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The short answer is: "yes, there are budget alternatives to most key money cards in modern control."
December 12, 2018 3:05 a.m.
If you squint and turn your head slightly, Desecrated Tomb kind-of gives the effect of putting creatures onto the battlefield from the graveyard.
December 10, 2018 5:14 p.m.
The deck does not have much game-ending power apart from Chandra, Torch of Defiance.
December 9, 2018 11:19 a.m.
December 8, 2018 7:06 p.m.
I think Selfless Squire is the only card that triggers when damage is prevented.
December 8, 2018 4:24 p.m.
I don't think he's looking for a deck that's super competitive, I think he just wants it to be the best possible deck that can be made with Sunbird's Invocation.
December 7, 2018 11:36 a.m.
December 5, 2018 12:53 p.m.
Psychic Overload enchanting something that taps for mana is probably the closest you're going to get.
December 2, 2018 4:52 p.m.
December 1, 2018 2:01 p.m.
I think it would be better to run cards with multiple types, to lessen the effect of the Gearhulk on you. The reason is this: if you draw two copies of the same card, you can choose one copy for one type and the other copy as another type.
For example, if you have two Courser of Kruphix, when you play the Gearhulk, you can keep one Courser because it's an enchantment, the other Courser because it's a creature, and the Gearhulk because it's an artifact. Otherwise, you are guaranteed to destroy any duplicates.
Tarmogoyf could get pretty big since you'll have things of every card type, but doesn't work well because it only has one type. Wurmcoil Engine doesn't care if it gets sacrificed. All of the Gideon planeswalkers also count as creatures because you can activate them before playing the gearhulk.
Anyway, that's where I would go with the deck.
December 1, 2018 1:13 p.m.
There aren't many worthwhile spells with those mechanics, and the best ones get no benefit from the alternate cost, but, it's worth looking into.
December 1, 2018 11:27 a.m.
What is your opinion on Leyline of the Meek for this deck?
November 28, 2018 11:32 a.m.
November 26, 2018 6 p.m.
Even though Stony Silence is a much stronger card, I think Kataki contributes more to your strategy than Silence.
November 26, 2018 1:43 p.m.
If you want another way to play the card, you can do it with effects like Soul Summons or Mastery of the Unseen which will always be drawn as noncreature spells, but any Manifest card will be returned to your hand when it dies, because it was a 2/2 creature when it died.
November 26, 2018 12:10 p.m.
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