Staff of Domination

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Legality

Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

Staff of Domination

Artifact

: Untap Staff of Domination.

, : You gain 1 life.

, : Untap target creature.

, : Tap target creature.

, : Draw a card.

ThePieDoctor on Arcum Dagsson, Combo at Will

2 weeks ago

Hey I see this post is very old and I love the semi budget style. Consider adding Staff of Domination to use the infinite mana on. It can do plenty for you.

Apollo_Paladin on Aggro 10 mana on turn 2, turn 3 win combo elves

4 weeks ago

Overall, I like it! Few observations:

My personal experience with Elf builds (particularly in Legacy format) is that nowadays there a SO many decent elves to choose from that no "one build" really has it all, and a deck's viability tends to depend a lot on the playgroup it's being used with.

Anymore, the "infinite combo" approach with Staff of Domination takes FAR too long to set up in my opinion (plus, artifact destruction isn't nearly as 'niche' as it used to be), and you can easily (and more quickly) win the game without it. (I actually removed the one Staff of Domination I own from my elf deck as it kept winning before it could really get moving). I can see it still being viable in, say, Commander format -- but nowadays there are SO many ways to deal with an artifact threat, that I don't feel it's anywhere NEAR as strong as it used to be (let's remember after all, 20 or so damage is all you're really looking to achieve in a lot of games). Bottom line, you're eating up 8 card slots in order to pull off an infinite combo, so unless that's your ONLY win condition (which here, it is not) I personally find it to be a waste.

So you don't think I'm just being negative, one possible thing to add which might help with this would be to swap your 4x Snakeskin Veil for 4x Tamiyo's Safekeeping. True it doesn't add a counter, but Tamiyo's Indestructible effect will: A) Protect a creature from a Boardwipe effect (which mere Hexproof won't do), and also B) Can be used to target ANY permanent, not just a creature (so, perhaps saving your Staff of Domination or Umbral Mantle from some artifact hate). This would help ensure that you are in fact getting that combo off when you happen to have the cards (no tutoring effects either makes pulling it off especially difficult game after game).

Another thing I see right off the bat is how many "tap for mana" elves you have. I don't see Umbral Mantle being valuable here except for your 'infinite combo staff maneuver'. Me personally, I favor things like Vitalize, because it'll hit everything you've got rather than just one creature, and I would also add in some form of Card Draw -- because all the mana in the world won't help you with an empty hand if your opponent has board control.

Again, if the infinite Staff combo is REALLY something you're sold on, then yeah maybe keep the Umbral Mantle, but it's such an old combo now that I find it far too easy for opponents to disrupt in one way or another. I also don't see any X-cost stuff in here (except for the Gelatinous Genesis copies, which I'd drop for something better honestly) -- X-cost stuff is really what makes the Infinite Staff combo shine in my opinion. If you're going that route you'd want Helix Pinnacle (for a next-turn win with Infinite Mana), Tribal Unity (should you want to do a big Elf Attack with all that mana, Stream of Life (if you're doing a teams game and want to heal your teammate) -- stuff like that, to really put down a power play when you finally hit infinite mana. In any case, if you end up wanting to stick with the Staff, put some more X-cost stuff in so that "infinite mana" is more than just a novelty and can essentially end the game for you.

I appreciate the vote of confidence in my elf builds, so I'll assume you've already seen my Legacy Elf build -- but here's a link again in case you want to review some more options. It's basically a deck that COULD have gone infinite mana, but didn't because it genuinely doesn't need it to win. The Card Draw just gets nuts, and I've regularly had turns where I'm playing out 4 or 5 Elves.

See my Elf Build: Tae'rin Terror (Elf Zerg) for more thoughts/suggestions along this line.

You've clearly got some seriously solid cards going on here now though, so any critique anyone can offer isn't really going to be along the lines of "This is just outright bad" and more of "This is slightly more efficient and reliable". I wish you luck, and +1 on your build!

lightning_elf on Incredible budget combo elves

1 month ago

HOLY COW Balaam__ This has to be too good to be true. In theory, could I use Priest of Titania and Staff of Domination to gather to get infinite mana, then infinite life, tap all my opponents creatures, and draw as many cards as I want?

ghostfire86 on Artifact scrap

2 months ago

Staff of Domination and Metalworker can go infinite if you have three artifacts in hand

magicbike on green machine

2 months ago

I tought a bout something of I put Dina, Soul Steeper in the deck with-Wellwisher -Staff of Domination that wil rock hard

DreadKhan on green machine

2 months ago

Yeah, Staff of Domination is bonkers in Elves, and it's not all that pricey. Umbral Mantle can also offer infinite combo potential like Staff. Sword of the Paruns also works, You might try out Helix Pinnacle as an mana payoff, it's got Shroud and that much mana is nothing in Elves. Marwyn, the Nurturer is a good Elf to consider, she can get huge and generate pretty big mana. Elves are lots of fun, I play them in Legacy, where I'm still experimenting. Ezuri, Renegade Leader is a good mana outlet to have in Elves, while Joraga Warcaller is a somewhat worse one that can still win a game (no trample sucks).

magicbike on green machine

2 months ago

i just dropt my Crown of Skemfar for Staff of Domination think its a beter pick for the 10000 mana

deadmans_head on Are these Goblin Welder oder …

2 months ago

and i dont have a Staff of Domination and im not buying singles, my goal isn't to go infinite but to brainfuck myself what i can squeeze out of the cards, that i do have

I also thought about if i could do something with doubled Manifold Key from Osgir and Lithoform Engine but, that doesnt work either, seems like i cant go infinite with the cards that i have without Dross Scorpion

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