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Spear of Heliod
Legendary Enchantment Artifact
Creatures you control get +1/+1
1WW, T: Destroy target creature that dealt damage to you this turn.
Spear of Heliod Discussion
2 weeks ago
The one bit of advice I would give is to think of Alela like a slivers deck, in that each enchantment or artifact gives you a 1/1 body with an effect. From there, you can start making some objective decisions about what you want your "slivers" to look like. I've put together a rough draft myself that's a little heavier on the enchantress side, but here are some of the cards on my short list I don't see here:
Anointed Procession - Imagine a 1/1 Sliver for 4 that makes a token whenever you play a sliver. Would definitely make most casual sliver decks.
True Conviction - Hey, it's Bonescythe Sliver and Siphon Sliver in one! You get the idea.
1 month ago
Cards to remove if playing competitive and/or duels:
- Genesis - too slow
- Mitotic Slime - too slow
- Protean Hulk - too slow
- Trostani Discordant - defensive, non-combo
- Tithe Taker - defensive, non-combo
- Woodfall Primus - too slow, too general
- Diabolic Tutor - too slow, too general
- Nightmare Void - too narrow (slow control matches)
- Life from the Loam - too slow (slow control matches)
- Silence - too narrow, anti-control
- Krosan Grip - too narrow, multiplayer emergency tech
- Spear of Heliod - multiplayer tech
- Grave Pact - multiplayer tech
- Mimic Vat - multiplayer tech
- Sorin, Grim Nemesis - multiplayer tech
- Vivien, Champion of the Wilds - multiplayer tech
1 month ago
2 months ago
So now I'm going to organize this post is from different types of cards and alternatives and/or strictly better cards that have the same Converted mana cost!
Let's start with enchantments! It seems like your all over the place, which is fine, but you have aura enchantments and land enchantments. which seems a little weird to me! Normally you want to either go a route for your deck, and this seems unorganized, so let us fix that! Serra Aviary is a bad card, cause it also gives opponents fliers +1/+1, we don't want this. So id suggest either going with some like Citadel Siege cause sure, it won't buff all creatures, and it'll give a boost to one creature you want per turn, or it can be used defensively which is always a plus! I'd also suggest going Dictate of Heliod cause it gives an extra +1/+1 for one extra mana, AND IT HAS FLASH! For cards that are better for the 4 cmc are Light from Within , Force of Virtue , Marshal's Anthem .
For protection cards or cards that accumulate value, instead of Angelic Renewal and Angelic Accord , cards which can be good, but you don't have a whole lof of life gain or recursion to run these two! So I'd suggest cards like Sigil of the New Dawn , Kindred Boon , Privileged Position and Asceticism are 100% more effective in protecting your creatures or giving good value.
Now that we got enchantments out of the way! lets work on these instants! I love some of these instants, Absorb is a fun card that I'm 100% gonna get, same with Archmage's Charm ! Disdainful Stroke , Essence Scatter (and the like), Commencement of Festivities and Guardian Angel are all weaker versions of cards like Mana Drain and Counterspell which I'd upgrade with. I'd also suggest getting some artifact/enchantment removal such as Krosan Grip one of the best in this as it has split second, another card I highly recommend is Bant Charm one of the most versatile instant printed in these colors. some other instants i enjoy and have seen good results with are Teferi's Protection , Plasm Capture / Mana Drain , Render Silent , Arcane Denial , Dawn Charm and Heroic Intervention . Those are just some of my recommendations! I may have some more but You'd really need to let me know what direction you want to go!!
For sorceries, you're in gosh darn green! WHERE ARE THE RAMP SPELLS?!!??!!? Add Farseek , and since we have big fatty CMC angels, Recross the Paths puts in some work! Kodama's Reach and Explosive Vegetation are better than cards like Rampant Growth because 1) it gives card advantage (2 lands for 1 card) and 2) gives us more mana to work with during the late game! (this is when angel decks typically win). other ramp spells I use are Cultivate and Traverse the Outlands .
