Mana Leak

Mana Leak

Instant

Counter target spell unless its controller pays .

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Set Rarity
Mystery Booster (MYS1) Common
Iconic Masters (IMA) Common
Modern Masters 2015 Edition (MM2) Common
Tempest Remastered (TPR) Common
Duel Decks: Speed vs. Cunning (DDN) Common
2012 Core Set (M12) Common
2011 Core Set (M11) Common
Ninth Edition (9ED) Common
Ninth Edition Foreign Black Border (9EDFBB) Common
Eighth Edition (8ED) Common
Stronghold (STH) Common
Promo Set (000) Common
Promo set for Gatherer (PSG) Common

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Legality

Format Legality
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Legacy Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Modern Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Pauper Legal
Noble Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Highlander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Leviathan Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Vintage Legal

Mana Leak occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.35%

Blue: 4.32%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

Blue: 0.3%

Mana Leak Discussion

SynergyBuild on Proper Channels to deal with ...

1 day ago

Currently, me and DeinoStinkus have been in a feud that has corrupted the ecosystem of ~3 forum posts, and hurt dialogue throughout the forum community. For this I apologize, as I am obviously at some blame here.

For an explanation of the discussion, I will use exact quoted comments as to not cause any issue with the interpretation.

The links to the main pages where this discussion will be below, and all but a few comments have been edited since, mostly due to rules clarification, dealing only slightly with the discussion, all edits that I know of will be discussed as well:

Forum posts:

https://tappedout.net/mtg-forum/kitchen-table/attempt-for-a-new-format/?page=1

https://tappedout.net/mtg-forum/kitchen-table/spellchaser-revisited/?page=1

https://tappedout.net/mtg-forum/commander/why-are-some-commander-staples-so-expensive/?page=1

Decklists:

Simic Land Control (Bant Field Spellchaser)

Spellchaser - Rituals and Loam

The above 5 links are where the majority of the pages where the discussion which later turned to a feud took place. Additionally checking individual's pages involved would be valuable.

On Attempt for an new format, the first link and where it began, GoblinElectromancer was starting an interesting format where only instants, sorceries, and lands were allowed, 30 starting life, and 75 main deck starting size (15 sideboard additionally). There is a banlist as well at Spellchaser Banlist, and on it, at the time of making this post (8/2/2020) Mental Misstep and Force of Will aren't on that banlist.

At the time, it was just a cool looking format, and I wanted to know how many cards could be run, I asked, GoblinElectromancer answered that it was 4, shadow63 stated: "So burn or mill or tokens?"

This implying those being decks that could be run, that was all. While this may seem obvious these words were later twisted, and stated afterwards that the twisted version was verbatim, so for exact clarification, shadow63 didn't say "So only burn or mill or tokens?" or "You either run burn, mill, or tokens, right?"

This will be important later.

Now originally it didn't have a banlist or name, so I posted: [GoblinElectromancer's Format] - Synergy as a quick list I thought was fun for the format, but as a banlist was added and a name for the format (Spellchaser) was made, the format was much more easily played competitively in theory, rather than just an idea.

DeinoStinkus finally joins in the conversation, posting his own list, a tokens build. StopShot as well joins in just talking about the banlist, all at the time I am running numbers through a geometric calculator and judging the best engines the format can run, wincons, etc. As the format can be homogonized in the card pool way more than is expected. Miscast is just a better Mana Leak, Negate is a better Counterspell, etc.

Knowing this, the larget deck size hurting mill, the fact removal for walkers, artifacts (except artifact lands ig), etc. could make the format much easier to solve, and so I made a base for solving it as best as possible, listed a ton of builds, tuned and refined them, found a UG build was the best I could test.

I make two posts on the solve, one on the best cards and the other on the decks. I then post the Simic Land Control (Bant Field Spellchaser) deck, which is a UG list running some white for Celestial Colonnades.

I then get a comment on it from DeinoStinkus that he though Misstep and Force were banned, however as stated above, they weren't, and aren't as of 8/2/2020. Again, could be an honest mistake, but it shines a light on what happens next, as it appears he didn't read well into the topic that he discussed.

I tell him that they aren't banned, and send him a link to the banlist.

4 days later he posts a 'new archetype' of AEther Snap and Dark Depths he calls "Snap Lage," which he claimed he made, despite Wizards posting the combo as a recommendation when the card was previewed (bottom of http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=mtgcom/feature/343), as well as many players discussing both ever since they both existed. Again, maybe an honest mistake, but even I had previously discussed it, and felt slighted here.

Not personally a fan of people taking credit for things they didn't do, maybe just me.

2 days later, Spellchaser Revisited was posted by DeinoStinkus, laying out an post meant to discuss the format. The post was edited, as it originally spreaded misinformation on GoblinElectromancer's format, stating that there was a 70 card main deck requirement, rather than a 75 card one, again, perhaps an honest mistake, however with the pattern discussed it means he is posting repeatedly on misinformation about the format.

