Exemplar of Strength
Creature — Human Warrior
When Exemplar of Strength enters the battlefield, put three -1/-1 counters on target creature you control.
Whenever Exemplar of Strength attacks, remove a -1/-1 counter from it. If you do, you gain 1 life.
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Exemplar of Strength Discussion
4 hours ago
Thanks Plazbo!!! Great suggestions. After a few play tests I realized I couldn't spare to discard. I replaced the Bloodrage Brawler with Exemplar of Strength. Good call. I took out Bomat Couriers as well. Needed more synergy. The extra energy helps with big creature kills and token spawns. Good eye!
5 hours ago
Hey man I love the idea. Wither effects with Nest would be pretty strong. I have a couple suggestions.Instead of Bloodrage Brawler I'd try out Exemplar of Strength. He's a 2 drop too but has better stats 4/4, and he can make tokens with his ETB ability. So like you can cast him and if you already have a token on the battlefield you can just put all -1/-/1 counters on the token so he comes in as a 4/4 and if you nest out it will create 3 tokens. Perhaps run some Attune with Aether to fix mana and Harnessed Lightning for the combo with Soul Scar Mage. You can pay a bunch of energy to overkill a creature and that would become put that many neg counters on that creature making a huge amount of tokens.
1 day ago
Run 4 Meliras, and 4 Exemplar of Strength. Its a 4/4 for 1 and green
1 week ago
Nest of Scarabs is the main reason for playing this deck in my opinion. It's just too good to not include. The creatures by themselves are fairly easily outclassed, unless you get some payoff from your -1/-1 counters. Vizier of Remedies makes sure that more or less none of your creatures trigger Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons, which seems counterproductive. I'd add the Cartouche of Ambition over Cartouche of Strength simply because of the synergy. Removing all white cards would make room for both Cartouches, maybe even a Trial of Strength or two. Since you're playing block constructed (wish my LGS tried that) the Decimator Beetle looks really good to top off your curve. Exemplar of Strength could be good too.
2 weeks ago
Blisterpod seems very promising! I will give that a whirl, for sure.
I did have 4 Exemplar of Strength for a good while, but quite often I wished it was a Channeler Initiate. I was always dropping 2 mana for a 1/1 that could be a 2/2 when it attacked. It comes and goes in the deck almost after every tourney.
I will attempt a few games with Defiant Greatmaw as well.
Decimator Beetle has always steered me wrong, however. So expensive even if I only have a 1 or two of, I get hosed.Thanks again!
2 weeks ago
Ive tried this deck before and had success using Blisterpod as a creature to throw your negative counters on and keep your later creatures bigger. I find the Festering Mummy too weak so I would cut all 4 and have all 4 Exemplar of Strength. Crocodile of the Crossing is also too clunky for 4 mana and an be replaced with Defiant Greatmaw or Decimator Beetle for more late game if needed.