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Reflect Damage Discussion
2 weeks ago
So I want to make another immortality deck and I was thinking of putting tribal gideon into the mix for Gideon of the Trials. Especially with the new rulings on planeswalkers. My thoughts were putting in the following cards:
Exquisite Archangel Lich's Mirror Platinum Angel Transcendence Platinum Emperion Worship Resolute Archangel Solitary Confinement so its kinda like the lich deck I have but I was thinking about making it mono white with Kytheon, Hero of Akros at the helm to keep the gideon emblem in affect.
Real question is, what should the other 90 cards be? What tactic would you run in mono white to try and become immortal? Or should I splash in and put some combos like Teferi's Protection/Render Silent + Elite Arcanist and Silence/Orim's Chant + Isochron Scepter then shove Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir. Then counterspell for a good amount of the rest.
Need some ideas on how to be the best jerk that no one wants to play with lol
2 months ago
The legendary lands from Champions of Kamigawa are interesting, but the manabase is very tight, and I am not sure I want to change it.
2 months ago
Okay, that makes sense.
Dictate has served me well in my play tests. Cast it end of turn and then through everything you've got into your next turn.
Thoughts on the Eiganjo Castle, Shizo, Death's Storehouse, and Shinka, the Bloodsoaked Keep? I run Shinka because deathtouch + first strike is nice to have. The others might be worth considering, and Shizo can be another Key to the City.
I'm not running Necropotence, mostly because I don't really enjoy the card. Instead I run Sin Prodder. My deck is a bit more aggressive than yours, and I appreciate being able to sneak the extra damage in when I can.
Another card that I can't decide about is Eight-and-a-Half-Tails. It provides solid pillowforting and permanent protection abilities as well as evasion, but it's rather mana intensive. Still, it has a lot of versatility.
I've also been using Gonti's Machinations. I know it's not great, but it provides a little bit of discouragement and affords me a lot of life gain. And sometimes that 3 damage is exactly what I need to close out the game. Yesterday it won me 1 game, and would have won me another if it hadn't been O-Ringed.
Also, Parallectric Feedback?
7 months ago
What I found is that I often make it to the mid or end game with the most life, even by if by just a little bit, making symmetric damage a decent option, and this applied very well to Eye for an Eye. It's like in Chess when you end up a pawn ahead in the mid game. At that point, it pays to start trading pieces.
I also noted that I could survive on less land than most decks, and being conscious of this makes Acidic Soil and Citadel of Pain asymmetric in my favor. Reactive spells end up requiring a huge amount of untapped mana, and even Reflect Damage is a big mana requirement for a deck that likes to run fewer lands.
I often found that I wanted to be able to bring my own offense once I entered into a conflict with an Aikido card. After looking at all this, I realized that having some traditional wincons mixed into my offense made all those Aikido cards more effective. When I can redirect an opponent's offense for a big chunk of damage, punish them for their overcommitment in the form of lands or creatures for another big chunk of damage, and then hit them a couple times with a big creature attack of my own, I may not win on their turn, but I usually win between their turn and my next.
Taking the deck in this direction also shored up a general weakness of this deck. By adding that little bit of my own offense in the form of my own big swingy attacks, I can become very aggressive against another reactive deck, which is the type of deck that Aikido traditionally has trouble with. To me, this is an extension of the idea that you should punish each deck for what it is. For other reactive decks, Citadel of Pain after an early aggressive start can make them cry.
While I did not adhere to Rachmiel's original theme of only hitting them with their own stuff, I believe my Pillow Fort and Rattlesnake suite is psychologically stronger for this deck, and my deck can become very aggressive in ways that his really had a harder time with. His did have Tariel, Reckoner of Souls to get aggressive with their graveyard, but I would prefer to hate their graveyard and then bring my own offense, especially since I can take out a single opponent with the right hand by turn 4, without their help at all. Tariel, Reckoner of Souls is an expensive beater that needs a full graveyard to exploit before it really gets going. His cannot be that aggressive.
In the end, I think that Aikido gains a ton of power from being a strong theme in a deck, but not the only option. Redirected attacks, exploiting overcommitment, punishing decks for things that all decks do, and traditional big beaters combine nicely in ways that are starting to make a dedicated Aikido redirection style deck look one dimensional.
10 months ago
bmwilson2013, thanks for commenting! I agree that Zurgo is a much better closer when compared to Queen Marchesa. This deck relies heavily on A) opponents chipping away at each other, and B) my judo cards chipping away at opponents. Sometimes Plan B is enough to close out games (i.e. a token deck getting caught under an Incite Rebellion/Deadly Tempest/Netherborn Phalanx, or pot shots from Kaervek/Viashino Heretic). Honestly, often times the deck wins when an opponent gets antsy and charges head first toward a Reflect Damage-type card. You commenting, though, has me thinking of Zurgo as part of the 99. Its indestructibility avoids my boards wipes, and it could close out games in a hurry (assuming there aren't any ridiculous life gain decks in play).
Regarding your Zurgo deck, how has Crackling Doom been performing? It is Sunforger-castable and was in my initial list but got cut. Also, how do you like Liability? The card is new to me, but seems right up this deck's alley.
1 year ago
I was playing a weird Fog deck against a Slivers deck. My opponent had some ridiculous number of creatures and tokens on the battlefield, one of them being Winged Sliver. I cast Hurricane for 10 to clear his board, but my opponent responded with Reflect Damage. I dealt exactly 900 damage to myself.