Gift of Orzhova
Enchantment — Aura
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has flying and lifelink.
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|Mystery Booster (MYS1)||Common|
|Modern Masters 2017 Edition (MM3)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Gift of Orzhova Discussion
3 weeks ago
Your land count seems a bit low, especially since your average CMC is above 3. Your commander isn't the cheapest but does make equip costs cheap once she's out. You may want to consider bumping up to at least 33 lands and adding 1 or 2 more mana rocks such as Sol Ring.
You can probably cut some of your aura's. The ceiling on All That Glitters is high enough to stay but Angelic Gift, Gift of Orzhova, Lightning Talons, and Messenger's Speed could get the axe for, well, literal axes such as Bloodforged Battle-Axe. Your strengths with your commander are equipment and the bonus is your equipment survive creature board wipes unlike your auras. Plus, there are equipment that do the same thing as the aura's on your list.
Colossus Hammer can be a powerhouse, more so if you give the creature trample. Also, it can gain flying just has to be after the hammer is equipped.
Crystal Slipper Free Haste enabler that can replace messenger's speed.
Embercleave An instant speed powerhouse.
Wings of Hubris Another way to give flying.
Knight of the Ebon Legion Just a good 1 drop knight.
I don't know your budget but most of the equipment I listed is still standard. Overall my recommendation is more lands and more equipment.
3 months ago
Agrothorn, I am very glad that you like this deck, as it is one of my favorites.
I could remove either Gift of Orzhova or Vampire Nighthawk, but not both, since I wish to keep both flying and lifelink abundant in this deck, and, also, the fact that the nighthawk has deathtouch is very appealing, as well.
Tidehollow Sculler could possibly replace Castigate in this deck, because, for the same mana cost, it provides a creature in addition to the exiling ability; the play can get back the card, but that seems to be a minor drawback, in my mind. Perhaps, I should ask the forum for advice on that matter?
3 months ago
Cool deck so far! I always wanted to build a fun B/W deck with life gain tricks.
This deck is made for Edge of the Divinity. I just did a playtest and had a 7/7 Mourning Thrull swining on turn 3 lol. I think you can consdier dropping Gift of Orzhova. Most of your creatures have flying or lifelink so it becomes redundant.
I think your deck may need some card draw. Phyrexian Arena should fit given you have so many ways to gain life. I'm mixed with Vizkopa Guildmage. Second ability is cool, but not sure how much damange it will translate to. Gets silly if you can activate it twice. What are your thoughts on Tidehollow Sculler?
Although I am a big fan of Vampire Nighthawk, I feel you will have more synergies with your other cards if you dropped it for a creature with both BW in mana cost.
Athreos, God of Passage is great, but a little expensive.
4 months ago
But, for deeply personal reasons, Gift of Orzhova is my #1 favorite piece of artwork.
4 months ago
That description is very amusing - 80% of pauper decks using Dark Ritual is just not the case - not even mono-black control plays a single copy of the card, let alone any other tier 1 or tier 2 archetype.
Regardless, the dark ritual would be probably be a good addition here, but there are multiple better ones.
First, a fourth copy of the namesake card of the deck - Edge of Divinity there is no way to play less than 4 in this deck. Second, you need 4 copies of Nightsky Mimic - the best creature for that archetype.
Since mimic needs orzhov colored spells to work I suggest kicking out any non-orzhov cards as well. - 4 pilgrim (too slow anyways), - 3 umbra (that is just a much worse version of Edge), - 4 charms. Night's whisper is the only good mono-color card, but no room for non-orzhov. Since we are getting rid of bad cards, -2 harvest gwyllon as well, one of the worst orzhov cards.
That is a total of 17 cards to get rid of and I already suggested 5, so you need 12 more.
- 4 Gift of Orzhova - now that is an aura worth its salt.
- 1 castigate - might as well play the full 4.
- 4 Kingpin's Pet - a flier and a source of damage even when not attacking.
- 3 Unmake - get that removal in there
The sideboard could also be orzhov only, but that might be a bit too much. And I would not play so many comes into play tapped lands.
In addition, I think this pauper version of the deck is probably better than the non-pauper one in every metric other than mana base.
7 months ago
Ivanian I do agree that Sram, Senior Edificer may not be the way to go. Probably would rather have more Sixth Sense or just more Adanto Vanguard . Also the lifelink is huge so I'm thinking Gift of Orzhova is the way to go.
7 months ago
-I'm not sure that this is a
Once Upon a Time
deck. It only hits 10 "important" things and if you already have a bogle in play it's pretty much useless and a waste of mana. Maybe keeping 1 for some insurance is fine but I don't think that card is meant for this deck.
-I'm not totally sold on Gift of Orzhova . It's just a slightly worse version of Unflinching Courage and gums up your curve by being so high cmc. I would just go the full 4 Unflinching courage and replace the remaining two Gifts with some lower cmc auras (maybe Gryff's Boon if you're worried about having flying? And to provide early evasion).
- Hero of Iroas seems really strong for racing non-interactive linear/combo decks and reducing your somewhat high aura curve, but obviously isn't great for other more interactive matchups since it doesn't have hexproof.
-I would most definitely play Veil of Summer in the sideboard, that card is just far too powerful to not play and protects you against Thoughtseize and your opponent blowing up your key auras.
-And finally I don't think you're winning the game if you have to play Witchstalker on 3. Waiting to attack until turn 4 is too long in this format even if they do ban the more degenerate stuff like copy cat and Kethis combo.
Upvoted. Creative and budget-friendly. Good luck hope you have fun in the new format! :)