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Sanctum of Ugin
: Add to your mana pool.
Whenever you cast a colorless spell with converted mana cost 7 or greater, you may sacrifice Sanctum of Ugin. If you do, search your library for a colorless creature card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.
Andramalech on Modular Affinity
1 week ago
Surprising that Signal Pest hasn't been a consideration, and if we're looking at classic value for Affinity, I think I'd recommend Barricade Breaker, Sojourner's Companion, and Sanctum of Ugin to get to that value a little faster. Overall, this build is really cool, and inherently I love the fact it's "Mono Green". "Scales" is a longtime favorite strategy of mine and I really loved your list.
IllWarriors on Kura, Secret Tron EDH
5 months ago
Profet93, you've got a lot of good points, here are my thoughts...
I see your point with my inclusion of Thought Vessel and I would agree something like Heart Warden would be a good swap. In my experience with playing this deck so far, I've actually enjoyed having Thought Vessel as well as Reliquary Tower. When to comes to tutoring for lands, there are usually some more important hits before I would go for the Tower. The tron lands are usually first, but then if I do get another chance to search I'll go for some more explosive plays since I'm usually looking for something like Eye of Ugin, Gaea's Cradle, or Sanctum of Ugin to really pop off. In the games where I have been able to draw a ton of cards past hand size, it's been nice to have that redundancy. That being said, I can see myself playing around with swapping it for something more useful in the future.
You're totally right about Tempt with Discovery. However, in my current meta we tend not to run loads of LD. It's just not really how we like to play. In the few games where that has come up, I've just had to politics my way aroud it. It's got a lot of potential for explosive turns, but should my meta shift to feature more LD I can easily see myself swapping it out.
Yup, I think I'll take you up on the Skyshroud Claim. Burnished Hart is a card I like to throw into a lot of decks, but after play testing a bit, it's felt pretty slow since it takes 6 mana total to get the effect.
I like the idea of Skullclamp. I did run Bequeathal, and Skullclamp feels like a repeatable version of that. I think it's definitely something I'll consider freeing up space for.
Eternal Witness should've been in this deck a while ago. I liked the lower cost of Regrowth but I like the value of having another body on the field while I'm setting up or trying to re-establish a foothold in the game, so I'm definitely swapping that out.
Lurking Predators has probably led to the most explosive and fun games this deck has had. You're totally right that I won't get cast triggers, but honestly those have been mostly negligible once Predators has been out for a turn cycle. Hitting any of the titans or something like Blightsteel Colossus most of the time is enough to close out the game, especially if you hit multiple.
I'm always curious as to what others might cut, so I'm all ears.
Land count was something I was worried about with such a high curve, but so far that hasn't been much of an issue. It really comes down to taking the right hand and usually you're just fine. Most the time, once you hit 5 mana and can get Kura, the Boundless Sky out, you're all set. It feels a little low especially when I do run cards like Exploration, but my intention behind that was to be able to get tron lands out faster once they're in hand, and not necessarily to hit a land drop every turn.
I don't run fetchlands because I just don't want to. Would it make the deck better? Absolutely. It's another one of those situations where I know it would improve the deck, so I'm intentionally trying to balance the deck from being too good. The intent behind this deck is to be explosive and play big bombs, but not be a pubstomper. Because of that, I'm making sure to carefully balance how fast the deck can play.
I love Scapeshift! I know I considered it back when I made the deck but it must've slipped my mind. It's a definite candidate, especially as a good swap for Tempt with Discovery.
Thanks for your feedback! I really enjoyed reading all of your thoughts!
Profet93 on Azusa, Just Lost...
5 months ago
Initially you said you want to overwhelm with speed, then you say you want resiliency. One is usually at cost for the other. For me, I've valued resiliency the majority of the time. Given you are playing 3 player (or even 4 for that matter), you should focus on late game rather than trying to be incredibly explosive. Not to say you shouldn't do what green loves to do, ramp, but the way you ramp depends on your goals. I'm going to focus on a resilient deck mindset. That way, you don't get needlessly targeted and are out of the game, it also makes the games as you described.
Good/Bad Fetches - Fabled Passage/Misty Rainforest/Prismatic Vista/Terramorphic Expanse/Verdant Catacombs/Windswept Heath/other fetches that are older and came out more recently that I can't recall. Some are more expensive that others, for you, terramorphic and a few of the cheaper fetches (Listed here and the ones that recently came out, I don't keep up with new sets) should be a great asset to you. Fetches are incredibly important for Azusa. Don't sleep on it
Castle Garenbrig - Ramp
Field of the Dead - RIGHT at the budget mark, VERY powerful. The more nonbasics you get, the more powerful. Think fetchlands triggering this, Acnient Greenwarden doubling the triggers. Azusa + 3 fetches = 6 Zombies! Not needed, but SO powerful, definitely add when you have more nonbasics. This card goes NUTs with effects that brings lots of lands into play like boundless realm/reshape the earth, Scapeshift, etc....
