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Path to Exile
Exile target creature. Its controller may search his or her library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle his or her library.
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Path to Exile Discussion
7 hours ago
Forgotten Ancient, Path to Exile, Livewire Lash if you think about adding deathtouch... Deathtouch is great with double strike. With trample 1 damage per creature kills it and you get damage through, Gorgon's Head, Basilisk Collar, maybe some other equipment ideas; Quietus Spike and Scytheclaw
14 hours ago
15 hours ago
Crackling Doom is not surgical excision, and often, I want my opponents to keep their threats. Crackling Doom does not allow this. This deck needs to be able to remove specific threats, but leave as much power on the table as possible, so that it can be used against my opponents when I am ready.
Path to Exile is plain better than Terminate, and I would only take Terminate if I needed more and I had already included Path to Exile and Swords to Plowshares. All of them allow for surgical removal of creatures, but we all know that exile is better than destroy, even with the drawback inherent in the two white instants.
Boros Charm is not there for anything like that. Boros Charm is most often used as a better-than-counterspell for cards that destroy my stuff, and slightly less often to turn someone else's large threat that is attacking one of my opponents into a real monster with double strike. Rarely it is used to seal the deal after a Master of Cruelties attack. Basically, it is a better-than-counterspell against destruction that can be a coup de grace in the right context. That is perfectly in line with how this deck plays.
I was skeptical about including Boros Charm initially, I cut it early before I discovered it's real power, and then I trialled it again on strong recommendation by other aikido Mardu players, and I have not looked back after I mastered it's power. I am not sure how to value it over Path to Exile, but I would always include both.
As far as the two freeze enchantments go, I personally don't want to inhibit development at all. Blind Obedience and Authority of the Consuls both slow the development of my opponents, and while this may seem to benefit me, it also benefits everyone. I would rather have more asymmetrical defenses. I want my opponents to develop and then use their resources to kill each other, while I just make it unwise to attack me. I want the deck to feel like it is a group hug deck when my opponents are attacking each other, and a Stax deck when they are attacking me. I depend on their offense to bring each other down, so I have to encourage development, not retard it. I return to them often when thinking about changes to the deck list, but I always return to the fundamentals of how this deck is trying to win, and I feel like they are incompatible with that philosophy. In one-on-one, these would definitely make the cut. In multiplayer, they hinder my strategy.
1 day ago
Thanks for your answers. Yeah, my bad, i forget every time about Protection rules. Going back to the main topic, as a removal i personally prefer Lightning Axe for its efficiency and Path to Exile is always worth considering when playing white. In the sideboard i was considering Shattering Spree or By Force (which may be better since it doesn't require only Red Mana) against affinity, with some additional boardwipe. A card that really catched my eyes is Fragmentize. It costs a single white mana and destroys everything, from Rest in Peace to Relic of Progenitus and almost any artifact or enchantment played in modern. I strongly suggest it.
1 day ago
I'd propably replace Swords to Plowshares and Path to Exile with Anguished Unmaking and Utter End, as they can hit a lot more targets.As for Ramp i'd root for Nature's Lore and Skyshroud Claim, as they can hit most of your dual type lands and are strictly great. Plus Tempt with Discovery is always amazing, especially if you need your Bojuka Bog, Maze of Ith or Strip Mine.
Other than that, great list. Keep brewing!
1 day ago
OK, so, there are more efficient ways to build the creature devotion.
Bloodghast is easier to recurr than traitor, and you can play fetches easily. Gatekeeper of Malakir is actually pretty solid given a lot of the DS decks want to play 1 creature and protect it, and this kills that creature and blocks. Relentless Dead recurrs itselfs, Merchant and Messenger which is hot. Geralf's Messenger is generically good devotion. Phyrexian Obliterator is a bit iffy, I don't like it all that much but it sees play as a 2 of. Gray Merchant of Asphodel should be a 4 of all the time to be quite honest. You want to see multiples and play on curve.
Grave Pact may give 3 devotion, but it doesn't do anything really. They just play around it. The decks that care about this can sacrifice their mana dorks, and the other decks have Path to Exile and similar.
You saids Vesuva works well with Nykthos, how do you mean?
4x Fulminator Mage are must haves for the sideboard.
1 day ago
I've been seeing a lot of Alesha decks due to that video. I've had my own for ages, so I can make a couple of recommendations to add more to this deck.
