Creature — Cat Monk
When Enlightened Ascetic enters the battlefield, you may destroy target enchantment.
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|Mystery Booster (MYS1)||Common|
|Magic Origins (ORI)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Enlightened Ascetic Discussion
3 months ago
I would go with Arahbo, Roar of the World and with a tactic of always having one or two cats on the field trying to hit people. Go tall. Alms Collector , Enlightened Ascetic , Kinjalli's Sunwing , Lost Leonin , Skyhunter Skirmisher , Stalking Leonin , Temur Sabertooth , Whitemane Lion , some ramp, removals, protection, a board wipe or two and some equipment. would take out Jareth, Leonine Titan because too much mana, Jazal Goldmane, Nacatl War-Pride , Qasali Slingers and Jedit Ojanen of Efrava for the same reason. Also cool are Heroic Intervention and Selesnya Charm. Stave Off has a cat on it.
4 months ago
Thanks for the upvote Tata, but I don't think you looked over my deck before commenting :(
This is a budget deck, max of $200. I have to pick and choose which expensive price cards I play. I would like to play lots more expensive price cards, but that's not possible and all cards $5 or more you suggested are not better than any cards for their price already here. A wrath that kills all creatures with no restrictions is better than a wrath that has a restriction especially because reanimation is a theme here which can recover from a wrath. Look closer, Swords is here and has been since the beginning of time :)
You're right Ascetic, Darkblast and Imp are odd choices. There's a small dredge theme and it's here because I can't afford to add lots of expensive price tutors therefore I'm relying more on my graveyard interaction with Alesha. Imp, Darkblast, Thug, Stinkweed, Dakmor, Oddsmaker is the dredge package. Imp and Oddsmaker for no mana cost can put a dredge card into my graveyard.
Tortured Existence is a good suggestion and I will playtest it, but I don't like that I have to pay mana to discard a card. However, Existence can save an important creature putting it into my hand such as Karmic Guide or Kiki from exile of my graveyard by discarding another creature which I do like. Creatures who are enablers have more interactions in this deck then enchantments and Imp is a creature, Existence isn't.
Enlightened Ascetic is here because graveyard hate is annoying and most graveyard hate I see is from enchantments. Ascetic being a two drop who can be reanimated by Alesha or Lark, etc. or copied by Kiki gives me resiliency against enchantment graveyard hate especially Rest in Peace because Rest doesn't stop the ETB ability of Ascetic.
4 months ago
Have you considered playing Ranger-Captain of Eos or plain ol' Ranger of Eos ? You have a decent package with the three 1CMC sac/discard outlets that you're playing. The Eos Bros are something I've been considering for my Alesha deck for a while.
I'm surprised by the conspicuous absence of Swords to Plowshares . What gives? Your interaction package seems odd with Enlightened Ascetic but no swords. Darkblast is another odd choice. Are these all meta calls?
5 months ago
Hey, you're welcome. Thanks for the credit in the description, but you didn't need to do that. This is your deck after all and you had all the cards for the combos already. Just was missing some explanations about the combos which hopefully I helped with.
I do like the interaction of Divine Visitation and Teysa's ability to repeatedly create tokens. The main problem with Visitation is it's a five drop that doesn't do anything when you first cast it and it's not a creature so you can't cheat it with reanimation. I tend not to play high mana cost cards like this. For example instead of playing Visitation I would play Luminarch Ascension which is a powerful card for Angels in multiplayer Commander and is a two drop.
I didn't think of Rest in Peace when I saw the Felidar + Restoration combo in your deck, but good thinking it's a combo that can get around Rest. Keep it if Rest is a problem in your meta. Enlightened Ascetic is an option that's a creature for hate against Rest. You want the ETB trigger because Rest doesn't stop that. If you keep the Felidar + Restoration combo then I would cut Teysa/Elenda or vice versa. Simply because this is too many four drops. Just like Victimize can enable a Guide + Lark combo it can also enabler Felidar + Restoration combo which is helpful. I think overall Felidar + Restoration is more powerful than Teysa/Elenda.
I don't think Rune-Scarred Demon is needed because you already have Razaketh. Rune-Scarred is a budget alternative for Razaketh.
