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eliakimras on Menacing Aura
1 month ago
Hello! May I step in to give you some recommendations? Since you're on a budget, all cards suggested are 2 dollars or less.
Part 1: Ramp
In: You probably want aura ramp and cost reducers over standard land ramp: Wild Growth, Transcendent Envoy, Hero of Iroas, Jukai Naturalist and Stenn, Paranoid Partisan (choosing Enchantment). These will allow you to storm through your deck casting Auras ad nauseam.
Out: Elvish Mystic, Farhaven Elf, Arcane Signet, Nature's Lore and Cultivate are all great ramp cards, but you can do better (and more thematically) with the cards I mentioned above.
Part 2: Card draw
Just as important as ramp is card draw: Galea won't always be available to you.
In: Sage's Reverie, Enchantress's Presence, Satyr Enchanter, Mesa Enchantress.
Out: Coiling Oracle, Curious Obsession (unreliable), Curse of Verbosity (unreliable), Eel Umbra.
Part 3: Removal
Swords to Plowshares is GREAT, no doubt. But, in this kind of deck, you can spice it up with the great Auras that has for removal.
The objective is, then, to use the cheapest Auras that can hit more than one permanent type, with emphasis on "loses its abilities" in the text box.
In: Mortal Obstinacy, Ossification (synergy with your basic land fetchers).
Out: Reclamation Sage, Swords to Plowshares.
Part 4: Boardwipes
In: I believe you should run more boardwipes that leave your board mostly untouched. Austere Command is one such example. You almost always will clean all artifacts and the half of creatures that are more dangerous to you. Curse of the Swine is another selective wipe.
Out: Time Wipe (not one-sided), Plains.
Part 5: Protection and Evasion
In Voltron, tempo is crucial.
- In: Negate and Delay are inconditional and cheap counters mana-wise.
- Out: Calculated Dismissal and Frilled Mystic aren't.
Now to the Auras:
- In: Spirit Mantle, Unquestioned Authority and Mask of Law and Grace are protection and evasion at the same time (protection also means it can't be blocked).
- Out: Favor of the Overbeing, Observant Alseid and Leafcrown Dryad.
Following the same logic as with removal, I'm using auras over instants to protect the Voltron.
- In: Shield of the Oversoul, Alpha Authority, Canopy Cover.
- Out: Benevolent Blessing, Shielding Plax, Karametra's Blessing. (I believe proactive protection goes miles farther than a reactive one.)
Part 6: Tutors
Without Hammer of Nazahn, Nazahn, Revered Bladesmith is just a more expensive Open the Armory.
In: Open the Armory, Heliod's Pilgrim, Moon-Blessed Cleric, Light-Paws, Emperor's Voice and Invasion of Theros Flip (bonus that all those tutors also change your library's top card).
Out: Nazahn, Revered Bladesmith, Celestial Archon, Heliod's Emissary, Hypnotic Siren, Curse of Unbinding (7 mana is a lot for an Aura).
Part 7: Win Conditions
In: Since you're going all-in with auras, All That Glitters and Ethereal Armor do wonders.
Out: Bruna, Light of Alabaster is slow and telegraphed in this build. People won't let her stick to the field. Nissa, Steward of Elements is tough to protect in a Voltron build, while she only offers scry, which your lands can already do.
Part 8: Lands
- You might consider more lands that fix your colors and manipulate the top of your library at will: Terramorphic Expanse, Temple of Plenty, Temple of Enlightenment, Temple of Mystery, Cabaretti Courtyard, Brokers Hideout, Obscura Storefront, Naya Panorama, Esper Panorama.
- Rogue's Passage is great evasion on a land.
- Thriving Grove, Thriving Heath and Thriving Isle are neat fixing, but the Temples are superior since they play into Galea's strategy.
- Path of Ancestry is great if you're in a 5-color deck or in a tribal-heavy creature deck. This build is neither.
- Lumbering Falls is good for suiting Equipments on, but Auras will just go to the graveyard when this land stops being a creature.
- Azorius Chancery, because you don't run the other two bouncelands.
- Razorverge Thicket. You'll soon realize that the later turns are more important than the early ones in EDH. This land is a beast in Modern, but it is far from worth it in Commander unless you're playing a turn-3 win deck.
