Thursday, October 23, 2014

Let's Be A Dick With Oloro, Ageless Ascetic

I think a return to Commander is long overdue, no? And since Oloro is really ONLY useful in Commander, let's bust him out.

Oloro, Ageless Ascetic

1 Arcane Sanctum
1 Azorius Chancery
1 Azorius Guildgate
1 Barren Moor
1 Command Tower
1 Dimir Guildgate
1 Esper Panorama
1 Evolving Wilds
1 Jwar Isle Refuge
1 Lonely Sandbar
1 Orzhov Basilica
1 Orzhov Guildgate
1 Rupture Spire
1 Springjack Pasture
1 Temple of the False God
1 Transguild Promenade
1 Opal Palace
9 Plains
6 Island
9 Swamp
1 Disciple of Griselbrand
1 Tidehollow Strix
1 Ajani's Pridemate
1 Vizkopa Guildmage
1 Azorius Herald
1 Raven Familiar
1 Stormscape Battlemage
1 Augury Adept
1 Wall of Reverence
1 Tower Gargoyle
1 Razor Hippogriff
1 Phyrexian Delver
1 Divinity of Pride
1 Diviner Spirit
1 Hooded Horror
1 Sharding Sphinx
1 Kongming, "Sleeping Dragon"
1 Tidal Force
1 Phyrexian Gargantua
1 Sharuum the Hegemon
1 Myr Battlesphere
1 Serra Avatar
1 Filigree Angel
1 Sphinx of the Steel Wind
1 Harvester of Souls
1 Inkwell Leviathan
1 Phyrexian Reclamation
1 Cradle of Vitality
1 Greed
1 Sanguine Bond
1 Oblivion Ring
1 Darksteel Mutation
1 Act of Authority
1 Dromar's Charm
1 Reckless Spite
1 Spinal Embrace
1 Lim-Dûl's Vault
1 Toxic Deluge
1 Order of Succession
1 Tempt with Immortality
1 Unburial Rites
1 Covenant of Minds
1 Deep Analysis
1 Flux
1 Brilliant Plan
1 Famine
1 Death Grasp
1 Survival Cache

1 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Sol Ring
1 Nevinyrral's Disk
1 Sun Droplet
1 Swiftfoot Boots
1 Thopter Foundry
1 Crawlspace
1 Obelisk of Esper
1 Pristine Talisman
1 Well of Lost Dreams

The awesome thing about Oloro is that you don't have to cast him: it's also why he's terrible. Encouraging play that isn't interactive is unwise. However, let's set that aside and start to make some more changes.

Since I don't plan on casting Oloro that often, a card like Opal Palace is overkill. Diviner Spirit is a creature that I'm not breaking and has no evasion, so that should go. Myr Battlesphere doesn't have any other myr to play with and that should go. Tempt with Immortality is just a political card and I don't think Oloro wants to play politics. Act of Authority is similar in that respect but unless I significantly increase my artifact or enchantment count I think the impact on my deck will be limited. Along those lines, Thopter Foundry wants artifacts and this deck doesn't have a ton, so that should be evaluated.

I've already made a few adaptations: Flux, Covenant of Minds, Harvester of Souls, Inkwell Leviathan, Unburial Rites and Oblivion Ring. Now it's time to make some more improvements.

I checked out the EDH area on Reddit for some ideas: Words of Worship seemed to be the most common suggestion and that card can create a pretty powerful loop. Pontiff of Blight has shown in my League games to be a huge problem for opponents. And I'm thinking Elixir of Immortality should find its way in. I would also like some more sweeper effects, especially along the artifact and enchantment path. At least two people are running Zur and it's best to be prepared.

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