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Hedron Archive Discussion
6 hours ago
Well, a few options include (but are not limited to) Marble Diamond, Thran Dynamo, Worn Powerstone, Hedron Archive, Skyclave Relic, Replicating Ring and even Arcane Signet. Any 2 mana ramp that can produce white is worth considering, but I feel like you'll want a few 2 or even 3 mana rocks to get things out more reliably. Pearl Medallion isn't as cheap, but it is another cost reducer.
I'd considering cutting stuff like Angel of Renewal that have higher CMC and aren't a big enough body or splashy enough effect to really justify quite that high of a cost. Maybe Moonsilver Spear, maybe Daxos unless you're really attached to the card. Serra Angel feels too vanilla, but has lots of cache, being the first angel and all. The angels that prevent you from losing the game might be cuttable, the deck already has lots of life gain, so if a deck can get your life down, you're probably done, and you might have preferred to have a different card out that has more immediate impact than just 'don't lose yet'. I really struggle at cutting cards from decks, so maybe someone else has better advice!
2 weeks ago
Thank you for your thorough explanation. I guess I missed some cards while writing down my comment (indeed, you have many more wheel effects than I initially thought), sorry for that^^
That clone shell play you described is indeed very elegant. I never thought about in that way, thank you.
My comment on the mana rocks was not meant to say that you need to play more manarocks. I just wanted to point out, that I like the rocks more as they give you mana continually. Which is extra helpful after wheeling the hand. But after having a look at your list, I would recommend Hedron Archive. It cost 4 mana and it probably won't help you cast Purphy B. sooner. But it gives you more reach in the lategame. Another option would be Lavabrink Floodgates. I tested the card and I was pleasantly suprised. Again, at 4 mana, it probably wont help you casting your commander on turn 4. However, it is a nice political tool which might drastically change the way your opponents play. Any deck that runs creatures is hesitant to further develop the board because they cannot be sure if the other 3 people will put a counter on it or not. Granted, your friends can and will talk about it and they might find a way to never let it blow up (which is also fine, it still nets you RR). However, if the board gets wiped by some other card you will lose the floodgates very fast. Nevertheless, I really really like this card as it is so much fun dropping this and seeing how your opponents play around or with it. And your board almost always will be unaffected by the 6 damage. Though, both of those recommandations do not go very well with your gameplan of turboplaying Purphy B. on turn 3 :/
The "best" line happens very, very rarely, but is very satisfying: turn 1 Mana Vault, turn 2 Purphy B. and on turn 3 swinging Blightsteel Colossus :D Apart from that, getting that 2 cmc mana rock on turn 2 is great and always desirable. I usually aim to get Purphy B. out on turn 4. Next turn I also pass with Purphy B. to either be able to interact (e.g. Chaos Warp, Abrade, Mirage Mirror) or to potentially cheat to block) or to cheat the creature at EoT just before I get my next turn. And from then on, it is all about reading properly the politics and the dynamic of the table to navigate around the hate of the opponents. I always seek to side with the table to hopefully take someone out (the less opponents the better our deck gets). This is why it is so important to not become the archenemy. With our commander being so resilient I try to squeeze every inch of value out of my Purphy B. activations and to have them be as effective as possible. I consider it normal to not activate Purphy B. at all, when I dont get anything useful done with the activation. This barely backfires as the thread of activation usually prevents my opponents to attack me. And this leads to the best case scenario I want to be in: The best case scenario is when the opponents use their resources/attacks among them and not at me which happens naturally. Opposing counterspells are less effective as I mainly use the mana and cards in the activation of my commander. This alone leads to more counter spells of my opponents targeted at spells of my opponents. The same is mainly true for any creature removal spells. Granted, the removal can hit my creatures to prevent damage, but if the damage of the creature is not life threatening, what usually happens is that the creature won't get hit by the removal if it would die anyway. This leads to removal spells being spend at opposing creatures.
One final word on Valakut Exploration. Even without fetches, this card provides needed value in monored. It also synergizes niceley with Fires of Invention and more importantly the cards end up in the grave and not in exile while pinging the opponents face. Having the cards in the graveyard is not that bad, as we can reccur many cards in the graveyard.
Here is my list: https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/sneaky-purphy-b/?cb=1609782125
RinceRaven on Brago
2 weeks ago
More edits, some sad cuts had to be made due to a super tight budget. I am a bit unsure about the amount of interaction currently ran, and about the effectiveness of a card like sun titan, as I haven't been able to test vs other decks and only really play solitaire.
Swords to Plowshares, Blue Sun's Zenith, Wrath of God, Detention Sphere, Gilded Lotus, Thespian's Stage, Ethersworn Canonist, Counterspell, Meteorite, Jace, Wielder of Mysteries, Ephemerate, Ghostly Flicker.
RinceRaven on Brago
2 weeks ago
Made some changes to the draft. It needs a couple more cuts and maybe even more changes but I thought I'd leave it here for now.