- Forest and Forest to give room for the two remaining Panoramas. (With all the land searching above, you're probably more likely now to have a target for Utopia Sprawl than before.)
- Seaside Citadel. I know, I know: tri-lands are great and all, but, in this build, I'm trying to bake the top-of-library manipulation into the manabase so you have more free spell slots for your Auras, similar to what I did with Yennett, Cryptic Oddity (to a great success): each land in it has to either enter untapped somehow or change the top card of the library.
If you read this far, congratulations! Here is the list of the deck with all the suggested alterations, in case you want to test it: Galea, Menacing Aura. Good luck and have fun!
Grind on Borborygmos
9 months ago
Would you consider Gamble to help you get life from the loam?
Maybe Hunter's Insight over keen sense?
Also Living Twister seems like a cool combo with splendid reclamation.
It can be helpful to have lands in your graveyard, some budget friendly options are Naya Panorama, Ash Barrens, jund panorama, etc.
Also curious if you would be interested in crucible of worlds or Ramunap Excavator.
Anyway just some thoughts, cheers and have fun!
The_Fallen_Duke on Rin and Seri Cat/Dog Tribal
1 year ago
How not to love cats and dogs?
If so, it is worth investing in an Unbreakable Formation and Heroic Intervention (which is also on flavour with Ajani), since the last thing you want is for all your furry friends and tokens to die to removal or even worse boardwipe.
Speaking of boardwipes, I see why you included Hour of Reckoning, but be careful as it would also hit a lot of the other creature I expect you to have on the board. An Austere Command should allow you to save more of your own board.
As for mana-base, I would advise to get rid of bad taplands like the guildgates, 0Tranquil Expanse and Blossiming Sands. I am not the biggest fan of bounce-lands in deck that cannot make the best use of them with either landfall or untap effects, but that's up to you. As a budget replacement, painlands (Karplusan Forest, Brushland, Battlefield Forge) could be helpful, and you have lifelink effects available so the downside is minimal. A Naya Panorama can help you with generich mana straight away or to fetch the basics you need.
TheoryCrafter on Marchesa (ADVICE PLEASE)
1 year ago
Cards like Polluted Delta and Windswept Heath, where you can tutor one basic land type, seems to be in the deck chiefly to shuffle your deck. If that's not your intent may I suggest either replacing some of the other nonbasic lands with lands having two or more basic land types such as Savai Triome(if you can financially afford it)? Another option would be to replace those tutor lands with including, but not limited to, Fabled Passage and Naya Panorama. Another land you may want to consider is Bojuka Bog to throw off opponents who'd benefit from all the discard.
Since you have been putting in spells that prevent the player from doing something, other cards to consider include, but are not limited to, Aurelia's Fury and Silence.
Another card you may want to consider is Bonfire of the Damned. If at some point you find yourself adding more instants and sorceries that deal damage, you may want to consider adding any combination of Pestilent Spirit, Radiant Scrollwielder, Soul-Scar Mage(especially useful against creatures with Indestructible) and Toralf, God of Fury Flip.
I hope this helps. Thank you for reading me out. Happy Hunting!
multimedia on Stomping Counters
1 year ago
Hey, I saw your forum topic asking for help.
The manabase and ramp/color fixing could use some tweaking, but more draw is really what your deck needs. That's the area of your deck to consider spending some on for improvements.
- Mentor of the Meek --> Aggressive Mammoth
- Welcoming Vampire --> Mowu, Loyal Companion
- Ripjaw Raptor --> Aetherstorm Roc
- Idol of Oblivion --> Woodland Mystic
- Return of the Wildspeaker --> Leyline of Abundance
- Shamanic Revelation --> Renata, Called to the Hunt
- Harmonize --> Arcus Acolyte
I choose these cards as suggested cuts because you have better cards that do the same or similar effects. More draw especially repeatable draw sources replacing some of this redundancy could help gameplay.
The manabase is overall good except the amount of Forests, which is too many. The ratio of color sources in the manabase is 28 green:16 white:16 red. 28 green is almost double amount of another color which is a little much. Forests are important, you want them as most lands, but I don't think you need 12 of them. Green one drop mana dorks are good, but I don't think only three of them are enough to play so many Forests to hinder the other colors in the chance that you have one in your opening hand with a Forest. Crop Rotation can get any land by sacing a Forest.
