Increasing Ambition

Increasing Ambition

Sorcery

Search your library for a card and put that card into your hand. If Increasing Ambition was cast from a graveyard, instead search your library for two cards and put those cards into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

Flashback {{7}}{{B}} (You may cast this spell from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal

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Increasing Ambition Discussion

Pheardemons on Rainbow in the Dark: Haakon Reanimator Combo

2 months ago

Hello again FenIsABasicSwamp. Not sure if you remember me, but I was the one that was building a Haakon deck around the same time you were (a little after). I also had a GoT theme but went more discard. I've been out of the magic scene for a bit but I was coming back to check out your deck because I am trying to revamp my version. I am still amazed at this deck as it truly does everything that I love in Magic. If I could upvote this twice I definitely would. I have some questions for you if that's alright.

1) Why Wasteland over Strip Mine? Why not both?

2) How relevant has Emergence Zone been?

3) Why fetches in a mono-colored deck? I understand filtering, but you only play two and it seems you have a lot of draw.

4) Has K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth earned his place? Also, how do you supplement the lifeloss? I see some lifelink (and he has it as well) but have you ever needed to worry about the life lost from using him? Do you try to win before this is a problem?

5) Is Abhorrent Overlord's ETB make him more attractive than something like Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder or Ghoulcaller Gisa? How badly do you need tokens for fodder?

6) Is Bitterblossom not worthwhile for the Contamination combo? If not, how come? I see Winter Orb in the sideboard so it seems like you may want to lockdown in some cases to ensure the deck gets to the mid-to-late game.

7) I know that Sidisi, Undead Vizier can be a repeatable tutor, but how come you don't play more tutors like Vampiric Tutor, Imperial Seal or even Increasing Ambition? (Unless money is a factor)? Also, why no Razaketh, the Foulblooded? Especially with the token generation factor.

8) Has Ghirapur Orrery ever backfired and helped an opponent(s) more than it has helped you? Same question for Lifeline and Tombstone Stairwell.

9) Null Profusion is a card I've always meant to try, but the limit of two cards has always deterred me. How has it played for you? Staple? Needed? Just okay?

10) I'm SURE I'm missing something with Yawgmoth, Thran Physician, but he seems "off" to me in your list. You have enough draw to not worry about losing life and sacking a creature that can be sacked to other things. What does he bring to this kind of build?

11) Is the dredge from Stinkweed Imp needed? Do you constantly dredge whenever you can or is there a time and place?

12) What are the cards you mainly go for when you transmute Fleshwrither? Is it not easier to replace this with Grim Tutor? Does the fact that he's a creature make him more appealing?

13) Have you ever named zombies with Conspiracy for Cryptbreaker? Do you just use his ability to get you zombies? Is his draw worthwhile even if it seems slow for a non-zombie dedicated deck?

14) Has Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger's cast trigger been enough non-creature removal? I saw the comment about Feed the Swarm so I won't suggest it, but what about Oblivion Stone, All Is Dust, and even Scour from Existence? If they're not needed, how come?

I read your Bio. I understand that your specifically chose not to use some of the cards and combos I've listed here. I hope that my questions come across as curiosity, not "you should do this and do that."

I know I've asked a lot of questions in this on comment, but if you could do me one more thing. Since you like underrated themes and/or commanders would you be willing to take a look at my Rakdos the Defiler deck? He is one I built early in my Magic career, purely for a theme, and without a template. He has become a powerful deck since and I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Horror, Carnage, and Annihilation. All are Rakdos..

abiblestudent on Mulching with Muldrotha [Self Mill EDH]

4 months ago

Got it! Lol! That's awesome. Yeah, mirror-mad has been fun, but Fleet Swallower is always a game changer. Especially with Muldrotha, I've been heavily focused on permanents recently and getting away from instants and sorceries unless I can figure out a way to recur them - Archaeomancer, Mystic Sanctuary, Snapcaster Mage (too expensive for my taste) for example. I'm down to just two sorceries: Life from the Loam (had to finally get it on cardkingdom) and Increasing Ambition

Spell_Slam on

7 months ago

Jungle Weaver is surprisingly good in this deck, since you can cycle it early for card draw and Delirium. It's also one of the bigger spiders printed so far.

Solemn Simulacrum is budget-friendly now. It's ramp, card draw AND two card types for Delirium in the graveyard.

Commander's Sphere is pretty similar. It ramps, fixes and can be sacrificed to draw a card and add delirium.

You aren't running any tutors. Mwonvuli Beast Tracker is like a Worldly Tutor in this deck. Increasing Ambition is slow, but it's a great card to mill and still feels fine at 5 mana.

Deadbridge Chant pretty much guarantees Delirium. Otherwise, it's an extremely powerful enchantment. At worst, it returns a random card to your hand every turn. Putting creatures directly into play can be back-breaking.

Pestilence is a great board wipe when you are running creatures with high toughness.

Nullmage Shepherd works super well with Ishkanah. It gives you repeatable removal for free and lets you do some damage at instant speed.

In terms of cuts, you don't need Whirlwind with a deck made of mostly reach creatures. Sign in Blood and Night's Whisper are fine, but I think repeatable card advantage will get you farther than cheap, efficient cards. Perpetual Timepiece doesn't do much for you other than mill and maybe shuffle cards back. Second Harvest doesn't do enough in your deck, as it only copies 1/2 spider tokens, which you can't reliably produce en masse. I don't think Arachnoid is worth running. It's really inefficient and only benefits you by being an artifact creature and a spider.

