Evangel of Heliod

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Theros (THS) Uncommon

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Tokens

Evangel of Heliod

Creature — Human Cleric

When Evangel of Heliod enters the battlefield, put a number of 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens onto the battlefield equal to your devotion to white.

Evangel of Heliod Discussion

BahamutPRME on Casual Greek Deck

2 months ago

So I'm trying to make a deck for my friend for his birthday and he likes Greek Mythology, specifically Poseidon, Hades, and Zues in this order. I'm wanting to stay in the Theros block and have 3 deck ideas but I need some advice and criticism because I don't want to make him a weak deck.

Here are what I've made:

The first one is using Heliod because I made this first and forgot there is a god that looks like zues but in MTG Heliod is the "Leader" or Highest ranking or whatever.

The second one is using Keranos and white humans so its 4 colors instead of 3.

The third one is sticking to the block and theme but also sticking to heroic and scry.

I have always been bad about including a safe amount of land in my decks so that is something i really need help with. I also wasn't sure if this was the best way to show the decks or if i should've just copy and pasted each text.

Thank you!

Greek Deck 1

Greek Deck 2

Greek Deck 3

Sorry for the long post. Wasn't sure how to do this.

Shinwizzles on Urborg in monowhite

4 months ago

Hey GHOST_SCKOPE, great deck! Looks like you're going with a lifegain/token/boardwipe theme, right? I've got an Odric, Master Tactician deck that runs in a similar fashion. You might want to consider his inclusion, since he is a soldier, and his ability to choose blockers can be incredibly advantageous.

Eldrazi Monument seems like a solid addition as well, provided you have enough fodder for the cost each turn. Akroma's Memorial is another option for beefing up your dudes. With all of the token generation, you may want to include Divine Visitation , because 4/4 flying angels are better than 1/1 walking soldiers. Hero of Bladehold gets pretty out of control if none of you opponents take care of her quickly either. May be worth the consideration. I've found that Evangel of Heliod can be amazing for creating tokens when you have enough white devotion. If you like soldier tokens, Brimaz, King of Oreskos is great for making them. They may be cat soldiers, but I don't discriminate. If going wide is your strategy for success Crusader of Odric is a good backup plan, since it'll likely be pumped up with all of your other tokens. I see you have the Soul Sisters in the deck, as well as some others that are similar. Have you considered adding Anointer Priest ? Sure, it only counts for tokens, but that doesn't seem like it'd be an issue in this deck.

I'm not seeing a Mirror Entity in your list, which is a great addition to a lot of these kinds of decks. Might want to consider finding a slot for him. Card draw can end up being an issue for me in mono-white. Have you thought about including cards like Slate of Ancestry and Alhammarret's Archive ?

How is your mana base treating you? I usually play with fewer lands than I should, so I make excellent usage of cards like Land Tax and Sword of the Animist . I see you have Knight of the White Orchid , but that may not always cut it. On the subject of mana, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx is, in my humble opinion, an excellent card for almost any mono-colored deck. I see you have the Caged Sun in the deck. If you were interested in including backups, you could add the Gauntlet of Power , and the Extraplanar Lens , as well as Doubling Cube . Mana for daaaaays!

Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite is great in decks like these. If you're a fan of her and need a backup, Crovax, Ascendant Hero might fit the bill.

The last suggestion for a possible addition would be Evra, Halcyon Witness . The card is great for swapping your life total with its power to kill an opponent, if your life total is high enough. I know it doesn't really fit the rest of the deck, but the life total trick is worth it when it gets pulled off. Overall it seems like a really fun deck to play! Hope the suggestions help out!

triproberts12 on Tajic, Legion's Edgelord [Artillery Aggro, Primer]

6 months ago

There are a lot of soldiers out there, but some of the must-haves I feel you're missing are Brimaz, King of Oreskos , Preeminent Captain , Evangel of Heliod , Nomads' Assembly , Launch the Fleet , and Deploy to the Front . High Sentinels of Arashin and Elite Scaleguard could also be very powerful, depending on how much +1/+1 counter stuff you plan on doing.

