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1 day ago
I love Saskia the Unyielding as well, and I think she is an underrated commander! You have a few cards here I don't have in my build, but will definitely consider (especially Adeline, Resplendent Cathar).
Something that I don't see a lot of people doing, but I find to be super effective, is using damage-doubling effects, such as Gratuitous Violence and especially Fiery Emancipation. With Fiery Emancipation on the field, a 1/1 would deal 3 damage to one opponent, and then 9 damage to Saskia's chosen opponent - so a total of 12 damage! Saskia alone will deal 36 damage (3x3 + (3x3)x3 = 9 + 27 = 36)!!!
Also, for me, I noticed that Bloom Tender and Faeburrow Elder are incredibly pivotal in enacting my gameplan, so I run more creature tutors such as Eladamri's Call and Worldly Tutor, and I recommend the same for you.
Lastly, because you are playing so many small creatures, I highly recommend something like Pathbreaker Ibex or the classic Craterhoof Behemoth, since they turn those small early game creatures into finishers.
I enjoyed your deck, and the Latin flair is fantastic!
2 days ago
Interesting concept for modern, but I am a little confused. Are you trying more to make a Dino deck or are you going all in on a stompy Ghalta plan. I've got a couple ideas, and will try to separate them though it may overlap.
Adding some sort of tutor like Forerunner of the Empire or Eladamri's Call to consistently get ghalta or some other big dino will help, plus if you play the Hierarch it gives you better access to cast it.
I think I've talked myself into saying adding white would prove pretty beneficial to you if you are going the way of the dino cause that also adds Kinjalli's Caller. Also if you end up adding the tutors you could have overall less ghaltas in the deck to make room for other tutorable threats like Gishath, Sun's Avatar and Zacama, Primal Calamity
It wouldn't be the worst idea to add some sort of draw engine into the deck like The Great Henge just so you have some more late game potential.
If you end up adding Forerunner please consider adding Polyraptor it was a combo I used to play back in standard and I'd love knowing it could be seeing play in modern.
Ummmm, yeah thats all I can really come up with off the top of my head right now sorry that its really messy, but if you take anything away from this adding white is my most important point. You'd probably have to change up the mana base if you did that though so you do you.
1 month ago
So as a bit of a follow up from your forum post about tapped lands, I thought I would leave a comment here which will hopefuilly give you some insights into what I was talking about.
Looking at your list, your average CMC is (at the time of writing this) 3.85, which is rather high. But on top of that, if you look at hte shaper of the curve, you'll see that the deck is very light on before 3 CMC. This means that the deck doesn't really have much to do in the first few turns of the game which then means it's slower when you're trying to play bigger threats late game. Not to mention you're running a bunch of counterspells which in turn slows down your plays. Additionally, you have cards like Seedborn Muse and Murkfiend Liege which both thrive on playing as many sources that you can tap for mana as possible.
Then on top of that, you're running enough anthem effects (as well effects that put +1/+1 counters on creatures), meaning that lat game you can actually turn things like mana dorks into quite substantially threatening creatures. Combine this with the fact that you're running 38 lands, you could cut some of the more 'bait cards' from your deck as well as one or two lands (36 will be enough if you can pull your mana curve down) and add a few additional dorks. On top of that, you're using cards like Aura Shards which heavily rely on having lots of creatures to play. With only 25 creatures in your deck (which is not a high number), aura shards wil ldo less work overall than something like Return to Nature as Shards has more chance of being blown up before you even get to use it. Or you sit on it until you draw an additional creature which undermines its function.
Adding cards like Birds of Paradise, Avacyn's Pilgrim, Llanowar Elves and Noble Hierarch will help provide you with turn 1 plays which will in turn give you access to bigger creatures faster, meaning less reliance on playing stall cards while you establish a foothold. Additionally, cards like Rishkar, Peema Renegade will synergise nicely with both untap effects and +1/+1 counter effects. Cards like Thran Dynamo here are a trap - you have a lot of very hard costed cards and honestly this would do much more work as either something like Cultivate or Nature's Lore / Farseek. No, it's not as much mana but it's not colourless mana and again, it's ramp that's not competing with beaters for the same CMC.
Teferi is basically a better Vedalken Orrery as he has flash himself. Replacing Orrery with something like Eladamri's Call will add much more value to the deck, as you can get Teferi if you want flash but can get you a beater if you want something else.
Cards like Bow of Nylea will also do more work here than Elixir of Immortality. It gives you the same life triggers, but also leans into the theme of the deck much more. And unlike Elixir, bow can be used over and over. Don't get me wrong, I really like Elixir, but I find it's much more relevant in decks that want to play combo draw loops (think infinite mana Thrasios, Triton Hero).
If it's within your price range, cards like Dragonlord Dromoka are straight up going to do much more work than Treva, the Renewer. Treva's ability gains life, yes, but it constantly requires mana input and then requires you to have a boardstate, which puts it in the win-more category. Dromoka is just a really hard to stop beater and defends you on your turns. Additionally, if you're going to add non-lifelink lifegain effects, you probably want something you can activate over and over for small chunks of life rather than one big hit, as this synergises better with Archangel of Thune. Remember, lifegain for the sake of ligefain is usually not that good - you want to do something with said life so leaning into synergistic effects will help make the deck stronger overall.
