, Sacrifice Black Lotus: Add three mana of any one color to your mana pool.
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Black Lotus Discussion
5 days ago
So first of all the deck isn't legal in vintage, and second of all, Black Lotus is restricted, as are all the Moxen, and if you really want to make the deck more expensive, try making it WUBRG.
1 week ago
To drive the point home.... Darksteel Citadel is Ancient Tomb or Mishra's Workshop or sometimes even better(and it's indestructible) when used with Affinity(Frogmite and friends), gives one or more of your creatures +1/+0(Cranial Plating, is a 5/5 indestructible(Ensoul Artifact), can be sacrificed to give any of your artifact creatures a +1/+1 counter(Arcbound Ravager), fixes your mana(Glimmervoid and Spire of Industry), all at once.
It would be really awesome if we suddenly had 8 or 12 or, if we unbanned the original colored artifact lands, up to 24 total copies of that. Not that you need that many, but still.
And, with the combination of affinity and improvise, as well as some other specific cards, it is not only that but also Black Lotus. Of course, in that deck every thing is Workshop + Lotus + whatever else it was anyways, so the point is sorta moot.... until you realize that you can have a deck where everything, even your win conditions, are Lotus Workshops and the only reason the deck isn't good is because your 10+ t1 power has no evasion, even if it's partially consistent.
2 weeks ago
Mox Tantalite is good because it delays your reward.
: Add to your mana pool. Activate this ability only if you control three or more Islands.
3 weeks ago
It’s easy. If you’re running an 8rack deck and you’re short a Swamp, just take a spare Black Lotus lying around and use a sharpie to write a big “S” on it. If you’re feeling artistic, you can even try doodling a little tiny skull on it. Now you’re good—-so long as your playgroup accepts proxies.
3 weeks ago
I haven't delved upon the blink strategy myself for quite some time, though I may be of aid.
There is a budget constraint, wherethrough I shall keep all of my suggestions under two dollars.
Upon actual suggestions are a couple categories worth bolstering.
Some flickering and blinking:
Yorion can do quite a bit, and it begins looping with effects such as Charming Prince. Ephemerate is an overperformer whiles Ghostly Flicker, though more to cast, gets the job done. Combined with a counterspell in the graveyard, it can be a soft-lock with Archaeomancer (run that, too). Flickerwisp is just potent. Soulherder is oft the very best card to resolve.
A multitude of card draw:
Arcanist's Owl just keeps digging. Augur of Bolas could be fun. Barrin, Tolarian Archmage is able to bounce your own utility creatures or pester the opponent's board. Elsewhere Flask does its job. Wall of Omens draws many cards and serves as defense for those pesky aggro decks. Champion of Wits loots through the deck until life's end. Fblthp, the Lost is just greater. Golden Egg cycles and draws more cards.
Some removal effects:
Angel of Finality is an efficient flyer with a relevant trigger. Every deck needs graveyard hate! Dream Eater goes through a lot of cards and bounces important targets. Elspeth Conquers Death is as powerful here as it is in Standard. Leonin Relic-Warder serves a similar purpose. Frost Titan locks down important threats.
And some cards that don't really fit in tother categories:
Angel of Serenity deals with threats and can recur creatures from your own graveyard. Angelic Chorus gains far too much life for the opponent's comfort. Annex is nice, for you can switch it around as better lands come into play. Nevermore can keep changing card names to prevent anyone from casting their commanders.
Fall of the Thran is really mean and I love it.
Now for a few non-budget options:
Just on one to note, Conjurer's Closet is going to be reprinted in Double Masters, thus it may drop to within budget.
There are quite a few things I would recommend cutting.
AEther Adept is lacking, Archaeomender doesn't seem to be retrieving much of worth, Archon of the Triumvirate is overcosted, Aven Surveyor is as well, Artisan of Kozilek triggers off of cast and is thus useless to blink, Your artifact tutors do not search for much of relevance, Subjugator Angel is a worse Tempest Caller, Hoverguard Sweeper is EIGHT MANA (what?!), Dispel is too narrow, and Aether Tunnel is lacking in power.
Let me drive this one in. Eon Frolicker just loses you the game. Giving someone a turn is ceding far too much time for them to gather resources and defenses. The "protection from that player" really doesn't do that much.
I suppose that is to be all from me. Happy blinking!
3 weeks ago
Drawing a lot of cards will help get what you need and the tutor card help with that and their are only 2. So you may want to look at Champion of Dusk. This is a good draw card to help you get to the infinite combo you are looking for. Also, a good land would be Castle Locthwain. Just another solid way to draw the cards that you need. You only have one actual swamp and 1 island in the deck however. This would make Castle Locthwain come in tapped if you did not have the swamp out. This also makes Polluted Delta very inefficient. You would only ever use 2 max and then the other 2 are chump. There is nothing wrong having some basic lands. I would try and have at least 6 of each. This way for every 10 cards, you are looking at least 1 of each based on the initial statistics of a randomly shuffled 60 card deck.
Seeing as you have Dark Ritual, Black Lotus, Mox Jet, and Mox Sapphire, I assume you are going for fast play. Given that, I would just note that Cryptic Command is great for the options, but it is quite expensive and heavy on the blue. Easy to get mana locked out of this blue spells.
Bitter Ordeal was another thing I wanted to bring up. I'm not sure it works to wipe out a library as you said, or I misunderstand it. I know with Viscera Seer and all the bats, you can scry a lot, but I think the card you scry either goes on top of the library or bottom, not the graveyard. Also, the bat that is sacrificed is a token. It does not actually go in the graveyard. So you could not wipe the deck out this way.
I would encourage using Gifted Aetherborn. It is another great death touch and life link vampire. I think Viscera Seer may not be as useful based on the previous paragraph as you think. That would give you room for the extra death touch and life link. I would really utilize the life link so that all the pay life cards don't end up killing you.
Overall, I think the deck is great. Infinite combos are generally hard to generate, but you have a good path towards it. Sorry if this was too much. Please play with what you enjoy overall.
3 weeks ago
Pact of Negation also sees play in neoform! :)
Void Shatter is a flavor win but absolute trash in competetive formats, so however I ranked it it'd probably place pretty low.
I have to disagree with Force of Will because it's pretty terrible unless it's giving you wins against an unfair deck. Giving your opponent a free 2-for-1 and paying 1 life is a losing proposition.