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Boon Reflection Discussion
1 week ago
Have you thought about Serra Avatar, or Felidar Sovereign? Those are always fun in life-gain decks, especially with cards like Rhox Faithmender or Boon Reflection- not to mention crazy shenanigans with Aetherflux Resivour.
4 weeks ago
Angelic Accord Can make you an army of flyers that avoid most of red x wipes.
Balefire Liege Mini Firesong & Sunspeaker
Take what you want. I am making a Firesong Sunspeaker deck too Burn Alive if you want more ideas.
1 month ago
Good to see more cleric tribal! I definitely understand the appeal of drain effects as I have toyed with the idea a few times, lots of mana and Debt to the Deathless is a great way to bring an end to a game. One thing I would recommend from my personal experience is to try and not drop below 36 lands, especially as two of them wont produce mana without Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth leaving you with only 32 lands that are helpful in an opening hand without the benefit of mana dorks like elf tribal has, leaving you wanting badly for mana. Some life drain synergies you might consider are Test of Endurance and Aetherflux Reservoir, bonus if you use Children of Korlis with it. I would also use Caged Sun over Magus of the Coffers since it does not require the lands to be swamps to net you more mana, also you might try Alhammarret's Archive instead of Boon Reflection since it will also net you more off card draw. I look forward to seeing how you evolve the deck. +1
As a side note it occurs to me that if you reanimate Angel of Glory's Rise with Whip of Erebos and then exile it with Fiend Hunter you get around that annoying permanent exile clause... Might have to see if I can exploit that in my own deck.
3 months ago
Plague of Vermin and Phyrexian Processor are great ways to use the life you gain for additional board-presence. Using Children of Korlis with it allows you to have no downside to the heavy life cost.
Toxic Deluge is a useful board-wipe
Boon Reflection, Rhox Faithmender and Alhammarret's Archive allow for double life-gain.
Awe Strike is a great way to gain life when you have a large attack on you.
Blood Celebrant allows for mana diversity when you are missing a color.
3 months ago
Okay- lets get you set up.
Your commander is cool, and his main thing going for him is providing constant removal. His main downside is his mana cost and the fact that he costs 9 mana the second time you cast him. Personally I would use Vona, Butcher of Magan to have better removal and a lower cost. Don't worry about her life loss- you start at 40 and have the two best colors for lifegain.
You're creatures look really good, but I would use only vampires, (although leave Crypt Ghast in because he's awesome, and only keep Ulamog in there if you have mill in your playgroup). Other than that, throw out the non vamp creatures (should be 2 of them) and add in Sanctum Seeker and Necropolis Regent.
You do have some weaker vampires that could use some tweaking. Dark Impostor and Falkenrath Noble are fun, but require too much effort to really impact the board. Thief of Blood can also mess up your board. I would replace these with Liliana of the Dark Realms, Sorin, Solemn Visitor, and Sorin, Grim Nemesis.
One of the advantages of playing Black White is your access to enchantments. You're missing a few staples, including Exquisite Blood (To go infinite with Sanguine Bond), Phyrexian Arena, and Axis of Mortality goes very very well with Vona. I would get rid of some boardwipes to make room. Can't forget the classic Ghostly Prison as well.
Your removal is powerful, but much too expensive. I would take out Iona's Judgment, Grisly Spectacle, Pillory of the Sleepless and Mindcrank to make room for Path to Exile, Anguished Unmaking, Vindicate and Unmake.
If you find that the loss of life is too much, I would take out Trepanation Blade and Oversold Cemetery and Anowon, the Ruin Sage to fit in Sanguine Sacrament, Debt to the Deathless, and Boon Reflection
For your mana base, watch the video linked and follow his instruction. Tolarian is one of the best mtg sources available. Click here
Hope this helps, good luck!
4 months ago
And here are nonland suggestions, as well as thought process. Pick and choose which ones you like.
1x Alhammarret's Archive - makes Oloro even better at what he does: drawing cards and gaining life
1x Austere Command - a staple board wipe that's very cheap right now and very good against every deck in our meta
1x Azorius Signet - ramp
1x Blind Obedience - lifegain and it's very good against gishath and inalla
1x Boon Reflection - doubles lifegain
1x Chasm Skulker - tokens and combos with all the card draw you have
1x Chromatic Lantern - ramp and fixing, basically a must-have in every 3+ color deck. It is expensive though, so if you skip out on it I can't blame you
1x Crested Sunmare - triggers at the end of every turn, so it won't be long before you have an army of 5/5 indestructible horses
1x Cyclonic Rift - the best blue card in the format
1x Dimir Signet - ramp
1x Drogskol Reaver - it's like an Oloro that doesn't make you pay mana!
1x Exsanguinate - this can easily gain you 20-25 life, and in that case it's only for 7 mana. Flexible enough to be a small spell to get you a bit of life or a kill spell
1x Fact or Fiction - More card draw!
1x Luminarch Ascension - I know how much you love angels, and this is also a very viable win condition. Also good for Zur
1x Merciless Eviction - probably the best board wipe. It's good against K+T, it's good against Inalla, it's good against Meren.
1x Necropotence - this card is gross and at its cheapest ever right now. The "downside" of paying life doesn't even matter in your deck. Just make sure you don't overdraw! Which is why I suggested Thought Vessel as a replacement for some other ramp pieces just in case
1x Orzhov Signet - ramp
1x Rhox Faithmender - doubling effect. Imagine you have this out and 50 life and you cast Beacon of Immortality, you'd go straight to 150. And that's conservative for the amount of life you'll have by the time you can cast Beacon.
1x Sphinx's Revelation - draws cards and gains life
1x Swords to Plowshares - you have a lot of removal, but sometimes you need something for one mana
4 months ago
Add Mana Crypt, Imperial Seal, Demonic Tutor, Vampiric Tutor, Enlightened Tutor, Chrome Mox, Gemstone Caverns, Ancient Tomb, Swords to Plowshares, more signets and Fellwar Stone, remove all "enter the battlefield tapped" lands, aside from probably Hall of the Bandit Lord (which you are missing too). Academy Rector can be useful to assemble your combo faster.
To maybe then start calling the deck "semi-competitive".
Cards to cut because they are too slow or work against your own deck somehow:
- Blazing Archon too fat
- Bruna, the Fading Light too fat
- Defiant Bloodlord too fat
- Humility breaks half of your own deck
- Boon Reflection too overkill on gaining life.
- Curse of Vitality too costy for what it does
- Ghostly Prison gainning life you likely won't need extra protection
- Leyline of Sanctity too narrow of a utility for the cost
There are many more that could be cut but those stand out as very bad choices, if you like such heavy creatures perhaps you should include a reanimator sub-theme to the deck.
t3hdarkness on Life
4 months ago
Your deck shares some superficial similarities to my Get a Life, Licia
Since the Act of gaining Life is more important than how much life you gain and since most of your creatures are very small with almost no recursion, and your commander is targeted removal on a stick, I would take out some of the field wipes, removal, and mana rocks.
If you want specifics: