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The next time target creature would deal damage this turn, prevent that damage. You gain life equal to the damage prevented this way.
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Awe Strike Discussion
6 days ago
I had considered both. War's Toll is a card that can give incremental advantage, but it is really a forcing move. It is not really dissimilar to Winter Orb in how it feels when played, and it actually discourages attacking. When someone wants to maintain some defense, they have to abstain from any attacks to accomplish that. When someone wants to preserve a utility creature, they have to abstain from any attacks to protect it from blockers. It was counter to the decks optimal play. Reverse Damage is definitely a little limited. I have played Reverse Damage, Awe Strike, and Riot Control for a short time for each of them. Riot Control turned out to be the best of the bunch in the meta that I used it in, but even then, aside from an extra Fog that kept me from losing, it also never won me a game. I used that slot for better cards for this deck. I do appreciate the suggestion, though.
1 week ago
Well I really like Authority of the Consuls due to life gain and it slows your opponents. I would also suggest Chalice of Life Flip and Felidar Sovereign for an extra win con. I also run some Ajani's Mantra, Awe Strike and Abuna's Chant in my life gain deck. Lastly why the Forbidden Orchard?
2 weeks ago
A good solution to this is cheap lifegain that protects you a little extra for the board presence you will inevitably lose by chump blocking. I found a few ideas you might consider.
- Awe Strike, prevent the attackers damage outright. Keeping you from having to block in the first place and gaining life out of it. TCG market price= $0.11
- Goldenglow Moth, a perfect example of a chump blocker. You should anticipate using her to stop an attack, the only difference is, she gives you life as a result. TCG market price= $0.08
- Hope Charm, a myriad of choices, from making your blockers formidable, to gaining quick life, to debuffing your opponents attackers. TCG market price= $0.07
2 months ago
I think you need at least 2 more lands. Probably I would try some combinations of Flagstones of Trokair and Ghost Quarter: this allows you to target Flagstones with Quarter after tapping the first for mana, and basically fetch for two w/o losing mana nor life.
Intervention Pact, Awe Strike, Rest for the Weary are good choices, in my opinion, upon Sanguine Sacrament: they're cheaper and gain you some protection against creatures and/or damage spells that target you.
5 months ago
You could probably lose some Honor of the Pure. With the focus being on lifegain, Serra Ascendant and Ajani's Pridemate should be huge enough without a +1/+1.
How has Elspeth played? I feel at 4CMC it doesn't really do much when it comes down.
Windbrisk Heights could be replaced with Evolving Wilds to filter your deck (draw into less lands) and find that Swamp when you need it. Unless those Ghost Quarters are supposed to be Evolving Wilds?
Also trading a Souls token for a Fatal Push is great value imo
6 months ago
Valor Made Real, Awe Strike, Render Silent for those pesky combo decks. Fool's Demise because yes. Winds of Rath compliments all of these, and Cleansing Meditation can be situationally fanastic. and don't forget that Oblivion Ring or Detention Sphere, as they combo brilliantly with your commander.
6 months 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.
7 months ago
Look at cards that gain you life every turn, such as Nyx-Fleece Ram and Ajani's Mantra. Felidar Sovereign can win the game for you by itself, and Whitesun's Passage is a nice life boost. Cards that can double as lifegain and protection include Dazzling Reflection and Awe Strike.