (it didn’t when I was brewing), try a Lightning Greaves or two.

multimedia on Davy Jones Pt.2

3 months ago

Hey, saw your forum topic asking for help.

Since you're a new player in Commander my advice is keep it simple. Build this deck around what your Commander does. Admiral Beckett Brass means Pirates and she doesn't do anything unless you have Pirates. Not Zombies, not Vampires or any other tribe, just Pirates.

The steal your opponents nonland permanents/creatures is a fine strategy, but don't go overboard with single cards that only give you a single steal effect on a single creature such as Act of Treason . Brass's combat damage to a player from three Pirates ability and Captivating Crew are repeatable ways to steal your opponents creatures/nonland permanents and that's better, really all you need for this effect.

There's only 27 lands here which is not enough land; you risk getting land screwed (not drawing or have lands on the battlefield). When this happens you're not able to play cards in your hand because you don't have lands on the battlefield. Getting land screwed is not fun and since you're a new player it's even worse as it can possibly make you not want to play again.

Getting land flooded (drawing too many lands/having too much land) is also not fun, but it's better to have lands to cast spells then to not have any lands at all. If land flooded you can at least cast Brass since she's in the Command Zone. All Commander deck builders have to clear deck space for enough lands.


My advice for the manabase is if you don't want to add other lands that you don't have then add more basic lands. Play a total of 38 lands with 15-20 basic lands, split up between Islands, Swamps and Mountains. Play more Islands than the rest, next is Swamps and last is Mountains. There's more blue and black Pirates/cards than red here. If you're willing to add lands you don't already have then I can help you on a budget to upgrade the manabase starting with Command Tower .

11 cards to consider cutting to add more lands:


Other cards to consider cutting to make 100 cards:

As far as cuts to consider, cut single cards that give a single effect such as stealing an opponent's creature for one turn. Only getting to cast a card once and only target one creature to steal for one turn is not good enough. Single card combat trick spells that can only target one creature are lackluster and can be cut. Auras that only help one creature and don't give evasion can also be cut. Ghostly Wings and Aqueous Form are fine since they can give Brass evasion making it easier for her to do combat damage to a player.

Simplify your deck's strategy, go with Pirates and cut the majority of the nonPirate creatures. Creatures such as Wonder , Nightveil Specter and Sower of Temptation are worth keeping especially Wonder. Specter and Sower are good cards to go with the theme of stealing your opponents cards. Clones are fine, but not high mana cost ones that can only copy a creature; honestly cut them.


Some redundancy (multiple cards that do the same effect or close to it) in Commander is good. But, if you're needing cuts then redundancy is a place to make cuts. Draw spells for instance are good redundancy such as Brainstorm , Night's Whisper , Read the Bones . These are all low mana cost/mana efficient draw spells. Opt and Sleight of Hand are also fine, but if you need cuts they can be cut. Draw spells such as Pirate's Pillage , Pirate's Prize , Train of Thought , Think Twice are not good, cut them. Low mana cost (0-2 CMC) mana rocks are more good redundancy: Sol Ring and Signets/Talismans. Chromatic Lantern and Commander's Sphere are much better than the other three drop mana rocks here; Mana Geode and Darksteel Ingot can be cut.

For your deck combat trick spells, counterspells and targeted creature removal is in my opinion bad redundancy. I'm not saying to not have these kinds of effects, but limit the amount of them you play. Counterspell for instance is a staple card of Commander play it, but Cancel , Sinister Sabotage and Rethink are worse then Counterspell, cut them. Sabotage is better than Cancel, etc.

Blasphemous Act and Fiery Cannonade is good redundancy. Murder is better than Doomblade, cut Doomblade. Sorcery or high mana cost instant creature removal can be cut such as Contract Killing and Price of Fame . Bitterblossom and Dreadhorde Invasion is good redundancy, but Bitterblossom is a much better card than Invasion. Invasion is a good card, but if you need to cut a card then cut it because you have Bitterblossom, otherwise keep it.

Spells that give all your creatures evasion of some type are fine, but don't go overboard with including lots of them because these cards do nothing without you controlling a creature; making them dead draws/dead cards in your hand too often. These kind of effects that can give all your creatures evasion are better if they can be repeatable or are a static ability such as Wonder or from an enchantment, not an aura. You want to play cards that can give your creatures lasting evasion more than a single card for a single effect on one turn.

I offer more advice if you would like. Good luck with your deck.

naturesnake420 on Circu's Apathetic Sadism (Combo)

7 months ago

Another question, sorry if im spamming this page, but have you considered Train of Thought or Tainted Pact to go along with Uba Mask ? A Chains of Mephistopheles Would make this pretty powerful I think.

Mr_toppat on Debtor and Lumia(<15$)

1 year ago

Another category of card that leaps to mind is cards with replicate, sure Shattering Spree is out of the question but how about Train of Thought or Pyromatics or the big kahuna Djinn Illuminatus making for that sweet sweet value with all those pings, then there is Embermaw Hellion which i know doesnt have flying so it's subject to the twins but turns all those pings into shocks, for straight boardwiping value. and to top it all off there is always damage doublers that can be used as either finishers or improv board wipes such as Insult // Injury or, sigh, Angrath's Marauders

Entomo on

1 year ago

Alright heres my first draft at brewing with axebane. I'm going with a green - blue shell, no red at all, with Viridian Longbow and Brush with Death. No Train of Thought and 4x Commune with the Gods.
2 Trinket Mages to tutor the bow or Springleaf Drum which i realized can play the role of Orochi Leafcaller if you want to combo off with Overgrown Battlement instead (you just need to have 3 defenders instead of 2). Which is why I brought in a full 4 set of Khalni Garden, maybe the card was changed because it really feels like that token should have defender (even though I have won attacking with them before).


Super Ax Slut aka "Hatchet Wound"

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Entomo on

1 year ago

I've thought this combo was great sense I first saw it.

Looks like there's a lot of room still for optimizing the lists. Moment's Peace is better than Fog I feel, buys you 2 turns and you have lots of ways to make the extra mana it requires. If your plan is infinite mana, than technically you could play 4 copies of Train of Thought and just 1 copy of Kaervek's Torch, sense drawing a train of thought with infinite mana means you will also draw a torch. Idk if you use the torches for creature removal or what-not, but going up to 4 train of thought might make the deck connect more.

I think you are correct in staying away from red, as the only 2 red cards you need to cast are your finishers, and by that time you will be making red mana. With that in mind you could just run 1 invoker and 1 torch to finish and NO RED MANA, which would fix your color problems or let you splash black if you want. I haven't tried the deck myself yet, but i played against it. I'll goldfish it a little and see if I can find suggestions. In the meantime check out the pauper deck I barely lost with against this deck (i only had 1 Vines of Vastwood against their 2 Freed from the Real :/)


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CeilingShapes on Defensive Ember

1 year ago

Dispel, another card I think I'll need in my sideboard. I think Drift of Phantasms , Train of Thought , and Abundant Growth can't leave this deck to make it competitive. I think Vent Sentinel and Wall of Tanglecord are interchangeable sideboard pieces depending on if the opponent is running control, flying, or both.

Shane on U/R Budget Pyromancer

2 years ago

I would use Vapor Snag over Unsummon. Also Distortion Strike might be useful.You should add some flashback spells to get more value out of your cards. Faithless Looting, Reckless Charge, Nightbird's Clutches, Desperate Ravings, Think Twice

Other cards to consider Balduvian Rage, Bident of Thassa, Electrolyze, Inaction Injunction, Train of Thought,

Also Kiln Fiend loves double strike so Assault Strobe, Temur Battle Rage

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