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Grand Arbiter Augustin IV
Legendary Creature — Human Advisor
White spells you play cost less to play.
Blue spells you play cost less to play.
Spells your opponents play cost more to play.
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Grand Arbiter Augustin IV Discussion
1 week ago
This deck doesn't have boardwipes for people to hate you. Also doesn't have enough BS creatures that survive, which is critical for max hatred. Also, I'm assuming this is 1v1, which significantly decreases the amount of hate. It's cute, but it's WAYYYYYYYY too nice. If you really want people to suffer, I would recommend building around Avacyn, Angel of Hope in EDH for your opponents to hate you and have a "symmetrical" effect each time, or Mageta the Lion if you don't really care about your opponents complaining about your board and are willing to just make the world suffer. For a similarly infuriating deck, I'd recommend Grand Arbiter Augustin IV and Numot, the Devastator stax in which case your opponents just don't play magic instead of getting to not have their stuff matter.
1 week ago
First, what do you mean be stax?
There are tons of types. Often, it is in reference to a few, but there are tons.
Land destruction/land hate is a common type, but it is massive in scale is style:
Ravages of War , Armageddon , Ruination , Winter Orb , Back to Basics , Impending Disaster , Wildfire , Myojin of Infinite Rage , Decree of Annihilation , Cataclysm , Jokulhaups , Tectonic Break , Obliterate , etc.
Tax effects are plentiful too, Trinisphere , Nether Void , Sphere of Resistance , etc. are often considered staxy, Grand Arbiter Augustin IV , Thalia, Guardian of Thraben , Vryn Wingmare , Glowrider , Thorn of Amethyst etc. are taxing, but so are Pendrell Mists , Magus of the Tabernacle , The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale , Kataki, War's Wage , etc. count too.
Even color hate like High Seas can count in that department, etc.
I don't think you can ban stax.
1 week ago
If you care more about color combination, I'd suggest you play Grand Arbiter Augustin IV or Brago, King Eternal instead of any of those. Of course, the choice depends on your meta so it's hard to make calls without that, but generally I think that both of these would hold their ground better than the 3 you mentioned.
As for what would be the best of your picks, again, this depends a lot on your meta. But generally, I'm a fan of Tatyova, Benthic Druid here. Green offers more for control game plan than white does and Tatyova itself makes a good use out of green's ramp spells. Locally, creature-heavy staxy meta that doesn't care much about graveyards, we have a Tatyova turns deck that does strangely well considering that she's usually the lowest ranked deck at the table by this list. There are always bigger threats than her to worry about, she dodges most of our stax relatively easily and she can get out of control quite easily. I'm more than a bit biased here and she works in my specific meta that might be quite different from yours, but I've seen Tatyova do stuff that make competitive decks scared. Stuff that I don't really think either Geist or Noyan can pull.
2 weeks ago
3 weeks ago
I mean from looking at the deck almost all your cards are just there to annoy your opponets by making them pay more to cast stuff and occasionally counter a few things with the few white counterspells in existence. I don’t really see any way this deck can win by turn 3 like you would want it to since it is kinda just playing out as a version of your common Grand Arbiter Augustin IV tax your opponets deck.
1 month ago
Alright hkhssweiss, so I have updated and edited my deck a bit, and I wanted to see what you thought. Here are the cards I took out:
- Open the Vaults
- Font of Mythos
- Howling Mine
- Temple Bell
- Time Sieve
- Dawn Charm
- Archangel of Tithes
- Ethersworn Adjudicator
- Iona, Shield of Emeria
- Magister Sphinx
- Muzzio, Visionary Architect
- Thopter Assembly
- Windborn Muse
- Dromar's Charm
- Wurmcoil Engine
- Steel Hellkite
- and 1 Island
And these are the cards I put in:
- Grand Abolisher
- Aven Mindcensor
- Hanna, Ship's Navigator
- Grand Arbiter Augustin IV
- Master Transmuter
- Arcane Denial
- Hurkyl's Recall
- Imp's Mischief
- Faith's Reward
- Strionic Resonator (To play the Triplets' Ability more than once, just like with Paradox Haze . With this, I can even play it more than twice!)
- Crystal Shard (When I take over someone with the Triplets' ability, I can use this on them to bounce one of their important creatures and then immediately recast it. The best thing is that it is repeatable!)
- Venser's Journal (I just added this to combat life loss with Necropotence . Since it also makes me have a unlimited hand size, it combos there as well.)
- Mystic Remora (Do you mind telling me how to play this card correctly? My guess is just leave it around for one or two turn cycles, right?)
- Paradox Haze
- Flooded Strand (I finally splurged and bought a fetchland. That's what I replaced the island with. Only time will tell if it was a good idea. I think it was, because I can use it later on in any deck that runs blue or white.)
Anyway, if you could tell me what you think, that would be great. And again, thanks for all of your help hkhssweiss!
1 month ago
I know that this is a very huge change but I have a stax deck that I had built with Grand Arbiter Augustin IV as it’s commander and I was running into similar problems as zendrix1 had said and so my solution had been changing the commander to Derevi, Empyrial Tactician and making Grand Arbiter Augustin IV just another card in the deck.
1 month ago
Hey hkhssweiss, thank you very much for replying, I appreciate your help! You definitely mentioned a few cards that I hadn't heard of before. So, I don't really know what interaction magic means, but I can kinda get the gist from the example cards. Kinda like some counterspell stuff?
However, I do have some ideas over some more stax or protection stuff. Of course I'll add in Aven Mind Censor, but also Cloud Cover for repeatable commander protection. Maybe also Collective Restraint as an added Propaganda affect. A couple other cards I might add are:
I definitely need help with things to take out. Thanks again for all your help! I'm typing on mobile so hopefully this makes some kind of sense.
Grand Arbiter Augustin IV occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.02%
W/U (Azorius): 1.43%