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Frostboil Snarl Discussion
3 weeks ago
Hey, you're welcome and nice changes.
Archmage > Rashmi > Hippocamp. Archmage is a noninstant that's really good and yes you're undervaluing him.
Archmage with Kalamax draws two cards for the first instant you cast on a turn no matter what instant you cast. That's better than drawing one card from Hippocamp only on opponent's turns or putting one card into your hand/potentially being able to cast one spell each turn for no mana cost from Rashmi. This part of Rashmi's ability misses a lot when you're casting mostly low CMC instants. Some times you want to cast a sorcery and an instant on your turn or cast more than one instant on any player's turn which you draw from Archmage for each spell, Rashmi and Hippocamp don't.
Drawing a card or more whenever you copy an instant or sorcery is a huge plus with Archmage especially with Reversal, Kalamax and Ral. Draw three cards just by casting Reversal as the first instant on a turn. Archmage interacts with Fork combos with Kalamax where you can draw as many cards as you want, just not your entire library. Neither Rashmi or Hippocamp can do that.
It's possible you will cast Archmage or Artist after you cast Kalamax which means you potentially can't cast an instant that turn. You're right, this could be a problem, but is it so much of a problem to not play these cards? Not at all, it's worth that small amount of risk because Archmage or Artist the next turns will give you so much value. Wanting to cast noninstants is a good reason to play more budget one drop instants such as Stubborn Denial because of Kalamax since then you only have to leave up one mana or Drum to cast an instant to response to an opponent's action.
You're right, the strategies and combos with Kalamax are high PL especially since you can combo for only two mana with a Fork whenever any opponent casts any instant or sorcery. Taking away the manabase the PL of Kalamax with combos is around 8, but unfortunately you need a consistent manabase for the deck to function. Without it all the color requirements for the cards are too difficult make. It's the less than ideal lands in the manabase that make both of our Kalamax decks lower PL and casual.
There's nothing wrong with playing casual Kalamax since you don't have to try to win with a combo turn 4-6. That's a huge advantage of playing Kalamax as a Commander which is from nowhere you can combo win, even from an opponent casting any instant or sorcery. Being a good multiplayer Commander player doesn't mean that you have to win as fast as possible. It's about being patient, letting all players play Magic and choosing the best time to strike. Someone has to win at a casual table, but to pacify opponents win at turn 20 rather than turn 4.
Honestly, on a budget green is the problem color with Kalamax. We need green to cast him, but we really don't need green for anything else since all the combos are red or blue, draw/removal can come from just red or blue and ramp can come from more mana rocks and Artist really helps. The way we have both built our decks is very greedy on a budget. We want a green source turn two to cast a turn two green ramp spell, but if we want better consistency then we shouldn't play those green ramp spells and should instead play more colorless mana rocks that can for sure be cast.
You've reduced the green amount of sources from lands too much. Your deck is 32 lands with 19 red sources, 17 blue, 13 green with 13 ramp sources. 13 green sources from lands is barely enough to have a green source turn four. A problem is you want a green source turn two for land ramp. I've recently added the budget Reveal lands that care about an Island: Frostboil Snarl and Vineglimmer Snarl. Each are less than $2, you should consider also adding them to help with color fixing.
1 month ago
Hey, well done so far on a budget.
Some advice to consider is how to improve the manabase on a budget.
- Command Tower: staple land for two or more colored Commander decks.
- Exotic Orchard: staple land when playing three or more colors in multiplayer Commander
- Path of Ancestry: can make any color of mana.
These three lands are called Rainbow lands. Crumbling Necropolis is the Grixis Tri land, it can make any one color of mana you need.
These are budget Fetch lands to search for any basic land.
These two are Tango lands which care about lots of basic lands.
These are Reveal lands that also care about basic lands and have interaction with Tango lands.
Some lands to consider cutting:
- Temple of the False God: will not be able to tap for mana until your turn five or after since you're counting on only land drops to get to five or more lands.
- Dimir Guildgate, Izzet Guildgate and Rakdos Guildgate
- Some basic lands
Updated budget manabase example (38 lands, 24 blue mana sources, 21 black, 20 red):
- 9x Island
- 5x Swamp
- 5x Mountain
- Command Tower
- Exotic Orchard
- Path of Ancestry
- Crumbling Necropolis
- Grixis Panorama
- Ash Barrens
- Evolving Wilds
- Terramorphic Expanse
- Shivan Reef
- Sunken Hollow
- Smoldering Marsh
- Frostboil Snarl
- Choked Estuary
- Foreboding Ruins
- Darkwater Catacombs
- Shadowblood Ridge
- Temple of Deceit
- Temple of Epiphany
- Temple of Malice
Good luck with your deck.
1 month ago
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2 months ago
Spirebluff Canal mandatory 3-4 of
Fiery Islet adds card draw
Frostboil Snarl is bad
You could also probably go down to 18 lands and cut some basics, since the deck is pretty low to the ground.
