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Harmless Offering Discussion
1 week ago
2 weeks ago
great deck, seems like a lot of fun to play, love that you finally found a use for Harmless Offering!
As Immortal Coil is your main win con i'd like to suggest Leyline of the Void even tho it may be a non budged suggestion. It's just a great pay-off since it gives you insta-wins with coil and shuts down graveyard related things like Tarmogoyfs, Snapcaster Mages and stops grixis from delve action, and since you dont have yard interaction it just fits in too well
3 weeks ago
this isn't standard you will probably want to change the format. Kusari-Gama is a great way to remove a whole team since it hits the whole board, super strong with death touch. things like Lure will be good to make them have to block. Heroic Intervention would be good for you too, since you can survive some board wipes. one last thing, it looks like you enjoy making fun decks, have you considered using Harmless Offering and Donate to give your opponents Abyssal Persecutor? if you can find a way to do it, and then put a Robe of Mirrors on it you essentially are invincible.
1 month ago
So lets pick the deck apart in detail:
1# If you don't have removal resistant creatures (like Slippery Bogle) you don't run cards that have "enchant creature" (with exception of enchantments like Rancor that don't go the grave). Because you should not allow your opponent to trade + Fatal Push for your 2 cards, and 2+ mana.
(and 2 cmc cycling cards like Angelic Gift are not much better)
2# Playing very dumb beaters is a bad idea. Especially if they need you to have a large board presence to do ANYTHING at all.
People tend to call these "win more cards" because they won't help you if you are in a bad position, and if you are winning already, what is the point in playing them?
I am talking about Crusader of Odric & Seraph of the Masses.
And even if we disregard the problems described above, when tokens are board wiped thy will self destruct.(since they will have 2-3 damage marked on them until end of turn, and when your tokens leave the battlefield, their toughness will fall below 2/3 - so they will swiftly follow)
3# Seller of Songbirds < Precinct Captain - so you shouldn't play 4 bird traders & 1 captain, but the reverse.
4# Akroan Horse is terrible - it only exists to reference the Trojan horse, for more greekish impression for the set. Artifact creatures are dangerous, to the player who plays them as they are hit by both artifact and creature removal/hate cards.
And the wooden horse is bad even without this fact, its so bad that you wouldn't even want to Harmless Offering it to the opponent, as its simply not worth the time and mana investment.
(it takes time to get to 4 mana in a 19 land deck that lacks filtering)
6# Mausoleum Guard is a worse Promise of Bunrei, the latter is an enchantment (thus very few people have stuff that would exile it unlike the guard which has high chances of meeting Path to Exile. The enchantment is also 1 mana cheaper, and if its played all your creatures will have the effect, so if any 1 of them dies you get the bonus (its much easier to not block a 2/2 tha to not block even a single one from the incoming horde of tokens)
7# Paragon of New Dawns; Phantom General < Honor the Pure, Intangible Virtue, Spear of Heliod & even Glorious Anthem. (honorable mention goes to Archetype of Courage because first strike is awesome if your are defending your life total from a weaker board position)
8# this deck simply doesn't have enough lands to support its (unnecessarily) high mana curve.
You are playing 11 4cmc cards in a deck with 19 lands, and you neither have ramp, nor card filtering to help you get to the necessary mana.
This means that those cards will likely just sit in your hand while you are being beaten to death by Tarmogoyf, Reality Smasher, or even a mono white token deck that runs a proper curve and/or the same effects for cheaper costs.
Giving your board indestructibility is the least of your worries, but you could theoretically accomplish such (or similar things) in modern (of course not with your mana source density):
Selfless Spirit, Frontline Medic, Knight Exemplar, Eldrazi Monument, Avacyn, Angel of Hope (Privileged Position)
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1 month ago
I would highly recommend trying to find room for Phage the Untouchable because you can cheat her in with conspiracy to one shot someone. Other lil funny jank card is Harmless Offering. Worst case, you donate someone behind a killbot and then could play bounce around the deathball. Best case, you replace all their creatures with killbots after donating them conspiracy. Also same with blades of velis vel or Endless Whispers. I have a couple other really good cards on my phone at home. Also Mycosynth Golem and that artifact that gives all your non artifact spells improvise. Inspiring Statuary or whatever it is called and storm out with free killbots. Also you could stand to make it really suck for them to kill your critters with Marionette Master and Pia's Revolution. Also Shared Animosity and Thrumming Stone and the real allstart Secret Salvage. I think Mary O'Kill has real potential to get ridiculous
2 months ago
WOW, thanks for the really quality post!
I got to say I like your deck you have made, and your post has made me really think long and hard about the recommendations you have given me. So here are my thoughts on all of them.
Relic of Progenitus you are correct about it not being perfect, but it never really caused problems as I would just pull off a donation before triggering the ability, however the first effect on it helped a little with the exile 1. But all in all the main reason I was keeping it in was its draw effect, and as Nihil Spellbomb also has draw I am totally down to add it and see how it plays out at my next FNM.
Terminate and Go for the Throat as stated are mainly here to remove the Abyssal Persecutor, but I cant see me taking them out or changing it to Greater Gargadon for the simple fact of the kill gives me way more survivability. I find that I have enough donation in the deck that I rarely need to use them on Abyssal Persecutor and instead I use it as a kill to take out my opponents shenanigans. So I will not be adding Greater Gargadon but I do have to say I really like that combo and would have never see using it like that, such a good idea though.
Sign in Blood is something I was looking at, however the deck is already tight fitting in all the cards I need for my combos aswell as the cards that let me live long enough to pull off a win. And so there is just no room for Sign in Blood, and as for Street Wraith mostly the same reasoning as Sign in Blood but also it does not really fit the theam and idea of a donation deck.
As for more Fetchlands, I really want to... but that shit is expensive yo, and I am already way over budget for what I wanted to spend on this deck. (100$ was how much I was originally looking to spend, to give you an idea for how over budget this has gotten... but I do have to admit it has been really fun to play.)
Also this deck list is a little out dated after Juppe recommendations I have actually created a V3 of this deck witch I played last night at my local FNM, but after your recommendations I have created a V4 of the deck witch I hope to play next week.
Here is the links as well as the changes between each version.
Deck link: Modern Donations? (v3)
Changes from V2 to V3 Show
Minus - 2x Lich's Mirror: Too slow to get out and self board wiping sucked.
Minus - 2x Death's Shadow: Honestly really missed them, and so brought them back in V4
Plus - 3x Lightning Bolt: Grate addition and feels really nice, made wins come a turn sooner.
Deck link: Modern Donations? (v4)
Changes from V3 to V4 Show
Damn another long ass reply, well hopefully I did not ramble too much and got my point across, if you have any other ideas or recommendations feel free to place a comment and I will get back to you... also I will try and remember next Friday after FNM to make a comment and tell you how the Nihil Spellbomb play out.
2 months ago
2 months ago
4x Glorious End
4x Sol Ring
4x Dark Ritual