Artifact — Equipment
Whenever equipped creature attacks, it deals damage equal to its power to defending player.
|Want (3)||MTGJ51 , UnitedWeStand , Zerohex|
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|Alara Reborn (ARB)||Uncommon|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Mage Slayer occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.01%
Mage Slayer Discussion
1 month ago
Door of Destinies , Metallic Mimic , Mirror Entity , Shared Animosity , Steely Resolve , Urza's Incubator , Cavern of Souls (only if you're willing to shell out the money), and Coat of Arms are some pretty nice tribal staples to put in here.
The worst thing that could happen to any creature-heavy deck if someone decides to pop a Supreme Verdict or a Merciless Eviction and wipe out your entire dino legion (trust me, I've played a game with my Trostani tokens deck where one of my opponents cast a Damnation, followed by a Mutilate on his next turn, and it was not too healthy for me). Heroic Intervention is a decent budget option to avoid this. If you're willing to dump some more money into this deck, Teferi's Protection is much more versatile creature evasion.
Asceticism is another decent card to have in a deck like this, along with Sylvan Library (again, only if you're willing to shell out the money for it, it's practically a staple in any EDH deck with green). If you can ramp up to it, Tooth and Nail is an AMAZING creature tutor that also lets you crap them out same turn.
Domri Rade 's ultimate is pretty decent for any face-smashing deck. Arlinn Kord Flip's ultimate, along with Mage Slayer , and I suppose maybe even Siege Behemoth (though he kinda breaks the Dino tribal vibe a bit), allow you to skip that potential wall of chump blockers and/or pillowfort enchantments like Propaganda or Ghostly Prison. You also can run Triumph of the Hordes , Finale of Devastation , Savage Beating , World at War , or Relentless Assault if you really, really want to beat someone's face into a pulp.
Xenagos, God of Revels is nice for doubling Gishath's damage output, along with Gratuitous Violence and Berserkers' Onslaught , and hence, revealing more cards with Gishath, which means more dinos on the field. Strionic Resonator can double that triggered ability for even more cards revealed.
2 months ago
What about Mage Slayer It's really cheap and whenever the equipped creature attacks. The opponent gets hit whatsoever
2 months ago
2 months ago
+1 I read the primer, while I knew a lot of the stuff you mentioned as a Xenagos player myself, it was refreshing! I noticed you put dense folliage and plated slagwurm out of the deck, is there any particular reason? I found the reasons in the primer convincing.
As you mentioned in your primer, the worst thing that can happen in a Xenagos deck is having a blowout, getting your creature killed in response to a draw spell. Unfortunately, my meta is FILLED with interaction and spot removal, which is Xenagos's achille's heel. City of Solitude is an allstar in my list, stops blue as well. How would a Xenagos deck deal with a meta that's filled with interaction and spot removal? That's my biggest question for you. I personally don't run extra combat steps for this reason because they only help when I have a creature which sadly isn't that often despite having 31 creatures in the deck BECAUSE I become such a target. For whatever reason, people are afraid of Xenagos :D Another weakness is control decks which are just a bad time for us. While I don't run it in my list, have you considered Prowling Serpopard or even Spellbreaker Behemoth as tutorable ways to deal with blue?
Want to rack your brain regarding recursion as well. Mimic Vat is a very interesting card I never considered by will do so seriously thanks to your primer. I feel like it's exactly what I need to deal with ALL the spot removal in my meta. I added Reap the Past as well as E=wit and greenwardern. The warden might be overkill, but he works nicely with Berserk effects, that way I don't mind if they use spot removal on him.
I'm astonished you are running Thran Dynamo over Skyshroud Claim . Both can be used the same turn, but dynamo gets shut off by your own collector off and opposing null rod effects, not to mention it can get blown up. Skyshroud can color fix you as well, but thats rarely and issue for G/R players.
In your primer you mention Joraga tree speaker is like a green sol ring, but he doesn't actually "ramp" you. Play him T1, Level up T2, you have 2 green mana, no more than you would have had without him. I don't like him outside of elf-centric lists.
Voracious Hydra - Acts as a beater with trample and built in removal, or he can just get HUGE.
Decimate - 4 cards blown up for 1, huge value and can be played prior to Xenagos to clear the field. Note: You do need 4 targets, but you can always target Xenagos for the enchantment should none be on the field.
