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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.
|Have (2)||metalmagic , Forkbeard|
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|Commander 2018 (C18)||Mythic Rare|
|Commander 2014 (C14)||Mythic Rare|
|Commander 2013 (C13)||Mythic Rare|
|Magic 2013 (M13)||Mythic Rare|
|Urza's Saga (USG)||Rare|
|Promo Set (000)||Rare|
|Magic Online Promo Cards (MOP)||Mythic Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Serra Avatar Discussion
3 weeks ago
1 month ago
It looks, to me, like you need to focus a bit on your chosen strategy. It sounds like, with the pillowfort strategy, we're going to sit back and be more of a control deck and wait for the right moment to pounce. That in mind, here's what I would do...also leaving room for other suggestions, or some flexibility in case we would really want to keep some of the proposed cuts.
Cuts: Blood Tribute (not enough vampires) , Replenish & Greater Auramancy (not enough enchantments, though we could change this), Serra Avatar (no evasion), Vindictive Lich (does not play into our strategy), Feral Abomination (this looks like filler), (Corpse Augur) (Not playing many creatures), Ajani's Pridemate (your deck isn't aggro, no evasion), Decree of Pain (too much mana)
Additions: Epicure of Blood (plays into the 'slow drain' the deck is doing), Griffin Aerie (gives a few spare bodies to block in case someone gets through the fort), Pristine Talisman (best rock in Oloro), Alhammarret's Archive, more countermagic and removal, or even planeswalkers.
I, too, have an Oloro deck, but it's different from what you want. Mine is a more aggressive deck, a Soul Sisters-inspired build. Oloro Sisters
4 months ago
I see your trying to protect yourself with Avacyn, Angel of Hope and friends. :) From one player of a Trostani deck to another Eerie Interlude for a response to a field wipe, Life gain from the ETB's are the icing on the cake.
Another card that comes to mind would be Cream of the Crop, a silly little thing that will allow much better card filtering. it's not good with 1/1's but anything else you make will be cycling through your deck
4 months ago
4 months ago
So you've chosen mono-white, traditionally seen as a weaker colour in EDH thanks to a lack of ramp and draw. But not does it gain life, and you can work with that! First up, some creatures that care about lifegain (if you're not going full stax you'll need decent bodies to block and close out the game if your win-cons get removed): Ajani's Pridemate; Angel of Vitality; Archangel of Thune; Gideon's Company; Heliod, Sun-Crowned; Serene Steward; Serra Ascendant; Serra Avatar or Twinblade Paladin are all decent at this while Avacyn, Angel of Hope and Sun Titan are staples for a reason. I'm not convinced by the Runes, they're cool but a completely dead draw if your opponents aren't playing that colour. Other options might be Ajani's Welcome, Authority of the Consuls, Blind Obedience, Crackdown; Cradle of Vitality, Dawn of Hope; Path of Bravery; Smothering Tithe and Sunbond. The Reservoir is one of your best ways to win, so being able to search it up with Enlightened Tutor or the more budget Inventors' Fair and Tamiyo's Journal would be good. Other cards that might be good inclusions would be a wrath or two; Tithe/Land Tax; Debt of Loyalty; Lapse of Certainty; Selfless Squire; Rebuff the Wicked; Voidstone Gargoyle; Generous Gift; Emeria Shepherd; Exile and maybe some of the many Ajanis, Elspeths or Gideons. Finally, I reckon that 35 lands may even be a few too many, especially as most of them are basics. Might be worth cutting down to 30 and looking for some utility in cyclers/Emeria, The Sky Ruin/Detection Tower/Evolving Wilds etc. Could probably trade Path of Ancestry away too - it doesn't do much for you but is actually quite valuable!
