Creature — Minotaur Wizard
Whenever Boros Reckoner is dealt damage, it deals that much damage to target creature or player.R/W: Boros Reckoner gains first strike until end of turn.
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Boros Reckoner Discussion
3 days ago
No Boros Reckoner? Even just one or two can help you close out the game in a turn. :)
You can also consider a Stormbreath Dragon for the sideboard; it's really good against Jeskai Control, Junk, etc.
3 days ago
Not sure I like 4 MB Molten Rain. Tron is a hard match-up for Skred, but I think your mainboard should be better tuned for other decks. I feel like they could easily be replaced with Boros Reckoner, which is better against more of the metagame.
4 days ago
Hey Arthsi. If you're going Boros colours then 4 x lightning bolt probably need to be mainboard. Also the flexibility of Boros Charm or Temur Battle Rage for double strike (or the protection off charm). I'd also look at Lightning Helix. Skullcrack and Smash to Smithereens are good sideboard tech. Sorry if people have mentioned before.
And as people have said, Path to Exile is arguably the best removal in modern, while also triggering prowess.
Sme4 on What is it
6 days ago
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Sorry for bursting your bubble but last I checked none of those are standard legal. :)
1 week ago
KaraZorEl: There are several token-makers that create sacrifice fodder, but actually I don't have a heavy sacrifice theme in this deck (for reference, consider my Beggars and Kings: Meren EDH). Plus, many of my creatures sacrifice themselves. I only need one death trigger to flip Avacyn.
What do you mean by "draw excel"? I have as much draw as I could reasonably manage (without slower artifacts like Mind's Eye). I don't have much creature search, true, but that's also a thing that Boros colors don't have much of. All of the artifact options (Citanul Flute and Planar Portal come to mind) are too slow to be useful here.
With all due respect, I don't think you understand how a Voltron deck functions :) I can't "dump the equipment aspect entirely"; I wouldn't have a deck left if I did so. It's the core of my deck - the aggro plan is secondary.
And finally, you're right that counterspells are bit of a problem here. I side in Red Elemental Blast and Pyroblast when I'm playing heavy control - can you think of anything else to address this problem? I haven't had anyone steal my commander yet, but if it becomes a large problem I'll add in Brand and Homeward Path.
linuk: The High Market is one of the cards that might be cut soon, but it's there to make sure I can always have a creature die when I want to. Also, its lesser purpose is to kill Avacyn in response to an opponent attempting to steal her. You're right that it's a weak link, though, and I might just switch it for a basic or a shock.
ToolmasterOfBrainerd: Thank you for taking the time to leave such a long comment! I've made some large changes since you left your comment, however, so a few of your points have already been addressed. My response is split into "paragraphs" below:
I've never seen Reverent Mantra before, and that's a very interesting card (especially since I could burn a tutor or something late-game to cast it for free). I have several copies of Brave the Elements sitting around, and I'll try fitting on in for a little while. It has one big advantage over RM, which is that I can use it to shield my creatures from Avacyn's flip without shielding my opponents' creatures as well.
The big reason Fanatical Devotion is in here is twofold: first, as you identified, only half of my creatures die to Avacyn's wipe rather than all of them. However, it also protects my commander (or whichever creature is suited up) from Wrath of God and friends. That being said, you're right that it's seemed underwhelming recently - it's another of the cards I'm thinking about cutting. Plus, for its job, Mark of Asylum and Martyr's Cause usually do the trick better.
Boros Reckoner came out because 1) nobody attacks with big things in my meta (if they can be blocked, at least), 2) 3 damage to a player is small in EDH, and 3) Repercussion does it better anyway. I had a few silly moments with Blasphemous Act, but honestly that's too janky even for me.
I'm not interested to switching into Snow-Covered lands, mostly because the lands in my deck are really pretty IRL (yes, yes, I care about that). However, my Zada deck (Red Scare: Zada EDH) could definitely use a Snow-Covered Mountain upgrade, so thanks for reminding me.
Demonmail Hauberk has actually proven its worth again and again (I was surprised too): 1) it's a HUGE power boost for my commander and often pushes her into OHKO range, and 2) it can flip her at sorcery speed when I need to wipe the board. However, you're correct that Hero's Blade and Neglected Heirloom Flip have been less than stellar, and I actually took them out recently. I also got my hands on a Champion's Helm and a Wheel of Fortune, which replaced them. It plays really smoothly with the current build, which I like.
The only problem now is that I sometimes don't have enough power boosters. The magic number is 11 power on Avacyn, because I can kill in one hit with double strike or Inquisitor's Flail. If I manage to get a power quadrupler (such as a double IF or an IF and double strike), I only need to get her to 6 power.
