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Make a Stand
Creatures you control get +1/+0 and gain indestructible until end of turn. (Damage and effects that say "destroy" don't destroy them.)
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Make a Stand Discussion
2 days ago
With a heavy Equipment theme you aren't going to have much room for utility. A such, all non-card-draw utility cards should probably be removal. I would include at least two board wipes (more is often better, depends on your meta). Blasphemous Act and maybe Rout are good budget options. Vandalblast is sick. I'm super big on enchantment removal so Return to Dust is S-tier outstanding. Not super budget but not expensive either. I like Ray of Distortion a lot. It's very mana-intensive but the fact that you can do it twice is awesome in EDH. Dust to Dust will be handy. Lots of artifacts in EDH. I kind of like Revoke Existence since artifact recursion is common.
There is lots of random utility to find out there. Reconnaissance and Dolmen Gate are usually great for aggro decks but your commander makes it far less necessary. Perhaps Brave the Sands and Always Watching . Fervor and Hammer of Purphoros are sick too. Ogre Battledriver is nice but not a samurai.
2 weeks ago
This deck lacks focus. It looks a bit like an Avacyn-wipe/Angel-tribe deck, to which you have added a whole host of cards that imho prevent you from executing a predictable, repeatable, solid game-plan. If this is not what you want, all power to you. However, if this is what you do want, I think you would have to make at least some of the improvements I am about to suggest:
A typical commander deck contains at least 36 lands and between 8-10 mana rock/ramp cards, depending on the color(s) that are being played. Especially when you want to cast big creatures like Angels, this becomes pretty important. Aside from adding some land, I would recommend some artifact mana rocks like Sol Ring (which is the most included card in EDH/Commander of all time), Mind Stone, Worn Powerstone and/or Thran Dynamo. As you are using snow-covered plains, you could also consider adding Extraplanar Lens; that way you can profit from double-mana, while opponents using normal plains cannot. There are also some great ramping creatures for mono-white decks, like Knight of the White Orchid, Oreskos Explorer and if you want to throw some money around, Weathered Wayfarer.
There are a few fantastic creatures available that synergize really well with an Avacyn-wipe/Angel tribe deck. Herald of War has the potential to make casting your Angels, including Avacyn, much cheaper. Sunblast Angel provides you with a one-sided wipe, making it unnecessary for Avacyn to be under your control and still be wiping the place effectively :) Admonition Angel is a great point-remover, and a powerful Angel to boot! Angel of Jubilation is fantastic at restricting the power of many decks; especially those who rely on infinite combo's through sacrifice. Angel of Finality is fantastic if you do not just want to wipe your opponents' stuff, but exile it too. Last but not least, Platinum Angel can be a lot of fun; especially when you have Avacyn on the battlefield to protect her from harm. And since you seem to like cards that grant protection, how about Mother of Runes and Eight-and-a-Half-Tails? I think they are a lot more versatile than the protection cards you have included now.
Some really great wipes/wipe-enablers that do not just target creatures (like the Akroma's Vengeance you already have included), could be Nevinyrral's Disk and Worldslayer. Also, since you are playing mono-white, Mass Calcify could be really useful. If you want to wipe creatures, but Avacyn is not available yet, some great options to protect your own stuff are Rootborn Defenses and Make a Stand.
Last but not least, I would like to propose some all-purpose cards. First of which are Lightning Greaves and Swiftfoot Boots. Avacyn, though indestructible, is not impervious to harm. These will ensure that removing her will prove much more difficult. A great way to slow your opponents down is by letting his/her artifacts and/or creatures enter the battlefield tapped. Authority of the Consuls and Blind Obedience are awesome, cheap ways to make this happen. Also, you could consider adding tax cards to make your opponents pay for attacking you. Ghostly Prison, Sphere of Safety and/or Norn's Annex could fulfill those needs. As white is terrible at allowing you to draw more per turn, I would also suggest maybe adding artifacts like Mask of Memory, Staff of Nin or even Mind's Eye.
Ok, that's it for the additions I would suggest. If you want, I can also dedicate a post on what I would cut in order to make room for the above. Let me know.
4 weeks ago
I play quite a different style of Arahbo, Roar of the World deck, but thought I'd offer some suggestion and get some insight. I'm still trying to make mine a functional deck that compete in Multi-player consistently.
Do you find that by going the creature (Cat) forward approach, you end up with several under-powered cats. For example, Enlightened Ascetic, Grizzled Leotau, Leonin Armorguard, Scythe Leopard (He could benefit from fetch lands like Windswept Heath or Wooded Foothills, Scythe Tiger (can't be Eminence, I get hes big, but he is what he is and sets you back a land), Stalking Tiger, Wild Leotau.
