Hada Freeblade

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Worldwake (WWK) Uncommon
Promo Set (000) Uncommon

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Hada Freeblade

Creature — Human Soldier Ally

Whenever Hada Freeblade or another Ally enters the battlefield under your control, you may put a +1/+1 counter on Hada Freeblade.

Hada Freeblade Discussion

Darth_Savage on G/W Interlude

2 months ago

Throne of the God-Pharaoh, could work here given the volume of creatures your running. Thalia, Guardian of Thraben would be a good control option and Mikaeus, the Lunarch might let you grow your creatures, similar to Steel Overseer for artifact decks. You could also consider a black splash for Siege Rhino and Anafenza, the Foremost or get protection and lifegain from Auriok Champion.

Unfortunately, you are missing the consistency and advantage of going for the tribal option, since you can't leverage Unclaimed Territory or Cavern of Souls and don't have a low cost creature which grows itself like Champion of the Parish (Humans) or Hada Freeblade (Allies). Outside of that, your deck doesn't actually avoid, what I think is, the biggest weakness for Humans, that being cards like Torpor Orb or Tocatli Honor Guard which suppress ETB effects, though these are by no means that common.

I hope this is of some help, good luck with your brew.

Argy on Triple A [Modern Version]

3 months ago

TheDuggernaught your comment confuses me because, if I have a olayset of Aether Vial, Expedition Envoy (which you seem to assume that I'm not aware of), Hada Freeblade, Metallic Mimic (not always as good as you think it will be), and Kazandu Blademaster then +1/+1 counters are being put on some Creatures ... but that's the only Rally that you're triggering. You may as well not play Allies ...

I do see what you're saying about Kor Bladewhirl, though. I really had never thought of that. I'll sub Ondu Cleric for her.

Argy on Triple A [Modern Version]

3 months ago

This list has had 4x Hada Freeblade in it for some time now.

I can't add any more than that so please stop suggesting that I do.


I'm not going to introduce into this deck at this stage.

I played Allies during Battle for Zendikar and found that Reckless Bushwhacker doesn't suit my fairly cautious play style.

I tried it in Triple A many times and never got it to land correctly.

Argy on Triple A [Modern Version]

3 months ago

This list has had 4x Hada Freeblade in it for some time now.

I can't add any more than that so please stop suggesting that I do.


I'm not going to introduce into this deck so, thanks for any Comments you made suggesting that, but I'm just going to purge then.

TheDuggernaught on Triple A [Modern Version]

3 months ago

I would also suggest adding red if 3 colors is on the table. The speed that Akoum Battlesinger, and Reckless Bushwhacker; along with the added evasion that Firemantle Mage provide could really help. It also provides the ageless Lightning Bolt, and can provide some nice sideboard tech. I have also had luck with Claim//Fame.

As for the creatures you do have, I would absolutely up Hada Freeblade to 4. As someone who has played Allies since OG Zendikar, It is and always will be your best turn 1 play outside of Aether Vial (which should also be included if you do not want Collected Company or Hardened Scales. And it plays so nice with Ally Encampment!).

I would also play a full playset of Expedition Envoy. Yes it does not have any triggers itself -- but it is a mildly aggressive body that triggers all your other ally's abilities for one. In Allies, I like to think of it as a sorcery (that can be played with vial) that reads "put a 2/1 token into play. Trigger all of your creature's ETB abilities again." For one Mana? Now it suddenly becomes a busted card. In my experience, you want as many cheap ways to trigger your ally abilities, and Expedition Envoy does it. It also increases the number of hits you have on Orzhov Charm -- another card I have had a fair amount of success with as a 1-of.

I can also tell you that Drana, Liberator of Malakir + Kor Bladewhirl can be a bit of a non-bo at times as the +1/+1 counters will be placed on the other creatures after they do damage. The first strike damage is also not as effective on the offensive side if you already have evasion. I can see 1 or 2 bladewhirls as a neat combat trick on your opponent's turn with vial -- but the creature that will likely be untapped and can block, Kazandu Blademaster (which should also be an auto-include 4 of), already has first strike.

I see you also have some of what I refer to as the combo allies. These are Kalastria Healer, and Zulaport Cutthroat. I refer to them as this as without some enabler, they do not really do much. Now, you have in your sideboard their best enabler in Rally the Ancestors, but if you want to play a Rally the Ancestors, we are starting to look at a wildly different shell. To abuse Zulaport Cutthroat, we likely need some sacrifice engine. Kalastria Healer does not have quite the same constraints, but I feel there are often cards that do its job better. Need life gain? Go with Ondu Cleric. Want more aggression? Go Bojuka Brigand.