Reznorboy on None

7 months ago

Tutors under $10?! You're killing me. Anyway, I would say Increasing Ambition.

azja on Gisa and Geralf Zombies

7 months ago

Creatures:

  • cut Doomed Dissenter since it can't be recast with your commander, and there are plenty of 2/2 zombies for 2 which can
  • cut Festering Mummy because in commander, most creatures will not die with a couple of -1/-1 counters. Consider keeping it if your opponents play lots of mana dorks such as Llanowar Elves
  • cut Ghoulraiser, your commander casts a zombie of your choice from the graveyard anyway
  • cut Liliana's Steward, targeted discard is bad in commander. You and the targeted opponent lose a card, but your other two opponents don't.

My suggestions for possible replacements are Cemetery Reaper, Cryptbreaker, Rot Hulk, Sidisi, Undead Vizier and Undead Warchief.

Sorceries:

  • cut Increasing Ambition, it simply costs too much mana for the effect in my opinion
  • cut Sealed Fate, it's pretty bad unless your opponent just used a Worldly Tutor or something
  • cut Shamble Back, you don't want to exile your own creatures, and it's a pretty poor form of graveyard hate.

Suggestions: Demonic Tutor or the budget replacement Diabolic Tutor, Windfall, Night's Whisper, Reanimate and Buried Alive

Instants:

Suggestions: Cyclonic Rift, Entomb, Swan Song, Pull from Tomorrow

Artifacts:

  • cut Manalith and Nyx Lotus. When you're in 2 colours, you generally don't want to pay more than 2 mana to ramp. Plus if you ramp on turn 2, you'll have 4 mana on turn 3, allowing you to cast your commander early

Suggestions: I think you're a bit low on ramp, most commander decks want 8-10 ramp pieces. Try Arcane Signet, Dimir Signet, Talisman of Dominance, Fellwar Stone, or Mind Stone.

Enchantments:

  • cut Telepathy, it's not worth using a card to see your opponents hand unless you're playing something specific like maybe Sen Triplets.

Suggestions: Animate Dead, Phyrexian Arena, Rhystic Study

Lands:

  • For semi-budget 2-colour deck, your mana base looks pretty good. I would just cut Skyline Cascade, having it come in tapped isn't worth it for it's effect in commander. You can probably just play a basic island in its place.

If you want to upgrade your mana base, avoid lands that come in tapped like Dimir Guildgate. A few suggestions would be Command Tower, Choked Estuary, Darkwater Catacombs, Drowned Catacomb, Tainted Isle, Underground River, Watery Grave.

I hope that was helpful! Here's a link to my The Scarab God commander deck which has a pretty similar zombie tribal theme to what you have. Take a look through it and maybe you'll find more cards that I forgot to mention. If you have any questions don't be afraid to ask!

https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/27-08-19-scarab-god-edh/?cb=1597359288

Spell_Slam on Rakdos, Lord of riots Budget build

8 months ago

Great choice for a budget!

Piranha Marsh is a suprisingly effective land. I'm often very happy to play this on turn 5 to get Rakdos out.

Insolent Neonate is also surprisngly effective as an enabler with Menace. Being able to use him as card draw later is a big bonus.

Duplicant is .75 cents. That should be cheap enough to make your budget, right? It's removal and potentially another fatty that can be very cheap with Rakdos.

Knollspine Dragon is 1.28, but being able to draw tons of cards after an attack is brutal.

Steel Hellkite is .99 cents. Definitely worth an include.

Increasing Ambition is 1.26, which is pretty cheap for a good tutor.

Dragon Mage hits hard and wheels you into more fatties. .20 cents.

Demonlord Belzenlok is 1$ can has a pretty good chance of drawing you a lot of cards.

Pestilence Demon is freakin' awesome. .48 cents.

When Sire Of Insanity gets out early, the game usually ends. .67 cents.

Gorgon's Head doesn't make much sense here since most of your pingers don't hit creatures.

Staff of Nin is cool, but just way too expensive on mana to be worth it.

Ill-Gotten Inheritance seems pretty weak. You don't want your enablers at 4 mana, usually.

Morgue Burst is really expensive. It just doesn't seem worth it.

Tectonic Giant could easily be cut.

Since a lot of the budget mana rocks are 3 mana, maybe you should look into more 2 mana or less pingers, so that you can get to your Rakdos on turn 4 more often.

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on The Best Artifact Colors: Golgari

8 months ago

bushido_man96: Cranial Plating is an excellent idea and pairs well with the Marionette Master. Thank you for the suggestion.

I was just kicking around the idea of Attrition + Ornithopter combo over Glissa + Thornbite Staff. However, since deck slots are so tight, I think I'll just stick with the combo requiring fewer deck slots.

I ran Increasing Ambition because I was out of other black tutor cards in my possession and I like that I can still cast it from my graveyard if it gets self-milled. However, I think I am going to move towards Scrapyard Recombiner instead. It is more restrictive, but it still can find my finishers and Glissa can always reanimate the Recombiner.

So I think part of the deck's problem is that I focused to much on recurring value (i.e. the Bauble pieces). I am going to re-evaluate how many of those I really need, as well as some of the under performing cards. I might replace a few of them with some more impactful cards like Myr Battlesphere, Duplicant, Hangarback Walker, and Cranial Plating.

MrKillStar on Spending Life Like It's Free Money -K'rrik

8 months ago

Price of Knowledge, Nightmare Incursion are big black spells, but has only one in mana cost :(
Imp's Mischief with K'rrik, troll misdirection in black for one mana and some life? Maybe? :D
Behold the Beyond, Grim Tutor, Increasing Ambition - some juicy tutors.
Sadistic Sacrament - pure cost (+7generic for kicker) could be pretty good in K'rrik deck.
Cavalier of Night, Doom Whisperer - more big juicy black creautures.

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