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Blessed Alliance Discussion
2 days ago
We cannot see the Casual/Competitive bar, only you can. Though I've found it best to ignore as well in either case.
Inkmoth Nexus+Part the Waterveil is a great way to speed up the clock.
Blessed Alliance is good tech for decks like Boggles and Infect
4 days ago
Those are actually great suggestions! I put the Opts in yesterday - they are definitely worse than Serum Visions, which I had earlier. I think the point about Remand is interesting, but I really don't like Mana Leak just in general. I'll test it again, but it's always felt weak to me. The Thoughtseize point is good too - I will try it out. Torrential Gearhulk and Blessed Alliance I have been thinking of as well. Will have to test them out. Thanks for the advice!
4 days ago
Been working on a Teachings control list myself. I have a few thoughts on your list here, based on my own experiences. Since you're not as familiar with cards post-BFZ, allow me to introduce to you some of the great new things we can take advantage of.
Torrential Gearhulk: 5/6 with flash that flashes back a cryptic command for free? Yes please.
Cast Out: Instant speed answer to any problem permanent.
Blessed Alliance: Great sideboard card, if not a 1-of in the main. Wrecks bogles, can help you stabilize against fast aggro.
Shambling Vent: Big advocate of playing one of these since this is a slow deck with a painful mana base and few ways to gain life. Only 1 though, since blue is so important.
Other than that, I have a few miscellaneous thoughts. One, I really hate Remand in this style of deck. Remand is a tempo card, more useful in a deck trying to stall out a few turns rather than try to deny your opponent resources entirely. Besides, returning things to your opponent's hand makes Esper Charm WAY worse on turn 3. Second, I think Opt is a trap. I haven't been impressed with the card at all. On paper it seems alright, but I much prefer playing a couple more Think Twice and some other stuff instead, especially since our turn 1 is a golden opportunity to play our manlands or fetch painlessly.
And to the comment above, NEVER underestimate the value of a 1-of sideboard. Think about the type of deck this is; you're not trying to change its identity or its overall game plan going into games 2 and 3, you just want to replace some lackluster cards in the matchup for better ones.
...With that said, 1 spell snare and 1 leyline both seem strange to me. Even Thoughtseize I think would be better suited as more duresses. Think about when you would want to bring those in. Most of the time, it'll be against a control mirror. Against a deck that plays creatures, you don't want thoughtseize anyway. You don't want to cost yourself any additional life when you can afford it. Duress is super good against something like UW control or Blue Moon or something. Dispel too, for that matter. It's a preference thing. If you like the thoughtseizes better, play those.
Leyline is kind of a trap too. What it does is really powerful if you can get it in your opening hand, but otherwise you're just diluting your deck. I think 1 is actually the right number if you want to play it, but against burn, things like Timely, Rest for the Weary, or Blessed Alliance in tandem with your disruption should get the job done. Also Mindbreak Trap is great since storm is so big right now.
Anyway, good luck my dude. Control players gotta stick together in these tough times
1 week ago
I've got a good list of suggestions here for ya, I'm unsure if you're unwilling to order cards from TCGplayer, but
Word of note from someone who's been playing awhile, most decks try to run 3 or 4 of cards because it helps with consistency, having 4 of a card maximizes your chance to draw it.
Trade out the Soul menders for Soul Warden, gains you a life on ANY another creature entering, in a casual game, it can gain you a ton of life until someone throws a removal spell at it.
Blessed Alliance is a super nice card, offers a lot of versatility, budget wise its a couple bucks unless you can find it in a bulk bin at your local shop or something. Gains life, kills a creature, untaps your guys for blocks. I'd recommend trying to get 3 or 4 of these total.
Spectral Procession is a 3 mana, make 3 1/1 flyers. It's also pretty good.
Crusade makes all your guys (and maybe your opponents if they're running white as well) 1/1 bigger as long as it sticks around.
Raise the Alarm can be used at any time, Opponent attacks you? Make 2 surprise blockers. Opponent didn't do anything on their turn? End of their turn, make 2 dudes, untap, play crusade, smack for 4.
