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Izzet Signet Discussion
16 hours ago
Saw this deck list requesting help so ill provide some feedback here. First of all love the idea of winning with Eldrazi spawn tokens! I do feel though that you have too many creatures in the deck and could use some more utility spells to smooth out your games and push you towards your goal. I am not sure of your budget so ill try to keep that in mind with my feedback. Some ideas of this would be:
- Remove Benthic Infiltrator for Awakening Zone
- Remove Culling Drone for Arcane Signet
- Remove Dominator Drone for Sol Ring
- Remove Fathom Feeder for Baleful Strix
- Remove Mist Intruder for All Is Dust
- Remove Nettle Drone for Rhystic Study
- Remove Ruthless Deathfang for Dictate of Erebos or Grave Pact although the second is harder to cast
- Remove Salvage Drone for Ponder or Preordain or a similar spell
- Remove Sludge Crawler and Vestige of Emrakul for Dimir Signet or Golgari Signet or Gruul Signet or Izzet Signet or Rakdos Signet or Simic Signet
Some general things to think about. You look like you need some more card draw and mana ramp (hence some of my suggestions above) but also need some additional removal spells to slow down everyone else while you get your army built.
Hope some of this helps!
1 week ago
DemonDragonJ, carlmoores, Riku is an extremely difficult Commander to build around, because he needs a lot of support to get going. Firstly, he's 5 mana in three colors. Unless you're willing to drop hundreds of dollars on the lands alone, there's a very good chance you won't get him out on turn 5 without excessive ramp. So you might think you want to build in Sol Ring , Mana Crypt , Arcane Signet , Gruul Signet , Simic Signet , Izzet Signet , Mind Stone and others. These work fine and all, but the problem is you end up taking away slots from creatures and I/S spells. Riku wants to be out and copying everything, ASAP.
Often, the "best" route are mana dorks. These will allow you to get some sort of creature base to protect yourself with, and ramp into Riku and his ability, and later on if you draw into them they are not duds because you can now copy your dorks for even more mana.
You can't copy an Arcane Signet , but you can copy a Birds of Paradise . But now you open yourself to removal, particularly wraths. So, you need to cram as many counter spells into the deck as possible.
What this now means is you have a bunch of dorks being protected by a fistful of counter spells. The reason you want to do this is because you are biding your time to drop a few choice bombs into play to secure the winning position.
Drop a Kamahl, Fist of Krosa and pay into his ability a bunch of times. Drop a Hornet Queen with Esix, Fractal Bloom already in play. Copy Hornet Queen and turn all of your tokens into copies of your Scourge of Valkas . You can also use Myr Battlesphere or Avenger of Zendikar for this. You can also use Terror of the Peaks , Apex Altisaur or Burning Sun's Avatar .
Consider the following:
- You know you want to use Riku
- But you know you need ramp
- So you know a large portion of your deck must be dedicated to ramp
- So ramp with creatures, so you can use Riku
- Now you can chain Riku and dorks together to bring out heavy hitters much, much sooner
- Focus on ETB effects to deal damage and clear the way
- Strengthen with Clone reinforcements
- You can clone your bombs, and copy your clones to clone more bombs
- When the dust settles, you're the only one left with creatures. Attack and win
For I/S spells, focus on two things: Counter spells and draw spells. You want to counter any and all wraths, as you want your boardstate to remain untouched. You also want to prevent removal on Riku if possible. The second part is draw, because you want to keep as many options open as possible. Drawing a single card per turn with Riku is a death sentence because you'll run out of gas immediately.
Riku wins through sheer, unrelenting brute force. So be smart about it, use ETB non-combat damage to clear the path and use your overbearing power and presence to hone in on singular opponents at a time.
Sure, spreading the love and hitting everyone for 12 damage is nice and all, but hitting one player for 36 and removing an entire player as a threat is far more beneficial.
Riku may be the ultimate Timmy Commander, but he absolutely plays like a Spike - he's there to win, not hold hands and sing kumbaya.
1 month ago
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3 months ago
Hey, good job upgrading the precon on a budget.
