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At the beginning of your upkeep, if you control a creature with power 4 or greater, draw a card.
1 month ago
Rebullet I'm more than willing to cut Scavenging Ooze and reduce the number of other cards to make room for more lands. That is why I added Sylvan Caryatid though so I could offset the number of lands I was running while also allowing for slight mana ramp.
My thoughts on non-creature cards is to be prepared for anything but mainly focus on removal since the main engine of the deck which is Kalonian Hydra and Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch is a bit slower. So keeping the opponent in check while I build up my strategy was my thinking there. So you suggest only running 4 copies of Assassin's Trophy for removal? Or run that and maybe a couple Thoughtseize as well to aid in removal?
For the other non-creature cards, my thinking on cards like Inspiring Call and Colossal Majesty is so that I can manipulate my own deck and draw the cards I want quicker. I was finding that I was ending up with no cards in my hand more often than I wanted. I do agree that adding more counters, since that is the focus of the deck, would be more beneficial than some of the others that I have.
As far as Domri, Chaos Bringer goes, I was primarily focused on using his first ability which gives slight mana ramp and allows a creature to either have haste or gain a +1/+1 counter. And then his second ability was to manipulate my deck so I could get the creatures I want sooner. After using him though, I did find that he was more beneficial in late game so it did slow the deck down a little. I'm thinking about cutting down Domri, Chaos Bringer and Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch down to 2 each.
I do like the idea of adding Managorger Hydra though. That is the first time I have ever seen that card.
I like some of the additions you made to the deck you created as well. Going to consider mixing in some with what I currently have.
1 month ago
Looks pretty good for a first time deck! Something to keep in mind as you get feedback - EDH decks can be very personal, and playing at all sorts of power levels and competition is valid. Take this feedback with a grain of salt, the important thing is to play with the cards you like for the experience you enjoy. MTG (especially EDH) is a complicated game and there isn't any one strictly correct way to make an EDH deck, or one approach to the game.
tl;dr you do you!
Okay so IMO:
-You've got about 14x ramp (mana increasing) cards and 36x lands, which IMO is a lot of ramp, although to be fair you do have some big creatures to play. Your mileage may vary with how consistent your lands are in your opening hand and whether you get enough ramp to offset the slightly higher chances of being mana starved (also influenced by the mulligan policy of whoever you play with). I prefer 38 lands, and around 8-10x ramp so if it were me I would drop a few ramp cards for extra lands, but that's a personal preference. I don't have experience with running that ratio of ramp vs lands, so if that works for you then more power to you
-The mana pie inner ring shows your mana base of your lands is 50% black and 50% green, but the outer ring shows you have proportionally more green cards, so it's best to re-balance your Swamps and Forests to match.
-You have a good amount of interaction in my opinion (cards that let you destroy opponent's cards or otherwise mess with them), although you could afford to drop 1-2 board wipes (cards that destroy all creatures/etc on the battlefield) if you want to include other cards IMO
-You have a decent amount of card draw but could benefit from adding a few more cards that let you draw more than once. I'd recommend some of these as cheap options that give repeated draw:
-Your game plan seams to be mostly an aristocrat strategy (sacrificing your own creatures for value), also big creatures and power/toughness pumping. You have a good amount of creature/token generation and cards that let you sacrifice things, but you could add a few more effects that benefit you when your creatures die along the lines of Blood Artist. Some cheap ones include
-To fit in those above 2 categories, there are some cards that although powerful don't synergize as much with the common mechanics of your deck as a whole (generating tokens, sacrificing creatures, pumping your army). If you'd like more deck synergy, consider cutting these cards
- Living Death in my opinion you don't have enough cards that fill up your graveyard to justify an expensive mass reanimate (returning creatures from GY to battlefield)
- Burakos, Party Leader: Even with Maskwood Nexus and a board full of tokens to make all creature types, the max party size is still 4, so even in a perfect situation you won't be getting a lot of value out of this card
- These three are all powerful and dont clash with your strategy, but also don't synergize a lot:
- Elder Brain
- Puppeteer Clique
Again though, take all this as my own opinion and not a dictation. This deck is your own and there's nothing wrong with playing cards you like instead of trying to optimize every card slot. Overall this is much better constructed than the piles of random stuff I started playing EDH with!
2 months ago
+1 for having the Almighty Brushwagg
3 months ago
You're in color for it, so: Harmonize / Colossal Majesty -> Rhystic Study. It's cheaper/equal cost, and usually nets at least three cards before getting blown up, or taxes 3 cards' worth of casting prevention.