If you're going to play the Earthquake deck, you might as well play Truefire Captain , Spitemare , and Boros Reckoner .

I think the deck could also use some more "vegetables" cards. You should be running Boros Signet , at minimum, but Boros Keyrune , Boros Locket , Mind Stone , Sword of the Animist , and Knight of the White Orchid should probably be in the conversation, as well. Vandalblast , Aura of Silence , Crush Contraband , Return to Dust , etc. are all removal you might consider over the abundance of creature removal you have. In terms of card draw, being tribal, you could look into Vanquisher's Banner could also do work.

As for cuts, you shouldn't be running Evolving Wilds and Terramorphic Expanse in a 2-color deck. Ancient Amphitheater , Needle Spires , and even Stone Quarry are all strictly better without cards that care about land types or Landfall. The deck thinning is inconsequential in a 99-card deck, and you'd rather have the flexibility. Catapult Master, Hour of Devastation (you know it removes indestructible, right?), Deafening Clarion, and Hammerfist Giant all seem pretty suspect to me, just on card quality. Rather than Deafening Clarion, Firesong and Sunspeaker seem better with the Earthquake theme.

KayneMarco on Teysa, Orzhov Machine Gun

8 months ago

Here are some possible additions that will help you with lots of white token production:

Gadianten on Ayli Clerics

9 months ago

I have made cleric deck my self with Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim as the original commander but generally found Ravos and Tymna better due to card draw. That said there are some recommendations I have found from personal experience with Ayli you may find helpful. I generally found I had two main issues with the deck and it was gaining enough life quickly to bring Ayli online and then having enough bodies to act as fodder for said ability. With that in mind I will try and make suggestions that generally forward those causes.

Lifeline, I cant recommend this enough it does EVERYTHING your commander wants, while it may allow for opponents to benefit at first, reaching the magical 50 life exile enabler for your commander is easy then you can start exiling the problems. As an added note you can use things like Fiend Hunter or Containment Priest to keep your opponents from taking advantage of it, just sac Containment Priest in response to the Lifeline triggers to prevent your self from getting hosed.

Patriarch's Bidding and Living End are also pretty good recursion.

I assume your exclusion of Exquisite Blood with Sanguine Bond in the deck is intentional, if its not I would add it as its a win combo. If you choose to not add in Exquisite Blood then Beacon of Immortality can be quite funny when added to Sanguine Bond.

Exsanguinate is an excellent addition alongside the Debt to the Deathless you have in there and will help make it easier to bring your commanders removal online while weakening others.

Heliod's Pilgrim with Gift of Immortality is a nice way to fuel your commander and generally helpful.

Remorseful Cleric Excellent graveyard removal and in tribe.

Conspiracy should be added to go with Rotlung Reanimator as all your creatures become clerics including tokens. This means you can sac tokens to make more tokens, in short its one of the holy grail's your commander wants for sacrificial fodder.

Custodi Soulcaller decent aggressive in tribe low cmc reanimation. I would also consider Sun Titan as the reanimation is very useful even if its not in tribe.

Skirsdag High Priest, sacrifice something make a 5/5 flyer once a turn seems helpful.

Evangel of Heliod I have had missed results in the past but it does provide tokens, though including an Elspeth, Sun's Champion is probably a better idea.

Also, as you are gaining a lot of life you might consider things such as Greed and Necropotence to synergize with your strategy and get you cards.

Gadianten on Krav/Regna 2 Face Tails

9 months ago

Your creatures dying punishing your opponents is good but I feel you lack fuel for the stacks approach and your commander in general. With that in mind I have some token generators that might help with that: Abhorrent Overlord, Evangel of Heliod, Captain of the Watch, Cloudgoat Ranger, Geist-Honored Monk, Ghoulcaller Gisa, Grave Titan, Elspeth, Sun's Champion, Infernal Genesis, Leonin Warleader, Ophiomancer, Pawn of Ulamog, Secure the Wastes, Sengir Autocrat, Skirsdag High Priest. I have tried to choose creatures that were efficient in general and gain value with reanimation.

A couple of useful creatures to consider as well: Elenda, the Dusk Rose, Teysa, Orzhov Scion.

