Staff of Nin

Staff of Nin

Artifact

At the beginning of your upkeep, draw a card.

: Staff of Nin deals one damage to target creature, player or planeswalker.

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Staff of Nin Discussion

saber4734 on Vampiric Rites and Vampiric Wrongs

1 week ago

Other possible cards for consistent card draw would be Mind's Eye, Seer's Sundial, Staff of Nin or Jayemdae Tome. They each have their strengths and weaknesses. And of the three only Mind's Eye costs anything.

kookoo on Esika Enrage

3 months ago

I like those ideas, I think I need more basics to make that work though. I think I drop the checklands for Utopia Sprawl, The World Tree, Tempt with Discovery and 6 basics. Then Illusory Ambusher for Staff of Nin.

Atsuma on Esika Enrage

3 months ago

So I think the first major thing is that you rely on a large amount of mana for a lot of your big effects, as well as specific colors of mana.

For general ramp, I would recommend looking at Kodama's Reach, Cultivate, Overgrowth, Harrow, Fertile Ground, Utopia Sprawl, Search for Tomorrow as possible ramp cards that get more mana and do a bit of color fixing.

for major color fixing, I would recommend Crop Rotation, Tempt with Discovery, Chromatic Lantern, and The World Tree which all either allow you to fetch world tree or urborg, or mana fix for you.

I also think a good include would be Staff of Nin for allowing you to get some extra card draw and enrage pings for when you are trying to get your state rolling.

Tzefick on None

7 months ago

While the effect in essence is powerful, especially for white. I don't think this is a good route to achieve it for white. It becomes too mana intensive to achieve card draw, and the worst part would be to cast this, only to have another player nuke it with a Reclamation Sage or well... a Counterspell .


Personally I always found it a bit puzzling, seeing as white is bad at card draw and mana acceleration, the "solution" is often to pair card draw with high mana costs - either through straight cost ( Staff of Nin , Mind's Eye ) or through activations - like Dawn of Hope .

Red gets their impulse draw on a 4-mana enchantment Outpost Siege with no additional investment and red is the second worst color in Magic to draw cards.

If WotC had made Dawn of Hope with a 1 mana activation, I think it would have been an interesting card. As it is, it's pretty poor. And yes it can create tokens at a very poor rate as well, but that is unrealistic to matter in constructed formats, so that isn't much of a positive.


I believe it would be more interesting to attempt to craft a better solution for white's lack of card draw than simply putting high costs and drawbacks on it.

White has always been a combat focused color and I think it would be appropriate to create at least some kind of synergy that results in card advantage. We have cards like Sun Titan and Bishop of Rebirth that directly reanimates smaller permanents/creatures whenever they attack. However this is bound behind there being anything in your graveyard and seeing how white doesn't deal in discarding, or selfmilling, or having an oversized hand the only way they get cards into their graveyard is by casting them and having them destroyed - or utilize a small array of artifacts like Key to the City .

What if we made other mechanics that combines with White's strengths and ideology?

Now we're just entering brainstorm mode

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jamochawoke on Anafenza, Alpha Strike

8 months ago

Hi there! I've been playing around with 2 mono-white EDH decks for a while. You can see how I solved some of the biggest problems white has in them:

Pure Nahiri

Protection

The things I see you can easily add to help for ramp are:

For card draw you can use these:

jakeyuki12 on Boros Soldier Tribal: Tajic

8 months ago

Hiya! Long time Boros player here, got some thoughts on your deck.

The biggest thing I can see with your deck- you aren't running many tribal payoffs. PLaying a deck full of soldiers just because you like soldiers is fine, but you might as well reward yourself for sticking to only soldiers. There are soldier tribal payoffs and generic tribal payoffs, I recommend running more of them as I only see two cards in your deck that actually reward you for running a ton of soldiers.

The next thing- there are some choices among your different categories that I think should be adjusted. For example, I think you're running just a bit too much removal. Running too much removal can actually be a bad thing- you don't want to spend too much time on removing your opponent's threats, you want to make sure you're developing your board. Running too much removal leads to games where you draw a ton of removal and don't draw your key pieces. I recommend cutting one or two pieces of removal, probably Lapse of Certainty imo. For your ramp I recommend replacing one of the mana rocks (probably Worn Powerstone ) with Dowsing Dagger  Flip as it synergizes better with your deck that wants to attack with creatures. For your card draw, you're running some rather suboptimal choices. I would cut Staff of Nin and Mind's Eye in a heartbeat, the cards are way too clunky, way too slow, Boros has much better options nowadays. Look at some of the impulsive draw options we've gotten recently. Stuff like Showdown of the Skalds or Light Up the Stage is much better. Finally, you're running too many non-soldiers in the deck. A lot of them make soldiers, but it might be better to not run them and run actual soldiers.

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