Castle Vantress

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Legality

Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Castle Vantress

Land

Castle Vantress enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island.

: Add .

, : Scry 2. (Look at the top two cards of your library. You may pay any number of them on the top and/or bottom of your library.)

Profet93 on Infinite Reflection

3 weeks ago

I'm not too familiar with the synergies of the commander, can you explain the purpose of these cards...

Font of Mythos + Howling mine - Why play these in the color that has the best card draw?

War Tax - Your weakest propaganda effect. Is your meta more aggro?

Spellbook - Is the redundancy necessary given that you run reliquary tower? I get it's also a 0 drop for Arcum. But I don't feel your deck consistently draws enough cards to warrant it. How has it played in your experience?

Here are various suggestions, please let me know what you think of each of them.

Imprisoned in the Moon - Removal/Commander Removal, even more effective against mono red or black. Not necessary, but given you aren't running counterspells, it might help to be a source of removal for you should you be lacking

Brainstorm/PreordainMystic Remora- You could use more one drops for an early game, not necessary but could be helpful to filter your draws. Mystic remora is the best of the 3 IMO. Not sure if mystic remora is out of your budget per card.

Misdirection - Redirect targetted draw, removal, extra turns, counter counterspells and more! Interaction while tappedout is nice, it's like a budget force of will, but redirects instead of nullifying it.

Narset's Reversal - Similar to above, but not a counterspell. Unsure if this and misdirection fall under what you consider a counterspell, but it's worth noting.

Riptide Laboratory - Protection for commander, sower of temptation and value if you ever add snapcaster mage.

Castle Vantress - Better island

Dreamscape Artist - Ramp, discard enchantments. Lands come in untapped. Most people let the little guy live.

otttism on Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge

3 weeks ago

I would look at removing Temple of the False God in place for something like Castle Vantress for a couple reasons. Temple is a rough draw early game as it take a several turn to be online and it doesn’t provide colored mana on top of that. I can see the argument that it helps pay Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge commander tax but I think a repeatable scry effect from the castle would be more beneficial to make sure you hit the spells you want when she ETB’s.

GrimVeracity on Neera Wild Mage Copy Deck

2 months ago

lego22499 this seems like a very fun and explosive Combo/Copy deck! I think the key to cracking/breaking Neera, Wild Mage is going to be focusing on lower CMC ramp and interaction without jeopardizing Neera's ability. She can be a tough cookie to crack but one idea that comes to my mind is adding some cheap early game interaction that you aren't necessarily disappointed to hit with the Neera later in the game. Another way to aid in this struggle may be to run a higher than usual land count considering you may not want to be hitting many low CMC ramp/rocks with Neera's abillity and would rather hit the lands to get closer to something BIG hiding in your deck plus it wouldn't hurt to draw some extra lands early... especially Utility lands or lands that have a Cycling ability as this could help with draw if you start to flood out. That's the best I've got for now but I'll give it some more thought as well as feature the deck and maybe you can get some HOT tips from EDH players more familiar brewing around Storm, Combo, Copy, Ect. Anyways cool deck looking forward to seeing how it develops!

Low CMC Interaction

Chaos Warp, Pyroblast, Pongify, Rapid Hybridization, Reality Shift, Swan Song, Peek, Gitaxian Probe, Snap, Prismari Command

Cycling Lands

Remote Isle, Smoldering Crater, Lonely Sandbar, Forgotten Cave, Desert of the Mindful, Desert of the Fervent

Utility Lands

Castle Vantress, Mystic Sanctuary, Wandering Fumarole, Skyline Cascade, Halimar Depths, Soaring Seacliff, Faerie Conclave, Moonring Island, Cephalid Coliseum, Magosi, the Waterveil, Spinerock Knoll, Shinka, the Bloodsoaked Keep, Ghitu Encampment, Madblind Mountain, Hanweir Battlements  Meld, Kher Keep, Hellion Crucible, Reliquary Tower, Wasteland, Strip Mine

DreadKhan on Gretchen Titchwillow counter-ramp

2 months ago

I could be wrong, but I think more lands would be an asset here, in particular how about some utility lands on top of what you've already got? War Room is a nice draw effect, if you can bounce and replay it you get access to extra activations. Bant Panorama can find either a Forest or Island and counts for extra landfall. Blighted Woodland and Myriad Landscape are nifty lands that offer another mana sink you can turn to if your Commander is removed. Castle Vantress is a pretty big mana sink that's never bad to have around, and you're likely to have Islands out.

Tatyova, Benthic Druid nets you extra draw when you hit landfall (as does Aesi, Tyrant of Gyre Strait), stuff like Scute Swarm and Rampaging Baloths can make an army for you to help serve as a win con.

This is pretty out there, but stuff like Oboro Breezecaller and ramp on landfall creatures like Stone-Seeder Hierophant in particular can generate enough mana to go infinite with Gretchen if you have a land that taps for 2 or more out, infinite mana and card draw and ramp sounds really good to me, you might even deck yourself. Flooded Shoreline in particular seems like a nice land bounce effect, as long as you're not particular about the specific land you bounce, it even works with Mystic Sanctuary.

SufferFromEDHD on Scry, Scry Again

2 months ago

I just looked thru my collection. You are missing a playset of scry lands

Castle Vantress, Isolated Watchtower, Study Hall and Soldevi Excavations.

abbatromebone on

6 months ago
  • Poppet Stitcher  Flip Is great when you have 1/1s but bad if they do anything more. Prowess is an ability so you tokens wouldn't be as strong. 3 mana is also fairly espensive. We would want to slow the game down more. I might suggest Luminarch Ascension being this is a value control deck. It helps keep card advantage and if you are holding mana you can sink it here at the end step.
  • Manamorphose also seems pretty good in the deck its a spell that gives you your mana back/fixes it into any of your needed colors and is card neutral.
  • Hard Evidence might be replaced with Slight of Hand or Serum Visions being you want to filter your deck better.
  • You are sitting a 8 fetchlands i wouldnt go past 6, 6 shock lands is also high Jeskai control is current running 7 fetch and 3 shock lands.
  • Consider Mystic Gate Castle Vantress Celestial Colonnade 1x Raugrin Triome Hall of Storm Giants 1x Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire The creature lands can help close games or stall games when needed.They also are more evasive which can help. Utility lands are worth it they really help. Fiery Islet and Sunbaked Canyon can also help draw cards and filter. I run 5 in my burn deck.
  • I also think 6 basics is a lot i would only do 2-3 personally. Espically when Seachrome Coast Inspiring Vantage and Spirebluff Canal exist.
  • Spectral Procession is a good value card to think about, Lingering Souls is also a card but i wouldnt go that route personally.
  • Boros Charm is also a great card that can protect against board wipes or give some burst with a mentor token or just give you the needed reach to close some games.
  • Let me know if you want me to look at the deck some more

Guerric on [Primer] Crouching One-Drop, Hidden Ninja *Update*

6 months ago

xram666

Castle Vantress is indeed a good card and one could argue that there isn't much of a reason not to play it. My main issue is simply that I can't see myself paying 4 mana for the scry effect. Usually, I'd rather just play ninjas and roll the dice as that tends to get the job done. The funny thing about Yuriko is it plays kind of like a deck painted , and controlling the top-deck is generally not as important as just killing everyone fast before they gang up on you. That being said, I could see corner cases where I only have one ninja and a small amount of life left where it could be worth it, so I may indeed add it.

Thanks for the suggestion!

xram666 on [Primer] Crouching One-Drop, Hidden Ninja *Update*

6 months ago

Although only a third of your lands are islands, Castle Vantress could be another option for top-deck manipulation.

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