Humble Defector

Humble Defector

Creature — Human Rogue

: Draw two cards. Target opponent gains control of Humble Defector. Activate this ability only during your turn.

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Humble Defector Discussion

Profet93 on Verix's Final Fury

2 weeks ago
Myriad Landscape - Ramp

Command Beacon - For when your commander is too expensive

Ancient Tomb > Temple of False

Arch of Orazca > Darksteel citadel - Darksteel is nice with cleansing fire, but arch provides draw, albeit expensive, is nice when you are inevitably out of gas

Strip Mine - Destroy coffers, cradle, urborg, field, etc...

Valakut Stoneforge - "Utility"

Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle - Not necessary but good to have

Given you are mono red, you need a way to draw cards

Hedron Archive - Ramp when you need it, draw when you don't

Humble Defector - Nice to have but not necessary, politics and card draw. Nice with homeward path should you wish

Ignite the Future - "Draw" and flashback is very powerful

Light Up the Stage - Similar to above, easy to cast with all your burn. Although truth be told, you should really cut down on burn and focus on strengthening your weaknesses rather than incorporating burn with no particular strategy

Mind's Eye - Expensive, not necessary but nice with wheels

Outpost Siege - A little slow similar to above, but often gives you many cards as people don't want to waste removal on it.

Skullclamp - Draw

Solemn Simulacrum - Draw and ramp

Chandra, Torch of Defiance - Best chandra - Ramp, draw, removal and wincon all in 1

Sensei's Divining Top - Digging 3 cards deeper is always nice

Wayfarer's Bauble - Ramp

Gauntlet of Power - Helps you achieve kicker

Caged Sun - Read above

Deflecting Swat - Redirect removal, counterspells, targetted draw, etc... way too much utility to ignore

Urza's Incubator - Ramp

Be sure to let me know what you think of each suggestion. There are more tribal cards to consider but since I don't play tribal, they are not on the top of my head. Once we go through these, we can consider other tribal cards as well. Your biggest issues are lack of ramp and card draw. For a dragon deck, it's not bad.

Profet93 on Underrated EDH Cards

2 weeks ago

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Head Games - Politics, fun, and "mind games" all in one. Did I give my opponent his combo piece so you have to focus on him instead of me, or did I give him all lands? The world may never know....

Mirrorpool - Utility land which can copy g-wave, rishkar's expertise, a tutor, etc... way too much utility to ignore IMO. Coming in tapped sucks, but for the utility it provides, in midrange decks it finds a loving home

Nissa, Vital Force - Recursion, wincon and untapped cradle/nkythos. Note that its very close to it's ult already

Rude Awakening - Wincon or ritual. Even more fun with cradle! Add in deserted temple/thespians stage/vesuva to make it more fun

Mind Twist - Mess over 1 player, at random makes it more painful. Its easy counter bait against blue

Thought Distortion - A very powerful silver bullet for my meta. Blue really does destroy our hopes and dreams. Note, it is also a form of grave hate!

Worst Fears - Never underestimate how powerful taking someone's turn can be. Putting their commander in grave/exile, destroying their own board, etc.... so much potential. In black we ramp anyways.

Sword of the Animist - For mono red and white decks that want lands

Ignite the Future - Draw, flashback is great!

Humble Defector - Politics, fun with Homeward Path

hmhlund on Avatar: The Last Airbender

1 month ago

Sweet! I recently started an ATLA deck too. I love Humble Defector as Uncle Iroh and Star of Extinction!

Profet93 on Norin, the Punchy

1 month ago

Draw

Endless Atlas - Almost as good as tome of legends

Hedron Archive - Ramp when you need it, card draw when you dont

Humble Defector - Politics, not needed but nice to have, especially in more casual builds

Ignite the Future - Works until next turn and flashback makes it even better

Mind's Eye - Repeatable card draw

Chandra, Torch of Defiance - Best chandra IMO. Ramp, removal, draw and wincon all in 1

Land Base

Myriad Landscape - Ramp

Shatterskull, the Hammer Pass - Utility

Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle - Damage

I got a lot of ideas for cuts, lmk if you're interested

Profet93 on Norin Guerilla Warfare

1 month ago

I like how you made the deck goblin tribal and very low to the ground. How exactly do you win though, just hoping you push damage through? Moreover, have you considered adding cards that help mitigate your weakness of dealing with enchantments and card draw.

Blast Zone - Fits in the landbase easily

Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle- Not sure if you should add because your deck is low to the ground but worth considering

The mass MLD cards don't seem to further your gameplan, what's the purpose? To maybe have a boardstate filled with weenies and cast the MLD? You run crucible but with no real means of tutoring for it, or a consistent draw engine, you're hoping that you cast it and it sticks for a couple turns since your ramp is mostly burst based through rituals and smaller rocks. If you're gonna run crucible, at least add some fetchlands to make it impactful. But it's really not worth it in this build at all. Your playgroup will realize you use MLD and destroy crucible on sight, hold mana open to counter your MLD and more. The deck isn't competitive enough despite it's low CMC to justify it's inclusion IMO. Really curious to hear your thoughts on this.

