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Said on 5 color sleeves...


Dragon Shield matte sleeves shuffle the best, by far, and I'd say legendary ladies have gotta have hot pink sleeves. The best way to draw the eye to the visuals on the cards is to minimize flashiness outside the art box, even before you take into account how much worse art sleeves shuffle than matte.

March 31, 2020 4:25 p.m.

Uh, wow, I did not realize the cheapest Vampiric Tutor had jumped over $70.

March 31, 2020 3:08 p.m.

Rather than Demonic Tutor, I would be running Vampiric Tutor and Mystical Tutor. It's better to trade the card advantage for mana and instant-speed in a deck that cares about the top of the library, and since the tutor targets are big-CMC spells, Mystical Tutor is almost strictly better than black tutors.

Also, Discovery / Dispersal and Price of Fame both have synergistic crossover between artificially high CMC, top-deck manipulation, and filling the graveyard for Delve. The Magic Mirror, Winged Words, and Drag to the Underworld seem worth considering in this deck, too.

March 31, 2020 3:07 p.m.

They're minotaurs. I don't think minotaurs do the whole damsel-in-distress thing (pretty sure Angrath said something to the effect of them being quite competent at killing). Even if the possibility is there, though, WotC is probably more than a little sensitive about some of the player base, hence the light touch and irregular occurrence of cards like Trapped in the Tower and Deadlock Trap.

March 30, 2020 6:22 p.m.

Said on RG vs RUG...


You're basically asking the same question that Standard BGx Explore players were asking. Basically, the conclusion that they came to is that a third color IS worth splashing, but only for counterspells, and probably only out of the sideboard. If you don't have a pressing need for Negate or Stubborn Denial to shut down decks that go just under you, then stick with 2-color.

March 30, 2020 6:08 p.m.

Said on Why Do Some ......


Licensing, man. You can't remake something you don't own, and some things aren't for sale or the price isn't right vs the opportunity cost of money not spent on Transformers 11: Age of Infinity War.

March 30, 2020 6:02 p.m.

Oh, if we're including Howl, it's gotta be the Ice Age Howl from Beyond

March 28, 2020 5:03 p.m.

If you're going to devote a deck to your favorite card (Nice choice, mine's Soulcatchers' Aerie), I would go all in. For example, in Dimir, Mana Skimmer is the Timeshifted version of Somnophore.

Time of Ice, Quiet Contemplation, Back to Basics, Dream Tides, Wrath of Marit Lage, Temporal Distortion, Neko-Te Thalakos Dreamsower, Wall of Stolen Identity, Frost Titan, Queen of Ice, Wall of Ice, Niblis of Frost, Guardian of Tazeem, Icefall Regent, Dungeon Geists, Mesmerizing Benthid, House Guildmage, Tidebinder Mage, Watertrap Weaver, Frost Lynx, Stitched Mangler, Fogwalker, and Vertigo Spawn would probably be my picks for "freeze" tribal.

Alternately, if you're not invested in Dimir, so much as in the creature itself, you could build a Derevi, Empyrial Tactician, or Empress Galina deck, since those commanders probably best represent what the card is doing.

March 28, 2020 1 p.m.

Since your combo pieces are mostly cheap creatures, wouldn't it make more sense to run Finale of Devastation and Green Sun's Zenith over black tutors?

March 25, 2020 10:24 a.m.

Said on Rule Zero...


I think the turn zero conversation is useful in the context of exactly the game you're about to play with exactly the players you're about to play with. If you want to casually mention that you keep a range of decks from around 5's to 7's, that tells someone that you might not have the best time in their playgroup if they mostly play cEDH or push it to the point of $20-30 cards, but don't dish out for fast mana. You might also describe certain lines of play as only being appropriate for an 8+ power-level deck, like the inclusion of Flash Hulk. I appreciate the fact that people want to be more communicative (for example, I really thought I had a good idea of what Commander Clash decks should be prepared for, only to have my Tatyova deck embarassed by Pleasant Kenobi's stax perversion), but the backlash against numerical scales seems a little overblown.

