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The cEDH Archetypes #04 - Aetherflux Storm

Today I'm here to defend that the archetype based on Aetherflux Reservoir has not died.

This article belongs to the series The most popular archetypes of the cEDH:

1. The cEDH archetypes #01 - Food Chain

2. The cEDH archetypes #02 - Demonic Consultation

3. The cEDH archetypes #03 - Underworld Storm

4. The cEDH Archetypes #04 - Aetherflux Storm

5. The cEDH Archetypes #05 - Hatebears

6. The cEDH Archetypes #06 - Thieves and Wheels

7. The cEDH Archetypes #07 - Taking Turns

8. The cEDH Archetypes #08 - Extra Combats

9. The cEDH Archetypes #09 - Birthing Pod Lines

10. The cEDH Archetypes #10 - Curiosity

11. The cEDH Archetypes #11 - Infinite Mana. What now?

Hello my friends! How are you? My name is Fogaça and I'm here to talk about Commander. Last week, our series headed for a combination of two articles, with today's one closing this cycle. The idea was to address how [[Underworld Breach]] managed to enter the cEDH's meta and practically replace the old variations of Aetherflux Storm. Thinking about it, today I've come to defend that the archetype based on [[Aetherflux Reservoir]] has not died yet. [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/kld-kaladesh-aetherflux-reservoir-192.jpg?955) * THE COMBO * As in the Breach's case, our Reservoir is not only associated with a combo, but represents a complete archetype where its value can be extracted with greater consistency. His presence as a finisher in storm builds of the general's format marks the efficiency of geometric scale effects compared to arithmetic scale (since shooting down three opponents with a [[Grapeshot]] is an arduous task), however, as we have seen, [[Underworld Breach]] has corrected this problem, making us wonder why we use [[Aetherflux Reservoir]], since a two-mana spell generates much more individual value. We will develop this argument by parts. There is no doubt that the value generated by [[Underworld Breach]] is greater than the one from [[Aetherflux Reservoir]], but it does not mean that one archetype is necessarily superior to the other. What I mean is that reusing the graveyard promotes a certain redundancy when using instants and sorceries. But if our storm is not derived from a spellslinger build, we face a different situation that might justify the Reservoir archetype instead of the Breach one. * COMMANDERS * To exemplify what I mean, nothing better than dealing with some commanders who benefit from the presence of [[Aetherflux Reservoir]]. Doing so, we can differentiate the game plan from each of the two archetypes. [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/mm3-modern-masters-2017-zur-the-enchanter-204.jpg?5123) Starting with [[Zur the Enchanter]], I will propose three situations where, in my opinion, Aetherflux Storm stands out if compared to Underworld Storm. For our dear enchantment tutor who lives in our command zone, we have a build called Shimmer Zur, where we use the general to search for [[Necropotence]] and convert our whole life into draws, in order to have as many cards as possible in our hand. As soon as the enchantment effect allows us to put our almost 40 cards in hand (during the end step), we will take advantage of effects brought by cards like [[Shimmer Myr]] or [[Raff Capashen, Ship's Mage]] to cast our spells before our turn ends. After that, the idea is to use a cost reducer (like [[Etherium Sculptor]] or [[Helm of Awakening]]) to play [[Sol Ring]] and/or [[Mana Vault]] for zero cost, making room for the [[Aetherflux Reservoir]] itself. At that point, the plan is to throw as many mana stones in a row as possible, generating a large amount of storm, and when they run out, we can restart the process with effects like [[Retract]] until we reach 151 life points. An interesting detail about this option is the fact that our mana stones will be essential for the continuity of our storm, always generating more mana, in a way that [[Underworld Breach]] could not do. [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/pz2-treasure-chest-yidris-maelstrom-wielder-64.jpg?7540) Our second case does not necessarily consist of a combo as in the previous example, but in both cases, we need mana generation. A cast of any stone coming after a Yidris cascade, Maelstrom Wielder, is already enough to generate value with [[Aetherflux Reservoir]], unlike [[Underworld Breach]], which needs multiple spells to ignite the storm machine. [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/pz2-treasure-chest-thrasios-triton-hero-47.jpg?4687) [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/pz2-treasure-chest-tymna-the-weaver-44.jpg?2946) Finally, we will talk about the T&T duo in their Powered Scepter version, where our focus is the combination of [[Isochron Scepter]] and [[Dramatic Reversal]]. As in the case of Yidris, the value of our artifact is significant, but here we also combine the combo factor mentioned in Zur for a better use of storm mechanics at its highest level. * VARIATIONS * I thought a lot about how I could complete this session, and in the end, I concluded that, in fact, both Aetherflux Storm and Underworld Storm are complementing, being variations of each other. The point would be to understand the types of magic that the general has a greater affinity with and which of the variations best fits this scenario. * HONORABLE MENTIONS * If our goal is to play an optimal number of spells in one turn, we can highlight low cost mana stones, from [[Mana Crypt]] and zero cost Mox to CMC 2 talismans and seals. Others all-star builds made for the Reservoir are the infinite storm combos, well represented by the already mentioned combination of Scepter + Reversion. * BUDGET ALTERNATIVES * Analyze the cards at the base of the Aetherflux Storm, none has an absurd monetary value. If we think about spending little to develop something in this archetype, we can exchange pieces that optimize our gameplay for others that have a similar effect (such as exchanging a [[Mana Crypt]] for a [[Lotus Petal]]). *CONCLUSION* In the last article I tried to make it clear that [[Underworld Breach]] is not just for combos. In this one, I tried to show that the value brought by [[Aetherflux Reservoir]] can be better used than Breach itself depending on the construction in which they are inserted. With that in mind, we can conclude that each archetype has its place, not necessarily being higher or lower than any other, and, furthermore, that we also cannot just place multiple staples randomly in a build and expect them to play well. Each card has its value, but it can be maximized if each is in its proper place. 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 [link](https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyqfJp8MNsmyE89F2ALRYrg)( channel on YouTube), where I talk about Commander, not only competitive, but also in other varieties, as well as about other formats. Until next time, my friends!

