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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
Players skip their untap steps.
At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice Stasis unless you pay .
1 month ago
1 month ago
Gleeock Panther's grace is also such a good one : ) He definitely described people as felinesque a ton. But jokes aside, one of the things I really appreciated about Howard's Conan was that there was so much magic in the world but the main character understood it less than anyone else. He just kinda dealt with it and moved on. It really felt like anything could happen at any time and there really was no need for explanations, and that's still so fresh today, or especially today where fantasy writing will spend so, so long explaining every little thing.
I will definitely check out the Marvel stuff, thanks for the tip! Sometimes I really appreciate how clean modern art looks, but part of me really misses the old oil paint stuff. I mean, one of my favorite magic cards is the original Stasis Like, it's so weird, but I also just love it.
2 months ago
Exquisite Blood would be pretty nice with Zur's Weirding Out, in addition to giving life for Necropotence, and with Protection Racket, it's one thing to pay a few life to keep you from getting a free card, giving you free life feels pretty awful, and Zur can dig out Protection when you just want cards without paying life. You can mention to people you don't run any 2 card combos, so they won't worry about the Sanguine Bond combo with Exquisite Blood.
With Merieke and Zur, I feel like you'd want Pemmin's Aura and/or Freed from the Real, once Zur puts the Aura on her, it's U to kill target creature, and when you're out of U you keep the best creature you can steal until you have mana again. If Merieke is a card you like digging out, there are 3 mana Transmute cards fwiw, Perplex, Dimir Machinations and the ungodly bad Drift of Phantasms.
For Zur, I like having the option to go Voltron, to do so I run All That Glitters and Heliod, Sun-Crowned. If one copy of All That Glitters doesn't quite cut it, there is also Michiko's Reign of Truth Flip, but I mostly use Copy Enchantment, Estrid's Invocation and Mirrormade to make more Glitters if I want a bigger Zur, 3 is usually a 1 hit kill fwiw, and he can dig out an Unblockable aura or Thassa, God of the Sea technically. For Shroud I like Greater Auramancy, but there is also Diplomatic Immunity to consider.
If you don't mind running Vanishing, which is a very good 'dodge' effect for Zur that doesn't cost him Auras/Counters, you can also run the very funny Out of Time to just wipe creatures pretty much permanently. If you have Copy Enchantment effects, you can duplicate this before it goes away to lock away another group of creatures, very nasty vs large creature boards, and Zur finds both pieces.
Another funny Zur card is Dance of Many, which can duplicate a creature you can target, a very strong effect if your meta cares about powerful creatures. If people run Mill in your area, Nighthowler can be fetched out for a big creature or be drawn to make Zur bigger.
You can't fetch it out, but like Mother of Runes it's very good to have out, Devoted Caretaker can offer very versatile protection to more stuff.
If you want something pretty dirty you can pull out vs opponents that are running stronger than expected decks, your Smothering Tithe works very well with Stasis, which also likes Black Market Connections, though you'll want Brave the Sands to give Zur (and your board) Vigilance. Stasis also likes Archon of Emeria and you're already running Thalia, Heretic Cathar. It's certainly not fetching out Heliod after you've dropped Balista, this doesn't win on the spot, but it's a very strong/nasty effect to have access to, even if you don't dig it out very often. Fortunately Stasis is the only piece you wouldn't want to draw!
2 months ago
I'm trying to think how to bring Stasis back. There is no better game ruining card
3 months ago
3 months ago
@lcarl3035: That's actually a really good idea. Go even deeper with something like Stasis with Choke in the sideboard? Just grind the game to an absolute halt and abuse the fact we can play a bazillion lands each turn via Manabond?
3 months ago
Have you thought about Dance of Many? In a more casual Zur list, duplicating the best creature on the table with Zur seems pretty good. The Restoration of Eiganjo Flip can be ramp or recursion, both of which can be worth fetching up. I think you've got enough useful bodies to look at Mother of Runes, she can make stuff hard to block or protect stuff, both are useful I find. Out of Time and Vanishing feels pretty good if there are lots of creatures in the decks you play against. Dreadhorde Invasion is a nice cheap source of bodies, and it can get big if you've slowed the game down, great to find if you've found your Ertai. I also love Luminarch Ascension to generate 4/4 flyers if I can lock the board down.
It's not very casual I suppose, but Stasis is really good in Zur Stax, especially with Smothering Tithe or Black Market Connections. You'd probably want either Reconnaissance or Brave the Sands if you use Stasis.
6 months ago
It's a bit new and I've never tried it, but in theory Black Market Connections + Stasis are both fetchable and will soft-lock the board for you, with Black Market Connections paying for Stasis for 1 life per turn. This is a pretty salty move IMHO, so I wouldn't do this outside of cEDH or groups where people are playing very powerful decks (which I'm guessing you tend to play against). You can't sustain it forever unless you can find a way to gain life, but Zur can technically find Heliod, Sun-Crowned or another Lifelink source, as well as buff his power, so it's not like this is a tough lock to set up/use. In fact, I worry this might be the thing that finally gets Zur banned, it's too easy to set up for friendly play, and it's really annoying to break out of Stasis if you didn't see it coming and are tapped out. Puzzle Lock is stronger (and with Chains of Mephistopheles over Spirit of the Labyrinth it can actually win by itself), but it's harder to set up by far, and it's the same for all the other Zur combos that I know of. This one is dumb and easy enough that even if you eventually lose, you probably gained a huge advantage from the Stasis Lock you had going that you've killed off one or more opponents, and have a big edge over the other, if an opponent isn't doing a lot for even a couple turns, Zur can very easily go from nuisance to critical danger. Oh, and Zur can find fun stuff like Greater Auramancy to protect all of that combo/pile of Auras on Zur, and you can just copy that so people need a wipe.
For more (mostly) Zur oriented combos, you could look at Salt Miner (Rule of Law cEDH), which is my Zur Combo deck. It uses Zur as it's main way to win, for better or worse.