Whenever you cycle Astral Drift or cycle another card while Astral Drift is on the battlefield, you may exile target creature. If you do, return that card to the battlefield under its owner's control at the beginning of the next end step.
Cycling (, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
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Astral Drift Discussion
1 month ago
StopShot, that's why I "draft" differently. When I "draft", I buy a bundle of my choice and my friend(s) buy a bundle of their choice. Then you get 10 full packs to build with. None of this 6-pack nonsense from splitting a box, or this garbage-tier 1-card rotation nonsense.
I'm not sure if you can tell, but I really dislike Draft. It's my most hated "format". You can literally lose every single game the entire night because you had bad luck with packs. I once drafted and was forced into Jund because I had like maybe 6 or 7 cards of red, green and black. Not enough to make a Gruul / Rakdos deck and zero reanimation for Golgari. I also had zero removal. Blue held zero synergy and white made a couple of tokens and that was all, and I didn't want to splash a 4th color. Lost every single game. Some games I'd get 1 creature out and it'd die to immediate removal because that's all I fucking had and nothing else.
On the way out of the LGS I threw the entire stack of cards, with their sleeves, in the garbage can. I seriously can not stress enough how much I hate draft.
One of the single worst experiences I've had in all of Magic was when we were sitting down to draft Modern Horizons. Some lady to my right was there, not to play the game, but to finance buying packs. So, what she would do is log onto the TCG Player app and snap photos of EVERY SINGLE CARD to see what the most expensive card was that was given to her. That's what she picked. So in a 15 card pack, she'd snap a pic of 13 cards (minus basic land, minus token). Even if something was like $1.17 as a bulk rare, that's what she drafted. When that same pack gets back to her and she has to go through, idk maybe 9 cards now or whatever, she'd resnap the pics to find the $0.44 cent card. I was drafting Slivers, because of course I was, and the table was moving faster than she was. Eventually she had about six or seven piles of cards waiting for her to go through.
And INSTEAD of the table calling her out for this bullshit, they ARGUED WITH ME on how it was inappropriate of me to set the stack of cards aside.
LIKE HELLO?! I'M SORRY, TELL HER TO FUCKING PLAY THE GAME OR LEAVE. Not my fault that at a table with SIX PEOPLE, FIVE OF US CAN UNDERSTAND THE GAME AND ONE OF US CAN NOT.
God I hate draft.
Ugh. Tirade over. As for your design, with the partner-color restrictions, I happen to like this idea quite a lot. It does make sense, to a degree, but my concern is that it "locks" players into specific deck archetypes that they may not have the cards for. I think it creates another Piper situation, albeit the opposite.
In my example, I didn't have a single Commander. So if I drafted 15 white cards, thinking I'd eventually get a Commander later and it just never happened, I'm pretty much F-'ed. But if I draft a bunch of Commanders and none say that I can partner with , I'm equally screwed. Similarly, what if I get a bunch of Commanders who allow me to partner with or , but my cards are pretty heavy into Mardu? Now I have Commanders that don't actually allow me to play my deck.
I think the benefit of not having a color restriction is that it allows players to pull out of ruts they got dug into, literally by sheer bad luck. Because you can do all of the meta analysis and pre-game brewing and watching leaderboards and whatever, but the packs are randomized and nothing you do will change that. So if you go in absolutely certain Golgari Reanimator will be the #1 winning deck and you pull ZERO reanimation, you're not going to play Golgari Reanimator. Period.
I feel like the removal of the color restrictions opens the system up enough that players aren't forced into a situation where they literally can't play the game.
- By the way, the champion of our Modern Horizons draft was a guy who drafted three Deep Forest Hermit and like two Astral Drift with a playset of Regrowth. Come to think of it, he may have been cheating. There's also far too much cheating in Draft. I can not tell you how many times I'll see players walk around from table to table trading cards to get playsets of something.
Bro. You play with the cards you picked or opened. Stop!
3 months ago
You might want to try Sundial of the Infinite . This lets you use Astral Drift and Astral Slide offensively. During your end step, with the re-enter triggers on the stack activate Sundial, leaving the permanents in exile forever.
4 months ago
I think you should consider changing up the deck a bit and building around Astral Drift , just because Astral Slide is such a classic cycling deck. With Solitary Confinement being printed in MH2, you can do the cancerous Eternal Witness + Astral Drift + Solitary Confinement lock, plus Containment Priest was also reprinted which means you can exile your opponents creatures permanently with Containment Priest + Astral Drift .
4 months ago
I was looking around for a deck to build that uses Shark Typhoon because I keep finding them in the packs I buy. I came across yours and I like the idea of using Unpredictable Cyclone in conjunction with it. It allows you to cheat out more expensive spells pretty effectively, while still creating a shark army. On that note, I would completely revamp the spells you have chosen, aside from Neutralize and Boon of the Wish-Giver , because they need to have cycling to trigger this awesome effect. I do really like Narset of the Ancient Way for this deck. I would remove Teferi, Time Raveler unless you decide to use more sorceries, like Essence Fracture .
- Zenith Flare will be the first obvious choice. It refers to cycling and grows in power rapidly as you cycle things, however it will only grow until the first Unpredictable Cyclone drops, so I am not sure.
- Rescind would be a solid choice, especially if you are running some counterspells.
- Complicate and/or Countervailing Winds seem like some decent choices if you want more counterspells.
- Sweltering Suns and/or Starstorm could replace the damage classic Shock .
- Cast Out could almost directly replace Banishing Light with a cycling equivalent.
- Lay Claim to steal the best of your opponent's forces.
- Astral Slide and/or Astral Drift might be useful, depending on the deck you end up with.
In any case, I love the basic concept and enjoyed trying to think about some synergy for it.
10 months ago
I actually didn't think about having a Soulherder variant. It would probably make thing more consistent than having to rely on Ephemerate and Astral Drift. I'll probably play around with an Esper version of this deck somewhere in the future then.
My only concern with Street Wraith is it's price. In dollars it's very cheap. However, in reais(Brazilian currency) this card isn't that budget. Which is kinda of a concern because Canyon Slough isn't that budget either. Still, I can't deny that the Wraith would be pretty good in this deck.
The only reason I'm not running Viscera Dragger is because it doesn't do enough. It's actually pretty interesting that it can trigger the Drift and has Unearth itself, but it has no utilitiy besides that. Extractor Demon is pretty big and has evasion. First-Sphere Gargantua is also pretty big while providing card draw. Rotting Rats helps to fill the graveyard and can work as disruption. Compared to them, the Dragger doesn't seem that useful. Still, I can see an argument to include it given its double duty.
11 months ago
Nartana I have! The card is fine, but card slots are tight and this deck would rather have Tilling Treefolk since it's a body that can be flickered by the almighty Astral Drift. While Loam gets more lands in the ideal scenario, it also costs mana and a draw every turn, which is slower and less efficient than Wrenn and Six or flickering a Treefolk in that same situation. Then we consider their fail states--at worst, Treefolk is a 1/3 blocker. Loam, on the other hand, doesn't give you much in a deck with no real graveyard synergies.
1 year ago
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