Blue Sun's Zenith
Target player draws X cards. Shuffle Blue Sun's Zenith into its owner's library.
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Blue Sun's Zenith Discussion
6 days ago
Ah see, that makes sense. At least the Flying gives it some reasonable evasion. Those Cipher spells are all good fun if you can pull them off. I can see why Minds Aglow would be a better choice than Blue Sun's Zenith .
I remember now why my Nekusar, the Mindrazer deck is abandoned!
6 days ago
Hi kimosabe! There are some interesting cards here, and Sedraxis Alchemist in particular seems like a great one that I wasn't aware of. I think my main thought here is actually just that you're pretty light on ramp, with really only Sol Ring and Arcane Signet . Inalla is especially mana hungry because if you want to use her ability, you essentially need to add one to the cmc of all of your wizards. Generally we want to have at least ten pieces of ramp in any deck, so I'd definitely add a suite of signets, talismans, and stones along with maybe Burnished Hart and Wayfarer's Bauble and you should be all set. Because adding eight cards will result in cuts, it might be helpful to decide whether you want to go with a more controlling approach or a wizards tribal approach. If you go with the former, cut more wizards keeping only the best ones and if you go with the latter, cut down on your instants and sorceries. This will also help you decide which wizards are best. In the control build, for instance, Adeliz, the Cinder Wind and Docent of Perfection Flip are great, and while I think Scholar of the Ages is too high-costed for any build personally, adding Salvager of Secrets and/or Izzet Chronarch is a good call. In the Wizards tribal approach, Adeliz and Docent aren't great and we're probably good with just Archaeomancer for instant and sorcery recursion.
You probably also want to think about wincons. Wizards aren't great attackers, so combos of some form are usually the way to go. You currently have the Ghostly Flicker combo with either Dualcaster Mage or Naru Meha, Master Wizard , though the latter doesn't win on her own and while you have Blue Sun's Zenith as a mana sink, I'd consider adding Comet Storm or the like. You might also want to add Solve the Equation as an inexpensive tutor for Ghostly Flicker . If you add Ashnod's Altar , you'll have another win con since it can go infinite with Inalla and Bloodline Necromancer , which you already have. In addition to this, Wanderwine Prophets and Timestream Navigator can win on their own with Inalla's ability and enough mana. Additionally, if you are going with the control build, Intruder Alarm is a great card which you can use with Inalla's ability to drain people out without technically going infinite.
1 week ago
I see you still have Master of the Feast in there, despite reckoning it not worth the slot. You could put something like Blue Sun's Zenith in in its place. That way you have targetted, instant speed draw for your self, or a way to hurt just one opponent, which can be handy for political reasons at the table. What's more, the card replaces itself by returning to your library, and so is more useful than the big fat flying demon.
1 week ago
Let’s be clear and open this by admitting I’d never considered building a mono-blue deck before now. In fact, I can clearly remember only one in all my years on playing, and we didn’t finish the game (he left for a Killer Instinct tournament). That said, blue forms the backbone of several favorite decks. Those of you who have braved the mono-blue challenge, I salute. Or rather, I salute those of you who didn’t shuffle islands and counterspells together until you had ninety-nine and then threw Talrand, Sky Summoner on top as the world’s most unimaginative cherry.
That lone blue deck I saw? The first spell in the game gets played. Mr. Talrand peers at it, then nods and says “I’ll allow it.” You could see his name appearing in neon at the top of the table’s hit list, and he hadn’t introduced himself or even played a spell yet. This, I think, is what a lot of folk unjustly assume of mono-blue: that attitude, that play style. But at its best, blue is a beautiful game of dancing on the edge, bringing grace and guile to the table beyond anything the other colors can manage.
Blue has enough mass in squelchy things from the deep to square off with anything but the swollest green, and the islandwalk to not bother. Curse of the Swine and Rite of Replication are only two of the many mean, mean things you can do to a board state. Just the knowledge that counters exist leaves blue players resigned to suspicious looks whenever opponents so much as breathe. And yet, for all this power, blue truly outshines the other colors in three areas: draw, artifact manipulation, and control. Let’s talk commanders for these archetypes, shall we? Again, please bear in mind the point isn’t to discuss the competitive but rather to celebrate the thematic. Happily, blue has a bounty of legends loaded with both!
Ah, Blue Sun's Zenith . Only blue can kill with this peculiar species of lunatic kindness. While there isn’t a mono-blue commander that has this exact effect… yet… it highlights the singular relationship blue has with drawing cards. Whether you want to draw or deck, if you like a full hand then look no further.
Tribal is an archetype available to all colors. While I’m trying to steer away from that as a theme, we must talk Azami if we talk draw engines. There are many, many good wizards, and her ladyship is an absolute powerhouse of card advantage. Arcanis the Omnipotent is omnijealous, bitterly sulking in the 99.
For the more political blue players we go once more to Kamigawa. He’s little, group-huggy, and a fantastic choice for those who appreciate the challenge of treating their commander as an afterthought. Besides, nobody resents an extra card until you drop the sphinx. You know the one.
Can’t be countered. No maximum hand size. Whenever your opponent goes noncreature, draw a card. Blink. I hope the Scots are pleased, because Nessie is quite the monster. Seven mana is a lot, but so, so worth it to play this unholy avatar of blue. Give thanks and happy chortles as she pours cards into your endless hand and flickers past everything that isn’t Molten Disaster .
