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Commander_JAR in the earlier versions of this build those were included, but despite how solid they usually are in mono on paper, they aren't a good fit in this list specifically! Rituals are the bomb when you have something you consistently want to use that mana on, but Shimatsu is extremely specific with their timing. Like, for 95% of the game they are detrimental to cast; that leaves normal rituals entirely reliant on the not-so-good card selection red has, and there's almost zero value in topdecking them. Over time I phased all rituals out (excluding Jeska's Will since it's still just good impulse draw) in favor of more artifact synergies like Voltaic Key. Mana Vault is already nice with Shimatsu since it's a solid "ritual" and can be sacrificed to avoid taking damage, and turns out once the list reached that critical mass of artifacts that liked being untapped, the keys were just waaaaaay better at providing the same if not more mana. Artifact count means the world for the list too and rituals don't help in that department.

May 16, 2024 6:50 p.m.

Commander_JAR yeah pretty much! Red's pool of tutors is limited, but it's able to generate a ton of mana in a pinch. Sarkhan's Triumph exists and I was running it for a while before realizing that it's almost always worse than Dragonstorm if you're tutoring a 6+ mana dragon -- and that's if you tutor for only one dragon. There has been 0 times out of the last... 7? Games I've played with this deck where I haven't been able to get the storm count to 1 before casting it, which is just a solid rate overall (and is difficult to interact with/counterspell because storm is busted as a mechanic lol). If there's something like Mycosynth Lattice in play you'll get even more mana generated back with no further setup by tutoring for & swinging with Cavern-Hoard Dragon. That's pretty much the whole point of the deck; shenanigans which result in lots of treasures for shimatsu.

'Course, if you want to add more dragons like Scourge of Kher Ridges or Knollspine Dragon that can work too. I just never found the need for it myself since making treasures en-masse tends to be enough. Also exiling them to impulse draw is rough! The deck's land count is low for the same reason.

May 15, 2024 12:14 p.m.

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