T: Add 1 to your mana pool.
2GW, T: Put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control.
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Gavony Township Discussion
1 day ago
I'm assuming the 1-ofs of like 100,000 different things are an attempt to insert more ways to deal with more things, so that you can have 62 cards that can deal with everything. Don't do that. Your draws, with this many 1- and 2-ofs and more than 60 cards, has incredibly inconsistent draws. If you want to make an Abzan midrange list, make it a midrange list, not a do-everything toolbox list. Establish a strong base of about 5 different creatures and run no less than 2 of each. If I were you, I'd make it Noble Hierarch, Siege Rhino, Voice of Resurgence, Loxodon Smiter, and either Anafenza, the Foremost or Kitchen Finks. Cut Undying Evil and Cloudshift. Those don't contribute anything towards what a true midrange list wants to do. Shrink your removal suite down to some combination of Abrupt Decay, Fatal Push, and Path to Exile, and choose between Inquisition of Kozilek and Thoughtseize for disruption. Don't try to run them both in small numbers. Your best planeswalker options are Sorin, Solemn Visitor, Liliana of the Veil, Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, and Garruk Relentless Flip. If I were you, I'd pick ONE AND ONLY ONE of them to run as a 3-of AT THE MOST. Get rid of Isolated Chapel, Woodland Cemetery, and Sunpetal Grove. Keep it at Shocks, Fetches, two to three basics, and MAYBE ONE COPY of Gavony Township. If you want, You could probably run ONE COPY of ONE of the manlands, but not all three. They always enter tapped, which is a huge disadvantage in this format.
Believe me, my first attempt at a modern deck was a bit like this. But it was inconsistent and it had too much going on. Look at some established Abzan Midrange lists for inspiration and guidance. Read the primers. Learn from the winning lists. And don't EVER underestimate the value of a) running a full 4 of a card and b) keeping your deck at 60 cards.
2 days ago
fast lands like Razorverge Thicket, Concealed Courtyard, and Blooming Marsh are options as well, although if you are bent on using Elspeth Tirel, the life loss from the fetches and shocks would be Negated pretty quickly.
maybe even Khalni Garden???
Mycoloth is just begging to get blown out by removal that is cheap and instant speed in modern. the "eggs in one basket" scenario isnt the best plan unless you're bogles, or have a way to protect him.
no one drops? no removal?
i built a similar list a while back. never actually put it together or playtested, but you are welcome to use what you want out of it:
3 days ago
Nissa, Voice of Zendikar is kind of good here. I'd consider running one or two of her.
Okay... cut Kytheon's Irregulars x2 & Abzan Battle Priest x1 for Collected Company x3.
Cut your 6 current sorceries/instants + 4 lands for Hardened Scales x4, Dromoka's Command x3, Blessed Alliance x2 or x3, Gavony Township x1. This shouldn't need to run more than 20 lands. Also, change out some basic lands for Sunpetal Groves (if you're on a budget), or Windswept Heaths if you have 'em.
3 days ago
3 days ago
Hm. I would suggest Hardened Scales, Thalia's Lieutenant, Champion of the Parish and Dromoka's Command, for starters. And at least one Gavony Township. Maybe take out the 4CC creatures & add Collected Company?
4 days ago
I used to play wilt-leaf abzan as my primary modern deck, so perhaps some of these pointers will help:
Most decks in Modern choose to play either mana dorks OR black discard as their turn 1 play. Running both leads to difficult decisions on how you want your deck to function in the early and late game. Do you want a powerful 3 drop on turn 2? Then that discard spell will rot in your hand until turn 3 or later. Want to discard turn 1 to see if the coast is clear? Then your 3 drop will be played on curve, and there will be no good time to cast your dork if you have a 2 mana play. For this reason, it is better to have the discard in the SB to bring in against creature-less combo decks to replace your removal rather than maindeck both types of cards.
Kitchen Finks. I know they have a pretty hefty price tag for an uncommon right now, but they are very important to this deck. Your 3 color mana base can be a little painful, but gaining a shockland amount of life back adds up over the match. I'd replace the 4 IoKs in your MD with 4 finks, and never look back. I would also try to find room for 1-2 Birds of Paradise to always enable the turn 1 dork into turn 2 3-drop play. You want your deck to be as consistent as possible, and ramping into a good 3-drop is how you'll normally beat other decks. Playing a Liege on turn 3 is great as well, so the extra dorks are worth it here.
Finally, I would cut 2 of your shocklands in order to play 2 Gavony Townships. Township is half of the reason Lingering Souls makes the cut in this deck, and it allows you to grind the longer matches well while committing fewer threats to the board. It's worth it's weight in gold in this deck, and it's not too pricy of a card. The last thing I'll add, is that with the recent reprint of the enemy fetchlands in MM17, now would be the best time to pick up a set of Verdant Catacombs and a single Marsh Flats. I know they will bring the deck out of 'budget' range, but they're worth it if you want to play a little more competitively, and if you ever switch decks they'll most likely be the cards you keep.
Good luck! And if you want to look at the list I played, here it is: Modern Abzan Beatsticks
1 week ago
Well, if you can tell me what it's centered around, I can probably help you a little more than I can at the moment. For the moment, I will assume +1/+1 counters.
Rishkar, Peema Renegade turns the creatures with counters on them into basically mana dorks.
Avatar of the Resolute, Undergrowth Champion, Renegade Krasis, Cytoplast Root-Kin, Gyre Sage, Fungal Behemoth, Champion of Lambholt, Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit, maybe Sunbringer's Touch, Cathars' Crusade, and Death's Presence are also nice.
For some more value with your +1/+1 counters, you can run Ainok Bond-Kin, Tuskguard Captain, and Abzan Battle Priest. Same can be said about Solidarity of Heroes, Inspiring Call, Armorcraft Judge, etc.
Once again, I sort of jumped to conclusions about your deck upon seeing some of the cards in it. I hoped these suggestions are on the right track of what you wanted this deck to be, and good luck with your deck.
1 week ago
Suggestions for some possible upgrades: