Baleful Strix

Baleful Strix

Artifact Creature — Bird

Flying, deathtouch

When this enters the battlefield, draw a card.

Baleful Strix Discussion

ju009x on Yarok, who let the lands out?!

4 days ago

Hi UltimateRoxas40!

I did consider them, my only problem is the manacost. While playing the deck, I found cutting the bigger cards for carddraw or tutors gave me a chance to find the more important cards; like Scute Swarm. My second reason is political, cards like Baleful Strix don't get the attention of other players, while Roil Elemental will. With this deck I try to controle the game and fly under the radar, if I don't have any big threats in my hand.

Then again, there is an argument to be made to add them, as I don't realy have any good reanimator cards appart from Sire of Stagnation.

theGentlemanSeal on Devoted to two Gods

2 weeks ago

Great deck!

Helm of the Ghastlord would be a great addition to beef up all your blue/black creatures. Also, Oona's Gatewarden is an easy fit in here. Some more dimir fundamentals would be Baleful Strix, Cemetery Puca, Dimir Guildmage, or Dimir Guildmage.

In terms of finisher cards, you could add: Gyruda, Doom of Depths, Wrexial, the Risen Deep, Dragonlord Silumgar, Silumgar, the Drifting Death, Ghastlord of Fugue, Blizzard Specter, Dire Undercurrents,

A version of the deck will a mill wincon could also make use of Ashiok, Dream Render, Phenax, God of Deception, Lurking Informant, Nemesis of Reason, Psychic Drain, Mind Grind, Nightveil Specter, and the many more mill focused cards from across blue and black.

A deck that leans more into flash could use Slitherwisp.

Overall, I quite like and want to see it down the line!

DragonOfTheWest on Card creation challenge

1 month ago

My all-time favorite card is Baleful Strix, so here's a new version as a legendary creature:


Sonaxan the Baleful 

Legendary Artifact Creature — Bird

Flying

Artifact creatures you control have deathtouch.

Metalcraft — {T}: Draw a card. Activate this ability only if you control three or more artifacts.

2/2


Repeat: Name a card you love, and make a new version of it.

multimedia on Runo stormkirk duel wielding sea monsters

1 month ago

Hey, good first draft. I'm having a lot of fun with Krothuss; Runo is just along for the ride.

Your deck doesn't have a Commander. In the deck editor after Runo Stromkirk text add CMDR.

1x Runo Stromkirk (DBL) *CMDR*

When you save and return to the deck Runo will be the official Commander with it's own category and card image.


Consider cutting a few lands: Temple of the False God and some basic lands, for some more cards to help setup Runo to transform?

Hullbreaker Horror is a new Kraken who has great interaction with Krothuss. Hullbreaker + Sol Ring + Mana Crypt is infinite colorless mana by bounce/cast each of these mana rocks. Hullbreaker + Sol Ring + Mox Amber is infinite colorless mana as well as blue/black mana if you control Runo or Krothuss. If you control token copies of Hullbreaker then these combos can bounce all your opponents nonland permanents and keep doing this on your turn to lock your opponents out of having nonland permanents as well as clear the battlefield of blockers to attack.

Wonder is powerful for Kraken who don't have evasion such as Hullbreaker, Spawning Kraken, 9/9 Kraken tokens, etc. An effect to give all creatures you control flying is needed with Stormtide Leviathan. Buried Alive can get Wonder as well as two other creatures you want to reanimate or help to transform Runo.

Vile Entomber has Entomb which can be helpful with Krothuss. Vile can first support to setup Runo then when Krothuss/Vile attack make a token copy of it to get Wonder while in combat. Baleful Strix is a good Dimir creature and can be repeatable draw with Krothuss. Mutate Strix with Sea-Dasher Octopus on top for a draw engine with Krothuss.


Some upgrades to consider:

Good luck with your deck.

multimedia on Runo Sea Monster Tribal

1 month ago

Hey, nice version on less than $100 budget.

I know this is sea monster tribal, but consider cutting a few of the lesser sea monsters for more effects to enable Runo to transform and some more ramp?

Vile Entomber can first help to setup Runo then Krothuss can copy it to get Wonder into your graveyard while in combat. It's helpful to have a creature who Krothuss can copy to put any sea monster from your library into your graveyard for reanimation.

These card suggestions could replace:

Legendary sea monsters are less good with Krothuss because can't keep the token copies of them and Lorthos/Slinn don't give you any effect for value when token copies of them enter the battlefield.

