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Irrigated Farmland Discussion
1 day ago
So, a few things here. I would adjust the mana base a little bit. There are some dual lands that come in untapped pretty easily in your colors. Botanical Sanctum is way better than Woodland Stream. In the upcoming set, Ixalan, there are reprints of Sunpetal Grove and Glacial Fortress which will be of a bit benefit here. You need more lands as well, because only having 18 while having a huge amount of high cmc creatures and a huge amount of creatures in general is bad. I did the same when I first started. You should shoot for around 24 lands. I would recommend having 4x Aether Hub, 4x Botanical Sanctum, and maybe even some Scattered Groves or Irrigated Farmland so that if you don't need the mana you can cycle the cards. Mana is a huge part of Magic that I overlooked when I first started playing.
Moving on to your creatures, you should definitely get rid of some of these as their ETB abilities are not as good as others you have. Kujar Seedsculptor, Maulfist Revolutionary, Weldfast Wingsmith, Sifter Wurm could probably be removed. I see the synergy there between a lot of them, but there are definitely some other cards you have mentioned that would be better as a 4 of.
Rogue Refiner and Servant of the Conduit could probably fit in well as 4 of's. Rogue will net you energy and card draws, and Servant will net you energy and ramp into any of your other creatures. Since you are generating so much energy, you're going to need something to drop it in to. You could use Bristling Hydra or even something different like Aetherwind Basker. If you don't want to go the creature route for channeling energy, you can use Gonti's Aether Heart and take an extra turn every so often. That could win you the game pretty easily. Regal Caracal would also be a great 5 drop spot, maybe even over Cloudblazer or a 2-2 split would be good too. Things like Sram's Expertise or Servo Exhibition are nice as well because you'll get double the amount of Servos. I see that you have Illusionist's Stratagem which is awesome, that would work well with Regal Caracal. Also, I would cut out Pyramid of the Pantheon and maybe even Gift of Paradise for some lands / creatures.
Very interesting deck, I love that you've chosen to make something so complex with your first deck. I started with Panharmonicon when I first started playing but I used Blue and Red as my primary colors and used things like Whirler Virtuoso and Maverick Thopterist to make a ton of thopters.
Hopefully I've been of help to you! Just remember to always make sure you have ~24 lands unless you have a really low CMC deck, or play things like Attune with Aether or other ramp spells. Make sure the majority of your creatures are 4 of's instead of 2 of's. You want to make the most of what you get, so ensuring you draw something great is better than drawing something okay in it's place. You want to play things like:
4x Rogue Refiner, 4x Regal Caracal, 4x Cloudblazer, 4x Sunscourge Champion, 4x Champion of Wits, 4x Servant of the Conduit, 4x Sram's Expertise, 4x Panharmonicon
and so on and so forth. I would go on to http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Default.aspx or tcgplayer.com and search for cards in your color under "standard" and just browse and see what you can find for enter the battlefield effects.
2 days ago
Updated the deck again after playing some FNM....(went 4-6)
Also added in more lands with Irrigated Farmland
I am also thinking of adding in Gideon, Martial Paragon but am a little unsure.
Now there is an additional win con with Approach of the Second Sun if it doesn't get de-spelled.
1 week ago
Just a heads up, drowned catacomb and glacial fortress are not standard legal currently. Try Irrigated Farmland or Port Town over glacial fortress and Fetid Pools or Choked Estuary over drowned catacombs.
1 week ago
Welcome to Magic. I was in your shoes when Shadows Over Innistrad came out. I built up spirits too and it is a blast to play. Unfortunately they rotate out of standard when Ixalon releases. A good standard list can be found , with a decklist under the video description. In that decklist, Metallic Mimic is a bit pricey, so substituting Fog Walker isn't a bad idea. Definitely go with 4 Nebelgast Herald and 2-4 Selfless Spirit depending on budget, taking out some Uninvited Geist Flip and Drogskol Shieldmate.
