Do you have a list for your Ravnica cube? It sounds like a cool theme for one.
Wow, that'll teach me to look before I ask. Found it right below the comment box.
November 14, 2018 9:05 p.m.
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Just sell it. Less things to worry about even if you end up losing 100 bucks in 3 years.
December 9, 2018 10:20 a.m.
To add to the above, this also means completely dropping creatures. That means no birds, pilgrim, etc. or any other utility you want to run. The grif is also Bant, which means you lose access to black tutors. In bant, your primary tutors hit creatures. I'm not saying your idea doesn't hold water. It just comes with a huge opportunity cost (not to mention the set up and mana costs associated with going off).
Unfortunately cEDH has gotten so tuned and so inbred that making extremely optimized lists around a suboptimal gameplan has become incredibly difficult.
December 5, 2018 11:42 a.m.
On paper, running a bunch of cantrips seems great. You get to run fewer lands and get to dig for your key cards faster, right? However, the deck has a tendency to have openers like 4 lands, 2 cantrips, and a Jace. Not a bad hand, right? It's really hard to tell if that's good tho, because the cantrips actually hide information and they take up early turns. Being stuck casting a bunch of cantrips when you're facing a Goblin Guide or a Thalia, Guardian of Thraben feels awful. I've seen some Jeskai lists go up as many as 6 cantrips and occasionally run even cards like Peek but they're able to play a much lower curve and leverage their ability to play at instant speed more.
So no, running both Visions and Opt isn't ideal. You could run a split, but what's the point? They serve different funtions, so the choice is largely based on your boardwipes.
December 4, 2018 8:25 p.m.
I've been playing UW since well before the swap to Terminus. Gideon just pales in comparison to Teferi and Jace. Those two churn out value and let you get to your sideboard cards much more reliably.
If you're running multiple Termini, you need Opt. Serum Visions is still ok if you're running a split in verdict and terminus. Opt is generally better. I can't believe I'm saying that, but it's true. It's taken me months to get to this point.
For reference, I'm currently running this list.
December 4, 2018 12:55 p.m.
I once played Zedruu Chaos in an 8 person game that went I to last about 3.5 hours. I actually ended up winning using a wild ricochet to redirect a massive X burn spell from the Silver player.
I retired the deck and have since become a staunch opponent of both chaos and pods of over 4 people.
November 27, 2018 2:17 a.m.
I've literally never had this conversation. I imagine if someone tried to bring something like this up to me, I'd appeal to opportunity cost in running all those cards. Being strong in some cases will inevitably lead you to be weaker in others. Their suggestions, though maybe well intended, can actually make the deck weaker in the context of your group, stereotypical LGS EDH, or whatever meta that you're in.
Also, sometimes it's healthy to design decks specifically to have weaknesses. My Karador deck is intended to suffer at the hands of mana denial, flyers, and yard hate, but none of those things ever get the deck to a point where it has no outs or can't function. It gives people axes to attack the deck on and leads to more varied games. It also allows me to put some more powerful things into the deck so I can have games where I can do utterly nutty things. All that helps make the whole game experience more fun for everyone.
Being a spike in EDH requires you to be mindful of your objectives in deck construction. It's fine to want to tune for perfection, but that's not always desirable.
November 27, 2018 12:15 a.m.
Loxodon Warhammer is really good in the spot you're in because it's cheap as heck and your deck lacks lifegain.
November 23, 2018 5:01 p.m.
I don't have anything to offer you, but I just want you to know I think this is a hella cool project and I wish you'll see it to completion. Good luck.
November 23, 2018 1:04 a.m.
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