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Speculating about the Core Set 2021


What's up guys. Are you excited about the 2021 collection? Let's go to my guesses: * A card that’s never been reprinted before which has a 2, 3, 5 and 6 all appear on the card. * There are 4 unique possibilities: [[Massacre Wurm]], [[Kabira vindicator]], [[kazandu duskcaller]] and this beauty here never reprinted before: [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/roe-rise-of-the-eldrazi/lighthouse-chronologist-75-med.webp?5830) [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/mbs-mirrodin-besieged/massacre-wurm-46-med.webp?7312) * A card from the Time Spiral timeshifted sheet. * *Correction*. Before I had several cards here, but they were planeshifted. [link](https://mtg.cardsrealm.com/sets/tsb-time-spiral-timeshifted)(All Timeshifted cards can be seen here). Some examples: [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/tsb-time-spiral-timeshifted/lord-of-atlantis-24-med.webp?2368) [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/tsb-time-spiral-timeshifted/gemstone-mine-119-med.webp?1670) [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/tsb-time-spiral-timeshifted/avatar-of-woe-37-med.webp?262) * An aura inspired from a cycle from Urza’s Saga block. * When I thought about an enchantment cycle in this block, the first things that came to my mind were: 1) this simple aura cycle. [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/vma-vintage-masters/gaeas-embrace-211-med.webp?61) 2) the ones that come back to the hand from the game. [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/vma-vintage-masters/brilliant-halo-19-med.webp?3515) 3) the ones that put counters like the ones below. [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/uds-urzas-destiny/private-research-41-med.webp?8551) But I imagine that, in Core Set 2021, they will make a 5-color cycle or in combinations of 2 or 3 colors. * A +1/+1 tribal lord for a creature type that’s never had one. (A creature type with over fifty cards already in print.) * Here the creature types without +1/+1 and with more than 50 printed cards: Advisor, Ally, Artificer, Assassin, Beast, Centaur, Cleric, Construct, Demon, Dragon, Drake, Druid, Eldrazi, Horror, Hydra, Kor, Monk, Mutant, Phoenix, Rebel (exactly 50), Rogue, Shaman, Wurm My bets for this one: rebel, druid and shaman. Which ones are you guessing? * A card with thirty-one different options. * [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/war-war-of-the-spark/casualties-of-war-187-med.webp?8984) It is not in the reprints, but the [[Casualties of war]] card is an example of a card with 31 possibilities. Each option gives you 2 possibilities, as there are 5, you have 2 to the power of 5 possibilities, which is equal to 32. As you are forced to choose at least one option, you have to subtract the possibility of choosing no option, leaving you with 31 left. *Conclusion* These are 5 speculations; I hope you like it. Do you have any other guesses? Leave your comments below and let's talk about that. *Sources*  [link](https://scryfall.com/)(Scryfall)

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Luiz Cláudio de Souza Reis Besamat, personal training, jogador de magic desde 1995, ex-jogador de legacy, atual commandeiro, futuro oathbreikeiro, pauperoso de paixão. Louco pelo magic, suas histórias e todas as suas mudanças.

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