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Retribution of the Ancients
, Remove X +1/+1 counters from among creatures you control: Target creature gets -X/-X until end of turn.
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Retribution of the Ancients Discussion
1 week ago
I tried making a modern deck around the graft mechanic. Haven't actually made it or tested it yet, but in my imagination it sounds like fun.
The issue I see with Evolve, is that you need creatures to constantly enter and leave the battlefield to trigger the ability. Maybe something with the build in blink like Norin the Wary or Saltskitter could consistently pump up your Evolve dudes every turn, at least to a point. Or, if you can keep blinking Fungal Behemoth, because he's guaranteed to evolve all your dudes every time.
Anyway...I'm just brainstorming. There might be a deck idea around here somewhere.
1 month ago
Thank you both for your comments! Specifically:
geekmp3; I'll most certainly look at your deck myself to steal some ideas :P As for Sinister Concoction, I actually just run it because it's a cheap and effective way to get rid of creatures without irritating 'nonblack' or 'nonartifact' clauses. However, in addition to the cards to mentioned, I actually do have one card that does benefit from delirium, namely Grim Flayer.
ImtheRealBear; That's a fantastic idea! I completely forgot about that card. I'll remove Retribution of the Ancients for it; ROTA is good in theory, but sadly just too slow in practice, requiring one black mana per activation.
1 month ago
Wow dude great deck, it has the possibility to overtake many decks in modern, BUUUUUUUUUTTTTTTTT you should try to put some cards in your sideboard like Anafenza, the Foremost Kin-Tree Invocation Retribution of the Ancients Dromoka's CommandSunscorch Regent Gleam of Authority Inspiring Call
2 months ago
Good day to you, good Pyrowolf,
I think you have some solid ideas. A lot of these cards seem like stand alone cards enhanced by Anafenza, which is always solid, but here are a couple cards that might go well with her +1/+1 counter love: Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit, because bolster is still solid, and Anafenza won't be weirded out at all by seeing her own ghost. Armament Corps, possibly. Avatar of the Resolute because why not? Crowned Ceratok, because all big guys like trample. Cruel Sadist, repeatable removal. Enduring Scalelord is mainly there for looks, but can be useful if your opponents lack flying. Juniper Order Ranger. Map the Wastes, for that mana ramp/bolster combo (but not a combo combo). Retribution of the Ancients, repeatable removal. Servant of the Scale, for when you want to make sweet, passionate love to counters. And I'd think he works real well with something like Sandsteppe Mastodon. Warden of the First Tree, one of my all-time favorite cards. Like Figure of Destiny, but not as creepy (or as good).
You should maybe try to utilize Anafenza's graveyard hate as well. Black loves to throw things in graveyards, and she would bounce them into exile. Standard discard effects might be nice, but try: Magister of Worth, although it would likely be condemnation if you've been exiling everything. Duress, nothing fancy, but a classic in my opinion. When you can utilize every usable part of your commander without having too much going on, you know you're heading in the right direction.
And here are some additional solid Abzan-colored cards and lands, too: Abzan Banner, it's in the name. Condemn. Command Tower, useful in any EDH deck except mono-colored. Duneblast, in theory, but it is a 7-drop :\ Beast Within, pretty slick instant-speed removal in green. Evolving Wilds. Farseek, multi-colored ramp that is unaffected by color identity. Golgari Rot Farm, solid if you're not trying to go bankrupt on the mana base. Korozda Guildmage, or similar mana sinks for all of that excessive mana you should have with how long you're enduring. Orzhov Basilica. Rampant Growth, solid, but just be looking for mana ramp. Sandsteppe Citadel, probably a good idea. Selesnya Sanctuary.
Pardon, but I think you could find some more useful/powerful cards than AEther Snap, Burst of Energy, and Burst of Strength. AEther Snap is pretty good, I feel like it'd be too counter-productive here.
Remember to keep an eye on draw cards, even stuff like Read the Bones can give you that needed bit of card advantage.
Lastly, your deck may be asking for quite a bit of time and effort to build up into a glorious threat. It would sure be a shame to see all of it go to waste when some plays Hour of Revelation or something like that. Board wipes are inevitable in EDH, but maybe try to find some remedy to that for this deck. Glaring Spotlight could maybe help a little.
I hope these are helpful, good luck!
2 months ago
This looks awesome so far. I like the small spells, fat creatures approach.
If you have room for another colorless land, Novijen, Heart of Progress makes an alright secondary Gavony Township. Walking Ballista and Hangarback Walker are also colorless and don't trigger your commander, but they're just freakin' sweet if you can proliferate them... maybe with a Fuel for the Cause.
Finally, some of my favorite janky build-around cards of all time, the counter enablers - Abzan Falconer, Abzan Battle Priest, Ivorytusk Fortress, Mer-Ek Nightblade, Tuskguard Captain, Bramblewood Paragon, etc. These won't make your deck better, but maybe more fun. Big, fun, fat, lifelinky, flying, deathtouchy, tramply 10/10s.
You pretty much already nailed it though. Good stuff as always.
3 months ago
ok, take 2...hopefully I remember to post this comment before closing the window.
Tatterkite will never die with Mike out, so he's an infinite sac outlet. Retribution of the Ancients can remove counters to duplicate this effect with all your creatures as long as you have black mana. Similar effect with Carnifex Demon
Finally maybe get another piece of protection for Mike like Lightning Greaves in there.
3 months ago
3 months ago
Nice deck. I really love the idea of reset counters in creatures with Undying. Is there some reason to not play Retribution of the Ancients? I think it's good at redundancy to have 8 "remove counters" effect, also working as a removal.
I leave here a link to my Golgari Undying deck, check out if you want :)