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I wouldn't get the prerelease unless you just want it. They'll be more expensive than regular foils a lot of the time, but that's just because of the complications of moving them. Generally, premium versions of anything will move slower, just on the basis of less supply and less demand. For prerelease product in particular, there are rules about shops being able to sell them to avoid inflating prerelease numbers for the promos and other tomfoolery.
February 25, 2020 8:18 p.m.
Even if Karn isn't so physically powerful now, he's probably up there with Bolas in terms of sheer knowledge. Karn might not be as old, but Bolas once said the trappings of a mortal body obliterated a good chunk of what he amassed over the years. Karn built time machines, interplanar vessels, and the Mirarai with Urza, lived a few hundred years, fought the Phyrexians twice, and created a plane.
February 24, 2020 11:23 p.m.
If you're looking for something unique, there's always Rayne, Academy Chancellor. Commander Cookout did an episode on her. I really like my Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest U/W aura deck. There's something liberating about playing enchantress and not starting out with only 80 slots, because green.
February 24, 2020 11:06 p.m.
Okay, more than 90, since I immediately added more. I think you'll see what I'm getting at with a possible game plan, though. Ramp hard with overlapping mana ramp, sac fodder, mill pieces, and faerie producers, then reanimate or hard cast big dumb Timmy dragons. I threw in all the useful enchantments and artifacts I could find that benefit dragons, self-mill, sac, or reanimation. I don't think it's too hard to build a deck focused around 6-drops if you go in knowing you have 10-15 of them and build the deck around it. Seems better than having a midrange tribal deck that doesn't have any of the non-generic tribal payoffs, since they're all in red.
February 23, 2020 5:59 p.m.
February 23, 2020 5:30 p.m.
If it'll still feel like a dragon deck that way to you, then sure. My experiences building UG druids under Tatyova, Benthic Druid have taught me that it is very easy for a deck to turn into good-stuff by working to heavily into a non-tribal thing. I think what will happen is that once Favorable Winds and Gravitational Shift go in, it will just turn into a typical Alela deck as go-wide with faerie tokens and scry away your dragons becomes the optimal play every time. I've played against "scarecrow tribal" decks that run all 3 Conspiracy's, and it mostly just felt like a MLD deck. I never count Changelings as tribe members for flavor purposes, either.
February 23, 2020 2:03 p.m.
Mj3913 That's true. My concern there would be that it might feel more like a faerie deck if the board state is more often Alela, a few faerie tokens, and a couple of dragons. Building around Ruthless Deathfang, Boneyard Scourge, Scourge of Nel Toth, Keiga, the Tide Star, Kokusho, the Evening Star, Yosei, the Morning Star, Martyr's Bond, Grave Pact, Dictate of Erebos, Ashnod's Altar, Phyrexian Altar, and Phyrexian Tower could be interesting. Turning those tokens into other resources would help it feel more like a dragon deck.
February 23, 2020 1:29 p.m.
Oh, also, snow-covered lands seem pretty much mandatory for this deck.
February 21, 2020 8:42 p.m.
Wouldn't it make more sense for a deck themed around a specific character to have a commander resembling that character? You could go Hanna, Ship's Navigator on physical likeness, alone, Ojutai, Soul of Winter for the icy angle, or split the difference with Lavinia, Azorius Renegade if you want to keep the prison-y nature of the deck.
February 21, 2020 8:42 p.m.
BsT We do what we can. Also, I realized if golem combo is to be its golem-est, Bosh, Iron Golem just wins the game with any infinite mana combo, and none of the combos listed actually require white, so.
February 21, 2020 3:15 p.m.
Welcome back! I'm a similar case- Played at lunch tables in middle school, picked up starter decks and singles in college, and now I play commander and try to get in a draft or prerelease for each set.
Honestly, your pool looks pretty deep to work with. Here's what I would do- Go to the EDHREC page for Marisi, and check out the "Themes" section below the card image. See what people play in different builds and what appeals to you!
February 21, 2020 2:11 p.m.
While it is definitely funny to point to the fact that the loci are busted as hell but also not Modern-legal, I actually had this same thought a few days ago while putting together a commander list. I had a reason to run Expedition Map in a mana-hungry blue deck, and threw in the Tron lands. Never even occurred to me to include the loci until I was looking through the full list of utility lands. I think it's mostly just that people who don't play Legacy never see them anywhere else.
