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Brave the Elements
Choose a color. White creatures you control gain protection from the chosen color until end of turn.
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Brave the Elements Discussion
2 days ago
Soul Sisters isn't quite Rush and it can act like swarm if it has to. Usually it hits with 6/6 Flying Lifelink Turn 2 or swings with a 5/5 Ajani's Pridemate Turn 3 depending on the initial draw. Whitemane Lion shouldn't really be considered as a creature. Its more like a White Swan Song except I get the 2/2. It and Brave the Elements are there to dodge removal and the lion also has good interactions with Oketra's Monument and Soul Warden during the opponent's end step. Archangel of Thune is outside of my curve but if I add in another couple of lands it might be a good finisher.
I've tried using a fourth copy of Martyr of Sands. Its good as 4-of in Martyr Proc, but Soul Sisters style decks have less gas so its a dead draw after turn two.
The Arid mesas are strictly there for thinning the deck. Originally it would have been 4 x Flagstones of Trokair, but the current Legend Rule only destroys 1 not both so its the same net. They can probably afford to go.
Good Catch on the Lone Rider Flips I don't remember why they were there originally. They're a nonbo with Honor of the Pure and I've never actually sided them in since I built this deck. Rest in Peace is sounds like a pretty good call too depending on the meta. Guessing its to hose Grim Lavamancer, Snapcaster, Tarmagoyf, and Delve?
3 days ago
I'm not sure if Soul Sisters is meant to be a swarm and rush type of deck, which looks like what your deck is shaping up to be (with Oketra's Monument and to a lesser extent Whitemane Lion, as well as Brave the Elements). If you are looking to go large, you can consider some copies of Archangel of Thune and then just scrap the whole Monument/Lion package altogether.
I would also suggest, since you are playing Martyr of Sands in the first place, just play 4 copies of her. You always want the best possible chance to see her early. Ajani's Pridemate is likely to be your biggest beater too, so you should also play 4 of him. You can consider some copies of Auriok Champion as a better Soul Sister and she is much cheaper now too.
Not really sure why you have two random fetchlands in the list as well? Also, I think you can take out the 4 Lone Rider Flips in the sideboard because in what matchup do you think they fare better than any of your existing creatures, and what would you take them out for? I would rather you put in some Rest in Peace or something, you don't have any graveyard hate at all.
5 days ago
+1! Seems pretty fun and tuned fairly similarly to my deck, Cocaine in terms of creature numbers and removal spells.
I like Fumigate a lot as wrath. If you're going to lose all your creatures because an opponent has the upper hand, gaining a bunch of life at the same time seems worth the 5CMC.
1 week ago
Lowering the average cost of the deck will most likely streamline it.
3 weeks ago
Oh right you are, Righteous Confluence ain't legal. Whoops.
I'm not saying to replace Gideon with History. I'm saying that if you like Gideon (and you rightfully do), then there's no reason that you shouldn't like History as well. Curving History into ANY of your other 3 or 4 drops is a crazy play-line because then they can swing in with +2/+1 on the following turn.
This deck really wants to win (or close to it) by turn 5. It's not quite aggro enough to win on turn 4, so turn 5 is the prime target. Given that timeline, History of Benalia is the perfect turn 3 play because it makes your turn 5 insanely explosive.
- Turn 2: Metallic Mimic or Accorder Paladin
- Turn 3: History of Benalia
- Turn 4: Gideon, Ally of Zendikar or Silverblade Paladin
- Turn 5: Knight Exemplar or Silverblade Paladin with Brave the Elements
This playline threatens upwards of 30 unblockable power on turn 5. History and Gideon alone threaten 17, while History and Silverblade threaten 20. You can't get anywhere near those numbers without History of Benalia. That card is an absolute house.
3 weeks ago
Upvote into triple digits! Congrats on the awesome deck!
I'm working on my own version of this deck and I have a couple thoughts:
I'm a bit baffled why you aren't considering History of Benalia. That card is a house. It's essentially 2/3rds of Gideon, Ally of Zendikar for one fewer mana. Brave the Elements is unreal with History because you can make them unblockable for the big attack step. People obviously see the attack coming, but you can usually bait out their removal by saying "move to combat", then responding with Brave the Elements FTW.
What do you think about Righteous Confluence as a 1-of curve topper? Obviously not ideal CMC, but the effect is quite flexible and can refill your board in a single turn.
1 month ago
Hello! I like your list, I play a couple variations of Brago myself and absolutely love him. I do have a couple of suggestions that might help.
I'd consider removing these cards:
Tsabo's Web - It's an okay stax card, but it just doesn't do enough to warrant a slot IMO. I would much rather run a tutor or a harder stax/hate piece here.
Voltaic Key - If you were running Grim Monolith and/or Mana Vault I would better understand why this is in here, but as it is it doesn't do much. I ran this in an early version of Brago, I swapped it out for Rings of Brighthearth for infinite mana instead.
Brave the Elements - This is neat and cheap to cast, but is too niche IMO. I would rather run either another counterspell to stop my board from being wiped, or something like Eerie Interlude to bypass it.
Dragonlord Ojutai - This is SUPER slow. I used to run Cloudblazer Which is similar, but I swapped that out recently for Curator's Ward for the same draw + Brago protection, which has worked with decent success.
Inquisitor Exarch - I absolutely love this card, I ordered a foil version as soon as I saw it. Unfortunately, it doesn't do anything unless you're going infinite with Strionic, at which point you should already be winning the game anyway.
I'd consider changing:
Rishadan Brigand - I agree that this is super strong. However, it's very expensive to cast. This card has the strongest version of this effect which is wonderful, however if your plan with this is to go infinite with Strionic Resonator, it's better to run Rishadan Cutpurse instead. (Maybe you could throw in Rishadan Footpad too for backup, why not!)
Authority of the Consuls - Entering tapped effects are wonderful, but this is by far the weakest version. I would reccomend swapping this out for Blind Obedience so it hits artifacts too, plus you can tutor for this from Muddle the Mixture, OR for the ultimate lock with Stasis, swap it for Frozen AEther/Kismet.
Take a look at my deck lists when you get a chance, I'm happy to discuss!