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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
|Pauper Duel Commander||Legal|
Snow Land — Island Mountain
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This enters the battlefield tapped.
6 months ago
I think you could still benefit from Kiln Fiend in this deck. I would definitely play it over Jhessian Thief, since the mana cost and the "prowess" potential is more powerful. It would also make Of One Mind much easier to cast.
While not free, Lava Dart triggers prowess twice and deals damage anywhere.
Faithless Looting is an excellent card draw spell that will be much more reliable than Of One Mind.
Temur Battle Rage will definitely speed up your clock massively.
I would think about cutting back to 2 copies of Izzet Charm, Removing all the Flame Slashes and Of One Minds as well as the Cartouches and Clouts. If you bring your mana curve down, you could also shave 1-2 lands.
If you do cut lands, you might want to replace Boilerworks with basics or something like Volatile Fjord. This will make opening hands with 1 land easier to keep.
9 months ago
11 months ago
Lava Dart is an excellent addition to this deck. It can split up damage or go face and triggers your Ophidian Eye twice for only 1 mana.
In order to accommodate Lava Dart and Fireblast, Swiftwater Cliffs could easily be Volatile Fjord instead.
Why play Cerulean Wisps instead of more Brainstorm/Ponder/Preordain? Seems like you could easily play more of the better cantrips.
Faithless Looting may not be a bad option either, if you wanted more cheap and effective looting.
1 year ago
1 year ago
1 year ago
Hey, nice version, but where's Glint-Horn Buccaneer? I saw your deck in the featured decks ad.
You can improve on balancing card quality since you have some amazing cards here, but also quite a few lackluster ones that are much lower on power level compared to the others. An example is Scalding Tarn which is excellent, but not playing a dual land that Tarn can search for... Steam Vents could replace Izzet Guildgate and Volatile Fjord could replace Highland Lake. Other Izzet dual lands to add in place of some basic lands to improve color fixing from lands: Training Center, Cascade Bluffs, Sulfur Falls, Stormcarved Coast and Frostboil Snarl.
I don't think I've even seen Armillary Sphere in the same deck before that also has Mana Drain, Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer, Jeweled Lotus, Dockside Extortionist, Goldspan Dragon, Jeska's Will and Urza's Saga. Sphere is really out of place power wise. Consider cutting Sphere for Arcane Signet? The Diamonds are also subpar, considering cutting both of them for Talisman of Creativity and Izzet Signet? These are not expensive changes, but can make a big improvements on ramp.
Another example of card quality balance are the counterspells. Mana Drain, Counterspell, Pact of Negation, Negate are great thus you don't also need to play Hornswoggle, Admiral's Order and even Lookout's Dispersal because these are not as good.
Some more one drop/two drop flying Pirates and unblockable Pirates can more easily trigger Malcolm and Breeches. Spectral Sailor, Warkite Marauder, Departed Deckhand could replace some higher mana cost Pirates such as Captain Ripley Vance, Deadeye Quartermaster, Prosperous Pirates and Sailor of Means. You have Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer, Dockside Extortionist, Goldspan Dragon and Corsair Captain which are all excellent thus you don't really need to play other Pirates that create treasures when they ETB because those cards are not as good.
Wonder and Anger are powerful with Pirates, but they need help to get them into your graveyard because you don't want to ever cast them. Expanding with more loot can help to draw/discard them that also adds more draw to your deck. Faithless Looting, Windfall, Mask of Memory and Frantic Search could replace Mutiny, Hornswoggle, Dowsing Dagger Flip and Admiral's Order. These changes are also not expensive and improve card quality.
Good luck with your deck.
1 year ago
Hey, I'll first comment here then at a later time at your Zombie deck.
The theme you have here is called Spellslinger and with Spellslinger you want less creatures than normal, more instants as well as sorceries. Spellslinger is essentially control in Commander therefore the cards you tap out for need to be impactful. If you're new to the Spellslinger idea then overall with less than $200 budget you've done well so far, but you forgot Command Tower. You have several really nice cards, but also some stinkers that could be upgraded on a budget.
Consider more lands and ramp? To keep mana open at all times when you cast noninstant spells. 31 lands is low, not really enough land when you want to be making your land drops each turn. My advice is try 36 lands and 12 or more ramp sources. If you don't want to add more lands than instead add more low 1-2 CMC draw or best a combination of both.
- Command Tower
- Storm-Kiln Artist
- Fellwar Stone
- Unexpected Windfall
- High Tide
- Thrill of Possibility
- Star Compass
- Lonely Sandbar: one mana draw to trigger Niv.
- Forgotten Cave
- Reliquary Tower: no max hand size.
- Mystic Sanctuary: recur instant or sorcery.
