Creature — Elemental
Trample, haste (If this creature would deal enough combat damage to its blockers to destroy them, you may have it deal the rest of its damage to defending player. This creature can attack and Tap as soon as it comes under your control.)
At end of turn, sacrifice Spark Elemental.
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|Premium Deck Series: Fire and Lightning (PFL)||Uncommon|
|Tenth Edition (10E)||Uncommon|
|Fifth Dawn (5DN)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Spark Elemental Discussion
1 month ago
Well, if you never had any problems with Kiln Fiend then keep it. There's no reason to change what has been working out fine. Just as a thought provoker, you can have Monastery Swiftspear to think about.
Maybe just bad wasn't the best thing to say about Rakdos Shred-Freak . It's just that it offers basically nothing more than haste. You have cards like Hellspark Elemental , as you mentioned, but also:
Earthshaker Khenra - Makes it easier to get to your opponent while also being reusable from the grave in the late game, and even bigger than before.
Ash Zealot - More of a Siboard card, but still, 2 mana for first strike, haste and punishes your opponent for playing cards from your graveyard.
Vexing Devil - Dont't know if you could fit this guy in your budget, but it's amazing. It's either a one mana 4/3 that your opponent will have to waste a removal spell or a one mana 4 damage spell.
However, the real reason I said Rakdos Shred-Freak is bad is because of...
Thunderkin Awakener - It can reanimate all of your (elemental) suicide bombers while attacking. So for only two mana, you can from 4 damage on board, with Thunderkin Awakener and Spark Elemental , to up to 8 damage with the Firecat. You could also put other cards in for him, like Lightning Skelemental and Spark Trooper , but those would require you to adjust the manabase.
Also, since you're playing these cheap suicide bombers you could use Unearth to reanimate them again and hit for a bunch. However, I'm not sure that splashing to black would appeal to you.
Another suicide bomber could be Impetuous Devils , though I don't have much to say about it. You can basically take out one of your opponent's creature by forcing them to block. Just here as an option for you.
Cards like Thud , Fling and Flesh / Blood (the blood half only) should prove themselves more useful than Soul's Fire . Since most of your creatures are dying anyway, there should be no problem in sacrificing them.
Manabasewise, if really want to keep Reality Smasher you can add lands that have a better utility than Rogue's Passage as most of your creatures have trample anyway, so your opponent will regardless always have trouble preventing damage.
I've been writing a lot today, so right now I won't go on too much detail about these "utility" lands. I'll just list some here and you can say if you liked any or none and I'll glady discuss about it.
- Looming Spires
- Kessig Wolf Run
- Skarrg, the Rage Pits
- Teetering Peaks
- Turntimber Grove
- Barbarian Ring
- Smoldering Spires
- Blighted Gorge
- Keldon Megaliths
- Memorial to War
- Sunscorched Desert
Just as a curiosty, I've written so many cards in this comment that TappedOut won't let me mark more suggestions, while most not even appearing for me to suggest.
1 month ago
Well, I kinda also had this problem recently, where I also felt my deck was kinda off. I just asked if you wanted to keep it aggro because I like to respect the idea of the person who build the deck, unless the deck is completely disfunctional, which is not your case.
Since it's an aggro deck, you must always pressure your opponent and leave him/her on the defensive side. So, preferrably, you should use small and fast creatures. However, your concept of using suicidal bombs, like Spark Elemental , is a very good one, a lot of burn decks, if I can recall correctly, use this strategy. But first, I'll go over a bit of the problems to hopefully help you to understand what's wrong.
Akroma, Angel of Fury is an excellent card. Huge body, can't be countered and has good protection against removal in white and blue. All in all a great way to pressure your opponent... but it's too expensive. By time you can cast it, you should probably have won the game already, if you managed to survive long enough for that is what I mean.
On a similar note are Blitz Hellion and Reality Smasher . Reality Smasher is a staple card in think all Eldrazi deck since it hits hard and is difficult to deal with. But, here it seems out place, specially considering you only have 4 lands that enable you to cast it, them bein Rogue's Passage . One of the reasons it's a staple in Eldrazi decks is Eldrazi Temple which can potentially enable a Turn 3 Reality Smasher . In Blitz Hellion 's case... it's just bad. It's not fast and has no protection. The Blistering Firecat is better than the Hellion, but I'll explain that later.