Neat ideal with the two faced deck.

tripwyre89 on

1 year ago

Imo, you need some more focus in the deck, particularly when it comes to your wincon. Playing your commander, plus a ton of token generators, should be your wincon; in addition to other blanket buffers like Honor of the Pure

Taking a hard look at creatures, for maximum effect, it would work better if you had lots of low cmc creatures, with hampering effects for your opponents or beneficial effects for your board state. Your early game should look like youre setting up while keeping board state pressure to keep your opponent at bay. [card: Thalia, Heratic Cathar] is a great example of these kinds of cards.

Other examples include

  1. Grand Abolisher

  2. Angel of Jubilation

  3. Knight of the White Orchid

  4. Brimaz, King of Oreskos

Theres a bunch of other creatures that will help your midgame by getting you life when you dump out tokens in droves. Good ol' Soul Sisters Soul Warden and Soul's Attendant and Suture Priest are your friends as long as you keep your board state fun for token friends. Speaking of token friends, this is the time they should be showing up to the party in droves. Both the Theros God Heliod, God of the Sun and Amonket God Oketra the True are great bros for dropping token hoes. Captain of the Watch, Evangel of Heliod, Knight-Captain of Eos and Precinct Captain all specifically drop the uptight/upright Soldier tokens, usually ETB.

Its a good time to get your pokes in, but your late game boomers are your commander Elesh Norn, Brisela, Jazal Goldmane and possibly Angelic Field Marshal. You could always include Felidar Sovereign if you think you'll end up pillow forted in and unable to swing for lethal, but that kind of depends on your play group as well.

Support spells are generally looking like boardwipes built in your favor like Martial Coup or buffers with an extra kick, namely Spear of Heliod or Marshal's Anthem. That being said, there is always room for a nice Wrath of God to the face. You can also get recursion working in your favor with a Sun Titan or Emeria Shepherd.

Spot removal is also a thing with white. Swords to Plowshares, Path to Exile, Entrapment Maneuver just to name a few with creatures. Other land, enchantment or artifact removal is a bit dependant on your play group as well, but one or two of those is usually a smart move in the deck.

Mana rocks are a HUUUUUUGE piece to your deck if you want to get consistent earlier drops for Norn. Sol Ring, Thran Dynamo, Caged Sun, Gauntlet of Power and Gilded Lotus are some of the more obvious choices if youve got some cash to burn. Otherwise theres always Worn Powerstone or Marble Diamond among some cheaper manrock pick-ups.

Passive buffs are your butter to your token bread. Akroma's Memorial is a spectacular example, just like Eldrazi Monument, Intangible Virtue, Crusade and the like. Any blanket effect like that turns your weenies into winners. Try not to pile on with these guys too much or you could end up with a bunch of enchantments and few lands for a battlefield.

Last, but certainly not least, packing in some planeswalkers that support your token buddies help fill some gap where spells fall short. Elspeth, Knight-Errant brings more party animals, threats and a darksteel bomb for your field. Her Mirrodin version Elspeth Tirel keeps you stayin' alive, dropping bros and a wrath on a stick. [card: Ajani Goldmane] isnt quite as strong of an inclusive planeswalker, BUT if you have built up a semi decent state, dropping him can turn the tide in your favor from a cruddy turn 4 to a swing for some good damage turn 4.

Decks like this are kind of similar to fencing or boxing. Poke when you can, keep up a strong front, and even when they got you on the ropes, a haymaker can be a game changer.

Good referance material can be found here on EDHREC.com: https://edhrec.com/commanders/elesh-norn-grand-cenobite

Just like wikipedia, it might not always be the best source material, but it points you in a good direction.

GoblinsBeatElves on Oketra's Calling

1 year ago

Alright. Ill look for more low cost, first few turn token summoners. Maybe some of these would fit here: Rhys the Redeemed (using the white half) Evangel of Heliod (I know he has a little bit more cmc, but he is pretty good), maybe Elspeth Tirel for later game (or Elspeth, Knight-Errant, Rise of the Hobgoblins, or Goblin Trenches.

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