In conclusion, I would likely drop some number of Bladewhirls, Dranas, and maybe a Gideon. I would cut Join the Ranks, and Zulaport Cutthroat. I would also consider cutting Kalastria Healer -- but I can see some merit there in its ability to do damage and heal shrug off some damage. Especially if you do not feel like splashing another color. I would up Kazandu Blademaster to 4, add a playset of Expedition Envoy, up Aether Vial to 4, play with a Orzhov Charm or 2, and then play around with number of Bojuka Brigand and some Metallic Mimics. If you want to splash red, I would definitely add 4 Akoum Battlesinger, 3-4 Reckless Bushwhackers, and at least 1 Firemantle Mage.

For the record, I also do not like the idea of Vault of the Archangel. The mana can already be a little tight to cast non ally spells. No need to make it worse.

Argy on Triple A [Modern Version]

3 months ago

itachi45 no, it's not.

It comes out a Turn later than Kalastria Healer, Kalastria Healer does something RIGHT AWAY, which Lantern Scout does not, and Lantern Scout doesn't have the interaction with Rally the Ancestors in the Sideboard which Kalastria Healer does, to win the game.


I'm not gonna run Captain's Claws. I would rather play something else at that point on the curve. To me Gideon, Ally of Zendikar offers a similar effect, but better.

You get an Ally whether or not you attack, and you get a bigger one.


I cannot justify Cavern of Souls AND Ally Encampment. I have already explained why the ability on the Encampment is so good for this deck.


Sorry clayperce but there are WAY too many things to address in your post.

The only things I will respond to is that Hada Freeblade IS an excellent card ... but so are all the other cards. I tried four of, and it threw the balance of the deck out.

Unlike Kazandu Blademaster it doesn't have Vigilance.

I'll give it one more go.

I will not drop my land count. 22 is low enough for this deck. Don't forget that I DO want to cast Gideon as soon as I can.


I will make two concessions for now by trialling Aether Vial and swapping a Kor Bladewhirl for a Hada Freeblade.

clayperce on Triple A [Modern Version]

3 months ago

Argy,
I should have known Collected Company would be towards the top (if not the top) of your Most Hated pile o' cards. Consider it shredded. :-D

So, I ran some tests ... nothing rigorous by any means, basically just a bunch of abbreviated matches (with sideboarding) vs. a few decks from wyquem's Modern Gauntlet. In no particular order (and with all the caveats that come with limited testing), here are some thoughts:

  • It felt like the deck wanted to go just a little faster than the mana-base allowed. In particular, there were a few times I wished the Isolated Chapels were Concealed Courtyard (or maybe even Caves of Koilos) instead. I know both of those are already on your 'Cards Already Considered' list, so maybe I'm just missing something ...
  • Hada Freeblade was just soooo good. I really wanted to see it every draw, so I'd probably try to fit it in as a 4-of.
  • I found Brave the Elements to be EXTREMELY high-variance. It was hilariously amazing in some matchups, but actively bad vs. boardwipes and Colorless Creatures (e.g., those in Hardened Affinity and Gx Tron ... plus Affinity and Eldrazi Tron, though I haven't seen them around much lately). I'm not sure what I'd swap around (and of course something like that is VERY meta-dependent), but it felt MUCH more like a sideboard card than a maindeck card to me. Kabira Evangel had similar challenges, though to a lesser extent.

Speaking of sideboard, I found myself REALLY wishing I had some more hate cards. Here are some thoughts ...

I also ran a few games with 4x Aether Vial. I cut 1x Gideon, Ally of Zendikar and 3x Join the Ranks to make room, though I'm almost certain that was not the optimal place to find the slots. Nevertheless, it really felt like a huge upgrade.

  • I never brought in Gideon, Ally of Zendikar from the side, so it kind of felt like 3x in the 75 was plenty. Taking one out for a Vial was probably not correct though.
  • I had very mixed feelings on Join the Ranks, which is why I chose to put the Vials there. As you mention in your description, it can make a GREAT combat trick, and it definitely bailed me out of some otherwise very sticky situations. However, Vialing in another Ally often had the same benefit, plus it's much harder for an opponent to play around. It's also 4 mana, so it was at kind of an uncomfortable point on the curve. At 4 mana I generally wanted to slam Gideon, and that got me wondering if sacrificing the Instant speed for a 3-mana effect (i.e., Oath of Gideon) might actually be better.
  • Vial is of course great vs. Control, but I never realized how good it was with Drana, Liberator of Malakir. Being able to Vial her in at the end of an opponent's turn (thus avoiding all their main-phase Removal) just felt GREAT. Vialing in Kabira Evangel won a couple games too.
  • Since I swapped out 4x 4-drops for the Vials, I'm pretty sure I could have run 21 Lands. Not sure where the slots would best come from, but 21 vs. 22 Lands may deserve some special attention.

Anyways, hope that something in this Wall of Text was useful, and sorry for wasting your time with the pieces that weren't!

As always, draw well!

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