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|Guilds of Ravnica (GRN)||Uncommon|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Crush Contraband occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.02%
Crush Contraband Discussion
1 day ago
Hey, this is a very cheap deck. Are you not able to spend a little more? A $20 upgrade could really help your deck.
Even though have a low budget to work with there's still several upgrades you could make. Some upgrades to consider are to take more advantage of Teysa's ability to give you additional die triggers when a creature dies.
Good budget cards, $1 or less each, to consider adding:
- Command Tower: one of the best lands to multicolored decks in Commander.
- Caves of Koilos
- Tainted Field
- Orzhov Basilica
- Ash Barrens
- Doomed Traveler: Spirit token.
- Ministrant of Obligation: Spirit tokens.
- Tithe Taker: Spirit token.
- Requiem Angel: repeatable Spirit tokens.
- Reassembling Skeleton: good creature to sac since it can reanimate itself.
- Woe Strider: sac outlet and repeatable scry.
- Cartel Aristocrat: sac outlet.
- Grim Haruspex: draw when a nontoken creature you control dies.
- Mentor of the Meek: draw when a 1/1 Spirit token is created.
- Archon of Justice: exile permanent.
- Plaguecrafter: all players sac a creature/Planeswalker or discard a card. Can sac Plaguecrafter to itself.
- Fleshbag Marauder
- Reliquary Monk: destroy opponent artifact or enchantment.
- Dutiful Attendant: creature recursion.
- Soul Warden: gain life when Spirits are created and when other creatures including your opponents ETB.
- Soul's Attendant: same as Warden.
- Dreadhorde Invasion: with a sac outlet is a repeatable source of token or a token that grows in power/toughness.
- Diabolic Tutor: budget unconditional tutor.
- Read the Bones
- Talisman of Hierarchy: two drop mana rock.
- Orzhov Signet: two drop mana rock.
- Kaya's Guile
- Crush Contraband
- Dusk / Dawn
I offer more advice, good luck with your deck.
1 week ago
Continuing my advice, streamlining high CMC cards becomes an important step when choosing what cards to cut. Streamlining means you cut unnecessary high CMC cards, four CMC or higher that are not vital for your deck. Some cards that are redundant, there's two or more cards that do the same thing and one/more of them are not as good as others. Tutors help to break high CMC card redundancy because you can use them to get the better high CMC card thus leaving out others. Streamlining starts at the top of the mana curve and then work your way down.
When streamlining, the cards that are not selected doesn't mean these cards are bad, they're less needed in your deck than others. For streamlining your deck I would look to decrease cards from the 4, 5 and 6 CMC spots.
You've recent update is good, other cards to consider cutting:
Temple of the False God: will not tap for mana until you have four other lands. That's not good enough when you want to be casting low CMC cards and extort.
Armillary Sphere: isn't ramp since it puts the basic lands into your hand not onto the battlefield. Playing a mana rock that is ramp instead of this will help.
Life's Finale: has great artwork, but is lackluster for a creature board wipe especially at 6 CMC. Tutoring for and putting creatures into your opponents graveyard will most of the time backfire in Commander since reanimation and recursion are popular.
Hedron Archive: can get repeatable draw from other sources and four drop colorless ramp is not what you want with Karlov.
Mire in Misery: sorcery speed makes this a lackluster removal spell.
Burnished Hart: is too slow as ramp since the basic lands you search for ETB tapped. For six total mana you get two basic lands that ETB tapped and don't even get a body because you have to sac Hart to get the lands. Just about any mana rock that ETB untapped is more helpful than Hart.
Fountain of Renewal: effect is limited, only happening once at your upkeep and that's all it does. There's more impactful repeatable life gain in your deck.
Beacon of Unrest: there's too many five drops here and Beacon is the worst of them. The potential repeatable reanimation is not really worth five mana. It is nice that this spell can reanimate any opponents creature or artifact, but even so for five mana that's not really helping your strategy with Karlov. For five mana you would be better off casting Exquisite or Bond or a tutor to get one of them.
Solemn Simulacrum: can be great for midrange strategies, creature dying/reanimation strategies, but it doesn't fit here since it's too high CMC for ramp.
Sangromancer: is the least good source of repeatable life gain. It's too situational for a four drop, only triggering when opponent does one or two specific effects.