I've noticed this deck does not have a SINGLE BOARD WIPE, as big as our angels are for the CMC, we won't be able to cast them until later, board wipes are essential to have especially since you aren't running any pillow forts kind of cards, I HIGHLY recommend adding some, cards that I've always had in my white decks are Austere Command , Rout , Supreme Verdict , Cleansing Nova , Descend upon the Sinful , Planar Cleansing and Mass Calcify . Some other sources that are more focused with tribal is Harsh Mercy sure each player gets to pick a creature type, but that typically is one creature for them, and of course we'll pick angels, so we get the upper-hand in this!
We need some card draw, and this is important as I don't see any in this deck and that is a HUGE mistake. Think about adding cards like Rishkar's Expertise , Praetor's Counsel , Blue Sun's Zenith , Sphinx's Revelation , Finale of Revelation just to name a few that come to mind.
For Lands, these look just.....fine albeit slow, but not quite optimized. I totally understand how people on a budget don't run cards like Misty Rainforest and the like. But as a 3 color deck, I suggest adding in cards like Temple of Enlightenment and Temple of Plenty at least you'll get value from them coming in tapped. Other cards I'd suggest are Krosan Verge , Prairie Stream , Flooded Grove , Wooded Bastion , Seaside Citadel , Path of Ancestry , Forbidden Orchard (cause what is a 1/1 to our angels? PFFT) other lands that give some utility in a pinch are: Scattered Groves and Irrigated Farmland ! other good cards are Glacial Fortress (and it's kin), Hinterland Harbor and Temple Garden !
For Artifacts, I see the signets, I don't typically run the
and X signets just cause I like my land ramp better and won't get destroyed with target removal or artifact/enchantment wipes. but as a 3 color deck, you 100% NEED
basically makes all your mana problems go away, just tap lands for whatever color you need! If you're trying to go for some voltronish cards, I'd suggest going like
, which basically secures that you keep whatever creature you want alive for the rest of the game (unless they exile it with a spell somehow).
is also a good card as people won't want to block because it exiles shit, which is GREAT, let me tell you how many times people didn't block because they wanted to keep their creature(s).
For tribal support cards, there is a very small pool to chose from, So you might want to grab a Vanquisher's Banner , Herald's Horn , Urza's Incubator , Door of Destinies , Coat of Arms , Stoneforge Masterwork and Cryptic Gateway are some cards to look at!
Ok, lets finally get this creature situation fixed! first of, YOU'RE AN ANGEL DECK WITHOUT ITS PRIME GURL!?! WHERE IS MY Avacyn, Angel of Hope ?!?!?!??!!?!?!? I'm disappointed!!!! But for real, add her.
Other cards considering should be Metallic Mimic (if you're going for a 1/1 counter theme.) Solemn Simulacrum should go in here, he's just too good not to have here! Rhonas the Indomitable is a great mana sink, and if you really need to give trample to your creatures, Nylea, God of the Hunt is also a good alternative. Resplendent Angel is a great 3 cmc angel, don't underestimate this gurl! Sephara, Sky's Blade is also a great (shittier) version of our gurl Avacyn, Angel of Hope but still a good effect none-the-less! Iridescent Angel , for a 7 mana angel, I was hesitant at running her in my jenara deck, but has proved to be SO GOSHDARN STRONG! Can literally take ANY damage from ANYTHING (don't mention the Eldrazi to this gurl) but it has soaked up a lot of damage over my games. Archangel of Tithes is a great 4 cmc angel that gives taxes for attacking and defending! great include! Angel of Invention a fabulous card, especially if you have something that gives +1/+1 counters, say a Bow of Nylea , is a great addition to our squad! Angel of Serenity is a good card here as well! great recursion for this deck! since we're in bant, Stoic Angel is also a good include! Akroma, Angel of Wrath can't go wrong with an 8/8 creature with so many keywords and protection(s)!
Also, there is ONE card that is SO GOSHDARN UNDERRATED AND NEVER PLAYED and has literally been the BIGGEST beater I've EVER seen is non-other than Selfless Squire . THIS GURL...Where are my words for this card. It's a fog effect but you get a MASSIVE creature that has to be answered or your opponent die! I've had people swing at me for 20+ damage, not worried because of Selfless Squire and she becomes a huge creature, give her trample and/or indestructible, good game! This gurl is so badass she can oftentimes beat an ELDRAZI TITAN 1v1 (in terms of power/toughness). Best and most fun card I'VE EVER PLAYED IN A CREATURE! 50/10 would recommend!