Removal is always key, while Blessed Alliance does kill a thing, sometimes the opponent sacrifices their smallest attacker and you still have a big creature to deal with. I'm unsure of who you're playing with this deck, or what they're playing. Condemn is an interesting card, while the opponent may gain life, you get rid of the creature thats attacking you. A list of some other removal would be Immolating Glare Oblivion Ring (ring can hit anything other than lands, and not a lot of people run enchantment removal in casual games too often.) Devouring Light You can tap your creatures for this one to help pay for it.
And finally, Wrath Effects I.E. Effects that destroy all creatures (see Wrath of God) are good for if your opponent summoned a big creature, or if the board is all gummed up. Wrath of god is a bit off budget, however, End Hostilities is less than a dollar, and is only 1 mana more and can also destroy equipments and stuff attached to creatures. Hour of Revelation only costs 3 mana if there's 10 or more things other than lands on the field, Can be nice, can be bad. My last suggestion here would be Dusk / Dawn which can leave your board clean and kill all other big creatures, then it can be cast from your graveyard to bring a bunch of your dead stuff back. Anyways, I'd love to help as much as I can, and I realize this is a ton of reading, sorry about that.
1 week ago
Mandalorian One of my main concerns with the deck is that it was too painful, ill look into throwing some fastlands and Collective brutality around. I was thinking cutting Lightning Bolt for Lightning Helix or Blessed Alliance as it also fixes the curve a bit and gives some life gain on the side.
I'm not too interested in the super friends package as I have a RW prison deck that's basically superfriends featuring Blood Moon and Chalice of the Void. I'll look into the Young Peeze and Mentor plan though, just wondering how good they are without cantrips to make free dudes.
As For why im so heavy on creature removal is that most on my local meta is very creature heavy with a tron and storm deck running around. Is the 3 damage from Anguished Unmaking always preferred over Utter End costing 1 more?
1 week ago
Blessed Alliance is a good sideboard card against burn and even death's shadow
1 week ago
Also, in aggro decks, I especially recommend running 2 - 4x Valorous Stance. That card's utility is way too good to pass up. Especially in a meta with Fatal Push. It will not block Path to Exile, but most people would probably try not to use those up right away. Instead of Mardu Charm, I would run Secure the Wastes, and for the most part Crackling Doom is kind of worthless in modern, unless you're going up against a control type deck.
Kolaghan's Command is almost a must if you can afford the price (since you got the colors I would put at least 2x in my SB). I bought 8 of them when they were selling for a buck, I knew that card was going to be broken.
- -3x Devoted Crop-Mate
- -4x Glory-Bound Initiate
- -2x Always Watching
- -2x Mardu Charm
- -3x Herald of Dromoka
- -1x Honored Crop-Captain
- -4x Nef-Crop Entangler
+3x Blood-Chin Rager
- +3x Valorous Stance
- +2x Secure the Wastes
- +3x Sorin, Solemn Visitor (Your main wincon with some board state)
- +4x Chief of the Edge
- +2x Battle Brawler
- +2x Path to Exile
- +1 or 2x Brutal Hordechief as a topper / alt win-con
- +1 or 2x Hero's Downfall
Maybe if you find space for it, a Mardu Strike Leader.
- -2x Mountain
- -4x Nomad Outpost
- +4x Battlefield Forge
- +4x Caves of Koilos
- +2x Mana Confluence or City of Brass
Total 22 lands since your CMC is so low. You also need some wincon finishers, Sorin, Solemn Visitor is my aggro planeswalker of choice here. He also pairs nice with the painlands, basically having you recover any early self-pain. You should definitely use some disruption, probably Thoughtseize in SB otherwise you are highly vulnerable to wipes. Something on the sideboard for drawing extra cards wouldn't hurt either, e.g. Painful Truths.
So, for the SB, I would add
Depending on how competitive your meta is, there's a few other things you might need to add in there.
The core of most warrior decks look extremely similar because those are generally the best warriors out there.
2 weeks ago
Sideboard cards: Stony Silence, Blessed Alliance, Kor Firewalker, Rest in Peace, Mirran Crusader, Linvala, Keeper of Silence, Grafdigger's Cage, Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, Thoughtseize, Zealous Persecution, Pithing Needle.