Anyway, that's some thoughts on it. I can talk to the points more if you have questions however this should be a good starting point. As with all this advice as well, you have to build your deck how you want to, however there are some defininte things you can do to amke your deck a lot faster while still holding onto the same spirit of the deck.
1 month ago
This is coming a couple hours later after thinking a bit more; on the notion of swapping Commander's Sphere for Smothering Tithe - it is no secret I'm not a fan of Smothering Tithe, but with as little mana acceleration as your deck currently runs, I disagree with what the others have posted above. Not only are you getting rid of a mana source, but you are also getting rid of a source of card advantage.
On the topic of card advantage, I'll finally get to what I wanted to discuss earlier. Right now, you only run seven cards that let you draw a card on them. Below are the cards in question and my general opinion on them.
- Kwain, Itinerant Meddler - I don't like this card simply because it gives your opponents card advantage. Okay if you're running a group hug deck, and you appear not to be. Replace with something like Brainstorm.
- Rhystic Study - Excellent card. I advocated for this card in your last thread, and I'm glad to see you add it. The main problem with this card is it's up there on the "kill on sight" cards I spoke about in my first post. You can help protect it with cards like Heroic Intervention.
- Cryptic Command - I am mid on this card. It was great in other formats, but I don't think it translates well to Commander. I'd also advocate for getting rid of it due to it's CMC; you're a three color deck and this has three blue pips. I.e; it's not that easy to cast. Replace it with something like Ponder.
- Sphinx's Revelation - Again, I'm mid on this card. I don't like lifegain strategies in EDH for a myriad of reasons, but you need to pay at least four mana to draw one card. You could go for something like Harmonize, which is also four mana but lets you draw three cards instead.
- Treva's Charm - You don't even really get card advantage from this card as you're essentially paying two cards to draw one card; a net loss of one. I would actually go with something like Eladamri's Call or Growth Spiral. Growth Spiral replaces itself by drawing you a card, while Eladamri's Call allows you to tutor for any creature in your deck, effectively replacing itself.
- Commander's Sphere - I've heard a lot of people not like this card, but I have a soft spot for it. I like it because it can act as mana advantage in the earlier turns, and once you no longer need it you can use it to draw a card. Keep it.
- The Immortal Sun - Six mana to draw a card every turn. Again, this is one of those "kill on sight" cards, and I especially don't like it because of it's CMC. It does do other things, such as acting as an anthem in regards to reducing your spell's CMC and giving your creatures +1/+1. It's alright. If you wanted to, you could go for something like Mind's Eye which does require more investment in the long run, but it can draw you at minimum three cards every turn cycle if you want to go that way. If not, just go for something like Sensei's Divining Top. It's one of the best artifacts ever printed.
Now that I've spoken about your current cards, I'd also try to include more tutors. These range from a wide variety, such as Enlightened Tutor, Worldly Tutor, Traverse the Ulvenwald, Mystical Tutor, Sterling Grove or even something like Land Tax. Any of these will help you speed up your game and lower your CMC. Also, while on the topic of Sterling Grove, I see you run Privileged Position. If you get both out together, no one can target any of your permanents.
1 month ago
Oh I see what you were saying. Those are great suggestions, but I don't think changing the colors is the way to go at this point. Nor do I think I could add a fourth color and keep it remotely consistent, although I do appreciate the thought. I think the only thing I can think of that could go in my SB along the lines of what you just suggested is Eladamri's Call, which I am toying with adding back in for some card or another
1 month ago
Eladamri's Call feels more suitable in a combo or toolbox deck, so i’m not sure it fits in well here
2 months ago
Seems like the deck runs an incredible amount of land for the lack of instant-speed interaction. You have a lot room on the table for optimization with cards like Worldly Tutor, Eladamri's Call, or even just a simple Counterspell. With being able to directly search for the creatures you want, when you want them, you can cut down to exactly your win cards and fill the remainder with direct support like Steely Resolve and Eerie Ultimatum. Otherwise, it definitely seems like the type of deck that stabilizes around turn 4 or 5 and builds into a flurry of creature-based attack triggers for the win.
2 months ago
My concern is that Elvish Piper is super-easy to kill before it can tap, which could leave you completely dead in the water if you haven’t drawn a backup option.
Have you thought about trying to get Emrakul out via the Devoted Druid and Vizier of Remedies combo? It would be very easy to setup with the likes of Eladamri's Call, Chord of Calling etc, and then can easily grab Emrakul via those above cards, or the likes of Duskwatch Recruiter Flip.
^ I suggest the above because your current deck crumbles to interaction, and requires you running a whole lot of massive creatures that are completely-dead cards until you’re able to cheat them out. Going down the Druid route means you only need a single Enrakul, and no other large creatures - you can focus your deck on being fast/efficient, as well as catering for backup plans