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When Soul-Guide Lantern enters the battlefield, exile target card from a graveyard.
, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Exile each opponent's graveyard.
, , Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Draw a card.
4 days ago
2 weeks ago
I think, If you run mill, you should run graveyard hate. Because muldrotha, tasigur, meren, or any other recursion-centric deck that enjoys being milled.
Bojuka Bog is an auto include, Soul-Guide Lantern is playable and Scavenger Grounds is effective. Just some thoughts, have fun!!!
3 weeks ago
So this seems a pretty solid list (it would be stronger with the green splash), things I'd change are in the side board -2x Fiery Temper for 2x Lightning Axe -1x Obsidian Charmaw for 1x Soul-Guide Lantern
3 weeks ago
1 month ago
A couple ideas for your consideration:
Point removal: i like Reality Shift as it can hit indestructible creatures.
Lands: i like Dimir Aqueduct as it can help you hit another land drop if you can tolerate a tapland.
If you mill your opponents, its good to run graveyard hate. Some decks like muldrotha thrive on being milled. Scavenger Grounds, Stonespeaker Crystal, Soul-Guide Lantern, and Nihil Spellbomb are a few playable options.
An easy cut is bonesplitter. If you want equipment, Mask of Memory, Sword of Vengeance, or Whispersilk Cloak are probably better.
Also, Changelings are rogues: maybe Shapesharer or Cairn Wanderer are interesting.
Anyway, just some thoughts, cheers and have fun!!!!
2 months ago
elliotmward97: Thanks for the upvote and the follow! =D I'll go through each of the cards you've posted and give you my thoughts
Creative Technique: A card I'd considered. I'm not super into giving benefits to my opponents, especially benefits based on chance. I tend to have very poor RNG in all games, and I just imagined scenarios where I turn up a couple of mana rocks and my opponent turns up an Eldrazi or something lol. And on the other side of that, without using the Demonstrate portion I just feel like most of the time I'm not going to get my five mana back from it with only 6 cards greater than six Converted Mana Cost in the deck.
Ancient Copper Dragon: All day, every day! I think this card is going to be a beast. Lots of new toys coming in Baldur's Gate.
Imperial Recruiter: I've actually been thinking about this as well, as many of the most effective cards in the deck are things like Reckless Fireweaver and Disciple of the Vault. But also being able to grab things like Dockside Extortionist and Marionette Master in the late game is pretty slick, too.
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer: In my last few trips to my LGS, I've looked at their foil Ragavan under the counter and thought really hard about buying it, but always talked myself out of it lol. While this card is great, it does become a gradually worse draw the more rounds into the game you get. If it weren't so expensive I probably would include it, but I also don't feel like it's going to make or break the deck.
Author of Shadows was cut in favour of Soul-Guide Lantern. Author is a good card, but it was an inclusion more for the Graveyard Hate aspect of the card than for the Exiled cast. On top of being one mana to cast instead of five, it also has artifact synergies with the rest of the deck, too. :)
Thanks again, glad you like the deck! =D
3 months ago
Regarding your update
Cemetery Prowler - Is it's primary purpose GY hate, early blocker, ramp? I feel GY hate is what you were going for. Why not add a Soul-Guide Lantern in it's place or even a Scavenging Ooze. This way you are reactive rather than reliant on attack. Something to consider regarding creature count and pump draw spells. But personally, I feel you are light on beaters. I know your deck is a big more aggressive so perhaps thats just how it plays. I think Kogla, the Titan Ape in your maybeboard would be helpful. Synergy with eternal witness, provides creature and artifact/enchantment removal. Unlike bane of progress, won't remove your land enchantments
Budget per card? - I added mana crypt to Xenagos and went ham depending on how much of a threat I was viewed as. If not crypt then perhaps Mana Vault might be worth considering in place of time of need? Unless you are actively trying to assemble creature based infinite combat rather than passively drawing into them, ramp might be a higher priority for T2 Xenagos. Having additional ramp redundancy for Xenagos is nice. The untap cost is steep, but depending on your opening hand. or if you just need a little more juice for a draw spell, or to cast your hand after a wheel, it could be useful.
