Allure of the Unknown

Allure of the Unknown

Sorcery

Reveal the top six cards of your library. An opponent exiles a nonland card from among them, then you put the rest into your hand. That opponent may cast the exiled card without paying its mana cost.

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Brawl Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Pre-release Legal
Standard Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

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Allure of the Unknown Discussion

KayneMarco on Feather Redeems Boros in EDH [Primer]

2 months ago

Also figured I’ld mention that when clicking on underworld breach that Allure of the Unknown is what pops up. Kinda weird.

Spell_Slam on Kaervek Group Hugging Slug

11 months ago

I know this is probably one of the worst cards for multiplayer ever, but Grip of Chaos seems legitimately good for your deck as an on-curve way to protect Kaervek pretty much forever against any targeted removal.

Captive Audience is both a hug and a slug at once. Seems to fit the bill here.

Allure of the Unknown seems like a great way to get some card advantage and also get an opponent to cast a spell for you and trigger Kaervek.

Koskun Falls is a good way to dissuade attacks. You won't mind tapping even your Commander for this.

Xantcha, Sleeper Agent seems good to get opponents to spend mana to kill another opponent and get cards out of it.

Forcing opponents to discard their cards will also encourage them to play more aggressively. It also gives opponents less answers for your main strategy. You wouldn't want to focus on it too much, but a few key cards could be really fun. Rankle, Master of Pranks is pretty versatile, Sire Of Insanity might be overkill, Awaken the Erstwhile is still group-huggy, and then there's Bottomless Pit , Necrogen Mists and Cunning Lethemancer for continual discard.

Dash Hopes is one of the first cards I would remove from the deck. Gremlin Infesation, Tibalt and Judith all seem underwhelming.

Gleeock on What answers would you want …

11 months ago

I like the line of thought on SynergyBuild original card, so I decided to go down the same vein, but combining the Rakdos party element & making a massive Allure of the Unknown effect for a general boardwipe interaction that will hopefully actually cause the opposite effect than intended for the boardwipe caster.

Void Rift -

Instant

This spell costs less to cast for each permanent that left the battlefield this turn

When you cast Void Rift target a spell or ability that causes permanents to leave the battlefield. The casting player's opponents each draw a card for each permanent they control that left the battlefield as a result of the spell, then those players put a permanent onto the battlefield for each permanent that left the battlefield.

... I can't really speak for verbiage, but it is a not-quite symmetrical punisher that slaps the boardwiper in the face & since it can benefit opponents I think it is an appropriately costed bomb.

AnAnxietyDrivenToad on Hot Potato - $30 Budget Build

1 year ago

Do you think Allure of the Unknown would have a slot in this deck?

Vulnoth on Turbo Aggro Grind Time

1 year ago

Continuing where I left off.

continuing from creatures

Something to consider when addressing what to drop for my suggestions is how it affects your overall strategy and politics. Ashenmoor Gouger looks good because on paper it can deal damage, but consider what happens if you draw it 10 turns in and the table has all dug in for the long game. Hyper aggressive cards of the sort that do little else aren't going to help you after the first few turns. Hackrobat, Rakdos Firewheeler, Thrill-Kill Assassin, and the like are what you should look for when hacking cards out of the deck in the creature department. You might be gearing up to go fast and hit hard, but you still are playing the "long game", if you can even call it that.

Support

Onwards we march, starting with the strict spell category. Here, you should be looking for either utility or pure power. Spot removal cards like Go for the Throat work in regular 60 card formats, but lose a ton of value as the game is slowed enough for that one spell to have a diminished effect because it can only hit a single creature, often to little effect. Now Bedevil, on the other hand, is outstanding because you can hold it for either an artifact or 'walker, thus expanding your range and making it always live and effective.

  • Allure of the Unknown - A huge resource generation spell. Additionally, it plays into politics well by letting an opponent (or friend) have a card. Gotta keep the train moving.

  • Bituminous Blast - Perhaps not the most clutch of cards, but at least worth considering since EDH is slow enough for these types of spells to put in work, mostly because Cascade is nuts. I'd understand if it didn't make the cut, though.

  • Captive Audience - Hilarious and effective. Instant enemy-maker, but if you haven't farted in the general direction of everyone at the table, others might turn a blind eye. In my experience, when Joe Shmoe poops out an army of dargons and you slap him with this, the table would generally point and laugh.

  • Cauldron Dance - A nice little shuffling of creatures, which is nice if you're rich in chunguses.

  • Kolaghan's Command - The best charm from its cycle, for good reasons. It's always live in EDH.

  • Spiteful Visions - Perhaps risky for politics, but it does put damage on board, thus making Rakdos live, and generates card advantage.

  • Fork/Reverberate/Wild Ricochet - copy spells, in my experience, tend to do a lot since they're just whatever everyone else is playing.

  • Beacon of Unrest - There will always be something in the grave, and self-recursion is a godsend in my books.

  • Scheming Symmetry - Helps your consistency and makes a friend.

