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Creature — Human Shaman Werewolf
Whenever Kessig Forgemaster blocks or becomes blocked by a creature, Kessig Forgemaster deals 1 damage to that creature.
At the beginning of each upkeep, if no spells were cast last turn, transform Kessig Forgemaster.
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Kessig Forgemaster Discussion
6 months ago
6 months ago
7 months ago
This is a good start! Probably much better than any decks I made when I was a new player! With that being said, I do have a few suggestions. First, I just want to to make sure that you want this to be an aggro deck that aims to win on turn 4-5. I ask because you have a few pieces in here that might lean more towards a midrange strategy in Kessig Wolf Run, Mondronen Shaman Flip, Asceticism, Moonlight Hunt, and Duskwatch Recruiter Flip. None of these cards really make you win fast because they have high mana costs or have abilities that cost a fair bit of mana to activate. Which is fine if you want to adjust your deck to fit more of a midrange strategy. You even maybe play a fair number of werewolves that tap for mana so you can tap Kessig Wolf Run for pretty massive swings.
I do however think that an aggro shell works better for werewolves. Some cards I might suggest are:
Aether Vial: not cheap, but works super good with werewolves since putting them into play does not count as a cast.
Lambholt Pacifist Flip: A creature with an above average body for its mana cost -- even in human form. It can attack even in its human form if you have a Mayor of Avabruck Flip in play or any other similar effect.
Collected Company: Also not cheap. But if you haven't noticed, almost all of the cards I just listed are 3cmc or below. The instant speed also allows you to not cast anything on your turn to get the transforms, and then just cast it on your opponent's turn to grab 2 creatures form the top 6 cards of your deck.
Lightning Bolt: Might be hard pressed to find any red aggro deck without at least some of these.
10 months ago
Me and my girlfriend made a standard werewolf deck for her on Standard (now cycling out of it), so most I can give you are ideas.
I like Howlpack Resurgence over Full Moon's Rise since it has flash and you can pass turn without casting anything to transform your werewolves - you do lose the protection regenerate provides, though. Village Messenger is pretty agressive and is a pain to block when it flips. I don't like Sage of Ancient Lore Flip, and I think you could run some Scorned Villager Flip for some mana-ramps. I think Lambholt Pacifist is pretty strong by itself, but we did run 4 copies of the enchantment I mentioned and also 3 copies of Neglected Heirloom Flip - this weapon is nasty when it flips since it also gives first strike. Kessig Forgemaster Flip is also a pain to deal with since her damage text triggers before First Strike. Some other werewolves we used too are Hermit of the Natterknolls Flip for draw and Breakneck Rider Flip for another trample source. I also liked Pack Guardian because of the Flash text so you can pass turn without doing anything to transform other werewolves and dump unwanted lands to make wolf tokens. There's also some new Ixalan cards you could consider, such as Shaper's Sanctuary.
Whew that was a lot of cards, anyway, if you want more consistency, you should probably run fewer 4's and more 3's (i'd suggest around twelve 3 cmc cards), and maybe one more land (your average CMC is 2.76, I usually go 2X lands where X is the average CMC pointed out by tappedout, so in your case 22 or 23). I see you also run only 5 targeted removals (not considering the werewolves flip). I try to run between 8 to 12 removals so I can deal consistently with my opponent's board. You could just run 4 each (bolt and hunt) and maybe sideboard some more. Naturalize is a good one to sideboard and deal with non-creatures.
I'm not a pro, just play casual FNMs and casual games with friends, but that's how I try to build decks. I hope it helps.
1 year ago
add in Geier Reach Bandit Flip to replace speedway fanatic, and Kessig Forgemaster Flip to replace kari zev and this deck becomes much bigger but still retains its speed. if you remove deranged whelp and add Furyblade Vampire you would get much more synergy out of your falkenrath gorger. to push that synergy even further you could take out two shock and add Lightning Axe and/or take out built to smash and add in Fiery Temper these work really well with madness and as discard outlets. tons of turn four synergy to clear their board and boost everyone you have with bushwhacker.
1 year ago
An explanation for my decisions on my variant of cyphre187's deck.
Channeler Initiate: Not a wolf, but it helps your early game by functioning as a 0/1 mana dork as well as your lategame as a 3/4 body. Allows you to drop a body and still have mana for interaction.
Smoldering Werewolf: A meta-pick lategame bomb. 12 of Zombies's creatures have a toughness of 1, which opens you up for a 1-for-2 scenario.
1 year ago
That really depends on how you wanna play the deck. Typically when I go for theme decks, I focus on the creatures being in that theme and cutting the rest. Relaying on the rest of your deck to support your theme (good or bad) isn't the worst thing to do. Since you're playing Gruul I would go for 25-30 creatures (including general) with 32-35 lands depending on how much ramp/rocks you end up running. Of your creatures, if you end up going with 30, try for ~25-5 (were)wolf-support average.
Something I always want to make sure people understand, this is you deck. If you disagree with any suggestions, and/or feel a card is terrible or fully deserves to be in the deck, by all means do as you see fit.
Personally I would go with the following creature base:
- Pyreheart Wolf
- Silverfur Partisan
- Spirit of the Hunt
- Somberwald Alpha
- Ulrich's Kindred
- Wolfir Silverheart
- Instigator Gang Flip
- Sage of Ancient Lore Flip
- Geier Reach Bandit Flip
- Ulrich of the Krallenhorde Flip: (Side-note: This guy makes me so sad...)
- Mondronen Shaman Flip
- Kruin Outlaw Flip
- Kessig Prowler Flip
- Lambholt Elder Flip
- Scorned Villager Flip
- Huntmaster of the Fells Flip
- Reckless Waif Flip
- Daybreak Ranger Flip
- Breakneck Rider Flip
- Mayor of Avabruck Flip
- Hermit of the Natterknolls Flip
- Duskwatch Recruiter Flip
- Kessig Forgemaster Flip
- Wolfbitten Captive Flip
1 year ago
Hungry Flames can help you take a blocker out while also damaging your opponent. It is quite better than Shock, and it can also stop Saheeli Rai from comboing (target the felidar in response to Sheeli going -2 counters and she will die).
Also, among the two drops that you have in your maybeboard, I believe that Kessig Forgemaster Flip is the best for you here. It is the only one of those that can actually block 1 toughness creatures without dying, can trade with some bigger creatures both in attack or defense, and can transform into a better creature later. Otherwise, Aether Chaser's first strike should not be understimated when combined with pumping spells. Not the best creature out there, but far from being the worse. However, I agree in that Reckless Bushwhacker should get a spot here. It is perfect for that finishing swing, when you play a creature, pay its impulse cost, and everyone is pumped and ready to attack.