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Archetype of Endurance
Enchantment Creature — Boar
Creatures you control have hexproof.
Creatures your opponents control lose hexproof and can't have or gain hexproof.
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Archetype of Endurance Discussion
1 day ago
Go: Counterbalance, Gauntlet of Power, Exploration (you've already got Burgeoning and tbh it can go as well you're running ramp), Mirror Mockery (doesn't fit the deck), Dig Through Time (delve hurts you and there's better draws) - same thing with Treasure Cruise,
Maybe: Each bounce.... honestly only two of your instants are good IMO, why you don't have some more instant kills IDK when you're running black...
What you need IMO: Some low cost better draws, Seasons Past, Creeping Renaissance, Splendid Reclamation, Archetype of Endurance - and some tutors since you're running black and blue to find the key pieces of your deck...
3 days ago
libraryjoy, I like your thoughts here. In the special case of this deck, though, I'm not running any spells that target, so Dense Foliage ends up being a relatively cheap one-sided handicap for my opponent's game. Since this isn't true Shroud, my creatures' abilities will still target and work just fine, leaving me unaffected. Read on for another reason I like it in here so much. Archetype of Endurance is a great creature, and I have a couple of big-green decks I'd like to run him in, but he's a bit above the mana curve for this one. Also, if I play this effect, I'd far rather play it before the title character arrives to make me pay 6 life for it.
Basilisk Collar is good enough to pay its price for 1 or 2 of; I just haven't done so yet. Loxodon Warhammer looks good too, and the trample looks especially nice. That's going in my Maybeboard. Either would allow me to drop it before Ruric Thar, the Unbowed, if drawn early and thereby benefit. I like this deck as a concept deck of nearly all creatures, though, so I really won't often need the lifelink as an offset to the big ogre's 6 damage penalty for non-creatures. Lifelink could still be useful against aggro decks early on, but I can get that by swapping in 2-3 cost creatures that have that ability natively with less risk and staying closer to my theme.
I like Signal the Clans, though it's another non-creature. That one makes the Maybeboard as well. As for the Fierce Empaths, I already have 3 and would gladly pay the going price for 1 more. If Ruric's already on the field, I'm likely to be happy with any of my big beasties. If he's not out yet (or in my hand), I want Ruric. He's more than one of my beaters; he's my theme and my main way of interfering with my opponents' game plans. Dense Foliage turns out to be a real champion here too, from the other side of the coin. It leeps the opponent from targeting my creatures, but it prevents all sorts of nice buffs the opponent wants to use on his/her own stuff as well.
3 days ago
Rather than Dense Foliage, which gives your opponents' creatures shroud, too, you might consider something to give your creature hexproof, like Canopy Cover or Archetype of Endurance. If Basilisk Collar is out of your price range, something like Loxodon Warhammer might also work. Also, even with your ramp, you probably want to be running at least 1 more land. As for a search, instead of Fierce Empath, what about Signal the Clans if you need budget. Empath is better if Ruric's on the field, but the clans is less expensive. There's an element of randomness, but I usually get something I really like.
I'll work on some ideas for the ramp package later this evening....
4 days ago
Interesting, my first ever deck was a blue/green deck that I used to play with several friends back when I was in high school. We didn't bother with formats at first, although later we did start commander.
It use to have an Arcanis the Omnipotent, Prophet of Kruphix, Hydra Broodmaster, Heroes' Bane, Explosive Vegetation, Archetype of Endurance, Roil Elemental, Horizon Chimera, AEtherspouts, Plasm Capture, Sigiled Starfish, Courser of Kruphix, and later some things like a Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, and Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger. It was all about ramp, and large threats.
We just played casual 60 card decks, although for whatever reason mine was usually more like 80 as there was always so many cards I wanted to cram into it and I tried to justify it by the Scrying and card draw it had but it was a bit much still. This became eventually my first commander deck with Vorel of the Hull Clade.
5 days ago
Thanks for the suggestions, guys.
I do like Patron of the Orochi, Emzed, but I've been playing a few games with Omnath lately, and I'm noticing that getting a playable opening hand is getting more difficult with the advent of the Vancouver Mulligan. It seems that if I'm lucky enough to get three lands in my opening hand, I'm very likely to fill it out with 5, 6, and 7 drops, and if I toss that hand, there's a average chance I'll get one land or none on the second go-round. The last couple of games I played had me casting Omnath as the first spell in the game. That just doesn't seem right somehow.
It's true that mana isn't the issue with Omnath that it is with most other commanders, but I'm starting to feel like I need to lower my average CMC, or at least not increase it, so if I were to include Patron of the Orochi, and I may yet, it would give me another 8 drop, unless I dropped my biggest devotion guy.
All of this whining I'm doing holds true for Archetype of Endurance too, Herbenix. I do have Arcane Lighthouse in for that purpose, it taps for colorless when not needed, and is easy to activate. Not as strong, but it doesn't cost 8 and is harder to get rid of.
See what you started, Emzed? You suggest Patron of the Orochi and the_earl_0f_grey wants to take me down the snake tribal rabbit hole. /;-) Sakiko, Mother of Summer is interesting though, although I think it's sort of a win-more card. By the time I start hoisting Omnath at people, he's already pretty hefty.
1 week ago
Thanks for your thoughts, greyninja! I don't have Duplicant or Phyrexian Ingester, but thankfully, I have Woodfall Primus. I appreciate your feedback and thank you for showing me Archetype of Endurance is a card at all!
2 weeks ago
I have updated this deck with some of the cards I had originally wanted to put in - notably, Kamahl, Fist of Krosa, Melira, Sylvok Outcast and Hushwing Gryff. I also added some cards that work well together such as Sigarda, Heron's Grace and Archetype of Endurance. I am considering the Brisela, Voice of Nightmares combo since it is tutorable with my general and shuts things down pretty well with Iona, Shield of Emeria and Gaddock Teeg. This deck has performed well every time I have played it, but it needs to take off quickly if it's going to have a chance against more aggressive control. Comments?