Creature — Angel
Kicker (White)(White) (You may pay an additional (White)(White) as you play this spell.)
When Desolation Angel enters the battlefield, destroy all lands you control. If the kicker cost was paid, destroy all lands instead.
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|Masterpiece Series: Amonkhet Invocations (AKHMPS)||None|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Desolation Angel Discussion
8 months ago
Boudica, Legions of War
Legendary Planeswalker - Boudica
+2 Until end of turn, whenever a non-token creature you control attacks you create a 2/1 black Warrior creature token tapped and attacking.
-X Destroy X target lands you control. Target opponent sacrifices X lands they control.
-11 Destroy all creatures you don't control, then exile all graveyards. Each opponent loses life equal to the number of cards exiled from their graveyard in this way.
+2 rather than +1 to keep on par with similarly costed Lord Windgrace . Token creation is seen in all three Mardu colors, but requiring to attack is a distinctly red color. Pays homage to, of all colors, Mardu Strike Leader . Felt a 2/1 token was better than a 1/1 with Vigilance as this forces your opponent into a much harder situation with regards to resolving blockers and combat damage. The idea is to keep pressure on your opponent. If you swing with 5 non-token creatures, you are creating an additional 10 points of damage with 5x 2/1s. That's a very hard thing to reconcile. However this also means you must open yourself up by attacking with everyone. And so, like with real war, it becomes a balance of decisions; How do you best utilize the information you have available for the greatest impact possible?
-X: Admittedly this is dangerously broken. However, all three colors show us prime examples of completely destroying lands in full. Just as a small list, there are: Armageddon , Catastrophe , Ravages of War , Obliterate , Ruination (Which lets be honest, that'll be most lands in many formats), Decree of Annihilation , Desolation Angel , Ajani Vengeant and many others such as Worldslayer and Gideon, Champion of Justice . There's also the horrendous combo in black of Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth + Kormus Bell + Curse of Death's Hold . So yes, while blowing up potentially 6 lands your opponent controls for may seem absolutely broken, keep in mind the game has TONS of cards that do even worse things, and you are losing the same amount of lands as well - which in Mardu is one of your biggest vices in the first place.
EDIT: In order to smooth out the sheer impact of this ability, I increased her casting cost up by +. Now it takes six lands to cast her and will blow up all six lands you have if you decide to crack her off at full potential and kill her - Thus resetting the game mid-stride.
9 months ago
10 months ago
I can't advise you on specific cards to add because my set knowledge stops at around 2011.
I ran this against Psychatog and got smashed 100% of the time. A good contemporary standard deck should beat Psychatog.
Your mana curve is horrible. You have a win condition that feels like it wants to be aggressive but it doesn't start building until turn 3. You're missing a 2-drop. What your deck kept wanting to do was turn 1, vampire, turn 2, vampire, turn 3 Radiant Destiny , turn 4 sit on counterspells and combat tricks
You have too much boost for not enough creatures. Time after time, Squire's Devotion kept getting stranded in my hand waiting for a critter to put it on, only to get killed by a Repulse (remember Psychatog was once standard). As a general rule, creature enchantments suck. Unless it's on the order of Rancor don't waste the space.
You have a serious color problem. Picture this: your three drop is Benalish Marshal and your 4-drop is Essence Capture . The only way to pull that off is by skipping an early clock to play a guildgate, which neutralizes the marshal. You want that on turn 3, you're attacking with 5 damage.
You have absolutely no board control. I have always argued in favor of maindecking Disenchant (obviously the variant that's current in this format) based on the observation that decks that tend to win major events tend to do this. That and spot removal for creatures, planeswalkers, and problematic lands is useful.
You're not using blue. Not really, anyway. Divination is poo. The power of a good draw spell is that it's an instant so it gives you something to spend when your opponent fails to walk into your counterspells and it's cheap so it helps you early on to dig for creatures when your opening hand is weak. Think: Impulse For a sorcery draw spell it needs to fill my hand. As for counterspells, yours are just not versatile to be worth it. You're going to end up with a Negate When your opponent kicks a Desolation Angel or an Essence Capture when your opponent throws out a Wrath of God . Or whatever the contemporary version of these events, you get the idea. If you can ramp up your creature assault you might look at something like Remand , Memory Lapse , or some other form of Time Walk often mistaken for counterspells.
If there aren't any good draw/counter spells in this environment or decent tricks like Ray of Command you're probably better of going mono-white.
This concludes my TED talk =)
1 year ago
If you dont mind other players not having fun you might want to add these: Armageddon, Cataclysm, Razia's Purification, Impending Disaster and Boom / Bust. (And if you are a big spender Ravages of War)
Personally I have always found Desolation Angel out of place in kaalia because you cant kick when you cheat her into play.
1 year ago
I know you're not wanting to make this deck extremely competitive. I also don't know if your intent is to buy this deck in real life. But here are my suggestions:
With any Kaalia deck, you're not only making yourself a target, but you're also putting all your eggs into one basket. If Kaalia dies too often, you will be forced to hard cast all of your spells. And with only 33 lands and 8 ramp spells, that will be very difficult to do. Rose runs 38 lands and 7 ramp spells in his Kaalia deck, and he will still have mana issues. I would highly recommend a few more lands, (closer to 38). And in addition, I would also recommend a few more protection spells including:
Avacyn, Angel of Hope
Cavern of Souls
Maze of Ith Note: I don't count this as a land.
Since you're running Mardu, you're not going to have that much card draw. So In replacement of that I would recommend search cards. That way, once you have Kaalia out, you can use the search card to find whatever creature you want, and put it into your hand before she attacks.
Also, since you will be top decking a lot with little to no card draw, I find that Sire Of Insanity works really well with Kaalia, since you're preventing everyone else from drawing/having a hand.
I noticed you don't have any board wipes, I typically like to run at least 3-5 for emergency purposes. Some good ones are:
Decree of Pain
Wrath of God
Catastrophe is especially good for Kaalia.
There are some other cards that can also help abuse Kaalia's effect such as:
Scourge of the Throne
Helm of the Host
If you do ever make this deck extremely competitive, land destruction is the best way to abuse Kaalia:
Ravages of War
Yosei, the Morning Star
Here are some cards that are just generically good to have:
Archfiend of Despair
Iona, Shield of Emeria
Master of Cruelties
Archfiend of Depravity
Lord of the Void
Windbrisk Heights and Quicksilver Amulet can also help cheat in creatures.
1 year ago
1 year ago
Anastine, Bloodied Sword
Legendary Creature - Angel
Creatures you control with Lifelink have Doublestrike.
"Perhaps their ravenous nature could be manipulated to our advantage?"
To date, after 25 years of Magic's history, only one single Demon has white. Butcher of the Horde. Meanwhile, there are ten Angels with black, three of which are Mono-Black; Crypt Angel, Fallen Angel, and Desolation Angel.
Time for this to change.
Challenge: Make a Demon that has white.
Bonus: Make it a Mono-White Demon
2 years ago
A good way to speed up a deck on any kind would be more mana acceleration. I see a depressing lack of signets. I'd also advise you to toss in Sunforger and Mistveil Plains, since you already have Tithe and the makings for a nice package. With Kaalia, herself being white, pulling that dirty trick would be much easier for ya. Adding Orzhov Charm would make it even nastier, by giving you a way to bounce Rakdos and Master. >=3
I'd also recommend Thundermaw Hellkite to tap down potential blockers and Linvala, Keeper of Silence to keep other players from screwing with your strategy. Go for the Throat can go out rather easily for either the charm or Condemn, a card that I feel is horribly neglected. I actually prefer it over Path, because it doesn't give your opponent acceleration. I'd even recommend you take out Path for it, considering what you're going for here.
You could also use more tutors, I think. Vampiric Tutor and Demonic Tutor, at the least. If you go for the forger strategy, I'd also recommend Enlightened Tutor and Reito Lantern as a backup to Mistveil Plains. in the even that someone sees what you're going for an kills the plains. Another potentially hilarious card to try out is Razia's Purification. >=3 If you don't mind hardcasting, Desolation Angel is also an emergency late game option.
Those are just a few of the options I'd recommend you try out.