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Creature — Human Spellshaper
, , Discard a card, Sacrifice a land: Search your library for up to two basic land cards and put them onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.
1 week ago
If you're big on creatures, Sedris, the Traitor King can reanimate them for you. Any discard/mill effects become quite a bit better in such a deck. Stuff like Buried Alive, Entomb and Final Parting all become much better in Sedris, as do stuff like Vile Entomber or Oriq Loremage, even Dreamscape Artist becomes really interesting. Self-mill is much better too, as long as you're not on a combo. Sedris is great with a higher MV deck, since you can reanimate big creatures to swing the one time, and stuff like Court of Cunning can resupply you with creatures as needed, and there are lots of cards that care about a higher MV (Protection Racket is incredible if you aren't on a combo and you just want people to either take damage or give you tons of cards, it's hilarious with Esquisite Blood as you gain what they lose) as I already mentioned. With Sedris I feel like you'd want to look for creatures that have good ETB effects, and build less around combo and more around either attacking with Unearthed bodies or using ETBs like Callous Bloodmage to generate value.
Thraximundar is also a reasonably interesting choice if you want an older Commander and don't mind being slower, and Sol'kanar the Swamp King is great if you run lots of black spells and everyone you play against runs black, Swampwalk and lifegain are small but neat abilities to have. Keep in mind I tend to skew older when I look for Commanders, and like less heavily played ones, but the new Xander is very strong (might attract a lot of attention), Crosis is strong without attracting as much attention right away, Bolas is always a good pick if you like the character, Garza Zol, Plague Queen can get bigger and draws the odd card, it's a bit harder to find good Commanders for creature driven decks in Grixis, most of the Commanders care about instants/sorceries/artifacts, hopefully some of these will be helpful.
3 weeks ago
I often find War Tax and Flood are playable, especially if I usually am not the most threatening deck (and thus are less targeted depending on groups), either can very much ruin a deck's day. There is also Mass Diminish that can either neutralize a threat or make someone super vulnerable, in addition to just being the funniest way to use resources most of the time. I feel like there are a few situations you'd prefer Polymorphist's Jest, but Mass Diminish's shockingly long duration means it can do crazier stuff in my experience.
You might want good old Ivory Tower in here, not sure if you play in a meta where people win via non-infinite combat/damage, obviously a stinky garbage fire if everyone plays infinite combo.
Since you'll often have extra cards, not sure if Dreamscape Artist as a repeatable Blue Harrow matters enough (it's slow but the untapped lands make it 'cheap' ramp), also nice with Graveyard utilization.
1 month ago
I think building an artifacts deck around Ashnod isn't really exploring anything new with her.
Anyways, here are some suggestions for cards that I think are interesting. Not all of these will really work for thr deck you are trying to build, but some will.
2 months ago
I would recommend Dreamscape Artist. Provides both ramp and you can fill up the grave.
Tortured Existence + any 2 creatures in the grave can make as many tokens as you have black mana.
2 months ago
I'm not too familiar with the synergies of the commander, can you explain the purpose of these cards...
Font of Mythos + Howling mine - Why play these in the color that has the best card draw?
Spellbook - Is the redundancy necessary given that you run reliquary tower? I get it's also a 0 drop for Arcum. But I don't feel your deck consistently draws enough cards to warrant it. How has it played in your experience?
Here are various suggestions, please let me know what you think of each of them.
Imprisoned in the Moon - Removal/Commander Removal, even more effective against mono red or black. Not necessary, but given you aren't running counterspells, it might help to be a source of removal for you should you be lacking
Brainstorm/PreordainMystic Remora- You could use more one drops for an early game, not necessary but could be helpful to filter your draws. Mystic remora is the best of the 3 IMO. Not sure if mystic remora is out of your budget per card.
Misdirection - Redirect targetted draw, removal, extra turns, counter counterspells and more! Interaction while tappedout is nice, it's like a budget force of will, but redirects instead of nullifying it.
