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Sigarda, Host of Herons
Legendary Creature — Angel
Spells and abilities your opponents control can't cause you to sacrifice permanents.
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Sigarda, Host of Herons Discussion
6 days ago
I feel like there needs to be more of an abrupt transition into the 'late game' mode. Cards like Dramatic Entrance with (Empyrial Archangel/Sigarda, Host of Herons/Sigarda, Heron's Grace), possibly even something like Pentad Prism, as at the moment it feels like the deck misses the 'window' created by the tax effects to make that game-winning play.
2 weeks ago
Creatures I would recommend for this deck would include Sigarda, Host of Herons, Linvala, Keeper of Silence, Herald of War and a couple of value angels like Baneslayer Angel or Archangel of Tithes. Angel of Jubilation shuts down a lot of decks that are black or sacrifice intensive.
Instants and sorceries I would include if you want to consistently get Avacyn out include Worldly Tutor, Eladamri's Call, possibly Traverse the Ulvenwald, Green Sun's Zenith and any other similar creature tutors.
Removal in white is really good so things such as Swords to Plowshares and Path to Exile are staples in white for commander, if you plan to run Avacyn then some more board wipes would be a good idea (i.e. Hour of Revelation, Austere Command). Decree of Justice while ok is a bit costly in terms of mana. A strictly better card would be Entreat the Angels for the cost of 6 mana into decree you only get 1 angel, for the cost of 5 you get one angel with entreat, and for 6 with miracle you get 4 angels with entreat.
cards to take out include Blessed Light (simply better removal out there), Mirror Gallery (the lack of copy creature spells make this one obsolete in this deck), Untamed Kavu (not enough versatility or utility), Evra, Halcyon Witness (doesn't quite fit into this deck unless there is a combo I am unaware of), Divine Reckoning (better board wipes out there), Marwyn, the Nurturer (not enough elves to fully utilise the ability), Daring Archaeologist (you most likely won't be able to cast enough historic spells to make this guy big enough), Steel Leaf Champion (good beatstick, only problem is the extremely intensive green cost) and at least one land (preferably a land that just enters tapped and does nothing else).
some recommended staples for angel theme would be Grand Abolisher that way people cannot immediately counter or remove your spells, Urza's Incubator, Angels usually have very high mana costs so them costing 2 less is very beneficial. If you are unable to shut down the board entirely with Avacyn and Shalai, there is another solution but I warn you, people who run mono colour will hate it: Iona, Shield of Emeria. A card so obnoxious even I wonder why it hasn't been banned in EDH yet. it is basically night night for mono colour decks and if you can find a way to copy it (Cough Cough Helm of the Host Cough Cough) then your opponents had better pray they have colourless removal or run a colourless deck.
Also needs some card draw too, cards such as Howling Mine or Font of Mythos can help, if you're feeling nice. However if you want to be terrifyingly evil, then use something like Mind's Eye. some card draw spells I would recommend are Harmonize, Greater Good, Rishkar's Expertise and Abundance.
Overall this does seem like it could be potentially the meanest deck at any EDH table, any game featuring angels and/or Avacyn are bound to be very slow and oppressive, the one thing angels are famous for is being oppressive as hell (for reference look at Iona or Linvala). A good number of creatures for angel tribal is 26-29 creatures with about 3 of them being supporting creatures (case example being grand abolisher or eternal witness, maybe an Aven Mindcensor to be even more oppressive) of course the mana dorks can also help as well, in this deck I would say a good number is about 32 creatures with a maximum of 7 supporting units. I am curious as to how oppressive this deck can potentially get in a game. Good Luck finishing this. I can guarantee angel tribal is a very fun thing to do.
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
I think this looks super solid! Something interesting to think about/consider would be Glittering Wish to have access to some SB silver bullets like Fracturing Gust/Wheel of Sun and Moon/Privileged Position/Sigarda, Host of Herons/Sigarda, Heron's Grace and things like that.
1 month ago
Yes you certainly need white in my opinion.
Also if you wanted an equipment focused deck I really love Sram, Senior Edificer for it. I see that you are interested in him already and speaking from someone who has played him over a year now he is really fun and performs well even without Hexproof. Also I have beaten many other Voltron commanders including Uril, Zur, Ojutai, Geist and others as well with Sram. They usually do not expect him to perform as well as he does. My other option would be Sigarda, Host of Herons. She is another one that is super fun and can perform well with equipment even though most build her with Auras. Her P/T along with Hexproof and Flying and also her anti-sac ability is great. Those are my two picks
1 month ago
Why not have Sigarda, Host of Herons in here as well? She gives you a bit more protection on top of giving all of your humans hexproof. It makes sacrifice effects and boardwipes that involve you but don't target you like Living Death or creatures like Butcher of Malakir do nothing. Plus its seems on theme to have both versions of Sigarda in the same deck
2 months ago
So, speaking as an Angel fanatic who refuses to give up on the idea of a Modern-competitive Angel-themed deck, there are a few things you have to consider. One is that your CMC is far too high. You'll be killed while having a hand full of cards you're still turns away from casting. You don't have near enough removal, or things you can do early in the game.
