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, Sacrifice a creature: You gain 1 life.
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High Market Discussion
4 days ago
Entomb is a Karador piece that works really nicely. Hermit Druid can mill a lot of cards quickly and also has a low entry cost in your deck. Crop Sigil is a pet card of mine that can mill cards quickly and get stuff back if you need to, or a better piece would be Underrealm Lich . I also have a counters deck and Sweet-Gum Recluse and Loyal Guardian are great combo pieces in the deck. Winding Constrictor can double your counters, and Nikara, Lair Scavenger will draw cards when your Stonecoil-esque creatures leave the battlefield. I don't really like mutate creatures even with Karador; I would suggest using Acidic Slime , Ravenous Chupacabra , or Caustic Caterpillar effects in your deck over them. Free sac outlets are also sweet, so Viscera Seer will perform, and Woe Strider is an absurd card in long games. Speaking of long games, Duneblast will do wonders in Karador by blowing everything up but keeping Karador, and Kaya's Wrath will destroy all creatures to keep you safe and gain you 3 or 4 life. Phyrexian Tower and High Market are free sac outlets on your lands, so they can go in your deck at virtually no cost. City of Shadows can go nuts in the right deck, but it is an RL card at maybe $125 right now. I passed up a chance to buy one for 30 bucks once... Hope you found these suggestions helpful!
2 weeks ago
So here's the edits I'm considering at the moment:
Adding more Dragons will improve the consistency of the triggers, and Goldspan is too impactful to exclude. Solemn's ramp has helped a bit, but it's still a little slow and has a limited amount of impact on the board and game.
I'm shelling out for the instant-speed reanimation here. At sorcery speed we can re-stabilize our board, and at instant speed we can cause chaos. Feldon being a turn slow has been annoying, and six mana for a one-turn token hasn't consistently been a good investment. Let's make it faster!
This new card feels like baby Chainer and I'm so here for it. An early-game rummaging effect will keep Dragons going into the bin while thinning the deck. The second ability being static is so nice - we can activate it on other players' turns to discard an instant and maintain value from the discard! What's exciting is it isn't limited - say we hit activate Geier Reach Sanitarium and discard Thrill of Possibility , all of a sudden we're going deeper into the deck! This can get so nuts!
Play the best version of the sacrifice outlet land. As we increase the instant count, being able to generate mana in a variety of ways will only improve flexibility.
With these, I still have to find room for Blasphemous Act , Toxic Deluge , Tibalt's Trickery , Baleful Mastery , maybe Vandalblast and I'm thinking Hedron Archive wants to find its way in - there shouldn't be a need for much more mana redundancy, but I'll definitely want to keep adding draw engines. I fully expect to be swimming in mana every game, now its just a matter of keeping the hand full!
3 weeks ago
iplayBANJO provides a lot of good feedback. In many instances, I agree with the feedback provided.
I see two main items that need to be improved. First, your deck is very unfocused. Second, you don't have much interaction.
You have too many themes. It's unclear if you want to go Vampire Tribal, Aristocrats, Graveyard, Tokens, or Recursion. As a starting place for your first build, it's not a bad starting place, but we can definitely tighten up your direction. The best next step for you is to pick one theme and building around that. You can "splash" some other themes by adding utility cards like Priest of Forgotten Gods that contribute to your main theme, but dips into other themes consequentially.
I'm going to assume you're building aristocrats. For any build, it's very important to figure out your mana base. Some may disagree with me, but the utility of the mana base is one of the most important starting places when building any new deck. So for each build you make, identify at least your utility lands that support your build. Then use basic lands as place holders.
If you are running aristocrats, consider the following feedback.
Utility Lands: High Market and Phyrexian Tower . These are great sac outlets that can provide you added value. Command Beacon and Memorial to Folly are cheap utility lands that will help you avoid commander tax later in the game.
Value Engines: Take advantage of death triggers. (Death triggers are triggered abilities when a creature dies; e.g., hits the graveyard.) As the previous post discuss, you need to demand value from things dying. Ask your self the question "what value am I getting" when something dies. A few items I don't see above:
Grave Pact is great for you. With your aristocrats package out, you're generating value and removing your opponents board. It also gets around indestructible and hexproof.
Razaketh, the Foulblooded . This is an "I-Win" card in an aristocrats deck. It allows you to tutor and find answers as soon as it resolves.
Skullclamp will allow you to draw a metric butt-load of cards.
Teysa Karlov doubles the value of your death triggers.
Kokusho, the Evening Star is a great nuclear deterrent. It gives you a flyer, solid 5/5 body, and in a pinch, you can sacrifice it to get 15 life and deal out 15 damage.
Interaction refers to your ability to respond to threats at instant speed. Currently, this is very crucial weak point in your build. This partially goes back to Focusing the deck. I would recommend first picking a single theme and rebuilding around that theme. Then, as you're rebuilding, as yourself the following questions for EVERY card you add:
Does this card do something when it resolves?
Identify what value the card gives you as it resolves. There's no right or wrong answer here, but we want to know what we're getting out of the mana we spend. Is it a 1/1 body I get? Or is it a 1/1 body with a trigger of some sort?
