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|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
Whenever a nontoken creature enters the battlefield under your control, you may pay . If you do, put a token onto the battlefield that's a copy of that creature. That token gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step.
2 weeks ago
Your deck concept is really cool. I've seen Jeska put in plenty of work when paired with Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker, via a deck one of my friends plays. Jeska makes things scary pretty fast.
Idk if you've played this deck irl yet, but do you feel like you have enough Ball Lightning-like creatures? I'm counting about 9 of your 18 so far. I think getting in some more Copying and Reanimation effects could help you a bit. I get that Jeska makes 1 target creature scary, but I figured some copy effects could let you attack multiple opponents, or really laser one person down. A few things for you to consider:
Phyrexian Reclamation - Fairly cheap and low to the ground for hand recursion.
Kolaghan's Command - Modal options, including some recursion to hand.
Athreos, God of Passage - More Ramos redundancy. Not super budget, but could be helpful in a deck like this.
Delina, Wild Mage - She's something I've played in my Isshin deck, and has a bit of a higher ceiling there, but the potential to make many Ball Lightning creatures off some lucky rolls is pretty silly.
Ogre Battledriver - Another Haste anthem with additional upside to beef up creatures on ETB.
Living Death - Redundancy with Ramos. Has finisher potential with a graveyard full of Ball Lightnings, also helpful since Jeska will dodge it.
I hope these suggestions are helpful.
1 month ago
No, she doesn't shut down shocklands. Paying life for your shockland is not a trigger. It does not use the stack, you cannot react to it, just like you can't react to the creature type being named with a Cavern of Souls. Because the oracle text says "As ... enters the battlefield" not "When ... enters the battlefield".
It looks like the people defending her never played with Tocatli Honor Guard, Hushbringer, Torpor Orb or Hushwing Gryff and have no idea what the oracle text actually means. And Norn is worse, since it's every permanent entering the battlefield, not just creatures. Like Strict Proctor.
TypicalTimmy I looked at your Miirym deck, here's the "occasional benefits" Elesh Norn is actually going to shut down or interfere with:
That's a lot of synergy, ramp, carddraw and wincons shut down by a commander. About 1/3rd of all your nonland cards. And that deck is going to have a hard time removing her too, by the looks of it.
Now there are a few cards that get better playing against Norn: bouncelands like Boros Garrison don't return lands to hand anymore, Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger doesn't need to sacrifice itself, but effects like those are not enough to catch up with the Norn player.
What's this "no game-winning effects in white" everyone is talking about? Cathars' Crusade will end the game in a hurry, especially if you pair it up with something like Blessed Sanctuary. Double up on every O-ring effect. Stonehorn Dignitary will keep you alive, especially if you play Teleportation Circle and Conjurer's Closet, as one definitely will in this deck. Felidar Retreat and Emeria Shepherd with all your Land Tax effects will snowball into an enormous boardstate easily. Solitude will rule the table. Sun Titan is still one of the most played white creatures for a reason. For carddraw that white wasn't supposed to have, Spirited Companion, Carrier Pigeons, Combat Thresher, Farsight Adept, Inspiring Overseer, Mentor of the Meek, Priest of Ancient Lore, Resistance Squad, Roving Harper, Rumor Gatherer, Search Party Captain, Skyscanner, Thraben Inspector, Wall of Omens all double up with Norn. Because everyone memed that white is a bad colour, nobody seems to know what the color has to offer. It could already hold its own without such a saltmine of a card for the command zone, and if you need this middle finger to half the popular deck archetypes to even consider building it, you do you, but prepare to be avoided.
1 month ago
Hello fellow Alesha Enjoyer, your list looks solid. I have a few recommendations to consider:
Animate Dead / Dance of the Dead / Necromancy - Since you have Leonin Relic-Warder in your 99, any one of these 3 Auras can combo with it. Here is an explanation of the combo if you are unfamiliar with it.
2 months ago
Molten Echoes is awesome with Flameshadow Conjuring being a downgrade. Id keep M.E but not use Flameshadow. Grand Warlord Radha is always nice for big mana in token decks. You could replace Mana Geyser for her, maybe?
Usually through my experience, the biggest weakness of decks is we'll lack card advantage by shooting our load super fast since we always have so much mana and then have an empty hand lol
2 months ago
Ammonzy Goblin Lackey and Guardian Project both would be great. I was looking at Foundry Street Denizen, Goro-Goro, Disciple of Ryusei, and Sparksmith to help lower costs as well. I know I need better land, and I will be getting some soon. What about more/better sac outlets? Using persist could get me infinite mana.
2 months ago
Jodah doesn't strike me as a commander that fits the reanimator style terribly well. If you want to go 5 colour I think Kenrith would probably suit you better, but I'll give this my best shot.
First off, I don't think throwing in as many reanimator legends as you can is the best way to go about it. A Baldor deck plays differently from a Muldrotha which deck plays differently from a Whisper deck. Even the two Chainer decks play differently from each other. You're better off to put hardly any legends in this deck at all and prioritize just a handful of them that play similarly. This way if you don't have one on the battlefield and you cast, say, Yawgmoth's Vile Offering to reanimate a creature, you could theoretically cascade into Meren of Clan Nel Toth with a reasonable amount of consistency.
Choosing the legends will pretty much dictate the style you will play. If you go with Muldrotha and Meren, you'll want to prioritize low cost toolboxy cards like Spore Frog and Ravenous Chupacabra as one of their decks normally would do. If you go with Feldon of the Third Path and Chainer, Nightmare Adept then you'll want to go with discarding big beefy threats and adding doubling effects like Parallel Lives and Flameshadow Conjuring. Sedris, the Traitor King would be an excellent legend to run alongside these two.
You also need to seriously review the structure of this deck. Your land base has far too many one-colour and tapped lands without the proper ramp package to support the colour fixing. One of the problems with 5 colour decks is the increased need to finely tune the mana base.
37 creatures is also far too many. Reanimator decks are midrange, grindy decks that require a lot of non-creature support to work efficiently. It is much better to run a suite of very specific creatures and back the deck up with instants and sorceries. I also don't see any sacrifice effects other than Victimize. These are a must. I would suggest having 8 or more sacrifice effects unless you're playing strictly for a Living Death wincon. ETBs are the meat and potatoes of these decks, and you can't take advantage of them properly without a way to return those creatures back to the graveyard. You'll also have to think of how to get your targets into the yard for reanimation. I normally put 12+ of these effects unless discard or milling is stapled onto the commander.
Overall I think it is definitely doable with this general (and certainly a unique reanimator deck if you do pull it off) but it will require some intensive effort to get it right. Definitely a wrthy deckbuilding challenge.
You're in 5 colour so you'll have access to all the best targets for whichever line of play you choose, but this will come at the cost of variety or unique cards that you often find in one and two colour decks.
Best of luck, I hope I've helped steer you in the right direction.
3 months ago
I am going to put Flameshadow Conjuring in, just have to find one. As far as Unmarked grave and other tutors, I am trying to avoid tutors until I can play it in my pod several more times. Right now it has won 1 out of 3 games and didn't need to combo to get the win. I am sure loading it up with tutors and removing some of the worse draw spells and or dragons would streamline it, but I would like to keep the power level appropriate for my pod. I may even remove worldgorger and just keep bladewing as the only combo if it ends up winning too often. I may end up getting a Sarkhan, Fireblood instead of one of the less optimal cards though.
3 months ago
The stained glass art for Rivaz is beautiful. Definitely one of my favorites from DMU.