The free to play cards aren't that impactful, except deflecting swat because even though we will rarely cast it for free, it is still super useful.

Arch of Orazca - Fits in landbase

Endless Atlas - Cheap to buy cast and activate

Humble Defector - Not the best in this build but worth considering

Ignite the Future - Good in here since you have a low curve

Tome of Legends - Best card in Norin, hands down

Mind Stone > Fire Diamond - Doesn't tap for red, but you already have enough red sources and card draw is nice

Sword of the Animist - Repeatable rampant growth

Chandra, Torch of Defiance - Ramp, removal, draw and wincon all in 1. Might be a little high CMC for you, but the 2 mana it produces can help offset the tempo.

Myriad Landscape - Might be too slow, but worth considering

Purphoros, God of the Forge + Terror of the Peaks + Warstorm Surge - Are these too costly to run? They provide insane value.

Jerakin on Norin, Tries to Win

2 months ago

Thank you so much for your comment Profet93! Super helpful :)

Your first point about lowering land counts and dropping Molten Vortex for a few draw engine sounds like a superb idea!

A lot of cool sugestions will give you my thoughts about them!

Draw Ideas

  1. Endless Atlas A great one, that I even have a copy of, I see no reason not to add it :)
  2. Hedron Archive Not sure sure about this one, it seems a bit expensive at 4 mana. It looks like it would be more used as ramp than draw no?
  3. Humble Defector This sounds like a fun one! Can even steal it back with Confusion in the Ranks even without Homeward Path (which have some anti-synergy with Confusion). Will definitely pick it up.
  4. Ignite the Future/Light Up the Stage are very interesting cards, but I would be afraid not to be able to cast what ever I exile or for it to be lands, would need access to at least 8 mana to be able to cast it, feels a bit too slow. Not super sold on these two :)
  5. Mind's Eye Expensive as you say but will be worth it if the game will drag on, will be looking to picking this one up together with the Honor-Worn Shaku
  6. Solemn Simulacrum have a few of these laying around, not sure why I never put one it. Will do it until I find something to replace it with. :)
  7. Wheel of Fortune/Wheel of Fate/Reforge the Soul/Magus of the Wheel, of Fortune is not within my price range, it is almost as much as the rest of the deck combined. I might pick the Magus of the Wheel however as a cheap alternative.

Ramp

  1. Curse of Opulence Such a evil card! A lot of my group either play decks that benefit a lot from ramp or who need a lot of mana. So I fear this would help them more than me, I will definitely put it on my list to pick it up if I see one cheap though. Cause I do want to try it.
  2. Dockside Extortionist Strong card! But unfortunately a bit to expensive, will put it on my "buy on a bargain" list though!
  3. Mind Stone will put in this one, like it more than the Hedron Archive as you can drop it a lot faster.
  4. Ruby Medallion Neat, will be looking to picking one up
  5. Sword of the Animist That's true! It basically reads "Pay 2, Put a land from your library into the battlefield tapped", will be looking to adding this one too for sure!

Utility

  1. Tough one, $15 is about what I am prepared to put down on a single card, if it isn't a win con or simply a "must have", I wouldn't say this is either but it is strong and versatile so will probably pick it up if I can.
  2. Etali, Primal Storm Aww, I just bought this guy for my Xenagos' Dudes goes Face deck where he can get instant value, maybe I should have picked up two of them. My fear here is that it's can be a bit too slow to have to wait another turn to be able to attack with it.
  3. Sunbird's Invocation Insane card. At the point I can put this down the game is either over or would be over in a few turns. Most of the cards in the deck needs a few turns to actually do something so even though this card is insane it might be too late?
  4. Sensei's Divining Top Love this card so much, but unfortunately a bit too expensive. It's on the "Get it on a bargain" list :)
  5. Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle It's also a bit too much to put on a card that is only going to ping for 3. If I had a few more ways to put out lands each turn it could be worth the 20$

Removal

  1. Chain Reaction Good idea, will replace it when I find one
  2. Nevinyrral's Disk Will be looking to pick one up!
  3. Blast Zone Looks to be a bit slow? Will pick one up anyhow and test run it
  4. Terror of the Peaks Yeah, wanted this in Norin as soon as I saw it. It have been dropping in price in my local market so will be looking to picking a couple up for my decks soon.

Again thank you so much for your comment, it have been super helpful.

I am super interested in hearing your thoughts about cuts to the deck. Like what you think is too weak or doesn't fit. :)

Profet93 on Norin, Tries to Win

2 months ago

Why isn't Norin listed as your commander? In any case, I have a couple ideas...

Molten Vortex - I get the concept behind this card with your high land count, but rather hope to draw this card as you are flooding your deck with a high land count and less draw, why not increase your draw and lower your land count a bit? This way, you are less reliant upon top decking and card find an easier time to maintain gas in the mid-late game. Draw ideas are as follows...

