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Hero of Iroas
Creature — Human Soldier
Aura spells you cast cost 1 less to cast.
Heroic Whenever you cast a spell that targets Hero of Iroas, put a +1/+1 counter on Hero of Iroas.
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Hero of Iroas Discussion
3 days ago
First, i'm sorry by my english. Second, i'm sorry by my magic's skills. Well, let start.
The deck's premisse is "I want to have a angel 4/4 with fly hitting my enemy in their face".To do this, we will use Geist of Saint Traft, he is a creature costly one/white/blue with hexproof, "Whenever Geist of Saint Traft attacks, put a 4/4 white Angel creature token with flying onto the battlefield tapped and attacking. Exile that token at the end of combat", and a body 2/2. The only problem with this card is in the last party: he is a 2/2. So it's very easy to be killed by a blocking creature. For correct this we will use Steel of the Godhead. Our geist enchanted with this will become a 4/4 creature with lifelink, unblockable and whenever attacks put a angel 4/4 flyng and atacking too.
So, mission completed! But, wait... We can do better. Invocation of Saint Traft permit us enchant a creature to do the same thing the geist does. And, maybe you heard about him, maybe not, but Invisible Stalker is the right blue-guy if you want to attack your enemmy without reaction. Costly one/blue for a creature with HEXPROOF AND UNBLOCKABLE, you will pay two mana for a creture that, if enter the battlefield, can be stopped only for a global distruction or a saccrifice order. The only problem is he is a 1/1, but our propose is enchant he with Invocation of Saint Traft, and now we have our angel 4/4 hitting our enemy and one turn before if we used the saint traft.
This is very fun, we have two combinations to do the samething we want, Saint Traft and Stell of Godhead & Invisible Stalker and Invocation of Saintraft. And the best party of this is in the two case we use a Aura. We already saw a GW Aura and a BW Aura. It's time for a UW Aura.
We use Ethereal Armor to buff our creatures for each aura we have AND give him FIRSTSTRIKE (the Stell of Godhead give unblockable for us Geist, but this in the mostly cases protect him enough), Cartouche of Knowledge allow us to give +1/+1 and fly to a creature AND draw a card (that is awesome), One With the Wind is a generic aura: +2/+2 and fly.
To protect us and buff the Ethereal Armor, we use Journey to Nowhere and Detention Sphere. In the deck we use two of each, but the Detention Sphere is best in the mostly cases. You will use journey if have a deck that wins early and with a creature. In the other cases you will use Detention Sphere: exile all permanents with the same name. With that you can exile a enchantmant that make a combo, remove two or three creatures with the same name or clean a board with Tokens. Yeah, detention sphere is pretty better than journey.
Still to protect us we have Hindering Light, anull a spell that target us or, usually, one of ours enchantments. And you draw a card. Talking about draw a card, we have Ephara, God of the Polis, that is awesome in our deck. Like the other gods, she is a legendary enchantment creature with subtype God, indestructible and isn't a creature while your devotion for heir colors is less than 7. She is a enchantment, so she will buff our Ethereal Armor, we have a lot of enchantments, so is easy to she becomes a creature, but the best of this god is your effect: "At the beginning of each upkeep, if you had another creature enter the battlefield under your control last turn, draw a card.". As we have a creature entering the field every turn, thanks to Saint Traft and your enchantment, we will bough a additional card on opponent's turn.
Know, let's talk about three cards that do similar things: Auramancer, Enlightened Tutor and Heliod's Pilgrim. These three cards get enchantments for us: Auramancer recover a enchantment from cemittery, Enlightened tutor search our library for an enchantment, and Heliod's Pilgrim search our library for an aura card. Alone, the best of them are the Enlightened tutor, cost only one-white mana and you can do this in instant speed, for... I don't know, but instant speed is cool. So, why we use 1 auramancer, 3 heliod's pilgrim and zero enlightened tutor?
The motive is Call to the Kindred. Cost 3/blue mana, enchant a creature and at the beginning of your upkeep search the top five cards of your library and put a creature card that shares a type with enchanted creature on the battlefield. If we enchant Heliod's Pilgrim with this, and we can search this card when she enter's the battlefield, every turn we can put for free a creature card on the battlefield, because all our creatures, with exception Ephara, shares a type with Heliod's Pilgrim. This is awesome if you are in a field with much deck control and time. That is my case. Now, with that aren't you case, you will preffer to use enlightened tutor, change the 3 heliod's pilgrim and the call to kindred for 4 of them. But, if you field have much blue-decks that counter your's enchantments, change the heliod's pilgrim for more 3 Auromancers, that way you can recover the enchantments that gone to the cemiterry. For black-decks that force you to sacrifice your creatures, its better the strategy of Call to the Kindred + Heliod's Pilgrim .
Last but not least, we have Hero of Iroas. That card be white don't make sense to me, one time Iroas are Boros, but be happy that is white. Cost one/white for a creature with body 2/2 that makes all your auras cost's 1 less, and have heroic - put a +1/+1 counter on it is awesome. It's no the better card on the deck, buts your effects are awesome. If your enemy can't destroy your enchantments, try to change one or two Hindering Light for more Hero of Iroas.
Know, lasts considerations. The first is why we use only two Seraph Sanctuary. I try to use 4 of them, to gain more life every time the effect of Saint Traft activate, but the life gain don't compensate the fault of blue/white mana. After some tests, two are the best amount for the deck. The second, Anointed Procession. You can use them if you don't want to do the combo Call to the Kindred + Heliod's Pilgrim . With this in battlefield, whenever the saint traft activate his effect you will have two angels attacking your oponnets. That's strong, but the times this card makes you win the game... Well, with me that card never was the reason to me win. Normally, if your oponnet can't stop your creatures, destroy your enchantments or something like this, have one or two angels don't make great difference. So, i prefer the combo pilgrim-kindred. And last, if you are facing a Burn, just put into the deck Lifelink. Cost one-white and gives lifelink for your creatures. This is normally enough to compensate the life take by burn.
3 weeks ago
Hello, KingMoney! Thanks for your feedback.
Emerge Unscathed is indeed essential to the deck, since not only it provides with protection, but also triggers the Heroism ability of Fabled Hero and other heroes like Wingsteed Rider and Hero of Iroas, twice (since it has Rebound).
As for the cartouches, Cartouche of Knowledge is indeed a pretty good choice, and I'm torn between that or continue using the very similar Spectral Flight or One With the Wind (those last two are functionally the same). The other cartouche you suggested doesn't really seem that good for the strategy of the Deck: betting everything on a single super-buffed unblockable monster.
Regarding removal, I already run 1 Oblivion Ring, plus 1 other card that has the same functionally but with a different name: Banishing Light. This is to avoid being cut off by cards like Surgical Extraction, Meddling Mage and other similar annoyances. I also run a Journey to Nowhere as the 3rd targeted removal, since the Deck needs a low mana curve to be aggressive.
As for Perimeter Captain, I realize that's an odd choice for most players. Slippery Bogle doesn't cut it for me, because the deck is mostly white with a splash of blue and no green, and it doesn't further my strategy. Perimeter Captain doesn't either, but it's good for its purpose: warding off attacks to win some time to get Fabled Hero going. Otherwise the Deck would get shredded by aggro red decks. With a 0/4 body, they are hard to top early on, and with two of them on the field you can block with both to gain 8 life. Still, maybe there's a better choice available.
3 weeks ago
Unless Emerge Unscathed is crucial to the deck, I think Brave the Elements would be sweet in this deck! I would suggest putting Day of Judgment in the side. For your deck, I would suggest Cartouche of Solidarity because it pays for itself with a 1/1 and Cartouche of Knowledge because it has an instant payoff with its cantrip effect. I would suggest less of the instant and sorcery combat tricks to lock down on more aura effects. For removal for the deck, I would suggest 3 Path to Exile, 3 Dismember, and 3 Oblivion Ring because the deck is gonna need a solid base of removal. I would swap Perimeter Captain for 3 Slippery Bogle and a Hero of Iroas. I really like the idea of the deck, but if you wanna go the aura root, I would take a look at the / bogles list that SaffronOllive at MTGGoldfish played.
