Whenever an opponent casts a spell, you may draw a card unless that player pays .
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|Mystery Booster (MYS1)||Common|
|Commander's Arsenal (CMA)||Common|
|Promo Set (000)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Rhystic Study Discussion
1 hour ago
Hey! I love the name haha. Honestly though I'm not the best person to ask about this style of deck; I'd probably add a 2 or 3 card infinite combo to close out the game because that's my playgroup's style.
If you don't want to win with a combo I recommend finding two or three cards to pretty much lock down the game, like Cyclonic Rift, Sunder, Bribery, etc. Take a look at the CMCs of the Transmute cards you want to include and then pick a few cards in each CMC that would be like: OK, I grab this one first and cast it, which gets me to next turn when I grab the next card and cast it, and that pretty much wins.
I'm looking at it and there's a lot of broken cards at 5 CMC, so you might add a package that looks like this: Sunder, Bribery, Treachery, Time Warp and Force of Will. Then add Brainspoil, and it's like: These are all good cards on their own, and then whenever you find Brainspoil + Ramirez, you know you can go and tutor up a package that is devastating on the board.
So basically organizing all of your powerful cards around the CMCs of your Transmute cards, so you know if you find a Transmute card you'll have a powerful line of play coming up. Does that make sense? That's how I'd do it. Doesn't necessarily have to be the cards above esp. because many are very expensive, but it's just the most powerful cards I could think of haha.
3 days ago
Sounds plausible. IMO, there's not much in elemental tribal that's all that great for edh. So it'd effectively be a 5-color interactive deck with a handful of ways to tutor out the entire combo.
5 days ago
Just updated my wants on my Binder. Take a look and see if we can make a trade!
And I'm also always looking for good lands, so if you have any pain/filter/Bond/fetchlands that aren't on my list, feel free to include it.
In the spirit of giving, I'll throw in a fun random card or token with any trade, too. :)
3 weeks ago
you need more interactions. and draw. Beast Whisperer, Phyrexian Rebirth, Smothering Tithe, Rhystic Study, Simic Ascendancy, Phyrexian Arena, Empowered Autogenerator, Cleansing Nova, Krosan Grip, Evolution Sage, Forgotten Ancient, Kodama's Reach, and Farseek, Herald of Secret Streams, and Fathom Mage need to go in. maybe Rampant Growth. maybe Pyramid of the Pantheon or Chromatic Orrery this speeds and mana fixes you. draws you cards, helps speed the game up for you. gives you some artifact and enchantment destruction. because you will need it. add in Peregrine Drake and Temur Sabertooth for infinite colored mana? take out Tezzeret's Gambit, Chord of Calling, Howl from Beyond.
3 weeks ago
I definitely have a lot of experience playing a LOT of different group hug, pillowfort, and political style decks. I put a lot of thought into how these cards actually play out and how people react to them.
For example, Archon of Coronation does seem like a really cool card, and I DO love the Monarch mechanic! But I don't think the Archon will work the way you're hoping. Being the Monarch encourages people to want to attack you because they want that free extra card draw. We really don't want that kind of attention on us. The Monarch is actually a lot better for us when someone else has it, so that everyone else is busy attacking each other to try to get it and leaving us alone. Its why I actually ended up cutting a lot of Monarch cards from this deck. So if we're not the Monarch, then Archon second ability doesn't actually do anything for us, its just looks like another one of those Blazing Archon/Platinum Angel/Worship style effects that draws a lot of aggro, but doesn't actually help us much. Also, we don't really need the card draw, and when other people are drawing 3 or 4 cards a turn because of our group hugs, they might not care as much about the Monarch either.
The free counterspells are expensive, but very useful for this deck in particular, but could be easily swapped for other options, you'll just have to make sure to keep your mana up and cast them wisely. Same for the mana rocks, there's a lot of cheaper options like Mind Stone,Fellwar Stone, Talisman of Progress, etc.
Archmage Ascension will DEFINITELY turn a few heads in your direction, and with Opposition Agent coming out now, its actually really dangerous for us. I even ended up cutting Enlightened Tutor and Mystical Tutor from my deck because I'm just not such a big fan of tutors. Digging out one exact specific card and showing everyone what it is telegraphs that you're up to something, and they get suspicious. Besdies, we have enough card draw to eventually find whatever it is we're looking for anyway.
Still not too big of a fan the Isochron Scepter combo as it requires two specific cards that don't do much on thir own and don't really have any back up copies, but maybe that's just me.
3 weeks ago
Thanks for the compliments!
One of Kwain's biggest strengths, I think, is how friendly and nonthreatening he is. There's no way to break or abuse him, even with infinite untapping with Isochron+Dramatic Reversal, your opponents get the option to just not draw if they don't want to.
If you're playing group-hug, I think its incredibly important to be as friendly and non-threatening as possible. I had cards like Consecrated Sphinx and Archmage Ascension in the deck originally too, because, like you said, it seemed just too good to pass up. But your opponents will see that too, and like it or not, its a threat. Its scary. Its why I've taken such care in picking the least threatening cards I can find. When people see an Isochron Scepter, they know you're up to something cuz its a pretty well-known combo.
IMO, trying to slow the game down is kind of the opposite of what a group hug deck does. By drawing everyone extra cards for free, we're naturally going to be speeding everything up. Cards that stop people from doing what they want to do like Drannith Magistrate only make people mad, and when they're drawing extra cards, they'll end up finding removal for it pretty quickly.
That's why instead, its important to lay low, and play the role of the arms dealer. By making sure we don't play anything threatening, our opponents will be too preoccupied dealing with each others' threats. In a multiplayer format, there's just no way that we'll be able to get a hard control over everyone and everything. You can't stop every threat, you're simply outnumbered. Instead, you want to make sure that your opponents are aimed at each other and friendly towards you.
