This spell costs less to cast if you control a Wizard.
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Wizard's Retort Discussion
1 month ago
This deck Has potential, It's just missing key factors. Cards like Runeboggle and Remand are essential for card advantage. bounce spells like Unsummon are also important in a deck like this. It lacks a wincon and Is also missing some high-end budget counterspells, just like Spell Pierce and Wizard's Retort. Also, Dissolve is simply better than Cancel, no matter how you put it. This could be a great deck, it just needs a lot of work. Cheers!
2 months ago
Have you considered Altar of the Brood with an infinite artifact loop? Aether Spellbomb also allows you to draw your entire deck after infinite mana. Your list also excludes Cyclonic Rift and more board interaction such as Brazen Borrower. I have found that if someone resolves Grafdigger's Cage or Rest in Peace, they are incredibly debilitating unless you have a way to bounce them and then counter them later on.
Also, a very nice boardwipe to consider is All Is Dust. It removes permanents like Linvala, Keeper of Silence, Rest in Peace, and most players' entire board state. With so many artifacts in the deck, removing a couple blue permanents doesn't really feel that bad.
Another land to consider would be Riptide Laboratory. It is helpful turn 4 if you wiff on your milling and are looking for another Emry, Lurker of the Loch ETB or all of the wizard artifact tutors. Also, now that Thassa's Oracle is a thing, you can use her ETB and bounce her back to your hand for finishing the game later. Thassa's Oracle also beats Gitrog in a less convoluted way and she can be returned to your hand after milling your entire deck if you have infinite mana and are running Codex Shredder.
Hope my suggestions help! See my Emry decklist at: https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/emry-mono-blue-artifact-combos-cedh-wip/?cb=1593877497
4 months ago
The deck looks good and it should be fun and effective to play, just a couple of observations:
is Swiftfoot Boots meant to protect Niv Mizzet from removal? Maybe I am missing something, but it does not seem like a necessary card in this build. Also, Spellbook costs 0 but takes a spot for an effect that you already can benefit from Thought Vessel and Reliquary Tower: I would rather replace it with a good old Izzet Signet to get some extra ramp instead.
there are many lands that ETB tapped, almost a third of your landbase and some of them without providing any additional benefit (cycling and scry are a good trade-off imo): I'd take out Highland Lake, Izzet Guildgate and Swiftwater Cliffs and replace with something more effective but still affordable such as Shivan Reef and Steam Vents or even some extra basics. Also, with a two colour deck very colour intense in the mana cost, Evolving Wilds, Terramorphic Expanse and even Ash Barrens would be in my opinion better replaced by some basic lands - unless it is the shuffling effect you are looking for.
your commander is a wizard, but you have only 4 wizards in the deck, meaning that more often than not your Wizard's Retort will be just a Cancel. Staying budget, I'd honestly rather have a Negate or Dispel if you want a hard counter or Mana Leak if you prefer more flexibility.
4 months ago
Why Sprite Dragon out of all the options you have to pressure an opponent in this kind of deck. Have you considered Lightning Stormkin and/or Stormchaser Mage with Wizard's Retort and Wizard's Lightning, Brineborn Cutthroat, Grim Lavamancer, Spectral Sailor, Sea-Dasher Octopus, or Pteramander? Does the deck need Anger of the Gods or does the burn take care of creatures well enough?
I'm curious how well Light Up the Stage fits. It's an instant speed deck for the most part with some burn and creatures to activate it, but hitting Remand and Ral, Storm Conduit for example would be useless. Thunderous Wrath seems amazing when it hits but is that good enough to balance out the times it just sits in your hand? I'd prefer something like Searing Blaze, which seems to be perfect for the deck. Chart a Course also seems nice, but it's sorcery speed which sucks. Have you thought of using Curious Obsession?
5 months ago
Hey, thanks so much for the upvote and the comment!
I'll certainly test it!
That said, at a first glance it seems to me to be a change I'm not so sure about. Mainly cause, although it counters the spell, I get nothing in addition. That's diferent from Dispel where I'm guaranteed to have a two mana counter and maybe activate that synergy with Mystic Sanctuary. Part of what makes Ionize a decent replacement is that I gain virtual card advantage*, something that this version lacks profundly, once it doesn't have acess to draw spells... Wizard's Retort seems like in its best will be a Counterspell (and that's great), in its worst will be an underperformative Dissolve (an that's not great).
Of course empirical experience could reveal otherwise and for that I'll do the tests
5 months ago
What about Wizard's Retort instead of Ionize? You have the wizards for it and it could be a way to take advantage of the differences between your deck the non-budget version rather than just playing a less good card.