What about tutoring the high-powered cats, with something like Eladamri's Call for sure, or Green Sun's Zenith. In my build im trying forward planning tutoring with Worldly Tutor and Sylvan Tutor to get into my Lost Leonin or Felidar Sovereign.
I know you run Descendants' Path so more cats is preferable, but Im always worried about a balance, drawing an extra bad cat that doesn't do much, or pulling a good cat that pushes forward my board position, if that makes sense?
What about Metallic Mimic, with so many Cats i think he would be good for you, and is an aggro cat? Would something like Vanquisher's Banner (even though higher CMC) be better than an Always Watching because of the extra draw? I think it's pretty high CMC, but the vigilence isn't key. Stuff like Mirari's Wake or Spear of Heliod totally make sense to me though.
No Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist, he provides evasion, and protection from counter-attacks. I think you should get him in there. He was in the C17 deckbox.
I would run a Triumph of the Hordes with so many cats, the +1 to each is going to defeat some opponents. +1.
PS: Really like the Privileged Position
1 month ago
Personally I find your deck better now than it was before, I really apreciate the shift to Esper, but I'll make some little changes:
I'd cut Rootborn Defenses, to get the synergy you need 7 mana, and what about if an opponent has a Remand? Obviously this isn't such big problem, but consider that Rootborn Defenses gives your creatures indestructible and puts only a 1/1 on the battlefield. If you really want to have that synergy in your deck I suggest you Make a Stand (because a +1 +0 to all creatures is better than a token), or Selfless Spirit.
Just one technical term: combo is something that goes infinite or that instantly makes you win the match (for example infinite mana with Basalt Monolith + Rings of Brighthearth or Duskmantle Guildmage + Mindcrank , synergy is when two cards have effects that do really well when used both.
As for the lands think about Godless Shrine, Hallowed Fountain, Flooded Strand, Glacial Fortress, Fetid Heath, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, Irrigated Farmland, they are very helpful if you need specifical colours. In my opinion you should reduce them, I find 24 too much.
Think about Zealous Persecution. It could be useful to boost your creatures and make less stronger the opponent ones.
I don't know if you want to add some things that will make you see your opponent's hand and discard some cards (personally I'd put some), but here are some names: Thoughtseize, Inquisition of Kozilek, Tidehollow Sculler, Duress, Despise, Kitesail Freebooter.
1 month ago
One of the reasons i've built this deck was building one mono deck of each color, to dig deep in research about each color, its obvious strengths, weaknesses and gems of the card pool. I can strongly advise you to do something similar to this, you'll never know what you might find!
Teferi's Protection is on my list. But, i'm not really inclined to dump 10$ for a protective spell right now. I'll monitor if it keeps spiking.
Avacyn, Angel of Hope is cool, but i was never tempted to get her for this or another deck. Her mana cost is agonizing, Instants like Make a Stand, Rootborn Defenses and Brave the Elements give you the element of surprise and can turn board wipes into one-sided ones.
All good suggestions though, thanks a lot SirSh4ggy!
2 months ago
Zommbiebro - I already run Teferi's Protection and also Boros Charm
Frank_Glascock - Yes, a mixture of draw engines and protection cards like the ones mentioned above are needed. I might end up trying another protection spell for good measure but there aren't any more in these colors that protect all permanents you control. There's 2 I can think of that protect creatures though. Make a Stand and Rootborn Defenses... not sure if 3 mana is doable though.
2 months ago
First things first, in my opinion, Den Protector. Consider it. Make a Stand is an interesting card for a warrior build. Ready / Willing is worth a look, though I'm not sure how intensive it is for your build. Winds of Qal Sisma would be a great defensive option especially when you can trigger "Ferocious".
With dipping into a three color build ANY card with a requirement for multiple of one specific color becomes a hazard. Cards like Bile Blight, Arashin Foremost, and Always Watching will be dead cards (stuck in your hand) if your land base is not tuned specifically to cast them on curve. So those may need reevaluation moving forward.
I'll check back in a couple of days to see how I can help with your tuning.
2 months ago
I went hunting for something to deal with Sweltering Suns that isn't just a pure counter and found Make a Stand. It cycles out with Ixalan, but it seems like a good stop-gap for now. I feel like holding an instant indestructible is probably more beneficial than a Dispel or some such that you may never have reason to use. The bummer with Eerie Interlude is that you'd lose all your thopters.