Wednesday, September 16, 2015

CCDD 091615—Relentless Seach & Driven Ransacking

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9/16/2015 - Two attempts at red tutors.


Relentless Search justifies being a red tutor in the way that black justifies certain abilities via sacrifice and green justifies some via creatures. It does nothing by itself, but each time you deal damage you have a chance of finding the card you want, and you will eventually find one (or more) if you deal enough damage.

Hmm, maybe it should wait until the end of the turn and add up all the damage you dealt to play up the possibility of getting more than one?


Driven Ransacking takes the chaotic/randomness approach red sometimes uses to justify certain abilities, but instead of being all-or-nothing, it guarantees you get something of value, just not which. Oh, and if you manage to fall behind on life, it could become a desperation play, which is always exciting.

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  1. I like the iterative version of Ransacking Search better. It makes searching for a non-instant more useful, creates more exciting moments, and creates fewer memory issues.

    Is Driven Ransacking supposed to say "exactly one"? Otherwise, there's no point to choosing a card name when you could just choose one of the types that card is.

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    1. It's not meant to be 'exactly one' (and that's not clear enough).
      You might name a specific card instead of that card's type if there are other cards of that type in your deck that you don't want. Or if you want to guarantee the second mode… in retrospect I'm not very happy that's so easy.

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  2. Driven Ransacking seems very fun. People I play with will often say "ripping ____ card now!" if that's what they need. It's good for learning the game - figuring out what card you need to win is often a great challenge of playing the game, and one that's hard to teach new players.

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    1. or at least, some iteration of the Conuundrum Sphinx guessing the top card of your library. This exact version does have wording issues and I would almost always name a card type.

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  3. Driven Ransacking is weird. You can just cast it and name something not in your deck to always hit. And Relentless Search can just get you all your land, and kinda can put you in a position where you don't want to attack.

    How about something simpler? Like,

    Red Tutor XR
    Sorcery
    Name a card. Exile the top X cards of your library. You may play any of those cards this turn. If any of those cards are the named card, you may put one of them into your hand.

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    1. I agree with your concerns.

      Red Tutor is sending some very mixed signals. Should I pay more for X or less, to keep mana up to play the cards I reveal? Should I mostly name Mountain, to help me cast the other cards I reveal?

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    2. Oof. Very good point. How did I not see that?

      Can we do something like this instead?

      Rakdos Tutor 1BR
      Sorcery
      Search your library for a card and exile it. You may play it this turn. Shuffle your library.

      It's not mono-red, but I think this could maybe work. Too cheap? Could this be mono-red?

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    3. That's a great red twist on Diabolic Tutor. Not too cheap. Probably exactly right. Inclined against being mono-red.

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  4. Does anyone have a link to the previous post about red tutors? The one that searched for a card and chandra exiled it. My google-fu is failing me.

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    1. How long ago was it? I'm not sure I remember it.

      This was all I could find for red tutors in CCDD:
      http://goblinartisans.blogspot.com/2013/05/ccdd-052813fools-tale.html

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