Spells your opponents cast cost more to cast.
At the beginning of your end step, each opponent loses 1 life.
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|War of the Spark (WAR)||Uncommon|
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God-Pharaoh's Statue Discussion
2 months ago
2 months ago
Brineborn Cutthroat is a good card, but it usually shines in decks where everything in your deck can be played at instant speed, it wouldn't be bad in this deck, but it may not be exactly what you need.
Merfolk Secretkeeper should be one of your go-to card, you could go up to 4 easily. In fact, you could also run Brazen Borrower 4 times for the control aspect, which means you could also run Lucky Clover, and that would give Emry, Lurker of the Loch something relevent to bring back, since I find your other artifact choice questionable. God-Pharaoh's Statue is situational and Wand of Vertebrae is better used in decks that can make use of their top-deck, like when playing Bolas's Citadel, it's not that great for self-milling.
Persistent Petitioners is mediocre at best unless you have 4 advisors in play, and they're your only ones. Normally a deck that runs them will run way more of them, maybe like 20~30 of them since they get around the 4 limits per deck. There's nothing stopping you from running just 4, but they won't accomplish much.
Obviously Jace, Wielder of Mysteries is a must in this deck, but you may want to consider Ashiok, Dream Render too since he can mill 20 of your cards all by himself and still exiles your opponent's graveyard.
I don't think you run enough surveil to run Enhanced Surveillance, and Kiora Bests the Sea God seems out of place since it's usually a finisher in control decks while your plan is just to mill your library. It will rarely be the card you need to stay in control until you're done milling.
Dazzling Lights is pretty underwhelming too, easily something I would take out for any of the extra mentioned above.
Btw I don't mean to sound like "Your deck is all wrong!", it's always nice to see people trying to make decks themselves, it's way too easy to just copy the top meta decks.
Hopefully these suggestions will be helpful.
3 months ago
Cards I thought about but didn’t make the cut for some reason
Aven Mindcensor,Castle Ardenvale,Dauntless Bodyguard,Elspeth Conquers Death,Fabled Passage,Fairgrounds Warden,Field of Ruin,Gideon of the Trials,Gideon, Ally of Zendikar,God-Pharaoh's Statue,Harsh Mentor,High Priest of Penance,Hostage Taker,Icy Manipulator,Immortal Servitude,Judge's Familiar,Kambal, Consul of Allocation,Knight of Autumn,Knight of the White Orchid,Labyrinth of Skophos,Lavinia, Azorius Renegade,Loxodon Smiter,Matter Reshaper,Mistcaller,Mizzium Meddler,Nimble Obstructionist,Notion Thief,Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx,Phyrexian Revoker,Remorseful Cleric,Selfless Spirit,Tithe Taker,Tomik, Distinguished Advokist,Voice of Resurgence
4 months ago
Thank you for entrusting me to look over your deck. So i'll start by saying we have reached a point where there are more powerful options than there are available deck slots. Therefore, many times choices come down to prioritizing a specific strategy like voltorn vs go wide, how cards interact with other cards in your deck, or if you want to better your chances against a particular opponent. So the most important information I can give you is the cards that I think will underperform. From there that allows you the freedom to try out some of the things I suggest or test out some of your own choices.
You can find the card by card choices here. I just find it easier to work on a spreadsheet to see what I am changing. Helps me keep track of changes to CMC/mana curve, number of removal spells etc.
Ill use this to talk about general philosophy and other optional choices that I didnt include above.
First things first, many people have mentioned some issues with the mana base. So yes we'll want to get you up around 37 lands. I got you to 36 with 2 cards that find lands. So just be dilligent about your mulligans since were still slightly greedy. Mana production is super important with this deck because all you really need to win after a board wipe is enough mana to recast aurelia and put some swords on her. Because of this early game i tutor for sword of the animist about 70% of the time. I also made some changes to your utility lands so you can get some added benefits there. Becareful with colorless lands, aurelias colors are pretty strict so manage colorless lands closely, if you start having issues either cut colorless lands or add a chromatic lantern. Fetches and Dual lands do make life easier but thats a high cost low impact change. Its nice but not necessary.
As I talk about in the document, Sword of Feast and Famine is the single most impactful change you can make. It sucks because they are super expensive, but it allows you to do ridiculous things and get way ahead of your opponents. It makes the rest of your swords look like rusty forks by comparison. Mid game I am probably tutoring for feast and famine, the only equipment that really comes close is a Sunforger with a full sunforger package though it is slower.
