Magus of the Wheel
Creature — Human Wizard
, , Sacrifice Magus of the Wheel: Each player discards his or her hand and draws seven cards.
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|Want (2)||TheMagicFanatic , JakeDsnake|
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|Commander 2020 (C20)||Rare|
|Commander 2019 (C19)||Rare|
|Commander Anthology 2018 (CM2)||Rare|
|Masters 25 (A25)||None|
|Commander 2015 (C15)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Magus of the Wheel Discussion
20 hours ago
5 days ago
I've got a few suggestions for your value engine Zirda.
First and foremost: your card draw. The first problem with it is that a lot of what you labeled card draw..... well isn't really card draw since while you are drawing cards it doesn't actually net you any cards (you lose a card to get a card, net zero cards that way). The cards that do net you cards are very, very, very inefficient. I can see you're trying to take advantage of Zirda's ability to draw cards, but you're taking bad cards and making them mediocre.
If you want to use Zirda to make drawing cards easier, I've got a few suggestions. First off, Endless Atlas is a much, much more efficient option that becomes even more efficient when Zirda is out. Besides that, the best options for drawing cards that Zirda makes more efficient are equipment. Mask of Memory, Sword of Fire and Ice, even Rogue's Gloves. After that, you'll have to look at other sources of card draw. Red has excellent options in both wheel effects (Wheel of Fortune, Reforge the Soul, Magus of the Wheel actually synergizes with Zirda!) and in impulsive draw (Light Up the Stage, Tectonic Giant, heck even Experimental Frenzy could be better since Zirda makes blowing itself up easier).
I do think your ramp package because of Zirda is much more solid and efficient. Additionally, I think you've got the right idea with running creatures that can pump out tokens for mana (which Zirda reduces). I recommend leaning into that. Heliod, God of the Sun is another excellent creature that does that.
Lastly I recommend improving your removal package. White has access to the best removal in EDH. Swords to Plowshares and Winds of Abandon I consider staple level in decks that have white (aka any deck with white should strongly consider them).
6 days ago
Your average cmc is over 4, thats really high. I would recommend cutting 6 high cmc creatures for Talisman of Conviction Boros Signet Arcane Signet Boros Locket Fire Diamond Marble Diamond locket is bad but the 2 cards can help later in a pinch. Also try to find some lower cmc spells to swap for some fatties Maybe include Speaker of the Heavens and Bishop of Wings or other angel relevant clerics. Do you have a meta that supplies enough time for Burnished Hart ? I find it to be incredibly clunky, its 2 turns to play 2 extra lands. I would just add Myriad Landscape to the mana base and swap the burnished hart for Knight of the White Orchid Legion's Initiative can protect your team from a wipe. Leaving mana open is hard in Boros, but losing creatures with limited card draw is very bad. Eerie Interlude and Unbreakable Formation or Teferi's Protection can also protect the team if there is a board wipe. And now the important part. Herald's Horn and Vanquisher's Banner since your tribal red has wheels and impulse draw like Reforge the Soul Magus of the Wheel there's Mazemind Tome 4 scrys for 2 mana is a fair rate and if you need cards or have the mana open go ahead and draw. Stolen Strategy Grenzo, Havoc Raiser Rogue's Gloves Chandra, Torch of Defiance Mask of Memory can all get you cards just off the top of my head but Im sure scryfall or looking through some other gisela decks will render many more options as well. Cheers good luck with your Angels!
1 week ago
Hey, you're welcome.
There's 12 rogues here for the party, but only 5 clerics, 4 Warriors and 1 Wizard. These ratios of party members will make it difficult to have much mana cost reduction for Zagras especially Wizards. My advice is make these numbers more even to give you more chances to have different party members on the battlefield at once. Changeling Outcast is a budget one drop party member who can be any creature type you choose for party and it's unblockable which has good interaction with several tribal combat damage effects.
Budget Wizards to consider adding:
- Blood Cultist, Fireslinger: more pingers with deathtouch.
- Pain Seer, Magus of the Wheel, Grim Haruspex: draw.
