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|Eternal Masters (EMA)||Common|
|Planar Chaos (PLC)||Common|
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Creature — Bird Rebel Soldier
Vanishing 3 (This permanent enters the battlefield with three time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter from it. When the last is removed, sacrifice it.)
When Aven Riftwatcher enters the battlefield or leaves the battlefield, you gain 2 life.
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Aven Riftwatcher Discussion
4 weeks ago
I think you'll want to up your lands to 23-25. Blighted Steppe/Kabira Crossroads help you out. Aven Riftwatcher is also a very good creature, it only last a few turns but is great for them, and I like Nyx-Fleece Ram. Survival Cache is a way for you to draw cards.
1 month ago
Too many dead cards in the current list. Pick a strategy and go all-in on it. You don't win matches by being sorta good at two things sometimes.
You can cut lightning greaves , summoning and soldier, run Indulgent Aristocrat, Blade of the Bloodchief and Vampire Cutthroat for an aggro/lifegain strategy that lets you focus on getting black mana turns 1-2-3 then white can be tapllands without losing too much.
Alternatively, build around Heartless Summoning, with more cards in the 3/4 slot (Aven Riftwatcher, Bygone Bishop Eidolon of Rhetoric and Eldrazi Displacer coming down turn three in multiples is devastating), and acceleration like Pentad Prism to ensure you can get them onto the field. You can also put resto back in, run lots of etbs.
2 months ago
That said, W/B ETB triggers give some powerful option with the existance of cards like Eerie Interlude and Ghostway, card advantage in cards like Dusk Legion Zealot and powerful hand disruption like Tidehollow Sculler and Sin Collector, with a 'flicker lifegain' archetype being very playable. It also opens up Aven Riftwatcher value- this card is remarkably effective.
Good luck with testing- Caves of Koilos is relatively inexpensive and really helps with the mana.
3 months ago
That said, this deck is a lot more midrangey than my brews. I'd honestly feel worried playing it without a stronger disruption/lifegain package. Perhaps Gristleback/Aven Riftwatcher and maindeck Scavenging Ooze/Spike Feeder
1 year ago
Thanks for the reviewing my deck and the feedback Mandalorian!
I really appreciate the look and comments.
Interesting suggestions. Here are my thoughts:
However, after reflecting on Reflector Mage for the past couple days I think I will try +1 Cloudshift +3 Reflector Mage and -4 Snapcaster Mage. I have suspicions that this change won't hold up to playtesting and Snappy will be dearly missed and find his way back. But, I will report back... :)
Flickerwisp - He did see play in early builds, but the lack of flash is a deal breaker for this deck. (Love Flickerwisp + Aether vial) :)
Felidar Guardian - Too expensive to be lacking flash.
Restoration Angel - On the fence about the Angel. I worry that it may be expensive. And... importantly, the angel only blinks on ETB. So once in play it's only a beater. Every other creature in the deck is a favorable blink target and graveyard recursion target. Not being targetable with Reveillark is a bummer.
Sun Titan - Expensive, and would end up taking a Reveillark slot. Vulnerable to path.. (so is Reveillark, but Reveillark getting pathed isn't a bad thing since my opponents are not going to like my ETB creatures back again). Also, Sun Titan's ETB effect can only grab land, instants, wall and Snapcaster. :(. The Ghost Quarter point is intriguing, however it doesn't outweigh the above downsides IMO.
Panharmonicon - Expensive and super vulnerable to counter. Once countered it doesn't come back (unlike most everything else in this deck that brings value even from graveyard). (Unless I slipped in Academy Ruins). Not sure what it would replace for the slot.
Spell Queller - I love Spell Queller in an aggro deck (like Spirits), but my games run long. Long enough for it to get killed at some point, and worse, I can't blink it for free as they get their spell back which may be terrible in some circumstances. Maybe I would replace Remands with it..... but the loss of cantrip would also be sorely missed. This deck wants to fill my hands with cards.
Lone Missionary - I don't worry about life gain in most games as eventually we lock the game, and when life gain is needed Aven Riftwatcher comes in from the side board, and is slightly better for beats and more resilient to direct pings.
Cloudblazer > Mulldrifter? - Didn't know cloudblazer was a thing. If it wasn't for Mulldrifter's evoke ability... it would be clearly better. But Mulldrifter, more often than not, is drawing me tons of cards for it's evoke cost. (Often with a one mana kicker Cloudshift to draw 2 extra cards after evoke) - This deck wants to fill my hands with cards.
Eldrazi Displacer - Great card in other decks. If it blinked with ETB and had blink on a stick it would be MVP. But at it is, I think it vulnerable, slow, and expensive for this deck.
1 year ago
Wall of Omens generates card advantage and is a good blocker (also for Seance'ing back on the opponent's turn).
Mainboard Fulminator Mage might be a good idea though it strikes me as more of a SB card (only "Living End" decks run it in the maindeck).
Sure Thragtusk is better but it is 5-mana compared to Aven Riftwatcher/Kitchen Finks 3-mana so it occupies a different slot on the curve and I don't want to run multiple 5-drops that can slow the deck down even more (it is rather slow already).
In my opinion Reveillark is about the best creature you can pair with Seance as with it's LtB ability it can bring back 2x other creatures (Eternal Witness/Wall of Omens/Satyr Wayfinder/Aven Riftwatcher/Fulminator Mage/Pack Rat etc.).
Liliana, the Last Hope is good too but I need more creatures for Seance so PW's seem less fitting.
I'm probably going to replace Reclamation Sage with Qasali Pridemage as it is better without an immediate target (as a 2/2 exalted creature) and is easier to get in the GY.
Harmonic Sliver is much worse, first it is only a 1/1 and second it's ability isn't a "may" so without an actual target it can destroy my Seance.
Necrotic Sliver seems interesting though the ability is rather expensive to use.