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At the beginning of each upkeep, all players untap all creatures and lands they control.
Tur on Hidden Power - Mono-Color - …
2 months ago
Hello everyone! This will be a forum post for a "Commander - Hidden Power" series. My goal is to show relatively inexpensive cards which are often overlooked by commander players in semi-competitive and casual play. (This post is not designed for competitive play.) If you enjoy the topic, please upvote the post or provide positive feedback and I will consider creating similar posts.
The powerful cards I plan on discussing are mono-color cards which are strong with big mana in commander.
I will provide one card per mono-color identity. These cards will not include x-spells nor multi-color identity spells. (I.e. no Torment of Hailfire nor Zacama, Primal Calamity)
It is obvious that big mana is a huge part of semi-competitive play. Whether it is from ramping through creatures, artifacts, enchantments, instants, sorceries, or lands. Big mana is pretty fun. Mana doubling effects from lands are especially useful. In this article, I'll be focusing on mana doubling from lands, but other ways to generate big mana are always possible
Here are some common big mana effects for each mono-color identity:
- White (W) : Caged Sun, Gauntlet of Power, Extraplanar Lens
- Blue (U) : Caged Sun, Gauntlet of Power, Extraplanar Lens, High Tide
- Black (B) : Caged Sun, Gauntlet of Power, Extraplanar Lens, Crypt Ghast, Nirkana Revenant, Cabal Coffers, Magus of the Coffers
- Red (R) : Caged Sun, Gauntlet of Power, Extraplanar Lens, Gauntlet of Might
- Green (G) : Caged Sun, Gauntlet of Power, Extraplanar Lens, Mana Reflection, Zendikar Resurgent, Nyxbloom Ancient, Vernal Bloom
This is not an all inclusive list as Mana Flare, Heartbeat of Spring, Keeper of Progenitus, Sword of Feast and Famine, et cetera would work just as well. In each mono-color identity the artifacts Caged Sun, Gauntlet of Power, and Extraplanar Lens can be used, however the black and green color identities have an advantage for mono-color double mana effects. Furthermore, green contains cards such as Seedborn Muse, Awakening, and Wilderness Reclamation which allow for more interactions.
Well, let us begin in WUBRG order!
White: Sacred Mesa
This card is relatively unused. According to EDHREC, Sacred Mesa is played in 1511/849227 (0%) decklists and is under one dollar. You'd be surpized how powerful this card is with double mana. Imagine making some number of pegasus at instant speed as either blockers or attackers for your next turn. (The upkeep cost can be paid by making a summoning sick pegasus during your turn.) Not to mention power and toughness buffing effects are ideal with Sacred Mesa, examples include Dictate of Heliod, Cathars' Crusade, Caged Sun, or Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite.
It is often compared to Luminarch Ascension because they have similar effects. Yes, it makes a 4/4 angel instead of a 1/1 pegasus.
However, Luminarch Ascension has many downsides:
- You have to have four quest counters to use the ability. (That is, you have to not lose life during an opponents turn four times.) This creates a huge target on your life total and you'll see it surely chip away.
- Bounce effects, such as Cyclonic Rift really mess it up. Welcome back to square one!
- Common cards, such as Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider prevent quest counters from even occurring. Vampire Hexmage or Hex Parasite are also options to remove the counters.
Sacred Mesa is way more versatile and does not have such downsides. Not to mention is it only three mana, ideal for Sun Titan recursion.
It is very rare to see this wonderful card. According to EDHREC, Compulsion is played in 1000/945324 (0%) decklists and is under one dollar. Having an activated draw ability with very little downside on a blue enchantment is insane. Ideal when paired with Teferi's Ageless Insight or Thought Reflection. There are a few cards which have a similar effect, such as Triskaidekaphile or Kefnet the Mindful without having to discard a card, but having a two mana activation is much more versatile. I suppose that an argument could be made with Training Grounds, but that is too much just to make the Kefnet the Mindful ability more cost effective. Furthermore, discarding a specific card like Echo of Eons, Wonder, or a shuffle Eldrazi such as Kozilek, Butcher of Truth has some nice synergy. (In fact, it should be played in most bant enchantress decks, such as the commander Tuvasa the Sunlit. Replenish for life!)
Black: Chainer, Dementia Master
This is a wonderful card, but a little pricey compared to the previous two cards. According to EDHREC, Chainer, Dementia Master is played in 6344/983251 (1%) decklists and is approximately ten dollars. Yes, we all know that you can abuse Chainer, Dementia Master with Gray Merchant of Asphodel or Kokusho, the Evening Star with sacrifice outlets such as Phyrexian Altar. Suppose we don't want to abuse this card into the ground is it still just good card? Yes. We can fill up or graveyard with Buried Alive or Entomb and get back a creature card, or we can grab a creature card from an opponents graveyard. It can also be used to interrupt graveyard combos, such as Aristocrats by using the ability on an opponents Butcher Ghoul with the undying trigger on the stack.
An extremely powerful and undervalued card. According to EDHREC, Scourge of Kher Ridges is played in 1005/912333 (0%) decklists and is under three dollars. If you're able to untap with Sourge of Kher Ridges and double mana, your opponents are going to have a rough time. As you can put multiple activations on the stack, it provides you with a very high on-board presence. Even within a response to removal. I've heard players complain that Scourge of Kher Ridges dies too quick to removal and my answer is "from your opponents perspective it needs to die before you're able to untap". Ideal with lifelink (and deathtouch) equipment such as Basilisk Collar or Shadowspear.
Green: Kamahl, Fist of Krosa
Typically unseen in play. According to EDHREC, Kamahl, Fist of Krosa is played in 4786/880991 (1%) decklists and is approximately five dollars. It is odd how unused Kamahl, Fist of Krosa is compared to Ezuri, Renegade Leader when they basically have the same effect. Overrun as an activated ability which is stackable multiple times. I agree that Ezuri, Renegade Leader is better in elf tribal decks, however Kamahl, Fist of Krosa is great in most big mana decks. Ideal for wide aggro. Tall aggro will gain the benefit of trample. If you don't have extra creatures you can animate your lands as 1/1 attackers, correction 7/7 attackers. (Pretty interesting because these attackers get around Cyclonic Rift, they're lands.) You can also get some payback by animating your opponents lands in response to a creature board wipe. (From that reasoning it can be paired with cards such as Ascendant Evincar and Crovax, Ascendant Hero to destroy opponents lands through animation.)
All in all, these are relatively unused cards which have a lot hidden power with big mana. If your deck is mono-colored and designed for big mana spells or abilities, think about giving these cards a chance. See if they work well for you and your playgroup.
king-saproling on Slimefoot (Saproling/Combo)
8 months ago
You might like these: Carnival of Souls, Earthcraft, Jaheira, Friend of the Forest, Illusionist's Bracers, Black Market, Life and Limb, Awakening, Druids' Repository, Zulaport Cutthroat, Neko-Te, Phyrexian Altar, Sprout Swarm, Saproling Symbiosis, Spontaneous Generation
Personally I would cut these: Golgari Locket, Druidic Satchel, Sporeweb Weaver, Necrogenesis, Saproling Migration, Verdant Force, Butcher of Malakir, Verdant Embrace, Feed the Serpent, Status / Statue, Elvish Farmer
RNR_Gaming on HELP WANTED | KATILDA | BORING HUMAN TRIBAL
1 year ago
Well, personally I'd add more untap aspects. Awakening, Seedborn Muse, Wilderness Reclamation + Ashaya, Soul of the Wild - is stonks. Also, Leyline of Abundance and Quest for Renewal are sweet tech too - heck I may even brew this lol.
Abzkaban on You Just Activated My Trap Card!
1 year ago
Sorry I haven't kept up with this deck lately. Better late than never I guess.
It could find Yedora, but so can any of our tutors. I'm also not a fan of ramp that just fixes the next draw.
Awakening invites interaction, and I usually like to snuff that out when I can. It has the same problem Intruder Alarm does.
Unfortunately Volo, Guide to Monsters only draws cards if Kadena is already out. It's why I don't run Teferi's Ageless Insight. The token also can't flip, so we still only get one copy of a morph effect. Grazilaxx, Illithid Scholar will provide much more card draw than Volo.
king-saproling on Mana Burn
1 year ago
You might like these:
- Gemstone Array (stores up mana and prevents you from burning yourself)
- Seeker of Skybreak (untaps Yurlok)
- Magewright's Stone (untaps Yurlok)
- Thousand-Year Elixir (untaps Yurlok)
- Seedborn Muse (untaps Yurlok)
- Patron of the Orochi (untaps Yurlok)
- Curse of Bounty (untaps Yurlok)
- Awakening (untaps Yurlok)
- Wound Reflection (bigger burn)
- Mana Reflection (bigger burn and enables infinite combos)
- Umbral Mantle (turns Yurlock into "pay : burn each opponent for 3". also combos infinitely alongside Mana Reflection or Nyxbloom Ancient)
- Sword of the Paruns (same as Umbral Mantle)
- Jade Mage (decent ability, prevents you from burning yourself)
- Duskwatch Recruiter Flip (decent ability, prevents you from burning yourself)
Personally I would cut these:
- Spectral Searchlight (doesn't get Yurlok out faster)
- Greenweaver Druid (doesn't get Yurlok out faster)
- Dictate of the Twin Gods (does not amplify Yurlok's effect)
- Blaze (not very impactful unless you are already in a strong position, in which case it is not needed)
- Flameblast Dragon (same as Blaze)
- Xantcha, Sleeper Agent (helps your opponents while hosing your strategy)
- Howling Mine (helps opponents)
- Koth of the Hammer (slow)
- Klothys, God of Destiny (slow)
- Thought Vessel (doesn't produce colored mana)
king-saproling on Latrhil Voltron's deck ♥
1 year ago
You might like these: Ivy Lane Denizen, Immaculate Magistrate, Fallen Ideal, Vicious Betrayal, Pennon Blade, Veteran's Armaments, Chatterfang, Squirrel General, Cryptolith Rite, Song of Freyalise, Druids' Repository, Storm the Citadel, Return of the Wildspeaker, Patron of the Orochi, Awakening.
Personally I would cut these cards: Blanchwood Armor, Familiar Ground, Prodigious Growth, Rune of Might, Lashwrithe, Loxodon Warhammer, Blackblade Reforged, Nissa Vastwood Seer, Poison the Cup
carpecanum on EDH Lathril Elves
1 year ago
You already have an Essence Warden. Presence of Gond is moderately useful. Then throw in a Lurking Roper for infinite elves and life.
Vitalize and Awakening could end the game a bit faster (and Mobilize but that is pricey now)
Aceh on You Just Activated My Trap Card!
1 year ago
Hi, have you considered Awakening ?