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Unesh, Criosphinx Sovereign
Legendary Creature — Sphinx
Flying Sphinx spells cost 2 less to cast. Whenever Unesh, Criosphinx Sovereign or another Sphinx enters the battlefield under your control, reveall the top four cards of your library. An oponent seperates those cards into two piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard
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2 months ago
4 months ago
Speak of Lathliss, Dragon Queen, Unesh, Criosphinx Sovereign is better right? Two card advantage is better than a 5/5 Red Dragon Token, don't have to be non-token to trigger, reduce 2 mana for Sphinx, lack that 2 mana +1/+0 for every dragon ability but is fine, and last but not least: Mono Blue > Mono Red
5 months ago
Thanks for the insight! I’m thinking that going with a more Sphinx-centric build might be good. I do have a spare Jelenn Sphinx in my binder currently, and I was eyeing Unesh, Criosphinx Sovereign. I see it as an improved Sphinx of Uthuun (which I had in an earlier version of this).
I’m currently running Neurok Stealthsuit but I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to have some boots/grieves/cloak in there (the latter makes sure I can land combat damage).
Once again, I really appreciate the suggestions!
5 months ago
Isperia triggers each time she deals combat damage, so yes, double strike is your friend. Cards that help with that are True Conviction, Duelist's Heritage, and Fireshrieker. Some others I just found are Paladin Class which doubles as an Anthem and stax effect as well. Also Akroma's Will, while being a one shot effect it has other applications. Another interesting one is Avenging Huntbonder. While it doesn't fly it spreads nicely with each subsequent attack. Sigarda's Vanguard is better if you have ways to blink/flicker it.
If you want to go full on anthems it may be beneficial to consider a 'go wide' strategy as well.Favorable Winds, Empyrean Eagle, Sprite Noble, Serra the Benevolent, Thunderclap Wyvern (personal favorite), Inniaz, the Gale Force, Steel-Plume Marshal, Windstorm Drake, Kangee's Lieutenant, Gravitational Shift (I feel this is meta dependent), Kangee, Sky Warden. Rally of Wings is one time effect, but possibly relevant.
Aside from blue's signature Counterspell's for saving your board, there are a few options. Depending on your budget Teferi's Protection is an option as well as Flawless Maneuver. Sephara, Sky's Blade is specific to flyers. Avacyn, Angel of Hope and Eldrazi Monument are pricey but are an option. Bounce spells are versatile here because they can remove a blocker which also nets you handle knowledge, or save a permanent from destruction. Scapegoat at least let's you read them, minus 1. Single target spells like Blink of an Eye can save you racking up commander tax. For commander protection, you got the usual Boots/Grieves but Neurok Stealthsuit and Whispersilk Cloak offer more, the former can be uses as a counterspell of sorts for single target effects.
Hopefully that isn't too much info for ya. Not saying include them all, but whatever you feel works for you. Oh, almost forgot... looking at the Sphinx options only a few really stuck out. The first of which is Medomai the Ageless works with the double strike as well, however cannot attack during any extra turns. That said, you just switch you equipment or target over on the extra turns. Alhammarret, High Arbiter Can view a hand and lock a card in it. If you bounce a commander prior you can name the commander. Jelenn Sphinx while small in the front still offers an anthem on the attack. Unesh, Criosphinx Sovereign, is iffy. I like the cost reduction but am not a fan of cards going to the yard up to you though. Atemsis, All-Seeing was something else I've been considering as an additional wincon. You can use Isperia to fetch cards of costs you're missing.
Ok, now I'm done for now.
1 year ago
Another U/W option that's both budget and beginner-friendly is flyers. By including a critical mass of evasive creatures, you can soar right past blockers for the win. Some cards that synergize with such a plan include Watcher of the Spheres . Empyrean Eagle , Skycat Sovereign , Jubilant Skybonder , and Sephara, Sky's Blade . Then, you can choose to either go wide or go tall. Wide means add more token production like Midnight Haunting and Migratory Route . Tall means add more bombs like sphinx ( Azor, the Lawbringer , Isperia, Supreme Judge , Unesh, Criosphinx Sovereign , etc.) or angels ( Angelic Arbiter , Avacyn, Angel of Hope , Lyra Dawnbringer , etc.). Not all of the aforementioned cards are budget but it's easy enough to find cheaper alternatives. If you're playing with a casual (legacy) card pool, EDHREC can be a useful resource for finding cards that fit within an archetype. 60-card decks generally want to be faster than their EDH counterparts, but that really depends on how competitive your meta is. Here's the page for Azorious Flying BTW: Azorious Flying Theme | EDHREC
1 year ago
Hey man, love the deck! I'm definitely going to be stealing some that tech. Sliver Overlord is genius. I'm also pretty sure you could trim some of the fat. The cards on the chopping block:
- Brago, King Eternal : I know Golos has a whack ETB, but Brago just isn't worth it. He's 4 mana, and useless the turn he comes out unless you have Lightning Greaves out, which by Turn Five, is a 1 in 9 chance, and even then, it should be protecting things like Gishath, Sun's Avatar or Azami
- Galecaster Colossus : Just plain to expensive. He's great, but 7 mana should be winning you the game with things like Unesh, Criosphinx Sovereign and Gishath, Sun's Avatar , and even Gishath is a bit shaky.
Also, a general note: It seems like you want to make the deck faster with the depletion lands and rituals, but that also makes this deck a super fragile glass cannon, even more than The Lion Gods, because you're sacrificing removal, card draw, and more lords for the chance that you'll get a couple turns faster. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I'm just pointing it out. But in every regard, this deck looks great, and I'm glad I could be some help!
1 year ago
I would say Lord of the Unreal would be an auto include even though it is double blue. Also Depala, Pilot Exemplar and Unesh, Criosphinx Sovereign could be very good. A lot of the small tribes have very powerful payoffs. Here are some more.Midnight Entourage, Wirewood Savage, The dragons of tarkir series, including Atarka, World Render and Silumgar, the Drifting Death, Risen Reef, Seshiro the Anointed, and many, many more.
1 year ago
Hi there friend, since you're running sphinxes you should try Unesh, Criosphinx Sovereign. He is something like a sphinx lord