Ankle Shanker

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Commander 2016 (C16) Rare
Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Ankle Shanker

Creature — Goblin Berserker

Haste

Whenever Ankle Shanker attacks, creatures you control gain first strike and deathtouch until end of turn.

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Ankle Shanker Discussion

colton815 on goblin tokens

2 weeks ago

Enter the Dungeon is not modern legal.

judging by the fact that all of your lands are basics, i think its safe to assume you're a very new player not just to modern, but mtg as a whole. if you're running 3 colors, you need fetchlands and shocklands. Arid Mesa, Marsh Flats, Bloodstained Mire, Blood Crypt, Godless Shrine, Sacred Foundry.

honestly though, goblins are better off in mono-red. of the instants and enchantments you have, the only one worth running is Lightning Bolt. the Foul-Tongue Shriek is a neat trick, but not enough to splash black for. it could be replaced with Throne of the God-Pharaoh. you also need room for Goblin Grenade.

contrary to what xyr0s says, Lightning Bolt is not "mandatory" just because a deck has access to red mana. but it does help the aggro battle plan of goblins.

i would also strongly recommend staying away from Goblin Guide. i know its widely regarded as a good card, but as someone who has played against it many times, i'm not impressed. its never really helped my opponent win when they play it. giving your opponent a land isn't something you really want to do. and even if the revealed card isn't a land, the knowledge of their next card helps them a lot more than it helps you. if you want a turn 1 play, i'd recommend Legion Loyalist over Goblin Guide or Foundry Street Denizen. first strike and trample go great with Goblin Piledriver and Goblin Rabblemaster.

also, what do you mean by "larger games"? do you mean "longer" games? in either case, your sideboard doesn't help you. Ankle Shanker is 5 mana. that requires a minimum of 24 lands (with some sort of mana ramp or lots of control options also strongly recommended) which means much less space for the low cmc spells that you need to guarantee appear early. and as i already mentioned, Enter the Dungeon is not modern legal. lastly, lands should never be included in the sideboard. the maindeck lands should be able to get you the correct amount and colors of mana you need by themselves.

ZendikariWol on Warrior at heart

1 month ago

You need some cards that can give you, in one turn, enough traction for an alpha strike. Ankle Shanker is a particularly scary example. Driven / Despair, Dominaria's Judgment, Overwhelming Stampede, Ready / Willing, Rush of Battle for that aforementioned life gain, Samite Elder targeting Saskia, Spare from Evil assuming there's no human tribal in the meta, Vault of the Archangel, Overrun, are all super good group buffs.

Gypsyhatten on alesha testtest

1 month ago

Switching to English, thanks Tappedout.

None of the following recommendations/cuts are as important as they were with Karametra, since this deck is built on a solid ground and only needs a better defined game plan.

You have three archetypes to choose from, and you should focus on one or two of them. Trying to build all three will be too inconsistent.

  • Aggro - win by dealing 40 damage to everyone through combat damage and Purphoros/Blood Artist effects. Alesha is used to punch things and reanimate token producers/anthems/beaters.

  • Control - win by taking care of threats and staying relevant until late game where you outvalue whoever's left. Alesha is used less for combat damage and more for reanimating value/removal.

  • Combo - win by assembling an infinite combo. Alesha is mostly just there as a backup plan in case a combo piece is stuck in the graveyard.

I would recommend going for either aggro-control or combo-control.

Utter End - being able to target anything is very strong

Duplicant - one of the best creature-based removal cards

Wear / Tear - similar to Duergar Hedge-Mage but casts for 1/2 when you really need it, or a two-for-one for 3 mana at instant speed

Rakdos Charm - instant speed graveyard hate, or cheap removal, or a way to kill someone who's going wide and is about to win

Painful Truths - very good card draw in 3 colors

Toxic Deluge - the best creature board wipe in the game

Merciless Eviction - amazing against artifact decks, amazing against enchantment decks, amazing against reanimation decks, amazing against indestructible and very good against everything else

Chromatic Lantern, Commander's Sphere, Coalition Relic and Darksteel Ingot - good mana rocks for 3, prioritize from left to right

Fellwar Stone and Talisman of Indulgence - good mana rocks for 2

Animate Dead - reanimation for 2 mana is just too good to pass up on, fun with Sun Titan

