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Persist (When this creature is put into a graveyard from play, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to play under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)
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Safehold Elite Discussion
1 week ago
I'm not sure those infinite combos work. I thought that Safehold Elite when sacrificed with Viscera Seer will come back and do the one damage / one life gain but after that it will have 1 x '-1/-1' counter and 1 x '+1/+1' counter. So when its sacrificed again it will have a '-1/-1' counter on it and go to the graveyard.
I may be misunderstanding though :)
1 month ago
Personally, I run Safehold Elite in my infinite persist deck, and I do not recommend you follow suit. The only reason I keep it in my deck is because persist is my alternate win condition to Battle of Wits, and, with 240 cards in the deck, I need to maximize the number of inexpensive persist creatures I run.
You already have 8 different sacrifice targets between Kitchen Finks and Murderous Redcap, and both provide greater utility. Wall of Omens might be a better choice, as it replaces itself and provides a fairly bulky blocker in the early game.
I ran a gatherer search for free sacrifice otulets in your colours, and the only card I found was Greater Good. I do not think that is a good option, since you will mill yourself pretty quickly. In colourless, you have access to Demonmail Hauberk, which would help with beating down your opponents, should that become necessary. With your Tutor, I would not recommend more than two additional sacrifice cards. I would replace Barrage of Expendables, as the required mana cost is a tad inefficient.
1 month ago
I love the concept of solemnity + undying. I just don't think the green splash is doing enough for you, especially with the GG cost on the geist. A fetchless mana base is going to struggle to hit GG by turn two and still be able to cast your two primary colors. If you're concerned about cost, perhaps consider Safehold Elite or Rendclaw Trow (And if you want to splash out, Kitchen Finks). For your purposes, persist is just as good as Undying. Then you can go white and black without the splash.
2 months ago
That is indeed a nice combo to consider. However, it will change the overall gameplan. In modern it would be kinda tricky if you want to implement those and still stay BW, since the possibilities for the combo to go off is small. You need to splash green to fetch the right creatures for the combo, e.g. Collected Company/Chord of Calling/Green Sun's Zenith. Also, since you do want the CMC to be smaller or equal to 2, it requires three creatures for the infinite combo to work, i.e. Blood Artist/Zulaport Cutthroat+Vizier of Remedies+Safehold Elite.
I saw the deck on your account and I think it is a really nice idea. However, I need to change my deck too much to implement the combo. Thanks anyway for your suggestions! I will think about them anyways and maybe create another deck more suitable for that combo.
I believe there is actually a competitive modern deck that works around that combo. see: https://www.channelfireball.com/articles/modern-bant-counters-company.
2 months ago
There is an infinite combo that you could use: Vizier of Remedies + Safehold Elite/Murderous Redcap/Kitchen Finks. You will have an unkillable creature. Also, Vault of the Archangel is too slow for modern, I would use a fetchland or another Caves of Koilos.
3 months ago
5 months ago
I was scrolling through the internet looking at pauper aristocrat decks and stumbled into this! Love the idea. Been fiddling with it some and I think it would be fun to focus on going in on the combo. Safehold Elite Falkenrath Noble and Viscera Seer counts and then adding Commune with Nature to find the combo. Maybe even some mana dorks to power it all out faster. Could be a neat idea?
6 months ago
Aristocrats is a fairly established archetype that does exactly what you are interested in -- sacrifice things for value. There are a number of different styles and color combinations you can run for this style of deck. But the ideas behind the deck are almost always the same: you want low drop recursive creatures or token generators (Tukatongue Thallid, Doomed Traveler, Blisterpod, Safehold Elite, Young Wolf, Voice of Resurgence, Bloodghast, Gravecrawler, Bloodsoaked Champion, Mogg War Marshal, Lingering Souls, Promise of Bunrei, and Abzan Ascendancy), sacrifice engines (Viscera Seer, Falkenrath Aristocrat, Cartel Aristocrat, Nantuko Husk, Bloodthrone Vampire, Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim, Butcher of the Horde), and ways to generate advantages off of the sacrifices (primarily Blood Artist, and Zulaport Cutthroat).
Some decks operate as an aggro deck, some operate as more of a midrange deck, and other still operate more along the lines of a combo deck. Depending on the style you want, and the color combination, I can give more direct advice. I just don't ant to type up a long list of tips and advice for a deck you don't want :P