Gilded Lotus

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Gilded Lotus


: Add three mana of any one colour.

DreadKhan on The Quackening

3 days ago

I have a Quest for Ula's Temple deck which does some similar things, I liked Dreamscape Artist because it can reshuffle your library as needed, incase you don't have a relevant creature to work with on top. It's technically only 1 mana and a card to Harrow (you get back 2 untapped lands, so it can also helping mana fixing) Blue, and I could be wrong but I think your Commander wants the odd Discard outlet too. A worse (but still potentially useful) piece of Blue ramp is Apprentice Wizard, it's not as good as Dreamscape, it's like Worn Powerstone, which is a good rock if you want bigger ramp to potentially cast a big creature a bit sooner. Thran Dynamo and Gilded Lotus are big ramp rocks with decent ratios. Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth and Cabal Coffers are pretty good together, if you have a lot of devotion to a colour Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx can help, Deserted Temple can untap any land that makes extra mana. Less rampy and more of a big Scry effect, Soothsaying is a neat card if you care about your deck order. Scroll Rack is better but costs more.

Just a general idea, you might throw in things like Reconnaissance Mission, Bident of Thassa, and Coastal Piracy along with some Unblockable or Shadow creatures (Thalakos and Dauthi are the Blue and Black tribes). You can also throw in stuff like Sword of the Animist, Dowsing Dagger  Flip, Prying Blade, Goldvein Pick, Grim Hireling, and any other attack payoffs you can find to generate more value over time. I understand you want a sea-monster theme, but you might want a way to draw some cards/get in some chip damage to soften people up. The only drawback to Shadows is that they can't chump block. If you really want your evasive creatures to be able to chump, there are some small flyers like Spectral Sailor and Thousand-Faced Shadow that have other upsides, these are risk free but are way less evasive than Shadows.

On that note, if you're worried about getting attacked you might look at Propaganda, War Tax, Flood, and Fatespinner are all great ways to make you hard to attack. Mass Diminish, Polymorphist's Jest, Sudden Spoiling, AEtherize, Aetherspouts are all great cards for people to fear.

Callous Oppressor is a funny repeatable theft effect, Ritual of the Machine and Helm of Possession can both steal stuff and are great with tokens, Thieving Skydiver can steal an artifact creature fwiw, Sower of Temptation is a so-so theft effect that shines bright if you can flicker or bounce it, Thalakos Deceiver is probably way better since he permanently steals whatever and can be reanimated, Inevitable Betrayal and Bribery are both pretty sweet.

The biggest (and perhaps best) theft effects are Mass Manipulation and Cultural Exchange, exchange requires bodies but can also be used aggressively to just ruin two players' boards.

Inkwell Leviathan, Lochmere Serpent, Spawning Kraken, Stormtide Leviathan, and Wrexial, the Risen Deep are some relevant creatures I use, some are better than others but there is nothing as bad as Sea Serpent or Bog Serpent, both cards I love but don't use.

If you like Whelming Wave, you might like Spectral Deluge as well.

Hope some of this helps, Big Dimir is a fun deck!

Optimator on Terror of the Deep

3 weeks ago

Personally, I think Quest for Ula's Temple is a total trap. It only gets a counter roughly 1/3 of turns. They payoff is nice, but not as nice as in a 60-card format where the payoff is proportionally larger and it's easier to have a deck be 2/3 creatures and get the counters up faster.

I had it in my sea monster deck for a long time and it always disappointed. Coral Capers -- (Budget Seamonsters) and Tidal Trouble. Check 'em out!

You'd be far better off with Monster Manual or Elvish Piper, or a big ramper like Traverse the Outlands, Gilded Lotus, etc. Or just another card-draw card.

Profet93 on EDH - Kill 1 opponent …

1 month ago

"Logic" is nice, I value it tremendously over emotion and it has served me well in all areas of my life, except when dealing with emotional people.

Perhaps it's just me. But from experience, everyone always has some axe to grind against someone else, regardless if its justified or not. For example, the Muldrotha player at the point could aruge they are the lesser of 2 evils by killing the (enter more evil deck/commander here).

Everyone looks out for their own interests, everyone is gonna get mad one way or another. So rather than trying to justify it, I've learned to just give them the same shit back, should I be inclined. I've learned that people play MTG typically to relieve stress and have fun. When they dont have fun and you cause them more stress, they will intentionally or unintentionally let it out on you.

Also, at the risk of being TMI ... I once went to a new shop and was playing with this guy, call him "Bob." Being the new guy, I wanted to be friendly and got to talk to people about MTG and other stuff in their lives (jobs, hobbies, etc...). Bob got mad at me because I play more expensive decks and would always make offhand comments. For my most expensive deck, I ramped into a Gilded Lotus with Mishra's Workshop into a Karn Liberated in order to exile his Doubling Season for his atraxa deck. Solid plan right? 1v1 game, exiling his most important piece. He got up, gave me a death stare and left. Later that night, I had an associate of his come up to my place and threaten to kill my family. While I am/this situation is an outlier, it is important to remember the primary motivations behind this game. The fact that people get so mad over a game to the point they are willing to degrade their own character just to lower your own, or even worse, threaten violence, should not be forgotten, especially in these times

Arrzarrina on Roon Shenanigans

1 month ago

Planned Land Changes

Planned Flicker Changes

DemonDragonJ on Waste Not

2 months ago

I have replaced Gilded Lotus and Thran Dynamo with Commander's Sphere and Decanter of Endless Water, which reduced the average converted mana cost of this deck from 3.92 to 3.87, which is very good, because, as awesome as were the previous artifacts, they were simply too expensive to be reliable.

DemonDragonJ on Reap what is Sown

2 months ago

I have replaced Gilded Lotus and Thran Dynamo with Commander's Sphere and Decanter of Endless Water, which, for some unexplained reason, increased the average converted mana cost of this deck from 4.00 to 4.02, but I hope that it was a good decision, since the previous artifacts were to expensive to be reliable.

DemonDragonJ on Patriotic Pride

2 months ago

I have replaced Gilded Lotus and Thran Dynamo with Commander's Sphere and Decanter of Endless Water, which reduced the average converted mana cost of this deck from 3.81 to 3.76, which is very good, because, as awesome as were the previous artifacts, they were simply too expensive to be reliable.

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