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Vapor Snag Discussion
1 day ago
Crux of Fate and Languish are great budget board wipes, but you probably dont need 5, 3 probably would do the trick. Duress and Despise are nice budget control cards too, though Inquisition of Kozilek isnt too expensive either an dis an insanely good card.
Some other great budget cards to consider are Vapor Snag and Unsummon and Spell Snare I personally like Frantic Inventory , Drown in the Loch , and Soul Manipulation as other good decently cheap B/U control cards.
4 days ago
When upgrading a ramp deck, I tend to prefer dropping creatures that are "just big". Obviously high stats can win you the game, especially in 1v1s, but they can just as easily be snuffed out by a single Vapor Snag , Path to Exile , or Assassin's Trophy . Having creatures with additional benefits on entry, death, and attack is a good way to get more value out of your guys before they get merked. Heroes' Bane and Ghalta, Primal Hunger would be the first two I'd evaluate. Then, Omnath, Locus of Mana and Xenagos, God of Revels . Otherwise, you could also look into dropping some planeswalkers. it may be rather difficult to protect them in the early game, and Karn Liberated is the only one you want to draw late. Furthermore, Karn doesn't synergize as well with most of the cards in the deck despite being decent removal in its own right. It can't be tutored, it can't be pipered, it can't get cheaper via Goreclaw, it can't draw off Soul, it can't be buffed by the gods, and it can't be recurred by Artisan.
3 weeks ago
I think this deck is really well-positioned to become a "draw-go" style control deck that plays instants and flash creatures on others' turns. Pteramander , Augur of Bolas , Brineborn Cutthroat , Threnody Singer , Vodalian Arcanist , Naiad of Hidden Coves , Wavebreak Hippocamp , Murmuring Mystic , and all of your instants (save for the likely too slow 4 mana ones) already fit in such an archetype to at least some extent. The horse fish is particularly insane as a card draw engine, and I'd try to get a playset of it if you can. Stacking them to draw even more cards with Nymris, Oona's Trickster , Baral, Chief of Compliance , Slitherwisp , etc. would also make Ominous Seas more viable, possibly even supplemented by draw payoffs like Chasm Skulker and Nadir Kraken .
For more generally good instants, Counterspell , Mana Leak , Countersquall , Frantic Search , AEtherize , Vapor Snag , Rewind , Cryptic Command , Opt , and Brainstorm (if you're playing with the legacy banned list) are options of varying budgets and power levels for a control deck.
The first cards I'd cut would be anything with suspend or that applies keyword ability counters. I think some amount of counter manipulation would be needed to maximize the value from such cards (with Clockspinning , Jhoira's Timebug , Paradox Haze , and Nikara, Lair Scavenger being a few things that come to mind). Then, I'd cull any sorceries or creatures that would take up all your mana on your own turn for minimal impact. Dead Revels , Frost Lynx , Alirios, Enraptured , and so on.
Sorry it took me a while to submit this after seeing the deck get posted earlier this week. Let me know if you have any questions and good luck with your build!
1 month ago
I ran Jarad for quite a while in my Necrotic Ooze deck. The main plan is to fill the yard with a ton of creatures off cards like Satyr Wayfinder , sacrifice them with Hell's Caretaker to bring back huge threats, and/or use Ooze plus strong activated abilities like Avatar of Woe 's and the untap from Devoted Druid to amass an advantage. Before going in a more combo-heavy direction, I had Jarad and Korozda Guildmage as my big payoff cards (with Spider Spawning and Kessig Cagebreakers in the sideboard). Both love the way the Lord himself can be sacrificed to close out the game when your graveyard gets big enough. Having redundant effects helps make any plan more resilient, so I usually run a playset of Splinterfright and sometimes consider Nighthowler or Bonehoard as backups for the elf. Splinterfright in particular benefits from having a Nyx Weaver self-mill effect tacked on. The major benefit to using these types of cards over Colossification is just mana cost. +20/+20 will almost always win the game, but for 7 mana, it's easy to see it being too slow in all but the most casual environments. Plus, if you tap out for the aura, a single Vapor Snag can ruin the plan before Jarad gets to activate. I'd want some other ways to take advantage of the huge buff, even if that's just efficient trample creatures, if I was building around Colossification. That, or finding some way to cheat it into play early.
If you can, I'd also recommend cutting down to the 60 card minimum. This will make it all the more likely you draw the most synergetic cards, although I do like that you have tutors to help with that too.
2 months ago
4 months ago
Circular Logic is going to be bad if you don't play any discard effects. That being said, I can hardly imagine a Canadian Thresh deck without Wild Mongrel. This card will fix a lot of the issues you are having with your deck (cards in graveyard, aggressive strategies, countermagic, etc.).
Mental Note is also a staple of the archetype that is notably missing from your list. Any reason why? Combined with Thought Scour and Brainstorm, you have a pretty effective draw package for your strategy.
I think 10 counters is a bit too many. Spell Pierce seems the narrowest of the bunch and could be a sideboard card instead. Bounce spells work well for a tempo deck. Vapor Snag makes a lot of sense here. It also makes a Red splash questionable, in my opinion. You might not need Lightning Bolts, Fire and Archer in your deck if there are suitable U/G substitutes.
Cutting Red would simplify your mana base drastically by cutting Mountains and Evolving Wilds. Playing Thornwood Falls would make your mana much more flexible and allow your to play more colour-heavy cards.
If you want to keep your Red removal, that's fine. I would definitely find room for Mental Note and Wild Mongrel, though. You could probably trim on Spell Pierce, Ponder, Fire/Ice or Firebrand Archer to make it fit, in my opinion.
I hope that was helpful.
4 months ago
4 months ago
Looks fun! I do think it might be a tad too slow for my own meta, so maybe look for some interaction? I'm personally a big fan of Vapor Snag and such, though they work better with a counterspell suit. Perhaps something like Stream of Unconsciousness could buy you some time?
Fists of flame looks awesome btw! I didn't know about a card like that, I just have to test one or two in Beamsplitter Blitz (UR Prowess)!