Underworld Connections: requires tapping the enchanted land to draw which means you can't use mana from that land on your turn. There's better repeatable draw sources here.
Kaya's Wrath: has too difficult to make colored casting cost.
Some upgrades to consider:
- Rogue's Passage > Temple of the False God
- Scheming Symmetry > Armillary Sphere
- Open the Armory > Life's Finale
- Mask of Memory > Hedron Archive
- Serra Ascendant > Ray of Distortion
- Walking Ballista > Solemn Simulacrum
- Suture Priest > Mire in Misery
- Ruin Raider > Burnished Hart
- Blood Artist > Sangromancer
- Mother of Runes > Fountain of Renewal
- Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim > Beacon of Unrest
- Arcane Signet > Orzhov Cluestone
- Divine Reckoning > Kaya's Wrath
- Dark Tutelage > Underworld Connections
Scheming Symmetry and Open the Armory are excellent cards to add for streamlining, they can do a lot here for their budget prices and low CMC. Scheming can tutor for any card and has great interaction with Bolas's Citadel since it puts the card you tutor for on top of your library. Yes, you choose an opponent and they also get to tutor for a card, but that is a cost you pay for having to use an alternative budget one drop unconditional tutor. Armory gets one of the best cards with Karlov, Shadowspear. Seriously, this card does everything you want to make Karlov a threat.
Mask of Memory is an underrated source of budget repeatable draw. It goes well with the voltron strategy of attacking with Karlov and equip 1 to draw two cards is nice. Equipment is good with Karlov and by adding Mask of Memory then Open the Armory can tutor for one of four different effects that can be repeatable with equipped Karlov: Shadowspear/Basilisk Collar for lifelink, Mask of Memory for draw, Sword of the Animist for ramp, Lightning Greaves/Swiftfoot Boots for protection.
If adding Serra Ascendant and Walking Ballista then I wouldn't cut Ranger of Eos since it can tutor for both of them and that's a powerful play for a four drop. If not adding Ascendant or Ballista then Ranger could be cut. Divine Reckoning can be a powerful board wipe with Karlov because it doesn't kill him and it can clear the battlefield of an opponent with many blockers. Yes, each opponent gets to keep their best creature, but most likely Karlov will be bigger than all the other creatures on the battlefield.
2 weeks ago
If you want to take this deck to the next level, you should consider the following cards:
- Sensei's Divining Top
- Deafening Silence/Eidolon of Rhetoric/Rule of Law and Defense Grid: to slow down storm- and spellslinger-decks, to deny cardadvantage/ramp and to protect yourself against control and combodecks
- Lapse of Certainty/Mana Tithe/Burnout nobody expects white counters
- Your deck is lacking carddraw! Wheel of Fortune, Painful Truths, Necropotence, Heartwarming Redemption, Phyrexian Arena, Night's Whisper, Azra Oddsmaker & Dark Confidant (/Sign in Blood/Dawn of Hope)
- Toxic Deluge/Fire Covenant/Darksteel Mutation/Vandalblast/Grasp of Fate/Fiery Confluence(/Austere Command/Crush Contraband/Forsake the Worldly) - these are really good removals
- All the Moxes like Mox Opal, Mox Diamond etc.
- Lotus Petal, Rite of Flame to play your commanders on Turn 2
- Play some of the good 2 mana rocks like Orzhov Signet or Talisman of Conviction
- Land Tax & Wayfarer's Bauble (if you run enough basic lands, like now)
- Smothering Tithe - THE white staple and especially good with Wheel effects
- Imperial Recruiter, Recruiter of the Guard, Gamble or Diabolic Intent
- Play Stax to keep your opponents in check! Rest in Peace, Aura of Silence, Trinisphere, Cursed Totem, Hushbringer/Torpor Orb & Stranglehold
3 weeks ago
Updated deck with the cards I have so far - swapped out Adriana, Captain of the Guard, Khorvath Brightflame, Order of Midnight, Silverwing Squadron, Valiant Knight, Wintermoor Commander, Nahiri, the Lithomancer, Cathars' Crusade, True Conviction, Blackblade Reforged and Loxodon Warhammer.
Although it moves some way towards the suggestions of more ramp, more removal and more card draw given up a lot of creatures & specifically the bigger ones in return. Might make keeping up in the mid and later stages of a game pretty tough. Feel a bit unsure on changes but will need to see how it plays out.
