Quote from 3drinks »The 2 for 1 of Herald of Torment's bestow effect. He makes something huge then when you wipe or otherwise spot kill the creature it's enchanting, you still have a 3/3 flyer which demands another answer. Or on it's own, it's still a body you can easily cast on it's own, which is a pretty great spot to have.
Quote from 3drinks »I think Rakdos 2.0 is a bit of a trap, he plays better as commander than in the ninety-nine. When I tested him out in original Kaalia where I could get around his cast requirement, I found him underwhelming as he does not reduce coloured costs. At best, yes, I did resolve a Razaketh for just BBB, but that felt like his real hard ceiling. He's much stronger when he's deploying Wurmcoils and Ulamogs for 0. Without him, I'm still going to struggle to get to my six plus drops, and that's why I always aire on the side of caution with respect and care to my mana curve.
Quote from 3drinks »We have eight legendaries that would turn on Mox Amber, and seven of those eight are four plus cmc. I don't believe this to be consistent enough at all to justify that mox.
When I'm at the table with other combo players; they can usually get to their combo faster, empty their hand faster, then they either win or their out of the game for a couple turns. Cards like Wheel of Fortune helped the other people at the table much more than it helped me. Instead of wheels, I'm going to running more hand fattening cards.
Turn 3 cast Chrome Mox, Transmute Artifact on Grim Monolith using its mana and UU to get Alhammarret's Archive, cast Personal Tutor to get Reforge the Soul then when someone did not pay the tax on Rhystic Study, I drew Reforge the Soul on someone else's turn and cast it using its miracle cost.
I decided to Pact of Negation it then kill him with Niv-Mizzet, Parun triggers so Pact of Negation would fizzle and I wouldn't have to pay the upkeep cost, I picked up Force of Will from the draw. Next opponent cast a creature that threatened to kill me and I had to Force of Will it, a few triggers from that killed off his creatures (ten more cards in deck).
I'm personally a firm advocate of running Cursed Totem if your deck can support it. The number of combos it shuts off, in addition to the number of mana dorks, makes it one of the strongest Stax pieces in my Teferi list. It is a SERIOUS pain to deal with as an opponent against the card (I have a Zacama, Primal Calamity deck that HATES this card), and I find I have to spend quite a few resources trying to find some way to get it off the table. The other Stax pieces are a little more niche, depending on your meta, but are otherwise generally effective. It does, however, take up a precious card slot which is always the hardest thing to accommodate in this format...