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Time of Ice
Enchantment — Saga
(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
, — Tap target creature an opponent controls. It doesn’t untap during its controller’s untap step for as long as you control Time of Ice.
— Return all tapped creatures to their owners’ hands.
Time of Ice Discussion
2 months ago
The Great Mending
If The Great Mending is paid with an alternative casting cost or was not paid for at all (Such as being copied on the stack), counter it. You lose the game.
Exile all permanents you control and all permanents you own in addition to all cards in all other Zones you control. You win the game. If you have more than two opponents, they continue to play the game as though you were never part of it.
And with a flash of blinding yellow light, they were gone.
Emulates you literally Planeswalking away. So in a 4v4 EDH game, if all three other players are still in it, you basically cheese your way out of the game and it becomes a 3v3 pod.
My roommate owes $1,140 in rent. I'm paying it in full Friday, then filing a claim for small claims court against her to stave off an eviction notice.
Make a card emulating vast greed, negligence, and the court procedure. I'm thinking perhaps an Esper Saga? That way you can do 1/2 Orzhov and 1/2 Azorius. I know Sagas are in thirds, but you can probably blend the two guilds together in the second Saga, or just have and do the same thing, similarly to Time of Ice .
2 months ago
Time of Mice
Enchantment - Saga
& Create a 1/1 black rat creature token.
Create X 1/1 black rat creature tokens, where X is the number of rat tokens you control.
The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
Pun off of Time of Ice which is just too easy. I went for the lowest-hanging fruit.
3 months ago
I was thinking about a deck like that using verity circle as a draw engine, along with Time of Ice . Now I thought, why not adding Goblin Rabblemaster and the likes to attack while their creatures are tapped? We could also play a little prison style adding Chalice of the Void . We want our deck to be good generally, because most decks don't run creatures. Yes we can create for them but we need counterspells. Specifically tempo counterspells. So Remand and Condescend must be a playset to the deck. I also thought about Simian Spirit Guide to have turn one chalice but that is an other story. As for tappers expect time of ice I would run about 2 Sleep but no more. You can add 2 more in the SB. If everything goes wrong add 1 panic button in the form of Banefire
4 months ago
I want to make a deck based around tap-down control. As in, Downpour and Feeling of Dread control. For years, I’ve been trying to make this idea work, ever since I first started playing, in Return to Ravnica. It started with the cards Gideon's Avenger and Sunblast Angel . I thought I could make something work, and I sort of did. I made a budget deck that achieved mild success on T/O called Frozen Solid. People liked it because it was cheap and gimmicky, but I wanted it to be more than a cheap trick, which is unfortunate, because that’s all it could have really been at the time. The deck suffers from a core weakness that other forms of control don’t have to deal with, namely that after your cheap tap-down spell has resolved, all your opponent has to do is wait another turn and build up their army even further. Sunblast angel requires a land drop every turn for six turns. The game ends up being about prolonging an inevitable loss instead of winning. Nevertheless, I tried my best to make it at least semi-competitive.
I tried every combination of U/W/X. I tried esper with its access to cards like Royal Assassin and Murderous Compulsion . A way to get rid of tapped cards is great, but why would anyone ever spend two mana on a Murderous Compulsion when they could spend it on Doom Blade , Ultimate Price , Walk the Plank , Cast Down , or half the mana on Fatal Push ? Royal assassin at least sticks around to be able to make use of a mana-free kill to complement your tap-down effects, but it dies to even the gentlest of creature removal. It dies to Lightning Bolt . It dies to Shock . Heck, it even dies to Darkblast . And aside from the assassin, there isn’t a whole lot to support tap-down control in black.
U/W/G has Glare of Subdual , which answers one problem the deck has, namely of a lack of creatures to serve as a wincon. At the same time though, you’re still tapping them down, so they can’t be used to attack with (unless you have something to untap them with, which splits your available resources even further) and if you have a big enough field presence to control the board by tapping stuff down, you could have probably won already through some Overrun kind of playstyle instead. I found merfolk a flavorful and surprisingly synergetic tribe for what I was going for here, as seen by cards like Merrow Reejerey , Merfolk Trickster , and Harbinger of the Tides . I thought that of all the ideas I’ve made thus far, this had the biggest chance of doing what I wanted, with built-in tribal support that aligned with a tap-down aesthetic. You could even finish games with a well-timed Wake Thrasher .
In R/W/U, I experimented with Aurelia's Fury . With cards like Assemble the Legion , stalling becomes a legitimate strategy. Battlefield Thaumaturge could be used to make the spell a two mana overloaded Blustersquall . Along that route, Gridlock and Glimpse the Sun God could be used to support it, but the idea is heavily reliant on thaumaturge, which doesn’t always see play, even as a 4-of.
A truly depressing match against Red Deck Wins made me realize that the deck is entirely reliant on the opponent’s having creatures. Thus, the idea to include something from the hunted cycle was born. Hunted Phantasm , for example, provides me with a good beater and plenty of things to make use of for my spells.
Every now and then, some piece of deck-tech makes me have that flutter of naïve hope, like when we got Time of Ice in Dominaria or Verity Circle in Ravnica Allegiance. Verity circle could be the answer, the missing link. It provides me with the ability to refuel my spells and dig through my deck to get to the wincon, whatever it should be. In any other kind of deck, it’s mediocre at best, but it’s the best support my jank idea has ever gotten. I could be missing something that comes clearly for you. I’m asking you to help me realize my seven-year-old dream: to create a tap-down control deck that holds its own against at least semi-competitive decks. (Decks that have a reasonably achievable means to win and efficient support to help it achieve its chosen way of winning.) I’m not asking for anything that’d make the top 8 list anywhere, just something I can be satisfied with. So long as the primary theme of the deck is controlling the field through tap-down effects, I’m happy.
Please help me out here. I’m at my wits end lol. A big thanks to any and all who put their two cents in.
7 months ago
Not sure if you have updated since writing the description but if you bounce Time of Ice the creatures that were tapped with it are now no longer tapped; you cannot bounce the Time of Ice to replay it and retain the effects of the previous Time of Ice .
11 months ago
I love it! Very fun, cheap deck. I'd recommend at least one or two copies of Favorable Winds to get more value out of your tokens (and it helps dodge a chainwhirler blowout). I like Time of Ice a lot but I think you could have better synergy using an instant or sorcery to slow your opponent down (which is exactly what you need with this deck), I like the above comment's suggestion of Sleep and I think Blink of an Eye could be a great help. Good luck!
11 months ago
I don't think Unsummon is in standard anymore, is it?
Sonic Assault is in there to slow attackers and burn them at the same time, what's not to like?
Do you have any other card suggestions?
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