Rashmi, Eternities Crafter
Legendary Creature — Elf Druid
Whenever you cast your first spell each turn, reveal the top card of your library. If it's a nonland card with converted mana cost less than that spell's, you may cast it without paying its mana cost. If you don't cast the revealed card, put it into your hand.
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Rashmi, Eternities Crafter Discussion
3 weeks ago
Here’s something interesting: while there are over 120 mono-colored legendary creatures, there are less than fifty to each color pairing. As the pool has grown limited, we’ll need to shake up the format of these articles going forward. I’ll be grouping playstyle-linked generals where possible, but where that's not an option we’ll instead discuss generals who match the color pair’s themes overall. And today, we discuss Azorius!
Maybe you came here to build a deck build around flying. Maybe. Assuming you’re not Peter Pan, you probably came sniffing after a combination of White stax and Blue control. Maybe this is about enchantments for you. Maybe this is about blink. But in summary, this pairing has a general slant toward prevention and manipulation rather than offensive power.
White, when played defensively, comes across as a big, solid castle that central catering forgot to stock with anything but a vat of sour cream and the world’s blandest potatoes. Thick walls, but comparatively little offense or subtlety. This ties into stax in part, but also touches on themes which weren't covered in the white article: potent life-gain a la Rhox Faithmender and friends, shockingly powerful barriers such as Solitary Confinement and sweeping control of the board like the Aven Mindcensor . One of White's inherent disadvantages, however, comes to mind: besides a handful of "I win" cards like Felidar Sovereign and Near-Death Experience , white has no teeth outside the combat phase, and relatively little draw to dig for them. Test of Endurance and Celestial Convergence are made more reliable by white's fine pile of enchantment tutors, but personally I'd rather not depend on cards that give your opponents time to prevent your win.
Blue, on the other hand, isn’t so much defensive or offensive (in one sense, anyway), skipping that spectrum in preference of sidestepping problems until you can strategery your way to victory. It's great, in theory, and generally in practice. Blue, so long as we're lampooning, is a brilliant, twerpy engineer. A pest so frail they’d crumple under a breeze, so agile you’ll never tag them, and so annoying they’ll leave you begging for the clean killing blow they're too reedy to actually fetch you. The glaring problem, though, is that if an opponent can ignore a blue player's tricks and actually land a few hits, said blue player is probably screwed.
Combine them, though... Combine them, and they shore up one another's weaknesses in a big way. Combine them, and you potentially have the most solid, strategic defense in the game. Suddenly you have all the draw you could want for your Approach of the Second Sun , your Sphere of Safety will have an Enchanted Evening , and you can actually, feasibly win with Azor's Elocutors ... which will probably see you dying alone, unloved, and undoubtedly quite pleased with yourself.
For today, we're discussing Blink/Flicker, Control (again), and the Miscellaneously Themey. As always, please bear in mind that our focus here is not necessarily competitive but rather on thematic, archetypical commanders.
ETB effects are wonderful, wonderful things. You get a body, sometimes even a good solid one like the Sun Titan and some nice, tasty effect that hopefully makes said body only the icing on a fine, fine cake. The classic example would be Palinchron : pair it with something repeatable like Deadeye Navigator and you have infinite mana. Then you can Meteor Golem the table's collective psyche straight into the nearest mental ward. Or, if you really want to emotionally cripple someone, blink their commander whenever they try to attack, attach some voltrony wincon, or... well, anything.
With White providing the protection keyword, Blue shelling out unblockable, and flying sourced from both, this pairing inarguably has the best evasion. Brago may not have the muscle to kill someone as is, but there are some great options for fixing that. Not that you need to: if you have a board of flickerhappy boyz, Brago's a great pick for commanding your blinking battalion.
Upon reading this card you may feel a great disturbance in the force, as though millions of token decks cried out in terror and were suddenly detained. Ask yourself: how many permanents cost less than 4 mana in a game? Assuming you're not playing an entire meta of leafy green lunatics, the answer is "most." This was my wife's first deck. Lavinia had herself a Conjurer's Closet , or something like, most games. I was grateful when she switched to slivers.
I like this guy. I like spirits. Rewarding the blink life with a swarm of tokens and supporting a neat mechanic with a number of good cards, Ranar's a great choice for someone who wants it all.
