Isolated Watchtower

Isolated Watchtower

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, : Scry 1, then you may reveal the top card of your library. If a basic land card is revealed this way, put it onto the battlefield tapped. Activate this ability only if an opponent controls at least two more lands than you.

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Format Legality
Oathbreaker Legal
Custom Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Limited Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Casual Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Legacy Legal

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Isolated Watchtower Discussion

bushido_man96 on I got 99 swords but feast and famine aint one

1 month ago

jakeyuki12, good points on the lands.

Reliquary Tower would be a good one to go into this deck for one of the other colorless tappers, due to all the card draw. You'll also want more basics to make use of Sword of the Animist, and I don't think you run enough currently to make decent use of that or Isolated Watchtower. Cryptic Caves is ok, but Bonders' Enclave might be better for card draw, if that's what you are wanting. Westvale Abbey  Flip seems very out of place here.

Reznorboy on

2 months ago

This is already pretty good for casual play. It's actually probably a bit better than a lot of casual decks. (Though not so powerful that you should worry about it). Making the deck legal was the important step.

With play you'll figure stuff out. The biggest thing is that you acknowledge when something is not working and actively do something about it. It will slowly become optimized.

Anyway, I would add some lands. Mathematically, you should have 36 (now at 30). I would add some cheap non-basics, I would go for:

Geier Reach Sanitarium (Synergizes with Commander and helps fix your hand) Isolated Watchtower (Synergizes with your high number of basic lands) Myriad Landscape (Ramps you) Terrain Generator (Ramps you) Command Tower (Both Colors) Temple of Epiphany (Both Colors)

I would still cut a lot more creatures and planeswalkers. In 4 player games, remember that people will only attack you as much as they feel that it is necessary. If it appears that you're doing very little, or you only intervene when necessary, people won't be attacking you. I would replace all but the creatures/planeswalkers that you feel are actually necessary and useful, rather than thinking you need them to attack/block.

Then, you will also probably want 5-10 mana rocks (artifacts that produce mana). Virtually every deck in EDH uses mana rocks, because the ones available with the card pool are generally much better than those in other formats. Good, budget examples are: Sol Ring Arcane Signet Fellwar Stone Mind Stone Thought Vessel Darksteel Ingot Skyclave Relic Prismatic Lens

And lastly, some other good budget cards are (I would recommend you pick some, not all of these):

Dispel Hidden Strings Desperate Ritual Seething Song Past in Flames Burning Inquiry Faithless Looting Mystic Remora Underworld Breach Blood Moon Time Reversal Bonus Round Molten Psyche Mana Geyser Merchant Scroll Echo of Eons Commit / Memory Gitaxian Probe Vandalblast Blasphemous Act Serum Visions Misdirection Flusterstorm Tolarian Winds Ponder Frantic Search

Also, if you ever get bored/tired of Izzet, Nekusar, the Mindrazer can be built to function very well and in a similar manner with virtually all of the cards you already have (or will have).

(Note: Some people who play EDH are very particular about playing against people with good decks. If you see people act uneasy around you because your deck is "too good", just remember that you can always try to lower the power of your deck or find other people to play with.)

Savage1988 on Perv”R”Us, the Fat Sling (EDH)

2 months ago

Commander Legends / Zendikar rising update:

  • IN Jeska's Will , OUT Braid of Fire: the will seems great as ramp to purph. Braids has not really performed what i wanted of it (never actually cast it, but that may say enough)

  • IN Mana Geyser, OUT Mindclaw Shaman: the shaman hasn’t been great, and i want to give the geyser another chance

  • IN Mountain, OUT Wild Ricochet: again, never had an opportunity for ricochet to do anything, it was almost always too expensive. Keeping Reverberate for now. Mountain comes because i’ve been noticing some mana issues, which a mono color deck shouldn’t have.

  • IN Valakut Awakening  Flip, OUT Valakut Awakening  Flip. Just seems like a wat better tapland

  • IN Kazuul's Fury  Flip, OUT Isolated Watchtower: may come back to this because tapped lands can be quite a pain, would probably just add a mountain though, only just realised the tower doesn’t ramp unless your opponents are way ahead

Let me know what you all think. Am i missing cool fatties? What do you think of the new Phyrexian Triniform? It seems just a little too vanilla to me, but it leaves behind 3 bodies and can be an artifact for Goblin Welder shenanigans. We’ll never get to pay for the encore though.

shifthappen1 on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

2 months ago

Has there been any notable new cards ever since war of the spark? I just found out this gem of a commender deck (and read MegaMatt13'sprimer as well), gosh, I'll never look at commander in quite the same way. I did want to make some political-ish sort of deck with sphinxes and riddles and pillowforts / redirection stuff, felt like a nice theme, sphinxes and riddles (aka, politics and decision making), but its nowhere near as good as an archetype as what I'm seeing in yours and the other one's deck, I'm sold.

