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Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from creatures.
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Holy Mantle Discussion
1 month ago
ClockworkSwordfish - You know what, yeah...I don’t really have a good excuse for not including Shield of the Oversoul. It really is an obvious inclusion in this deck. I’ll add it as a replacement for Holy Mantle. Thanks for the suggestion!
2 months ago
facepalm I supposed I should have expected my snark to bring Karmic Justice right back to me, eh? haha Give enough snark, you'll eventually get it back! XD Touche!
Running Auras with Sram and Spiritdancer would definitely help since you'd be able to trigger Mesa Enchantress as well since all Auras are Enchantments; and it looks like you've found most of the powerhouse Auras.
If you're looking for more lockdown Auras, I've always liked Prison Term, Suppression Bonds and Faith's Fetters since they take them out of combat AND turn off their activated abilities (plus the latter two can hit things other than creatures).
Sigarda's Aid can help your Auras gain Flash. While Authority of the Consuls gains you life and slows down opponent's using creatures (especially hasty ones). Path of Bravery can also be an Anthem effect and gains you life.
3 months ago
Hello there. I gots me a few suggestions.
First, run more mana rocks and acceleration. A good rule of thumb here is 1 and 2 drop rocks are great here. 3 drop is ok if it produces more than 1 mana (Gilded Lotus is bad here). Mana accel I run that you don't: Crystal Vein, Ancient Tomb, Chrome Mox, Grim Monolith, Lotus Petal, Pentad Prism, Worn Powerstone, Mana Crypt, and Copy Artifact.
Anyways, feel free to check out my list for ideas... it's not superfriends but it should still give you a few ideas.
JuQ on Brago Flicker
5 months ago
Unquestioned Authority instead of Holy Mantle (when brago flickers it, you draw a card)
Stonecloaker or Angel of Finality instead of Disposal Mummy
Chart a Course instead of Vision Skeins or basically any other decent draw spell.
Counterspell instead of Dream Fracture
Return to Dust instead of Disenchant
Pull from Tomorrow instead of Inspiration
Concentrate instead of Weave Fate
Scrivener instead of Call to Mind (you have few sorceries anyway)
Ghostway and Eerie Interlude instead of Acrobatic Maneuver and Cloudshift flickering until end of turn will make you avoid board wipes without having to counter it.
Whispersilk Cloak instead of Unbender Tine what's so important to untap anyway?
Cathars' Crusade and/or Call for Unity as finishers.
Duplicant, Deadeye Harpooner, Fiend Hunter (if this one leaves the battlefield when his first ability is still on the stack, he won't give anything back) and /or Phyrexian Ingester as removal.
Venser, the Sojourner because it's just awesome with Brago: You -1 to make all your stuff inblockable, then Brago flickers it and you +2 to flicker something. Rinse and repeat.
5 months ago
big changes in the deck!
In no particular order:
Strata Scythe : too high of a cost for just +X/+X, even if it can win some games
Godsend : same as before, too high of a cost and it functionally says "+3/+3 unblockable", except it is not unblockable when it matters. Can stop some big threats for a while but too situational. I love the card tho.
Prowler's Helm : just wanted to cut some redundant unblockable effects. We already have enough + tutors. You only need one of them when you want to win. Choice was between this and boots and I feel that walls are more common than only-basics
Paradise Mantle : seems amazing until you realize that we don't always have a creature doing nothing on the board that wants to tap for mana
Lightning Greaves : does't help to win, and we usually don't rely just on Sram to kill the opponent, so protection is not that important
Loxodon Warhammer : this cut is done just because the swords are better. Having a tutorable single source of lifelink can save some games tho, so better to still take this in consideration.
Cultivator's Caravan : I tried it, I didn't particularly like it. Sure, good versatility. However, most of the times its just a 3 cmc rock, not that great. The ability to attack is mostly irrilevant since its very incefficient to put equips/auras on it, and blocking still requires a creature to tap for it.
Smuggler's Copter : same issued as the caravan, plus its not versatile. Too much effort to just draw and discard occasionally. All considered, I preferer to run 0 vehicles.
Stasis Cocoon : too narrow. Sometimes can be great (can target breya, fast mana and other things), but other times its a dead card with no relevant targets.
