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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.

Said on Land Control...

#3

The deck does not have much game-ending power apart from Chandra, Torch of Defiance.

What's your opinion on Deus of Calamity or Goblin Dark-Dwellers as another finisher?

December 9, 2018 11:19 a.m.

I don't think so. I think Luminarch Ascension and Azor's Elocutors are the only ones, right?

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.

Said on Sunbird's Shoal...

#6

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.

Said on Sunbird's Shoal...

#7

Instead of Emrakul, the Aeons Torn and Autochthon Wurm, what about Progenitus?

I think Progenitals makes an ok finisher that can also be exiled to the Shoal. Since its within 2 CMC of Ghalta, Primal Hunger and Worldspine Wurm any of them can all pull any other when Shoal'd.

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.

Said on Mono Colored Modern...

#9

Would it be possible to make it mono-red with Platinum Emperion instead of Platinum Angel, so you can run Not of This World as countermagic to protect it?

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.

Said on Jodah EDH...

#11

And don't forget that the alternate cost works with Sunburst and Converge mechanics. If you choose to pay instead of paying the mana cost, it counts as 5 colors being spent.

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.

Said on G.O.A.T....

#12

What is your opinion on Leyline of the Meek for this deck?

November 28, 2018 11:32 a.m.

Said on Land Denial...

#13

Swap out Darksteel Ingot for Star Compass. It'll give you something to do on turn 2, and can get you to turn 4 plays on turn 3.

November 26, 2018 6 p.m.

Kataki, War's Wage has much more synergy with your deck than Stony Silence. It triggers Experiment One and Pelt Collector. You can even use Boros Charm to protect it, if necessary.

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.

Said on card challenge...

#15

That card already has a pretty serious deck built around it: it repeatedly sacrifices Wild Cantor to build up enough storm count to Grapeshot the opponent for lethal.

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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