3 months ago
4 months ago
nice I've been experimenting a lot with the Near-Death Experience Wall of Blood combo. the best deck Ii have made so far is a mardu deck that uses Faithless Looting to dig and takes advantage of Fling to get a t3 kill sometimes with Wall of Blood . Some cards to consider for you are Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim , Darksteel Myr is good with Worship . Here is an old version of my deck. It has proven to be somewhat competitive actually. it has got 2-1 at local modern tournaments several times. (the newer version) that version isn't updated yet. so cool to find someone else who saw this combo. nobody I know has heard of Wall of Blood . its super underrated in my opinion even not in a combo deck it sort of works like a Royal Assassin or Spear of Heliod .
4 months ago
Thank you chadsansing for the suggestions! I always love having another point of view when I craft decks!
Always Watching : it's true that the card would fit in the deck but I am afraid it might not be as efficient since we spawn a lot of tokens.
Intangible Virtue : I have been thinking of this card for a while and people from my LGS also have been suggesting it as well. I think you are right, it would help my tokens get bigger earlier in the game, making them very threatening.
High Ground : I was running Brave the Sands before in the deck with the same idea, that it adds value when Brimaz blocks. The thing is, opponents usually make sure that Brimaz can't block, mainly because they do not want to spawn even more tokens for you, making those enchantments dead cards.
Spear of Heliod : I am already running it but since tappedout puts it in artifact as its first type, I did the same in the description. But definitely, it reinforces the idea that the card truly belongs in the deck!
Comeuppance : I never saw the card before and I must say that I really like it. It's a surprise wrath and since I sometimes play in duel commander as well, I think I need to make room for it. It can also get someone's blast back to his face, I like it. Thanks!
Settle the Wreckage : I love the card in standard and must say, it's a good card to have when another aggro deck is more aggressive than yours. I think I should run it, just in case.
Teferi's Protection : that's the card I am dreaming of. But unfortunately, I would not be able to afford it, especially because I like to always create new decks rather than have only one to play with. It allows for greater flexibility when playing with a new group.
Thank you again for the new ideas that you added up, it truly helps!
4 months ago
I wrote up a primer for one of my decks, with formatting such as spoilers and panels, and when I pasted it from my Doc into the deck description, it came up with an error saying "one unopened panel". I doubled checked everything, and everything seemed to be okay. Here's my code:
Hello, and welcome to my primer for Angelhorde Invasion! ===accordion ===panel: Introduction This deck is based around casting creatures and getting value from [[God-Eternal Oketra]] and pumping them all up with lords. It is meant for casual EDH/Commander play and is a relatively budget deck. I don’t want anything above 10 USD unless I already own the card or there is a good reason for it to be in the deck (eg [[Ancient Tomb]] is needed as White really needs extra mana and I already have the card from my Dad’s old collection). The general strategy is to ramp out [[God-Eternal Oketra]] and cast a bunch of creatures such as [[Lyra Dawnbringer]] and [[Archangel of Thune]] to get a bunch of token value, then pump them up with lords such as [[Benalish Marshal]] and [[Cathars’ Crusade]]. In the case where I can’t get Oketra out, I can still beatdown with good value creatures and use manasinks to pump out both tokens and +1/+1 counters. ===endpanel ===panel: Why Mono-White? I chose Mono-White for a few reasons: - The first is that I wanted to consistently cast [[God-Eternal Oketra]], so I had to have her as my Commander. - I wanted this to be a relatively budget deck, and the best way to do that is to cut down on the number of colours in a deck, as manabases are very expensive. ===endpanel ===panel: Strengths - There are many combos that can just win the game outright. ===endpanel ===panel: Weaknessess - White lacks card draw that isn’t based on artifacts and/or really, really expensive. ===endpanel ===panel: Combos and Synergies This part is a work in progress, I haven’t played this deck enough to figure out all the combos and synergies. --- - [[God-Eternal