5 months ago
OmletMojo12 I have some nefarious plans on getting more creatures with return target creature(s) to owners' hands. I went to an edh Facebook page for ways to abuse god-eternal oketra, and they have me several ways. Standard way is to bring in weenies. I'm not a fan of weenies. I will have to rethink for the etb and tokens.
My goal is to get the cost low enough to repeat casting multiple times a turn. I might need a Vedalken Orrery for the flash aspect.
So, here are the planned maybe boards - since I'm going to ETB / casting creature triggers: Ancestral Statue - can actually become free to cast, since it's colorless, return target creature I control to my hand. Emancipation Angel - same as above, except Ivory Giant - taps all non-white creatures. Kor Skyfisher - return target creature I control . Panharmonicon - doubles etb triggers for my creatures - I don't really have artifact ETBs unless they're creatures. Reveillark - graveyard recursion for my weenies - ok. Stormfront Riders - return two creatures, whenever it or another creature is returned to my hand from play, adds at least two tokens into play when it enters the battlefield. Subjugator Angel - tap all creatures my opponents control Sunblast Angel - destroy all tapped creatures. Dust Elemental - flash, return three creatures I control to my hand. Eiganjo Free-Riders - return target creature I control at upkeep Enlightened Ascetic - destroy target enchantment or artifact War Priest of Thune - same as ascetic Thalia's Lancers - legendary creature tutor on a stick Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx - mono-color ramp Possessed Portal - sacrifice a creature? okay. I have lots of tokens. Regal Caracal - more tokens on etb.
Now I need ideas on what to exchange for the above. First thoughts are the two odrics - they're combat focused, not etb or casting focused.
6 months ago
So I was thinking about this deck a little further, and I had a couple other thoughts:
MANA BASE — Your curve is too high to be running so few lands. I ran a few playtests of this deck against a couple different decks, and I found that it's imperative you get Regal Caracal out. That's always what won me the game (or lost me the game if I couldn't). But in several games, I was mana screwed for too many turns. In one game, I was sitting with 3 lands and a Bird for 2-3 turns before I finally drew another Bird, then had to wait another turn to use it. So I'd recommend adding at least 3 more lands.
You probably have already thought of this, but in case not, you'll definitely want better lands than guildgates. Even Blossoming Sands is better than those, since it gains you a life. But I'd recommend Sunpetal Grove and of course Temple Garden if you don't mind spending the $$. If you're worried about being mana flooded, then try Scattered Groves .
CARDS TO CUT — Other than creating tokens for Anointed Procession, Oketra has no synergy with your deck, and it's competing with other much more important 4-drops. I would cut these for 3 more lands.
Creeping Renaissance isn't Piorneer legal, sadly, so it has to be cut. But thankfully, cutting it helps lower your curve, and it won't compete with Regal Caracal for the 5-drop slot.
Finally, I don't love Watchers of the Dead mainboard. Perhaps sideboard? I'd much rather have 2x more Metallic Mimics.
TL;DR — I'd move Watchers of the Dead to the sideboard, and cut Creeping Renaissance and Oketra completely. In their place, add 2x more Mimics and 4-5 more lands. Also replace your current tapped lands with better duals. You'll still have 1-2 more slots to fill. Some suggestions:
1 year ago
Here are some easy swaps when you have the chance.
Why Homarid Explorer? Seems like an odd choice. Again, infinite blinks will win with literally anything so why not play card that synergies with your deck more? How about Deadeye Navigator which is a stupid card and a back up brago? Or Venser, Shaper Savant to bounce all the lands.
That's the biggest piece of advice I'd give you. You have a lot fo random mill that doesn't synergies with your commander like Psychic Corrosion. I'd see about removing that.
Finally 33 lands is kinda low. I aim for at least 36, maybe even 38
1 year ago
Sundering Growth is incredibly unlikely to produce value through the populate trigger, as you have about 5 token-producing cards. What do you think about Broken Bond, Nature's Claim, Spring Cleaning, Gleeful Sabotage, or Felidar Cub or Enlightened Ascetic for more cat synergy? All are at a comparable cost to what you have currently.