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Ordeal of Heliod
Enchantment — Aura
Whenever enchanted creature attacks, put a +1/+1 counter on it. Then if it has three or more +1/+1 counters on it, sacrifice Ordeal of Heliod.
When you sacrifice Ordeal of Heliod, you gain 10 life.
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Ordeal of Heliod Discussion
3 weeks ago
I think these are all great suggestions, but they aren't for this deck. I'm starting to create an aura deck with Bruna, Light of Alabaster as it's commander, so these are great suggestions for that one. I will probably keep in most of the cards that you think I should get rid of because of their uses later on. I have some crazy large cards in there like Serra Avatar, and I think that buffing them up isn't as important as either protecting myself, or dying while Exquisite Archangel is on the battlefield. Kami of False Hope is there as some early protection until I can get out some walls, Pariah is there more for Stuffy Doll than anything else. Ordeal of Heliod is there for me to get some early extra health and get some more power to a creature for a bit. Nevermore is a good suggestion for a card to get rid of. It doesn't really do much other than stall a commander for a bit. Moonsilver Spear is there for token generation because I don't have many creatures, same with Hanweir Militia Captain Flip and Ajani's Chosen. Mirror Entity is a card that I haven't been sure about for a bit, so I may get rid of it unless I want to use it to buff up my tokens decently high, and use Odric, Master Tactician to make my opponent not block. Orim, Samite Healer is meant for early protection too. Sun Droplet allows me to regain health slowly, so I can take 3 or 4 damage (Which I do a lot) and not need to worry about my health being chipped away as much. Silence is there for more late game when I want to nuke to prevent them from countering as easily, if not Grand Abolisher is there. Dazzling Reflection is just kinda there for my theme of people trying to hurt me, but ultimately helping me. It isn't a crazy good card for early game and getting it early is kind of a waste of space in my hand, but late game it could be extremely good, especially if my opponent has an unblockable creature that is super buffed up. Walking Atlas is there to just help me get land faster, and if I put Land Tax in the deck, it will help me not have to discard if I don't have Reliquary Tower. Celestial Mantle is an insane card for Serra Avatar and Three Dreams is helpful to get it out and also a few others. Thank you so much for helping me with the deck. You've helped me out a ton and I can't thank you enough.
3 weeks ago
In mono color that's a great card. Some cards I would recommended taking out though are Pariah, Ordeal of Heliod, Nevermore because there are only one copies of cards in EDH and if you do it to their commander it will become a target quickly, Moonsilver Spear, Sun Droplet, Silence, Dazzling Reflection, Walking Atlas because it's ability isn't super strong early on and almost useless later on, Orim, Samite Healer, Mirror Entity because it doesn't help out your creatures much. It would be better if you had a lot of smaller creatures. Kami of False Hope, Jazal Goldmane (same as mirror entity) Hanweir Militia Captain Flip, and Brigid, Hero of Kinsbaile. Not to pick your deck apart by any means because it's not bad, I just believe that it would be stronger if it followed more of a theme and was less defensive!
4 weeks ago
Hey zephyr_chang, thanks for commenting!
So it's been quite some time now that I'm using this deck, I can assure you 16 lands is enough, since our mana curve is 1-2.
Path to Exile is indeed a great removal, that's why it's on the maybeboard, but since the purpose of this deck is to run on a budget I didn't include it on the main deck.
Defiant Strike has great utility, the card draw helps compensate for the super low mana curve, also, it triggers heroic and it's main function is to protect your early game Favored Hoplite, with that in mind, you can use him as protection against aggro red decks, and helps keep him on the board against cheap control deck removals. Defiant Strike also allows your creature to trade with impunity.
