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Thanks, Gabe082795! +1 to your deck!
I like the idea of playing Sorin, Solemn Visitor , playing Ajani Steadfast next turn, -2 him and then ultimate Sorin. If that doesn't prove to be worthwhile, I'll drop the Ajani's for two more creatures, probably another Siege Rhino and Soldier of the Pantheon .
I'm thinking about getting a playset of Thoughtsieze for this deck. I would mainboard 3 and sideboard 1 Banishing Light and 2 Suspension Field , dropping something from the sideboard to make room. Maybe drop the Bile Blight ? Maybe Plummet because I would have Hero's Downfall for Stormbreath and the Butcher?
EDIT: Sorry for the double post, I formatted entirely wrong because I'm a dunce.
Holy smokes, I'm playing a build almost just like this! I will tell you that Plummet or Reprisal are excellent sideboard cards as they have dealt with a lot of major threasts such as Stormbreath Dragon , Butcher of the Horde , Prognostic Sphinx , Savage Knuckleblade , and the like. I've gotten some good play out of Setessan Tactics ; the heroic trigger definitely aids this card, not to mention having Hardened Scales out.
Also, +1 for keeping with Heroic!
I like this deck, but I do think there are a few problems that you may have:
Firstly, let's talk mana base. For the most part, your mana distribution is pretty good, but your mana base is a little off balance. I would suggest, firstly, by taking away 4 forests and adding 4x Temple of Malady , sure i'ts slow, but the scry trigger will help you out so much. Also, Mana Confluence has helped my standard deck outrageously. Windswept Heath is really good, obviously, especially with courser. lastly, I like Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth because it makes your fetch lands and mana confluence a swamp, so if you are running low on life, you can just tap those for black.
I like your creature base, minus two cards. Herald of Torment is great and all... but I don't think he is worth main-boarding. Flying is not really that relevant outside of the jeskai clan in standard, I think sideboarding Plummet would help your deck way more. The high sentinels are good... but I don't see much +1/+1 counter ramping going on in here. I would suggest Siege Rhino or Polukranos, World Eater whichever your prefer.
Also, Thoughtsieze needs to go on mainboard, and if you want to do it the way I would... I would probably take out heroes downfall, because you will find that with thoughtseize, you are already getting rid of their bombs, before they get played.
Lastly... walkers. I have found that if you can kill your opponent before you drop Garruk, your're in a really good position, and the planeswalker that does that is Sorin, Solemn Visitor . Ignore the second and ultimate ability, his +1 is INSANE. I would suggest two of him, and adding another elspeth. Making my deck was so tough... How can you choose between all the amazing walkers in Abzan !?
+1 upvote from me! Check out my deck:
why use windstorm? if you are going for single target anti flier, why not use Plummet ? Just curious as I'm building a similar deck
2nd place FNM. 4 Rounds
2/0 vs Khans Mono-Black Aggro - Polukranos, World Eater was by far MVP holding down board control.
2/0 vs Bad Khans Multicolored build - He did not have answers.
2/0 vs Khans BUG - Kiora, the Crashing Wave was MVP, popping Ultimate both games and swinging with 9/9 Krakens on the regular.
1/2 vs Khans Orzhov - Tough Matchs, Sorin, Solemn Visitor , Ajani, Mentor of Heroes and Elspeth, Sun's Champion in the build. Also running Brimaz, King of Oreskos and Wingmate Roc Drew solid one game, but he was able to answer everything I could drop the other 2 games.
As for the Sideboard, its a work in progress. 2nd Nylea, God of the Hunt in case I am facing a deck that can deal with Gods, Prognostic Sphinx incase I need to cycle the deck better then it can on its own. Plummet for flyers, Mistcutter Hydra as he trumps Blue Control. Aqueous Form for Deathtouch/Regen/Tokens/ect. Setessan Tactics for when they have something that they will not let me pound into oblivion that I need gone.
I really like your take on this build, it seems very powerful. I have been running the straight GU version for a while now with success, and I was thinking of the red splash for Surrak, Ascendancy, and Crater's Claws . I am without either Xenagos so that stinks but I definitely like them in your deck (wish I had some :P). Any particular reason you went with Voyaging Satyr over Kiora's Follower ? Follower can also be used to set up a blocker if the opponent isn't paying attention, very satisfying. How is Hooded Hydra working for you? I like that it makes the opponent think twice before killing it, but without any built-in evasion or anything like that I wasn't sure about him. One more thing, I encourage you to revisit Arbor Colossus in the mainboard. A huge weakness my deck had was to Fliers and I notice you have zero answers to a Flying creature. Flashing in a Colossus via Prophet to block a Stormbreath Dragon is pure sweetness. Not to mention that built-in Plummet . Anyway, good luck to you sir. +1
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|2012 Core Set||Common|
|2011 Core Set||Common|