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Revolt — Narnam Renegade enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it if a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn.
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Narnam Renegade Discussion
1 day ago
Supreme Will places them on the bottom of the deck for 2nd ability, not graveyard. It is also a turn 3 play. Spontaneous Mutation will not work well unless, for example, you run cycling, and even then that doesnt make it a good turn 1-2 play (might as well make it straight up removal past that like Stasis Snare, Declaration in Stone or Cast Out.
1 drops are lacking in these colors tho, the good removal 1 drops are in black and red atm :/ only other things i see for turn 1 play is Reason / Believe, Oath of Nissa, Narnam Renegade with that 1/2 deathtouch body, sideboard stuff (Blossoming Defense can be an option tho to protect a creature or trade up).
I like the deck tho, just skeptical(?) about there being enough early game plays as your curve is stacking a lot on 3 drops. Why i recommended selfess, you would have more on 2 drop curve.
1 day ago
3 days ago
Very interesting brew. 2 of my favorite standard cards are Oviya Pashiri, Sage Lifecrafter and Sylvan Advocate. I love Oviya because she seems so innocuous and people rarely want to waste removal(even if they do I am normally more than happy with that trade) on her and then she starts making 5/5s and 8/8s and the game is over quickly after that. Advocate is just so good and has kind of been forgotten the past several standard seasons since Collected Company rotated, but it is still a very powerful magic card. While it is colorless, I would consider adding Hostile Desert to take advantage of Advocates ability. I think you will have plenty of lands to exile since you probably discard some lands with Stern Constable and once you are at 6 lands attacking with a 5/6 is pretty insane. I know you mentioned Thraben Inspector above, but having the extra card draw seems more valuable than the extra point of power from the gargoyle. And while not a huge deal, triggering revolt for the Narnam Renegade would be a nice bonus. Just something to consider, but if your current list works then it works. Nice deck and Happy Brewing!
6 days ago
Id also consider switching out Narnam Renegade for Festering Mummy for your one cast creature because -1/-1 counters will be the bane of your opponents existence when hapatra or your nests are on the field
1 week ago
I'm thinking Naya zoo/stompy has the best chances here, where Zada and Mirrorwing are value engines at the top end of the curve.
Sylvan Advocate is still legal, along with Thalia, Heretic Cathar, Bloodrage Brawler, Narnam Renegade, Beastcaller Savant, Glory-Bound Initiate, Greenwheel Liberator, Hanweir Militia Captain Flip, Hidden Herbalists, Prowling Serpopard, Kari Zev, Skyship Raider, Honored Crop-Captain, and Samut, Voice of Dissent as a Zada enabler...you get the grind against control by Expedite-ing or Fling-ing your board in response to shenanigans, and the combat tricks ensure you have the upper hand in any combat with midrange or aggro.
Essentially, I suggest Naya because it's able to drop a meaningful creature every turn before Zada/Mirrorwing, which is what the deck needs in order to win on T5-7. It's also got a robust enough suite of instants that you can cast responsively, such as Blossoming Defense or Tandem Tactics, to be versatile against anything the opponent does to interfere. Lastly, the zoo foundations of that deck are strong enough to be a decent matchup even if the opponent manages to neuter your two build-around cards.
I wish I had a brew for you, but I literally just came up with that. I have a deck @ One-Punch Woman (Primer) that's essentially a zoo deck with Zada as one win-con, so I have some experience with her potency. I'd be happy, however, to provide feedback on any list you brew up.
1 week ago
Hey man I'm building my own version of this deck but in Red Green. I was just wondering why you didn't choose to play Ramunap Hydra? It's a fantastic inclusion in the deck. Also instead of Rhonas the Indomitable you play Narnam Renegade? I feel like Heroic Intervention is very lack luster because of Hour of Devastation but it could still be a sideboard card. I feel like Life Goes On would suit you better on the mainboard. Finally, I personally don't like the inclusion of Scaled Behemoth in the deck. You ideally want to be winning on turn 6 so he's not the most ideal card to be playing. Excluding that I like the deck man great work.
1 week ago
(P.S: I know this could go in the spec thread, but I figured it would be way too long for a comment @_@)
Ixalan is going to be a really weird set. I expect the prices will be much higher than we're used to, because it won't have Masterpieces OR double-sided cards to drive standard rare prices down, AND because it rotates four sets on release, making null a lot of popular decks like Zombies.
It's been a LONG time since we had a rotation, so I'm already looking ahead to see what kind of big standard players are rotating, and which cards might be their replacement (and thus go up in price). I'm specifically looking at TYPES of cards that slot into many different decks; I'm not trying to predict the metagame, just assuming there will be decks that want X kind of creature, X kind of removal spell. Here's what I've got.
