Magic: the Gathering
By Thiago, 05/14/20
This article belongs to the series The most popular archetypes of the cEDH:
Food Chainand talk about how the Forbidden Tutors affect the format, and with that, we understand why UBx decks have been dominating the meta for a long time.
THE COMBOAs you can see, when we refer to Forbidden Tutors, we are talking about
Tainted Pact, which are referred to in such a way as they are considered all in cards. Their function, however, is not to tutor the cards themselves, but to act as pieces in combos where we want to promote a quick and effective self-mill so that we can end the game with something like
Jace, Wielder of Mysteries, or
Thassa's Oracle. After understanding how the combo works, we got to the point where we thought: but why use something like that? To put it simple, in a highly competitive game it is easier to have a combo where we can win with effects like the one from
Laboratory Maniacthan to generate a fancy board and take advantage of it, especially in a format where games are much faster if compared to casual games. In addition, the fact that combos like this require few pieces, which have low mana cost and also generate value individually, provides great consistency, and, consequently, much popularity for the archetype.
COMMANDERSIt is a little difficult to talk about the commanders who take advantage of the Consultation strategy to shine, since it is compact enough to enter any type of deck (from the most all in, to the controls). However, there are some outstanding commanders for their efficiency in enjoying these combinations.
Niv-Mizzet Reborn. Since we use combo pieces that can work from exile, there is no reason why we don't use our Forbidden Tutors to dig
Food Chainand already exile a
Eternal Scourgein the process. In this way, there is also no reason not to add a Jace or an Oracle to complement the formula.
VARIATIONSThe first thing I thought for the variations of our combo was to talk about the idea of Sushi Hulk, however, with the ban of
Flash, our combo with
Protean Hulkwas practically extinct from the format (rest in peace, old friend). Afterwards, I thought of other possible derivations for the same decks, in order to separate them into three large groups: •
Angel's Grace: The idea here is to buy all the cards in our library for some effect which commonly will come in exchange for our life. Some other options come with
Sensei's Divining Topor using
Angel of Grace. • Another form of exile: We can also choose to add other forms of exile to increase deck's redundancy for our combo. Effects like
Plunge into Darkness,
Necropotenceare useful for removing unwanted cards from the library. •
Doomsdaystacks: The latter takes us back to ancient times in the cEDH, before Jace or Oracle. The idea was to have a stack of five cards that, together and in sequence, could lead us to victory. Nowadays, they are no longer used, thanks to the number of slots they occupy and the dependence on certain circumstances during the game, but the most famous stack was made up of
Lion's Eye Diamond,
HONORABLE MENTIONS AND BUDGET ALTERNATIVESWe have combined both sessions here since they are filled with the variations mentioned above. I leave, however, one more alternative for combaters on duty who do not want to spend a lot on the deck: a deck without creatures and with some token generators go very well with
Divergent Transformations, a card to which you can draw
Thassa's Oracleof the deck to give an effect similar to Consultation (in the case of a higher expense,
Spellseekertakes the place of
Levelerwhen sending one of the prohibited tutors to the hand) .
CONCLUSIONIt is no coincidence that the Consultation archetype dominates the format. We can conclude with today's arguments that it combines consistency with compactness, necessary for any high-level game. That's it for today. I ask you to leave your feedback so that we can always improve. The series aims to address only part of an entire sphere that covers an extremely diverse format, so I invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel, where I talk more about Commander, not only competitive, but also in other varieties, as well as about other formats. Until next time, my friends!