Magus of the Tabernacle
Creature — Human Wizard
All creatures have "At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice this creature unless you pay (1)."
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Magus of the Tabernacle Discussion
5 hours ago
After careful consideration:
Ghirapur AEther Grid (re-added)
Have been added to the mix. The Welder has been an all star in other artifact decks I have, like Breya. The mentality here is to weld something like an artifact land or essentially something I don't need contextually in favour of any stax card that may have been removed or countered. Similarly, Slobad is something I'm trying; sac'ing an artifact that may be hurting me more than opponents only to protect what I want seems worthy of tester slot. Almost makes me want to tinker with King Macar, the Gold-Cursed.
Magus is essentially a sideboard card whenever I'm dealing with token decks. It doesn't really put up enough to warrant a mainboard 99.
1 week ago
Very nice deck! The only thing I would consider is replacing Smokestack with something better as with the stack you'll be the last person to sacrifice things once you finally want to get rid of it. It's really personal preference though.Some notable cards worth replacing it with are The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale or Magus of the Tabernacle if you can't afford the prior.
3 weeks ago
Tron is the best prison deck in modern (best referring to the deck, not necessarily setting up the best prison). It keeps the board squeaky clean and just removes all of your opponents threats before killing them with some big dumb thing.
There's also Sun and Moon which is the RW prison deck that plays Blood Moon, Ghostly Prison, Nahiri, the Harbinger and Emrakul, the Aeons Torn to get the job done, it's a lot slower and has a lot more interaction.
Then there's the infamous Lantern control deck which locks your opponent out of drawing cards with Lantern of Insight and Codex Shredder, then stops them from attacking with Ensnaring Bridge and eventually mills them out for the win. This is the grindiest deck in modern.
If you're more on a budget, you can build a mono white prison style deck with like Ghostly Prison, Sphere of Safety, Magus of the Tabernacle, Suppression Field, and Damping Matrix. there's a ton of ways to build this sort of thing on a budget that can be found with a quick google / youtube search.
Lastly, if you want something a bit less prisony, just with prison elements, there's death and taxes that tries to land lock the opponent with Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Leonin Arbiter, and Ghost Quarter then just beats down with white weenies.
Any of these are viable strategies in modern at the moment with Tron and Lantern being the highest tier'd options.
3 weeks ago
Mana Web is a bomb with The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale, Magus of the Tabernacle, Winter Orb, Ghostly Prison, Propaganda...also with the Rishadan guys. I guess you play too many creatures for that kind of package here. I play it myself in UW Stax, but I play very passive, with few creatures.
I would play Scroll Rack to filter your card draw, it's also great with fetchlands and other stuff that lets you shuffle.
1 month ago
As you play WHITE and aim for a defensive gameplay, I suggest you add more and better mass removals and cards that punish other players for being too fast and too reckless:Cataclysm, Armageddon (+ Ravages of War with a higher budget), Planar Collapse, Humility, Magus of the Tabernacle,...white has a huge lot of absolutely devastating cards.
2 months ago
There has been a lot of good ideas above. One that hasn't been mentioned (though you might get some grief for it) is LD. I had a buddy who played a solid RW Taxes/LD deck that was very difficult for a creature deck to interact with. If I remember correctly, it was basically Stone Rain/Boom/Bust+Darksteel Citadel/Crumble to Dust for LD, Magus of the Tabernacle/Ghostly Prison for creature control, and Ajani Vengeant who can kinda play both roles and finish the game out. I can try to find a list if you're interested.
2 months ago
Really goood ideas there!, i Think that with Ghostly Prison together with Avacyn, Guardian Angel plus Archangel of Tithes its almost impossible to attack you, and thanks to Avacyn, Guardian Angel you wouldnt have to mind direct damage spells against you or your creatures. You can even go further and While having Avacyn, Angel of Hope its almost impossible to kill anything yours, attack you or block your creatures, that would be a real prison (Not to mention the effects that a Iona, Shield of Emeria would have in this kind of composition). Overall i think that adding those cards (Avacyn, Guardian Angel, Ghostly Prison and maybe x1 Iona, Shield of Emeria) would put you in control of the table most times. I wouldnt add the other cards you mentioned (Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Vryn Wingmare, Magus of the Tabernacle and Windborn Muse) because it would change the way your fetching, defending/drawing and replaying cards in the early game works, thus slowing down your game, and the removal cards must still be there i think (most of them).
Also, yesterday i played some modern with some friends, and the only time i lost (using a vampire lifelink, and sacrifice deck) was against an infect deck, i couldnt handle the poison counters... well, with Avacyn, Guardian Angel you dont have to worry about poison counters, because thats damage as well.
2 months ago
I've been giving it a lot of thought, searching for replacement cards for Tower of Fortunes and trying to make this deck token focussed, but that all failed. This deck just isnt meant to be a full-fledged token deck. I want to have big tokens, things like Secure the Wastes and White Sun's Zenith among other cards just change the dynamic of the deck too much. It would just become a completely different deck. Because of this I've decided to scratch Soul of Theros out, I dont think its worth it. Serra Avatar is also a no-go, it asks too much from this deck, its better in deck that focus on lifegain, like you said.
So changing the style of this deck into a lifegain or token deck didnt work out, but I was still thinking about Avacyn, Guardian Angel. If I would want to go for an extreme control deck, with lot's of exile and lot's of taxes, Ghostly Prison might be great. I've theorycrafted with Thalia, Guardian of Thraben (which I should probably take out fo my sideboard), Vryn Wingmare, Magus of the Tabernacle and Windborn Muse among other cards. Ghostly Prison together with Archangel of Tithes makes it impossible to attack me. Even if they get 1 strong creature through, I can use Avacyn, Guardian Angel and block without taking any risks. This buys me time for Luminarch Ascension, Entreat the Angels and maybe a slowly killing startegy featuring Rogue's Passage.
I think this kind of deck is really interesting and I really like it personally. It removes any of the flaws I think this deck has, and it just blends in really well. And of course, most importantly, your name suggestion of angel prison becomes way better if I actually feature Ghostly Prison. If I follow through with this plan (need to do a lot of playtesting) Ill name the deck something like that cause you helped get me on the idea with your Avacyn, Guardian Angel suggestion. If this all fails, Ill just put all this in my sideboard.
What do you think about this taxes kinda playstyle?