Oketra]] + any card in the “Bounce” Category + mana = Instant Army™ - [[Burnished Hart]] + [[Emeria Shepherd]] + mana = more mana and permenant recursion - [[Bishop of Wings]] or [[Requiem Angel]] + [[Divine Visitation]] = Angels that can never die (unless you remove one or two of the two combo pieces) ===endpanel ===spoiler: Card Choices This explains why I put each card in my deck. It will be split into the custom categories that I have put the deck in. ===panel: Lands and Ramp This part is pretty standard, with some ramp, lands, and [[Tithe]] and [[Land Tax]] to get land drop consistency. ===endpanel ===Panel: Lords - Although [[Angel of Jubilation]] doesn’t give +1/+1 to all my Zombie Warriors, she still gives the bonus to my other creatures and stops other people from paying life or sacrificing creatures to cast spells. - Even with the removal of most of my Lifegain package, [[Archangel of Thune]] still has its uses. I still have [[Suture Priest]], [[Auriok Champion]], and my Angel Subtheme and [[Lyra Dawnbringer]], so there are still ways I can gain life. - [[Benalish Marshal]] is a lord for three mana that also gives three devotion. - [[Cathars’ Crusade]] is one of the best cards for creature decks, as it allows you to pump your team for doing nothing but what your gameplan is, casting creatures. - [[Lyra Dawnbringer]] is an Angel Lord and is an efficient beatstick. - [[Spear of Heliod]] provides a lord effect and can deter people from attacking me. ===endpanel ===panel: Multiple Oketras! - I put [[Helm of the Host]] in its own special category because I love the card when I attach it to my commander or some of my other creatures (like [[Admonition Angel]] or [[Emeria Shepherd]]) because it gives so much value and gives me so much satisfaction that I get 2 more Oketras a turn with [[Anointed Procession]]. ===endpanel ===panel: Utility and Card Draw - I use [[Adarkar Valkyrie]] when I want to make sure my commander or any other important creature doesn’t die; it’s like regeneration on a stick. And the best part is, the Angel has vigilance, so I can both attack with it and use its tap power. - [[Aegis of the Gods]] is a simple value creature that gives temporary protection from Burn and hand reveal cards such as [[Thoughtseize]]. - [[Alms Collector]] stops other people from drawing huge amounts of cards, and gives me some too! - [[Bishop of Wings]] supports my Angel subtheme by letting me gain life whenever an Angel enters and makes a Spirit whenever an Angel dies. It has a combo with [[Divine Visitation]], which allows me to make an Angel whenever an Angel dies. - [[Blind Obediance]] allows my deck to catch up to other decks by making all their creatures and artifacts enter the battlefield tapped. It also allows me to extort to get extra value out of my spells. - [[Emeria Shepherd]] gives me recursion whenever I play a land. Because most of my lands are Plains, the Shepherd usually returns the permenant to the battlefield. It combos with [[Burnished Hart]]. - [[Endless Atlas]] allows me to draw a card for only two mana if I have three or more lands with the same name, which is pretty easy to get, considering that this is a Mono-White deck. - [[Enlightened Tutor]] allows me to search for an artifact or enchantment such as [[Cathars’ Crusade]], [[Helm of the Host]] or [[Anointed Procession]]. - [[Grand Abolisher]] stops other people from doing stuff on my turn and gives two devotion for two mana. - Previously a card that I had overlooked, [[Odric, Lunarch Marshal]] gives my guys Double Strike if [[God-Eternal Oketra]] is out, and Vigilance if one of her Zombie Warriors are out. - [[Oketra’s Monument]] makes my creatures cost less and gives me extra value for casting creatures. - [[Reqiuem Angel]] gives me extra value in the form of creature tokens whenever one of my non-Spirit creatures dies. It, like with a bunch of other cards, forms a combo with [[Divine Visitation]]. - [[Slate of Ancestry]] allows me to refill my hand with a bunch of cards when I have run out of gas. ===endpanel ===panel: Removal and Boardwipes - [[Admonition Angel]] is simply removal on a stick. The best way to play with a Admonition out on the board is if you’ve got nothing you want to remove, then just leave lands in your hand until you do. - [[Angel of Sanctions]] is just removal on a creature that can you can recur from the graveyard using its embalm ability. You can also use it with any of the “Bounce” creatures to return it to your hand and remove something more important than what you removed