Mirrorpool - Not at all needed, a pet card of mine. Getting another Terrastodon, eteranal witness or just any powerful nonlegendary spell really. I like to copy Greenwarden myself.
Reliquary Tower - When you add much more card draw (which you seriously need), then add this.
Sanctum of Ugin - The way my deck works is that I have various land tutors to search for this or Eye of Ugin. Then I cast a spell like All is dust/akroma's memorial to sac sanctum to find either Kozilek to refill my empty hand. Depends on how many 7+ colorless spells you end up running. I think you should run both Kozilek's for sure. Ulamogs are upgraded removal > Desert Twister. But you don't want too many per your comment, so this land remains to be seen in how effective it is. For your build, I'm inclined to say no, but given it's saved my ass more times than I could count, I wanted to bring it to your attention.
Strip Mine - With crucible of worlds = GG. Although from my understanding, you don't want to do that. Nevertheless, it's still useful for getting rid of opponents Cabal Coffers, Cradle, Nkythos or any other utility land that's giving you an issue. You could also utilize another Land Destruction land which is less oppressive should you wish, I could name a few.
High Market/Miren the Moaning Well - Sac lands prevent theft, exile and trigger death (Greenwarden, Kura, etc...).
Thespian's Stage - Meta dependent, not needed. If they run Urborg + Coffers, you can copy their coffers. I use it to copy my field of the dead (imagine 2x zombies per land + 3 fetches = 12 zombies if I'm doing match correctly, combine that with ancient greenwarden to swarm!). All depends on the lands you end up choosing and your opponents lands. Meta dependent as well. I know some people combine it with Dark Depths for Marit Lage token in more casual playgroups should you be inclined for that synergy. Crucible of worlds makes this repeatable. Just remember that the token itself is legendary.
Garruk, Primal Hunter/Soul's Majesty - Garruk is better for sure as it is a permanent to come into play with Genesis Wave (unsure why you aren't running it, $?) and is more versatile. Not sure of budget at the moment, but he also provides tokens which he can use his 2nd ability to draw from. Ult is largely irrelevant.
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth/Kozilek, the Great Distortion - The primary purpose of these cards is to refill your hand. While there are other cards prior mentioned to refill your hand, card draw is insanely necessary in Azusa. Given distortion is cheaper and better IMO, I would go with distortion. Just ensure you have enough utility lands in the deck (I'd add like 5-15, 10 probably, more depending on your preferences). I understand you want this to be a green deck and don't want to rely on them as a wincon, thats fine. I see you already run Avenger + Craterhoof.
Abundant Harvest, Broken Bond (eh, its okish), Desert Twister, Nature's Lore, Nissa's Pilgrimage, Reshape the Earth, Groundswell , Naturalize (Return to Nature is a strict upgrade, but I would run neither), Primal Bellow, Wrap in Vigor (Heroic Intervention upgrade), Primal Rage, Retreat to Kazandu, Caged Sun (with less basics, its less effective), Opal Palace, Jungle Basin, Darksteel Citadel, Undergrowth Champion , Ulvenwald Oddity , Seedborn Muse (you are not a passive deck), Scythe Leopard Kalonian Twingrove/Dungrove Elder (see caged sun), Brawn , Arboreal Grazer
Obviously it's your deck and depending on your meta, making your deck really good could make it less fun for your opponents. Or they could improve their synergy as well. Azusa is a very powerful commander, Like Tier 3 IMO which is pretty high, especially in a casual meta like yours.
If you have any questions regarding why I recommended a particular cut or suggestion, please let me know. I love to help fellow Azusa players :)
paperhead on Challenge Accepted Dimir: Eldrazi Style
6 months ago
Try this to speed up a little.
-3 Ulamog's Crusher \ +3 Sludge Crawler.
-6 Wastes \ +2 Sanctum of Ugin +4 Sunken Hollow.
I believe those cards are all from your chosen expansion, and should help colour fix your early game a little.
Profet93 on Azusa, lost but seeking
7 months ago
Boseiju, Who Endures - Removal
Castle Garenbrig - Ramp, not necessary given your 1 drops, lower amount of creatures. But its floor is slightly lower and ceiling is slightly higher than average, so I believe it is a worthy inclusion
Field of the Dead - Free zombies! Such a good inclusion, don't sleep on it. Imagine with boundless realms, scapeshift, etc....
