Look at the top three cards of target player's library, then put them back in any order. You may have that player shuffle their library.
Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.
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2 weeks ago
No problem! Sorry that I didn't quite understand the deck's theme.
My suggestion would be to cut two of either Bloom Tender , Lotus Petal , or Emerald Medallion for 2 lands. Petal is a nice mana burst, but kind of only powerful if you are attempting to routinely loop or combo with it. Emerald Medallion is a really strong card, but I don't think it's being maximized within this deck. You aren't ramping into huge green spells (or even moderately costed green spells) on a consistent basis. It is great if you are storming off with pump spells, but half of your green pump spells only cost a single so the cost reduction doesn't impact them. Bloom Tender is another very strong ramp spell, but again, I don't think it is being maximized here. You don't run a terribly large number of multi-colored permanents. Sure with Rafiq on the battlefield it's 3 mana, but without him it's likely only producing green mana as most of your non-buffing permanents are green (I guess you could place a non-green buff on one of your mana dorks, but that seems like a waste).
With the amount of top deck manipulation that you are running, those two cantrips are great additions. You could also consider Ponder and the weaker Portent . They both draw and allow you to shuffle your library. Treasure Cruise and Dig Through Time are also fantastic since you can routinely cast them for and with Delve.
P.S. I actually think Mirri's Guile is quite strong and good in this deck, it was just the first one that I thought of when writing my earlier comment.
3 months ago
Drop Faerie Tauntings , Ashiok, Nightmare Muse , Traumatize , Trepanation Blade , add about one or two more ramp and two more card-draw at least. I almost always run 8 pieces of ramp and the prevailing wisdom is 10. Same for card-draw: I aim for 8, many aim for 10. Extra ramp is great with Oona's ability and card-draw can draw you into lands and just generally smooth everything out.
Reconnaissance Mission would be good. Treasure Cruise is often almost an Ancestral Recall and is budget too. Even though you're running Blue , Read the Bones is a great rate, as is Night's Whisper . Divination , Concentrate , and Tidings are all great on a budget, if a bit unexciting.
I love Keep Watch , Borrowing 100,000 Arrows , Theft of Dreams , Insight , Windfall , Plea for Power , Curse of Verbosity , and Manifold Insights but they are swingy. High ceilings, low floors. The mana cost on them is what makes them so good.
Midnight Clock is budget right now but it's starting to make waves. Get yours now while they're cheap. Ramp AND draw! Great on a budget.
Secrets of the Golden City and Kumena's Awakening should usually be City's Blessing-ed. I like Kimena's a lot on a budget (along with Patient Rebuilding ). Rush of Knowledge is decent if you have Oona out. Fathom Trawl is a guaranteed three non-lands, though it might be a bit lackluster with so many faeries. Not a bad card though. Mind Spring is great with ramp.
Drawn from Dreams and Dig Through Time are probably better than Diabolic Tutor until you have a game-winning card in the deck like Coat of Arms or some combo pieces (of which all are out-of-budget). I'd say drop Diabolic Tutor . Diabolic Vision is all right on a budget, as is Pilfered Plans , Forbidden Alchemy , and Notion Rain . We can probably do better, even on a tight budget.
With all your fliers, Rogue's Gloves and Mask of Memory are fantastic card-draw cards. Mask of Riddles is cute. Curiosity and Curious Obsession are decent but dangerous. Chart a Course is decent with fliers. Whispering Madness can be good with fliers too.
I have mixed feelings about Opt , Serum Visions , Sleight of Hand , Ponder , Preordain , Portent . They certainly don't hurt but they're bad late-game. I run them in some decks. Consider them if most of your card-draw is expensive. Brainstorm is a bit of a trap unless you have ways to shuffle your library and get rig of unwanted cards. This usually requires fetch lands like Polluted Delta and is better in 60-card formats.
Rain of Revelation , Archmage's Charm , Fact or Fiction , Succumb to Temptation , Precognitive Perception , Frantic Search , Pull from Tomorrow , Gush , Village Rites are all good for being instants so you can leave counterspells up and if you don't need them you can draw. That's one of the reasons a card like Anticipate looks weak but is nice for keeping counterspells open. Fact or Fiction is particularly good and is considered a staple in many formats, including EDH.
I would swap out Dimir Locket and Dimir Cluestone for Mind Stone and Prismatic Lens . Maybe Star Compass if it is in budget. I know you need your colors but 3-mana mana rocks that don't have huge upside are sooooo slow. Arcane Signet is probably out of budget, which is too bad. Is Wayfarer's Bauble still expensive? Probably. Worn Powerstone and Hedron Archive maybe? Oona isn't cheap and you want mana for her ability if push comes to shove. Trinket Mage is ramp because it can snag Sol Ring , making it the same rate as Explosive Vegetation and Hedron Archive .
10 months ago
Trostani, of the Balances
Lifelink. During your upkeep, if an opponent controls more creatures than you, they sacrifice a creature. Then, if each player controls the same non-zero number of creatures, you may transform ~.