4 weeks ago
kbrhnd, I still haven't gotten around to purchasing this deck yet, so I am unsure of how well it will work where I play. One thing I can say is that my goal is to only utilize permanents in this deck to keep it in line with my other enchantment list. So while Open the Armory is out, Heliod's Pilgrim is certainly something I'll test. It might be a way to grab Contaminated Ground or some other utility options that find their way to the sideboard. I do also want to stick with the bestow package though, and they can't be tutored with a Pilgrim. Swapping out Bitterheart Witch now is a possibility too. It's hard to say whether it's preferable to spend 8 mana over two turns or 5 mana over a variable number of turns to get Curse of Misfortunes. In general, though, a witch being too expensive will probably mean that the curses are also too expensive. You can only be lucky enough to have Hero of Iroas some of the time. Luckily, my meta does tend to be on the slower side.
2 months ago
Here is my attempt to figure out my "7 by 9" classification of my deck (Referenced article about "7 by 9"). The deck doesn't really fit into the model well since many of the cards overlap by just being enchantments that there's a lot of categories/single cards that only care if other enchantments get played.
The deck itself cost a lot to get rolling and I like where the ramp sits right now even if it's a bit high on cards, but being a 5 color deck has its requriements. I'd like to increase the number of cost reduction cards. And slightly increase the number of draw, and combo cards. If I had to I would probably remove some of the buff/removal/graveyard cards. The issue I have though is that I want to keep the same number of creatures as early agression is this decks downfall. If I could I would also update the mana base and then be able to cut some of the ramp cards.
Number of enchantments: 36 (a * represents that this card cares about enchantments) (15 are auras)
- Kodama's Reach
- Awakening Zone
- Fertile Ground
- Font of Fertility
- From Beyond
- Khalni Heart Expedition
- Trace of Abundance
- Birds of Paradise
- Courser of Kruphix
- Enchantress's Presence
- Argothian Enchantress
- Eidolon of Blossoms
- Kor Spiritdancer
- Mesa Enchantress
- Verduran Enchantress
- Assault Suit
- Furor of the Bitten
- Guise of Fire
- Vow of Duty
- Vow of Flight
- Vow of Lightning
- Vow of Malice
- Vow of Wildness
3 months ago
Oh yes I see the Curious Homunculus! So...
Artifacts: the Monument cycle from Amonkhet ( Bontu's Monument ecc.), Conduit of Ruin, Helm of Awakening, Foundry Inspector, Mana Matrix, Planar Gate, Seal of the Guildpact, Semblance Anvil, Stone Calendar, Inspiring Statuary, Heartstone
Azorius: Grand Arbiter Augustin IV
Red: Hardened Berserker
White: Hero of Iroas
Selesnya: Oath of Ajani
Rakdos: Rakdos, Lord of Riots
The cycle of the Familiars ( Nightscape Familiar, ecc.)
3 months ago
Curse of Misfortunes seems like an auto-include in here. Trespasser's Curse could mess with people playing decks that go wide or loop ETB effects. Aura Gnarlid grows from your Curses. Ironclad Slayer is another way to recur the Curses. Open the Armory, Heliod's Pilgrim and Three Dreams are great tutor effects for your deck. Replenish and Open the Vaults can be crazy spells in here, and great blowouts after a boardwipe/against mill. Hero of Iroas makes your Curses cheaper. Sram, Senior Edificer gives you some more draw power. The deck looks fun, and like it'd be a blast to play against.
3 months ago
I would recommend 4 Battlewise Hoplite 4 Favored Hoplite 4 Hero of Iroas 4 Eidolon of Countless Battlesand perhaps some Phalanx Leader or Vanguard of Brimaz as for enchantments, Ethereal Armor and Spirit Mantle are must haves. Daybreak Coronet may cost a bit more but it'll be worth a shot. Lastly, trim down the 1 ofs, focus on a few specific good cards and have more of them. Oh and non-aura enchantments are sort of unnessecary. Good start though! :)