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Cosmic Intervention Discussion
1 month ago
Assuming you are going for an aggro strategy some cards:
- Coastal Piracy
- Reconnaissance Mission
- Drogskol Reaver (Although it has a high cmc it does play into Akroma's ability)
- Midnight Pathlighter
- Odric, Master Tactician
Some recursion cards to protect against an oncoming boardwipe:
If you are unsure about expensive cards you can always proxy them to test them out in the deck before committing to buying them. I'd also recommend using custom categories to sort the cards in the deck makes it easier to visualize the purpose of each card and how many similar cards you have for synergy.
3 months ago
I appreciate the robust argument for white! It is almost enough to make me want to try mono-white again, but while Sram, Senior Edificer can indeed draw cards, he stands alone and card draw is under-supported. To be clear, I don't need to be a blue deck with an embarrassment of riches when it comes to cards, just enough to not be in top-deck mode in a four-player game, which shouldn't be too much to ask. White doesn't have that unfortunately. It is nice they are giving us more ways to protect our board, but Cosmic Intervention and Semester's End don't help our tokens much, so we're still limited in supporting that strategy to Unbreakable Formation , Make a Stand , and the $20 Flawless Maneuver .
I think Omniscience_is_life is correct in that Wizards hasn't really figured out what to do with white. At one point Maro admitted he was wrong about card draw in white and that all colors need to have card draw, which was promising. Unfortunately lately he was apparently waxing eloquently on how Swords to Plowshares and Path to Exile break the color pie. Apparently the most iconic white cards aren't white anymore, and we need to give Ravenform to blue, because blue is so underpowered. So, I think they have a way to go!
That being said, this was a cool post and tribute to the things white can indeed do, and I look forward to future installments!
Also, FormOverFunction I'm so impressed that you have a banding deck! I still don't understand how that mechanic works, but its a tribute to the format and cool players like you that something like that might work!
3 months ago
Unlife I definitely agree that building properly is key, and it seems that you have quite a bit of experience in mono-colored decks! I play mono-green Ezuri, Renegade Leader and its busted. It was tougher when I've played with white though. I do have to say that white decks are more resilient than they used to be, with Cosmic Intervention and Flawless Maneuver type cards helping you to preserve your board state, which does help when card draw isn't great. One of the big liabilities with the lack of card draw in white used to be that when the board wipe hit you were basically out of the game, since you wouldn't be able to rebuild due to poor draw. And I have to say, I expected my Trynn, Champion of Freedom and Silvar, Devourer of the Free deck to be bad because its creature-based aggro, and those strategies struggled more in the past. But I have found it to be super resilient, and that I have lots of ways to recover, and as a result I've won more games than I should have. I'd still like to see more draw in white though, even if it pushes us in a certain direction.
3 months ago
Personally I think mono white is by far the weakest color in edh, and the gap is only growing with the great new Boros commanders we've had out recently and some good mono-red options as well. I say this as a white player who has tried many times to make a mono white commander deck that I like, only to be always disappointed and to take it apart.
The problem is not really ramp imo. White actually has more ramp than most other non-green colors with cards like Kor Cartographer and Boreas Charger , and, as others have said, they can use the same mana rocks and Sword of the Animist style cards that other colors use.
I don't think the problem is really overall direction either. One thing they have done in recent sets with cards like Cosmic Intervention , Semester's End , Unbreakable Formation , and Teferi's Protection giving white more ways to protect a board state at instant speed, which it often needs in commander. Its always had the best removal, and it also has recursion and some great new lifegain synergies with one great new commander in Heliod, Sun-Crowned .
The problem is absolutely and overwhelmingly an abyssmal lack of card draw. The only helps to this in recent years have been Sram, Senior Edificer and Mangara, the Diplomat , but these are few and far between. Recenty Ari Nieh, the new guy representing white on the council of colors was on Tolarian Community College, and he expressed some of the prior thinking on card draw in white that has led to these problems. In short, an example of what they thought card draw was is God-Eternal Oketra . While a great card, Oketra clearly doesn't draw cards, but they reasoned that the fact that it produces big tokens was basically the same thing. The fact that developers whose job is to make this game actually thought that just shows how far away they are from understanding our format. Apparently Mark Rosewater has had a change of heart recently, and hence why we have Mangara, but there's a long way to go. Every other color can draw cards on its own without support of another color if need be, but its real tough in white.
4 months ago
Stonebinder's Familiar , Semester's End and Strict Proctor are all new cards from strixhaven that I would think would fit nicely in your deck and I believe Warhorn Blast and Cosmic Intervention would be a decent foretell card to include. Also, keep in mind that adventure also triggers Ranars ability, so Fae of Wishes would also be a decent card to put in.
6 months ago
iplayBANJO provides a lot of good feedback. In many instances, I agree with the feedback provided.
I see two main items that need to be improved. First, your deck is very unfocused. Second, you don't have much interaction.
You have too many themes. It's unclear if you want to go Vampire Tribal, Aristocrats, Graveyard, Tokens, or Recursion. As a starting place for your first build, it's not a bad starting place, but we can definitely tighten up your direction. The best next step for you is to pick one theme and building around that. You can "splash" some other themes by adding utility cards like Priest of Forgotten Gods that contribute to your main theme, but dips into other themes consequentially.
