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3 weeks ago
Cryptolith Rite, Nature's Will, Druids' Repository, and [Bear Umbra] will give repeatable combats. Nature's Will is a bit expensive, so keep Song of Freyalise instead. You can remove Battle for Bretagard, Goblin War Drums, and Mask of Avacyn to use the other three enchantments if repeatable combats is your goal. Otherwise, here are some other great additions:
Cathars' Crusade will make HUGE creatures very quickly. Brave the Sands gives the vigilance needed to take advantage of Cryptolith Rite or have blockers. Impact Tremors will cause lots of pain over time. Raiders' Spoils card draw on steroids. Something you are SORELY lacking.
Kaya, Geist Hunter a great addition that will mostly be used for her -2 ability. Rhythm of the Wild is a good card to be replaced since most of your creatures will be tokens, anyways. If you don't go with Kaya, Cathars' Crusade would probably be a better replacement for Rhythm of the Wild.
Trollbred Guardian and Hamza, Guardian of Arashin requires +1/+1 counters but you don't have very many +1/+1 counters in the deck to take advantage of this. You can remove them and instead use Mindblade Render and Oakhame Adversary for card draw. You need card draw.
Usher of the Fallen and Imperious Perfect are fairly underwhelming. Imperious Perfect is a little better, but I'd at least replace Usher of the Fallen with Rhys the Redeemed. Honestly, I'd use Ogre Battledriver over Imperious Perfect.
Tuya Bearclaw and Hamletback Goliath get big, but they can be chumped VERY easily. Lovisa Coldeyes will buff all your tokens that are harder to chump. You could maybe keep the Hamletback Giant, but Zurgo Helmsmasher or Samut, Voice of Dissent is a good choice in your deck if you decide not to.
Blaring Captain and Blaring Recruiter are also very underwhelming. Chief of the Edge can easily replace the captain, and the recruit can be replaced be literally anything (my vote would be for Impact Tremors if you haven't added it already).
You have A LOT of mana ramp in your deck, but your lacking card draw and removal. I'd maybe remove the Diamonds and add two or three mana rocks that tap for one of any color. That'll give your deck 10-11 forms of mana ramp. If you add three, that'll give room for two forms of card draw. Reconnaissance Mission, Bident of Thassa, Skullclamp, and Vanquisher's Banner are great options.
Be aware that you're sitting at only 30 lands. If you find your have a mana-base problem, I'd take out Radha, Heir to Keld, Duskwatch Recruiter Flip, or ANY of the previously discussed cards and add 3-5 lands. Out of the lands you should also add, I recommend Savage Lands, Arcane Sanctum, Crumbling Necropolis, Jungle Shrine, Nomad Outpost, Mystic Monastery, Path of Ancestry, and Unclaimed Territory.
2 months ago
DrukenReaps Best of luck with the Olivia deck : ) I could see it being fun and fast, and it's a really swingy card. Definitely one that could start swinging early and hit hard late.
And yep, the pony is very fun. My main idea was to use Rarity for the B-side ability of protection rather than mainly the cost reducer part. Giving a Mischievous Catgeist Flip evasion with a Reconnaissance Mission or Curious Obsession out is like a repeatable 1 mana draw 2. Or you can use protection to block removal on a biggie like phyrexian dreadnaught or save it for blocks to make Alaborn Zealot into an absolute menace.
One of my favorite pony tricks, and it's a little convoluted, but it's to get Rarity or Mother of Runes to give evasion to Taranika, Akroan Veteran who attacks with Daring Thief and it not only protects the thief but instantly untaps it for pre combat ridiculousness. No one ever expects Daring Thief to be a problem that they need to address : )
2 months ago
I have pondered building Kumena many times, and I have some thoughts which I think will help! To begin with, when playing any weenie deck whether merfolk or otherwise, the best thing you can do is just draw boatloads of cards by attacking with small evasive creatures with Coastal Piracy, Bident of Thassa, or Reconnaissance Mission out. These cards will keep your hand flooded with cards and therefore options and you will love them. For this reason, don't sleep on small evasive merfolk like Mist-Cloaked Herald, Slither Blade, and others. Playing Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive will help all your weenies get through. Deeproot Waters is a must play enchantment that will give you tokens for every merfolk you cast, giving you more stuff to do with Kumena. You also want to play more ramp here, and you don't need too many artifacts other than Sol Ring because you are in green. You can add Kodama's Reach, Nature's Lore, Three Visits, Skyshroud Claim, Explosive Vegetation, etc. Dorks like Elvish Mystic are also good here since they ramp Kumena out a turn early. Altogether these can ramp you into game-winning cards like Genesis Wave and Kindred Summons, which will absolutely wreck your opponents.
