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Callaphe, Beloved of the Sea
Legendary Enchantment Creature — Demigod
Callaphe's power is equal to your devotion to blue. (Each in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to blue.)
Creatures and enchantments you control have "Spells your opponents cast that target this permanent cost more to cast."
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7 months ago
For our main win, I would make sure we max out our draw and mana fixing, see if there's anything we can add in the budget that protects our enchants on board and/or adds recursion redundancy, and enables us to use their effects more. Ramp and fixing like Abundant Growth, Urban Utopia, Mana Bloom, and Fertile Ground may look unimpressive, but they are very helpful. Sanctum Weaver is an obvious call-out for this spot. Card draw/tutoring will be helpful to find the correct mana and the right shrines. We're missing a few relatively budget enchantresses Yavimaya Enchantress and Enchantress's Presence. Moon-Blessed Cleric is a cheap tutor to smooth things out as well. Protective pieces can be pricey (Privileged Position and Greater Auramancy, I'm looking at you) but there are a few good budget options we missed like Destiny Spinner, Resurgent Belief and Alchemist's Refuge. Finally, there are a few creative ways we can duplicate some of our triggers that we missed. Paradox Haze and Sphinx of the Second Sun will duplicate the effects of many of our 'old' shrines that trigger at the beginning of our upkeep. If we can get rid of legendary with Mirror Box (or a few more pricey options like Sakashima of a Thousand Faces, we can duplicate our shrines with Estrid's Invocation, Mirrormade, and Clever Impersonator.
Secondary win, I would find things that make our creatures more effective. Cards like Bastion of Remembrance and The Meathook Massacre (though this may stay simply because it's a board clear as well) are going to be less impressive without sacrifice outlets. You could add a few...but those don't synergize well with your deck I feel. I would go with enters triggers instead like Impact Tremors and Purphoros, God of the Forge if you happen to have one. A pump or two may be nice as well...my vote goes to Dictate of Heliod since it can be a surprise...and buffs both your enchantment and non-enchantment creatures.
For cuts, then, I would look to higher-mana things and/or things that don't fit into these categories such as Pharika, God of Affliction, Bastion of Remembrance, Felidar Retreat, Callaphe, Beloved of the Sea, Muldrotha, the Gravetide
9 months ago
While I do have a bunch of niche pet cards that are really good in specific situations, I tried to keep this list to cards that I just never see across the table yet jam into most of my decks that can play them. Some of which are already climbing in value so maybe they aren't as underrated as I think but still worth spreading the word about. Caveat that I'm mostly a budget/casual player but cards like these are how I build 50-100 dollar decks that go to bat with 2-400 dollar decks
W Glorious Protector If your deck doesn't have Blue and has ANY level of ETB synergy, this card is amazing. Helps your team dodge all manner of board wipe: bounce, exile, -X/-X, good ol' destroy.
U Plea for Power Pay 4 draw 3 is an acceptable rate and there are situations in which you might be able to convince two of your opponents to give you the extra turn to deal with the third. Metamorphic Alteration I've never seen anybody else play this card- I only play it in Zedruu the Greathearted and Callaphe, Beloved of the Sea which have permanent/Enchantment synergy and would recommend doing the same but the sky's the limit on this bad boy. There's the obvious use of removal (I've turned someone's Commander into a Humble Defector before) but it's got the flexibility of copying someone else's Eldrazi or Avacyn for 2 mana. Stubborn Denial Does your Commander have 4+ Power? Are you already playing Negate? Well here's that for half off!
B Vona's Hunger Instant speed Asymmetrical Board Wipe for 3. Do I need to say anything else? This is one I used to be able to pick up for 80 cents and is now 4 bucks :( Incarnation Technique Any time I've cast this I've negotiated a specific creature in an opponent's graveyard that I know won't be too threatening and gotten two bangers for myself for 5 mana. Additionally, if your deck has any kind of graveyard synergy already, the mill 10 is outstanding. Virtus's Maneuver I'm a sucker for political cards as this list can totally indicate, but this 3 mana spell that pays for itself has the option to remove a pesky Voltron Commander or make some friends around the table. Or both! Court of Ambition Why this isn't in every non-cEDH Black deck is beyond me- If you're able to maintain Monarch (and with it board position) for 2+ turns it will essentially seal the deal on anybody trying to challenge you. Even if you aren't, sending Monarchy around the table encourages them to hurt each other while you're draining a sneaky 3 life every turn from every opponent. This card does serious work (in any game expected to go past turn 6).
R Rousing Refrain Best case scenario you're able to play this turn 2 and then have a pretty blowout-y turn 5 (I use it to cast Niv Mizzet while holding mana for counters) but worst case this is essentially a free spell that helps you rebuild from board wipes or push extra hard for a win. Doesn't go in every deck but consider whether yours is right Chandra, Fire Artisan Repeatable card draw isn't super common in Red, plus she comes with her own discouraging rattlesnake clause.
