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Enchantment Creature — Spirit
Bestow 3W (If you cast this card for its bestow cost, it's an Aura spell with enchant creature. It becomes a creature again if it's not attached to a creature.
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has lifelink.
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Hopeful Eidolon Discussion
4 days ago
Hey, GoblinsBeatElves! I do prefer Emerge Unscathed over Brave the Elements simply because Brave doesn't target and thus doesn't trigger Heroic while Emerge triggers it twice. That's 4 (most likely unblockable) damage on a Fabled Hero on my following turn. Also, I don't think it saves my creatures from board wipes. But I'm not sure about that, to be honest. I like Kor Spiritdancer. Maybe that'll be my replacement for Hopeful Eidolon.
Thanks a lot for your suggestions!
3 months ago
Its always good to see new players.
Decks tend to fall into three categories- aggro, midrange and control. Most combo decks also fall into these categories too.
Aggro looks to play lots of small threats and win asap, midrange looks to trade even then play efficient medium sized threats, then control looks to stop the opponent doing anything while it gets small advantages and eventually win (think 4 Pristine Angel and a bunch of Mana Leak).
Most angels form a midrange strategy. You try to stall until you have enough mana, then play hard to kill three and four drops which fly over the opposing board. You get that you're trying to do this, and having trouble.
This is because a lot of your creatures form part of an aggro strategy- they are 1 and 2 drops that want to attack lots, but by attacking they mostly aren't helping you survive. If you want to carry on attacking with the small creatures, I reccomend more Bishop's Soldier, with some backup creatures like Hopeful Eidolon Mesa Unicorn, Sacred Cat etc to help you live an extra couple of turns and gain enough life to challenge aggro.
Alternatively, you can pick up powerful blockers and disruption spells- your Nyx-Fleece Ram, your Authority of the Consuls etc, but that Silverblade Paladin/Precinct Captain interaction will go to waste.
In all of these, Archangel of Thune is an all star, but I can understand wanting a variety of angels- I still dust off my 'all the dragons' deck once in a while. You can back this up with accesss to R/W's amazing budget removal suite. Chained to the Rocks, Oblivion Ring, Oust and many others all help stop your opponent doing what they want to be doing, and don't break the bank.
If you like the format in modern, there are a set of staple cards (Path to Exile, Lightning Bolt, Fatal Push, Mana Leak, meta manadorks) that you will want, but its best not to commit too soon, as you can still put up a respectable winrate even in competitive environments without them, and pick up exactly what you need for a deck you like playing.
If you are having trouble figuring out land percentage and land drops (we were all there once), there are a couple of simple rules of thumb. For decks with all 1 drops, you can drop to 18 lands, but you will lose some mulligans. For decks that consistantly want 4 drops 25-26 land equivalents are the call, with manadorks, cheap land search and ramp counting as half a land. There are more detailed guides if you look at a specific strategy.
Playing six mana angels is a lot of fun, and I completely get it. If you want to focus on this, then dedicated ramp and a focus on angels with haste or similar immediate effects is a must. You can use things like Pentad Prism to play an angel a couple of turns early, and pray that it is enough. Cards like Desperate Ritual or Pyretic Ritual can also help, as can things like Grinning Ignus. Just remember that the more you rely on any one card, the more your opponent gets when they kill it- this is why everyone loves cards that do stuff right away when they enter the battelfield, you care (somewhat) less when you opponent kills it, and why having a hand with one important spell and mostly things to let you cast it can be a problem.
4 months ago
In a gist, less removal, more ramp, creatures and lands.
This is a solid deck. It really has some power in some places. The trick is getting it to be cohesive. Right now there doesn't seem to be a real solid theme or focus which makes the deck unwieldy during play. It wouldn't take much to fix this, though. I think it would be a good idea to focus on getting Athreos out and then playing value creatures and forcing opponents to make the decision on whether or not you get to play those creatures an additional time.
Cards to pull: Removal - You have more than enough in here so you can cut some of the less effective (more restrictive) cards like Divine Verdict, Pillar of Light, Ghostly Possession, Reprisal, Murderous Cut, Arrest, Suppression Bonds, Doom Blade or Armament of Nyx. (I put the cards in order of what I would think is best to pull to worst to pull). I would generally stay away from creature based removal here because you want to increase the number of creatures you have in the deck.
Other - These are cards that kinda just take up a slot. They're generally not bad, but they kinda pull this deck in directions that don't help the deck win like it should. These include Raise Dead, Baneful Omen, Edge of the Divinity, Cutthroat Maneuver, Erebos's Titan, Nighthowler, Pontiff of Blight, and Hopeful Eidolon. I hesitate to put the creatures on here cuz I think it would be best to have more creatures than fewer but these ones are good things to cut if you're looking to make more room.
Cards to add: Generally, I'd try to slot in some more ramp cards like Sol Ring, Orazca Relic, Orzhov Signet, Commander's Sphere, Solemn Simulacrum and the like. Also you could do with more card draw. For instance Dusk Legion Zealot, Ambition's Cost, Read the Bones, Hedron Archive, etc. And then put in some more quality creatures. Maybe they should have etb or death effects like Merciless Executioner, Fleshbag Marauder, Demon of Dark Schemes, Elenda, the Dusk Rose, Blood Artist, and more. Or maybe they're just solid creatures like Bontu the Glorified, Cataclysmic Gearhulk, Crested Sunmare, Urgoros, the Empty One, or Vona, Butcher of Magan. Maybe even a couple more board clearers like Crux of Fate, Bontu's Last Reckoning, Fumigate, or Hour of Revelation
Essentially, this deck has the structure to be real strong. It just needs some focus and a few upgrades to really get where it wants to go. Hope this helps.
7 months ago
A W/B enchantment Pauper deck with Grim Guardian always appealed to me, so this list is pretty cool. A couple things:
Including a copy or two of Unmake to the sideboard is strong backup removal in case your opponents are heavy on enchantment hate and your O-Rings no longer work.
9 months ago
This is a cool and interesting tempo deck. I am unsure that you will run into enough artifact and enchantments to have to maindeck Naturalize and Safewright Quest seems a little slow with 4 Commune with the Gods already maindecked.
I think the major opportunity is that this is a deck that looks to win with creatures attacking, and only has 13 to attack with. This might be a fun deck to try things like: Hopeful EidolonYoung WolfOreskos Swiftclaw
Basically just creatures that add value/damage for attacking
1 year ago
I'm not a huge fan of cycling lands in aggro decks, since you want to be curving out, not spending time cashing in your lands for extra cards. Again, I could be wrong in this area.
You need to cut 2 cards, though having the random Artisan of Kozilek makes one cut easy.
If you need to get back your Enchantress, Eternal Witness is always a reasonable card.