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Archangel of Thune
Creature — Angel
Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)
Whenever you gain life, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control.
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Archangel of Thune Discussion
6 days ago
6 days ago
You have quite a lot of lifegain, but not that many cards that put this to use.
I'd definitely run four Ajani's Pridemate.
Lifegain can be good, but cards that only gain life and nothing else are very much not so. I'd cut all the Chaplain's Blessing, Awe Strike's and Luminous Wakes. They don't do enough to be worth a card slot in your deck.
Another card that can put your lifegain to use is Sanguine Bond. It should give you a solid way to double up the damage you are dealing with your lifelinkers.
Next I'd work on adding some removal to your deck. Currently you have almost no interaction with your opponents gameplan.
Karlov of the Ghost Council is a super strong creature with a lifegain deck as he not only costs little mana and grows really fast, but he also doubles as creature removal.
As for instant speed removal, there is an incredible variety! One of the best removal cards in MtG is Swords to Plowshares. It can even be used as emergency lifegain in a pinch (Imagine using it on a Serra Avatar. In black you also have cards like Doom Blade, Murder, Go for the Throat, Tragic Slip and Fatal Push.
Also keep in mind that this deck is not "standard" legal, but casual. Standard legal requires you to only play cards printed the last 2 years in MtG.
1 week ago
Karametra is one flexible General and the +1 counter / token theme can certainly be viable with her.
By looking at your list, however, I found quite a couple of cards that seemed a bit underwhelming to me.
Also you need more creatures (and maybe a bit less lands since your general already pumps enough as is (I'm no Karametra expert, but 38 seems decent to me)).
Karametra being the way she is, will give you access to tremendous amounts of mana in the late game, so you need to make sure you have cards where you can just dump loads of mana into. Hydra Broodmaster is a good budget example.
I'll shoot some good Token / +1 synergy cards to give you an idea:
Ant Queen, Scavenging Ooze, Archangel of Thune, Avenger of Zendikar, Mirari's Wake, Trostani, Selesnya's Voice, Emeria Angel, Craterhoof Behemoth, Beastmaster Ascension, Glare of Subdual, Ajani Goldmane, Doubling Season, Hardened Scales, Parallel Lives, Mycoloth, Soul of the Harvest, Rampaging Baloths, Kalonian Hydra.
If those cards ring any bells to you, I can go into vastly more detailed suggestions, as I want to be sure I'm heading into the right direction beforehand. If not, please make sure I understand the exact theme you're going for so I can try to help :)
1 week ago
1 week ago
Spike Feeder is calling for Archangel of Thune. Oh take a counter off the feeder to gain life? Put a +1/+1 back on feeder and all your creatures including the Archangel. At least Atraxa has lifelink but other than her, Spike Feeder and the Archangel, I don't see much other lifegain cards, so the Archangel may be limited. But it is an idea and could lead you to some other cards to add in for the interactions. :)
1 week ago
I am planning to build an EDH deck with Atraxa, Praetors' Voice as the general, and I know that she is an immensely popular EDH general, but I still wish to make a deck with her, because angels are one of my favorite creature types in this game and Phyrexia is one of my favorite factions in this game.
The idea that I have for my deck will, naturally, be to use Atraxas ability to place additional counters on my permanents: specifically, +1/+1 counters on my creatures and loyalty counters on my planeswalkers.
First, for other proliferation cards beyond Atraxa, I am planning to use Contagion Clasp, Contagion Engine , Fuel for the Cause , Inexorable Tide, Spread the Sickness , Steady Progress , Thrummingbird , and Viral Drake; I will not use Volt Charge, because my deck will not support the color red, Core Prowler , because it simply is too weak, and neither Plaguemaw Beast nor Throne of Geth , because my deck will not be generating large quantities to tokens to sacrifice to the abilities of those permanents. I am currently uncertain about Grim Affliction and Tezzeret's Gambit, so I shall await feedback from other users here regarding those cards.
Second, I will need a method for placing +1/+1 counters on my creatures initially, before I can multiply them, so I am planning to use the following cards to achieve that goal: Archangel of Thune, Ghave, Guru of Spores , Daghatar the Adamant , Kalonian Hydra, Forgotten Ancient, and Echoes of the Kin Tree . If anyone has any suggestions for further cards, I will greatly appreciate them.
Third, for planeswalkers, I will be seeking to use planesawalkers with powerful ultimate abilities, preferably those that grant emblems, and some of the planeswalkers whom I am considering are Tamiyo, Field Researcher , Ajani Steadfast, Ajani Unyielding, Narset Transcendent , Elspeth, Knight-Errant, Elspeth Tirel, and at least one version of Sorin. It is not a high priority, but I would like to ensure that all colors are represented equally, or nearly equally, among planeswalkers in my deck.
Fourth, I have a number of wild cards, cards that do not contribute to the overall theme of the deck but are still very nice to use. Thus far, every EDH deck of mine has both a Gilded Lotus and a Thran Dynamo, but, with a deck that uses the proliferate mechanic, perhaps I could use Astral Cornucopia and Everflowing Chalice in their places, since I will be able to increase the number of counters on them. I believe that every green EDH should contain a Seedborn Muse, so mine shall, as well, especially because she will work well with contagion clasp and contagion engine. I have a Mirari's Wake and Privileged Position in each of my green/white EDH decks and a True Conviction in every white deck, so this one shall, as well. Would Lux Cannon work in this deck? I am considering it, but wish for feedback before I actually purchase it. Also, a deck such as this should definitely have Doubling Season, but that card is currently very expensive, so I shall need to wait either for it to be reprinted or for me to have a great amount of surplus money to spend.
What does everyone else say about this? What ideas can you offer me for an EDH deck centered around Atraxa?
1 week ago
Sconed - Thanks for the comment! Sorry it's taken me a while to respond! I haven't really thought too much about budget options, but so far I've found a few different ones! Naturally, they may make the deck a little more slow and clunky, but that is sort of expected.
Endless Horizons in place of Land Tax ... It's still a way of guaranteeing your land drops, and it helps thin the deck a bit as well. It hurts a lot if it gets removed, and it comes down later than Land Tax normally would.
Cradle of Vitality in place of Archangel of Thune ... This is clearly a trade off in which Archangel of Thune is better, but that's the difference between the value in those cards. This still lets you get creatures bigger, and also helps with Herald of War, which is another reason for Archangel of Thune.
Semblance Anvil in place of Urza's Incubator, or any other mana ramp card ... This is definitely slower, and I personally wouldn't recommend it just because there may not be a card that you want to toss to activate it. It is certainly an option though!
Umezawa's Jitte and Sword of Light and Shadow can be replaced with just about any other equipment, though the options provided by Jitte are really awesome. The recursion provided by Sword of L&S is great, as is the protection, but it could be replaced with other hexproof things, or even Spectra Ward
Other than that, the suggestions provided by Gleeock are also pretty solid ones!
1 week ago
I'm fairly persnickety about color distribution in edh so feel free to ignore this, but you might wanna rebalance your deck a little. Black gives you tutors (Demonic Tutor), board wipes (Damnation/Life's Finale), and card draw (Phyrexian Arena). White can offer more counters (Archangel of Thune/Cradle of Vitality), spot removal (Council's Judgment), and again board wipes (Wrath of God/Phyrexian Rebirth). Again, just some (hopefully) helpful tips.
Some more fun stuff you could include are Ajani Unyielding and Merciless Eviction. If you wanna take a peek at mine (Rise of the Praetors), it's pure Phyrexia flavor, but it might have things to inspire. Good luck and +1 from me!