Rune-Tail, Kitsune Ascendant / Rune-Tail's Essence
Legendary Creature — Fox Monk
Rune-Tail, Kitsune Ascendant:
When you have 30 or more life, flip Rune-Tail, Kitsune Ascendant.
Prevent all damage that would be dealt to creatures you control.
|Want (2)||Immortalys , eggihoto|
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|Saviors of Kamigawa (SOK)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Rune-Tail, Kitsune Ascendant / Rune-Tail's Essence Discussion
4 months ago
I've had my own Kambal deck for years and he's a great commander for sitting back. You've definitely done your research for finding cards like Painful Quandary so good job on that front. You're also nowhere near as greedy as I am in terms of how much good removal you're running which is a definite positive
As for a few recommendations:
- You seem to be fairly creature focused so I would definitely be running Rune-Tail, Kitsune Ascendant / Rune-Tail's Essence That card can be pretty brutal even with minimal creatures
- Doom Whisperer is a great way to dig into your deck to look for an answer and it generally doesn't hurt too much since you will have built up so much extra life
- If you want to take advantage of lots of small lifegain triggers I would suggest Alhammarret's Archive and/or Rhox Faithmender
- Another effect similar to Painful Quandary is Polluted Bonds sometimes it can be a dud draw in the late game but if you're ever against a lands deck or happen to get it early it can be pretty fun
The most recent addition I've made myself is Righteous Aura. It's simple and it's cheap (both to cast and to buy) but I've been really happy with it so far. I'm never sad to see this. Kambal himself shuts down spell decks and you can often stock up on enough life to stop token decks but I've Kambal to be particularly vulnerable to voltron decks. This can completely mitigate that concern
My final suggestion is the only one that I would say you need to do and that is to bring your own life counter for everyone at the table. If you're playing a deck like this often everyone else will start tuning out the little triggers that you have and by keeping track of it yourself you can ensure that you don't miss any. Have fun and enjoy playing with my favourite commander :)
1 year ago
Okay, so after looking at this deck for a while, considering its sideboard, and adding some cards that I use often for similar strategies, I've come up with a list of edits (well, actually three lists).
Before I get to those, I would like to explain what I found. Firstly, I like the idea behind the deck. Token strategies are always a great way to make a casual deck that can scale to be for optimized. I love the afterlife keyword as it lends itself to this optimization really well. But there were several less-than-savory card choices in here. The two biggest issues that I saw are ones that I see a lot (and full into too). The first of these is that many cards have a very high cost-to-value ratio. That is, there were several cards that cost too much (mana) and do too little for it. Elgaud Inquisitor is a fantastic example. While Elgaud Inquisitor is on-theme with their on-death triggered ability, that is all they have going for them. The lifelink isn't super useful, and the CMC is WAY too high. They are only a 2/2 too boot. Second off, theme isn't the same as function. I understand that there is a vorthos element to this deck, but since this deck isn't a full tribal deck, I think it's better to focus on ways to make the good parts of the theme work great.
I saw lots of cards that were life gaining cards ( Pontiff of Blight , Impassioned Orator , Riot Control , etc). This deck can make a lot of tokens which Tesya gives lifelink. You need not worry about life gain card. The strength of your creatures that make tokens when they die is that you can easily recur them in W/B. In the lists below, there are many cards that give added value to dying creature or make killing your creatures more ways to die. Lastly and most importantly, you had ZERO ramp and ALMOST NO card draw. THESE ARE THE TWO MOST FUNDAMENTAL ASSPECTS IN EDH!!! You NEED to have them!!! You can not rely solely on the one land drop and card draw. I've listed several cards that assist the main strategy and draw you cards (things like Dredge and Altar's Reap ). As for ramp, there is almost no good ramp outside of green. That only means that you have to look harder. Mana rocks are a must. I only have three in the lists, but they are absolute must-haves. Next, I put in several cards that give you mana in other ways. Most of them align themselves with the main strategy ( Ashnod's Altar , Soldevi Adnate , and Pawn of Ulamog to name a few). Similarly, I added cards that draw you cards from creatures dying. There is one card that I would like to point out in particular, Erebos . The important part of Erebos is his last ability. You pay and 2 life to draw a card. Life is a resource, and you'll be making plenty of it. Be sure to spend it. There are lots of cards that help you turn life into various things, like Bolas's Citadel (which I almost put in and still think has a place here). I would encourage you to look into them. Lastly, I would remove 6 lands. You have other ramp now and don't want to be flooded all of the time.
Here is the list of cards that I would remove:
- Healer of the Pride
- Kitsune Healer
- Mausoleum Guard
- Seraph of the Scales
- Seraph of the Sword
- Syndicate Messenger
- Guardian of the Gateless
- Knight of Sorrows
- Lumbering Battlement
- Orzhov Racketeers
- Angelic Skirmisher
- Deathpact Angel
- Patron of the Kitsune
- Rune-Tail, Kitsune Ascendant / Rune-Tail's Essence
- Knight of the Last Breath
- Angelic Edict
- Angelic Exaltation
- Holy Mantle
- Angel of Despair
- Impassioned Orator
- Pontiff of Blight
- Riot Control
- War Report
- Safe Passage
- Orzhov Charm
- Lingering Souls
- Spectral Procession
- Kindred Dominance
- Ethereal Absolution
- Phantom General
- Treasury Thrull
- Sky Tether
I understand that there is a budget to this deck, so I've split my suggestions into two lists. The first is all cards that are cheap and should keep you under budget. The second list of cards is for later edits. If you want to spend more money on this deck, those are the cards that I would recommend buying.