Nahiri, the Lithomancer was also in the first physical draft (before I put it up on T/O). She just...didn't do enough. Her +2 was rarely relevant (because I usually don't want to move my equipment around), her -2 was just okay (my equipment is cheap, and hopefully not dead), and her -10 was unreachable. Plus she'd get punched to death pretty quickly. I've been considering putting her back in, especially since I now added Argentum Armor, but I haven't decided yet.
Reveillark is a great card, and might have a place here. However, I have three complaints. First, it can't hit a few important creatures like Magus of the Wheel (who is just amazing, btw). Second, it's at 5 mana, which is a space I try to reserve for my commander in an aggressive deck. Third, Sun Titan already kind of does the job (though redundancy is always nice). I'll consider it (though $9 is a lot for an "I'll consider"...)
Mana Geyser has caused me headaches before (man, I wish it added W instead of R!) but when it works, it WORKS. Having WW(Rx20) should win the game on the spot, heh: it'll often go Mana Geyser on T6 into "empty my hand, equip everything, swing to kill". I might be persuaded to cut it, but there are other cards I'd get rid of first. It's expensive (mana-wise) but extremely consistent: I've never had it give me less than 12 mana (since I play mostly in 4-5 person pods).
And finally, it's ironic, but almost all of the aggressive cards you mentioned were in here but got removed eventually (with the exception of Brimaz). I thought they'd be good too, but they each turned out to have problems.
In order: Tajic, Blade of the Legion had no evasion and always got chumped - and I'm not playing many evasion equipment because my commander has inherent flying. Iroas, God of Victory was good, but took up my T4 without contributing any power or damage (I might re-add him, though - he's under consideration). Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran has a small effect for 5 mana IMHO (compare to Jor Kadeen, who made the cut). Knight of the White Orchid was difficult to cast T2, and less useful afterwards. Balefire Liege was great for pumping everything, but I'm not casting enough WR spells to get value off of his second half (and again he takes a slot at 5 mana). And I haven't tried Brimaz, King of Oreskos yet...maybe I will...
Wow. That was...a longer comment than I intended. Thanks to everyone for their input again! :)
1 week ago
Please take a look at my binder, and let me know if you're interested in making a trade.
1 week ago
I'm looking to finish up my Skred list to potentially take to an SCG Open in June, so here are the things I'm missing.
2x Blood Moon
Check out my binder and please let me know if you're interested in making a trade.
Side note: I'm also looking for some pieces of UWR Control (Path, Keranos, Helix, etc), so if extra value is needed, those are some of the things I might need.
1 week ago
Very well thought-out deck. However, to me, the balance seems a little off. In your description, you said that this deck is intended to switch off between aggro and voltron. Cool concept, and I can see it working really well, but I worry about your ability to aggro players down with this deck. It seems too light on creatures to effectively do that. Most of your creatures are designed to have utility, such as destroying artifacts or burning flyers or ramping, but I think you ought to have a few more that can help with the beatdown plan.
I would definitely add both Brave the Elements and Reverent Mantra to this deck. Most of your attacking creatures are white, so getting protection from most anything prevents players from blocking, allowing you to swing for a big lethal attack on the aggro side of things. For voltron, they're equally effective as well.
Fanatical Devotion seems underwhelming. I get that it allows you to sacrifice with precision and to keep all your creatures alive through an Avacyn flip, but I think it's subpar to the other options you already have and you don't want to be playing too many of these kinds of cards.
Some of the equipments in here seem underwhelming. Demonmail Hauberk, Hero's Blade, and Neglected Heirloom Flip strike me as especially underwhelming. If more swords of x and y, Jitte, and Batterskull are too expensive, maybe try something like Darksteel Plate, Fireshrieker, or Champion's Helm?
Reveillark seems like a great utility creature for this deck because when Avacyn flips, you get to rebuild that much faster. Something like Rally the Ancestors could be absurd too. You flip avacyn EOT their turn, small stuff dies, then on your turn you cast Rally to get back a pile of utility, since most of your small creatures can get a lot of value off in that 1 turn that they're alive. Not sure if you run enough creatures to get enough off of Rally, but I do think you should be running more creatures anyway.
Mana Geyser seems expensive and inconsistent, but maybe not.
To help the aggro plan, Tajic, Blade of the Legion, Iroas, God of Victory, Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran, Knight of the White Orchid, Balefire Liege and Brimaz, King of Oreskos are all pretty aggressive and effective creatures.
I hope I was able to help given how long it took me to actually post this. Sorry again for the wait, but the deck looks super interesting. Good luck getting to be the top Avacyn deck on the site!
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