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Serra's Sanctum Discussion
5 days ago
Your manabase is truly awful.
- You have too many lands that ETB tapped.
- You manabase color consistency is spotty at best.
- You have too many utility lands that don't provide colored mana (this is likely the root cause for #2).
- You are missing some key artifact ramp/color fixing.
- You are running some very questionable choices: Examples: Crypt of Agadeem you only have 7 black creatures total (not counting commander) Save this for a mono-black deck & Glacial Chasm my guess is you are using this to hold off attacks until you can combo off. The issue is this card combos best with Solemnity, but you can't run white.
- 1,2,3: Drop a bunch of the ETB lands and utility lands bring in Fetchlands and Duals (OG Duals, Shocklands (Ravnica blocks), Tango Lands(Battle for Zendikar) and Bi-cycle lands (Amonkett)). Choose what works for your budget.
- 4. Add Chromatic Lantern it will help with color fixing, stops Blood Moon attacks and makes non-mana producing lands into mana producing lands. I would also suggest Mana Vault and Voltaic Key. These will help you mana ramp and keep pace with Ramp decks which have access to green mana. Also missing is Crucible of Worlds. It help you recover from mass land destruction and ensure you hit your land drops if you are running fetchlands. Other artifacts to consider are: Mox Opal, Chrome Mox, Grim Monolith, Rakdos Signet, Dimir Signet, Izzet Signet, Lion's Eye Diamond Again, choose what works for your budget.
- 5. Remove your questionable choices and run Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth and Cabal Coffers instead. Urborg will make all your lands swamps, which will solve any black mana issues and make all non-mana lands into mana producing lands. And it combos amazingly with Cabal Coffers. It is way better than the Crypt of Agadeem. I also suggest running Maze of Ith instead of Mystifying Maze. Maze of Ith doesn't cost mana to activate and will deter attacks or at least nullify their best non-shroud, non-hexproof creature. Mystifying Maze will just encourage certain attacks since it can trigger ETB effects for your opponents. Which can be more valuable then shrinking your life total.
Other Issues and Potential Fixes:
- Graveyard Hate/Enchantment Removal. You added Pithing Needle to deal with certain artifacts but have ignored enchantment based graveyard hate. And I don't see any real enchantment removal. The only card that could hit an enchantment seems to be Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker. Leyline of the Void, Rest in Peace, and Ashes of the Abhorrent just straight up ruin your day. Grixis is weak to this permanent type, but blue has your best answers. I would add Cyclonic Rift which is the best 1 sided boardwipe in EDH and will help you recover from an oppressive board state or seal your position as the Victor. I would also suggest adding Venser, Shaper Savant. He can delay a spell from hitting the table or bounce back a troublesome permanent. He combos well with Riptide Laboratory.
- Troublesome Lands. I don't see any way for you to deal with lands that could ruin your day. Opponents running huge mana lands like Gaea's Cradle, Serra's Sanctum or Cabal Coffers or other trouble some lands like Scavenger Grounds. You have nothing for targeted removal of these threats Look to Strip Mine or Wasteland or similar lands.
- Missing Combo Pieces. Teferi's Veil combos with Sedris, just be mindful of the leaves battlefield clause from Sedris as they are still the same permanent still when they phase back in. And both Sneak Attack and Whip of Erebos combo with it and have high synergy with your deck. (same leaves battlefield clause applies to the whipped creatures) Also think about running Embalmer's Tools
- Quality Creatures. A lot of your creatures don't make sense or are just low on value. I would look back towards your original thought about ETB based creatures for the majority of your creatures to abuse. Combustible GearhulkNoxious Gearhulk,Molten Primordial,Sepulchral Primordial,Trinket Mage,Trophy Mage,Sidisi, Undead Vizier,Zealous Conscripts,Massacre Wurm,Sphinx of Uthuun. And then a few other key enabler creatures like: Deadeye Navigator which helps remove the leaves clause from creatures you cheated back from the graveyard and River Kelpie which will help you draw
- Better Tutors. You should be running better tutors in general and better tutors for your graveyard. Like: Entomb,Buried Alive,Demonic Tutor, Vampiric Tutor, Final Parting, Dark Petition, Merchant Scroll, Mystical Tutor, Fabricate, Personal Tutor
- Better Looting/Rummaging. Like: Faithless Looting,Frantic Search,Dack Fayden,Windfall,Ancient Excavation,Cathartic Reunion, Careful Study
- Better Counterspells. Like: Mana Drain,Force of Will,Disallow,Forbid
- Cantrips. Getting to your best cards is key to being able to play your game. Brainstorm, Ponder,Preordain,Thought Scour
- Recursion. Some options open to you are: Snapcaster Mage, Yawgmoth's Will, Time Spiral, Past in Flames, Mizzix's Mastery,Magus of the Will, Crucible of Worlds
1 week ago
Hi! Just wanted to let you know that I received another offer for my Serra's Sanctum that I've chosen to accept. I'd love to trade in the future, though!