Misty Rainforest/similar lands/ETB Tapped Fetchlands - Too much value with crucible to ignore. Not to mention it allows you to shuffle if you have a top deck utilization such as Oracle of Mul Daya, top, etc....
Sanctum of Ugin - Nice tutor effect, not necessary but I've found it extremely helpful. Given in Azusa we run out of cards quickly, this allows you to tutor for either Kozilek to refill your hand.
Yavimaya Hollow - Protection, not needed but nice to have. Also, politics.
Yavimaya, Cradle of Growth - Not needed but allows you to tap maze for green mana, ancient tomb, etc...
Fierce Empath - Tutor for ulamog or kozilek for draw or removal. Or just any higher CMC creature you need really. Not necessary but I've always enjoyed him
Lotus Cobra - Ramp! Much better with fetches. Speaking of fetches....
Ramunap Excavator - Redundancy for crucible of worlds. More easily recurabble as well.
Regal Force - Tooth and nail into avenger + regal.
Scute Swarm - MASSIVE token generation, even better with regal
Tireless Tracker - Draw, slow, better with Lotus cobra. Not necessary, but if you find yourself running out of gas consistently, this might be worth considering.
Finale of Devastation - Like an additional G-Sun Zenith but with a higher ceiling. Also, a wincon
Rishkar's Expertise - While not optimal for your build per say, it has a high ceiling. Thought it was worth mentioning.
Scapeshift - Tutor, landfall trigger, trigger field of the dead. Synergy with land recursion such as crucible or ramunap. Should you ever wish to consider a token landfall package given your lack of creatures, this would supplement that. Not needed but nice to have
Given the amount of suggestions, you can either tell me what you like/want to include and I can provide suggestions for cuts based on that, or I can just go through your list right now and provide you my thoughts. Lmk what you think!
Profet93 on Azusa - Land Rush
9 months ago
ultima333 +1 , double digits now! - Disagree with your decision to remove mirrorpool. Highly versatile tool that warrants it coming in tapped. It all depends on what you're going for though. I just like have 2x avengers, regal forces, genesis waves, e-wits, etc...
No Eldrazi Temple? I see you have some eldrazi, it couldn't hurt given you are already running eye of ugin.
Rude Awakening - Cradle + Temple + Temple Copy + Temple Copy or just with a bunch of tokens on board. While it does make cradle vulnerable, you will have created enough mana to have won by that point.
How does, if at all, staff of domination go infinite in this deck? Perhaps I'm missing it or its in here for value or you dont want combos. If you added rude awakening, then you would be able to go infinite by untaping cradle, the now creature for more mana than it costs to untap staff. Not to mention, its a last minute resort beatdown with so many lands. It acts as a ritual, albeit late game. Sorry I'm so hung up on it, I suppose it's my pet card. Anyways....
Sanctum of Ugin - To search for either kozilek for draw or ulamog for removal. I like to have green yavimaya + eldrazi temple + sanctum + eye of ugin (reduces by 2, taps itself b/c of yavimaya for 1) and cast all of dust, then searching for kozileks for refueling.
Castle Garenbrig - Cut a forest, ramp.
I would swap half your forest with snow covered to more easily trigger field of the dead.
Silklash Spider - Is this a meta call, patching up a potential weakness? Or is this just one of the threats you mentioned? Other potential swaps or cards in general to consider are...
Nissa, Vital Force - +1 --> Untap cradle, your thespians stage/vesuva that copied an opposing cabal coffers, etc..., -3 --> Recursion rarely hurts, given that 72% of your deck is permanent based. -6 --> You only need to wait 1 turn cycle before you get an ultimate that says you are the archenemy
raefgall on Cosmic Horror
1 year ago
Sol Ring, Worn Powerstone, Sisay's Ring, Thran Dynamo Mind Stone, Hedron Archive, Dreamstone Hedron Hedron Crawler, Manakin, Palladium Myr Solemn Simulacrum, Burnished Hart, Wayfarer's Bauble Eye of Ugin, Eldrazi Temple, Sanctum of Ugin
Hardhitta7 on Temur Emerge
2 years ago
I would cut Hydroid Krasis and Courser of Kruphix and get some Brazen Borrower s and possibly more Bonecrusher Giant in there. You could also cut Chandra and Teferi.
Fierce Empath and Foul Emissary are nice creatures to emerge with.
I would also run more Sanctum of Ugin so you can chain Deep Fiends together and keep tapping stuff.
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