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multimedia on Help with Korvold

2 weeks ago

Hey, it's going to be difficult to improve on something if you start with the mindset of "I'm not good at it". If this is your first Commander deck then you are already good at deck building especially your card sense, decent mana curve and knowing mostly what's a playable land for your budget and not a playable one. Overall, well done with your casual version of Korvold :)

One drop mana dorks are nice with Korvold because they can be the fastest ramp and then be sac fodder when you don't need them: Birds of Paradise, Elves of Deep Shadow, Elvish Mystic, Wild Growth, Llanowar Elves. Tireless Tracker, Mystery Booster version is cheapest, is good with Korvold because it can be a repeatable source of permanents to sac (clues) just by playing lands. Clues can be a backup repeatable draw source if Korvold is disrupted. Dreadhorde Invasion, Jolrael, Mwonvuli Recluse, Loyal Apprentice are two drops that can be a repeatable source of a token to sac to Korvold.

Meren of Clan Nel Toth and Korvold are quite the pair. Every time you sac a creature to Korvold you get experience from Meren and use the experience at your end step to reanimate or recur a creature you saced. Sakura-Tribe Elder and Plaguecrafter are good examples of the best of both worlds since they can sac themselves for value. Jarad's Orders is a budget tutor that's nice with reanimation since you get two creatures, one into your hand, the other into your graveyard.

Some lands within the budget to consider adding: Llanowar Wastes, Karplusan Forest, Savage Lands, Ghost Quarter. If you add green one drop mana dorks then more dual lands that can ETB untapped turn one to make green are helpful. The Jund Tri land is a upgrade for a land that always ETB tapped. Quarter is nice since it can sac itself to destroy a problematic opponent land or even your own land in a pinch and can play it from grave with Ramunap Excavator.

If you're interested in any of these suggestions then I offer more advice about what cards to cut. Good luck with your deck.

multimedia on Here there be DRAGONS!

1 month ago

Hey, for your game tomorrow/today from the sideboard add Territory, Vista, Smoldering and the basic lands to the manabase. Later on you can upgrade the manabase, but for now add a complete manabase to the deck list.

If you own Cascading Cataracts I would add it as it's a nice way to make all five colors of mana. Tri lands are much better than Thriving lands if you're going to play other lands beside the Triomes that always ETB tapped. If you have some of the Tri lands my advice is add them replacing the Thriving lands for more color fixing. If you're going to play lands that always ETB tapped then those lands should provide more color fixing.

For the numbers of basic lands I would play more Forest and Mountains than Plains, Islands, Swamps. The order to consider is first Mountains, second Forests, third Swamps, fourth Islands and last is Plains. Forests should be second because they give you access to other colors with green ramp spells.

  • 6x Mountain
  • 5x Forest
  • 2x Swamp
  • 2x Island
  • 2x Plains

Other cards from the sideboard to consider adding main deck:

Sol because it's one of the best sources of ramp in Commander. Golos is ramp with any land and a repeatable mana sink that mimics Ur-Dragon's ability to put a permanent onto the battlefield by instead casting it for free. Bladewing combos with Scion + Teneb. Cards main deck that could be cut for these:

Dragons don't need single card that are anthem effects that pump their power/toughness because Dragons already have high p/t with flying. Dragons who are anthems are fine as a bonus, but I wouldn't play a card that was just a p/t anthem. Rampant is subpar ramp, but if it's all you have then that's fine for now. Boots is a good card, but it's less needed here because you have Greaves.

Consider cutting Utter End for a counterspell, Dovin's Veto or Negate? Not having one counterspell is worst than a second higher mana cost exile spell. If you have Jodah, Archmage Eternal I would add him since he reduces Ur-Dragon's mana cost to five mana.

Good luck with your deck and at your game tomorrow/today.

Balaam__ on Tour de France

2 months ago

Thanks Valengeta. You’re right about the mana base of course. This is the budget build I decided to post on here, but I sometimes play the non-budget version at my LGS. Instead of Savage Lands and Forgotten Cave I run fetch lands and shock lands. It’s a bit faster and more consistent. But the budget build is no slouch!

multimedia on Dragonstorm Rainbow

4 months ago

Hey, nice version of Ur-Dragon except the Gates.

I don't think the Gates strategy is worth it unless you're playing a main dedicated strategy of getting Gates and getting more out of them then just lands for Maze's End. What the Gates are doing here is making the manabase terribly slow for not enough benefit. Golos is a good card without Gates.

My advice for a budget manabase is replace the Gates with some Tri lands (Savage Lands), Battle lands (Cinder Glade) and the less expensive Check lands (Sulfur Falls). Add Exotic Orchard in place of Maze and add more basic lands. Of course this would be for a budget manabase. If you can spend more than there's many other better manabase configurations to use.


Temur Ascendancy and Elemental Bond are very good repeatable draw with Dragons because they also trigger when Dragon tokens are created such as from the Sarkhans, Utvara, Lathliss, Dragonmaster Outcast, Skyline Despot. Wasitora will trigger Bond each time a 3/3 Cat Dragon is created. When creature tokens are created they enter the battlefield (ETB). Ascendancy is another haste enabler. Whenever you put a Dragon onto the battlefield it ETB such as with Ur-Dragon, Teneb, the Harvester, Bladewing, Quicksilver Amulet triggers Ascendancy and Bond to draw.

Dark Ritual, Seething Song and Mana Geyser are three of the better rituals in Magic especially Geyser in multiplayer Commander since it looks at all your opponents tapped lands which can equal a lot of red mana on your turn.


Budget manabase example (38 lands with 26 red sources, 20 green, 16 white, 15 black, 15 blue):

Good luck with your deck.

slashdotdash on 5 color no theme deck

5 months ago

Dear Kronhamilton

Golos, Tireless Pilgrim is my favorite commander, and I've been brewing around him ever since he was teased. Let me just say you've chosen an excellent commander.

(I’ve written quite a lot in an attempt to make a sort of guide for you, so if you want the short version, check out the Suggestions panel)

Golos can be tricky to build around since he can do literally anything pretty well. The easiest way to make an effective Golos deck is to lean into Golos's 7 Mana Rainbow Wheel Of Death. Before getting into that though, we need to cover some EDH deckbuilding basics.

I think the most useful advice I can give someone who is just beginning to explore the deck-building territory of EDH is to structure your deck and mind your Ratios. By this I mean it is useful to categorize the cards in your deck according to the role they fulfill.

We’ll begin by looking at some core categories that you’ll want to make your deck function effectively. Then I’ll present the Ratios (how many of each category of card) you will want to make a generic Golos deck function effectively. Next, I’ll include a detailed (but not totally complete, because I’d be here all day) catalogue of cards within some of those categories. I’ll also offer up some suggestions and input about some of your specific card choices. Lastly, since I’m about to unpack a lot of information, I will include a brief list of suggestions (see the bottom) for a generically good Golos ‘Shell’ that should be able to support most Golos strategies.

Categories

  • Draw

  • Ramp

  • Removal

  • Sweepers

  • Threats

  • Support

  • Land

Draw Show

Ramp Show

Removal Show

Sweepers Show

Threats Show

Support Show

Land Show

The art of Ratios is all about determining what combination of cards from each category makes your deck run the most smoothly.

Please note that these Ratios will not total to 99 cards. This is because you will invariably have extra flexibility to choose how your deck behaves even after establishing functional Ratios. Also keep in mind that although these Ratios do recommend you adhere to the minimum number of cards in each category, you still can choose which cards will fill those slots. The point is not to restrict your options, but instead to create a ‘Shell’ that is reliable enough to power your Threats cards, Support cards, and other cards. Whatever you do, make sure you have at least the minimum number of Draw and Ramp cards. THE MOST IMPORTANT CARDS IN THE DECK ARE DRAW AND RAMP!!!

While I ultimately suggest Ratios resembling the Basic Golos Shell, I will lay out the Ratios for several different Shells;

  • Template: a sort of baseline beginner’s guide which is commonly promoted as a place to start.

  • Basic Golos: a modified version of the Template that suites most Golos decks.

  • Control: a version tailored for a slower game with many Sweepers.

  • Aggro: a version designed to act quickly and deploy Threats before the opponents are prepared.

  • Big Mana: a version invested heavily into Ramp with the goal of deploying many end-game Threats.

  • Mega Mana: an even more extreme version of Big Mana with extremely expensive Threats.

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Basic Golos Show

Control Show

Aggro Show

Big Mana Show

Mega Mana Show

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Please remember that any suggestions I make are because I am trying to help. Ultimately, the choices you make with your deck are up to you, and I can only provide constructive criticism based on my own experience and opinions.