Turtle up until you find your win, you spineless wart. Or, as Sun Tzu would say "Attack is the secret of defense; defense is the planning of an attack." Ghostly Prison AND Propaganda anyone? Nobody buys time like Azorius (blue extra turn shenannigans notwithstanding). The best spread of control options are tied up in these two colors, maintaining a proper hold on the battlefield to ensure you can, eventually, uninterruptedly, shamelessly legalese someone to death.
Simple. Direct. Rude. Terse? Resentful? Me? Absolutely. Do. Not. Want.
I have seen Gaddock Teeg a few times, to my discomfort. This feels like Teeg playing favorites. For someone labeled as a renegade, Lavinia certainly abides by this pairing's preference for smacking people in the kisser with a banhammer. Opponents can't cast anything large. Opponents can't cast anything free. Those fond of Izzet spellcasting combos must HATE this card. Hell, as someone who plays Rashmi, Eternities Crafter , I hate this card and haven't even seen it played.
Taking a step back from going wide, Gwafa reminds me of that scene in Robin Hood: Men in Tights where the sheriff tries to laugh his way though delivering bad news. "Your creature is worthless, haha. But you draw a card, hoho, isn't that nice? Hehe, aren't I nice?" Go to the darkest, dankest, smelliest hell, Gwafa.
Most of the removal tied to artifacts and enchantments works off of destroy effects, not exile, so if your focus isn't on commander-based synergies but rather your board state, Hanna may serve you well, especially considering how often tossing an artifact will get you a new one.
If you really want to flyspam, Kangee is a solid pick: blue-white has a whole mess of options to hose down the opponent with an airborne death swarm. Top marks if you manage to regularly play Dovescape and know the pleasure of watching your opponents try to process all their cool stuff turning into birds.
You like auras? Here you go. Avoid stuff like Reliquary Tower , overload your hand with goodies like Steel of the Godhead and All That Glitters , then gloat when you slap Bruna down and get everything you discarded into play without the bother of paying for it. Hell, put your auras on the creatures that tutored them. Bruna doesn't mind. She'll take them anyway, from anywhere. Thank God she doesn't have haste.
And, for my personal favorite...
This guy is a fantastic face to put on a political deck. Nobody wants to smash the guy who gives out free cards and life! At least, not until you find Mind Over Matter , or something like. You won't deck anyone thanks to this wascally wabbit's wording, but you'll have your entire deck in hand. That should be all, folks. The only reason Kwain doesn't have a deck in this house is because Rashmi and Pramikon got here first and stole all the good stuff.
That's it for this round. Thoughts and questions are welcome. I hope you enjoyed it, and will come back soon for Dimir!
2 months ago
Hey, some advice to help to lower the mana curve is to consolidate all the six, five and four CMC cards. Choose the better ones and cut the others for lower CMC instants. An example for each is choose two of the better cards here.
- Six drop: Shark Typhoon and Melek, Izzet Paragon
- Five drop: Double Vision and Prophetic Bolt
- Four drop other than Kalamax: Wilderness Reclamation and Rashmi, Eternities Crafter
Counting Kalamax there's 19 four drops here, which is a lot and this many is making the mana curve higher. Of these four drops the better ones are: Kalamax, Wilderness Reclamation , Rashmi, Eternities Crafter , Primal Amulet Flip, Murmuring Mystic , Spark Double and Chemister's Insight . The others or at least half of the rest could be cut for lower CMC instants to reduce the mana curve.
If adding Reclaim + Regrowth then you don't really need any of the other higher CMC cards that can recur cards from your graveyard such as Surreal Memoir , Goblin Dark-Dwellers , Charmbreaker Devils , etc. These and others could be cut to help to reduce the mana curve. Solve the Equation is an excellent budget card with Kalamax since it can tutor for any instant or sorcery. It could replace a high CMC card since it can tutor the best instant in your deck. Equation and Regrowth are very good with Narset's Reversal since they're sorceries can repeatedly cast/copy with Reversal on your turns.
More ways to lower the mana curve is adding more low CMC instants that draw. This draw is fine without Kalamax and then after you control Kalamax equals a lot of draw for low mana cost. The low mana cost to amount of draw lets you potentially cast more instants on opponent's turns. To give you a better idea what I mean these are some greater than to less than card examples of potential changes to consider.
Other ideas are some low CMC instants that draw that also give Kalamax evasion, letting him more easily do combat damage to a player when he attacks. The drawback these spells have is you want to cast them on your turn since it's not ideal to cast them on an opponent's turn because then you won't get the evasion benefits for attacking.
