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multimedia on Pirates a'hoyyyyyyy

3 months ago

Hey, nice version, but where's Glint-Horn Buccaneer? I saw your deck in the featured decks ad.

You can improve on balancing card quality since you have some amazing cards here, but also quite a few lackluster ones that are much lower on power level compared to the others. An example is Scalding Tarn which is excellent, but not playing a dual land that Tarn can search for... Steam Vents could replace Izzet Guildgate and Volatile Fjord could replace Highland Lake. Other Izzet dual lands to add in place of some basic lands to improve color fixing from lands: Training Center, Cascade Bluffs, Sulfur Falls, Stormcarved Coast and Frostboil Snarl.

I don't think I've even seen Armillary Sphere in the same deck before that also has Mana Drain, Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer, Jeweled Lotus, Dockside Extortionist, Goldspan Dragon, Jeska's Will and Urza's Saga. Sphere is really out of place power wise. Consider cutting Sphere for Arcane Signet? The Diamonds are also subpar, considering cutting both of them for Talisman of Creativity and Izzet Signet? These are not expensive changes, but can make a big improvements on ramp.

Another example of card quality balance are the counterspells. Mana Drain, Counterspell, Pact of Negation, Negate are great thus you don't also need to play Hornswoggle, Admiral's Order and even Lookout's Dispersal because these are not as good.


Some more one drop/two drop flying Pirates and unblockable Pirates can more easily trigger Malcolm and Breeches. Spectral Sailor, Warkite Marauder, Departed Deckhand could replace some higher mana cost Pirates such as Captain Ripley Vance, Deadeye Quartermaster, Prosperous Pirates and Sailor of Means. You have Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer, Dockside Extortionist, Goldspan Dragon and Corsair Captain which are all excellent thus you don't really need to play other Pirates that create treasures when they ETB because those cards are not as good.

Wonder and Anger are powerful with Pirates, but they need help to get them into your graveyard because you don't want to ever cast them. Expanding with more loot can help to draw/discard them that also adds more draw to your deck. Faithless Looting, Windfall, Mask of Memory and Frantic Search could replace Mutiny, Hornswoggle, Dowsing Dagger  Flip and Admiral's Order. These changes are also not expensive and improve card quality.

Good luck with your deck.

DemonDragonJ on How Good are the New …

4 months ago

The new Innistrad block provided a new cycle of dual lands (Deathcap Glade, Deserted Beach, and so forth), which I appreciate, and I especially like how WotC printed a full cycle of ten dual lands, rather than half a cycle of five dual lands, as they too often do.

Naturally, I am wondering how those dual lands compare to other cycle of dual lands, so I wish to ask others about their opinions of those lands.

The best dual lands of all are obviously the original dual lands (Bayou, Tundra, Plateau, and so forth), but those are too expensive for all but the most hardcore of players, so I shall not mention them any further in this thread.

After the originals, the second-best dual lands are the shock lands (Hallowed Fountain, Sacred Foundry, Godless Shrine, and so forth), which are nearly as good as the originals, with only a very minor downside.

After that, however, it is difficult to say what the next-best cycle is; I say that the "battle lands" (Cinder Glade, Canopy Vista, and so forth), the "check lands" (Glacial Fortress, Sunpetal Grove, Isolated Chapel, and so forth), and the filter lands (Cascade Bluffs, Wooded Bastion, Sunken Ruins, and so forth) are all contenders for the title of third-best dual lands, so I am not certain where the new Innistrad lands rank in comparison to them.

What does everyone else say about this? How good are the new Innistrad dual lands?

QuestionMarc on Vadrik's Discount Spell Emporium

7 months ago

Looking over the deck and playtesting it a few times I have what I consider a pretty exhaustive maybe list with some cards being worth considering and discussing and a few being real treasures! Here is the full list and if I did it right hopefully all the cards are links.

  1. Call the Skybreaker
  2. Capsize
  3. Cascade Bluffs
  4. Champion's Helm
  5. Clockspinning
  6. Coalition Relic
  7. Commander's Plate
  8. Contagion Clasp
  9. Darksteel Plate
  10. Deflecting Swat
  11. Door of Destinies
  12. Drown in Dreams
  13. Elementalist's Palette
  14. Expanded Anatomy
  15. Expansion / Explosion
  16. Fanning the Flames
  17. Fatespinner
  18. Fierce Guardianship
  19. Finale of Revelation
  20. Fists of Flame
  21. Flux Channeler
  22. Force of Will
  23. Galazeth Prismari
  24. Haze of Rage
  25. Illuminate
  26. Insurrection
  27. Izzet Boilerworks
  28. Jaya's Immolating Inferno
  29. Jeska's Will
  30. Leyline of Anticipation
  31. Lonely Sandbar
  32. Lunar Frenzy
  33. Mana Drain
  34. Mana Geyser
  35. Metallic Mimic
  36. Midnight Clock
  37. Mikokoro, Center of the Sea
  38. Mystic Remora
  39. Mystic Sanctuary
  40. Oona's Grace
  41. Opal Palace
  42. Prismari Campus
  43. Reality Ripple
  44. Reality Shift
  45. Reiterate
  46. Rhystic Study
  47. Ring of Evos Isle
  48. Riverglide Pathway  Flip
  49. Runechanter's Pike
  50. Sage of Fables
  51. Scour from Existence
  52. Sea Gate Restoration  Flip
  53. Seething Anger
  54. Shatterskull Smashing  Flip
  55. Spark Double
  56. Storm-Kiln Artist
  57. Swiftfoot Boots
  58. Sword of Truth and Justice
  59. Temple of Epiphany
  60. Tezzeret's Gambit
  61. Tyrite Sanctum
  62. Unleash Fury
  63. Valakut Awakening  Flip
  64. Vandalblast
  65. Vedalken Orrery
  66. Volcanic Island
  67. Volcanic Vision
  68. Wandering Archaic  Flip
  69. Whispers of the Muse
  70. Zaffai, Thunder Conductor

lucksterluke16 on Flipping the Odds - A Coin Flip Story

7 months ago

As far as lands go, try to avoid ones that come into play tapped without extra benefit. I would remove things like Highland Lake and instead add stuff like (depending on budget):

More budget friendly:

Less budget friendly:

Although I think it's fine to have some of the tapped ones too if you can't get enough of these. Since even thought they might be slower it will be easier to cast what you want.

jamochawoke on My general ferric burn deck

8 months ago

There's also Cascade Bluffs and Rugged Prairie to filter out mana and you can use it to filter unused blue or white for red later on. It really depends on the speed you are looking for though. You'll have to playtest them a few times to get a good deck feel for what you want to be doing.

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