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That moment when you realize that Fluctuator is actually a $20 reprint O_O

April 7, 2020 5:39 p.m.

Neat idea! I feel like any deck running Portal Mage also wants it's bigger, older brother (and one of my personal pet cards): Illusionist's Gambit

April 7, 2020 5:38 p.m.

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So now with all the commander cards revealed, I am rather pleased with the reprints. Not a ton of reprint value, but a lot of the reprints are widely used commander cards that will help fill out a lot of collections.

Anyone disappointed that they spoiled Rielle shortly after Shabaz+Brallin? It's like, come on, let me be at least a little excited about a wheels commander before you drop one of the most busted Izzet/wheel commanders to date. Heck, Rielle is probably a better cycling commander than Gavi....

I really like Lurrus. I just wish you could cast more than one creature with its ability.

Lastly, I foresee some great persist shenanigans to be had with The Ozolith.

April 7, 2020 12:29 p.m.

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Gleeock: Seeing as after tomorrow, all of the Commander cards will have been spoiled, we probably don't need a separate thread at this point.

dbpunk: Be careful not to fall into the "partner's are underwhelming" trap. A lot of folks said that about the first partners and three of them are common cEDH commanders, while others are still pretty strong. From my initial evaluation, Cazur and Ukkima are possible high powered, maybe even cEDH candidates. Brallin and Shabraz are pretty strong together as well (Brallin can slide into a lot of decks). Not sure what you mean about the Temur partners, they work perfectly fine together.

Coward_Token: Dismantling Wave does cantrip when you cycle it. It's a pretty solid card.

Anyways, I am pretty happy with C20 so far:

I am loving all of the goad and political cards.

3 of the 5 partner pairs are pretty interesting to me, as well as some of the shenanigans that Kelsien and Xyris can pull off. The only issue is which one will I chose to buy/build as I only have space for 1 new deck at this point.

Twinning Staff is going right into my Ashling the Pilgrim deck.

White got some much needed help with card advantage and ramp.

While I'd like to see a few more reprints, we still got some high value reprints (DemonDragonJ, until Sol Ring stops perpetually costing $3-$5, I hope they keep reprinting it). Hopefully the final cards tomorrow bring us a couple more decent reprints.

April 6, 2020 12:50 a.m.

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#5

Heyyy, someone at WotC is on the same wavelength with me. Since this whole debate about White's powerlevel started, I have thought they should embrace the Land Tax angle more for card advantage. It's nice to see another card using that ability, and it's pretty strong to boot.

Coward_Token - Don't forget about superfriends!

April 5, 2020 8:27 a.m.

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#6

Ooof, Zaxara should've been Temur. That is a shame.

Also, not really a fan of new free spells. There is too small a barrier to casting them.

I am enjoying that this set has introduced two new Lhurgoyfs. By they way, Fiend Artisan is puuuuushed.

April 4, 2020 11:08 p.m.

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Heh, after reading the description about Ikoria I feel like someone just watched Avatar and simulataneously finished play StarCraft HotS and decided to make a set about it.

Here are some quick thoughts on spoilers so far:

Whaaaaaaat? Nethroi is absolutely busted as a Commander. Has WotC not yet learned that 0 is a number? Also, how does this work with creatures variable P/T? I think they still have a P/T regardless of which zone they are in, but if it's zero....then here comes Lhurgoyf tribal!

As far as the Lutri ban goes, it is correct. It's criteria is automatically met by having a commander deck. You start the game with an extra card in hand which is a solid advantage. There is literally no reason not to run the card in any deck that has the proper colors. It's ability is quite strong.

The Kaiju alternate arts are absolutely fantastic, but the normal alternate arts don't really fit the set's themes. I would've liked to see the cave painting style on the mythos cards used instead.

Speaking of which, the mythos cycle is looking quite strong.

I am glad to see cycling come back and mutate looks like a pretty fun mechanic. I also like the idea of keyword counters. It is very flavorful to the set and allows even bad creatures to suddenly become quite menacing.

Everquill Phoenix is a miss in that it would've been the perfect Phoenix tribal commander (good card otherwise).

Anyone else notice that they slipped Fertilid into the set? I wonder if we will see a saproling theme.

Of the 5 precon-flagship commanders, only Kalamax and Gavi look interesting too me (2 out of 5 isn't bad) which probably means that I'll end up building a deck around one of the other 3 :p.

seshiro_of_the_orochi if partners are really coming back, that is fantastic! Also, the cats are mostly within the Mardu color pie this time (at least according to the article describing the plane).

April 3, 2020 1:47 p.m.

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If you have the spare fast mana rocks laying around, I don't see the problem with running them over slower mana rocks like Blinkmoth Urn and Thran Dynamo. I probably wouldn't cut the slower rocks that can later be cashed in for card draw though.

I feel like the inclusion of Top is up to preference. It's a strong card and will do well here, but I personally only run it in decks which have a good amount of library manipulation or in decks where it has a specific function (like a game winning combo in my Glissa, the Traitor deck).

March 31, 2020 6:11 p.m.

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#9

I think the comment above meant Altar of Dementia, not Ashnod's Altar.

May I suggest Conqueror's Flail? Unfortunately you won't get much power boost from it, but having a Grand Abolisher effect is still very strong.

A couple more things that you might consider are Endless Atlas, Karn, Scion of Urza, and Endbringer for more card draw/utility.

Not of This World to protect your beefy Thopter

Also, one or two more Myr Retriever effects might be useful.

+1 and happy deck building!

March 31, 2020 9:31 a.m.

Hi there. Here are some suggestions based on your description/questions:

Altar of the Brood and Blasting Station are two win-cons for when you go infinite with Melira, a persist creature, and a sac-outlet.

Manglehorn is another good Reclamation Sage type creature.

The Great Henge and Renata, Called to the Hunt are fantastic with persist and with the high amount of creatures that you are running.

You have most of the best sac outlets, but I see that you are missing Greater Good. I've also always been a big fan of Spawning Pit.

You could also try some more card advantage and ramp through creatures. Additions to consider are Sakura-Tribe Elder, Farhaven Elf, Guardian Project, The Great Henge (again...the card is serious busted), Elvish Visionary, Skullclamp, and Beast Whisperer.

Beast Within is also a staple in mono-green.

Happy deck building!

March 22, 2020 11:09 p.m.

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