5 months ago
Looks good! You might like these: Nacatl War-Pride (one of my fave cards. a beast with things like anointed procession and parallel lives. and if you populate a copy, the populated one sticks around indefinitely), Blade of Selves (like nacatl, you keep populated copies), Herald of the Host, Minion Reflector, Seance, Anointer Priest, Angel of Sanctions, Adorned Pouncer, Second Harvest, Parallel Evolution, Ancient Stone Idol, Echo Chamber, Serra Avatar, Well of Lost Dreams, Cradle of Vitality, Ageless Entity
5 months ago
That is a very good question, what to cut. I don't want to micromanage anything but here are cards I feel are "weak" with what you have going (also, keep Dash Hopes if your play group hates it, it must be good ;))
Out (?): Conclave Tribunal
Dictate of Erebos (I know, it's an amazing card, but without creature support it isn't actually doing anything for you. This is a soft cut, it's always going to put a little work in just like Butcher of Malakir)
I LOVE Subversion but is it really putting in enough UMPH for 5 CMC? I really like Righteous Cause but that's just me. Hissing Miasma is pretty cool too, no life gain but it's cheaper and deters attacks.
Consecrate / Consume (hope formatting works here) is a 4 cmc kind of squanky force sacrifice of the most dangerous (most powerful) creature of an opponent. I don't like it. You have a huge removal suite and this seems like a good cut. You have Orzhov, you are the removal king and you can Murder or Return to Dust
Consecrate / Consume is too situational to be useful in your go-to 100
Revival / Revenge is sexy, keep it. But look at what cards actually make it mean something. Serra Avatar Evra, Halcyon Witness Sunbond etc. Play around with it, but in my experience, it is rare for doubling your life total to more impactful than gaining 3 instances of life gain. (but look at Wall of Reverence
Cut Dismember for more "UMPH" (kill conditions) Cut Make a Stand for more "UMPH" (kill conditions) Cut Nightmare's Thirst It is too situational for you. We can find better removal. Find room for more "UMPH" (kill conditions) Cut Rootborn Defenses we're going to add some creatures who love life gain after this section
OK, stick with me on this one: Liliana, Dreadhorde General draws cards for dead creatures, right? But... you don't have creatures (really) in your deck... Not saying cut her, but she would and will be happier in a sacrifice black deck (Maybe a Sheoldred, Whispering One deck, I think you could do it). If you need to make cuts I'm saying she isn't doing much for you here but letting you draw sometimes.
We're not abusing Athreos, God of Passage but he's too awesome to cut. If he isn't pulling his weight in this deck you can ship me the card, I'll give you my address. ;)
Mentioned Butcher of Malakir before: awesome card as deterrence but it shines when you have a lot of token to sacrifice for value. not an immediate cut, but if you include Sheoldred, Whispering One and Dictate of Erebos you might want want to add some sacrifice/recursion to capitalize. Making your sacrifices give you advantage and hurt your enemies is the coolest thing black can do.
Cut Piper of the Swarm replace with Vampire Cutthroat or Vampire Nighthawk or Call to the Feast or really anything. Piper isn't helping your mechanics. Replace with Sunscorch Regent because that guy beefs up fast and hard.
Dusk is a great wipe and the dual nature of the card gives utility.
This is your call. I'd recommend Sunscorch Regent as a win-con.
Rebuff the Wicked is a fantastic counterspell, works with you control aspect. If it were me I'd add more card draw and Approach of the Second Sun and aim for that. Easier win con than Revel in Riches in my experience (have mardu deck based on treasure, removal and alternate win cons and Approach of the Second Sun is much easier and more reliable than Revel in Riches.
I don't know what else to say. You make your own Kambal deck. Just know you need some "UMPH" to take down your opponents beyond some life gain and drain. I love the build, but you need to 'seal the deal' as it were.
5 months ago
That is indeed a great card. I've never seen that before. But i would rather put Fountain of Renewal out for it. I dont want to go down on the creature count as it is already quite low. But thank you for the suggestion. i will add it in the maybeboard, as I do not own it at the moment!
You are right, i feel like the deck is missing win-cons. I have Revel in Riches as one. But in general, I think this deck just wants to survive at the moment. And thats a bit boring. I actually thought about Rogue's Passage and Serra Avatar or Evra, Halcyon Witness as good finishers.
What cards, do you think, i can cut?