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Creature — Cat Cleric
When Leonin Relic-Warder enters the battlefield, you may exile target artifact or enchantment.
When Leonin Relic-Warder leaves the battlefield, return the exiled card to the battlefield under its owner's control.
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Leonin Relic-Warder Discussion
1 week ago
Oh, and Hulk itself also dodges Torpor Orb and Hushwing Gryff, but it's still not able to assemble a combo through those hate pieces (since Karmic Guide, Fiend Hunter and Leonin Relic-Warder won't work).
4 weeks ago
If you're looking for small changes, cut the Armada Wurm and doomed traveller for Nest Invader, then run Eidolon of Countless Battles in place of Acrobatic Maneuver and Favored Hoplite instead of become immense.
The issues you're facing are a little bigger than that kind of tweak I feel- the deck is working at odds with itself. You have some creatures that want creatures on the board to stall to midgame, spells dedicated to ending the game asap, voltron-type enchantments and flicker effects that destroy those enchantments. You'll probably need to drop some things to make room for the bits to join it all together, and that will take testing.
Flickering the enchantments is awesome, but felidar is pretty much the most efficient option without animating them. Most of these in blue but there are surprisingly few that just read permanent (because it gets sorta broken with Reality Acid) Venser, the Sojourner is memorable but its usually U/W/g for Momentary Blink Eerie Interlude and big, enter the battlefield creatures (stalling forThragtusk or Akroma, Angel of Fury).
The theros-theme enchantment matters cards provide some nice options for searching them and easing casting. Herald of the Pantheon in place of soul warden leaves casting them substantially easier and Starfield of Nyx provides some resilience in place of armada worm. Heliod's Pilgrim is a repeatable tutor able to be used alongside Tallowisp for a decent shot at enchant creature card advantage, with Auramancer but lacks a lot of the resilience of boggles (which you may want to look at for cards like Kor Spiritdancer, Spider Umbra etc). You won't be able to take advantage of that archetype due to being hit hard by targeted removal, but spells like Rancor with built-in protection should always be considered. Retether may be worth looking at if you see boardwipes.
Broadly speaking when making decisions about what to swap I'd look at three things- what do I want to do turns 1-2-3. Doomed traveller is difficult to utilise in the first few turns as you're not running Viscera Seer type stuff, and Soul Warden while providing nice resilience through lifegain doesn't have the turn two-three cards to back her up. Enchanting her with fists or cartouche is fantastic, but very vulnerable to disruption. I would not feel confident in a burn player not using lightning bolt given how long it takes to get everything else online, and countering your own aura with cloudshift the turn after feels so bad. However, if you have substantially more low cost cards it may be worth it- running a soul sisters package (Martyr of Sands/Soul's Attendant) will take most decks to midgame, Favored Hoplite/Herald of the Pantheon/Eidolon of Countless Battles/Gatherer of Graces/Evershrike/Hero of Iroas/Hopeful Eidolon/Sram, Senior Edificer/Sigarda's Aid Renowned Weaver/Strength from the Fallen/Wreath of Geists are all pretty effective if focussing on the go wide/cast auras plan, so long as you make sure they all work well together, and cards like Auramancer and Heliod's Pilgrim work to fix a couple of larger spells in the midgame Sage's Reverie/Spectra Ward perhaps. If you need to cement a board presence (t1 creature, enchant creating tokens) Umbra Mystic is worth a try.
Leonin Relic-Warder is an interesting sideboard option, especially alongside Oblivion Ring to loop herald, but if you find yourelf with decently sized tokens Sundering Growth is strictly better. Flickerform is only worth trying as a one-of.
1 month ago
IMO I would cut the ballistas and emrakul for 2 copies of Rhonas the Indomitable and 1 Eternal Witness and 1 flex spot. The Rhonas is searchable with chord of calling or coco and will give you also infinite damage. The eternal witness allows you to get back any piece of the puzzle that has been killed earlier in the game, and it can also be chorded for at instant speed to return chord and block a creature for a turn. The flex spot I would recommend a removal creature such as Deadeye Harpooner or Fiend Hunter. The llanowar elves should be Birds of Paradise. Since you have a lot of mana abilities in your deck replacing 1 land with Gavony Township might be another finisher. Spawning pit is a cool idea, but it misses the main reason you play Viscera Seer you can chord her up or hit her off coco. Also, finks and rallier don't work too well together so I would change them to a 2/4 or 2/3 split, either way, which will give you more flex spots. Your Sideboard needs a lot of work. You are playing chord and coco you should have silver bullet creatures you can search up. ( Leonin Relic-Warder, Gaddock Teeg, Reclamation Sage, Aven Mindcensor, and Qasali Pridemage) TBH I have never played an abzan toolbox deck but I have played against them enough to see this matter. Last note, I did a quick search for deck options and I found this article that you may want to read. P.S. sorry for my grammar.
2 months ago
Cards to Consider:Sanctum Gargoyle
2 months ago
2 months ago
Hey, I have a couple suggestions that might be good here:
I'm also a big fan of Rune-Tail, Kitsune Ascendant here because he's so good for aggro, same with Bastion Protector for protecting alesha. I'd probably cut Leonin Relic-Warder and Tidehollow Sculler for them.
I'd also suggest getting both Merciless Eviction and Austere Command in if possible. These cards just win games and are always good even at 6 mana. I'd cut something like Cathartic Reunion and possibly a land, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth doesn't seem needed with the expensive land base you have, not sure.
Oh and one more, Eerie Interlude may be worth considering. Anyways, hope that helps!
2 months ago
I would suggest taking out War Priest of Thune for Leonin Relic-Warder. I myself am a fan of the War Priest. But I think if it's down to one slot, the Warder is a little more versatile and has the same neat function that Fiend Hunter has with Ayli.
2 months ago
I would suggest Ashnod's Altar or Phyrexian Altar over Altar of Dementia, unless you find yourself with the ability to sac enough creatures in a turn to mill for the win. Alesha is a surprisingly mana hungry lady, my main deck is Alesha, Who is Unfinished and I have found that she needs quite a bit of juice at times.
I would suggest that you decide which route you want to take Alesha in, especially since you say your playgroup is competitive. Your list is pretty tight, I would just make a change or two. I would probably take out Mindclaw Shaman for Mesmeric Fiend. I think that if you are wanting to shut down your friends' decks, this is an option that fits with the overall feel of your deck a little better. I would also suggest putting in a Nantuko Husk so that you can have one more sacrifice outlet available to you since you have so many solid ETB effects. I like that you already have Fiend Hunter and Leonin Relic-Warder in here. I'm sure you are aware that you can permanently exile with both creatures just to bring them back to do it again, right? This would also work with Mesmeric Fiend if you choose to add it. I play my deck in a very control minded fashion, so I would also suggest cramming an Oblivion Ring and Banishing Light in here. I'm actually looking at cutting Disciple of Bolas..... I know I know, it feels like blasphemy but I find that I am wishing for a different answer when I draw him. He looks great on paper, and really is a good card in a sacrifice themed deck, but I feel he would be better in a Meren deck where you will be getting bigger creatures to sack throughout the game.
Anyway, I hope that my suggestions are helpful. Let me know if you want to chat more about one of my favorite commanders!