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Creature — Elephant Soldier
Artifacts, creatures, and lands your opponents control come into play tapped.
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Loxodon Gatekeeper Discussion
1 month ago
Peanut3181 Thanks for checking out my decklist! That Brago deck sounds like a lot of fun, and I considered building one in my early days deciding which legendary creatures to focus building decks around. In the end, I picked Gwafa because his ability was super unique and flavorful, and I loved the political potential he offered.
I wouldn't be able to run the Disk + Lattice + Forge combo for multiple reasons. First, the Lattice and the Forge are way outside my budget range, and it's a three card combo that doesn't do much for me if I can't get all three pieces together. I could see running it in my Breya EDH deck if I decide to assemble that back together.
The (relatively) high price of Cyclonic Rift kept me away from considering it for a while, but since discovered that it's the fifth most ubiquitous EDH card of all time, I decided to include it on my to-buy list.
I'm assuming you meant to link Peacekeeper, which is a card I hadn't heard of before. It looks pretty powerful, but the problem is that it prevents all creatures from attacking anybody, which draws attention to me and does not go well politically.
Magus of the Moat looks incredibly strong and might be worth considering. What would you suggest I swap it in for to playtest?
Darksteel Mutation and Imprisoned in the Moon I don't care for; if a commander is causing me pain I have other ways to counter it (bribery counters, spot removal, Azorius Guildmage), otherwise my opponents will usually leave me alone and attack someone else.
I have Thalia, Heretic Cathar and Blind Obedience functioning as my Loxodon Gatekeeper of choice. The first is aggressive and defends well, and the second allows me to play a game of attrition. I don't like to include too much of this effect though, because it draws attention I don't want.
I used to run Dovescape, but without Guile or Leyline of Singularity, it just wasn't effective enough. I also traded it away for a Golgari Grave-Troll, which I'm still happy about even with the recent Modern ban.
Sphinx's Tutelage looks really weak against anything that isn't monocolored. This deck doesn't mill anyway, so it's not exactly a great wincon here.
Entreat the Angels is nice, but I think it's far more suited for something like Selesnya or Bant with access to green for ramp. Drawing it early in this decklist is just bad.
Tamiyo, the Moon Sage and Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite are way too far outside my budget range. They're really good, but unless I run into someone who's willing to trade, I can't count on including these.
Thanks for the feedback! Again, let me know what you'd consider cutting for Magus of the Moat.
1 month ago
I like the list. I run a Azorius deck myself but i use Brago, King Eternal instead of Gwafa, but i definitely considered him. My main win con's for the deck is bouncing everybody's permanents or infinitely milling them out with Brago, King Eternal+Strionic Resonator+Sol Ring+Altar of the Brood. Or getting infinite mana with Deadeye Navigator+Peregrine Drake or Great Whale and going from there.
I do like what I see in this deck. I like how you lock your opponents out and slowly get value over time to hit a win con. Have you considered running like a Nevinyrral's Disk+Mycosynth Lattice+Darksteel Forge combo? You can remove all your opponents permanents every turn. It's gross but you are playing azorius after all.
I would highly recommend getting a Cyclonic Rift ASAP. Best card in blue. Period. peacemaker is flavorful. and Magus of the Moat is always good. Darksteel Mutation and Imprisoned in the Moon is great removal for commanders. Loxodon Gatekeeper is annoying. Tamiyo is just pure value for what you're trying to do. Dovescape is just stupid. I would maybe try to include another win con? Like Entreat the Angels, Sphinx's Tutelage, or Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite. Great deck though!!
1 month ago
Loxodon Gatekeeper maybe? Not a bad choice for a little more control.
2 months ago
This is the first deck in version 2.0. I first removed from the generic pool of guild cards the worst in a multiplayer environment: Dutiful Thrull, Mourning Thrull, Syndicate Enforcer, Blind Hunter, Beckon Apparition, Cry of Contrition, Conjurer's Ban, Purge the Profane, Shadow Lance, Gift of Orzhova and Moratorium Stone were simply too weak; Sin Collector and Castigate are great in 1v1, but not very much here. And I'm still dubious about Alms Beast. Then I tryed to improve the deck adding Droning Bureaucrats, Loxodon Gatekeeper, Sandsower, Spelltithe Enforcer, Ghosts of the Innocent Faith's Fetters and Sphere of Safety to slow down the opponents and take time to build a stable board so is possible to take advantage of all the life drain the deck offer. Then Moonlight Bargain and Underworld Connections for card draw, and finally some bombs: Skeletal Vampire, Angel of Serenity, Luminate Primordial, Sepulchral Primordial and Grave Betrayal. The deck now perform as a strong wall against enemies, stopping them while slowly draining their life.
2 months ago
Also, you said you don't want to let them do much, in that case, maybe some card hate. Authority of the Consuls, Loxodon Gatekeeper, Thalia, Heretic Cathar or just Ghostly Prison to make them force to use their mana to attack.
2 months ago
2 months ago
I run a simliar style deck with the queen and I love watching the politics unfold behind my pillowfort. Budget pending, here are a few cards I would recommend based on my own experience:
Ophiomancer is an amazing card since you can get another reliable deathtouch creature.
Grand Abolisher is a great deterrent on your turn even though he's not the most powerful creature.
Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker is another solid creature that can help deter attacking you.
2 months ago
Dredge4life That's an interesting challenge.
I guess it depends on your version of budget. This certainly isn't a deck that works as a sub $100 deck. But the hatebear strategy is one that you can build over time. I'll list what I think is absolutely necessary from my build, and some suggestions that are cheap and good alternatives. You can of course start by cutting Gaea's Cradle, Serra's Sanctum, foils and fetches. I will say, card advantage is key. Having a way to draw more cards is very very good here, give W/G's general deficiency in that area. It's also important to remember, despite the previous point, that to successfully play this, you have to work around the limitations it enforces.
My Necessities, in no particular order. These help me win the game more decisively, or are win-cons. regardless of price they are very very strong here:
Craterhoof Behemoth, Dauntless Escort , Dosan the Falling Leaf, Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite, Eternal Witness, Grand Abolisher, Hushwing GryffKarmic Guide, Loxodon Gatekeeper, Mother of RunesPeacekeeper, Reveillark, Saffi Eriksdotter, Tajuru Preserver/Sigarda, Host of Herons, Thalia, Heretic Cathar, Windborn Muse, Yavimaya Elder, Yisan, the Wanderer Bard
Mentor of the Meek, Vryn Wingmare, Spirit of the Labyrinth, Leonin Arbiter, Worldly Tutor, Oblivion Ring, Krosan Grip, Dragonlord Dromoka, Acidic Slime, Karametra, God of Harvests, Reclamation Sage, Angel of Jubilation, Blind Obedience, Phyrexian Revoker, Fiend Hunter, Eight-and-a-Half-Tails, Pithing Needle, Nevermore, Suppression Field, Rule of Law, Ground Seal.
I hope that gives you ideas. This really is a patchwork and all the cards are pieces of a whole. Reusable creature or enchantment tutors are advised. I'm not sure this helps but maybe it will bring the cost down for you.