  • Subversion - Nibbles at your opponents while sustaining yourself, and makes Rakdos live.

  • Generally any spell with X in its cost. As the game drags on, they only get better.

I did a brief skim of cards in Gatherer and from among my own decks, but don't be afraid to look at other decks or EDHRec for things that will help you. Just remember that your goal boils largely down to pinging to make Rakdos live, cards that Rakdos is payoff for, and utility general support that rounds out the deck.

Artifacts

Necessary gears to get the machine moving. Mostly it will boil down to mana rocks to accelerate your state, but there will be others that you want purely because they work well for you.

Lands

Here you can start to have some fun. Being 2-color, you do have to be somewhat mindful of what you're running, but you can definitely make use of a lot of offbeat lands since you're not trying to be a fool and mana fix 5 colors. Keep in mind that you may not necessarily need everything listed here, but it's just a matter of helping keep your ability to produce both colors consistent.

  • Temple of Malice - Slow lands may be unappealing, but Scrying usually helps.

  • Arch of Orazca - Yet another personal choice. All you need is to have 10 permanents at any point while controlling/playing a card with City's Blessing and you have it for the game. At which point, Arch becomes something to do with spare mana.

  • Reliquary Tower - Like Thought Vessel, it's worth considering, but is acceptable to pass on if you keep burning your hand up.

  • Command Tower - Staple.

  • Graven Cairns - Filter lands are always nice.

  • Rakdos Carnarium - Slow, yes, but in the long run gives more mana.

  • Shadowblood Ridge - Another pseudo Filter Land

Chopping Block

I encourage you to think these things out on your own or ask friends about this part, because understanding the process of what and why things stay or go is important to understanding your deck. Below are my suggestions for what needs to get yeeted.

  • Ashenmoor Gouger/Hackrobat/Hellhole Flailer/Rakdos Firewheeler/Thrill-Kill Assassin/Rakdos Guildmage - All just don't do that much. Awesome to drop in the first turns, but soon are just fodder. They're nice fodder for Lysolda and Judith, but overall too narrow in use and too low impact.

  • Void Winnower/Blood Moon - As someone who wins almost all his games through player politics, I advise against these types of cards that choke the entire table. Like infinite combos kept as panic buttons in decks, you really only get to pull it once before the group starts remembering what you have up your sleeve. After that, you risk being targeted because they'll know what you have.

  • Phyrexian Obliterator - BBBB in 2-color is a bold move for what's essentially a 5/5 unblockable.

  • Dark Ritual/Doom Blade/Go for the Throat - I personally would cut them, but feel free to play around with at least the removal spells for consistency in board control. Ritual, however, is just not suited for this format.

  • Everlasting Torment - It's the only card of its type in your deck, and actually makes you vulnerable to getting chump blocked.

  • Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth - Urborg serves almost no purpose in this deck.

  • Rakdos Guildgate - Guildgates are just packfiller.

  • Rakdos Signet/Rakdos Keyrune - In the modern day, your mana rocks mostly should be more useful than an overcosted creature, and if it only produces mana, it needs to be efficient like Sol Ring.

  • Lava Axe - Shouting "Catch" while literally throwing this is hilarious, but the card's just horribly overcosted.

  • Anthem of Rakdos - You will lose a lot of games you shouldn't lose because of this.

  • Ogre Battledriver - Giving a dude Haste to swing is nice, but it's a lot easier to just run a pinger like Goblin Fireslinger or Lobber Crew

  • Ob Nixilis, the Fallen - His Landfall is nice, but by nature isn't consistent, which is what you're looking for in ways to ping your opponent. Becoming a chungus is nice, but you're better off just skipping the hoops and playing an actual chungus.

  • Vial Smasher the Fierce - This one I'm not totally sold on cutting, but she seems more complicated than just running a pinger. Play around with her and see how Vial Smasher synergizes.

  • Master of Cruelties - Another I'm not totally sold on chopping, but he can only attack alone, which bottlenecks your options.

I know this all is sort of messy, but when making edits, start with comparable replacements (i.e. swapping a creature for a creature), run a few test turns, and see how things work.

Gleeock on Pattern Recognition #144 - Red …

1 year ago

But I didn't say tutors, I was talking about how design has been exploring parallel effects & political cards & doing it in a way that feels color specific. has been making everyone play with parallel card draw for pain, also political bomb-plays Allure of the Unknown, Captive Audience. hsas a political bargaining card that happens to be a tutor. has been using balance-type effects for awhile now, hopefully they continue to explore. has Fiendish Duo.

Meachman on Deals With the Devil

1 year ago

It's like some kind of distorted Kenrith deck. I love it.

Stormfist Crusader and the new Allure of the Unknown feel like a good fit in here.

Head Games is so much fun! I run it in my Kenrith deck. You can give an opponent an answer for a big threat or a hand full of lands. Really versatile.

Multiplayer-specific cards like Infernal Offering or "will of the council" cards like Tyrant's Choice, Bite of the Black Rose, and Coercive Portal could also be fun.

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