|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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|Commander 2015 (C15)||Uncommon|
|Return to Ravnica (RTR)||Uncommon|
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Tap target creature you don't control.
Overload (You may cast this spell for its overload cost. If you do, change its text by replacing all instances of "target" with "each".)
1 month ago
Adds: Kokusho, the Evening Star , Ravenous Chupacabra , Go for the Throat , Hero's Downfall , Murder , Snuff Out , Solemn Simulacrum , Sidisi, Undead Vizier , Crux of Fate , Baleful Strix , Rapid Hybridization , Disallow , Negate , Beacon of Unrest , Rise of the Dark Realms (if you still have one), Ashnod's Altar , Hedron Archive , Gray Merchant of Asphodel , Buried Alive , Read the Bones , Deep Analysis , Night's Whisper , Swan Song , Meteor Golem , Living Death , Wayfarer's Bauble , Razaketh, the Foulblooded , Illusionist's Bracers , Training Grounds
Cuts: Body Double , Clone , Consuming Aberration , Necropolis Regent , Phenax, God of Deception , Sire of Stagnation , Stitcher Geralf , Syr Konrad, the Grim , Wrexial, the Risen Deep , Dire Undercurrents , Propaganda , Steal Enchantment , Blustersquall , Countersquall , Grisly Spectacle , Psychic Strike , Pull from Tomorrow , Sinister Sabotage , Thought Collapse , Undermine , In Garruk's Wake , Kindred Dominance , Psychic Drain , Time Warp
1 month ago
Hmmm I might use the Blustersquall from my maybe board to avoid chump blockers. But the Lightning Greaves is definitely a good suggestion for speed alone. Especially if I decide to put the Jace's Archivist in.
4 months ago
(saw your post on tumblr and had to come and suggest stuff, but feel free to ignore, I'm just trying to throw some ideas out to help out!)
I think counterspells aren't very good as signature spells (but I don't have much experience with Oathbreaker). If you're going for flavor I think Expansion / Explosion , Izzet Charm or Turn//Burn could work. (It could also be fun to build a Harnessed Lightning energy-themed deck for Ral, Storm Conduit :x)
I think that instead of running a lot of creatures with tap (or untap) abilities it would be easier to focus on artifacts for the ramp/card draw/etc with cards like Clock of Omens , Key to the City , Staff of Nin (), Unwinding Clock , Chaos Wand , Oracle's Vault () and a bunch of mana rocks ( Mind Stone , Pyramid of the Pantheon (), Coalition Relic (), Talisman of Creativity , Star Compass , Hedron Archive , Basalt Monolith and Khalni Gem ). Animation Module can add counters to planeswalkers, so that could be fun too.
Reality Shift is probably the best creature single target removal in blue.
I'd cut down on the number of X damage spells you're running and rely more on having some graveyard recursion/tutoring to make it more consistent. Mystic Retrieval would be my choice to run along with Archeomancer. Mizzix's Mastery is also pretty good, but probably better if you're focusing on spellslinging.
Vandalblast and Shenanigans (or maybe Release the Gremlins for the cuteness) are good artifact removal. Geistblast is a interesting Flashback spell that actually should be like Amonkhet's Aftermath. Insidious Will 's versatility shouldn't be underestimated.
(aaand I already suggested too much. Like I said, feel free to ignore. Can't wait to see the finished deck. I hope something from this mess helps!)
4 months ago
I want to make a deck based around tap-down control. As in, Downpour and Feeling of Dread control. For years, I’ve been trying to make this idea work, ever since I first started playing, in Return to Ravnica. It started with the cards Gideon's Avenger and Sunblast Angel . I thought I could make something work, and I sort of did. I made a budget deck that achieved mild success on T/O called Frozen Solid. People liked it because it was cheap and gimmicky, but I wanted it to be more than a cheap trick, which is unfortunate, because that’s all it could have really been at the time. The deck suffers from a core weakness that other forms of control don’t have to deal with, namely that after your cheap tap-down spell has resolved, all your opponent has to do is wait another turn and build up their army even further. Sunblast angel requires a land drop every turn for six turns. The game ends up being about prolonging an inevitable loss instead of winning. Nevertheless, I tried my best to make it at least semi-competitive.
I tried every combination of U/W/X. I tried esper with its access to cards like Royal Assassin and Murderous Compulsion . A way to get rid of tapped cards is great, but why would anyone ever spend two mana on a Murderous Compulsion when they could spend it on Doom Blade , Ultimate Price , Walk the Plank , Cast Down , or half the mana on Fatal Push ? Royal assassin at least sticks around to be able to make use of a mana-free kill to complement your tap-down effects, but it dies to even the gentlest of creature removal. It dies to Lightning Bolt . It dies to Shock . Heck, it even dies to Darkblast . And aside from the assassin, there isn’t a whole lot to support tap-down control in black.
U/W/G has Glare of Subdual , which answers one problem the deck has, namely of a lack of creatures to serve as a wincon. At the same time though, you’re still tapping them down, so they can’t be used to attack with (unless you have something to untap them with, which splits your available resources even further) and if you have a big enough field presence to control the board by tapping stuff down, you could have probably won already through some Overrun kind of playstyle instead. I found merfolk a flavorful and surprisingly synergetic tribe for what I was going for here, as seen by cards like Merrow Reejerey , Merfolk Trickster , and Harbinger of the Tides . I thought that of all the ideas I’ve made thus far, this had the biggest chance of doing what I wanted, with built-in tribal support that aligned with a tap-down aesthetic. You could even finish games with a well-timed Wake Thrasher .
In R/W/U, I experimented with Aurelia's Fury . With cards like Assemble the Legion , stalling becomes a legitimate strategy. Battlefield Thaumaturge could be used to make the spell a two mana overloaded Blustersquall . Along that route, Gridlock and Glimpse the Sun God could be used to support it, but the idea is heavily reliant on thaumaturge, which doesn’t always see play, even as a 4-of.
A truly depressing match against Red Deck Wins made me realize that the deck is entirely reliant on the opponent’s having creatures. Thus, the idea to include something from the hunted cycle was born. Hunted Phantasm , for example, provides me with a good beater and plenty of things to make use of for my spells.
Every now and then, some piece of deck-tech makes me have that flutter of naïve hope, like when we got Time of Ice in Dominaria or Verity Circle in Ravnica Allegiance. Verity circle could be the answer, the missing link. It provides me with the ability to refuel my spells and dig through my deck to get to the wincon, whatever it should be. In any other kind of deck, it’s mediocre at best, but it’s the best support my jank idea has ever gotten. I could be missing something that comes clearly for you. I’m asking you to help me realize my seven-year-old dream: to create a tap-down control deck that holds its own against at least semi-competitive decks. (Decks that have a reasonably achievable means to win and efficient support to help it achieve its chosen way of winning.) I’m not asking for anything that’d make the top 8 list anywhere, just something I can be satisfied with. So long as the primary theme of the deck is controlling the field through tap-down effects, I’m happy.
Please help me out here. I’m at my wits end lol. A big thanks to any and all who put their two cents in.
4 months ago
eerie343 for sure ill try to share a couple combos in detail for everyone. This will be a huge message so hold on!
The deck functions off the Fblthp and Proteus Staff combo. Fblthp being the only creature in the deck means that when you cast proteus staff on Fblthp he will be put on the bottom of your library and you'll reveal every card from your library until you reveal and then cast Fblthp from your library with Proteus Staff's ability. Before Fblthp is cast you are able to rearrange all the cards revealed this way however you want. So you can rearrange your entire library how you want and then draw two cards, just by targeting Fblthp with Proteus Staff for 3 mana.
Once you have rearranged your library and drawn the cards of your choice this is where it can get fun. Depending on your mana or board presence you may want to do other things but here are some combos I like.
To simply win the game you want to search and grab Jace, Wielder of Mysteries , High Tide if needed, and Tunnel Vision . You also want to make sure when you rearrange your deck to put a card on the bottom that you will remember. When you have the resources needed simply cast Jace and then Tunnel Vision. Target yourself with Tunnel Vision and name the card at the bottom of your library. You will then mill yourself to the last card of your library. Then activate Jace's +1 ability and win the game on the spot!
Another combo is grabbing Goblin Charbelcher and making sure you rearrange your library so that when you activate Goblin Charbelcher you will dig through 40 or so cards before revealing a land card so you then deal 40 damage to an opponent.
Saucier combo includes grabbing Animatou's Augury and High Tide when you have the mana cast High Tide and then Animatou's Augury to then cast for free Flow of Ideas (based off your proteus staff rearranging this needs to have you draw Blustersquall or a card like it, Frantic Search will untap some mana, and Part the Waterveil ) then cast Commence the Endgame for free with Animatou drawing some more cards and creating lets say a 8/8 amass token based on your hand size, hopefully even bigger! Continuing with Animatou's Augury you can then cast Octopus Umbra for free making the amass token a 16/16 because amass is +1/1 counters not base power. Then with your remaining mana you want to cast frantic search giving you extra mana if needed to cast Part the Waterveil . On your bonus next turn you can cast Blustersquall and swing in with your 18/18 amass octopus token to then start putting the pressure on hilariously.
Finally there's a Fblthp commander damage combo! Haven't done it yet but I'm pretty sure it works. You have to get Diviner's Wand out and attached to Fblthp as the combo includes drawing enough cards to make Fblthp able to swing in for lethal commander damage. Once this has happened and you have at least 7 mana, 5 or more cards in hand and you have arranged your library this certain way you can pull off the combo. Start by casting High Tide from your hand then Frantic Search . Draw Brainstorm and Blustersquall or a card like it. Discard two poop/not needed cards in hand. Cast Blustersquall for its overload. Cast Brainstorm , draw Flow of Ideas and put others back. Cast Flow of ideas. Draw 7 cards. 1 being an Island (lay this). 1 being a random artifact of your choice. 1 being Thirst for Knowledge and another being Windfall . Cast Thirst for Knowledge drawing more cards and discarding the random artifact. Cast Windfall drawing more cards. At this point opponent's creatures are tapped and your Fblthp should be at least a 21/21 with the help of Diviner's Wand . Swing in with FBLTHP for the commander lethal damage!!
6 months ago
I'd consider cards that tap all the creatures of your opponents (which also protects from incoming attacks your planeswalkers):
- Aboshan, Cephalid Emperor
- Arena of the Ancients
- Cryptic Command
- Tempest Caller
- War's Toll
And I'd also consider cards that double the damage rowan can deal with her minus ability, so that you can better clean the board:
8 months ago
Since you were looking for more combat oriented stuff maybe consider cards like Feat of Resistance , Blustersquall , Titan's Strength . Also extra combat phase stuff would be good like Seize the Day and Combat Celebrant .
Blustersquall occurrence in decks from the last year
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All decks: 0.01%