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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
5 days ago
Aurelia, the Warleader, despite not being a soldier, can allow your soldiers to pack more punch, and can allow Battalion cards to trigger twice, such as the aforementioned Tajic. Gisela, Blade of Goldnight can also double the pain.
1 week ago
- Chitinous Cloak for Sword of Fire and Ice and another equipment (Basilisk Collar perhaps) for Sword of Feast and Famine
- Akroma, Angel of Wrath for Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
- Angelic Overseer for Linvala, Keeper of Silence (depending on meta)
- Lone Rider Flip for Selfless Spirit (see Sun Titan)
- Baneslayer Angel for Sunblast Angel
- Aven Sunstriker for Aven Mindcensor
- Angelic Skirmisher (your commander already does this, or?) for Karmic Guide
- Mirran Crusader for Grand Abolisher (depending on lgs)
other good creatures:
- Abzan Falconer
- Academy Rector
- Aegis of the Gods
- Benalish Commander
- Brimaz, King of Oreskos
- Captain of the Watch
- Cenn's Tactician
- Darien, King of Kjeldor
- Daru Warchief
- Field Marshal
- Hero of Bladehold
- Hixus, Prison Warden
- Intrepid Hero
- Loxodon Gatekeeper
- Mentor of the Meek
- Metallic Mimic
- Mikaeus, the Lunarch
- Preeminent Captain
- Fiend Hunter
- Cavern of Souls
- Geier Reach Sanitarium
- High Market
- Karoo (helps with Land Tax)
- Kjeldoran Outpost
- Kor Haven
- Mikokoro, Center of the Sea
good luck chief
1 month ago
You need ramp. Mono white is hard to be consistent in getting enough mana for late game unless you're running rocks and a doubler or two.
You need Sol Ring, no question. Worn Powerstone could be good too. You can probably afford a Caged Sun, maybe a Thran Dynamo, Doubling Cube or Gilded Lotus. They will really help your consistency. Solemn Simulacrum is an auto include, gets you a land and draws a card, Burnished Hart is also good. Any of those will help you accelerate and have more options. Bare minimum get sol ring and solemn in there.
Otherwise, "cheap" cards that fit your theme are Yosei, the Morning Star, Aven Mindcensor, Cataclysmic Gearhulk, Hushwing Gryff, Grand Abolisher, Karmic Guide, Loxodon Gatekeeper, Thalia, Heretic Cathar, Admonition Angel, Emeria Shepherd, etc
Could go big with an Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite....
1 month ago
Some more shenanigans
1 month ago
Hi, these are the cards I'm personally not a fan of in your deck. I'll try to offer some input for each.
Kaya, Ghost Assassin, too slow. The value isn't good enough for the cost.
Eldrazi Monument, too expensive.
Key to the City interesting way of trying to discard/draw, but feels too slow and the unblockable ability only really pairs well with Master of Cruelties. It's a pretty fun and cheeky combo, but you'll immediately become the biggest target once you try taking out one of your opponents. Personally, I think Master of Cruelties is a powerful card and can catch an opponent off guard, but if you're going for a kill then you best kill everyone or else you're next on the list.
Rule of Law, It's not a bad way to manage the tempo, but I feel like there are better options to tax/affect the board. Here are some more common options that you have available to you: Loxodon Gatekeeper, Magus of the Moon, Magus of the Tabernacle, Tangle Wire, Thorn of Amethyst, Stony Silence, Blood Moon, Ethersworn Canonist, Hushwing Gryff, Kataki, War's Wage, Vryn Wingmare, Glowrider. Angelforge's list definitely focuses on the stax plan, so maybe look towards his list for more ideas.
Possibility Storm, just a bad card if you're looking for a competitive list. Way too costly and the effect is more geared towards casual fun.
Cathars' Crusade, too expensive and slow.
Behind the Scenes, just very bad. Slots in the 99 are competitive and this card doesn't deserve an inclusion for what it gives.
