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Creature — Kithkin Wizard
Protection from red
Sacrifice Burrenton Forge-Tender: Prevent all damage a red source of your choice would deal this turn.
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Burrenton Forge-Tender Discussion
1 week ago
You should probably cut Magma Jet for playsets of Lightning Bolt and Lightning Helix. You should also go up to a full 4 Blasphemous Act since that is your combo piece. Pariah is a good idea but like all enchantments is open to a blowout so you really need to find the right window to resolve it. What I have experienced in my games is that you'll want at least a couple Pyroclasm in the main to clear early aggression if trading one for one with your burn spells are not cutting it (you'd also want to save the burn spells to throw at their face to get them down to 13 life).
My own take on the deck was to have full playsets of Burrenton Forge-Tender and Kor Firewalker in the main with a bunch of boardwipes. The higher creature count also let me cast Blasphemous Act more easily against creatureless decks such as Tron and combo.
2 weeks ago
My only issue with Aether Vial is the idea that it's not always going to be in the opener. Even when it is in our opener, I'm not a large fan of the idea of waiting for 5 turns.
2 weeks ago
Thanks for the feedback!
I can certainly understand skepticism, but in my experience, they've actually been really helpful. Being an anthem that triggers Champions and Lieutenants has been pretty huge, and just the potential to go into grindier games with the flip side has actually won me a few games. I do prefer it over Hanweir Militia Captain Flip: while I can easily get 4 creatures, the only time it actually flips is a time that I'm already winning, and a time that Mayor of Avabruck Flip would be useful. I could definitely see Ghost Quarters being helpful, but I feel that in order to hit my WW costs consistently enough I can't really add more than 1 more colorless producing land in that scenario.
Definitely have been playing around with cards in the sideboard to improve my midrange matchup, Mirran Crusader being one of them. I've actually been leaning more towards Ranger of Eos because it is generally more effective against Grixis lists and can be great in conjunction with Burrenton Forge-Tender and Thraben Inspector, but what are your thoughts on the matter?
3 weeks ago
Your creature matchup should already be pretty good, so I think control and combo should be more of a concern to you. This means you have to play creatures who can stop opponent's counterspells (or Fogs or Cryptic Commands, etc.) or creatures who are resilient to removal (if you are facing Jund or Grixis, for instance). This brings to mind Grand Abolisher and Knight of the Holy Nimbus respectively. Now, I know they are not of the Soldier subtype, but bringing in 2 of each in place of the 4 Elite Inquisitor wouldn't hurt too much. You can try 4 Abolisher if you face more control or 4 Holy Nimbus if you face more removal. Elite Inquisitor is excellent in a creature matchup, but you are already favored there. He also already has first strike so all he's getting from Field Marshal is +1/+1.
Also, you certainly should shore up your control/combo matchup in your sideboard. I won't object to the Stony Silence and Rest in Peace as they are excellent answers to a variety of decks. You can mainboard the 2 Ghost Quarter without too much trouble, I think, and especially if you run Flagstones of Trokair as well. Revoke Existence is an odd choice, since giving up the instant speed of Disenchant is non trivial. What indestructible artifact/enchantment worries you? Leyline of Sanctity is great against discard effects, but if you have it there for Burn I'd say Kor Firewalker or Burrenton Forge-Tender is better (also protects against certain boardwipes). I would imagine that Blessed Alliance is there mostly for Infect and Bogles, since the other modes are not going to be used as much as the sacrifice effect?
Therefore, I would recommend one more Thalia, Guardian of Thraben and some number of Mana Tithe in the sideboard to help with the control and combo matchups. Stopping a turn 3 Anger of the Gods or a turn 4 Wrath of God or Cryptic Command is key.
Please do share what matchups have been giving you the most problems!
3 weeks ago
So I started out with a modern green build, also using the Joraga Warcaller + Immaculate Magistrate combo. It was a good combo, but it's too slow to be effective in modern. By the time you get Joraga Warcaller and Immaculate magistrate out and ready to combo off with, the person sitting across from you (if they're playing modern competitive) will have their pieces ready to win as well. And will probably still win faster than you. I think of that combo as a kitchen table combo because that's generally the place where it would be most effective. It's easily torn up in a competitive setting.
Elves is about ramping up, getting massive board presence, and swinging for the win with an overrun effect like Ezuri, Renegade Leader has. Or if you can just keep swinging at someone till they die, that works too. Board clears are always really hard for elves. However, it's why I run green white so I have a decent chance at saving my board. Burrenton Forge-Tender does that wonderfully, and most people never expect it. I've won some really close games because of that card.
1 month ago
@WhisperingBlade Thanks for the response! I really enjoy the suggestions and will give them a try. In my local meta the extra life gain that Kor Firewalker gives me has been great since I tend to see more direct player damage burn than creature removal. If I take out a Brave the Elements for a Mana Tithe though I can see Burrenton Forge-Tender being more valuable as it will give me more options of protection.
Speaking of Mana Tithe I am very excited to try this card out. I am somewhat new to the modern scene and had no idea if this card was reliable or not in the format. Very glad to hear it is as I love the look on people's face when I pull out a Withering Boon in commander games and Mana Tithe has the same shine to it.
Can't wait to pick up a couple copies of these cards.
1 month ago
Hey, very cool list! I think that Well of Lost Dreams is some super spicy tech for lasting against control and attrition. One suggestion I'd say you should think about Burrenton Forge-Tender over Kor Firewalker in the sideboard (although I understand that the Firewalker can be based on personal preference or a meta call). Forge-Tender can let you protect your board as extra, proactive Brave the Elements effects against cards like Anger of the Gods.
If you want to have a fun card to play with that has actually done work for me in my white weenie list, I would recommend dropping a Brave the Elements for 1 Mana Tithe. Mana Tithe has won me games on its own, and it is definitely strong. While it may not be a very strong card on its own, it is a great mindgame to play on your opponent, and can affect their decision making games 2 and 3 (even if you sideboard the card out). It can also potentially catch some of the stuff that you otherwise can't deal with (for example, my deck struggles against cards like Ensnaring Bridge, so Mana Tithe can get crazy). When your opponent also believes that you can't interact with your win condition, whether it be a control deck, combo deck, or just an insane play like Become Immense in Infect, this can blow them out (and has on multiple occasions for me). Plus, there is no better feeling than seeing the look on peoples' faces.
Let me know what you think, good luck on the brew!