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Coldsteel Heart Discussion
2 months ago
Unless you're going to be casting multiple spells a turn, every turn (and you're not), then the Reservoir is just pure chaff in (most) Voltron decks. Use it as a Wincon in another deck..
I mention cutting the smaller, colored Mana Rocks because of an interesting phenomenon that happens with Yargle Voltron decks. Take a look at your deck's stats. At the time of me writing this, you'll notice that out of a 100 card deck, only 22 require any colored Mana to cast at all. Of those 22, 15 only need a single , 5 require , and only 2 have . Because Yargle only requires a single , and you're only running 2 -lands, your only real goal in the early game is to get to 5+ Mana ASAP. (Which is why Gilded Lotus isn't good either)
Back to the question of Ramp: why is a Mono-Black deck not running Expedition Map on purpose?!?
Lastly... and again... the Grafted Exoskeleton ... it turns Yargle into 1-Punch Man all by itself.. Voltron is always at a disadvantage at a multi-player Pod, and you obviously don't have any particular objections to the use of Infect, so... what's the deal??
4 months ago
Hey, looking at your list I have a bunch of opinions. I'mma drop those for later reference. This comment will be a mess, I'm sorry, I'm not gonna write a cohesive essay with a proper layout.
Vryn Wingmare : taxing yes, but also taxes like 70% of your spells which I just can't see being worth it. At that stage, maybe run Sphere of Resistance . At least that hurts opposing creature decks too.
I don't love cards like Ghostly Prison because even though it does stop a bunch of random damage and everything it still won't stop the Voltron coming your way if they want to. On top of that your Magus of the Tabernacle will be an issue with your high creature count. So I'd consider getting rid of Baird, Steward of Argive and friends.
You only have three boardwipes, you're better off running more of those than pillowfort effects in my opinion. Consider Cleansing Nova , Rout , Time Wipe , Divine Reckoning . I like the last two a lot for this deck. Also where's your Cyclonic Rift do you not have more copies?
I'm very double on Isperia, Supreme Judge as a card. It's only 4 mana here which might make it good enough, but you're relying on opponents doing something which is usually not where you want to be. Mangara, the Diplomat in contrast, at least has muliple triggered abilities which does get triggered a lot, although with your taxing probably still a bad include, especially for it's $ cost. In the same wake I think Fatespinner , even though annoying for sure, gives opponents more options than you would like.
Nitpick, but Brainstorm becomes considerably worse if you don't have a bunch of fetches or other shuffle effects. Same goes for Mox Opal and your low artifact count. Though that one might still be good enough, albeit a little inconsistent with the current artifact count.
For counterspells, consider Memory Lapse or maybe even Essence Scatter or False Summoning . Also get Swan Song back in, a 1 mana counterspell that doesn't have a pay x out is probably still worth it's spot. Maaaybe on a super tight 100, but it's not like you're at that stage right now. And get rid of Render Silent three mana isn't worth it for the added silence in my opinion. Just keep the cheapest counterspells so you yourself can be more efficient with your own mana.
For ramp: Your commander is 4 mana, and getting him out is really good for you. Your ramp, for this reason, should be cmc 2 and below if possible. On top of that, due to Augustin's cost reducing abilities, you prefer your ramp to generate colored mana. So imo get rid of Azorius Locket and Azorius Cluestone . Instead look towards Coldsteel Heart and Talisman of Progress , maybe even a Sapphire Medallion , Pearl Medallion , Wayfarer's Bauble , Knight of the White Orchid . Or maybe Mind Stone , Walking Atlas , Everflowing Chalice . Maybe don't fix colors but at least curve out augustin. Finally please at least play Commander's Sphere over the Cluestone .
Also, please for the sake of our group, play an additional wincon. Right now you have Expropriate , Approach of the Second Sun and Smothering Tithe + Stasis lock. I know control decks don't traditionally run too many wincons, but keeping a lock on the board long enough is difficult and we won't usually feel like sitting through you trying to contain us for that long. Also where's Dramatic Reversal to go with your Isochron Scepter ?
4 months ago
Interesting deck, but I think you need to address your mana curve. You've got some big splashy spells that may not do enough if you do get the mana to cast them.