3 weeks ago
This ended up being really, really long...so if it's TL;DR or you feel too critical, feel free to delete it (I wouldn't even complain at this point). Hard to really see this as an "Enchantress" deck while only being able to use Mesa Enchantress and NOT including a Serra's Sanctum to boot. Much more simply an Enchantment heavy Angel deck, which I definitely approve of since I love both Enchantments and Angels, but the title is misleading.
Enchantress is a deck centered around the Enchantress triggers of Argothian Enchantress, Verduran Enchantress, Enchantress's Presence, Eidolon of Blossoms; and if you're adding a color, you add White so you can use Mesa Enchantress and Femeref Enchantress. Without this core, it's not Enchantress.
As for the rest of the deck, it looks like it should be able to hold its own, but would probably improve with some cheaper Angels or more ramp. I used to run Voltron Akroma, Angel of Wrath and had to use tons of mana rocks just to make it playable. Akroma also cost 5WWW to get the FIRST time soooo....yeah...
Angels:Serra Avenger, Angelic Page, Emancipation Angel, Seraph of the Sword, Sustainer of the Realm, Angel of Condemnation, Seraph of Dawn, Blinding Angel, Herald of the Host, Angel of Sanctions, Angelic Arbiter, Angel of Serenity, Akroma, Angel of Wrath, Resolute Archangel, Archangel of Thune, Baneslayer Angel, Serra Ascendant, Avacyn, Angel of Hope, Iona, Shield of Emeria.
Enchantments:Serra's Blessing, Brave the Sands, True Conviction, Righteous Cause, Aura of Silence, Blind Obedience, Endless Horizons, Spirit Loop, Karmic Justice, Nevermore, Seal of Cleansing, Sphere of Safety, Spiritual Focus, Starfield of Nyx, Worship, Moat, Test of Endurance
Rocks/Ramp:Land Tax is pricey, but the best mono white land grabber in the game.Gilded Lotus, Chrome Mox, Lotus Petal, Manalith, Fellwar Stone, Spectral Searchlight, Darksteel Ingot, Mind Stone, Thran Dynamo, Pristine Talisman, Caged Sun, Gauntlet of Power, Extraplanar Lens, Explorer's Scope, Thunder Totem, Marble Diamond.
Other:Door of Destinies, Herald's Horn, Howling Mine, Demystify, Disenchant, Fragmentize, Forsake the Worldly, Fumigate, Aetherflux Reservoir, Approach of the Second Sun, Faith Healer, Grand Abolisher, Open the Vaults, Replenish, Second Sunrise, Oketra's Monument
A number of these are pretty pricey (and definitely out of my price range) but as someone who plays White in every format he plays, a Tribal player and an Enchantress player, I can go on and on and on about these kinds of decks...This deck happens to have a White-centric tribe and is Enchantment based. XD My apologies.
3 weeks ago
3 weeks ago
Eladamri's Call, Worldly Tutor, Recruiter of the Guard, Chord of Calling, and Sylvan Tutor are all good creature tutors that effectively you more enchantress effects. Also Eladamri's Call was reprinted recently, and so is quite cheap.
Burgeoning is very good. Run it.
