Magic: the Gathering
By Thiago, 05/24/20
This article belongs to the series The most popular archetypes of the cEDH:
THE COMBOAs I said before, the idea of
Underworld Breachis not necessarily to be tied to a combo itself. Since our two-mana enchantment allows us to reuse our graveyard in a way that corrects the main problem of
Past in Flames(the fact that we exile spells after resolving), we open a new space for lists where consistency becomes cyclical, in a way where there is no downside for obtaining resources, in addition to taking advantage of traditional options from the format (such as the usage of fetchlands) as a fuel for our plans. Explaining in a practical way: we can mill and discard without mercy, in addition to having the option to reuse the same effect over and over again, reaching the full potential of a card (after all, who wouldn't want to use a
Demonic Tutorover and over again , for example).
Wheel of Fortuneand
Lion's Eye Diamond, for example, puts together an excellent mana stone and a very efficient draw spell in a combo that, incidentally, ends up happening (the same goes for interactions with rituals and tutors).
COMMANDERSBasically, any commander in red can take advantage of the addition of
Underworld Breachto his construction, however, only a few manage to use its potential for value and combos in a synergistic way with the it's decks idea.
Kykar, Wind's Furyexemplifies what we want. Imagine a deck where we play a ton of cards for the graveyard, having few cards of real individual value, with a build designed to dig them out as quickly as possible. It is simple to think that the generation of mana promoted by the commander causes us to ignore the explosive restrictions that other generals would provide us, in addition to allowing the same card to be recycled more and more times.
Wheel of Fortune), enter any self-respecting Opus Thief list.
VARIATIONSIn addition to being able to use the wheels to our advantage, we also make our lives easier by replacing the old Aetherflux Storm with the traditional Storm: a simple idea that consists of matching
Lion's Eye Diamondwith
Brain Freeze(the latter matches very well with
HONORABLE MENTIONSThe more I talk about
Underworld Breach, the more I need to highlight the role of tutors here. Let's think about the following line: •
Underworld Breach; •
Underworld Breach, recast
Demonic Tutorand fetch for a piece from any combo; • Tutor again, fetching another piece of this same combo; • Close the game with the said combo. Can you see the potential of this? From a single card we went for an easy and consistent victory, even if at considerable mana cost. Anyway, the point is that we have the potential to search for anything as many times as necessary. At this point, we should also consider
Gamble, as it does not matter to us whether the card that will end the game is played from our hand or from the graveyard.
BUDGET ALTERNATIVESThe lowest monetary cost alternatives for combos with
Underworld Breachare related to a greater number of cards involved, usually featuring
Rite of Flame,
CONCLUSIONI feel that I might have not exposed clearly enough the main idea I wanted to show. So here it is: a card with a combo potential and such a high value cannot be left out of a deck that can have it, and that fact can make
Tainted Pactin usability. However, this is only possible if each move is well played and the other 99 cards in the deck are optimized in the direction for doing so. That's it for today. I ask you to leave your feedback so that we can always improve. This series aims to address only a part of an extremely diverse format, so I invite you to subscribe to my channel on YouTube, 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!