Some manabase problems are 12 Forests, the Slow Fetch lands, Aether Hub, Arctic Treeline and Highland Forest. 12 Forest reduces the color fixing from lands too much. Grasslands, Krosan Verge, Mountain Valley are too slow for what they do and are not needed because you have Marsh Flats and Windswept Heath.
Aether Hub is relying too much on three cards that proliferate or Aetherstorm Roc. Consistently Hub won't have enough energy to make colored mana. Arctic Treeline and Highland Forest are nice that they have basic land types, but you don't really need them because you have Shocks and Tangos.
Consider cutting some basic Forests for more budget lands that can make green or another color?
- Crop Rotation --> Aether Hub
- Exotic Orchard --> 1x Forest
- Path of Ancestry --> 1x Forest
- Jungle Shrine --> 1x Forest
- Game Trail --> 1x Forest
- Fortified Village --> 1x Forest
- Battlefield Forge --> Krosan Verge
- Naya Panorama --> Grasslands
- Opal Palace --> Mountain Valley
Making these lands changes can balance the ratio of color sources to 26 G:20 W:20 R. This balance keeps the amount of green close to what you have currently while increasing the amount of white and red. Of course most of these are the least expensive price playable lands that you could add. There's many others that are more price/better lands.
Good luck with your deck.
multimedia on Feather, Tactician and Savior (Budget)
1 year ago
Hey, well done budget version of Feather that's less than $50 and nice WIP primer.
Consider adding some budget stables of Commander?
- Arcane Signet --> Precursor Golem
- Command Tower --> 1x Plains
- Sol Ring --> Vance Captain Ripley
- Swiftfoot Boots --> Stave Off
Adding a few other mana rocks can help with color fixing since 30x basic lands is a lot, you're not getting much color fixing from lands. More repeatable treasure sources are another way to ramp/color fix.
- Sudden Breakthrough --> Give No Ground
- Boros Signet --> Fortune Thief
- Star Compass --> Seismic Shift
Dreadhorde Arcanist and Mavinda, Students' Advocate are excellent if you're having to discard instants/sorceries due to hand size. These budget creatures let you cast instants/sorceries from your graveyard and if you control Feather then you get to exile the spell before it goes back to the graveyard. Out of the three options to have no max hand size only Reliquary Tower is good because it's a land. The other two are not worth a card spot just for no max hand size.
- Dreadhorde Arcanist --> Student of Ojutai
- Mavinda, Students' Advocate --> Leonin Lightscribe
With such a low budget dual lands are most difficult to fit in, but there's some other options to consider to cut some basic lands.
- Mistveil Plains --> 1x Plains
- Battlefield Forge --> 1x Plains
- Furycalm Snarl --> 1x Mountain
- Boros Garrison --> 1x Mountain
- Naya Panorama --> 1x Mountain
If you're playing Sunforger then Mistveil Plains is a land to consider since it lets you keep casting the same instants with Sunforger.
If you want to add budget infinite win condition combos then Birgi, God of Storytelling Flip can be an enabler for many and I only suggest these because you already have Birgi. Dualcaster Mage can also be an enabler.
- Birgi + Grinning Ignus = infinite casts/ETB of Ignus, infinite storm count.
- Birgi + Ignus + Runaway Steam-Kin = infinite red mana.
- Birgi + Ignus + Grapeshot = infinite damage to each opponent.
- Birgi + Ignus + Impact Tremors = infinite damage to each opponent.
- Birgi + Ignus + Balefire Liege = infinite damage to each opponent.
Grinning Ignus can also infinite combo without Birgi. Ignus + Runaway + Liege or Tremors = infinite damage to each opponent.
Dualcaster Mage combos with Heat Shimmer or Twinflame to create infinite hasty attacking Dualcasters. Dualcaster + Shimmer + Liege or Tremors = infinite damage to each opponent.
Out of all of these cards Balefire Liege is powerful with the Feather strategy: +2/+2 for Feather, source of repeatable burn at opponents, source of repeatable life gain and can be an infinite combo piece.