The line: "You either run burn, mill, or tokens, right (The exact words of shadow63)?" was in the post, however clearly makes shadow63 appear much more foolish in assuming that the only decks could be those, while he actually stated (as discussed above) "So burn or mill or tokens?"

This both means that he didn't say those exact words, as stated in the post, but that those words don't even mean the same thing. This is lying, to prove a point that no one was arguing with (the fact that the format had a large variety of possible decks), and coupled with the misinformation from before it appears to me to be the start of an issue.

The post continues saying I made the Thespian's Stage/Dark Depths combo (I obviously didn't and never claimed to), stating he reacjed the AEther Snap/Dark Depths combo again, to me implying he created it, which again, he didn't, Wizards playtesters did before the public knew the card even existed.

He lists a bunch of "power cards" after mentioning my comments explaining the format well from the original post. This mirrors my comment on that original post explaining the key cards of the format, however adding a variety of strange includes clearly forgetting the cards of the format and the restrictions (Fatal Push/Overrun/Fog were mentioned despite the format having no creatures, outside of tokens, and Startled Awake  Flip/Persistent Nightmare). This again, could be an honest mistake, or could additionally be just misinformation, which is incredibly telling at this point.

Giving him the benefit of the doubt on all of this just makes him incompetent, rather than malicious, however his use of twisting shadow63's words despite saying they were exact words seems to contradict this.

I make a post, the first one to arguable start drama, as though he wronged people no one at this point had responded to his post on the forum. I explain my distaste for the misuse of Shadow's words, the misinformation, and the strange irrelevant cards he put into the 'power cards' section.

I then end it with a comment attempting to explain the format has a lot more to it than either of us had previously discussed. I instead wanted to allow people to enjoy the format that GoblinElectromancer had made and that DeinoStinkus misinformed people about, so I commented many ideas I had been testing, from Lotus Storm to Intuition based Dark Depths builds.

He made the comment in response:

"Um... you're accusing me of things I did not do. I didn't say you and I were the only people who made decks, and I put the cards on the list that I did for a reason. Fog can save games from Lage. I'm honestly regretting mentioning you, as you are being kind of angry and disrespectful."

Again, my post, as it is all text, and was rather factual, wasn't a charged statement, but as I understand that people can take intention from context clues I might not have intended, I apologized if I had any upset emotions spread, however due to him denying these factual accusations, I at that point had become upset. I stated that, and explained why if the Dark Depths token was the use of Lage, Unsummon, which isn't even a great card in the format, could do much better.

I at this point go more into context as to my accusation that he had misquoted shadow63, used it to make him seem idiotic, despite him being a great deckbuilder (Go check him out, he does modern and casual decks, as well as lots of tribal stuff, which I personally enjoy!).

The the following post we get much more context as to what DeinoStinkus's goal was:

_"Okay. I wasn't misquoting shadow, and I wasn't implying he was a bad deck builder. I was just adding some stuff for drama. Burn, mill, and tokens are technically still the archetypes.

I'm going to ban you now, and it'd be beneficial for you just to forget about me and move on (not from Spellchaser, but let's just let this dispute be over)."_


Let's break down what was just said, he admitted to lying about what shadow63 stated for drama, as he added stuff for an effect to the 'narrative' he was pushing (the narrative being that people assumed this format was solved with 3 possible decks and no diversity), he then stated that he would ban me, which he never did, because he'd rather continue the drama, which he already stated was his goal.

We know he makes threats he doesn't back up, likes drama, and admits to lying specifically to start it.


Mild discussion ensues as I had cleaned some clothes, and when I came back I was honestly so done with this person that I just posted

"Ban me? Wow I am so scared that a toxic, drama searching liar is trying to ban me from their forum that only I and the person you lied about cared about enough to even comment on :eyeroll:"

At this point I understand that this is a problem on my end, I did just egg him on, and that isn't my best move. He continues with the weak threats:

"Oh okay I can do better"

And after all of that, people start to join in on the comments about this guy, Daveslab2022 comments:


_DeinoStinkus lmao dude. You’re going to get upset because he called you out, CORRECTLY, I might add. I’ve never played or even heard of the format, but you said Fog is a good card, SynergyBuild explained very succinctly why you are wrong and you just get upset.

Then after all of that you have the audacity to say “I added some stuff for drama.” Wtf does that even mean? And then you say “all this for a card game.”

It’s not about the card game, lol, it’s about your behavior while discussing the game. You admitted you were already trolling by saying you added stuff “for drama.”_


Now this comment is important, as it shows where DeinoStinkus most likely realized he was either wrong or at least not right in the public consensus. His response was, in my own opinion, the worst one so far, bringing in TypicalTimmy for no apparent reason but to pressure Timmy into defending him.