2 months ago
Magus of the Moat absolutely has to be in here.
Also, I would consider Mindshrieker, because it can deal an enormous amount of damage on its own. And in my humble opinion, Mana Leak is better than Miscast, even though it costs one more. Your low curve can handle the difference.
3 months ago
Hey, well done first attempt on a budget.
Something to consider is taking more advantage of Ukkima being unblockable for repeatable draw when it does combat damage to an opponent and the draw takes no additional mana which is key. These kind draw options could replace some of the mutate creatures since they're only consistently going to trigger once when you mutate Ukkima.
Yes, you could mutate Ukkima again, but you don't have enough mutate creatures for that to consistently happen and most mutate takes a lot of mana which is really not worth it. You're more likely to do combat damage to a player with Ukkima then to mutate since all you have to do is attack. Some mutate creatures are better than others such as Sea-Dasher Octopus and Gemrazer.
- Keen Sense --> Mindleecher
- Curiosity --> Pouncing Shoreshark
- Sea-Dasher Octopus --> Dreamtail Heron
- Mask of Memory --> Cavern Whisperer
- Whispering Madness --> Auspicious Starrix
- Reconnaissance Mission --> Souvenir Snatcher
- Gemrazer --> Insatiable Hemophage
To take advantage of mutate with Ukkima you really want ways to return Ukkima to your hand since that will also return all the mutate creatures if they're mutated to Ukkima such as Crystal Shard. This lets you cast all the mutate creatures again to get the mutate effects again. I don't think it's worth including these effects, but they're options to make Ukkima better with mutate. Repeatable draw gives you more card advantage without having to jump through hoops or spend a lot of mana.
It's helpful in Commander when you have at least 10 draw sources and at least 10 ramp sources to make gameplay smoother. I tend to have more than 10 sources of each of these, but start with 10. Sources that are repeatable are most important. Some more ramp could be added replacing some of the lesser creatures.
- One with Nature --> Vorapede
- Incubation Druid --> Master Thief
- Farseek --> Masked Admirers
- Fertile Ground --> Treeshaker Chimera
- Woodland Chasm --> Jungle Hollow
- Rimewood Falls --> Woodland Stream
Woodland Chasm and Rimewood Falls are budget lands that Farseek can search for, it can also search for Sunken Hollow. It's nice when 2 mana land ramp can get a dual land rather than just a basic land.
Masked Admirers is draw and it can be repeatable, but it's draw one card the first time for 4 mana and then combined for 6 mana each time after which is very lackluster. Treeshaker Chimera is also draw, but it's also 7 mana who wants to attack and hopefully die to draw, that's too much to draw three cards.
You could expand on the theme of +1/+1 counters with Forgotten Ancient. Who repeatedly puts a counter on itself each time any player casts a spell and then at your upkeep you can move any amount of counters from it to other creatures you control. The act of moving counters is the same as putting the counters on other creatures which triggers Simic Ascendancy.
- Forgotten Ancient --> Glowstone Recluse
Good luck with your deck.
3 months ago
You seem combo hesitant, but I would still encourage you to put Sage of Hours back in. It would be excessive if you put in twenty tutors for it and tried to rush it, but sometimes the game just needs to end, and Sage is a win out of nowhere card.
