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Archangel of Tithes
Creature — Angel
As long as Archangel of Tithes is untapped, creatures can't attack you or a planeswalker you control unless their controller pays for each of those creatures.
As long as Archangel of Tithes is attacking, creatures can't block unless their controller pays for each of those creatures.
Archangel of Tithes Discussion
1 week ago
What if you templated it like Archangel of Tithes , where your opponents only have to pay the life if he's untapped? That means you're at least having to choose between offense and defense. It also rewards you for building around him by including things to give him vigilance, or untappers, or the like. Perhaps you could include a buff when he attacks too, although I'd definitely up the mana cost to at least six if you choose to do that.
Also, creature type Sylvanesti? No. I get that that's supposed to be a bloodline (if I'm interpreting it right), but that's not a creature type. Reserve that kind of thing for flavor text, where you can do more with it anyway.
Also, consider giving him a job - creature types are usually templated as (Kind of creature)(Role that creature plays), like for example on Soulfire Grand Master , it's a human and a monk. The most common pairings with "Vampire" are Knight (23/227) and Soldier (21/227), followed not too far behind by Warrior (17) then Shaman (16) then Cleric (14), with Wizard chilling at a surprisingly low 10/227. That said, I was surprised to see how many vampires actually don't have jobs - 87 of 227 printed Vampires are unemployed. Apparently, vampires are leeches on society as well as... you know. People.
1 week ago
Ok quick update, it didn't take me long to realize that the Resplendent Angel doesn't bring much to the game plan.
So I'm reverting to something more control. Changes:
3x Resplendent Angel -> out
1x Lyra Dawnbringer out of 2 -> a 4th Thalia's Lancers . It's been quite some time now that I'm often wishing to draw my tutors more. I also learned today that since Ixalan, all planeswalkers are now legendary and do not work with the "planeswalker's uniqueness" rule like they used to. So this means I can tutor my Gideons with the Lancers! Yay! So more Lancers. And I'm cutting a Lyra because I don't need her so much given that I have fewer angels overall, and if I really need one Lyra on board I still have 5 ways to get her in the deck.
1x Gideon Jura in. Because the planeswalkers are not unique anymore, this means I can have different Gideons on board as long as they have a different name. And given that I can tutor them, I'm just bringing a 1-of Gideon Jura for some more control over my opponent's board. But to be fair I'm not sure it will work really well with the Archangel of Tithes , I'm hesitating between him and Gideon, Ally of Zendikar . We'll see how he performs...
a 4th Runed Halo in. This card is too good, provides big amounts of devotion early on that is a pain for my opponent to remove, forces them to flood the board with even more creatures only to get sweeped... It's really good, there are tons of games where drawing it is critical, and they are almost 0 game where I can't benefit from it.
a 4th Wrath of God in. Now that I have fewer creatures on board, an additional sweeper is a great addition to the deck. I won't need the Seraph Sanctuary as much now that I have fewer angels, so I can reach the 7th Plains more often, which makes Wrath more interesting too. Not too sure on this one, let's see how it goes
Overall I kinda feel like I'm taking a step back and reverting to some older version of this deck (and Drcfan's version), but well if it's better I don't see a reason not to stay with it ^^
2 weeks ago
Things I'm currently testing right now :
- Is a 4th Archangel of Tithes viable? Or is it too much? My local meta is quite aggro like I said so keep in mind that this matters too.
- Runed Halo . Should I put 2? 3? 4? Learning to play with it and learning the threats to target. So far I really like it!
- I'm currently playing with 23 lands (coming from 24 lands for more than a year), with the Weathered Wayfarer and Nykthos it's working really well, but when I can't draw a Wayfarer in my opening 8 cards it's sometimes hard reaching the 4-5mana needed for me to survive the fastest matches. But before that I kept drawing too many lands too often to my taste...
- Resplendent Angel . Alright this one I'm the least sure about. On the one hand it's a 3/3 with fly and 2W devotion for 3mana, and I really like the pressure it puts on some decks when you can pull the combo with Lyra and Seraph Sanctuary (which given the redundancy of the deck happens more often than you would think), and it is great to put all my wasted mana in late game. But on the other hand, it just dies to bolt, doesn't provide control like an Archangel of Tithes would. It also goes a bit against the Wrath of God (which I wouldn't mind putting a 4th of), and makes games faster which removes a bit the purpose of Emeria . I'm not sure that given the overall rhythm of the deck it isn't either a bit useless or a winmore... I will have to test this more in depth.
If you have any idea of 2-3cmc control permanents I could try to use instead of the Resplendent Angels I welcome every suggestion! I used to play Oblivion Ring , and it kinda worked so maybe I could try that but it also did feel a bit clunky, so looking for anything that you could think of!
1 month ago
I'd take Journey to Nowhere over Pacifism , there are a lot of creatures who hurt you just by being on the battlefield without attacking or blocking anyone. Luminarch Ascension seems like a card that's good in multiplayer where you have a lot of opponents' end phases for it to trigger in and a propensity for stale mates, so if you're playing that way a lot it's a good card. In normal matchups, though, I don't see it doing much for you. Instead of Ghostly Prison , I'd bring in Archangel of Tithes , she's a bit more expensive for you and not as expensive for your opponent, but she's more versatile and comes with a 3/5 body which can really do wonders.
