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Sphere of Safety
Creatures can't attack you or a planeswalker you control unless their controller pays X for each of those creatures, where X is the number of enchantments you control.
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Sphere of Safety Discussion
1 day ago
I know Sphere of Safety is potentially a bigger barrier with all of the enchantments you run, but the fact that Ghostly Prison comes down much earlier and is better without other enchantments on the field seems very relevant. Ajani Goldmane seems like he could be an absolute house in this deck as maybe a 2 of in place of Felidar Sovereign. Secure the Wastes or good old Raise the Alarm could be nice siebaord cards against aggro strategies and work with your token theme as well as having excellent synergy with Ajani's Welcome. Mana Tithe could be hilarious sideboard tech game two when opponents board in enchantment hate. Mirran Crusader and Kor Firewalker are strong sideboard options as well.
3 days ago
So you're basically playing prison, but without prison cards? I get the appeal of a combo where your opponents creatures die, but in Modern you're liable to die on turn 4 if you're too slow. This is neat but super slow. Cards really have to function well on their own in modern, especially if they cost 3 or more, which a lot of the cards here don't do very well. It really looks like this should be a Ghostly Prison + Sphere of Safety deck. The Lightmine + Pits + Gideon combo is 14 mana! And it accomplishes the same thing running an extra Wrath of God does for 4 mana, and Wrath is often considered too slow. I love the idea, and enchantment prison in general. I think you would benefit from cutting the Death Pits of Rath, Gideon Jura, and maybe a couple Lightmine Field for Ghostly Prison and Sphere of Safetys. (They would also justify the Banishing Lights and Oblivion Rings.) Would be sweet to see a WB prison. One other thing to keep in mind is there are decks that don't care about attacking with creatures at all in modern, so fun brews like this are relegated to basically Commander and playgroups casual.
5 days ago
Kismet is a strong way to slow down opponents.
Aura of Silence is a really good way to tax people out of doing the same strategy.
Crystal Chimes another effect to return enchantments you've lost to you.
Sigarda, Host of Herons bestow all the things into the safest arms.
Gitaxian Probe pay to life to play a deck one card less, 1 card more consistent than the table and the ability to bluff propping one opponent's hand to be stronger than what it might actually be (you don't have to show the other players what's in the hand you're probing, so you can make it sound like they're really close to a combo).
1 week ago
Also, since so many decks straight-up out-tempo Mayael, i'm tinkering with a build with cards like Eidolon of Rhetoric and Sphere of Safety, to go ALONG with Iona, Shield of Emeria, Dragonlord Dromoka, Void Winnower, and Grand Abolisher. I guess I would rather my deck just be faster and more consistent, but slowing the table down seems to help me keep pace. A number of my fellow players are CEDH players, and it seems there are several competitive decks that are effective using a stax-style. Personally, I'm just trying to find a build strategy that works, and this primer is quite inspiring when I feel like getting back to the basics.
No Wayward Swordtooth in the list?
1 week ago
I've been running a G/W Enchantress deck in Modern for a while now. Here's some recommendations that I'd make.
First off, Idyllic Tutor is very good. The 3 mana cost may seem high, but with Arbor Elf and Utopia Sprawl, it is very easy to cast. It also lets you run your deck in more of a "tool-box" style, letting you rely on silver bullets to more easily take on a variety of decks.
Once you're running 4x Idyllic Tutors, combos become much more accessible. An easy one to hit is Heliod, God of the Sun + Worship. This combo means you cannot die until the opponent can get rid of one of the pieces first. Since Heliod is Indestructible, that adds a layer of protection to the combo. The best part is that both of these cards are good individually in this deck, even if the combo isn't established. Heliod is a great mana sink, that adds to Sphere of Safetys power as well as providing blockers, while Worships effect is just as useful if you've got 3-4 random creatures in play. The Tutor also allows you to grab both Greater Auramancys once you have a useful board state, making your board state incredibly difficult to remove, and causes you to be less reliant on lucky draws.
Some other good silver bullet cards are Authority of the Consuls to slow down the opponent and prevent some combos, as well as add passive life gain against wide creature strategies. Ixalan's Binding is a great "cover's everything" removal spell, and it prevents them from casting that spell again which can completely shut down some combo decks. 4 mana is nothing with Arbor Elf + Utopia Sprawl. Leyline of Sanctity is a great silver bullet against a lot of decks. Burn is the most obvious one, but most decks run some form of hand interaction with cards like Thoughtseize and what not. This shuts those cards down and turns them into dead draws. Starfield of Nyx is an alternate win-con that also allows you to recover from early enchantment removal. Powerful tool to have available with Idyllic Tutor. The Tutor also allows you to run less of some of your win-cons, because you can pull them out whenever you need them. 4x Sigil of the Empty Throne will mean you'll have a dead draw in the early game and several dead draws in the late game. You can get away with just running 2x if you're running 4x Idyllic Tutor.
Mana is a huge issue that this deck faces. Arbor Elf + Utopia Sprawl is a great way to tackle this problem. Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx also manages this problem very well. It's worth running both. This whole deck is all about dropping permanents and keeping them on the field, consistently increasing the power level of Nykthos.
After play testing with it a lot, I've found that Abundant Growth just doesn't do enough to warrant a card slot. It's an extra enchantment and it draws, but this 2 color deck doesn't have a card draw problem and doesn't have a mana color fixing problem, so it just doesn't do anything for us.
Always happy to see another Enchantress player in Modern, it's a crazy fun archetype and takes a ton of decks by surprise! Good luck fellow Enchanter!
