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If you would gain life, you gain twice that much life instead.
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Boon Reflection Discussion
3 weeks 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.
1 month 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!
2 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
2 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
2 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:
2 months ago
Anytime I see a Lifegain Deck without Boon Reflection I cry a little, because it's just so disgustingly disheartening to see my opponents gain disgusting amounts of life in one turn that then gets doubled.
I mean, it's bad enough watching an orzhov deck gain 10-15 life, but to watch them gain 20-30 or more is so much worse.
2 months ago
I run a token deck myself, and I use Boon Reflection in conjunction with Cradle of Vitality because it allows you to ramp up creatures to insane levels, especially with the amount of passive life gain. But you can also use it with Angelic Accord to ensure you hit 4 life gained per turn to get a 4/4 angel token.
That and with how insane it is with Elspeth Tirel means that you actually have enough lifegain in the deck to make Boon Reflection work. Especially if you're using something that gives all creatures lifelink, OR you can use it to double the amount of cards you draw with Well of Lost Dreams
2 months ago
I'd suggest swapping something out for Boon Reflection or a similar effect. Would mean Anointer priest provides 2 life per token, easily allowing you to actually gain life off of pain lands.