Bassara Tower Archer


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Heirloom Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Journey into Nyx (JOU) Uncommon

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Bassara Tower Archer

Creature — Human Archer

Hexproof, reach

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Bassara Tower Archer Discussion

PickleNutz on Golgari Mandem

5 months ago

Well, first, you will probably never under any circumstance be able to cast something like Garruk, Apex Predator in Modern. Its just way to heavy of a creature if youre not using a lot of ramp.

Next, you should have at least seven strong removal cards in the deck. Fatal Push, Abrupt Decay, Walk the Plank, etc. youll want them to be mostly 2 or less CMC, most Modern games are won between turns 4 and 7. Occasionally youll see turbo fog decks or extreme control decks that can develop later, but those are rare. Tragic Slip is actually a pretty good card, but you need sacrifice fodder of enough removal to pair with it to get the upper end of the cards utility.

You need a solid win condition. I suggest cards like Lotleth Troll, Varolz, the Scar-Striped, Death's Shadow, Silhana Ledgewalker, and Bassara Tower Archer if you want to do counters. I have had a lot of success with a deck structured around those cards. You basically throw Deaths Shadow into the graveyard and use Varolz to scavenge 13 counters from him onto Silhana Ledgewalker who is Hexproof and can only be blocked by creatures with flying. Throw a Predator's Strike on top of it and Silhana becomes a 17/17 with Trample too. Its super fast paced and pretty cheap.

Land MATTERS in modern. Like, a whole lot. I understand Fetches are expensive like Verdant Catacombs, but there are budget friendly alternatives. Llanowar Wastes, Blooming Marsh, City of Brass and even Field of Ruin can be used. Any lands that come in tapped will set you behind your opponent 99% of the time.

Diabolic Tutor is a dead turn in Modern that takes up a 4 CMC slot. Its pretty much the worst tutor in the game. Grisly Salvage, Jarad's Orders, and Treasured Find are probably the best toolbox available for Golgari in the tutor department.

Fog will usually stop creatures, but it doesnt stop non-combat damage. So, modern Boros Burn, 8-Rack, Storm, Cheerios, and other decks that deal direct player damage make it pretty much a sideboard card unless you go Abzan and slot in Aegis of the Gods, Leyline of Sanctity, or some other card that prevents direct player damage. I would recommend relying on low cost spells instead of trying to stall the game for big plays later on. Instead, you could try Vines of Vastwood, Heroic Intervention, or something else to prevent damage to your creatures that doesnt cost a lot of mana and can help you win earlier matchups.

If you want to run a planeswalker, Liliana, the Last Hope is a fun one that can keep a good pace for n Modern.

Thats really the best I can offer you, I know its a lot, but Modern Golgari is especially fragile right now. Thats why you almost always see a third color splashed into them.

bradc1988 on Death's Awakening (Primer)

5 months ago

I would have thought Slippery Bogle is almost strictly better than Bassara Tower Archer. I also agree with the previous poster who suggested Rancor over Predator's Strike.

Also don't forget with a splash of Blue you also have access to Invisible Stalker

plusARGON on Budget See the Unwritten

8 months ago

Kalonian Tusker and Bassara Tower Archer are nice two drops i use in my green devotion deck

JoshRigone on G/W hex/ind

1 year ago

I second VraskaTheCursed's suggestions regarding Dragonlord Dromoka and Karametra, God of Harvests - they both seem very slow. Plus, only playing 22 lands means you will find yourself unable to cast them often. By cutting these two creatures you'll also greatly reduce your need for Arbor Elf and thereby allow you to run more hexproof creatures like Bassara Tower Archer or the above mentioned Witchstalker. If you still want to leave a bit of late game power in the deck and budget is less of a concern then Thrun, the Last Troll would be rather welcome in those two spots as well.

Tammy on Budget Bogle Dogle

1 year ago

I like the idea of a budget bogle deck, very nice.

I think what you have so far is good but it might be a bit to focused on the umbras and has a few to many three drops for what is supposed to be a very low to the ground strategy.

Umbra Mystic doesn't do much as the deck has a lot of umbras already, I suggest using Bassara Tower Archer it is a 2 drop with hexproof, and the added advantage of reach built in. you could also use Herald of the Pantheon to make the 3 and 2 drop enchantments more affordable and to get life gain in the process.

