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- Lifelink: dealing greater damage than the blocker's/target's toughness
- Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver and Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver...
- If you tap a land and it produces more mana than you need to cast a particular spell, like if it was being effected by mana flare, would you be able to use that 'extra' mana to cast another spell afterwards, or is it wasted?
Creature — Human Monk
Flying, vigilance, haste
Mantis Rider Discussion
4 hours ago
Spairut Didnt include Lingering Souls because of the very high likelihood I won't be flashing it back. Even though Timely Reinforcements tokens dont have flying for matchups like Spirits or for Mantis Rider , the extra body and almost guaranteed 6 life gives way more value for the same mana cost.
Bitterblossom also handles fliers extremely well.
2 weeks ago
1 month ago
Not really. Suppose you cast Killing Wave for x=3. Humans or Spirits will pay 6 life to keep 2 big creatures on the board (like a Mantis Rider and an Anafenza, the Foremost or a 6/6 Thalia's Lieutenant ) and have a lethal threat for the next turn. Meanwhile you'll have to pay life yourself and probably won't be able to keep as good of creatures around as they can.
Finding the angle in the creature matchups is hard. Especially these days where the creature aggro decks are so friggin resilient. Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet from your end is a monster, but even he is answered by Path to Exile from Spirits, Reflector Mage from Humans, and Lightning Axe from Phoenix.
1 month ago
EE is versatile but really slow. I played it for a long time when I was newer because I wanted to answer any situation. I've long since accepted that losing to Bogles is okay. It got the job somewhat done but it was mana-intensive to do so. For example, EE on 2 is great vs Humans, but if I'm going to spend 4 mana to blow stuff up I'd rather play Settle the Wreckage or Supreme Verdict and blow them out of the water. EE on 2 still loses to Mantis Rider , especially if it has an exalted trigger from Noble Hierarch and a +1/+1 counter leftover from Thalia's Lieutenant .
I feel like the deck needs more than just a catch-all to beat UW and BG. Grixis has the Kolaghan's Command + Snapcaster Mage value engine which is amazing against those styles of decks. I'm missing a good means of generating card advantage. I don't think raw advantage like Esper Charm is the way to go. It's not good tempo. Vendilion Clique could be pretty good (holding up Clique and Queller at the same time seems powerful) but I don't really want to get one.
2 months ago
Have you considered running Mantis Rider ? It's a hasty vigilant flyer for three mana.
3 months ago
4 months ago
Darth_Savage I originally had this list as one that ran Unclaimed Territory, but the issue with Unclaimed is it's inability to cast Scales. I think that Torpor Orb and the such are not anywhere near staples in the format for SB. Twin being gone opened that door. I love Anafenza, the Foremost, but I have her in the board. It came down to her or Militia Bugler (which has been replaced by Dark Confidant). I liked the card advantage. I have tested with Abzan Falconer but it's always card 76. My hatred of Mantis Rider stems from a time where I had Tribal Flames Zoo, and the card was always a trade of 3 mana for 1. I'm sure it's better now, but I have my petty issues.
Lastly, I agree that missing out on Reflector Mage sucks. I have a version of this deck in Bant, Naya and GW. I am most comfortable with this 75. However, with RNA coming, I am excited to do a massive load of testing.
4 months ago
You have clearly put a lot of thought into this deck, and there is no denying it's efficiency, however it seems odd that you are running Mana Confluence over Unclaimed Territory. Outside of that, your deck doesn't actually avoid, what I think is, the biggest weakness for Humans, that being cards like Torpor Orb or Tocatli Honor Guard which suppress ETB effects. I'm also not entirely sure why you would have something against Mantis Rider, it's a stupidly efficient creature, what isn't to like? That being said I suppose you could try Abzan Falconer or Anafenza, the Foremost, but I'm not sure they are efficient enough. Losing blue also means losing Reflector Mage, which again is a useful creature.
I hope this comment is of some help, good luck with your brew.
Mantis Rider occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.06%