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Creature — Elephant Soldier
Loxodon Smiter can't be countered. If a spell or ability an opponent controls causes you to discard Loxodon Smiter, put it onto the battlefield instead of putting it into your graveyard.
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Loxodon Smiter Discussion
4 days ago
1 week ago
EDIT- Have adjusted the sideboard a bit against burn, as well as cutting a Loxodon Smiter, a Thalia, Heretic Cathar, Tarmagoyf, and the main Qasali Pridemage in favor of 2 Kird Ape, another Experiment One and another Bloodbraid Elf. I'm thinking I could lose a single Path to Exile for a Lightning Helix and if need be, 3 cmc for 3 damage and 3 life gained might not be so bad... Gonna give it a run at fnm and then I'll be attempting my first SCG Open this weekend, so more updates to come I'm sure.
1 month ago
You may want to look at Death & Taxes build. You should adjust the numbers a bit, such as:
- -1 Thalia
- -1 Scooze
- +1 Splicer
- +1 Aven Mindcensor
- -1 Resto
- Move Crusaders to Board then +1
- -2 E. Wit
- +2 Settle the Wreckage
- +2 Eldrazi Displacer
Even though you are missing Eldrazi Displacer in the current build, the deck is still considered Death & Taxes due to the number of blink and flicker effects. If you want to go a more Hatebears route, don't add Displacer and consider replacing Splicer and/or Flickerwisp with Loxodon Smiter, Wilt-Leaf Liege, and other heavy hitters. Hatebears doesn't utilize the blinking and flickering effects, but still relies heavily on the taxing and land destruction path.
I've found that Shalai, Voice of Plenty has become increasingly useful from the sideboard. If the game goes long, GW will be able to activate her ability, otherwise she's another 3/4 flyer that gives you and your stuff Hexproof.
1 month ago
3 months ago
Hi! I dig this build. I play a lot of taxes (predominately mono W and BW) and I'd like to offer some advice:
-Noble Hierarch is much better than birds in this deck. The Exalted does a lot more than you'd think.
-I dont think you Have enough multicolored creatures to make Wilt-Leaf Liege worth it. If you go the Eldrazi Displacer/Eldrazi Temple route, I'd slot in some Thought-Knot Seers. Otherwise I'd consider some amount of Loxodon Smiter and/or Restoration Angel. Depends on your meta.
-Since you're playing mana dorks, it's also worth considering slotting out Aether Vial for Collected Company. If you do this, of course, I'd also drop most/if not all of the Flickerwisps. You can also try running some combination of Collected Company and Aether Vial. Spirits runs 4 and 3. again, depends on your meta and what you want to be doing each game.
-Voice of Resurgence is a good card. Might be worth making room for a couple copies. Just a consideration.
Hope that helps! Deck's awesome.
3 months ago
Dryad Militant in the side? Helps those storm and snapcaster matchups some. Kor Firewalker is nice for burn. Hanweir Militia Captain Flip is nearly a flat upgrade to Crusader of Odric. Thalia, Guardian of Thraben is a modern staple in creature lists, and should need no explanation. With a more midrange list I would run Militia Bugler or Legion Conquistador, as the card advantage is significant in the midrange mirror-match.
I feel like I'd either want to cut a little lower to the ground or build 'purer' midrange.
Leonin Warleader might work well in a W(g) 'go wide' Gavony Township strategy, and access to Loxodon Smiter is nice. Hero of Bladehold is similarly cute. Sigil Captain/Hardened Scales tokens might also be interesting as a tokens list.
4 months ago
(3 years later - 9/2018)
Deck still works perfectly fine. Great,even. The sideboard still works just as well, strangely enough. The meta has changed drastically, but, just like cookie-cutter burn, this deck seems to still work nearly as well (although terminus obviously is one thing that threatens the deck now).
Cards I'd consider now...... Alpine Moon over Blood Moon in the sideboard? (since this deck is so quick and light on mana sources). Chained to the Rocks over Path to Exile in the sideboard, just cause... well, no mana gain for opponent.. but obvioulsy you lose the instant speed so never sure on this one (Dismember may just be better than both - that is if removal is wanted/needed at all in the board). Voltaic Brawler. I LOVE this card. Never played with it yet, but I love it. I just don't know what it'd replace. Ghor-Clan Rampager is just better for the deck (may be the best card in this list, honestly), and I can't imagine replacing a 1-drop with a 2-drop here. I think the Brawler is just better suited to a SLIGHTLY bigger zoo deck that's big enough for Tarmogoyf and maybe cards like Scavenging Ooze, but not quite a "Big Zoo" deck (with Knight of the Reliquary and Loxodon Smiter, Collected Company, etc (well, I guess it could even work there, too, but I think it best to exclude it from the hyper-aggressive little zoo lists like this one for now).
Basically, yea, I just like the list the way it is. The Alpine moon over the Blood Moon may be the only thing I really like swapping, just cause it's faster and gets the job done long enough for this deck to win. Also, regarding the 1 Silence in the sideboard - I think it's almost a must now with all the UW control decks around. Get them low in the first 2-3 turns, then on their turn 4 you Silence them on upkeep before they get a chance to Wrath/Verdict you. Time walk til next turn, then burn 'em out. Seems great to me. 1 may even be too few. Can also use it in response to an Opt if you feel they're going for a Terminus at any point. Just gotta leave that one white mana open...
4 months ago
After looking up a few decklists, it doesn't seem like Big Zoo is running Tarmogoyf. This is good for Grixis. Because then they only have Loxodon Smiter and Knight of the Reliquary to be bigger than Anger of the Gods, and maybe some fringe like 1 Baneslayer Angel. I think I'd approach the matchup like 5 color humans, except that counterspells are still useful. Spell Snare especially.
It also looks like Bloodbraid is taking the spot of Collected Company. This is even better because I used to board in Dispel against Zoo because of Path to Exile and Collected Company. Now I will no longer look silly for drawing Dispel against their hand of all creatures.
With your deck, I'd venture to say it's less a problem of sideboarding and more a problem with mainboard tuning. Electrolyze and Forked Bolt line up very poorly against Zoo. Remand doesn't really do anything against them. They're all great cards vs Mardu Pyromancer, but I don't think I like them against most of modern right now.
I really like the Spellskites in your sideboard vs Zoo. Definitely board those in. They can sit in front of Wild Nacatl all game long until they redirect a Path to Exile from Gurmag Angler to themselves. I admit I don't like Spellskite vs the meta, but vs Zoo it's amazing.