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Blazing Archon Discussion
20 hours ago
As powerful as The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale is, I think it will end up hurting you more than your opponents with how the deck currently is (24 creature count).
Other cards in the maybe board that I personally wouldn't recommend would be Desertion (I'll explain why in a sec), Isperia, Supreme Judge, and Twincast. All are good cards, but your deck can do better without them!
Instead of Desertion and instead of Dissipate and Rewind, I recommend putting in Pact of Negation, Force of Will, and/or Mystic Confluence/Hindering Light. I'd say that having between 5-10 counterspells alone is the right call for this deck.
Isperia, Supreme Judge is not a bad card, but there are better draw engines/card advantage cards. Consecrated Sphinx being one that you already have included. I would recommend replacing Concentrate and Recurring Insight for more dependable draw spells, Ponder and possibly even Sphinx's Revelation or Blue Sun's Zenith.
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AEtherplasm, Blazing Archon, Drogskol Reaver, Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, Loxodon Gatekeeper (possibly just switch it with Kismet since the are the exact same), Phyrexian Metamorph, Rune-Tail, Kitsune Ascendant / Rune-Tail's Essence, and possibly even Sun Titan.
Again, these are just some suggestions. All are great cards, but overall I think that lowering the CMC and adding other, more controlling cards will help this deck be more resilient and consistent.
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Again, like the above, these are only suggestions! You don't have to add them all, or any at all. The only thing I would just really stress about changing this deck is lowering the CMC. That can highly improve the gameplay of the deck. Being able to have a turn two play or counter magic on those first couple turns lets you hold an edge over your opponent will you tax and control them over the long game.
1 week ago
Blazing Archon stops Eldrazi & other creature decks (Shardless, Elves, etc).
R/B Reanimator is much faster than U/B Reanimator and has better topdeck potential (less dead cards like FoW). Has a better Game 1 percentage and hoses a lot of otherwise difficult matchups (D&T) with fast hands that come down before GY hate can. It can splash Green for Reverent Silence or Abrupt Decay in the side.
U/B Reanimator plays more controlly and has a better chance against other fast combo decks because FoW. It's not really played anymore.
HOWEVER, a "Grixis" variant showed up at the recent GP that plays U over R but is built with the speed of R/B. In this build, the Useas splash for a sideboard Show and Tell plan against GY hate.
Between the R/B/g and the U/B/r splashes really just depends on your budget and your playstyle, whether you like to get in there before GY hate, get around it, or destroy it.
Here's my list, it's a pretty typical R/B/g build that I've been tinkering. NEED 4 T1 GRISELBRAND
R/B builds have strict ratios: 10 reanimate targets (4 CHancellor 4 Grisel 2 other), 18 discard/Entomb effects, and 12 Reanimate effects (4 Reanimate 4 Animate Dead 4 other). They run 12-13 lands with 9-13 fast mana sources (4 Ritual 4 Petal 1-2 Mox or 4 Simian Spirit Guide).
These ratios make the deck very streamlined and easy to mulligan (important since it doesn't run cantrips). The "Grixis" version has similar ratios, but I think drops Animate Dead? I don't have as much info on that one.
1 week ago
I made a comment but will need some time to correct it my apologies.
1 week ago
playing these colors you ever thought about pillow forting it up having Norn's Annex and things like Propaganda, Windborn Muse, Ghostly Prison, Sphere of Safety, Collective Restraint are really good at at making your opponents fight each other while you get to just build up and go in for the kill War Cadence is another really fun one so is Blazing Archon.
3 weeks ago
Here a story of how the deck played in a game of Color Clash:
As seen through a Distorted white Lens.
At last we sat down for an Epic Match between the Colors of Magic.White: Akroma, Angel of Wrath, Green: Surrak, the Hunt Caller, Red: Lovisa Coldeyes, Black: Yahenni, Undying Partisan and blue: ...Oops wrong deckbox . Well a Color Clash with Mayael the Anima in the Blue seat.