Dreadhorde Arcanist and Bonecrusher Giant are more for a tempo/midrange plan than an aggro plan. If you want to kill quickly like the deck title says, putting in those Sprite Dragon s from the sideboard should be much better. Also Soul-Scar Mage is another good one drop. Arcanist is still decent even though I think soul scar and sprite are better, but bonecrusher is just bad here.
Similarly to my last point, if you want this to be aggro I don't know why you have Counterspell since it's 2 cmc and reactive, plus it requires you to hold up mana which slows you down a lot.
Prismari Command is also pretty expensive, and I'm not sure if it does enough for its cost.
2 months ago
Hey, you're welcome.
Temple of the False God is not a good land here because you're not playing any land ramp nor should you want to with Izzet and treasures. With no land ramp then Temple can't tap to make mana until your turn five or six at the earliest and that's if you make a land drop each turn which consistently doesn't happen. It's unplayable when you have two drop and three drop Commanders who you would like to consistently cast before turn five.
Because of treasures you also don't need the small colorless ramp from Temple turn five or after. Consider Frostboil Snarl ? It could replace Temple since it's another budget Izzet dual land that has interaction with basic lands to potentially ETB untapped.
Hedron Archive is another cut to consider because you don't need a four drop ramp source when your Commander can make ramp with treasures. Buccaneer could replace Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind since it's a Pirate combo. Crew could replace Neutralize since it's the least good counterspell here.
3 months ago
Prodigy is like an upgraded version of Naban, Dean of Iteration in this deck, except that we can have both of them at the same time, and multiple copies of Prodigy with Inalla to boot. There's no way this one doesn't belong! It is with great sadness that we send Mercurial Chemister into retirement. It's very underrated and has always performed well for me, but at 5cmc its still probably the weakest link at this point.
This new sorcery is pretty much strictly better than Aethermage in this deck. We only ever use Aethermage for the Wizardcycling, and Step Through does it for one mana less. In addition, we might actually want to cast Step Through sometimes in order to recur our mages, even though that is likely rare, whereas we would never hardcast Vedalken AEthermage . There is, of course, the option of having both, but I don't think I'm ready to cut anything else to keep Aethermage at this point.
4 months ago
Hey there! Spellslinging is a super popular theme in commander (assuming that's what you're going for), and I have a few options you might want to look into! On a side note, if you like getting suggestions I recommend marking your deck as "help" under its edit settings so people are more inclined to comment on it. Additionally, you can specify which printing when inputting a card, but for Rowan it would be "1x Rowan, Scholar of Sparks (STX:278)".
Will and Rowan are GREAT, but if you'd like, here are a few instant/sorcery matters commanders in ! Most of these are also great cards just in the deck whether you use them as commanders or not: - Veyran, Voice of Duality - Mizzix of the Izmagnus - Niv-Mizzet, Parun (goes infinite with multiple cards such as Ophidian Eye , Tandem Lookout , Curiosity , and more. Especially with something like Laboratory Maniac out) - Melek, Izzet Paragon - Zaffai, Thunder Conductor
Lands/Ramp: Since this would be a spellslinger deck, I'll stay away from too many artifacts, but here are a few ramp cards and good lands to consider!
- Sol Ring
- Arcane Signet
- Sapphire Medallion / Ruby Medallion
- Lotus Petal
- High Tide
- Mind Stone (if you plan on running a lot of card draw)
- Thought Vessel
- Commander's Sphere
- Treasonous Ogre
- Dockside Extortionist
- Irencrag Feat
- Jeska's Will
Extraplanar Lens (if you plan on running a lot of basics)
- Scalding Tarn
- Riverglide Pathway Flip
- Temple of Epiphany
- Sulfur Falls
- Frostboil Snarl
- Training Center
- Command Tower
- Ancient Tomb
- City of Brass / Mana Confluence
- Prismatic Vista
- Shivan Reef
- Cascade Bluffs
- Fiery Islet
- Spirebluff Canal
Some good Instants/Sorceries There's obviously tons upon tons upon tons of these, but here are a few that I enjoy using.
- Swan Song
- Fierce Guardianship
- Cyclonic Rift
- Mystical Tutor
- Temporal Mastery (good with the tutor above)
- Faithless Looting
- Narset's Reversal (lot of infinite combos I believe)
- Deflecting Swat
- Thrill of Possibility
- Rapid Hybridization
Instants/Sorceries Matter: There are also tons of these, but just to name a few:
- Baral, Chief of Compliance
- Young Pyromancer
- Docent of Perfection Flip
- Wee Dragonauts
- Snapcaster Mage
- Sprite Dragon
- Any card with magecraft from strixhaven
I hope this helps! Some suggestions may be out of budget and others may not be, and on the other hand you might have already known about most of these cards, but either way I hope this is of use to you! Be sure to check out some of my decks like Double Trouble EDH ⫸PRIMER⫷, but most of all, good luck on your deck! Have a fantastic day, and happy tapping.