The good news is that there are several good builds for Blue/White spirits in the Modern format. You can keep the lands you use in standard and upgrade as you feel. Glacial Fortress should be in Ixalon, so it will be pretty cheap. It plays well with Prairie Stream or Irrigated Farmland for good mana on turn 2. Hallowed Fountain would be the upgrade after that replacing basics. Eventually getting fetchlands to replace the Prairie Stream can be a stretch goal as your interest in the game increases.
For main deck alterations to fit modern on a budget, a list like this should suit your play style well:
Creatures (24)4x Mausoleum Wanderer4x Rattlechains4x Selfless Spirit4x Spell Queller4x Drogskol Captain4x Nebelgast Herald
Instants (14)4x Mana Leak4x Path to Exile4x Mana Tithe2x essence flux
1 week ago
This does OK, but it could be tweaked a lot more.
I would make these changes:
I don't like Auras like Tricks of the Trade. If an Opponent destroys the Creature it is attached to then they have spent ONE card to get rid of TWO of yours. I would rather see -2x Tricks of the Trade +2x Essence Scatter.
You need a full Sideboard if you are going to play this at FNM.
I would make it look something like this:
4x Authority of the Consuls - to shut down aggro decks
2x Cancel - extra because it is so versatile
2x Cast Out - extra Planeswalker removal
2x Farm / Market - the two modes on this make it very useful
2x Immolating Glare - cheap and versatile removal
3x Skywhaler's Shot - extra Creature removal for big threats
Just so you know, Ice Over doesn't tap the Creature it is attached to, so the Opponent can just leave it untapped and use it as a blocker.
1 week ago
Control decks usually run more than 20 lands. Since your deck has a low CMC i would cut the 2 Aven of Enduring Hope for 2 extra lands. Also, try swapping some of the single colored lands for duals like Irrigated Farmland, Lumbering Falls, Scattered Groves and Fortified Village or maybe some Evolving Wilds.
The current standard metagame is full of aggro decks, maybe running Primal Druid instead of Manalith and Traveler's Amulet is a good idea. Thraben Inspector is a great card, i would totally swap some of your less impactful creatures like Wall of Forgotten Pharaohs, God-Pharaoh's Faithful and Eternal of Harsh Truths for a set of Thraben Inspector. Also consider swapping Beneath the Sands for Shefet Monitor. Traverse the Ulvenwald is amazing but kinda pricey.
Life goes on is a card i would definetly try to cut for something better. Cards that just gain life are often not worth of a deck slot. Ambuscade is not suited for control decks. Both cards could be swapped for sweepers like Fumigate or Descend upon the Sinful or better spot removal like Cast Out.
Choosing which creatures to run on a control deck is very diferent from choosing creatures for aggro/midrange decks. On control you almost always divide your creatures between support creatures and finishers. The only finishers you have are 2 Striped Riverwinder so i recommend adding some combination of Ishkanah, Grafwidow, Linvala, the Preserver and Angel of Sanctions for a total of 6 or 7 finishers. Casting a Shefet Monitor can also help you close the game but it doesn't have any evasion so i would use them almost exclusively to ramp.
Unsummon bounce effect is best suited on decks built to exploit the tempo advantage it gives or aggressive decks where temporarily removing a blocker can make a big difference so i would swap it for Spring or Nissa's Renewal.
2 weeks ago
+2 Glacial Fortress, +2 Inspiring Vantage, +2 Sulfur Falls, remove all 6 bouncelands. There. That should stabilize your mana a lot. You don't have too many cards requiring double of the same color, fortunately. And you are a lot less vulnerable to land destruction (or Flickerwisps).
Couldn't really decide on Irrigated Farmland. Might be worth trying out - it's not as if it's an expensive card or anything.
2 weeks ago
These are changes I would make, to help this deck:
This deck might win one or two games at FNM. A more competitive option is to buy a Planeswalker Deck and tweak it.