Diaochan, Artful Beauty
Legendary Creature — Human Advisor
: Destroy target creature of your choice, then destroy target creature of an opponent's choice. Play this ability only during your turn, before attackers are declared.
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
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Diaochan, Artful Beauty Discussion
2 months ago
Over my years of commander, I have grown a fondness of constructing selcouth legendary creatures and strange strategies. I have built Hakim as an aura-madness-graveyard value deck, Diaochan as mono-red control, and Halfdane as Esper stompy for ensamples.
Yet, these entail a further line of thinking, "When is an archetype extenuated beyond the point of cohesion?" My Halfdane list verges on a flash/control list just out of desperation for other substantiation to build a big Sturmgeist . My Hakim list opts for a discard theme more than auras, despite the commander's text box. The commanders define the game's end, but not its process.
These are "strange" decks, yet hold another plan within them to attain such a strategy. Thus is my query here, do the supporting principles and engine pieces of a deck define the archetype, or does the manner wherein the game is ended define the archetype?
4 months ago
Profet93 - As for the rulings of Diaochan , I have checked the rules and asked around. Despite the opponent making the choice, the game still identifies me as the controller of the ability. As such, Hexproof is somehow worse than Shroud.
As for Phyrexian Portal , this is steadily becoming a favourite of mine. This deck can generate a lot of mana really quickly, but does not always have a place to put it. This artifact, breezing all of its rules text, essentially has a three-mana activated ability that draws a card. When I have nothing else to do, what better than to draw cards?
I have wayward deck decisions, but I can draw a lot of cards.
4 months ago
Profet93 Alright. Let's do this.
I have steadily become averse to the slow Myriad Landscape , thence have excluded it from all lists.
I mislike spells blatantly designed for Commander, starting with the free cycle of spells from Ikoria. Deflecting Swat is thus ignored.
Blast Zone was considered, but I need a high amount of Mountains to actually cast my spells. The current swath of utility lands I have has worked out well.
Finally is Champion's Helm , which does not work as you would think. Hexproof is not functional with Diaochan , for she targets herself, meaning that I control the ability maugre it being my opponent's choice. Thus, Whispersilk Cloak .
Thus is all.
4 months ago
Profet93 Alright, allow me to address all of these lovelies.
Endless Atlas costs two mana, thence I backed away from it. It is in consideration, but likely to remain off.
Hedron Archive is just four mana, and this deck does not actually use that much.
Ignite the Future is a lot of mana, and then a lot more mana. No thank you.
Humble Defector involves giving my opponents things, and I am morally against that.
Light Up the Stage is fine, but this deck cannot reliably deal damage to reduce its stark cost.
Skullclamp is obscenely broken, but I only have fourteen creatures in this list, none of which yearning to die. Good, yet not here.
Ancient Tomb is always great, yet is tristfully fifty dollars at its cheapest. Lovely at the price of taxes.
Thank you very much for the suggestions! Rings shall definitely find a home.
4 months ago
Yes, another query about this nocent folk, Diaochan .
So, I have finished her deck, but only just considered another minutia with her rules text that is not covered in the oracle.
Whenever I tap her , I choose a creature to target—let us say Deadly Recluse . Thereupon, an opponent chooses a creature. Are they able to choose the same Deadly Recluse as was previously targeted in the same activation of the ability, or must something else be chosen given the opportunity?
The keyword "another" is not divulged in the text, yet I still wish to be aware of each rule before I put this in the command zone with confidence.
5 months ago
I have been toiling with a Diaochan deck for commander, and naturally swayed towards protective equipment to prevent her from being perished by her own hand.
But, I had the realization that Swiftfoot Boots might not work as I first thought.
My understanding is that, even if my opponent makes the choice and she is donning a Hexproof equipment, I am still the technical controller of Diaochan's ability, and thus she can die to it.
Is this correct?
1 year ago
Demonic Tutor and Vampiric Tutor are must-runs in black, but maybe belong on your "Sideboard" for now. Diabolic Intent is also super good with tokens and might be cheap enough to run outright. Enlightened Tutor has enough targets in your deck also.
