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#1

The post is because the Gatherer was listing the TWC cards as not legal in any format. Looks like its been fixed though: Lucille at The Gatherer.

January 21, 2021 11:17 a.m.

I need to check that out. Never heard of it before.

January 20, 2021 7:48 p.m.

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#3

Frost Bite would be most excellent if it was any target. Still nice but for a second I thought it was a new Lightning Bolt.

January 15, 2021 11:27 a.m.

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#4

Thank you for the upvote! I wanted to mention that this deck has rotated out of Standard so is not legal for competitive brawl events but is great for casual, kitchen table games.

January 15, 2021 11:24 a.m.

I can't imagine a viewer was going to dissect 100% of the lyrics of 1 song in the film during their first viewing ever and have the ending spoiled for them. I agree it seems a weak reason.

January 14, 2021 11:06 p.m.

I remember seeing somewhere that Veteran of the Psychic Wars was a late replacement for another song they had written but I don't remember why it was changed.

January 13, 2021 11:35 p.m.

Both Analog and Heavy Metal were where I got most of my exposure to sci-fi writers I may not have known about yet or new writers I had never seen before and I would go buy books from them after reading their short stories or excerpts inside issues of Heavy Metal and Analog.

January 13, 2021 5:41 p.m.

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#8

thank you for the upvote!

January 13, 2021 11:24 a.m.

I am a huge fan of this film, the animation and the amazing music that makes up the soundtrack. I have even made a deck inspired by Veteran of the Psychic Wars by Blue Oyster Cult that uses Psychic Vortex and Words of War to win games. Which is literally a "Psychic War". You can see it here: Veteran Of The Psychic Wars.

So, thank you for posting this anniversary thread!

There actually is a central theme and story to Heavy Metal. It even comes full circle over the course of the various vignettes.

Spoiler Alert

After the opening sequence we are, in the first vignette, introduced to the Loc-Nar which is the "Sum of All Evils" and it begins to terrorize the little girl and show her how through the ages and in various worlds it twists and destroys all that is good. During each of the following stories you see the Loc-Nar over and over again tempt and destroy everything and then, in the Taarna sequence, a warrior women sacrifices herself to destroy the Loc-Nar. In the final scene, you discover the little girl is a reincarnation of the warrior woman who flies away as the Loc-Nar explodes.

End Spoiler

For me, the movie is all about choice and the cycle of life. This means that evil is real, omnipresent and never truly can be defeated. But your life and your deeds matter. And you can make a decision to do the right thing or let the Mob Rule. So how you live your life is what's important.

And the soundtrack is one of the best samples of rock and roll in the era at the time the film was made. Black Sabbath, Nazareth, Blue Oyster Cult, Riggs, Don Felder, Devo, Steve Nicks and more. Lot of great music.

I was a kid when I saw this at a Midnight show in the movie theater when it came out and I have seen many of the featured bands in concert.

January 12, 2021 10:28 p.m.

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#10

Here is another one:

Minion's Return + Phyrexian Altar + Sun Titan

You need all of them in play and Minion's Return enchanting your Sun Titan.

Then you sacrifice Sun Titan to Phyrexian Altar, generating 1 mana of any color.
Minion's Return triggers, returning Sun Titan to the battlefield.
Sun Titan triggers, returning Minion's Return to the battlefield.

Repeat forever

With this combo you get: Infinite colored mana, Infinite ETB, Infinite LTB, Infinite sacrifice triggers, and Infinite death triggers.

There are quite a few auras you can use instead of Minion's Return that will do the same thing.

January 9, 2021 5:55 p.m.

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#11

You can add Ob Nixilis, Unshackled to that Maralen of the Mornsong and Opposition Agent that smackjack listed. Then they will take 10 on every search and your agent will let you take over the search.

January 9, 2021 1:25 p.m.

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#12
January 8, 2021 9:19 p.m.

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#13

That is another good way, plakjekaas, to combo using the Phyrexian Altar. I am a fan of that aura.

January 8, 2021 4:23 p.m.

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#14

Here is another one:

Adarkar Valkyrie + Phyrexian Altar + Thornbite Staff and any other creature

With all of these in play and the Thornbite Staff equipped to your Adarkar Valkyrie you can get:

Infinite colored mana, infinite ETB, infinite LTB, infinite death triggers and infinite sacrifice triggers.

tap Adarkar Valkyrie, targeting the additional creature. Sacrifice the creature to Phyrexian Altar, generating 1 mana of any color. Thornbite Staff triggers, untapping Adarkar Valkyrie. The creature returns to the battlefield under your control.

