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Creature — Spirit
Whenever another Spirit enters the battlefield under your control, Mausoleum Wanderer gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
Sacrifice Mausoleum Wanderer: Counter target instant or sorcery spell unless its controller pays X, where X is Mausoleum Wanderer's power.
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Mausoleum Wanderer Discussion
1 week ago
I like the Spirits and Cavern of Souls mechanic. I wanted to have a threat early and a turn 4-5 finisher consistently. T1 -- Mausoleum Wanderer Ideally Cast from Cavern of Souls and Lotus Bloom T2 -- Rattlechains -- Sac Mausoleum Wanderer if need be to slow opponent. T3 -- Drogskol Captain T4 -- Sovereigns of Lost Alara sacrificing Lotus Bloom and Tutoring for Eldrazi Conscription
2 months ago
Thank you both for the clarification! I suspected it didnt enter the battlefield, even though it becomes a creature; but thought Id ask.
The reasons I am choosing Rattlechains:
- Once in play, it allows me to wait until my opponents end turn to play my creatures; creating a draw/go playstyle for the spirits. This will allow me to hold mana open for counterspells if needed, but not have it be wasted, because I can play my spirits each cycle of untapping.
- I can use any of my spirits to pump up Mausoleum Wanderer for attacking or saccing to counter.
- It turns Kaijin of the Vanishing Touch into an instant bounce against attacking creatures, that lingers after. Still not sure on this, but I think this make Kaijin of the Vanishing Touch useful
Now, I just need to figure out how to get that all to fit...lol
2 months ago
A question for those who'd know.
For Genju of the Falls and Genju of the Fields; when they transform, is that considered a spirit creature entering the battlefield, so it could be used to pump up Mausoleum Wanderer for attacking and countering spells?
2 months ago
2 months ago
First, thanks for you input and suggestions, Path to Exile will definitely be added, just not sure for what yet (although I am a bit concerned with the ramp up of my opponent, but that shouldn't be too bad).
I suspected this deck was too slow for Modern, which is why I am asking for help. I have a pretty big gap in between my times of play (Unlimited to Fourth Edition, then Tempest and Stronghold, and then random booster boxes bought from 2012 forward, except, I haven't bought any new cards for about 2 years), so I am not aware of many of the options that are out there. Additionally, because the time I played most actively was so long ago, many of the staples of play are not Modern Legal and I'm not sure what replaced them or what the best option for replacement was. Which is why Cancel was in the deck, I knew it was a 3cmc straight up counter, one turn slower than my favorite spell in the game Counterspell; I didn't know what else to choose (going with Mana Leak btw, thank you).
Okay, on this deck, it is not a Azor's Elocutors deck; it is intended to be a deck in the vein of Tempest Deep Freeze. Objectives are to limit what makes it to the battlefield, then lock down what you do allow to the battlefield. Any opportunity where you have a battlefield advantage because of the control aspects, you should be swinging with whatever you have on the field. It really is a control and beatdown deck. Azor's Elocutors is in as an alternate win condition, if you can completely lock down the board with the Eidolon of Rhetoric + Jace, Unraveler of Secrets combination, essentially making it a 3 card combo against decks that can't answer the primary combo. However, this has convinced me walls are the wrong choice for this deck, too passive. So I need some decent low cmc creatures to replace the walls, preferably with some permission or control aspects to them.
Okay, for counterspells, dropping Cancel and picking up Mana Leak. What are your thoughts on Mausoleum Wanderer? I was thinking it doubles as a creature for my deck (since I am sticking with spirits) and gives me a counter. My concern is it is limited to instants and sorceries. I anticipate early game to be facing a lot of creature casting, so it seems of limited value, and isn't a strong creature until pumped up by Drogskol Captain, and if I make it to turn 3 or 4, then even a hard counter like Cancel would be a better choice due to the limits on what it can counter.
On the lands issue, yeah, in the old days (maybe I'm shackled by my previous experience...lol) it was common practice to run around 1/3 of your deck land, and I still build like that. I don't mind being mana tight. I start getting up to 24-26 lands, like suggested currently, and I notice I flood seemingly way more often. I despise flooding. So yeah, I run tight; I think the curve on this deck may be too high, but the high cmc cards (excluding Jace, Unraveler of Secrets and Eidolon of Rhetoric) are not necessary until later game, while the lower cmc cards are intended to help make it to late game. Telling me "I need to make it 8 turns" is an issue for the deck? That is what I'm trying to make the deck do...drag games out > 8 turns. Also 70% of my deck is <= 3 cmc. I am going to be removing Drogskol Cavalry for Leyline of Sanctity, so that should reduce the curve a bit too. That being said, land tweaking is always the last thing I do, and you may be right, it may need 24-26 lands, or some digging. But that usually comes from play testing for me, not my initial build. I build tight, then loosen up if needed. This allows me to know which cards can be removed from the deck and replaced with lands.
On the walls, I do agree, for different reasons. I'm going to remove them from the deck, for some slightly more aggressive creatures, who hopefully will have some control aspects built into them. I liked the utility both of those walls provide; but they don't allow me to attack when opportunity arises. If you have any ideas for <= 2 cmc creatures that provide some good control utility (preferably without paying something every turn, like Gideon's Lawkeeper, although I do like that card) but still allow me to chip away when opportunity presents itself, I'd really appreciate it. The argument that walls shouldn't be used because removal exists is silly to me though. In that case, non Shroud/Hexproof creatures shouldn't be used because removal exists. A player using removal on my creatures is a part of the game and mostly 1 for 1 trade; this deck shouldn't (if built right) mind 1 for 1 trades in normal game flow. That card and mana could have been used by my opponent to strengthen their board, instead it was used to weaken mine; but this deck will struggle most against opponents that focus on strenghtening their own board quickly. I used to play a modified Tempest Deep Freeze a lot, and that is what this deck is inspired by, and I will tell you, in my previous experience, attacking my board was not the way to win against the deck. Removal spells are the least of my concerns, especially when used on a disposable 2 cmc blocker; unless that next attack takes my life to 0, I don't mind losing those early creatures and delaying, whether it is delaying an attack hitting me, or delaying my opponent playing a more meaningful spell because they used removal on essentially a chump blocker. I hope I explained this correctly; not sure if I did. Either way, walls are out, and I'm going to put in more aggressive creatures.
As for the Card Advantage discussion; yeah, I could use some for sure. I like Sky Hussar, that could be useful. If I have a positive board state (which can often happen due to the board control spells in the deck) I could definitely use that card to draw. That being said, I'd prefer if I could get some extra draws on some control spells. Any ideas?
Finally, thanks again for your input. Definitely a lot to think about and some changes to be made.
2 months ago
Looks awesome; tribal is always a crap ton of fun, especially when competitive.
My one recommendation is to work out a land-to-mana-coast ratio and apply it to your islands and plains, as you have equal chance of receiving blue or white mana but are more likely to draw and want to play a card requiring blue mana first or second turn. If you've repeatedly playtested the deck and get a solid mana base for a Serum Visions or Mausoleum Wanderer, then stick with it, but if there's ever an opening hand where you say "Darn, I wish I had an island right now" then you might wanna try switching it up. Mana Calculator is a good place to do this, or just swapping out land for land based on your ideal plays works too.
Great deck, NateLostAgain.
2 months ago
Thanks for the comment xyr0s!
I've tried Thraben Inspector, Siren Stormtamer and Mausoleum Wanderer as my one drop, but tested the visions last weekend in paper to great success! The scrying is great in all stages of the game being able to refill our hand.