Needle Spires

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Needle Spires

Land

Needle Spires enters the battlefield tapped.

: Gain or .

: Needle Spires becomes a 2/1 red and white Elemental creature with double strike until end of turn. It's still a land.

jjmac112 on unBillieveable

1 month ago

Brion Stoutarm deck:


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So this is the deck as it was pre changes. First of all, I think you'll notice that I swapped 17 cards, not 15 lol. Secondly, you'll see that Osgir, the Reconstructor has taken Brion's job. After all the changes the deck has been through I found myself rarely casting Brion and the few time I've played with Osgir have been valuable experiences ;)

Cards out: Brion Stoutarm, Felidar Sovereign, Gisela, Blade of Goldnight, Avacyn, Angel of Hope, Serra Avatar, Iroas, God of Victory, Descend upon the Sinful, Elspeth, Knight-Errant, Magma Phoenix, Prison Term, Figure of Destiny, Student of Warfare, Prophetic Flamespeaker, Land Tax, Dawn of Hope, Lone Rider  Flip, Needle Spires

So with Brion out so too are the cards that combo with him the most like Serra Avatar and Magma Phoenix. With everything else I just needed to make space for stuff that I can squeeze a little (or a lot) more value out of. The one thing I am thinking should find its way back is Gisela, Blade of Goldnight. It's a powerful finisher and I'm now short on things that can take my board state and put an end to the game.

Cards in: Nahiri, the Lithomancer, Zirda, the Dawnwaker, Venerable Warsinger, Feldon of the Third Path, Battle Angels of Tyr, Dockside Extortionist, Deep Gnome Terramancer, Archivist of Oghma, Akiri, Line-Slinger, Wheel of Fortune, Faithless Looting, Teferi's Protection, Anointed Procession, Smuggler's Share, Expedition Map, Swiftfoot Boots, Darksteel Citadel

Also, I just realize I should add Rustvale Bridge and Treasure Vault

9-lives on

8 months ago

Alright! Awesome! forneyt, thank you so much for your help! You are amazing! Yes, nearly all of my cards take at least . Unfortunately, I can't change my manabase this week, and I plan on playing this week. However, I have this small issue: wouldn't it be better to run multiple Raugrin Triome and Mystic Monastery instead of lands that enter tapped while they have only two mana colors, like Needle Spires, Wandering Fumarole, Temple of Triumph, Temple of Epiphany and Celestial Colonnade? That means there are at least 6 tri-land I can add instead of those, and that brings me back to 8x tri-lands as in my original manabase as posted. The advantage of those cards is their activated abilities, but I don't plan on running many of those abilities. And, Everything that is listed on this deck is already owned by me. I also have 3x Soul-Scar Mage, but I can't run that at the same time as Soulfire Grand Master. I don't own Soulfire Grand Master, either.

forneyt on

8 months ago

Okay, thanks for the clarification haha. I think in the case of a more casual environment, Izzet Charm is great because it provides you different options, so it is rarely a dead card. Keep in mind that Izzet Charm only counters noncreature spells, whereas Mana Leak counters any spell, which is why having a couple of each is good. Mutiny looks like a fun, on-theme card, but it is very conditional, so I would suggest only doing 1 mainboard and maybe 1 sideboard. My issue with Illusory Wrappings is that if you enchant the creature and then bolt it, that is a 2-1 exchange in your opponent's favor (your enchantment [1] + your removal [1] for their creature [1]). A good replacement could be Polymorphist's Jest, which is an instant so you could swing in with your creatures then use it as a combat trick to take out more of your opponent's creatures with 1 spell. That is intensive and conditional, so that should probably be a 1-of in mainboard or max 2 in sideboard.

A couple Shocks should be plenty because it's a budget build, but no more than 2 of each because they are inefficient. Although, I think Shock would be better than Opt in this deck because you want to maximize damage, so perhaps you could push those out and replace them with Shocks and Izzet Charms. Once you have the budget for Skullcrack, the Shocks should be the first to go. I also believe that Guttersnipe, while it is undoubtedly a good card, should be replaced with Soulfire Grand Master because 3 mana is a lot when you have so many creatures in the deck. The Electrostatic Fields are cheaper, and they can be good blockers (on theme) and are resistant to opponents' Lightning Bolts, unlike Guttersnipe.

Classic Counterspell could also be good in this deck once your mana base is secure. Negate is also an amazing counterspell in the right meta, and it's cheap! One in the mainboard and/or a couple in the sideboard could prove valuable. Counterspells are important, but they are only helpful if they are applicable and castable. Make sure you have some variety and not too many with severe restrictions. So 4x Counterspell is good, but 1x Counterspell, 1x Mana Leak, 1x Negate, and 1x Izzet Charm is better. The 1x Mana Leak takes away the restriction without taking away the variety, the 1x Negate allows the mana flexibility of Mana Leak without the mana restriction at the expense of restrictive targets, and 1x Izzet Charm allows for greater variety in plays, but it's hard to beat the power of Counterspell so it deserves its spot.

