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I brewed up a couple of decks to better explain. They might not be top tier playable, but should give a sense of what I mean by "focus".
This looks a lot like the Rakdos Sacrifice decks that are floating around. Torbran, Thane of Red Fell could slot into those, as the decks are aggressive and have a lot of red-colored damage and pinging (but aren't mono red!). Imagine swinging in with Dreadhorde Butcher dealing x+2 dmg, then sac'ing it and deal x+2 dmg again, maybe topped by a trigger from Mayhem Devil and/or Judith, the Scourge Diva for another 1+2 dmg each. The deck wants to be aggressive and wittle down the opponent with several smaller hits and Torbran likes to get in on that action.
This is something I just threw together. I have no clue if its playable, especially because Lotus Field could make it hard to play cards like Oko, Thief of Crowns early on, but again it has some clear synergies going on.
Most creatures (can) enter with 4+ power which triggers Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner . Kiora can untap both the mana dorks or Lotus Field for additional ramp which could make for a huge Hydroid Krasis , additional triggers of Skarrgan Hellkite s ability, keep up blockers after an attack etc. Her and Sarkhan the Masterless are best buds as his dragon triggers her passive and she's a planeswalker, so Sarkhans +1 can make her into a 4/4 flier.
October 21, 2019 5:22 p.m.
Titus7007 Find out what your game plan is and go from there - what do you want the deck to do? Setting up for a combo finish with Niv-Mizzet, Parun or Thousand-Year Storm ? Drawing cards and adding synergy that way? A control deck with PW's as finishers? There are many ways to go, but cards like Runaway Steam-Kin , Goblin Electromancer , Faerie Vandal , Torbran, Thane of Red Fell and Niv-Mizzet can't go in just any deck and be good. Don't get me wrong, they can all be strong cards, but they need a deck that fits them. Electromancer you won't see much outside of Arclight Phoenix decks, but it's so good there that they don't play less than 4. Niv is a mainstay in the Temur Reclamation decks because the deck is set up to play a bunch of spells, draw a ton of cards and go off with Expansion / Explosion . Torbran slays in mono red because they have a ton of reach and pings etc.
Chemister's Insight is good in a deck that wants to keep their hand stacked while keeping mana up for counter magic (ex. control) or dig for a combo piece (ex. Temur Reclamation). Outside of that I agree with Sorin_Markov_1947.
Keep in mind that all x/2 creatures you add to your deck will make your Flame Sweep worse. That doesn't necessarily mean you should avoid them entirely, but it's worth considering when brewing.
TL;DR you have a bunch of strong cards, but lack a focused plan and therefore synergy.
As for Spark Double try and check out this Temur walkers deck https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjbpYMKiRAA
October 21, 2019 4:26 p.m.
Niv-Mizzet, Parun can definitely win games all by himself, but much easier when you build around him.
Your deck needs a focus is what I've been trying to say. Find out exactly what you want it to do, that usually makes it easier to brew. Right now it is an Izzet deck with some control elements, aggro elements, some card draw + synergies and several different build-arounds that may not all fit in the same shell.
Chemister's Insight is great for drawing cards, if that's part of the plan.
Instead of taking out strong gold cards, I think you should just cut Lotus Field :
- They add nothing to the deck in terms of ramp or fixing.
- It can't be played until you have two other lands in play to sac, meaning it makes some of your opening hands more awkward.
- It enters tapped. I'd play Swiftwater Cliffs instead then, but probably rather just basic untapped lands.
October 21, 2019 1:08 p.m.
You aren't actually abusing Lotus Field here, as you have to sac two lands for it and therefore don´t gain any mana advantage from it. Honestly it probably makes your mana slightly worse, as it only taps for 1 color, meaning you could end up without one or the other. The only card that really abuses Lotus right now is Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner with her untap ability, from what I recall.
You won't have as much trouble playing out Torbran, Thane of Red Fell here as in Grixis, but I still don't think he'll be doing much of what you want him to. I get what you're trying to do, some sort of combo finish. Both Niv-Mizzet, Parun and Ral, Storm Conduit are build-arounds that can go in the same shell, but Torbran isn't what takes them over the top, same as with Sarkhan in the other deck. What I mean by that is, that when a card like Niv goes off it should already be winning you the game, in which case Torbran will just be an unnecessary win-more. He doesn't add to the main strategy the same way he does in mono red - where he already does a good job slaying.
I'd have a crack at it on Arena though, to test out what works and what doesn't. I might be totally wrong. This deck 63 cards in the main btw.
October 21, 2019 5:08 a.m.
October 20, 2019 8:28 a.m.
October 20, 2019 8:26 a.m.
Lightning Strike isn't Standard legal anymore btw.
October 18, 2019 6:52 a.m.
A few things I'd consider:
- Go either Boros or Orzhov - their gameplans differ a bit and seem better when seperated.
- Rimrock Knight is a fine addition to the Boros knights, but only because they don't have better options.
- Acclaimed Contender should always be a 4-of in any knights deck imo. It's a good body with a great ability.
- Risk Factor doesn't see play in the mono red decks, even though they have more reach in burn spells and evasive creatures. That makes it less likely to be strong here, as reach/pressure is needed to really make the card playable.
Got more suggestions, but they all depend on what color combination you choose to go with.
October 18, 2019 6:49 a.m.
Titus7007 I think you are falling too much in love with Drown in the Loch , for this deck at least. It's a great card, but it needs its deck to enable it, as it will be a very dead card until the opponent's graveyard begins to stack up. That usually isn't a good spot to be in, especially vs. aggro decks.
I agree with Sorin_Markov_1947 on Torbran, Thane of Red Fell , he doesn't really seem to fit the deck. On top of being awkward to cast in a 3-color deck, he just doesn't do enough here. There isn't a lot of burn or creatures to add to the board, paying 4 mana and a card to have Flame Sweep deal 2 more damage doesn't sound favorable and Sarkhan the Masterless doesn't need any help to be good.
As Sorin said, this feels like a Fires of Invention deck that doesn't have the key card in it. Jeskai is the best version of those decks at the moment, but Grixis is in no way bad either.
October 18, 2019 6:05 a.m.
4 colors seems like an unnecessary stretch here. There are tons of aggro decks floating around. If you haven't been punished on account of awkward lands yet (entering tapped or being the wrong colors), I think that's due to luck. I'd tighten up, find a focus for the deck and cut down to three colors. Red only gives you Ionize , which is very expendable, and The Royal Scions - a fine card, but has no real synergy here. Same thing with God-Eternal Kefnet , he isn't properly utilized, as his ability doesn't work with enchantments, PW's or counterspells. I also think you could cut down to 3 copies of Kefnet without a problem, as you almost never want to find more than just 1.
October 11, 2019 4:58 a.m.
I like the idea of Fae of Wishes , that could be a great inclusion! Just saw Todd Stevens play something similar. Voracious Hydra feels too important for the early to mid game against the aggro decks, but I could definitely see Mass Manipulation in the sideboard instead.
October 4, 2019 11:45 a.m.
Skyler1776 Thanks for the suggestions!
I actually had the full 4x Risen Reef in the first iteration of the deck, but they didn't feel impactful enough. The deck didn't have enough ways to trigger them and also lacked interaction - therefore I opted for Wicked Wolf and Questing Beast instead. Might try them again though and maybe find space for more Cavalier of Thorns .
If you think Growth Spiral would make the deck stronger, what would you swap out for it?
October 4, 2019 11:32 a.m.
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