Traveler's Amulet

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

Traveler's Amulet

Artifact

, Sacrifice Traveler's Amulet: Search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.

TheBestMagicCard on Emrakul, the Promised End

6 months ago

Hehe, I just took out Wanderer's Twig, and Traveler's Amulet, for a sec, I think to try and fit in both Abstruse Archaic and Lithoform Engine, since Roaming Throne doesn't work like I first thought it did, but I got excited to copy abilities...

I was also able to fit Wayfarer's Bauble back in, which I think is ultimately better then the Twig and Amulet, but still isn't really that great, but same arguments to include it as the Twig and Amulet...

Yeah, um Environmental Sciences is a p BAD card, and I would probably never play it any other deck... but it happens to be a colorless Sorcery, which is kind of rare, so it's actually a hard-to-get-discount on Emrakul's casting cost... and it's cheap, and it gets a land... It's not a good card, but in this deck it kinda does a lot... Sojourner's Companion is similar to Environmental Sciences, in that it cost 2 to get a land into hand, and is also a p BAD card... But it can count as two card types in the graveyard for Emrakrul, and even though I think it will be done sparingly in the future, there will be better artifact lands that have yet to be printed...

I'm really trying to milk Emrakul's cost reduction in this deck, because I'm trying to ramp it out as soon as possible... I've won on turn 3 several times by casting Emy, because I had the ramp AND card types in the grave, to totally control the game state, mess everyones else up, and then just smash face... Getting infinite mana helps too... But yeah, the sooner you have the option to casy Emy the better, so that's why I'm still running bad colorless instants and sorceries...

I guess until there are more better colorless instants, sorceries, and tutors, I think I'm still going to run these jank cards, because they're still as good as it gets for now... But it does work! I rip face with this deck at the mall...

But heard! Thanks for the consideration and input!

TheBestMagicCard on Emrakul, the Promised End

8 months ago

Ha! I also just remembered that Sojourner's Companion is included. This card is a weird include, but it acts kind of like Traveler's Amulet and Wayfarer's Bauble, in that it gets a land and it can count for towards Emrakrul in the graveyard. As of now, the only cards it can search for are Darksteel Citadel and Treasure Vault, Treasure Vault being the more like useful option, as it can give you extra mana for the next turn - I think of it kind of like a worse Skittering Invasion - and it can also be a land in the graveyard for Emrakrul's cost reduction.

Ultimately, I think this is kind of cool and dorky, but maybe not powerful enough to include. I honestly haven't used it enough to get a good sense of weather it's worth it or not.

But, I also hope and assume that one day, more powerful artifact lands will be printed, and then it might be actually a really cool card... I could def see taking this out for something more useful, but right now I think I still need to see more play with it before I take it out...

TheBestMagicCard on Emrakul, the Promised End

8 months ago

Hey Profet93, thanks for the comment!

I do think Rings of Brighthearth is a great card, but I've excluded it mostly because, on it's own, it doesn't do anything...

Forsaken Monument, for example, = infinite mana with Basalt Monolith, but is also an incredible ramp card on it's own. This is basically the same reason that I've also excluded it from my Atraxa - Planeswalkers-Poison-Proliferate-Turns, even though it seems like an auto-include in that deck as well, in my opinion. I like Rings of Brighthearth a lot, but I really don't like looking at it on the battlefield without a combo piece, it's just a dead card then.

Aside from infinite mana, there are a bunch of other abilities that it could copy, like Planar Bridge, etc... However, the Rings only copies activated abilities, and I would sooner include cards like Lithoform Engine or Abstruse Archaic, as these cards also copy triggered abilities, like the cast triggers on Eldrazi, specifically Ulamog and Emrakrul, or Unwinding Clock's untap. Lithoform Engine and Abtruse Archaic both have somewhat more utility than the Rings, but as of yet, I still haven't squeezed them in either, again because I still feel like they just aren't good enough on their own without another combo piece.

Voltaic Construct fits into this "doesn't really do anything on it's own" category as well, and arguably is an even worse include than the Rings, Engine, or Archaic, but it's a lot easier to tutor up with cards like Eye of Ugin, Sanctum of Ugin, and especially Scrapyard Recombiner. Voltaic Construct + Metalworker and two artifacts in hand = infinite mana, which is pretty easy to assemble, and Metalworker is just a house on it's own. Voltaic Construct can also count for towards Emrakrul's casting cost in the graveyard...