"I wasn't trolling, I'm not trying to start a fight here. I just wanted to discuss a format I find interesting. And it wasn't the stuff he called me out on that I was angry about, as I openly stated that I wad wrong about those things, it was his aggressive attitude. He thinks I'm trying to be rude to other users and I'm not, I'm discussing a history of a new format, trying to get it more popular so people can have a fun time playing it. I love the community here at Tappedout and I wouldn't try to troll it. I'm not even the kind of person who would troll. TypicalTimmy can verify, sorry for bringing him into this."


Brief sidenote onto their relationship, DeinoStinkus had just recently sent TypicalTimmy some kind messages regarding how he looked up to Timmy as a deckbuilder, they otherwise didn't have a large repertoire of conversations I could find.

I know that TypicalTimmy was both touched by this and it was honestly a really kind moment that I wish was sincere, however this small act of kindness that could blossom to a friendship immediately gets used as a tool to have backup from a well-known member of the community being brought in to change the course of discussion toward DeinoStinkus.


I was disgusted. I didn't know why he would say such a thing, and commented:

_"Go ahead fam, I'm really sick of spending time with chill people on a forum, people that I like, that know what they are talking about, made a really cool though[t] experiment of a format, I get to test it, and then some nobody trolls and ruins it for the rest of us, lies, misquoted, misreads rulings, misreads bans, and harasses me and other people.

I know TypicalTimmy, we are good friends, and he is an excellent deck builder you sucked up to just to use as backup to pretend you aren't a troll. Disgusting. He was really happy when you just looked up to him, now that I know it was to use his status in the community to prop up your own I am in utter disdain of you."_

And, because he now knows I personally know Timmy, he realizes that bringing him into the conversation wasn't the best idea, or that is what it seems to me, as he then posts, (completely contradicting the fact he attempted to bring someone else into the conversation in his last comment):

"I really just don't want to argue. This is just stupid. Remember that we are here to have fun discussing a card game that we all enjoy, not to argue. Debate, perhaps, but this argument is no longer healthy or intelligent for either of us."

So now our good friend DeinoStinkus is here to tell me what is healthy for me and what is intelligent, while repeatedly spreading misinformation, lies, and dragging his small acts of kindness toward kind strangers through the mud. TypicalTimmy hasn't commented yet (I doubt he is only at this point.)

Daveslab2022 brings up DeinoStinkus and me actually dueling on Untap.in, and he promptly made excuses and eventually the we evaded the conversation on that tab, him most likely because I let him pretend to have the moral high ground and 'be the bigger man,' and I because I respect the format and don't want to cause drama over what GoblinElectromancer thought up.

I then followed up jokingly, however on DeinoStinkus's decklist: Spellchaser - Rituals and Loam, where he commented and stated he got a turn 5 win, (in playtesting with a Dark Depths win, not stating that at the time), and I jokingly commented:

_"What deck did you fight against? Did they cast Fog an suddenly win?

Also, nice job winning a game, who did you fight, I'd love to play against them! @GoblinElectromancer, see, people are playing the format a lot, ofc, right?"_

This was an obvious jab at his remark stating that Fog was an efficient answer to Dark Depths, and he replied that he playtested, and I should stop. At this point, I had my fun, and didn't expect this guy to change, but I didn't want him to go around without at least apologizing, I sincerely comment that, and he replies:

"GoblinElectromancer I am truly sorry for the mess we've made if your format. I hope we can all peacefully correspond in the future to discuss the format."

On the surface, this may seem like the apology I had asked for, however I had asked for an apology to all of my friends and myself, not only GoblinElectromancer, and he didn't just apologize, he claimed we apologized, despite me at this point not messing up the format, simply messing with him. I tell him

_"@DeinoStinkus, do you want to apologize to me and my friends, or just say "we've" made a mess "if {@GoblinElectromancer's} format"

Speak for yourself, I didn't start this."_

He now states that I am playing the blame game, despite him apologizing for me, and me never speaking for him, as well as claiming I am at blame for the lies and misinformation, which hurt GoblinElectromancer's format. Mild banter on spelling ensues, and it end with him saying he will no longer comment and I let him know that is fair.

In this some sidenotes:

  • He claims I am someone who needs to be angry, assuming I was at that point, and not just disappointed in him.

  • He says that he was calm and civil.

  • He claims I am misinterpreting his words and actions.

  • He stated that he was stating facts.

Again, at this point he already changed the 70 cards in the main deck to 75, apologized to GoblinElectromancer (despite that apology being snide and malicious), and later will even claim he made mistakes, so him stating that he only stated facts is just another lie to the tallys.


Now originally, this was all that occurred, and despite this all seeming plenty enough to block and report someone, he was someone interested in the community. I assumed they were some kid that made false threats, lied repeatedly, and misinformed many people, and was incredibly defensive and manipulative, however seemed genuinely interested in the community, so I wasn't okay with dismissing them entirely, despite them wronging me, as they only messed up some of the forums involving the thought-experiment format.