Lands: Geier Reach Sanitarium, good for putting creatures in the graveyard. Ash Barrens, I love this card, because it can color-fix for you and whatever color you choose you can have it enter the battlefield untapped meaning you can use it right away. Maze of Ith, Though it doesn't produce mana you can tap it to stop a big massive stompy creature from smashing into you or you can target your commander so once you've activated the attack trigger you can prevent any damage dealt to it if your opponents all have massive blockers.
Creatures: Big Game Hunter, Intrepid Hero since they remover creatures that are more massive than your commander. BGH works right away while IH given some time can become repeatable removal. Vulturous Aven can give you repeatable card draw. Grenzo, Havoc Raiser can cause shenanigans for your opponents forcing them to swing their massive stompy creatures at your other opponents causing forced trades or force their smaller important creatures into attacking into another opponent's massive blockers effectively killing it. He also provides some card value if you choose to exile cards instead. Balefire Liege also works in fiving your creatures a buff while messing with your opponent's life totals and increasing your own. Peacekeeper is also nice since it can keep your opponent's from attacking and is recurable.
Artifacts: Rakdos Signet, Orzhov Signet, Boros Signet, If you find yourself needing more ramp these can be very helpful. If you want another Goblin Bombardment I'd recommend Blasting Station, since most loops will return the creature after being sacrificed it will untap the Blasting Station so inifinite sacrifices are still possible with it. Noetic Scales Considering most of your creatures will be smaller than your opponents the scales will likely effect your opponents more causing them to bounce and recast their creatures, and it can remove potential blockers. So long as you have 3 or more cards in hand it will never backfire on you.
Enchantments: Animate Dead, Surprisingly you missed a combo. If Leonin Relic-Warder is in your graveyard and you have Goblin Bombardment on the battlefield you can use Animate Dead to bring back the Relic Warder. Relic Warder then exiles Animate Dead. Since Animate Dead leaves the battlefield a sacrifice trigger for the Leonin Relic Warder is put on the stack. While its on the stack and before the Leonin Relic Warder has been sacrificed you can instead sacrifice the relic warder with Goblin Bombardment dealing 1 damage to an opponent. Relic Warder leaves the battlefield returning Animate Dead back onto the battlefield from exile. You can then target the Leonin Relic Warder with it and repeat the process all over again. Dance of the Dead also works as an alternative to Animate Dead. Break Through the Line is utterly evil with Master of Cruelties since it can give him haste and you can give him unblockable before blockers are declared. Phyrexian Arena is also a helpful card since it can give you additional draws on each of your turns. Sinister Concoction allows you to discard a creature card while removing an opponent's creature.
Instants: Path to Exile is a handy creature removal spell. Vengeful Dreams is also a handy removal spell since it allows you to discard creature cards to exile your opponents attacking creatures. Lightning Axe can also allow you to discard a creature to remove a creature as well, but this time at any time. Anguished Unmaking, Chaos Warp, Both are handy permanent removal spells you can run in your colors. Abolish, this card can be a free-cost card if you have a Plains in hand since it can removal an opponents artifact or enchantment when they think you're tapped out. Argivian Find is also useful in case one of your opponents destroys one of your artifacts or enchantments you use in your combos you can return it back to your hand.
Sorceries: Buried Alive is a useful tutor that allows you to put any three of your creature cards from your library into your graveyard. Day of Judgment, Blasphemous Act, Chain Reaction, are all effective boardwipes you can use. Demonic Tutor is also a good tutor effect since it costs less than Diabolic Tutor. Gamble is another fun tutor spell to use and given your odds the more cards you have in hand the less chances it will force you to discard something important. Do or Die is another deliciously vicious card you can also use since it can cut your opponents boardstate in half.
1 day ago
I have a few suggestions to give this deck some more oomph. For more removal I'd recommend; Path to Exile, Seal of Cleansing, Abolish, Return to Dust, Tariff, Mass Calcify, Fell the Mighty, Harsh Mercy, Cast Out, Grasp of Fate, and World Queller.
A fun thing to note about your commander is that he has first strike. To exploit this you could give him deathtouch through, Basilisk Collar, Gorgon Flail, and Gorgon's Head. If you equip any of these three to your commander and you have three additional creatures attacking you can force your opponent to block your commander with three of their biggest creatures, and since your commander has first strike and death touch the opponent's creatures end up dying while your commander lives.