Court of Cunning
When Court of Cunning enters the battlefield, you become the monarch.
At the beginning of your upkeep, any number of target players each mill two cards. If you're the monarch, each of those players mills ten cards instead. (To mill a card, a player puts the top card of their library into their graveyard.)
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Court of Cunning Discussion
1 week ago
Darksteel Citadel will cost you access to a land if you Ensoul it, but it's another 5/5 indestructible on turn 2. Have you thought about Animating Faerie to add 1 or 2 more Ensoul effects? It only makes a 4/4, but you can still Ensoul it if you want I think (this is order sensitive though), making a 9/9, and if you need it's, it's a 2/2 flyer itself.
You could consider Bonesplitter instead of a blue enchantment buff, the splitter can be reused, and costs the same to use or equip. Not sure if +2/+0 is better than another land drop from the scope. You could also consider Sigil of Sleep in here too, since you have Invisible Stalker, it might not buff your creature, but it's usually better than a buff.
Court of Cunning works well with hard to block creatures, giving you access to card draw and some mill over time. Depends in part on how easily opponents can hit you back if it's worth it.
This is a bit out there, but would x1 or x2 Myriad Landscape work in here? It can find you two islands, which is nice, but it's slow.
If you want a sideboard option, I think Ravenform should be in every budget mono-blue deck's sideboard, exiling creature or artifact is really nice in U.
2 months ago
4 months ago
Out: Blood Scrivener , Gravedigger , God-Eternal Bontu , Altar of the Brood , Semblance Anvil , Firemind Vessel , Thran Dynamo , Dreadhorde Invasion , Force of Despair , Read the Bones , Sign in Blood
In: Cyclonic Rift , Mystic Confluence , Court of Cunning , Search for Azcanta Flip, Sphinx of the Second Sun , Frantic Search , Lightning Greaves , Eligeth, Crossroads Augur , Cryptic Command , Liliana's Standard Bearer , Monastery Siege
4 months ago
you know this deck actually has tons of draw which makes sense for a blue white color pairing. Because you're drawing so many cards, i think you're able to drop down to 37ish lands and not be affected. seeing as your primary wincon isnt to mill out your opponents, a Teferi's Tutelage and Memory Erosion aren't really going to be too effective. Court of Cunning i think gets a pass solely for giving you monarch. tons of card draw and interaction which i love to see in a deck, one suggestion for synergistic ramp that i think is underrated is Midnight Clock , early ramp and mid-late game refresh the hand. and a Marble Diamond / Sky Diamond couldn't hurt either
6 months ago
Everybody's always so focused on the pillow fort, and that's why it takes Zur so long to win. Why not throw in something extremely aggressive?
6 months ago
I think you can improve the quality of your mana rocks a little, Gilded Lotus, Commander's Sphere, and Marble Diamond are a little slow. I'd suggest adding Sol Ring, Mind Stone, Azorius Signet, and, if you have the money, a Mana Crypt.
I'd also cut Mangara, the Diplomat--your opponents won't be attacking or casting spells against THIS deck!
6 months ago
VorelNailo Thanks for reaching out!
Mesmeric Orb Mills a lot. Depends on how long it stays on the table, but usually 5-10 per turn triggered at untap, resolved at upkeep. One-time 2 generic mana investment. One of my favorites. Court of Cunning is stronger, as long as you can costitently keep monarch.
Ashiok, Dream Render - maybe less usefull if you don't have too much reanimation in your playgroup. I have a buddy playing Meren and I love going all Ashiok on him. Anyhow, anti-tutor is pretty powerful all around (kills ramp too).
My meta used to be full of boardwipes, so I put together Mulldrotha deck. I brewed with it a little bit and turns out I really liked how milling went, so I decided for that strategy.
If you wanna shift towards reanimation, then I would happily recommend: Havengul Lich - can reanimate your or opponents graves
Sewer Nemesis - can get quite big really fast
Consuming Aberration - as above. If you play a lot of small spells, which you seem to do, it provides good milling too.
Altar of Dementia - Good sac outlet for mill decks. Works amazing with the two above.
Living Death - crazy gamechanger with self-mill and ashiok
Use whatever you like :)
7 months ago
Heliogabale, thanks so much for the many suggestions. You pointed out a couple things that I definitely hadn't gotten around to and was forgetting to do. The mana base? I had just revamped the deck and I totally forgot to review the mana base afterwards. Thanks for that.
I had Consuming Aberration in the first draft of the deck, but I dropped it in place of one of the combo pieces. I wouldn't mind still haven't it in there, but I'm finding it difficult to determine what to cut. I think if I drop the Persistent Petitioners any lower, they lose their effectiveness. I'm open to cut suggestions for sure.
I feel like Court of Cunning ends up drawing to much heat. I actually had cut Mindcrank for the same reason, but once I decided to go combo, I put Mindcrank in specifically as a combo piece. If I had the flash support, Court of Cunning could be fun.
I agree, I could lose at least one of my land destruction lands, Wasteland always being the first to go because of it ss non-basic only nature. I usually like at least one in the deck more to disrupt another players strategy than to prevent them from stopping mine. Morphic Pool is the first choice include. I could probably also drop one more swamp for Rejuvenating Springs.
Thanks again so much for the comments. Always appreciated. If you have any thoughts on cuts for Bloodchief Ascension, I welcome them :)