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Rebuff the Wicked
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Rebuff the Wicked Discussion
2 days ago
You need some surprise factor in here with low CMC that will protect your Lab Maniac from a last-minute Swords that will end the game with your untimely demise.
1 month ago
I'm actually in the process of doing some tuning now. I've swapped out a lot of the pillow fort type elements for more control and things with a bit more bite.
Lately our meta has been fairly slow and the deck has done pretty well overall. I found that a lot of the attack deterrents like Windborn Muse and Norn's Annex weren't really doing much for me in practice and deeper in the game they were basically dead cards.
If there were more token decks in our playgroup and less board wipes/mass bounce played they would be a lot better. Same situation with Crawlspace.
I did find in the last version that I was wanting for some more aggression in the later game. From a political point of view I probably wouldn't play Iona, Shield of Emeria or Catastrophe in the early game but later on they would be very helpful.
When I first built the deck I had left out stuff like that but now that I've played more I would definitely prefer the cards be in my hand and decide whether to use them in the moment.
I'm interested to see how these latest changes work out. My hope is that the control elements will be useful in more situations but we'll see!
1 month ago
Thanks for reading and the suggestion!
The Boros Charm is indeed interesting and I will find a way to get it inside.
After dueling with zoo I have found that the human tribal is extremely important when fighting fast and efficient creatures.
Purphoros, God of the Forge just doesnt make it in this deck. His high devotion requirements require a large part of the red creatures to be in play at the same time, and while he does burn the opponent for free, there are times that an indestructible creature is needed.
After some playtesting made a few movements for the deck:
-1 Cavern of Souls: With a low mana curve Im trying to make this deck work with just 22 lands to diminish the chances of being land flooded.
-1 Leyline of Sanctity to add graveyard hate
1 month ago
I'm not an expert on mana base construction, but isn't 32 lands and 15 mana rocks an extreme ratio? I know the general rule is "2 rocks = 1 land" so your total is still 39.5 "lands", but still, 47 cardslots are dedicated to mana production, meaning you will draw less gas. I think so many rocks also forces you to resort to some that are worse than simply lands. Having a rock instead of a land only ramps you if you are already hitting all your land drops, and 32 lands probably won't do that for very long. Once you empty your hand of land, drawing a rock actually slows down your mana compared to a land, and rocks are easier to destroy; Cyclonic Rift and Vandalblast hitting 1/3 of your mana sources really hurts, for example. The trio of diamond rocks are most cuttable; Coldsteel Heart is better. Gratuitous Violence and Phage the Untouchable are hardest to cast, so if your mana isn't consistent enough I think they must be the first suspects.
There are 13 board wipes, is it possible for that number to go down? I notice there are very few sources of direct card draw, so maybe the least good wipes can make room for that. Outpost Siege should always be on Khans, so Phyrexian Arena would serve better.
Open the Armory is a voltron staple, but this list has only 7 targets for it. Battle Mastery is a good one, and Loxodon Warhammer can replicate the function of Homicidal Seclusion. Tenza, Godo's Maul is super efficient. You can also add a negative aura so Open the Armory can function as removal. Replacing Banishing Light with Arrest for instance.
How has Lapse of Certainty been? Holding up 3 mana for a worse Cancel seems unexciting even if you are exploiting your opponents' color pie expectations, though I do like Not of This World and Rebuff the Wicked since it's much easier to hold up 0/1 mana, and Not of This World even counters abilities!
Nephalia Academy is a curious choice to me, I suppose discard is common in your meta?
2 months ago
I think you shouldn't run Inquisition of Kozilek and Mana Tithe if you're not playing a full control deck. Your opponents will have always a lot of mana to pay the Mana Tithe and Inquisition can only discard 3 mana cost or less cards.If you want cards like that to control or protect your stuff I will recommend you: Rebuff the Wicked , Imp's Mischief.
2 months ago
I updated my Avacyn build a couple weeks back. Had to sell some key pieces (Mana crypt) cause I had to pay some bills.. I've kept it as up to date as possible. Have a look through when you get a chance.
I ordered the following this week:
Boon Reflection - I won a game recently with 1 life left.. It's too risky to not have more life gain in my build.
Beacon of Immortality See above.
Key to the City Evasion and draw.
Dust to Dust Too many artifact builds.
Rebuff the Wicked Counterspell
Blaze of Glory Too many damn token decks have taken me down.
Keep me informed when you start to build! Can't wait to see it! Hopefully I'll be getting the judge promo soon which looks gorgeous.
2 months ago
So thanks wraya2 Comeuppance is a great idea I tottally forgot about that! I'm trying to leave out tax effects mainly because I want to be attacked which is kind of a strange strategy. I'm also not too keen on tokens mainly because like the name implies this deck should never swing nor build up forces in any way. I want it to take hits and then surprise! near death win. I know it's cheezy but I like the idea of the win con.
SageOfStone Farsight Mask Angel's Grace Phyrexian Processor are awesome cards also i'll need to make some room for them. I don't really want to tutor mainly because I like to keep it hyper casual, I'd like to stay at around 42 plains just because I have Eight-and-a-Half-Tails in the maybe board, (and really is meant to be in the deck) plus i'm a bit weird in that I like to run mana heavy even in a low cmc deck. I could cut down to 38 and probably be fine, I am thinking about adding in more white counters, like Equinox Illumination Mana Tithe Rebuff the Wicked what do you think about it? Any ideas are very welcome! thanks for your time. :)