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Creature — Avatar
Serra Avatar's power and toughness are each equal to your life total.
When Serra Avatar is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into its owner's library.
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Serra Avatar Discussion
4 days ago
I commonly play Malignus in many of my decks and Kor Haven won't work on him. People might also be running Leyline of Punishment, which would just turn off Kor Haven. Maze of Ith is just strictly better. If your enemy creatures have hexproof or shroud, then Arcane Lighthouse gets around that.
Your Seraph Sanctuary doesn't do much unless you can make infinite angel tokens or something. If you want to gain life, go with Wall of Reverence and a Serra Avatar ; double you life every turn, or Celestial Mantle.
5 days ago
Thanks for your comment and upvote! I've used Serra Avatar in this deck before, but dropped it in favor of some other wincons. I've totally forgotten to elaborate on the win cons of this deck in the 'Combo's and finishers' section; thanks for reminding me :) Here's a taste:
- Life-gain abilities + Aetherflux Reservoir; an absolute killer from the mid-game and onwards, as your life total should have far exceeded 50 by then. It's especially funny when Exquisite Blood is out; your net life-loss when using Aetherflux Reservoir: 0.
- Life-gain abilities + Phyrexian Processor; also great fun from the mid-game and onwards. Create massive creatures each turn and set them on your opponents.
- Life-gain abilities + Sorin, Grim Nemesis; Sorin's ult is one of the strongest ults of all planeswalkers and a definite finisher in many cases (though still vulnerable to boardwipes).
Maybe there's more opportunities in here, but this is just what I've had in mind thusfar. I've also been toying with the idea to add Laboratory Maniac, as the deck contains quite a few good card-draw engines. Though if for instance Necropotence would be out, I'd need to destroy that first in order to win by empty library ;)
5 days ago
Awesome deck, lemme try building it online and see on how it plays and what it needs.
1 week ago
I can't recommend Reya Dawnbringer and Adarkar Valkyrie enough. Also, and I'm sure people get tired of me mentioning this one, Lifeline works well in a Brion deck, and would bring back cards like Serra Avatar and Hamletback Goliath. Yes, Lifeline works for other players, too, but you've got to figure you will get more value out of it than the others around the table will.
1 week ago
3 weeks ago
Sorry about the delay, I wanted to devote some time to this.
So the first thing that stands out is that you're really missing a direction for the deck. You have a bit of everything going on, which means that you're not really strong in any area. First off, you need to figure out what kind of deck you want to build and then focus your card selection from there.
Also, I want to touch on a few points regarding deck building choices:
Cards like Blade of Selves aren't good with legendary creatures, which is the vast majority of your creature base. The second you make a copy of them, all but one of those copies are sent to the graveyard as a state based action. On top of that, most of your legendary creatures have static abilities, meaning that you won't get any benefit from making copies. At least if you used ETB creatures like Venser, Shaper Savant you'd get the triggers.
Running Zur the Enchanter with only a few targets seems like a waste of a slot. Zur can be super powerful as commander and good in the deck, but he is a build around card.
A really big one (and one I see a lot) is that life gain for the sake of life gain doesn't achieve anything. While a bit of extra life can be helpful, unless it's as a side note (see Selvala, Explorer Returned) or one of a few things a card does (see Deathrite Shaman) then it's not worth a card slot. And if you're going to run life gain effects, try to run stuff to capitalise on it. You have Serra Avatar but what about Aetherflux Reservoir, Felidar Sovereign, Test of Endurance? all these can help provide the deck with a win condition.
As for using Oloro specifically for your commander:
A common strategy is to play pillow fort with a bunch of "win the game" effects like the aforementioned Felidar Sovereign and Test of Endurance. There's also infinite mana outlets like Deadeye Navigator/Eldrazi Displacer and Palinchron/Peregrine Drake which then can be used to Exsanguinate/Blue Sun's Zenith your opponents. Or you can Sanguine Bond + Exquisite Blood combo. There's also redundancy in the combo by using pieces lie Vizkopa Guildmage.
Your counterspell/removal suite is a bit lacking. There's not much point in running so few counterspells - I would recommend either increasing the number or cutting them completely. Also, Disrupt seems too niche for your deck. Render Silent, Arcane Denial, Dissipate, Void Shatter, Swan Song are all really solid options. Removal wise, you're in the best colours in the game so you should take advantage of that. Utter End, Anguished Unmaking, Swords to Plowshares, Return to Dust, Cyclonic Rift, Reality Shift, etc. are all really good.
I would also recommend additional card advantage. You have cards like Phyrexian Arena, aforementioned Blue Sun's Zenith, Diabolic Tutor, Mystical Teachings will all increase the throughput of the deck.
While some of this is generic, some of this advice is also deck specific. I would recommend having a think about how you want to win with the deck and then I can help suggest some more specific cards.
3 weeks ago
In my Mirko Vosk deck I ended up cutting both Dimir Doppelganger and Evil Twin, especially the Twin, is okay to copy a Commander and keep killing it, it is awesome against something like Meren of Clan Nel Toth but it's somewhat hit or miss. Maybe Body Double, since Lazav, Dimir Mastermind has Hexproof, or the other around, since Body Double gets ETB triggers, it will heavily depend on your meta. But I'd probably go with cutting a few clones into some more control, for the same reason you don't consider Sphinx's Tutelage that good in EDH: Milling doesn't scale that well, and even the faster mill decks find some walls that need being dealt with.
And keep in mind that if someone wants to stall you, the original Eldrazi Titans, Blightsteel Colossus, Serra Avatar and such keep going back into the deck, so they might find a way to stop you from milling them, and in that case you should have a few exile spells up your sleeve. Duplicant is a good one, considering you are running clones to begin with, Phyrexian Ingester is awesome and Reality Shift is an incredibly underrated card. So if this becomes a problem in your meta in the future there's some ideas on how to deal with it.