Ultimately, I would like to include any of these copy-an-ability cards, if not all of them, but when I have, it just feels bad to have them sitting around doing nothing. Also, I kind of don't really need to copy abilities like that, as it turns out. I've found this deck to be pretty strong, and copying abilities often seems kind of win-more and win-less at the same time. Copying doesn't always make as big of an effect as it might seem... although copying a Planar Bridge ability could put two combo pieces in, the Bridge can also chain out anyways that with Clock of Omens, which is also a really powerful card, even though it also fits into the "doesn't really do anything on it's own" category, but I think is still better than any of the afore mentioned cards ...

I haven't included Voltaic Key either, for the same reasons basically, although I think this is really a card that should be in here. I guess I've also partly not included Rings of Brighthearth because I haven't included Voltaic Key either. I would put the Key in before the Rings, but I'm still not sure about the Rings. I think I decided to include Unwinding Clock instead of Voltaic Key, because, even though it's more expensive, it is really really REALLY powerful!!! With Liberator, Urza's Battlethopter and mana rocks, this mimics Prophet of Kruphix, which I think is rightfully banned becuase it's way too powerful for one card...

The Top trick with the Rings is cool, and more card draw is definitely welcome in this deck. This combo ultimately reads, ": Draw a card", but... I guess I've just come to the conclusion that there are already kind of a lot of "doesn't do anything on it's own" cards in here, so I've had to really pick the most powerful ones, and I guess I feel like the Rings just aren't powerful enough even when they do work, as they can only be activated once per ability. Clock of Omens, for example, can untap something a bunch of times, effectively "copying" abilities by just untapping something and activating it again. Also, Sensei's Divining Top + Jhoira's Familiar and Mystic Forge combo to draw the deck out for no mana once assembled, and these two cards are powerful on their own.

I like Wayfarer's Bauble a lot, and still want to include it. I think it is ultimately much better than Wanderer's Twig and Traveler's Amulet, which are both admittedly kind of bad cards.
The only reason I really include these at all is to get an artifact in the graveyard for Emrakrul's mana cost reduction, and to ensure land drops. Notably, multiple cards of one type still only count for , so often times it's redundant anyways. I think the reason I kept the Twig and Amulet in instead of Wayfarer's Bauble, is I kind of see the Bauble as a mana rock that adds but costs, which I do not think is acceptable. The only rock that cost and makes which is included is The Celestus because it also has card draw attached to it, and it can be tutored for with Moonsilver Key, for the card draw.

Even though the Twig and Bauble aren't technically ramp, they do help ensure a land drop every turn, which is think is important. There's already 36 lands in the deck, which is a lot for how many mana rocks are included, but I really want a land drop every turn if I can help it. I've tried to minimize high mana cost cards, even though there's so much mana in here, because it's still possible to get mana screwed if you have just a bunch of expensive cards in hand and not enought mana! Technically there's 38 lands in here currently, but I've put Eye of Ugin and City of Traitors in their own "Special" category, as I consider them to act more like artifacts then lands, as they don't always do what just a land that taps for mana does. They're unreliable for just basic mana, I guess. I'm thinking of putting Temple of the False God in, and I would also include this in the "Special" category for the same reason, being that it can't always be relied upon for mana like a regular land...

The most recent addition has been The Irencrag, which I myself think is funny to fit in over any of these other cards, but the consistency of early ramp is too important. Assuming that mana rocks will continued to be printed, I wonder what the limit to include will be! I actually took out Foundry Inspector to do this, which I don't like doing, and I might try to fit the Inspector in again first. But I think Karn, Legacy Reforged is on the top of the list for inclusions. Even though the mana he makes can't be used to cast Eldrazi, he'll be a huge beater, and will help cast and activate all those expensive artifacts.

My ideas are just what I've found to work playing the deck, and are by no means like, the way the deck should be built though!

Thanks for the comment!!! Very relevant, and totally valid. I will definitely try to fit Voltaic Key in again though, and reconsider Rings of Brighthearth, but actually I'll try Manifold Key first!

I hope that provided some interesting insight into my cards choices...

