Vivid Crag enters the battlefield tapped with two charge counters on it.
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Vivid Crag Discussion
3 weeks ago
Three things you need that stand out from your list are more fast mana, mana consistency, and some haste effects.
This looks like a budget build so I will try to keep my recommendations to less than $2 each, though I think a couple of recommendations I'm going to make are worth the additional cost.
On the mana consistency: Kaalia (and many of your other cards) has (have) heavy color commitments, so more dual lands are in order. Battlefield Forge, Caves of Koilos, Dragonskull Summit, Temple of Malice, Temple of Silence, and Temple of Abandon would be a good start. You might also add Vivid Meadow and Vivid Crag; I generally don't like CITP ("comes into play tapped") lands in Kaalia decks, but the above are pretty much your best budget options, and the temples at least give you the useful "scry 1" while the vivids provide all three colors mana.
On the other hand, I'm personally NOT a fan of the "karoo" lands (i.e. Rakdos Carnarium), especially because there's a good chance that the land you're going to be bouncing is going to come back into play tapped; you're better off with the Guildgates, the Tarkir "refuge" lands (i.e. Wind-Scarred Crag), or basic lands.
2 months ago
Hey there. Looks like a good starting build and landofMordor makes some good suggestions. What I would add onto what he was saying is that the thing I see that is going to give you the most trouble is your mana base.
Most EDH decks want to run somewhere between 35 to 40 lands. Since your running three colors your going to need more duel colored lands. Some that come to mind that are fairly budget are...
Those are just a few options that are avalible to you.
Also a lot of EDH decks like to run 8-11 Mana rocks on top of the lands. Since your commander is seven mana your gonna want at least a few. so manarocks like Hedron Archive, Darksteel Ingot, Thran Dynamo and the Ravnica signets (Boros Signet, Orzhov Signet, Rakdos Signet would be good in there.
Sorry for such a long winded message XD.Hope this helps!
P.S Also if you ever need ideas for an EDH deck try out a website called EDHREC. It gives a list of the most popular cards used in an deck.
2 months ago
yup! that definitely made it more powerful. Much more than a one-trick-pony now. mind if I ask why the Vivid Crag?
3 months ago
Love any Niv-Mizzet deck, and making one with such a small budget seems like a challenge. If you were interested in other low cost(price wise) cards i think Mercurial Chemister would fit in relatively well, Also you could replace one of your counter spells with Overwhelming Denial(I say this because i really like the surge mechanic).
It also seems like your mana could be upgraded for a relatively low cost, Izzet Boilerworks, Swiftwater Cliffs, Vivid Crag, and Vivid Creek are all very low cost, that I think should be considered for a deck that has many cards (such as the counter spells) are somewhat colour intensive and might be needed earlier on
3 months ago
I think the best R/B lands that aren't too expensive and work well with mana fixing would be Rakdos Carnarium, Command Tower, Foreboding Ruins, Dragonskull Summit, Smoldering Marsh, Bloodfell Caves/ Akoum Refuge, Vivid Crag/ Vivid Marsh, and Tainted Peak
3 months ago
Our decks are quite similar! Sort of. I like the direction you're taking. Very cool! The idea of creatures-as-utility is generally quite sound in EDH and is quite flavorful for a Zurgo deck to boot. I see you're a budget builder like me so my suggestions will keep that in mind.
Have you built this deck physically yet?
I would add Terramorphic Expanse and Evolving Wilds. It's not quite budget but a Command Tower will help immensely. Vivid Crag, Vivid Marsh, and Vivid Meadow are decent mana-fixers for the price. Slow lands are bad lands and all, but on a budget you don't have a choice. Darksteel Ingot, Transguild Promenade, Mardu Banner, Rupture Spire, and Nomad Outpost come recommended as well.
Assault Suit is an auto-include in my opinion. It's practically made for Zurgo. It makes it so Zurgo is indestructible when it's not your turn and potentially adds commander damage and/or counters to boot (commander damage doesn't factor in who controls the creature. It's tallied per-commander). If you can get a counter or two, or any anthem effect, it gets Zurgo into two-hit K.O. territory. Get double strike somehow and you can one-hit-K.O.! Arashin Foremost is a great include for this.
Archetype of Aggression and Archetype of Courage are good. Zurgo doesn't need first strike on offense but on defense it can make him deadly. Adarkar Valkyrie is super-sick. Intrepid Hero is awesome-sauce too.
You don't have to go artifact-voltron the way I did but a Fireshrieker or Loxodon Warhammer would be good. Kusari-Gama and Grappling Hook are amazing for Zurgo as well. Swiftfoot Boots are nice and quite cheap. The haste is wasted but it protects against most exile effects and keeps Zurgo safe when it's not your turn. Worldslayer is a funny one. I know land destruction is bad manners but it's pretty much the end of the game if Zurgo equips it and gets through.
