Arid Mesa

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.

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Arid Mesa Discussion

sergiodelrio on Possibility Storm Shenanigans

1 week ago

Sure thing. So, I'm running a Transmogrify emrakul deck myself and there are some similarities.

Speed is key. Therefore the evolving wilds are misplaced here. If you have the budget, upgrade to Arid Mesa. The temples slow you down as well, but the scry is certainly worth it since you need to be able to dig for your pieces... consider running 4 temples.

Drop the bolts and paths or push them to the sideboard. The default version of a combo deck should be combo pieces and cards that get you combo pieces. Spot answers go into the sideboard. Emrakul is your removal XD

Maybe instead of spot removal main you can have 4 wrath effects or damage to all creatures kind of cards.

Look for planeswalkers in your colors to fill the void that will be on your side of the board. You have access to explosive openings due to your Rituals and in a lot of games you just won't have the possibility Storm in your hand or it got thoughtseized then you can have a solid gameplan with red Planeswalkers like Chandra, Torch of Defiance and Koth of the Hammer for example but you should look into this youself and see which ones you like.

StopShot on What's the minimal number of …

1 month ago

Cards: Glacial Crevasses, Snow-Covered Mountain.

I've had my eye on possibly running Glacial Crevasses in my EDH decks for quite some time now as I feel it makes an excellent combat deterrent. By having this card on the field the whole table knows I can completely negate an attack thrown at me even when tapped out which can help keep combat-oriented decks from wanting to waste their combat step on me.

The problem is this card only works if I have Snow-Covered Mountains. If I have none Glacial Crevasses means nothing to my opponent, if I have one Snow-Covered Mountain my opponents might try to fish me into sacking it and if I have three Snow-Covered Mountains my opponents will likely not bother with me until the game reaches a 1-versus-1 state.

This card is easier to run in mono-red decks, but I want to put it in 3-color decks which means I don't want to flood my entire manabase with Snow-Covered Mountains especially if I'm not going to draw into Glacial Crevasses certain games.

Additionally would you count fetch-lands towards your Snow-Covered Mountain count, such as Arid Mesa , Ash Barrens , Bloodstained Mire , Prismatic Vista , Scalding Tarn and Wooded Foothills? (My 3-color red decks usually run all 6 of these fetches just to color fix with Ravnica shock lands if needed.)

Also how good would you evaluate Unstable Frontier as a utility land? If I'm running Snow-Covered Forests, Snow-Covered Islands, Snow-Covered Plains or Snow-Covered Swamps, I can use Unstable Frontier to turn any of them into a Snow-Covered Mountain and as a color fixing source if I have too many Snow-Covered Mountains, but I don't know if it would be better to just use another Snow-Covered Mountain over it instead.

Lastly, should I run cards like Alpine Meadow, Highland Forest, Sulfurous Mire and Volatile Fjord? I already run all the Modern fetch-lands that could tutor for lands such as these, so I could hit them very consistently, but I don't like the fact they're tap-lands. Given I run only three colored decks I can only ever fit any of two of them at a time. Would they be worth an inclusion?

Thank you for your insight.

multimedia on Kaalia of the Vast

2 months ago

Hey, nice personal version. I respect you're willing to post for critique your personal deck that you're currently playing.

An area to consider improving is ramp. Consider cutting some basic lands especially Swamps for more low CMC mana rocks?

You can get ramp other ways than mana rocks such as Rakdos, Lord of Riots who's underrated with Kaalia. Can also be a backup to more easily cast high CMC creatures if you can't cheat them onto the battlefield with Kaalia. Rakdos could replace Iona, Shield of Emeria because she's banned in multiplayer EDH/Commander.


40 lands with 27 basic lands isn't a good ratio for color fixing when you need all three colors equally. You can't count on having Chromatic Lantern every game for color fixing, but you should consistently be able to count on your lands. Bloodstained Mire is great, nice Expedition, but currently it can't fetch a white source because there's no Swamp/Plains or Mountain/Plains land. Savai Triome , Godless Shrine and Sacred Foundry are Plains lands that Mire can search for.

Less lands, more color fixing and more ramp will help gameplay. You want at least 20 sources of each color from lands in the manabase which is completely doable with the already high budget. My advice is cut basic lands for more dual lands. I'll suggest two different tiers of land improvements to consider based on your current budget.

Tier 1 (more expensive lands, better color fixing): more Rainbow lands, more Fetch lands, Shock lands, Bond lands.

Tier 2 (less expensive lands, less color fixing): lesser Rainbow lands, Bond lands, Pathways and Filter lands.

I offer more advice. Would you like more advice? Good luck with your deck.

Zhugo12 on Karadorable [cEDH Primer]

2 months ago

darkseid4nk Fetch lands that can only grab 1 land type in your deck are still great because they provide versatility. If you have Arid Mesa but desperately need Black Mana you can fetch Godless Shrine or Scrubland . This also helps thin the deck, though that effect is marginal.

TriusMalarky on Budget Mono Green Agro for FNM

2 months ago

If you're playing fetches, Landfall Zoo is strictly better than general green stompy. The price difference is in the lands.

Wild Nacatl starts you off as a 1 mana 3/3, then add Steppe Lynx and Akoum Hellhound for some insane beaters. Narnam Renegade gives you a fourth great one drop, and Brushfire Elemental and Plated Geopede put in plenty of work. Add Burning-Tree Emissary and Hidden Herbalists for some better 2 drops. Myr Superion takes advantage of the mana off Emissary and Herbalists.

Top it off with Scale Up and Become Immense for some big boi energy.

It's a bit cheaper than this solution as Arid Mesa and Windswept Heath are a lot cheaper than other fetches. Also, you get Path to Exile and Prismatic Ending for removal, as well as other fun tools like Lightning Helix , Lightning Bolt , Light Up the Stage , Ancient Grudge , Smash to Smithereens , etc.

Of course, it's an entirely different deck, so it's completely up to you -- I might have some other stuff in my back pocket.

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