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Azorius First-Wing Discussion
7 months ago
Hey, I just wanted to point out that Enchanted Evening + Ethereal Armor + Azorius First-Wing doesn't work because Azorius First-Wing can't be enchanted by Ethereal Armor. Otherwise, this looks like a really cool deck.
1 year ago
I think you'd love a set of Pride of the Clouds. Even at two mana, he can easily be the biggest creature around. Soulcatcher is a similarly powerful two-drop, which can make your opponent hesitate to kill your other creatures. I'd also run Judge's Familiar or Cloudfin Raptor over Flying Men. Thunderclap Wyvern makes a good pseudo-lord (I find him more impressive than Archon of Redemption) especially with his ability to show up mid-combat.
Squadron Hawk gives you some card advantage, providing an army off just one card. Plus, it combos well with the Pride of the Clouds. Other efficient flyers that might interest you include Arctic Aven, Lyev Skyknight and Azorius First-Wing. Good luck!
1 year ago
Lingering Souls is a good card, but maybe a full set can be slower than a 1 drop or a 2 drop creature that will hit faster, specially considering that Soulcatcher would work very well with Pride of the Clouds, because your strategy would be much more balanced. Even if you lose a creature, you'll be covered.
1 year ago
Azorius Charm and Detention Sphere feel like they're stronger in the mainboard of a control deck than an aggro deck since you'd probably be better off just Unsummoning creatures till you can whittle your opponent down in the latter. Isperia, Supreme Judge and Sphinx of Magosi also reminds me of control since you have to survive a long time to cast them. They'll definitely be weaker win conditions than something like AEtherling or Elspeth, Knight-Errant, but in a casual enough meta, I think they're acceptable as budget alternatives. Azorius Herald reminds me of an Azorius format known as Restoration midrange since it uses Restoration Angel to blink creatures with strong ETB abilities like Wall of Omens, Blade Splicer, Vendilion Clique, and Snapcaster Mage. However, those decks and many other control lists tend to get more expensive and are more difficult to play. Azorius aggro isn't always cheaper, but since it seems that's the path you want to take anyway, some options are Geist of Saint Traft, Delver of Secrets Flip, Steel of the Godhead, Pride of the Clouds, Lyev Skyknight, and Esper Stormblade. Evasion is just generally powerful in an aggro list so Judge's Familiar and Azorius First-Wing could fit right in. You want to supplement those creatures with removal that does a lot for a little like Remand and Declaration in Stone. It doesn't matter if there are drawbacks later because you've hopefully won by then. Regardless of the format you choose, Search Warrant and Righteous Authority aren't cards I'd run since they don't do enough for their cost. The lists I've seen for Azorius midrange and aggro seem to run almost equal parts creature and noncreature spells, but it could change depending upon card synergy. Pure control lists run almost exclusively noncreature control spells with the only creatures/planeswalkers being the win conditions. Control and midrange lists will also have more lands since the stuff costs a little more and they can afford to run several copies of Celestial Colonnade. I recognize that a lot of this is very budget-unfriendly, but there are certainly replacements that can be made for most anything.
1 year ago
I think it would be best to lay out some ground to work with, so these are my must-haves: Judge's Familiar, Azorius Charm, Azorius First-Wing, Search Warrant, Isperia, Supreme Judge, and Detention Sphere. I'm trying to figure out how I should fit these into a 60 card deck where they can receive as much support as possible.
2 years ago
Yeah, way too many 3 CMC cards. And if you're going for aggro, just run Geist of Saint Traft as the leader (TL is full of spot removal, and being hexproof tends to help against that). Gwafa looks better as a control deck.
Cut the lackluster creatures, stuff like Azorius First-Wing, Azorius Herald, Battlewise Hoplite (you don't have much stuff for his heroic trigger anyway), Mistblade Shinobi. Add some smaller, good value creatures. Things like Judge's Familiar, Mother of Runes, Grand Abolisher, Mirran Crusader, and Silverblade Paladin are all good, affordable choices.
2 years ago
2 years ago
A couple of things - first, Brainstorm is not modern legal. You'll have to replace those. Second, you may want to include a few more lands, a few less creatures and a little more defense. Right now you have no counterspells and no enchantment/creature/artifact removal. I'm really bad about saving mana for counterspells, so I prefer to run things like Dispel for last minute instants or Revoke Existence. Or instead of Dispel, a great option would be 4x Judge's Familiar Another option would be Oblivion Rings & Journey to Nowhere. I'd drop the Azorius First-Wings since you can't enchant them. Maybe some of the clones, too.
So replace Azorius First-Wing with Judge's Familiar, replace Brain Storm with 2x Oblivion Ring 1x Journey to Nowhere. Maybe throw in another draw spell or an Azorius Charm or two instead of a clone.
This advice will not make this deck into a tournament worthy deck - it's way to slow and too cheap. You could replace Brainstorm with Serum Visions to get way pricier and replace lands with Fetch lands, but I still think it would be too slow. However, this looks like a fun casual deck to play with friends. You might want to change the tag at the top to casual. If you're not worried about tournament legal issues, then you can keep brainstorm, and I'd ditch the divinations for Oblivion Rings. Hope that helps!