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Angel of Grace
Creature — Angel
When Angel of Grace enters the battlefield, until end of turn, damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 reduces it to 1 instead.
, Exile Angel of Grace from your graveyard: Your life total becomes 10.
Angel of Grace Discussion
2 months ago
I think you should define the route you plan to take the deck. Two ways I can see building would be to play Control, OR play aggressive fliers. Melding the two might make it harder to achieve what you're going for. With that being said, I have a few suggestions:
If going the aggressive fliers route, I would definitely be sure to include cards such as Healer's Hawk , Faerie Miscreant , Hanged Executioner and Spectral Sailor . The value these add is pretty good on their own, and combo with your "lords" or anthem effects of Empyrean Eagle and Sephara, Sky's Blade . Casting Sephara, Sky's Blade for 1 mana is the main goal in this style of build, and packing the deck full of cheap fliers is your best chance of success. Consider cards like Winged Words and Rally of Wings to keep up the pressure. On my profile I have an example of this type of build intended to be budget for playing in paper if you need some inspiration.
If planning to play a more control route, I would focus more on playing counter magic. Cards like Absorb , Negate , and Essence Capture all help you proactively stay ahead on board, allowing you to slowly get in chip damage over time. Cards like Teferi, Time Raveler , Narset, Parter of Veils and Hushbringer serve to hinder your opponent's ability to interact with your game plan as well. I would ditch some of the lower curve plays such as Healer's Hawk and Faerie Miscreant in favor of Pteramander and Spectral Sailor . The later two provide you with something to do with your mana on your opponents turn, as in this control shell you would be ideally be holding up mana for counter spells. Now to finish off the game, you would ideally like to play something you opponent will have a hard time stopping. Cutting Sephara, Sky's Blade in favor of Angel of Grace or Dream Eater will allow you to hold up mana to flash a creature in on your opponents turn, and effectively provide the same benefits that Sephara, Sky's Blade would at a discounted mana cost. In this style of build, prioritize removal such as Prison Realm over anthem effects as they will provide less of an overall benefit to the strategy.
I hope this helps guide your deck building into a more focused direction. Let me know if you need any more help!
2 months ago
3 months ago
Oloro_Magic Thanks for the feedback. I definitely see what your talking about, NDE is a secondary win-con for the deck. It does work wonders with both Lim-Dul's Vault , and Necropotence . Granted, the Ad naus will be the primary way I want to win, but I have to anticipate that it will be hated out in my meta. As for the Angel of Grace I agree she doesnt really work well in here. Maybe some niche instance where I can reset my life to 10 can help somewhere, maybe something better might be needed to flash in a blocker.
3 months ago
I'm sorry to tell you this but Near-Death Experience doesn't actually work with Ad Nauseam , nor does Angel of Grace . The pertinent part of Angel's Grace is that it prevents you from losing the game, and Ad Nauseam unfortunately for your purposes here is not going to win you the game off casting Near-Death Experience . The reason for this is that, like how modern Ad Naus works, lose of life and damage are two different things. When you cast Ad Nauseam after Angel's Grace you are still going to go to a very large negative life total, however Angel's Grace removes the state-based action that checks to see if you are at 0 life for that turn (more or less, not really what it does but for all intense purposes that is what it is doing). This makes Near-Death Experience unfortunately useless during the combo turn, it only coming up if you can Angel's Grace against a lethal attack.
If you want to go all in on the Ad Nauseam side of things then you definitely want Jace, Wielder of Mysteries as well as more 0-mana rocks if you can get your hands on them. You also probably want Solemnity in this list. Also, thanks for the upvote on my deck! Really appreciated, let me know if you have any questions about the combo.
3 months ago
Lowering the curve a bit more. Got my hands on a couple more interesting angels.
5 months ago
Sweet deck man, and nice name haha. I think this is a cool concept & the Arkbow is a really intriguing card to build around, and I'm considering adding it into my Bant Flash deck (M20 Flash) which of course also uses Ambusher.
One thing I might recommend would be to have a bit of instant-speed removal; not too much to dilute the Arkbow's effectiveness, but enough to give your opponent more to worry about while you hold up your mana for Bowing on their end step.
One card that seems like it could really give opponents headaches would be Settle the Wreckage . If you have 4 mana up, they have to worry about getting blown out by Settle if they go with an all-out wide attack, but they also can't attack with too few creatures since you could easily Bow something big into play or just flash in an Ambusher from your hand. Plus, hitting Settle on turn 3 with help from dorks is brutal against aggro.
