Prevent the next X damage that would be dealt to target creature this turn, where X is your devotion to white. If damage is prevented this way, Acolyte's Reward deals that much damage to target creature or player. (Each White in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to white.)
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Acolyte's Reward Discussion
4 months ago
I like it, I haven't seen either of those cards, but it certainly seems good. If you want to hit on early game disruption (usually in the form of Thoughtseize or Inquisition of Kozilek), cards Loxodon Smiter are a suprise, and if you want to mess with aggro decks, Cryptic Commands and Supreme Verdicts are how control decks deal with many of them. I suggest Day of Judgment for a budget boardwipe.
If you really want to abuse Acolyte's Reward, I suggest using a Boros (Red-White) deck that answer the opponent and comboes off to win. Blasphemous Act is both a Board wipe and a win-con. Stuffy Doll, Spitemare, and Boros Reckoner are your creatures, and you blow up your own creatures to win. Possibly Pariah for the laughs as they attack themselves.
4 months ago
So not only do I completely agree, but I also realize that my perspective of the modern meta is off. The red-aggro deck I was referring to is standard meta and, to be honest, while I've seen and studied all the modern meta decks in principle I haven't played against any of them (because there expensive and the people I play with don't have that kind of money.)
I make a lot of modern decks but, from your description, almost all of them would loose to the current meta decks. The meta decks are all too effective at either being aggressive and/or disruptive in the early turns. So I'm moving on from this deck to one that attempts to feed of this meta... perhaps Deep-Sea Kraken or Acolyte's Reward.
9 months ago
I am new here and I have created one deck for our game group. But I am not sure which variant I should play? Shall I go for Boros or for Selesnya? Feel free to comment any other improvements to the deck that you think would be good.
I own all commons and uncommons of the Ravnica, Return to Ravnica and Theros block twice plus Magic X. Please note that this is a strictly budget deck. I am willing to buy rares as long as they are not more expensive than 1 USD. Also in our group we have the rule not to include more than 4 rares in your decks. This should ensure that the power level of the decks is similar.
Normally we are four or five players and we play free-for-all, two-headed giant and prisma. So the deck needs some defenses.
My deck list is strangely formatted. How do I do a better deck list?
9 months ago
I've chosen Ghostly Prison over Archangel of Tithes because of my local meta. There are some really fast aggro boardswarm decks like Elves. In my playtest, waiting until turn 4 + they need to pay 1 less mana with Archangel of Tithes was not worth it. Of course Archangel of Tithes would fit the main strategy of the deck much more and is also a viable option for the sideboard.
The ideal starting hand is at least 1x Plains with 1x Weathered Wayfarer or 2x Plains and some low drops. Mulligan in this deck is pretty hard to take. Mulligan to 5 can cost you already the game. But one mulligan is ok if you have 2-3 really high drops (Angels).
Sideboarding 4xNevermore against decks that rely on ONE strategy to win like combo decks or some real cheesy stuff.Mana Tithe is good against Midrange/Control decks that curve out at every turn. Most of the time, it's enough to say that you play Mana Tithe in Sideboard. The psychological effect will make them play around it even if it's not sideboarded.Leyline of Sanctity is important if they play hand disruption.
@BallzanyaBaneslayer Angel and Blinding Angel are nice drops, but i had to cut it to Legendary Angels only. It is much funnier to play with Tutor effects like Thalia's Lancers and searching for what you need.
Acolyte's Reward seems nice. Need to test it.
9 months ago
Also, maybe Acolyte's Reward as a sideboard card?
1 year ago
Worth noting that Swords to Plowshares isn't modern legal so you should run Path to Exile instead. In certain situations Acolyte's Reward could be better than Brave the Elements as it lets you save a creature and bounce damage back at your opponent or one of their creatures.
1 year ago
Your mana curve is off (too many 2, 4 and 6 drops / not enough 1 drops) and you aren't running a play set (4x) of any card. If you want to make the deck more efficient then a few things should probably change...
For land since devotion is an easy sub-theme Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx is almost an auto-include in mono-coloured decks. Also worth consideration is Emeria, The Sky Ruin, Drifting Meadow and New Benalia all offer some utility, you probably don't need more than 20 land.
Finally for creatures you have no drop creature, I would suggest 4x Perimeter Captain in that role. To make the space cut Staff of the Sun Magus and 2x Plains. You might want to look at Nyx-Fleece Ram, Hero of Bladehold / Archangel of Tithes (in preference to Aegis Angel) or if you want to spend money - Serra Ascendant!