City of Traitors
When you play another land, sacrifice City of Traitors.
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City of Traitors Discussion
1 month ago
2 months ago
Hey blessrain -- Walking Ballista is definitely at it's most fair in this deck but it serves a few cool use cases. It has a unique role in the deck where it can act like Umezawa's Jitte w/ counters and ping off some creatures or act as just a bear that can send a few points of damage at the opponent if it is about to be removed. In both cases it is pretty solid, mono-white can use the extra reach sometimes.
a) Tutor target for both Recruiter of the Guard and Ranger-Captain of Eos , and also Ranger of Eos that is in the maybe board. It's usually the best target for Ranger-Captain if the game is going to go long at all or I have some excess mana that I can feed into the Ballista the next turn. Would likely add Ranger of Eos if I was going into the Heliod combo just to maximize on ways to find Ballista.
b) Can help mana denial strategy. Pinging off x/1 creatures is really helpful when half of the payoffs in this deck involve removing the opponent's resources. Pinging their Noble Hierarch or Birds of Paradise leading into an Armageddon / Wasteland to choke out certain colours or an early 3 drop is exactly what we want to do to maximize our disruption.
c) Goes well with the fast mana draws, whether it is Mana Crypt or City of Traitors , Ancient Tomb , getting an early Ballista against creature decks is great for the reason described above, plus it can be a mana sink later while fitting the curve early.
I've been looking to add more +1/+1 counter synergy as well, both Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit and Luminarch Aspirant are underrated and there are a few other cards I have been looking at too. I think in a slower meta including the Heliod, Sun-Crowned combo is a very valid build, too. Heliod is just a little bit weak on his own but it is a good card to slam early off a fast mana start. Ballista is just a good enough card on its own that I have really embraced playing it in a deck like this!
3 months ago
I used to play -Eldrazi Stompy in Legacy 3-5 years ago, before switching to EDH due the LGS where I had moved to having a large EDH community (pre-lockdowns). However, I'm currently in a position where I might be able to play some Legacy events in the near-future, and I want to update my deck accordingly. But I think it's worth briefly noting the developmental-chain that led to the current decklist that I own..
Ironically enough, this deck was originally based on a "budget" Vintage list from The Mana Source (watch it to have a chuckle over how much less the Reserve List cards used to be). My original list was extremely close to this, except invert the 1:4 ratio of Chalice of the Void / Null Rod , and I (originally) ran Simian Spirit Guide ..
Out of the entire decklist, it is the Manabase that has fluctuated the most. For starters, I immediately cut Ghost Quarter after the deck's "maiden journey" due to most decks in Legacy run enough basic lands to render GQ's utility virtually worthless.
This led to me experimenting with running 2-4x Mishra's Factory for about a year before eventually cutting them altogether.
I also bought my copies of City of Traitors one at a time over the course of several months, and it felt right once I got to 3..
Near the end of the period when I was playing this semi-regularly, I noticed that some games would be lost due to simple chump-blockers, so I decided to throw in a copy of Rogue's Passage . But this was immediately before competitive Legacy events dried up out of nowhere, and therefore haven't had the chance to live test any changes since...
Something else that I had noticed was that more & more lists were using Walking Ballista , which intrigued me because the deck needs more Removal, and I'm almost never happy to draw Dismember either. So I replaced 2x Endless One s with WB's..
Karakas seemed to also be in almost every competitive-level list ever, so I eventually decided to get one myself.
I think the most important consideration is Karn, the Great Creator . Not only is it a Restricted in Vintage power-level lock-piece, but turning the Sideboard into a toolbox is huge. Unfortunately, no two decklists seem to agree at all on what said toolbox should contain. Therefore I am at a loss.
The other, far more recent card that has found it's way onto my radar is Yavimaya, Cradle of Growth . This land generally serves the exact same purpose as Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth , with the exception of the possibility of a pain-free Dismember , but can otherwise be paired with Elvish Spirit Guide & Cavern of Souls to spawn a -variant sometime in the near-future..
All forms of Delver & Miracles have always been an easy win. I usually don't even bother to Sideboard..
Burn & various Storm decks ultimately come down to if I can drop an early lock-piece or not.
