Land — Desert
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, , Sacrifice Grasping Dunes: Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.
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Grasping Dunes Discussion
4 months ago
9 months ago
You could consider adding a Desert package (Desert of the Glorified, Desert of the Indomitable, Grasping Dunes, Endless Sands, and possibly a few of the more minor ones) in order to enable Ifnir Deadlands. If you do, I might consider cutting Opal Palace as your colorless landcount is perhaps a bit on the high side.
Nesting Grounds seems fun in this list.
Tectonic Edge doesn't really fit the current meta, since nobody's running any of the broken lands that would actually warrant getting destroyed.
Your swamp count is only at...9, if you count the budget fetchlands and Urborg. That's a bit low to make Tainted Wood work.
Generous Patron, Seshiro the Anointed, Yawgmoth, Thran Physician, Skullclamp, Moldervine Reclamation, and Driven / Despair are your only ways to accrue much in the way of card draw. It's over the minimum threshold I'd set to run Reliquary Tower, but I'd keep in mind that the Tower is rarely going to do much for you, so cutting it wouldn't be the worst.
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9 months ago
For recursive lands: Mystic Sanctuary (Dumb Good), Witch's Cottage, Mortuary Mire all work once, but with flickerable effects it's all fine, and you can sacrifice Buried Ruin, Petrified Field, Sequestered Stash. Hall of Heliod's Generosity/Academy Ruins are insane in the right decks, and Emeria, The Sky Ruin is busted in the late game. Mistveil Plains sort of works as recursion, and is repeatable, but is best with tutors and tutor chains. Even Unholy Grotto works amazingly in zombie decks!
(Nonbudget versions would be like Volrath's Stronghold)
Removal is plentiful on lands, but pretty specific. Blast Zone is a favorite of mine, and is dumb good. Ghost Quarter, Field of Ruin, Dust Bowl, Encroaching Wastes, Memorial to War, and Tectonic Edge all deal with lands. Arena, Barbarian Ring, Blighted Gorge, Cabal Pit, Desert, Keldon Megaliths, Keldon Necropolis, Mouth of Ronom, Rath's Edge, Grasping Dunes, Ifnir Deadlands, and Quicksand are good against creatures, and some walkers.
2 years ago
Since your curve peaks at 4 mana, I recommend that you focus on 2-mana accelerants: Nature's Lore, Farseek, Sakura-Tribe Elder, Fellwar Stone instead of Abzan Banner, Ratchet Bomb (also destroy your board), Verdant Automaton (too slow), Arcbound Slith and Arcbound Worker (too slow). // Rishkar, Peema Renegade can put the first counter on creatures so you can proliferate them and tap them for mana when needed. Abzan Charm has great versatility. Odric, Lunarch Marshal has great synergy with Atraxa, Praetors' Voice. Chasm Skulker and Cathars' Crusade require quick answer or else they win you the game. Orzhov Advokist serves double duty: she deters opponents from attacking you if they accept the offer, and also put counters on your creatures for free. Lim-Dul's Vault is a great tutor. Utter End, Anguished Unmaking, Abzan Charm, Swan Song, Beast Within, Swords to Plowshares and a overloaded Cyclonic Rift are great for dealing with your opponents' threats. // In the card advantage department, Bred for the Hunt, Path of Discovery (also create counters), Shapers of Nature (also create counters), Zameck Guildmage and Etched Oracle are repeatable draw while Rishkar's Expertise, Prime Speaker Zegana, Painful Truths and the aforementioned Abzan Charm are 1-shot card draw. // I suggest you to replace Grasping Dunes, Ifnir Deadlands, Survivors' Encampment, Simic Guildgate, Tranquil Expanse and Deeproot Champion (almost all your deck are creatures) by Yavimaya Coast, Caves of Koilos, Exotic Orchard, Bountiful Promenade, Sea of Clouds, Morphic Pool, upping your land count to 37.
2 years ago
+1! Love the decklist!
2 years ago
Spice up your lands!
Scavenger Grounds is very decent, especially if you have no use for your grave.
I personally really enjoy Grasping Dunes because it lets you easily finish targets if you just need 1 more damage. It makes blocking your attacks more difficult for your opponent.
2 years ago
Throne of the God-Pharaoh is legendary (and a "win more" card) so I would never run more than 2 at a time.
I would expect to see Shock mainboard!
I LOVE how Skirk Prospector and Dark-Dweller Oracle can remove your goblins from the board in the case of fighting lifelinking creatures or being targeted by Ixalan's Binding that 1 mana is pretty easy to put right into a Shock!
In my mono-red deck I have to say that Bomat Courier is a FANTASTIC card! Also Fanatical Firebrand is very underrated. Opponent's HATE seeing that 1 damage finisher sitting there, turning profitable blocks into a losing deal.
Insult is AMAZING!
Good luck man!
Since you don't have Cabal Stronghold in red there is NO need to run only basic lands. But what's the best utility land to run in mono-red? Grasping Dunes. Seriously! I like it WAY better in my mono-red than Scavenger Grounds or Field of Ruin (Both of which get more useful the LONGER a game goes... not a thing mono-red should have to worry about) Grasping Dunes looks simple and cheap, but it's still very effective. Try it out!
If I were to remove any cards from your mainboard I would cut 1 of your 5-drop Vanquisher's Banner first. having 2 in your starting hand will HURT, and happen pretty often if you run 4.
Wily Goblin is "fine" but not great. I'd put his tiny butt on the sidelines.
3 years ago
I'm also trying to build a Traxos deck, the lands in your build can all be collorless. You should consider filling it with utility lands. Here you go:Arch of Orazca - Cabal Stronghold if you run only swamps with this. - Cascading Cataracts and Dunes of the Dead there is this white saga that destroys all lands after all. - Cradle of the Accursed - Crypt of the Eternals 1 life, it's something... - Endless Sands - Field of Ruin - Grasping Dunes - Hashep Oasis - Hostile Desert - Ifnir Deadlands - Inventors' Fair Basicly a must run in this deck - Ipnu Rivulet - Scavenger Grounds - Sequestered Stash - Shefet Dunes - Sunscorched Desert - Zhalfirin Void -