I noticed you run Return of the Wildspeaker . I think I might replace my Garruk, Primal Hunter with that. Thank you for that, I like how it's instant speed so you can use it in response to removal instead of having to pay ! Speaking of draw, have you considered The Great Henge ? Can cost just , buffs your dudes, gains you life and most importantly draw you cards. It might be better in a deck with more creatures, but I thought it worth noting nevertheless.
What are your thoughts on Shapers' Sanctuary ? Since the deck folds to spot removal, this comes down early and draws you cards. I'm going to add it to my list.
Embercleave seems weak, even with Godo tutoring it onto himself, and Xenagos + equipment buff, it becomes 8/8 trample doublestrike, so 16 damage at most for 6 mana seems weak. This doesn't take into consideration that you might draw into the equipment prior to drawing into Godo, which would suck because you would need to pay a higher cost since the deck doesn't go wide as you noted in your primer. Maybe consider Mage Slayer as well or even as a replacement? That way you're not as reliant upon Godo.
Under your section of cards you don't play, I disagree the following....
- You should run Berserk ! You won't cast it unless it will kill them and most of the time, it does, at least in my experience. There's nothing better than berserking a Lifeblood Hydra which you should add as well. It provides lifegain and more importantly card draw.
- Tooth and Nail - 9 mana for 2 creatures from your deck/hand? It's amazing with value creatures like E-wit or green warden although you don't appear to be running either. Another option is Archetype of Endurance (which has been an ALLSTAR in my deck) and a beater.
- Kozilek, Butcher of Truth - Part of me agrees with you, your deck doesn't have that mana capacity per say since your curve is low for Xenagos. The other part of me sees a 24/24 Draw 4 Cards, Annihilator 4, it won me the last few games.
Overall, I'm very impressed by this list. This seems like a beast to play against. I made my Xenagos deck's CMC higher rather than lower to the ground because that would just exacerbate how threatening I am to the table and I choose to sacrifice speed for late game resiliency. Whenever you get a chance, I would appreciate it if you could take a look at my Xenagos list Bro, or should I say, Xenabro
3 months ago
Royal Assassin , Phyrexian Obliterator , Makes people think about swinging, Stalking Vengeance Better than Warstorm Surge , Defense of the Heart Get two creatures you need, Phytotitan big fatty that keeps coming back!!, Unnatural Hunger , Master of the Wild Hunt , Mage Slayer For fat fatty kresh that will be blocked, Strionic Resonator My deck list here: Kresh the Sack Attacker
5 months ago
6 months ago
@: Well, for Reach; it's just from a drawback from Colossus Hammer & Metalcraft Puresteel Paladin . Though if such a deck has to be this fast; that actually sounds like a sound point. As for expensive Equipment; besides the reason of equip costs, I was only able to find one above 4; Argentum Armor . Any opinion that needs it to be chopped? CMC4 stuff isn't too bad anyways; & there is stuff here that equips creatures for free, even without Puresteel Paladin .
...But I still am missing something in regards to Artifice & Enchantment Support for . The Color Wheel dictates against this, but there HAS to be one in these colors; Oh & no, Mage Slayer doesn't count in my house; it's an Actual Equipment; I meant something to support the Two Types hates the most; not REKT it.
There's not going to be enough Enchantment Support here either anyway; but since there is no Artifact Benefitting card (Wasn't there a section of WotC that does Natural Authenticity for MTG as a game? I read of it once, but never remembered it since...), I too wish I'm permitted to do references; as one from ZOMBIELAND has many.
Oh, & one last thing; should I reduce the landbase to 36, 35, or what's your opinion?
7 months ago
After 3 years, I have finally updated this deck!!
Removed: Tireless Tracker , Greenwarden of Murasa , Godo, Bandit Warlord , Keen Sense , Snake Umbra , Swiftfoot Boots , Darksteel Plate , Champion's Helm , Wheel of Fate , Sword of Feast and Famine , Mage Slayer .. cant remember the other 2 lol.
Added: Zuran Orb , Abundance , Tectonic Reformation , Lightning Greaves , Praetor's Counsel , Nissa's Triumph , Lotus Cobra , Ramunap Excavator , Wayward Swordtooth , Nissa, Who Shakes the World , Wrenn and Six , Constant Mists , and Crop Rotation .