Lame_Duck The Penniless Planeswalker
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No, you choose the targets for a spell or ability as part of the process of putting it on the stack and you won't get priority to sacrifice the Ashen Rider until after the Karmic Guide's triggered ability has been put on the stack, so the Ashen Rider won't be in the graveyard at the time you're choosing targets for Karmic Guide.
February 19, 2017 8:07 a.m.
Because the good fetch-lands are vastly more expensive.
February 14, 2017 7:26 p.m.
Oh nice, I think this is the first time anyone has specifically requested my help.
My first reaction is that you need a better land-base: Seachrome Coast, Hallowed Fountain and Flooded Strand. If you can't afford them, I would strongly consider cutting or reducing anything that has multiple coloured symbols in its cost: Grand Abolisher, Meddling Mage and Familiar's Ruse.
Even with better lands, I would still consider cutting Familiar's Ruse; I just don't think there are going to be enough situations where holding up and reducing your own board position instead of playing a creature will be the right thing to do.
I would probably replace the Echoing Truths with Reflector Mages; more creatures and more Humans is what this deck wants and, while it'll depend on the kind of decks you're facing, I think the bounce effect the Reflector has is generally more useful than the Truth's.
February 14, 2017 5:58 a.m.
Honestly, this seems like the sort of thing you could spin theory about all day long but you're not going to really be able to figure out without doing some actual testing. Play with one or the other and every time you draw it make a note of whether the alternative option would be better or worse in the situation you're in.
February 13, 2017 10:41 a.m.
Things like Muscle Sliver's or Gemhide Sliver's ability wouldn't be impeded by Steely Resolve but it would prevent you using anything that specifically uses the word "target" such as Crypt Sliver's ability to regenerate a Sliver or Sliver Overlord's second ability to steal something.
February 11, 2017 7:39 a.m.
Oh, duh, I completely blanked on it being an artifact. You could certainly still do a 5-colour artifact if you wanted but if you want it to be colourless then I'd definitely err on the expensive side of things, so probably , especially since you can flicker it to re-use the effect.
I think the "Mana Singularity" suggestion fits the tone of an artifact better, though it obviously depends on what kind of flavour you want for the card.
February 11, 2017 7:32 a.m.
As for the name, maybe along the lines of "Mana Singularity" or something with a similar tone to Back to Basics like "Down to Earth".
February 11, 2017 7:10 a.m.
Well, that is an incredibly powerful effect. One suggestion for mana cost that I think would make for an interesting deck building challenge would be but if you're committed to the idea that this should encourage mono-colour play, I think or would be around the right area to think about.
February 11, 2017 6:58 a.m.
February 11, 2017 6:50 a.m.
Is the fact that this ramps players without every land type in play an intentional part of the design or is it just supposed to be a multi-colour hoser?
February 11, 2017 6:21 a.m.
No, the "As Saskia the Unyielding enters the battlefield, choose a player" isn't a triggered ability, it's a replacement effect, so Panharmonicon has no effect on it. Triggered abilities use the words "when," "whenever," or "at".
February 10, 2017 9:37 p.m.
There are counters that are strictly better than Cancel; Dissolve is probably the most broadly useful but if you face enough graveyard-based strategies, Dissipate is also a good option. I would also be concerned that your 2-drop counter are too narrow; it can eventually become outclassed but Mana Leak is a very solid option for the early game.
February 10, 2017 10:40 a.m.
I've tried my hand at Snakes too, though it was focused around enter-the-battlefield abilities like Patagia Viper, Coiling Oracle and Door of Destinies plus bounce effects, so there's not a huge amount of cross-over with your deck and I was never completely happy with it.
I don't really have any suggestions with regards to the creature-base but Nagging Thoughts could be a decent addition to add a bit more graveyard filling and to synergise with Noose Constrictor and Tracker's Instincts might be better than Commune with the Gods. I'm also not a huge fan of Call to the Kindred, myself; it's obviously great when it works but I've found it too expensive and slow for something that's so vulnerable to being removed.
February 10, 2017 10:32 a.m.
I've never tried Spiders and I've looked over the list of Elephants a few times but I've never actually put a list together. I do have a Turtle deck, though: It's Durdles All the Way Down.
February 10, 2017 10:20 a.m.
Before you start adding images to the background of your decks, I'll just throw it out that I (and I know I'm not completely alone in this) think it looks terrible, it makes it harder to read the page and makes the site slower to load. Personally, as soon as I see a page start loading a background image, I back out. So, it's worth considering that if you're looking for feedback on a deck, you might be hurting your chances by putting a picture in the background.
February 9, 2017 4:50 p.m.
Ha ha, thanks, seshiro_of_the_orochi. Making decks out of unusual tribes is one of my more favourite things to do in Magic.
You're right, To the Slaughter does have very nice flavour synergy. I also didn't notice how fantastic the art on it is until now. A shame that it's a lamb instead of a piglet, though. I can't include the card itself because I've yet to build a tribal deck dumb enough that I didn't want it to perform to the best of its abilities but...
February 9, 2017 4:04 p.m.
February 9, 2017 2:04 p.m.
It still has indestructible. When Rootborn Defenses resolves, all creatures you control at that point gain the keyword ability "indestructible" until the end of turn. After that it doesn't matter whether the permanent is still something you control or even whether it's still a creature, it'll retain the indestructible keyword until the end of turn.
February 9, 2017 6:12 a.m.
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