BIG ROTATERS: Creatures
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger This, along with other big Eldrazi like World Breaker, will probably have the biggest shockwaves for standard decks going forward. Both ramp and cheat-creatures-into-play (/reanimate) decks lose their best payoffs. As a result, I'm keeping an eye on big demons like Razaketh, the Foulblooded and Herald of Anguish, other big impact permanents like Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh and Overwhelming Splendor , and the Gearhulks.
Oof! Two colors lose their best one drops that create card advantage. These are all-stars in aggressive creature lists like Vehicles and Zombies, but have also contributed to a format where a t1 play gives you a huge advantage. I expect 2 things to happen: one-drop proactive action, like perhaps Reason / Believe or Narnam Renegade, gets better; and the two-drop becomes more important. HOWEVER:
These two drop engines are also leaving, meaning the two drop slot in midrange decks will likely be filled by mana dorks (as they are now), or perhaps two drops like Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons or Glint-Sleeve Siphoner. Might be a good idea to pick up some Channeler Initiates.
There's a lot of valuable creatures rotating, including Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, but none generate quite as much value as this one. TT is creature decks' #1 way to not run out of gas and stay ahead of control decks. While no creature will probably reach parity with its insane snowball potential, I think cards like Glint-Sleeve Siphoner or Vizier of the Menagerie may see more play as a way for creature decks to stay up on cards. I have some hopes about Reason / Believe in this spot, too.
The last big impact creature that's rotating. This frees up the 5 drop slot in white decks quite a bit, but sadly nothing really matches her surprise stabilizing/aggressive power. This gives a big boost to Glorybringer. It also may boost Crested Sunmare, which does a fairly good stabilizing impression if you have one trigger on endstep. Also keep an eye on Angel of Sanctions!
BIG ROTATERS: Planeswalkers
OK, she's not as big as I'd like her to be, but I do think that at $3 Samut, the Tested is a reasonable pick up. Red/green/x creature decks will be hurting for planeswalkers, and all she takes is 1 good creature with trample or a combat damage trigger. But don't forget Chandra, Torch of Defiance! I expect her to get MUCH better after rotation, when she doesn't have to compete for mainboard space against Arlinn OR...
So the token walkers rotate, meaning 4-mana creatures and planeswalkers just got better, and you no longer have to ask yourself if your 4 or 5 drop can compete with an enemy Gid, AOZ. I think this is a win for Hazoret the Fervent along with Chandra, and I'm keeping an eye on 3-4 drops in Ixalan.
The twin 5-drop walkers both offered midrange control decks recurring card advantage. I don't know what might replace them, but I know decks will be looking for ways to stabilize and rebuild a hand after spending turns on removal.
I don't know what to do with this because she was probably too powerful to begin with, but this makes aggro slightly better, x/1's better, and replacement ways for midrange to close out a game (without her ultimate) better.
BIG ROTATERS: Removal
2-mana B/W Removal
Grasp of Darkness, Immolating Glare, Blessed Alliance and Declaration in Stone all rotate, and I seriously doubt Ixalan will cover those holes on release. My biggest prediction is that Abrade and Harnessed Lightning get a HUGE upgrade from these rotating, and red will be the color of choice for midrange and control supporting colors.
See above, except Cast Out is now premium against decks that present multiple kinds of threats, so I would continue picking those up. Never / Return and Unlicensed Disintegration also get more relevant.
Look into getting some Sweltering Suns as the best 3-mana wipe, and Yahenni's Expertise maybe, though I just see a trend of black control getting nerfed. Also, without the above exile effects or Flaying Tendrils, both Scrapheap Scrounger and its foil Magma Spray get more relevant.
I also think Hour of Devastation may get better as red moves into a more controlling support color and maybe kicks out black and white.
TAKEAWAYS / TL;DR
In preparing for rotation, I'm going to be picking up the following cards for cheap whenever I can:
Cast Out ($1)
And in Ixalan, I'll be looking out for cheap B/W removal, big creatures with an ETB or activated ability payoff, and 3-4 drop card advantage creatures. These cards may fill holes that deck archetypes will have after rotation.
Agree or disagree with my analysis? Think of any other cards that might be contenders in a brand new standard? Let me know!
2 weeks ago
Nice! I made a pretty similar budget GW deck and it can do pretty well considering how inexpensive it was. I've been trying out Kessig Prowler Flip recently because I had been disappointed by the Warden of the First Tree. Soldier of the Pantheon, Sunblade Elf, and Narnam Renegade are budget options I'm considering for one drops.