Your ramp, overall, is really weak, so there are some cuts we can make: The Magic Mirror -> Arcane Signet. Yes, Magic Mirror is kinda fun, especially when that once in a blue moon hits and you can cast it for free. But that's so unlikely... Also, you should remove 3 islands for: Gruul Signet, Simic Signet, and Izzet Signet. Tuktuk Rubblefort can come out for Farseek. (There are better sources of haste in red we can add in later).
There are a couple kind of unique interesting cards that I want to address the math of: First, Rishkar's Expertise. Right now, your deck has 48 valid targets for it. Of those, you're hopefully going to cast at least 3 by the time you get to have 6 mana up, leaving 45. Of those, you have 2 sorceries which are uncastable (not sure about Ancestral Vision - I'll give it the benefit of the doubt for now). You also have 2 uncastable instants, leaving 41. Of those, 5 are some kind of counter/change target spell, which you can't really use at sorcery speed in a sane manner. Leaves 36 usable cards, so honestly I think it's fine. Now, Rishkar's expertise itself is going to be a dead card a lot of the time because you only have 18 creatures, soooo there's that. I wouldn't run it with less than 25, personally.
In a similar vein: Spellbinder. Super interesting, fun card. However, you have a few cards that are unusable with it: anything with X in its cost (3) and any counters/change target spells (5), leaves 19 valid targets, and you really don't want to bank on not getting your ramp spells (5) early.
those are just the changes I see at a glance that I'd make. I may think of more/better ones later. Happy building!
3 months ago
Forced Adaptation feels too slow for me in a deck like this. Compare to Hydra's Growth - you're not going to be casting either til turn 3 at least anyway (as you have no targetable 1-drops). On turn 3 with Hydra, you'll swing +1 counters, then turn 4 you'll swing with +2, then +4.... I know the point of Forced Adaptation is that no one can ever take those counters away from Skullbriar, I just would prefer running some form of graveyard recursion akin to Phyrexian Delver, rather than simply turning your commander into an even bigger removal magnet.
The deck also looks a bit lacking in mana ramp, which you'll very much need since you're going to be racking up commander tax. A few good budget options - Arcane Signet Rampant Growth Coldsteel Heart is an upgrade over Moss Diamond Golgari Signet Talisman of Resilience Gyre Sage
As far as draw goes... I love the Colossal Majesty type effects. Garruk's Uprising, however, seems like a weak choice to me. There are only 5 creatures (6 if you buff your commander a little) that will trigger its third ability, and likewise its first ability has a decent chance of being unusable when you draw the card. Its trample ability is great, but I think there are probably better ways of accomplishing that in the deck already. I would honestly cut this for something like Deeproot Champion, which would be awesome with how many non-creature spells you have.
5 months ago
Budget based, 1x more Ghalta, Primal Hunger is pretty good.
Enrage works pretty well with dinosaurs. Marauding Raptor triggers Ranging Raptors, Silverclad Ferocidons and Raptor Hatchling. Running 2 of the larger ones and 4 of the smaller ones are pretty good, and they cost one less. Ripjaw Raptor is also decent, but more expensive.
Charging Monstrosaur, Relentless Raptor are only here bc they're dinosaurs. They don't really synergize that well with the rest of your deck. Sky Terror seems more of a sideboard card or replace in sb with flying defense. Either run Colossal Majesty or Sarkhan's Unsealing for 2-3, both seem kind of overkill and a bad late game draw. Huatli, Warrior Poet seems ok, but another dinosaur would probably be better. Or 2-3 Domri, Anarch of Bolas if you want a planeswalker. Signal the Clans can be taken out for more Cultivate and Commune with Dinosaurs.
Let me know if you want me to comment on mana base after you make changes.
6 months ago
here are some recommendations Desolation Twin, Giant Adephage, Omnath, Locus of Rage, Quartzwood CrasherShaman of Forgotten Ways, Zhur-Taa Druid, Hammer of Purphoros, Idol of Oblivion, Divination, Predator's Rapport, Evolution Vat, Farseek, Explore, Cultivate, Colossal Majesty,Simic Ascendancy,Sarkhan Vol, Decimate, Relentless Assault, Fellwar Stone, Sol Ring, Arcane Signet, Gift of Paradise, Domri, Chaos Bringer, Song of Freyalise, Gyre Sage, Nimbus Swimmer,Simic Sky Swallower, Kiora, the Crashing Wave, Simic Growth Chamber, Hinterland Harbor, Whelming Wave, The Locust God, Arixmethes, Slumbering Isle
6 months ago