Arcane Denial

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Legality

Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper Duel Commander Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Premodern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Arcane Denial

Instant

Counter target spell. Its controller may draw up to two cards at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

You draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

Grind on Does This Look Infected?

2 weeks ago

cool deck!!!
a couple ideas - seems like any thriving land Thriving Isle or Thriving Grove would be strictly better than uncharted haven.
I don't quite understand why you have drownyard temple and isolated watchtower. those lands are not very impactful and in 3 colors it is way better to consistently have all your colors. you could consider budget-friendly Tolaria West which can tutor inkmoth nexus or karns bastion. or a very impactful, budget friendly colorless land is Scavenger Grounds, but i would probbably still prefer Reflecting Pool.
you might consider Topiary Stomper over ondu champion.
also void mirror seems super niche unless your playgroup has someone who always plays a colorless commander deck. i would not run this and would instead run some other form of interaction like Arcane Denial, Beast Within, or Reality Shift.
anyway, just some thoughts, hope it helps, cheers and have fun!!!

Ardees on Gates? Nine Fingers Keene Competitive

1 month ago

If you are aiming at 'competitive' in the technical sense of the term (as in 'cEDH' or 'competitive EDH'), like the title seems to suggest, I see many staples missing that unfortunately make the deck quite far from being competitive.

Artifacts: you should be running at least Mox Diamond, Chrome Mox, Mana Crypt, Sol Ring, Arcane Signet, Mana Vault, Jeweled Lotus, maybe even Grim Monolith and Lion's Eye Diamond.,

Tutors: you are missing Vampiric Tutor, Imperial Seal, and Worldly Tutor and Green Sun's Zenith if you run any combo, win, or strategy whatsoever based on creatures. You could also add Wishclaw Talisman and Solve the Equation, and, although not a tutor, Peer into the Abyss, which works quite nicely with Thought Vessel.

Lands: any competitive deck plays true duals, namely Underground Sea, Bayou, and Tropical Island. Same for shocklands and at least 6-7 fetchlands in a 3-color deck like this one. You could also consider lower the number of lands, depending on whether or not you want to keep the Gate strategy

Protection: any competitive deck that plays blue automatically plays top-end counterspells, namely Swan Song, Arcane Denial, Force of Will, Force of Negation, Pact of Negation, Fierce Guardianship, Mental Misstep, An Offer You Can't Refuse, and Flusterstorm. You are also missing key cards like Cyclonic Rift or Chain of Vapor. Needless to say, ideally a competitive deck playing blue also plays Timetwister: not a counterspell but a must card (yeah, the price is another topic of conversation).

Creatures: I understand the Gate theme but you are missing some high-value creature cards in here, most notably Dauthi Voidwalker, Malevolent Hermit  Flip, Lotus Cobra, Azusa, Lost but Seeking, Tatyova, Benthic Druid, Ramunap Excavator, Dryad of the Ilysian Grove, Oracle of Mul Daya, Elvish Reclaimer - to name a few. Much depends on the strategy of your deck, although don't let keywords aligned with your strategy (e.g. 'Gate') fool you into thinking some cards are good for that.

Enchantments: a few staples in the current competitive meta: Rhystic Study, Mystic Remora, Sylvan Library, Burgeoning, Exploration, maybe Abundance and Necropotence

Removals: you could most definitely swap some of your removals for something better and more competitive, such as Force of Vigor, Nature's Claim, Abrupt Decay, Assassin's Trophy, and more.

Now, I totally understand there is a budget situation going on with upgrading to competitive MtG (spoiler alert: MtG is a pay-to-win type of game, research confirms), but generally the term 'competitive' sticks to decks that, to the very least, include most if not all cards mentioned above - without mentioning the fact that any competitive deck needs running at least one winning combo. At this stage, your level is more looking towards casual. This isn't to criticize you or anything of course, pretty interesting build, just not really a competitive deck in its strict sense.

If you want to try the competitive experience, my suggestion is to proxy cards by printing them online - this should cost around 10 bucks on colored and good quality paper, and effectively save you more than 7k worth of cards.

amarthaler on EDH Reap the Tides (C21 Precon Upgrade)

1 month ago

Update!

