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Lena, Selfless Champion
Legendary Creature — Human Knight
When Lena, Selfless Champion enters the battlefield, create a 1/1 white Soldier creature token for each nontoken creature you control.
Sacrifice Lena: Creatures you control with power less than Lena's power become indestructible until end of turn.
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Lena, Selfless Champion Discussion
1 week ago
Ok Niko, Quick Breakdown of what you've got here.
I notice several themes integrated into the deck. You should probably only focus on one theme, and if a secondary theme crops up take advantage of it's synergies. Right now I'm seeing:
Tokens Populate Soldiers Lifegain Creature Count Matters Enchantments Matter
Next we look at targeted removal:
Wanderer's Strike - Just one removal spell is too few. What happens if someone plays a dank artifact or enchantment? Do you just die to it?
Next we'll look at boardwipes:
Hour of Revelation - Some heavy restrictions here. Do you really want to wait for your boardwipe to become discounted? This is also too few board wipes. What happens if the creatures are indestructible? Or if Someone plays around Hour of Rev?
Next we'll look at ramp:
Smothering Tithe - Excellent choice, and a real over-performing option as well.
Ashnod's Altar - Excellent way to make use of your tokens and small costed buddies.
Everflowing Chalice - Aight, not my first pick, but it's aight.
Sol Ring - Duh
This is a pretty good ramp package, but I think we could upgrade it.
Next we'll break down your card draw options:
Mentor of the Meek - Decent in this deck. Sure the tokens you want to make the most of don't work out, and a few cards you play can turn this on. I like him, lets optimize creatures around him to make him better.
Skullclamp - Ayup!
Two cards that draw for you is a good start, lets add in some more.
Alright, let's cut everything that isn't a creature, that doesn't make tokens on its own, that isn't removal, card draw, boardwipes, or ramp, that doesn't have synergy with your commander.
Ajani's Welcome - A great card, but definitely reserve it for a build where you abuse your life totals more so than make creatures.
Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit - Most of your creatures are tokens.
Angel of Glory's Rise - Anti-synergies with your commander, and the tokens it creates.
Angel of Renewal - We can find a card that does something better.
Angelic Accord - We want to make angel tokens, but we're not here to gain life.
Angelic Chorus - While this looks good, it generally equates to 4-5 life a turn. Not bad, but not amazing for the investment in this deck.
Angelic Exaltation - Boy do I have mixed feelings on this card, suffice it to say, if you have no creatures, this card sucks. You might have no creatures when you draw this card. That would suck.
Elite Inquisitor - A good card, but we can do better.
Fiendslayer Paladin - A good card, but we can do better.
Forebear's Blade - There's a little synergy here, but to be honest you want a huge discount from this, and you're not likely to get a consistent discount.
Glorious Anthem - A great spell for a tempo based weeny deck. This is a cast based token deck.
Lena, Selfless Champion - You have so many more token creatures than non-token ones, and your zombie tokens don't benefit from her selflessness at all.
Martyr's Bond - This has potential in a deck that sacrifices it's stuff to maintain board control. I don' think this is a bad card, it just isn't a good enough fit.
Power Conduit -Here's that counter theme again.
Preeminent Captain - Soldier theme.
Sigil of the Empty Throne - Enchantment theme
Squad Captain -Creature count matters theme.
Standing Troops - A good card, but we can do better.
Sunblade Angel - A good card, but we can do better.
Umbral Mantle - I may have missed what this was for.
Veteran's Armaments - Soldier theme again.
Wanderer's Strike - A good card, but we can do better.
Now, I am well aware that this is a lot of cards. Let's shore up your deck, maybe by analyzing your win conditions.
God-Eternal Oketra + Creature Spells = Profit
Token Makers + Divine Visitation = Profit
Expendable Tokens + Ashnod's Altar = Profit
So you win by smacking with a bunch of medium sized tokens, most of the time. This means you need to do three things, Play creatures, Draw Creature spells, and protect your creatures.
Let's start by adding in some badass creatures that fit in your deck well.
Loyal Sentry - One mana has never been spent so well. In the late game it makes a token, in the early game it swings for damage, in the mid game it blocks and destroys pesky creatures.
Knight of the White Orchid - A bear with first strike that ramps you. Pretty good.
Oreskos Explorer - I would never play this in a non-mono-white deck. This does however let you catch up if you are late on land draws, and is at worst a bear to block with.
Boreas Charger - Ramp bud, ramp in mono-white whenever possible. Helps that you could make a zombie, or sac it to skullclamp.
Brimaz, King of Oreskos - I heard you wanted more cats? Can I convince you to play more cats?
Leonin Warleader - This was a card in your maybeboard, its really good.
Oketra the True - This is a fairly good card. Big blocker, or a token generator if you're doing poorly. I often hold her in hand to dump and rebuild after a board wipe.
Ranger of Eos - Only a few cards in your deck that this can retrieve, but a refill alongside making a zombie is an incredibly reserved play that could prevent you from over committing to the board.
Crested Sunmare - Don't get confused. This card cares if you gain life, but not how much. You have plenty of life gain left in the deck to justify making an army of 5/5 indestructible horses.
Geist-Honored Monk - Build a board, save for right after board wipes, or to pull ahead and force one. This is at worst a 3/3 with Vigilance, and two 1/1's with flying for 5 mana. Most often, this will be a 5/5 with vigilance, two 1/1's with flying and a 4/4 with vigilance for 5 mana.
