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Perimeter Captain Discussion
3 days ago
2 weeks ago
I like the consistency and synergy of this deck! Some other notable cards that might be worth looking out for:
- Emeria, The Sky Ruin: A land with amazing synergy with all the 1-mana wonders.
- Immortal Servitude: Mass reanimation for 4, with the ability to stretch for bigger creatures in case a game goes long.
- Suture Priest: A slightly more expensive, evil version of the sisters. Also punishes massive hordes of tokens, and the life loss can really add up.
- Perimeter Captain: Even if he's the only defender, he can discourage early attacks and hold the line until your Pridemates or Ascendants are ready.
2 months ago
Looked through all defenders in your colors. Here are some you dont have rn:
2 months ago
2 months ago
Second Drift of Phantasms - having a 0/5 Flyer makes it a very useful blocker and an efficient killer when Arcades or a Formation hits.
Second Axebane Guardian - while the 0/3 body is less than ideal, the mana fixing ramp he provides is very useful.
With creatures like Overgrown Battlement and Axebane Guardian, getting a 1 drop creature down on turn one makes a huge difference early game. Perimeter Captain is, in my opinion, the way to go, being too big to Bolt and giving you an ability. Steel Wall is pretty good, too - being an artifact, any color land will put it down T1, and like the Captain, is too big too to Bolt. Wall of Vines, as KongMing said, would rank 3rd best 1-drop creature to include - having Reach is definitely a plus.
In my experience Tower Defense is not worth including. It doesn't stop removal spells and usually by the time you could use it for a swing, you can hit for lethal anyway. Heroic Intervention or maybe something like Faith's Shield would probably be more useful.
Other high synergy cards to consider Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive, Beast Within (especially good with strictly 0/4 and bigger Defenders), Time of Need, Orator of Ojutai (his flying ability alone makes him good) and Slaughter the Strong.
While it's difficult to ahem "deny" the allure of Wall of Denial, because you can't target it with Assault Formation for a swing, it's 0/8 body is little more than a fantastic blocker 50% of the time. With Time of Need, you could be more likely to get an Arcades down, but I think anyone running removal will try to kill him as soon as he hits the battlefield. For those reasons, I favor Drift of Phantasms as the best choice.
I'd suggest cutting your creatures back to 26 in favor of a few of the high synergy cards I mentioned above.
2 months ago
Hey dude, thought I'd comment it on here.
So let's round out my observations before we move to my opinions.
Win Conditions you have included are: Rolling Stones , Assault Formation , Wakestone Gargoyle , Vent Sentinel and Dragonshift. Of those, Wakestone doesn't really have a way to go off unless another win con is already out. So Wakestone + 1 or Vent Sentinel and Dragonshift are the only current ways to win a game.
Tokens- Coral Barrier , Hornet Nest , Golden Guardian Flip , Sprouting Phytohydra , Dragon Fodder , Parallel Lives , Kiora, the Crashing Wave. Coral Barrier does provide an evasion creature, and 1/1's with evasion are often under-rated. Hornet nest is great if you can keep it alive, and okay if it dies. Golden Guardian is an okay card if you can get some tokens out of it, but it doesn't die to anything in your deck right now. Sprouting Hydra is probably the best token card in this deck as it lines up with all of your themes, it has serious potential for combos. Dragon fodder doesn't belong here. Swap it out for a late game threat like Vigor for wall wins, or Luminarch Ascension if you plan to keep the token theme. Parallel lives is at best okay in this deck, if you had more than 10 things that made tokens, I would say its definitely important. Kiora is an okay planeswalker but I'll talk about her in a second.
Ramp- Ok so there's not enough of it. Overgrown Battlement , Ulvenwald Captive Flip , Sol Ring, Cryptolith Rite. Commander games are won by casting several cards in a turn. Firm believer that if you have green, you run green ramp. Period. Bonus, Ulvenwald Captive is terrible ramp.
Card Draw- You're covered here. I think you have enough card draw.
Planeswalkers- Special Note, I think Kiora is a fun planeswalker, but she's not amazing in this deck. It'd be better to see something like Ajani Goldmane , or Elspeth, Sun's Champion for added tokens, boardwipes, and counters, as well as their emblems enable your win conditions.
Ok so now I'll start by suggesting things you could add to this deck.
Wall of Denial - My favorite Wall.
Tree of Redemption - Can get ugly dude. 0/40 is kinda great in a lifegain deck.
Kodama's Reach - good solid ramp.
Cultivate - Same as above.
Comet Storm - You have ramp, play a ramp board clear.
Kindred Summons - Pick wall.
Fireball - Very versatile in rampy decks.
Vandalblast - You have red, you need good artifact hate.
Supreme Verdict - Favorite Board Wipe
Wrath of God - AKA the Reset Button
Azorius Signet - Ramp
Izzet Signet - Ramp
Aetherflux Reservoir - Can become a win condition (that can be fetched with fabricate) if you have a strong life gain game.
Ajani Goldmane - Can combo with some win cons, has good passive benefits from behind the army of walls.
