Any player may play creature cards with converted mana cost 3 or less without paying their mana cost and as though they had flash.

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Aluren Discussion

SirHipHopHippo on The Suicide Squad

1 week ago


Thanks for the recommendation! I've considered him in the past, 6 CMC is just too much to stomach. This deck plays fast as hell with the avg cmc of the deck being 3.2 overall.

I did recently add Combat Celebrant and it's nasty in the deck, and it's a huge bonus that he is 3 cmc or less so he works with Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle , Aluren , Collected Company , and Sevinne's Reclamation . Plus he has 1 toughness which works really well with Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive

Chino90 on Green/Blue's Clues: Lonis EDH

1 week ago

Right, I missed the "all creatures" limitation.

I forgot to mention that the herbalist sabertooth combo works with an Aluren in play.

Anyhow, great job.

Abaques on What Commanders From MH2 Are …

2 weeks ago

Haha, I suppose you're right RNR_Gaming! Maybe I'll throw in Recycle and City of Solitude into that Aluren and Shrieking Drake combo and relive the mid-90's!

RNR_Gaming on What Commanders From MH2 Are …

2 weeks ago

I've been brewing up a lot of the commanders from the set. Though so far I think Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer and Lonis, Cryptozoologist will be the most interesting. Ragavan slots nicely into a lot of 99s that little monkey is going to do so much work - I've paired it up with Lantern of Insight and have a feeling it'll generate heaps of salt. Lonis on the other hand can be a fun and fair clues deck or a degenerate Aluren bounce house deck even with the prevalence of Dockside Extortionist I think it'll make a splash.

The other commanders either don't have enough support at least from my perspective or they're the same theme with a different spin - not that, that is entirely a bad thing but it puts too much stress on my collection to be able to participate in sanctioned events.

legendofa on Modern Horizons 2 Spoilers

3 weeks ago

I'm not worried about Vindicate , since Maelstrom Pulse has been in Modern since Alara, and I don't expect the land destruction option to make that much if a difference. (Thereby guaranteeing I get steamrolled by LD some day.) In particular, Legacy/Vintage has everything on the reserved list, which includes the original dual lands, Aluren , Academy Rector , Chains of Mephistopheles , Sylvan Library , Swords to Plowshares , Grim Monolith as some highlights, and anything banned in Modern-- Deathrite Shaman , Field of the Dead , Once Upon a Time , Cloudpost , and so on.

SirHipHopHippo on The Suicide Squad

1 month ago


Thanks! I'm happy you like it. I've actually been testing this deck with Horde of Notions for a while now and I think that I will make the switch for a few reasons.

  1. Early game hate. People just dislike Kenrith decks in general, you typically become an early game target. Less people are worried about Horde and I tend to fly under the radar a bit more.

  2. Elemental synergy. Cavern of Souls , Unclaimed Territory , Cover of Darkness , Risen Reef , and Kindred Discovery all have more use cases when running Horde of Notions .

  3. Haste and Vigilance, it's nice being able to swing hard with Horde of Notions immediately on cast, the vigilance is a major bonus because this deck does struggle with blocking since most the bodies in the deck kill themselves.

I've also in my testing decided to take out Phase Dolphin because I simply don't use it enough, if it had haste it would be significantly better. I am going to replace Phase Dolphin with Shalai, Voice of Plenty so that I can protect the creatures better, I've had opponents destroy Suicide Squad creatures mid combat which is always the worst. My only downside to doing this is that Shalai is not 3cmc or less so it's one less card to work with all of my synergies with Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle , Aluren , Collected Company , and Sevinne's Reclamation .

However, Shalai, Voice of Plenty is legendary / historic so it does work with Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle in some ways.

legendofa on Strixhaven spoiler season

1 month ago

Looking back, Aluren didn't even use CMC, which didn't help at all.

legendofa on Strixhaven spoiler season

1 month ago

DemonDragonJ A couple of thoughts here.

First, I personally would be surprised if any variant of Exquisite Blood gets printed. There are a lot of "whenever you gain life, opponent loses life" cards, and any new EB would instantly create an infinite loop with every one of them. When Exquisite Blood was printed, it pretty much replaced Blood Tribute , which was the only option for Sanguine Bond loops for three years. That was it for a long time. Since then, SB got a lot of imitators for whatever arbitrary reason, but I think that WotC consciously chose one effect to reprint, to prevent Eternal formats (Modern and EDH, mostly) from becoming a mass of "gain life, lose life" loops.

For mana value, it's shorter and just as easy to understand than CMC (written out, of course), but there's one case that I constantly got hung up on, and there's no way I was the only one: Spells cost less.

A. "With Aluren and Goblin Warchief out, I play Reckless One for free."

B. "You can't do that, Reckless One 's converted mana cost is too high."

A. "But Goblin Warchief makes it cheaper!"

B. "That's not what converted mana cost means. CMC is the total of everything in the cost in the upper corner."

A. "So 'costs less' doesn't actually mean 'costs less?'"

B. "No, it changes what you pay, not what it costs. Think of it like a coupon -long explanation that A forgets five minutes after the game-"

By uncoupling the word "cost" from two meaning, that side case is cleared up.

Another Shadowborn Apostle print would be nice.

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