Land — Island Mountain
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As this enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, this enters the battlefield tapped.
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Steam Vents Discussion
1 week ago
Hey Mtg_Mega_Nerds! I like your build! I am no super friends expert, but I have a few suggestions you may like. I don’t see a budget tag so I’m making recommendations regardless of cost.
I would run about 6-8 total fetchlands ( Scalding Tarn , Flooded Strand , Bloodstained Mire ) instead of Fabled Passage. And shocklands over the Temples ( Watery Grave , Steam Vents , Blood Crypt . Adding these cards will greatly increase your speed and consistency. You don’t have to play the shocklands untapped if you want to save life, but at least you have the option. Running these cards will make the Signets basically unnecessary, as you can just fetch the lands you need. Same with Crumbling Necropolis, which comes into play tapped and is too slow for my taste. Another good land is Fiery Islet for card draw.
I agree with TriusMalarky that your mana base does not support Counterspell. Remand would be a better fit. Also 4x Thoughtseize will be a great fit, since it will help remove threats preemptively and scope out your opponent’s hand. You have no other way of dealing with problematic artifacts or enchantments and you are running relatively few one-drops. Angrath’s Rage only covers artifacts. Inquisition of Kozilek is a decent substitute.
I would run 3x Damnation over Ritual of Soot, since the former is strictly better. Languish is ok if your meta has lots of small indestructible creatures. Dismember is a viable alternative and costs less mana. Another alternative is Bontu's Last Reckoning , since you can use loyalty abilities regardless if your mana is tapped.
You may also want to consider 4x Feed the Swarm on your sideboard to combat enchantment decks.
1 month ago
They feel better than actual Magic cards is the thing though. Lol
1 month ago
Not too much to say on this one, it has a good theme behind it, aligns nicely to the commander.
I has a good ramp package (about 12 or so on a quick look). Talisman of Creativity / Arcane Signet needs to be in here (can replace a higher CMC one). Dockside Extortionist is good if you can get his pre-con at walmart for $30. Foundry Inspector i see quite a bit. Hullbreacher if you lucky enough to crack one, he's super expensive, but so strong.
Scrap Trawler could be interesting, but I think you're on the token strategy, so it's honestly meh for you. More along the recursion lines, I often see Daretti, Scrap Savant being a go to for closing out a game. Sac your mana ramp artifacts to bring back your Myr Battlesphere for example. Hellkite Tyrant might be fun as an alt-win but he's CMC6 but certainly on theme, might be better than some others in those slots. Steel Overseer is often a good early drop, and has good value in all game facets, development, ahead, behind, even. Mirage Mirror is a good way to bring down CMC with game changers as well.
I think some targeted removal would be good, Chaos Warp , Counterspell , Cyclonic Rift , Vandalblast , lots of talk about the value/situation Mystic Reflection I think it may be cEDH level. Arcane Denial maybe. Narset's Reversal is really good, stealing an opponent spell sometimes better than just countering it. Capsize is a staple.
Draw perhaps could get a couple, it definitely has a draw package, I would convert 2-3 of my CMC6/5, and maybe 2 of my CMC4 moving them to the 1-3CMC slots. Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain is CMC4 but also good if replacing a CMC6. Recurring theme I know, thopters LOVE Skullclamp ! Jeska's Will I was a little show me what you can do, and now, I can't see any deck that shouldn't play this card, I've been trying to buy them when I see them in LGS, but they are never in stock. Brainstorm , Ponder are the strongest of the cantrips, I would include to lower the CMC and hit those land drops. Preordain is borderline I think, but it's still worthy of a spot IMHO. Faithless Looting especially if you have a Daretti, Scrap Savant .
Trading Post is just a fun card, I love it in my artifact decks. Good at a 5.
I'll say it again Lands suck, the cost :(. Steam Vents , Shivan Reef , Fiery Islet , Spire of Industry , Riverglide Pathway Flip are all must includes. Highland Lake / Izzet Guildgate / Swiftwater Cliffs would all be outs for me, things like Sulfur Falls / Training Center / Fabled Passage / Exotic Orchard arent guaranteed mana but have the potential of entering untapped and mana fixing.
