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Artifact Creature — Golem
: Golden Guardian fights another target creature you control. When Golden Guardian dies this turn, return it to the battlefield transformed under your control.
Golden Guardian Discussion
6 months ago
Well with your colors you can run some of the give your permanent indestructible instant speed cards like Boros Charm and Heroic Intervention maybe even some flicker away stuff like Eerie Interlude would be something.
For ramp and this is also just one of my guilty pleasure pet cards I would include Golden Guardian Flip since he flips into a land that produces mana of any color or if you have the mana available and you aren’t using it you can make a 4/4 golem.
Coalition Relic would probably be a good rock for the deck since it makes mana of any color and can even make 2 of separate colors if you ever find yourself not using it for a turn. Another rock that would be useful is Everflowing Chalice since you can put however much mana you want into it to make it tap for that much or put more charge counters on it.
I love to put Lux Cannon into any deck with unwinding clock since then it becomes a really powerful piece of removal.
A card that is really good for charge counters is Energy Chamber since at your upkeep you either put a +1/+1 counter on an artifact creature or a charge counter on an artifact.
Steel Overseer May also be useful for the deck to slowly make all of your golems into bigger threats.
7 months ago
Hi, looks like a fun list. Golden Guardian Flip is especially spicy ! Have you thought of Dive Down because I think this deck is so dependent of its commander, you need all the Release to the Wind and Teferi's Time Twist . Just thinking :p
8 months ago
@antipopes - I agree with your analysis. I may consider replacing Ravenous Chupacabra with Golden Guardian Flip, since it functions as removal and can help ramp eventually. Only problem is that as you said, one is found with Grenzo at x=3 and the other isn't. The sac outlets in this deck aren't intended to be the primary mechanic though, just a way to finish off opponents / get value out of dead cards, so I don't know if I really need the extra tokens. I'll have to play several games and see.
8 months ago
Some creature changes you might consider are Guardian of the Ages , Colossus of Akros and Golden Guardian Flip. I feel your main way of winning via Vent Sentinel is not enough on its own but I will have to think of some ways to enhance it.
8 months ago
I tried a similar version of this Deck a few times now.
I really miss some kind of ramp, and either protection for Glissa to keep the recursion/card advantage going, or card draw. Mind Stone Hedron Archive and maybe Dreamstone Hedron can fill both ramp and draw slot each.
I also recommend Unstable Obelisk if you kill creatures with it, you can recure it, and also fills a ramp slot. And it can solve other problems than creatures, too.
Glaring Spotlight opens your opponents creatures for removal. Also can finish/protect yours.
Acorn Catapult seems bad, but once you get an opponent a Squirrel, you will have a target every turn for "free" recursion (just hit the squirrels if there are no other targets to kill)
Cranial Plating Just try it. You can eqiup this at instant speed. Giving sometime +10 power or more :)
Hope of Ghirapur done lot's of work in every deck where I was able to get it back!
Verdurous Gearhulk Artifact, +1/+1 Counters. 5 Mana 8/8 Trample if nothing better to do.
Marionette Master I nearly always choose to put counters on him (fits your theme) making him a 4/6. So every artifact that "dies" sucks 4 life out of an opponent. Can semi-protect from artifact boardwipes, because it sometimes can kill an opponent.
Disciple of the Vault Little brother.
Of course Sol Ring etc. would work with that many artifacts, too. Maybe you can explain why you play few ramp spells and Draw stuff
And I really don't know why people play Terramorphic Expanse Evolving Wilds in a two colored deck. Getting 2 cards out of 90+ others...not worth in my opinion. They are fixing but technically Mono Colored Taplands. Try Guildgates/Shocks/Normal Tapduals instead
Some games are hard with too much topdecking cause of missing draw/Glissa died too often But nontheless Great Deck and really a lot of fun to play :)
9 months ago
This is an obvious copy and paste of the Kozi list that Game Knights posted (Ashlen's Kozilek I Game Knights #24) with some minor changes so far, and that's fine and all but I think you should issue some credit to them in the description for where you found the inspiration and core of the list from. I'm not calling you out by any means, I just think you should link the source of what opted you to make these recent changes is all. At least do that until you get this deck into a state of finality and it molds into its own identity after you do some necessary tuning and playtesting with it.
For starters, I think you need to add some more basic Wastes . I know that may seem like a weird suggestion being in colorless, but you're running Burnished Hart , Solemn Simulacrum , Thaumatic Compass Flip and Pilgrim's Eye . In the presence of those cards, as well as other effects that opponents often pack such as Path to Exile , Assassin's Trophy , and many others, only having 5 targets to hit makes those cards borderline useless at a certain point. I would recommend making some cuts to your utility lands in favor of 8-12 Wastes to get into a comfortable position to run the fetch cards you're using.
