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U: Exile AEtherling. Return it to the battlefield under its owner's control at the beginning of the next end step.
U: AEtherling is unblockable this turn.
1: AEtherling gets +1/-1 until end of turn.
1: AEtherling gets -1/+1 until end of turn.
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2 weeks ago
2 weeks ago
Hey, bro, whaddup?
Well, let's get this sorted out: your deck need some improvement. You're on the right track, and Modern has never ever been control-friendly as it is right now, even though we're living in a Death's Shadow spree. But the point of playing control is having fast answers to trouble, and your list seems a bit too slow. I don't know how is your budget for this deck, so, for every suggestion I'll bring along a budget option too.
- The most common decks in modern run at most 3 colors. If you wanna run 4 colors, you need a slightly better mana-base. Fetchlands like Flooded Strand and Windswept Heath, along with shocklands (Temple Garden, Hallowed Fountain, Breeding Pool, Godless Shrine, Watery Grave and Overgrown Tomb are your colors) will bring you the manafixing you need. You gonna lose some life, but trust me, it's worth it. Budget: you might consider running some Botanical Sanctum, Blooming Marsh and Concealed Courtyard too. They were printed in Kaladesh, so they still a bit 'cheap'. Amonkhet brought a set of fetchable lands too, so you might run Irrigated Farmland, Fetid Pools or Scattered Groves with the Khans of Tarkir fetchlands and this may also work.
- Your removal spells are soooo expensive. I mean, you're running 3 copies of a 2-mana sorcery-speed removal. That's hardly ever useful. When I saw you were running Witch-Maw colors I was expecting some Abrupt Decay, Path to Exile and Fatal Push. These are some of the best removal spells of all time, and they're all available for . Nonetheless, they're also very good with Snapcaster Mage. And about Hero's Downfall, well... it's a cool card, but I wouldn't run 4 copies. Budget: Even for cheaper options we have awesome cards like Condemn, Vendetta, Murderous Cut, Victim of Night, Mortify and Putrefy. (Ok, these last two aren't sooo great, but at least they're instants and can handle some paralel trouble.)
- Your choices for counterspells are very connected to the fact you run a removal-heavy deck, so you don't really need to counter creature spells. That's ok. But Dissolve is a card that rarely ever saves a game due to its mana cost. It's double blue for some small advantage. I'd recommend going for Remand or even Logic Knot. If you reeeeally like blue stuff (like me), you might even try to fit Cryptic Command in, but I don't recommend it in a 4-color. Budget: Rune Snag, Mana Leak are very competitive options too.
- Finishers: Well, every deck needs to win some way. I really love AEtherling, this card is sooo awesome, but as I said on Jwillette72's deck Don't wake horror! (Sung like Don't Wake Daddy) once: he's far too slow for modern. By the time you drop him, you will (very likely) be nearly dead already and he won't save you. For a 6-drop I really like Elspeth, Sun's Champion. She is such a power-house. For similar reasons, I have my concerns about Desecration Demon. Sure, he's one of the fattest creatures you'll drop for 4 mana, but he is very susceptible to your opponents actions. I mean, if you're playing against someone with Lingering Souls on their deck, you're very likely to never attack with him. (by the way, you could use some of this card here too) Also, he is very easily handled by Path to Exile and Fatal Push. For a quick beatdown, I'd probaly go for Tasigur, the Golden Fang and/or Geist of Saint Traft. These are awesome finishers, and a little harder to deal with than the Demon and the Aether Guy. Budget: Gurmag Angler does the Tasigur job very good too. Blood Baron of Vizkopa is also a good option. Aaaand, four copies of Lingering Souls with Zealous Persecution can be a solid strategy too, trust me.
- I imagine you're trying to do a sort of boardlock with Blind Obedience, but Authority of the Consuls does exactly the same thing for even less mana. You lose the Exort ability, but if you keep paying this, you might end up tapped-out and that is not what a control deck wants. But keep the Detention Spheres, this card rules.
Anyhow, I really like your deck and support what you're scheming here. If you want more tips, feel free to ask.
4 weeks ago
Looking at your card choices (outside of the Tundra), I assume you're on something of a budget. With that in mind, some must-adds:
AEtherling, Angel of Serenity, Archaeomancer, Cloudblazer, Deadeye Navigator, Eldrazi Displacer, Karmic Guide, Mistmeadow Witch, Mulldrifter, Reflector Mage, Saltskitter (so good with Ephara!), Stonecloaker, Stonehorn Dignitary, Venser, Shaper Savant, Whitemane Lion, Azorius Signet, Darksteel Ingot, Detention Sphere, Counterspell, Ghostly Flicker, Momentary Blink, Sphinx's Revelation, Rite of Replication
I know that's a lot, but I noticed a good number of cards in your list that are pretty low-impact. Once you've taken yours for a few spins, you should be able to figure out what cuts to make.
1 month ago
Sargeras Thanks for the help, I'm gonna going to add another Pyroclasm,2 copies of Firespout or Slagstorm, haven't decided on that one yet. So that would pretty much build the anti-aggro part and then I'm thinking that i put 4x Dispel and instead of AEtherling I'll put in 2x Magma Jet to the sideboard so I have some more burn againts slower decks. Other than that I'll keep the Vandalblast in the maybe board since I haven't played againts artifact deck yet. And I'll finish the sideboard with Echoing Truth.
Thanks for the help again, if you think of something more I would appriciate it.
1 month ago
Sargeras I often find myself playing againts faster aggro decks(Burn, Warriors), but i don't know what to tech againts them, other deck don't give me much of a trouble and after adding the AEtherling to the sideboard I'll have more ways to win if they would remove all my Enigma Drake and Spellheart Chimera. So basically I would need to make the sideboard mostly focused on the aggro decks. If you have any idea what to play againts that i would really welcome your help.
1 month ago
Wow. thanks for the advices Sargeras, I'll definitely give Guttersnipe a try. Although I feel like Cryptic Serpent is a really good card since i often find myself that I can cast him on turn 4 or so for just 2 mana, but maybe it is not needed since with the Guttersnipe I can use my burn at my opponets face which I often don't do (except some more controlly type of decks).
To the second part about the AEtherling. I'm thinking I'll give one copy of him to the deck instead of the Runechanter's Pike since I found myself just a once or twice that I needed that Runechanter's Pike in the deck and it makes playing againts U/W control much easier since it seems really hard to remove.
About the Counterflux and Dissolve I feel like I should put them in my side board(Since nothing is in it yet) and play some cheaper counterspells like Mana Leak so I get more answers againts faster decks.
The Pyroclasm is definitely a keep but moving it to the sideboard is a really good idea.
Although the Shivan Reef seems good since it cost only 2$ (on TCG) I cannot get it cheaper than 4$ so i'll just stay at those cheaper lands.
Thanks for the advices I'll definetly will have to think for some time, what to replace and so on. In addition i would love if you'd give me some advices what to play in my side board.
1 month ago
Interesting deck, so +1 from me, here are my suggestions.
Replace Cryptic Serpent, Weaver of Lightning, and Niblis of Frost with Guttersnipe, the amount of synergy this card has with your deck is insane. I'd honestly try to figure out how to put 4 copies of him into the board this would also allow you to play more spells over small wipe cards like Pyroclasm since you can probably burn your opponent out before they become relevant. However, if Pyroclasm is relevant enough in your playgroup that you MUST play it, then I'd recommend it be a sideboard card.
While it doesn't exactly fit your strategy, the card AEtherling is infamous as a control finisher in many decks due to it's exceptional versatility. Although such a card is far better suited for budget UW control.
Is there a real reason to play Counterflux over an additional copy of Dissolve? Because Counterflux is almost always a sideboard card, and is more mana intensive then Dissolve and doesn't even give you a scry bonus.
I know that this card is a little less budget then you'd like it to be but Shivan Reef seems excellent since it sees no play currently.
Those are just my suggestions, if you want any more help or advice let me know!
1 month ago
I've always loved sea creatures, and getting a 9/9 for free every turn sounds fantastic. I figure, there have got to be some cards out there that will stand well on their own, as well as help the goal of ultimateing Kiora, the Crashing Wave.
I'm hoping to have the deck be built totally for getting that emblem, but I also want the support cards to be good for when Kiora isn't out yet, or she's been killed and I'm biding my time to cast a second. I have 46 cards picked out so far, with a few in my maybe board.
I'm in search of synergistic creatures, as well as a potential alternate win con creature I could run 1 or 2 copies of. (Primordial Hydra?)
I could also use some advice on good spells for interacting with my opponents board, while also advancing my own if possible. (Run Coiling Oracle, and Peel from Reality? I feel like I'd need another set of cheap ETB creatures to make this viable.)
Here is the deck: A Modern Take on Kiora (HELP PICK CARDS)
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