Creature — Human Wizard
At the beginning of your upkeep, reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. You lose life equal to its converted mana cost.
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Dark Confidant Discussion
1 hour ago
Hey DrValium! Glad you like the deck, thanks!!
The Bracers can potentially double Tinybone’s damage potential. My only complaint is that it’s expensive at 5 total mana to get it going. I could have used that mana to get a shot in with Tinybones before he’s removed. But at least the Bracers stick around if I lose Tinybones and I can re-attach it.
Reflection is interesting too, but it’s also expensive mana-wise and hurts me with Ad Nauseam and Dark Confidant . It would double my damage output with Tinybones and other cards like Painful Quandary and Professor Onyx .
I’ll do some testing and see if they are worth the mana investment. Do you have any suggestions for cards to swap for the above, or any further insight? :)
4 weeks ago
YamishiTheWickedOne, no argument that Dark Confidant is solid and worth considering. The drain & gain should offset the life loss, but was never crazy about the card and it’s easily sniped by Lava Dart .
4 weeks ago
I mean yeah, mana conservation is what really separates this from my style of build given your deck is very, very aristocrats-ish and Highborn is part of that engine. If you have Dark Confidant he might be worth considering given your mana curve is excellent.
1 month ago
Black and white are my two favorite colors in this game, so, naturally, I am excited about the cards in the black and white deck.
Tempting contract is nice, but very unreliable, so I am not certain if I can put it into any of my current decks.
Felisa, fang of Silverquill is nice, but nothing spectacular, and I notice that many cards that are associated with Silverquill generate inkling tokens, just as many cards that are associated with Quandrix generate fractal tokens.
I do not like the wording on combat calligrapher; would it really have taken up too much space to write “whenever a creature attacks one of your opponents, its controller creates…etc.?”
Return to Dust has already been reprinted numerous times, so I dearly wish that WotC had instead reprinted Heliod's Intervention in this set, since that card has been printed only once, and is better in the majority of situations.
Guardian archon is definitely a great card, but its controller shall need to find a way to “flicker” it to truly get great value from it, but that should not be difficult to do, in white. I also like that this is the second card in the game with the text “secretly choose an opponent” and “activate this ability only once,” after Stalking Leonin .
Nils, discipline enforcer is a perfect example of white’s authoritarian nature, and he will definitely be annoying for many players whose decks rely upon putting +1/+1 counters on their creatures; I have a deck with Atraxa, Praetors' Voice as the general, so he could definitely hinder that deck, if I cannot deal with him, quickly. At least he does not have flash, because that would make him ridiculous.
Promise of loyalty will definitely lead to some very complicated political dealings in games that have more than two players, so I will be interested to see how it works.
Sponsorship scholar is another example of how card advantage works in white, and, even better, it allows players to search for any basic lands, not merely plains! Finally, WotC is making white more powerful and helping it to reach the other colors in terms of power!
I really like author of shadows; first, that artwork is amazing, and, second, the effect is very sinister, and will definitely turn the tide of a game, if used properly.
Bold plagiarist is the latest in a long line of cards that punish players who seek to gain advantage, but, at least, this one does not actually stop them from gaining advantage; it merely copies their advantage. Why is it that the opponent is the one who places the counters on the plagiarist, and not the controller of the plagiarist?
In a similar manner, cunning rhetoric is a continuation of black’s ability to discourage an opponent from attacking one’s self, and punishing them, if they do.
Fain, the broker, has serious potential for powerful combos, and could definitely lead to major shifts in games if used properly.
Incarnation technique would be good for either my Mimeoplasm or my Teneb, the Harvester decks, but I cannot remove and existing cards to make room for it.
With keen duelist, I first am very glad that there are still black wizards in this game, now that warlocks are a creature type, and, second, a symmetrical Dark Confidant will definitely lead to some major politics and bargains between players, and it should go without saying that the best way to use it is with the ability to manipulate your own deck, such as with Crystal Ball or Sensei's Divining Top .
Stinging study is a nice way to take advantage of a general with a higher casting cost, especially if that general has been sent back to the command zone at least once, and has become too expensive to reliably recast; given that that card costs 5 mana to cast, I say that a player should have a general with a converted mana cost of at least 5 to truly get good value from it.
Inkshield is like Batwing Brume on steroids, but its high mana cost does mean that it will require strategy and careful timing to be used most effectively; I personally think that it could have cost 4 mana and still have been perfectly balanced.
As for the reprints, did we really need another reprint of Zetalpa, Primal Dawn or Sun Titan ? However, the reprints of Utter End , Oblation , Magister of Worth , and Mikokoro, Center of the Sea are all welcome, and I am glad that WotC has finally reprinted Deathbringer Liege , because that card very badly needed to be reprinted.
Overall, WotC has really increased the quality of this year’s Commander product, compared to those from previous years, so I hope that every Commander product has this level of quality, from this point forward.
1 month ago
1 month ago
cfost827 To make the deck any more competitive, the easiest thing to do is to include more cheap mana sources, add more disruption, and cut the higher mana cards. I'd consider some more competitive cards like Mana Vault , Mox Diamond , Dark Confidant , Imperial Seal , Ad Nauseam , Opposition Agent etc. The cards you should look at cutting are the slower, high cost ones like Requiem Angel , Solemn Simulacrum , Archon of Justice , etc. This doesn't include Razaketh, the Foulblooded or Vilis, Broker of Blood though since they practically win the game upon entering. Tweaking the deck to give it 5% more power level can be difficult since such a small change is subtle. You're going to have to add and cut cards to feel it out and probably play a ton of games to test.
In terms of what to cut for more fodder, you could cut Archon of Justice and Sifter of Skulls for Carrier Thrall and Imperious Oligarch , or whatever 2 drops you want. Archon and Sifter are a lot slower than cheap fodder, so if you want more, you can cut cards like them. If you want more than 2 new pieces of fodder, you could keep cutting slower 4-6 drops like Solemn Simulacrum , but it'd impact your mana base or other aspects of the deck.
DubWubby This is a cool combo. You could include it, but you're right in that it's fragile and inconsistent. It's really strong in ideal scenarios like with Buried Alive or any time you draw Vizier of Remedies with any persist creature. However, it'd be hard to include for a few reasons. If you draw persist creatures and don't have vizier, they're weak sac fodder on their own, so you'd want to include few of them. However, if you draw vizier without persist creatures, then she's almost useless, so you want to include more of them. Finding the balance of how many persist creatures you need as well as what to cut is the challenge. Saying that, Putrid Goblin is almost as efficient as other 2 drop fodder cards, and both him and vizier have 1 toughness for Skullclamp , so they aren't irredeemable on their own.
1 month ago
Pyramid of the Pantheon
I would cut these to start.
Add in Arcane Signet, if not more artifact ramp. You don't have a lot and since you are leaning heavy into artifacts you can get away with running some more mana expensive ones, like Dreamstone Hedron or Gilded Lotus.
Another huge issue that I see is that you are in black and not running any tutors or staple black cards. Consider Toxic Deluge , Demonic Tutor , Deadly Rollick , Dark Confidant , Phyrexian Arena , Aetherflux Reservoir + Bolas's Citadel ,or even Blightsteel Colossus .
Bond of Agony can also be a fun one. As soon as you have a life advantage over everyone you can just win the game.
2 months ago
PhyrexianPreator - Phyrexian Arena is a better effect than Dark Confidant and most decks playing him run 4 of him. I know I'm running 3 as well, but most decks also don't have any sort of sustain with things like Gary and Gifted Aetherborn so I think it's fine. Also, given that this is a midrange deck with an average mana cost of around 2.5, drawing 2, 3, 4 cards for the price of a bit of life will almost always be worth it. Can help out trying to dig for an answer to anything. Gatekeeper to kill something and get a body, Dismember to kill something, Murderous Rider to kill a planeslwalker, Anguished Unmaking to get an enchantment / artifact off the board