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Nice deck. I'm not sure Kiki/Conscripts combo is needed here though. You're focusing on much more streamlined combos here that don't have such a huge reliance on your splash color.
I think you'd be better served with more redundancy in your draw power or bounce enablers. Glimpse of Nature , Soul of the Harvest and/or Primordial Sage for draw and Equilibrium for another good bounce enabler here.
April 23, 2019 12:23 p.m.
The others are probably fine (besides Rakdos, see below) and I'm no better at creating Gruul legendaries than you or anyone at WotC lol... especially an experience counter one.
I like that the Rakdos one is a hastey low drop creature and wouldn't want to change that. I also think the 2 life lost to get an experience counter fixes that part also. However the payoff is pretty good because the experience counters don't go away and as a 2 drop he's super easy to recast. He'll also be coupled with every aristocrat card in black/red, Purphoros/tokens, and/or Exsanguinate/Gary and that bleeding adds up fast. Maybe to 1 opponent instead of all, half X again, or both. If both I'd make it so the experience counters aren't just limited to self inflicted life loss to make it so your opponents can give you experience too.
April 21, 2019 9:37 p.m.
My problem with the Selesnya one is there's not really a cap to the experience counters so drawing a buttload of cards and gaining life each turn guaranteed on your turn is really really good. If you add a cap like in my example then you aren't going to reliably get beyond 4 cards/life which is still amazing. When you get those cards also matters... beginning of turn is probably too good.
Whenever you cast a creature spell with greater cmc (or p/t) than your experience counters, you get an experience counter.
At the beginning of your end step you draw half X and gain half X life rounded down where X is the number of experience counters you have.
April 21, 2019 8:16 p.m.
Azorius - Busted. A go wide flyers strategy would be gross. Up to 2 target creatures get that buff seems more reasonable.
Dimir - Too hard to get your first few experience counters, other than that I like the twist. Maybe 'if it's 2 plus the number of experience counters' and instead of a guaranteed once per turn it's a combat damage trigger and has it has Intimidate or another form of evasion.
Rakdos - Broken beyond repair. It's too easy of a win off of Necropotence etc. on turn 3.
Gruul - Kind of uninspiring but to be fair most of Gruul is.
Selesnya - Too easy to get experience counters coupled with a good payoff. I like the payoff but am not sure what to do about getting experience counters other than make it a bit harder to build up experience... maybe a caveat making it similar to Evolve but just bigger power or toughness than your experience.
April 21, 2019 7:30 p.m. Edited.
Nice deck. I do have several suggestions to help streamline things even more.
Weird Harvest over Tooth and Nail. With 4 mana and 3 counters on Animar you look up Ancestral Statue and Walking Ballista for the win.
Spellseeker can also tutor this up for more and 1 less counter on Animar. and for an additional more you can Imperial Recruiter to look up Spellseeker. Lots of redundancy for this combo already in the deck and even Recruiter>Spellseeker>Weird Harvest>Ballista/Statue is less than a non-entwined Tooth and Nail.
Glimpse of Nature over Consecrated Sphinx. Sphinx requires you to pass turn to get value which doesn't help you combo off and win.
Sakura-Tribe Elder over Kodama's Reach - Better ramp here.
Let me know if you're picking up what I'm laying down. I'm sure I can point out more upgrades like turn 2 Animar options etc. when I have time. In the meantime, feel free to check out my list for ideas. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Animar, Gaea's Hemorrhoid
April 21, 2019 1:50 p.m.
cdkime - I also kinda like licids. I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that Transmogrifying Licid was the inspiration for equipment ever becoming a thing. Kinda makes them a vague yet important part of what MtG is today.
April 20, 2019 9:36 p.m.
Samut's Sprint also. This and the above card reads: pay or draw a card and get a bonus. This is on each players turn.
April 20, 2019 8:52 p.m. Edited.
April 20, 2019 8:42 p.m.
You can substitute Jokulhaups for Apocalypse. It's nice if you have some walkers/enchantments to take advantage of too.
April 20, 2019 8:37 p.m.
TypicalTimmy - No worries man. The artist is the best person they could've commissioned for the art. He hasn't done any MTG art in 11 years (since Shadowmoor) and he did the art for both Dakkon Blackblade and Korlash, Heir to Blackblade , so the fact that they obviously went out of their way to make this happen (and even thought to) is pretty damn cool.
April 20, 2019 8:21 p.m.
Animate Dead is disgustingly good here. The only way it gets dropped is if it got banned lol.
April 20, 2019 7:50 p.m.
There's plenty of options for cuts like Jeskai Charm (I'll try to take a look later, I'm on break atm). I'd at least add extra combat spells but omit the extra turns spells. There's only like 8ish extra combat spells so low odds of chaining them one after the other.
April 20, 2019 5:44 p.m.
Strionic Resonator 100% needs to be in here. Copy Artifact can be Strionic Resonator #2 for or it copies a mana rock. Ral Zarek is also handy for untapping Strionic Resonator or Mana Vault type rocks and it only takes a few extra turns to ult.
April 20, 2019 4:18 p.m. Edited.
TypicalTimmy - I love the artwork lol... he's my favorite mtg artist. Don't puttin' words in my mouth... that's where my foot goes.
April 20, 2019 2:42 p.m.
Dredge is another one to hope for as a buy-a-box promo. Too broken to focus on multiple new cards... but one, maybe.
April 20, 2019 2:34 p.m.
I have a few myself. In no particular order.
Wither - I.e. Everlasting Torment . Such a good way to deal combat damage.
Transfigure - No, not transmute, Fleshwrither 's ability. I realize this one would be used sparingly... but a buy-a-box promo? (Affinity for Artifacts coming back raised the bar). I'd personally want a 3 drop.
Real 'Protection from XXX' - How hard is it to remember the acronym D.E.B.T.? Can't be D.amaged, E.nchanted, B.locked, T.argeted. Granted far too many people struggle with their, there, and they're... so maybe I'm asking too much.
Retrace - I.e. Spitting Image . Such a good use for excess lands.
April 20, 2019 11:15 a.m.
I'm 95% sure due to Niv's wording that 3 color stuff and even things like Bant Sureblade are not 'exactly those colors'.
April 20, 2019 10:43 a.m. Edited.
Only foil printings of Martyr's Bond and Shielded by Faith also.
April 19, 2019 11:29 a.m.
^protection from white and green^ whoops
April 19, 2019 2:26 a.m.
Decimar, Life of Decay
Legendary Creature - Elemental
Whenever a creature you control dies, put a +1+1 counter on Decimar, Life of Decay
Non-creature spells you cast cost less to cast for each +1+1 counter on Decimar.
Another color shifted 3 color commander where the changes fit the new colors but holds the original flavor. I.e. the above is Grixis Animar.
April 19, 2019 2:13 a.m. Edited.
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