before. - [[Austere Command]] is my only boardwipe because my deck relies alot on creatures, artifacts, and enchantments. - [[Banishing Light]] is simply an enchantment that removes any non-land permanent. - I really like [[Cast Out]] because it has flash and the ability to cycle it for another card when you don’t need it. All that for just one extra mana than a usual [[Oblivion Ring]]. - [[Cavalier of Dawn]] is good, as when it enters, you get to [[Generous Gift]] something, and on the way out, you get to recur an artifact or enchantment. - [[Darksteel Mutation]] is really good when you want to deactivate a commander or another creature that gets returned if it hits the graveyard. - [[Path to Exile]] and [[Swords to Plowshares]] both exile a pesky creature and give their controller a small reparation for doing so. [[Reparations|Sorry I killed your *insert big creature here*, here’s some life]]. - [[Return to Dust]] is simply artifact/enchantment removal. ===endpanel ===panel: Protection - [[Eight-and-a-half-Tails]] gives my guys protection from targeted removal and gives two devotion. - [[Lightning Greaves]] and [[Swiftfoot Boots]] do the same thing, except one gives shroud and one gives hexproof. - [[Selfless Spirit]] protects my creatures from things like removal and boardwipes. - [[Unbreakable Formation]] protects my guys and can pump them up when I am about to do a major attack. ===endpanel ===panel: Value Creatures - [[Archangel of Tithes]] is an Angel, and taxes people for attacking me when she’s untapped, and taxes people from blocking when it attacking. - [[Auriok Champion]] is one of the two cards remaining from my removed lifegain package. The reason why I kept it in is because it has extra value apart from gaining life (Protection from Red and Black and 2 devotion to [[symbol:W]] for two mana). - [[Aven Mindcensor]] is good because it stops people from getting the consistency that tutoring provides in a singleton format, and even if someone did steal it off me, it wouldn’t really matter because I only have 4 cards that tutor cards, 3 of which tutor lands. - Even though [[Brightling]] has the ability to bounce itself, I only use it in emergencies where I can’t do anything else, as it’s expensive, costing [[symbol:1]][[symbol:W]][[symbol:W]][[symbol:W]] to bounce it and cast it again, without a cost reducer out. - I usually just use [[Karmic Guide]] for the Oketra trigger and the recursion and don’t pay the Echo cost unless I don’t have anything else to do or I need the Protection from Black. - I have already talked about [[Lyra Dawnbringer]] in the “Lords” section, so I won’t repeat myself here. - The other Oketra card, [[Oketra the True]] is a good Manasink and a 3/6 Indestructible Double Strike. - [[Resplendent Angel]] is a good value creature, giving a 3/3 flyer with a bunch of other text and two devotion. [[Lyra Dawnbringer]] and Resplendent form a combo. - [[Suture Priest]] punishes my opponents for play creatures and allows me to gain life every time a creature enters. - [[Thalia, Heretic Cathar]] slows my opponents down and gives a 3/2 First Strike. - [[Tithe Taker]] makes all my opponents spend extra to do anything on my turn. ===endpanel ===panel: Bounce - [[Eiganjo Free-Riders]] makes me return a white creature I control to my hand, allowing me cast stuff for extra value again and again, again and again, again and again… - [[Emancipation Angel]], [[Kor Skyfisher]], [[Stonecloaker]], and [[Whitemane Lion]] all do the same thing; getting extra Zombies by bouncing itself back into my hand to cast again. Rinse and Repeat to create an Instant Army™. - [[Stormfront Riders]] is the payoff for all the bounce shenanigans, allowing me to create tokens every time I bounce something. ===endpanel ===panel: Tokens - [[Anointed Procession]] doubles all my tokens, from the Zombie Warriors I create with my commander to the Soldiers I create with [[Stormfront Riders]]. - [[Divine Visitation]] makes all my creature tokens turn into 4/4 Angels with Flying and Vigilance. It has a combo with [[Bishop of Wings]] and goes with my Angel subtheme. - I’ve already talked about [[Oketra the True]] (in “Value Creatures”), [[Oketra’s Monument]] (in “Utility and Card Draw”), and [[Requiem Angel]] (also in “Utility and Card Draw”) elsewhere, so I won’t talk about them here. ===endpanel ===endspoiler ===endaccordion Thanks for taking a look. Hope you liked it!
Can anyone find the error?
Spear of Heliod occurrence in decks from the last year
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