Until today. Now, Caerwyn and RambIe are two interesting users of the side, Caerwyn being a moderator and an incredible deckbuilder and knowledgable person on the topics of metagames, etc. and RambIe being a rogue deckbuilder who aims to break the norms surrounding the deck-sharing site based often on small tweaks to otherwise commonly built archetypes. He goes against the 'netdecking' attitude of the community. In all honesty, I've had my disagreements with them on the site, but are friended with them both and have had ample chats with them as they are incredible people.

On the why-are-some-commander-staples-so-expensive RambIe made a post explaining his reasoning as to why the format staples are so expensive, exactly as the title implies would question the readers. He goes over Supply and Demand a bit, and then makes a post relating to his style of going against the grain and thinks "everyone should stop trying to be like everyone else and do there own thing in there own way."

Later on Caerwyn replies in a way that I thought was out of character, however if you would want to read more on it, the link is at the top of this post.

The overall outcome was that it seemed like drama would ensue, jaymc1130 posts about how he believes Caerwyn is in the wrong, I post a comment trying to rationalize both people's general conflicting ideas, and post on Jay's, Caerwyn's, and Rambie's pages what I thought could reduce the friction caused, and attempt to rectify it before massive drama ensues, especially with a moderator involved. jaymc1130 discusses with me our opinions, and we chat for a bit.

Then RambIe makes it clear to me and everyone else that I didn't explain his rational properly, and messed up, I, obviously not knowing how they feel, immediately regrets speaking for them, as that isn't my place, and I am not a moderator who is able to take prevalence in this conversation which I was not a part of. I should have left it to the both of them, and immediately apologized to RambIe for messing up on him, and completely agreed I was in the wrong.

This bit of drama was honestly mild, RambIe hasn't yet replied to me, and Caerwyn hasn't replied at all, personally, as long as I can continue a good relationship with them, I am happy, but if either or both of them wish to no longer communicate with me I am perfectly okay with that outcome, it is what I deserve, and I have come to terms with that. I didn't start this drama however, and though in my comment to Caerwyn I misinterpreted a separate comment RambIe had made to me, I never intentionally lied to misinformed anyone. This can be a clear tally under my column for bad behavior.


Today, using this drama and my apology, DeinoStinkus makes his inevitable return. He posts on RambIe's wall that I was backpedaling (I was, as I was wrong, and when you are wrong you apologize and take back your incorrect opinion/statement), and then does exactly what he did to TypicalTimmy to RambIe, telling him "I think you're a respectable dude. You're not afraid to state unpopular opinions, and you're resilient and stand up for yourself."

Again, we have seen this style of Deino looking up to someone who can deal with his problem because they are a well-known member, this time someone who specifically I messed up on and apologized profusely to, after he dismissed my apology to RambIe, despite it being to someone other than him, DeinoStinkus has to make it about him.

On the forum page where the RambIe&Caerwyn drama took place, no one has responded on it to the drama (except for one post on GhostChieftan and a small sidenote mentioning GhostChieftan's post by King_marchesa), keeping the drama off the post, and though other people have messaged me and others involved about explaining the situation, on our individual pages, DeinoStinkus decides to throw my name around again, (remember I wasn't a major part of this drama, and took back all I had said on the topic to each affected user), stating to jaymc1130 that "Synergy did the same to me at this forum, where he used my forum post where I said I looked up to TypicalTimmy to try to make me feel bad about myself."


Take a step back now, he is now saying I tried to make him feel bad about himself for looking up to TypicalTimmy. When did I say that again? And when did I say that jaymc1130 should feel bad about himself for anything?

I did say I wasn't sure if his comment could start the drama more than end it, but I never said he should feel bad, in fact, I posted on jaymc1130's personal page not to worry, that I love the initiative, thank you, and I admitted at the last post to having misread the posts. None of that was to make jaymc1130 feel bad about himself.

Later jaymc1130 replies that DeinoStinkus made similar mistakes to Caerwyn, and DeinoStinkus made as many mistakes as all humans do, honestly a touching comment, which of course DeinoStinkus replies to by saying he "just can't stand people being snarky or condescending in the forums."

jaymc1130 replies kindly on DeinoStinkus's page, and proves is a friggin saint.


This immediately broke a bunch of predetermined rules set up by DeinoStinkus on not bringing it up, on supposedly never lying, and on only stating facts. Tally it up. Here we go again.

I posted: _"DeinoStinkus are you still on that? Dude you literally asked TypicalTimmy to vouch for you, after lying about everyone, after everyone told you that they didn't appreciate you doing that, after you lied about the rules, then you tried to take the moral high ground and said we shouldn't talk about it and even said you were 'done speaking on the topic.'