Narset's Reversal - Similar to above, but not a counterspell. Unsure if this and misdirection fall under what you consider a counterspell, but it's worth noting.
Riptide Laboratory - Protection for commander, sower of temptation and value if you ever add snapcaster mage.
Castle Vantress - Better island
Dreamscape Artist - Ramp, discard enchantments. Lands come in untapped. Most people let the little guy live.
2 months ago
I would suggest an option that includes and , with as a possible third color.
has a couple of interesting control options. Waterfront Bouncer, Trickster Mage, and maybe Alexi, Zephyr Mage are passable tempo options, Stronghold Biologist and Stronghold Machinist are more color-heavy, and Dreamscape Artist hits color fixing and ramp, unusual for blue.
Spellshapers are generally mana-heavy, but Undertaker gives you a lot of freedom in what you discard, allowing you to switch cards in your hand and graveyard as needed. Notorious Assassin and Greel, Mind Raker are further control options.
is, as always, the best at color fixing, with Greenseeker, Harvest Mage, and Silverglade Pathfinder. Rushwood Herbalist and Dawnstrider protect your creatures, and Jolrael, Empress of Beasts works well with the red options.
3 months ago
You don’t have any kind of reliable way to ramp lands. Dreamscape Artist is insufficient for this because the mana investment he requires will put your opponent too far ahead on boardstate. Because you’re not a ramp deck, i think all those cards you have costing over 4 mana are unrealistic, and should be ditched.
The Magic Mirror also feels unrealistic because you just don’t have enough instant/sorcery density to get its cost down. Though this feels like something that could be addressed if you really wanted to run this card.
other cards i’d suggest ditch are Dreamscape Artist (requires too much mana to do anything, likely to mess up your own tempo more than help you), Swiftfoot Boots (opponents can always kill your creature un response to the equip. But also these would be better served as more countermagic), Artful Dodge (there’s zero reason to run this), and Wall of Frost (casting it just leaves your shields down for the opponent to cast what they want, and as this card does nothing, it can be dealt with at your opponents leisure, or just ignored if they go-wide or use flyers).
I think overall you need to focus a lot more on the control elements of your deck, and less so on the gimmicks. At the moment your deck looks too slow to be able to establish a presence before being run-over.
3 months ago
Harrow is worth a look, it'll net two landfall at instant speed. In a pinch, you could ramp while finding two islands to cast a counter, not many ramp spells let you 'catch' someone like that. There is even Dreamscape Artist, which I like. Parcelbeast is not bad value, but it's better with a higher land count. Abundance is a fun card in a Tatyova deck like this, if you've got access to extra lands per turn, you just keep playing them out. You could pull stuff like Brainstorm IMHO, I don't think you want cards like this, I'd run a land over it even. I'd also run a land like Simic Growth Chamber over a basic, and if you have a really high number of basics, you might even look at the Karoo lands, Jungle Basin and Coral Atoll. Guildless Commons is another land you can play that will net you an extra land fall, which is good even if it's a colourless land. You could run lands or land ramp over mana dorks, other than 1 mana ones, there are 2 mana ramp spells you could run over mana dorks, and these don't generally die to wipes. If you ran more lands, I'd suggest Sakura-Tribe Scout and Skyshroud Ranger, but at 36 I'm not sure it'll come up.
I think Molimo is a fair bit worse than Multani, Yavimaya's Avatar. There aren't many better beaters in a land ramp deck.
If you want, I could link you to my Tatyova deck, you could take a look at the manabase, it's designed to get Field of the Dead out and online quickly, while also letting me utilize Mystic Sanctuary as a potential combo piece with an extra turns spell. Field and Sanctuary are both really good cards, you do need a way to get Sanctuary to ETB, I use land bounce. The rest of the deck is a huge pile of combo, but Field is a great card if you can turn it on reliably.