Where Red abuses artifacts the way black abuses… well, everything, blue takes it to full symbiosis, protecting, enhancing, and eating the pancreas of anyone who offends their precious toys. Blue has the tutors, the synergies, the splendiferous Tezzeret the Seeker . If you like artifacts but aren’t quite crazy enough to go full colorless, blue is your in.
In a singleton game, tutors are king. Long live Arcum. Bonus points if you take out somebody’s combo piece with him while taking a break from digging for yours.
Here’s a pancreas eater for you: theft-by-tutor is unorthodox, but undeniably fun. Blue delights in theft and, as anyone who has siblings will tell you, stolen treats taste better. You’ll never appreciate using your own high-powered tin crap half so much as using your opponent’s high-powered tin crap. Stockpile extra turns and go shopping on the opposition’s dime.
You talk blue artifacts, this guy is in the conversation, if not THE conversation. Lord High Wombo Himself is not here because he makes a goon. Lord High Wombo Himself is not even here because he has mightily potent mana sink if you break infinite. Lord High Wombo Himself is here because of that middle line, turning things like Winter Orb from “our” problem to “your” problem, and that’s just the tip of this degenerate iceberg. Go nuts.
When my wife tells me not to break my toys, this is NOT what she means. No other color manages the sheer mind-bogglery of bouncing, tapping, stealing, and otherwise screwing with other people’s toys without breaking them. No other color boasts this heinous plurality of extra turns, to say nothing of counterspells. Control is the glory and the terror of blue: Laboratory Maniac might take the game for you, but it’s control that will get him there.
Blue is the heavyweight champion of yoink, and Memnarch holds the belt. Just be ready for everyone to treat you like a male dog with a full bladder whenever he takes the field, especially if you had your Mycosynth Lattice in the morning.
Honestly, the pay X bit of this is only tangential for me. Blue is all about minimal force, and tapping something whenever you Opt has very interesting applications. After all, the phrase “doesn’t untap during their untap step” is patented in blue ink. I’m not even sure building around this is a good idea, but you have to admit that Ol’ Gadwick is frightening to any command damage chaser who left their Lightning Greaves at home, especially when Dismiss into Dream is lurking.
We all have strong feelings about counterspells, one way or the other. Forbid is a personal favorite. While Baral’s not that special in a vacuum, he offers hellacious support if you really are all about counterspam. He won’t break the game on his own, but the play-style he encourages certainly has potential for other broken things. Like friendships. Or noses.
And, for my personal favorite... I love perpetually affordable commanders. Rock a few token generators and you might go a whole game paying a single blue mana for this marvel. Sacrifice artifacts are suddenly scary, Sacrificing them suddenly isn’t, and your opponents are suddenly scrabbling for exile effects and that wretched bog. Please remember to bring your self-milling kit, a Mirran Spy , a Mycosynth Golem , and a jar for the tears of your enemies (no sense wasting all that blue mana). First prize if you win with the Phyrexian half of Mirrodin Besieged .
That's it for this round. Thoughts and questions are welcome. I hope you enjoyed it, and will come back next week for Black!
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4 weeks ago
I would recommend Drift of Phantasms to tutor for whatever 3 cost card you want or have an excellent flying blocker to keep you alive while you combo (In my version of this deck I run Blue Sun's Zenith as my end game with infinite mana and phantasms lets me tutor for it or any other 3 drops I need for combo fun). I also run Saheeli, Sublime Artificer to duplicate my Galvanizer and get the combo off with only 1 in play plus mana myr(s).
1 month ago
You can also post a thread in the EDH Deck Help forum and ask for more opinions. I’m still kinda new to commander but I build a lot of decks.
1 month ago
I’m not too familiar with this precon but I’ll try to give some advice.
Cards you could add, Aminatou's Augury is sweet and super fun to copy. Culmination of Studies could be good here. Melek, Izzet Paragon is pretty good and can be your commander if you wanna switch it up. Solve the Equation is a good tutor that’s not too expensive.
There’s also some sub-par cards you could swap out for better versions. Gadwick, the Wizened would be better as Blue Sun's Zenith , Pull from Tomorrow , or Expansion / Explosion since they can be copied and trigger your commander.
Also I don’t think the two Storm cards are very good here since your trying to cast big spells and not multiple spells in a turn.
Clone Legion is fun to copy as well.
Either way, I like the deck, good luck with it!
1 month ago
The first thing I'd note here is that you don't lose from drawing the last card in your library but rather for drawing "more cards than are left in [your] library", so you would need to have drawn all 20 cards with Blue Sun's Zenith for a single Kenrith activation to prove fatal. As for the actual question, you would be able to respond to Kenrith's activation being put on the stack by activating Elixir of Immortality . It's not like you are losing the game just because an ability that would cause you to lose the game has been put on the stack. That ability actually has to resolve first so that you really are drawing from an empty library. Because the stack resolves last-in, first-out, the elixir's ability will resolve before Kenrith's does. However, to complicate the situation, a player with enough mana could simply activate the forced draw ability a second time in response to your elixir activation so that Kenrith's ability is once more on top of the stack. In that case, you would need a way to untap the artifact to pay its activation cost again if you wanted to do the same thing and have it resolve first. Assuming you end up on top, the elixir will shuffle your GY and itself back in and keep the subsequent resolution of the draw ability from killing you.