Aura of Silence, a lot of the artifacts you care about are your opponents mana rocks. A Mana Crypt doesn't get so good when you're paying for it. However, those sort of cards are primarily amazing when you're slamming them right out of the gate. At 3 mana, you're not getting this out too early (and if you are then you're either being very defensive or don't have much else going on) so the nice tax effect becomes less effect. Most of the time it'll serve as enchantment/artifact removal, but there are cheaper options out there then.
Angel of Invention, too expensive and not sure what the point of it is. Are you trying to win through combo? Then you shouldn't be wasting slots on buffing creatures. True, hatebears can occasionally just beat face but don't invest cards into that strategy. Think of that as a backup plan.
Anger, is there a desire for your creatures having haste? Beatdown strategies aren't too great since a 4 player game means you are virtually trying to do 120 points of damage. Kind of the same argument I have against Angel of Invention.
Duplicant, way too expensive.
Erebos, God of the Dead, seems like it's mainly there for the draw ability, but that's too slow.
Iroas, God of Victory, again I don't really like dedicated beatdown cards.
Palisade Giant, way too expensive for what it does.
Silent Arbiter, kind of meh. It slows down aggro decks that like to go wide. Are you playing against those sort of decks a lot?
Stingscourger, not worth the bounce effect. Rather would just have plain removal.
Yahenni, Undying Partisan, I'm assuming this is here as a sac outlet? There's cheaper and better sac outlet options.
Return to Dust, pretty expensive removal. I don't know your meta, but if you aren't playing against some really annoying enchantments/artifacts then it probably isn't worth it. A lot of taxing effects don't bother you too much anyways so the cases that do are pretty fringe.
Merciless Eviction, way too expensive. The effects are probably overkill when truly major threats can usually be dealt with by just using spot removal.
Pia and Kiran Nalaar, not sure what's going on here but this card doesn't give much value.
Cards you are missing and should add regardless of what path you take:Dark ConfidantImperial RecruiterAnafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit, you're already running Redcap. This combos with it.Goblin Bombardment, cheap and simple sac outletNecropotence, you want card draw?Stranglehold, more stax. This one can really hit some people hard
There's probably some tutor effects you're missing. Feel free to look at my list or Angelforge's for those.
Your landbase needs fixing. It's too slow, but I understand how upgrading it can be really costly.
1 month ago
You could cut one of the orbs since you're running Fabricate and have the ability to recur artifacts or cut Luminarch Ascension for costs and I'm in the opinion that it doesn't really fit the theme of the deck but hey, it's a great card so yeah.
More notable cards: Grand Arbiter Augustin IV, Spelltithe Enforcer, Loxodon Gatekeeper; these three with your stax would just be oppressive as it gets I'd say. Pull from Eternity to pull combo pieces/win cons back from exile (if this becomes a problem). Also, Grand Architect + Pili-Pala make infinite mana. Moreover, if you ever decided to invest in this deck, you could go with Power Artifact which breaks your Basalt Monolith for infinite mana.
1 month ago
Loxodon Gatekeeper is there to give me time, it slows down the enemy significantly. There are a lot of Token decks and like 3 Tron's in my LGS and Loxodon Gatekeeper screws them over good, and thus far has done it's job extremely well. Ghostly Prison isn't even in the mainboard, but it's purpose really is a so called "pillow fort", I usually side it in when I go against some seriously aggro heavy decks. Why add veteran swordsmith or it's counterpart the armorsmith when I can just add another Field Marshal? And Honor of the Pure also buffs all my soldiers, so no, the Smiths are reduntant.
As for Elsepth, I had 2 in the deck originally, but they quite honestly didn't do shit except slow me down, they were absolutely useless and I'll never use another planeswalker again, ever.
1 month ago
But it seems the fundamental core is confused. Are you going for white pillowfort with Loxodon Gatekeeper and Ghostly Prison or are you going for Soldier synergy with Field Marshal and Ballyrush Banneret
Because if you're going for more Pillowfort, I don't know why Elspeth, Sun's Champion isn't here with her Soldier Synergy and incredible -3
But if you want more soldier, why not Veteran Swordsmith? It's pretty cheap and gets your point of beefier soldiers, while staying in your budget theme.
I like the deck though, it's fun!