That brings me to your mana base. My biggest suggestion is to avoid lands that don't tap for because almost all of your spells use in some way, and you can get mana screwed really easily if you don't have access to it. The pain lands would be perfect for your deck: Shivan Reef and Battlefield Forge. They provide you with your colors and come into play untapped, which is huge. In my opinion, Nephalia Academy is not helpful and you might as well have a Wastes instead because at least that can be tutored if a creature gets Path to Exiled. But I have some other utility lands to suggest for you.

If you find yourself building up a good board presence, Castle Embereth would be very helpful. If you find that your opponents are going wider, Surtland Frostpyre could be a good boardwipe. Geier Reach Sanitarium would be good to cycle dead draws, but it doesn't tap for a helpful color. Needle Spires and Wandering Fumarole are great manlands in your colors, and although Celestial Colonnade doesn't tap for , it can be the difference between staying behind and pulling ahead in longer matchups and is worth an include. Temple of Epiphany and Temple of Triumph are decent Turn 1 plays, as they can let you plan your next turn and counterstrike. Also, the longer I look at Soulfire Grand Master, the more I think it's perfect for the deck. If you take advantage of the lifelink it gives, the pain lands will be absolutely no trouble. It also allows you to recast your spells as you go into the late game in longer matchups, which is amazing. Keep in mind that for Mutiny, the opponent's creature is doing the damage, so you won't gain life.

Anyway, a solid manabase would be 4x Shivan Reef, 4x Battlefield Forge, 2x Raugrin Triome, 1x Needle Spires, 1x Wandering Fumarole, 2x Temple of Triumph, 1x Temple of Epiphany, 1x Celestial Colonnade, 3x Mountain, 1x Plains, 1x Island. About a third of these land come into play tapped instead of half as your deck currently stands, they all tap for relevant colors, and several give you some utility if your spells fall short. Some of the numbers will need to be tweaked depending on what your spells are, but this should be a great improvement! And all of these lands are around a dollar, many are less than a dollar (except for Celestial Colonnade, which is only a couple dollars, but it's really that good). Depending on the requirements, you may need to switch a Mountain for an Island, but your dual lands should cover it well.

enpc on Gold Medal in Hammer Throw, 2022 Olympics

9 months ago

Given how incredibly low the mana curve of the deck is, have you thought about running either Cave of the Frost Dragon or Den of the Bugbear? While Den is cheaper to activate and can make tokens, Cave is more on colour and gives you both a flying attacker and decent toughness flying blocker if the games get drawn out. And unlike Needle Spires (which other than entering tapped would have been perfect) doesn't enter tapped early game, so as to not impact tempo anywhere near as much since you don't have a single card costing more than 2 mana (meaning you can never get screwed playing on curve).

Serriten on

1 year ago

Since equipment decks can be creature light they're very weak to removal and board wipes. Recommend some creature lands so you have something you can equip to like Cave of the Frost Dragon, Den of the Bugbear, and Needle Spires. Helpful creatures that also make good alternate commanders are Bruenor Battlehammer, Akiri, Fearless Voyager, and Koll, the Forgemaster. Unless you're going for a specific theme with the swords, you might also have some faster interaction with equipments like Maul of the Skyclaves that attach to a creature when they enter and save you some mana.

EVENcast on Feather Redeems Boros in EDH [Primer]

1 year ago

Awesome deck! I’ve been consulting this page frequently since I began building my feather deck, Feather the Storm. I appreciate how thorough and thoughtful your analysis is, and I love that you keep the list updated with each new set release.

I was curious about your inclusion of the land Needle Spires . Your mana base seems insanely efficient, but this clunky man-land caught me by surprise. Do you find that it’s a helpful option after a board wipe? Have you ever used it’s ability in a game, and if so, how frequently?

Thanks again for all the great tips and tricks for this awesome commander!

Rorolith on Boros Artifact Deck

1 year ago

I would recommend adding more copies of key cards in your deck for consistency. Play around with it, find out which cards are good and synergistic, and which ones are cards that generally don't come in handy, or are just cards that sit in your hand the whole game.

Here are some improvements that could be made with your mana base on budget: Wind-Scarred Crag , Needleverge Pathway  Flip, Temple of Triumph , Battlefield Forge , and Needle Spires . Coming in at the highest price for budget lands is Clifftop Retreat at $5.75 US. All of these are better than Boros Guildgate

Don't include all of those lands, lol. Cut cards from your deck until it is 60 cards (for consistency) and then have 24 lands as a base. Add more or cut more depending on how aggressive you are. Basic lands should be the majority of your land base unles you are looking for an expensive mana base, but 8-12 of the lands I listed above should help.

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