Creature — Human Shaman

At the beginning of each upkeep, if you control no Snakes, create a 1/1 black Snake creature token with deathtouch.

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Ophiomancer Discussion

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on Innistrad: Crimson Vow

2 months ago

Coward_Token, TypicalTimmy: Ophiomancer intensifies

Just noticed Wash Away. One mana to stop a scary commander and a reasonable cleave cost which turns it into Cancel means that it could definitely make a splash in commander.

I kind of wish they would've just reprinted Soul-Guide Lantern instead of creating Lantern of the Lost. They are so very similar, but former is still better 90% of the time and approaching $3.

Kaya is pretty interesting with her -2 Anointed Procession. Might be worth a spot in my Tevesh Szat, Doom of Fools/Tymna the Weaver aristocrats deck.

I definitely see about 12 cards from this set that could make their way into various commander decks that I am currently running. That's higher than most sets.

Masterful on Necronomicon | Teysa Karlov | Primer

4 months ago

kirbysan I'm confident The Meathook Massacre will find a place in the deck. The lifegain triggering off opponents' creatures is incredibly strong with boardwipes, and it also seconds as a boardwipe. It won't take the spot of any of our current wipes, acting more as an additional Blood Artist, but the fact that it can be used as a wipe ups our control potential. Not sure what the best cut is, but it's certainly stronger than a few current cards in the list. I just wish it were a creature so it could proc off itself and we could fetch it with creature tutors, but at least enchantments are hard to kill.

I think you're right that Dreadhound is too expensive. Similar to Syr Konrad, the Grim, we achieve this effect by cheaper means via Blood Artist and friends, and we don't gain much from additional procs off mill.

One card I've been keeping an eye on is Adeline, Resplendent Cathar. As long as we have a piece of fodder to attack with each turn, she's pumping out 3+ tokens every turn. On a similar level to Ophiomancer, 3+ tokens on our turn every round is as good as it gets, especially since it can proc as soon as she comes town. She's also quite big for a 3 mana creature, making her hard to kill and a strong attacker early game to consistently proc her own effect. The only unfortunate thing is that the tokens have to attack, and we have to attack to create them, meaning we can't sit on them while we build our board. However, she still does a great impression of Elspeth, Sun's Champion at 3 mana.

Eloniel We're always happy to play more aggressively costed drainers, especially one with additional versatility. I find Falkenrath Noble and Vindictive Vampire are too expensive. Our 4 mana options usually do more, like Luminous Broodmoth or Elenda, the Dusk Rose providing exponential value. I could see us playing as many as 7 good 2-3 mana drainers, as I always find myself wanting more in-game.

Masterful on Necronomicon | Teysa Karlov | Primer

4 months ago

kirbysan I'm afraid Jadar, Ghoulcaller of Nephalia is a lot worse than Ophiomancer. Snake lady's strength is generating a piece of fodder to sac for value on every opponent's turn, and yes her new art is amazing! With 3+ opponents, Jadar is only generating a fourth of her value at most. Even if we accept him as a worse Ophiomancer, he's still a worse Bitterblossom which is a card that already doesn't make the cut.

I'm a little skeptical of Siege Zombie. It seems too far removed from our core aristocrats gameplan. Dealing 1-2 damage to each opponent every round is very slow compared to our other drainers. Even if we have 12+ creatures out and can drain for 4 each turn, we'd be winning anyway from that boardstate.

Good thoughts though. I'm sure we'll get some great death triggers somewhere in the coming spoilers. It is Innistrad after all.

kirbysan on Necronomicon | Teysa Karlov | Primer

4 months ago

Masterful Thoughts on the new card Jadar, Ghoulcaller of Nephalia spoiled in Innistrad? We could play it a turn faster than Ophiomancer but won't be able to use the token until next turn. Also, since Ophiomancer got spoiled in the new Commander Collection: Black I have a new place in my heart for it.

Unlife on Mass angel tokens 80% competitive

4 months ago

Ophiomancer could be an option to make more tokens that would end up as angels

Abzkaban on The Dungeon Master | Sefris Reanimator

5 months ago


Unfortunately Sefris only triggers when a creature card hits the graveyard, so Ophiomancer doesn’t provide the same value as in other aristocrat decks. Mass reanimation spells might not be a bad idea, though. The tricky part is finding a slot for them. I might have to physically play the deck to determine if there’s a reasonable cut. Perpetual Timepiece is actually a really good idea for graveyard protection. It could save me from a Boulanger Bog and give me time to find removal for any other graveyard hate. Great suggestions! I’ll have to see if I can squeeze any of them in.

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on The Dungeon Master | Sefris Reanimator

5 months ago

Neat deck, +1 from me. I feel Ophiomancer would instantly become one of your best creatures. Also, Living Death and/or Rise of the Dark Realms would be pretty strong here. I'd consider Perpetual Timepiece as well. It's less explosive than something like Mesmeric Orb, but it has an added layer of protecting your graveyard from graveyard hate.

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