If Static Orb is untapped, players can't untap more than two permanents during their untap steps.
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|Masterpiece Series: Kaladesh Inventions (MPS)||Mythic Rare|
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Static Orb Discussion
2 days ago
Big Game Hunter pulls triple duty in this deck. 1. He's a body, an admittedly small one, but still a body which is invaluable in a Stax style deck. He can be tossed into the Smokestack grinder and other sacrifice outlets or be a low impact tap for Tangle Wire. He helps to fill out my creature curve for Birthing Pod and also acts as fodder for Survival of the Fittest while providing additional utility when he's used like this. 2. Once he's pitched to my graveyard he adds flexibility to my reanimation effects, allowing me to turn them into removal. 3. He is a form of targeted creature removal, something this deck is light on simply because the best targeted removal tends to be instants or sorceries and those run somewhat opposite to the general gameplan for a Stax style deck. It makes BGH and Noxious Gearhulk very valuable.
While Oblivion Stone admittedly works better for Glissa, the Traitor it is not better for the deck. This deck is designed to run smoothly while under the (mostly) lateral effects of cards such as Winter Orb, Static Orb, Tangle Wire, ect and runs a very low mana curve. In what is largely a Timmy format I opt for only 5 cards with cmc >5 (and the plan is almost always to cheat these in with reanimation). Leaving 5 mana up every turn to keep the firing mechanism primed on O-Stone is expensive. If you don't leave the mana open someone will just Naturalize when it can't be used. With Pernicious Deed I don't have to leave up as much mana to threaten with it but I can also pop it for 0 to clean out a token swarm. Pernicious and Engineered Explosives are in this deck primary to serve as silver bullets to a token strategy which can create enough fodder to effectively ignore my Stax effects if they get up and running.
For more info on Stax style decks and understanding how and why they work I recommend reading the Stax Primer by Phil found here. It's very comprehensive and very thorough in explaining a deck archetype that mostly antithetical to the way most decks work.
1 week ago
Awesome stuff here, man. If my Azusa deck was a small child, this would undoubtedly be it's angrier, bigger brother. What I like most is the confidence this build exudes, you're very clearly stating "I am going to ramp, you won't be able to stop me, and then I'm going to cast massive spells." Green is my favorite color in Magic, and this list is Green to a T.
Personally, I'd like to see a little more interaction here, but it's worth noting that I was scarred by Winter Orb and Static Orb early on in my EDH tenure, so I'm usually over-prepared to blow one up. That said, Nature's Claim is (in my humble opinion) one of Green's best spells, and worth consideration here.
- Scute Swarm. We already talked about this little guy, and if you're adamant on the number of lands you run, I'd recommend cutting Seek the Horizon or Thaumatic Compass Flip (otherwise I'd say cut a Forest).
- Allosaurus Shepherd. It makes 90% of your spells uncounterable, and that effect is impactful at nearly any stage of the game. It allows you to play greedily and sink a ton of mana into your spells, which seem important in this build. I'd think about it and consider cutting my above suggestions, or Nissa, Vastwood Seer Flip.
- You can't go wrong with Worldly Tutor. Tutors = consistency.
- Scapeshift is a wonderful spell that will make your friends hate you. It's dangerous in my deck, and I think it'd be even more dangerous here given the number of lands you're running. Sacrifice any number of lands, go pull the best lands out of your deck, and make sure one of them is Field of the Dead. Suddenly, you've got an army of zombies, Gaea's Cradle, Strip Mine, Deserted Temple, Eye of Ugin, etc. I think you'd be fine to cut Life from the Loam, as you've already got plenty ability to play lands from the grave.
- Castle Garenbrig is a strictly better Forest in a mono-Green list.
- Dryad Arbor is surprisingly diverse. You can GSZ where X = 0 and go get Dryad Arbor, it taps for mana, it counts towards Gaea's Cradle, and it gets beefed by Finale of Devastation.
- Temple of the False God is actually pretty good in Azusa. I know, I know, it's a grossly overplayed card in our format, but as you already know, Azusa has no problem getting to 5 lands, and from that point on, it's a better Ancient Tomb.
- Petrified Field is neat with Realms Uncharted (if you don't already have the ability to play from the grave) and offers the ability to instant-speed get a land out of your yard. I find it to be pretty versatile.
