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Needle Spires enters the battlefield tapped.
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: Needle Spires becomes a 2/1 red and white Elemental creature with double strike until end of turn. It's still a land.
Needle Spires Discussion
2 weeks ago
First, manlands come in tapped. In modern, speed is the name of the game and we want our lands active by turn one. We can’t fetch for them and if we open up a hand with only a manland, it’s an auto mulligan. Manlands also usually require a lot of mana investment and don’t contribute to the Young Pyromancer / Bedlam Reveler gameplan.
Lavaclaw Reaches - 3 mana for a 2/2 that can get bolted, pushed, or removed before we can actually use it, does not work. Also, Mardu Pyromancer does well with 3-4 lands. So we would only activate and not pump it with the current gameplan.
Shambling Vent - the only one I would somewhat consider. Lifelink is nice with fetches and shocks, and 2/3 is not bad, but still bolt/push fodder while also entering tapped. Still doesn’t add to original gameplan.
Needle Spires - 4 mana for a 2/1? No, thanks. This can be hit by Lightning Bolt , Fatal Push , and even Gut Shot . For 4 mana we could get Hazoret the Fervent , or a combination of spells to fuel Young Pyromancer and Bedlam Reveler .
Nahiri, the Harbinger - as for planeswalkers, I personally don’t like them since their typing doesn’t add to the instant/sorcery gameplan. I mentioned why I don’t use planeswalkers in the primer, but, specifically for Nahiri, the Harbinger , I like the current list for flexibility and adding to current gameplan. Planeswalkers dont seem to add a quick enough clock for us. Nahiri, the Harbinger is nice for card draw and removal, but Mardu runs the best removal in Magic, so we don’t really need that. Plus, Surgical Extraction helps with exiling problems and adds to instant/sorcery count and it’s at instant speed, whereas Planeswalkers are sorcery speed.
I hope this answers your question/recommendation!
3 weeks ago
There are a lot of soldiers out there, but some of the must-haves I feel you're missing are Brimaz, King of Oreskos , Preeminent Captain , Evangel of Heliod , Nomads' Assembly , Launch the Fleet , and Deploy to the Front . High Sentinels of Arashin and Elite Scaleguard could also be very powerful, depending on how much +1/+1 counter stuff you plan on doing.
I think the deck could also use some more "vegetables" cards. You should be running Boros Signet , at minimum, but Boros Keyrune , Boros Locket , Mind Stone , Sword of the Animist , and Knight of the White Orchid should probably be in the conversation, as well. Vandalblast , Aura of Silence , Crush Contraband , Return to Dust , etc. are all removal you might consider over the abundance of creature removal you have. In terms of card draw, being tribal, you could look into Vanquisher's Banner could also do work.
As for cuts, you shouldn't be running Evolving Wilds and Terramorphic Expanse in a 2-color deck. Ancient Amphitheater , Needle Spires , and even Stone Quarry are all strictly better without cards that care about land types or Landfall. The deck thinning is inconsequential in a 99-card deck, and you'd rather have the flexibility. Catapult Master, Hour of Devastation (you know it removes indestructible, right?), Deafening Clarion, and Hammerfist Giant all seem pretty suspect to me, just on card quality. Rather than Deafening Clarion, Firesong and Sunspeaker seem better with the Earthquake theme.
3 months ago
Have you considered Boros Signet, Worn Powerstone and Gilded Lotus? Heartless Hidetsugu is game over if Gisela, Blade of Goldnight is out. Furnace of Rath, Dictate of the Twin Gods and True Conviction are great for beatdown. Boros Charm is really versatile in this deck. You can swap Take Vengeance for Swords to Plowshares. Sunforger is the greatest card in Boros and can grab any instant at 4 CMC or less. // It's good to run Command Tower, Battlefield Forge, Temple of Triumph, Needle Spires, Ancient Amphitheater, Boros Guildgate are good for mana fixing. Slayers' Stronghold, Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion and Rogue's Passage are good for combat tricks; Mistveil Plains brings recursion; Spinerock Knoll is great at cheating costs; Secluded Steppe and Forgotten Cave for card selection. // Revitalize, Lightning Helix, Demystify, Fountain of Renewal are subpar in this deck.
3 months ago
I agree that Sylvan Advocate looks pretty bad. Also Burst Lightning is strictly better than Tarfire. Needle Spires is pretty bad too, might want to throw in a check land or shock land instead. Any of the creatures suggested above would help, as would additional copies of Tireless Tracker and Grim Lavamancer.
4 months ago
Hey, here's some cards to consider adding:
- Battlefield Forge
- Rogue's Passage
- Karmic Guide
- Urabrask the Hidden
- Commander's Sphere
- Knight of the White Orchid
- Chaos Warp
- Mother of Runes
- Bastion Protector
Other cards to consider adding (budget - expensive):
Protection: Grand Abolisher
Draw: Mind's Eye
Cards to consider cutting:
- Disaster Radius
- Fiery Finish
- Firecannon Blast
- Meteor Blast
- Candlelight Vigil
- Fall of the Hammer
- Luminous Bonds
- Taurean Mauler
- Magma Giant
- Stoneshock Giant
- Warchief Giant
4 months ago
You might want to add Champion of the Parish. I would also take out Heavy Mattock. Just because it synergises with humans doesn't mean there isn't something better out there. Your manabase could also be edited if you don't care about budget. You could add Clifftop Retreat, Rugged Prairie, Needle Spires, Temple of Triumph, Battlefield Forge, and Sacred Foundry.
4 months ago
Yeah, I mean, that was just the most budget land I could come up with, that’s would allow you to work on curve. There’s also Stone Quarry, Needle Spires, Boros Garrison, and Wind-Scarred Crag as far as budget lands go, and you could consider Clifftop Retreat if budget becomes less of an issue.
5 months ago
+1 for Gargoyle Tribal!
Just a thought,
Shrieking Grotesque. Since Darklit Gargoyle has a activated ability that you may use, you could benefit from a little hand disruption, too. If you dipped into Black, that gives you access to Duress, Inquisition of Kozilek and Blackmail as well as Utter End and Terminate. Thoughtseize if your budget allows.
Needle Spires occurrence in decks from the last year
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