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Portal to Phyrexia
When Portal to Phyrexia enters the battlefield, each opponent sacrifices three creatures.
At the beginning of your upkeep, put target creature card from a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control. It's a Phyrexian in addition to its other types.
1 week ago
Have you considered Emergence Zone, Crystal Vein, City of Traitors or Urza's Saga for your land base? A few Tutors and choice card draw pieces like Ring of Three Wishes, The One Ring, Planar Bridge, Planar Portal & Citanul Flute could help you quickly outvalue your opponents with your Commander's ability, as could Ramp pieces like Ashnod's Altar & Doubling Cube. Portal to Phyrexia & Grimoire of the Dead could potentially win some games here as well, depending on the pod!
3 weeks ago
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Portal to Phyrexia is probably the best target in the game for daretti's ultimate.
You should definitely run Goblin Welder and Goblin Engineer. They are like a cheaper master transmuter in red. Wurmcoil Engine is one of the best big artifact creatures red has access to. I would consider using it. It's good after board wipes. If you can triple it you'll still have 18 power on an empty board if you wrath.
I would add Nevinyrral's Disk
That signature spell looks like it's gonna be a nightmare for us. Good pick
3 months ago
I have a question about the use of Mishra, Eminent One Mishra, Eminent One and an artifact, like portal to phyrexia Portal to Phyrexia. If Mishra targets portal to phyrexia to create a copy that becomes a 4/4 construct artifact creature, in addition to its other types, does the copy (construct) of portal to phryexia trigger as it is still portal to phryexia? or does it just remain an artifact (as that is its original type)? It doesn't retain it's gametext from portal as the construct does it?
7 months ago
Ramos, Dragon Engine can only be played in a five color deck using it as Commander or another five color Commander. It's activated ability has all five mana symbols and those symbols count toward it's color identity. Urza's color identity is only three colors Esper (black, white, blue). Because Urza doesn't have red and green that's why Ramos can't be played with Urza as Commander.
If you want aggro with Urza lets look at the beginning of the mana curve first, cards spots of 0-3 CMC only then we can look at the higher end of the mana curve. The first changes to consider is to remove all the nonartifact creatures and then later determine if they are worth a spot in your deck because they have abilities that help artifacts or Urza. I think you'll find that you don't need any of these creatures because artifact creatures can take their places. If you want to be aggro with Urza then you want to utilize Urza's artifact creature affinity to cast Urza quicker. To do this consistently Urza wants 0-2 CMC artifact creatures and some 3 CMC artifact creatures more than the rest.
- Cut: Ramos, Dragon Engine
- Cut: Slither Blade, Triton Shorestalker, Fetid Imp, Neurok Familiar
- Cut: Parish-Blade Trainee, Gixian Skullflayer, Gryff Rider
- Cut: Naiad of Hidden Coves, Whispering Wizard, Cryptic Serpent
Some of these creatures may be added back in later, most likely not, but for now lets build the creature base with only artifact creatures. For making upgrades lets look at best cards here with Urza and build around them? Arcbound Ravager and Portal to Phyrexia are the two best cards here with Urza because they're artifacts and they're abilities are more powerful compared to most other cards here. Ravager brings the aggro, but if aggro doesn't do it and you need more reach to win the game then Portal can do that. Lets start with Ravager and what makes it better with Urza? Modular and you have some here, more one drops can help toward Urza's artifact creature affinity and Ravager.
- Add: Ornithopter, Vault Skirge, Arcbound Javelineer, Arcbound Mouser, Swooping Lookout
- Add: Steel Overseer, Baleful Strix, Triarch Praetorian, Malcator's Watcher
- Add: Silas Renn, Seeker Adept, Armix, Filigree Thrasher, Scrapyard Recombiner
Steel Overseer adds to the +1/+1 counter strategy, it's powerful but only for artifact creatures and if trying to be aggro it's a good reason to play very few nonartifact creatures. Silas Renn, Seeker Adept goes well with Arcbound Ravager since with Ravager you want to sac artifacts and Silas lets you cast an artifact from your graveyard. It's deathtouch combined with Urza's menace makes it a creature who opponent is not going to block and lose two or more creatures blocking it. Baleful Strix, Triarch Praetorian, Malcator's Watcher are two drop artifact creatures who fly and who draw when enter the battlefield (ETB) or dies.
Some artifacts here are worse than others.
- Cut: Veteran's Powerblade, Spellbook
- Cut: Journeyer's Kite, Pristine Talisman
- Cut: Reconstructed Thopter, Burnished Hart
Think about limiting the amount of nonartifact spells to just the better ones you have here?
- Cut: Involuntary Cooldown, Weakstone's Subjugation, Curse of Echoes
- Cut: Disfigure, Curate, Scatter Ray, Cancel
Equipment that increases the equipped creature's power equal to the amount of artifacts you control really ups the aggro since then any little artifact creature can become huge which combined with menace can make it a great attacker. I see Silver Myr and it's good here since counts twice for Urza, artifact creature affinity and ramp. Consider adding more artifact creature mana dorks who can make colored mana?
The budget Signets can help for ramp as well as color fixing which is really needed because the manabase here is pretty much all basic lands. Arcane Signet is a staple budget mana rock for ramp in Commander. Chromatic Lantern is fine for color fixing, but you're going to want more than that.
Some nonartifact creatures at the beginning of the mana curve can really help aggro and Urza.
Losheel, Clockwork Scholar is powerful with artifact creatures when attacking is what you want to be doing especially Constructs. Your artifact creatures don't take damage in combat meaning that opponents will have a difficult time choosing to block since their blockers might die, but your creatures will be fine. Losheel is also repeatable draw, once on each players turn when an artifact creature ETB you draw this includes when a Construct is created by Urza if you didn't have an artifact creature ETB before your end step.
Sai, Master Thopterist can be a repeatable source of artifact creatures, Thopters, to be attackers or sac fodder. Emry, Lurker of the Loch is like Silas Renn, Seeker Adept more ways to cast artifacts from your graveyard is good with Arcbound Ravager and other sac outlets.
That's it for this comment, but if you're still interested I'll give advice about the high end of the mana curve here to take more advantage of aggro into mid game and Portal to Phyrexia late game as well as some budget land options for the manabase. Would you like more advice?
Good luck with your deck.
8 months ago
Thanks zapyourtumor for the suggestions! They are both good viable options to help the discard plan. I like having Cathartic Reunion having the discard as an additional cost to cast the spell, as I get the cards in the graveyard even if it gets countered.
I do like the additional haste enabler as I gone down some God-Pharaoh's Gift for Portal to Phyrexia! The main reason I like Thrill of Possibility is the ability to dump artifacts into the graveyard at instant speed to get around sorcery speed graveyard hate (which was prevalent where I was playing).
Thanks for the suggestions!
8 months ago
I picked Spellbook over Thought Vessel because during play testing, I discovered this deck does not really care about ramp in the early game. We much rather play a creature on T2 rather than a mana rock. So I believe in this deck, the efficiency of Spellbook overshadows Thought Vessel's ramp.
Rings of Brighthearth seems cool but this may be more of a win-more/greedy card for the deck. But I'll keep it in mind.
I dont view Overwhelming Forces as a boardwipe but as a high priced removal spell. There's already 3 other cards that boardwipe in Damnation, The Meathook Massacre, and Portal to Phyrexia. With the high card draw of the deck, we're likely to have 1 of them if we find ourselves in that sticky situation. However since this deck has access to so many mana doublers, its not unlikely for us to have the to throw around so is quite playable in comparison to other deck-types. It doesnt destroy our board like how Decree of Pain does, so we keep momentum while crippling the best opposing boardstate.