Court of Cunning

Court of Cunning

Enchantment

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

Dammjan on Zur the Enchanter Budget Deck

1 month ago

Thank you for your advices DreadKhan. Sorry that I am answering so late but I had to learn for my exams the past few weeks. I looked at your suggestions and think Court of Cunning might be a good alternative win con. Slow but steady. But I am not sure which card to remove. Maybe Sun Titan? Diplomatic Immunity and Timely Ward seem to be better alternatives for Robe of Mirrors and Shielded by Faith so I will edit my deck.

DreadKhan on Zur the Enchanter Budget Deck

2 months ago

Wow, familiar, but more budget friendly! I'll keep my eye out for budget cards that might fit in here.

Not sure if it's fast enough for this deck, but you can use Court of Cunning with Solitary Confinement as a slow, fetchable win con. It gets faster if you copy the Court, but you only get 1 card for being the Monarch unfortunately. People can't counter it, so they have to remove it after. The mill 10 isn't the fastest, but Solitary makes you hard to interact with, so if you can protect both, many decks can't win through Solitary and Rule of Law I'd wager.

DreadKhan on My first own deck

2 months ago

On a budget, I guess Underworld Connections might make the cut. If you find your hand is consistently tiny, Midnight Oil isn't as bad as people think, you just need to be able to play both cards you draw consistently. Castle Locthwainis another option that works if your hand is always small, and War Room might be a bit of life, but Alela has lifelink. Dawn of Hope could work if Alela deals damage often. Faerie Formation is reasonable if you want a 1/1 faerie and a card, and a 5/4 flyer is pretty beefy. Sygg, River Cutthroat is probably good enough to consider, Court of Grace and Court of Cunning both give you the Monarch, which means a card, and the bodies you generate might make it harder for people to take it from you, and 1/1 flyers going wide will always be getting it back. The Blue Court can actually be a backup win con if people can't take the Monarch from you due to Pillowfort effects.

Zur the Enchanter isn't quite card draw, but it is card advantage, possibly multiple turns worth of it. He can find removal, or potentially card draw, so Zur seems like good value for mana if your deck runs enough enchantments he can find. If you want to find him (or any other card), you might consider Transmute cards rather than card draw. If you always want to have access to Zur (or any 4 MV card) you can Transmute Dimir House Guard into that card, and it's cheaper than Diabolic Tutor while not being a spell, and thus being much harder to interact with. Transmute cards exist at other values as well, mostly 0-6 and 9, and they are always in U or B, which Alela has access to.

Hope some of this is helpful! I will probably build an Alela deck at some point myself, so it's neat to see what other people put together

DreadKhan on Blue Mill/Combat damage

2 months 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.

NicodaPico on Kwain, wanna see real speed?

7 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

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