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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 day ago
All the damage Skirk Fire Marshal would deal to creatures and players will be prevented. The damage is dealt in a single event, so the "next time" part of Awe Strike applies to all of it.
Awe Strike doesn't specifically say it only works on combat damage, so that means it can prevent any kind of damage a creature would deal.
1 day ago
1 month ago
Story Circle is a wonderful card, but it has not been reprinted in many years, nor have any cards similar to it been printed, recently, so I wish to pay a homage to it with my own creations, as seen, below:
Shroud of Benevolence Show
: the next time that a source of your choice would deal damage to you this turn, prevent that damage. You gain life equal to the damage prevented this way.
Shroud of Malevolence Show
: the next time that a source of your choice would deal damage to you this turn, prevent that damage. That source's controller loses life equal to the damage prevented this way.
This card is more aggressive than the other, being very similar to, yet very different from, it at the same time.
What does everyone think of these cards?
7 months 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.
7 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.
9 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.
10 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.
11 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?