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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
2 months ago
Red seems good for Impact Tremors and Hissing Iguanar than Commune with the Gods finds all your combo pieces and can even mill Faithless Looting for a free flashback.
Also, Ivy Lane Denizen and Safehold Elite are the core of your combo, why not run 4 copies of Wirewood Herald as he finds them both?
2 months ago
@ lukas96 thanks for the suggestions! I've been going back and forth as to if Safehold Elite is worth the room in this deck, so I've been swapping out Dryad Militant constantly as I play test. Overall I do think the Dryad provides a greater board presence overall. But I do love keeping my persist guys on the battlefield. Wondering now without them if Melira is still worth keeping in my main deck.
I've added another Stony Silence and a Naturalize too, which I planned on doing anyways. I see what you mean about the Firewalker. I just don't know about Rule of Law or Eidolon of Rhetoric and if I see room in this deck for them, tho they are 2 great cards. Guess I'd have to do some playtesting there.
3 months 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 :)
4 months 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.
4 months 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.
5 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.
5 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.