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Prophet of Kruphix
Creature — Human Wizard
Untap all creatures and lands you control during each other player's untap step.
You may cast creature cards as though they had flash.
1 month ago
My next suggestion is to add some more lands. 20 lands won't support this deck as it stands now; 22-24 is closer to the right number. My first thoughts for cuts are Prophet of Kruphix and Whispering Madness. If the Prophet's untapping ability is relevant, than you're probably already in a strong position already and pushing to win. Whispering Madness needs an evasive creature base to pull its full weight, and that's not really the focus of this deck, so it's going to be single-use a lot of the time. Also, these two cards are at the high end of the mana curve, and reducing average mana cost while increasing mana availability should help with speed.
2 months ago
Yeah, Prophet of Kruphix is kind of an honorary ______born Muse.
Blue's ability to manipulate lands is driven more by mechanics than flavor, I think. To give it a flavor justification, it's similar to black's use of corrupting the mana bond, with Contaminated Ground and similar. Instead of damaging the bond, blue makes it "tighter" or "looser." Another interpretation is as an extension of time magic, speeding up or slowing down the planeswalker's ability to use mana.
I don't have a great answer for this, aside from without this interaction, blue would be missing almost all interaction with lands. There might be a parallel with red's interaction with enchantments, but lands are much more integral to regular gameplay than enchantments, so every color deserves some way to manipulate them, and blue is still significantly in last place.
2 months ago
2 months ago
In this post, Mark Rosewater said that Seedborn Muse would be blue and not green if it were printed, today, but I must respectfully disagree with him on that subject. I do admit that blue would have a card that untaps all artifacts during each player's untap step, because blue has a strong emphasis on artifacts, but I fully believe that green should remain the color of untapping creatures and lands, since green is the color of regrowth, rebirth, and rejuvenation, and, out of all the colors, it has the strongest emphasis on lands and is tied for white with having the strongest emphasis on creatures; by that logic, Prophet of Kruphix could have been mono-green if it did not grant flash to creature spells, but even that is flexible, given that Yeva, Nature's Herald does that and is mono-green.
What does everyone else say about this? Do you agree with Mark Rosewater that Seedborn Muse would be blue, rather than green, if it was printed, today?
3 months ago
Hey Profet93, thanks for the comment!
I do think Rings of Brighthearth is a great card, but I've excluded it mostly because, on it's own, it doesn't do anything...
Forsaken Monument, for example, = infinite mana with Basalt Monolith, but is also an incredible ramp card on it's own. This is basically the same reason that I've also excluded it from my Atraxa - Planeswalkers-Poison-Proliferate-Turns, even though it seems like an auto-include in that deck as well, in my opinion. I like Rings of Brighthearth a lot, but I really don't like looking at it on the battlefield without a combo piece, it's just a dead card then.
Aside from infinite mana, there are a bunch of other abilities that it could copy, like Planar Bridge, etc... However, the Rings only copies activated abilities, and I would sooner include cards like Lithoform Engine or Abstruse Archaic, as these cards also copy triggered abilities, like the cast triggers on Eldrazi, specifically Ulamog and Emrakrul, or Unwinding Clock's untap. Lithoform Engine and Abtruse Archaic both have somewhat more utility than the Rings, but as of yet, I still haven't squeezed them in either, again because I still feel like they just aren't good enough on their own without another combo piece.
Voltaic Construct fits into this "doesn't really do anything on it's own" category as well, and arguably is an even worse include than the Rings, Engine, or Archaic, but it's a lot easier to tutor up with cards like Eye of Ugin, Sanctum of Ugin, and especially Scrapyard Recombiner. Voltaic Construct + Metalworker and two artifacts in hand = infinite mana, which is pretty easy to assemble, and Metalworker is just a house on it's own. Voltaic Construct can also count for towards Emrakrul's casting cost in the graveyard...
Ultimately, I would like to include any of these copy-an-ability cards, if not all of them, but when I have, it just feels bad to have them sitting around doing nothing. Also, I kind of don't really need to copy abilities like that, as it turns out. I've found this deck to be pretty strong, and copying abilities often seems kind of win-more and win-less at the same time. Copying doesn't always make as big of an effect as it might seem... although copying a Planar Bridge ability could put two combo pieces in, the Bridge can also chain out anyways that with Clock of Omens, which is also a really powerful card, even though it also fits into the "doesn't really do anything on it's own" category, but I think is still better than any of the afore mentioned cards ...
