Haldan, Avid Arcanist
Legendary Creature — Human Wizard
Partner with Pako, Arcane Retriever (When this creature enters the battlefield, target player may put Puko into their hand from their library, then shuffle.)
You may play noncreature cards from exile with fetch counters on them if you exiled them, and you may spend mana as though it were mana of any colour to cast those spells.
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Haldan, Avid Arcanist Discussion
3 months ago
Hey, you've started to upgrade the precon, but haven't done much yet. Nice upgrades of Narset's Reversal, Ral Storm Conduit, Shark Typhoon and Cyclonic Rift. Your deck doesn't have a Commander yet since Kalamax is in the main deck 99. To fix this, in the editor add the CMDR tag at the end of the Kalamax, the Stormshire text.
Kalamax, the Stormshire *CMDR*
What's your budget for upgrading the manabase? I ask because you essentially have the from the box manabase of the precon minus a few Forests. $20 would give you a decent upgrade; $40 a much better upgrade. Adding more dual lands that will ETB untapped will speed up gameplay.
Some areas to consider further upgrading on a budget:
- Some better lands: Holdout Settlement
- More low mana cost instants that draw: Thrill of Possibility
- Some counterspells: Counterspell
- More mass draw instants: Return of the Wildspeaker
- More ramp: Roiling Regrowth
- Better card recursion: Reclaim
Some cards to consider cutting:
- Rupture Spire
- Nascent Metamorph
- Pako, Arcane Retriever and Haldan, Avid Arcanist
- Surreal Memoir
- Hunting Pack
- Clash of Titans
- Living Lore
- Wort, the Raidmother
- Charmbreaker Devils
- Goblin Dark-Dwellers
- Crackling Drake
- Etali, Primal Storm
- Brimstone Volley
The biggest change these cuts would make is reducing the mana curve. Cutting many higher mana cost cards for lower mana cost ones will help gameplay. More instants and less creatures will give you more with Kalamax.
If interested I offer more advice. Good luck with your deck.
5 months ago
No. When a card uses its name, it means "this object." Flickering Ethereal Forager will make it a new permanent, unlinked with the cards exiled when it was originally cast. The same applies if you cast another Ethereal Forager; each will have its own stack of cards it can return from, and they aren't shared. A card or token that's a copy of Ethereal Forager won't have any exiled cards to draw from at all, unless it had some other ability that exiled something (for example, if you turned a Living Lore or Izzet Chemister into a copy of Ethereal Forager after exiling an instant or sorcery with it).
6 months ago
food for thought
Stolen Strategy , Pako, Arcane Retriever , Haldan, Avid Arcanist , Reversal of Fortune , Mindclaw Shaman , Hedonist's Trove , Ghastly Conscription , Geth, Lord of the Vault , Etali, Primal Storm
6 months ago
I'm making a Pako, Arcane Retriever and Haldan, Avid Arcanist deck. But I don't know what sub theme to pick. I obviously want to attack with Pako and then play some of the exiled cards with Haldan on the battlefield. I also want to keep the creatures in the deck low, to not exile them when Pako attacks. I have chosen some spells that put permanents on top of opponents libraries, as some kind of removal and steal effect.
The deck is quite budget and I want it to be more fun to play than competitive. Hit me with some suggestions :)
8 months ago
Omniscience_is_life I actually haven’t built either yet!
Since you mentioned it, here’s a list of what I’ve already built.
I have built Gallowbraid, the Pako, Arcane Retriever and Haldan, Avid Arcanist pairing, Jhoira of the Ghitu, Triad of Fates, Slimefoot, the Stowaway, and the Krav, the Unredeemed and Regna, the Redeemer pairing, and I am currently building Kathril, Aspect Warper.
As I mentioned, there are several commanders that have already been suggested, but if something’s already been suggested and gets mentioned again, I’ll just jump it up the queue!
9 months ago
You are correct, you're only able to play cards you exiled. As your opponent exiled them with Pako, Arcane Retriever you will not be able to cast them, and your opponent will be able to if they ever control Haldan, Avid Arcanist again.
10 months ago
Alright, I used a random selector and got Pako, Arcane Retriever! So he and Haldan, Avid Arcanist will be the first new EDH Under $1 commanders! I'll be selecting commanders randomly, new ones can be added to the list at any time.