March 25, 2020 12:40 a.m.

Said on Tribal Challenge...


manbearpig, I know you can read the card. Don’t be contrarian and get annoyed when someone swims off with the bait.

March 24, 2020 5:49 p.m.

Man, that's the other problem with old cards, Legends had both some gloriously tacky art, but look at the freaking price tag on Gwendlyn Di Corci. Whether it's rogue tribal decks or 40-year-old men paying tribute to their teenage boners, she's a hot commodity.

March 24, 2020 2:47 p.m.

Said on Why only build ......


In fact, it looks like no one is using him to punish people in combat. I didn't think about Jeskai builds, but Ruhan of the Fomori and Pramikon, Sky Rampart. The way I see it, red is an absolute necessity for Grand Melee effects, after that, combat needs directing with blue and white rattlesnake and Ghostly Prison effects, green combat math effects, and black death-trigger/mass reanimation effects.

March 24, 2020 12:21 p.m.

Said on Why only build ......


It wouldn't be too hard, it's just a matter of the die-hard Kamigawa fans out there that know O-Kagachi is probably the best they're going to get for their theme deck in the foreseeable future.

Once you decide to build a forced combat deck, King Kami has to compete with Gahiji, Honored One, Marisi, Breaker of the Coil, Thantis, the Warweaver, Basandra, Battle Seraph, Fumiko the Lowblood, and Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs. You'd have to have a real reason to be 5-color to not play one of those, instead.

March 24, 2020 12:07 p.m.

hejtmane, thanks. I was thinking about that. I know that I've inadvertently triggered Scryfall to show each separate art in general search results before, so it would definitely be possible to see art that I'd never have thought of. For real, I've never seen that amazing Fifth Edition Nightmare, even though I've opened plenty of Nightmares in draft. Starting with early sets and sorting by EDHDREC popularity would probably be the best way to get a core group of 20-30 playable cards to start searching for complimentary cards for, that way, you could display individual printings in a search without having to look at however many thousands of cards there are, once reprints are taken into account.

March 24, 2020 12:01 p.m.

Said on Why don't we ......


I think it's 99% the ETB tapped ability. It's why Coldsteel Heart only sees play in 3% of decks, but Prismatic Lens shows up in 4%, and virtually every non-green deck plays Signets and Talismans.

March 24, 2020 11:34 a.m.

Said on Tribal Challenge...


manbearpig90 It's a 2-mana lord. That's as cheap as they come. If you want more than a vanilla 2/2 body that gives a static +1/+1, Thalia's Lieutenant, Mayor of Avabruck  Flip, Master of the Pearl Trident, Lord of Atlantis, Deeproot Elite, Bramblewood Paragon, Oona's Blackguard, Ayula, Queen Among Bears, Lord of the Unreal, and Supreme Phantom are it.

Gallia of the Endless Dance gives tribe members haste, which puts it on even footing combat-wise with ability-granting lords like Master of the Pearl Trident, and it has card advantage stapled to it, which rivals Oona's Blackguard and Ayula, Queen Among Bears.

I'd say it's pretty cut-and-dry.

March 24, 2020 11:05 a.m.

Ovalchase Dragster, Illusory Ambusher, Frost Walker, and Dandan seem good for cheap beaters. I would definitely lean hard into doing more damage, otherwise, you're just building a bad Edric, Spymaster of Trest deck.

March 23, 2020 7:19 p.m.

Said on Tribal Challenge...


You can hyperlink literally anything. all that you have to do is put brackets around what you want the blue hyperlinked text to be, then put the link in parentheses with no space between the bracketed text and link. Remove the space from [this link] (, and you get this link.

Also, I brew joke tribal decks all the time! Gallia of the Endless Dance is the best lord ever printed, so she's the only tribal deck I have right now, but for commanders that don't build themselves, here are mono-red Torbran Devil tribal and Gruul Grumgully Ooze tribal!

March 23, 2020 3:30 p.m.

Check out the first deck in this MTGGoldfish article. It's pretty much what you just described.

March 23, 2020 1:03 a.m.



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