I personally am not a fan of Kozilek's Channeler because creature-based ramp is susceptible to boardwipes, and on top of that, a 5CMC 4/4 with summoning sickness that can only tap for two mana doesn't feel like a lot of payoff. I would recommend Golden Guardian Flip as an alternative sort of pet card because it has potential utility for removal, and you either use it as fodder and intentionally kill it to flip it, or you can activate it in response to a boardwipe to get a land that taps for two mana and begin spewing out 4/4 tokens.
For the rest, I will just highlight the specific flex spot cards that you are running from the Game Knights list that I would recommend switching out to test other things: Energy Chamber , God-Pharoah's Gift, Lux Cannon , Nevinyrral's Disk / Oblivion Stone / Perilous Vault (unless you feel like you need a bunch of boardwipes), All Is Dust should be enough for you though), Orbs of Warding , Staff of Nin , Tamiyo's Journal , and Ugin's Nexus . These are all okay to run, but I think you should consider trying out other things to replace these slots. Here is a link to an EDHREC page for suggested cards you may be interested in. I'm not sure exactly what specific card suggestions to offer because I don't know what direction you want to go into. It's very important to have a considerate amount of ramp in a deck like this though. That should be your main priority in order to consistently get your commander and other threats out early.
9 months ago
Fauna Shaman Hydra Broodmaster Flametongue Kavu Skyshroud Poacher Tireless Tracker Scavenging Ooze Manglehorn Harbinger of the Hunt Wolfbriar Elemental Huntmaster of the Fells Flip Yisan, the Wanderer Bard Gruul Spellbreaker Budoka Gardener Scryb Ranger Ulvenwald Tracker Quirion Ranger Ruric Thar, the Unbowed Buried Ruin Gruul Turf Kazandu Refuge Rugged Highlands Mountain Valley 2x Mountain 2x Forest
Dualcaster Mage Llanowar Empath Genesis Hydra Yeva, Nature's Herald Decimator of the Provinces Siege Behemoth Magus of the Library Brutalizer Exarch Duplicant Greenwarden of Murasa Loaming Shaman Golden Guardian Flip Burnished Hart Wood Elves Gaea's Herald Frontier Guide Diligent Farmhand Contested Cliffs Endless Sands Ghost Quarter Mystifying Maze Fungal Reaches Sheltered Thicket Raging Ravine Game Trail Memorial to Unity
My first update is focused on fine-tuning the deck a bit and getting rid of some of the obvious misfits with some needed staples and just new cards I thought would work. I decided to go all-in on the quick beatdown plan, so I added in some low-curve mana producers like Wood Elves, Magus of the Library, Frontier Guide, and Burnished Hart along with some heavy beaters and game-enders like Decimator of the Provinces and Siege Behemoth. I also added a bit more tutoring power with cards like Genesis Hydra and Brutalizer Exarch. I removed a bit of the Elf tribal suite because while it may be good in the early game, it won’t matter much if you get something like Skyshroud Poacher later in the game. I added Yeva, Nature’s Herald because having flash is crucial for a deck like this to really succeed—surprise allows you to dodge removal and play conservatively instead of walking into spot removal and board wipes. Speaking of flash, I can’t believe I didn’t consider Dualcaster Mage before—you may not be able to cast your own instants and sorceries, but Nikya doesn’t say anything about not letting you take other people’s! Golden Guardian I think is an excellent card in this deck—not only does it die easily to most of your powerful creatures, including your commander, but it transforms instantly into a land to boost your mana AND that pumps out Golems every turn with the extra mana you have left over. Finally, I also beefed up the land suite a bit to include some more utility lands—one thing I’ve realized is that the lands in this deck will have to carry some of the extra weight of you not playing spells. Contested Cliffs gives you access to extra removal, as many of this deck’s most powerful creatures are Beasts. Fungal Reaches lets you store extra Nikya mana for a big burst later on. Endless Sands is more insurance against removal and board wipes. And Mystifying Maze provides the deck with some much-needed defensive capability, once again helped by all that extra mana.
Something I’m struggling with is how much to focus on my beatdown plan versus an anti-control or combo plan. As it stands, this deck is well tuned for the beats but is weak against non-interactive strategies like storm or blink decks. Cards like Ruric Thar, Immolation Shaman, and Harsh Mentor would definitely put a crimp in their plans and stop them from going off, but they don’t really help toward Nikya’s goals much. Other cards like Runic Armasaur that are designed for the long game don’t seem at home in this specific version of the deck—I could see an alternate build though designed more with control in mind than beatdown. You’ll notice I’ve added a large Maybeboard of cards I want to include, but just can’t find space for.
10 months ago
Sweet deck, Grothama looks super fun.
I also like the idea of Soul of New Phyrexia for flexible protection of your Mama on a relevant body.
Golden Guardian occurrence in decks from the last year
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All decks: 0.01%