The second most impactful change you can make is adding teferi's protection. Its useful in 100% of games, but it too commends a super high price tag. Fortunately you can substitute this one with a combination of Boros Charm / Comeuppance / Eerie Interlude or other protection effects.
Mana ramp wise, i made a few changes. Nothing crazy, but in a slower setting I do prefer multi ramp as opposed to mind stone type cards. You want a little of both. The options i added are all colorless. If you find that colors are a problem you can look at gilded lotus or kor cartographer. Another thing to mention is that because of the increased mana production, you may find a need to add 1 or 2 cards at 6 or 7CMC. Just pay attention to how it performs. If you have a lot of mana late with nothing to do having something big to go to is nice.
Removal wise I really like my removal to hit everything possible. So thats where I really like Austere Command and things that blow up multiple permanents types. I didnt mention them in the doucment partly due to cost, partly due to CMC, but they are both incredibly effective and thats Ugin, the Spirit Dragon and All Is Dust. Again all you needs is swords and mana to finish a game. Magmaquake is also a nice option since it doesnt kill aurelia and hits planeswalkers. I really like Hour of Revelation but its pretty dangerous for your equipments.... I would want more protection and recursion effects if I were going that Hour of Rev direction, but its great in decks that are slightly less artifact heavy. Cleansing Nova is also pretty real. Deck slots get really tight and it usually means cutting creatures but I also like having both generous gift and chaos warp, you've only got 1 for now and thats ok. Just pay attention to see if you are really needing that second all target piece of removal...they are useful for people that hide behind sporefrog and glacial chasm. Another card I forgot to mention is Volcanic Offering It never hits your stuff, blows up problematic lands without sacrificing your own lands, and is just fun cause everyone gets to be involved. Many options for removal, will depend on what your meta calls for.
Card draw there are a few additional options for things. Wheel of Fortune and Reforge the Soul will both be the best, and combo with smothering tithe. Plus they are pretty disruptive too opponents especially around turn 4 or 5. Aside from those, Tome of Legends and Rogue's Gloves are both reasonable. I like that tome doesnt require successful hits, but overall draws less cards. Manifold Key looks a little better if you decide to go with Tome because aurelia puts more counters on it than you can untap, plus unblockable is needed sometimes. Prophetic Flamespeaker and Tectonic Giant are also ways that you can look at additional cards. They arent as good as just drawing cards, but if your goal is just to look at more cards they will fill the role, plus Prophetic wears equipments very well, but they do sometimes exile cards you wanted.
Another thing that I ran out of room for is more double strike. I usually run 3-4 sources when possible. Duelist's Heritage is my favorite but Silverblade Paladin and True Conviction are also great. Embercleave will also be possible, but I would wait for the price to come down a little.
Other fun cards that warrant some amount of consideration but are not must includes: Neheb, Dreadhorde Champion, Citadel Siege, Hate Mirage Argentum Armor its fun but it gets stuck in hand a lot. If you attack with it you probably just won the game.
Powering Up the deck. If you find yourself in more high power metas facing down stronger and faster opponents, you'll want to embrace the philosophy of more interaction and dropping the curve back down a bit. A few key hatebears can really slow things down like Thalia, Heretic Cathar Hushbringer and Remorseful Cleric. The big thing I use to shutdown combo decks is to get a decent board position, usually a flying creature with a relevant sword (feast and famine if possible) and then use Goblin Engineer to slam Winter Orb and you can watch the combo decks cry salty salty tears. God-Pharaoh's Statue is also an option that isnt winter orb levels of salt inducing but keeps opponents off of big turns.
You can check out my list right here. Aurelia Weapons of War Currently ive got it setup to go very fast to compete in a more combo centric turn 6 turn 7 style meta. My build is going to be a little soft to someone just having a lot of creatures on board. Anyway I hope all this helps :)
4 months ago
You might like these: Conjurer's Closet (flickering Pramikon allows you to reset his left-right mode, making it possible to never get attacked), Thassa, Deep-Dwelling, Venser, the Sojourner, Mistmeadow Witch, Nephalia Smuggler, Flickerform, God-Pharaoh's Statue, Alms Collector, Aven Mindcensor, Kinjalli's Sunwing, Blind Obedience
5 months ago
On the opposite side of the coin Ive been doing a lot of Aurelia deck reviews lately, so based on my past experience heres what changes I would make. The first issue that jumped out at me is the number of 3 drops. This always becomes a problem when you run a lot of the swords, however when deck building I will often shift the swords to the 5 CMC slot visually just because that is much more inline with how they perform. Anyway with this being the case I always want to make sure my 3 CMC cards are essentially over performing because its so crowded, and the other thing is that you do want to have some number of bigger plays as the game goes later or if someone ramps hard. I recently destroyed all the tokens of Avenger of Zendikar with an Elesh Norn which was 7 drop vs 7 drop...you won't get that by running entirely 3 drops. When the game gets big, you want some ability to go big as well.
