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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
Nyx Lotus enters the battlefield tapped.
: Choose a colour. Gain an amount of mana of that colour equal to your devotion to that colour. (Your devotion to a colour is the number of mana symbols of that colour in the mana costs of permanents you control.)
2 months ago
This was the intention. With a lucky starting hand this thing can be explosive af.
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx would be great… but is that expensive and unfortunately i don‘t own a copy.
Nyx Lotus instead could be an option. But what dies not cut for it?
I already hesitate with Altar of the Pantheon, which makes gods to creatures a little bit earlier.
2 months ago
4 months ago
Reki allows for a lot of continuous card draw, and this deck has a little subtheme of cost reduction with cards like Nylea, Keen-Eyed, Rhonas's Monument, The Immortal Sun, Emerald Medallion and Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma on top of the regular green ramp (aided by creatures like Rishkar, Peema Renegade and Sachi, Daughter of Seshiro who can both have Reki (who should always be on board) and themselves tap for mana and other Legendary cards like Nyx Lotus and Sanctum of Fruitful Harvest), which keeps the engine going even more.
I personally prefer to use Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger as a finisher, but as you might imagine, the people you play him against aren't always happy to see him. Another type of "creature" finisher I like is Kamahl's Druidic Vow. With all the mana you're making with this deck it can quite easily be cast for X = 30+. But in general this deck doesn't have creature finishers (Vorinclex and God-Eternal Rhonas being the exceptions) as instead it tries to create a critical mass of big and tough creatures to hit the opponents hard with, preferably with the aid of some of the cards mentioned above. If you are looking for creature finishers though I would recommend running some of the Eldrazi Titans
5 months ago
Nyx Lotus would be stupid powerful in this deck and as a game finisher Hurricane and 4 other cards that could work out well Primal Rage, Primal Surge now this card is 10 mana but your only running 6 non-permanents so you have a great chance in dumping your deck out for free. Descendants' Path is a great card basically every up keep if a hydra is on top play it for free before your draw step or it goes on the bottom. Halana, Kessig Ranger might be nasty to just blow a creature out of the way.
5 months ago
maybe there be some nice choices for you in my elf empire deck which is identical to your deck in more ways then one, it too was re-build from the commander starter deck and now is like 6-7 tier. I find some good choices in your build, I also strongly recomend Nyx Lotus it gets insane in this deck
5 months ago
Thanks for the suggestion Brian-123 ! All fantastic suggestions and all cards I have in my binders/ collection and most that I cut, or had out when building, with reasoning.
So this is what I'm thinking:
Both Traumatize and Fleet Swallower are both brutal cards but due to mana cost I held off on them for cheaper options to have more access to spells like Fractured Sanity and Tasha's Hideous Laughter Mill was always more of a way to fill the graveyard while still having mana to play other cards at the same time, mainly just to speed up.
I only have one copy of Painful Quandary and it's currently being used in another deck, but I agree would work in here ... but what to swap for it?
Torment of Hailfire and Exsanguinate are glorious cards, that I use in many decks and have copies to play for this deck but what I feel is the mana production and deck is just not optimized to take full advantage of them correctly at this time, thus they sit for the time being, which leads me to my next point...
Nyx Lotus sat on my table and I stared at it.... stared hard at it, thinking if I could a. Take full advantage of it and b. Want to spend 4 mana to have it come in tapped and risk having a board wipe that makes it a dead rock.
Finally, I have to agree with Grimoire of the Dead being good, but slow and I worry as I work closer to graveyard hate that it might not be as effective.
Wow! Lmao thanks again for everything and for making my brain work.
5 months ago
Painful Quandary= is a nasty card to help force discard and deal 5 damage
Trailblazer's Boots=for unblockable, but I figured Whispersilk Cloak was for the protection
Torment of Hailfire is one of my favorite cards
Clone Legion yes i know heavy on the mana but its commander and games stretch. its fun to us if your opponent has a big field, you can copy any field even your own hense helping with tokens
Grimoire of the Dead= i know it might be slow
5 months ago
I saw another comment say this, but stressing it, Phyrexian Arena can be replaced (and same with Greed). For an enchantment that can be removed, same cost as Necropotence which you have included and doesn't generate nearly the same amount of value? Personally, I'd rather slot in a card like Sign in Blood or Night's Whisper, or for doing double duty, Castle Locthwain (and considering you're Mono Black, having it come in untapped shouldn't be an issue) These also are more on demand, situational impulse draws for when you really need them.
I'm a huge fan of mana doublers, and I personally don't like Extraplanar Lens. While I understand the upside, I can't get past the exiling a land. I think that's too much of a downside. On the flip side, two mana doublers I like, Crypt Ghast and Magus of the Coffers, do double duty as blockers/attackers, and all for more mana, and you keep a land. I see you have Nyx Lotus in your maybe board as well, and I'd even say slot this in over Extraplanar Lens.
While Adaptive Automaton and Metallic Mimic both are decent anthems, they don't offer possible utility like other cards can. Considering you're running a lot of vampires, I'd recommend slotting in two other cards for them. Veinwitch Coven brings back cards from the dead when you gain life, which seems often. Return combo pieces, big threats, or mana helpers. And if you are still concerned about card draw, Champion of Dusk.
You already have a lot of tutors, Brainspoil might be pushing it, unless there's a combo that I am not seeing. To be more dynamic, I'd recommend Go for the Throat or Doom Blade depending on your meta. Having cheap removal at instant speed can be the difference in a game.
Door of Destinies or Coat of Arms I'd also highly recommend. They're fantastic tribal anthems and I'd argue puts in more work than Herald's Horn. I say that because I like the philosophy of, "the best healing is damage" or "more damage, less dead" (and also Coat of Arms with a full board and constant threat replacement with Veinwitch Coven is terrifying)
Hope this helps!