Angel of the Dire Hour
Creature — Angel
When Angel of the Dire Hour enters the battlefield, if you cast if from your hand, exile all attacking creatures.
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Angel of the Dire Hour Discussion
3 weeks ago
Ahhh great to see a big army of angels, so +1 just for that!
That said, I think you should lower your average CMC a bit, since twelve 7+ drops can be problematic even in casual games (and almost half of your deck costs 5 or more to play anyway). As much as I love all those huge-ass angels, maybe you could replace some of them with cheap but powerful 4-5 drops like Battlegrace Angel (lifelink), Angel of Jubilation (lord + anti-black) or Seraph of the Sword, or if you have some more money available, then you have many more to choose from like Archangel of Tithes (combat control), Shalai, Voice of Plenty (hexproof for everyone), Restoration Angel (for re-triggering enter the battlefield effects, including Seraph Sanctuary), or the golden trio of lifelink angels: Baneslayer Angel, Archangel of Thune and Gisela, the Broken Blade.
As more concrete suggestions, I think Seraph of the Sword is better than both Serra Avenger (since you can't play her until turn 4 anyway) and Guardian of the Gateless. Also I would swap Angelic Arbiter for Archangel of Tithes or Battlegrace Angel, and take out Reya Dawnbringer and Angel of the Dire Hour for some of the others I mentioned.
3 weeks ago
Luminarch Ascension, Heirloom Blade, Herald's Horn, Vanquisher's Banner, Zendikar Resurgent, Profound Journey, Angel of Serenity, Karmic Guide, Sunblast Angel, Angel of the Dire Hour, and Marshal's Anthem. I have found great value with every card listed. Let me know if you need me to go more in depth.
1 month ago
Psssst: Angel of the Dire Hour < Lyra Dawnbringer. Because Angel doesn't do anything 90% of the time and requires you to leave up 7 mana! And then if no one attacks you just time walked yourself. Also Lyra is just rediculous.
1 month ago
1 month ago
One of the biggest lessons I learned since I first started playing Commander/EDH, is the first thing you need to ask yourself when choosing a commander is "How can I exploit this commander?" Avacyn, Angel of Hope is a powerful card on its own, but it can turn the card Armageddon, from destroy all lands, to destroy all lands but your own. It's things like that that make a deck strong. Lyra in particular is strong with a card like Exalted Angel. The reason why is because the wording of the card means it technically has lifelink, without counting as lifelink. So if Lyra is out, the Exalted Angel gains twice the life of damage done. I learned this playing Essence Sliver and Syphon Sliver, I like slivers.
Speaking of which, you should make full use of your commander's abilities and have more angels. You have quite a few removal spells, it would be a good idea to combine removal and control with angel creatures ie: Sunblast Angel, Angel of Deliverance, or the aforementioned Angel of the Dire Hour. Magic is a game of making the most use out of each card you have. Linvala, Keeper of Silence is also a good card to have. It can shut down entire decks, without interfering with your own (Seeing as how angels rarely have activated abilities).
If you want to see more examples of this stuff you can check out my own personal mono-white deck: Blood for Sword, Sword for Blood or any of my other decks.
I hope this helps. I think building a deck to honor your mother like this is really awesome :) I wish you the best on your journeys to come.
2 months ago
One of my favorite is Akroma, Angel of Wrath. Entreat the Angels and Decree of Justice also have a home here. You could also include Lyra's predecessor, Reya Dawnbringer, and Iona, Shield of Emeria for some high cost, high effect creatures. My personal favorite, however, has to be Angel of the Dire Hour. She's saved me too many times.
2 months ago
LOVE the idea. Some other cool angel cards:
Adarkar Valkyrie, Angel of Condemnation, Angel of Jubilation, Angel of the Dire Hour, Angelic Favor, Blinding Angel, Chancellor of the Annex, Devout Invocation, Iona, Shield of Emeria (<-- a MUST for this deck! :D), Karmic Guide, Luminarch Ascension, Moonsilver Spear, Platinum Angel (<-- another must, imo), Seraph, Silver Seraph, Twilight Shepherd...
Just a few cool angel themed cards.
I think this deck would work great if taken in an equipment-ish direction, since white has some great equipment tutors!
3 months ago
I'll consider to cut Luminarch Ascension. Although it makes Angels and I simply like this. This one also can get out of control in multiplayer and early game cause it triggers in each endstep of opponent but yeah I'll consider it.
I wasn't able to test Angel of the Dire Hour yet. So yeah, maybe this one is not as good and can be cut.
Remember that Weathered Wayfarer searches for ANY land, so also Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, Emeria, The Sky Ruin or Terrain Generator. With Terrain Generator for example it even synergizes with stuff like Land Tax. With Arch of Orazca it's even relevant in the late game.