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Oros, the Avenger
Legendary Creature — Dragon
Whenever Oros, the Avenger deals combat damage to a player, you may pay . If you do, Oros deals 3 damage to each nonwhite creature.
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Oros, the Avenger Discussion
1 month ago
The easiest way to speed up a deck is by removing ETB tapped lands. I highly suggest running Command Tower , as well as City of Brass and Mana Confluence . If you have access to it, Cavern of Souls is a good option for any tribal deck, but Unclaimed Territory is another good option. Forbidden Orchard , Exotic Orchard and Reflecting Pool are more interesting lands to consider.
Green dorks and two-mana rocks are also very good. I see you're running Birds of Paradise , but Elves of Deep Shadow , Llanowar Elves , Rampant Growth , Fyndhorn Elves , Orcish Lumberjack and (if you can) Noble Hierarch are also great additions. If you want to invest relatively heavily into your dork-base, Bloom Tender is REALLY good in chromatic decks. If you find yourself facing a lot of blue decks, Carpet of Flowers is a good idea, too; Joiner Adept acts as a second Chromatic Lantern .
Fellwar Stone is good. The talisman cycles ( Talisman of Dominance , Talisman of Indulgence , Talisman of Impulse , Talisman of Unity , Talisman of Progress and the new five from Modern Horizons) are all good; I suggest that most, if not all, of your mana rocks should be two or less mana. Using a land like Ancient Tomb also helps cast these turn one. Signets like Dimir Signet or Boros Signet are good too, although I think most of the time the talismans will be better. Gilded Lotus is a good exception to my CMC rule in a deck with as many fat creatures as yours.
I don't think Nissa's Renewal is very good; generally, ramp is good in the early game, but not so good by the time you reach six mana. Nature's Lore , Rampant Growth , Farseek , Cultivate and/or Kodama's Reach are all powerful ramp spells you can fire off early. I think the first three are better, if only because they can fetch non-basics like Breeding Pool or Godless Shrine . I'm not as much a fan of the other two, but experience will show if they're worth including. Finally, I think Skyshroud Claim is better than Explosive Vegetation .
If at all possible, tutors are good. Demonic Tutor is the gold standard here, but Diabolic Tutor is a good, more affordable alternative. Vampiric Tutor , Worldly Tutor , Sylvan Tutor , Dark Petition and Gamble are all good cards as well, though their affordability varies tremendously.
Red comes with good counter counter magic options. Price of Glory is a good card if you want to discourage opponents playing on your turn, and Pyroblast is a good way to stop Counterspell and friends. Cards like Pyrostatic Pillar can punish decks with lower curves.
Card draw is at a premium in EDH. Staff of Nin is easy on the colored mana and gives you an extra draw each turn, and Phyrexian Arena is another good option. Harmonize , Concentrate and Painful Truths are good draw-threes.
Because your deck is running a LOT of fatties (and the best fatties, at that, 'cause they're dragons), you may find cards like Lurking Predators is be pretty good; Descendants' Path is a similar card. Depending on how fatty-heavy your meta is, Eureka effects like Show and Tell may be good. Sneak Attack is good if you want to use one-time face-smacks like Nicol Bolas or your already included Oros, the Avenger .
If you DON'T want to run dorks, and opt for artifact ramp instead, depending on your meta you may have a good time with cards like Porphyry Nodes or Night of Souls' Betrayal . Effects like Pyroclasm and Volcanic Fallout can also wipe out opponent's boards if they choose to go wide.
I think EDH decks tend to need a lot of mass removal. By Force is a favorite of mine, and Toxic Deluge , Wrath of God , Ritual of Soot and Supreme Verdict are all great if you have access to them. Back to Nature is good if you choose to cut down on the number of enchantments you're running, but Nature's Claim or Krosan Grip are also pretty good options.
If your curve is really high, things like Timesifter can be pretty brutal.
I'm not super sure Niv-Mizzet Reborn is very good. I don't know if you'll be getting very much card advantage, because you have a lot of cards that are more or less than exactly two colors. I think a card-draw spell like the ones I mentioned above would be better, like Treasure Cruise or Dig Through Time .
Good luck with deck building my man!
3 months ago
@AlwaysSleepy: Thanks. Based on such a combo, I guess the only replacing card I'd use to replace Night's Whisper is either Tormenting Voice or even Wild Guess ? All three have a CMC of 2, or am I missing out on something? I'll have to check to comment to be sure...