I know he's right o the cusp of being a budget card, but Brutal Hordechief is stellar for Zurgo. Absolutely beastly.
Wrath effects are especially good for Zurgo decks, as he survives and can start sweeping. I see you have several, which is good. If you can get mass indestructibility it's even better. Frontline Medic, Boros Charm (slightly non-budget, I know), Soul of New Phyrexia, etc can work. I think there are a few more. Some sort of Loxodon cleric? Maybe a mass blink effect... I think it's non-budget though. You get the idea. Assemble the Legion + Eldrazi Monument is funny. The monument isn't budget but it's not expensive either. YMMV.
Sire Of Insanity is, I think, quite good for when Zurgo is finally out rampaging. Excellent choice. I'm thinking about adding one to my deck.
Personally I would try to get more mana ramp in your deck since Zurgo has a gargantuan target painted on his back and starts at 5 CMC, which I consider kinda high. Helps with equip costs, too. Spring for a Sol Ring. Everyone else will have one.
You should include Utter End; it has Zurgo in the picture!
I would cut Spike Jester, Dreadbringer Lampads, Blood-Chin Fanatic, and Enthralling Victor. I would drop a few of the single-target damaging effects. I have definitely won games by swinging the momentum my way with them but they aren't consistent. Consistency is the name of the game--that's why tutor effects are so powerful.
Speaking of which, Godo, Bandit Warlord is super-sick. He's pricey (but not Damnation or Maze of Ith pricey) but he does two great things. First, he tutors in an equipment, potentially making Zurgo unstoppable. Second, he grants a second attack phase. It may seem lame because only Samurai get untapped but if you have vigilance on some creatures (or all of them! Brave the Sands, Always Watching , Heliod, God of the Sun, Herald of Dromoka you have, etc) they can attack a second time in the second phase since they never tapped to attack. Worth splurging on, IMO.
Hope that helps!
3 months ago
Sweet deck! I didn't realize how interesting Yasova was to me until I started thinking of ways to use her ability better.
I see you have Willbreaker, letting you keep the creatures you temporarily steal. Some other options for keeping these creatures past the end of the turn could be Conjurer's Closet, Deadeye Navigator, Synod Sanctum, Cold Storage, Nephalia Smuggler, and Ghostly Flicker, which all return creatures back under your control without you having to return them to their owners.
With Glaring Spotlight, you can steal your opponents' creatures that have hexproof. To steal your opponents' noncreature artifacts, try turning them into creatures with options like Toymaker and Titania's Song, and to steal your opponents' noncreature lands, try turning them into creatures with Lifespark Spellbomb or Quirion Druid.
If you don't want to give the creatures back after you've stolen them, you can use sacrifice effect cards to get rid of them for profit. Some powerful sacrifice engines include Ashnod's Altar, Culling Dais, Barrin, Master Wizard, Bloodshot Cyclops, Jalira, Master Polymorphist, Profaner of the Dead, Scourge of Skola Vale, Evolutionary Leap, Goblin Bombardment, Perilous Forays, Shivan Harvest, Momentous Fall, High Market, Life's Legacy, and Primal Growth.
You can also make opponents' creatures easier to steal by increasing Yasova's power, with any of these or other boosting cards: Kessig Wolf Run, Ceta Disciple, Llanowar Augur, Moonveil Dragon, Ursapine, Wolfir Silverheart, Bonesplitter, Hero's Blade, O-Naginata, Ring of Kalonia, Sai of the Shinobi, Shuko, Sigil of Distinction, Silver-Inlaid Dagger, Sword of the Chosen, Boar Umbra, Briar Shield, Elephant Guide, Exoskeletal Armor, Forced Adaptation, Giant Spectacle, Goblin War Paint, Inferno Fist, Madcap Skills, Moldervine Cloak, Mythic Proportions, Quest for the Gemblades, Rancor, Seal of Strength, Shape of the Wiitigo, Spectral Flight, Spider Umbra, Taste for Mayhem, Volcanic Strength, Wurmweaver Coil, Blossoming Defense, Brute Force, Giant Growth, Groundswell, Invigorate, Might of Oaks, Mutagenic Growth, Prey's Vengeance, Strength of the Tajuru, Wax/Wane, Blessings of Nature, Elven Rite, Give / Take, Increasing Savagery, Phytoburst, Reckless Charge, and Soul's Might
3 months ago
Command Beacon, Vivid Crag, Vivid Grove, Vivid Meadow, Krosan Verge, Decimator of the Provinces (not a wolf, but it fits very well into a strategy like this), Spirit of the Hunt, Waxing Moon, Gisela, Blade of Goldnight, Sol Ring, Collective Defiance, Scourge Wolf, Kessig Prowler Flip, Pack Guardian and Game Trail are all good picks for this deck.