Parallax Wave goes infinite with Opalescence and Starfield of Nyx (If you have enough non-aura enchantments), and let me explain how if you don't understand it, I was confused at first when I saw it so here:
Parallax Wave is an enchantment that starts with five fading counters, and at your upkeep you must remove a counter from it, if you can't you sacrifice it.
You may remove a counter from Parallax Wave whenever you want (at instant speed) to exile a creature, and when it leaves the battlefield, return all cards that enchantment has exiled to the battlefield. This includes itself if it is a creature.
If it is a creature you can remove a counter from it to exile an opponent's creature, then hold priority, and exile itself in response. The stack resolves top to bottom, so given no opponent reponds, you exile Parallax wave to itself, and it will leave the battlefield, returning all cards it has exile to the battlefield, before it exiles the opponent's creature. Parallax Wave returns, and their creature has an exile trigger on the stack, respond to that by repeating this process for each and every creature your opponents control, so that they all get exiled. If you have Opalescence in play, then you can exile all of their enchantments with this process too.
To this effect, from that point forward, your opponents will never land an enchantment or creature. You can also repeatedly "bounce" (retrigger the leave-the-battlefield and enter-the-battlefield effects of) all creatures you want. If you have Eternal Witness or Eidolon of Blossoms, you can draw infinitely, or return all cards that ever go to your graveyard to your hand. You might be scared that you would die from drawing infinitely, but you can draw until you reach Abundance, cast it, then keep drawing, always naming non-land. You also make infinite mana from Earthcraft by tapping the creatures between bounces. You bounce them by exiling them under Parallax Wave, then exiling Parallax Wave to itself, return both itself and your creature to the battlefield.
Enough about Parallax Wave, if I hadn't sold you, I never will.
Cards you can drop:
Craterhoof Behemoth - Beatdown isn't the best win condition for enchantress, it is a bit to aggressive for a deck that commonly doesn't have too many creatures. Ajani's Chosen/Sigil of the Empty Throne at least give fidder for Earthcraft mana and Aura Shards triggers.
Courser of Kruphix - Yeah it is a good creature, and it is an enchantment, but it isn't a good enchantment. It is lifegain for a deck that can do without, and a 2/4 blocker that gives life for three. That is good in modern occasionally, and insane in limited, but it isn't for commander unless you can abuse it. Sunbond/lifegain effects + Scapeshift/landfall effects make it decent.
Acidic Slime - 2/2 deathtouch is occasionally relevant, good with Parallax Wave combo for mass non-creature destruction, then the creatures get exiled by Parallax Wave, and is efficient, but if you don't get the Parallax Wave, then it doesn't do a ton.
Aura Shards - Without a ton or consistent supply of creatures, it does little but paints a target on your head.
Soul Snare/Faith's Fetters - They do little but waste mana on an overpriced and conditional Swords to Plowshares/Beast Within respectively. Their only redeemable factor it that they are enchantments, but that doesn't maek up for the fact that they aren't instants and aren't as powerful as other cards.
Cards to add:
Greater Auramancy - Great Enchantment Protection
I know said to add more than I said to drop, but below are some other cuts I'd consider:
1 month ago
Browbeat can be... okay. Generally speaking, it's bad to give your opponents a choice, but you'd be more apt to decide on whether or not to play that card based on your playgroup. Taking 5 (or even 8) damage is usually chump change in comparison to denying someone three cards that could potentially do more damage or enable an infinite combo, after all.
Faith's Reward is a reasonable card, and Oblivion Stone is solid. If you happen to draw both, they're phenomenal, but only if you have 9 mana. That seems a little bit tough to reach, to me.
To explain Chant of Vitu-Ghazi:
You cast it (probably convoking a few mana off of its cost to boot), and then perform damage with a creature-- you can freely swing Firesong and Sunspeaker for example. The damage gets prevented, which means you gain life. This triggers FaS's second ability. The damage from the second ability gets prevented and you gain 3 life. This triggers FaS's second ability again. Rinse and repeat.
The lifegain traces back to the white instant, which is why FaS's ability triggers in this case, but not in the case of Spiritualize (which was a delayed trigger, not the spell itself). Note that a new ruling may very well change this as Dominaria's still a ways away.
