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|Commander: Rule 0
|Pauper Duel Commander
As an additional cost to play Burnt Offering, sacrifice a creature.
Add X mana in any combination of (Black) and/or (Red) to your mana pool, where X is the sacrificed creature's converted mana cost.
2 months ago
Ok hear me out!
I feel like a sub theme of reanimator leveraging cards like Scholar of the Ages, Archaeomancer & Snapcaster Mage could take your Dragon's Approach strategy to huge heights, especially if you can reduce the cost of each burn with something like Vadrik, Astral Archmage. Since you're already running Birgi, God of Storytelling Flip, it would be super easy to go infinite with Scholar of the Ages & Burnt Offering if you tie it all together with a trigger doubler like Harmonic Prodigy or Naban, Dean of Iteration.
This strategy would also help you remove a lot of cards that - while synergistic - should eventually be replaced by things that will drastically increase the core strength & resiliency of your deck like Demonic Tutor & Vampiric Tutor in a new, more powerful form.
2 months ago
Hey dude! So I've tested Sauron quite a bit, let me give you some free game.
The most critical thing about running a 6-drop commander is...having an absolutely absurd amount of mana in the deck, if you can believe that.
I would recommend running 10+ mana rocks alongside a handful of rituals, enough to drop Sauron T3 or T4 consistently. Here's a nice list:
Rocks: Sol Ring, Arcane Signet, Fellwar Stone, Thran Dynamo, Basalt Monolith, Talisman of Dominance, Talisman of Creativity, Talisman of Indulgence, Dimir Signet, Izzet Signet, Rakdos Signet & Chromatic Lantern.
If you incorporate a good amount of mana generation, you can cut down to 30 lands and be waaay more consistent. And then once you power him out you can slap stuff like Conqueror's Flail on him and smack everybody around like a proper villain!
2 months ago
Cheers m8, happy holidays!
So having tested Sauron, the Dark Lord into the dirt since his release, I think you're gonna need to get him on the board waaay faster than this list is currently doing if you really want to be mean like that. I'd recommend a few of the following "means" lol:
Rituals: Dark Ritual, Cabal Ritual, Culling the Weak, Burnt Offering, Sacrifice, Rain of Filth, Bubbling Muck, High Tide, Rite of Flame, Infernal Plunge, Pyretic Ritual, Desperate Ritual & Seething Song.
And then there are other value pieces like Conqueror's Flail to go along with The Reaver Cleaver to help you get out of hand once he's summoned, & Faerie Mastermind to draw you cards while your commander builds your board from your opponents actions. Mystic Remora is also great in this sense and is still pretty cheap compared to Rhystic Study. Teferi's Ageless Insight is another banger post-commander that should be considered imo, especially since you can't run Necropotence as efficiently as other decks can.
2 months ago
4 months ago
Azoth2099 - I do love the Ancient Gold Dragon + Dragon Tempest synergy as that can easily one-shot an opponent but my justification for dropping it is that Ancient Gold Dragon is really the only card it has good synergy with due to the general lack of dragons. You are right that the Haste enable for his flyers is nice, especially if you have the ability to trigger multiple combats with cards like Aurelia, the Warleader letting you drop multiple dragons/angels/demons to the field in a single turn and hit with the previous combats drops. However, Aurelia, the Warleader is the only card being run that triggers multiple combats so in my opinion, it is an inefficient addition to the deck as it currently is constructed. You are right that depending on what way the deck is refined, Dragon Tempest could become crucial piece though!
I was unaware of the Hoarding Broodlord + Saw in Half combo but that has merit! Especially in a more aristocrat themed deck where cards like Burnt Offering would already be present so you would not have to cut something good to make room. Sometimes 99 cards is so hard to trim a commander deck down to! I will have to experiment with that so thank you!
4 months ago
Yeah, I pretty much agree with lhetrick13 about everything except the analysis of Dragon Tempest. Being a Haste enabler as well as a piece of a 2-card wincon alongside Ancient Gold Dragon is pretty nice. My intution tells me that if you cut it now, you'll end up re-adding it later in a more refined version of the list. Perhaps not, though!
Step 4: Convoke Burnt Offering, sacrificing one of the token Broodlords - which retains its 8 mana CMC due to it entering the battlefield as a copy of the original Hoarding Broodlord, very important detail - adding 8 mana to your pool
Step 5: Convoke/cast whatever fatty you tutored for to win the game with. I always go with Razaketh, but you don't have to.
But anyway, definitely cut alot of those weaker value pieces mentioned for more fundamental deck strength cards that will draw you cards and ramp you mana.
5 months ago
Hey man! Good to hear from you, nice job refining this list so far!