Darksteel Citadel doesn't seem to do a whole lot of good for you, and the occasional life-gain from Seraph Sanctuary is really also something you need to have a payoff for for it to be worth it. Maybe just get some extra plains, or you could get Eiganjo Castle or Okina, Temple to the Grandfathers . You also seem to have rather more forests than I'd really recommend, but good dual lands are expensive, so I get you :) If you can afford them, I recommend Temple Garden , Horizon Canopy , Windswept Heath , Razorverge Thicket and Wooded Bastion .
Shaman of Forgotten Ways seems way too expensive, I'd get Birds of Paradise or more Noble Hierarch s if you can afford it, otherwise Avacyn's Pilgrim , Beastcaller Savant or Bloom Tender can do good work too. I'm also not sure what Kytheon's Irregulars ' role in your deck is, again let me recommend Archangel of Tithes , or alternatively Angel of Jubilation , Shalai, Voice of Plenty , or Indomitable Archangel or Gisela, the Broken Blade . Baneslayer Angel is a fine card, but unless you're facing demons and dragons regularly, Lyra Dawnbringer is probably better. Her ability to be a lord for other angels is really nice.
Iona, Shield of Emeria and Avacyn, Angel of Hope are super powerful bombs, but I'm not sure you have enough ramp to play them consistently. Of course, you know your local meta better than I do, so you be the judge of that yourself :) I'd recommend thinking about dropping them, though.
And last, a shameless plug. I've been playing with an angel deck of my own at my local FNM and been doing OK, it's been mono-white, white-green-red and is now just white-green. You can check the latest iteration here if you're looking for a somewhat different take on this whole business: Noble Angels
1 month ago
Thanks for the comment. I'll take a look at your deck and share some feedback on your page.
Archangel of Tithes is ok, 3/5 flying for CMC4 isn't terrible. The stax isn't board changing. Assists with go-wide strategies, unless their tokens also tap for mana, but usually those are Impact Tremors type hits anyways. I don't think he strong enough with all the impressive A/D/D available. I'd rather have the Rakdos the Defiler in many situations, he seems weak (I know, I struggled with him for VERY long), but he can slow down Grixis/Izzet decks just long enough that I can combo before they do. Or if I'm mana screwed or something, or Kaalia of the Vast being controlled, he can keep the board even. Creates an ok lock with Volrath's Stronghold sometimes too. Master of Cruelties can do the job against Grixis/Izzet usually too, but if they have a Baleful Strix or Bitterblossom or something you're going to lose to a Show and Tell + Omniscience combo without a tutored Rakdos the Defiler.
Lord of the Void is amazing, I just took him out last week to test Mausoleum Secrets supported with a Street Wraith (why play 99 card commander when you can play 98 card commander with 38 life :). He was great when versus Eldrazi decks, or even Mono Green/Big Green Commanders. The reason he eventually got cut is because of his lack of Trample. Flample would be an auto-include, found he wasn't connecting enough and inconsistently.
Archfiend of Despair also is great, I've been putting him in an out testing various new cards. Thought he would act like a Gisela, Blade of Goldnight but didn't work that way. Rarely does Life matter that much in Commander (Combo commander), but sometimes it does, Selesnya for example, Often he slows down combat between opponents, unless they get the strategic advantage. I try and combo instead of damage, if my primary strategy was damage, he would be an auto-include. Very good. His CMC8 was the ultimate reason I didn't go with him, would never tutor him (better options available) and didn't support my primary win-con (but very helpful for secondary).
Entomb I'm just not sure what to pull with it? It does support Mausoleum Secrets and can be cool early Iona, Shield of Emeria with a Reanimate for example. If you're playing Entomb (and a reanimation sub-theme) definitely play Gamble as well. I just feel I don't have enough early recursion to really take advantage of an Entomb. Chances are if you do the hyper-geometric probability is low for it's utility, someone like Kess, Dissident Mage LOVES this card.
1 month ago
Thank you so much for putting together this list. It's been a huge help in putting me on the right track towards my own build, Which I had to make a few budget options and choices based on my play group. Here's my "Budget Version", I haven't gotten around to the description yet but I will be sure to include a link here if that's alright.
I'm curious about your opinion on a few cards though if you have the time. Such As:
Thanks again, Cheers.
1 month ago
Frozen AEther? Thorn of Amethyst? Ethersworn Canonist? Archangel of Tithes? Maybe Quicksilver Fountain? I guess it depends on how much redundancy of effect you want in the deck. Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger would be pretty mean too. Consecrated Sphinx for some additional card draw.
2 months ago
Hexaflexagon I'm considering switching to a list like this, what do you think?
- 4x Birds of Paradise
- 4x Path to Exile
- 3x Serra Avenger
- 4x Knight of the White Orchid
- 4x Resplendent Angel
- 2x Oblivion Ring
- 2x Shalai, Voice of Plenty
- 1x Aurelia, Exemplar of Justice
- 2x Archangel of Tithes
- 3x Lyra Dawnbringer
- 2x Archangel Avacyn Flip
- 2x Angel of Sanctions
- 2x Sigarda, Host of Herons
- 2x Cavern of Souls
- 4x Horizon Canopy
- 4x Ghost Quarter
- 2x Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
- 2x Plains
- 4x Sacred Foundry
- 3x Temple Garden
- 4x Windswept Heath
Archangel of Tithes occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.01%
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.27%
RW (Boros): 0.11%
RBW (Mardu): 0.05%