I, Akroma, Angel of Wrath, get a turn 2 Gossamer Chains that will save me (and others) a lot of damage. Lovisa went for first blood, by dashing in one of her team. Everyone is building up his mana. First Commander damage is for Surrak. Going at Akroma. I don't know why. Mayael is a bit slow on the mana, but Yahenni goes strong.
Turn 5 sees an indestructible Yahenni, Undying Partisan, blowing up the board with hard cast Decree of Pain, gaining 5 +1-counters and hitting: Surrak. Now, the time has come for Angels: Mayael gets in Avacyn, Angel of Hope and my commander Akroma, Angel of Wrath makes her first appearance, going at mister MonoBlack.
He feels its time to control the board by adding a Grave Pact. Saccing one of his returning creatures. Akroma manages to make a deal with Yahenni and stays on the board. In my turn I decide to go after Yahenni.
Cloudchaser Kestrel enters and tries to destroy the Grave Pact. Instant sac to Grave Pact tries to take Akroma, Angel of Wrath down. But, wooo, a flashed Seht's Tiger takes the hit and Akroma, Angel of Wrath manages to deal another 6 damage to Yahenni and has freed the board of Grave Pact.
Turn 9 sees a 3rd one sided board wipe when Reiver Demon enters the battle. Black dominance again. Akroma, Angel of Wrath returns and picks up a Sword of Fire and Ice dealing more commander damage to Lovisa and Surrak. Now, I can urn a point by also dealing commander damage to Mayael. But Yahenni is to far ahead.
Exsanguinate gains him 78 life and takes both the Lovisa Coldeyes-player and the Surrak, the Hunt Caller-player out. And leaves the Mayael the Anima-player barely alive. But he's save behind a Blazing Archon. That is no problem for the Sword of Fire and Ice, however. Mayael is taken down.
3 weeks ago
There are a lot better options you really should play. If you are doing budget, BR is generally a better option. You've got access to looting effects, and sideboard stuff. If you want to stay UB, here are my suggestions.
So for ways of putting stuff into graveyard. Cephalid Coliseum lets you loot, allowing you to draw into your reanimation and spells and discard the trash. Putrid Imp is a decent enough blocker who lets you discard stuff to reanimate at instant speed. Cabal Therapy can target yourself, but also be used as a way to ensure you can go off. Unmask is a solid option for stripping their hand, and yours.
For ways to reanimate, you have Necromancy, Animate Dead, Exhume, Dance of the Dead Reanimate. You want at least 12 reanimation methods. Death from Life/Death is also OK but if you can just play reanimate.
For threats, generally you play about 10 reanimator targets. Chancellor of the Annex is generally a staple. Good reanimation target and protects your first reanimation/slows down your opponent. Iona, Shield of Emeria, Tidespout Tyrant, Grave Titan, Sire Of Insanity, Inkwell Leviathan, Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur (a less good sire) Sphinx of the Steel Wind, Blazing Archon are also good targets. Reanimator targets need to be big, game winning, hard to remove or shut off an entire line of play like these all do.
If you want to be really really lulzy with Buried Alive you can build a graveyard pile of Oona, Queen of the Fae and Worldgorger Dragon. Use Necromancy or Animate Dead on dragon and you create a loop of exiling everything, and returning it to play. This includes the animate dead, so the dragon dies, dead comes back and targets dragon, and you can use this combo to generate infinite mana, then finally have the animate dead come back with Oona, and use the infinite mana to deck someone.
1 month ago
The issue with Ghostly Prison and the like is that I have 5 permanents that double all players mana, on top of the symmetrical ramp effects. Paying the extra to attack me was a drop is a drop in the bucket. Blazing Archon is a firm "I cannot be attacked" effect, even if it is very fragile. What I probably need is Web of Inertia.
1 month ago
Zerraphon, some win cons are buff spirit flood, big creatures such as Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts, Blazing Archon, and stopping the opponents from blocking with Archangel of Tithes. An Elspeth, Sun's Champion ult is basically a win. i've even won a game with an Open the Vaults and Grim Guardian triggers. The whole point is to set up such an oppressive wall that the opponent can't do anything until you find your win cons and planar bridge can just put your win cons on the battlefield.