Quote from shermanido37 »I think I'm glad to see Venser go. He's been expensive and slow, and has never really benefited the game plan beyond simple blinking. Soulherder is cheaper, tutorable, and provides a late-game threat in much the same style - though he really hates being bounced, which is a pain.
I'm thinking that while Muddle can indeed turn into a bunch of things in our deck, it's difficult to get more value out of it for the amount we are playing around the card. I may end up slotting Archaeomancer against my better judgment.
However for a card that interacts with instants and sorceries I'd probably much rather have God-Eternal Kefnet, and I'm not really sure I have enough instants and sorceries for either of them to be justified. At least Kefnet does plenty on his own, as it has a better body than almost any other card currently in the deck, and it's very easily recurred with its ability.
In fact, I'm sensing that there's got to be an instant or sorcery that I can win if I copy with Kefnet enough times. One of which is Approach of the Second Sun, but it's just so expensive. But it's fair enough on its own since we draw so many cards - though it becomes difficult if we happen to shuffle. Finally we could go for the obvious Nexus of Fate win, but it's both expensive and boring, plus Approach has some sort of "achievement unlocked" feel if you actually manage to win with it in EDH.
What are your thoughts, people?
Quote from shermanido37 »I see your point about Kefnet. Shame - I really really thought it would be great in action in Ephara because his ability could be relevant every single turn of play. But it's probably not worth it.
I think that if there were a white Hornet Queen it would change absolutely everything. Blinks, tutors and anthems all day every day.
Incidentally, now that I think of it, there's a hard lock on the table that pretty much says "I win":
Knowledge Pool + Lavinia, Azorius Renegade / Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir.
This effectively prevents the opponent from casting any spells.
Together with some form of removal (while saving our creatures), like Winds of Abandon, it's a pretty guaranteed win.
Tutorability is still problematic, but Treasure Mage does exist, and Spellseeker into Enlightened Tutor still do the trick.
Quote from WizardMN »I like it for a couple reasons. It can give you a creature for Ephara, so it doesn't feel like you are taking a turn off to cast it. It can gain us some much needed life. And, yes, it becomes a one sided board wipe when we need it. Now, the main issue I see is that getting the ultimate off can be tricky. Neither of our lists are exactly high on the life gain. Which means that even if we are already at 40 life, I can't see a situation where we don't have to tick up Ajani at least twice, if not 3 or 4 times, to gain the necessary life to get the wrath. And then if we are lower than 40?
Do you think it just works "out of the box"? If not, how much ancillary life gain do you figure needs to be included to make it so his ultimate is actually viable?
Quote from shermanido37 »The only way in which I would feel justified by running this card is if I also ran Resplendent Angel and Angelic Accord.
Even then, cards like Regna, the Redeemer and Sun Droplet would probably be waaay better.
If you're an Oloro, Ageless Ascetic or a Licia, Sanguine Tribune deck, this card is golden. Otherwise it feels like a giant trap.
Quote from shermanido37 »How will you pay only UU for the spell? Admittedly returning Ephara with it is pretty great, but it still costs 4UU. I guess you could say that you're getting the mana for Ephara back, but even then the color requirements are still there.
Also, I don't think I'm a fan. Hour of Revelation seems much less conditional, and much more of an actual solution than a delay tactic. The decks that will want Flood will most likely not have white.
Quote from shermanido37 »I like Sephara, and not only because her name is similar to that of our Commander.
If we run Mesa and Luminarch as part of our main game plan, it's pretty easy to cast her for her alternate cost, and after casting her we have wrath insurance on our fliers. I really do wish it had an anthem effect too, though.
I'm guessing it'll be a bulk rare and that it'll be easy to acquire, so I'll get it and contemplate running more flying hatebears.
However without them the flier count is pretty miserable in your decklist so you probably won't take the offer.