Tragic Lesson

Tragic Lesson

Instant

Draw two cards. Then discard a card unless you return a land you control to its owner's hand.

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Set Rarity
Hour of Devastation (HOU) Common

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Tragic Lesson Discussion

Snake_Oil on Getting my PP out

4 weeks ago

I'd bump up the Phantasms to a full playset, same with Counterspell.

Something to consider with Mystic Sanctuary is Deprive -- It's an effective combo for pauper, being able to have a counterspell in your hand each turn. With that in mind, you can then cut the Didn't Say Please and get the Chronic Flooding in -- Mills for the exact same amount and occurs more often. I love the curse tech, but running a full set of Flooding might work better, though you could always run both.

Tome Scour seems a good pick as a mill 5 for 1 blue mana, though you could also use Thought Scour for mill plus draw -- I'd be inclined to then cut the Mind Sculpts and get some card draw in -- Set of Opt or Accumulated Knowledge. You can have all the mill in the world, but it means nothing if you're topdecking to do it.

If you wanted to go all-in on Sanctuary, you could side a couple of Tragic Lesson just in case.

Are the automatons just a quick and easy one drop? You might get more from a set of Faerie Seer / Faerie Miscreant / Sage of Epityr or even something like a set of Screeching Sliver or Drowner Initiate

That Rotcrown Ghoul seems nice, but if you need a bit of muscle to back up your draw, check out Makeshift Mauler or Stitched Drake -- They don't mill your opponent, but you have enough of that already for a side-option. Sometimes you need a bit of bulk!

elkion on

2 months ago

I think this deck is moving in an interesting direction! Here are some suggestions for the current controlling direction

Disappearing Act It's a counterspell that can get you value. If you have two of these and a Mystic Sanctuary you can counter every turn. Tragic Lesson can also help out with the Mystic Sanctuary toolbox/lock and you need some card draw anyways

Metallic Rebuke : If you want to keep going the artifact route, this could be a great counterspell. Shimmer Dragon is probably your best win con if you keep going with the artifacts. Might even be something with Silumgar's Scorn

Fae of Wishes : A great blocker if you need one, or you can tutor a wincon/silver bullet from your sideboard and make it so your opponent's removal is basically meaningless.

I also strongly recommend putting some number of Tempest Djinn in your main/side as it is such a powerhouse of a card for almost no $$$ and it shores up a big weakness for you, decks that go bigger than you and require you to just kill them.

I hate to say it but I think your whole energy package can go away, none of those cards are up to the format's power level. If you really wanna stick to Energy, check out Confiscation Coup and Aether Meltdown.

Exit777 on Patron [Budget semi-cEDH Primer]

2 months ago

Love it!

Patron provides such a unique angle for a mono U deck. Some stuff I had in mind when I thought about building him was Skittering Surveyor and Pilgrim's Eye as ramp options, since Patron turns drawing lands into a strength rather than a weakness. There are some bits and bobs that include lands in their costs like Deprive or Tragic Lesson but I'm not sure yet if they're worth it.

I'm a huge fan of bouncing lands with the patron though, so I'm pleased to see Sunder included. Some similar effects to slow down play that I wanted to try out in this are Mana Breach and Overburden ,maybe consider them if you havent already :)

Boomcat12B on daxos

2 months ago

Cards to add-

Glacial Fortress

Rogue's Passage

Sea of Clouds You want to add glacial fortress for sure. It is a cheap check land that can come in untapped, and you want Rogue's passage to let you swing freely if your equip pieces are getting destroyed. I would run 36 lands in this deck and Sea of clouds can replace the bounce land if you want to go that route since it is a bit more expensive money wise.

Card Draw-

Brain storm

Serum Visions

Windfall

Opt

Mystic Remora This will give you better card draw (in addition to what you already have. The more card draw you can have the better. This should give you around 10 pieces of card draw. Some of the card draw is situational so it will come to playing the deck and seeing if you need to add a bit more dedicated pieces.

Ramp/Rocks

Azorius Signet

Commander's Sphere

Fellwar Stone

Cards to suit up with-

Eldrazi Conscription - One of the best enchantments you can have for voltron

Sword of the Animist - Will help out with ramp...Add no matter what. This card is stupid good

Creatures-

Sun Titan - Allows you to get Equipment and artifacts back from the GY and you are running enough cards to make it worth running him.

Silent Arbiter - Perfect for your decks strategy, and will help with crack back

Umbra Mystic - Allows you to sacrifice your Auras instead of Daxos should he be killed.

Battlewise Hoplite - Gives you another creature to suit up if Daxos is taken out of commission or costs too much.