I know most people don't like Ordeal of Heliod, but it's one of my personal favorites, especially for such a cheap card. Besides costing only when you have Hero of Iroas on the board. Ordeal insta-triggers with Fabled Hero, giving you a 5/5 double-striker at turn 4 and healing you 10 points. The heal is really helpful because since you don't want to have too many creatures on the board, it allows you to be more aggressive and not keep creatures untapped to defend. When you're going straight to the face, opponents usually will be hesistant to tap their creatures to attack you, since you're pretty much always hitting harder than they are.
If you have any more doubts or suggestions let me know!
Also, what's your favorite flavor text in the game?
Have a great day.
4 weeks ago
16 lands is definitely not enough. You'll need at the very least 18 or 19. You also need more removal, such as Path to Exile, or more Aura-based removal if you want to go that way. You can cut some of the pump/protection spells and auras. First to go would be things like Ordeal of Heliod and Defiant Strike because they are pretty low impact in general (also, gaining life and cantripping does not seem like what this deck wants to do). After all, they are dead cards if you can't land a creature or get one to stick.
1 month ago
A little expensive, but would be great:
- Sigarda's Aid
- Golem-Skin Gauntlets (cheap to equip and buffs a bunch)
- Sword of the Animist and Explorer's Scope (both work as ramp)
- Angel of Invention (anthem + tokens)
- Obelisk of Urd
- Windbrisk Heights
- Forsake the Worldly (given the amount of enchantment/artifact trouble we can get into)
Kemba wants low equip costs:
- Stormrider Rig
Grafted WargearAll equip for free.
Dragon Throne of Tarkir buffs your army for you.
- Sigil of Valor buffs Kemba via her army.
- Haunted Cloak
- Empyrial Plate
- Chariot of Victory
- Dust Elemental (Saves things - it can return itself and 2 other creatures)
- Goldnight Commander or Valor in Akros
- Gideon, Martial Paragon (for the ultimate) ->
- Gideon's Resolve works as a tutor and Anthem
2 months ago
Thank you for all of the suggestions! Regarding Brave the Sands, I like idea of granting Vigilance from a source other than an aura so that when Isamaru, Hound of Konda invariably dies we get to keep the effect going. This deck wants to swing with Isamaru, Hound of Konda each turn and deal more damage, though, so I think I prefer Always Watching instead. Its less defensive than Brave the Sands and has a higher CMC, but it also boosts Isamaru, Hound of Konda with more power and toughness. Dealing one additional damage may not seem like much, but it can make the difference between finishing the game and giving the opponent another turn. What do you think?
The fetchlands are run to thin the deck (I know its not much but every little bit helps) and for getting more utility from Scroll Rack when we do not have our Land Tax on the battlefield. Admittedly the fetchlands had more function when Sensei's Divining Top was still legal, but I think they are still worth keeping in for the opportunity cost they provide.
Ring of Thune and Sword of Vengeance have both been tried and Hero's Blade has been considered. Ring of Thune has a cheap cost but losses most of its utility, adding counters, when Isamaru, Hound of Konda dies; its a slower version of Ordeal of Heliod. Sword of Vengeance adds power and keywords we like but its just too expensive. I am likely to cast it and not equip it until the following turn. While that does sometimes happen with Sword of Fire and Ice and Sword of Feast and Famine those pieces of equipment are much more valuable. Hero's Blade got me excited when it was first spoiled bit I cooled to it after further review. It is only good if Isamaru, Hound of Konda dies; otherwise its another piece of equipment that is cast and then equipped on the following turn. I think that would be fair if it also added some evasion (Trample, Menace, or Flying) but as a straight power buff I can't find a slot for it.
2 months ago
Path vs Journey/other lesser white removal: Sure, Path is good. But I don't think it's $6 good. Giving opponents an extra land is, IMO, an understated disadvantage. The CMC isn't the issue with Journey, it's that it's an enchantment and therefore subject to removal. All things aside, I've chosen Journey because the CMC is bearable, it doesn't cost that much to buy (This is a budget deck; also, I've had a full set for years now anyway), and it doesn't give opponents any huge advantage. Believe it or not, that free land Path grants can turn out to be really bad.
