Brisela, Voice of Nightmares
Legendary Creature — Eldrazi Angel
Flying, First Strike, Vigilance, Lifelink
Your opponent can't cast spells with converted mana cost 3 or less.
Brisela, Voice of Nightmares Discussion
4 days ago
Delta-117, Your question about Noxious Gearhulk got me thinking... Verdurous Gearhulk is a great card, but you're not really blowing out of the gate with tons of low-cost creatures, which is the best use for his counters.
That said, Verdurous Gearhulk does make the Ishkanah, Grafwidow spider tokens absolutely bonkers. It's a little slow, but an Ishkanah, Grafwidow followed by a Verdurous Gearhulk will be very hard to deal with. If you do decide to play 2x Verdurous Gearhulk, I'd go for 3x Ishkanah, Grafwidow as well.
What you said about Evolving Wilds to help trigger Revolt is not a bad idea, but Aether Revolt gave the Delirium decks an even better option: Renegade Map. Turn 1 was usually always Vessel of Nascency or Traverse the Ulvenwald with the goal of fixing your mana. However, artifact is usually the hardest type to hit in the GB Delirium Decks. T1 you play Renegade Map, T2 you crack the map, putting an artifact into the GY, tutor the land and play it untapped the same turn. No tempo loss like you can get with Evolving Wilds.
While Brisela, Voice of Nightmares is very powerful, it's usually very easy to kill Gisela, the Broken Blade before the meld. The decks that are good with Bruna, the Fading Light give her more targets than just Gisela, the Broken Blade. I actually lost a match once because I cast Bruna, the Fading Light and went for the meld rather than choosing Thalia, Heretic Cathar. My opponent was able to cast To the Slaughter and Gisela, the Broken Blade was the only target I could sacrifice. I still had the Bruna, the Fading Light, but on his turn he cast Ishkanah, Grafwidow which bought him enough time to find the answer for Bruna, the Fading Light and win.
Long story short: Gisela, the Broken Blade is too easily handled before the meld. But there is another 2WW spell that is even better for your 4-drop slot: Gideon, Ally of Zendikar. He's actually even better after the bannings. A T4 Emrakul, the Promised End is a stronger play than a T4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar no matter how you look at it. And Smuggler's Copter put him under a lot of early game pressure that all the Soldier Tokens in the world couldn't defend against.
What's even better is that Gideon, Ally of Zendikar doesn't die to Fatal Push. People are so in love with Fatal Push right now that they are changing a lot of their lists just to be able to use that very efficient removal spell with Revolt. As much as I love Gisela, the Broken Blade, Aether Revolt just made her that much easier to kill.
I don't mean to drone on too much. I made a copy of your list and made the changes I'm describing here so it's easier to see. Here's the link if you're interested: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/abzan-delirium-aer-copy-1/
1 week ago
With Emrakul, the Promised End being gone soon, I'm looking to perhaps try something a little different for my delirium deck to fill the void made by the loss of Emrakul, and so I was thinking of splashing white so that I can use Brisela, Voice of Nightmares. Or should I likely stick to the regular G/B delirium? As then I can simply throw in a Nissa, Vital Force, a second mainboard Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, a Decimator of the Provinces or a Verdurous Gearhulk(s)? Here is my original decklist, (Currently it just has the second Kalitas in). Please note that I'm not looking for help on this particular one, I'm simply sharing it as a contrast to my proposed, slightly different take on delirium. I will make updates to it if this is the one of these two that I choose to use.
SCORE: 7 | 15 COMMENTS | 1889 VIEWS | IN 2 FOLDERS
Anyways here is the new deck being mentioned that I'm thinking of as a better possible alternative:
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I'm simply looking for feedback on which seems to be the more viable choice going forward, as I want to play with this deck for quite some time now as I only recently finished it and now I'm losing my Emrakul when I had planned on keeping them for clearly a long time yet, however changes are now necessary as that was clearly my best endgame.
1 week ago
There is also a case to be made for Brisela, Voice of Nightmares I think.
1 week ago
I'm still trying to figure out what to do with my now finished delirium deck, I was literally going to play it at the next Fnm was the plan, but that's not possible unfortunately now as standard wasn't occurring until the week after Aether Revolt releases and so I don't even get to play the deck in its current finished form sadly. I must now make changes to make up for no Enrakul, and I was wondering what might be best from what I stated below?
I kind of would have preferred if they only restricted Emrakul, the Promised End to just 1 copy rather than an outright ban. As then I could just continue to use my mainboard Emrakul in G/B delirium and not even have had to use my extra that was in the sideboard which thankfully I didn't buy the second one for the sideboard yet. Although maybe I can hope they will change their mind if conditions in standard they feel are right later on and let Enrakul be unbanned rather than remain so until Eldritch moon rotates. All they would then need to do is either print more answers or something to accommodate. I'm sure they could even tie it into to the story somehow if you recall Emrakul was sealed within the moon at the end of Eldritch Moon if you recall the magic story as they were too 'powerful.' Even this line from "The Promised End" of the magic story might hint towards this:
"Jace sat for a longer time still. He looked again at the moon in its silver luminescence, the glyph still brightly inscribed on its surface, a testament to what the Gatewatch had achieved. In that moon's depths was the most powerful and destructive force any of them had ever encountered. The angel's words stabbed in his head, daggers from a destiny unrealized. This is all wrong. I am incomplete, unfulfilled, inchoate. There should be blossoms, not barren resentment. The soil was not receptive. It is not my time. Not yet.His spine was cold. It is not my time. Not yet. He dropped his gaze from the moon, and went in search of a safe bed to find temporary oblivion."
Just thought I would share this as I found it interesting, and it would in fact be amusing if they were to unban Emrakul sometime in a future set. Although it probably more likely would be a new card I unfortunately suspect and will be quite some time from now before they bring back the Eldrazi in a new block.
Now back to what I originally was saying however, was that even though that ban was primarily aimed at hurting the Aetherworks decks it unfortunately affected the now lesser played delirium decks still around like that of mine unfortunately as a result. I might either start using Decimator of the Provinces, Verdurous Gearhulk(s), a second mainboard Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet or a Nissa, Vital Force moved from the sideboard to the main deck to replace Emrakul. Although I might even give Brisela, Voice of Nightmares a try if do end up splashing white for Abzan delirium. Any idea of what sounds the most plausible? I'm definitely going to use Yahenni's expertise at the least from Aether Revolt and I will now require a new sideboard but for now I'm just going to be concerned about the mainboard 60 cards. Anyways any and all suggestions for replacements would be appreciated and I would like to note I even went ahead and done up an Abzan delirium decklist already that is on my profile already.However I have kept the old G/B one too as I'm not quite sure what would be best yet.
1 week ago
I have updated this deck with some of the cards I had originally wanted to put in - notably, Kamahl, Fist of Krosa, Melira, Sylvok Outcast and Hushwing Gryff. I also added some cards that work well together such as Sigarda, Heron's Grace and Archetype of Endurance. I am considering the Brisela, Voice of Nightmares combo since it is tutorable with my general and shuts things down pretty well with Iona, Shield of Emeria and Gaddock Teeg. This deck has performed well every time I have played it, but it needs to take off quickly if it's going to have a chance against more aggressive control. Comments?
3 weeks ago
Thank for the great comments JMCraig
Hero's Downfall seems a reasonable cut, I can usually output enough damage against a planeswalker, if needed.
Mortify definitely less priority, but semi-utility with creature or enchantment. Could be a tutor.
Return to Dust I find the 2 for 1 threat removal, and Instant cast if necessary, is handy. Only because it exiles. Most Commanders run a variety of enchantments / artifact, example: Purphoros, God of the Forge. Anguished Unmaking can handle it, but at 1 for 1 and added cost. Lower on my eval list.
Utter End I like the utility, but very expensive at CMC 4. Could be draw.
What happens with my control is cyclical, I find that I have too much control, remove a bunch, and then find I can't manage others plans. So then I add back, but then stall myself. I agree, the current build I've found I have too much control. Need to remove one or two of them.
Admonition Angel was in my original build, and it is an all-star. It is in my binder still. I removed it when my dual-trigger lands came out, like Terramorphic Expanse and Boros Garrison. It still triggers with Arid Mesa. If I remove 2 controls I'll definitely try it again, one of my favorite angels. Good call.
Steelshaper's Gift continually over performs, a Lightning Greaves with Haste and Shroud for 0 equip, eliminates all the removal / control problems that Kaalia of the Vast encounters. I consider it a CMC3 Lightning Greaves. Late in the game I have so few equipment cards, I've though about adding 1 more equipment. Whenever I see it in my opening hand, I know I'm usually on a Turn 4 or Turn 5 win attempt. Without it i'm slower by 1 or 2 turns. I've evaluated it long enough to know it's good. It's narrow, but gets me the one card I care about most.
Stoneforge Mystic has been on the bubble for me for some time. I think I'll sub her out for something else.
Archangel Avacyn Flip I've found statistically, because of her Flash, can save Kaalia of the Vast or in other cases, more valuable angels like Gisela, Blade of Goldnight. The number of times she kills vs. protects has made her useful. In most cases I keep her in my hand waiting for a response to counter mass removal or a high value target. She is an Angel so can trigger if needed for free cast, or evades a blocker for a turn. I'll attack with Kaalia of the Vast free drop an angel, and then Flash cast Archangel Avacyn Flip to make Kaalia of the Vast indestructible and maintain board position. Boros Charm is better, Avacyn, Angel of Hope of course, but she is also handy so far that i've found.
Austere Command I won't argue. It's been borderline for a while.
Whip of Erebos let's me trigger Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker combo in various ways. Plus I need the Lifelink when using my Maralen of the Mornsong synergy. It works good for my deck. I can pull a Karmic Guide or a Restoration Angel or Etc. quite a few different looks.
Entreat the Angels has been less valuable since the mulligan changes, but I've found an early miracle entreat increases my aggro curve by 1 turn, and it doesn't hurt me later. I've been on the fence with it though.
Brisela, Voice of Nightmares, Yes I've tried, Yes she is awesome. But Bruna, the Fading Light is SO BAD it ruins it. Several games I found Bruna, the Fading Light and was functionally useless for me in almost all circumstances. I found I don't need Brisela, Voice of Nightmares to win, but I've found I hate a Bruna, the Fading Light lol. So I don't know what to do with her.
Platinum Angel is annoying because it is so small, doesn't help me. If I'm losing it's because I'm playing 4/4 CMC 7 angels more than likely. But in some situations I get it shes good. I don't know what to do with him either.
Thanks for all the awesome insightful comments, going to pickup the cards tomorrow and try them out.
1 month ago
Going with your angel theme i really feel like you want to add Karmic Guide and Linvala, the Preserver. Your decks major weakness is going to be to aggressive strategies -Linvala can help shore that up by being 2 bodies for 1 cost and gain you life very easily. Karmic guide buying you back something that's died (because your stuff will be killed since its large and threatening) might be a good way to go.
I would also consider Defy Death as nice little on theme spell.
You currently only have 3 humans in the deck so Angelic Overseer might not be very good for you.
I would also consider adding Bruna, the Fading Light and Gisela, the Broken Blade simply because one reanimates something for you, the other is good early game and their Meld side is still an angel ;) Brisela, Voice of Nightmares
Quicksilver Amulet might be another worthwhile inclusion just to help make your stuff uncounterable and in alot of cases much cheaper
1 month ago
Geo67, I see your point with Selfless Spirit over Archangel Avacyn Flip, but with the matchups I've been playtesting against, Selfless Spirit doesn't do as much justice (heh) as Archangel Avacyn Flip, being a creature that can protect against my opponent's removal/board wipes and a beater, but I see what you were thinking. Furthermore, I can bring her back with Not Forgotten.
Isolation Zone has proved its worth in hundreds of matches, in my opinion. It takes care of Brisela, Voice of Nightmares with one little spell, and it takes out enchantments as well. Plus, it doesn't die to Natural State, while Stasis Snare not only just targets creatures, but also dies to Natural State AND Fragmentize. Stasis Snare has flash, but the resilience of Isolation Zone is what drew me to it.