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Deflecting Swat occurrence in decks from the last year
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Deflecting Swat Discussion
1 week ago
The deck is built pretty budget - so i think several upgrades are possible. This is mostly in the ramp department though. For example Dockside Extortionist and Mana Crypt would both be good includes. Another card could be Deflecting Swat , though you don’t need it for your commander very often it can help protecting something important. The only payoff i’m sure i’d include if i had it is Fiendish Duo . Other than that i feel there’s a lot of options that come down to preference. (See also the maybeboard)
Guardian: needs another creature and 2 mana to fight before its effect goes off and the ramp is nice, but spending your turn making a 4/4 isn’t that great
Alena: is either 5 mana and hope she lives to then give you a lot of mana next turn, or sneak her in for 3, sneak something else in and then sneak 2 other things in.
Writing this i could be wrong about alena. She’s mana positive when sneaked (because purph gives haste she taps for RRRR immediately). And a sequence where you sneak her in in the endstep of the player to your right, use her to sneak something else, then untap with her and all your mana can be pretty strong.
If you end up trying her let me know how she works out
Awesome! And stay safe, i hear it’s all pretty bad right now in brazil. Any cool plays worth sharing?
2 weeks ago
If we are talking about red spells, there is also Wild Ricochet which gives you the best of both worlds.
2 weeks ago
It is important to remember that redirecting target(s)... plural. Can actually make Deflecting Swat better than alot of the aforementioned redirects as they fall flat against spells with more than one target.
2 weeks ago
the function of redirecting as a hole is amazing in red
but limited in blue because blue has to many cards that would out perform a redirect card in almost every situation
Example: As enpc & SynergyBuild Both suggested Misdirection which is no doubt the best value you can find for this function in blue.
any situation you could cast Misdirection you could also cast Force of Will , or Redirect vs Counterspell
as were in reds Deflecting Swat the runners up would be Bolt Bend & Ricochet Trap making the choice cut n dry
but like you said "Situationally might be better than a counterspell" the answer is yes there are some situations were redirect would out perform counter spells, key words there are "some" as most red players will testify most situations redirect spells sit as a dead card in your hand were a counter would have been the answer.
2 weeks ago
@enpc is 100% right here, as someone who has played a heckton of these, the best for edh are as follows:
Misdirection - The king of redirects, it's just something that they never expect.
Deflecting Swat - Many consider this to be the best, but the need for a commander is a real cost, often decks have higher cmc commanders or want to redirect after a sweeper, as well as running red not being the best known for cheap commanders. Despite that, it is able to hit a ton and affect more than the average redirect effect, and is a massively powerful magic card.
Divert - Less known, but 1 mana is a massive benefit to the card, having taken a couple Blue Sun's Zenith and some extra turn spells, as well as changing a couple targets for some removal, it's a simple card that's budget enough for anyone to use.
Imp's Mischief - Mostly good since it's rarely expected, off color pretty hard, but also just good value and easy to cast.
2 weeks ago
As for how good it is in EDH? I don't think it's good. Narset's Reversal is essentially the same thing while being more versatile since it can turn any instant or sorcery to your advantage whereas Redirect only works on certain spells. Keeping up for a situational counterspell isn't generally worth it. Deflecting Swat is mostly only used because it's generally free. If not, it can be cast in a pinch.
2 weeks ago
Hiya! Long time Boros player here. Your list seems like a good start, but there are 2 main areas that I think it can be improved on.
1) Removal- Your deck is very lacking in removal. This is gonna lead to games where you won't be able to deal with threats and/or you won't be able to reset the board. I'd say you want 10-12 pieces of removal, with 4-5 of those being baord wipes. Akiri especially synergizes with board wipes since she's able to turn them into one-sided board wipes with her protection ability.
2) Creature choice- Akiri encourages you to have multiple creatures and suit each one up with at least 1 equipment. This can be mana intensive, and thus Akiri really likes creatures that can reduce equip costs, including free equip creatures. This also means Akiri doesn't like creatures that want to hog all the equipment onto themselves. Thus, I suggest cutting Kemba, Kha Regent , Valduk, Keeper of the Flame , and Champion of the Flame . Mirran Crusader and Wyleth, Soul of Steel are also questionable, but they're good enough with one equipment on them. I would recommend adding in those creatures that reduce your equip costs like Fervent Champion , Kazuul's Toll Collector , Zirda, the Dawnwaker , etc.
Aside from that, it's only individual cards that can probably be swapped out for better ones. I do recommend some of the recent commander legends and commander 2020 cards that get better when you have your commander out. I'm talking Deflecting Swat , Flawless Maneuver , Jeska's Will , and Akroma's Will .
3 weeks ago
Often if I have my commander on the stack, I am winning the game and cant use this to protect casting Korvold.
Less red prevalence.
Third Naus, I didn't include it because I couldnt find my promo lol and EOT is rough. Its functioning as a CA engine as often as a wincon tbh. Probably not worth the changes.
Higher black prevalence.