Yeah, Avacyn, Angel of Hope is stupid expensive lol, she probably always will be just because of how awesome she is. Proxy it in the meantime? Hell, I'd proxy an Ancient Copper Dragon too, they both win games.
Concerning Burning-Rune Demon: This card tends to get cut from a lot of decks that aren't running winning lines for it. Personally, my Kaalia of the Vast list also includes Dockside Extortionist, Corpse Dance & Disciple of the Vault, which enables Burning-Rune Demon to grab Razaketh, the Foulblooded & Reanimate to enable either a same-turn win or a next-turn win by generating infinite Treasures (and infinite Life via Children of Korlis) and nuking the board. It's also really good in Reanimator lists that are running the aforementioned pieces, as well as cards like Animate Dead, Necromancy, Buried Alive, Victimize & Karmic Guide to accelerate sheer board value if you don't want to run combos like that. If you apply it creatively, it essentially acts as an uncounterable Intuition in the deck, but for no mana cost & at Sorcery speed. Not the worst...
Concerning catching Ws: the #1 thing that's going to snag you wins here is making sure that you capitalize on the Commander's value as quickly as possible, as well as making sure that your deck doesn't necessarily need it's Commander on the field to dominate. You need more ramp and card draw, simply. I'd add the following ASAP:
Ramp: Culling the Weak, Dark Ritual, Burnt Offering, Cabal Ritual, Pyretic Ritual, Desperate Ritual, Seething Song, Talisman of Indulgence, Talisman of Hierarchy, Talisman of Conviction, Fellwar Stone Lotho, Corrupt Shirriff, & Deep Gnome Terramancer
Also, I know you've stated that you are trying to stay withing certain budget constraints, but Demonic Tutor, Vampiric Tutor & Enlightened Tutor have seen recent reprints, and are cheaper right now than they will be in the future. Just something to consider.
All of these will help you get on and stay on! Let me know what you think.
5 months ago
Hey dude! Good Commander choice, Kaalia of the Vast has been my main option for years now.
I'll try to keep this brief lol.
The most important thing to remember when brewing this one is to not get distracted by the possibilities of all those Angels, Demons & Dragons. Focus on card quality above all else, the Spells that are going to win you the game.
Razaketh, the Foulblooded & Vilis, Broker of Blood are the top dogs here, their power as individual cards will oftentimes win you game from sheer value. Other pieces like Rune-Scarred Demon, Burning-Rune Demon & Hoarding Broodlord will do the same if you build around them with Spells like Ephemerate & Saw in Half.
I'd also recommend more Treasure tokens! I see you're already running Smothering Tithe & Goldspan Dragon, which is a great start. Adding Ancient Copper Dragon, Cavern-Hoard Dragon, Monologue Tax, Lotho, Corrupt Shirriff & of course Dockside Extortionist will make sure that your deck doesn't necessarily need it's Commander on the field to function. There are also a few lines via Dockside Extortionist & Razaketh, the Foulblooded that deal infinite damage, produce infinite Mana and yield infinite Tutors, which we can get into later if you decide to go that route.
Wrapping up on Mana, I'd also recommend more Rituals and Rocks. Dark Ritual, Burnt Offering & Seething Song are great, as are Talisman of Hierarchy, Talisman of Conviction & Talisman of Indulgence. A Thran Dynamo could be good too. Oh man, Hellkite Tyrant can steal your opponents Rocks, which counts as Ramp I guess?
Anyway, moving on to card draw! Kaalia of the Vast runs through a lot of cards if you build her right, and keeping your hand full is a priority. Necropotence, Black Market Connections, Dark Tutelage, & Dark Confidant are great ways to turn your Life total into more gas. Esper Sentinel & Archivist of Oghma scale with your opponent's activity. None of them will do as much heavy lifting as Vilis, Broker of Blood, but that's honestly asking a lot of any card other than Ad Nauseam.
Onto the deck engine! I see you're running a few things to double down on your Commander's effect, like Aggravated Assault, Blade of Selves & Isshin, Two Heavens as One. While this strategy seems like a great idea on paper, it's actually not as efficient for the deck as it seems. Running a Reanimator strategy to ensure that the deck can continue to cheat creatures out without having to rely on it's Commander to do so is a far more powerful & consistent strategy. Spells like Entomb, Reanimate, Final Parting, Buried Alive, Victimize, Animate Dead, & Karmic Guide will pull a lot of weight in this context.
I could talk about Kaalia of the Vast all day, but I'll stop here. Let me know how you feel about these suggestions.
Also, here's my own list if you want to check it out: ANCIENT DRAGON TEMPEST (KAALIA)