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Glen Elendra Archmage
Creature — Faerie Wizard
(Blue), Sacrifice Glen Elendra Archmage: Counter target noncreature spell.
Persist (When this creature is put into a graveyard from play, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to play under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)
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Glen Elendra Archmage Discussion
1 day ago
You can lower your curve by using all the one mana dorks which can lead to faster Ezuri cast and will trigger your experience counters.
Some synergy plays are like using Walking Ballista to have a shotgun and removal for creatures and Glen Elendra Archmage to have reusable denial. Hardened Scales gives uyou an extra counter which can matter quite a bit. Green Sun's Zenith and Chord of Calling are great cards that can help you be more versatile.
Marwyn, the Nurturer can lead to an explosive amount of burst mana, while cards like Heroic Intervention can come in clutch to save your boardstate from getting wiped. Temur Sabertooth is also a good way for protection. Awakening Zone does double duty here in helping you add more experience counters as well as ramping you up.
Hope some of these cards will be of help to you!
2 days ago
If you're looking to get away from the Flickerform effects and use a Glen Elendra Archmage, Solemnity might be something to look into. It's kind of controlling and negates poison counters, but doesn't work with Avenger of Zendikar, Lumberknot, Lilting Refrain, etc... and as I'm looking at your deck I see Solemnity already in there :P Nevermind haha
1 week ago
I'd say that your ranking of the 4 options is pretty accurate. You missed Smothering Abomination though, which is my number 2 pick I think, especially where it is a sac outlet in a way. Having flying also means it's a bit easier to get dethrone triggers with it if you need to.
I'm currently using Grim Haruspex because it's 3mana and has some wizard synergies, but smothering abomination is very high on my list of potential changes.
Midnight Reaper would be a good include if you needed more life loss cards, or if you needed more card draw and didn't want something like Necropotence. personally i have no issues on those fronts so I've opted to go for the cards i have here. midnight reaper is definitely a good option if you're looking for a low CMC card draw effect to replace Harvester of Souls or river kelpie.
The thing with persist is that other than Glen Elendra Archmage there are only two other creatures that are even worth considering. River Kelpie and Puppeteer Clique. the rest are basically just vanilla creatures essentially in that they have no abilities or other interactions with the deck's gameplan.
as i mentioned before, haruspex is just a more efficient effect than kelpie, 2 less mana is a lot. and i ran clique for a while actually, but i just rarely found myself making good use of the reanimation effect and so i dropped it for something else.
Anything > CMC4 has to be particularly good in my opinion, otherwise it's tough to play in a deck like this since we don't have the ramp that other (Green) decks have available. being able to get the most out of your mana each turn is a big big factor in how effective your deck is.
Undying is obviously much stronger than persist, but again, there's only really about two cards worth bothering with here.
a card which doesn't do more than one thing isn't usually a good pick in my opinion. a creature like Sightless Ghoul which is basically just an attacker with no really notable abilities isn't worth running when its only significant synergy with the deck is that it's hard to remove. cards like Rakdos Cackler are a much better way to get the same effect.
as for undying cards Pyreheart Wolf and Flayer of the Hatebound are the two (other than mikaeus). flayer is too expensive at 6CMC where all he does is give some incidental damage that can just as easily come from attacking. pyreheart wolf might be a decent include, but since i'm running a lot of cards like gravepact and such i can keep the board fairly clear and don't have to worry too much about blockers.
i find that glen elendra archmage is a very strong card in the deck though. flying makes dethrone easy and like you said, sage of fables makes it a great soft lock.
metallic mimic isn't worth it for me since my tribal synergy is pretty light. i have about 7 wizards and nothing else really overlaps much, but if you focus a bit more on the wizard theme though then it would be a great include for sure.
feel free to look at my queen marchesa deck if you want. it's public on my profile i believe.
1 week ago
Hi Natalbee, Thanks for your suggestion. I never thought of adding the unblockable part before. I am going to add Herald of the Pantheon,Eidolon of Blossoms and also Kestia, the Cultivator The +1 tokens do not work optimal with flickerform, since they would be lost when flickerin in my own creatures. Perhaps I should ditch the flickerform concept... hmmm. Also I am going for a Glen Elendra Archmage this would be ideal to flickerform and add some more counter.
2 weeks ago
It seems like Glen Elendra Archmage would slot well here. It fits in with some of the counterspell suite, adds a counter, gets potentially two uses, and is harder to counter as an activated ability (seemingly making it better than Swan Song aside from being a Spellseeker target). It also survives board wipes, should someone cast one without any U open.
It gets around Torpor Orb effects, although it doesn't stop them, plus you could seemingly tutor for it off of Imperial Recruiter.
Lastly, any of your "Add +1/+1 counters" creatures could potentially give you a third use, if needed. Any reason for the omission?
3 weeks ago
3 weeks ago
Thanks for your suggestions NV_1980!
Actually i have a Champion of Lambholt laying around and she was in my deck a few times. But i didn't feel like she performed good enough. BUT! i think i will put her back in!
Glen Elendra Archmage was in my considerations too because she seems really powerful in this kind of deck. But she is a bit expensive too.
I am not sure about As Foretold because i am having a lot of creatures with X in their CMC. i think that might backfire some times.
The other cards you suggested are really cool too especially Odric, Lunarch Marshal! I think that card is going to go in my deck really quickly :-D