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Cradle of Vitality
Whenever you gain life, you may pay (1)(White). If you do, put a +1/+1 counter on target creature for each 1 life you gained.
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Cradle of Vitality Discussion
2 weeks ago
hey, this looks like a fun deck, though i would suggest playing a lit bit less lands, most deck do great with 38.a few cards i would suggest:
great work so far, keep it up!
1 month ago
General recommendations: Cradle of Vitality, Serra Avatar, Sunscorch Regent, Archangel of Thune, Austere Command, Ranger of Eos, Gift of Estates, Miren, the Moaning Well, Return to Dust, Rune-Tail, Kitsune Ascendant, Sunbond, Resplendent Mentor, Comeuppance, Gilded Lotus, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, Phyrexian Processor
Maybe Atalya, Samite Master as the commander if yours doesn't feel good.
Graveyard control Rest in Peace, Ashes of the Abhorrent
Azor's Gateway for the infinite mana you don't need lol
1 month ago
Nice! I like lifegain Karlov a lot, been considering building him.
Glad you already have Well of lost dreams and Sunbond because those were my first suggestions.
Blind Obedience is good control and more lifegain triggers.
Vona, Butcher of Magan is a great compliment to the commander and a good lifegain payoff. This is important because why gain life if you can't use it to your advantage? Along that line of thinking, Phyrexian Arena and Necropotence are great card draw engines, and Phyrexian Reclamation is great recursion.
Since you have no mana base yet, I'll finish up with that. Pristine Talisman, Crypt Ghast, Scoured Barrens, Bontu's Monument, and Radiant Fountain will all get you some life triggers. Orzhov Signet, Command Tower, Orzhov Basilica, Tainted Field, Caves of Koilos, Isolated Chapel, Temple of Silence, Opal Palace, Terramorphic Expanse, Shambling Vent, and a bunch of plains and swaps to equal about 36 lands.
Hope some of this helps!
2 months ago
This is the realization of my first ever magic deck (I don't count the jumble of angels I made way back when). I called it "Lifesword" and had cards like Cradle of Vitality to gain combat bonuses from life gain. It just wasn't viable though; it didn't have the flexibility that was necessary and I just ended up straining myself too far. But this has the flexibility and the power that I was missing back then! This is like seeing the first ever magic deck idea I ever wanted to build coming to life and actually being viable this time. Nice!!!
2 months ago
I feel like all the spells that do nothing but gain life are fairly weak, since no matter how much life you gain, you still only bolt one thing. In addition, all the "destroy X, then gain life" spells are very unreliable, since many times you will have nothing to target with them and they'll just sit in your hand.
Your deck has a side-effect of reaching massive life totals, so maybe a win-condition based on this would be appropriate. Aetherflux Reservoir is a way to kill people once you hit 50 life, and Well of Lost Dreams lets you draw cards with your life gain. Felidar Sovereign and Test of Endurance both win you the game if you can live through a rotation with enough life. Cradle of Vitality could pump your commander to ridiculous levels with one high-damage spell or wrath, letting you swing for lethal damage.
I'm not a huge fan of the medallions in anything other than mono-color decks. I would suggest replacing them with some other mana rocks, maybe Mind Stone, Coldsteel Heart, or something else along those lines. I also really like Azor's Gateway in this deck. Not only would it let you filter your draws in the early game, once it flips it could generate tons of mana to put into a lethal x-spell.
2 months ago
Thanks man, she is a lot of fun to play. My Varolz deck was also Voltron-ish and I think she's cooler so I'm gonna rework him into a Jarad deck I think.
Took a second look over your deck, if you're looking to make room I would take out Soul's Attendant and Dega Sanctuary for whatever you wanted out of your sideboard, then swap Cradle of Vitality for Sunbond, forget about the cost.
I tried Dega Sactuary, it's alright, but I would prefer Martyr, Spellbomb, or Gonti's Machinations over it. Soul's Attendant is good for stuff like Ajani's Pridemate, but doesn't really help you with Licia. Just my two cents. I like the list though.
2 months ago
I'd start with cutting:
- Dowsing Dagger Flip
- Expedition Map (unless you have a land that you really, really need)
- Masterwork of Ingenuity
- Firebrand Archer
- Generator Servant
- Cradle of Vitality
- Imperial Recruiter
- Thalia's Lancers
- Auriok Windwalker
- Braid of Fire
I gotta go now, but my main piece of advice with this deck is this: be wary of putting in too many cards that reward you for playing spells and not enough spells. Galvanoth is a solid card, but right now, it has a 30% chance to flip a spell, which isn't enough to warrant its inclusion IMO. I would play more spells - specifically direct damage spells - and fewer support creatures and artifacts. Good luck with this, and I love what you've done so far!
2 months ago
- Cradle of Vitality seems incredible here, given the lifelink from Brion.
- Sunbond is a slightly weaker but still good
- Well of Lost Dreams will keep your hand full for the same reason.
- Stalking Vengeance combos well with Brion, as well as punishes people who might try to wrath your board.
- Sigil of Distinction makes a nice reusable buff for multiple Brion flings
- Zealous Conscripts seems like an auto-include
You'll almost certainly want to play some Wrath of God style board clears, since you will often be clearing your own board with Brion. Good options besides the aforementioned wrath:
There are some other good red staples to consider that are on theme with the deck: