Creature — Human Shaman
Tap: Cunning Sparkmage deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
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Cunning Sparkmage Discussion
4 days ago
5 months ago
Hi Grind, thank you for the input! Swiftfoot Boots are definately on my maybelist, and the first thing to go in if I find out my commander Protection is not enough. I also considered additional pingers like Cunning Sparkmage or Vulshok Sorcerer, but I don't know what to cut for these cards. i guess I will need to play the deck a few times to see what I dont need as much.
Hi seshiro_of_the_orochi, also thanks for the input! Toshiro Umezawa is definately a really cool card, but i don't think this is the right deck for him. His synergy is a little too far away from my main strategy to be worth a spot in the deck. But I will add him to my list of "cool cards I wanna use someday".
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1 year ago
The problem with the new Gaea's Blessing breakfast hulk combo is that the package moves at instant speed so they can just do everything in response to the damage tigger. Plus they don't have to fetch Viscera Seer (you can use the damage trigger to kill Narcomoeba) so you can get Grand Abolisher. But other than that situation, it craps on traditional breakfast hulk, yes.
Your other option could be the inclusion of a ping creature. There are four that are worth mention:
Cunning Sparkmage - Fairly basic but has haste, so he can do his thing the turn he drops.
Vithian Stinger - No haste but can be unearthed on combo turn, giving him more resilience.
Izzet Staticaster - doesn't double as a combo piece but is a house as far as killing off dorks.
I'm not sure if they're good enough for the deck, however they feel anti-meta since there is such a reliance on aman dorks and in general 1 toughness creatures. And the fact that other than Staticaster, they can all be coupled with Keen Sense/Curiosity for CA and with Dramatic Scepter to act as a win condition.
2 years ago
The curve feels too high, and some of your card choices are fairly low-impact. Cunning Sparkmage and Vulshok Sorcerer are best in combo lists ( Banishing Knack/Intruder Alarm/Cowardice/Fractured Loyalty/Power of Fire ) where they are a win condition rather than anything playing more linear, because 1 damage/turn for three mana is weak on its own.
They can work in more casual Deep-Slumber Titan lists. With Goblin Fireslinger existing though, (used for the bloodthirst mechanic) they almost never see play. Gorgon's head synergy just isn't reliable enough to see play outside Brigid, Hero of Kinsbaile commander, and is best non-budget for Basilisk Collar.
Looking for that kind of synergy is exactly the right mindset for effective budget deckbuilding, you just need to get used to all the options so you can find the good stuff.
Its best to go hard on exactly what you want to do with a deck, especially as a budget list. Expensive cards are usually the most versatile cards (or cards with no alternatives). So to play budget effectively, you need a strategy that keeps cropping up in MTG and go all-in. A direct damage burst with Quest is a good choice, and so is the incredible efficiency of Shrapnel Blast, so lets build around those. You want to spend a single turn taking somone from 14-15 to 0 with artifacts on the field.
Go to gatherer, advanced search. Search for red enchantments that might sit alongside quest to help hit that 'eight copy reliable' stage. Anything that catches your eye, add it to the maybeboard, so you can see how much each card costs. We can also do a search for 'double damage' and 'whenever a source damage' to pick up other likely options.
Don't grab cards costing 6 or more mana, because unless you build your entire deck to cast them, you'll never cast them. Assault Strobe, Temur Battle Rage, Dictate of the Twin Gods ( Fire Servant ), ( Curse of Bloodletting )Insult,Overblaze, The Flame of Keld all stand out to me.
But with them all sitting in or around the 5 mana slot, or being creatures pump spells, suddenly we have some deckbuilding restrictions. We need either a bunch of damage on the field which we abruptly double and win, or to spend five mana getting one to the battlefield then cast a bunch of spells.
So lets look at the tools mono-red has to do that. For the former, there are agressive creatures like Keldon Marauders, Mogg Fanatic, Mortarpod, , Seal of Fire Zektar Shrine Expedition, Emberwilde Augur etc, for the latter Fling Spark Elemental etc.
Getting a big list of all the options then picking the best, looking at both price and effect is a good habit to get into with deckbuilding- Learning to trim the fat and spot strong options helps immensely with draft formats, and can help massively streamline your lists. If you are having trouble finding options, look into the archived standard deckbuilding discussions for an archetype that might have useful tools, and steal those.
Just remember, redundant copies of any spell makes it good, and casting spells on turns 1-2-3 is very good.
2 years ago
you're going in two different directions here, so I'm gonna give you suggestions for both
Control: I learned about control from Taking Turns in modern, so Gigadrowse, Exhaustion and the like to keep your opponent from disrupting your combo. definitely go up to 4 Whirs, get some Sleight of Hands and Opts and Serum Visions to sculpt your hand as effectively as possible.
Hope this helps!