Kiln Fiend is a great card for spell heavy decks, not necessarily control decks, just spell heavy, which is not the case of your deck since you have way more creatures. It also does not have trample and having only two in the deck doesn't help much.
The only thing I'll probably owe you more help is the instants and sorceries, I really don't much of what to say.
I think I'll let you read this first so I can rest a bit after writing so much, then based on what you think I'll make the suggestions.
1 month ago
Maybe try Ball Lightning , or Scampering Scorcher for a swarm strategy that you can bring back with Thunderkin Awakener . Instead of Lightning Serpent i would put in Spark Elemental because Lightning Serpent cant enter with +1/+0 counters on it from Thunderkin Awakener .
4 months ago
That is correct, you cannot make things into artifacts before Confusion in the Ranks triggers. If that was how you were thinking it would work, perhaps you should just cut Liquidmetal Coating in favor of more self-saccing tokens or something. Stuff like Spark Elemental might be good, as even without Confusion in the Ranks, it's not bad to deal opponents 3 damage early on. Brand might be worth keeping if you included some stuff like Young Pyromancer . In one of the builds I was working on, I focused on trying to trade crappy tokens with opponents. Because the tokens weren't all self-saccing, I also included Ratchet Bomb , which might be worth considering here.
4 months ago
I remember this deck. I always thought Spark Elemental would make a good push for this deck. Rancor might be another good way to milk those dies triggers while still getting value out of it. If this deck is fast at emptying the hand you might find either Lupine Prototype or Rhonas's Last Stand helpful.
4 months ago
Card: Fervent Champion
Before I start I want to preface that I don’t think this card is auto-include powerful like Goblin Guide or Monastery Swiftspear , but I am of the impression that if your deck really wants a third 1-mana haste creature that this card is your best choice to include. (Not every burn deck wants more creatures, but some decks would prefer more consistency when starting the game with an early board-presence and it’s those decks where I think this card matters in.)
In the past various burn decks have tried to find success with cards such as Bomat Courier , Fanatical Firebrand , Legion Loyalist , Spark Elemental , and Village Messenger Flip, but none of these cards have done well enough to maintain a consistent foothold in the format, and they’re mostly relegated to very fringe or budget play only. Now having any of these one-mana 1/1 haste creatures isn’t exactly horrible if it’s the only creature in your opening hand as it can deal anywhere from 2-to-4 damage depending on the matchup, if you’re going first, and whether you have a Searing Blaze to take out a potential chump blocker. Again these one-mana haste creatures pale in comparison to Goblin Guide and Monastery Swiftspear , but they do serve a purpose if you don’t have GG or Swifty in your opening hand, and it’s still very possible to win a game if you have to start it with a Fanatical Firebrand or Bomat Courier .
No, what cards like Fanatical Firebrand and Bomat Courier suffer the most from is when you run into duplicates of them in a game. While ending up with a second or third FF or BC is fairly unlikely it can make winning that game very unfavorable, because collectively a group of Fanatical Firebrand s will end up doing far less damage than a group of Goblin Guide s or a group of Lightning Bolt s. I believe it’s this distinction that separates the must-play cards from the fringe-play cards despite both groups having the capacity to win games with under the right circumstances.
I also believe this is what makes Fervent Champion different from the fringe-group of haste creatures, because the amount of damage it deals increases in the event you end up with duplicates of it. Refer to the card’s second line of text, “Whenever Fervent Champion attacks, another attacking Knight you control gets +1/+0 until end of turn.” If you have two Champions you can have them pump each other collectively dealing 4 damage instead of 2. Even if the Champion is the only Knight in your burn deck the Champion is only meant to be included to improve the consistency of having a turn 1 creature in your opening hand that isn’t set back if you end up with duplicates and that’s all we really want it to do for it to be good enough in the first place.