18 lands is good here. If you look at the curve, you'll see there are very few cards over 2CMC. This deck can work surprisingly well with just 2-3 lands out. I don't usually have as much land out as opponents, but it wins anyway. Running fewer lands here means more slots for 1 drop creatures.
Angelic Overseer fits because all my creatures are Human (not Soldiers). Having a hexproof, indestructible flyer can be a fun nail in the coffin, but I don't expect to draw it often or play it often, or even need it at all. It's pretty much in there for fun because there are no other high CMC spells in the deck.
Yes, the theme here is +1/+1 counters. All the creatures here have a way to get counters on their own. If/when Abzan Falconer hits, the deck usually wins. Even without the Falconer, this deck consistently puts out 4-5 creatures that all exceed 4/4 by t4-t5, and that's usually fast enough to out-big opponents turn after turn.
Ordeal of Heliod would probably be the first card I'd consider dropping. I like it because I can cast it on a creature with 2 +1/+1 counters already on it, add an extra counter and get 10 life all in the same turn. That gives this deck that extra staying power that can mean the difference between winning and losing. It's also good for sideboarding out, which is great. I see a lot of decks with all their removal in the sideboard, but nothing in the mainboard that can easily be taken away. Celestial Flare is great because it gets around hexproof and indestructible, which in my tiny circle, is clutch. It also sees a lot of back and forth in and out of the sideboard. Since almost the entire deck can be played for 2CMC or less, I end up top-decking pretty quickly. Tezzeret's Gambit is absolutely amazing here. Adding a +1/+1 counter to each of my creatures (think about that with Mikeaus, the Lunarch!) and drawing 2 cards is just sick.
Honor of the Pure is okay, but I see it as weaker than things that give permanent counters. For example, Mikeaus, the Lunarch gives each creature I control a +1/+1 counter. Even if Mike is removed, the counters stay. With Honor, if it's removed, all my creatures suffer. Add in that Honor doesn't have a body, and it doesn't look so great. When Mike hits, Champs and Lieutenants get pumped on the spot because of their tribal effects. Honor, being an enchantment, is not as good.
Metallic Mimic gets removed almost every time I play it. I added 2x in because having 2 Mikes in hand sucks. My real issue with the Mimic is that it only works when it gets out early. Late game it doesn't do much. I've considered running Adaptive Automaton, but I don't really like the its CMC. The other creatures I've been considering is Hanweir Militia Captain Flip or Ranger of Eos - both would equate to major pumps for my other creatures, tho Ranger's CMC would require a larger land base.
I've looked through a lot of cards judiciously for this deck. The weakest points are Hada Freeblade and Kazandu Blademaster - I don't want to go full on Allies - there aren't enough that fit the theme - but there aren't better low CMC creatures that generate their own counters. It's not great when A Blademaster hits but then stays stuck at 2/2 while other creatures get larger around it. For that reason, sometimes I make Mimics Allies instead of Humans, which also isn't ideal, but often works out anyway.
2 months ago
I highly highly suggest that you get a playset of Path to Exile in here. It's the best removal spell in Modern, and fits better in your curve than Journey to Nowhere, which costs too much, in my eyes.
Also, how is 18 lands working for you? I feel like having more would help, but this isn't my deck, so I wouldn't know for sure. Especially with a 5 drop, and several mana sinks.
Angelic Overseer seems really out of place here. I think you should run something else in it's place. A 5 mana spell that doesn't help you strategy doesn't seem worthwhile.
I also think you have too many spells. Ordeal of Heliod, Celestial Flare, and Tezzeret's Gambit would be my first thoughts on what to drop. I'm not sure if you are going for a full Soldier theme, or just a +1/+1 counter theme, but more Metallic Mimic, some Honor of the Pure, and maybe something like Soldier of the Pantheon or Hero of Bladehold.
Hope that helps a bit!