There's some party members who could be upgraded to better budget creatures especially the Warriors:
- Goblin Chainwhirler > Carnage Gladiator
- Azra Oddsmaker > Brawl-Bash Ogre
- Mindblade Render > Rakdos Roustabout
- Oona's Blackguard > Blood Burglar
Blood Beckoning could be upgraded to Nullpriest of Oblivion who is a two drop Cleric or if you cast with kicker you can reanimate any creature in your graveyard. Beckoning doesn't reanimate it recurs the creature/creatures to your hand which is a big difference. Searing Barrage could be upgraded to any Wizard party member because this removal spell is not needed as it's the least good and costs the most mana for what it does.
Some cards to consider cutting:
- Pyroclastic Hellion
- Lash of Thorns
- Inordinate Rage
- Barge In
- Avatar of Fury
- Nearheath Stalker
- Bloodsworn Steward
- Blazing Specter
- Gnat Alley Creeper
- Duskmantle Operative
- Crashing Drawbridge
- Ashenmoor Liege
Pump spells that only pump one creature one time such as Infuriate are subpar in Commander especially when you can only cast them once. If the spell pumped all creatures you control, protected the creature from removal or it made the creature have huge power with evasion then that's different, but the pump spells here don't do that. More draw is more impactful than pump.
1 week ago
Hey, nice start on budget. Kyle_Winter gave you some good advice to help the party. My advice is to help the manabase, ramp and draw.
First, you don't need 42 lands, that's overkill for your deck. 36 lands should be fine. Consider cutting some lands for more ramp sources? Budget lands and ramp to consider adding:
- Dragonskull Summit
- Smoldering Marsh
- Rakdos Signet
- Dark Ritual
- Foreboding Ruins
- Opal Palace
- Rakdos Carnarium
- Ash Barrens
- Grixis Panorama
- Jund Panorama
Consider cutting some basic lands for these lands?
Ramp can be a problem with Rakdos because these colors lack lots of options, but one way to help to not miss land drops is to play low mana cost draw. Cards like these can replace ramp because for a low mana cost they can help to draw into lands or party members who then act like ramp to cast Zagras.
Repeatable draw sources are best in Commander because they can potentially give you value throughout the entire game. With Zagras cards that give you value who are party creatures or when you attack/do combat damage are options:
- Azra Oddsmaker
- Magus of the Wheel
- Neheb, Dreadhorde Champion
- Mask of Memory
- Asylum Visitor
- Valakut Exploration
- Underworld Connections
Oddsmaker and Mask are nice with Zagras because he has flying.
Some advice about game play. I would keep the mana curve very low because you want to assemble a party for Zagras as that's what makes Zagras a mana efficient and potentially good Commander. The lower the mana curve the easier it will be to have two or more party members on the battlefield to help to cast Zagras. In fact, for your deck I would end the curve at Dagger Caster and Drana, the Last Bloodchief as these are abilities and effects at the top that go well with Zagras. I would limit the four drops to very few.
Roving Keep is an example of a creature you don't need because it's high CMC and doesn't help the party or have interaction with Zagras. Zof Consumption is an example of a spell that you don't need even though if you want can play it as a tapped land. Consumption for six mana is not worth what it does.
I offer more advice about what cards to cut. Would you like more advice?
Good luck with your deck.
1 week ago
Hey, here's some Commanders from the Scryfall list and cards that are $1 or less that are good with the Commander:
1 week ago
I'd recommend Zirda, the Dawnwaker, as an extra effect to reduce cycling costs. Also helps your other activated abilities like Magus of the Wheel, and if you're really into it could make infinite mana with a rock like Basalt Monolith.
2 weeks ago
It seems your deck is missing some card draw so it doesn't run out of steam too fast. Now mono-red is a tough nut to crack regarding card draw - atleast I don't have much experience with it. But I would definetly cut Wily Goblin. You should look into cards like Magus of the Wheel and Skullclamp - with all your small creatures, a card like Mind's Eye might fit in.
Depending on your playgroup, you should look into some boardwipes/Removal like Mizzium Mortars.
I also see you have a lot of small pingers that deal small damage - maybe look into some equipment that gives deathtouch.