Descend upon the Sinful
Exile all creatures.
Delirium — Put a 4/4 white Angel creature token with flying onto the battlefield if there are four or more card types among cards in your graveyard.
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Descend upon the Sinful Discussion
3 days ago
6 days ago
I'd take out Rise from the Tides for another Torrential Gearhulk or just sub in Linvala, the Preserver in mainboard. For the same mana, I feel like those two get you more value overall. Either them or Fumigate, since it accomplishes the same thing as Tides (beat go-wide strategies and buy you time) for less mana.
6 days ago
With the top contenders revealed at PT Amonkhet, it's a great time for hard control decks to materialize. The question is, however, which colors are best?
In order to survive, control would need both main and sideboard answers to:
- Aetherworks Marvel lists - the best answers here are countermagic (main) and disruption spells such as Transgress the Mind and Lost Legacy (side). Artifact destruction such as Release the Gremlins and By Force are also sideboard options.
- Zombies variants - Cheap removal, especially those that exile (yay Magma Spray) are great, as are unconditional board wipes like Fumigate, and maybe even Descend upon the Sinful? Other, more conditional options are Sweltering Suns and Yahenni's Expertise. Flying creatures are an effective way to get through the horde.
- Vehicles - The artifact destruction and removal mentioned above work here.
So, we have effective answers across four colors - white, blue, black, and red. Since I'm personally looking at a budget (getting into MTGO, but hesitant to spend much on virtual goods for now), Archangel Avacyn Flip, while an incredible answer to Zombies and good against Vehicles, is a little above my price range. Unfortunately Fatal Push is pushing it, and likely too much for the time being.
Blue is certainly the core with countermagic and access to budget finishers such as Sphinx of the Final Word, Glyph Keeper, and potentionally Dynavolt Tower However, there are arguments for each of white, black, and red. So, what do you think? What's the best route for a budget control deck in standard?
1 week ago
At 6 mana, Terminus wins out as the expensive, creture-only sweeper due to its miracle ability. This deck doesn't have a consistent way to enable delirium, making Descend upon the Sinful pretty much the same as Final Judgment, which I also opt not to use.
Rest in Peace keeps all graveyards empty and also stops death triggers, bringing any graveyard strategy to a complete halt until it's removed. Popping one grave once isn't enough. Having a rattlesnake makes opponents bait it to have it pop early. Graveyard decks are going to get more mileage out of the 'yard than my creature and artifact recursion. I don't mind botching my own recursion if it means locking all graveyard strategies in a stranglehold.
My meta isn't trigger happy with land removal. Crucible of Worlds wouldn't be very effective. Only using it to retrieve utility lands is too narrow to warrant a spot in the deck.
Interactions don't automatically redeem bad cards. Flagstones of Trokair is still the severely lacking utility land it will always be even with synergy with other cards.
1 week ago
On the sweeper side, any thoughts on Descend upon the Sinful? Maybe exiling could help dealing with problematic creatures. Also may give you an angel to beat
1 week ago
I second the Dispossess for Aetherworks Marvel and sometimes hitting Heart of Kirans. As for zombies, remember you GOTTA EXILE, so Magma Spray, Incendiary Flow, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet is amazing, Declaration in Stone, maybe a Descend upon the Sinful as a wrath that exiles. Oh how I wish Anger of the Gods was in standard!
4 weeks ago
Cragon18 Ooooh Heroic Intervention, I'd completely forgotten about that card! Definitely a great include even just in the sideboard since, as you said, control match-ups are going to run a lot of board wipes. That being said, you'll unfortunately still fall victim to Descend upon the Sinful as it doesn't target (getting around hexproof) and it exiles (getting around indestructible). It's probably my least favourite card to come up against.