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|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand. If that permanent had converted mana cost/mana value 3 or less, proliferate. (Choose any number of permanents and/or players, then give each another counter of each kind already there.)
2 months ago
vinylghost, if you’re interested in an update, I’ve made some changes to the deck that I think really smooth out the gameplay.
I took out 2x Beastbreaker of Bala Ged, 2x Kazandu Tuskcaller, 1x Lighthouse Chronologist, 1x Venerated Teacher, 4x Experimental Augury, and 1x Drown in Ichor and in their place I added 2x Reject Imperfection, 4x Serum Snare, 4x Sheoldred's Edict, and 1x Training Grounds.
The deck feels a lot better to play now as I’m not always swamped with so many level up creatures that it becomes impossible to level them all up and I can usually control the board long enough to fully pump up a threat or two. It still needs some work and further play testing to smooth out more of the wrinkles, but I think what I have here is a good start.
How are you finding the deck with the changes you’ve made?
3 months ago
Serum Snare Don't ditch Fading Hope for this but def consider as add-on Tekuthal, Inquiry Dominus PHENOMENAL creature on its own without the last activated ability Academy Loremaster this is sick because if you play instants, you can ignore her downside and just play cards on opp's turn
6 months ago
Balvron Thanks, man! Happy to help, really.
So the core of the / presence in the deck should be devoted to Dorks, Ramp and Tutors so that you can quickly get the deck engine up and running. Getting your commander on the field and geared up as quickly as possible is everything in this new context. Some cheaper options for Tutors are Diabolic Tutor, Profane Tutor, Mastermind's Acquisition and Increasing Ambition. I'd really recommend just biting the bullet and slotting in the more efficient ones like Demonic Tutor, Vampiric Tutor, Diabolic Intent & Wishclaw Talisman though. Cheaper card draw options like Phyrexian Arena & Dark Tutelage are also pretty solid. Necropotence, Black Market Connections & Dark Confidant are up there, but worth it.
The only thing you need for is for card draw and interaction, with a few key Proliferate pieces that you'll be able to Tutor for when the time is right. Spells like Brainstorm, Ponder, Tolarian Winds, Impulse, Preordain & Serum Visions provide decent gas for cheap. Classics like Counterspell, Delay, Negate, & Dispel protect your game plan. Flux Channeler & Tekuthal, Inquiry Dominus are probably the only Proliferate pieces you'll need, but I'd Throw a Serum Snare in there too. Mystical Tutor, Rhystic Study & Mystic Remora are always nice to have as well.
The few things you'll need for here is to Tutor up gear for your Commander with cards like Enlightened Tutor, Idyllic Tutor, Steelshaper's Gift & Open the Armory, and occasionally control the board with Swords to Plowshares or Path to Exile. I'd also recommend some Stax pieces like Silence, Grand Abolisher, Smothering Tithe, Esper Sentinel, Archivist of Oghma & Drannith Magistrate for good measure, & some more Commander protection with Mother of Runes & Giver of Runes.
6 months ago
Balvron Welcome back to the game! As I'm sure you know, a lot has changed.
So, my personal deck building philosophy these days is to decide how the deck is going to win with specific cards and work backwards from there, filling in the rest of the deck with the means to win with those specific cards (ramp, draw, tutors, etc.)
I'll get straight to the point, I think a better approach would be to use your access to 4 colors to quickly Tutor up gear for Atraxa, Praetors' Voice such as Phyresis, Grafted Exoskeleton and Swiftfoot Boots as the backbone of your infect strategy. Cards like Enlightened Tutor, Steelshaper's Gift & Open the Armory can help with that. There are also a lot of tutors in Black like Diabolic Tutor and Grim Tutor that can get you where you're trying to go.
I'd also Include a high density of mana dorks like Bloom Tender & Llanowar Elves since you're in Green. That, along with a decent number of mana rocks like Sol Ring & Arcane Signet will help you get your commander out in the early game, as well as allow you to cut down on lands to between 29-35, depending on the numbers.
As for proliferation, I'd recommend cards like Flux Channeler, Inexorable Tide, Tekuthal, Inquiry Dominus, Viral Drake & Thrummingbird. There are also control options like Serum Snare, Reject Imperfection & Brokers Confluence.
9 months ago
I have replaced Reject Imperfection and Serum Snare with Void Rend and Brokers Ascendancy, which did increase the average converted mana cost of this deck from 3.63 to 3.65, but that is a very minor increase, one that I feel is very much worth the increased power of those cards.
9 months ago
I recall mentioning that Serum Snare was not good removal. I don't think Experimental Augury is good card draw, either. I understand you're trying to lean into the proliferation theme, but you limit good card choices by trying to get a proliferation trigger out of everything. There are lots of better card draw spells in these colors. You should seek out those options.
9 months ago
I just put a copy of Serum Snare in my Atraxa, Praetors' Voice EDH deck, but I am now wondering if I should replace that card with Experimental Augury, because, as good as the former card is, an opponent can simply resummon the permanent that I return to their hand, and the permanent must have a low mana value in order for me to proliferate, but the latter card shall always proliferate, and it also is nice to have a card that gives me card advantage.
9 months ago
I have replaced Countersquall, Recoil, and Grim Affliction with Reject Imperfection, Serum Snare, and Staff of Compleation, which sadly reduced the prevalence of black in this deck, but I feel that those replacements are far superior compared to what I had, before.