Mardu Banner

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Common

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Mardu Banner

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T: Add R, W, or B to your mana pool.

RWB, T, Sacrifice Mardu Banner: Draw a card.

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Mardu Banner Discussion

McDeity on Coach Feratu's Gym Class

1 month ago

Unlike previous posters, I actually do like Asylum Visitor, though you'll probably want a Larceny type of effect to buff it.

Blood Baron of Vizkopa is difficult to get as good as you want him to be.

Blood Seeker is pretty whatever against decks that aren't tokens

Cliffhaven Vampire doesn't do enough as a card to justify a precious slot, same with Drana's Emissary. Cliffhaven does combo though, so he may be alright.

Falkenrath Gorger needs support to really get to there, though he can be alright if you get there

Falkenrath Marauders is just a big idiot, with little else to offer, as is Markov Blademaster for the most part

Gifted Aetherborn is likely a tad more defensive than you aim to be, though I'm slightly more a fan of Nighthawk, since flying takes down most dragon-y monsters

Mirri the Cursed is sweet, but not very impactful. I can't fault anyone for wanting to run her though.

Olivia, Mobilized for War has a somewhat steep cost to grant haste, and most of your dudes are vamps already

Tithe Drinker gets a no from me, too

Mardu Banner ought to be Coalition Relic, or at least Commander's Sphere if your budget is tight.

I was never "wowed" by Blade of the Bloodchief in Olivia, myself.

Vampiric Fury doesn't quite cut muster in EDH so far, as vampires lack the token-makers and other cards to truly go wide yet. Along the same lines Stensia Banquet is just a bad card.

Four Sorins is going to be too many, too often. Maybe try trimming one of them to avoid drawing multiples?

If you can swing it, ABUr's and fetches have a silent impact, yet smooth out so many mana issues. Can't reccomend them enough.

That's what I saw in my first glance-through. I'd avoid running cards that only drain/gain life-- even if they're vampires-- and would instead focus on jamming more impactful cards. That said, I still run Baron Sengir for sentimentality reasons, so I can't blame you for wanting to run a few pet cards as well. I've felt for a while now that vampires are as few as two years away from being a legitimately great tribe (not that they're unplayable now), but Wizards needs to show a bit more love to them. They do suffer from a case of split-personality having been Black's iconic and characteristic race at different times. I've been running Olivia since Innistrad, and I feel your pain of making the switch to Mardu, but I'm optimistic that it'll make for a better deck. Cuts are going to be rough though, that's for certain. Check out my list if you need inspiration.

Anyhow, if you have any specific questions or thoughts, feel free to shoot me a message. I usually reply within a week, depending on how busy work gets.Cheers, and God bless.

longmuiryan on Grinsefratze

1 month ago

Super cool deck, Really like the synergy. Would consider cutting Mardu Banner for something like Fellwar Stone. Also playing creatures with cycling is cool

RingoDingo92 on Cunning Queen

2 months ago

FrankStar Ah, no I did not, ha. Learn something new every day! It does soothe my soul to see the cards normally categorized, though.

Yeah but the Djinn can easily come back to bite you in the ass too. Some other cuts I'd consider would be End Hostilities (you already have a decent amount of board wipes) and Master of Cruelties. I love him, but he has a pretty small scope here. That's just how cuts go sometimes.

I'd also switch out Mardu Banner with Chromatic Lantern, no doubt. Unless you don't have a Lantern, then the Banner is an okay place holder. Good luck with continuing your cuts!

Midn8 on List of EDH Ramp Cards

2 months ago

The banner cycle? E.g. Mardu Banner

sonnet666 on [List] The MTG Weapons Arsenal

3 months ago

Don't stop now. I believe in you!

NV_1980 on Wrath of Kaalia

3 months ago

Hi MCortese274,

This looks pretty solid and fun :) I'm not sure if this is meant to be a budget deck, but since you've got some expensive cards in here I'm going to assume for a a minute that it isn't.

I'd suggest adding some more tutors; Demonic Tutor, Dark Petition or even Vampiric Tutor would be awesome. This can be especially useful if you want to make Disciple of Bolas/Resolute Archangel work together with your Mimic Vat; you need all the pieces for this combo to be fun :)

I've found that some extra protection for Kaalia can be very useful. Consider Mother of Runes or Bastion Protector. Also you don't want others to react to Kaalia's ability: Grand Abolisher is perfect in this regard.