Path of Ancestry - it's a strictly better Nomad Outpost

Ash Barrens - 1 mana for colorfix can help many bad hands, and lategame it's an untapped land

Mana Confluence and City of Brass - worth it when you're 3 colors, the lifeloss rarely matters but being able to play out your hand does matter

Clifftop Retreat - only checkland you're missing

Hanweir Battlements - colorless land is not great when you're 3 colors, but haste on Alesha is strong

Fervor - good source of haste, not as easy to remove as Lightning Greaves

Key to the City, Reconnaissance, Maze of Ith and Iroas, God of Victory - good way to keep attacking with stuff

Siege-Gang Commander and Ponyback Brigade - many tokens for just one ETB, deals 8 damage with Purphoros, God of the Forge for each cast/reanimation

Beetleback Chief and Pia and Kiran Nalaar - less tokens but still playable

Ankle Shanker - good for getting damage past blockers

Zulaport Cutthroat and Blood Artist - useful when going wide and repeatedly reanimating stuff, makes board wipes hurt

Harsh Mentor - very strong hatebear, can stop some game plans entirely

Mirror Entity - strong anthem when most of your deck is power 2 or less

Mother of Runes - protection can either make one of your creatures unblockable or protect one of your creatures from spot removal

Drana, Liberator of Malakir - decent anthem for cheap

Purphoros, God of the Forge and Impact Tremors - useful when going wide and repeatedly reanimating stuff

Noosegraf Mob - up to 5 2/2s per turn and can be reanimated with Alesha

Enlightened Tutor - good for getting Skullclamp when you need card draw or Purphoros, God of the Forge when you need damage

Swiftfoot Boots - an extra pair of Lightning Greaves

Cathars' Crusade - very strong anthem when going wide

Behind the Scenes - good way to get past blockers, pump is expensive but can be done after assigning blockers which is neat for getting damage through

Elspeth, Sun's Champion - playable either for the board wipe or to get 3 tokens per turn depending on board state

Fiend Hunter - can perma-exile stuff repeatedly with sacrifice or protect one of your own creatures from a board wipe while getting an extra ETB

Key to the City, Reconnaissance, Maze of Ith, Iroas, God of Victory and Whispersilk Cloak - good way to safely get Alesha triggers and get cards in the graveyard without losing card advantage

Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim - decent way to get stuff into the graveyard while still getting value out of them, also good chump blocker

Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip - a pretty good planeswalker that's a creature in the graveyard and can be reanimated

Hope of Ghirapur - can repeatedly stop or at least slow down a lot of decks

Sin Collector - one of few ways non-blue decks can deal with board wipes and huge swingy instants/sorceries

Feldon of the Third Path - slow without haste but a very strong effect once online

Leonin Relic-Warder - not as strong as Fiend Hunter but still useful in the same ways

Sunforger - lets you tutor up the most relevant removal and protection spells at instant speed, also get Mistveil Plains if you add this to get stuff back into your library

Strionic Resonator - works for double attack triggers with Alesha or double ETBs with anything else

Vampiric Rites - one of few sac outlets that provide solid value from its own effect

Flameshadow Conjuring - lots of extra value for only one mana per creature

Panharmonicon - doesn't work with some of your creatures, but solid value when it does

Assemble the Legion - decent wincon when your opponents are running out of gas

Elspeth, Sun's Champion - playable either for the board wipe or to get 3 tokens per turn depending on board state

Wayfarer's Bauble - not as fast as mana rocks but not as vulnerable against board wipes, good when aiming for slower wins

Fiend Hunter - combo with sac outlet + Karmic Guide or Sun Titan

Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit, Cathars' Crusade and Solemnity - combo with sac outlet + Murderous Redcap

Murderous Redcap - combo with sac outlet + Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit, Solemnity or Cathars' Crusade

Geralf's Messenger - combo with sac outlet + Solemnity

Viscera Seer, Carrion Feeder, Altar of Dementia and Goblin Bombardment - free sac outlets, the latter two can also weaponize most infinites

Zulaport Cutthroat and Blood Artist - weaponizes any sac-based infinite

Purphoros, God of the Forge and Impact Tremors - weaponizes all your infinites, lets you win with Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker combos without having to go into combat

