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Military Intelligence Discussion
1 month ago
Later in the game, two other players Stormscape Familiar and Warden of Evos Isle shines. Stormscape Familiar reduces the mana of white spells, which means that white counter spells Orim's Chant, Wing Shards,Dismantling Blow and Island Sanctuary have their cost reduced. Most importantly, Stormscape Familiar reduces the cost of Battle Screech, Eyes in the Skies and Migratory Route. When these cards come to play, 1/1 bird tokens are summoned (4 for each Battle Screech and Migratory Route and multiple 1/1 bird tokens for Eyes in the Skies's populate). Rootborn Defenses (reduced by Stormscape Familiar) multiplies even further our 1/1 bird tokens with populate and turns them indestructible. Warden of Evos Isle reduces the cost of other bird creatures (Thrummingbird and Soulcatcher) meaning more birds.
Many bird tokens and non-tokens creatures and are going to die and repopulate. For each dead bird, a feather counter will be put in Soulcatchers' Aerie (cost reduced by Stormscape Familiar) and boost our creatures wavelike. Tokens and counters are further multiplied by Thrummingbird (proliferate pre-existing tokens) and Soulcatcher (+1/+1 token for each dead bird). Once birds have been summoned and everything is put to its place there is a great synergy. Token-wise, Cathars' Crusade cost reduced by Stormscape Familiar) is a great addition. Favorable Winds is a plus while Gravitational Shift is GG.
In order to speed up the summoning of the birds, Coastal Piracy (draw a card for each attacking creature) and Military Intelligence (draw a card whenever 2 creatures are attacking) come to play. They match-up nicely with Island Sanctuary in order to protect our birds. Deluge can be a very nice surprise.
About lands, Halimar Depths and Seaside Haven speeds up the game. Seaside Haven is important once it sacrifices a bird for Soulcatcher and Soulcatchers' Aerie. Speaking of counters, Calciform Pools, Vivid Creek and Vivid Meadow counters can be proliferated by Thrummingbird and more mana can be added.
1 month ago
anytime I totally understand your feelings on Illusory Angel on second look at your build more draw would be needed to support him like Rhystic Study/Military Intelligence and such. I honestly cant express how much i dig modern illusions... for the price tag they are pretty dang good and are really capable of pulling off wins.
which brings me to your current red/white splash brews...is it really worth adding 100-200 bucks to the deck just to have access to Lightning Bolt/Path to Exile? idk unless you have some other master plan in mind id say it not worth it.
I for adding another Lord/spin on the deck i would point you in the direction of Grand Architect and work off his synergy with Adaptive Automaton/Spellskite and perhaps integrate things like Phyrexian Metamorph and Wurmcoil Engine (using the old school art of course).
2 months ago
4 months ago
Nice deck! I too have a Bird Tribal deck. I've whittled out some of the excess birds and added in plenty of combat tricks, tribal helping enchantments, and card draw to keep the birds flocking. Here are some cards I think you should consider:Magus of the Moat, Palace Familiar & Runewing & Thieving Magpie - boring but card draw plus birds, Tempest Owl - fine early game but great if you have the mana for the kicker late game, Halimar Depths & Blighted Steppe - a couple beneficial lands, Bident of Thassa, Migratory Route, Swan Song, Faces of the Past, Gravitational Shift, Military Intelligence, Reconnaissance, Shared Triumph.
Here's my deck if you want to check it out 300 Tons of Bird Shit
4 months ago
Military Intelligence would be a great include on the cheap.
I think this would work but I still think Edric at the helm would simply be better. Sigh... Thank you for all your responses but I'm starting to contemplate just running a different commander :( Building so many lists just to have them not work is frustrating (plus I'm on Vicodin from having teeth pulled yesterday so bear with me lol). Granted that is probably stemming from my refusal to do what Derevi is great at- prison/stax. I'm tempted just to throw Storm Crow in my tribal list (which still needs shaping up) and throw it together and be done with it lol.
I was also looking at Oloro, Talrand, and a very odd choice: Lin Sivvi infin life combo. The latter is pretty jank and is mono white so meh... I own all the cards for the infinite combos with Oloro: ( + , + , Felidar Sovereign, still need Test of Endurance)
5 months ago
I think Bident of Thassa has a home in this deck. Better card draw than Military Intelligence, since it has a much higher "ceiling," while, admittingly having a lower "floor." Also its second ability can leave an opponent wide open.
As for combat altering cards: