Creature — Human Soldier Ally
Rally — Whenever Resolute Blademaster or another Ally enters the battlefield under your control, creatures you control gain double strike until end of turn.
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|Battle for Zendikar (BFZ)||Uncommon|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Resolute Blademaster occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.0%
Resolute Blademaster Discussion
6 days ago
I have a lot more experience playing the non-budget deck, so here's how that usually goes as it may apply to both decks:
Early Game (turns 1-5): Dropping mana rocks, trying to set up at least one good reanimation target (either something that answers an immediate problem or to find fuel such as Mire Triton or Recruiter of the Guard) with cards like Entomb or Thrill of Possibility, running out defenses like Lightning Greaves, and getting Alesha out and attacking. Occasionally out-accelerate everyone with Burnished Hart.
Mid Game (turns 5-10): Try to recur fuel into either a more stacked graveyard or answers in-hand. We are usually not 'the threat' at this point, and you can usually engineer an attack by answering a problem, knowing the Fiend Hunter you use now to get damage in will come back to your benefit later when you need it most. Hold your non-creature answers until you absolutely need them. I also tend to be protective of sacrifice outlets, holding them until I need them as well, as my playgroup has grown wise to their importance. Baby Alesha will have more capability to go-wide and start pressuring on the ground here, since the non-budget build has sacrificed most of it's token compliment for more tutors and thus ability to really find answers. My playgroup plays a healthy amount of board clear, so there is often a lot of time spent re-building, something Alesha is very good at with a haste enabler in play.
Late Game (turn 11+): At this point we should be at or near a 1 vs 1. If not at that point, we decide which opponent is best for us to be at that point with and do our best to aid them (usually it's not a deck that is flat struggling, but not the strongest deck either...someone who can help us and perhaps draw the ire of the top deck, but one we can find the weakness of easily and utilize to cripple them at the right time). From there, the deck switches gears into aggro. Sometimes it's just whatever the deck has on-board at the moment, but Alesha can do a good Voltron impression with the right package, or even go full-on stompy with Mirror Entity + Resolute Blademaster.
At least in the non-budget build (and some of these are budget as well, but not necessarily in the budget decklist), the wincons I usually see are thus:
Most of the time the deck is going to win the long game through attrition. It's best not to become too early a threat unless you can really back it up (if you can go for the coveted Entomb + commander + Master of Cruelties on turn 3, we'd be remiss not to!). It is efficient at dealing with threats and re-using answers. Opponents are usually hesitant to kill the 'answers deck' (which is why I emphasize versatile and varied removal, especially if we can tutor or draw for it) too early in case someone has something they can't deal with it. One thing I aim for is to get into a 1 vs 1 situation...this deck, like any 'answers' deck, will be stronger the fewer opponents it has to worry about dealing with.
I try to keep easy infinite combos out of even the non-budget deck, but I can sideboard them in if a pod is more up to it. Reveillark + Karmic Guide + Gray Merchant of Asphodel/Blood Artist and friends + sac outlet of your choice is a pretty budget combo that is a pain to disrupt and I would happily use to kick it up a gear or two if I felt I needed to (and, with proper tutors and outlets, could start happening turn 4-5). Lark and Guide do pretty silly things with a lot of cards, as any Black/White aristocrats deck will happily show you. Karmic Guide itself is responsible for a lot of victories, just in the sheer amount of things it can chain reanimate with an Alesha activation. Or just carrying a piece of equipment against a black deck. Other card advantage engines and Recruiters are the subtle all-stars of the non-budget deck.
A beatdown end-game is often where it goes from here. Overrun victory with Mirror Entity + Resolute Blademaster is reliable if you need more than just your current board. Mirror Entity activation is instant speed, so you can tailor your mana use for what you need. The budget deck is actually better at this wincon in theory, as it has a larger token package to spread the damage wider or push the damage harder if needed. Voltron with some offensive equipments, even on Alesha herself, is often good enough to get us there. If nothing else, an army of demons off of Priest of the Blood Rite or just any large beaters are fine.
6 months ago
2 years ago
Fine deck! I see you have plan to win a game at least. And i see you love the vanilla creatures much.
When i first saw Resolute Blademaster, i was inspired to to make a deck on it, but failed when discover that have no card draw in commons. I want to make some suggestions to your deck through.
Also, Soltari Visionary cold be cool removal considering double strike.
Skirk Commando can triggered twice and kill creatures that player wont used as blockers
Some cantrip mana artifacts can give you buff at the start and let play Resolute Blademaster turn earlier, but in late game you can draw cards instead of them to play something else: Boros Cluestone, Commander's Sphere, Mind Stone
2 years ago
Thank you for the lists!
2 years ago
First off, let's link the cards. (please do that whenever you have a question here by formatting cards like [ [ cardname ] ] without spaces.
Alesha, Who Smiles at DeathNearheath PilgrimResolute BlademasterHellriderRakdos Cackler
Your question is a bit vague, but here goes...You played a Resolute Blademaster, giving all your creatures double strike for the turn. You attack with Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, Nearheath Pilgrim (bounded with hellrider), Hellrider, Rakdos Cackler.
When finished declaring attackers, Hellrider triggers, you attack with 4 creatures, so you deal 4 damage with hellrider's trigger. The player you're attacking has 9? life left, so he goes to 9-4=5. Then, opponent blocks the biggest creature with his 5/5 creature such as a 5/5 Elemental, which happens to be Hellrider. Assuming no other actions, combat happens:
First strike damage step goes first, so you deal 3 damage from Hellrider to the blocker, 2 damage from Nearheath Pilgrim to player (both of these creatures have lifelink), and then Alesha, Who Smiles at Death and Rakdos Cackler for an additional 3+1 damage on player. First strike combat damage step results in: You dealing 5 damage with lifelink, resulting in gaining 5 life, and 6 damage directly to player, which was at 5 life left, so you deal lethal damage.
The normal damage step won't happen, because the player you were attacking is dead. This means that A: Hellrider stays alive because the normal damage step won't resolve and B: The normal damage step won't happen because the player is removed, so no additional lifegain will happen.
TL;DRYou were correct ;)
2 years ago
On the money.
2 years ago
Falkenrath Marauders or Minotaur Skullcleaver or Scab-Clan Berserker or Viashino Firstblade or Aether Chaser or Attended Knight or Flame-Kin Zealot Goldnight Commander or Inquisitor Exarch or Resolute Blademaster or Urbis Protector