- Wasteland isn't as good as Strip Mine, but it punishes multi-color decks. If you're like me and play in a tri-color meta, I think you'll find that it treats you well.
Hopefully I provided some decent food for thought. Either way, I think you have a great build here; I'm sure it's a blast to play!
4 weeks ago
Ancient Tomb, The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale, Scalding Tarn, Misty Rainforest, Prismatic Vista, Verdant Catacombs, Polluted Delta, Flooded Strand and Snow-Covered Islands would all bolster consistency and give you a tad more ramp/attrition - though all of this comes in at a few morgage payments unless your group lets you proxy.
Gilded Drake - for the cost of a used Nintendo switch you can make commander dependent decks salty and sad every time :)
Anyways, hope that helped some :)
1 month ago
Colonel_Kink: That's why white has such an array of stax and proactive hate.
Step 1) play a bunch of hate and lock your opponent out of the game
Step 2) casually beat them to death while all they can do is watch
It's almost as if effects like vigilance are commonplace in white to break parity with things like Static Orb. It's also why white has such an access to strong weenie cards and until its banning, cheap anthems like Crusade. Who cares if you can only untap one land a turn of all your stuff only costs one or two mana.
1 month ago
Peoni thanks for the advice, I agree on getting some stax pieces in, however I think I’ll lean more towards the Winter Orb and Static Orb route. Given that I can just play a whole bunch of lands it shouldn’t hurt me as much as my opponent. Definitely gonna throw out Kodama's Reach and put in Priest of Titania. On the terms of Titania, Protector of Argoth I typically don’t like attack based win lines, I can see for sure why it would be good but that just isn’t my playstyle. Thanks again for the advice and pointing out some stuff I didn’t see! ;)
1 month ago
Let me start by thanking you for your very well thought out comment and your great suggestions! I'm sure you have success with stax effects in your deck, but that isn't the direction I would like to go in. I still want players to attack and interact with each other, I just don't want them doing that to me. Slowing them down slightly with spot removal if they start making any moves that are too dangerous is about as far as I would like to go. There's also several new players in my playgroup and Winter Orb, Static Orb, and Tangle Wire is not the warmest welcome to MTG lol. I do very much like the mana dorks and Brago, King Eternal and will try to make room for them in my deck!
1 month ago
Heyya Sheldaconda! Fellow Arcades user here, love the deck and the flavour! I have a few suggestions.
Ensnaring Bridge: "Us advocates feel this overpass can't be overcome!"
The Bridge works in both ways, allowing us to attack under it with our 'low-power' creatures and stifling other players by not letting them over it. Note also the incredible card advantage of Arcades and his leagues of bulwarks may stymy you somewhat.
Axebane Guardian: "Our efficient bane to our opponents!"
Axebane Guardian is similar to Overgrown Battlement in that it supplies a Cradle-esque effect dependent on the number of defenders you control. However, it adds any colour you choose, making it a defender all-star!
If you have enough defenders, Axebane goes infinite with High Alert. But as the deck is staying casual, you may want to omit this suggestion.
Brago, King Eternal: "Blink and you'll miss him!"
If you do decide to swing in, Brago can be a big help with built-in evasion and the ability to flicker all our creatures (for draws off Arcades, the Strategist) and artifacts such as your Sol Ring for double usage.
Various STAX card with various effects. They can play off your mana generating creatures as well as your artifacts. The best one for you here is Static Orb which shuts everyone down equally while you keep up strong creatures for big punts.
These dorks can trigger Arcades due to being defenders as well as tapping for mana or in some cases giving us immediate mana. They also play well with STAX cards that tap lands down as you won't need them anymore!
I have many more suggestions, but this is all for now. If you like these and want more, say so!
2 months ago
I have not read the previous comments, so bear with me here...
Ok, so card suggestions:
Now, I see that you have Sphere of Safety and Static Orb in your maybe board, and I would strongly suggest both of them. They are both mainstays for stax. I'd add to that Smokestack and Tangle Wire for the same reason.
As for the possibility of combos, I have no input, because I personally refuse to use them. In my experience with my meta, decks that incorporate combos compromise the theme of the deck for the purpose of facilitating the combos (adding tutors and draw to increase the likelihood of the combos, and/or extra spells that protect the components of the combos, leaving less room for cards that work with the overall thematic structure of the deck).
Hope this helps at all. Cheers!