Anyway, the big thing about Chant of Vitu-Ghazi is that, if you control AEtherflux Reservoir, you can turn the infinite life you gain into arbitrarily large amounts of damage.
To explain the Hallow combo, you cast FaS, and with them on the stack, cast Hallow targeting them. Even after FaS resolves, Hallow will continue to affect FaS until end of turn. The relevant rule here is 400.7b, which reads:
"400.7b Prevention effects that apply to damage from a permanent spell on the stack continue to apply to damage from the permanent that spell becomes."
Hallow functions the same way as FaS do, except it's not as safe to just outright attack with FaS as it is with Chant of Vitu-Ghazi (as the latter prevents all damage from all creatures, and Hallow just prevents the damage from your own).
Deserted Temple is good, but in order to generate infinite mana from it, you need a land that produces multiple mana at a time and a way to either untap it, or copy the untap of the Temple (like Rings of Brighthearth). Boros isn't so great in the realms of lands that tap for multiple mana: You have access to Serra's Sanctum and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, but I don't think you run enough colored permanents or enchantments to make those work. You can run Deserted Temple, but I don't think you'll get infinite mana out of it in Boros colors that easily. It's pretty awesome with Maze of Ith, though, if you want to try running that.
1 month ago
The Five normal Enchantresses are as follows:
The others are below:
You run the good ones, but here is what I suggest:
Wild Growth - It adds a great piece of turn one ramp
Cloudstone Curio - With an enchantress and a few low cost enchantments, you draw a ton.
Serra's Sanctum - Best land for this deck
Earthcraft - Best mana engine with this deck, use with Ajani's Chosen, Sigil of the Empty Throne, Opalescence, or Starfield of Nyx with a basic land enchanted up with Utopia Sprawl or the likes to turn each enchantment into 4+ mana, with an enchantress or two this almost goes infinite.
Banishing Light - Great Removal
Song of the Dryads - Commander Removal
Oblivion Ring - Great Removal
Sylvan Library - Great Card Advantage, combos with Abundance, note, you only have to pay life for cards it draws you, if abundance is on the field and replaces those draws, you don't have to pay life for any of them.
Mirri's Guile - Similar to Sylvan Library, but worse in most cases, luckily it is earlier in mana cost.
Carpet of Flowers - Normally makes an absurd amount of mana seeing how many people play blue in commander.
Enlightened Tutor - Nothing better than the old tutor-to-top for an instant.
Idyllic Tutor - Insanely underrated, it gets you any tool for the job then.
Solitary Confinement - Best protection, and with enchantresses you can easily keep it up indefinitely.
Stony Silence - Artifact Hate to the Max
Parallax Wave - Goes infinite with either Opalescence or Starfield of Nyx. (This works because you remove a counter to exile one creature you dont want on the field, and then in response you target Parallax Wave with it's own ability, it will bring itself back, then exile the other creature forvever. With Eidolon of Blossoms, you can draw until you hit any card in a similar manner, and you can keep bouncing Monk Idealist returning every other enchantment from your graveyard to you hand, etc. With Ajani's Chosen, you have infinite 2/2 cats.)
I love enchantress, and have played with Karametra, God of Harvests Enchantress, Dragonlord Dromoka Enchantress, Heliod, God of the Sun Enchantress, and Selvala, Explorer Returned Enchantress, which I like the most.
To the the most competitive combo-oriented enchantress deck I have built, it is below:
2 months ago
Cool deck! I know it doesnt seem that good, but Stoic Angel could be cool in the deck. You only have 5 creatures, not a lot, so it would already be more catastrophic for your opponent than for yourself. Plus, she, and Roon of hidden realm have vigilance, meaning that youll have an even bigger advantage! It is probably out of your price range, but Noble Hierarch is great at mana fixing, and the exalted is always nice. Serra's Sanctum is questionable, considering you only have 2 enchantments, and it is $60. Gaea's Cradle has a similar problem. Is it worth it to add a $287 card to a deck with only 5 creatures, meaning it wont usually get more than 2 mana a turn. But, all in all, a really interesting deck, and definitely worth a +1.