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Creature — Angel
Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, you may return target nonland permanent card from your graveyard to your hand. If that land is a Plains, you may return that nonland permanent card to the battlefield instead.
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Emeria Shepherd Discussion
2 days ago
Altar of the Brood netted me a metric TON of HATE when I had last had it in the deck. I became a quick target in my Meta.
Exsanguinate actually haven't Infinite'd with this card yet. i can actually use it to deal like 14 to everyone late game, and get the card back and play Teferi's Protection to wait the calm before the storm. Right now this is a decent win-contition as in my meta its easier to kill every player at once. if something better were to occur, id do that. also i can use Torment of Hailfire. and what is nice, is if I use my commander to put Terminus ontop of the deck, after my upkeep or before my upkeep (depending on how much mana i have open) I cast Ghostway to remove creatures from play till the end of my turn, then i draw and cast terminus, then torment of hailfire for the win. this deck works better if im being subtle and not making enemies.
Scroll Rack works really well, its possible to use it in conjunction with Lim-Dul's Vault to get what you want in hand. this deck needs a TON of deck manipulation and this card helps. however you can get infinite deck mannipulation if you use it in combination with Strionic Resonator and Brago, King Eternal. due to the fact i have Enlightened Tutor in the deck its easier to get enchantments and artifacts.
What do you think about taking out Solemn Simulacrum, Phyrexian Metamorph and Clever Impersonator to put those 3 into the deck? (my reasoning is that mana isnt an issue so i dont need Solemn at all, and alot of decks might just zap my copies before I can use them as well as the fact that many commander decks dont really need have creatures id like to copy or it just slows me down.
1 week 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.
3 weeks ago
I don't know about Cavern of Souls because half of our creatures aren't angels, but we could give it a try.
I don't think Mistveil Plains is a good idea though. It ETB tapped and it's easier to reanime a card in the grave (Bruna, the Fading Light, Emeria Shepherd, Emeria, The Sky Ruin) than casting it again after sending it to the bottom of 80+ pile of cards.
1 month ago
This deck is appropriately named and themed. If I may I have a few suggestions. Emeria Shepherd has landfall triggers that may be of use. Living Death may also be of use to this deck. Regna's Sanction and its flavour text highlight the possible affection between the angel and the demon. So does Together Forever. Since they fight Shoulder to Shoulder, you might want to consider playing it. Merciless Eviction is decent removal. Bring Down is something love has done and what these two do together. Akroma's Vengeance is also worthy of consideration.
2 months ago
Hey man, here are my thoughts
First, although I know your manabase isn't finished, I'd recommend running at 37 lands total.
Second, it's important to consider which equipment are powerful with this strategy, especially with Mirri. You'll likely need ways to keep her from dying. Since she has first strike, giving her deathtouch in addition will make it such that she will always kill the opposing creature before it deals damage, making her almost invincible in combat. You've already mentioned Quietus Spike, but other must-includes for this deck (imo) are Gorgon's Head, Gorgon Flail, and Basilisk Collar. You may also want to have ways to keep Mirri from dying to board wipes and removal. Darksteel Plate and Shield of Kaldra are both about 5 bucks, but they're pretty good. Cards that prevent targeting can be good, but hexproof is preferable to shroud. However, some shroud giving cards, such as Lightning Greaves and General's Kabuto. Mask of Avacyn gives Hexproof, but it's not a Great equipment.
Third, let's consider the equipment you're including. You want most of them to be strong enough to make a single creature into a threat on its own. You've already included cards like Argentum Armor, but frankly you don't really have enough equipment. I'm gonna list a bunch of equipment in various categories here that are worth considering (Sorry if some of this is already in your deck).
Fourth, let's look at your creatures. In commander, lower-impact things tend to be outclassed quickly. As such, you generally want your creatures to either be significant threats or utility. Some creatures that I feel are worth cutting are:
Jareth, Leonine Titan (Not a particularly good card. He's only got a good size when blocking)
Leonin Relic-Warder (He's likely to die over the course of the game. Long-lasting removal is better)
Oreskos Explorer (You're in green, so your ramp spells are likely to be land-focused)
Phantom Nishoba (You'll probably want something stronger for you 7 mana. It's basically a 7-mana 7/7 with lifelink/trample and a downside.)
Qasali Ambusher (This creature just isn't impactful on its own)
Sunspear Shikari (This one is also low impact. I wouldn't play a 2-mana 2/2 with both of those abilities natively in commander, and this card is worse than that.)
Don't get too attached to the cat theme. Have it be something you can take advantage of, but don't put in a bad card just because it's a cat. Additionally, don't be averse to putting in noff-type creatures when doing so improves your deck.
Let's look at some creatures that might improve your deck.
Eight-and-a-Half-Tails (Can help get your other creatures through for damage or protect them from removal. A tricky one to play with, but with high upside)
Sram, Senior Edificer (Card draw is A1 in commander, and this guy gets it for you while also carrying equipment)
Odric, Lunarch Marshal (Makes one threat into a whole team of them)
Leonin Warleader (Makes more vessels for the equipment, which have lifelink and benefit from tribal synergies)
Taj-Nar Swordsmith (Gets you what you need when you need it. Make sure you know what you're looking for though!)
Grand Abolisher (Gives you a lot more control over combat on your turn)
Leonin Abunas (Protects your equipment. May be unecessary, but worth considering)
Indomitable Archangel (As above, but it also has flying, which makes it even better.)
Brass Squire (Sneakily fantastic. Avoids the equip cost while also letting you move an equipment at instant speed)
Auriok Windwalker (As above, but it also has flying, which...huh, deja vu)
Mother of Runes (Good for defending from removal or getting a creature through combat)
Armory Automaton (Note: this can take your opponents' equipment as well. They can re-equip it, but not until they get back to their own turn.)
Alms Collector (This is a good cat. Worth including on its own merits. Takes stuff away from the blue player.)
Stone Haven Outfitter (Insurance for a board wipe. Your deck is weak to them, so keep an eye out for ways to protect your team.)
Mentor of the Meek (More card draw since most of your creatures are cheap)
Adorned Pouncer (Not sure about this one, but it has double strike and can come back from the dead, so that's something)
Mirran Crusader (This guy sees modern and legacy play for a reason. He hits hard and doesn't die easy)
Silverblade Paladin (The ability to give another creature double strike is fantastic.)
Steelshaper Apprentice (Weird card, but lets you get what you need.)
Emeria Shepherd (Another way to rebuild after a wipe. Consider holding this in hand w/ a few lands rather than playing it out.)
Jhoira's Familiar (Makes equipment and legendary creatures cheaper and has flying.)
2 months ago
zer0peace: This deck has multiple win cons and doesn't necessarily depends on that combo to win but if it's destroyed I can get it back with Emeria Shepherd later in the game. There's also Panharmonicon as a backup infinite combo piece if needed.
2 months ago
If you are sticking with the Voltron route, I'd suggest Armory Automaton
What's the purpose of Scroll Rack and Sensei's Divining Top in this list? I don't see their benefit here. I often see a lot of decks running them because they are "good cards", but they have no synergies with the deck. I would consider this one of those decks as you have little-to-no ways to shuffle your library. Instead, simple card draw spells like Faithless Looting, Wheel of Fortune, Wheel of Fate, Magus of the Wheel, or Reforge the Soul would all be better options here. I know you weren't a fan of Outpost Siege, but that card is quite honestly one of the best sources of card advantage for Boros.
To deal with single targeted removal you could add in Swiftfoot Boots.
Lastly, how is Emeria, The Sky Ruin working out for you? 15 plains seems like a bit of a low count for that to work. Emeria Shepherd might be a better option for that type of graveyard recursion as it is more on flavor of the deck and easier to activate.
2 months ago
Maybe you are fine as how your deck currently runs in your meta but I do have some suggestions. This deck is ridiculously mana-hungry (high cmcs, Monstrosity costs, and equipment costs) but I only see a few mana rocks or few ways of cheating them into play. Including those type of cards will let you cast your giants earlier and you'll have stuff to do in the early game. I can also imagine that after a boardwipe you will be left with nothing to do but cast a giant every other turn until you draw it. The deck would greatly benefit from any form of card draw. So, in short, I'd recommend fixing your curve, adding more ramp, and adding more card draw. These are some cards I suggest you should consider adding in: Thran Dynamo, Worn Powerstone, Urza's Incubator, Sol Ring, Burnished Hart, Land Tax, Sandstone Oracle, The Immortal Sun, Endless Atlas, Skullclamp, Solemn Simulacrum, Sun Titan, Emeria Shepherd, Sunbird's Invocation, and Sneak Attack.