Seal Away is a nice cheap removal option that can help you survive long enough in the early game to set up the Bow, while enabling tempo plays in the midgame once you hit 6 mana or so & can both Seal & Bow on the same turn.
One last card from my list you might consider is Angel of Grace , which curves out nicely after Ambusher to cover the skies while Ambusher controls the ground.
If I had to pick something to cut, I feel like Loaming Shaman isn't really needed here. It seems better in a toolbox-style deck that uses a lot of one-ofs & tutoring effects, but most of your cards here have multiple copies & there's no way to tutor. Also Rhonas isn't really in her element in this deck. The biggest creatures don't have trample or evasion, her trigger goes to waste if you Bow into her on the end-step, and you don't have a reliable way to get her back into the library for re-Bowing. You could maybe move her to the side for decks that don't play many creatures. All in all tho this is an awesome deck, +1
5 months ago
This is a cool list, & I'm honestly not surprised to see someone as decorated as LSV saying that it could be a good archetype. I've played a few Flash decks over the years, and I honestly feel like Nightpack Ambusher is the best win con for that kind of deck that I've seen in Standard. IMHO a lot of people are underestimating it since it first stands out as a Wolf lord, versus looking at it as a 4/4 that makes a 3/3 every turn. Add in the fact that we have Frilled Mystic and you have a pretty disgusting 4-drop Flash option to serve as the backbone of the deck. The only problem is T3feri.
That all said, having tried to do straight Simic Flash multiple times in the past, I'm skeptical that Green & Blue can do it alone since they have such limited removal & rely so heavily on counterspells & bounces, which create card disadvantage. If that kind of deck gets behind in tempo, it can have a hard time catching up. I'm looking at these low-CMC creatures like Spectral Sailor , Merfolk Trickster , and even Brineborn Cutthroat (which takes a few turns to get going), and it's just hard to see how it keeps up with a fast aggro deck. I've always leaned toward Bant for a Flash deck since White offers good removal & usually some solid instant-speed creature options, though currently I could also see BUG being good with Assassin's Trophy for removal.
I brewed a Bant version & it feels pretty consistent in playtesting. Settle the Wreckage is the perfect card for regaining the tempo advantage & hosing the go-wide strategies that can give Flash decks problems. Seal Away is nice cheap instant-speed spot removal. Angel of Grace is a great top-of-curve option that can go above the fray while Ambusher mucks up the ground, and its trigger is surprisingly useful for enabling aggressive attacks to close out games.
Additionally, I've beefed up the low-CMC creatures by including Growth-Chamber Guardian & Incubation Druid . They aren't Flash creatures, but they are cheap to play & their ability to Adapt at instant speed means that your opponent has to treat them as though they are bigger than they really are if you have mana up, while also offering a nice mana-dump in case you don't need to counter anything. During playtesting, GCG has really shined in the midgame when you have 5-6 mana & can continually tutor a friend while showing counterspell mana. The Druid is the card you always want to see in your opening hand, as hitting the 4 drops on turn 3 is where you really want to be.
Sorry for writing a novel but this has always been one of my favorite archetypes to play, so it's exciting to see it have some real viability. Here's my Bant list if you want to check it out: M20 Flash
5 months ago
Nice, a fellow Flash enthusiast. +1 all day
I've also really enjoyed playing these kinds of decks over the years but have typically opted for Bant due to White having removal options that Simic doesn't, so I'll be interested to see how this fares.
A couple ideas I'll share from the deck I put together (M20 Flash):
For my one-drop slot I'm mixing 2 Siren Stormtamer alongside 2 Spectral Sailors, rather than 4 Sailors like you have. Since there's no benefit to having multiple Sailors in play at once, while the Stormtamers still play well with draw-go & can cheaply protect your Ambusher, it might be worth considering.
Two other non-Flash creatures I included are Incubation Druid & Growth-Chamber Guardian . The Druid might not be necessary here due to only 2 colors, but ramping into turn 3 Frilled Mystic or Ambusher is pretty nice. Both creatures share the fact that they are cheap bodies that can be leveled up at instant speed.
Essence Capture might be worth looking at as well. Since you only have 4 lands that don't produce blue, I think you could swing the mana cost. Also works nicely with those 2 Adapt creatures if you decide to add those.
Btw if you're thinking about adding another color here's what I have for White so far: Settle the Wreckage (definitely helps with the "going wide" problem you mentioned), Seal Away , Absorb , and Angel of Grace
Angel of Grace occurrence in decks from the last year
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