You are now out here trying to say I did jaymc1130 wrong, when I already told him I messed up and apologized. Shut up dude, no one cares about you. You lied on GoblinElectromancer's rules, lied about shadow63's comments attempting to make him look stupid, and constantly was arguing. I screwed up when trying to fix a situation I didn't start here, you screwed up starting a situation with lies and deception, trying to bring people from this topic onto that. Go step on a lego brick, this is tiring at this point, you lied again after saying you wouldn't bring it up because you were 'such a great person'.

I'm still sorry to RambIe, and sorry to Caerwyn too because I spoke for both of them when it wasn't my place. No one is sorry for calling you out for being a troll."_

This was sincere, at this point, despite him bringing people in, TypicalTimmy didn't take sides, and everyone else wasn't taking DeinoStinkus's attempt to hijack my apology to RambIe, Caerwyn's drama, and especially everything involving GoblinElectromancer's format.

DeinoStinkus replies, with some key information: "Everyone meaning Daves lab who has essentially forgotten the whole thing and moved on? I didn't lie about shadow's comments, I quoted him verbatim. I apologized already for making him sound naiive [er.], and he already said he didn't care about the topic. We already stopped our spat, I was just saying "I was there too". I apologize for bringing this old thing back up, if Synergy has anything else to yell at me about I would like him to please do it on my wall."


So, apparently, from the Spellchaser drama, he forgot GoblinElectromancer and me and only remembered screwing over Daveslab2022's little joke about us dueling by making up excuses. He can supposedly playtest on T/O to get a turn 5 win with Lage, but can't use Untap.in on whatever device he is on, if you didn't remember.

He then states again that he didn't lie about shadow63's comment. I beg of you to read comment 6 on Spellchaser Revisited (https://tappedout.net/mtg-forum/kitchen-table/spellchaser-revisited/) and the posts in question for clarification on why this is absolutely a lie. He then states I am yelling at him, etc.


At this point, you'd imagine it can't get more annoying. However TypicalTimmy asks everyone to stop picking on DeinoStinkus, because he has received a fair amount of disagreement from the community. Honestly I don't disagree with this, however I also don't want anyone to continue lying about other people and get away with it as perfectly fine for the community. It doesn't breed a good attitude.

As DeinoStinkus told me to speak on his page, I did so. I explain my issues, and he says he will use the 'silent treatment,' and snarkily states it 'worked pretty well last time.'

Ironic from someone who can't stand people being snarky on the forums. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

After that, I assumed things would remain normal, no one would side with him, people would be annoyed, and the next time he felt like bringing it up to try to change the outcome he'd do so. However after he stated he wouldn't discuss it this time, something interesting happened. Chromium_Overseer actually sided with him, now I am not upset at him, due to the time that it would take to read all of this context and check individual pages for the ordering, etc. a lot of why people like me are so dismissive of him is because of how aggressive and rude he was at the start, but if you don't know the order it could look like he was just overly defensive after the community teamed up on him.

That's why I am making this post. I chatted some with Chromium_Overseer who, despite siding with DeinoStinkus (he states also TypicalTimmy's side, but he hasn't picked one to my knowledge), seems like a good person who just wants a good community, though I don't know them well enough to say.

Overall, that's my issue. At this point he has repeatedly lied, admitted it, repeatedly misinformed users, admitted it, then on both accounts backpedaled saying he didn't admit it, claimed I backpedaled, claimed we shouldn't bring it up, then repeatedly brought it up again, and has been a toxic member of the community committing libel repeatedly on this forum.

I don't know who to go to report him, as blocking him doesn't stop him from slandering my name on multiple forum posts and using the confusing drama to trick people like Chromium_Overseer into siding with him. I have had enough, and don't want to ruin the forums he continuously brings me up in by simply defending myself.


What are the proper reporting channels for this behavior?

Any ideas on how to deal with this situation?

If I misinterpreted the situation, can that misinterpretation be brought up so I can more accurately deal with the drama?

EDIT: Itallics and breaks for proper flow.

heinrichdk on Temur midrange ramp

4 days ago

I like the idea it reminds but me of my EDH Temur deck in the sense that its mostly one offs you lose consistency.

I have tried ramp/burn deck (Naya) before in Modern and the problem i had with it that i would draw part ramp part burn and be left with two incomplete strategies. my advice would be lean more into the blue side with your instants get counter spell to stop the opponent from winning Mana Leak Remand if you can Cryptic Command you need to draw the game out and buy time for your ramp. As for the ramp cards in the deck its plainly bad the idea of ramp is to get to ahead of the curve any one can cast a 6 drop at turn 6 but you need to be able to cast it at turn 4 or even 3 modern have a bunch of really good ramp Elvish Mystic Llanowar Elves Birds of Paradise and my favorite Arbor Elf + Utopia Sprawl or if creature ramp is not what you are looking for playing more than one land a turn Sakura-Tribe Elder Sakura-Tribe Scout Farseek and then one that people miss because the only use the +1/+1 reach and 3 damage option Atarka's Command early game it can help you ramp late game it can give you the last bit of damage you need. Bounce lands are bad in modern if you are not using Amulet of Vigor or you can play more than one land a turn

