Arid Mesa

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Arid Mesa

Land

, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice this: Search your library for a Mountain or Plains card and put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

Yesterday on Are all fetchlands banned on …

2 months ago

FWIW, everyone I know IRL refers to all... fetch lands as "fetch lands", and the Arid Mesa cycle are distinct by being "pain fetches".

Balaam__ on Suicide Hammer - Budget - Feedback is welcome

2 months ago

Have you considered the Pathway  Flip lands? They’re not as outrageously expensive as something like Sacred Foundry or Arid Mesa, and I think they’re Pioneer legal. But they wouldn’t count as a basic land type so that might not work necessarily. Just a thought.

AstroAA on Lae'Zel Master Chef +1/+1 counters

3 months ago

Adding in because it dawned on me after the fact: If you wanted to further trim your CMC, replace Juniper Order Ranger with Good-Fortune Unicorn. Not as good as Juniper Order Ranger as it doesn't place a +1/+1 counter on itself, but it does still place a counter on the ETB'ing creature for two less mana.

Managorger Hydra and Knight of Autumn are both really strong. Avenger of Zendikar can get ridiculous really quickly. You should also look at including more spot removal, like Nature's Claim, Beast Within, and Generous Gift. Tutors like Chord of Calling, Worldly Tutor, Eladamri's Call, and Green Sun's Zenith can help add in redundancy.

Also, I'd advise replacing the taplands (lands that ETB tapped) in your landbase. These slow you down a lot. Things like Brushland, Bountiful Promenade, City of Brass, Mana Confluence, and maybe even sometimes Razorverge Thicket can be helpful. Also, fetches like Windswept Heath, Arid Mesa, Misty Rainforest, and Prismatic Vista can also speed you up tremendously because they filter lands from your deck, meaning you're more likely to draw a card that you can play instead of a land - albeit playing fetches like the ones I've listed can get rather expensive $$$ wise very quickly.

rambunctiousOrator on it's a deck alright

3 months ago

Hey, sweet deck. Let's take a look at win conditions and lands. I've identified a problem with your deck: You aggressively want to control the board with your 1-3 drops. While other players are playing 6 mana bombs every turn your are trying to eke out board advantage with 3 or 4 creatures a turn.

  • You don't need board wipes in this deck, they actively go against your game-plan, and in no way help you win.
  • Less removal in general. I counted 18 pieces of removal in your instants and sorceries. Keep Path to Exile, Swords to Plowshares, and Damn and get rid of the rest. You ARE the threat, if your deck is running slowly to the point that you feel like you need removal, you need better creatures.

As for lands, use this mana base.

Lands:

How would I change your win condition...well you are trying to do knight tribal...

Consider these cards:

Remove these cards:

-15 pieces of removal from instants and sorceries, keep Path to Exile, Swords to Plowshares, and Damn

Good luck, and happy hunting. Let me know if you want to continue the conversation or have questions

legendofa on Which recent set release should …

3 months ago

If you want to keep the feel of opening packs and growing your collection, Draft is the way to go. It's possible to build a decent Standard deck from drafts, but it's going to take a big time and potentially money investment.

On the subject of money, a tournament-level Standard deck is worth about 200-400 USD right now, and Modern looks like it starts at 800 USD and goes up from there. If you want to make this investment for Modern, I recommend starting with the mana base. The essential lands for any multicolor deck are the fetch lands (cards like Windswept Heath and Arid Mesa that search for a land with a basic land type) and the shock lands (cards like Temple Garden and Sacred Foundry that can enter untapped and provide multiple colors of mana). The mana base is almost always the most expensive part of a tournament-level deck, thanks to relatively low supply and high demand, but once you have it you don't need to change it.

Of course, it's possible to have a Modern deck or two on hand for tournaments and free play, and spend time drafting as you want. But to reinforce what everyone else is saying, you're not going to build a Modern competitive deck out of a random box.

Balaam__ on You Totally Got This...! (Attacks Alone)

4 months ago

Not sure what the budget constraints might be for this deck, but you could run something like Needleverge Pathway  Flip instead of Stone Quarry. It’s better than a tapland, but still less costly than Arid Mesa or Sacred Foundry.

Balaam__ on Mono Red Prowess

4 months ago

This is a small thing and I’m not sure it matters to you, but you could run Arid Mesa and achieve the same thing as Prismatic Vista but for less $. Of course if you already have the latter and not the former, this is irrelevant.

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