Thassa's Intervention

Thassa's Intervention

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Thassa's Intervention Discussion

multimedia on Processing Throat Pain with Yuriko

4 months ago

Hey, you're welcome.

The first cuts to consider are Temple of the Dragon Queen and 3 other lands since 40 lands is too much. In place of some lands add some lower CMC scry/draw such as Brainstorm, Augury Owl, Preordain, Telling Time. The idea is these cards can replace lands because they're one or two mana, easy to cast, that can help to find lands if you need a land, find/draw other cards or most important help to setup the top card of your library for Yuriko. The scry 3 of Augury Owl is nice since it's a flying creature to return to your hand to cast again.

The more lower CMC creatures who have evasion or can give itself or another creature evasion you add the better the creature base will be for Yuriko. There's a large amount of budget creatures to choose from therefore there's really no reason to play many nonNinja creatures who don't have evasion.

Some other cards to consider cutting:


A more complex budget interaction is Cunning Evasion or Grazilaxx, Illithid Scholar with Yuriko and other Ninjutsu. You keep bouncing Ninjas who are blocked and then Ninjutsu them while still in combat. This is helpful with Yuriko and other Ninjas because they will not always have evasion. Any Ninja who has a trigger when it does combat damage to a player such as Ingenious Infiltrator benefits from being able to be blocked then bounced and then Ninjutsu while still in combat, before combat damage step.

Some other cards to consider adding later on that are a little more expensive price, but still budget:

  • Arcane Adaptation: this makes all creatures you control a Ninja as well as a Rogue. This is a powerful effect because then each creature who does combat damage to an opponent triggers Yuriko.
  • Varragoth, Bloodsky Sire: it's a Rogue who's boast ability can tutor for any card and put that card on top of your library. You can activate boast at any time after Varragoth is declared as an attacker thus you can set up the top card of your library in combat before Varragoth dies if that is what is going to happen and before you do combat damage to a player.
  • Fallen Shinobi: Ninja with a potentially busted trigger when you do combat damage to an opponent, but the power of it depends on what cards you exile from the top of your opponent's library.

Sorin_Markov_1947 on Jadzinado

8 months ago

I love it! That moment when you actually recognize the obscure jank and hit em with a "Nice!" heart hedron

Thassa's Intervention is generally a poor counterspell, but it is flexible. When casting it with Jadzi, it won't actually do anything, but you can at least cast it to get all the triggers going again as opposed to a regular counterspell. Maybe instead of counterspells, we go for protection spells? They won't help stop aggro, but they would be castable when comboing off. Snakeskin Veil and Shell Shield come to mind.

ChrisHansonBiomancin on Jadzinado

8 months ago

Thanks! Having some counterspells would probably be a good idea, but ya it would be kind of a buzzkill to hit one with Jadzi haha. I was thinking about Thassa's Intervention though it probably wouldn't be very effective in terms of protecting Jadzi, more just as a general counterspell for control while also being able to dig for key cards.

Btw I got wrecked by a Vadrock deck the other day. I knew what was happening the moment he played Open the Omenpaths thanks to seeing your deck, tho it didn't do me a damn bit of good since I was tapped out XD

TriusMalarky on Budget STOP DOING THINGS

11 months ago

Hoooookay. You said you were new, so this is a good try, but we're gonna basically entirely revamp this list.

First, you literally cannot use Mystic Sanctuary in a 3-color deck without fetches, and I do not mean Evolving Wilds . Lose that idea, you can't make it work with the budget you appear to have. (of course come back to it once you can afford 4x Flooded Strand , 4x Polluted Delta , and 2x each Hallowed Fountain and Watery Grave .)

Your(budget) manabase should look something like this:

The core of a budget Esper control deck is 4 each Serum Visions, Opt, Fatal Push, Path to Exile, Day of Judgement(or other 4-mana wrath), Archmage's Charm,

The other cards in that list that you should absolutely run are Esper Charm, any Teferi, most Jace walkers, Silundi Vision(run all of those if you can), Saw it Coming, Doomskar.

Chromium is a fine finisher, but don't run 3. Use 1, possibly 2 if you somehow have problems finding it.

I also recommend using Thassa's Intervention and any 5 cmc or less planeswalker with the text 'draw a card' on either of its first two abilities.

Quick edit: shadow63, no, control can stand taplands. But the manlands and MDFC lands are the only real lands that are worth entering tapped. (basically, they end up being extra lands that do a lot but aren't just lands.)

Also, you may want to tinker with how many manlands are used. Additionally, any spell double-faced lands are definitely playable if their spell side is worth casting at any point. Just don't cut lands for them.

You're control -- the things you're doing turns 1-2-3 are mostly Opt, Serum Visions, Path and Push.

Malice8719 on Temur clonez

1 year ago

Thassa's Intervention might be a better fit over Chemister's Insight. It's instant speed and can counter or dig for the card you need. Other wise Mind Spring is a good x costed draw spell/pet card I like. They might help you get to a win con, or reestablish your hand late game. For focus I think you just need to decide on a win condition. Does it go smash? Does it burn the them to death? Do you deck yourself out and Thassa's Oracle?

Keep in mind I am not as creative as you and tend to build boring mid-range decks.

AzulTennin on Budget Treasure go wide

1 year ago

Feed the Swarm is pretty cheap and versatile removal to consider. Fact or Fiction or Read the Bones or even Altar's Reap might also be nice as it seems card draw might be a bit weak Thoughtcast is even better I bet with the Treasure synergies. Murder or Doom Blade or Tragic Slip or Price of Fame or Defile or Cast Down or Drag to the Underworld might also be nice to deal with enemy threats or blockers. Force of Despair is another good cheap effect that can help push through for attacks. Costly Plunder turns a treasure into cards which is nice and on theme. Profane Command is also surprisingly cheap for the versatility. Damnable Pact is neat as you can target an opponent to deal lethal or yourself to draw. Cranial Plating is a pretty awesome equipment with treasure too. Armix, Filigree Thrasher although not a pirate, has a cool synergy with treasures. AEtherize is a neat wrath effect that is cheap. Memory Lapse and Unsubstantiate is a counterspell that feels less controlling since they keep the card. Tolarian Winds is a one sided Windfall which is interesting. Thassa's Intervention is another potential counterspell that doesn't feel so controlling. Distant Melody is also probably a great card given all the Pirates. Merchant's Dockhand interacts nicely with Treasures.

plakjekaas on Opposition Agent needs a preemptive …

1 year ago

Maralen of the Mornsong, Notion Thief, Narset, Parter of Veils, Omen Machine, Hullbreacher.

Jaymc1130 was just considering cEDH, and doesn't believe anyone would run a deck that includes Opposition Agent that wouldn't include all or most aforementioned cards.

It's true that a screw-you-for-even-trying-to-play-magic deck has plenty redundancy in pieces now. Yet, cards like Anticipate, Impulse, Sleight of Hand, Thassa's Intervention can still get around that. And your own interaction still works on your opponents' stuff, I'm not as worried about it in my playgroups.

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