Steam Vents

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

Steam Vents

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.

legendofa on Kaiso's Deck

4 days ago

I should add that colorless cards like The Underworld Cookbook are legal in any Commander deck.

Token creatures do not count toward the 100. This next note is a little more advanced, but you can create tokens that are not in your commander's color identity, as long as the source is within the color identity. As an example, Experimental Synthesizer creates a white creature token, but is legal in a deck. The way to tell if you can use a card is if it has the symbol , , , , or . If it simply says the word white, to use the Experimental Synthesizer example, it is legal with any commander that uses .

To determine how many lands of a given color to add, aim for the same balance as the card color requirements. On TappedOut, there's a pie chart by this comments section. The closer the inner circle matches up with the outer circle, the more accurate your land balance will be.

You can also go the more math-intensive route and count the number of symbols of each color in your deck and divide that by the number of land slots. So if you have, say, 80 and 40 across all the mana costs in your deck, you will want twice as many lands that produce as lands that produce .

As you expand your collection, look for lands that can produce more than one color of mana. These are available at every level, from the common Swiftwater Cliffs and Izzet Guildgate to the rare and valuable Steam Vents and Fiery Islet. These can take the place of a basic land of either color, but remember, you can only have one of each card in Commander, aside from basic lands.

Also important are other cards that can produce mana. Arcane Signet, Sol Ring, and Izzet Cluestone are all examples of these.

Nathanael97 on MJB Grixis Faeries

1 week ago

Have you ever considered Wizard's Lightning? 10 out of the 12 creatures you're running are wizards anyway and I imagine Bolt > Snap > Bolt is a very common line of play to finish a game with this deck?

Also, I'm curious about the inclusion of Blood Crypt here. If you want to be able to Archmage's Charm by turn 3, wouldn't it be easier to run another Steam Vents and another Watery Grave instead? Especially if you swap out the Bloodstained Mires for Polluted Deltas.

Really love the list, Faeries are a tribe I've been wanting to be good again for a long time.

paytongamer on Nin Goblin Doll

1 month ago

Stole the Steam Vents for a Pioneer deck I am building and replaced it with a Volatile Fjord. Kinda silly I have a Scalding Tarn in here and this is my dual to fetch. HA.

wallisface on Murktide

2 months ago

magwaaf For you to be playing Blood Moon turn 3, you need to reliably have 2 of your lands being islands by that stage. If you think what you’re running gets you there, so be it. I’m not convinced the quantity of Spirebluff Canal/Steam Vents, and the general lack if fetches, help you get there reliably. I did some lazy math using mtgnexus and with 3 lands there’s a 42% chance you won’t have made 3-islands from that - which will hurt your ability to cast once Moon resolves.

On lands (and using mtgGoldfish as reference):

  • Murktide Regent is running 19 but importantly isn’t running Blood Moon, and also has a (negligibly) lower curve. I think you underestimate the additional cost Blood Moon will have to your manabase.

  • Burn is running 20, and only playing cards costing 1-2 mana.

  • Hammer Time is running 22, and again only really playing cmc1-2 cards (though ideally wants to be on 3 lands).

  • pretty much every other deck is running at least 22-25+ lands, though a lot of these have mana-curves that don’t correlate well with your deck.

You can do with that information what you want. I’m just stating that I think you’re running two-too-few lands. If you disagree, then run what you have.

I’d also suggest that, as you actively asked for advise, to try take onboard what people suggest, as getting defensive about the current build of the deck won’t help you improve it (also, combative responses might reduce the odds of some people posting that could have really good advise). Not saying we have to agree, but see what other feedback comes in and what common thoughts people have.

notcapps on spells spells and more spells

3 months ago

so the first thing i think you should do is add some ritual spells like Dark Ritual and Jeska's Will dark ritual will give you 4 black mana for free and jeskas will will give you an 20 cards you can cast from exile and a whole ton of mana,tutors will also give you card advantage when you really need it, one of my personal favorites thats more budget is Grim Tutor, but if you want to break the bank or use proxies (ew) Demonic Tutor is your best bet. as far as lands go, Grixis Panorama is a really stellar card in tandem with cards like Smoldering Marsh because its a mountian and a swamp, you can search for that when you crack the panorama, other examples include but are not limited to, Sunken Hollow Watery Grave Blood Crypt Steam Vents and the original true dual lands, which are too expensive to really even mention. i would personally trade out Dogged Pursuit for something like Exquisite Blood and also consider putting in some boardwipes like Toxic Deluge and alternate wincons such as Exsanguinate take the Ancient Carp out of the deck too, it has no flavor text and dosent contribute anything for the 5 mana youre paying for it. Aetherflux Reservoir is a great card in any storm deck, because youre gonna gain an incredible amount of life with all the spells youre casting. make sure you put more counterspells in, such as Counterspell and if you want something really fun, try Counterbalance, its one of my personal favorite cards and i run it in almost all my blue decks. Take out Dwindle for something like Imprisoned in the Moon and you can cast it on someones commander and they can no longer play their commander as it is now a land :) take out the Falthis, Shadowcat Familiar and replace it with something like a Niv-Mizzet, Parun for some more card draw and board threats, and make sure that at the end of the game your having fun my dude, at the end of the day winning is important but having fun is even more important. Welcome to EDH!

Mortlocke on The Queen's Egg

3 months ago

Hey abierto,

Indeed it’s been awhile since you commented, glad to hear from you. Thank you for bringing these cards onto my radar, let’s discuss them - I can easily tell that Survival of the Fittest would dramatically change the way the deck plays – with Survival of the Fittest + Dregscape Sliver on the board, access to at least 3 mana, 1 creature in hand, and at least an additional I can combo out and win the game on that turn. The only drawbacks I can see here are the mana requirements coupled with the more than likely opponent interaction that would be coming my way. Given that Dregscape Sliver’s ability is only sorcery speed – that only solidifies my concern as A simple Bojuka Bog could wreck me If I do not populate my graveyard with care and proper timing. This makes me wish that Paradox Engine wasn’t banned – I really miss that card. The verdict is out on Survival of the Fittest, I want to like to this card but I can’t help but feel hesitant in including it (let alone the investment). I think I’ll maybe proxy it in and see where that takes me. Speaking which, check out this really awesome alter:

Survival of the Fittest Sliver Alter Show

Dregscape Sliver on the other hand I’m considering including. Maybe cutting Patriarch's Bidding, as I do not like the mana investment and the potential added bonus of assisting opponents. In the metas I play in there are a lot of tribal decks – I’m sitting across from at least one or two other tribal decks every game. I’m ordering a copy today, so thank you for mentioning that card again.

Hi Sneuxfox (death by Snu snu?),

Welcome to my deck page! Thank you for posting. I’ve always wanted to work Magma Sliver into this decklist, but I don’t think it would be a good fit – Magma lends itself toward a Sliver deck that compliments a more Aggro strategy where the goal is to hit a “critical mass” of creatures and abuse enough evasion keywords to get a single creature to knock an opponent out. First Sliver's Chosen would be an absolute must include alongside Magma Sliver, as it would solidify a Voltron strategy by stacking Exalted triggers alongside Magma’s ability. I definitely agree that the aforementioned can get out hand when you have just one Sliver be the target of multiple triggers.

I agree that it's criminal that Magma doesn't make it's way into alot of lists, maybe it's due to most decks wanting to lean into the Mid-range Sliver tool box? Or maybe it's because the deck would need to be more Voltron centric? I decided to throw together a quick decklist as an example of what I think the average deck running Magma Sliver would look like:

Budget Aggro Sliver Decklist Show

What're your thoughts on the list, Sneuxfox ?

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