3 months ago
Profet93 Thanks for the recommendations.
I have messed around with Mystic Forge and it's associated combo a bit but I ended up cutting Sensei's Divining Top as I felt that it was unnecessary more often than not and not having ways to shuffle consistently made it way worse if I didn't have a way to go infinite with it. I mighy try Mystic Forge again but I felt that it was too slow in my testing. cEDH nowadays has the "turn 3 rule" where you need to be threatening a win or overwhelming advantage by turn 3 consistently by turn 3 if you want to be relevant. From my testing, cutting a lot of the random value pieces for extra ramp has allowed for a lot more turn 2 or 3 Eldrazi Titans and a lot more success against cEDH decks.
Manascape Refractor has been very good in testing. Mishra's Workshop is my personal favorite but it also copies Inventors' Fair pretty frequently. Ancient Tomb or City of Traitors makes it into a Worn Powerstone (which I already run). Bazaar of Baghdad and Eye of Ugin are useful as well, especially when I have access to Unwinding Clock and can repeatedly activate a random tech land every turn. At one point, this deck ran Candelabra of Tawnos as a way to repeatedly use tech lands but I would argue that Manascape Refractor is a much better way to accomplish that. High Market, Homeward Path, etc. are also surprisingly useful. On that topic, using it as a High Market with access to infinite mana through Rings of Brighthearth + Voltaic Key + Chromatic Orrery (also gives infinite untaps of all artifacts) allowed me to win once as I didn't have access to a different way to sacrifice and recast Kozilek, Butcher of Truth.
I had no idea that Soul-Guide Lantern even existed. I'm not sure if I would call it a strict upgrade to Relic of Progenitus but it is definitely good. I might swap out Tormod's Crypt for it so that all of my graveyard hate can be cycled if it isn't relevant.
Regarding the Metalworker combo, a lot of the primer is outdated. I tried updating it a few times but I ended up changing out 20ish cards so I figured I would wait until I had a pretty stable list to update it. The Metalworker combo is absolutely a backup option though. Typically by the time I would go for that combo, I would have access to casting Kozilek. As for Field of the Dead, I am not a fan of tap lands and roughly 1 out of every 20 games with this deck would even go long enough to get to 7 lands for it's ability to be relevant. I think Field of the Dead would be good in a casual meta but I try to play this at cEDH tables as this deck is ridiculously unfair to play at casual tables.
Reliquary Tower is a good budget option but it might as well be a Wastes with the way the deck runs most games. I typically mulligan for some form of acceleration and try to immediately get to 10 mana which usually empties my hand. Kozilek will get me a new hand, but very rarely will I pass with more than 7 cards in hand, and if I do, I haven't had the scenario yet where I had to ditch anything useful.
The main form of drawing power in the deck is my commander. Mikokoro, Center of the Sea, War Room, Ugin, the Ineffable, sacrificing Mind Stone, Hedron Archive, or Dreamstone Hedron are the only other ones I have for card advantage. This deck is basically an all or nothing deck intent on playing really early Eldrazi Titans, going infinite, or playing stax to slow everyone else down (usually some combination of the 3). As colorless does not have access to particularly great interaction, I have tuned the deck to be about as fast as physically possible. Most games I am able to cast Kozilek, Butcher of Truth on turn 3 or earlier (admittedly almost always at least 1 mulligan for fast mana). Although some times people will have answers, that early in the game is enough to cause problems for most decks. The plan from there is to either just kill my oponents or do as you said where I cast Kozilek, draw some cards, ramp some more, and repeat. Although the situation will occasionally show up where the game goes long, this deck absolutely shines when it is doing terrifying things really early.
If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.