Countervailing Winds

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed 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
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper Duel Commander Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Pioneer Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Countervailing Winds

Instant

Counter target spell unless it's controller pays 1 for each card in your graveyard.

Cycling 2 (2, Discard this card: Draw a card).

StarstormKK on Flaming shark tornado

1 year ago

I was looking around for a deck to build that uses Shark Typhoon because I keep finding them in the packs I buy. I came across yours and I like the idea of using Unpredictable Cyclone in conjunction with it. It allows you to cheat out more expensive spells pretty effectively, while still creating a shark army. On that note, I would completely revamp the spells you have chosen, aside from Neutralize and Boon of the Wish-Giver , because they need to have cycling to trigger this awesome effect. I do really like Narset of the Ancient Way for this deck. I would remove Teferi, Time Raveler unless you decide to use more sorceries, like Essence Fracture .

In any case, I love the basic concept and enjoyed trying to think about some synergy for it.

Grubbernaut on

1 year ago

I can get behind that. I think 8 fetches and 6-8 fetchables is fine for a delver deck, if he wants to go that route; I only meant to say that it's probably worth doing a shakeup if it means Counterspell over Countervailing Winds , but it looks like the OP swapped for Rune Snag , which is another decent option.

multimedia on Gavi´s Rrecycle Bin

2 years ago

Hey, Tectonic Reformation which is included in the precon gives you a repeatable source of low mana cost cycling using lands. This is wanted to repeatedly trigger Gavi, Slide, Drift and Haven. Idyllic Tutor is worth including because it can tutor for one of Reformation, Slide, Drift or Haven and you can recur it with Archaeomancer to tutor again.

There's a lack of ramp here and ramp is a fundamental part of all Commander decks. You want to make room in your deck for ramp since ramp also is color fixing. In the precon are Sol Ring/Arcane Signet these are good rocks for ramp, add them to your deck. There's also three Signets in the precon I suggest adding those rocks too.

Chromatic Lantern is not included in the precon, but it's a good mana rock with Reformation because then you can tap any land to make red mana to cycle a land with Reformation. Raugrin Crystal is the new Jeskai mana rock that has cycling.

Smothering Tithe is a fantastic card for repeatable ramp in multiplayer Commander since your opponents, much more than not, are not going to pay the two mana to deny you a treasure when they draw therefore each time around the table you're going to make treasures and these treasures can be saced to make any color of mana. Smothering is also good with Reformation because treasures can make red mana.

Some good budget cards with cycling to consider adding:

I offer more advice including what cards to consider cutting. Good luck with your deck.

Meachman on This deck takes brains

2 years ago

The cycling sub-theme seems like a lot more investments than payoffs.

Gempalm Polluter feels like a nice zombie-themed include. Same for Lurching Rotbeast and Moaning Wall. Undead Gladiator also synergizes with your Bone Miser.

Running removal options like Clear/Forsake the Worldly, Expunge,Cast Out and Akroma's Vengeance might be useful. Your deck looks defensive, so maybe Choking Tethers or Djeru's Renunciation?

To bolster your control, maybe Compelling Argument or Countervailing Winds?

Scarab Feast and Rapid Decay answer decks that want you to mill them or use their own graveyards. Unearth gets low-cost zombies or Phantasmal Image back.

Maybe Abandoned Sarcophagus, while you're at it? And if you're cycling so much, throw in Fluctuator.

ShieldOfHolyShadows on UW Cycling

2 years ago

Kjartan, I firmly believe that the shell of Astral Drift , Drake Haven , and Abandoned Sarcophagus outweigh any benefit added by diluting the pool with non-cycling ETB triggers. Having this many cyclers guarantees being able to cycle every turn, digging through the deck, getting cycling triggers for the engine, and padding the graveyard for Countervailing Winds . Being able to focus all Drift triggers on your opponent's creatures can often lock creature based decks out of the game (even most ETB decks can't exert pressure to damage life when they have to fight through multiple Drift triggers and a surprisingly high number of 2/2 flying drake tokens on any given turn) and makes it easier to sneak in your own chip damage. This is also ignoring the fact that reducing the number of cycling cards would actually make Drift even less consistent and make it harder to actually bounce the targets you needed it to.

Additionally, by playing a deck that is very light on actual non-token creatures, you actually reduce the value of your opponent's removal spells. Would you personally Path to Exile or Dismember an opponent's 2/2 token if you knew they were just going to make another two or three for one mana every turn? Anything short of a full boardwipe becomes a dead draw, which is not the case if you were to include value ETB creatures. Admittedly, Drift does a good job of protecting from those cards in the first place, but there's a big difference between needing to burn resources (which you may not have at a certain time, like running out of cyclers or being tapped out) to protect your creatures, and being allowed to use those resources exclusively against your opponent.

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