Baleful Strix is good with Sea-Dasher Octopus to mutate for a flying/deathtouch 2/2 Octopus who draws a card when a token copy of it is created as well as when it does combat damage to a player. Without Sea-Dasher Strix is still good with Krothuss for repeatable draw. Strix could replace Perplex.

Good luck with your deck.

multimedia on Runo Stromkirk Reanimator

1 month ago

Hey, well done with less than $50.

Reanimation is a good theme to go with Runo/Krothuss because the cards that can help to setup Runo to transform can also enable reanimation. Self-mill is a way to setup Runo/reanimation, but loot which is draw then discard gives you more control over what card(s) you put into your graveyard. With self-mill you may mill a noncreature card that you would rather draw, that you can't recur later. With loot you have more control over what cards you discard and you draw first. More loot can help to get Wonder into your graveyard. Consider more loot?

  • Frantic Search: can discard a 6 CMC creature then use the three untap lands to cast Runo.
  • Thirst for Discovery: draw three for three mana, can then discard up to two creatures. If you don't need to discard creatures then just discard a basic land since there's 25 of them here.
  • Obsessive Stitcher: is a repeatable looter and an instant speed reanimator.
  • Tomebound Lich: loot on ETB and when it does combat damage to a player, nice creature to copy with Krothuss.
  • Mask of Memory: equip to Runo or Krothuss for repeatable loot.

Spawning Kraken is a busted budget 6 CMC creature with Krothuss since it's a Kraken who creates 9/9 Krakens any time any Kraken does combat damage to a player. By controlling just Krothuss and Spawning who's able to attack, if all these creatures do combat damage to an opponent then you create nine 9/9 Kraken tokens. These two cards create an army with 90+ power spread between them.

Vile Entomber is helpful to setup Runo then copy it with Krothuss to get Wonder while in combat. Having a creature who can tutor for and put any card of your choice into your graveyard is powerful with reanimation. Victimize is great reanimation for it's mana cost and low price.

I see Baleful Strix and Sea-Dasher Octopus pairs well with Strix to mutate. When you mutate Strix with Sea-Dasher on top you make a 2/2 blue Octopus with flying, deathtouch, draws a card when it ETB and when it does combat damage to a player. If you copy the mutated creature with Krothuss you make two copies of it and that token becomes one creature, an Octopus who has all of these abilities.

If the original mutated creature (Sea-Dasher with Strix below it) is returned to your hand then both Sea-Dasher and Strix return to your hand to cast Sea-Dasher again, to mutate again. Sea-Dasher is powerful because it has flash for two mana mutate to any nonHuman creature you control to turn that creature into an Octopus for much more interaction with Krothuss.

If interested I offer suggestions of cuts to consider. Good luck with your deck.

multimedia on Runo, Vampire of the Seas

1 month ago

Hey, nice version, but you forgot Whelming Wave?

Frantic Search is a really good enabler for Runo, by discarding a 6 CMC creature and then use the three lands you untap to cast Runo. Lim-Dul's Vault is another excellent enabler since you have a lot of life in Commander.

Reanimation helps when playing so many high CMC creatures and a low amount of lands. With Apprentice Necromancer the creature you reanimate has haste letting it attack to be copied by Krothuss the same turn you reanimate. Obsessive Stitcher is a repeatable looter and can reanimate even at instant speed on your last opponent's turn to then attack with that creature and Krothuss on your turn. Both these reanimation sources are creatures which can be helpful with Krothuss, if the battlefield is clear to attack to copy. Victimize is sac a creature, most likely a token copy, to reanimate any two creatures.

Victimize and Time Warp, etc. here go well with Archaeomancer to recur them to cast again because Archaeomancer is a creature who Krothuss can copy. Can be infinite extra turns for repeatable five mana as long as Krothuss can keep attacking and copying Archaeomancer. Baleful Strix is great to mutate with Sea-Dasher Octopus, making a 2/2 Octopus with flying, deathtouch, draw a card when it ETB and when it does combat damage to a player.

Attacking creature you want to copy with Krothuss, Spawning Kraken, 9/9 Krakens, etc. can really benefit from evasion. Wonder is nice because you can discard it and you have a lot of Islands. Archetype of Imagination is a 6 CMC creature who also makes your creatures nearly unblockable and pairs with Stormtide Leviathan. Junk Winder is a Serpent who pairs well with Spawning to tap down opponent blockers.

If interested I offer suggestions of cards to cut. Good luck with your deck.

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