Mother of Runes - for protecting your combo pieces or sometimes making Alesha unblockable

Living Death - when you have enough combo pieces in the graveyard, resolving this usually lets you win on the spot regardless of which creatures your opponents get to return

Enlightened Tutor - another tutor for finding wincons

Village Bell-Ringer - combo with Kiki-Jiki, if you don't care about creatures being power 2 or less there's also Combat Celebrant, Zealous Conscripts, Restoration Angel and more

Reanimate - cheap reanimation in any archetype

Sword of Feast and Famine - ramp that lets you dump your hand as aggro

Vampiric Tutor and Demonic Tutor - tutors for combo

Sacred Foundry, Godless Shrine, Blood Crypt, Bloodstained Mire, Marsh Flats, Arid Mesa - standard manabase upgrades

Archetype of Finality - way too expensive

Palisade Giant - generally worse than a creature with "When ~ enters the battlefield, you gain 7 life", which you wouldn't want to run in the first place

War Priest of Thune - can't hit artifacts, would never want to reanimate it over other targets

Mortify and Return to Dust - good removal cards but you have better options in your colors

Diabolic Tutor and Gamble - 4 mana is a bit much for a tutor and the card disadvantage on Gamble combined with the fact that you might discard non-creature combo pieces makes it questionable

Meekstone - pretty stupid to disable your own commander, not really beneficial to your game plan since it lets slower decks build up board state while no one can/wants to attack

Felidar Guardian - doesn't do nearly enough outside of Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker combos

Karmic Guide - you don't want to pay echo cost so it will rarely get to attack

Damnation, Day of Judgment and Wrath of God - you don't need that many board wipes in aggro

Felidar Guardian - doesn't do nearly enough outside of Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker combos

Priest of the Blood Rite and Ravos, Soultender - doesn't do much for advancing combo wincons

Reconnaissance - your commander surviving is generally less relevant and your wincons don't care about combat tricks

Angel of Invention - anthems don't really do much outside of aggro

Big Game Hunter - you don't need that much spot removal

Dusk / Dawn - your creatures surviving doesn't really matter, you just want to wipe the board until you have a combo in place

Grenzo, Dungeon Warden - his ability is way too random, but it's fun and a decent manadump

Also, come up with a better title and description and try to keep your online list up to date with your deck IRL.

Coward_Token on Aleshatralala. Back and forth from the graveyard.

1 month ago

Did a quick 3-or-less-power search on Gatherer with Alesha's color identity and started from the highest CMC, see if there's anything that interests you below and disregard any crap.

Herald of Leshrac lets you ramp with style, although it needs to survive its initial fight to do so. Also, might draw too much hate

Kinda depends on your taste and/or meta, but the more aggressive Ankle Shanker can replace Archetype of Finality

Thief of Blood is a situational but potentially powerful answer vs e.g. planeswalkers

Raving Dead seems fun, especially since Alesha can direct its initial attack. Dunno if it's going to be worth it over time though

simonwlee on How to best play Queen ...

2 months ago

My list is pillowfort, but finds its wincons in amassing tokens using things like Assemble the Legion and Anointed Procession and then beating face with buffs from Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite or Cathars' Crusade.

There are also options like stacking keyword abilities with Archetype of Aggression, Archetype of Courage, Ankle Shanker, etc. and have Odric, Lunarch Marshal lead the charge.

Heartless Hidetsugu with double damage/lifelink/etc. also helps to hit the table hard while you sit in a healthy position which also allows your weenies to finish off your opponents.

http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/long-may-she-reign-queen-marchesa-1/

TheBlackMirror on Alesha reanimation with Ankle Shanker

2 months ago

Wondering whether when Alesha, Who Smiles at Death brings back Ankle Shanker or any other "when this card attacks" card, does the deathtouch first strike trigger happen?