Pacifism : a lot of problematic creatures don't act through the combat phase. Therefore this card is in the weird spot of being outclassed by 3cmc alternatives (prison term, arrest) and darksteel mutation, while also being often functionally equal to Kirtar's desire for double the cost.
Holy Mantle : there are better things to do with 4 mana. Putting it on a spirit dancer is sweet tho.
Faith Unbroken : seems a good combination of pump + draw + removal, until you realize that you are just setting up a very bad 3 for 1 later on. Not terrible thanks to Sram, but there are better plays at 4 mana.
Kor Sanctifiers : the card is ok, however the lack of recursion potential makes so that there are better alternatives.
Stone Haven Outfitter : I was excited for this card being a sort of second mini-skullclamp. Then you realize that this guy passive +1/+1 actually makes skullclamp useless and you really don't want him on the field.
Drifting Meadow : having increased the number of colorless lands, we really don't want too many tapped lands. This gets cut because of the 2 cost of cycling, worse than steppe
Disenchant : here you can cut demystify instead, your choice. Disenchant is more versatile but more costly. Usually I find that enchantments are more problematic than artifacts and I really don't want to face a Stasis with the need of 2 mana open. But I can see it useful when you sit in front of a sharuum/breya/memnarch. Its up to you. You still probably want one of them for the insant speed, for sorcery speed alternatives is better to have recurrable permanents.
6 months ago
No, this doesn't work. Protection stops 4 things: damage, enchanting/equipping, blocking, and targeting. A creature with protection from creatures can't be targeted by Duplicant's ability.
6 months ago
Your deck seems pretty classic Boros, and should do just fine, in a non-competitive environment, which I'm assuming you are playing this in. I also assume you mostly play with cards you had laying around anyway. I do have some suggestions for you though.
First off, the double strikers you chose do function, the thing is there are strict upgrades availible. You could replace Fencing Ace, Hearthfire Hobgoblin and Iroas's Champion with a number of cards, listed below in order of relavance:
Adorned Pouncer - strict upgrade, having the option to eternalize is sweet, especially since removal will hurt less. It's kinda pricy, but it's in standard, so you might have some friends to trade it with.
Fabled Hero - honestly pretty perfect for the deck. Gets bigger right when you are going for the kill, perfect. It's even counters, so they stick around. If you pump him once, he is a massive threat.
Arashin Foremost - If you ever have to cast Skinbrand Goblin to have a play on turn 2, this will be a nice followup, granting you two attackers. If they only block one, you can pump the other instead.
Kruin Outlaw Flip - Since you have so many instants to protect yourself, you could flip it into Terror of Kruin Pass, an absolute beast. 3/3, double strike, hard to block... What more could you ask for? the only downside is the double red in the mana cost. Might be worth it though.
Honorable non-creature mentions:
Needle Spires - dual lands are great, and these beauties just rotated out of standard. You will not be disappointed with them
Onward / Victory - Pretty neat combat trick, good mana dump and surprise. The flexibility makes it a valid option as a 1- or 2-off
A full list of cheap ways to get double strike can be found here:http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Search/Default.aspx?action=advanced&cmc=+%3C&text=+[double]+[strike]
I want to comment on Holy Mantle. When it works out, I'm sure it's not bad. The thing is though, it's a huge investment to stack a 4 mana enchantment on a 3 mana dude. The thing that will happen is: You play your 3 mana 2/2 double striker, and enchant it. Next turn, you plan on buffing it with bloodrush - ideally twice or so. Now your opponent plays Murder. You invested a total of 8-10 mana, 4 cards and likely 3 entire turns investing in a dude he spent a single 3 mana card removing. Harsh. You have to avoid that somehow.
Don't be scared of trading, because trading with double strike creatures should always favor you. What you can do is grant the creature deathtouch, menace, flying or trample, in addition to the double strike to make your opponents blocks a bigger investment. Combinations of good keywords make attackers very scary.
What i would do, is add a couple Odric, Lunarch Marshal and creatures with the most relavant keywords. I'm looking at creatures like Sky Terror. Odric also grants himself and other creatures double strike. The result is a quick, scary and mostly unblockable army.
Ride Down is another option, if you don't want to change the deck a whole lot.