Hmmm... it seems as if both replacements just require a single discard from the hand, & the rest is in the clear; much like how Night's Whisper works for this combo. Might as well have an extra card to discard for either Rummaging Replacement. So, yeah. Thanks very much, sir; after a lot of such I've been through; I think it's about time I start my Mardu deck project. But what the heck to use as a CMDR of such design? Queen Marchesa is good, but not what I'm looking for. Zurgo Helmsmasher is ridiculous on its own, but still not what to use as Voltron (Not what I want.), Oros, the Avenger ? nope. Tariel, Reckoner of Souls ? Chaos (This really deserves a symbol here for commenting, & other things of the like. Same for the Planeswalker Symbol on the Same Planar Die.) so far is too hard to control, & is potentially better off as something else entirely that's NOT Angel Tribal. Kaalia of the Vast is more akin to Mayael the Anima as they tutor for very powerful creatures w/ crazy effects. Not much closer. Not going to allow anymore Partner duos. Ol' Edgar Markov means a no can do for me; Eminence was never going to last long enough anyway. Licia, Sanguine Tribune just wants to feast on blood at an extremely huge mana cost, but this deck has little to nothing about life gain. One option remains: Mathas, Fiend Seeker . I wonder how he can truly work... Thanks again! ^_^
4 months ago
@SynergyBuild: Lulz. Never thought I'm saying this, after I found how a damned Accordion works here, I had to decide to do something like this as a Wincon in (Mardu). Though what CMDR to use is something I still dunno… Not Counting Mayael variants Kaalia of the Vast , or Aggro Zurgo Helmsmasher , Vamps w/ no support for this (Any Mardu CMDR of C17's Vampire Tribal.), Weenies Alesha, Who Smiles at Death , much less Aikido Queen Marchesa . Same also goes for Partner CMDRS. One Wincon in question allows Doomsday , but I wanted an all Package. I wonder what I can use for this; as I've little options; maybe Mathas, Fiend Seeker could be good? Tariel, Reckoner of Souls ? I doubt Oros, the Avenger will do anything... Ideas?
4 months ago
I don't have a Sunstone as of yet, but I'll definitely get one. As for this deck, however, I don't think I can make room for this artifact. I would need to also include a land recursion package to make it viable. Maybe it will find a home in a Green Pillow-Fort deck.
The reason I chose Oros, the Avenger over Tariel, Reckoner of Souls is threefold: I don't own a Tariel, I've been on a legendary dragon stint lately, and Oros's ability pairs fairly well Death Pits of Rath .
6 months ago
Judging from the past several sets, will all angel tokens now have both vigilance and flying, or is that something being done for only those sets?
Also, the original Ravnica block had Rakdos Pit Dragon , the Return to Ravnica block had Hypersonic Dragon , and now, this block has Skarrgan Hellkite , meaning that the Boros guild is now the only red-aligned guild that does not have dragons (in fact, there are no pure red/white dragons in the game, at all: Rith, the Awakener , Numot, the Devastator , and Oros, the Avenger all have a third color), so will the Boros eventually have dragons, as well?
1 year ago
Since your Villain is all five colors, I'mma turn the tables on y'all.
Benjermin, Steeled Angel
Legendary Creature - Angel Hero
Flying, first strike
Protection from colored spells and abilities.
: Attach target equipment you control.
Whenever Benjermin, Steeled Angel attacks, you gain 2 life for each equipment attached to it.
Benjermin, Steeled Angel gets +1/+1 for each equipment attached to it.
Remember kiddos, Mardu loves to destroy everything in it's path ;)
1 year ago
I reckon giving Tibor and Lumia deathtouch through Gorgon Flail or Gorgon's Head and pinging everything with deathtouch (it counts) and getting a free boardwipe every red spell! I did something similar with Oros, the Avenger and that was a easy win so it would probably work here too 'cause people are reluctant to remove equipment and commanders.
also nice work with the decks!
1 year ago
Hey I saw your question about how to better combat agro decks. I have a few suggestions worth checking out.
First up, I am counting 3 board wipes and currently, (not counting rift) I think you should increase your board wipe count to 5 or 6. But if we are smart about which board wipes we choose, we wont have the clunkiness of playing 6 board wipes. I do like Sweltering Suns as a choice because of the cycling. I would add only 1 small board wipe since elves and vampires tend to grow in size over time. Any of the 4 mana wraths are great Day of Judgment, Damnation, Wrath of God. But you can get better utility out of things like Austere Command, Living Death, and Faultline. Faultline works great in my angel decks, there stuff is dead and yours isn't. Living Death is also great, its either a board wipe or mass reanimation depending on what you need. So pick the board wipes that work best for you.
Finally, since you already have some creatures that are good at board control lets look at some ways to make sure we get them into play more often via tutors Sarkhan's Triumph is very reasonable and assuming its not to slow Dragonstorm with at least 1 additional trigger is very good. Oh also, theres nothing wrong with Diabolic Tutor, if enough creatures on board you tutor and blasphemous act for 5 mana. At that point you can search for balefire, silumgar, steel hellkite, or scourge of kher ridge as needed with either of those. And if you really wanted to you could add Oros, the Avenger but without testing it, my guess is that its underwhelming.
Next looking at what to cut. Since we are adding a lot of board wipes, we can cut from the single target removal spells. I would probably cut Disallow, Path to Exile, possibly Mystic Confluence. Are you able to achieve the triple blue on Cryptic Command regularly? If not, I would cut. For me its not a counterspell style deck so unless there is a meta call where you really need them, I think having 2 good counters should be plenty. I would probably also cut the 2 worst dragons, possibly Numot, the Devastator and Skyline Despot, and cut whatever the worst card draw spell in your deck is.
Anyway if it were my deck, I think I would add something like this: Austere Command, Living Death, Diabolic Tutor, Sarkhan's Triumph, Ghostly Prison, Cultivate, Kodama's Reach. That would give you 5 board wipes, 2 additional tutors, some pillow fort, and a bit more ramp. I feel like that should tighten up your game against agro. Anyway let me know how it goes.
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