Avarice Totem

Avarice Totem

Artifact

(5): Exchange control of Avarice Totem and target nonland permanent.

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Avarice Totem Discussion

1empyrean on Ragavan, Boatswain of the Dragon's Smile

2 months ago

Thanks for the suggestions. Yes, it's a bit of a chaotic deck. I sought to integrate multiple themes and lots of ideas, so an apparent lack of focus was pretty much inevitable. I haven't had issues with the deck not working, though.

First, the suggested cuts:

While Pillardrop Warden and Cogwork Archivist might be a little less efficient than other options, they are a bit more flexible in how they are used. The archivist is useful if I want to put Glimpse of Tomorrow back into my library They both also have reach.

Tavern Scoundrel and Witch's Oven are good ways to sacrifice something that might otherwise be exiled, stolen, or temporary. I can sacrifice Homura, Human Ascendant  Flip to flip him or gain control of an artifact with Confusion in the Ranks. It's a useful effect to have access to.

Mishra's Self-Replicator is a good mutate target, and I can trigger it fairly easily.

Delina, Wild Mage can copy Legendaries. I could run Helm of the Host for this effect, but this is what I am using for now.

Avarice Totem disrupts plays and scales extremely well in the late game. It can be tutored with Urza's Saga as well.

Chandra's Ignition is a solid asymmetrical board wipe, and good for clearing away pesky utility creatures.

Second, your suggestions:

I have a few options for more draw that I'm already thinking about, and utility lands are something I can easily play around with. I eventually need to add my Treasure Vault and Goblin Welder to the deck, but they are tied up in other decks at the moment. I think impulse draw isn't ideal for this deck. If I end up exiling Glimpse of Tomorrow because I can't cast or suspend it.

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on Ragavan, Boatswain of the Dragon's Smile

2 months ago

So what is the goal of this deck? Is this sort of a chaos/token deck? I can see the skeleton of the strategy, but I also see theft, pirates, and burn. My main suggestion would be try to trim some of the out of place cards. Thoughts on things to include/remove regarding the token/chaos strategy:

Possible additions:

Trailblazer's Boots or Prowler's Helm - low mana investments that let Ragavan be nearly unblockable. I currently don't see that many ways that allow Ragavan to get through late game.

You run enough pirates that Breeches, Brazen Plunderer might be worth it

Ardent Elementalist is a new card that is the red version of Archaeomancer

Curse of Opulence - easy tokens and mana

There are a fair number of goblins that come with tokens so I would look into some of those

Rionya, Fire Dancer for temporary token copies for your best creatures

I see very little in the form of card advantage so you might consider things like Light Up the Stage, Ignite the Future, Faithless Looting, Mask of Memory, etc.

Some utility lands like: Treasure Vault, Geier Reach Sanitarium, Myriad Landscape, Kher Keep, Buried Ruin, Dormant Volcano, and Maze of Ith or Thaumatic Compass  Flip/Spires of Orazca

Possible cuts (most of these are odd fits or just inefficient cards that have better alternatives):

Pillardrop Warden, Cogwork Archivist, Witch's Oven, Tavern Scoundrel, Mishra's Self-Replicator, Delina, Wild Mage, Avarice Totem, Chandra's Ignition (great card, but not at it's best in this deck).

Overall I like the deck idea, I just feel it needs a little more focus. +1 from me.

1empyrean on Personal Play moments you are …

3 months ago

In a recent game with my Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer deck, I got a player to waste 10 mana using the Avarice Totem I let them keep because I had Deflecting Swat in hand and was going to win through commander damage the next turn.

I was like...sure, I don't need to use it right now, and I don't have enough mana to stack the activations so that I end up with the card again, but if I give him the card, I pretty much know how the next turn will play out, and I'd rather give him the rope to hang himself with.

lagotripha on Free Kittens!

4 months ago

This looks like a fun start on a classic archetype. Avarice Totem is an all star.

Lich's Tomb can be neat alongside Jackal Pup effects.

Blue gets cards like Sky Swallower , Role Reversal and Vedalken Plotter .

For each X your opponents conntrol cards can work well in lists like this, especially artifact hate.

lagotripha on $15 G Tron

6 months ago

I really like this as a budget list.

A few options for taking it to fnm with a sideboard;

Cool X cost spells that are sideboardable - Corrosive Gale is colourless vs fliers, while Hurricane deals symetrical damage to players, which can jank out someone who fetched and put fear into people running shadow.

Mascot Exhibition doesn't need to be in the sideboard it puts a lot of bodies on the board. Vivien's Arkbow didn't find its neiche, and thus is cheap.

Chaos Wand and Mimic Vat can solo win grindy matchups.

Avarice Totem is a hilarious answer to a lot of cards that are otherwise unanswerable, if reliant on your opponent not having mana. Swapping stuff back and forth to remove it from combat becomes an entire instant speed back and forth game.

Orbs of Warding turns off a lot of decks.

Cornelius_1216 on Aminatou: Social Distancing 101

1 year ago

Why do you run Teferi, Time Raveler? It means that only you have the option to interact with your opponents, and you are only running three counterspells. Also, why only run three counterspells? Why Counterspell over Mana Drain? Competitive decks, even stax-focused ones, generally should run more than three. Negate, Spell Pierce, Flusterstorm, Fierce Guardianship, Delay, and Force of Negation are all common good ones. Why are you running Windfall but not/instead of Timetwister? I don't see your deck caring about its graveyard. Since you have a subtheme of wheels, why not run Smothering Tithe and Alms Collector? Or Whispering Madness for extra density? Furthermore, you deck needs a real, tangible, hard win condition. Simply locking your opponents is not enough to win at a competitive table. Why not include Demonic Consultation and/or Tainted Pact and Thassa's Oracle and/or Jace, Wielder of Mysteries? Solid wincon that doesn't require long games to win, but works just fine in them.

goldlion Wishclaw Talisman is probably in there because of its interaction with Aminatou. -1 Aminatou targeting Talisman, activate Talisman in response, then Aminatou's flicker resolves. Unlimited tutors that cost {1} apiece. Avarice Totem is bad.

goldlion on Aminatou: Social Distancing 101

1 year ago

This is out of my vocabulary, but I could see it being really interesting to play. I like how it slows the game and brings in so much more "space and time" to the thought process. You have wishclaw in here, so you must have ways to abuse Avarice Totem as well?

Any reason you're not running Smothering Tithe?

Cippo on Karn Pass the Hug

3 years ago

Interesting concept, never seen Karn played this way. Only group hug card I see missing is Horn of Greed.

Side note: I love Avarice Totem so much, casting it multiple times in response to the first cast is always hilarious.

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