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.
I like Wall of Essence for what you're going for, Nyx-Fleece Ram and that are all you need for defenders. Hopeful Eidolon , Ordeal of Heliod and Ajani Steadfast are good for Lifegain too. Wingmate Roc is big right now, but expensive.
Sweet looking deck! I want to say to add some lifegain in the deck...maybe like Hopeful Eidolon but I dunno what you would take out...
My normal process for building decks is backwards from what I want the end of the games I win to look like. I just build the rest of the deck to get me to that point. This deck wants to grind out games with Grim Guardian triggers or potentially stealing a game quickly with Master of the Feast and Armament of Nyx (holy shit that's a ton of damage on turn 4). These two game plans are very divergent. A middle of the road strategy can be created as well. It's kind of like a little circle of rock-paper-scissors that determines each archetype's position based upon the cards available - aggro beats control, control beats midrange, midrange beats aggro for example.
a) Aggro - We probably don't want blue anymore if you go this route - Font of Fortunes , Taigam's Scheming , and Whelming Wave just aren't cards that let you capitalize on an early, fast start. Heck, maybe even cut the white. While Armament of Nyx allows for a very flashy bit of damage, it can't really act as efficient creature removal in a deck like this (as they can still block with their enchanted creature) and all of the creatures an aggressive deck might run are normally not going to capitalize enough on having doublestrike (since the deck would largely want to be composed of 1 and 2 drop creatures, a buff that's only +2 dmg for 3 mana is meh). Master of the Feast looks superb alongside lots of 1 and 2 drops. Spiteful Returned , Gnarled Scarhide , Bloodsoaked Champion , Tormented Hero and Herald of Torment all come to mind as potential inclusions, with some number of grim guardians providing a little bit of reach if they should have blockers. The deck would need some removal at that point, so maybe things like Bile Blight or even Ulcerate ? Not a lot of removal, as you would prefer to just play a bunch of idiots and turn them sideways rather than have a hand full of removal. Mogis's Marauder is a strong finisher in a deck like this should the ground stall. Mono black allows us to cut all of the 'enters the battlefield tapped' lands and just run a manabase that is all swamps, which should speed you up some. This feels like a pretty strong build.
b) Control - If we want to control the game and win with Grim Guardian triggers, we're in a very interesting spot. Normally, control decks will seek to use things like Wrath of God to create card advantage and buy them time towards a longer game. With guardians as the method of choice we obviously don't want to be doing that. I like the use of Whelming Wave for this reason! I think Master of the Feast doesn't fit as well here and if it goes so does Armament of Nyx , as we can't easily control someone who is drawing more cards than us and the burst damage from the armaments really falls off without a 5/5. Taigam's Scheming doesn't feel right either, as it again is just card disadvantage that is hard for us to recoup. Hopeful Eidolon doesn't excite me, but Baleful Eidolon seems fantastic. If we are planning for a long game, maybe Hypnotic Siren deserves a nod. Banishing Light would be nice, as it gives you an answer to any planeswalkers you might encounter as well as creatures. Nyx-Fleece Ram feels perfect. Maybe Erebos, God of the Dead as a 1-2 of to make use of the life gained and get you some card advantage. I'm not a big fan of the fonts (I think they're a bit slow), i think Sign in Blood is more where you wanna be at. Drown in Sorrow could could be included as a pseudo sweeper in the sideboard, I'm thinking the rams, balefuls, and the guardians give you enough of a chance game 1. Suspension Field might work as a good answer to weenies as well. Riptide Chimera might be too much bouncing considering you're running 4 whelming waves. FUN FACT; Master of Waves can be bounced by Whelming Wave . Should have been named Master of All Non-Whelming Waves. Flavor fail, in my opinion.
c) Midrange - Midrange decks are normally spotted by how they seek for almost all of the cards to be 2-for-1s or put the opponent under a very fast clock. The guardian won't provide us with brutal efficiency or card advantage, but maybe something can be constructed that allows us to create enough synergy that it makes up for it. Potential starting points for insane synergy -c1) Skybind , Odunos River Trawler , Heliod's Pilgrim with assorted auras for card advantage, the Skybind allows for multiple enters the battlefield triggers. Whip of Erebos maybe? c2) Dictate of Erebos and Heliod, God of the Sun for tokens that trigger Grim Guardian and also act as a solid win-con by themselves. Add a bunch of cheap creatures with deathtouch. This sounds very annoying.
OK, gave you way more than you asked for, but whatever. Take all of this with a grain of salt and play whatever cards you think are the most fun!
I did the math and i would suggest, that you removed 2 Radiant Fountain , because you don't need that much life in early game. You can also put out 2 Hopeful Eidolon . This deck , has some great potentials. Considering this is standard, you can find some pretty good and cheap cards, like Devouring Light . Keep on searching. Peace bro. (SORRY i cannot upvote more ) :)
@ytorrey I have tried a singleton Abzan Falconer to some level of success, but have not yet used Abzan Battle Priest yet. My guess just from using it at KTK PreRelease would be that it is too slow for this deck as a 4CMC card, but it might be decent. As my Mother's Father's Grandson once said "It it works, use it. If it doesn't, don't." The one thing about Hopeful Eidolon is that 1) When you bestow it and your dude dies to removal or something, you still have a body with lifelink to power up and continue the beats. 2) In reality, it costs about 3 mana as a Bestow because of Hero of Iroas . But yeah; not quite sure yet.
|0.02 TIX||0.02 TIX|
|Power / Toughness||1/1|
|Avg. draft pick||8.06|
|Avg. cube pick||9.1|
|Commander / EDH||Legal|