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Enchantment — Aura
When Dragon Mantle enters the battlefield, draw a card.
Enchanted creature has "R: This creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn."
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Dragon Mantle Discussion
2 months ago
If you were to go Aggro, I would consider going into RW.
Akroan Crusader is a good T1, cause you can start spawning an army as you cast things. Cards like Hammerhand, Titan's Strength, Dragon Mantle also give you card draw/selection, while providing you with Heroic triggers. Lightning Bolt was printed at common level for M11 so that can give you removal and help you close out a game. Temur Battle Rage gives Double Strike, but also a chance to give trample if the creature is large enough. Expedite/Crimson Wisps gives haste, draw and Heroic Triggers.
Remember the idea with Aggro is to get out of the gate faster than your opponent has time to set up. You'll want a heavy number of 1 drops so you can consistently play allot of threats, but with Heroic you also have to be mindful to getting in and being able to swing often and for hard damage. I don't really know all of the rules of pauper, but I know its mostly commons. Alternatively, adding U can add in Aqueous Form, providing scry AND evasion, as well as Heroic target. U also has other tricks, like Hidden Strings. Nothing like dealing damage and giving come of your creatures sudo-vigilance AND another heroic trigger (HS gets to be cast each time you deal damage, meaning you can target creatures and cast cards with Cipher without paying mana costs).
While U only adds cute tricks, it isn't really 'aggro'. R will give you combat capabilities and be able to kill allot quicker while progressing your board
3 months ago
Heroic can be an ability that's hard to abuse, but there are options to do so if desired. One such method would be Cloudstone Curio for instance. If you have the artifact on the field and your commander you could rapidly cast and recast two different auras on your commander such as Dragon Mantle and Cartouche of Solidarity though any two combination of auras/enchantments would also work. This can also be further abused with Sigil of the Empty Throne.
Another mechanic you can abuse with your commander is the deathtouch keyword. Since your commander has Vigilance, First Strike, and Trample throwing in deathtouch would be an easy way to pile over damage with trample. Furthermore vigilance and first strike with deathtouch also makes your commander a lethal blocker as well as incentivizing big creature decks to swing more at their opponents rather than lose their best creature when attacking you. I would suggest possibly adding Basilisk Collar.
Another strong card to consider would be In the Web of War which not only gives your creatures haste but can work as a repeated Rally the Peasants whenever you have a bunch of tokens enter the battlefield. Speaking of Rally cards you might want to consider Rally the Righteous which can actually target your commander. In essence that spell reads your creatures gain +3/+1 trample and vigilance at instant speed which is pretty good when you're going wide.
4 months ago
I've done some playtesting with this and against it, I have some suggestions.Right now its biggest issue is not having a strong early game. 2/2's are ripe for removal, and every modern deck will have a fetchland sitting waiting to cast Path to Exile or Fatal Push whatever creature you get out there first. I like Knight of Sursi as a turn one play, but it still doesn't get you anything on the board. I'd recommend a one drop creature. Dauntless Bodyguard stays in tribal and is pretty nice, but is more of a later turn benefit with his ability. Deftblade Elite may work well in attracting targets for an aggro deck, since he has a built in Lure. Kytheon, Hero of Akros Flip comes to mind as well.. Knight of the White Orchid is a pretty standard modern card, and you can always use ramp. I'm not a fan of Suq'Ata Lancer, I'd look more into ways of getting you bigger drop guys out there. I'd add some card draw Dragon Mantle helps with that and devotion.
Good build, the stacking flanking looks like it can add up quickly. I'm curious if the banding mechanic works well with flanking. Stinks that Jabari's Banner and Telim'Tor are banned in modern. Maybe this could work better as a legacy deck?
5 months ago
Loved the suggestions, put them all in but took out Dragon Mantle and Crown of Flames because you're right, they weren't going to help me win within the first few turns, ideally. Loved the Lotus Petal and Simian Spirit Guide to help me get Cackler amped up potentially on turn 1.
5 months ago
wraya2 Im very like the idea of killing opponent in 2nd turn or 3d.
But, what chance of it? I consider "stable" deck that have 50% chance of do_key_thing at turn N. If in your deck you dont killing opponent until turn 4, you most likely lose.
I tryed to run 6 playtests and i was forced to mullingan 5 of this times because i had no lands in hand. So, my first suggestion is add 4-5 lands. 31 would be fine for early Ramp decks like Elves, but you better to have starting hand always with two lands.
8 months ago
Maybe a few fire-breathing enchantments (like Dragon Mantle) to let you pump Yasova and go after big critters sooner? Generally, I wonder if you might test with more evasive enchantments (in U) and equipments (Hexproof over Shroud) to protect Yasova as you build her power.
8 months ago
See what I mean, I never put that together.
But I definitely think you should add some type of infect it kill multiple opponents quick with your commanders ability.
How about Dragon Mantle what is it doing for you?
8 months ago
Did some major changes based off suggestions from the Pauper subreddit. Big thanks to Unstoppablebac0n, Slurmsmackenzie8, await, Semper_nemo13, and most of all mrogersj5 for pointing out a lot of the flaws and/or giving suggestions and tips or insight.
A lot of them pointed out that the draw was kind of arbitrary and hindered the deck quite a bit, so I removed the strictly draw cards like Gitaxian Probe and Faithless Looting. Also had a recommendation to remove the Lightning Bolts! or add one more for a playset. Ended up removing them as I doubt they'll do better than anything in the sideboard, plus it's just more space to add pump spells but I may add them back in. With that I also added in some Goblin Deathraiders for some extra pressure, plus trample helps get around chump blockers.
Something that I should have known better against, since I play more aggro decks than anything else, is the land count was too high. I went with mroger's suggestion for land count, removed a bunch of basics and two Evolving Wilds for some Bloodfell Caves and extra spells.
As for the spells themselves, I took out Borrowed Hostility for Cartouche of Zeal in both boards as per mroger's suggestion again. Ultimately the Cartouche does more for one mana than the Hostility. Dragon Mantle was also added because firebreathing and cantrip in an aura spell is a good idea. Outside of enchantments, playsets Mutagenic Growth and Temur Battle Rage were added. I'd been considering the Growths for a while because they're really good, but it took someone else suggesting it to push me to do it. Also I mentioned needing more evasion, and Battle Rage should be able to grant Trample more often than not and if not the double strike will help immensely.
As for sideboard, I took out pretty much all of the control initially in there for what is hopefully better control. Like in the MB, Cartouches for Hostility and I kept Nihil Spellbomb in as well. I added in Vampiric Link for Aggro matchups because lifelink. The rest of it I'm iffy on and is going to mostly depend on what I run into. Diabolic Edict was removed from MB to a 3 of in SB, but that's subject to change. Electrickery was suggested to me in place of Echoing Decay but that's another thing I'm iffy on. Again will depend on what I go against. Pyroblast is another card that might end up getting replaced, probably with more Pains if Counterspell is running rampant. Finally one Flaring Pain was added in, incase of Kami Pestilence lock or anything with Spore Frog.
I had Apostle's Blessing suggested, and I really want to put it in but it'll probably be dependent on if I need it. It more than likely will get added in when I get tired of targeted removal, but for now it's in the back of my mind.
Echoing Decay is something I touched up on, but it's going to depend on if some token strats come out of nowhere.
Again big thanks to all the help on Reddit and I'm super excited to get some testing done with the new build.