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Vraska's Contempt Discussion
2 months ago
Sorry for the late response, I have some family over for mother's day.
First, I'd like to say that I'm by no means an expert, and even if I was, I'd tell you to disregard my advice if it ever advises the removal of pet cards, shifts the deck towards a style you don't prefer, or otherwise contradicts your goals in any way. I can only ever speak from my own experiences, and yours can and should be different. Generally speaking, creatures that cost a lot of mana and are easy to remove tend to be weaker than those that cost less and/or have some built in protection or other added value. The ability to dodge removal like Vraska's Contempt and Teferi, Hero of Dominaria is what let Carnage Tyrant warp an entire format while Ghalta, Primal Hunger really did not. The fact that you're considering 3 cards that grant hexproof or indestructible implies that removal is a serious issue in your meta, and after looking at the blue and orzhov decks, I would agree. This does mean that Xenagos, God of Revels is better than Ghalta since it packs its own protection. My suggestion to cut him comes from two different factors. One is that he's just shy of the Fierce Empath CMC requirement and the other is that he doesn't grant haste to all creatures simultaneously. I don't think he's bad though, and I particularly like him with annihilator Eldrazi. Still, if I resolve a Surge, I'd really like to win the game that turn, and an 18/18 haste alone can be shut down for a single mana. Going wide makes it harder for your opponents to answer your threats both because board wipes tend to be sorcery speed and because they typically get played in the main less than single-target removal anyway. This is why you see cards like Pathbreaker Ibex and Craterhoof Behemoth getting so expensive while their single-target counterparts fall behind. All that aside, I do like Soul of New Phyrexia and Archetype of Endurance for decks like this. If you're worried about not giving your opponents enough answers, just go with the Soul since it doesn't stop targeted exile.
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3 months ago
Hey, a Turbofog deck! First couple things I see: in the Fog package, switch Haze of Pollen for Angelsong for a cheaper cycling card. Thwart the Enemy doesn't do anything that a straightforward Fog doesn't do for a third the cost; Thwart the Enemy is better for creature-on-creature combat. Even with the Seasons Past recursion, if you've been careful with your Fogs, pulling back a 1-mana fog and a 2-mana fog should be enough, especially since you only have two of them. If you're set on the 3-mana Fog, consider Sudden Spoiling .
For the removal package: Abrupt Decay is solid. Vraska's Contempt is a little more mana-hungry than I personally prefer, but I can respect it. I would switch it for something 3-mana, maybe Anguished Unmaking or Maelstrom Pulse for broader removal.
Win condition: I've never used Approach of the Second Sun personally, so I'm interested in that choice. There's an earlier suggestion about adding a backup win condition, and I agree with that. Something resilient and difficult to interact with. I see Dragonlord Dromoka in the maybe board, and I like Sigarda, Host of Herons , but those are questionably budget.
Other: Adding some ramp that comes down before turn 3 might help you reach your late game faster. I also like a small discard package; even a handful of Duress can preempt a lot of problems. Leyline of Sanctity has dropped in price a lot, and it's practically required if you see a lot of burn or 10-rack or anything like that.
So that's what I get out of my first pass over this deck. Use your Fogs carefully and use your life total as a cushion, and this could get some good results. More comments to come later.
5 months ago
Some cards I've found that you may want to consider: Seal Away is low CMC and has flash for a surprise when they swing, Cast Out comes with cycling to help you draw if you really need it, Brain Maggot has a small body but can grab anything nonland from their hand, Baffling End may be better than silkwrap depending on what creatures you're up against normally. Dire Tactics / Anguished Unmaking are unconditional creature removal, at the cost of some life. Maybe even Bane of Bala Ged for fun. Finally Warping Wail has some flexibility that you may find useful.
I personally would drop Grip of Desolation . For 6 mana you'll want to be doing more than what it offers, could play two or three spells instead even. Maybe add more copies of Utter End in its place, or Vraska's Contempt can hit 'walkers and creatures, and the two life is a nice touch.
I hope you find this helpful, neat deck and best of luck with it!
5 months ago
6 months ago
theamazingwally, Harpooner is useless without the Enchantment, that’s why I recommended it to be moved to sideboard or replaced. Even creature mash decks require some type of removal just in case the opponent bring a creature that your creatures can’t destroy because your board isn’t setup, too big to engage or indestructibility. I forgot to recommend a card for that last part, Vraska's Contempt or something that can exile cards, this can go to sideboard or main board as well.
7 months ago
Man, Master_Keeby, I kind of like rhystic shield, so I'll make it so you at least get some value out of your opponent paying. I'll try Rhystic deluge.
Rhystic flood(out of creative names)
: tap target creature. That creatures controller may pay , if they do not, that creature does not untap during that players next untap step.
at the beginning of each opponents first main phase, scry X, where X is the number of tapped permanents they control. This ability has split second.
Out of the ones you showed rhystic study is the most powerful by a large margin, but this new one is kind of interesting. I like the second ability, because you can tap all of their creatures on their draw step. You will notice that my ability is 2 mana, which I believe is perfect to be able to do multiple times but at the same time not be totally spammable. Anyway, this is one of the best prompts I have seen in a while, so I'll see if I can follow it properly.
8 months ago
Hey, I see you're already adding Commander Legends Pirates. Malcolm, Keen-Eyed Navigator is among the best because it's a combo with Glint-Horn Buccaneer and this is a new powerful Pirate combo in multiplayer Commander. Honestly it's a reason to want to play Pirates in Commander. Without the combo Malcolm is a repeatable source of creating Treasures who has helps Brass.
Malcolm + Glint is a combo if you have two or more opponents to draw/discard the rest of your library, make lots of extra Treasures if have three or more opponents and it can be a win condition. When Glint attacks activate him and you need at least 40 cards in your library to consistently make him a win condition. If you have three or more opponents then each time you activate Glint you create three or more Treasures with Malcolm. Sac two Treasures to activate Glint again and repeat.
More flying Pirates especially one drops can help to trigger Brass easier such as Spectral Sailor, Siren Stormtamer and Kitesail Freebooter. Stormtamer and Sailor are in the maybeboard. Chaos Warp is a versatile instant removal spell for Grixis. Exotic Orchard is a good Rainbow land.
Cards to consider cutting:
- Akoum Refuge: Orchard could replace any always ETB tapped land.
- Walk the Plank: Warp could replace it.
- Pillar of Origins: it's not good enough as ramp, only able to tap it for mana to cast a Pirate.
- Vraska's Contempt: not needed and four mana is high for a removal spell that only targets one of two different permanents types.
- Brass's Bounty: not a fan of this card since you can't ramp into it to get enough value for seven mana and needing six or seven actual lands to get enough value for seven mana is not worth it.
- Adaptive Automaton: Malcolm could replace it.
Good luck with your deck.
11 months ago