Plus, you could take away the discard theme and switch to +1 counters pretty easily. I love Corpsejack Menace because hes so broken. Then you could benefit from Bioshift and Solidarity of Heroes , or even things like Undying Evil and just overwhelm your opponent with super cheap +1 ramp.
Does Bant have the card filtering available to make a 3 card combo viable in Modern? Obviously protecting it is another story...you'll want to somehow not die along the way too.
I liked this combo, but it seems unreliable.
Bant Soul Sisters with Bioshift and Ajani's Pridemate ? That way when the pridemate gets killed you can move the counters onto the Fathom Mage ? Soul Sisters have good synergy with Archangel of Thune , blue for control...sounds janky to me. Might as well throw + in too.
You could run Pod to tie things together?
Bioshift indeed, to preserve your counters even when your creature gets killed. Also enables cool stuff like bioshifting from Chasm Skulker to Fathom Mage . Vorel of the Hull Clade helps out a ton, Gyre Sage can help ramp quickly. You can cast Give / Take on her for free for example. Prime Speaker Zegana works well with Chasm Skulker . Solidarity of Heroes to make things more ridiculous. Master Biomancer , Heroes' Bane , Genesis Hydra , Scavenging Ooze , Experiment One , Incremental Growth , Reverent Hunter , Cloudfin Raptor , Renegade Krasis are all cards you can consider and might fit in a certain version of this theme.
Also splashing black might be better than red, as it gives access to Corpsejack Menace and a lot of sac-outlets and scavenge.
You might groan at this, but I think this deck would just be better if you add Courser of Kruphix . Seems to be a standard staple unfortunately ((or fortunately if you're into that) (I am)).
If only Bioshift hadn't just gone away! Woulda been cool.
I'm worried about what End Hostilities would do to you. Dissolve is a slow answer, and requires 2 blue which may be a challenge. I'd run 4 Negate in the board to pull in anytime you see End Hostilities
Kiora, the Crashing Wave is one of my favorite cards in all of standard, so this breaks my heart, but I don't think she's going to give you the kind of protection you're looking for. You're not worried about locking down a big dude; I think you're worried about getting beat rushed by a ton of little dudes - and you better believe it's going to happen like CRAZY because EVERY stinkin' build runs Goblin Rabblemaster Every one! Even Mono green builds are running it! Ah! I hate that card!
I guess I'd take out two Kiora, the Crashing Wave and two Ordeal of Heliod for 4 Courser of Kruphix The reason why behind the Ordeal is it draws a big removal target on that creature and there is so much removal now that I don't think you want to risk the card loss.
Exiled_soul Perfect thanks I will playtest it that way and report back how smooth it plays. Your build is awesome and I love it, playtest so far have really wrecked a lot of decks. I'm sad you cant use Bioshift In standard as it makes this deck stupid.
If you cast Bioshift in response to the first activation of Spike Feeder the Feeder would die. At this point he has only one +1/+1 counter on it. Your opponent can then either remove this counter gain another live or just let Bioshift resolve. In both cases the Feeder would die because he's a 0/0 and state based actions are checked before any Archangel triggers resolve and to put new counters on the Feeder.
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