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Maralen of the Mornsong
Legendary Creature — Elf Wizard
Players can't draw cards.
At the beginning of each player's draw step, that player loses 3 life, searches his or her library for a card, puts it into his or her hand, then shuffles his or her library.
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1 month ago
This deck is made to win on turn five with one combo. If this combo fails or you misplay, you are about 99.9999% likely to lose the game, but that's all part of the fun. Here's the combo: Play Maralen of the Mornsong on turn 3, tutor for Ad Nauseam on turn 4, and then tutor for Culling the Weak on turn 5. Once you have Culling the Weak, cast it and sacrifice Maralen of the Mornsong. If you don't cast Culling the Weak first, you won't have enough mana to fuel the combo. Tap all your swamps so your mana is in float, and play Ad Nauseam. I like to do this now because you'll need all of your mana in float before you play Rain of Filth. Next, cast contamination. This helps ward against counters. Then cast Dark Ritual and Rain of Filth. This should leave you with enough mana to play The Golden Throne followed by Sickening Dreams. Discard all the cards in your hand as the additional cost and enjoy.
1 month ago
What other ways are there than this kind of effect?
1 month ago
2 months ago
What's your plan for protecting Maralen of the Mornsong? It's a strong card if you can effectively protect it, but there isn't a whole lot stopping your opponent from just tutoring removal for it at the moment. I might suggest Soul of New Phyrexia to be a board presence both on and off the battlefield, and give you a way to protect your permanents at effective cost. It's also a colorless artifact creature that can synergize with your other effects.
Also, I know that it doesn't come with cool art, but Terminate is a better Dreadbore for the most part. It can't destroy planeswalkers but it can be played at instant speed and is therefore a bit more of a tool.
3 months ago
I don't know if you're budget conscious but below are some recommendations.
Noxious Ghoul to replace Magus of the Coffers Same CMC but turns into a one sided board wipe at instant speed with a sac outlet. Also I'd add Cabal Coffers to maintain the same effect as Magus of the Coffers while not being a creature.
Shepherd of Rot to replace Tattered Mummy. The effect is repeatable and on demand but it does hit yourself. You can use it as leverage to keep someone from board wiping or to force to do something "or else" haha Also if you're playing aggro this just applies even more pressure.
Ashnod's Altar may be a better choice over Phyrexian Altar. You're mono so you don't need the color fixing but doubling colorless mana may be more beneficial. Or you could run both for the best of both worlds.
Hope you find some of these suggestions helpful :) and yes I get the tokens pun :P
3 months ago
Thank you, I had seen the idea of using Ad Nauseam and effects like Sickening Dreams together in 60 card formats years ago and it blew my mind. Those decks all had serious drawbacks though. They required many tutors (to ensure that you actually draw at least one tutor) and some effect to prevent Sickening Dreams from doing damage to you as well. I figure having a tutor as your commander frees up most of the space in the deck, and using Exsanguinate instead means you don't have to worry about hurting yourself.
The tricky parts about trying to speed up this combo are the ways that the EDH/Commader format restrict card access and the way Ad Nauseam limits itself. Having a 99 Card Library means that you are significantly less likely draw any individual card than you would be in a 60 card format. You could compensate for that by padding the deck with a bunch of tutor and draw effects and a bunch of mana ramp effects, but there aren't very many of those cards with low mana values. Adding higher mana value cards and cards with other effects also means that you can't draw as many times from Ad Nauseam because of its life loss clause for each time you add a card to your hand with its effect. The end result is that adding mana ramp doesn't make you much more likely to get out Maralen out before turn 3, and then you still need to acquire both Skirge Familiar and Ad Nauseam. As far as I can tell, the earliest this type of combo can ever reliably go off in EDH/Commander is turn 5, but I find turn 6 to be more likely.
Even so, turn 6 is not really guaranteed, but it is pretty reliable. There's a fair chance that an opponent will try to stall or answer you (keep in mind that Maralen of the Mornsong forces your opponents to tutor as well) either because they don't know what you're planning and that scares them, or because they do know what you're planning and that scares them even more. So I'd say trying to pop by turn 6 is a realistic goal.
Sorry for the massive wall of text.
6 months ago
They are guaranteed to be drawn via Ad Nauseam as long as it isn't countered.
7 months ago
I don't have a ton of experience with finance in mtg, so take this with a huge, whopping, grain of salt, but Kami Neon might be a good one because it has a very powerful land cycle (which prices will always stay high) and it's printed at rare, so you have a good chance to get at least some of them.
This all being said, it's generally a crap shoot at the best of times. The people who really make out in investing are the people who don't necessarily do it for a love of the game and who buy large amounts of things at a time. I mean, the number of fetchlands that are sitting in collectors collections, never to be played, must be nuts : )
I definitely crack packs and make decks out of what I have available, and I find that fun. A lot of what I end up using is stuff I wouldn't have really thought about, but looking through things, brewing, and testing, that's so fun to me. But I never view that as a sound financial way to go. I guess I see it as a fun way to spend a little bit on over time, and I get to make a lot of decks that way. It may be smarter to just make one really good deck and trade it over time, but I like having a lot of decks I can break out. The main downside is that none of mine are as good as an optimized deck, because I'm spreading what I've got out.
It's all fun, and it's all how you want to play it. There are plusses and minuses to each approach, but as long as you like what you make, it's all good. It's just, no matter what you do, you can't expect to hit the finance nail on the head. Even when you do get a great pull and that card price skyrockets, if you play it and don't sell it, it's really all about the same. Happens to me all the time : ) Oooh, Maralen of the Mornsong skyrocketed since I bought it, nice, but she's still just sitting in my deck, so...