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Imprint When Semblance Anvil enters the battlefield, you may exile a nonland card from your hand.
Spells you cast that share a card type with the exiled card cost 2 less to cast.
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Semblance Anvil Discussion
1 week ago
Snacrifice: Thanks for the comment!
I used to play Hero's Blade, but I found that the problem was the prohibitively high equip cost. I know it auto-equips to Avacyn, but if I don't already have it down when Avacyn enters it's just terrible (6 mana for a mere 3/2 boost). It was just too inconsistent, and I cut it because I needed the slots.
O-Naginata has proven itself to be one of the strongest cards in the deck, to be honest. I agree that there are objectively stronger equipment (like Loxodon Warhammer) but the thing that elevates O-Naginata is its ridiculously low cast and equip cost.
Masterwork of Ingenuity is something I also used to play, but it got cut when I realized there were actually very few equipment I wanted to copy (since many of the good ones grant keywords, or are legendary, or are redundant in multiples). I just got sick of drawing it without any good targets so I cut it - consistency is king. Still, though, I'll reconsider adding it, thanks!
I've never tried Semblance Anvil here, but I'm worried it's too vulnerable to removal. While I loved it in a Standard Myr deck back in the day, in EDH it's far too easy to get 2-for-1'd if it's removed, leaving it as serious card disadvantage. Also, I don't have enough of any one permanent to make it worth it IMO.
Prototype Portal is an awesome card, I just don't want to spend 8 mana for my first copy of an equipment that's already in my hand. It also has the same problem as Semblance Anvil in that removal leaves me with serious card disadvantage.
Thanks for your comment! I appreciate your help a lot :) Also, you said on the "Advertise your deck" page that you'd +1'd the deck, but I think the website didn't register it - mind clicking it again? :)
1 week ago
I'm surprised you don't have Hero's Blade since it equips for free and makes Avacyn just a bit bigger-a 9/7 once flipped for free once played is neat, and you have a bunch of legendaries for it to equip to as well(I'd sub out O-Naginata TBH- you lose the trample, but Avacyn already has evasion.
Masterwork of Ingenuity, Semblance Anvil, and Prototype Portal would be really good too, since they'd let you double up(or in Prototype portal's case, as many as you can get out) on whatever equips you really liked. Skyblinder Staff is a bit doofy but is surprisingly good evasion for a flying commander, especially one with damage.
2 weeks ago
I will share my thoughts on your brew and hope that they prove useful to you.
At first glance this deck has one, very apparent and very serious problem, which will cause it to be super slow and clunky: It is very mana intensive, in R/W, and it's featuring 35 lands. Your colours are the worst when it comes to accelerating your mana and anything less than 37 lands is usually reserved for much lower curves (avg CMC < 3.5, yours is 4.5). So I would suggest that you add at least 2 more lands and 4-5 mana rocks (Sol Ring, Commander's Sphere, Mind Stone, Boros Signet, Everflowing Chalice, Thought Vessel, Darksteel Ingot, Boros Cluestone, Prismatic Lens, Worn Powerstone and many others) in addition to the 2 medallions you already have. You could also opt for more cost reduction cards such as Cloud Key, Semblance Anvil, Seal of the Guildpact and Urza's Incubator. Then, to glue your mana together and make certain you hit every land-drop, every turn, I would also suggest you replace some creatures that are out of place/not offering much to the deck (e.g. Sungrace Pegasus, Viashino Firstblade, the walls, Lose Calm...) for these little beauties: Weathered Wayfarer, Knight of the White Orchid, Oreskos Explorer and Kor Cartographer.
Problem number 2 - and this is a problem you can do little about and which banes almost all R/W decks - you have very, VERY limited options for card draw besides wheel effects (e.g. the namesake Wheel of Fortune). There are some available inclusions such as Staff of Nin, Mind's Eye, Seer's Sundial and a few of the mana rocks already mentioned can replace themselves, but that's that. Just be aware of this when you march into battle!
Problems with individual card choices do exist as well but I think they come second to the ones mentioned above. In general, life gaining is even less important in EDH than it is in other formats. Also, big X-spelss for burn are rather weak, especially considering your weak mana base. You also need some more premium spot removal (Swords to Plowshares, Chaos Warp) and your boardwipes are lacking. Most of your creatures are flying, so include cards like Fault Line and Molten Disaster! They can be real gems in such a deck. Lastly, and this is just a slow pitch, have you considered running Kaalia of the Vast as your commander? Access to black means better card draw, and she can cheat your angels into play (dragons and demons too, if you so wish it).
It's always a pleasure looking at new decks and I find the community here to be very helpful! Try posting on Advertise your commander as well, for more help, suggestions and comments.
PS. I wasn't taking budget into account so some cards may or may not be affordable. Don't worry about that! If you are working on a limited budget, your deck can still be very strong! Ah, the joys of multiplayer! ;D
3 weeks ago
thanks for the suggestions! i already have x4 Gold Myr on the deck, and since Semblance Anvil is really good, i already put x3 Urza's Incubator, which is almost the same (for the angels at least) without having the downside of exiling a card.
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3 weeks ago
I agree. I think, considering that most of your spells are colorless, that Pearl Medallion is borderline worthless. Knight of the White Orchid is the man, but he's strictly worse than Puresteel Paladin or even Leonin Shikari if you're weighting more toward artifacts than auras. I do think that's where Sram is better, just because their cost is so much less prohibitive and you can reduce them with Cloud Key, Helm of Awakening or even Semblance Anvil if you want to get greedy.
With you 100% on Hedron Archive. There are no times where I draw it that I would not rather have a Thran Dynamo. Do Sram's Expertise, Auriok Edgewright, Nahiri, the Lithomancer or Kor Duelist do anything in this list? Giving dudes double strike is cool if you're an aggressive list, but Sram trends more toward combo and one-shot commander damage. Maybe we could look for cuts there?
1 month ago
I think your mana curve is so high just because the Angel cards are so expensive so they are raising the average.
You could try adding in things that make it cheaper/easier to cast your high mana cost spells.
I did a search and found: Herald of War Planar GatePearl MedallionSemblance Anvil is probably the best, especially if you could put a low mana cost Angel in your deck or something you don't care about to exile for the ability.