The kind of decks that I've had the biggest problem with are Stoneforge Mystic decks and BUG variants, particularly Shardless Sultai. Generally because a lack of removal spells, and Dismember isn't always enough take out a Tarmogoyf ..
(But I also think it's worth mentioning that this was all when Deathrite Shaman was still legal)
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7 months ago
What's the infinite combo? I would love to know. I rather like this deck. In game 1, I dealt 60 damage by turn 9 or 10; game 2, I had nothing but 4 or 5 lands by turn 10, and only won by turn 14; and the final game I got a 16/17 with Trample, Infect and Annihilator 2! Really fun. For the improvements, I would say Cavern of Souls . It is really good in rainbow tribal decks, but as this has no need of the any colour ability as it is colourless, I would ditch it for perhaps Ruins of Oran-Rief , unless you using it for the can't be countered ability. Also, have you considered City of Traitors ? It is rather risky, but I think is perhaps worth it. Up to you really.
9 months ago
michaelvlevine I'm trying to make a deck based on yours for my casual playgroup. Safe to say I can't afford Bazaar of Baghdad, City of Traitors, Grim Monolith, Mishra's Workshop, Mox Diamond, and Serra's Sanctum. However, my playgroup has agreed to allow 6 proxies per deck. Would Basalt Monolith work to replace Grim Monolith? I'd like to reduce the overall power of the deck by replacing some cards with flavor cards like Omen of the Sun, Heliod's Intervention, and Spear of Heliod. Cool deck man!
9 months ago
Ad Nauseam is, of course, built around the card Ad Nauseam. Frequently Ad Nauseam into Tendrils of Agony earns the deckname ANT. Doomsday ANT is another popular deck, and arguably the hardest deck to play in MtG (there's about a dozen ways to accidentally kill yourself early in the game).
MUD stands for "Mishra's Ultimate Domination" and refers to the old borders on artifacts, such as Black Lotus. Sometimes this deck is referred to as "Mono-Brown." It relies on Mishra's Workshop with the occasional Mishra's Factory to cheat out huge threats early on in the game. Initially, it was pretty much limited to Vintage. But in recent years, the deck has been moved over to Legacy where it uses Cloudpost instead of Mishra's Workshop. People have also tried playing the deck in Modern, trying to abuse Chalice of the Void, Trinisphere, and Lodestone Golem. However, Modern doesn't have the powerful mana to make the deck stronger than Eldrazi or regular Tron. What separates this deck from other colorless decks and Tron, however, is its ability to abuse "artifacts matter" mechanics.
Goblin Charbelcher has been one of the most popular combo cards since it was first printed. It sees play in every format it's legal in, since it's one of the most consistent turn 1 kills in Magic.
Xerox is definitely something that has gotten more viable as the game gets bigger. It's a type of tempo-control deck that relies on cantrips to constantly generate value. The archetype is viable in Vintage, Legacy, and Pauper. I've even messed around with it in Standard. As more cards like Opt, Serum Visions, Thought Scour, Brainstorm, and so on get printed, the viability of the deck across all formats only increases.
Show and Tell/Sneak Attack/Through the Breach/Eureka/Hypergenesis/Channel are IMO all part of the same archetype of putting dumb cards into play for no mana. Probably could put this all under the hub of "Sneak and Show."
@RemoteV & : "Big Red" is the Standard/Modern version of Dragon Stompy. Use a strong mana base to pump out prison cards and cheap, efficient threats like Bonecrusher Giant or Inferno Titan. Stompy decks are typically built around Sol lands (Ancient Tomb, City of Traitors) and other fast mana. I think what we really need is a hub for Stompy decks. Mono-Green Stompy is one of the oldest archetypes in Magic and I'm surprised there isn't a hub for it already. There's also Fairy Stompy, Sea Stompy, and MUD. If MUD doesn't get a hub, we definitely need Stompy to file it under.
11 months ago
If cost is no issue Gaea's Cradle is a must for ramp. City of Traitors is a nice ritual effect. Gemstone Caverns is great when you're on the draw. Crystal Vein is also decent. Lastly, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx is just amazing in mono decks. Oh, and if you do add these Crop Rotation is amazing.
1 year ago
This deck we be so much cheaper if you took out City of Traitors it is like $150