Before I make a deck tech video, what cards should NOT make the final list for lack of power/utility?
I would like to do a final tuneup before I record a video for CMDRDecks on my Zur the Enchanter EDH deck that is very competitive and already has a very high power curve. I prefer to identify weaknesses in the deck and then look for better alternatives as opposed to the other way around.
I'll explain what this Zur deck wants to do and how I play it so that you get a sense of what cards are mandatory despite being underwhelming in a vacuum.
My sense is that I just need to be talked out of 3 or 4 other cards that I can find more suitable replacements that I have been unwilling to take out over the course of the last 3 years. The Kobayashi Maru
- This deck's win-con in general damage via unblockability from Steel of the Godhead and getting huge with Empyrial Armor. In order to get big I have to have a huge hand of cards via Necropotence + Library of Leng or Reliquary Tower. 20+ cards in hand allows me to kill someone in 1 swing.
- The goal of the deck is to prevent my opponents from stopping me. In order to keep from getting killed, I run Solitary Confinement and Energy Field + Rest in Peace.
- The supporting strategy is to ramp fast (low CMC rocks), as opposed to ramping hard (very high rock count). This acceleration allows me to play Zur early and also to be able to keep up mana for Vanishing mana AND counterspells.
Any control deck like this obviously needs a good bit of card draw and tutoring, so this deck has a fair amount of that going on as well.
There are a couple of targeted removal spells because I do play a control role. I have to remove cards that would stop me from doing what I need to do such as Stranglehold or Ob Nixilis, Unshackled.
Board wipes are one sided mostly because I use Vanishing on Zur as my first tutor target normally. Sometimes I just need to get rid of dudes like Sheoldred, Whispering One or power commanders like Narset, Enlightened Master.
There are some major utility spells like Scroll Rack and Jace, the Mind Sculptor which help me put enchantments back into my library so that Zur can tutor them and put them into play for free. There are some other utility cards like Land Tax which helps me fix my land drops and and keep my hand full to make Empyrial Armor better. Snapcaster Mage & Isochron Scepter allows me to play more counterspells and tutors.
Then there is just Gilded Drake and Bribery because those cards are BROKEN
, plus they're blue so they pitch to Force of Will.
The most important rule for my deck is that I don't run any infinite or instant win combos, and with the exception of Cataclysm, I don't try to interfere with anyone's normal deck strategy. I just try to win over the top of what they're doing with what I'm doing.
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