Elspeth, Sun's Champion - Same reasons as Ajani, but can also board clear creatures with 3 or greater power, so not your walls.
Now we move on to cards I suggest removing.
Murmuring Phantasm - It's not bad, it just doesn't provide an additional benefit. You could find a better card for sure.
Abrade - Swap for better removal. I suggest Comet Storm, or Vandalblast.
Lightning Helix - Okay so IDK what this is in here for. Its a good card in a tempo deck. You can do bigger and better with 2 mana. Play the long game.
Ghostway - Looks okay with EtB triggers. Is good against boardwipe, but honestly, you have walls. They probably won't die that often, and if they do, you won't be bouncing more than 2-3 back to your hand. Is that honestly worth holding up 3 mana?
Parallel Lives - Get to the 10+ token generators, and this card is waaaaaaay better. As it stands now you may get 2-4 extra tokens in a game, if you draw it.
3 months ago
Hey, I saw you comment on my deck (Tetsuko & Doran's Assault Formation!), and I'd love to see if I can give you any tips for this deck.
As you already said in your description for this deck, Arcades, the Strategist might be a very good card for this deck, especially if you like control decks. White-Green-Blue is a very nice color combination for a control deck, and the defender creatures you are running just add onto that. Furthermore, this deck as it is now can only make your creatures with defender attack if you happen to draw Assault Formation, which means there are gonna be some games were you won't be able to get it. However, you can play around this with your big creatures.
Arcades, the Strategist also lets you draw more cards, which together with Lead the Stampede and your creatures that make mana allow you to build up a very strong board, However, you do already have Soul of the Harvest, which kinda does the same, but just costs 2 more. For that reason, even if you don't play Arcades, the Strategist, I really like your Lead the Stampedes, If you want to stay mono green you could even play something like Commune with Nature to fetch another creature.
If you're wondering what kind of creatures with defender you get access to when also going into blue and white, here are some nice options: Ludevic's Test Subject Flip can work with your mana ramping, Wall of Frost, Wall of Denial, Stalwart Shield-Bearers, Wall of Omens I really love this card together with your Carven Caryatid and Soul of the Harvest (and Arcades, the Strategist if you want to run it) since it just make you fly through your deck, Dragon's Eye Sentry, Perimeter Captain, and you get access to Rolling Stone, however between Assualt Formation and Arcades, the Strategist, you wont need it. Also you get access to some metagame staples like Path to Exile.
Perhaps a Tower Defense or Shape the Sands (or Aegis of the Heavens (its a new m19 card so tappedout wont let me link it) when playing white) could also make this deck more explosive if you want to go that route, but since you are not reliant on making your creatures with defender attack, Carnage Tyrant is a nice beater, when going into white you also get access to angels which are great late game creatures, you might even think about running card with in their mana costs, like Entreat the Angels, Quarantine Field, Secure the Wastes, Animist's Awakening, Chord of Calling, Enshrined Memories, Genesis Wave, Nissa, Steward of Elements.
Finally, I don't really like Trolls of Tel-Jilad, Terastodon, and Naya Panorama since they don't really do much. I would also up your land count to at least 20, even with all the mana acceleration. Maybe even 22-24. As for your current maybeboard, I like the Axebane Guardian, and all the other card are also good beaters except for Silklash Spider, Prey Upon your defender creatures have no power, even with Assault Formation, not 100% sure on this interaction though, and Elixir of Immortality, If you want lifegain, perhaps a Jaddi Offshoot is better?
I hope this helps you a little! I like the deck and its versatility a lot!
3 months ago
Time of Need will help you get your Arcades in your hand. I'm thinking I'll probably run 2x of each because I don't want dead Legendaries. I think because of the Legendary thing and because of his CMC, I'm going to run 4x Assault Formation in addition to 2xArcades. I think, with my experience playing my G/B Defenders deck Toughness Roughness, I'll want at least 6x wincons. Not getting an Assault Formation is really bad! You might consider Muddle the Mixture over Remand. I'm really psyched to play Drift of Phantasms as well - a 0/5 Flyer with a tutor option sound just fantastic in a deck such as this. I'd drop Fog Bank because it effectively can't swing. You could replace it with Guard Gomazoa if you like, though I think the 3CMC slot is better filled with Drift. I like Axebane Guardian quite a bit, though it is a bit of a target for removal. It will help with your mana fixing to get Aracades down. I really enjoy running a Beast Within in my Defender builds because almost all my Defenders are usually at least 0/4, which greatly negates any potential threat giving an opponent a 3/3 might normally create. (funny stuff, IMHO). It's broad spectrum applications are super useful. I'm also going to try out Sylvan Caryatid to help manafix. Since it isn't a big defender, I'm guessing I won't mind too much that Shroud will prevent me from being able to swing with it with the Formation. I'm also going to run a full set of Overgrown Battlement, but more for ramping up to a potential Colossus of Akros than anything. I may end up deciding I'd rather fill that slot with something else. I'd suggest dropping Jaddi Offshoot in favor of a full set of Perimeter Captain.