Keep in mind. Every time a card resolves (for example a combo piece), if it doesn't give you immediate value when it resolves, it's an opportunity for your opponents to remove it. How will you protect those combo pieces from removal? Teferi's Protection , Flawless Maneuver , Cosmic Intervention .
Does this card, by itself, have synergy with my theme or commander?
With Elenda at the helm, sometimes you're just putting fodder on the field for her. And that's perfectly okay, so long as you're playing at the broader synergy. Remember, with Aristocrats, you're probably not going to win by swinging a big beefy 50/50 Elenda, the Dusk Rose at someone's face. (She doesn't even have trample.) You're most likely going to win by all the triggers from Blood Artist , Cruel Celebrant , Falkenrath Noble , Zulaport Cutthroat , Bastion of Remembrance , Syr Konrad, the Grim , and Vindictive Vampire .
What value do I want out of this card, and how many other pieces do I need to get that value?
Again. No right or wrong answer here. Sometimes, it's just fun to play a card for the hell of it. Looking at you Choice of Damnations .
What is the range of the card? (Early/Opener, Mid-Range, Late Game/Close)
Have an idea of when you plan for a card to be most impactful. Is it a card that is strong early game, mid-game, or late game? How will it impact your state or the overall board when it resolves?
My immediate recommendation is to pick a single theme. I would move away from "perfect world" value situations. This refers to those situations where you're convincing yourself of value. For example, if you want to play Card X because you'll win if you also have Card Y on the field, and Card Z in your graveyard, then I wouldn't play Card X.
Next, I wouldn't run a single combo besides the following: Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + Triskelion or Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + Walking Ballista . Mikeaus by himself brings so much value to an aristocrats build. It essentially allows you to sacrifice each of your non-token creatures twice, including Elenda. With Triskelion or Walking Ballista, Mikaeus creates an infinite damage combo and wins you the game... also infinitely triggering your aristocrat triggers.
Finally, I would remove all the "lord" effects. Lord effects refer to effects that buff a certain creature type. Again, if you're running Aristocrats, you're not going to win because you have big creatures, you're going to win because you're forcing the most value from the death of your creatures.
All food for thought. Feel free to take or decline any suggestions. Happy brewing!
1 month ago
I was thinking about Earthcraft , and budget isn't really an issue. It's more of I can't bring myself to spend that much on one card. Though my Tropical Island is a proxy(though i can replace that any time as needed).
1 month ago
Interesting take on Bird Wizard! Not sure what your budget is, but Earthcraft would fit right in with your theme, leveraging advantage from token producers and provide an infinite combo with Squirrel Nest . Also Intruder Alarm works really well, as you can flash in your commander consistently and get more value from your tapping creatures and such!
Land suggestion would be something like High Market or if the group is ok with proxies Diamond Valley . Being able to block, then sac your commander and play it again at instant speed over and over is a consistent utility to help grind to the end game when you can overwhelm with your token producers.
A fun option for the deck could also be Mirrormade , doubling down on your powerhouse enchantments and artifacts.
If you're wanting a more spikey sort of game, something like Armageddon or Stasis fits in. You can really take advantage of your commander's untap ability, as you can continue to pay for the mana cost by attacking with your commander. Timed with a token producer or your mana rocks, you can grind out the game, swinging your commander and slowly building up tokens.
1 month ago
Hey, well done in progress on a low budget.
Some budget cards to consider adding:
- Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord : combos with Lord of Extinction for a budget win condition that has interaction with Meren.
- Elves of Deep Shadow
- Fyndhorn Elves
- Elvish Mystic
- Llanowar Elves
- Viscera Seer
- Burning-Rune Demon
- Satyr Wayfinder
- Grisly Salvage
- Village Rites
- Llanowar Wastes
- Tainted Wood
- High Market
- Jund Panorama
- Temple of Malady
- Woodland Chasm
Mana dorks are better than land ramp spells with Meren because they can be ramp first and then be fodder to give her experience. One drop mana dorks could also replace some lands. Viscera Seer is a nice sac outlet since it's a creature who can sac itself. Burning-Rune Demon is a new card from Kaldheim who can be a repeatable Final Parting with a 6/6 flying body.
Some cards to consider cutting:
- 8x Swamp
- 1x Forest
- Ambition's Cost
- Kodama's Reach
- Dimir House Guard
- Corpse Connoisseur
- Aphotic Wisps
Good luck with your deck.
1 month ago
@ Omniscience_is_life I understand, as I also struggle with cutting! And in a lot of ways it also depends on what you find yourself playing against. As a notorious recovering durdle player, I've found it helpful to evaluate a card by means of if it's proactive in doing what your decks wants to do or winning. For example, in your current list, Sanctum Spirit I've found to be underwhelming as well as Darksteel Pendant . But it could work for you if you find yourself playing against a lot of aggressive decks or sweepers! Gift of Immortality Works towards the same goal of sweeper protection, and opens up additional toolbox plays with your other spirits, so that would be my suggestion!
Also, minor land suggestion! Drownyard Temple and High Market . Drownyard Temple is a minor consistent way of ramping after your pony smashes lands, and is another card that is ok chucking to the bin if someone wheels. High Market also opens up a cheeky Yosei, the Morning Star lock when paired with Emeria, The Sky Ruin to lock down a single opponent, which seems to be in the salty spirit of the deck!