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Pariah's Shield Discussion
7 hours ago
How about Pariah's Shield? It protects you from unblockable, flying, trample, and multiple small creatures attacking. Its a bit expensive at 5 mana and 3 to equip, but then again Sekki is 8 mana so that shouldnt be a problem.
2 weeks ago
Wow, thanks a lot for the time and the great suggestions!
I don't usually put one use instant protection effects on the deck because of some instant hate in my meta (Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir, Grand Abolisher and the likes), but i'll keep in mind to add more protection. Probably going for Asceticism (again, as soon as my 3rd world country, broke college student budget can afford it), Lightning Greaves and Alpha Authority.
Archetype of Endurance and Foe-Razer Regent are pet cards, so, despite being not-that-optimal, they'll probably stay in the deck for now. That said, the rest of the expensive thing should see the cut-axe soon.
Thanks again for the time to read the deck and the amazing write-up and suggestions!
3 weeks ago
Damm, I can't resist a good primer!
I'm a big fan of Deathtouch and I love to capitalize on it.
Deathtouch is amazing with Trample and with First Strike, but Rhonas is already Indestructible, so there is no need for First Strike unless you want to make Deathtouch a deck wide theme.
Give trample to a deathtoucher and it will only need to deal 1 damage to each blocker and trample the rest to the opponent, you can easily kill by commander damage. You don't need flashy finishers when your commander is cheap, big, unstoppable and unkillable.
Rancor is definitely a must, Vow of Wildness is efficient, Fists of Ironwood it's nice because the saprolings are great to protect Rhonas agains sacrifices, Berserk a bit expensive but absolutely OP for Rhonas, Ring of Kalonia, O-Naginata low costs and amazing, Loxodon Warhammer all time classic.
Ranged damage and provoking blockers: Nature's Way, Enlarge, Revenge of the Hunted, Tower Above, Nemesis Mask, maybe Seton's Desire. I'm not naming Fight effects because I guess you know them all already.
Pariah's Shield on rhonas and you will never be attacked again.
Rhonas biggest problem may be targeted spells that will usually exile him, bounce him or control him. Blossoming Defense, Ranger's Guile and Vines of Vastwood best thing for only one green mana, Hapatra's Mark is not as good but if you want a fourth one, it exists. Also Homeward Path is always good if you are not the one stealing creatures or animating them from graveyards. Brooding Saurian same effect just in case your meta is full of blue and black decks.
I'd say the amount of card draw you have is OK, but in my deck I would make some changes (personal preferences):
Regal Force out because it has a high cost and it is a "win more" card, If you are losing it won't help you much. You are not going to cheat it onto the battlefield so you most likely won't be able to do anything else in the turn and you'll have to discard many of them. You're not getting any extra juice from it either, no flickering in your deck.
Soul of the Harvest I actually like a lot this card, I put it in many decks, but it never stays long, it always goes back to the album.
Four cards you're considering are better options Elemental Bond, Garruk's Packleader (Lower cost and can trigger from tokens). Hunter's Insight is great, yes. Drumhunter perfectly on curve with Rhonas. I'd add to the list Life's Legacy: I know you don't like to sacrifice your creatures, but getting four or five ccards out of a creature for just two mana is a really good deal. Mouth / Feed I'm liking this card a lot, it gives you a 3/3 body in the early game and a slightly worse Shamanic Revelation from the graveyard. Also Garruk, Primal Hunter fits perfectly here.
Don't forget to include a Reliquary Tower and maybe even Thought Vessel if you feel you're having problems to hold you hand.
I wouldn't bother with the one drop mana dorks, you need a lot of them to be sure you get one in your opening hand, but they are kinda useless after that. It is not so important to have a second turn Rhonas, if they have a Path to Exile, Swords to Plowshares or Reality Shift they will be able to use it anyway.
I would however swap Cultivate, Kodama's Reach and Arbor Elf for Sakura-Tribe Elder, Nature's Lore, Rampant Growth and Emerald Medallion. Arbor elf is one of those one drop mana dorks, Sakura-tribe elder in the late game will be able to block and fulfill his duty of bringing a land. Cultivate and Kodama's Reach are great but they have the same mana as Rhonas, so you will have to delay Rhonas or cast them in the fourth turn instead of a power 4 creature.
Using CMC2 mana ramps will allow you to play Rhonas on the third turn and have a mana open for reactions (remember Blossoming Defense and the other instants to give hexproof I mentioned before?).
Personally, I'd cut all the CMC6 and higher except for Rishkar's Expertise, Seasons Past, Pathbreaker Ibex, Ghalta, Primal Hunger and maybe Zendikar Resurgent and Sandwurm Convergence. Using good lower CMC spells to activate and protect Rhonas making the deck lighter. Keep in mind that rhonas is also a mana dump for the late game and if you are using his activated ability during your turn you won't have mana available for big spells.
1 month ago
1 month ago
I don't think it's needed:
1) combat damage - Kefnet is a great pillowfort card on its own, 5/5 wall will discourage most attacks and soften/punish those that do happen. If you're having problems with token swarms, stuff like Propaganda works great. Jace, Architect of Thought might be ok if this is a recurring problem. Big attackers on the other hand are completelys harmless unless they have trample or some other effective evasion.
2) non-combat dmg - counterspells, counterspells everywhere.
Aside from that, it's 8 mana -1 that stops dmg. Kefnet on the field draws 2 cards for that mana, that's +2. So the difference is that Pariah's Shield gives dmg protection for 8 mana at virtually -3 card advantage price. At 8 mana it's unlikely that you'll be able to save mana for counters, to protect it from removal.
Is there a particular reason why it interests you?
1 month ago
Hi Flooremoji, I tried Pariah's Shield during playtesting but it just took too long to get it into play. In general I prefer CVC<=3 in Modern but I didn't try it for long so let me know if it's working better for you.