Since you're running Triumph of the Hordes you are clearly not averse to infect, so I'd go ahead and put in at least Blighted Agent if not a couple of others. This can be another way to knock out a player who is about to win and turn the tide of the game. I'm also a little surprised not to see Hadana's Climb Flip, which synergizes with your deck perfectly.
Also, it is clear you are trying to focus on one-sided board wipes, so why not Ezuri's Predation? I mean, wouldn't it be wrong not to include what might be the most flavorful card for this deck?
Also, this is a bit granular, but I'd just replace Withstand Death and like cards with counterspells like the original and Arcane Denial. They can protect your commander just as well, but can also stop a lot of other problematic things.
Overall you seem to have a pretty good and synergistic list, but some of the above suggestions might help you shore it up a bit.
3 months ago
Looks like a fun ninja deck! I've been testing an evasive creatures deck and here are a few things I found good. Not sure if they will fit yours, but I figured it would be fun to brainstorm.
Quickling may not be a great creature, but it's an excellent way to protect your creatures while also giving you an evasive body. Might even be able to return them to your hand for another big ninjitsu attack.
Hypnotic Siren will usually be a 1/1 flyer for 1, but every now and then it's a splashy steal spell and the two modes make it very nice.
Oh, and I don't know if it's fast enough, but Quietus Spike can be pretty swingy with small evasive creatures.
3 months ago
Hey, good start, well done upgrading the precon on a budget. For your first deck you have good card sense already. Most of my card suggestions to consider are $1 or less each. Some overall advice is to consider lowing the mana curve which will reduce the avg. CMC of your deck which is currently high at 3.4. By lowing the mana curve then you can potentially play more Rogues quicker to have more of a board presence when you cast Anowon.
There's an infinite opponent mill combo with Mindcrank. Duskmantle Guildmage + Mindcrank + effect to make each opponent mill a card. For three mana this combo makes all your opponents mill the rest of their libraries and each opponent loses life equal to the amount of cards they had left in their libraries.
Consider a few more one drop Rogues who have evasion to help them to do combat damage to a player?
By adding more one drop Rogues then you have more chances to potentially control more Rogues before you cast Anowon. Spells that only cost one mana are great in Commander letting you more easily cast more than one spell a turn or cast a spell on your turn and leave up lands/mana for instant opponent interaction.
Some other one drops to consider:
Anowon with Rogues is all about attacking. Consider more effects to take advantage of attacking and doing combat damage to opponents?
- Krydle of Baldur's Gate: Rogue with combat damage to player trigger, also repeatable to make Anowon, itself or another creature you control unblockable, for two mana.
- Hoard Robber: Rogue who can create repeatable ramp with treasures.
- Reconnaissance Mission: draw a card for each creature who does combat damage to a player.
- Key to the City: repeatable unblockable by discarding a card and it can be repeatable draw once on your turn for two mana.
- Zephyr Boots
- Sigil of Sleep
Anowon lacks evasion and with base 2/4 stats it could be difficult for him to do combat damage to a player. By adding more cards that can repeatedly give him or other creatures you control evasion or unblockable then he can do more combat damage to opponents.
Some budget land upgrades replacing some basic lands to consider:
- Secluded Courtyard: new card from NEO set, it will most likely come down in price. Another tribal land that ETB untapped and bonus is you can use mana from it to activate an ability of a tribal creature.
- Choked Estuary: another Dimir dual land that can ETB untapped if you also have in your hand an Island or Swamp land to reveal.
- Path of Ancestry: ETB tapped Dimir land, but worth it for tribal since any Rogue you cast with it you scry 1.
- Access Tunnel: another land that can make a creature unblockable.
Some cuts to consider are first some lands to add more one drop Rogues? 38 lands is high, by cutting two lands for a couple of one drops won't effect consistency of drawing lands that much while the one drops can give you more.
Some other cards to consider cutting in order: Dimir Locket, Didn't Say Please, Fractured Sanity, Fated Return, Rise from the Grave, Murder, Ogre Slumlord, Master Thief, Lazav, Dimir Mastermind, Adaptive Automaton.
If you're interested in any of these suggestions then let me know which ones and I offer more advice. Good luck with your deck.