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You may discard a Plains card rather than pay Abolish's mana cost.
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1 month ago
Yeah DarkLaw, I do know it's a problem to have almost no basics and that's why I went from having ALL fetchlands, ALL duals and ALL shocklands (like our hermit druid player has) to playing only all duals plus the shocklands with green included, so I get space for 3 forests and one plains. I do fetch for basics if the opening hand permits, but I rather go for consitency than for a blood moon proof board.
Yesterday I had some bad luck I guess because I played two games against mono R and mono U and in the first game I had to fight Magus of the Moon (I managed to win on turn 4 or 5 then because I topdecked a plains for Path to Exile) and the second game was lost because both Blood Moon and Back to Basics showed up and my Noble Hierarch was killed. What irritated me in the second game was that I couldn't solve the problem even though I had a Recruiter of the Guard in my hand and Survival of the Fittest on the board.
Chaos warp would help in an only red mana scenario, it's pretty bad in any other situation though when I could use all my 5 colours. If I run into the blood moon Problem too often, I might consider it...but it's just an additional removal and I can't search for it with any of the already included mechanics :(
Reverent Silence needs a forest in play and it's sorcery speed. Without a Basic forest I won't have any forest at all under a blood moon It's a solution for back to basics though! That's worth a try
What do you think of Abolish, Cryptolith Rite and Land Grant? The first doesn't check for lands on the table (but it might be unlikely to have a plains dual land in hand), the second works but only by making every creature into a mana dork and the third could be a colour fixer under normal circumstances and search for a basic forest when fetchlands are shut down...not sure if one is worth a slot though, I've even cut Cryptolith Rite last week because it felt slow.
1 month ago
If you had room for basic lands you could easily run the Scroll Rack + Land Tax card engine. Land Tax gives you three basics, scroll rack swaps those cards along with any other trash cards you don't like in your hand for new cards, and then Land Tax shuffles your library on your next turn so not only will you not draw into what you tucked away, but the process always repeats giving you the equivalent of an Ancestral Recall on all your turns.
Honestly at this point you got your deck feels like its held down so tightly it almost looks impossible to suggest any ways in which to make improvements.
I noticed you're running Wheel of Fortune. I don't know if you've considered Reforge the Soul some time long ago, but considering you're running Vampiric Tutor, Mystical Tutor, Lim-Dul's Vault, and Imperial Seal with can-trips galore it would practically be Wheel of Fortune for 1 less or at the same cost but at instant speed given it miracle cost. Sure it slightly impacts Dark Confidant and ad nauseum but only by 2 damage more on the off-chance it gets top-decked in a 99-card deck.
Other spells I could probably throw at the wall to see what sticks would be, Fragmentize, Argivian Find, Abolish, Ideas Unbound, Lightning Axe, Day's Undoing, Long-Term Plans, Defense Grid, Swerve, Darkblast, (Specifically for dredging dead cards with Sensei's Top.) Painful Truths, Abrade, Shattering Spree, Ensnaring Bridge, Standstill, Surgical Extraction, Snuff Out, Vendetta, Pongify, Rapid Hybridization, Innocent Blood, Esper Charm, Kolaghan's Command, Reanimate, Maze of Ith, Arcane Denial, Apostle's Blessing, Shadow of Doubt, Impulse.
Sorry if none of that ended up being helpful to you. I tried covering a wide range of spells that would vary in their ability depending on how your meta is.
1 month ago
I've been seeing a lot of Alesha decks due to that video. I've had my own for ages, so I can make a couple of recommendations to add more to this deck.
Lands: Geier Reach Sanitarium, good for putting creatures in the graveyard. Ash Barrens, I love this card, because it can color-fix for you and whatever color you choose you can have it enter the battlefield untapped meaning you can use it right away. Maze of Ith, Though it doesn't produce mana you can tap it to stop a big massive stompy creature from smashing into you or you can target your commander so once you've activated the attack trigger you can prevent any damage dealt to it if your opponents all have massive blockers.
Creatures: Big Game Hunter, Intrepid Hero since they remover creatures that are more massive than your commander. BGH works right away while IH given some time can become repeatable removal. Vulturous Aven can give you repeatable card draw. Grenzo, Havoc Raiser can cause shenanigans for your opponents forcing them to swing their massive stompy creatures at your other opponents causing forced trades or force their smaller important creatures into attacking into another opponent's massive blockers effectively killing it. He also provides some card value if you choose to exile cards instead. Balefire Liege also works in fiving your creatures a buff while messing with your opponent's life totals and increasing your own. Peacekeeper is also nice since it can keep your opponent's from attacking and is recurable.
Artifacts: Rakdos Signet, Orzhov Signet, Boros Signet, If you find yourself needing more ramp these can be very helpful. If you want another Goblin Bombardment I'd recommend Blasting Station, since most loops will return the creature after being sacrificed it will untap the Blasting Station so inifinite sacrifices are still possible with it. Noetic Scales Considering most of your creatures will be smaller than your opponents the scales will likely effect your opponents more causing them to bounce and recast their creatures, and it can remove potential blockers. So long as you have 3 or more cards in hand it will never backfire on you.
Enchantments: Animate Dead, Surprisingly you missed a combo. If Leonin Relic-Warder is in your graveyard and you have Goblin Bombardment on the battlefield you can use Animate Dead to bring back the Relic Warder. Relic Warder then exiles Animate Dead. Since Animate Dead leaves the battlefield a sacrifice trigger for the Leonin Relic Warder is put on the stack. While its on the stack and before the Leonin Relic Warder has been sacrificed you can instead sacrifice the relic warder with Goblin Bombardment dealing 1 damage to an opponent. Relic Warder leaves the battlefield returning Animate Dead back onto the battlefield from exile. You can then target the Leonin Relic Warder with it and repeat the process all over again. Dance of the Dead also works as an alternative to Animate Dead. Break Through the Line is utterly evil with Master of Cruelties since it can give him haste and you can give him unblockable before blockers are declared. Phyrexian Arena is also a helpful card since it can give you additional draws on each of your turns. Sinister Concoction allows you to discard a creature card while removing an opponent's creature.
Instants: Path to Exile is a handy creature removal spell. Vengeful Dreams is also a handy removal spell since it allows you to discard creature cards to exile your opponents attacking creatures. Lightning Axe can also allow you to discard a creature to remove a creature as well, but this time at any time. Anguished Unmaking, Chaos Warp, Both are handy permanent removal spells you can run in your colors. Abolish, this card can be a free-cost card if you have a Plains in hand since it can removal an opponents artifact or enchantment when they think you're tapped out. Argivian Find is also useful in case one of your opponents destroys one of your artifacts or enchantments you use in your combos you can return it back to your hand.
Sorceries: Buried Alive is a useful tutor that allows you to put any three of your creature cards from your library into your graveyard. Day of Judgment, Blasphemous Act, Chain Reaction, are all effective boardwipes you can use. Demonic Tutor is also a good tutor effect since it costs less than Diabolic Tutor. Gamble is another fun tutor spell to use and given your odds the more cards you have in hand the less chances it will force you to discard something important. Do or Die is another deliciously vicious card you can also use since it can cut your opponents boardstate in half.
1 month ago
I have a few suggestions to give this deck some more oomph. For more removal I'd recommend; Path to Exile, Seal of Cleansing, Abolish, Return to Dust, Tariff, Mass Calcify, Fell the Mighty, Harsh Mercy, Cast Out, Grasp of Fate, and World Queller.
A fun thing to note about your commander is that he has first strike. To exploit this you could give him deathtouch through, Basilisk Collar, Gorgon Flail, and Gorgon's Head. If you equip any of these three to your commander and you have three additional creatures attacking you can force your opponent to block your commander with three of their biggest creatures, and since your commander has first strike and death touch the opponent's creatures end up dying while your commander lives.
1 month ago
1 month ago
Masterwork of Ingenuity
Neglected Heirloom Flip
Nahiri, the Lithomancer
3 months ago
I understand that you wanted to maintain the "Kamigawa" feel, but I think that Hold the Line and Ethereal Haze are probably not particularly strong in here; same with Terashi's Grasp. Perhaps those cards can be substituted for some removal spells: Swords to Plowshares, Path to Exile and for enchantment and artifact removal, cards like Return to Dust, Aura of Silence, or Abolish so on come to mind. Potentially, you can run Door of Destinies to add to the tribal scaling effects. You should probably run Thalia's Lancers as a tutor for some of your fun legendary dudes, perhaps Recruiter of the Guard as a tutor as well. Also not sure why, Alesha is necessarily better in here Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder or Tajic, Blade of the Legion or Basandra, Battle Seraph. Though Alesha's reanimation might be helpful to keep pressure up.
4 months ago
Abolish is another fun card since you can discard an unneeded Plains to cast it for no mana to surprise your opponents. Seal of Cleansing and Aura of Silence are more helpful cards in that you can cast it early and sacrifice it at any time without needing to spend mana on it. Seal of Cleansing and Aura of Silence are also recurrable by Sun Titan and Emeria Shepherd.
Lastly Worldslayer is brutally powerful for this commander. Since your commander can gain indestructible, equipping this to her is practically a game finisher. I'd recommend also running Steelshaper's Gift and Open the Armory to help search for that equipment to help you reach the end game sooner.
If you're going to destroy everything on board your Avacyn, Angel of Hope can make board-wipe one-sided. Boros Charm also works in giving your stuff indestructible or could give your commander double strike which could help dealing lethal commander damage to someone or you could also select the 4 damage mode to take out a planeswalker.