Charcoal Diamond

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena 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
Oathbreaker Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper Duel Commander Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Planechase Legal
Premodern Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Charcoal Diamond

Artifact

Charcoal Diamond enters the battlefield tapped.

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DreadKhan on "The High Priestess of Helgrind"

6 months ago

Well, I had a bit of time so I took another look!

I feel like Bond of Revival isn't enough value for 5 mana, and the effect probably doesn't scale especially well. Disentomb seems small, I would usually prefer to have a more impactful card, and a 1 drop that you can't play early is often annoying in my experience. I'm not sure why you're using Expanded Anatomy, I doubt you'd miss it. Introduction to Prophecy is really bad if you have access to Black spells, paying a few life to get more cards in hand is a good deal. Do you have big enough creatures to justify Thud in here? If you don't expect to have a huge creature (power high enough to kill a player with a decent life total) I'd cut it. Ebony Charm seems like a strange choice, the evasion isn't the best and the exile effect feels very small for Commander, where you usually want effects that deal with an entire Graveyard (if not everyones). Effects like Enthusiastic Study aren't usually very good, and Learn doesn't work so you just loot IIRC, which isn't enough added value. If you're going to run Get the Point I think you should look at stuff like Ravenous Chupacabra, Nekrataal, either kills something but each leaves a body you can sacrifice, and both cost less mana. Same with Reach of Shadows, there are wildly better cards you could use that are still cheap. If you're going to sacrifice a creature for Rescue From the Underworld I think you could just run Victimize, it's bigger and less mana.

I'm looking through here and I've noticed you have a relatively large number of single target single card discard effects, in my experience these scale very poorly in multiplayer. I think you could keep the best one or two, but you don't need so many of them I feel.

Another potential issue here is that you have a LOT of redundant sacrifice outlets, I'm not sure you really need that many when you have your Commander, I think I would look for cards that offer a payoff for sacrifices, there are lots of cards in Rakdos that care about death triggers, any of them is probably better than something like Voracious Null when your Commander offers a great sac outlet.

I'm not sure if you'll really have problems or not, but if you find you are short of mana you could probably add a few mana rocks, Rakdos Keyrune is pretty versatile, Phyrexian Totem is potentially a creature as well. There are Charcoal Diamond and Fire Diamond, there is Mind Stone, and many more that are 2 or 3 mana. I find decks that have enough lands are probably better in most situations, but having a few mana rocks can be good sometimes.

eliakimras on Equipped Samurai

8 months ago

Since your deck is a fast one, consider running lands that don't enter the battlefield tapped:

You might also want to run some utility lands:

Also, since speed is the name of the game for Voltron decks, consider those swaps in your ramp package:

smelly318 on Commander League- "Party Time"

11 months ago

I won my second pod yesterday and pulled The Meathook Massacre from my prize promo pack.

Made the following changes:

OUT: Dusk / Dawn, Butcher of Malakir

IN: Charcoal Diamond, The Meathook Massacre

SemjonsDad on Toxrill

1 year ago

Dimir Signet, Mind Stone, Prismatic Lens, Arcane Signet, Charcoal Diamond, Coldsteel Heart, Corrupted Grafstone, Ebony Fly, Fellwar Stone, Fractured Powerstone, Guardian Idol, Liquimetal Torque, Obsidian Obelisk, Sky Diamond, Star Compass, Talisman of Dominance, Thought Vessel - Those are the viable 2 cmc mana rocks (Everflowing Chalice could also be played for 2 mana, but also scales more into the later stages due to Multikicker) Moonsnare Prototype and Springleaf Drum are 1 cmc but require a creature/artifact which you could tap to produce 1 mana. Sol Talisman and Mox Tantalite are also relative cheap in price.

For Land ramp, there arent that many options in Dimir, but here are the ones I would consider - Lantern of Revealing: 3 cmc Rock, that can ramp later Wayfarer's Bauble: The classic Dreamscape Artist: 2 CMC creature, that turns each card in your hand into Harrow Druidic Satchel: Not guarantees a land but not completely without value Navigation Orb: Bauble but slower Myriad Landscape: Land that fetches 2 Lands

Revel in Riches as an enchantment as is Black Market but that is kinda slow and comes relatively late Those are my suggestions for Ramp. Hope you find them helpful and GL with the deck :)

thefiresoflurve on Jan Jansen, Chaos Crafted

1 year ago

Hey, there!

Thanks for the detailed description of what advice you're looking for and how the combos work; really helps me figure out what's what. :)

Your number of ramp artifacts look almost perfect. I run 6 in my Esper combo deck, but you can definitely go up to 11 here since they synergize with your commander and theme. Only two changes I'd make here:

  1. Cut Fire Diamond / Marble Diamond / Charcoal Diamond for Talisman of Hierarchy. If you find the deck really fun and decide to downgrade your wallet a little more: Talisman of Conviction and Talisman of Indulgence can replace the other two Diamonds.

  2. I'm really not sure about Gilded Lotus in a tricolor deck, since the mana has to be the same color, but if it works for you, then go for it. I'd prefer to replace this with a cheaper mana rock like Coalition Relic so that you can get your 3 colors set up faster.

As far as the best way to balance artifacts to creatures, that kind of depends on how the specific deck plays, and your specific playgroup. It looks to me like you've done a good job in that respect here, though, especially since you have a lot of ways of making creature tokens.

For getting combos faster: Basically, the more $$$ you dump into expensive tutors and mana rocks, the faster you get. : ) Doing the Diamond -> Talisman mana rock upgrade I suggested above will help a bit, since the Talismans come into play untapped. I can reliably try to combo on turn 6-8 with my Esper deck, but a lot of people wouldn't consider that competitive since I don't run any of the really expensive 0 drop mana rocks or overpriced tutors (Imperial Seal comes to mind...), but it works for my playgroup to give everyone a decent game and shot at winning.

Happy trails!

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