Bxbx on The Cold War
2 weeks ago
Hi, I'm also a big fan of incorporating politics in EDH!
Here are some cards with a political element you might consider:
Nova Pentacle can disincentivize opponents from attacking you if you're controlling no creatures, because then the opponents have to target some of their own creatures.
Duelist's Heritage is a nice political card. It can incentivize your opponents to attack another opponent instead of you.
You might also like Seht's Tiger.
2 weeks ago
Really, it would be around tier 4 this build. I imagine a better version going with a more consistent stax plan that happens to run a few key enchantments, instead of this could even be tier 2.5, but the commander would be all but a major part of the deck.
If you want a real enchantment-based build, use Earthcraft and Squirrel Nest, drop the Enchanted Evening/Aura Thief, Starfield of Nyx, Sigil of the Empty Throne, and Solemnity/Phyrexian Unlife/Solemnity/Decree of Silence. You should run Altar of the Brood as support for both the earthcraft combo and Opalescence/Parallax Wave.
The other drops you should have are cards like Cultivate and Kodama's Reach, because they are bad cards and shouldn't be run in any non-landfall deck, Cleansing Meditation because it is bad, and Skyshroud Claim. Pendrell Mists is too much mana for this deck to handle, as is Omniscience, despite its power in some decks.
Leyline of Anticipation is weak for its mana cost, and is abd draw, only semi useful when in openning hand, but even then it isn't great.
Land Tax is a bad card, honestly unless you are monowhite or in a deck that benefits from discarding cards, it isn't worth it. The thinning is the best it does, and a card in your deck that thins only is trash. If it is used to help you hit land drops, your deck is either A: Not in need of land, or B: Awfully built or was mulliganned poorly.
Now the next part is on what to add. I talked about dropping around 27 cards, so there is some room. I would drop around 3 lands at least as well, which leaves us with a clean 30 cards to add.
Now, we'll add the cards I previously talked about, Altar of the Brood, Earthcraft, and Squirrel Nest. These help you win the game after we dropped a lot of your previous wincons. Greater Auramancy is also a card I prior suggested, and helps stop a Nature's Claim kill you. 26 cards left to go.
The next is to replace the lands we dropped. You want mana fast, so you can empty your hand, and use Tuvasa to draw more cards, aiming to hit a real enchantress or tutor for one. This means two things, more tutors, and more ramp.
Wild Growth, Utopia Sprawl, Overgrowth, and Fertile Ground help benefit Earthcraft when used to make more mana on combo turn, especially with an Opalescence out. Mana Crypt, Mana Vault, Sol Ring, Chrome Mox, Mox Diamond, and Lotus Petal allow the deck to get more mana faster as well. This leaves 16 cards.
Teferi's Protection, Swan Song, Flusterstorm, Seal Away, Ravages of War, Force of Will, Nature's Claim, Armageddon, and Cast Out are efficient pieces of interaction I would suggest. This leaves 4 cards.
Nature's Chosen is a card I have found success in, and suggest you try it too. Enchanting a Tuvasa makes it another land in essence, and can untap a Serra's Sanctum, it is under the radar, so pick it up before all of the Emmara, Soul of the Accord players find out about it. That is it!
After looking through, the following lands are must drops, as they aren't good in nearly any deck:
They don't have a place in this deck.
Similarly, you should optimize your deck to get your colors more on curve, fetchlands being a major part of that. Wooded Foothills, Flooded Strand, Polluted Delta, Misty Rainforest, Scalding Tarn, Verdant Catacombs, Arid Mesa, and Marsh Flats are the missing ones in your colors. You can use them to fetch the shock/dual lands for colors, or basics for Back to Basics/Earthcraft.
Wooded Bastion, Flooded Grove, and Yavimaya Hollow should be dropped as well to fit them, as well as Brushland for Razorverge Thicket, Adarkar Wastes for City of Brass, Hinterland Harbor for Mana Confluence, Glacial Fortress for Exotic Orchard, and one of each basic because you have too many lands.
That's it. That would actually be a tier 3 enchantress deck, and doesn't stoop to just playing Tuvasa for colors for a stax-combo deck, running no enchantments.
2 weeks ago
The thing is to build a saskia deck you have to do combat damage. Just trying to do such a thing in CMDR is hard. Because you can't just chip away at people and expect them to not get pissed off and do something about it.
So you need to build an army of creatures then do an alpha swing knocking out several opponents at once in hopes that it isn't stoped by a
So it's a tough build to do right. You want to have enough big fat creatures but enough anwsers for what youll encounter like someone putting
- Song of the Dryads on saskia
- Ghostly Prison
- Sphere of Safety and such other trubblesome things you'll encounter like No Mercy.
You see the problem is creatures are just so easy to deal with. So in order to make this a successful deck you also need ways to make them relentless with stuff that gives your creatures haste and graveyard stuff. Living End, Rise of the Dark Realms, Victimize, maybe some persist effects like Cauldron of Souls and undying stuff like Mikaeus, the Unhallowed but you can't make it easy to destroy your stuff so you'll need stuff like Avacyn, Angel of Hope, but thats not gonna stop exile. So you'll need stuff like Privileged Position, so they cant be targeted. But that's not stopping Terminus. Aaaannnd still, there's nothing you can do about Cyclonic Rift, or Toxic Deluge. But the Cyclonic Rift player will be waiting for that alpha swing, so you will have to be ready for it with a Red Elemental Blast and/or Pyroblast to counter it. But you'll still be getting blown out by a Toxic Deluge. So that's where the persist and undying come in also there's Rise of the Dark Realms
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