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Manifold Key Discussion
1 month ago
Let's begin with evasion - because answers run out and might not even be there.
My favorite way to make Volrath unblockable is discarding Filth with Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth in play. I also love Rime Transfusion and having Snow Covered Swamps. Manifold Key does double duty by also untapping big mana rocks or other toys like Quicksilver Amulet. Dragon Shadow is a decent option, and helps most of the other big creatures. Whispersilk Cloak is obvious, as is Rogue's Passage.
Some less obvious plays are using instant speed board wipes via Vedalken Orrery to clear the field right before your turn so nothing is left to block - or similar instant speed board wipe effects like cycling a Decree of Pain. Things like Pestilence/Pestilence Demon can clear the field with little threat to a pumped up Volrath. You could include a Breaker of Armies, which would absorb all of your opponents blocking creatures or also be discarded to Volrath for 8.
Ok, then you have protection. Normal stuff like Swiftfoot Boots and Lightning Greaves. Volrath gains a lot of protection and evasion from the swords of X and Y. Light and Shadow is a must play. Feast and Famine is a very high recommend followed by Fire and Ice. Imp's Mischief is invaluable in redirecting removal or countering a counterspell. You can run Not of This World for a good counter. Veilstone Amulet is a good option for protection as well.
Really you want some protection but if you focus more on ramping, haste, evasion, and other ways to continue putting pressure and threats out then the odds are that you will find a way through. Command Beacon and Netherborn Altar can help Volrath be cheaper, or even cheated into play. Have some reanimation effects, preferably those you can use repeatedly like Strands of Night and Sheoldred, Whispering One. Artisan of Kozilek is amazing when you can hit 9 and bring another major threat out. If they "deal" with Volrath it just means they have less answers for Phage the Untouchable or Blightsteel Colossus, or the next time Volrath lands and swings.
1 month ago
This is the deck.
The thing is that I'm restricted to old borders.
I am currently trying to fit in Shade's Form but other than this I'm not finding much protection.. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
3 months ago
Sephorai, I've left out Clock of Omens , Voltaic Key , Manifold Key , etc from the main list because I didn't want the deck to feel like an artifact-oriented strategy. Definitely try them out, they have high synergy with the multi-mana producing rocks and lead to infinite combos.
About Kozilek before six, it could just be variance that you're encountering. The lack of tutors makes it hard to guarantee you have your broken ramp spells consistently, so if you continue to face this problem perhaps include some more mana rocks.
4 months ago
4 months ago
Jhoira's Familiar is another discount option, admittedly on a 4 mana body Doubling Cube can do some bananas things for mana, esp when combined with Manifold Key or Voltaic Key Shimmer Myr is a cheap alternative to Vedalken Orrery The only other suggestion would be to consider a couple of Windfall or Wheel of Fortune effects - the roadblocks come when you run into a full hand of lands, sometimes one big refill is all you need to get to the win?
5 months ago
Went up against what I assume was a Time Vault / Manifold Key combo. I can’t recall my opening hand perfectly but my opponent lead with Underground Sea and Mox Jet into Ponder and Imperial Seal . I could have countered something but my general rule of thumb is to counter what is tutored rather than the tutor. Land, go. They mana rock into Timetwister which I assume is what they tutored as it would shuffle away anything else. I hit that with a Force of Negation and took the turn. Land, go. From there it was much slower. I got out Teferi, Time Raveler on turn 3 and Dovin, Hand of Control the following turn. Countered a Demonic Tutor and responded with Dack Fayden . Dack pulled us into a follow up Jace, the Mind Sculptor . At that point, they were low enough that we could ride Jace’s to deck management, maintaining our counters until Narset, Parter of Veils and Kasmina, Enigma Sage . We continued to keep our opponents top deck and our own managed, eventually completing the crew with Oko, Thief of Crowns coming down for an additional Fractal. Our opponent managed to pull a Tinker while we took the turn off but we had plenty of counters ready at that point and was able to stave off and go in the lethal offensive.
5 months ago
Hey BrassLord, thanks so much for taking the time to comment! Oh man, all of these suggestions are really great! I especially like Manifold Key , that seems to provide extra utility and function. All of these are really great, now I just have to figure out what to take out! Thanks again.