Tricks of the Trade

Tricks of the Trade

Enchantment — Aura

Enchant creature

Enchanted creature gets +2/+0 and is unblockable.

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Set Rarity
Welcome Deck 2017 (W17) Common
Magic 2013 (M13) Common

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Legality

Format Legality
Leviathan Legal
Unformat Legal
Limited Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Casual Legal
Vintage Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Highlander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Pauper Legal
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal

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Tricks of the Trade Discussion

CircioTheStageLighter on Gruul Enchantments. Yes, this a thing now.

7 months ago

Smatguy Yes, Tricks of the Trade is legal, you can check on Scyfall. I was confusd too, it's just that Tappedout's info isn't always accurate.

Smatguy on Gruul Enchantments. Yes, this a thing now.

7 months ago

Is Tricks of the Trade legal? Would you sub in Aether Tunnel or Aqueous Form in place to keep in unblockable?

Jaecen on Animar, Sec

1 year ago

Card Categorization

I've categorized the cards in your deck here: https://deckstats.net/decks/50753/1215572-animar

The following analysis is based on that categorization. Several cards are in more than one category, so I've categorized them based on their primary or common case. E.g. Ancient Animus is both "Removal" and "+1/+1 Counter Interaction", but you're going to cast it to kill something -- the +1/+1 counter is a nice bonus.

Strategy

There's no explicit or stated goals of the deck, so I can't evaluate the cards against that. If you have a goal, let me know.

The core effect of Animar is to play creatures, which grows Animar. As Animar grows, he helps you play more (and more expensive) creatures. Some notable limitations:

  • Animar only decreases colorless costs
  • Animar only cares about creatures
  • Animar only cares about casting creatures

Animar is cheap to cast and protects himself from most removal (due to his protection from Black and White). Because of this, we can assume that we will get him out early and keep him out long enough for him to provide benefit. We'll build the deck assuming Animar is on the battlefield at all times.

Since Animar reduces the colorless component of creature costs, we'll get the biggest benefit from colorless creatures. As with any unlimited cost reduction effect, we should look for ways to break the free case. The obvious one here is to bounce and recast colorless creatures for free.

Since we're playing all of these (hopefully free) creatures, Animar will grow quickly. Giving Animar good evasion will give us to win on commander damage quickly.

To best abuse Animar, we want:

  • Many creatures across a range of mid to high colorless costs
  • As many of those creatures in our hand as possible
  • An many +1/+1 counters on Animar as soon as possible
  • A means to make Animar unblockable

The easiest way to break Animar is to create an engine that casts colorless creatures and bounces them to your hand as many times as possible during a turn. We'll want ETB/LTB effects on those creatures and cards that care about creatures entering and leaving the battlefield. Additionally, we'll want cards that care about +1/+1 counters on a creature.

Favor creatures over non-creatures, as you get a discount on creatures. Try to keep colored costs to a minimum - avoid double or more colors in a cost.

Abusable Colorless Creatures:

Repeatable Bounce:

Synergies:

Unblockable Enablers:

We'll want to get as many creatures down as quickly as we can. Card draw and other card advantage effects are valuable.

Draw/Card Advantage:

Changes to the Existing Cards

I would consider cutting way down on the amount of ramp. Mana dorks get the deck running early, but they don't have any synergy with the core effects. I suspect that's what was leaving you feeling like you had a dead hand.

Cards that seem particularly problematic:

  • Wild Cantor . Requires a sac for effect. Doesn't get cost reduction. A dork that taps for mana would be better.
  • Tinder Wall . Same as Wild Cantor sans the cost reduction bit.
  • Vivid Creek and Vivid Crag . These both ETB tapped, don't have basic land types, and only provide off-color mana twice. If would strongly consider running Amonkhet cycling duals over these.
  • Ancient Ziggurat . Be careful, as this mana can only be used for casting creature spells. I don't like this land in most decks.
  • Bond Beetle . I have no idea why this is in here. It works once and has very little synergy with the deck. Verdurous Gearhulk would be better, but still not great.
  • Green Sun's Zenith . I think a cheaper card that tutored to hand and then let you cast the card would be better, as you'd get the cost reduction effect and other synergies. No cards come to mind, but there are lots that look at the top X cards and tutor to hand ( Gift of the Gargantuan , etc.).

triproberts12 on Lord of Stresserhorn

1 year ago

What is Nekusar doing for you in this deck? I get that it pings in when your commander comes down, but this deck doesn't seem like it cares about normal damage. I also noticed you're running Splinter Twin, but I don't see any combo pieces to make it a secondary win con. I like what you've done with the Bestow creatures, since some of them provide both evasion and future sac fodder, although you might also want to consider Aether Tunnel , Tricks of the Trade , and Infiltrator's Magemark , along with some damage doublers like Furnace of Wrath. I would also check out EDHREC for some more Grixis and Lord of Tresserhorn staples. It's odd that this deck isn't running Signets or Vandalblast and is favoring narrow answers like Annul over Negate

FiveEightFiveBC on Make the Hull Clade Great Again

1 year ago

Aside from Tricks of the Trade--which I can see a utility for, of course--there is certainly plenty of synergy here. The only thing I'm seeing in short supply here is card draw. That's definitely important for a fun game!

The_Cardinal on Sea-Borne Criminality

2 years ago

So ! The deck contains some cards that I like a lot. But ! There are some cards that I don't understand.. Tricks of the Trade can be replaced by Aether Tunnel. Traitorous Instinct can be replaced by Mob Rule. Also, I think you need more creatures. Your commander needs at least 3 creatures on board, but only 1/4 of ur deck is creatures. Also, I reeeealy think Dark Nourishment is a bad card. Good luck with your deck ! Building Commanders isnt easy.

zin1000 on (Budget- Infect) You Affect Me, You Infect Me

2 years ago

Trailblazer's Boots says if opponents have nonbasics, but yeah Prowler's Helm is definitely better for budget. Cloak of Mists, Tricks of the Trade, Tuskguard Captain, and Glaring Spotlight work too.

jordybear2002 on Intro to EDH, Budget Zur

2 years ago

Also if you are going to be attacking you need some artifacts to make your commander unblockable. Whispersilk Cloak Prowler's Helm and a Tricks of the Trade. I know the last one is not a artifact but you get the point.

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