First thing you'll probably have to do is come to terms with having some non-Angels in there. I had to, but it doesn't have to break the theme. Thalia, Guardian of Thraben is a servant of the church of Avacyn, and in general a holy warrior, and fits the theme. She's great for slowing up decks, trades well early on, and helps buy you time to bring out the big guns. Knight of the White Orchid is great, as you've seen, and combos well with Emancipation Angel.
Here are a few general thoughts, and I hope they help.
This needs to be changed a ton. Some are redundant, most are too expensive and don't do enough to compete.
Herald of War: This card doesn't do much, although you'd think it'd be helpful. It's a 5-drop, though, so by the time it comes online, you can already cast all the stuff you'd want it to speed up for you. For the same price you could have out Baneslayer Angel or put out something cheaper but generally more effective, like Angel of Jubilation.
Most of your creatures are too expensive and don't do enough. Even Platinum Angel at most stalls out until it can be removed, which is pretty easy to do. I'd ditch that one, and almost all the others. Even my favorite creature in all of Magic: Avacyn, Angel of Hope.
Start by looking at mana costs. If you don't have a 1 CMC creature, then you need at least 2-drops. So start with probably at least 3 (I run 4) Thalia, Guardian of Thraben. Knight of the White Orchid is also good, and if not that, something that disrupts your opponent like Grand Abolisher. Good blockers like low-cost Knights and Soldiers help hold the line until you need to bring out the big guns.
Angel of Jubilation is pretty amazing. Prevents some strategies while buffing your creatures to win battles. Also, that art is unbelievable.
Linvala, Keeper of Silence is also pretty nice. Good body for the cost and she can also shut down some decks almost completely. My Elves hate her, for instance.
For your top end, don't bother with going past 5 CMC, generally. Baneslayer Angel is pretty strong, but so is Sigarda, Host of Herons. You could also use Sigarda, Heron's Grace if you're going with more Humans for your low-level guys.
These can all go. Most are too expensive to put out and equip, and Angels tend to be pretty strong. They don't need many buffs. Your low-level guys could use them, but you'd be better served by putting out more creatures, or having more removal or defensive spells. Spear of Heliod isn't bad, but it's expensive and requires the creature to have done its job of bringing you closer to loss before you can do anything about it.
If you're intent on equipment, the various Swords work, and I'm a fan of Sword of the Animist, which helps you get lands out. I don't know that I'd bother with most of this, though.
Armored Ascension isn't bad if you can get it off, but I'd probably rather just run more Ghostly Prisons or the like. I'm not a big fan of expensive Auras because you can easily get 2-for-1'd trying to put one on. Brave the Sands isn't bad if you have a lot of cheap creatures, especially if they have first strike. For the same cost, Dawn Charm also has a lot of real useful modes.
You need far more removal. Path to Exile is a must. You could also put in Leonin Arbiter to help stuff their ability to benefit from Path or fetches. I'd run 4 Path, for sure. Any number of defensive spells can be good, like Brave the Elements for blocking or swinging through blockers, or Authority of the Consuls to slow down aggro and get you a fair bit of life.
Board sweeps are nice, and if you go GW, Heroic Intervention can help protect your own creatures from them or turn a combat into a complete rout. Settle the Wreckage has a similar drawback to Path, but a lot of Modern decks run few basics, and even if they get a few lands out of it, an entire attacking force being exiled is absolutely crippling. It also combines well with Leonin Arbiter. They could attack all-in, get exiled, and then be wide open to your counterattack. Do that once or twice and soon your opponents will think twice if you have cards in hand and untapped lands. Wrath of God is also great.
At least in the sideboard, Leyline of Sanctity is also amazing. Great devotion if it starts on the field, and when it's good, there's nothing better. Shuts down a lot of discard, burn has a hell of a time with it (especially if their creatures can't get past yours), even mill and general black staples like Thoughtseize get hosed by it.
Take a look at various Modern lists of what the best white spells are. Consider opening up to white/green, which solves a lot of mono-white's issues. Run more removal. Definitely run more low-cost creatures, and stabilize the higher-level lineup. You want more on the low side to help you buy time to bring out a Baneslayer or Angel of Jubilation to help you land a decisive attack. Some sweeps can help you control the board state.
2 months ago
You might want some sacrifice protection. Sigarda, Host of Herons would be something to consider.