During your draw phase, if an opponent has more cards in hand than you, you may draw a card.
Trostani, the Vindicator
Legendary Planeswalker - Selesnya
Non-token creatures you control have Lifelink.
[+1]: Exile target artifact or enchantment you do not control. Its owner gains life equal to its converted mana cost.
[-2]: If you control fewer lands than an opponent, you may search your library for a land with a basic land type and put it into play tapped. If it is a basic land, untap it.
[-7]: Choose artifact, enchantment or creature. Each opponent chooses one permanent of the chosen type that they control. Exile the rest.
that does it for the cycle.
How about some new basic cantrips... hailing from Ice Age, I think, which brought the first ones. The spell has a limited effect and then you draw a card during your next upkeep. Portent was one of the more playable examples.
1 year ago
I'd consider Green Sun's Zenith to fetch Dryad Arbor. You don't have any of the important card advantage engines currently (e.g. Mystic Remora, Ad Nauseam, Necropotence, Rhystic Study), so I'd really advise capitalizing on your opponent's big effects with Narset's Reversal. Dwarven Mine ought to be in the deck, it offers another way to make a creature at little cost to your deckbuilding choices. I'm personally I huge fan on Stifle. I'd for sure cut the three mana ramp spells like Cultivate, but add Nature's Lore, Search for Tomorrow, and Three Visits if you can afford it. I'd cut the Flame Sweep for Pyroclasm, and add in Subterranean Tremors. The way i see it, your combo needs a lot of mana. The way you do that without artifact ramp is that you play a control game so you can get to the lands you need. I'd add Portent and Serum Visions, and cut Summer Bloom. Frantic Search is bad. I really like Extract here. What about Khalni Garden? I like Unsubstantiate, as it can interact with Abrupt Decay. I'd cut the token makers if you can, mostly relying on fetches to go get Dryad Arbor or Dwarven Mine. You can play 9 fetches, that should get you there, in addition to Nature's Lore and Farseek being able to find them. I know you're starved for tutors but Long-Term Plans is way too slow. Focus more on cantrips and countermagic. Chain of Vapor is super strong. Swan Song is a good counterspell. You can also counter your own spell for the token! Gitaxian Probe deserves a slot. Nature's Claim and Natural State are excellent interaction. Pyroblast often functiond as a slightly worse Dispel. Lastly, By Force is excellent. All in all, your concept is SUPER SWEET, it just needs some fine-tuning.
1 year ago
I love it. I’ve looked over every card. Thought long and hard about about what I would add or take away. All I came up with is this:
Remove Portent as I’m not a huge fan of it in EDH (targets only one player, card draw delayed) Remove Saprazzan Skerry even though it’s quick mana, it doesn’t really work with Back to Basics so it could get stuck tapped on the battlefield or in your hand.
1 year ago
Some of the ideas in my deck I think can help yours and vice versa.
i like the way you use Portent to setup miracles. However, Erratic Explosion has a very big drawback in that even if you reveal a Thunderous Wrath and deal 6 to them, it goes to the bottom of the deck. To mitigate that, you need to have a bunch more expensive cards that you can reveal - currently, you have 2 hands of emrakul and 4 thunderous wrath. The best options to add are Errant Ephemeron (7 damage and easy to cast on t2, as well as alternate win con) and Fireblast (6 damage, with the option for 4 more). Additionally, adding 2 more Riddle of Lightning is good as it is infinitely better than erratic explosion - it scries 3, is instant and lets you keep the top card of your library, so it works great with miracle spells.
1 year ago
FWIW, here are some other examples where this has already been done:
- Recycle → Null Profusion
- Drop of Honey →Porphyry Nodes
- Roc of Kher Ridges → Phantom Monster and Esper Cormorants
- Thunder Spirit → Sky Spirit
Color-shifted and almost the same abilities:
1 year ago
PhantomHuscarl Thanks for your inputs and bringing back the suggestions of your peers to me as well! Greatly appreciate it. I'm excited for you to get this deck going and try it out with your play group too.
I actually run a small removal package including a handful of board wipes (under the "Removal" category). For a combo based deck, I'm a firm believer that "Offense is the best Defense", so instead of running defensive cards like some of those suggested above, I'd rather include a few more tutors/card draws or Counterspells to accelerate the assembly of my combo pieces or to protect them.
Portent , Telling Time , Omen are all good Top of Library Manipulation cards that we can consider, so feel free to mix and match to your preference too. In my opinion, those that allows you to put cards from your hand back to the top of the library (e.g. Brainstorm , Conch Horn should be given priority here just in case you draw your "Bombs" and you need ways to return them to top of library.
Silence is a good suggestion! I'm going to include it in my Maybeboard for now and see if I'm able to free up a slot for it soon.
Feel free to use the Playtest function here to try out the deck before you start forming it. You can PM me if you're unsure of the interactions.
Hope you continue to enjoy this exotic build! Cheers!