Creatures-wise I'd cut: Arbiter of the Ideal, Delver of Secrets, Inniaz, the Gale Force, Platinum Angel, Sphinx Mindbreaker, Sphinx of Uthuun, and Sphinx's Disciple. They all don't seem to do enough for their mana, except for Inniaz but I think that's an illegal card in your build as it has a hybrid mana symbol.
Artifacts I'd cut: Gilded Lotus, Spellbook, Trailblazer's Boots, and Seat of the Synod. The Lotus is a little too expensive for it's payoff, the Spellbook doesn't do enough even for a free spell, the Trailblazers are too little payoff as almost all of your creatures fly and you shouldn't need to try to get through, and without a lot of artifact synergy I'd cut the artifact land or turn it in to an island if you feel like you have the right amount of lands.
What to add: I'd look for more Sphinxes that cost 1-4 mana, Universal Automaton and other changelings are good. I'd also add some cheaper mana rocks such as Coldsteel Heart , Mind Stone , Thran Dynamo , and Arcane Signet . Cards with delve are also your friend as your opponents are loading up your graveyard - Treasure Cruise and Dig Through Time . Or get an Elixir of Immortality to help reset if your grave gets a little too big.
4 months ago
cfost827 Archaeomancer's Map has been strong so far. It's good against green ramp, smooths out early turns, and can turn iffy hands into good ones. I haven't had a turn or game where I was unhappy to see it in my hand yet. As for Second Sunrise and Brought Back , they're not as inconsistent as they may seem. I ran the numbers in a card probability calculator, and we have about a 60% chance of drawing a fetchland by turn 2. At that rate, we can play BB as a stronger Rampant Growth on curve. However, if we get a bit luckier, we could double Rampant Growth on turn 2 for untapped dual lands at instant speed. Since they both also double as recursion, they're super strong with aristocrats. So yes, they aren't as consistent as 2 mana rocks, but they provide a much higher ceiling combined with versatility. We're also not hurting in terms of the amount of ramp we have. Some of our ramp might be a bit conditional, like BB, SS, Knight of the White Orchid , etc. but we have access to 13 pieces plus additional sources of mana in the form of Pawn of Ulamog , Ashnod's Altar , Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx , etc. I'd play Coldsteel Heart , Marble Diamond , and/or Charcoal Diamond if I felt we needed more consistent or more early ramp. In testing though, SS, BB, and the ramp package as a whole proved consistent enough.
Dawn Charm is a good card. I could see it being good against certain decks or strategies. If any of the modes are something you frequently find yourself needing, I'd play it. I haven't found myself needing a fog or that type of counterspell very often myself, but if you play in a combat heavy meta or against a player who loves to target you for graveyard hate, it could be useful. Another similar card which you might want to consider is Orim's Chant . It's also good against players who like to target you with spells or in combat. I play it in some lists and find it to be a great political tool by saying, "Hey, you better agree not to screw with me this turn, or I'll skip your whole turn basically."
4 months ago
I haven’t had a chance to run Monologue Tax yet. I assume it’s gonna pull it’s weight though. If it does really well then maybe i can cut a 2 cmc rock, but after switching out Commander's Sphere and Coalition Relic for Coldsteel Heart and Star Compass i think my average cmc is still ~2.7. Not low enough to be comfortable with less ramp, I don’t think.
4 months ago
Hey! I'm back with some more food for thought:
I also feel like some more lifegain payoffs could be nice. You only need a few (payoffs suck without their respective enablers, ofc), but Well of Lost Dreams , Cradle of Vitality , or Serene Steward could be fun.
I love the direction the deck is going, keep it up ;)
5 months ago
Here's a few that came intuitively:
6 months ago
Thought of two more as well:
Emerald Medallion > Into the North : You want to dump your hand of cheap cards quickly, so medallion will get you the most bang for your buck on anything with colorless mana. Alternatively you could replace Coldsteel Heart here.
Finally finally, you might consider Concordant Crossroads if you can afford it. It'll make it much easier to rebuild your board if it gets wiped or dealt with, or allow you to save up for a big turn when shields are down. I'd put it in for Tawnos's Wand .