Savage Knuckleblade is really underrated in my opinion you are playing the right colors and its a good way to keep you opponent at bay combine it with other 3/4 drops to use as blockers

As for the big finishers it is up to you how you want to end it but get something to fetch the finisher when its time like Chord of Calling its an instant so you can do it on your opponents end step if you need to tap down you creatures or you can use it to get a 4 drop

aholder7 on Temur midrange ramp

5 days ago

A few things to start off with. you have a lot of 1 ofs. you want to maximize your consistency, which means 4 ofs for your important cards. you can have a bunch of 1 ofs, but only if you have some way of searching for them. Fierce Empath does that, but you only have 1 of those.

next lets talk about a game plan. a deck usually wants 1 main plan to focus on, with some decks going for a back up plan if they have a strategy that tends to get some frequent hate. now the plan can be fairly broad and you can have multiple types of cards that help your plan but there should be a very clear plan. I think there is a plan in your deck, but you have lots of cards in it that do not fit the plan very well.

so lets talk about what things we see in the deck and where you can go from here. I see a lot of big creatures and ways to get them out quicker. this is generally called 'stompy' and tends to fit in GR/GRx lists as it allows for ramp and aggressive beaters. cards like Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma are great for this. blue is sometimes added to stall opponents out until you unleash your monsters.

when looking at your cards, you'll want to think "how does this help my plan?". for example, what does Elvish Reclaimer do for the deck? it doesn't ramp the deck unless you're grabbing bounce lands like Izzet Boilerworks but is vulnerable to your opponents removal unlike cards like Farseek. it can become a 3/4 but your goal isn't to play a few 3/4s and win via value cards, it's to get big scary things into play that end the game.

Since this is a deck revolving around winning with some big scary things, lets talk about big scary things. you have a lot of options. but you don't need that many. what you need is 1 or two very good ones and multiples of them to make sure that you get them when you need them. right now i'm not a huge fan of top end of your deck. mainly they are cards that are very expensive and either don't do much, or do it too slowly. Verdant Sun's Avatar is 7 mana 5/5 that gains a little bit of life. Roil Elemental requires triple blue which isn't always as easy, only has 3 power which is abysmal for a 6 mana card and you still need to play more land in order to get use out of it. Simic Sky Swallower at least can't be removed easily by an opponent where as most everything else in your deck loses to Terminate. you might want to consider cards like Carnage Tyrant, Terror of the Peaks, or Inferno Titan. these cards are harder/painful to remove or get some value when they come in so it's not a total loss if they are removed.

you have ramp in your deck which is good. that's something you want. the problem is that most of the ramp in your deck is too slow/expensive. Frontier Guide wont be able to ramp you unless you already have 4 mana. and if you have 4 mana Explosive Vegetation or goreclaw are better bets. the point of ramp is that you do it early, so that your big things come out faster than they normally would. so you want cheaper ramp cards. Sakura-Tribe Elder is a great card for this as it can be used as early as turn 2 and can provide a blocker if your opponent is being really aggressive against you in the early game.

counter spells can also help the plan. the reason people want to get big things out fast is mostly to get them out before your opponent has a chance to do something. so in a way, counter spells are almost like a form of ramp. so long as you play a land and counter your opponents spell for the turn, you've essentially just said that both players play a land. the problem with the counterspells you picked is that they are expensive. you need to be able to stop your opponents plays early on in order for the previous statement to work. and ideally you want to be able to do stuff on your turn besides just hold up mana to counterspells. for both these reasons you want less 4 mana counterspells and more 2 mana counterspells such as Mana Leak, or Remand.

you mention that you are playing burn. burn generally means using cards that deal damage directly to your opponent in order to get their life to 0. you play pretty much zero of those cards. i do see several cards that deal damage to creatures which is what i believe you were getting at.

theres a lot of work this deck needs in order to be ok. the ideas are there, but most of these cards would need to be switched out. i can try to put together a sample list of what i think you'd want this deck to look like but i'll have to do that tomorrow as it's 1:30AM here and i need sleep.

Valengeta on Shrine On

1 week ago

there's a lot of cards out there that destroy all enchantments in one swoop. Since this looks to me like a slow board build, you might as well be playing lots of counterspells and creature removal to hold off opposing plays while you steadily drop shrines. Also I would remove the White and Green shrines from your Mainboard and focus on Red, Blue and Black ones. Red damages your enemy so you can win, Black does that and disrupts his hand by making him discard, Blue keeps your hand fresh and searches for answers. Also, Mirror Gallery can compensate your legendary handicap.

So, to sumarize, you need counterspells like Mana Leak, Dispel, Spell Snare, Spell Pierce, Remand, Rune Snag or Negate.