DragonsGoddess on Is it possible ?

2 years ago

ok well thanks for the help i also saw an other mechanics that is really interesting

cards like :Bassara Tower ArcherorHeir of the Wilds

a deathtouch/ hexproof deck is it possible ? for local modern plays

PepsiAddicted on Building Budget Bogles Brick by Brick

2 years ago

bogles works in a budget setup BUT it is already inconsistent enough in its most perfect setup (lets not argue about the perfect setup here). its fun, aggressive, super fast, easy to pilot and doesnt require a huuuuge knowlegde of the meta. but bogles has 3 huge problems: lands, gas and creatures.

in general...

  1. ...most bogledecks have an avg cmc of ~1,5 and the deck is G/W. that means in turn two you need 2 lands in play for the deck to run at max speed. after that you want to draw aura cards. if your mana base is just basics often you wont find both colors fast enough and lose many matches because you are missing a color. yes thats with every deck but bogles really depends on it and youll feel a huuuge difference. thats why youll find Temple Garden, Razorverge Thicket, Horizon Canopy and fetchlands in almost every bogles deck. the basic land(s) and the Dryad Arbor(s) are more utility than part of the actual mana base.

  2. need gas. carddraw is important. with all those super cheap cards youll have an empty hand on like turn3 and then you are in topdeck mode. if you dont already own a freaking huge creature at this point or if you dont topdeck exactly what you need you will probably not win the race. thats why youll find Kor Spiritdancer and Keen Sense in most bogle lists. spiritdancer is a cast trigger so even when your aura gets countered you draw a card. most auras cost less than the counter so this turns out to be really inefficient for your oponent. lets look at the spiritdancer as if it isnt a creature, more a card draw engine. this leads us to problem number 3...

  3. ...there are only 2 creatures in modern that really fit the deck. Gladecover Scout and Slippery Bogle. this is because you have to play them in turn one to make sure theyll hit the board. cards like Bassara Tower Archer and Silhana Ledgewalker are 1 turn to slow. your oponent can (and should) have an answer ready by turn2. most of the time you are dead if your creatrure gets countered. also they start swinging in turn3, often the game is pretty much decided at that point. thats why IoK and Thoughtseize are so dangerous, because they are turn1 threats. since the game should only last around 4 rounds you cant really plan on playing another bogle (yes it happens from time to time but thats besides the point!) and that means every other hexproof creature you draw should really be an aura card instead. so with those 2 options and spiritdancer you already run 12 creatures. no more room for more, some even say its too many already. the only time you want another creature besides your bogle and your carddraw-engine is when an edict effect is on the stack. thats why bogle runs dryad arbor.

what im trying to say is this: bogles has a very narrow and unflexible deck list. if you want to improve your chances theres not much room for other cards than those every1 runs in their bogles deck. and those arent cheap. im not saying a budget list doesnt work or is no fun to play. but its a game of numbers. make proxies and test the deck a few dozen times with both setups (budget and competitive) just to experience the difference and the similarities. i am baked and its late so please ignore, spelling, typos and my awesome grummatikk here <3

ps: and you really want Gaddock Teeg against wrath effects and some answers for Blood Moon [right now with all basics you can ignore blood moon ;)] in your sideboard (like pridemage or natures claim etc). and some artifact hate because infect is faster than bogles, Spellskite is very strong against it and ensnaring bridge (MB in All In Red nowadays, comes turn1) completely stops the deck.

Barbarian_Sun_Pope on Soulflayer shenanigans

2 years ago

I like the idea of setting up Soulflayer, I would suggest Golgari Thug and Splinterfright to fill up the graveyard faster. Splinterfright also doubles as a win condition and Golgari Thug can you get your Soulflayer back while filling up the graveyard. You just have to be cautious about using him with Splinterfright or Nyx Weaver in play as it would kind of defeat the purpose.

To add to Soulflayer I would suggest Sphinx of the Steel Wind for flying, lifelink, first strike, and vigilance in one package. You can also use Bassara Tower Archer in the place of Gladecover Scout to give reach and hexproof.