This lets you tailor your creatures for any ETB abilities you want to add to the combo. Pick a creature that has a damage ETB ability to get infinite damage. Pick one that creates a creature when it ETBs for infinite creatures. Adds customization to the combo.

January 8, 2021 1:08 p.m.

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#15

For Commander that tutor ability is really strong. Conversely, The fact you need to swing the guy is not that great though. Especially in Commander where it's harder to control the combat steps. I would certainly give it a try though. There's always that player in a pod who never mounts any defense and you can always run cards like Varragoth into them.

I can't wait to see what else has the boast mechanic!

January 7, 2021 10:54 p.m.

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#16

There are 100s of combos using those two cards. Here is one:

Ashnod's Altar + Nim Deathmantle + Phyrexian Triniform

With all of these in play, you can get Infinite colorless mana, infinite creature tokens, infinite ETB infinite LTB, infinite death triggers and infinite sacrifice triggers.

Sacrifice Phyrexian Triniform to Ashnod's Altar to add ​
Phyrexian Triniform and Nim Deathmantle both trigger.
Resolve Phyrexian Triniform's ability first, creating three Golem artifact creatures.
Sacrifice two Golems to Ashnod's Altar to add total.
Resolve the Nim Deathmantle trigger, paying the to return Phyrexian Triniform to the battlefield with Nim Deathmantle equipped.

Repeat for infinite tokens and mana.

January 7, 2021 7:33 p.m.

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#17

Their design plan may be to specifically keep dragons and dragons matter outside of CoCo range. Which is a bummer because adding more juvenile/smaller breeds of dragons would be cool and add more flavor to the game.

It makes sense for this set I imagine. Scandinavian/Norse/Snow Fantasy mythology probably does not include tiny little beasties. They are probably all like the Midgard Serpent or equally has enormous and what have you.

January 7, 2021 5:09 p.m.

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#18

I like how flavorful the Old-Growth Troll card is. It dies, then it's magic spreads into the land, feeding it. And then you can use it's sacrifice ability later to have the land rise up and assemble itself into a new troll. Kind of cool stuff.

January 7, 2021 4:47 p.m.

I agree with some of the cuts you already did that were suggested by abby315 and Keqing420. I also think you don't need Elvish Champion instead of Ezuri, Renegade Leader. I believe Ezuri is more reliably going to finish games over the champion. Beast Whisperer is part of the deck's card advantage and card playing engine so should stay in the deck without a big overhaul of the deck. Besides being a replacement for Glimpse of Nature in the deck since glimpse isnt Modern legal.

Some more cuts I feel could happen are; Deleting Elvish Promenade. Both Collected Company or Chord of Calling would be better in this deck than the promenade. I understand that the copies of Primal Surge fulfills what either of those might provide for this deck. But they are both way better than the promenade because they can get you your combo pieces. I would consider replacing it maybe with Turntimber Symbiosis  Flip if you don't want to play either CoCo or Chord. Partly due to the fact it still puts brakes on your Surges and can serve as a land in a pinch. (Way not needed, I know). It gets more utility elves out like Coco and Chord so would make your gameplay more consistent. Or maybe Lead the Stampede instead?

I also agree that I would also cut the Fauna Shaman until you can get Craterhoof Behemoth. Without the behemoth, you just dont need anything else that badly to tutor up you won't be able to find with surge or your draw engine.

Also, I don't see any value from the copies of Elvish Clancaller. Your deck is more combo and going wide than needing anthem effects. It's activated ability costs way too much for just getting another clancaller. I would cut all 4 and see if your decks suffers at all. Or leave the fauna shamans and promenades and just cut those. Or replace them with copies of Elvish Champion even.

You also dont need anything in your maybe board except maybe Imperious Perfect. Though I would treat that as a slightly better card than the clancallers and wouldnt put them in the deck either. Helix Pinnacle is just picking a different win condition than the Ezuri/possible behemoth route. Metallic Mimic actually provides nothing the deck needs at all.

January 7, 2021 4:41 p.m.

If you shared your decklist and design goal people would have a better idea of what you are looking for.

It's really hard to make suggestions when no one knows even the available colors you are asking for help with.

We don't even know why you have such stringent mana requirements even.

January 5, 2021 9:36 p.m.

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