Creature — Eye Bat
When this dies (is put into the graveyard from the battlefield), learn. (You may reveal a lesson card you own from outside the game and put it into your hand, or discard a card to draw a card.)
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
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3 days ago
Thanks for posting, droslag, and good question. Answer is simple; we aren’t interested in the Lessons. We want Eyetwitch to meet a quick demise so that we capitalize on the other portion of his death trigger, the discard/draw effect. The more creatures in our graveyard to exile with Ludevic the better; a dead Eyetwitch plus a creature from our hand gives us a net gain, plus a replacement draw that’s sure to be of value.
Edit- yup, you nailed it GrimlockVIII. Also, I missed Environmental Sciences while I was building this. I have an app I use while deck building and had set the parameters to search for Lesson cards that were either or ...I forgot about the colorless option. I’ll throw it in the maybeboard for now.
3 months ago
4 months ago
I like this concept but it currently seems a bit out of balance, specifically i think you're too heavy on sac outlets and too light on sac fodder. If my counting is correct, there are 25 total sac outlets but only Kroxa and Claim are providing good sac fodder, outside of big hits from Tend the Pests, so if you don't see Tend early you could have a hard time getting off the ground with your other sac outlets.
Eyetwitch could be a nice cheap creature to fuel your sac outlets, with Pest Summoning and Necrotic Fumes making for good lessons for a sac deck. You could also go harder into the steal strategy by playing The Akroan War in the mainboard; I actually like it better than Claim anyways since it can hit any target and you get an extra turn to figure out how to sac the creature you steal. The one thing about going with more steal effects is that it will probably make your deck more matchup-dependant, as it'll be great against creature decks but could struggle if the opponent doesn't play things worth stealing, so that's why it's nice to have a few of your own things to sac.
4 months ago
Wow, this deck has gotten some good suggestions before I even come in!
With DanMcSharp's (good) suggestion about Elite Spellbinder taken, you now have 5 copies of it between your main board and your sideboard. It's not really a sideboard card, so you may as well take it out of there entirely. Kunoros also isn't great for a sideboard (although he is a good pupper). If you want graveyard hate, put Cling to Dust or Weathered Runestone . Kunoros is easily removed from the battlefield, especially as many graveyard-based decks will be running black, the color of amazing removal.
Since this is a low average CMC deck, you don't really want tapped lands most of the time. I'd recommend removing the temples for more basics or for some of the new Snarls, if you have them/don't mind crafting them.
Shadrix Silverquill is not a good card imo. Let's think about some possible scenarios:
You don't use his ability. He's now a 2/5 flying double strike. At that point, just play Baneslayer Angel . Even with the counters in the deck, it's better.
You give your opponent a 2/1 flying. That blocks your biggest flier, which may be Shadrix. So that ability basically blanks his attack for the turn.
You give your opponent a card for a life. Easily his best mode, but now you've given your opponent card advantage. You can't really afford that in a deck that already lacks a lot of card advantage methods.
Your opponent's creatures get larger. Situationally the best. However, your opponent either isn't a creature-based deck (and so has removal for Shadrix or is already losing badly), or will be racing you with their ground creatures, in which case the counters really help. Sure, you'll be getting some benefit from Shadrix too, but the floor of the card is very low. I don't think it's competitively viable.
Your only real creature to sacrifice to Village Rites is Eyetwitch . I'm not sure that's enough to justify having it in the deck, but use your experience and judgement to decide if you're getting good use from the card or if it's just better to find something else. Same thing with Eyetwitch itself, actually. It's your only learn-related card right now. I think you should either find more learn cards or ditch the mechanic altogether. Only having three copies of something that learns is not worth having that many lessons in the sideboard.
Closing Statement feels... Okay. Your own end step is possibly the worst time possible to remove a creature, and five mana for a Murder that hits planeswalkers and a +1/+1 counter is not a good rate. I'd recommend Bloodchief's Thirst instead, or more Heartless Act s.
Blot Out the Sky is a possible finisher if you find you struggle to close out games or need a mana sink late in the game. At X=3 it's pulling a decent rate, and past that you're just getting value.
Those are my initial thoughts on the deck. I still feel like it's missing a big insta-win card to make the deck great, but for a homebrew, it's not a bad list. +1 from me.
4 months ago
Looks like you already got some fine suggestions from razelfark, but I might have a few other ideas.
I think Elite Spellbinder should go straight in the main deck. It's never a dead card and fits with your flying theme. It has a nice ETB that's still underrated and it would pair well with Nightmare Shepherd too.
Killian, Ink Duelist Seems like a good 2 drops but it's a bit annoying that he's legendary. If you decide to run Elite Spellbinder (or if you're used to the meta) you could consider mixing in a few Silverquill Silencer . It's always good to make your opponent not want to cast the 1 spell that you expect them to play to ruin your day, and even if Silverquill Silencer only trigger onces, it's still a 3/2 for 2 that drew a card and gained 3 life.
You could probably add maybe like 2 Plumb the Forbidden . You do have some creatures you don't mind sacrificing like Eyetwitch , Inkling Summoning , extra Killian, Ink Duelist , and it's always great to use in response to removal, especially board wipes. Could also be used to trigger Nightmare Shepherd when you see fit, or to get a surprise lethal attack on something that went unblocked with Shadewing Laureate .
One of the big upside of the Lesson cards is that they give you a bunch of options to chose from. If I was you I would remove an Umbral Juke and add a Pest Summoning because you never know when you'll want 2 blockers or creatures to sacrifice, that gains life.
5 months ago
razelfark - What do you think about the Village Rites now that I'm getting a type of card draw off the Eyetwitch ? Would that be first to go? Right now I'm testing with keeping Shadewing Laureate , because Eyetwitch seems to give it a bit more value. Thanks again!
5 months ago
5 months ago
You should be able to manage Ayara, First of Locthwain here despite its awkward mana cost. Seems like it offers everything you need to tie the life gain & sac strategies together while providing card advantage.
Also there are a lot of interesting options for Learn cards to replace Pest Summoning in the mainboard so you can get more value & magecraft triggers. Cram Session , Eyetwitch , Poet's Quill , Overgrown Arch , Hunt for Specimens , Field Trip , and Gnarled Professor would all fit in with this strat.