- Volatile Fjord: gives Scalding Tarn a Izzet dual land to search for.
- Shivan Reef
- Grixis Panorama
If your primary win condition is Niv enchanted by Curiosity then you're going to want ways to shuffle all the cards in your hand back into your library. You'll want this effect to be able to keep drawing and doing damage with Niv since Niv only does damage to one target for each trigger. Ophidian Eye is another Curiosity. Each opponent will have 40 or more life thus you won't consistently have enough cards in your library to end all your opponents with Niv's damage without having more draw. Psychosis Crawler can help since it makes each opponent lose 1 life each time you draw a card.
Curiosity/Ophidian Eye is a may, you don't have to draw when you do damage with Niv. Because you can stop the combo then you can stop drawing so you don't draw from an empty library and lose the game. Stopping the combo also lets you cast a creature or sorcery to shuttle all cards from your hand back into your library to keep drawing and continue the combo. Whirlpool Warrior has this effect at least twice and Whirlpool Rider is only two mana.
Consider streamline/cut the creature base down to the 10-15 best creatures, less creatures the better and use the other spots for more instants?
A streamlined example of the current creature base (sorted by CMC):
- Goblin Electromancer
- Birgi, God of Storytelling
- Veyran, Voice of Duality
- Palladium Myr
- Archmage Emeritus
- Galazeth Prismari
- Talrand, Sky Summoner
I'm also suggesting some creatures upgrades who most have better interaction with Niv:
- Whirlpool Warrior --> Academy Drake
- Whirlpool Rider --> Fae of Wishes
- Psychosis Crawler --> Radiant Performer
- Tandem Lookout --> Skyclave Sentinel
- Storm-Kiln Artist --> Orvar, the All-Form
- Dualcaster Mage --> Relic Robber
Tandem Lookout soulbond to Guttersnipe/Electrostatic Field can draw a lot of cards because Lookout cares about any damage that the paired creature does and Guttersnipe does 2 damage to each opponent. You draw a number of cards equal to the number of opponents you have each time Guttersnipe triggers. Lookout is Curiosity, but the draw is not a may, you have to draw and Lookout can change who it's soulbond unlike auras.
Tandem Lookout can be soulbond to Niv, but it's risky because you can't stop the combo because you can't stop the draw without help. You'll need an instant way to shuffle all cards from your hand back into your library or an instant way to kill/bounce Lookout before you draw the rest of your library. If you don't do this you will lose the game from trying to draw from an empty library since you'll draw your entire library. Drawing your entire library can enable a win condition of Laboratory Maniac or Jace, Wielder of Mysteries and Jace has the advantage that he can draw card/cards to trigger Niv.
I've suggested a lot of card upgrades and hopefully given you advice to think about. Let me know your thoughts and if you would like me to continue in another comment including more cuts to consider. Good luck with your deck.
1 year ago
Hey, nice version so far on a budget.
If you're playing the Pirate themed instants or sorceries that create a treasure for flavor then that's cool, but if not then for some there's much better budget cards to choose from such as Counterspell, Brainstorm, Chaos Warp. Both of these Pirate Commanders can benefit from some more low CMC Pirates who have evasion so they can more easily do combat damage to an opponent: Spectral Sailor, Departed Deckhand, Storm Fleet Sprinter.
Kediss, Emberclaw Familiar is very good with these Pirate Commanders because they only have to do damage to an opponent to trigger. Even though Kediss isn't a Pirate he can replace Pirates with his ability since when just Malcolm or Breeches does combat damage to an opponent you do that same amount of damage to each opponent. This means with Kediss that you only have to attack with Malcolm and do combat damage with him to create a number of treasures equal to the number of opponents you have.
Tandem Lookout can be lots of repeatable draw, it can change the creature it's paired with for soulbond and that creature only has to do any kind of damage to an opponent to draw. With Kediss, Emberclaw Familiar, Lookout soulbond to Malcolm and Malcolm does combat damage to an opponent you get amazing/potentially repeatable value. You create a number of treasures and draw the same number of cards equal to the number of opponents you have. Soulbond Lookout to Lightning-Rig Crew or Glint-Horn Buccaneer can draw a lot of cards since the damage they do is done to each opponent.
Mask of Memory is nice repeatable draw when your Commander has flying or other evasion that makes it easier to do combat damage to a player. Shivan Reef is a budget Izzet dual land that ETB untapped. Path of Ancestry can be repeatable scry when you cast a Pirate with it. Because you have a lot of Islands then Mystic Sanctuary can be a way to recur a instant or sorcery to the top of your library to cast again. Volatile Fjord is a budget Island Izzet dual land.
If interested in any of these suggestions then I offer more advice of cuts to consider. Good luck with your deck.