Trinisphere

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As long as Trinisphere is untapped, each spell that would cost less than three mana to play costs three mana to play. (Additional mana in the cost may be paid with any color of mana or colorless mana. For example, a spell that would cost to play costs to play instead.)

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Trinisphere Discussion

EDHTest on Ruric Thar [Competitive] - Your Heart is a Muscle

1 day ago

Hi, just want too ask if you have tested Trinisphere and do you think it will fit our purpose to shut down early combo decks?

mentor6 on Melt Pineapple

1 week ago

Hello, I'm building a Queen Marchesa BomberMan build and was wondering how often the following cards hurt you from going off with it:

Thorn of Amethyst

Trinisphere

Sphere of Resistance

Winterblast on Stax Enchanter

2 weeks ago

It's hard to rebuild a whole deck in order to change the strategy. It's much easier to list what you absolutely want in every Stax list - at least I could list a basic package of cards that I always use in Stax builds, no matter what the rest is supposed to do. When building a new Stax deck I consider these slots fixed, so the numner of free slots in the deck is reduced by ~33 for lands and the number of cards used for the basic speed and disruption package. The rest depends on what colours I want to use and how exactly I want to play with the deck.

A lot depends on your budget though, because Stax is the most expensive way to go (except for 5 colour with all the duals maybe, but only if there's a lot of other expensive stuff there too). I was lucky enough to get my hands on a playset of Mishra's Workshop around 2008 or 2009, when the playset was below the price you have to pay for ONE copy today and I also got an italian The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale for 70 euro, wich is a tenth of today's price. You don't have to play these crds, but they make stax a whole lot better and they justify playing cards like Crop Rotation and Tolaria West, which you might not want to include otherwise.

As for the basic Stax package I mentioned, for me this consists of the following cards:

Acceleration:

You see, there are a lot of slots that I consider fixed when I play stax and the rest of the deck should define the specific strategy. I have also listed some blue cards in my basic package, but without blue these could be easily replaced with other must plays, for example Goblin Welder in red. The tutors also depend on the colours you want to use, but with black and blue you have quite a few to choose from. White is good for some of the most perverted masss removals and lockdown pieces.

To complete your deck you have to double-check every card for its power, if it has a direct impact on the game or if it does next to nothing without other cards in the deck (in that case it should be a lock or combo). You also have to check if there is anything similar but better and then make changes accordingly. Also avoid multiple copies of effects that are not cummulative, unless it's an effect you absolutely want to see in every game and which is most likely a top target for removal.

Winterblast on Stax, the magic cure

2 weeks ago

I wouldn't play Pox in a multicoloured deck, especially if your manabase is so inconsistent. With BBB it will often be a dead card and if there's only Zur on the board you don't want to play it either...I'd rather use Cataclysm or Armageddon and Ravages of War. Not Damnation and Wrath of God because you probably don't need and want to clear the entire board.

Stax is really good if it prevents the opponents from playing anything useful in the first place instead of reacting to threats, it's the archetype for proactive control. I personally wouldn't play counters, if you don't play Mana Drain because it doesn't fit the overall strategy. You don't want to keep mana open to react, you want to drop something that locks the opponent down. Maybe some more taxing permanents? Sphere of Resistance, Lodestone Golem, Thorn of Amethyst, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Trinisphere...Tangle Wire is also great and you have some cards that prevent untapping too.

If you already play Rest in Peace I would include one of my all time favourite combos and use Helm of Obedience. For more consistency add the Leyline of the Void again as well. This trick has won so many games for me, it's ridiculous. A bit more tutors would be cool though, for example Transmute Artifact if you want to buy that (you find some on ebay for 40-50 USD).

clayperce on Get called a Dick Deck (Multi FNM Winner)

3 weeks ago

wylie72,
Welcome back to Modern!

I'm very new to Ponza (I'm MUCH more of an Infect player), so please take these comments with some healthy skepticism! There are (at least) two Merfolk decks at my second-favorite LGS but I have yet to play either. But I've been reading up/planning for the match-up, so here are some thoughts:

Bottom line: If I was boarding your deck against Fish, I'd try ...

Draw well!

clayperce on Land Investment is a Ponza Scheme [Primer]

1 month ago

Bovine073,
Thanks ... I'm running UG Infect now, and it's just in SUCH a rough patch, I was looking for something else to play for a while. Ponza has always seemed awesome, so I was frankly hoping to hear it was in a better place :-)

A couple thoughts though, for Death's Shadow:

  • Primal Command? The versatility is great, but mode 1 seems like it would be especially useful (killing DS in early- and mid-game, and giving you that just one more turn in the late-).
  • Trinisphere maybe, for sideboard? It's solid against against a bunch of decks (I learned about the card the hard way playing Infect). Not sure though if shutting down your Birds and Elves though is worth it.

Please keep us posted, and draw well!

buildingadeck on Staples?

1 month ago

Colorless:

Mana Crypt

Sol Ring

Eternal Scourge

Mox Diamond

Chrome Mox

Dimir Signet or other on-color signets

Mana Vault

Grim Monolith

Winter Orb

Static Orb

Trinisphere

Tangle Wire

Null Rod

Sphere of Resistance

Thorn of Amethyst

Isochron Scepter

Paradox Engine

Fellwar Stone

White

Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

Boonweaver Giant

Aven Mindcensor

Swords to Plowshares

Path to Exile

Silence

Angel's Grace

Stony Silence

Rest in Peace

Grasp of Fate

Cataclysm

Armageddon

Vryn Wingmare

Enlightened Tutor

Idyllic Tutor

Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite

Blue

Counterspell

Swan Song

Arcane Denial

Force of Will

Mana Drain

Cyclonic Rift

Into the Roil

Chain of Vapor

Brainstorm

Preordain

Ponder

Gitaxian Probe

Gush

Laboratory Maniac

Mystical Tutor

Tezzeret the Seeker

Dramatic Reversal

Stroke of Genius

Mystic Remora

Palinchron

Phantasmal Image

Timetwister

Snapcaster Mage

Gilded Drake

Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur

Red

Gamble

Wheel of Fortune

Wildfire

Blood Moon

Pyroblast

Red Elemental Blast

Decree of Annihilation

Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker

Zealous Conscripts

Black

Demonic Tutor

Vampiric Tutor

Buried Alive

Necrotic Ooze

Grim Tutor

Imperial Seal

Dark Petition

Toxic Deluge

Necropotence

Animate Dead

Entomb

Ad Nauseam

Tendrils of Agony

Exsanguinate

Sidisi, Undead Vizier

Green

Burgeoning

Exploration

Birds of Paradise

Arbor Elf

Elves of Deep Shadow

Avacyn's Pilgrim

Noble Hierarch

Beast Within

Nature's Claim

Crop Rotation

Life from the Loam

Regrowth

Noxious Revival

Eternal Witness

Seedborn Muse

Food Chain

Reclamation Sage

Survival of the Fittest

Yisan, the Wanderer Bard

Craterhoof Behemoth

Chord of Calling

Worldly Tutor

Natural Order

This is the best I have off the top of my head. The multicolored ones add some things, too.

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