Augury Owl, Aether Tunnel, Aqueous Form, Vapor Snag, Whirler Rogue, Prison Realm, Hedron Archive, Archaeomancer, Drannith Magistrate, Kor Cartographer, Mnemonic Wall, Unwind, Momentary Blink, Ghostly Prison, Disdainful Stroke,
note: some of these are good cards and maybe should be put back in. I tried to focus on the combo and decided to cut some more basic synergy pieces that might deserve their places back.
1 month ago
Cuts from the Sideboard listed cards:
Prismatic Geoscope: Running 18 basics means you might not always get 3 mana from it, more like 2. Eitherway I feel it's bad as a rock and lackluster as a cage target.
25 cards I'll suggest for <15$ (EDHREC TCGPLAYER listed prices, may be higher or lower):
Cephalid Inkshrouder: Discard which doesn't matter to make shrouded Mairsil? Hell yeah. (Price: 0.29)
Soliton: Another U: untap is solid. (Price: 0.10)
Forbidden Alchemy: Basically a draw 4 most of the time for 3 mana and can be flashed back if you discard it or mill it another way. (Price: 0.11)
Pestilent Souleater: Can be a backup win con with a card or two that can also pump. (Price: 0.10)
Twisted Abomination: Get a land with it then give Mairsil regenerate for a black when his commander tax is too high. Can never have too much protection when the commander is the whole gameplan. (Price: 0.03)
Magus of the Bazaar: Draw 5 for tap on Mairsil. What's not to like? (Price: .46)
Etherium-Horn Sorcerer: 3 To replay Mairsil isn't bad. Also can just be a cascade card if need be. (Price: 0.15)
Cinderhaze Wretch: Untap affect + can be used to disrupt enemies. Also can be used on yourself if you really want for some weird reason? (Price 0.26)
Dreamscape Artist: Discard isn't a downside, and it ramps. Can be put on Mairsil as well if need be. (Price: 0.26)
Vector Asp: B: infect is very strong. Especially with following card. (Price: 0.20)
Spikeshot Elder: This plus infect is a gross combo. Even without R to deal 4 to any target is strong, better than lightning bolt! (Price: 0.21)
Grinning Ignus: A way to bounce Mairsil that's ALSO ramp. Pays for a commander tax! (Price: 0.16)
Frantic Search: Free loot isn't ever bad. Instant speed too. (Price 0.47)
Sinister Sabotage: You don't have much interaction. These next 3 are just interactive pieces to stop your opponents from racing you. Sinister is a good counter that also can basically draw a card with Surveil. (Price: 0.12)
Terminate: No regen for them! Instant speed kill. Nice. (Price: 0.44)
Arcane Denial: Great counterspell that's not mana intensive. (Price: 0.46)
Perplex: Either a counter, makes an opponent lose their hand, or you can transmute to tutor for a 3 drop such as Rings or Commander's Sphere. Very versatile. (Price: 1.24)
AEtherize: Bounce all attackers is a good way to protect yourself, since you already have many ways to protect Mairsil. (Price: 0.23)
Whispering Madness: Wheel that can be repeated. With GY synergies it's amazing. 10/10 (Price 0.57)
Chain Reaction: Boardwhipe most of the time. You need some mass removal. (Price: 0.67)
Pyroclasm: Clears tokens easily. (Price: 0.16)
Total Price: $12.94
Some pump activated abilities may be a good other add.
2 months ago
Optimator: Hello there! Always gotta love Vilis decks, especially as detailed as this one :D A lot of cards in Maybeboard would fit the deck really well (I just have no idea why you got some cards two or three times there), but I would try to minimalize the maybeboard as much as possible, to not look the deck so chaotic.
I run Vilis in my Syr Konrad's For the Void deck.. he doesnt really fit the theme/idea of the deck so well, but Vilis is just too badass to cut out :D (anyway, any feedback/suggestions would be welcomed aswell <3 )
Some cards in deck I would cut, why, and their replacement:
1) Falkenrath Noble - might be a nice card in an aristocrat deck, there isnt really any way to generate->sac big amount of your creatures to abuse Falkenrath Noble as much as possible, also costs . If you want an aristocrat, Bastion of Remembrance could be a possible option aswell. Its cheaper, gives you a 1/1 token and has the same effect as F.Noble. Sure, can't attack or block, but Bastion is also harder to remove since its an Enchantment.
2) Leaden Myr - as you already mentioned, a possible cut for some other mana-rock.. I would switch it for Malakir Rebirth Flip as an another kind of "protection" to either Vilis or another important creature at the moment. With Vilis on board, it even draws you two cards (destroy protection, draw two cards, triggering aristocrat-like effects at instant speed for only ? YES PLEASE! ). In worse case scenario, its also additional land drop. Another possible replacement could be Blood Celebrant, which synergies well with both Vilis and K'riik.
3) Liliana's Contract - would probably fit better in some Demon tribal deck or Conspiracy deck. You also have only six Demons in your deck, all of them with fairly high mana cost. As a better card-draw, I would add either Greed, since it draws you 3 cards with Vilis on board, maybe even Skullclamp that would draw you two cards every turn with Ophiomancer, but Greed would be most likey better option, since there isnt really any other way to generate a lot of tokens every turn.