You need mass removal like Pyroclasm, Slagstorm, Chain Reaction, Anger of the Gods, Ratchet Bomb, Engineered Explosives, Cyclonic Rift, Languish, Damnation or Ritual of Soot.

You need a stronger and more consistent mana base. Removing 2 colors will help you a lot. Dual lands, check lands, fetch lands and shock lands will do you wonders. Chromatic Sphere or Chromatic Star will help fill the gaps while refunding themselves instead of Pentad Prism.

Paradox Haze might work to trigger the Shrines an additional time and also in combo with Sanctum of All.

I understand this isn't a deck that's meant to be a tournament winner, but mostly to play on multiplayer with friends, but still, there's improvements to be made here that would make your build more frightning to others and fun for you. Hope I helped :)

TheVectornaut on Blue Green Something

1 week ago

I love taking a pile of cards and seeing what you can turn it into! I don't know which cards you have or what budget you have for acquiring new ones, but I'll list some cheap suggestions I have for a variety of archetypes you could pursue.

1) Simic ramp: Already goes well with Air Elemental, Archetype of Endurance, Oakgnarl Warrior, Overgrown Battlement, Yavimaya Wurm, Simic Keyrune. Some inclusions might be Llanowar Elves, Axebane Guardian, Coiling Oracle, Maraleaf Pixie, Beanstalk Giant, Terra Stomper, Lorthos, the Tidemaker. The goal is to accelerate into big threats.

2) U/G unblockable: Already goes well with Marang River Prowler, Downpour, Giant Growth, Might of the Masses, Aqueous Form, Coastal Piracy, Turntimber Grove. Some inclusions might be Curious Obsession, Daring Saboteur, Mist-Syndicate Naga, Ohran Viper, Trygon Predator, Distortion Strike. The goal is to get value from hitting with unblocked creatures.

3) U/G tempo/control: Already goes well with Breaching Hippocamp, Cloaked Siren, Mist Raven, Fog, Negate, Unsummon, Voyage's End, Claustrophobia. Some inclusions might be Vapor Snag, Dissolve, Mana Leak, AEtherling, Delver of Secrets  Flip, Devastation Tide. The goal is to deny the opponent their things while playing tricky threats of your own.

I also see cards in here that could work with mono green Assault Formation, simic +1/+1 synergy, or flying tribal, so you have a lot of options. As a sidenote, I'd also recommend upping your land count to about 24 while you have so many 5+ cost cards in the deck. Anyway, good luck!

Azeworai on Life Drain - EDH

2 weeks ago

Alright, I have some suggestions. Now, never have I dipped in the complot of nocent life-gain, but I do see some follies withal the current decklist.

So, ramp and card draw are necessities of any commander strategy. I typically play decks that dump their hands aggressively, thus I have far more draw than normal. Around 34 slots grant me card advantage and 11 slots are for ramp. Here, you have four cards of ramp and five cards of draw. Granted, one of the draw engines is your commander, but that's six-mana afore it does so.

Furthermore, there are plenty of cards in here that just lack reach. Ajani's Sunstriker is horrid to draw turn 8 and onwards. It may be aggressive betime in the match, yet it is outclassed far too quickly.

So, what I'd cut due to card quality: Agent of Masks, Ajani's Sunstriker, Drana's Emissary, Fog Bank, Goldenglow Moth, Grim Guardian, Night Market Lookout, Oreskos Sun Guide, Pride Guardian, Servant of Tymaret, Wall of Essence, Elixir of Immortality, Fountain of Renewal, Narrow Escape, Spell Pierce, and Mana Leak.

Alright, same drill but I wish to offer some substantiation afore I denunciate these.

  1. Coastal Piracy is a very potent card in decks possessing cheap, evasive creatures. This deck does not, thence I would advise ablating it; merely too inutile.

  2. Sinister Possession and Stab Wound, no matter how much I love the Wound, are easily removed. A sacrifice outlet just negates this effect. The Possession in particular doesn't seem to do anything against certain creatures. Chainer, Dementia Master or Oracle of Mul Daya just don't oft attack or block. Even if, it is a mere two damage. Sure, it may stack quickly, but there are better ways to do so.

  3. Condescend is just outclassed so quickly. Counterspells above two mana must do something potent, and this is potentially more. Scrying 2 is fine, but that also doesn't do much.

  4. I have never seen Dramatic Rescue ere now, but I know not why it would be run. Just put in a Swords.

  5. Dismiss into Dream is sweet, but this deck cannot deem to hent much from it.

Lovely! Now upon what I would add.

Given that the curve is rather high, I'd add Pristine Talisman; Arcane Signet; the talismans of dominance, progress, and hierarchy; Orzhov, Azorius, and Dimir signet; Mind Stone; and Worn Powerstone. This should grant you later plays far earlier in any match.

