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T: You gain 1 life.
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1 month ago
Oloro_Magic just went through the white cards i have, luckily for me i can swing in 3x Raise the Alarm, 1x Soulmender, 1x Captain of the Watch. but i did find 3 Stone Haven Medic that could be a temporary soulmender
1 month ago
So if you are going soldiers then you won't just have tokens so you understand, I assume you want to keep this budget so I will try to not suggest any expensive cards without offering a budget alternative.
For the purpose at hand let's build around Elspeth, Sun's Champion using a top down deck building approach. We want to capitalize from her emblem as much as possible as it likely wins the game but in doing that we also want to make a soldier tribal to some effect. Firstly let's address the token generation, the wider we go the more value we get from Elspeth's emblem, we therefore start with 4 copies of Raise the Alarm, cheap and effective at what it does. We also want 2-3 copies of Captain of the Watch to fit with the soldier theme. 4 copies of Precinct Captain is also advisable. Though less budget friendly I would say you want 2 copies of Brimaz, King of Oreskos there is no real alternative to him. At the one drop slot you get options: Soldier of the Pantheon, Thraben Inspector, Soulmender, Soul Warden, Soul's Attendant, and Champion of the Parish could all work and it comes down to preference. You also want a singular copy of Secure the Wastes though not soldiers it can create a ton of tokens, the same can be said for Promise of Bunrei. We also want payoffs to creating these tokens, Crusader of Odric has the potential to be very big in this type of deck. As far as utility goes, Preeminent Captain is great to cheat in expensive creatures, and dont get caught up in solely buffing your tokens, Honor of the Pure is your best bet even though it is a little pricey. Timely Reinforcements is another card to consider. As far as removal goes Path to Exile should be the card you work towards but until such time Oblivion Ring and Cast Out (I prefer the latter) can serve the purpose of removal. Your mana base only really needs plains but you could invest in a Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx if you really want to.
Those are some starting suggestions for taking the deck closer to soldier's, if you have any questions or want advice on where to take the deck past these suggestions of good cards that could work well I am always willing to help.
2 months ago
Hey man, it's been a while. Thought I'd touch back, how has your deck has been fairing?
Just a couple more suggestions. Soulmender is an okay card, but one of the soul sisters is always preferable to pull, and will net you more life throughout the game. I'd suggest removing him completely for a full play set of either Soul Warden or Soul's Attendant. Or for something completely different, as listed below.
An additional thought is to heavily consider an alternate win-con. I know it has been touched upon before with Felidar Sovereign, but the cat isn't the only way to win. Alternatively, you could try Vizkopa Guildmage. It isn't the only other option, but it's one I enjoy. Extra mana can go to granting a beefy creature (your +1/+1 beaters for example) lifelink for a turn, or go to draining life. When used together, it's game-ending. If you need to consider removing a slot for the alternate win-con, I would start with either Lone Missionary or Soulmender. Soulmender, as mentioned above. Lone Missionary has a decent amount of lifegain when he enters the battlefield, but its one-time effect is severely underwhelming when fighting for slots. An alternate win-con will ensure that you can still win when all-out aggression won't work.
One final thing, I've never played Shambling Vent, but it does sound like an interesting addition. You'll have to let me know if you ever try it and it works out well. I'm building a lifegain deck of my own, and it's something I've considered adding too. :)
3 months ago
Also, I feel like cards like Voracious Hatchling and Soulmender will disappoint you. I imagine them dying a lot without accomplishing much. Scholar of Athreos seems much better than the Soulmender, at least - late game you can drop it and use it in the same turn, or use it multiple times each turn.
5 months ago
I know this sounds really mainstream, but I always try and put a Soulmenderinto my life gain decks
6 months ago
You have heavy mana, you could benefit from green and smaller maybe token creatures for early on chump blocks.
Dromoka's Command - Sigarda, Heron's Grace - Path to Exile - Traverse the Ulvenwald - Oblivion Ring - Serra Ascendant - True Conviction - Soulmender - Soul Warden - Intrepid Hero - Hanweir Militia Captain Flip - Doomed Traveler - Herald of Anafenza - Angelsong - Mass Calcify - Generator Servant
Would be terrible for those angels to be countered. Cavern of Souls
6 months ago
This actually has some pretty cool ideas for a first deck.
I think you might benefit from focusing more on the noncreature spell plan than on the lifegain plan. You can certainly still have both, but having a card like Soulmender just to trigger your two copies of Sunbond seems very committal when you aren't getting other synergy out of it. If you are more interested in the lifegain plan, just let me know and I can certainly provide other suggestions.
With that in mind, some of the creatures could be swapped out for others with heroic or similar abilities. Sungrace Pegasus and Lightwalker could be replaced by Akroan Skyguard or Wingsteed Rider. Graceblade Artisan could be Tethmos High Priest or Fabled Hero. Soulmender could be Myth Realized or Favored Hoplite. Student of Ojutai could be Dawnbringer Charioteers. Nyx-Fleece Ram could be Hero of Iroas, Vanguard of Brimaz, or Monastery Mentor.
If you want to stick with the enchantment theme, you might replace the non-enchantment spells with something like Eidolon of Countless Battles, Ethereal Armor , or Daybreak Coronet. Otherwise, heroic works well with spells that have multiple targets. Some examples are Ajani's Presence, Launch the Fleet, Phalanx Formation, Blessed Alliance, Dauntless Onslaught, Shoulder to Shoulder, Tandem Tactics, Redeem, and Cauldron Haze.
Well, there's some ideas to mull over at least. Good luck with your deck man. (Oh, and by the way, card linking is done using double brackets, not double parentheses.)