In: Wickerbough Elder and Arcane Denial

Out: 1x Forest and 1x Island

DreadKhan on Xyris just wants to Make Snakes

2 months ago

If you want to mill people and can count on having a pretty big army of blockers, Court of Cunning can put a lot of cards in people's graveyards, and Monarch is a fun mechanic in most games.

If decking yourself once in awhile sounds fun, Kindred Discovery was recently reprinted, and you can name 'Snakes'.

If you really like the idea of seeing your opponents draw a ton of cards, you might like Teferi's Puzzle Box. I use it as a lock piece with effects that skip my own discard phase (and limit card draw), but if sowing some Chaos and making snakes is your goal, this card does serious work in that regard. A lot of decks like to sculpt their hand to varying degrees, so the effect can also be valuable in a deck where your Commander itself does so much work, and isn't dependent on any specific cards being in your hand.

Mikokoro, Center of the Sea is a land that can feed people cards, Geier Reach Sanitarium can also feed cards without growing people's hands. Really weird idea I just had, but Silklash Spider might be useful to clear any smaller flyers that can block Xyris, and can do it as necessary, without killing any precious snakes. Less weird, but Arcane Denial might be a nice interaction option that feeds a few cards. 1U to Counter anything is pretty decent, and people often like running it because it's not really a 1 for 1 play, it's much closer to neutral. I see you run none atm, not sure if one would be one too many! If your snakes can't get in, you could use Kyren Negotiations to sneak damage in.

KongMing on Wizards' Dark Ritual [Wizard Tribal]

3 months ago

Oh, and maybe Disappearing Act over Arcane Denial or Mana Leak?

Also, how about Apprentice Wizard for ramp? Copying it turns into .

Grind on Grand Fortress of Protection

3 months ago

Absolutely, happy to offfer thoughts. Also in general i prefer any of Arcane Denial, Swan Song, Disallow, Delay, or Void Shatter over cancel.

Rivel on Hail Hydra - Zaxara Version

3 months ago

I have finally realized one of this deck's critical issues, very few interaction pieces. I am going to be tweaking the deck to hopefully resolve this issue.

  1. Simic Ascendancy replaced with Counterspell. I liked the idea of simic. There have been many occasions where it almost works. But that word there is the key issue. Almost. Every time without fail, the opponent finds a way to remove it before my upkeep. Instead, I would like to have additional interaction, thus counterspell.
  2. Capricopian replaced with Arcane Denial. There have been a few games where I am sitting with capricopian as a dead card in my hand. I never want to play it, as I learned my lesson after being hit with my goat hydra. Time to get it out of the deck and obtain some sweet, sweet interaction in the form of arcane denial.

Rivel on Necromancin' Dancin'

3 months ago

I never got around to buying the cards needed for this deck. I was worried it was not good enough and put this project on the back burner in case I changed my mind. Now today, after reviewing the deck, I decided that I did not have enough interaction and that some cards still feel a bit too expensive or slow. These changes should hopefully help rectify those issues.

Previous changes: -1. Aetherspouts - replaced with Noxious Ghoul. I determined that Noxious Ghoul did not have enough impact for its mana cost. Instead I shall be using Counterspell. -2. Eater of Hope - replaced with Corpse Harvester. I determined that Corpse Harvester was too expensive and too slow to make an impact, seeing as it needs to survive an entire turn in order to be used. I really liked it, but my deck needs more interaction. Instead I shall be using Arcane Denial.

Additional precon card swaps: 1. Gravespawn Sovereign - replaced with Negate. 2. Ravenous Rotbelly - replaced with Dispel. 3. Army of the Damned - replaced with Unwind This spell really hurt me to remove as I love it very much. Just too expensive and slow. 4. Dread Summons - replaced with Reality Shift. 5. Curse of the Restless Dead - replaced with Thought Vessel. 6. Swamp - replaced with Reliquary Tower (already owned one, figured, why not?)

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