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Soul's Majesty Discussion
1 week ago
I've just done a 10-card update on the deck primarily to speed it up (dropped average CMC, bit more land/ramp) and to remove some of the cards that I personally found were not performing in my playtesting. Hope everyone likes it!
Hey AliasGreg - Thanks for the comments and sorry for my slow reply :)
I can see what you mean about Leonin Arbiter - I'll definitely consider him again next time I tweak the deck. I can also see the use of the sac/draw cards like Greater Good and Life's Legacy with him but without him it's VERY rare that we want to sac our big creature, even for loads of draw. The deck runs reasonably light on cats and honestly we just tutor the one we want and go for it so losing it is generally a bad thing :) I will definitely add them to the maybeboard though and see how things go. Berserk is more likely to make it in... I'm tempted by it but I play a lot of multiplayer and swinging big to kill one guy but losing your cat would often cripple you for the remaining players. I can definitely see it helping 1 on 1 or later in a multiplayer game once someone else is already out though.
Regarding Skullclamp - it's just so rare to have anything with 1T to use it on for quick draw. I can see some benefit in simply equipping your big cat so that if it does die you get to draw some more cards, but that's kind of what Heirloom Blade is for. It's an incredible card but I don't think it deserves a slot in this particular deck. Reliquary Tower and Thought Vessel would be useful if you run the big draw cards you mentioned, and I do have a couple myself (Rishkar's Expertise and Soul's Majesty) but again I think the need for them is limited to the point they aren't worthy of removing something else.
1 week ago
1 week ago
Sweet! keep in mind that Soul's Majesty targets so Multani does not work well for that card. I think there is another card that does not target that does something similar (besides Rishkar's expertise)
3 weeks ago
You have all the right pieces to compliment Uril, but the bones of the deck need a little bit of work. Your mana base is very slow with all these lands that come in tapped, and you have very little ramp.
33 lands is definitely on the low side, but you can pull it off if you have lots of ways to search for them. With access to green, artifact ramp that is vulnerable to removal makes less sense than the standard package of Farseek / Rampant Growth / Nature's Lore / Sakura-Tribe Elder / Kodama's Reach / Cultivate / Explosive Vegetation / Boundless Realms. Many of these cost less than your artifacts do. Run these with more basic lands and you'll speed up the deck considerably, and you won't get wiped out by a Cyclonic Rift or Planar Cleansing. Not to mention Blood Moon or Anathemancer effects.
If you can get some good ramp going, Genesis Wave can get Uril very big, very fast.
You also need more draw. You can run fewer auras if you can consistently draw into the ones you want, as well as other goodies, such as more lands. I'd look at Harmonize, Rishkar's Expertise, Garruk, Primal Hunter, Soul's Majesty, Momentous Fall, Greater Good, and all of the red Faithless Looting-style cards, since you can dump enchantments in the graveyard for later use.
One last mechanic I'd like to recommend for its versatility is Reverberate, and other red cards that copy others' instants and sorceries, like Dualcaster Mage and Reiterate. Copy a Cyclonic Rift, a Boundless Realms, a Counterspell, or the Stroke of Genius that the blue player is trying to deck you with. The sky's the limit.
Again, as for recommended cuts, I'd get rid of the artifact ramp that isn't Sol Ring, and cut down some of these auras. By drawing more cards and sucking more lands out of the deck, you'll still get to your best ones.
Sorry for the novel. The deck looks fun and I hope this helps.
1 month ago
First of all, cool deck idea! I would love to see the faces of people who sit down across from you and realize you are playing a Banding themed deck. +1 from me.
I am not sure what your budget is, but here are some suggestions:
Akroma's Memorial seems like a slam dunk in your deck. Not only does it provide trample to all of your creatures, but it also gives numerous other buffs with haste being the most important. Plus it is legendary so Captain Sisay can tutor it up.
Hunting Grounds is another card I would consider (Planar Bridge and Quicksilver Amulet being others). You will likely always have a key legend in hand so having a few more ways to cheat them on to the battlefield without paying their high CMC would be helpful.
What exactly is the purpose of running Nazahn, Revered Bladesmith and Trostani, Selesnya's Voice? Your only two targets for Nazahn are Lightning Greaves and Swiftfoot Boots and you only run 3 token producers (excluding Tolsimir due to the legend rule). I don't think those two equipments alone are worth running Nazahn. As for Trostani, you aren't a dedicated token deck and running her just for the life gain doesn't seem all that impactful. I think you would be better served running more card draw spells over both of them as your deck is lacking on that front IMO. Yes you will be tutoring alot, but outside of Captain Sisay most of your tutors aren't actually card advantage as you are trading 1-for-1. I think spells like Elemental Bond, Shamanic Revelation (includes lifegain), Rishkar's Expertise, or Soul's Majesty would all fit well here. Plus there is the obligatory "green decks should run Sylvan Library" suggestion.
Lastly, I agree with the above comments about adding some more removal. You have a lot of prison type effects which inhibit your opponents, but problematic cards will still always sneak through. I agree that Krosan Grip and Aura Shards, as well as Sylvan Reclamation would be great in your deck as pillow fort/stax strategies will absolutely ruin your game plan. I also think your deck could use a few more board wipes (Most decks I have run 4-5 and you'll be protecting everything with Avacyn anyways). Austere Command is probably best for your deck while as it hits both creatures and problematic artifacts/enchantments, and Hallowed Burial and Mageta the Lion are great since you are running Sisay.
I hope some of these suggestions help. Good luck deck building!
1 month ago
Bane of Progress is a creature you should consider. Avenger of Zendikar seems to suit your theme, too. Wipes out artifacts and enchantments, and gets you counters, is what you are wanting to get. Phantom Nishoba might be nice, too. Mirari's Wake and Aura Shards would be good cards to add. Parallel Lives might help out, too.
Cards I'd consider dropping are Wake the Reflections, Common Bond, Verdant Rebirth, and Smite for now. Smite is just a bad Swords to Plowshares. Those other spells aren't going to give you as much value as you might initially think.
Other cards I'd consider looking for replacements for would be Always Watching and Intangible Virtue. They are ok on a budget, but I'd rather use some buffs that affect all my creatures, as opposed to just some of them. Mirari's Wake, for instance, and Tolsimir Wolfblood does this well. Another option could be Wilt-Leaf Liege (although her 2nd ability is kind of lacking for this deck). Cards like Overrun and Triumph of the Hordes could be finishers.
You look like you've got a lot of land ramp going on, which is good. Sol Ring is pretty much standard for Commander, and Selesnya Signet fits the bill here, too. Cards like Burgeoning and Exploration are pretty potent first turn plays if you think you'd like something like that. Frontier Siege gives another option for ramp. Sword of the Animist might be a way to go, too.
Card draw. More is always better (almost). Harmonize is not bad. Soul's Majesty can be good, but costs more mana-wise than I'd want to pay. Zendikar Resurgent is a two-for-one deal; ramp and card draw. Skullclamp can do some work, and Mask of Memory is decent, too. I always liked Collective Unconscious, and there are some others like it out there, too.
That's a lot, but I hope it helps a little and gives you some ideas to consider. Can't wait to play!
1 month ago
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1 month ago
First off, I think all the mana dorks with cmc greater than 1 that only produce 1 mana are bad. Voyaging Satyr is a great alternative with lots of synergy with your mana doublers and auras. In a similar vein, Krosan Restorer starts out as a Voyaging Satyr but later in the game generates tons of mana. Gaea's Touch is a great budget Exploration for mono-green, and can refund its cost once it's no longer useful.
Next, I think you need to cut back a bit on the artifact/enchantment hate and throw in a bit more creature removal. Ulvenwald Tracker is a repeatable fight effect, while Cartouche of Strength is a fight that doubles as a trample-enabler.
You might also want to find some backup big creatures for if Omnath gets permanently removed (or maybe turned into a forest). Ulvenwald Hydra can tutor up your Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, and also can be a massive beater. World Breaker is another interesting inclusion, since it's a fairly powerful self-recurring threat and great piece of removal. However, the need for colorless mana may make it not fit well with the rest of the deck. Steel Hellkite is another great creature that works well with your mana production, and doubles as fantastic removal.
Finally, you might need to find space for some more draw. Life's Legacy and Momentous Fall may seem like weird options, but with all the ramp in this deck, you can probably sacrifice Omnath for cards, and then immediately recast him for a slight reduction in size. Soul's Majesty is another option if you don't want to be sacrificing Omnath. Drumhunter is a slightly weird option, that's probably not worth it because it doesn't produce green mana, but serves as ramp and a draw engine, which is ok I suppose.