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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
|Pauper Duel Commander||Legal|
Draw three cards, then put two cards from your hand on top of your library in any order.
13 hours ago
3 weeks ago
Brainstorm is a great instant you could add.
I also might put in a couple of effects to recur instants/groceries [sic] from yard to hand just in case: Archaeomancer etc. since your commander cares about casting things from hand.
1 month ago
I would go for slimming down each category, rather than just creatures/control.
Some low drop creatures can be worth running in the right context, but some of yours can probably be cut: turns 1-2, I'd much rather be casting things like Ponder or Brainstorm to prepare for future turns than drop a Faerie Seer which isn't terribly impactful. Some of your low CMC creatures can stay, like Cloudfin Raptor which is an absolute beast, but if I were you I'd just playtest some of them and see what you like best.
There's no such thing as "too much card draw", as long as you don't deck out or die due to not doing other things that actually win you the game. A good thing to do in blue is make sure your card draw spells are instants, so you can hold up mana for a counterspell if you need it, then if your opponents change phases to their end steps without doing anything crazy, you can cast a Brainstorm / Deliberate.
Some things you could trim: Wingspan Mentor - a bit slow and win-more: if you have enough creatures out for its counters to matter, you were probably dealing good damage without it.
Charix, the Raging Isle - same CMC as your commander, so you'll probably want to cast your commander instead 9/10 times you draw it.
Floodgate - as above, also you have better control options.
Sludge Monster - slow, not quite a fit here.
Thryx, the Sudden Storm - a bit better of a fit, but still not quite worth it.
Windstorm Drake - small toughness boost is not worth the cost.
Sphinx of Jwar Isle - sometimes it can be nice to know what's coming up next in your library, but this isn't worth the cost and top deck manipulation doesn't really have much synergy here.
lastly, with your average CMC, I think you could comfortably cut 4-5 Islands.
Hope that helps. Sorry for the wall of text, but I wanted to explain some of my reasoning on cuts and such.
1 month ago
the only creatures mill ever wants to run are Ruin Crab and Hedron Crab. Stuff like Jace's Phantasm aren’t useful, because you’re not winning by damage, and its just one-less mill effect. Your other creatures are also unuseful, largely due to their excessive mana cost.
you’re running far too few lands for what you’re trying to do here. Imo you need around 23 lands here.
you’re running far too many cards as 1-ofs and 2-ofs, which is going to make your deck quite fractured and chaotic. I would suggest trying to ensure that the majority of the cards you run are run as playsets (4-ofs), to help keep your deck focused and consistent.
i think you need to seriously upgrade your mill package. Stuff like Mind Funeral, Tome Scour and Memory Erosion are all incredibly, incredibly weak, and you’ll find it very hard to mill an opponent out with these options. You want to be aiming for cards like Glimpse the Unthinkable, Tasha's Hideous Laughter, and Fractured Sanity.
1 month ago
2 months ago
On a pure power level I don't think they would be a problem, though they would of course be very strong. Fetchlands would still be maybe better because of the synergy with landfall, lands in the gy, Brainstorm type effects, and even just land thinning. Duals would absolutely take the slot of current mana fixers and do their whole deal better, but the amount of utility you can get from lands now almost breaks lands into two categories, the lands that make mana and the lands that make mana and do things, and the duals wouldn't even really be the best lands to make mana as long as the fetches are around.
I just think that duals were nuts back in the day because it was really hard to run multiple colors a lot of the time, but now they wouldn't be as strong as fetches, channel lands, or niche picks like Mutavault or Blast Zone
3 months ago
Maybe board list:
- Access Denied
- Blood Artist
- Elspeth, Knight-Errant
- Elspeth, Sun's Champion
- Invasion of Tolvada Flip
- Lightning Greaves
- Myrel, Shield of Argive
- Swiftfoot Boots
- Thalisse, Reverent Medium
Stuff I want in
3 months ago
So, this list is off to a great start in my opinion. I've put together a few lists for Saruman of Many Colors of my own, and the only ones that work at a high level are the ones with literally like 15+ Mana Rocks because of the Commander's MV, so great job there lol.
I do think you need a LOT more low-cost Instants to consistently Trigger Saruman of Many Colors' Ability, though. Mainly 1-drop & 2-drop Counterspells, Cantrips & Removal Spells are what I mean, as they'll allow you to seamlessly meet your proc requirement, draw cards, interact & fill your opponent's Graveyards with things you wanna steal without having to necessarily pivot your focus to do so. I'd consider Mystical Tutor, Swan Song, An Offer You Can't Refuse, Flusterstorm, Dispel, Miscast, Brainstorm, Thought Scour, Winds of Rebuke, Swords to Plowshares, Path to Exile, Silence, Orim's Chant & Disenchant for example. Free spells like Misdirection & Snapback can also carry a lot of weight here, never underestimate the power of a free cast at Instant speed in this deck. Borne Upon a Wind, Quicken & Emergence Zone could enable some craziness as well.
Intentionally filling your opponents yards with things like Mind Grind & Traumatize is also good strategy, but personally I'd be very discerning as to which of those pieces actually make the cut compared to cards like the aforementioned Instants.
Also, I know its expensive but I'd have to recommend Vampiric Tutor here. It was around $90 a little bit ago, and now it's around $40 I think. Better to get it while the getting is good, so to speak.
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