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Clifftop Retreat enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Mountain or a Plains.
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Clifftop Retreat Discussion
1 month ago
Hey, looks good for a first version.
Some card draw options to consider adding:
I consider all these low mana cost instants staples for Feather.
Other cards to consider adding within this deck's budget:
- Command Tower
- Battlefield Forge
- Rugged Prairie
- Mistveil Plains : put instants back into your library and then cast them again with Sunforger.
- Clifftop Retreat
- Inspiring Vantage
- Talisman of Conviction : two drop Boros mana rock.
- Knight of the White Orchid : two drop land ramp who can search for one of Foundry, Mistveil or Plains and put it onto the battlefield.
- Guttersnipe : each time you cast an instant/sorcery this does 2 damage to each opponent; each opponent, that's powerful.
- Open the Armory : tutor for one of Boots, Sunforger, Helm or Sword.
- Seize the Day : extra combat step spell that has interaction with Feather's ability since it targets a creature.
Cards to consider cutting:
- Boros Guildgate
- 5x Mountains
- Lightning Greaves
- Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran
- Aurelia, Exemplar of Justice
- Odric, Master Tactician
- Squee, the Immortal
- Truefire Captain
- Astral Steel
- Star of Extinction
- Razia's Purification
Greaves is a good card, but not with Feather because can't equip Feather with it since shroud doesn't allow you to target a creature meaning can't trigger Feather. You have Thought Vessel and Reliquary Tower , both excellent cards for no max hand size, don't also need Spellbook. Good luck with your deck.
1 month ago
Thanks for advice and inspiration WAYF4
I like the idea of tutoring with Fabricate in a combo heavy deck so I've thrown it in for now, but if/when I can get my hands on a Demonic Tutor , I think I'll put that in it's place. One thing I've noticed when playing the combo-centric decks is hiding information and not letting your opponents know when your about to pop off is key. Most of the time, you need a safe opening to ensure no one will remove you combo pieces on the spot, and with cards like Krosan Grip in the format, along with other instant speed artifact and creature removal, a black tutor to hide information will be preferable in the long run.
On the topic of Saheeli's Directive , I've found in play testing the deck it isn't too hard to cast. More importantly, the colour pie isn't properly counting sources. In just land, there are 9 sources of red mana, and the Clifftop Retreat is ignored for some reason. From non-land sources, there's still about 6 additional sources of red mana. Colour fixing doesn't seem to be to big an issue in this deck so far, and that's definitely a positive. I've still thrown in a Snow-Covered Mountain , but that's more for the purpose of searching out more basics for colour fixing with Wild-Field Scarecrow . Not being able to summon the appropriate lands in the early game was a bit problematic, which is why a Snow-Covered Forest also made it's way into the deck.
It may be another week or two before I feel the deck has been refined enough and I have it all in paper, but I do suggest trying it out in the meantime. Despite not having specific "utility cards," the deck does an extraordinary job with handling any difficult permanent on the board and could easily win in a fairly aggressive match due to the multiple lords or lord-like creatures that found their way into the deck, and nothing feels better than casting One with the Machine for ten cards all at once.
1 month ago
Hey, love the Naya build in Standard. This is my list, it's more legendary matters deck and it runs fairly well. I have the list private so I'll just post it here: Creature (22) 2x Aurelia, Exemplar of Justice 3x Captain Lannery Storm 3x Emmara, Soul of the Accord 1x God-Eternal Oketra 2x Lyra Dawnbringer 3x Shalai, Voice of Plenty 3x Shanna, Sisay's Legacy 3x Tajic, Legion's Edge 2x Trostani Discordant Land (26) 4x Clifftop Retreat 4x Plains 4x Rootbound Crag 4x Sacred Foundry 2x Stomping Ground 4x Sunpetal Grove 4x Temple Garden Artifact (5) 3x The Immortal Sun 2x Weatherlight Sorcery (7) 3x Deafening Clarion 2x Kamahl's Druidic Vow 2x Urza's Ruinous Blast Sideboard (15) 1x Deafening Clarion 3x Justice Strike 1x Kamahl's Druidic Vow 3x Make a Stand 3x Settle the Wreckage 1x Urza's Ruinous Blast 3x Vivien Reid
1 month ago
Good budget $1-$3 lands for Mardu:
- Command Tower
- Caves of Koilos
- Battlefield Forge
- Exotic Orchard
- Inspiring Vantage
- Concealed Courtyard
- Ash Barrens
- Foreboding Ruins
- Smoldering Marsh
- Tainted Field : depending on how many Swamps you play.
- Tainted Peak : same as Field.
Good $3-$5 lands:
1 month ago
You don't have any plains in this deck, which makes it hard for Glacial Fortress and Clifftop Retreat to come in untapped. Some shocklands would be good replacements for some of the checklands since you have almost a 50/50 checklands than lands with subtypes. They'd also be good for the lifegain lands since having a land come in tapped is a bad tempo loss. Lightning Bolt is a better Lightning Strike , and you should replace shock with something like Lightning Helix or Rift Bolt since they are both more powerful than Shock. No Escape is not particularly good when there is Remand . Remand can counter anything for two mana, or one with the Electromancer and allow you to draw. It puts the card back in your opponent's hand but it can essentially Time Walk them.
2 months ago
Depending on which browser I use, I can't comment on the deck page so I'll post here though I dunno if you'll see it here:
Played a few more rounds:
Game 1: I'm on the draw. Dude drops a turn 1 Arcbound Ravager , sacs everything, and proceeds to swing away with an 8/8 starting on turn 2. I take a profound beating but respond with Emmara, Soul of the Accord and attack, making chumps to feed his monster. He doesn't draw anything else after that and I bust him ftw. 1-0
Game 2: He's a little slower and only makes Frogmite and Arcbound Worker on turn 1. Ravager comes out turn 2. I get Hero of Precinct One and make dudes with Tajic, Legion's Edge and spank for 6 right away. He responds with all out attack. I block the Frogmite and he sacs out, pumping the Ravager up to 6, brings me down to 5, and finishes with Shrapnel Blast . 1-1
Game 3: On the play again. I have to mulligan, keeping two land and a mox, but make Hero while he makes Ravager and a pair of Ornithopter . He swings, I try Response / Resurgence on the Ravager so he sacs everything and makes the Ornithopter 5/7, just outside Collision range (in my effing hand, no less!). Whatever. I make a Swiftblade Vindicator while he attacks me down to 1, I throw Colossus on the vindicator and swing all out, pummeling him for 14... he's at freaking 15. One more freaking damage OMFG!!! Ornithopter finishes me off while I stare at the same two land and useless mox. 1-2
Game 1: On the play, I get no red mana but two mox and Emmara, and which allows me to drop her and Hero on turn 2. Next turn Aurelia, Exemplar of Justice and swing for 6. All I see on his end is Anticipate and Eldrazi Skyspawner . 1-0
Game 2: I lose one Emmara to Harnessed Lightning , a second to Thopter Arrest . Stuck on two mana and a useless Mox, I make Hero and lose that to another lightning. Everything in my hand costs 3. He makes Jace, Unraveler of Secrets . I find another land and make Legion Warboss , he responds with Eldrazi Skyspawner . This allows Tajic, who gets traded but I take Jace down to 1. Chandra, Torch of Defiance torches the Warboss, leaving me with a 2/2 and a 1/1 goblin so he makes Heart of Kiran which takes 6 from Collision / Colossus allowing me to polish off his planeswalkers. Tajic happens again only to fall under Thopter Arrest. Then Aurelia happens, pumping the goblin and this is the first time I actually damage this punk. Next turn, eleven, one Chance for Glory dies to Negate but the second gets through ftw. 2-0
Game 3: Vindicator dies to lightning, Emmara dies to Thopter Arrest, I drop a second Emmara and he plays Felidar Guardian to blink the arrest, kills one Emmara to the legend rule and arrests the survivor. I have Tajic but he's not going to bust through the 1/4, he topdecks Saheeli Rai . GG. 2-1
Game 1: I'm on the draw. Thunderherd Migration reveals Ghalta, Primal Hunger and pumped Vindicator takes down Steel Leaf Champion early. He then ramps while Tajic pumps Vindicator for 7 to the face when he drops 6/6 Multani, Yavimaya's Avatar . Tajic pumps the Vindicator again at a loss to himself while Warboss adds another, bringing him to 6. He then plays another Champion, then taps 2 for Ghalta. Colossus and the double-striker trade for the 12/12 and it costs me the Warboss and Emmara so I get him to 3 but I got nothing left but tokens. He finds a Gigantosaurus and sends 8/8 trampling Multani over. I've got 4 attackers, he's got 3 blockers and I topdeck the Planeswalker. I have another Vindicator so I offer him to the 10/10. We trade, then he throws down another Ghalta and my next card is a land. 0-1
Game 2: I keep two Clifftop Retreat and a hero and wait to draw a green while he ramps into Steel Leaf Champion , Gigantosaurus , then Aggressive Mammoth . I can make some dudes but not that much, he makes another 10/10 and Ghalta. 0-2
Game 3: Hero, Emmara, and Vindicator jump out the gate while he ramps into Gigantosaurus. I trade Vindicator plus Colossus for the big guy and cast Chance for Glory but it wouldn't have mattered since I had so many dudes out by that point. 1-2
vs. Stars n Stripes
Game 1: Early Tajic and Vindicator get in for sixteen before dying to Wrath of God . Hero dies to Incinerate , Aurelia, Exemplar of Justice eats a Force of Will , and Vindicator knocks him down to 1 before eating another Wrath. Out of creatures, Huatli sits there and adds counters until he finds Rainbow Efreet to eat away at her. I finally start to draw creatures again but by this time he's got two Thawing Glaciers being fed by Brainstorm and everything I cast gets burnt, countered, or nuked. Efreet ftw. 0-1
Game 2: Both decks get a slow pull, much to his advantage, not mine. Hero gets Incinerate, Aurelia eats a Force of Will while he digs for Glaciers. A second Aurelia + Huatli bounces off a Rainbow Efreet turn after turn when he finds his land. I drop Tajic and smash, pumping the angel and knock him down to 3. He kills Huatli with the Efreet, phases out, and taps out for Wrath. With nothing left I draw into a land clump while he goes crazy with two Glaciers, every creature I find gets swallowed by Hammer of Bogardan while hasty Tajic gets lost to a Dissipate . 0-2
Game 3: I gain some life early from Swords to Plowshares and then spank his mana-screwed ass with Tajic. Colossus saves him from the Incinerate and repeats the beats. Huatli grows while Tajic dies to a second Incinerate. Rainbow Efreet comes out and starts to eat Huatli, Legion Warboss makes a goblin before getting the Hammer. I'm forced to use Response to take out the Efreet though I probably should have done so sooner. He throws the Hammer at Huatli bringing her down to 5 and plays a second Efreet and Kjeldoran Outpost . Then a gross misplay leaves the wrong mana untapped, Tajic kags, gets fed by Colossus and Huatli sacs to add 1 for exactly his life total... his three land are two Island and the Outpost. Oops. 1-2 but he shoulda won that last one.
Game 1: I draw no red. He opens with Birds of Paradise and Wood Elves , equips Umezawa's Jitte so I kill the elf with Response / Resurgence and come at him with Hero of Precinct One and Tajic, Legion's Edge and spank for 7. He thinks he can stop me with Arashi, the Sky Asunder so I swarm him with tokens, save my dude with indestructible Chance for Glory , 5 damage get through and there's Colossus in hand. 1-0
Game 2: We both mulligan to six. He drops a turn-3 Kodama of the North Tree . Then Aurelia comes and pumps the Vindicator who eats a Saproling token. Kodama smashes again knocking me down to 3 while Llanowar Elves puts counters on Umezawa's Jitte to take out the Vindicator. No matter; with Aurelia, Hero, and tokens I've got 8 damage plus Chance for Glory and a +4/+2 combat trick on standby. 2-0
Game 3: Shanna, Sisay's Legacy comes, then Mox enables Aurelia to hit turn 3 and swing for 4. He answers with Loxodon Hierarch . I swing, he Seed Spark s the Mox and makes two Saprolings, I pump Shanna to save her and get through with two in the air, he answers with four on the ground. He then throws another Seed Spark at his own Pithing Needle to stack Shanna. I, pump to kill the elephant and he drops Yosei, the Morning Star . I play another Shanna and pass the turn. Yosei starts to beating and I make a Warboss. We trade blows, I get down to 6 and he kags a Selesnya Guildmage . My turn, I kag a Tajic and swing with just enough to force him to trade the guildmage along with the Saproling, he just made, leaving Aurelia to block the dragon ftw. 3-0
There were some cards I was thinking about that I no longer consider and others I'm more convinced of.
Mox Amber just didn't do much. 90% of the time it was just dead weight and even when it did do its job the best it did was bring me from 3 to 4. It doesn't give me colors I'm missing and when the Legends get killed it sits there worthless. I initially thought Lightning Strike would go here but now I think a simple Shock would do even better. Even if you don't draw it, the threat of instant damage should change the opponent's play to our advantage.
Aurelia, Exemplar of Justice I'm on the fence about. Sometimes she added just the right amount of damage, sometimes she looked pretty. Overcosted, she's the only flyer in the deck and sometimes that made a huge difference. I was thinking Gruul Spellbreaker . The advantages to him are haste, which was often the difference when Tajic, Legion's Edge , that it's not white though I don't see a lot of protection from white in Standard right now. He doesn't feed the combo, though that could be a plus. I dunno. I like the angel, just not as much as I'd like.
I request that you add this list to your sideboard so that it may be tested. There are dependent factors, such as are you more likely to go up against control/combo in which case Cindervines should be an absolute killer, or are you more bothered by the graveyard recursion in which case Return to Nature would be better. 4:2, 2:4, or keep it at 3:3.
Banefire I anticipate should be a control destroyer. Without testing we can't be sure, but I suspect it can double as a Teferi-blaster or a face-puncher just the same. It might be too expensive, not sure, but imagine playing Chance for Glory , bash with creatures, and then Banefire lets us throw the mana at him as well.
Unbreakable Formation is a total spoiler. The indestructible is similar to the Chance but if we don't have lethal on the table we can't take the Chance. (you like that?) Hold back in anticipation of Kaya's Wrath or even use in conjunction with Chance to pump creatures.
I put Shalai in there to protect YOU, btw; lot of the cards that killed us targeted the player.
Anyway so there we have a sideboard. If you try it out let me know how it works.
2 months ago
- Boros Guildgate out for Rugged Prairie
- Stone Quarry out for Mana Confluence
- Wind-Scarred Crag out for City of Brass
- Ancient Amphitheater out for Clifftop Retreat
- Looming Spires out for Command Tower
- 1x Plains out for Mistveil Plains
- Seraph Sanctuary out for Scavenger Grounds
- Teetering Peaks out for Ash Barrens
2 months ago
After extensive playtesting mardu i can attest with brainpolice 1-3x Midnight Reaper is really strong. Unless it’s a Hero deck.
Clifftop Retreat occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.62%
All decks: 0.1%
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.08%
RW (Boros): 4.92%
RGW (Naya): 2.83%
RBW (Mardu): 1.28%