Other general bombs: Catastrophe (an incredible wipe in general, often slept upon), Axis of Mortality (wtf why does nobody run this, you should exercise your queenly authority and tell people that their life total now belongs to the crown), Solemn Simulacrum (ramp in non-green, though sadly in the same slot as your gen at 4 mana), Vedalken Orrery (surprise! always good), Exquisite Blood (biiiig time lifegain, can be a ridiculous difference maker)
Tokens: Anger, Filth (combos huge with anyone playing Urborg, or even just any black deck), Archetype of Aggression (Trample combos really well with Deathtouch, since you only need to deal one damage to the creature to be lethal and the rest of the damage tramples over), Archetype of Finality, Street Riot, Berserkers' Onslaught, Rage Reflection, Brave the Sands (Vigilance also combos really well First Strike + Death Touch, as does being able to block multiple creatures—basically a wall effect like Norn's Annex), Eldrazi Monument (very cool with token generation), Goblin War Drums, Intimidation, Mirror Entity, Nahiri, Storm of Stone (cutie Nahiri!), Radiant Destiny, Silverwing Squadron (token time), Grenzo, Havoc Raiser (Goads, pretty damn good card, seems popular in Marchesa decks), Skullclamp (big time card draw for your 1/1 tokens), Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs (another wall/token generator), Anointed Procession (double tokens!)
Other Royal Shit: Dreadhorde Invasion (creates Armies (fun flavor), tokens, Lifelink potential), Mobilized District (makes Citizen land, big flavor), Giant Killer (removal + Peasant + taps), Sengir Autocrat (SERFS!!), Righteous War (wild flavor, pretty solid evasion, gives your general Protection from Black AND White, could actually be a huge sleeper card), Stronghold Assassin (also an Assassin, obviously)
Powerful Women & Bad Bitches: Imposing Sovereign (also a Noble), Linden, the Steadfast Queen (also a noble), Agent of Masks (also an Advisor + "Aristocrats" staple), Diaochan, Artful Beauty (also an Advisor, could be neat with Hexproof lol), Masako the Humorless (also an Advisor, also fucking savage holy shit look at her), Orzhov Advokist (I know you've got it in the Maybelist, but it's so on-theme and it may or may not be better than Norn's Annex), Teysa Karlov (also an Advisor, great for tokens, you already have her other baller version), Etali, Primal Storm (I dunno, Elder, he's good), Zetalpa, Primal Dawn (same as before, also she's probably female so yeah), Massacre Girl (also an Assassin), Avatar of Woe, Silent Assassin (also a sexy Assassin), Thorn of the Black Rose (also an Assassin, themey, weak though, I suppose), Adriana, Captain of the Guard (wild with wide/tokens), angelic field marshall, Dark Impostor (also an Assassin), Danitha Capashen, Paragon, Stoneforge Mystic (big time with equipments, seriously some formats have called for her to be banned she's such a bad girl) Thalia, Heretic Cathar, Twilight Prophet (woah)
Tax/Bones: Kambal, Consul of Allocation (seriously amazing, most Marchesa decks run it, also an Advisor), Sheoldred, Whispering One, Urabrask the Hidden, Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, Pontiff of Blight (biiig beef, Marchesa controls the church), Wound Reflection (serious finisher, should really consider), Dictate of Erebos, Mogis, God of Slaughter, Fate Unraveler, Ankh of Mishra, Polluted Bonds (Ankh of Mishra on steroids, actually pretty broken card overall, probably should strongly consider it)
Multiplayer Shenanigans: Scandalmonger, Warmonger, and Wishmonger (wild times, probably too wild but they can be game finishers in weird ways); Varchild's War-Riders, Assault Suit, Goblin Assassin (also an Assassin), Embereth Skyblazer
Auras/Equipment: Kusari-Gama (super savage with Deathtouch), Helm of the Host (big theme on the flavor text, also a great card in general), Tenza, Godo's Maul, Angelic Destiny, Argentum Armor, Battle Mastery, Blackblade Reforged (a gen-equiping classic), Blessing of Leeches (Instant-speed free regeneration? This is another sleeper card, and it even has an amazing feminie art), Shadowspear, Colossus Hammer (kinda amazing with your gen), Embercleave, Whispersilk Cloak (you know Marches owns one of these), Fireshrieker (beefer)
1 year ago
How about adding Diaochan, Artful Beauty as either a Submissive or Dom, she sways people to kill for her.