I would probably cut captain lannery storm as a result. I would add signet or talisman in its place. Combat celebrant has generally also underperformed for me so In place of that, the card you need more than anything else in this deck is Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite its removal, and its team pump for a deck full of small creatures. In short its a game winner.
Depending on how winds of abandon is performing, that would most likely be the slot for generous gift/chaos warp. By running both of those I notice that glacial chasm and spore frog aren't nearly the problems they used to be for me. In general I don't love that wind's of abandon gives something back to opponents, it can be a problem sometimes, so I might go for Volcanic Offering instead since blowing up key lands or just slowing your opponents while also taking out the 2 best creatures in play of your opponents.
Next Outpost Siege has never been my favorite, Light Up the Stage is a bit more immediate, but lately Ive been really hot on Commune with Lava especially when you've got feast and famine in play since you can float mana. Commune has the ability to grab 2 early if you just need a land or you can scale X to go bigger in the late game. You'll need to play it a few times it does require a small amount of skill to get it just right, but Id go that route over outpost. Tome of Legends is a card that i am currently trying to get tested, but i never seem to draw it, however it looks very promising in Aurelia. Beyond that, I've also used Prophetic Flamespeaker in the past. It wears equipments well and will get you to look at some extra cards, and it works best in a low curve deck like this because of the nature of impulse draw.
Here are things that I very much want to add but don't have room for but you might want to consider. Blackblade Reforged it deletes players from the game, especially if you have double strike. Umezawa's Jitte its easily the most complicated equipment since its range of performance goes from does nothing up to wins the game. Neheb, the Eternal It just makes so much mana and its good on attacking and blocking also. Archangel of Thune predominantly to make your hate bears bigger and close the game quicker.
Here are some very interesting cards to think about that Ive used or have been trying to test more. Backdraft Hellkite slow but flashback on your spells. Helm of Possession Turn your 2 drops into someones consecrated sphinx or commander. Its somewhat skill intensive, but stealing other peoples stuff is absurdly powerful. You currently don't have a fog effect other than teferi's in the deck which makes me nervous, maybe its a meta call but I really like a fog that can be brought back with mist veil plains so Comeuppance or Dawn Charm depending if you value the lower CMC vs more power. Also as a nice, this deck does look a bit soft to other aggro or big stompy decks.
Next, lets talk about stax. You've got some light stax to medium stax happening in this deck. If you want to bring it to the next level here are some super nasty options. God-Pharaoh's Statue this thing makes it super hard for your opponents to cast anything and just grinds them to hault.. they won't be comboing off through this. Next, my personal favorite its very good as you get toward the Cedh side of things, is Winter Orb once again it crushes combo decks, crushes tatyova and golos style decks and other big ramp decks, and really any deck that doesn't have just tons of big creatures in play. Its very skill intensive, but the key to break parity is Feast and famine and Neheb. Next Blind Obedience its nasty, and if you draw enough cards its a win condition, plus life gain which is also relevant. If you find that other aggro or stompy decks are problem, take a look at Angelic Arbiter you basically don't lose to creature decks. Aura of Silence is also very real, sometimes a little slow but can come back with sun titan...happens occasionally.
I personally wouldn't mind seeing another protection spell in the deck. Many choices available here Eerie Interlude, Legion's Initiative Brought Back and even just Cloudshift Ephemerate bring some amount of protection but can also be used for the 3rd combat trick amongst other things.
Alright those are my thoughts for now. I am sure thats plenty to think about. Let me know if you have any questions :) -PJ, Commander Replay
5 months ago
Hey BMHKain, these are the changes that I would make:
- Null Rod --> Meekstone
- Humility --> Ward of Bones
- Cabal Ritual --> Alms Collector
- Culling the Weak --> Cradle of Vitality
- Leyline of the Void (your general serves pretty much the same role as this card) --> Sunbond
- Ashes of the Abhorrent --> Rule of Law
- Athreos, Shroud-Veiled (your general shuts Athreos' ability down) --> God-Pharaoh's Statue
- Diabolic Intent --> Night Dealings
- Trepanation Blade (interesting but unreliable) --> Ob Nixilis, Unshackled
7 months ago
Join us on the Red Love discord where we discuss the deck (as well as other Mono-red commanders): https://discord.gg/2AuD3ex