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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
|Pauper Duel Commander||Legal|
Drift of Phantasms
Creature — Spirit
Defender (This creature can't attack.)
Transmute (1)(Blue)(Blue) ((1)(Blue)(Blue), Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
2 months ago
Exquisite Blood would be pretty nice with Zur's Weirding Out, in addition to giving life for Necropotence, and with Protection Racket, it's one thing to pay a few life to keep you from getting a free card, giving you free life feels pretty awful, and Zur can dig out Protection when you just want cards without paying life. You can mention to people you don't run any 2 card combos, so they won't worry about the Sanguine Bond combo with Exquisite Blood.
With Merieke and Zur, I feel like you'd want Pemmin's Aura and/or Freed from the Real, once Zur puts the Aura on her, it's U to kill target creature, and when you're out of U you keep the best creature you can steal until you have mana again. If Merieke is a card you like digging out, there are 3 mana Transmute cards fwiw, Perplex, Dimir Machinations and the ungodly bad Drift of Phantasms.
For Zur, I like having the option to go Voltron, to do so I run All That Glitters and Heliod, Sun-Crowned. If one copy of All That Glitters doesn't quite cut it, there is also Michiko's Reign of Truth Flip, but I mostly use Copy Enchantment, Estrid's Invocation and Mirrormade to make more Glitters if I want a bigger Zur, 3 is usually a 1 hit kill fwiw, and he can dig out an Unblockable aura or Thassa, God of the Sea technically. For Shroud I like Greater Auramancy, but there is also Diplomatic Immunity to consider.
If you don't mind running Vanishing, which is a very good 'dodge' effect for Zur that doesn't cost him Auras/Counters, you can also run the very funny Out of Time to just wipe creatures pretty much permanently. If you have Copy Enchantment effects, you can duplicate this before it goes away to lock away another group of creatures, very nasty vs large creature boards, and Zur finds both pieces.
Another funny Zur card is Dance of Many, which can duplicate a creature you can target, a very strong effect if your meta cares about powerful creatures. If people run Mill in your area, Nighthowler can be fetched out for a big creature or be drawn to make Zur bigger.
You can't fetch it out, but like Mother of Runes it's very good to have out, Devoted Caretaker can offer very versatile protection to more stuff.
If you want something pretty dirty you can pull out vs opponents that are running stronger than expected decks, your Smothering Tithe works very well with Stasis, which also likes Black Market Connections, though you'll want Brave the Sands to give Zur (and your board) Vigilance. Stasis also likes Archon of Emeria and you're already running Thalia, Heretic Cathar. It's certainly not fetching out Heliod after you've dropped Balista, this doesn't win on the spot, but it's a very strong/nasty effect to have access to, even if you don't dig it out very often. Fortunately Stasis is the only piece you wouldn't want to draw!
5 months ago
Niv-Mizzet, Parun seems like a nice inclusion. For me Blistercoil Weird and Delver of Secrets Flip feels underwhelming in edh you can swap them for some more draw or since you like cipher even Triton Shorestalker and Mist-Cloaked Herald.
Since you asked for card draw suggestions the main staples are X spells like Blue Sun's Zenith,Pull from Tomorrow, 4 CMC type Fact or Fiction / Steam Augury or Behold the Multiverse stuff and cantrips like Brainstorm, Ponder etc. There are also wheels like Windfall. Have you checked Scryfall? Their search engine is rather easy to use.
I still haven't build my Niv deck but I plan to put in the transmute package to find me the three combo pieces
Hope this helps. Cheers!
5 months ago
Huge fan of Lands.dec especially in EDH.
I like your straightforward concept but this glass cannon needs a playset or 2 of support cards to streamline your strategy. Stuff like Gamble, Mystical Tutor, Personal Tutor, Muddle the Mixture, Drift of Phantasms, Ring of Three Wishes
Otawara, Soaring City much needed removal that doesn't mess up your strategy.
Dust Bowl is incredible with basic lands.
If you were to use every suggestion I just made your land percentage would be 87% which still wipes out a table of 4.
6 months ago
So, after playing this deck for over a year, I still love it. But I faced a couple of major problems:
not enough draw without risk of getting an archenemy badge for casting two approaches to trigger Jori En, Ruin Diver
when I play with somebody who knows my deck they try to kill me before I can get one of my combo pieces
The only thought I have to solve those - put a Propaganda for protection and both Drift of Phantasms and Mystical Tutor for consistency. Also, 36 Approaches are overkill for me, so I think of cutting up to 30-32 and adding something like Izzet Charm or Prismari Command, or some drawing cantrips. And maybe Archmage Ascension and Rhystic Study as both of them are easily tutored by Drift of Phantasms.
Would appreciate some comments both with ideas and critics.
10 months ago
Update: I have removed most of the infinite combos from the deck due to new house rules in my playgroup. While this deck was never scary fast it is very very reliable, with a creature tutor on the commander. To keep things centered on combat, I have removed Deadeye Navigator and Great Whale as well as Peregrine Drake.
10 months ago
Cloudsleeper - Vivien is a top-deck look, gets nonbos out of the way for Pako & on His cast grabs Clever Impersonator + Mina and Denn, Wildborn + Rashmi, Eternities Crafter + Silent Arbiter + Stunt Double :o + the Sideboard when up against hefty creature decks for Sword combos (not to mention the protection/removal prospect of the lower cmc creatures); all in all, better/quicker pros for the deck than building up Freyalise - Great Henge went in over Thran Dynamo, cause I had one not in use ;) & its almost always 4 or less cmc & gets draw off subsequent General casts. Look at Drift of Phantasms's cmc stack & tell me that don't just beat all! xD
11 months ago
Should definitely add Unwinding Clock possibly over Teleportation Circle, also Skullclamp is amazing card draw since Shorikai makes 1/1's. I am not a fan of Planar Collapse since its telegraphed there are so many other board-wipe options. Drift of Phantasms and Idyllic Tutor are both inexpensive ways to find Intruder Alarm if you want to up the power level. Adding in Isochron Scepter + Dramatic Reversal is another powerful combo for this deck that is safer than Intruder Alarm (harder to interact with, if you want to up the power level you can run both Alarm and Scepter). Why is Dolmen Gate in here there are about 1-2 on attack/on hit triggers, seems like a waste of a card slot. I like Katsumasa, the Animator since it can animate a sol ring or signet to start the Intruder Alarm combo. Awesome deck, I have been loving Shorikai.
11 months ago
Drift of Phantasms transmute for many important 3 cmc cards.
Master Transmuter cheat in artifacts.
All That Glitters Perhaps? Or some other way to get bonuses from all the artifacts you run.
Forsaken Monument 1 your pilots are colorless. Also helps ramp if you add in more tech lands.