I haven't included Voltaic Key either, for the same reasons basically, although I think this is really a card that should be in here. I guess I've also partly not included Rings of Brighthearth because I haven't included Voltaic Key either. I would put the Key in before the Rings, but I'm still not sure about the Rings. I think I decided to include Unwinding Clock instead of Voltaic Key, because, even though it's more expensive, it is really really REALLY powerful!!! With Liberator, Urza's Battlethopter and mana rocks, this mimics Prophet of Kruphix, which I think is rightfully banned becuase it's way too powerful for one card...
The Top trick with the Rings is cool, and more card draw is definitely welcome in this deck. This combo ultimately reads, ": Draw a card", but... I guess I've just come to the conclusion that there are already kind of a lot of "doesn't do anything on it's own" cards in here, so I've had to really pick the most powerful ones, and I guess I feel like the Rings just aren't powerful enough even when they do work, as they can only be activated once per ability. Clock of Omens, for example, can untap something a bunch of times, effectively "copying" abilities by just untapping something and activating it again. Also, Sensei's Divining Top + Jhoira's Familiar and Mystic Forge combo to draw the deck out for no mana once assembled, and these two cards are powerful on their own.
I like Wayfarer's Bauble a lot, and still want to include it. I think it is ultimately much better than Wanderer's Twig and Traveler's Amulet, which are both admittedly kind of bad cards.
The only reason I really include these at all is to get an artifact in the graveyard for Emrakrul's mana cost reduction, and to ensure land drops. Notably, multiple cards of one type still only count for , so often times it's redundant anyways. I think the reason I kept the Twig and Amulet in instead of Wayfarer's Bauble, is I kind of see the Bauble as a mana rock that adds but costs, which I do not think is acceptable. The only rock that cost and makes which is included is The Celestus because it also has card draw attached to it, and it can be tutored for with Moonsilver Key, for the card draw.
Even though the Twig and Bauble aren't technically ramp, they do help ensure a land drop every turn, which is think is important. There's already 36 lands in the deck, which is a lot for how many mana rocks are included, but I really want a land drop every turn if I can help it. I've tried to minimize high mana cost cards, even though there's so much mana in here, because it's still possible to get mana screwed if you have just a bunch of expensive cards in hand and not enought mana! Technically there's 38 lands in here currently, but I've put Eye of Ugin and City of Traitors in their own "Special" category, as I consider them to act more like artifacts then lands, as they don't always do what just a land that taps for mana does. They're unreliable for just basic mana, I guess. I'm thinking of putting Temple of the False God in, and I would also include this in the "Special" category for the same reason, being that it can't always be relied upon for mana like a regular land...
The most recent addition has been The Irencrag, which I myself think is funny to fit in over any of these other cards, but the consistency of early ramp is too important. Assuming that mana rocks will continued to be printed, I wonder what the limit to include will be! I actually took out Foundry Inspector to do this, which I don't like doing, and I might try to fit the Inspector in again first. But I think Karn, Legacy Reforged is on the top of the list for inclusions. Even though the mana he makes can't be used to cast Eldrazi, he'll be a huge beater, and will help cast and activate all those expensive artifacts.
My ideas are just what I've found to work playing the deck, and are by no means like, the way the deck should be built though!
I hope that provided some interesting insight into my cards choices...
6 months ago
sean360 Thank you for commenting.
As described, the deck funktions pretty darn well without Prophet of Kruphix, since it’s only value is to untap and activate the abilities (Kenessos or the cheat-effects). I don’t remember hardcasting any of the fattiest yet with her ability yet. Would be an easy swap :D
Elvish Piper and Quicksilver Amulet are just for redundancy. Since it cannot be avoided to draw one of these, i must have an opportunity to cheat them in. Piper is not that mana-intense, but slow… Amulett can be activated, when it hits, which is only good, when i have said untappes (Prophet/Seedborn).
Training Grounds is on my extended want list, but not in my budget currently :D
I would appreciate an up, if you like it. I will check yours, maybe get some inspiration.
7 months ago
Listen I love Prophet of Kruphix maybe more than any mtg another mtg card ever, but she should be banned lol.
8 months ago
I know it's been a few years since this deck was made, but I just picked it up and it's a ton of fun! A great new addition to the deck from recent sets is Silver Scrutiny. Replacing Treasure Cruise with it really kicks the deck into overdrive. You can draw just as many cards at instant speed for 3 less mana, or you can dump most of the mana from your defenders into a massive draw spell and still have mana left over to cast all of your creatures (at least, that's how I have been playing it without infinite mana. Pemmin's Aura has really spiked in price). This gets even better with the Prophet of Kruphix out as you can spend your whole turn drawing a bunch of cards, then spend your opponent's turn casting all of the creatures you drew.