I'm going to assume you're building aristocrats. For any build, it's very important to figure out your mana base. Some may disagree with me, but the utility of the mana base is one of the most important starting places when building any new deck. So for each build you make, identify at least your utility lands that support your build. Then use basic lands as place holders.
If you are running aristocrats, consider the following feedback.
Utility Lands: High Market and Phyrexian Tower . These are great sac outlets that can provide you added value. Command Beacon and Memorial to Folly are cheap utility lands that will help you avoid commander tax later in the game.
Value Engines: Take advantage of death triggers. (Death triggers are triggered abilities when a creature dies; e.g., hits the graveyard.) As the previous post discuss, you need to demand value from things dying. Ask your self the question "what value am I getting" when something dies. A few items I don't see above:
Grave Pact is great for you. With your aristocrats package out, you're generating value and removing your opponents board. It also gets around indestructible and hexproof.
Razaketh, the Foulblooded . This is an "I-Win" card in an aristocrats deck. It allows you to tutor and find answers as soon as it resolves.
Skullclamp will allow you to draw a metric butt-load of cards.
Teysa Karlov doubles the value of your death triggers.
Kokusho, the Evening Star is a great nuclear deterrent. It gives you a flyer, solid 5/5 body, and in a pinch, you can sacrifice it to get 15 life and deal out 15 damage.
Interaction refers to your ability to respond to threats at instant speed. Currently, this is very crucial weak point in your build. This partially goes back to Focusing the deck. I would recommend first picking a single theme and rebuilding around that theme. Then, as you're rebuilding, as yourself the following questions for EVERY card you add:
Does this card do something when it resolves?
Identify what value the card gives you as it resolves. There's no right or wrong answer here, but we want to know what we're getting out of the mana we spend. Is it a 1/1 body I get? Or is it a 1/1 body with a trigger of some sort?
Keep in mind. Every time a card resolves (for example a combo piece), if it doesn't give you immediate value when it resolves, it's an opportunity for your opponents to remove it. How will you protect those combo pieces from removal? Teferi's Protection , Flawless Maneuver , Cosmic Intervention .
Does this card, by itself, have synergy with my theme or commander?
With Elenda at the helm, sometimes you're just putting fodder on the field for her. And that's perfectly okay, so long as you're playing at the broader synergy. Remember, with Aristocrats, you're probably not going to win by swinging a big beefy 50/50 Elenda, the Dusk Rose at someone's face. (She doesn't even have trample.) You're most likely going to win by all the triggers from Blood Artist , Cruel Celebrant , Falkenrath Noble , Zulaport Cutthroat , Bastion of Remembrance , Syr Konrad, the Grim , and Vindictive Vampire .
What value do I want out of this card, and how many other pieces do I need to get that value?
Again. No right or wrong answer here. Sometimes, it's just fun to play a card for the hell of it. Looking at you Choice of Damnations .
What is the range of the card? (Early/Opener, Mid-Range, Late Game/Close)
Have an idea of when you plan for a card to be most impactful. Is it a card that is strong early game, mid-game, or late game? How will it impact your state or the overall board when it resolves?
My immediate recommendation is to pick a single theme. I would move away from "perfect world" value situations. This refers to those situations where you're convincing yourself of value. For example, if you want to play Card X because you'll win if you also have Card Y on the field, and Card Z in your graveyard, then I wouldn't play Card X.
Next, I wouldn't run a single combo besides the following: Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + Triskelion or Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + Walking Ballista . Mikeaus by himself brings so much value to an aristocrats build. It essentially allows you to sacrifice each of your non-token creatures twice, including Elenda. With Triskelion or Walking Ballista, Mikaeus creates an infinite damage combo and wins you the game... also infinitely triggering your aristocrat triggers.
Finally, I would remove all the "lord" effects. Lord effects refer to effects that buff a certain creature type. Again, if you're running Aristocrats, you're not going to win because you have big creatures, you're going to win because you're forcing the most value from the death of your creatures.
All food for thought. Feel free to take or decline any suggestions. Happy brewing!
6 months ago
just gonna go through some hard stats real quick cards that give you card advantage ie gets a card from your library into play or into your hand: 7 cards that ramp you ie gets lands into play, produces mana, makes creatures cheaper: 17 cards that can destroy your opponents creatures/artifacts/etc :5 of those 5 cards they only deal with creatures and most need to be dealt damage first. so an opponent plays a proaganda/ghostly prison you cant attack your deck is useless. green, red, white have some of the best removal for almost any permanent. problematic artifacts and enchantments get the Wilt , Nature's Claim , Return to Nature , Krosan Grip , Crush Contraband to name a few. opponent has a magus of the moat or another problematic creature? Path to Exile , Swords to Plowshares , Abrade , Lightning Bolt , any number of efficient fight spells like Domri, Anarch of Bolas , Prey Upon , Inscription of Abundance , Primal Might . opponents threatening to cast a board wipe? Eerie Interlude , Cosmic Intervention , Unbreakable Formation .
In short, a bit less ramp, a bit more card draw, and you really really need interaction. You can't expect to make a dino army and not have anyone try to interact with that. I know dino smash but dino can be smart too, dino can be clever girl.