  1. Endless Atlas - Comes down early, cheap to use, only 2nd to tome of legends but very worthwhile nevertheless

  2. Hedron Archive - Acts as ramp when you need it and card draw when you don't. Pretty useful

  3. Humble Defector - Underrated card, politics and card draw that comes down early. Bonus points if you add in a Homeward Path

  4. Ignite the Future/Light Up the Stage - Unlike cathartic reunion which provides virtual card advantage by giving you a better choice of cards, ignite the future provides actual card advantage. Plus, flashing it back is nice when you have ran out of gas. Light up the stage is nice, especially in your build which focuses on little damage accumulating since it can be played even cheaper. Both are highly recommended.

  5. Mind's Eye -While expensive to cast, helps ensure gas in mid-late game. Goes well with Honor-Worn Shaku which should also be added as a strictly better wornpowerstone in this deck, because with Norin + Eye + Shaku, you can tap Norin each upkeep to untap Shake and use it to fuel mind's eye for card draw. Not to mention tapping down purphorous and your planeswalker to ramp feels good too

  6. Solemn Simulacrum - Not necessary but a good staple in most mono red/white builds given it provides you with what you need, card draw and ramp.

  7. Wheel of Fortune/Wheel of Fate/Reforge the Soul/Magus of the Wheel - Wheels help bring card draw, mess with opposing tutors and are chaotic as well.

Now that we have discussed card draw, it is time to help you ramp out your goals more quickly....

  1. Curse of Opulence - Politics, and ramp with Norin that can start as early as T3. Very helpful. Don't forget, you can use the treasure tokens it makes with goblin welder to bring back an artifact!

  2. Dockside Extortionist - Comes down early, makes lots of mana, very powerful card especially in the right meta. Highly recommended.

  3. Mind Stone - Ramp when you need it, card draw when you don't. Its a baby hedron archive

  4. Ruby Medallion - Ramp, plain and simple

  5. Sword of the Animist - Imagine Norin with the sword attacking and then running away to get a land. Very fun!

There is more ramp but this should be a decent help given your CMC is low enough already despite the chaos cards, especially for a Norin build! Kudos to that! Now let's discuss some utility...

  1. Chandra, Torch of Defiance - Ramp, removal, draw and wincon all in 1. Don't sleep on this card

  2. Etali, Primal Storm - What chaos deck doesn't love the chaos dino? It can be a wincon on its own!

  3. Sunbird's Invocation - This card reads, if you don't destroy me, I win in the next few turns. The amount of value this card brings is insane

  4. Sensei's Divining Top - Top deck filter and a rare draw when you need to dig a little deeper.

  5. Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle - Highly recommended with all of your mountains

Lastly we should discuss removal....

  1. Chain Reaction > Storm's Wrath - There are usually many creatures in EDH and this just destroys them all instead of the weaker ones.

  2. Nevinyrral's Disk - I see no way for you to deal with enchantments, having one reset button is crucial in case things get out of hand.

  3. Blast Zone - Another option to deal with enchantments or pesky permanents that fits its way into the land base

  4. Terror of the Peaks - Newest addition to any Norin deck. Synergy and power blended together at a fair CMC.

I have other suggestions and ideas for cuts should you wish. Be sure to let me know what you think of each suggestion. Looking forward to your response.

Profet93 on Norin the Scary

2 months ago

I have A LOT of suggestions and questions for this deck. But I'll start off with a few since it's a bit late...

  1. Ancient Tomb > Temple of False

  2. Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle - Value, synergy with thawing glaciers. If you wanted to, you could add a Deserted Temple for thawing glaciers and an Expedition Map to help ensure land drops and get them together (although unnecesary to add temple and expedition map, just an interesting idea)

  3. Where is your card draw? I barely see any. I know thats red's weakness and you have Tome, wheel of fate, hedron, mindstone, Chandra torch, light up the stage, experimental frenzy, outpost siege, chandra fire, and torch. But that doesnt seem like enough? I know what I listed is long, but most of those don't pull too much weight. You should consider adding Endless Atlas, Humble Defector, Solemn Simulacrum and last but not least Skullclamp. Skullclamp works with norin given the new commander ruling, and makes those myrs do more work.

  4. Given you run experimental frenzy, have you considered adding Ugin, the Ineffable + Sensei's Divining Top? Both of those with experimental frenzy lets you draw your entire deck, and each piece is good on it's own. Top for filter and is cheap to cast, Ugin to get rid of enchantments which is red's 2nd weakness, "card draw" and makes 1/5th of your deck cheaper to play.

  5. WTH is chartooth tiger doing in here? Same with Copper Tablet. Both seem misplaced, the tablet I "kind of get" but it doesnt actually interact with the board in any meaningful way. Not looking at anything else, those 2 are RIPE for cutting.

  6. I REALLY like tanglewire, thats good to note. Cool with norin and tanglewire itself, thats given me something to think about.

  7. Curse of Opulence - Politics and ramp with norin. Also see Sword of the Animist, a repeatable rampant growth

  8. No Dockside Extortionist?

Would love to hear your comments on each suggestion. If you want to take a look, here's my Deck

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