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When Academy Rector is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may exile it. If you do, search your library for an enchantment card, put that card onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.
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Academy Rector Discussion
2 weeks ago
2 weeks ago
Yes, Exalted is a triggered ability (it's written to start with either "when", "whenever", or "at") and can be copied with Strionic Resonator.
You can use the Resonator to make a copy of any triggered ability (except a triggered mana ability like Heartbeat of Spring etc., because they resolve too quickly to make a response), and most of the time it will work out just fine. Where you might run into problems is abilities like Academy Rector's that require some other cost to be paid in order to get the effect. The cost will be written out in the general form of "...a player does something. If they do..." (see also something like Flameblast Dragon etc.). You have to be able to pay the cost for both triggers in order to get the effect twice.
2 weeks ago
No, unfortunately this doesn't work. You'll only be able to perform the "...you may exile it. If you do..." part of one of the triggers. When the next one starts resolving, Academy Rector is already gone from the graveyard and can't be exiled again.
2 weeks ago
Very cool concept!
I worry about the fragility of depending on your commander for your combos, although a Boros commander is certainly great for this deck. Gisela, Blade of Goldnight, might be the best one for this deck, but I bet Razia, Boros Archangel, would work well, too. I might suggest that Avacyn go in the 99 as a trigger for Repercussion.
Neheb, the Eternal also seems broken for this deck.
In terms of spells that might reasonably consistently trigger Repercussion, have you tested with additional, efficient "...damage to each creature" spells like Balefire Dragon, Anger of the Gods, Bloodfire Dwarf, Bloodfire Kavu, Breath of Darigaaz, Caldera Hellion, Cave-In, Chandra, Flamecaller, Devastating Dreams, Faultline, Firespout, Firestorm, Incendiary Command, Pyroclasm, Kozilek's Return, Krark-Clan Shaman, Magma Vein, Martyr of Ashes (+ Proclamation of Rebirth), Meteor Blast, Pyrohemia, Rupture, Ryusei, the Falling Star, Scourge of Kher Ridges, Scouring Sands, Slagstorm, Slice and Dice (cycled), Starstorm, Subterranean Tremors, Sulfurous Blast, Sweltering Suns, Thunder Dragon, Tremor, Electrickery, Volcanic Fallout, Volcanic Spray, Whipflare, or Yamabushi's Storm?
It seems like tutor, ramp, win with direct creature damage is the path to victory with or without Avacyn, so the more cards dedicated to those three things, the better.
3 weeks ago
Looks like youre headed in a somewhat similar direction to my life gain deck, so hopefully it can be a resource to you.
Good luck with your build.
3 weeks ago
Hey, first of all, thanks for both the comment and the suggestions!
Before I explain my ideas behind the cards you suggested, I feel the need to say that for quite some time this deck has been known in my group as the deck that they need to keep in check and therefore they take their more powerful decks and as a result quite good control tools presented by numerous removal spells of all kind as well as resilient threats are present in the games.
As a consequence of that a number of things are common in games I play with this deck:
creatures with strong LTB effects are usually countered or get exiled very quickly;
a lot of artifact/enchantment removal is present and as a consequence one cannot rely on these permanents staying on the board for too long - they most commonly are destroyed before you get to untap with them;
at least one good, resilient aggro deck tends to be present at the table and one is under constant pressure.
As a result, I try to include only those cards that either have an immediate impact (on their own or if they are paired with some other card the turn they are played) or cards that affect multiple things.
Because of that reason, I don't like Mirari's Wake as it doesn't offer any advantage on the turn it is played - the card itself is so powerful that it's very unlikely to still be on the board by the time my following turn starts.
Similar reasoning can be applied to Academy Rector. Although I like the potential of the card, I not only feel like I may not be able to get advantage of its effect as it is likely to get exiled, but I also think the deck lacks an enchantment that would be good enough to grab should I not have the combo ready - because I haven't drawn it by the time its effect happened or because I don't have enough mana for the rest of the cards. This could be solved by adding Omniscience into the deck, but I feel like that addition would require an even bigger change of the deck to support this plan more but I am neither sure I want to go that route nor I think I am able to find enough place in the deck.
I like where you're going with the Reliquary Tower and I agree that its effect is quite powerful, but I'm unsure that it is powerful enough to hurt the colour consistency of the mana base as that is crucial and the idea that I lack a colour in the early game because I drew a colorless land instead of a dual land is not appealing to me.
And finally, as for Ral Zarek, even though I agree that its ultimate is fun, it goes against a rule we have in our group that says no additional turn effects shall happen during our games. With that in mind, I have to evaluate only his first two abilities that are not powerful enough to make me take something else out of the deck.
I may investigate the Academy Rector scenario again sometime in the future and may test it out, but for now, I feel like it is outshined by some other synergies.
4 weeks ago
bushido_man96, thanks for the compliment. Academy Rector is cool and all, but honestly my only real hangup with her is her aesthetic. The ol' bag doesn't have anything Dino about her...and she definitely doesn't look like some tribal jungle denizen. But her ability is downright amazing. Food Chain did catch my eye, but every single time I see it it's always in some Prossh, Skyraider of Kher deck. So, I've always associated it with decks that have alot of creatures on the board. I see this card only giving diminishing returns. Could you walk me through a scenario where Food Chain could win me the game?
As much as i'd like to run Gaea's Cradle, i'm not sure about it's returns. I run big scary creatures that rarely hit the board in droves. I'll experiment with it though. As for Growing Rites of Itlimoc Flip, it's an okay "land". I'm not entirely sold on it, but i'll experiment with it anyway.
Also, this is shameless...but a uh...+1 would be nice.
4 weeks ago
Love the build, and now I need to build another dino deck. Rivals is looking great. I think you should consider adding in Academy Rector if you can afford it. I think you've got plenty of ways you could kill it off yourself, and go get Aggravated Assault.
I'm not sure why no one is running Food Chain with this monster yet. If you can run any kind of mana boosters like Mirrari's Wake, Zendikar Resurgent, or quality lands like Growing Rites of Itlimoc Flip or Gaea's Cradle, and you're off to the races. If you have a haste enabler on the table for Zacama, then its money from there.