Return target permanent card from your graveyard to the battlefield.
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Obzedat's Aid Discussion
1 month ago
Start off with maybe 36 lands and all the signets in your colors plus Sol Ring. Since it's Nevermore tribal, play all the cards in that category. Other effects in that category are Azor, the Lawbringer, Void Winnower, and Decree of Silence with Solemnity. If you want to play those you should include even more ramp. Narset Transcendent can also do that with her emblem. Iona, Linvala, and GAAIV are good to keep in the deck. Elesh Norn, Godhead, and Ixidron as well. Sadistic Sacrament seems powerful if you can kick it.
Then add in the good removals and boardwipes, like Cyclonic Rift and Cleansing Meditation (combos with Enchanted Evening) and good point removal. Some counterspells and protection for your permanents. Maybe some recursion like Replenish, Obzedat's Aid, Starfield of Nyx, Sun Titan, Emeria Shepherd, and Sheoldred, Whispering One. Tutors to find your answers. Some card draw, and then your wincon. You could theoretically use Sen Triplets to play wincons from other opponents' hands instead, which allows you to squeeze more control elements into the deck.
1 month ago
Yeah, that's a very different scenario though. The reason Auras can't be put on permanents with shroud is because you have to target them during the casting process. You can also circumvent Shroud/Hexproof with Auras simply by putting them into play without actually casting them. This can be done via card effects such as Obzedat's Aid, Silent Sentinel, or Felidar Guardian.
1 month ago
I also noticed that you're running a lot of aura/curse tutoring and recursion, which are not very efficient for their CMC and might be a bit more than necessary. Cards like Obzedat's Aid, Replenish, Open the Vaults, Starfield of Nyx, and Cleansing Meditation could be more powerful and versatile. Austere Command is also a good sweeper for this deck since you can choose which modes work best. You might also need a bit more removal for non-creatures. Vandalblast should handle the artifacts, and Return to Dust seems efficient as well.
My recommended cuts are Kozilek, Bitterheart Witch, Heliod's Pilgrim, Auramancer, Survival Cache, maybe Restoration Specialist and Torment of Hailfire.
1 month ago
Obzedat's Aid to bring part of a win con back if it gets removed
Dire Fleet Ravager for another Hidetsugu effect
Gisela, Blade of Goldnight slows your opponents from taking advantage of your life loss while pumping your side of the battlefield
Vraska the Unseen is a powerful win cons if you can ult her, and her other abilities are good too
Crawlspace for another Norn's Annex effect
Samut, the Tested good aggro card but doesn't support your win cons
Ob Nixilis Reignited you get the most value out of for card draw and there are cheaper draw spells that get you more cards
Death's Shadow by the time you can cast safely one of your other win conditions should be online
3 months ago
Realized that there were only eight non-creature spells in the deck. Cut 17 slivers and added 2 filling the deck with more support spells and a handfull of removal.
Plated Sliver, Sidewinder Sliver, Quilled Sliver, Shadow Sliver, Synchronous Sliver, Spectral Sliver, Mindwhip Sliver, Spitting Sliver, Heart Sliver, Two-Headed Sliver, Magma Sliver, Battering Sliver, Spinneret Sliver, Fungus Sliver, Spined Sliver, Cautery Sliver, Dormant Sliver
Expedition Map, Sol Ring, Training Grounds, Vandalblast, Chromatic Lantern, Urza's Incubator, Sphinx's Revelation, Door of Destinies, Tempt with Discovery, Supreme Verdict, Decimate, Unburial Rites, All Suns' Dawn, Obzedat's Aid, Tsabo's Decree, Austere Command, Akroma's Vengeance, Akroma's Memorial,
4 months ago
Hey there! Cool deck you have here! I'm not fully sure whether you want a Kokusho-focused deck with a lifegain subtheme, or a lifegain-focused deck with a Kokusho subtheme, so I'll give you tips for both:
You generally want a lot of ways to find your Kokushos, as well as ways to return them from the graveyard, so I'll focus on those two.
- Diabolic Tutor
- Razaketh's Rite
- Makeshift Mannequin
- Exhume (not Modern legal)
- Animate Dead (also not Modern legal)
- Rise from the Grave
- Obzedat's Aid
- Dread Return (also not Modern legal)
- Ever After
- Fearsome Awakening
- Karmic Guide (also not Modern legal)
If you're focused on more of a lifegain theme, I'd go with some of the following:
- Nyx-Fleece Ram
- Sun Droplet
- Tithe Drinker
- Ajani's Pridemate
- Survival Cache
- Felidar Sovereign
- Lone Missionary
- Chalice of Life Flip
- Aetherflux Reservoir
Regardless of which version you're actually looking for, I would also recommend adding in some more removal, probably at least 5 copies total of the following: Doom Blade, Murder, Oust, Condemn, Dismember.
In any case, good luck with your deck!
4 months ago
5 months ago
meowndabout, I have been torn about the fact that this list is very, very long, yet more expensive cards like that one are missing from the list (even though their high cmc is not because of their inefficiency, but rather to balance out the fact that they return cards directly to the battlefield; in fact, I almost always would rather have Zombify over Raise Dead)
So I gave it some more thought, and I think if this list is going to be useful, it has to be short enough that it doesn't show too many strictly worse cards but also long enough to include the best ones.
I'm in the process of updating the list, and will tag you again when it's done.
Thank you for the comment, because the mere question about Obzedat's Aid led me down a path of inquiry and discovery to refine this list.