Sun Titan - Sun Titan is Sun Titan. No mono-white deck could be ashamed to run it.
Angel of Serenity - This card is heavily underrated. It is removal, with the possibility to come back, but its also an easy way to sneak in a lethal attack while generating some board presence.
Good on creatures now? Awesome, let's look at Instants.
Swords to Plowshares - Remove that creature.
Generous Gift - Remove that Permanent. Oh and make a creature smaller than my Zombie tokens.
Disenchant - Get that Artifact or Enchantment off my battlefield and in your graveyard.
Rootborn Defenses - Yeah, this.
Unbreakable Formation - This can win games, or prevent the loss of games.
Return to Dust - Fuck these two things in particular, or just one if it's that bad.
Charge Across the Araba - Talk about stupid unpredictable win-cons for a mid-range token deck. This is one.
That about wraps up Instants, now Sorceries.
Divine Reckoning - Protects your general, but still clears the board.
Hallowed Burial - For those mf'ers that don't die.
Austere Command - A very utility board wipe.
Lastly add in a Land Tax
3 weeks ago
Sworn Companions instead of Raise the Alarm could be a much better option if your going for a lifegain strategy. Ajani's Pridemate is one of your most important payoff cards if it sticks on the field for long enough as it can very easily run away with the game quickly. Having 4 instead of three could be a good idea. I might cut an Impassioned Orator for four Pridemates. You also seem to have almost no targeted removal in this deck, with all of your removal being boardwipes. Having Prison Realm , Or Conclave Tribunal in there in place of Lena, Selfless Champion to deal with pesky planeswalkers and creatures is a possible option.
Hope this helps!
4 months ago
Elspeth, Sun's Champion seems like such a great choice for Oathbreaker! with being able to wipe the board of fatties and pump out tokens to chump block just seems really strong for this multiplayer format...Besides suggestiong a different signature spell; i think some resistance to opponents using their own Damnation / Supreme Verdict is gonna be the biggest setback for your decks gameplan... maybe soemthing like Lena, Selfless Champion , Spirit Bonds or Ghostway / Eerie Interlude can help? love the concept +1
7 months ago
Thanks for the feedback Naetus! I think Archon of Valor's Reach would generate too much hate and it hinders me as well as my opponents. And Lena, Selfless Champion can't even protect our commander so I don't know why I would run it over over a draw engine like Prime Speaker Zegana or recursion like Greenwarden of Murasa
Beast Whisperer is a solid idea though, doesn't have an ETB but has value.
8 months ago
Here are some possible additions that will help you with lots of white token production:
8 months ago
Odric is generally a token deck that focus on a going wide strategy. Here are some cards I recommend if your going that route:
- Lena, Selfless Champion
- Catapult Master
- Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
- Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit
- Heliod, God of the Sun
- Settle the Wreckage
- Secure the Wastes
Have you though about choosing a different commander or do you prefer Odric? Hope this helps!
9 months ago
Thanks for the suggestions! Let me try and knock these out quickly...
Kjeldoran Outpost, Cathars' Crusade, Grand Abolisher, Hero of Bladehold, and Elspeth, Sun's Champion: All of these are good cards, but are also well outside the deck's budget. Cool for other people looking to upgrade, but hard on the wallet.
Darien, King of Kjeldor is a good card for certain decks, but isn't very helpful here. We have to take damage to get tokens out of him, and six mana for a pretty bad body isn't ideal. While there are situations where this creature is useful, it usually just isn't high impact enough to justify the high mana cost.
Entrapment Maneuver was in my original list for the deck, but after some thought I decided to remove it. It would be great, except that our opponent gets to pick which attacker they sacrifice, and by extension how many tokens we get. Since our deck design encourages our opponents to keep tapping their creatures of all sizes, this is often just a lot of mana for situational, sub-par removal and a couple tokens on the side.
Knight-Captain of Eos seems promising. It is three creatures in one, and while it is slower than the deck would like at 5 mana, having the option to fog at the cost of a soldier token isn't bad to at least threaten. I'll definitely consider it, though deciding what to take out may be arduous.
Lena, Selfless Champion is one I looked at very briefly, but it just isn't very helpful. She doesn't count existing tokens when entering, and the scenarios where we most need tokens is when we don't have many creatures in play. Indestructible for a turn is nice, but it won't save our entire board (sometimes if all the soldier tribal buffs are out it won't save any of our stuff), and because it sits on the board it is easy to play around for our opponents. While the card technically helps in multiple roles, it's also bad at each of those.
Skullclamp treads just under the line of our budget, but it's a card I feel very unsure of. It draws cards, but only when our stuff dies. Anthems put our tokens out of automatic death range, so we also have to cause trades we would otherwise avoid to get much value. It isn't a bad card, far from it, but I can't see it being more useful in this deck than any of the ones we would need to take out for it.
9 months ago
Gonna offer a few possibile additions for ya. Kjeldoran Outpost, Skullclamp, Cathars' Crusade, Darien, King of Kjeldor, Grand Abolisher, Hero of Bladehold, Lena, Selfless Champion, Knight-Captain of Eos, Elspeth, Sun's Champion and Entrapment Maneuver. I know some of the creatures are knights rather than soldiers but with their abilities to make soldier tokens and the knight-captains fog ability they would be worthy additions. Damn good deck though. Sounds like a lot of time has gone into what you’ve done here so maybe you’ve already looked at these cards and they didn’t make the cut. +1 from me.
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