Creature — Human Cleric
Cleric creatures have vigilance.
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Akroma's Devoted Discussion
1 year ago
needs more cleric tribal - I'd ditch the backup Orzhov subtheme ( Basilica Screecher , Crypt Ghast , Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts , & Tithe Taker ) and probably the Regal Bloodlord for some cleric support: Akroma's Devoted , Battlefield Medic , Battletide Alchemist , and Daru Spiritualist come to mind for that. Edgewalker is a must for the colors, and I'd probably ditch the monuments and obilisk of urd for more clerics - Alms Collector and Bygone Bishop give decent card draw, Eight-and-a-Half-Tails , Giver of Runes and Mother of Runes offer amazing protection for your field. Frontline Medic and Selfless Spirit offer indistrucbablity for your own wipes. Sin Collector offers good andi-countermagic / tide-turner removal. High Priest of Penance is just amazing with the recusion this deck should have. Rotlung Reanimator turns all clerics into double duty sac fodder, and Priest of Forgotten Gods , Yawgmoth, Thran Physician , and Whisper, Blood Liturgist are more than happy to supply that role, with Skirsdag High Priest backing them up. and Weathered Wayfarer pulls the same job as Land Tax , but can fetch non-basics, and is a cleric.
2 years ago
I've never done clerics, so I can't tell you if it would work or not, but I've got some ideas I think you might like:
Kindred Dominance is a boardwipe where you can keep your creatures.
Path of Bravery could work well here too.
3 years ago
Weathered Wayfarer (finally got this card back from a friend, seems like a no brainer).
3 years ago
3 years ago
If you're going deep on Clerics, here are some of your payoff cards: Vile Deacon, Shieldmage Elder, Rotlung Reanimator, Akroma's Devoted, Battlefield Medic, Celestial Gatekeeper. It feels like all of those provide more value to doing cleric things.
Otherwise Felidar Sovereign seems like a great addition to the deck in terms of the lifegain synergy. Blazing Archon is really synergistic with the fort strategy, but isn't a cleric. Meekstone can also be pretty effective in the pillowfort plan. Ensnaring Bridge is also pretty good at that but might be a little pricey. Add something like Juntu Stakes or Reverence to build your own Blazing Archon. Also consider some additional interaction with opponents' permanents, Swords to Plowshares, Path to Exile, Revoke Existence, Dawn to Dusk.
Ghostway - I guess I just don't see enough ETB effects to support the inclusion of this card.
Intervention Pact - I suppose this could have some corner uses, but I think you can do enough of this effect with your clerics that this might not be necessary.
Celestial Convergence - Cool card but without a way to cheat the counters off, I feel like it would cause too much trouble politically. 7 turns is a long time to make sure you're at the highest life total.
Story Circle - Seems like there are too many possible colors that people could have that could mess you up. Also doesn't do anything against colorless creatures.
Norn's Annex - Pretty bad against white decks, could be effective against others.
Blinding Souleater - Can only lock down one creature at a time, not a big enough body to make it worth it in EDH.
Banisher Priest - Makes boardwipes feel bad when everyone loses their stuff and your opponent gets back their fatty that you were trying to save everyone from.
Inquisitor Exarch - Doesn't feel like you get enough value out of this for it to be a whole card in your deck.
Harsh Mercy - Potentially ineffective against 1 or more decks... for example if someone in the group is playing a zombie deck, then they just laugh when you cast this.
Cool deck idea. I probably wouldn't have picked out clerics as a good / powerful strategy, but this looks like a really good deck.
4 years ago
So Ayli is the Queen of chump blocking. You don't need big, scary creatures to beat your opponents over the head with. What you need are a lot of cheap, cost effective creatures that you won't mind blocking with, then sacrificing to feed Ayli. When it's time for you to attack, Ayli can clear the path for small creatures. Or, more ideally, you can just stall until your infinite combo comes online.
To that end: I agree with all the cuts and adds suggested above, and have a few more.
Get rid of:Vindicate and Utter End. These are one shot cards that do exactly what your commander already does. You might use them if you haven't got your life enough, but most of the time they'll be wasted slots.
Rune-Tail, Kitsune Ascendant is redundant with Ayli. You'll prevent your creatures from taking damage... And then sac them? Nah, just let Ayli do her thing.
Teysa, Orzhov Scion is great if you're planning on having a ton of White tokens. Otherwise, she just gets in Ayli's way.
Speaking of slow and over costed... Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder. Believe me, I know the temptation to play him, he seems great. I ran him in my Golgari sacrifice deck forever, and he NEVER performed well. If I was winning, he MIGHT put me a bit more ahead, but he takes a very high investment to be worth his slot, and Ayli shouldn't be wasting time with him.
Doomed Necromancer is a great bring-back-that-Sheoldred-you-finally-got-rid-of card.
Drana's Emissary- cheap, good effect, decent blocker, gets you two more life when Ayli sacs her.
Mother of Runes. Extra protection for Ayli. Super cheap.
Pontiff of Blight- pump extra mana into drains late game, keeping your life total nice and cushy.
War Priest of Thune. Valuable ability, easy to cast, not a problem to sacrifice.
Archangel of Thune. Turn those late game weenies into monsters.
Since by some strange coincidence I seem to have recommended a bunch of Clerics, here's a few Cleric tribal support cards, in case you're like me and can't resist flavor.
Edgewalker makes Ayli, among others, cheaper to recast.
Rotlung Reanimator is Bargaintown's answer to Liliana.
Doubtless One can be quite large for not much.
Akroma's Devoted let's you attack, then still chump/sac.
Battletide Alchemist. If you can't block it all, don't bother, cause she'll protect that life total.
Going full cleric tribal isn't a great plan, but you can get some solid value out of them, since most of them fit Ayli's ideal card description; cheap, cost effective, decent body.