As the title states, I want to build a deck that is casual but deals with swarms of enemies. I would be playing this deck in a free for with 5 or 6 opponents. The decks I generally see contain some form of mass production. Essence of the Wild builds are commen. Cathars' Crusade inside a soldier or weenie deck is common as well. Oh yeh Luminarch Ascension is pretty common as well. Rite of Replication with Precursor Golem is another strong comboe that I see often. So I want a deck that deals with multiple of creatures. I ran across Leyline of Singularity and I thought that this card is exactly what I am looking for. Something that covers most every situation except the random big beater deck. Tokens seem to be taking over magic and I want a deck that can deal with all kinds of mass production. This is what I have come up with so far. I know it seems a little scatter-brained but that is why I am here. I need input on what to take out, what to put in, or should I head in a different direction all together. I remind you that this is casual but that don't mean non-competitive. I want something fun and obscur and I think so far this fits that mode. Thanks in advance for your suggestions. I will work on a budgetized mana base later, right now I am just trying to determine my direction.
4 x Shapesharer
3 x Body Double
2 x Empress Galina
1 x Braids, Conjurer Adept
1 x Keiga, the Tide Star
1 x Kami of the Crescent Moon
1 x Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur
1 x Reki, the History of Kamigawa
1 x Iwamori of the Open Fist
1 x Jolrael, Empress of Beasts
1 x Kamahl, Fist of Krosa
1 x Thrun, the Last Troll
4 x Leyline of Singularity
4 x Negate
4 x Time of Need
3 x Crawlspace
3 x Scatter Arc
1 x Elbrus, The Blinding Blade // Withengar Unbound
With leyline of singularity , the hunted creatures practically pay for themselves. There are decks built around these cards to overwhelm a single opponent very quickly, though I'm not sure how it would play out in multiplayer.
Hatching plans x4 is pretty good draw.
Serum powder can make mulligans easier if you don't have the leyline in your opening hand. But I'm sure that additional draw will make up for it.
I think a quick gatherer search for better counterspells would do you some good. Also look at artifact and enchantment removal in green.
I think the counterspells are some of the best. I am not worried about creatures for the most part so negate is fantastic. I agree with artifact and enchantment removal. I should probably drop Crawlspace for that. I like hatching plans but like you said only with four of them in the deck. I don't know what 4 cards I could drop to squeeze them in but I will work on it. Thanks
You want to play Calming Verse to deal with your opponent's enchantments. If your truly worried about a swarm of tokens, play something like Propaganda or Web of Inertia . That would keep them at bay for awhile. Honestly i think the easiest way to deal with them besides the leyline you have would be mass removal. Spells like Mutilate or Pyroclasm .
I honestly think that besides Crawlspace / Propaganda effects, the best token defense here is an Evacuation -style spell. I'm yet to give Cyclonic Rift a go, but its versatility strikes me as making it a useful addition.
Between the countermagic you have onboard and the glorious Galina / Leyline combo, I don't think I'd be worrying about too much additional artifact/enchantment removal.
I think CadaverousBl00m is on the right track: Propaganda and/or Crawlspace help keep tokens down. Then Echoing Truth to ruin the token players' day and it works great against Essence of the Wild .
As for the deck, some of your 1-ofs seem odd:
Braids- should probably go
Kami- is just a vulnerable Howling Mine
Reki- just seems too cute, I would just play some draw Preordain , Compulsive Research , Tidings
Jin-Gitaxis is a billion mana, though awesome, but I would rather play something smaller and castable
Iwamori- if your group plays few legends then go for it, otherwise find something else.
I think you may need some more land animate effects if you want to go that route, Natural Affinity or Rude Awakening can help you get there with the lands.
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