I'm having some doubts about some of the enchantments in your deck. Ghostly Prison, Animate Dead and Legion's Initiative don't seem to fit your theme very well. I think Aggravated Assault would fit much better. Also, I'd put some extra card draw enchantments in there like Phyrexian Arena or Necropotence.

Last but not least, Kaalia could use some backup in the sense of more ways of cheating your heavy hitters onto the battlefield. I'd consider Quicksilver Amulet; it's awesome. Ow and I'd change Mardu Banner for Chromatic Lantern if you can; that way all your lands can get you all the types of mana you need as well.

Hope this helps :) I'd appreciate it if you took a look at some of my decks and tell me what you think.

foxboy93 on Alesha, who smiles at death

4 months ago

Its not a bad build for a beginner, however there are some cards I personally don't like, in my many times of testing

Ankle Shanker - Its not a BAD card, but if you reanimate, it doesn't trigger his ability, cause he was never declared as an attacker. Otherwise, its an ok card, but a card like Master of Cruelties would be better and provide a game winning play.

Burnished Hart - With a low curve, Sad Robot is better in the long run. Sure this guy gets you lands, but you are better off running more Signets or mana ramp

Ponyback Brigade - I'm not saying its a bad card, but for the mana you are paying, you aren't getting much value. I'd run something with more utility, like Knight-Captain of Eos, which synergizes with the deck but ALSO creates tokens for blocking or helps to fog the field if someone goes wide. Mogg War Marshal, Noosegraf Mob are other inexpensive (money wise) cards that make tokens as well

Rakka Mar - Other than being recurable, this doesn't really provide you much advantage. a 2/2 that makes a 3/1 isn't overly fantastic.

Behind the Scenes - While it is good, there are much better things you can run. The only creature you don't really want dying is Alesha, so focus more on cards that keep her alive or swing in without issues.

Impact Tremors - Less effective than Purphoros, God of the Forge (though a better "budget" card), I don't see alot of "abuse" you get from it. In my version of the deck, I have at least 9 token producers, two of which are on attack only so I get more value from them. I recommend either going more tokens, or focus more on things of yours dying, like Blood Artist, Zulaport Cutthroat and Falkenrath Noble to start draining life from the opponents.

Mana base is what it comes to for a budget deck. Can't really comment on it too much

One thing that shuts down an Alesha/any ETB focused deck, is cards like Torpor Orb and Hushwing Gryff. While these may or may not be in your meta, having the answers to them is key. Wear / Tear, Disenchant are two artifact AND enchantment removal, and inexpensive (money wise), helping you turn off other strategies or things that are hindering your plan or can slow down people.

Personally I'd remove Mardu Banner, and instead include Fellwar Stone, if nothing else. This gives you another signet like effect, and is low enough CMC to help you get to where you need to go. Non-budget I'd get a Chromatic Lantern as an upgrade

I'd change Day of Judgment to Wrath of God. Personally the anti-regen can really hinder people like Ezuri, Renegade Leader or people who play Asceticism.

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Cards I'd consider adding:

Goblin Bombardment - A combo with Karmic Guide and Reveillark, allowing for infinite damage to kill everyone.

Murderous Redcap - With another sac outlet, this and Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit goes infinite, dealing damage to everyone.

Sadistic Hypnotist/Mind Slash - Both of these cards, while can only be used at sorcery speed, can help to disrupt players hands and can help to take them off of cards, without overly affecting your board, depending on whats going on.

Mindless Automaton - Personally I like card draw guys you can use more than once. Mindless Automaton can fuel discard effects, while also adding to the card draw. Even if you reanimate him, he gets blocked, you get to draw a card. Other card draw effects I'd consider are Phyrexian Arena, Greed, Smuggler's Copter ect.

Open the Armory/Steelshaper's Gift - Both help you to get much needed equipment out. Non budget version would be Enlightened Tutor, Stoneforge Mystic ect. Tutors are very much needed to get cards you need, but with enough card draw you can easily offset the loss of "I need X Card" to "I can draw multiple cards and dig into it", or use Viscera Seer to begin scrying to it.

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As noted, the deck seems fine as a whole, but there are some cards I'd change for more consistency. I will link my deck below for reference. I personally really like my current build, and just need to work on tweaking it as I try new things and see what works and what doesn't. Hope this helps!

Foxboy93's Alesha, Who Smiles at Death: "We Are Negan"

Foodtime on Queen Marchesa EDH Deck

4 months ago

I'd change out Mardu Banner for Commander's Sphere, also looks like your missing two other signets. Command Tower is also a great staple!

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