Niko9 on What's your favorite mechanic, and …

1 year ago

And I honestly really love land gambling, even if it's probably not the most efficient. Something like Explorer's Scope or Traveler's Amulet may seem just worse than Wayfarer's Bauble but every now and then they are much better. If you don't have a land in your hand, traveler's is strictly better, and if you only have your land drop for turn, then it's a one mana reduction on bauble for functionally the same effect. I mean, just getting the land into play is probably overall better, but I love the aspect of, occasional big payoffs.

wisegreenbean on Defender 2.0

1 year ago

Decisive Denial works based on power, not effective power, so you're only really using the counterspell mode. In that case, I'd suggest Dovin's Veto or Disdainful Stroke or Bant Charm.

Archetype of Courage and Archetype of Endurance aren't super good value for the mana you put in. If you want increased combat effectiveness, there are toughness buffs, and if you want protection, that are counterspells or targeted protections like Ephemerate or Dive Down or Simic Charm or Resolute Watchdog

Turn to Frog is not a very exciting removal effect if you're in white and could just be running Swords to Plowshares. Same for the tapdown of Winterthorn Blessing, or the delayed value of Fall of the Impostor. Beast Within or Generous Gift are also premier removal.

You have a few off-theme creatures I think you won't much like: Disciplined Duelist works off power, Horizon Chimera gains a little life which is pretty low value overall, same for Lunarch Veteran  Flip. Rootcoil Creeper and Llanowar Scout aren't too bad, but I think there are probably better ramp effects for you.

Into the Wilds is kind of a slow and unreliable card advantage effect. I would usually prefer something like Shamanic Revelation or Collective Unconscious or Lifecrafter's Bestiary.

Aqueous Form and Staggering Insight are best on little creatures that attack a lot. You will often struggle to let your creatures attack at all, so I don't recommend them.

Cathar's Shield and Spidersilk Net are pretty low impact buffs. If you really want this effect, there's Slagwurm Armor.

Traveler's Amulet or Dromoka Monument aren't too exciting when you're in green and could have Vine Trellis or Wall of Roots or Rampant Growth.

Pledge of Unity and Brave the Sands are okish team buffs, but you can do better. Bar the Door and Solidarity are a little more on synergistic for your deck.

Slaughter the Strong is crazy strong in your deck!

shadow63 on The First

2 years ago

Solid start! I would take outCleansing Nova as you can cascade into it and screw yourself pretty hard or take out your 6 drop slivers. I'd also take out Traveler's Amulet for Wayfarer's Bauble and Sliver Construct is just a bad card

patmurphy1986 on Lathliss Commander

2 years ago

Ok here is my take on the budget side. TLDR: Land total and Ramp increased. A lot of subpar removal taken out, and better ones put in. Some cheaper dragons/shapeshifters added to smooth out curve and provide cheap dragon drops for commander ability. Most importantly is added some value for getting extra dragons from cards, either by creating tokens or playing them for free from hand/deck. Added in 3 additional wincons similar to Terror of the Peaks to make it easier to win just by populating board and swinging in. Note that the wincons also can serve as creature removal, which is why so many of the outs are instant/sorcery removals

Grubbernaut on Aces in Exile

2 years ago

If you're willing to deviate from the Angel plan, this deck is screaming for Squadron Hawk. Stalwart is decent, but the rest of the angels here are pretty behind the curve for pauper; you could consider Guardian of the Guildpact, but even that is probably more of a sideboard card. If you're going to stick to angels, I'd strongly advise going mono white; the splash just isn't worth it for a 4-mana 2/2 flyer that you can dump extra mana into to give protection temporarily, generally.

Also: Journey to Nowhere is going to be a better card most of the time over O-ring.

Potion of Healing isn't doing a whole lot, either; it replaces itself, but the deck doesn't have a method of taking advantage of the lifegain. If you're going to stick to a high mana curve, I'd suggest something like Traveler's Amulet, Wanderer's Twig, or Renegade Map - or better yet, just up the land count. 20 is very low with the amount of 4-drops you've got.

Some other random cards that might fit the general idea: Doomed Traveler, Sunlance, Battle Screech, and Holy Light for the sideboard.

There's not really any other good real angels in pauper, but there are some changelings you could consider, like Impostor of the Sixth Pride, or Avian Changeling.

Cheers!

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