Lastly before I close some of you may argue that Ghitu Lavarunner would be a better creature to run over the Champion as it would be easier for a burn deck to put two instants and/or sorceries in the graveyard rather than end up with a duplicate creature. The problem with this argument is Ghitu Lavarunner is a really bad early game creature. Unless you heavily alter your deck to accommodate the Lavarunner, T1 it deals no damage, T2 after you play your two non-creature spells it deals 2 damage and by T3 the Lavarunner has collectively dealt 4 overall damage by now. If I play only 1 Champion starting on T1 like the Lavarunner by T3 the Champion will collectively dealt 3 damage overall. This is only if we compare the Lavarunner’s best case scenario however; because if our Lavarunner opening hand has another creature(s) in hand we will have to play that creature(s) first otherwise we won’t be able to maximize the damage that creature(s) can do, and thus we’d be unable to power-up the Lavarunner by turn 2. Furthermore if we don’t have two one-mana damage spells to cast by T2 or two land cards to play by T2 the Lavarunner won’t get its buff anyway. The Champion doesn’t have such glaring setbacks and will end up dealing more or equal damage than the Lavarunner under the same circumstances. In addition, if we start the game with two Ghitu Lavarunner s the most damage they could deal by turn 2 would be 1 or 2 damage. Likewise if you start the game with two Fervent Champion s the most damage they could deal by T2 would be 4 or 5 damage. It is with all this in mind that I find the Fervent Champion more practical to run in the burn deck than the Ghitu Lavarunner .
With all that being said I’ve goldfished the Fervent Champion in my own burn deck slotting it in where I would put my third set of one-mana haste creatures along with my play set of Goblin Guide s and Monastery Swiftspear s. Personally, I’d recommend running four Fervent Champion s, because it’s like playing with an extra set of Goblin Guide s whenever I get duplicates. I will acknowledge that creature removal can disrupt the damage output, but that can be said for any creature that gets removed and it frankly says a lot about the power level if my opponent would rather take out my second Champion than my G-Guide or Swifty. Also the First Strike on Champion definitely gives it some longevity on the battlefield being able to eat rather than trade with cards like Elvish Mystic or Snapcaster Mage or Dark Confidant while also being able to trade with Thalia, Guardian of Thraben as a definite advantage.
Also I don’t run any equipment or other Knights in my deck. The Champion is just good on his own and adding equipment and/or more knights would probably make your deck worse. I wouldn’t knock the Champion from your consideration until you’ve tested a play set of it for yourself. I get the feeling the card is going to be somewhat of a sleeper given it’s low price tag right now.
5 months ago
To explain why, this is because token copying effects can only copy the token's copiable values, which are name, mana cost, color, type line, rules text, power/toughness, loyalty, etc. The exile effect of Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker is not "printed" on the token it creates, it's a part of Kiki's ability itself, so things that copy tokens made by Kiki don't have an exile clause to copy.
If you were to use Kiki to make a token of something like Spark Elemental and then populate that, the tokens would be exiled due to the rules text on the elemental.
- 706.2. When copying an object, the copy acquires the copiable values of the original object’s characteristics .... The “copiable values” are the values derived from the text printed on the object (that text being name, mana cost, color indicator, card type, subtype, supertype, rules text, power, toughness, and/or loyalty), as modified by other copy effects, by its face-down status, and by “as . . . enters the battlefield” and “as . . . is turned face up” abilities that set power and toughness (and may also set additional characteristics). Other effects (including type-changing and text-changing effects), status, and counters are not copied.
5 months ago
Snowmen1 Sundial of the Infinite is actually one of my favourite cards to play in this deck because of the unique effect, it being such a weird and unused card, and the splash of control it adds to the deck! (although it doesn't come up very often) Funny you should mention Spark Elemental because it was actually the original 1-drop for this deck! It actually got replaced with Lightning Serpent because of the late-game mana dump that you mentioned. Not too sure about the direct damage spells as Shriekmaw absolutely destroys most creatures and can be sideboarded for Guiltfeeder , and really controls the board when you can play it multiple times with Thunderkin Awakener . Altough, Lightning Axe does play into the discard strategy so I'll have a look for sure! As for the Nova Chaser s, the idea is to bin them via Tormenting Voice or Incandescent Soulstoke so that they can be reanimated by Thunderkin Awakener . Their champion effect also allows for cards like Shriekmaw 's and Flamekin Harbinger 's abilities to trigger multiple times for added value. Furthermore, championing a Thunderkin Awakener when it enters removes it from combat and can protect it from dying while adding a lot of pressure. Although, it may be worth cutting one or two to make room for some other stuff. The toolbox sideboard is an amazing idea so thank you for that suggestion! Unfortunately Thoughtseize and Collective Brutality are a bit too pricey for me, although you're correct in saying that they'd make good additions, maybe even on the mainboard! Thank you so much for all the suggestions and feedback!