Good luck :)

Ratio Fixing

The most effective change to your deck would probably be adjusting the Ratios, especially with regard to your Draw cards. Applying the most basic Template Shell, you want to have at least these three quantities nailed down for a smoother and reasonably powerful deck;

  • Lands – 36 --> You have 40 Lands (Cut 4 Lands)

  • Ramp – 10 --> You have 5 true Ramp cards (Add 5 to 8 Ramp cards)

  • Draw – 10 --> You have 3 true Draw cards (Add 7 to 10 Draw cards)

What I counted in your deck Show

Mutate

Depending on how strong your Mutate subtheme is, some of your Mutate inclusions may act as engines. However, I must state that Mutate is a VERY risky and even fragile strategy since your Mutate ‘Pile’ of creatures will all be destroyed at once if your opponent uses a Removal spell or a Sweeper. For that reason, I recommend leaning out of the Mutate theme (unless the Mutate card is just straight-up insane, as in the example of Nethroi, Apex of Death).

With that said, playing a Mutate theme is your decision and I totally respect that and if you want to stick to a Mutate theme then by all means do so. I just want to be sure you know that Mutate is a risky strategy that you cannot depend on to fulfill your Ramp and Draw slots (so you’ll just need to supplement it with other cards).

Cut or Include?

At a glance your deck seems like something you have created using just your collection – and that’s great! However, if you want to incrementally upgrade your deck, then I recommend replacing most of the cards in your deck with more powerful options over time.

Here is a list of cards you should probably keep playing: - Barrier Breach (Removal, because exiling 3 enchantments is helpful in some situations)

In my opinion, there are other, better options for all of the other nonland cards in the deck, however it is up to you to decide on how you would like to proceed so I won’t intrude.

I strongly recommend cutting the Planeswalkers though – Calix, Destiny's Hand doesn’t seem to synergize much with the deck and I feel that Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast is not very potent.

Lands

Just as a recommendation, I would suggest the following spread of Basic Lands;

  • 8 Basic Forests

  • 3 of each other Basic Land

The remainder of your lands could be either more basics (which is really, really, risky if you don’t have tons of Ramp – think like 15 Ramp cards and about 12 Basic Forests) or Color Fixing Lands (see the Catalogue for more options). It is rough to have your lands enter the battlefield tapped, but unless you want to either lean into Green or spend a lot of money on lands, you will just have to live with it (I play around 5-10 tapped lands in a normal Golos deck and it isn’t really that bad).

In this section, I will list out an example of the Basic Golos Shell complete with the necessary Ratios and some examples of good/fun cards in each category. I’ll try to keep it relatively Budget sensitive and most of these cards will be relatively random – this won’t be based on any particular theme so don’t expect it to be optimal.

As a reminder:

Basic Golos Show

The Shell

Ramp – 12

Draw – 13

Removal – 7

Sweepers – 2

Threats – 12

Support – 7

Land – 36

Good Luck :)

-Slashdotdash

multimedia on Korvold’s tea

5 months ago

Hey, nice start and base. Several good cards and interactions here.

Some interesting lower mana cost card interactions for repeatable sac with Korvold that are within the budget:

Invasion and Zone create a token that you can sac each turn when you attack with Korvold. Skeleton and Champion can be a repeatable creature to sac since they can reanimate themselves for two mana. Excavator lets you sac a land which you can play from your graveyard. A repeatable token/creature to sac each turn also good with Evolutionary Leap for one mana to put a creature into your hand.

I'm a big fan of one drop mana dorks when playing so much green and with Korvold. Dorks are ramp to play Korvold faster and then can be sac fodder. Goose is fine, but consider more?

Lumberjack is good with 10x Forests; it can be a repeatable source of sac that also makes mana. It makes it so a single Forest can equal four mana (combination of green/red) since you can tap the Forest to make one green mana before you sac it with Lumberjack. It's good with Ramunap Excavator since then you can play the Forest from your graveyard.

Fierce Empath is a budget creature tutor to get a threat such as Prossh, Skyraider of Kher or Broodmother. After tutoring Empath can be sac fodder. Prossh is powerful with Korvold since it can make a large amount of Kobolds who can be sac fodder and Prossh is also a sac outlet. For six mana if Prossh sacs all the Kobolds created can equal six +1/+1 counters on Korvold and draw six cards. You can even pay more than six mana to cast Prossh to create more than six Kobolds.

Mayhem Devil is very good with all the sacrifice since it triggers for any permanent that's sacrificed including your opponents. Blood Artist is good when sacing creatures.

Could improve the manabase with some budget lands:

Good luck with your deck.

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