February 21, 2020 11:34 a.m.
There's enough decent non-red dragons at this point that I don't see the need to run a 4th color.
In Esper, Alela, Artful Provocateur is a weird kind of lord for all fliers, not just fae. Chromium, the Mutable is probably the best of the Esper dragon commanders, since his power aligns well with commander damage.
In Bant, Chulane, Teller of Tales is a pretty powerful ramp and draw engine for a creature-based strategy. The dragon options are... not great.
Teneb, the Harvester is the obvious choice for Abzan. Reanimator and graveyard strategies have good overlap with cards like Boneyard Scourge and Fearsome Awakening, so it's not a bad accompanying strategy.
Sultai doesn't really have great fits, as far as I can tell, but it's just overpowered in commander to the point of being a problem, so I'd say don't be part of the problem.
February 21, 2020 11:27 a.m.
I think you're asking the wrong question. You have an enormous list that needs trimming, 2/3 of the pips being red or white. You're running Karona, but the overlap between your creatures' types is somehow lower than the typical non-tribal deck.
I think you should be asking, what should the 3rd color be in my WRx deck? If you go Mardu, Partners give you two castable legendaries for your theme. Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder and Tymna the Weaver are probably the most powerful Partner combination, and being able to swing indiscriminately due to forced combat removing blockers could be gas with the draw and lifelink keeping you above the fray. Kaalia of the Vast could also be a powerful commander for a legends-matter deck, since there are boatloads of powerful legendary demons, dragons, and angels.
As for Jeskai, that's probably the weakest option. I don't really see any commanders having anything to do with legendaries or forced combat.
February 21, 2020 11:08 a.m.
If you're trying to win with a big enough board of creatures, you'll reach critical mass faster if you sac them to Plunge into Darkness or Reprocess. Planar Portal is awfully inefficient. You're not cheating Eldrazi into play, so tutoring for the piece directly seems way faster. Crystal Ball is cute, but this doesn't feel like the deck for it. Black is loaded up on ways to tutor, reanimate, scry, draw, etc. On the whole, I would examine how many artifacts you're playing. Of what's there, I'd look for upgrades, as well. Arcane Signet is strictly better than Charcoal Diamond, because that is the world we live in.
February 21, 2020 10:53 a.m.
One last thing I think is worth mentioning for anyone interested in the idea is that you only have 99 slots in a deck. The benefit to the cards above is that they really only take up 6 slots in a golem tribal deck, since the pool of playable golems isn't that deep, and you'd probably want to run the 6 golems listed as part of the 20-30 creatures in your tribal deck. The expensive, colorless nature of the tribe make Metalworker and Mana Echoes natural fits, and you'll want as many thicc mana rocks as possible to abuse with Gerrard to hit big mana targets for cards like Blightsteel Colossus. Also, with that density of combos, you'll get it by accident, so while I haven't run the math, it might be better to only run 2-3, perhaps with overlapping pieces, then rely on Enlightened Tutor as an all-purpose tutor.
February 19, 2020 11:48 a.m.
I do think that Karn, the Great Creator could be argued for as a golem for the purposes of the argument above, but I, personally, would be a lot less tilted by having an opponent or two 'geddoned by Karn, Silver Golem than by a famous prison combo. Seems to undercut the point of playing a jank tribe.
February 19, 2020 11:23 a.m.
You could, yeah. I just listed the 2-card combos that specifically include a golem. To me, if a tribal deck isn't winning with a card of its tribe, it's not really a tribal deck. For instance, if I do decide to change course on the Gerrard deck I've been collecting pieces for and make it golems, I might not include Midnight Guard, despite comboing with both Elemental Mastery and Splinter Twin, or, rather, exactly because of the combo potential. I'd prefer to stick to cards like Enlightened Tutor that can grab either piece of 6 of the 7 golem-centric combos above. Same goes for Vandalblast and Mycosynth Lattice. I'd chose one or the other.
February 19, 2020 11:13 a.m.
I originally had a horrid 5-color combo list using the Attendants from Invasion, but it was just too bad. I just don't want to run any deck with both blue and green anymore, though. UGx has just gotten way too unbalanced, and Golos was a mistake to print as a legendary, imo. I honestly don't know what blatantly skirt the color identity rules more than a colorless card with a 5-color identity that also fixes on ETB.
February 19, 2020 12:14 a.m.
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