1 month ago
So, the printing of Saskia in the upcoming SLD has been the inspiration/encouragement/reason I needed to finally start building her, but I am a bit stuck with how to go about it. I currently have a bunch of directions in my head, but I need to file it down to make it work. Here are my vibes so far:
Legends! I have found a bunch of combat-focused/synergistic to goof around with Saskia's ability, and I think a Legends theme could be very functional in a midrange value deck. Cards like Aurelia, the Warleader, Gisela, Blade of Goldnight, Queen Marchesa, Marisi, Breaker of the Coil, Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder, Zurgo Helmsmasher and Shalai, Voice of Plenty really offer a powerful way to supply the beatdown. I would of course throw in all of the Legends support spells, like Reki, History of Kamigawa, Captain Sisay (also in the SLD, by the way), Time of Need and Heroes' Podium.
Sunforger! I love this card, and being in four colors gives me a bunch of really great targets to get my damage through, protect my board, find my answers to threats and grind out the game. A few stand-outs from my preliminary research include Naya Charm, Boros Charm, Eladamri's Call, Enlightened Tutor, Signal the Clans, Congregation at Dawn and Crackling Doom, and all of the best instant-speed removal I could want in pieces like StP, PtE, and personal favorite: Crush Contraband. There would need to be a couple Sunforger synergies to make this work, such as graveyard->library shuffle effects like Mistveil Plains or maybe even Gaea's Blessing? Not sure about graveyard shuffling effects, so I am open to suggestion.
Curses! Saskia already reads like a Curse on a creature body, so I thought this may be a weird direction to go in! There are several fantastic Aura Curses in these colors, and I could run an enchantress-style of deck using these cards as a way to delay my opponents' plans and encourage them to attack each other instead of me. Good examples of cards to run in this theme are Curse of Disturbance, Curse of Bounty, Curse of Bloodletting, Curse of Opulence, and while not a Curse, Captive Audience is pretty hilarious - especially when cast against the right opponent. I would obviously run the supports cards to make this strategy work, such as the enchantress creatures and enchantment-casting synergies of the like.
So, I think some subset (maybe all?) of these themes and strategies could coexist, but I would love to see what y'all think. What could I do with my favorite badass asskicker?
1 month ago
1 month ago
Defile - You're running a 3 color deck, where the majority of your lands are likely to be non-basics. This won't do anything reliably.
Divine Verdict - Very expensive for the effect, could just be an outright kill spell. There are cards that force your opponent to sacrifice attacking creatures that would get around indestructible and hexproof/shroud if you wanted that sort of effect. Ex. Blessed Alliance
Ray of Revelation - Flashback for this is Green homie, counts as both white and green so you can't run it in a Mardu deck.
Shatter - Just make this something like Shattering Spree and give yourself the chance to hit more than one thing. Or something like Crush Contraband to get more than one target exiled instead of destroyed.
Victim of Night - already going to be difficult at times to use due to the 2 hard black in the cost. Why not have it be something like Hero's Downfall and get unrestricted creature removal and planeswalker removal as a bonus? Murderous Rider serves a similar function and doubles as a creature. Vampires and Zombies are popular, so there will be times where it won't work for you.
Arcum's Whistle - It's a rather expensive effect to force a creature to attack, but it is repeatable. You don't get a choice for where the creature goes, so I'm not sure if that was your intent.
Scarab of the Unseen - Are you going to be running a lot of enchantment auras to put on your creatures? If not it seems like this is only there to draw a card. You should be running something like Sign in Blood or Night's Whisper for more value at the same cost.
Enters the Battlefield Tapped Lands - The nature of these lands is for a budget deck. If you have access to lands like the ones I threw in the maybeboard, you're increasing your chance of playing things on curve as well as reducing the likelihood of having to wait to play the threats/answers in your hand. Even if the condition for them to enter untapped is conditional like with something like Dragonskull Summit, shocklands and basics will make it possible to have access to more colors sooner, which can make a world of difference in the early game. The temples at least offer a benefit with the scry, so that's going to help you draw into what you want/need (ex. bottoming a land you don't need or a spell you don't want/can't cast).
1 month ago
And I will always advocate for the inclusion of Swords to Plowshares and/or Path to Exile because creatures don't stay dead in this format. It probably is worth including something like Crush Contraband, Return to Dust or Revoke Existence because plenty of decks recycle artifacts and enchantments as well.