G Sigardian Zealot I love this card! You're in Green so you probably have creatures- my biggest issue with team-buffers like this is that a lot of them only give the buff on swing. This is at worst a 6/6 Vigilance for 5 that boosts your team the turn he comes down, at best he boosts your team to make killing blows while leaving you all the blockers you need. If you natively have any Trample synergy (this dude rips in my Zilortha, Strength Incarnate deck) then take a look at this guy. Blossoming Bogbeast Budget alternative to Pathbreaker Ibex. Guaranteed +2/+2 and full team Trample: not as mana-intensive or clunky as Dragon Throne of Tarkir and more repeatable than Overwhelming Stampede. Are Stampede and Ibex better? Totally. Are they 70 cents? Nope! And that's all assuming you aren't playing any Lifegain synergy- if you are, this absolutely deserves a slot. Wrap in Vigor If you're playing a non-Blue, non Nikya, non-Voltron Green deck (read: most Green decks because even some of those criteria aren't absolute) this card is awesome! Heroic Intervention is one of the best Green spells ever printed imo and while this is clearly its little brother you should still consider doubling up on 2 mana protection like this. I've won tons of games cause someone else wipes the board for me and the "Creatures can't be regenerated" clause is becoming less and less relevant as cards like Vanquish the Horde become the new standard.
L Bonders' Enclave Does your Commander have 4+ Power and you're playing 3 or less colors? This card deserves a slot. This is the other card I've grabbed 5 of for 40 cents and now are 2 bucks a piece. Is it inefficient? Totally. Does it give you options when it's turn 8 and you're looking at your Commander and an empty hand while coming at the low low cost of being a colorless land in every other situation? Totally.
I got a lot of good ideas from this thread, hopefully mine can help somebody out!
1 year ago
You might like these: Mirrormade, Copy Enchantment, Clever Impersonator, Replication Technique, Doomwake Giant, Thoughtrender Lamia, Thornbite Staff, Viridian Longbow, Fire Whip, Power of Fire, Hermetic Study, Psionic Gift, Crystal Chimes, Callaphe, Beloved of the Sea
1 year ago
I just started collecting cards recently (I've been playing MTG Arena for a long time though). I've been trying to save my cards on here in my inventory. My problem occurs when I try and save an alternate artwork for a card. For example, I've been trying to save Callaphe, Beloved of the Sea with the 260 variation, but whenever I try to do so in the Inventory screen, it just leaves it on the default variation despite saying the changes were saved. How do I fix this? Sorry if this is obvious to anyone, I just joined the site.
1 year ago
psionictemplar yeah believe me i know. XD i have a habbit of always adding a bunch of cards that look interesting. This use to be way more clutered before i put this here. For the theme, like title says, im going for more of a midrange style. Mix of aggro and control. So im trying to aim for a balance of creatures and spells. I've been watching youtube videos for guidance and pull some cards from various build from Tolarian Professor, strickly better MTG and Giant monster games. In a way id like for this deck to be a jack of all trades type, can do several things but not excelling in one particular area. This is well suited for the group of friends i play with. I know abilities matter more but ive always been a person who likes to use cards that have artwork i enjoy, not solely run stuff just cuz they are objectively the best, it depends. This applies mostly with creatures for me, an old habit i have from my yugioh days XD but i digress. Thats why mono blue has been difficult for me to make, cuz a lot of creatures are meh to me. However i did find some stuff i like. So creatures like Callaphe, Beloved of the Sea Cloudfin Raptor and Thoughtbound Phantasm can get bigger over time. And for Thoughtbound Phantasm uses surveil so i threw in Narcomoeba in so i can a free creatures out. Id prefer if i could get a creature that has this same ability but with some added stuff idk. Also threw in some surveil cards like Dream Eater and Dazzling Lights to boost Thoughtbound Phantasm . Also have one Rise from the Tides for a token flood if i need it and some milling options like Mind Sculpt and have Sacred Excavation to use on Compelling Argument for more mill options. Cryptic Serpent can get out quick and cheaper with all the instants and sorceries played. And for Phyrexian Revoker i already have a full set of 4 irl cards so i might throw them here, can be good control to block card abilities, and have the other Phyrexian Metamorph to copy a creature if needed. Like i said id like this to be a jack of all trades kinda deck. I just need to get a good ratio of cards to balance out this deck.
1 year ago
1 year ago
Hrm, I could see the argument for Callaphe, Beloved of the Sea. Could get quite powerful in a mon-blue deck and has a slightly weaker protection element than some of the others. I'll add it to the maybeboard for now! Thanks!
1 year ago
Callaphe, Beloved of the Sea maybe?