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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
1 month ago
Apothecary Initiate, Serene Steward, Soulmender and Cradle of Vitality all have issues, mostly that the effect costs mana or requires you to tap a creature. The most common life gain deck in Modern is Soul Sisters, named so for Soul Warden and Soul's Attendant. If your wanting to avoid that route then maybe a more aggro focused list with Lone Rider Flip and Ajani, Caller of the Pride.
You might also want to consider Awe Strike, Kabira Crossroads and Authority of the Consuls. Another option is you look at a mechanic like Extort, see Blind Obedience as an example. Or look at alternative (but based on life gain) win conditions like Chalice of Life Flip, Aetherflux Reservoir, Felidar Sovereign or finally Divinity of Pride.
Whatever you decide, I hope this helps and have fun brewing your deck.
2 months ago
I love this idea! Getting me so hyped to build my own wall deck! Saw your comment in the forum section and figured I would reply here instead.
This might combo well Pride Guardian, or if you can find a way to slot in Rhox Faithmender. I love this planeswalker, eventhough it probably isn't the strongest and most fitting: Ajani Goldmane. It looks like you might need a card draw engine, Alhammarret's Archive. Awe Strike could be a good fit or Ojutai's Command for some more control? Fumigate can be a good board wipe, but hopefully it won't be needed.
This is just some from the top of my mind and when I search for cards that have Felidar Sovereign in their deck (if this is your winning condition). Hence Ojutai's Command can help you get it back if you have to discard them. Maybe you also can make use of a tutor card or even more card draw?
Good luck with the deck! Loving the idea of a wall deck. Not sure if Felidar Sovereign is the usual way of winning these games, but it sure looks fun. Be aware of deathtouch creatures. I would probably play 4 of Wall of Denial but I'm no pro in this.
3 months ago
Plague of Vermin and Phyrexian Processor are great ways to use the life you gain for additional board-presence. Using Children of Korlis with it allows you to have no downside to the heavy life cost.
Toxic Deluge is a useful board-wipe
Boon Reflection, Rhox Faithmender and Alhammarret's Archive allow for double life-gain.
Awe Strike is a great way to gain life when you have a large attack on you.
Blood Celebrant allows for mana diversity when you are missing a color.
5 months 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.
5 months 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?
5 months 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
7 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.
10 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