What do you think about

1-Crown of Doom how is it as a card to make enemies waste time / mana and to help redirect attackers elsewhere? too unreliable? it seems very fun and in the theme, so I assume the issue is reliability?

2-Coercive Portal too expenssive for draw even if it works over many turns? / unreliable when the board state seems too good for opponenets? or since it kills creatures, it doesnt redirect them to enemies?

3-Azor's Gateway  Flip filtering into potential mana ramp for x cost spells?

4-Lithoform Engine it seem like it does a lot of nice things for reasonable cost. anything it could potentially replace?

5-Act of Authority as an enchantment and artifact removal? doesn't look like your list has things that would be high priority target, so, is it because of the speed and / or that it destroy stuff and might target you as well, as unlikely as it is?

6-Isolated Watchtower and Detection Tower/Arcane Lighthouse as utility lands?

I assume all of these are not there because they aren't as efficient as the alternatives currently in the deck, just wondering if they have ever been discussed before.

shifthappen1 on Marchesa, Political Queen of Pillows

2 months ago

Has there been any notable new cards ever since war of the spark? I just found out this gem of a commender deck (and read precociousapprentice's primer as well), gosh, I'll never look at commander in quite the same way. I did want to make some political-ish sort of deck with sphinxes and riddles and pillowforts / redirection stuff, felt like a nice theme, sphinxes and riddles (aka, politics and decision making), but its nowhere near as good as an archetype as what I'm seeing in yours and the other one's deck, I'm sold.

What do you think about

1-Crown of Doom how is it as a card to make enemies waste time / mana and to help redirect attackers elsewhere? too unreliable? it seems very fun and in the theme, so I assume the issue is reliability?

2-Coercive Portal too expenssive for draw even if it works over many turns? / unreliable when the board state seems too good for opponenets? or since it kills creatures, it doesnt redirect them to enemies?

3-Azor's Gateway  Flip filtering into potential mana ramp for x cost spells?

4-Lithoform Engine it seem like it does a lot of nice things for reasonable cost. anything it could potentially replace?

5-Act of Authority as an enchantment and artifact removal? doesn't look like your list has things that would be high priority target, so, is it because of the speed and / or that it destroy stuff and might target you as well, as unlikely as it is?

6-Isolated Watchtower and Detection Tower/Arcane Lighthouse as utility lands?

Joe_Ken_ on mono w soldiers

4 months ago

You'll want to tone down on creatures and look into getting some interaction into the deck.

Some enchantments like True Conviction for a game finisher , Dawn of Hope to make soldier tokens and for some card draw , or Brave the Sands to give your board some blocking power.

Second you have to have ramp. Use cards like Myriad Landscape , Burnished Hart , or Isolated Watchtower as the game goes on the player with the most mana is the most likely to win. Gift of Estates can secure you some land drops as well as Thaumatic Compass  Flip which becomes a good utility land later on. Also mana rocks like Marble Diamond , Hedron Archive , Worn Powerstone , and Mind Stone can be good. Also there is Heraldic Banner which will also be a boost for your team.

smilodex on Ezuri Combo Elves *Primer*

4 months ago

Wow what a cool looking Primer. Solid deck, you did an absolutely great job! I'm a big Elf tribal fan, because Elves where my first deck ever.

Cool cards that I personally enjoyed playing:

This deck looks already pretty strong, if you want to play on a cEDH table, you just should do some small adjustments:

I played elves in almost every format and cool combo from modern was: Cloudstone Curio + Heritage Druid + Nettle Sentinel = infinite mana or with something like Elvish Visionary or Beast Whisperer you can also draw your entire deck if you want

Brutal_B on Avacyn's Angels of the Apocalypse

5 months ago

Not sure why you're running Cascading Cataracts...maybe swap it for Idyllic Grange or Isolated Watchtower. Thought about Defy Death? Bruna, the Fading Light and Gisela, the Broken Blade would be cool additions and they'd fit in the apocalypse theme when joined into their Eldrazi form. Light of the Legion? Seraph of the Suns would be good if you attach Pariah or Pariah's Shield to it if your commander isn't out. Brought Back? Reya Dawnbringer?

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