Augury Adept - Card draw and lifegain is worth it, plus it gives you another option for a creature to suit up

Removal- You are actually not to bad off in interaction. Your sitting at around 10 I think, but you do not have any boardwipes and that cna be a problem. However with your counterspell suit and single target removal it might play out alright. It will really be a matter of playtesting and seeing where you want to take the deck.Here are some ideas to add for board wipes (I would add one of these since there is one more slot to fill for the cards I suggested taking out. The rest can be ideas should you need to add board wipes)

Cyclonic Rift - This one is not cheap but I would definitely include it if you are willing to spend the money. I would add it over any of the other cards mentioned in this section.

Time Wipe

Winds of Rath

Wrath of God

Day of Judgment

Just a few ideas for cards to pull-

Mu Yanling, Sky Dancer - It just is not doing anything for you

Tamiyo's Epiphany - It costs too much for what it does

Curse of the Swine - just run a board wipe instead.

Angelic Edict - Costs too much for what it does

Dauntless Onslaught - This deck wants cards to suit up Daxos not combat tricks

Moment of Heroism - Same as above

Silence - A good card but your not looking to combo off so it is a slot you can use to further your game plan

Tragic Lesson - Better options for card draw

Corridor Monitor - Does not really provide much synergy for what you want to do All the bestow creatures- They just cost too much to use bestow and you have better options

Mesa Enchantress - A really good card, but Running 14 enchantments won't proc her enough to give you the value you want

Curse of the Forsaken - Does not really help all that much

Mystic Barrier - It does not really further your game plan

Unknown Shores - It isn't bad but being two colors you don't need to worry about color fixing that much.

Azorius Guildgate - Tapped lands can always be replaced

Alright so looking over the list these are the cards I would take out and the cards I would replace them with. I basically removed cards that did not provide a strong synergy, or cards that could be replaced with more efficient cards. The 2 biggest areas I focused on were Ramp and card draw since you were light in both areas. Simply by adding those 2 packages the deck will start to run better and more consistently which will lead to better games for you overall. I also suggested some lands so you can replace the tapped lands, as well as give you more utility to get dmg in with Daxos. Upping your land count by one should also help your land draw ratio as well. Next I suggested 2 more pieces of voltron that are just too good not to add. I pulled a lot of creatures that you were running because they did not provide synergy or they were just to costly. I replaced them with creatures that provide synergy and value for your deck, and also gives you a few more options in case Daxos gets shut down. Always need a back up plan. Finally Add in at least a board wipe. you really want three and I would personally replace 2 of your weaker counter spells (I left in most of your counter suite)with board wipe pieces. I gave you a few ideas as to cards you could run for board wipes. If you do decide to remove 2 counters to replace with w wrath I would suggest Stymied Hopes and Annul

I kept the upgrades to around $30-$40 dollars (I think I was not adding them up) but they should not more than $50 or so since I know you don't want to spend a shit ton on your decks. Let me know what you think or if you have any questions on choices or reasoning.

Olde_English on Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, than Kraj

1 year ago

Very cool deck! Since your goal is to keep it casual I'll suggest cards that are upgrades to stuff you already have, that way you can do what you've been doing just a bit faster/more consistently.

Mana Ramp:At the moment I see 7 sources of artifact ramp in your deck. I'd highly recommend increasing that to the 10-12 range, it will drastically speed up your deck.

Consider Adding:- Prismatic Lens- Fellwar Stone- Mind Stone- Rakdos Signet- Izzet Signet- Dimir Signet- Coldsteel Heart- Sphere of the Suns

Consider Removing:- Commander's Sphere- Darksteel Ingot- Worn Powerstone

Card Draw:The 6 card draw spells you have here are fine but I'd recommend adding at least 5 more, specifically card spells that help you discard into your graveyard or fill up your hand on the cheap.

Consider Adding:- Thirst for Knowledge- Careful Study- Phyrexian Arena- Read the Bones- Night's Whisper- Dig Through Time- Chart a Course - Tormenting Voice- Preordain- Brainstorm- Ponder

Consider Removing:- Winds of Rebuke- Tragic Lesson - Essence Flux- Fervor- Rolling Thunder- Unstable Obelisk- Treasure Cruise- Conjurer's Closet

Land:If you up your mana rock count to the 10-12 range, you can drop your land count down to 32-34 and have no issues.

The best way to go about improving your landbase is focusing on adding lands that enter untapped and can give you multiple colors.

Are just a few examples of lands you should consider adding in place of slower, enter tapped lands.

That's just the basic rundown of how to improve the core of your deck and make it a bit more consistent. Hopefully those ideas help!

BS-T on

1 year ago

Interesting point about the artifact destruction - there's not much meta data yet (comparatively) with such a new format.

I'd be tempted to put at least something more in as all you have is Abrade and while it's always useful having modal options, you might need to off a creature with it and then you've got nothing (well I guess Hostage Taker kind of counts).

Maybe put in a By Force? To drop I would look at one of Tormenting Voice, Tragic Lesson or Chart a Course. As you say, with a 60 card format things can be a squeeze, so you don't want to put yourself too often in a position where you have to choose something to discard out of all good options. Search for Azcanta  Flip gets a pass in this category for being awesome!

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