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|Core Set 2019 (M19)||Mythic Rare|
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Legendary Planeswalker — Vivien
+1: Look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal a creature or land card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.
-3: Destroy target artifact, enchantment, or creature with flying.
-8: You get an emblem with "Creatures you control get +2/+2 and have vigilance, trample, and indestructible."
Vivien Reid Discussion
1 week ago
I like the design space offered by this inclusion from war of the spark. It creates a greater range of diversified walkers. We just lost Gideon for the foreseeable future for being a more combat oriented planeswalker/creature hybrid. I wouldn’t want to limit wizards in terms of creative design space by saying “three abilities mandatory, no extra ones either”.
Compared to the previous group of walker design space that have nearly been pushed to Ad Nauseam . I personally don’t want more of the same thing as the basic: Five mana casting cost, +1 card advantage, -3 kill something, -8 ult and win, flavored to whatever color they are in walkers. Ob Nixilis Reignited , Ral, Izzet Viceroy , Teferi, Hero of Dominaria , Vivien Reid etc. This design space has been filled, do something new.
1 week ago
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2 weeks ago
Some sideboard suggestions that might be useful: Carnage Tyrant , if it's not too expensive, would be good against control as a 1 or 2 of. Path of Discovery might be good in conjunction with Shapers' Sanctuary to give all of your creatures a lot of resilience and card draw. Vivien Reid is extremely good against some decks, like Izzet Drakes. Blinding Fog helps against some damage-based boardwipes and removal, but it might be too expensive (I miss Heroic Intervention !).
God-Eternal Rhonas is a really good lategame finisher that might be better than End-Raze just because it's cheaper (for tutoring with Finale). I also feel like people forget about Thorn Lieutenant as a really good elf in standard!
3 weeks ago
Fun deck, solid +1 from me, but can't hide that as I started reading the description I got the impression that the deck goal was to animate the lands and smash face and I was a bit disappointed (just a tiny bit tho) to see just 1 awaken effect. And to remedy that I'd recommend Sylvan Awakening and Rude Awakening . You also said the deck is very susceptible to board wipes so in that regard stuff like Heroic Intervention , Inspiring Call or some emblems mainly the new nissa Nissa, Who Shakes the World , but also Vivien Reid can be of great help.
3 weeks ago
frosthammer_eden As much as I like Kraul Harpooner, it really doesn't feel good to play early in the game. If it comes down to dealing with flyers, we have both Vivien Reid and Vivien, Champion of the Wilds in the main and Thrash / Threat in the sideboard.
1 month ago
Thank you for the explanation on Vicious Rumors and Ashiok, Dream Render , the choices make a lot more sense to me. I do see the graveyard hate of the Sentinel Totem as being worth keeping in the sideboard, as it helps shut down Rekindling Phoenix , Find / Finality , Pteramander , Enigma Drake , Search for Azcanta Flip, and Arclight Phoenix , as well as the few jump-start cards you often see, such as Risk Factor and Chemister's Insight . This feels like a really nice variety of targets for what is, as you said, an extremely low opportunity cost to play the totem. I'm really skeptical about Urgoros, the Empty One as a finisher, and if you're just playing him for flavor/as a pet card, you can skip the rest of my spam. Otherwise, he seems really weak as far as dimir finishers go. While drawing one/making your opponent discard is fine, six whole mana for a 4/3 flyer seems extremely vulnerable to a vast multitude of commonly played removal spells like Lightning Strike , Lava Coil , Kraul Harpooner , Collision / Colossus , Vivien Reid and Shivan Fire as well as other, more niche spells like Skewer the Critics . As a comparison to Urgoros, we can take the new God-Eternal Kefnet . Kefnet not only dodges 3/4 damage burn removal, but also comes down much earlier while also dodging exile effects like Vraska's Contempt , Conclave Tribunal , the aforementioned Lava Coil and other sad endings your game-ending threat could meet. To top this, Kefnet provides an identical clock to Urgoros, with the added advantage of letting you rip discounted sweepers/removal off the top to stabilize a board in the midgame, or use a draw/targeted discard spell for some tasty card advantage. Alternatively, if you find that you don't need Kefnet's resilience due to your ability to protect Urgoros, I think Doom Whisperer is a stronger contender for the slot, as he lets you keep surveiling to spam fake news and sift out poor topdecks/flood. Doom also has the relevant addition of greater p/t, granting your finisher a speedier clock as well as incidental resistence to many of the previously mentioned removal spells, all for a lower cmc than Urgoros.
1 month ago
Karn, Scion of Urza could give you card draw. Vivien Reid could help you search for lands. Dovin, Hand of Control would give your Kasmina, Enigmatic Mentor redundancy somewhat. Saheeli, Sublime Artificer would allow all of your planeswalkers to come in with a token to protect them a little. I know these suggestions are everywhere but that's everything I could think of.
Vivien Reid occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.01%
All decks: 0.47%