Creature — Human Cleric
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Sanctum Prelate Discussion
1 week ago
As a fellow cleric tribal enthusiast I appreciate where you are trying to go with the deck but you seem to be suffering some of the same issues I ran into myself, namely not having focused synergies that build into a win condition.
A strong sub theme of your deck seems to revolve around life gain, so with that in mind lets add to and weaponize this sub theme into win conditions. I agree with kamelyan that you should add Conspiracy as its quite nasty with Rotlung Reanimator and Cabal Archon, the only reason I don't run these two in my cleric deck is the hardcore clash with Angel of Glory's Rise. Beacon of Immortality and Test of Endurance make for an interesting and intractable win condition that plays along with your life gain theme for surprise victories. Stern Judge with Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth can be nasty repeatable drain where you use your life gain to stay ahead of other peoples dwindling life totals. Also, consider Greed and Erebos, God of the Dead for further card draw that works with your life gain. Also Boon Reflection might be useful as well.
Some general replacements that might serve you better would be Scholar of Athreos over Pious Evangel Flip, the drain effect is a nice mana dump, Frontline Medic over Banisher Priest allows you to play more aggressively and the counter ability can catch people by surprise and Grand Abolisher over Hanweir Militia Captain Flip, the Captain generates tokens far to slowly and often requires you to over extend to make it any good.
For additional tribal removal options consider Kor Sanctifiers, War Priest of Thune, Leonin Relic-Warder and Reliquary Monk. Although I find Reliquary Monk and Relic-Warder to be more tricky to use without a sacrifice outlet.
I hope this helps you, I look forward to seeing where you take the deck.
1 month ago
1 month ago
(I've been reworking the Bruna build on my profile for awhile now to include more hate and some stax pieces)
2 months ago
Glad to hear the deck has turned out for you, even if it was slightly.
Personally, I would just replace Winds of Rath. My logic being that I usually only need a board wipe when I am behind (i.e. My general has been wiped a bunch/poor boarstate). If this is the case, then I've probably already lost. Voltron is an aggressive deck, thus we need to focus on resilience and efficiency.
There's nothing wrong with wanting Wheel of Fortune. It's an amazing card, yet I forgot about it. It's definitely a better option than Harmonize granted you have the money to acquire one. I'd include it if you have the ability.
Other than Thalia, Heretic Cathar, there is Linvala, Keeper of Silence (good if your meta has an abundance of Kiki/Splinter Twin combo, early game mana elves, or generals with problematic activated abilities like Arcum Dagsson or Yisan, the Wanderer Bard) and Magus of the Moon/Blood Moon (this depends on how comfortable you are playing a three color deck with this kind of effect as well as how many decks in your meta will be punished by it).
I've also tested Sanctum Prelate and Ethersworn Canonist, but they hindered us too much. Scavenging Ooze and Containment Priest didn't do much either, but testing them led me to find that Ground Seal was the most efficient graveyard hate option.
I think running 4 colorless lands is fine. I have gotten away with it and had few issues. You have a lot more options than I do when it comes to that last colorless slot, so choose wisely. Do you value the haste, pump, and vigalence of Slayers' Stronghold? The large pump and evasion from Kessig Wolf Run? The double strike from Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion? The removal that comes with Contested Cliffs? Or the protection that comes from Yavimaya Hollow?
2 months ago
While Bygone Bishop might not be the most efficient card, it did quite the great job (drawing >3, providing a flying body) and I do not like spending an entire turn on Mind's Eye. Furthermore I would much rather be able to crack a few clues in some end step than spend my mana on the opponent's draw step or main phase. If it comes to drawing cards Mind's Eye is the by far superior choice though... I will test that one ...
The deck was missing some sort of utility indeed... I would have to remodel the deck to conveniently fit the tax pieces you mentioned though... The utility pieces I came up with: Sanctum Prelate, Hushwing Gryff, Arcane Lighthouse, Elspeth, Sun's Champion as a boardwipe and wincondtion and Dawn Charm for some further interaction/protection... I will have a look at how well Aura of Silence fares ... It is an overall great card ... Thanks for the input.. I appreciate that.
3 months ago
So I guess I am biased because I play Gaddock Teeg, and here's the obligatory, "I feel like my deck should be higher than tier 3," statement for you.
So basically here's my argument, with Gaddock Teeg in the command zone, it is implied that we're going to be playing a game with mostly lower-costed noncreature spells. Right at the get-go, I'm perfectly happy playing a creature deck against wraths, especially most of that garbage in my neighboring "tier 3" play. The only wraths that honestly pose a threat are Cyclonic Rift and Toxic Deluge, both of which I can play around with Sanctum Prelate, and in Toxic Deluge's case specifically, Angel of Jubilation. I think that perhaps the strongest card against me is Ixidron, which is absent in most tier 1-1.5 lists.
I know pitting two decks against eachother in 1v1 is a horrible metric for pod quality, but I've 1v1'd Teferi, Temporal Archmage and held a positive win-ratio against it over the course of many games. I've gone 1v1 against Yidris Storm and absolutely stomped it with a 90% winrate. I generally go 50/50 against Tazri. Before Leovold was banned, I was hashing out at least 50%+ winrate. These lists I'm playing against are very close to the tier one lists posted up top.
The rest of the tier 1 list is about 40/60 at worst. Generally, against top tier combo, I stand my own against the field, since I have a hate card for all of them, and most of them seriously hate teeg and his friends. Against stax, I'm not feeling great, but I'm also not feeling terrible. The Blood Moon can sometimes be a bit hairy to play around, but not entirely too difficult. I'm not saying Teeg is tier 1. But I can say for certain it's not tier 3. I would dominate a tier 3 metagame as it stands here.
I'll leave my personal list out of the comments. I'm curious how threatening a Gaddock Teeg hatebear combo deck sounds to you guys? Protean hulk has been helpful, as it has with other decks too obviously. I've had combo wins as early as turn 2. Opinions?