Unto thee, benison in card draw. Painful Truths is one I much enjoy. Sign in Blood or Night's Whisper are cheap and efficient. Phyrexian Arena and Underworld Connections go in quite a few decks. Well of Lost Dreams is just splendid. Fact or Fiction is never bad. Dawn of Hope is slow but on-theme. Erebos, God of the Dead seems all too perfect due to its static and activated abilities. Dream Trawler is awfully enticing for gameplans such as this. Lastly, Unfulfilled Desires is a hidden gem that I play in any deck that produces blue and black mana.

Of course, just some efficient engines and finishers. Debt to the Deathless and Exsanguinate are each nocent once resolved. K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth could also be fine, but lacking depending on your hand, for it cares only if the cost is black. Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord fetches fallen utility creatures from the yard and proffers much in life-gain. Aetherflux Reservoir does much in murdering everyone, too.

I'd recommend some more wraths in this deck. Fumigate is perfect, Merciless Eviction or Austere Command deal with those pesky artifacts efficiently, Elspeth, Sun's Champion is never bad, Supreme Verdict is fine though pricey, or Kaya's Wrath is always lovely. Take your pick.

Okay, now for some other upgrades on the basics of the deck. Swords to Plowshares, Path to Exile, Abolish, Return to Dust, Murderous Rider, Anguished Unmaking, Despark, Hero's Downfall, Reality Shift, Generous Gift, Pongify, Rapid Hybridization, and Heliod's Intervention all remove permanents efficiently and at instant speed. Vindicate is fine but a sorcery.

As options for better counterspells, Absorb, Counterspell, Negate, Countersquall, and Dovin's Veto are all cheap whiles bearing value at all moments in the game.

Finally, some more life gain payoffs as consideration: Authority of the Consuls has oft shut down my strategies, Ajani's Pridemate gets far too large, Blind Obedience does something similar, Divinity of Pride and Serra Ascendant are giant threats in their own right, Bloodthirsty Aerialist does the same, Propaganda and Ghostly Prison make opponents pay to deal damage, Soul Warden and Soul's Attendant are early drops that allow for quite a bit of life to be gained, Archangel of Thune is always potent, Vona, Butcher of Magan is spicey, Angel of Vitality bolsters your engine, Boon Reflection doubles it, Twilight Prophet can get out of hand, Beacon of Immortality puts you heavensly ahead, Ajani, Strength of the Pride can win games on its own, and Felidar Sovereign demands an immediate answer.

That's all from me! Have a lovely day.

Oh, and I suppose I'll put a deck of my own here. Let the Nightmare Go On.. is a constant favourite of mine and The Lands Restored offers commensurate enjoyment.

Thank you and farewell.

SynergyBuild on Attempt for a new format

2 weeks ago

The best end game wincons so far: Angel's Grace/Ad Nauseam, Field of the Dead or Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle with Scapeshift or on their own. Dark Depths/Thespian Stage also is amazing in the format. Remember to use manlands, like Creeping Tar Pit or whatever you find fun. I know I'll look at Mutavault heavily for the format. Tokens can also do well, Commence the Endgame seems great!

Engines outside of it that can grind games are Mystic Sanctuary and Cryptic Command/Tragic Lesson/Daze/Gush, Life from the Loam and Horizon Canopy/Tranquil Thicket (Or any other cycling lands, but honestly Lftl works amazing on it's own).

What cards are really good to know about? Unsummon and effects like it should really be good, as all non-land permanents are tokens. Sinkhole and land destruction must be realized to be a very powerful effect, and Thoughtseize style discard is great!

Remember that Negate is just a cheaper Cancel and Miscast is a cheaper Mana Leak. Additionally Muddle the Mixture can both be a Counterspell or a Life from the Loam, and can be returned with Mystic Sanctuary.

Veil of Summer, Lightning Bolt, Silence, Stifle, Miscast, Flusterstorm, Dovin's Veto, Surgical Extraction & Cling to Dust (Amazing against Loam decks and some Sanctuary decks, as well as shutting off backup combos from recursive loops)

Currently Noxious Revival, Echoing Truth, Divert/Misdirection (against discard and burn), most discard, burn, Merchant Scroll, Entreat the Angels (Works well with Brainstorm, Mystic Sanctuary, etc.), and more are all strong.

Overall, it seems like a format where blue dominated, with green engines and tutors like Crop Rotation or Sylvan Scrying can set up the easy combos. Entomb for Life from the Loam, maybe Mission Briefing can do well too.

The best decks seem to be Bant Control, Simic Scapshift (sultai?), Sultai Loam Depths, Golgari Depths (Hymn to Tourach style list), Azorius Control (Entreat Sanctuary style) and Dimir+ Control (No idea the wincon, but a 2-4 color list, aimed at Miscast, Cling to Dust, and Thoughtseize as a base). A ramp build for field outside of Scapeshift, perhaps running it as only a backup, or perhaps a Sultai Loam Field Ramp list could work.

Sadly if you memorize the 6ish real wincons, the 4 bases, and understand the few counterplays the format is solved

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