Murder of Crows
Creature — Bird
Whenever another creature dies, you may draw a card. If you do, discard a card.
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|Mystery Booster (MYS1)||None|
|Masters 25 (A25)||None|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Murder of Crows Discussion
5 months ago
1 year ago
Update: I decided that 30 lands was too low, and I've moved back to 31, inserting Inventors' Fair over Murder of Crows . The latter was a neat combo and gave marginal protection against board wipes, but was often dead in my hand (and couldn't be tutored). We'll see how this changes things, since it removed one of my potential combo lines.
1 year ago
Murder of Crows seems like a good cut. Yeah meta means everything anf the recall is good for stopping a lot of things.
1 year ago
2 years ago
pipster258: Thanks for the comment and upvote! :D they have both been tested here, and honestly they've been...okay? They just both cost a lot of mana, conflict with my commander in that CMC slot, and tend to eat removal. I wish I could find space for the new one, but for the moment I don't know what (if anything) I'd cut. Maybe Murder of Crows, if I decide to drop that combo line of play.
2 years ago
Needs more artifact ramp to support those big boys. Mana Vault, Fellwar Stone, Chrome Mox, and Coalition Relic would definitely be worth including.
More card draw and card draw related stuff: Alhammarret's Archive, Gitaxian Probe, Faithless Looting, Time Reversal, Mystic Remora, Arcane Denial, Frantic Search, Jace's Archivist, and Magus of the Wheel
Mystical Tutor and Spellseeker are great tutors that don't break the bank
Murder of Crows goes infinite with any free sac outlet.
Dack's Duplicate is just great in EDH.
Also, every EDH deck needs a Strip Mine
2 years ago
DwaginFodder: I'm glad I could inspire you! :) you could also make the Murder of Crows/Goblin Bombardment combo work by including Hostility or Guile instead of an Eldrazi titan, if on a budget, although those cards won't do as much when hardcasted as a backup plan.
A grixis build could do work, though I'd suggest Nekusar, the Mindrazer as your commander there as a secondary win-con. I personally don't think it's worth it for only a few additional cards, but you do you (and let me know how it works out for you!).
2 years ago
Winterblast: Thank you for the comment.
I'm not sure how much High Tide will help here, given that I play a large number of non-basics without Island typing, and I'm not running any infinite combos that rely on it. It's cute with the two untappers, I suppose, but I'm not willing to rely on that synergy.
Murder of Crows is much better than it looks, to be honest - it gives me advantage from board wipes (which normally set me back pretty hard), allows me to draw into interaction when facing GY-based decks such as Meren, etc. It's also an unusual card to see in Locust God decks, which means my opponents often neglect to counter it if I have an Altar out.
Snap over Snapback is a fair argument - Snapback is in there to terminate the Kindred Discovery combo at instant speed with no mana held up, if the Simian Spirit Guide into Firestorm approach fails. Snap doesn't work as well for that role, but it does work better as a bounce before a wheel... I suppose I could run both; Snapback has performed well but I'd be happy to have another copy.
Burning Inquiry seems like a VERY risky idea here; the three extra locusts are not worth the chances of dumping a critical combo piece. I DEFINITELY can't afford the $$$ cost of Candelabra of Tawnos, haha, so that's a strong "no" from me. Merchant Scroll could be passable, I suppose, but none of my blue instants are really critical to the game-plan other than Dramatic Reversal, and Muddle the Mixture might be better for finding that (a card I've intended to add for a while).
Speaking of counterspells, Muddle the Mixture is the primary one I want to add, because it can grab Dramatic Reversal/Grim Monolith/Isochron Scepter (and, if I need counterspells in a pinch, can be Sceptered itself).
I could run Flusterstorm (I have one right here), but I find it's a little... situational, since this deck runs in a lot of different metas (some of which are less spell-based than others). I appreciate that Mindbreak Trap often closes out a game by exile-countering Food Chain, it acts in a similar role against Storm, and it's a very nice "gotcha!" against decks that act when I'm tapped out. Still, it's the only offensive counterspell in a deck that usually uses its counterspells defensively.
Negate or Swan Song are both definitely things I could/probably should run, but as always, slots are hard to come by. I'm not sure what you mean by "high-cost or niche interaction"; the only things that really seem to fit that mold are Recurring Insight, Mystic Confluence, or Mindbreak Trap. Mystic could get the axe, perhaps, but the amount of utility and flexibility the card gives me is unreal.
And on the topic of Day's Undoing - I agree that the card is really bad in the late-game, but there are many hands where I simply vomit out all of my cheap spells and mana rocks from my hand, and I am left with nothing to do. While obviously Timetwister/Wheel of Fortune are better in this role, having a third copy of that effect is nothing to sneeze at when I can use it to draw back into good cards from a bad hand (and often screw with opponents' hand shaping as well). If I replace this with something, I want it to be another spell that can refill an empty/bad hand - maybe Fact or Fiction?
Thank you for your thoughts.