Unleash Fury doesn't draw, but it can be a one instant kill spell with Kalamax for two mana. Doing 21 Commander damage to an opponent who didn't block Kalamax, but only if Kalamax has starting 5 or more power. Cast Fury, copy it with Kalamax which puts a counter on attacking tapped Kalamax giving him 6 power. The copy of Fury doubles the 6 power to 12 power and the original Fury doubles the 12 power to 24 power.
With Kalamax a Fork such as Expansion / Explosion is a like a supercharged Unleash Fury . Expansion can give tapped Kalamax infinite power with +1/+1 counters that stay on Kalamax as well as other value.
I offer more advice in another comment about how you could add more complexity to your deck with Forks.
3 months ago
Can someone help me sort out how the triggers for a Three Visits (top of library) on the stack resolve with Melek, Izzet Paragon , Veyran, Voice of Duality , and Rashmi, Eternities Crafter out on the field?
3 months ago
4 months ago
Changes i made to Nooz's original list:
Cruel Entertainment -> Wilderness Reclamation
Diabolic Tutor -> Demonic Tutor
Explosive Vegetation -> Skyshroud Claim
Rampant Growth -> Three Visits
Abrupt Decay -> Assassin's Trophy
Chromatic Lantern -> Arcane Signet
Crumbling Necropolis -> Zagoth Triome
Frontier Bivouac -> Ketria Triome
Burgeoning -> Curiosity
Regrowth -> Bala Ged Recovery Flip
Shivan Reef -> Training Center
Yavimaya Coast -> Rejuvenating Springs
Strionic Resonator -> Training Grounds
Thought Vessel -> Dockside Extortionist
Metallurgic Summonings -> Shark Typhoon
Insidious Will -> Saw It Coming
Rashmi, Eternities Crafter -> Kess, Dissident Mage
Brainstorm -> Sensei's Divining Top
5 months ago
Hey, I like the new update and nice new deck description too. It's fine with me if you want to reference anything from my deck. I don't think Early Harvest is worth playing.
Some budget cards that fit with your theme to consider playtesting:
- Fists of Flame : draw a card, pump and trample.
- Inscription of Abundance counters and fight.
- Temur Battle Rage : double strike and trample.
- O-Naginata : repeatable trample and pump.
Some budget cards that have over preformed for me:
- Tribute to the Wild : in multiplayer Commander it's ridiculous value for two mana.
- Rashmi, Eternities Crafter : can trigger once on every players turn.
Fists could replace Unnatural Predation since the draw is worth the one extra mana. Three counters on Kalamax and fight/most likely killing an opponent's creature is better than Tread Upon . The nice thing about these two instants is you can get something out of them if you cast them on an opponent's turn. Casting Fists to draw two or more cards and the counters from Inscription stay with Kalamax + instant fight or fight + fight.
Something to think about is the extreme value you get from Kalamax comes from being able to copy an instant on each opponents turns. That's a problem with most pump spells, you only want to cast them on your turn with attacking Kalamax.
6 months ago
Today Wizards released an article called 'The Legends of Kaldheim' giving small bits of lore on each legend in the set. One of these included Vorinclex. This is what was said about him:
"Why Vorinclex arrived in Kaldheim is currently unknown, but the purposes are certainly nefarious. The method he used to travel between planes is also a mystery. Vorinclex's organic parts were destroyed in the journey, leaving only metal and bone. An inquisitive stag sniffing around his remains was enough raw material to begin crafting a new body, and Vorinclex slowly made his way up the forest food chain until he had created a form he found satisfactory."
This is significant in that it follows the same formula that Rashmi, Eternities Crafter's (now Tezzeret, Master of the Bridge's) interplanar portal works - not allowing organic material to pass through. This means one of two things:
1.) This is how all interplanar portals now work post mending.
2.) Tezzeret is now helping the Phyrexians.
I am inclined to go with 1 because when Vorinclex escapes from Kaya, he jumped into metal. Assuming this is the method by which he came to Kaldhiem, it is very different that Tezzeret's planar bridge.
7 months ago
Hi. Can we talk. I'm literally building this, independent of you. Lol But I have questions. I don't know how updated this list is. Would you consider: Jori En, Ruin Diver Rashmi, Eternities Crafter Nikya of the Old Ways Purphoros, Bronze-Blooded Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma
But most importantly, I started building the deck because of Zara, Renegade Recruiter
And I'm thinking Keruga, the Macrosage as a companion.
What is your input? What do you think?