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Put five 1/1 white Human creature tokens onto the battlefield. If Increasing Devotion was cast from a graveyard, put ten of those tokens onto the battlefield instead.
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Increasing Devotion Discussion
1 week ago
Spawning Pit is a bit clunky/slow. Given that you already have a sufficient number of sac outlets already there are definitely some more efficient cards to run (some of which have already been listed above).
You also have a lot of cards to take advantage of token creatures but not a lot of cards to generate creature tokens. Fungal Sprouting, Increasing Devotion, Saproling Migration, Rhys the Redeemed, Geist-Honored Monk, Hanweir Militia Captain Flip, Mycoloth, Noosegraf Mob, Tendershoot Dryad, and Twilight Drover are some solid options in addition to what has already been suggested above.
Also, if going the token creature route, there isnt a better board wipe than Hour of Reckoning
Ghave was my first commander deck and is still one of my favorites. Always enjoy seeing other peoples take on him.
3 weeks ago
Tireless Tracker would be a great addition to this deck for card draw and it's human. Mother of Runes is also incredible. Mirari's Wake would also be a great addition for more mana and another anthem effect. Also, Coat of Arms is too powerful to not include. Stoneforge Mystic is also great with your equipment package you included. It's also very tempting to put in a Craterhoof Behemoth for a strong finisher with this build, same with an Akroma's Memorial. Teferi's Protection is also a great utility instant that can save you and let you get that finish push. As to what to cut? I'd say some potential cuts could be Congregate, Soul Warden, Soul's Attendant,Precinct Captain, Courageous Outrider, and Increasing Devotion. You might just have to sacrifice your life gain toolkit for more solid card draw and utility.
Let me know if you have any questions!
4 weeks ago
Oh yeah! Id say that Riders of Gavony shpuld go, its very situational (unless you play vs tribals a lot) Thraben Doomsayer.. hes just bad can do way better for a 4cmc slot. Hall of Triumph just meh, go for a better anthem for 2 mana instead. Mikaeus, the Lunarch is just kinda ok. Would be good if you focused on 1/1 counters (maybe)Somberwald Sage and even Sol Ring you're in green you dont need this silly shit. As for the rest most is up to you, i'd rather run other cards than Increasing Devotion and Crusader of Odric but aa I saod before! There are a lot of ways to play slesnya. Either go token madness, white weenies (and protect the shit outta them) or +1/+1 counters. If you're having a hard time playing vs control decks you need to really out-value your opponents, thats either more evasive creatures or creatures that give you shit when they ETB or attack or something along those lines.
1 month ago
This is an interesting build. If you go full on into white tokens, you could use Devout Invocation, Martial Coup, and Deploy to the Front. There are many more good token summoners, such as Brimaz, King of Oreskos. Soul's Attendant might be good here. Increasing Devotion is a good summoner, and Captain of the Watch would be good with all the soldiers. I apologize if Im overloading you with card suggestions, but Im just listing everything I know. However, if you really want to go full out tokens, I would make this a red white deck. That way you could use red token generators as well, as red is one of the best token colors. Good luck!
1 month ago
2 months ago
Really love the idea of going infinite with Shalai. I would drop most of the angels and change the focus to tokens and counters. Adding in Doubling Season, Primal Vigor, Hardened Scales, Cathars' Crusade, Parallel Lives, Anointed Procession, Panharmonicon, and Ashnod's Altar gives you more infinite mana combos. Reveillark combos with Karmic Guide for infinite sacrifices to the altar. Kitchen Finks also combos with Vizier.
Promise of Bunrei, Rhys the Redeemed, Spectral Procession, Sram's Expertise, Triplicate Spirits, Deploy to the Front, Conqueror's Pledge, Increasing Devotion, and Nomads' Assembly could be good for generating tokens.
3 months ago
the mana curve does not look very healthy. You have a lot of overcosted things that don't actually do much and at the same time you don't have some pieces that I would say are almost mandatory in a darien build.
I know that you want to abuse Darien's ability, but stuff like Armageddon Clock Mindstorm Crown Jinxed Idol Torture Chamber Angel's Trumpet Jade Monolith (Doom Cannon in the maybeboard) are absolutely garbage cards that do nothing when Darien is not on the field and that do very little work when he is in play. For example, you pay 6 for armageddon clock, than you have to wait 3 turns to have 6 soldiers, assuming that darien survives that long, and they are just 1/1s, maybe 2/2s or 3/3s at best.
