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Instead of building with 4 copies of the best for a certain effect in EDH you build with all the good cards that do what you want, and then all the mediocre cards that do that thing, and then maybe some of the bad ones. Add to this that you can put in all the tutors from the history of magic (in your colors) and you can get consistency that rivals a 60 card deck.
I like to start all of my builds with an idea of how the deck is going to win. Some of the time this is inspired by the commander like Xenagos, God of Revels or Arcum Dagsson. Other times it is just an idea like "esper combos" or "elves". Whatever the jumping off point you just find a lot of similar cards, tutors, and draw to make it so that you can consistently pull off what you are trying to do.
February 18, 2018 8:24 p.m.
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February 15, 2018 7:52 p.m.
I want to see Elspeth signature spells as well. Then again I want both for Elspeth to come back as a returned and be a WB token Planeswalker and also for her to stay dead so that at least some part of the magic story line has real consequences instead of hack fiction where nothing matters and every single Planeswalker has plot armor because "players like Planeswalkers being the face of magic".
February 14, 2018 11:06 p.m.
Do Brothers Yamazaki count? Only one brother is on each card, but there are two arts for it that depect them just out of frame of each other.
February 14, 2018 11:01 p.m.
, yeah that is why I said I find such to be highly unlikely. I know it isn't going to happen, but want it to and find that it would be flavorful to so thought I would mention it. The OP asked about cards you want OR expect to see. I named one I expected to see and want to see, one I expect but don't care about, one I am unsure of and want to see, and one that I want to see but feel it is certain that we won't.
February 14, 2018 10:57 p.m.
I think Counterspell and Jace's Ingenuity are givens. I'd like to see Fact or Fiction. I'd really like to see another Force of Will reprint but find it highly unlikely even if it is flavorful because he defeated Alhammarret through the sheer force of his will.
February 14, 2018 8:39 p.m.
February 14, 2018 8:36 p.m.
Gidgetimer uses bait with poutine.
It's super effective.
February 13, 2018 9:40 p.m.
Yes, indestructible stops destruction from effects that say to "destroy" and from the two state based actions that destroy a creature for having lethal damage marked on them. Indestructible does not stop sacrificing, exiling, bouncing, or creatures being put into the graveyard for having 0 or less toughness.
February 13, 2018 9:39 p.m.
The card exiled with Gonti can be cast. Arrest only stops activated abilities. Gonti has a static ability (deathtouch) and a triggered ability that creates a continuous effect. Activated abilities are always written [cost]: [effect] such as the abilities on Polluted Delta, Llanowar Elves, or Grindstone.
February 13, 2018 8:34 p.m.
Hexproof only applies to permanents so it does nothing to prevent a spell from being countered. Also Blossoming Defense targets a creature, not a creature spell or creature card. When an object is referred to by only it's type (creature, artifact, land, enchantment, etc.) it means a permanent on the battlefield. Objects on the stack are (type) spells and objects in any other zone are (type) cards
February 13, 2018 6:47 a.m.
The Q&A is for rules related questions. This would fit better over in one of the forums. Possibly blind eternities.
February 11, 2018 6:52 p.m.
All three of them die. Your creature deals 5 damage in the first strike damage step and kills the blocker you put first in the damage assignment order. Then in the regular combat damage step your creature does 5 to the remaining blocker and the remaining blocker does 5 to it.
February 11, 2018 6:41 p.m.
If Mairsil ever leaves the battlefield in any way and returns it is a new permanent that hasn't activated any abilities. So yes bouncing and recasting or dying and reanimating will also allow you to activate abilities again.
February 11, 2018 12:37 p.m.
The Chronicles of Amber is one of my all time favorite series.
February 10, 2018 11:26 p.m.
Also of note is that cards that leave the battlefield and then re-enter are considered different permanents. So, the Mairsil, the Pretender that enters is not the same one that already activated the ability so it can activate it again.
February 10, 2018 11:16 p.m.
Poorly is how it is calculated. It would be nice if it would eventually work as intended, but making an algorithm to assess a deck's power is extremely difficult.
February 10, 2018 12:08 p.m.
704.5j If a player controls two or more legendary permanents with the same name, that player chooses one of them, and the rest are put into their owners graveyards. This is called the legend rule.
110.1. A permanent is a card or token on the battlefield. A permanent remains on the battlefield indefinitely. A card or token becomes a permanent as it enters the battlefield and it stops being a permanent as its moved to another zone by an effect or rule.
So if you have Blade of Selves on a legendary creature that attacks you put all but one of the creatures (including the original) into your graveyard. If you Clone Legion an opponent with legendary creatures nothing happens as long as you don't control a legendary permanent with the same name. If you do you put either the token or the original in your graveyard. If you Clone Legion yourself when you control legendary creatures you put either the token or the original in the graveyard.
February 10, 2018 12:05 p.m.
I mean it is strictly worse than bloomless amuletbloom.
February 10, 2018 9:08 a.m.
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