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Gifted Aetherborn Discussion
16 hours ago
@ FlabbyAbs thanks for the comment! I love Abzan Midrange as well, G/B/W are the strongest colors and the most flexible when you put them together. I get Gifted Aetherborn in my opening hand in a good percentage of games. I don't usually keep a hand that doesn't allow to play my cards, so when I keep a hand with him in it, I'm usually able to play him on turn 2. Knowing when to keep and mulligan also affects the mana curve. However, to your point, there are games when he's a bit off curve. I'm wanting to add Vizier of the Menagerie to fix these minor mana issues and give the deck some card advantage but don't know what to cut. Any suggestions on that front?
22 hours ago
Good job. I like Abzan midrange. Does Gifted Aetherborn come out when its needed in 3 colors?
2 days ago
Report from last FNM, went 2:1:
Match 1 against dredge: First game was fast and i did almost nothing. Second game was much better thanks to sideboarding. I managed to remove some important stuff with Tormod's Crypt and buy some time, land Night of Souls' Betrayal shutting down Bloodghast and Narcomoeba. But still Prized Amalgam and Conflagrate was enough to kill me. I desperately needed some other graveyard removal. But Bojuka Bog didn't show up at all and i died with Nihil Spellbomb sitting on the top of my library.
Match 2 against another dredge: First game was straightforward, i bought some time thanks to Gifted Aetherborn, but that was all, no Bojuka Bog, my only chance to win before sideboarding. Second game i won because of board sweeper followed up by graveyard removal, Mutilate and Nihil Spellbomb. Used Bojuka Bog and lifelink before it to buy some time. Game was very long, in the end i had a lot of swamps and Lashwrithe was really powerfull and attached to lifelink creature the game was over. I survived the thanks to Arguel's Blood Fast. Draw cards at the end of opponent's turn and immediately transform on your upkeep, than attach Lashwrithe to anything and job is done. Third game was similar to second, lifegain to stay in game long enough to wreck opponent's graveyard and win because of extremely powerfull Lashwrithe.
Match 3 against storm: Opponent began. I discarded two cards from opponent's hand on turn 1 and turn 2. On turn 4 i was on healthy 27 lifes. Next i was killed by 29 Grapeshots :). Before sideboard discard is my only chance, but still i'm weak against combo. Second game after sideboarding: turn 3 Lost Legacy on Grapeshot with Night of Souls' Betrayal in hand. On his turn 3 with Baral, Chief of Compliance he made something like 100 goblins thanks to Empty the Warrens. On my next turn i landed Night of Souls' Betrayal (he had no open mana, so it was safe) and scooped. Game 3 was very similar to game 2, but no so fast. There were two turns, where i was just hoping (Lost Legacy was Remanded), but once i exiled all his grapeshots and had sweeper in hand i was calm.
Notes: Victim of Night is good budget removal for monoblack, but useless against dredge (Prized Amalgam and Bloodghast). Discard also useless against dredge, so before sideboarding i have almost no chance to win.Against storm, sideboard out all spot removal and let them cast Baral, Chief of Compliance or Goblin Electromancer and handle their wincons. They have usually one before sideboard but two after sideboard. Remember Empty the Warrens! But Empty the Warrens can be handled on sorcery speed on your turn, so have all sweepers in your deck. Be careful of Remand . Lashwrithe scales really good as game goes on. Great synergy with Arguel's Blood Fast and Rite of Consumption. In one game with 7 mana i played Abyssal Persecutor attached Lashwrithe for 2 mana and 2 lifes and immediatelly sac it to Rite of Consumption. 26 lifes swing in total:)
2 days ago
Cool idea, Reba04.
Not sure if you're open to suggestions, and if not, go ahead and just skip over the rest of this post =)
I'd look into adding some more 2 and 3 cost creatures to smooth your mana curve out. having a hand full of 5/6/7 drops in your opening hand feels bad... and if the Magic Gods treat you anything like they treat me, it's going to happen. A lot.
