"So my gut reaction is that Brian Kelly sounds like your spirit animal" - Andrew "Brassman" Probasco
Lover of all things magic, especially eternal formats. However, there is nothing better than vintage. I've been apart of the vintage community for a little over a year now. I love blue decks and currently really loving playing Painter's Servant. My all time favorite artifact.
Love the flavor text: "It gathers hues from the twilight mist so that its master can paint a better world"
And oh, all hail the Eldrazi. :) Love those guys too.
On a personal note, I work as a System Administrator for a company in Michigan. It's an amazing job and an amazing environment of people to work with. I have a great family and a wonderful girlfriend.
Favorite Creature Type: Eldrazi
Favorite card: Vampire Nighthawk
Favorite Video Game: Super Mario Brothers 3, Uncharted series, The Last of Us, etc.
Favorite Movie: Return of the Jedi
Favorite Book: Harry Potter series, Harry Dresden Files
Favorite TV series: Smallville, Flash, Arrow, Supernatural, Supergirl, Big Bang Theory, etc.
Narcomoeba is a may ability as well, so this basically just cuts Dredge off for a turn. You can just decide to not resolve Narco, Ghast, and Ichorid.
Realistically, you'd want to pop this guy in response to a Dread Return, but that would mean you'd need to have it already in play (telegraphing hard what you want to do) or find a way to get it in at instant speed (without flash inherent to the card this is much harder).
I don't know that this is terribly bad personally. Card only works for one turn. Sure, that single turn might be all they need, but it's not like Containment Priest that can just blow you out.
Excellent points I didn't immediately think about. I don't think it's terribly bad though. It still slows down Dredge and Oath (not stops them), which may be enough time. Having a sideboard option when you're not in white that can hit both isn't a bad thing. Still stronger to probably run Grafdigger's cage for that role most likely. But being a creature isn't nothing (but also a detriment).
@protoaddct I would consider this more reactive, but regardless, this effect has been a white effect with Containment Priest and Hallowed Moonlight type cards (or artifacts). I have never seen blue stop creatures from entering the battlefield if they are non tokens if they weren't on the stack. Please, correct me if I'm wrong there if there are similar type of effects in blue, I just don't recall.
I'm not mad that this is in blue, I just wouldn't have expected it. This is, though, giving blue more tools than I would have expected.
This is all initial thoughts.
This sounds like a fantastic sideboard card, regardless of Merfolk or Wizard. Good against both Oath and Dredge. With it being blue, this will be put in a lot of blue side boards, so you don't need to just run Tormod's Crypt or have black (or count on a Leyline in opening hand).
Though, Dredge has moved a lot towards Hollowed One in the sideboard, so it's not as effective coming from the sideboard as it could be. However, certainly a massive hoser still.
One important question. Why is this even in blue?
@Protoaddct As someone that has been a software engineer in the past, I really want to see how it's built out of sheer professional curiosity (honestly). Like, since it's most likely Object Oriented. What do the interfaces look like. How do they program the classes, what properties are given. How do they do the programming? Do they do it test driven (which I'm a huge advocate of) or do they program it and test it later?
It's not to find out how bad or good the code is, I just want to know. Heh
My theory has always been the roots of magic online, the core code, is a mess. Could be for multiple reasons, bad design, poorly paid workers, bad schedules, bad programmers, etc. I’m not sure what language it’s written in. I would have to assume it’s some kind of object oriented code. I would certainly hope so.
Anyway, the tree has sprouted, branches grown. They try to trim the tree every now and then, but it’s a mess and it continues to grow into a bigger mess. They all know it, there’s no good way to fix it... probably without ripping it out from the ground up and starting over.
Don’t get me wrong, the tree is still a tree. It has problems, but I would call it mostly good.
Yes, they could give it a glossy new paint job, make it look nicer, but that doesn’t stop the problems from being there. Businesses being businesses, they see the product making money, so they refuse to fund development of this product to fix it correctly. Especially with their attention divided between this and magic arena. I don’t see much more development time given to this product compared to arena. Arena is the new baby.
And now I realize I went off on a tangent.
Kinda like Aetherflux Reservoir but a little more aggressive.
Your math is wrong though. its 1,2,3,4,5, not exponentialNever mind this bit, i see you are calculating damage over time.
I like it, it's a colorless tendrils you have to cast first in many ways. The thing to note is that if you cast it mid turn and then keep casting spells, it does not start at 1, it starts at whatever you already cast +1 for subsequent spells. It also helps you win counter wars which is nice.
Probably a good thing that Probe got restricted. You could have some disgusting ritual turns with this and probe, or honestly just probe turns.
Yeah, sorry, I was writing it at work, so I was trying to be quick. haha
Interesting for Storm? Not saying it's great, but I feel it deserves discussion. You can cast Ritual + Ritual and be able to ping off two creatures on the board and still continue your combo (or just go to your face or planeswalkers).
Cast Number | Total Damage (combined)
1 = 1
2 = 3
3 = 6
4 = 10
5 = 15
6 = 21
By instance or sorcery #6, you have lethal damage. May not need to cast as many spells. However, the obvious inherent weakness is it doesn't count moxen and other artifacts. That in itself makes it much weaker.