Shinka, the Bloodsoaked Keep

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Champions of Kamigawa (CHK) Rare

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Shinka, the Bloodsoaked Keep

Legendary Land

Tap: Add to your mana pool.

, Tap: Target legendary creature gains first strike until end of turn.

Shinka, the Bloodsoaked Keep Discussion

carpecanum on Game of Marchesa

4 months ago

Marchesa loves hidden weapons. Flaming Sword casts like an instant and murders almost anything attacking your rightful monarch.

Summer Palace? Shinka, the Bloodsoaked Keep

There are any number of "crown" enchantments that could help protect Marchesa.

If you feel like using Spy Kit (maybe even in another deck) try pairing it with Eye of Singularity and a creature that has regeneration or indestructible. ( Faerie Artisans is my favorite combo with the Eye)

multimedia on Marchesa, Queen At Arms

6 months ago

Hey, I see why you're confused if you're going in the right direction because your deck is kind of all over the place. There's lots of good cards here, but I think you can reduce the themes and streamline the strategies.

Consider increasing the pillowfort theme? Increasing the token theme? Decreasing the combat themes (first strike), equipment theme and politics themes? In my opinion combining pillowfort and token strategies are the only themes you really need because both these themes require a lot of setup and they both strengthen each other. If you add other themes to these two all they will do is disrupt the ability to pillowfort.

Consider Luminarch Ascension ? It's a good win condition mana sink for pillowfort and token strategies. With three opponents it can activate fast. Windborn Muse is an upgrade for Baird, Steward of Argive . Consider Aura of Silence ? It's good opponent disruption making it more difficult for them to cast mana efficient artifacts and enchantments.

Other than Sun Titan you're not playing reanimation strategies. Consider Rest in Peace or Containment Priest ? Peace is more expensive price, but it affects everything. Consider Knight of the White Orchid ? It's a great card for land ramp in white especially since you're playing Plains Shock lands and Mistveil.

Depending on the budget of cards you want to add, Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite , Ethersworn Canonist , Twilight Prophet and Elspeth, Sun's Champion are good here, but they're all expensive price. Elesh or Elspeth are an upgrade for Teysa. Both Elesh and Elspeth are very good finishers for tokens. Canonist shuts down some decks and Prophet in combination with a token strategy, getting the city's blessing fast, can give you lots of value.

Consider Kher Keep ? A repeatable way to make tokens that's a land; make a blocker at instant speed. Bitterblossom or the less expensive price, but much worse Dreadhorde Invasion are other good repeatable sources of token. Ophiomancer can be a repeatable source at each upkeep of a token that has deathtouch making it a good blocker on each of your opponent's turns.

Wrath of God as well Day of Judgment or the more expensive price Damnation or Toxic Deluge are cards to consider adding. Board wipes are good with pillowfort and the token strategies since tokens are being made from repeatable sources. Cursed Totem or the more expensive price Linvala, Keeper of Silence is opponent creature disruption since you're not relying on your creatures activated abilities only their ETB or static abilities.


Cards to consider cutting:

If you like some of these suggestions I offer more advice about why I think these cards can be cut. Good luck with your deck.

Vlasiax on Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund

9 months ago

About lands - I think that actually Shinka, the Bloodsoaked Keep isn't that great. If you want more sources then I'd actually suggest better fixing, namely City of Brass , Mana Confluence , Llanowar Wastes , Karplusan Forest and Fellwar Stone might be a good idea.

Infinite combos are actually very good when you all are in a tight spot when nobody can win the game and it already feels like going for too long. Also I personally try to use them to win with stronger decks, while with less cutthroat playgroup I prefer to win with normal combat damage or damage triggers from Scourge of Valkas and/or Dragon Tempest so overall it's good to have that option but it's execution and usage is only up to you.

With Nesting Dragon keep in mind that even budget Evolving Wilds might be very good as it fixes mana and creates 2 tokens.

One more thing - I'd cut some less optimal Dragons for more ramp options like Demanding Dragon for Skyshroud Claim or Thunder Dragon for Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma (might not look like a ramp but not only makes dragons cost less but you have additional source of Trample for them).

I'm really glad that you liked my insight, I just love tinkering Dragon decks :D

triproberts12 on Maestro Fresh Kresh, The Pragmatic Playa’

10 months ago

Other people have said a lot, so I'll focus on lands: I'd consider Path of Ancestry . At my count, you're running 11 creatures that trigger it, Also, Command Beacon is a way you can get around how heavily your deck relies on the commander and the risk he gets removed. The same goes for Homeward Path . Also, I noticed you're running Shinka, the Bloodsoaked Keep and Rogue's Passage . Shizo, Death's Storehouse goes very nicely, here. The other land I would seriously consider, especially since it just tanked in price after the reprint is Phyrexian Tower .

The other big thing I noticed here is that you have a LOT going on, which is sweet, but you might want some redundancy. For example, in addition to Grim Haruspex and Harvester of Souls , add Midnight Reaper .

precociousapprentice on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

1 year ago

I had run Shinka, the Bloodsoaked Keep rimfire24 for a very brief time pretty early on. The only reason I don't now is how tight I find the mana base to be. I run a couple of basics, a rare few utility lands that produce colorless mana but with pretty extreme value, and the rest are all at least 2 color lands that ETB untapped at least most of the time. Adding Shinka, the Bloodsoaked Keep would fit well enough, and is a good alternative to some of the lands in the deck, but I don't personally run it anymore. Still, a really great option.

rimfire24 on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

1 year ago

I love this deck. I used it as an inspiration for a deck my play group both loves and hates. They play with genuine fear that they'll fall victim to their own cards. Have you ever considered Shinka, the Bloodsoaked Keep? I've found it's a nice deterrent

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