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History of Benalia
Enchantment — Saga
(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
, — Create a 2/2 white Knight creature token with vigilance.
— Knights you control get +2+1 until end of turn.
History of Benalia Discussion
1 day ago
Depending on what kinds of decks you're against at FNM the top decks in Standard right now are $500. These decks cost this much because of three color manabases and mythic rares. The more colors you play the more money you will need to spend on a playable manabase. This doesn't mean that all decks are this expensive. If you like aggro then there's plenty of less expensive options.
You can make monoblue fliers aggro for $100, monowhite History aggro or monored burn aggro for about $150, Azorius aggro for $200. These decks can compete and win at FMN and these deck prices include full sideboards. They're all relatively simple to play, easier than most decks to learn quickly if this is something you care about.
Honestly, you want to be in white not green if you want to play aggro because white gives you the most one drop creatures as well as Venerated Loxodon , Benalish Marshal , Unbreakable Formation , expensive but powerful History of Benalia and Conclave Tribunal which is a very good budget removal spell that can remove any nonland permanent. You can add blue to white for more options, but doing this means count on adding $50 to the total deck price because you'll need 8x rare dual lands.
If Green is the color you want to play than aggro is not the best option. Green is good for midrange, but midrange is not a type of deck you play with a low budget especially with green. The current explore package: Jadelight Ranger , Merfolk Branchwalker and Wildgrowth Walker is not very expensive and it's powerful, where you want to be with green.
These go well with Golgari; deck is $200-300 depending on how many Carnage Tyrant and Vivien Reid you want to play. These cards are powerful, but expensive and you want at least one of each to increase the competitiveness of the deck. Black is added to green for some less expensive cards: Find / Finality , Ravenous Chupacabra , Midnight Reaper and nice sideboard options. Vraska's Contempt is an expensive black card and depending on your FNM meta, the amount of Planeswalkers you're against, you may or not need it. As a midrange deck Golgari is pretty easier to understand, but it's going to be more expensive than other aggro decks.
If any of these options interest you I offer more advice if you choose one.
If Simic is what you want to play than my advice is look at midrange not aggro. But as far as competitiveness Simic is worse than Golgari. If I was to build a less expensive competitive Simic midrange I would build around Hadana's Climb Flip using the explore package of creatures with Growth-Chamber Guardian and Zegana, Utopian Speaker . Hydroid Krasis is by far the best Simic creature in Standard, but it's ridiculously expensive. Blue provides some good sideboard cards.
Here's an example Simic Climb Midrange.
1 week ago
Mardu Heart-Piercer by Karl Kopinski is my absolute favorite.
TL;DR - my full thoughts on the piece. Mostly copied from a forum a few years back.
Mongolian aesthetic, armor and weaponry, and culture has always caught my eye, so it makes sense why this piece would stand out to me.
I love the decision to paint a female rider. Goes well with the Mardu theme, and taking one look at the rider tells you without a doubt that she's an experienced warrior, rider, and archer.
Kopinski's painting style is one of my favorites; the way he shows extreme detail while also holding a loose, unfinished feel really defines what a great painting is for me.
Kopinski's color pallet is extremely pleasing, simultaneously expressing warmth and action with oranges, browns and reds. The way the shiny silver and gold contrasts the earthy tones is great, and the way the ground blends into the sky at the horizon is masterfully done in a way that you don't realize it's happening at first.
The way Kopinski tilts the horizon adds such speed and motion to the piece. It gives you a disorienting feeling, as being in a battle riding a horse would. The way the armor, clothing, and hair are flap around in the wind and the riding motion of the horse add to this effect.
The contradicting directions of the horse and the rider fascinate me as well. The horse pulls you to the left, while the rider pulls you up and then to the right, and the horizon lines up with both, forcing you to examine the piece as a whole to really understand what's going on, then allowing you to look again and appreciate the separate parts.
I love the contrast between the horse and it's riders faces. The horse looks terrified, like this is it's first battle, but is still obeying it's rider faithfully. The Warrior on the other hand, is the definition of poise and serenity in battle. Calmly taking aim at an enemy, zero expression on her face as she's about to let fly and snuff out a life. Cold but understandable.
That makes me thing of how this piece would fit into a larger battle scene. Notice how there's no one else pictured. The horse seems to be going away from the battle on the right, where the archer is aiming. It's almost as if the experienced warrior knows her inexperienced horse couldn't handle the thick of the action, so has instead chosen to circle the battle and use her prowess with her bow to use her new horse most effectively.
I could rave all day about this work. Thank you magic Man Sam for featuring this in your video :)
I also really like Unfulfilled Desires by D. Alexander Gregory.
2 weeks ago
- 2 Isolated Chapel (Innistrad preferred but not required)
- 1 Basilica Bell-Haunt
- 3 Seraph of the Scales
- 3 Assassin's Trophy
- 3 March of the Multitudes
- 1 History of Benalia
- 2 Legion's Landing Flip
- 2 Unbreakable Formation
- 2 Vivien Reid
- 3 Mortify - optional but I like the textless ones. Not looking for normal ones.
2 weeks ago
I would definitely make those cuts for the 4 History of Benalia . I think I might even just go down to 2 Urza's Ruinous Blast as well because more than that feels a little overkill to me. So in place of the 3rd Urza's I think I'd put in a single Mortify given there are some pretty nice enchantments right now that you might want to get rid of sooner rather than later. Also Godless Shrine or Isolated Chapel instead of Evolving Wilds would be good I think.
3 weeks ago
I would recommend more Mortify , maybe for the MB but certainly for SB at least. The ability to hit opposing enchantments ( Seal Away , Ixalan's Binding , Conclave Tribunal , History of Benalia , The Eldest Reborn , Search for Azcanta Flip) gives you a way to deal with some of the most powerful cards in the format. Additionally it allows you to hit non-legendary creatures for only 1 more mana than Cast Down .
3 weeks ago
Thanks Yungchicken True That, Orzhov is best of both world, yin/yang, light and darkness!! Love it! fits what i like to call and like to 'Underdog decks'. The main idea fot this deck is to make opponent plays taxing and demotivating and own board deadly.
Regarding History of Benalia you have a point there, it's a board in a box and i do have 2 copies of it and maybe ill slot them in in a later stage! as for Ritual of Soot two copies are currently in the sideboard :) Cheers mate!
3 weeks ago
+1 from me, always loved Orzhov builds, it does seem that Kaya does have a place in the meta with all the graveyard related decks (i'm look at your Golgari and Drakes/Pheonix).
It may not be related to your build at all, and it's a bit pricey, but History of Benalia is a fantastic value card in any build using white, especially since you have a decent amount of knights! In terms of a more control-style build, I would throw in a Ritual of Soot or 2, since this deck does have a lot of high cmc creatures and you will want some sort of wipe to control aggro builds. Good luck!
History of Benalia occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.0%
All decks: 0.01%
All decks: 0.32%