Now, why don't you just Conqueror's Pledge for 5 mana and you have the 6 soldiers right away? Without even needing Darien out. I think that your deck should be able to generate a good amount of tokens without him and a CRAZY amount with him.You want only self-pain cards that provide other benefits, like Mana Vault or Mana Crypt if budget is not a problem, pain-lands are ok but you lack Ancient Tomb and City of Brass.
Then, I see that you go hard on the indestructible thing for protection, but
1) indestructible does not save you from the best (and common) removal spells in the format Swords to Plowshares Path to Exile Merciless Eviction Hallowed Burial Chaos Warp Toxic Deluge Cyclonic Rift nor from sacrifice effect,
2) many of your indestructible sources seem weak or slow
I think that you should use protection like Lightning Greaves and Mother of Runes for spot removal and Rootborn Defenses for mass removal if you really want to, but the best defense against removal is to have a deck that can actually recover using cards from your hand.
Then I see that you have a strong lifegain sub theme. Now, some things are efficient and mono white classics, like Soul Warden and Soul's Attendant, but you don't really want to have Healer of the Pride occupying a precious 4cmc slot orNoble Purpose in a 5cmc slot. Also, Anointer Priest is garbage because costs twice a soul sister but triggers only on your stuff and only on tokens, too situational.
Devout Invocation and Nomads' Assembly are bad too, both cost a lot of mana and require you to be already winning but don't do anything if you are behind, I'd cut them for Decree of Justice Secure the Wastes Increasing Devotion
Finally, classic anthems are bad. Very bad. Hall of Triumph Intangible Virtue Glorious Anthem Honor of the Pure Phantom General these things are just trash. You need like AT LEAST 4 of these effects to have an army that can destroy the opponents and win the game. If you draw just a couple of them its just not enough and they are dead cards, if you draw too many there is a good chance that you didn't draw enough token generators and you have no soldiers.
I think that the good approach is to go directly from 1/1s to 20/20s. You do this by using exponential pumping, like Coat of Arms Mirror Entity Jazal Goldmane and things like that. The benefits are that when you are ready you win out of nowhere and nobody sees you as a threat until then and also you don't use tons of card slots for minimal pumping. But, more importantly, dropping the +1/+1 effects opens you the option of using Skullclamp. The card is just bonkers and, ifyou can fuel it, you just win the game, assuming none destroys it on the spot. You also run Steelshaper's Gift, Enlightened Tutor and Open the Armory to find Skullclamp so that you virtually have 4 copies in the deck.
Ah, cut Caged Sun for Extraplanar Lens, its the only mana doubler worth considering in my experience, the other ones just die the turn you tap out to play them. And find room for Martial Coup that is both sweeper and token generator.
It may seem that I'm overly criticizing here, of course you can ignore some (if not all) of my advices if you are not convinced but I love Darien, I have played many of the bad things you are playing and eventually cut them out, just wish that someone told me these things so that I wouldn't have wasted time on bad cards. The cards may seem fun in theory but when you play and the deck doesn't work at all I guarantee that you feel only frustration and no fun.
3 months ago
Wow your list is basically what my list should be if I had the money for the more expensive stuff.
Just a few tips:
I think Jade Monolith is not very good. I cut it because it really does nothing. None will risk a combat phase if they see it on the field. I tried Blood of the Martyr and Sivvi's Valor that have the same effect but you can use them to surprise the opponents. In the end I cut them too, which brings me to the next point,
in my opinion going all-in on Darien ability is not a good choice, because he is very expensive and if they kill it once or twice then your whole deck stops working. I think you should have a few more ways to generate an amount of tokens that can kill. Of course you already have Elspeth, Decree of Justice and Martial Coup, I'd suggest also:
The last four do not create soldiers though,
Anointed Procession, this a bit win more
Also, Mana Vault is dope as ramp and is a self-pain source when tapped
Expedition Map to find one of your sweet pain-lands or Nykhtos.
Finally, I think the mana doublers paint a target on your more than helping you. Either someone kills you or they get immediately blown up. I run only Extraplanar Lens because its cmc is low enough to do something else on the same turn I play it.
Ah, for the self-pain there is also Cold Snap, since you run snow lands. It's a bad card but I run it for flavor.