All players at some point have problems with mana screw; it's just part of the randomness of the game when playing more than one color. Ways to reduce the possibility of getting screwed with lands on a budget are slim because you're relying on basic lands, but there's some hope from nonland cards. The three Guild Signets: Izzet Signet , Simic Signet and Gruul Signet are more 2 drop mana rocks that are ramp you can tap any land to make two different colors of mana. Roiling Regrowth is less good Harrow ; more mana fixing with basic lands.
Of course upgrading the manabase with more dual lands: Bond lands, Shock lands, Filter lands, Pathways and less basic lands would help with color fixing. These lands can be expensive and there aren't a lot of good budget options: Shivan Reef , Ash Barrens , Evolving Wilds , Terramorphic Expanse .
Kalamax is nice with more lower mana cost instants that draw or filter: Brainstorm , Impulse , Manamorphose . Solve the Equation is a new card from Strixhaven; it's a tutor for any instant or sorcery. Return of the Wildspeaker is a powerful draw effect with Kalamax because it's going to have high power.
Storm-Kiln Artist is another new card from Strixhaven and it's a repeatable source of treasures which can be saced to make any color of mana. Artist has magecraft which is a busted mechanic with Kalamax because it triggers when you copy a spell. With Artist in your control + tapped Kalamax you create two treasures just by casting the first instant on a turn. If you combo with tapped Kalamax + a Fork this creates infinite treasures which is infinite mana. Prismari Command is an instant that can create a treasure token, two with tapped Kalamax as well as do other effects.
Some cards to consider cutting:
- 3x Forest
- Halimar Depths
- Djinn Illuminatus
- Wort, the Raidmother
- Charmbreaker Devils
- Rampant Growth
- Temur Charm
- Crackling Drake
- Talrand, Sky Summoner
If interested I offer more advice. Would you like more advice? Good luck with your deck.
3 months ago
Ral, Storm Conduit is an excellent budget card with Kalamax. It's a source of many repeatable effects and it can be a win condition with Kalamax via damage with a Fork such as Expansion / Explosion . Return of the Wildspeaker is a $1 at CardKingdom and it's mode to draw based on the power of Kalamax can draw a lot of cards.
Instant Forks such as Reverberate are the effects that break Kalamax because they can put infinite +1/+1 counters on him which gives him infinite power and toughness. The way a Fork works with tapped Kalamax can be confusing since it uses the stack, but if you're interested to learn more about this powerful interaction I offer more advice about them.
Springleaf Drum , Holdout Settlement and Survivors' Encampment are budget cards that can tap Kalamax or any other creature you control to make any color of mana. Having ways to tap Kalamax without attacking is helpful because sometimes you can't attack or don't want to attack, would rather keep Kalamax to block, but you still want Kalamax to be tapped.
The precon lacks ramp. Not enough efficient low mana cost budget ramp sources such as Izzet Signet , Simic Signet and Gruul Signet . These two drop Signets can help to cast Kalamax with color fixing and ramp. Most manabases of precons are subpar with lands such as Rupture Spire and can be upgraded with more budget lands that enter the battlefield untapped such as Holdout Settlement , Survivors' Encampment , Yavimaya Coast , Shivan Reef .
I offer more advice including cuts to consider. Would you like more advice? Good luck with your deck.
4 months ago
Oh goodness me this would be so much easier if you weren't good at deckbuilding
I guess copying Obscuring Haze doesn't do much, so that one can be cut probably.
In Search of Greatness isn't amazing, it's not bad by any stretch but it'd definitely not amazing. I'd kill it.
Again, this won't lower the amount of cards (TWLAC from here on), just improve the quality of them: your ramp's average CMC is too high. I know it's easy to think "Oh, these ones put more lands into play and are ergo better for my strategy of casting massive stuff", but in the long run cards like Farseek , Nature's Lore , Three Visits , Rampant Growth , Into the North , and the signets like Gruul Signet , Izzet Signet , and Simic Signet will do better by you.
Sorry I couldn't help cut very many cards, and I love the deck ;)