Mandalorian on Queen Marchesa Politics

2 months ago

I have a deck with the same politics and voting theme and I found these to be pretty on theme

Beseech the Queen

Royal Assassin or King's Assassin

Greed

Ballot Broker

Grudge Keeper

Knights of the Black Rose

Ankle Shanker and Odric, Lunarch Marshal synergize well with all the key words the deck naturally comes with

precociousapprentice on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

2 months ago

TheWallinator74, thanks for the comment. I tried Crackling Doom. It was good, but the list is tight. It is nice in metas with eldrazi titans, but mine did not have much that way, so it was less good than the other control. I also like to keep power on the table if possible so I can use it myself. Crawlspace is pretty great, but it actually performed worse than more subtle things like Duelist's Heritage. Situationally, it can be great, such as when I have a Maze effect, but otherwise, it was less effective. Norn's Annex has been in and out of the deck since inception, it never pulls it's weight. I have addressed that every time it comes up, but essentially, spending life is something that people are prepared to do. It doesn't change table behavior that much. I have looked at Diaochan, Artful Beauty, and she can be used politically, but a stronger spot removal is usually what I want. I have not playtested her, so she could turn out to be awesome. Honestly, that is not really the type of politics this deck plays. Strangely, negotiation is typically not what you want to do. Avoid the perception of manipulation, stick to giving choices that will likely lead to table behavior that benefits you because it is your opponent's best option as well. Diaochan, Artful Beauty does not do this at all.

Mathas, Fiend Seeker is something that I have had extensive discussions about, here and all over the usual forums. I think he is counter to what this deck wants to do. I want to leave power on the table, using it to create my victory conditions. He wants to control the board by convincing people to use their control the way that you want it, keeping the board clear and safe for Mathas. I can get away with packing less offense and less wincons sheerly by affecting table behavior and leaving power on the battlefield. Mathas needs to carry more offense and wincons, because he eliminates threats from the battlefield. Different play styles, and I don't think that they mix.

Yarataj, I agree with Forcefield being great. I don't have one. I would test it if I did, but I am not sure it is even that much better than what I have. The pillow fort is crazy good at doing what it is intended, and is not obvious until it is played. Affecting table behavior is the name of the game, and you often don't need the most effective cards to make this happen, and sometimes subtle is better. As for Ankle Shanker and Boros Battleshaper, neither fits. Ankle Shanker is more of an expensive combat trick board wipe than anything, and I don't have room or need for that effect. Not enough creatures to take advantage of that, and adding deathtouch to my mostly deathtouch creatures adds nothing. Good in Alesha, less impressive in Queen Marchesa, almost no value added in this build. Boros Battleshaper is a combat trick, but it is very expensive, and is manipulative. This deck focuses on shaping decisions, not as much outright taking them away. There are a few cards that make decisions for other players, but those are basically game enders, like Wrath of Goad ( Disrupt Decorum ). I have avoided blatant manipulation, because I think it will be much less effective. Cards in play should give subtle added value through changing table behavior by encouraging decisions that forward my plan because they also benefit the one making the decision, and blatant manipulation should hit the table and immediately create a huge effect on the game, and then go away. Boros Battleshaper is not subtle, takes time to get full effect, and looks like it will create persistent resentment of my game state in other players. When other players start thinking "Well, this sucks." about my board state, I want it to be because the game has ended. Otherwise, I want them to be thinking, "I can deal with that later, and I might as well use it while I can." It should feel like Group Hug to attack other players and Stax to attack me. Players like to play with group hug, and hate to play with Stax. They usually adjust their play style and decisions accordingly.

Thanks for the comments. I will definitely continue to consider all suggestions, and may change my mind as I come to a better understanding, but these are my initial reactions.

As an insight into how I think, when considering cards, people usually ask themselves, "How will this affect the board state?" That is a good start, but I like a little different approach. I ask, "How will this change how people play? Will they make decisions that are in my favor when I play this? Will they feel a need to go against me when I play it? Do I care about that?" This makes certain cards much more powerful than they seem, because the board state is less important in multiplayer than how people choose to play. This is what 1v1 players complain about multiplayer games, and rant about "politics" and the negative effect on the game. I want to use that. Not the manipulation, not the negotiation, but the flow of the game and the decisions that people make about how they use their cards. This deck is about affecting that element of the game. I could choose better cards for affecting the board, but these cards are the best for changing decisions about how people should play their cards. Can it be played around? Yes. Does it get played around very often. Absolutely not. That is why it is so fun.

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