I would try and get some more 1 drops (a little lack there at 2, like 6-8 better curve), 3 is probably a good peak, but might be a little too high, have a better progression with CMC2 some mana rocks Arcane Signet / Talisman of Creativity can do that replacing some higher cost ramp. 4 I might try and cut like 3 honestly. 5/6 around 10 total right now its 14. Sometimes evaluating cards on when you can play them, ultimately you want to play more cards = more fun/involvement. Your commander is CMC4 so if your playing her T3/T4 consistently (and that is where most of your cards sit too), you have to choose play the commander or play a 3/4 spell. You want to be developing the board on T1-T3 leading into that T3/T4 commander play with a nice +1 thopter engine. Another thing to think about is now its T4/T5 have 4-7 mana, I can't really cast a 5 and a 2 to use my mana because I'm mostly 3 drops, maybe i have 6 mana and 2x3, but why not play a CMC6+CMC1, or CMC4+CMC2 for maximum value. When everything 3/4 drop including your commander, lots of wasted mana or tough play decisions.
Ancient Stone Idol only has value I think when your ahead, or maybe even if you have a possible swing with flyers, really bad in developing or behind. However, have to balance with how awesomely fun he would be to play.
This deck looks built with good methodology, and a theme/win plan, which is awesome. My friend had a deck I called, "The deck of missed triggers" because no matter what he misses triggers. This deck reminds me of that because you have Draw triggers, Upkeep triggers, CMC enables, ETB's, Attack triggers, end of turn triggers, etc. Lots of stuff to keep track of on your board! It's really fun looking deck, I play Mizzix Spellstorm so I just have to worry about assembling a million combo pieces, but also my Animar Budget is fun, almost the same idea as this deck with creatures vs. artifacts, cast a creature like 5 things trigger and like 4 things modifying the CMC of each spell.
Super fun, nice low moving to mid deck. Cheers!
1 month ago
Hey, nice Cloudstone Curio :)
Dual lands that can ETB untapped are pretty important for color fixing with three color Animar to be able to cast him consistently turn three. Consider more dual lands in place of basic lands especially Mountains? Dual lands that can make green mana for a turn one green mana dork should be priority.
Some options within your budget to consider, ordered from less expensive to more:
- Yavimaya Coast
- Cragcrown Pathway Flip
- Karplusan Forest
- Barkchannel Pathway Flip
- Fire-Lit Thicket
- Rootbound Crag
- Riverglide Pathway Flip
- Sulfur Falls
- Flooded Grove
- Cascade Bluffs
- Training Center
- Rejuvenating Springs
- Steam Vents
20 basic lands is too much for three colors and you're not trying to take advantage of Blood Moon / Back to Basics . You want to be able to consistently cast a green one drop mana dork, but that's going to be a problem with almost the same number of Forests than Mountains and Islands. My advice is cut Mountains and Islands for dual lands that can make these colors.
Cut more Mountains than Islands because overall red is less important than blue. You really only need red for Animar thus let dual lands and other nonland sources provide red mana and not basic lands. The more Mountains you can cut for dual lands the more consistent getting green and blue will be while not sacrificing red.
Good luck with your deck.
3 months ago
Have you considered splashing blue for Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive? It would make most of your creatures unblockable, and you could put it in your sideboard if you weren't sure of it for the main deck. The splash lands could be something like Fiery Islet, a land from a cycle that many aggro decks play even if they are monocolored just for the draw, or could be Steam Vents since that is a mountain and wouldn't stop a turn two Castle Embereth from coming in untapped.
3 months ago
I mean like 2-3 in mainboard. Also there are more cheap dual lands than Steam Vents, like the new modal/pathway lands. I feel like the budget factor of this deck could be one of its highlights.
Honestly, this combo is pretty neat. Good job! I might make a deck like this myself.
3 months ago
Blood Moon is pretty much always better due to the fact that it hits nonblue decks. Which means Jund, and a lot of other decks.
However, you have 4 cards that have double blue. And they're SUPER important to your strategy.
So, what you need is fetchlands. I recommend Prismatic Vista is okay, any blue fetch such as Flooded Strand is fine as long as you find a copy or two of Steam Vents. Evolving Wilds can replace some of your taplands.
This is one of those things where your problem is finding a way to afford fetchlands. Blood Moon is 100% better in this case.
3 months ago
Unless it’s for budget reasons, you’re going to want to run fetchlands/Shocklands, especially in Modern. It’s a faster format and either waiting to hit a specific color land drop or losing a turn to an ETB tapped land is usually going to cost you. Steam Vents or Scalding Tarn are what you’d want to look into, unless again price is a consideration. The duals aren’t cheap:/