Trap Essence

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Rare

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Trap Essence

Instant

Counter target creature spell. Put two +1/+1 counters on up to one target creature.

Trap Essence Discussion

MCJennings on Ramos Dragon Engine

2 weeks ago

Much appreciated! I have to say I think it's the most fun deck I've built yet. Thus far every win has been off the top and unexpected. Probably my favorite inclusion of what you mentioned is Possibility Storm for how much it 1) does not hinder Ramos' cascade minded build 2) Hoses combo decks entirely 3) Doubles up cast triggers & storm count for yourself. Potential to hard lock combo with Lavinia, Azorius Renegade but I'm too much a coward to run her since her being cloned or stolen would hose a literal 1/5 of the deck haha.

I know the counter doublers are common in Ramos, but I've found he becomes plenty lethal & ramp already and that his real struggle is keeping up with draw & protecting him - I just added Padeem, Consul of Innovation & multiple modal counterspells. Fear of the "win more" aside, I do think I want to test out Corpsejack Menace at some point. I may also be more hesitant because I already run Atraxa, Praetors' Voice as a commander and I'd rather avoid too much overlap.

I wanted to ask about your inclusion of Phyresis as your infect source- is it not an issue to cascade into it pre-Ramos? Or do you hold your cascade til after he's out?

Your Conflux setup with Cloudshift to "reset" ramos, Congregation at Dawn and Maelstrom Wanderer - what's the line from there? Value town or is there an infinite/lock I'm missing?

Is Past in Flames part of a combo or just value? Any advantage I'm missing to it over Mizzix's Mastery ? Flashback reuse in case it's cascaded into prematurely?

In your article you mentioned the benefit of running modal counterspells (charms) for cascade synergy- I see none now but I do see Trap Essence . What made you decide to make that transition? Ramos gets to 5 counters and is "online" but it could also do nothing on an unlucky cascade. AKA could you please sell me on it vs Dromar's Charm ?

How would you rate Kathari Remnant ? I'm indecisive on adding more cascade and if so which ones.

I think many try to go "all in" with Sunforger by including Tithe , Mistveil Plains , Stoneforge Mystic , etc. but I think it'll work better for Ramos just as as it is. Your deck atm is already 10 potential targets inclusive to counterspells, protection, draw, removal, search... I'm not sure yet but I think it should work well.

Hope I'm not overloading, just excited for a new deck and there's zero other Ramos players in any of my meta.

slasherturtle on Animar, Soul of Elements EDH

3 weeks ago

Last_Laugh, Unfortunately, I'm on a budget and don't have most of these cards. However, Trap Essence will be taken out for Siren Stormtamer and Farseek for Sakura-Tribe Elder . I am almost forced to run the rocks because of the price range of my mana base, plus they're good enough card draw engines for me to warrant keeping them. Thanks for the advice, I'll be sure to +1 your deck

Attack_of_Mogis on Ramos - Budget Commander

8 months ago

This is fantastic. I'm so happy you made this. I also have some suggestions for good 3+ color spells:

and finally, Urza, Academy Headmaster. :)

You have a great deck here. I'll probably make some minor changes and pick it up for myself.

chadsansing on Oof.exe

11 months ago

Maybe an As Foretold and a Sunbird's Invocation to cheat in more creatures and trigger Animar. Either over Steady Progress; both over Steady Progress and Ponder.

Intent, the Dreamer, over Gambit. Protean Hulk over Savage Summoning. Kira, Great Glass-Spinner, over Trap Essence.

Keep rift. If you wanted more instants or sorceries, I'd have made different suggestions, but I dig the creatures I mentioned a lot here.

Have fun!

Suns_Champion on Animar, Bargain Hunter

11 months ago

No problem! I'm good with cuts!

First off, Prophet of Kruphix from the maybeboard is banned. jsyk

So here's 15 cuts!

I'd start with those personally. Good luck!

cloudsol on Ramos's Charming Decisions

1 year ago

Charming!
I'd like to see how this deck works with Eye of the Storm haha.
Remember: Jund Charm/Abzan Charm/Trap Essence/Reap What Is Sown each give 5 counters.
The trick is to find spells that provide the highest counters per mana ratio.
Reap What Is Sown provides 5 counters per 3 mana (5/3 = 1.67). Not bad!
There's also hybrid mana! Bioshift ... (2/1 = 2.0).
Fate Transfer is better functionally.
There's a cycle of creatures that each give 3 counters per 2 mana, like Esper Stormblade.
Don't forget Crystallization! And enchantments like Evolutionary Escalation.
There's so much you can do with Ramos.

AVail on Ramos, Spellslinger Engine

1 year ago

I like it!, your deck definitely gives me some ideas! I've actually been looking for a Wargate and an Unexpected Results. Have you considered putting Trap Essence in your deck?

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