Heat Shimmer has interaction with Feather to come back to your hand if you copy your own creature. Shimmer can also copy an opponent's creature which can be helpful in multiplayer Commander and it has nice interaction with Mavinda, Students' Advocate who can get it back for Feather to exile. Grapeshot also has interaction with Feather because you can change the target of the storm copies. For this interaction to work however you must target a creature you control with the original Grapeshot for 1 damage then change the target for each storm copy.
Good luck with your deck.
DemMeowsephs on First Is The Best! (An EDH First Sliver Deck)
1 year ago
Hey there! Not sure how your mana-base is faring, but here are a few suggestions, as manabases in a five color deck can be very difficult.
Run all of the tri lands! I hate tap lands, trust me, but with the first sliver at the head I'm willing to bet you want him out as fast as possible. You're running most of them, but I'd recommend getting your hands on the others: Arcane Sanctum, Jungle Shrine, Nomad Outpost, and Sandsteppe Citadel.
Of course, the Ikora triomes would be awesome, but they can be a bit much per land if you have a smaller budget. For reference, here they are: Savai Triome, Ketria Triome, Indatha Triome, Raugrin Triome, Zagoth Triome.
Not sure how you feel about these, but something else to consider would be the 5 panoramas from wherever it was they were first printed. Having that choice of fetch without spending money on the big fetches can be a really big asset in many games: Naya Panorama, Jund Panorama, Grixis Panorama, Esper Panorama, and Bant Panorama.
I'm sure you're aware of these, but in case you aren't, there are of course the expensive duals and fetch lands. The fetches (like for example, Bloodstained Mire) are incredibly powerful. They give you the power of choice between yes, the two colors, but beyond that virtually any color you wanted if you ran all the shock lands (like Stomping Ground). If you drew that Bloodstained Mire and needed a green, you could fetch Stomping Ground and boom, you have it. Of course, that is quite a lot of money, but if you weren't aware of them, it's a good thing to keep in mind. On a side note, the fetches are even more extremely powerful as they go to your graveyard, allowing you to recur them (with say, Ramunap Excavator) and get tons of landfall triggers per turn.
There's also Prismatic Vista and Fabled Passage, two also possibly out of budget but good cards that are great fetches as well.
Some others are ones that add any color- like these are probably by far the best. Here's some that come to my mind. Ancient Ziggurat, City of Brass, Mana Confluence. Cascading Cataracts/Crystal Quarry are also definitely worth it for the big ol Sliver.
You don't seem to have too much ramp in the deck besides the 3 green guys and a bit of Artifact ramp. Not sure how much you need more, but some I'd recommend are Fellwar Stone, Ornithopter of Paradise, Three Visits/Nature's Lore if you add the shock lands (like Stomping Ground, etc., then you can use these to find any color), Noble Hierarch, Ignoble Hierarch, Bloom Tender (adds one of each when big sliver is out!!), Birds of Paradise, definitely Arcane Signet, Sylvan Caryatid, etc. The dorks aren't slivers, but they are really really crucial in adding any color. It is a bit much of green though, which is probably not something you want to do, so maybe pick and choose wisely- especially if you replace the green ones I mentioned before (maybe not all of them). Let me know if you'd like some more of these kinds of ramp suggestions.
Anyways, I've got some stuff to do so I'll leave it at that for now- I'm not gonna read through this so sorry for any grammar errors too. Hope some of this is helpful, and insightful. Feel free to check out some of my decks (main one is Double Trouble EDH ⫸PRIMER⫷), and let me know if you have any questions or want some help. Best of luck with your deck, and have a wonderful evening.
edit: most of the slivers and all look good there's a couple things I'd swap no biggies, small things like maybe consider Kindred Discovery or Toski if you like Bident of Thassa) but that looks all good!
bushido_man96 on Close the beaches #seamonsters
1 year ago
If you're looking to capitalize on the landfall theme more, I recommend more land ramp to get the triggers. I'd ditch the Simic Signet for another spell like Nature's Lore or Kodama's Reach/Cultivate. I'd ditch Jungle Basin and Coral Atoll for some other fetch lands like Bant Panorama and Naya Panorama. Gush is a fantastic draw spell in a deck like this. Psychosis Crawler is a great payoff for drawing a bunch of cards.