4) Crux of Fate - no Dragons in your deck, not even so many of them in black in general, so outside of politic reason, other 5CMC or less boardwipes would be better. I personally love Life's Finale, its more expensive than Crux of Fate, but enables you to look and search in target opponent's deck and put up to 3 creatures from their deck into theri graveyard, which would synergize with Chainer, Dementia Master, Geth, Lord of the Vault and some other.
5) Ruinous Path - sorcery speed removal is kinda meh, so something like Hero's Downfall is just better. I personally like Eat to Extinction, even if its more expensive, it helps with top-deck managment (+exiles targeted creature/pw).
6) Cut few swamps for:
6a) Cabal Stronghold - Stronghold is cheap, can tap itself for and can give you plenty of later on.
6b) Emergence Zone - I personally love this utility land, just because it gives you spells Flash whenever you sac it. It doesnt ETB tapped and can help you casting some stuff when you sac it.
7) Chaos Wand - might be a fun card, but doesnt really fit the deck at all. I would cut it for Bontu's Monument to make a lot of your big black stuff cheaper and another small source of life-gain.
8) Big mana-rocks: Gilded Lotus and Thran Dynamo - I used to run those too, but slowly started replacing them with cheaper mana rocks like Thought Vessel and Arcane Signet. Hedron Archive is okay-ish since it can draw you two cards when you no longer need it, but with Vilis and especially mono-black, there can always be enough card draw.
9) Spellbook - would be fine, if you didnt manage to get your Reliquary Tower or Venser's Journal on board, but otherwise its just a dead card that does nothing to you anymore. I would rather replace it with Ivory Tower to get some life back.
10) Curtains' Call - I would replace this one for one of the following:
10a) Devour in Shadow/Vendetta - cheap removal that can potentionaly draws you X cards aswell.
10b) Dismember - depending on how big the creature is, but since you could cast it for only one and draw 4 cards aswell, its decent choice aswell.
10c) Snuff Out - free removal in 99.999% time, which can draws you 4 cards aswell, but not for black creatures, which, depending on your opponent's deck, might be important. Still most likely a better option.
10d) Tragic Slip - goes through indestructible, but requires a creature to die to be maximum effective, which might be sometimes a problem. Still, really good one.
10e) Malicious Affliction - another cheap removal, which is also locked to non-black creatures, but is able to destroy two creatures if a creature died already, so similar issue like Tragic Slip.
10f) Profane Command - I just totally love this card. Its not instant, but can be really flexible in various situations, so I would probably go for this as a replacement.
10g) Erebos's Intervention - similar to Profane Command, it flexile aswell, providing you to remove some indestructible creature and get some life; or serves as a fairly decent graveyard hate at instant speed.
I won't go through cards in maybeboard, even though there is plenty of really nice cards that would work so well in Vilis's deck, like Bolas's Citadel, Doom Whisperer, Font of Agonies and Phyrexian Reclamation and many more, it would just be a little too much, I would say... :D
I hope some of my suggestions will help, gonna upvote this for sure, just because it looks really nice, especially with so many possible cards that could easily fit so well :)
2 months ago
So based on what you have and I have, I would say Sol Ring - Semblance Anvil - Arcane Signet - Talisman of Conviction - Boros Signet - Hedron Archive - Mind Stone - Worn Powerstone - Heraldic Banner - Dowsing Dagger Flip
That seems good for a first draft. If you feel your deck is inconsistent then add two more pieces of ramp. You may want to add more "big" ramp and replace the smaller stuff too, but even in a big-mana deck like this the 2-CMC stuff just has a better flow sometimes.
I almost forgot: the land Myriad Landscape is great in one- or two-color decks that don't run Green. I have a ton of them.
2 months ago
So as far as ramp cards I can give you, I have:
Mind Stone - Worn Powerstone - Dowsing Dagger Flip - Prismatic Lens - Darksteel Ingot - Arcane Signet - Boros Signet - Heraldic Banner - Hedron Archive - Talisman of Conviction - Coldsteel Heart - Dreamstone Hedron - Burnished Hart - Commander's Sphere
Cards I don't have that you may want to consider:
Sword of the Animist - Wayfarer's Bauble - Gilded Lotus - Nyx Lotus - Thran Dynamo - Fire Diamond - Marble Diamond - Solemn Simulacrum (can be thrown with Brion!) - Star Compass - Sisay's Ring - Ur-Golem's Eye - Firemind Vessel - Cloud Key - Empowered Autogenerator - Lavabrink Floodgates - Guardian Idol
I would recommend at least ten pieces of ramp, perhaps even twelve. Definitely no fewer than ten in my opinion. Perhaps six that add 1 mana and four than add 2+ mana? Something like that. Getting Brion out a turn early, while not vital, can be convenient as he can pad your life total.
I would recommend 36-38 lands.