- Altar's Reap
- Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim
- Butcher of Malakir
- Demon of Dark Schemes
- Doomed Dissenter
- Grim Haruspex
- Merciless Resolve
- Open the Graves
- Orzhov Signet
- Pawn of Ulamog
- Pitiless Plunderer
- Rescue from the Underworld
- Soldevi Adnate
- Talisman of Hierarchy
- Whisper, Blood Liturgist
- Burnished Hart
- Living Death
- Phyrexian Reclamation
- Priest of Forgotten Gods
- Sun Titan
- Viscera Seer
- Command Tower
As you're read through these, you might notice that a lot of these came from your sideboard. There are lots of good cards in there.
- Ashnod's Altar
- Black Market
- Crypt Ghast
- Dictate of Erebos
- Divine Visitation
- Erebos, God of the Dead
- Grave Pact
- Hallowed Spiritkeeper
- Krav, the Unredeemed
- Oversold Cemetery
- Phyrexian Arena
- Smothering Tithe
- Sol Ring
I hope you enjoy these changes. Just remember that casual decks don't have to be un-optimized.
3 years ago
vegaslights Thank you for the suggestions! I'll keep them in mind. So far Retether has served me well (and the price of Replenish certainly makes it easier to live without XP), but if that becomes more of a problem I will definitely add that! Daybreak Coronet would make winning with Serra Avatar waaaayyy easier, I think I'll add that in place of Skullclamp. Though I'm not sure about Starfield of Nyx, particularly since the flip-side of Rune-Tail, Kitsune Ascendant / Rune-Tail's Essence technically has no mana cost. I'll have to research that interaction more before adding that, since Rune Tail's Essence is very important to my deck. But again, thank you very much for your suggestions!
3 years ago
As powerful as The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale is, I think it will end up hurting you more than your opponents with how the deck currently is (24 creature count).
Other cards in the maybe board that I personally wouldn't recommend would be Desertion (I'll explain why in a sec), Isperia, Supreme Judge, and Twincast. All are good cards, but your deck can do better without them!
Instead of Desertion and instead of Dissipate and Rewind, I recommend putting in Pact of Negation, Force of Will, and/or Mystic Confluence/Hindering Light. I'd say that having between 5-10 counterspells alone is the right call for this deck.
Isperia, Supreme Judge is not a bad card, but there are better draw engines/card advantage cards. Consecrated Sphinx being one that you already have included. I would recommend replacing Concentrate and Recurring Insight for more dependable draw spells, Ponder and possibly even Sphinx's Revelation or Blue Sun's Zenith.
Possible Cuts Show
AEtherplasm, Blazing Archon, Drogskol Reaver, Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, Loxodon Gatekeeper (possibly just switch it with Kismet since the are the exact same), Phyrexian Metamorph, Rune-Tail, Kitsune Ascendant / Rune-Tail's Essence, and possibly even Sun Titan.
Again, these are just some suggestions. All are great cards, but overall I think that lowering the CMC and adding other, more controlling cards will help this deck be more resilient and consistent.
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Again, like the above, these are only suggestions! You don't have to add them all, or any at all. The only thing I would just really stress about changing this deck is lowering the CMC. That can highly improve the gameplay of the deck. Being able to have a turn two play or counter magic on those first couple turns lets you hold an edge over your opponent will you tax and control them over the long game.
3 years ago
Deel 2:Het is leuk dat je legendary lands hebt gevonden maar die zijn niet echt top voor die prijs. Leuk dat je ze kan opzoeken maar je kan beter leuke beestjes opzoeken. Misschien 1 bewaren maar ik ben er geen fan van.
Rune-Tail, Kitsune Ascendant / Rune-Tail's Essence is een erg leuke kaart. Net als Planar Bridge.
Dragon Throne of Tarkir is een leuke combo met een beestje met veel power.
Speel Hokori, Dust Drinker niet! Deze kaart is niet leuk om tegen te spelen als je geen/weinig mana rocks hebt.
Jazal Goldmane kan je beesten lekker sterk maken. Ik stem hem erin.
Mistveil Plains is leuk omdat je dan weer je dode legenday's weer opnieuw kan spelen.
Nylea, God of the Hunt goden zijn (bijna) altijd leuk in MTG.
Wees redelijk Rashida Scalebane is niet sterk genoeg aangezien ik de enige in onze groep ben met een draken deck. De andere decks spelen niet veel draken.
3 years ago
KeelHaul10 Hey thanks for the suggestion, I actually chose to include Rune-Tail, Kitsune Ascendant / Rune-Tail's Essence over Mark of Asylum/Light of Sanction purely because he is tutorable by both Thalia's Lancers and Recruiter of the Guard. Otherwise I'd have to choose it as I searched with Enlightened Tutor which is tough vs. Sneak Attack.
The name of the deck is just a play on the name Archangel Avacyn Flip, it's not super clever but it is the first tHong I thought of. A - rch - angel, A - va - cyn. Bit of a stretch but it works. Thanks again for commenting.
3 years ago
Wel5 Thanks man! I understand what you mean. What if I ran two Chaplain's Blessing since it's a one drop and still does the same thing that Abuna's Chant does? I could also put in the other two Flame Slash I have, and I also have a Lightning Strike I could throw in too. I'll definitely need to pick up some Lightning Bolt and Lightning Helix. As for Monastery Mentor, I have two of them actually, but I might save the deck space for more instant's for damage to the face or creatures. And whenever I have 17 dollars laying around, I'm gonna pick up a Serra Ascendant for sure, because I love the thought of a Rune-Tail, Kitsune Ascendant / Rune-Tail's Essence plus Serra Ascendant combo at 30 life to have a 6/6 with flying and lifelink for as long as possible.