I'd pull out about 4 lands, 2Deathless Ancient(expensive for what it does and the body isn't impressive for the mana cost. 4Gravedigger(same reasons), 2-4Queen's Agent(same reasons), 1Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle(he's legendary, so once you have one out, the rest in your hand are dead cards until they kill him), 2Liliana, Death Wielder(expensive to cast. doesn't synergize well with vampes since her abilities are -1/-1 counter up until the ultimate), and 2Vanquisher's Banner(I like this card but expensive to cast before it starts giving you benefits).
That's a lot of cards to pull... what else is going in?
Removal. 2-3Cast Out IMO runner-up for best removal in Standard. Cycling and a lot of decks don't play enchantment removal, so you can remove whatever it is... forever.Fatal Push and/or Walk the Plank Push IS the best removal... but pricey.
This is getting longer than I Anticipated... so I'll stop here. Sorry for the novel. Regardless, +1 from me, and keep brewing. Have you played this in paper yet? How's it been for you?
2 days ago
Some suggestions that take it away from being budget, but really should be added-+ 2 Fatal Push- 2 Forsaken Sanctuary+ 3 Metallic Mimic+ 3 Legion's Landing Flip+ 2 Anointed Procession+ 1 Vanquisher's Banner- 1 Dusk / Dawn+ 3 Gifted Aetherborn- 2 Bishop's Soldier- 4 Legion Conquistador- 1 Vicious Conquistador- 1 Bone PickerSideboard Options 1 Fatal Push 3 Lost Legacy 1 Dusk / Dawn 3 Duress 1 Gifted Aetherborn 2 Demystify 1 Contract Killing 3 Yahenni, Undying Partisan
4 days ago
You should add black. Call to the Feast is amazing, Duress is great sideboard tech against control. Gifted Aetherborn is one of the best vampires in standard. A lot of reasons to try and get some in there. If not you may want more white removal like Cast Out and Impeccable Timing. Trial of Solidarity is great at giving your team a buff precombat, and Cartouche of Solidarity is also great since it bounces the trial back and gives you a token. With Anointed Procession you could run more white token makers like Servo Exhibition and Angel of Invention and have vampires be more of a subtheme.
4 days ago
What about early game? How do you make sure they don't load the board with little creatures and get a large board prescence before you get your big guys out? I know you have Gifted Aetherborn and Kambal, Consul of Allocation, but what if you don't get two swamps right away? That would be turn 3 before you could get a creature out.
I've thought about making a life gain deck before, but have never tried it before!
4 days ago
Your mana curve is really, REALLY steep for Modern, which is a fast format where you generally see maybe one 5 mana card at most in decks that aren't Tron. If you want to play lifelink vampires I suggest you try Black/White due to new Ixilan stuff as well as Sorin, but going multicolor can get expensive as you NEED fetch/shock lands to have any level of consistency. A good thing about vampires is they have a really broad range of creatures ranging from 1-4 mana so you can establish a very nice tempo, and black has access to some of the best removal in modern right now in the form of Fatal Push (like I said 85% of the format is cards that are 3 or less mana). You could also try Black/Red if you like the synergy that Stromkirk Captain has with both Gifted Aetherborn and Vampire Nighthawk. First strike is incredibly powerful, particularly when combined with deathtouch. Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet is expensive in terms of mana but his effects are so powerful it's insane. You don't really have anywhere near enough 1-drops to abuse Westvale Abbey, and even then I feel Demon of Death's Gate is stronger in weenie vamps, but even then he's a sideboard card. Another tip based on experience.... Feast of Blood is the worst vampire support card in magic for so many reasons. Sorcery speed removal is bad to begin with, and needing 2 creatures to survive long enough to use it... I can't justify using this card.
I feel like you're obviously a beginer, aand fine tuning your mana curve will come with experience. I wish you luck.