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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Planechase Legal
Premodern Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

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Nonbasic lands don't untap during their controllers' untap steps.

Beebles on [Primer] Mina & Denn's Rampaging Roil | V-MAT

6 months ago

Hey ZombieOfun,

I see why you’d ask me for those cards. I did consider them, but won’t be adding them to this deck. Here’s why:

  • I think Rootpath Purifier is only good if you run a lot of basic land ramp (or your commander does it) or you intend to use it to lock out the table with Back to Basics or Blood Moon. In this deck it will be a do-nothing 3/4 for most of the time. Many of the ramp pieces here search for forests, not for basics. I don’t think there’s enough synergy here to warrant a spot.
  • Awaken the Woods looks cool, but I prefer Genesis Wave as a similar spell. You may hit less lands than you would with the Awaken, but at the same time you can expect to hit other landfall cards which also see all the lands you hit with Genesis Wave entering. If it also includes a Purphoros or a Terror of the Peaks, it’s usually game over. Awaken may be better when X is low, but that flexibility does not make me want to add it right now.

Hope this answers your question.

carpecanum on Pattern Recognition #258 - The …

7 months ago

I can see why you would want Back to Basics back, but as a EDH player I hate any card that discourages playing multiple colors (and that means non-basic lands). That, Blood Moon and Land Destruction in general just aren't fun to watch after the first game of nobody being able to play.

Icbrgr on Pattern Recognition #258 - The …

7 months ago

Reading this just makes me want Back to Basics reprinted into standard... I would say Modern horizons 3 but my wallet just cant handle something like that for another decade.

Mr-White on What to do with Sisay

7 months ago

Someone gave me the secret lair foil Sisay, Weatherlight Captain and after a few days of looking at edhrec and online builds I have to admit I have no clue what to do with her.

Legendary deck I saw seems to just mash in every Legendary those people found without much of a precise wincon or plan in mind.

I saw a few planeswalker build which looked fun but the stuff around the walkers was way too expensive for me.

And the last one was a shrine build but then I thought why would I build a Go-Shintai of Life's Origin deck without Go-Shintai in the command zone.

Anyone got tips on a descent budget (around 200-300$) deck? Had in mind a budget mana base with like 10-15 basic lands with basic land ramp and use stax stuff with cards like Back to Basics and Ruination to slow them down while I put my pieces in place.

Lots of creature board wipe if I have a planeswalker build.

SufferFromEDHD on Keranos Lands

7 months ago

Such a clever concept. Big fan of "less is more" and this list is it. I too have an Izzet 43 Lands.dec list piloted by Keranos but my theme/gimmick was Legacy 43 lands.dec your glass cannon heavy land based combo is awesome!

I'm going to spit ball some ideas because your list got my creative juices flowing:

Cursed Scroll that many basics makes this efficient colorless damage.

Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle make something out of all those basic mountains.

Fiery Islet/Prismari Campus high quality filter and card draw.

Tolaria West tutor for the utility lands.

Burning Sands/Mana BreachOverburden I always try and sneak a stax tax or 2 in my combo decks. These similar cards are an irrelevant tax to you but brutal to aggro strategies.

Back to Basics brutal to greedy mana bases.

Retreat to Coralhelm/Valakut Exploration good value for playing lands.

Fathom Trawl cascade tutor. Treasure Hunt #2

Cut Tectonic Reformation. Add Trade Routes. The synergy with Seismic Assault is necessary to your strategy.

Voodoo_Gremlin on Estrid's En-Stax-Ments

8 months ago

lcarl3035, I understand what you're saying but, I won't be making changes based on your suggestions.

I prefer to put my land enchantments on basic lands to play around my Back to Basics and play with Earthcraft. The artifact lands are all shut down by my own Stony Silence.

Cascading Cataracts and Darksteel Citadel don't produce coloured mana on their own. Which can be an issue early on. All the other lands you suggested come into play tapped which is also problematic.

SufferFromEDHD on Kicking and Screaming

8 months ago

Abeyance and Telekinesis are some old school tech/protection.

Coalition Relic if tapped correctly is 2 colored mana for her kicker cost.

All those basic lands might as well run Land Tax/Scroll Rack/Back to Basics

Squee_Spirit_Guide on

8 months ago

I love this! It's very similar to the only Commander deck I've ever built, which was a lot of fun to play (for me, if not for my opponents). A couple of possible inclusions are Energy Field and Back to Basics to help buy time. And Polymorph and Chaos Warp are solid, chaotic removal if you find yourself in need of that.

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