Our control of the board has to be very subtle and purposeful. Board wipes are our biggest and best way to slow the game back down, and my favorite are actually mass bounce spells. Bouncing everything back to everyones' hands is much better for us than destroying everything. Destroying everything they've played makes them mad, but bouncing slows the game down and resets the board. The cards they want to play aren't gone, they're in their hand, and now they have to waste time playing them back down again. Their hands will already be pretty full of cards, so returning even more cards to their hands makes them have to make tough choices what to keep and what they have to discard. And anything we bounce that we don't want to come back down, we can save a counterspell of piece of removal for.
I think THAT is how you want to slow the game down, not with onboard threats and hatebears, but with instant speed responses to our opponents. Its the same philosophy you want to use with your single target removal and counterspells. You can't just stop anything that looks scary. Let your opponents be scared of it. Keep yourself safe. Keep your guard up and keep your answers ready. Don't react unless you absolutely have to. The only threat you want to be posing is an invisible one, that is, a board full of open mana and a hand full of 7, 10, 20 some cards. No one will dare to attack you when you can easily AEtherize their board away. As long as you stay on their good side, and they stay on yours, you're safe. Step number 1 to winning is not losing.
The reason I love the Prosperity combo is because those cards seem harmless enough on their own. They're just group hug cards, and everyone wants to draw a huge pile of cards. And when you're doing nothing but helping everyone, people are much friendlier about letting you have those Smothering Tithe and Rhystic Study triggers. Once you get that Smothering Tithe down and cast that Prosperity for X=10 or so, they don't know it, but you're about to win. You really want all 4 of Prosperity, Minds Aglow, Skyscribing, and Fascination, so that you have the highest chance of drawing into another one. Then, once it resolves and you draw those 10 cards and get those 30 Treasure Tokens, its already too late. Now you're loaded with cards and mana and counterspells. No one should be able to contest you. Then you cast the next X Draw spell for 30, get 30 more cards, 90 more treasure, and then you finish the game from there.
Its a really awesome, really unique combo that nobody sees coming. Even with your opponents drawing cards too, its very unlikely they'll have the ability to actually stop you, especially if you time it right and wait for everyone to be tapped out. Even if they do have an answer, you have counterspells, which is why I have so many cheap/free counterspells like Force of Will. They aren't necessary, but they help us defend ourselves even if we're tapped out and our guard is down.
Hullbreacher is the new addition to the deck as a backup Smothering Tithe. It does the same thing, but without your opponents actually drawing any cards, and it has Flash. Its important not to use this aggressively. Don't just play it for value, everyone will hate you for it. Save it for when you want to win, and you have the cards to protect it.
3 weeks ago
Yea, you are absolutely overreacting. Is it kinda dumb that it steals your opponent's tutors? Yea. But you'll probably only get 1 off of it when you flash it in. And it could literally get killed in response. Its not as bas as it looks. Opposition Agent is fine. Dumb, but fine. Play counterspells, play removal, pay attention to your opponent's having open mana, or just Rule 0 it with your playgroup if you all hate it.
The ONLY thing I'm ACTUALLY a bit worried about is Maralen of the Mornsong. Maralen I could see getting a ban just so that we can avoid another Leovold situation. Opposition Agent alone isn't "the most disgusting card ever printed", but when you can't draw, can't tutor, you're slowly killing yourself, and your opponent gets to play everyone else's cards, NO ONE is going to want to play against that. Its like if they made a Commander that's intentionally designed to Mindslaver Lock you.
Maralen has never really seen a lot of play in the past because she's basically self-defeating since your opponent gets to tutor first and can simply find whatever piece of removal they want to kill Maralen. Cards like Shadow of Doubt, Leonin Arbiter, Aven Mindcensor, Stranglehold, and Ashiok, Dream Render ALREADY exist, but the difference is that none of them have been playable in a mono black deck with Maralen before.
So the real problem is that Opposition Agent should have been Blue/Black like Notion Thief, or IMO, ABSOLUTELY should have been a WHITE card. One of the few unique parts of White's color pie is hatebears. And Opposition Agent would have been a great piece of card advantage for white, similar to Alms Collector, which isn't nearly as good as it sounds since it doesn't trigger from multiple singular draws, but only if 2 or more are drawn at once from the same effect.
Opposition Agent otherwise has the same problem as Hullbreacher does. Its just going to die to removal immediately. You might get a bit of value from it, but once its out, no one is going to choose to tutor or draw extra cards until its gone. So you get some immediate value from it, and then its basically just another hatebear.
Hullbreacher is NOT Smothering Tithe. Smothering Tithe triggers on EVERY draw and it tricks you with the option of paying for it, even though few people ever want to, much like Rhystic Study. You still get to draw all the cards you want, someone else just gets a little extra benefit for it. It doesn't actually harm you unless you choose to pay for it. That's why its so good, it flies under the radar. Its why people will kill a Platinum Angel or Blazing Archon on sight, but don't really care about that Ghostly Prison even though they're both keeping you from getting attacked. One has an optional work-around, its just inconvenient enough to disuade people from doing it.
IMO, Opposition Agent should have been white, and it should have fit along the same lines as Smothering Tithe. Something like, "Flash, Whenever an opponent searches their library, you may also search your library for a card, unless that opponent pays 2. If you do, put it into your hand and shuffle." This way you're just taxing your opponents' tutors, or profiting off of them yourself.
People have said it before, but Rhystic Study should ABSOLUTELY have been a white card, and this would have been a cool way to do it, much like how Beast Within breaks green's color pie, so it was colorshifted to white in Modern Horizons as Generous Gift.