Creature — Elemental Spirit
Malignus's power and toughness are equal to half the highest life total among your opponents, rounded up.Damage that would be dealt by Malignus cannot be prevented.
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10 hours ago
First of all, I would either cut Ruric Thar or cut a few noncreature spells, since his ability applies to everyone, and all it takes to bring someone down from 40 to 0 is 7 noncreatures.
I would cut Vexing Shusher and replace it with Spellbreaker Behemoth.
Malignus makes for a very nice early game threat and beater as well.
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3 days ago
I would keep 10 sources of land-ramp (i.e. Rampant Growth: getting lands into play is more reliable in the long run as people tend to blow the world up every 2-3 turns in my playgroup). Keep these at most 3 mana to ensure a Xenagos turn 4. After that, I'd look for 7-8 sources of card advantage (Sylvan Library comes to mind, also Harmonize and Mind's Eye). Then get 30-ish anythings that inherently have evasion (like trample: Giant Adephage or flying: Balefire Dragon) or big abilities like Terastodon and Bane of Progress. Fill the gaps with red/green removal such as Beast Within and Chaos Warp, some tutors (Fierce Empath, Worldly Tutor) and other utility (Asceticism). And you will be ready.
Those are my two cents, hope they were kinda helpful... Getting into single cards and trying to make 20 cuts or so is a bit too tedious for me :(
1 week ago
Also, I did not read Heartless Hidetsugu close enough. I did not realize HE dealt the damage. Great artifacts too!
1 week ago
One brief tip about running the swords: if you give a creature protection from white or from red, Bruse won't be able to target them with his ability. That limits your sword options to Feast and Famine, and Body And Mind, at least if you want to maintain synergy with your deck.
Malignus with double strike is swinging for lethal. If it isn't blocked, that's game. If it is, you still gain a rediculous amount of life.
These are two of the strongest cards in my deck. (I loved the idea of these partners as well). And the icing on the cake? Together they total about $3.
1 week ago
Haven't looked much into building around Alesha myself. but this looks like a fun build. I think I would try to incorporate more of the x/x power/toughness creatures to explode out of your graveyard like revenant: Geist-Honored Monk, Keldon Warlord, Lost Order of Jarkeld, Malignus, Minion of the Wastes, Mortivore, Serra Avatar, etc.
As a lover of black and reamination, personally I would probably take this in a zombie direction, but that would just be my take.
3 weeks ago
Dude... Malignus isn't a warrior but it think this dude would kick ass. Great Deck +1
1 month ago
Zealous Conscripts can steal anything for a turn, but if it's a particularly large creature, fling it at their face with Brion for maximum lolz.
Malignus instantly cuts an opponent's life total in half, or finishes off weaker players.
Mimic Vat generates the same big creature every turn for Brion fodder. The fact that it can improve what it's creating tokens of is incredibly powerful.
Grab the Reins is either an instant speed Act of Treason, Fling, or both in one card. The utility is what makes it powerful.
Feldon of the Third Path generates tokens of giant dead creatures in your graveyard already sacrificed to Brion.
Archon of Justice is quite the removal in conjunction with instant-speed sacrifice.
1 month ago
I know you want to keep the CMC low, but have you considered Dragonlord Dromoka? It's another cool way to lock blue players and other interactive decks out of your turn. If you were running a heavier creature strategy, I'd suggest Gaea's Herald as well. You might consider it still, considering it's a subtle, not-so-subtle jab at blue players. If you were to cut anything for one of those, I honestly don't have a strong recommendation -- every card has a good reason to be in here already; my best guess would be the Silverblade Paladin or Malignus. Hope this helps. Awesome deck!