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Enchantment — Aura
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has protection from creatures.
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Spirit Mantle Discussion
5 days ago
I really like the concept of the deck, however I think that you have a lot of cards which don't add much value to the strategy.
For cards you could easily cut:
Iona, Shield of Emeria, Cloudshift, Essence Flux, Graceful Adept, Sen Triplets, Greed, Leyline of Anticipation, Near-Death Experience, Paradox Haze, Bond of Agony, Enduring Ideal, Sanguimancy, Temporal Extortion, Conjurer's Closet, Phyrexian Processor, Spellbook, Vedalken Orrery and Carrion Howler. You also have too many lands, you could easily go down to 36 and be fine.
As for cards I would add to the deck:
Unspeakable Symbol is an amazing card, it provides the deck with instant speed life loss, but also provides you a win condition in the form of commander damage from Zur. On top of this it can be tutored by him.
Spirit Mantle lets Zur connect, allowing you those sweet tutors.
Soul Channeling is another effect that lets you pay life that is tutorable by Zur. It's not great but it's still ebtter than some of the life loss effect you're running.
Counterspells! the best way to protect your stuff (since you have to go a round once you've tutored your combo), you need much more in the way of counterspells to protect your pieces. Counterspell, Swan Song, Mana Drain (if it's in your price range), Delay, Negate, Arcane Denial, Pact of Negation, these are all good examples of counterspells you should be running. On top of this you should run removal, especially stuff like Swords to Plowshares, Anguished Unmaking, Disenchant, etc. as well as Grasp of Fate and Detention Sphere. There's also Seal of Cleansing and Aura of Silence.
Ramp! You don't have very much in the way of ramp/fixing. I would recommend finding space for Dimir Signet, Talisman of Dominance, Azorius Signet, Talisman of Progress, Orzhov Signet, and depending on your budget, Mana Crypt and Mox Diamond. Dark Ritual is another good burst of mana as well.
Savor the Moment is a card you could use to get to your next turn (to jumpstart your combo) if you wanted to.
And if you're concerned about discarding to handsize, Reliquary Tower and Library of Leng between the two should be enough. But for the most part you don't really card, just sculpt your best 7 and go from there.
Hopefully this'll help streamline the deck.
6 days ago
^^^ more lands.
Also you don't have a lot of good aura targets. Ajani's Chosen is great as a token producer and gives you the option of going wide. Card: Cephalid Constable is totally insane. Cold-Eyed Selkie is also pretty insane. Eidolon of Countless Battles get gigantic very quickly. Invisible Stalker is hexproof and unblockable, and need I say more? Kor Spiritdancer is a great draw engine and also gets very large, very quickly. Rafiq of the Many is a legendary voltron target, literally and metaphorically.
You're also missing some great enchantments and synergies. Argothian Enchantress, Herald of the Pantheon, Kestia, the Cultivator, Sigil of the Empty Throne, Propaganda, Aether Tunnel, Aqueous Form, Banishing Light, Bear Umbra, Ethereal Armor, Grasp of Fate, Mirari's Wake, Rhystic Study, Song of the Dryads, Spirit Mantle,
1 month ago
Nice deck, your construction reminds me of my first version which was more Enchantress-draw based. Keep in mind that in those days not all cards in your deck where available. You can find that deck over here: [Rafiq 1.0] Enchantress Draw
Enchantments and Auras
There are a few enchantments i'd like to mention which I tried in my decks aswell and did not make it to the final cut (or at least the deck how I play it nowadays).
Armadillo Cloak I used to run this and also Unflinching Courage but I dropped them because in my playgroup people tend to scoop when you strike them lethal so you don't get the advantage of the lifelink.
I think you should replace these cards with cards who give better 'unblockable' bonus for instance Infiltrator's Magemark or Spirit Mantle who have a low CMC. Or maybe Drake Umbra which cost more but also gives better bonus.
Further your creature base. I also have tried cards like Herald of the Pantheon but I rather use a general ramp card than an card that only affects your enchantments. Same for Kor Spiritdancer who only triggers on auras. I would consider Knight Exemplar and Umbra Mystic who both help protecting your Commander.
Also I am not a fan of the Legendary-Enchantment Creatures. Bestow cost are mainly too high to cast and I think there are better options available. But if you want to stick to that theme that's okay and then you might consider Thassa, God of the Sea.
I see no planeswalkers in your deck and Bant has a few which really juice this deck up. One I am allready playing myself and the other one is on my wants-list. I suggest to try Tamiyo, Field Researcher and Estrid, the Masked they can be smashing. And if you are adding planeswalkers Shalai, Voice of Plenty might be a nice add.
You really need to add this one: Hunter's Insight this is a crazy card drawer in your deck. And I like cards like: Vines of Vastwood, Invigorate and Might of the Nephilim for the surprise (aka lethal) hit. They are cheap to cast and speed up the game.
Well this is all for now. I might review your deck later again. Maybe you can review mine in the latest version: [Rafiq 2.0] To Serve & Protect [cEDH]
1 month ago
If you want more offense, I have two suggestions: unblockability and hexproof. Aether Tunnel and Infiltrator's Magemark are great. But what really takes the cake here is Spirit Mantle. It is unblockable, but also dodges creature abilities. For hexproof, I have three suggestions: Alpha Authority, Shielding Plax, and the best of the three, Canopy Cover.
1 month ago
I love the enchantment focus on Rafiq! i have a rafiq deck that is about half equipment and half auras.
Cathedral of War is exalted on a land!
Ethercaste Knight is a 2 cmc exalted creature, helps get rafiq buffed a bit quicker.
I would look at adding more dorks like Avacyn's Pilgrim for ramp and helps give value to Sublime Archangel and/or more rocks. Adding a few draw spells as well, like Brainstorm/Anticipate and Harmonize/Concentrate are great for refilling your hand, or sifting through your deck a bit. Sage's Reverie and Snake Umbra help buff rafiq, as well as draw! (snake umbra will give 2 draws when attacking alone and is unblocked! woo double strike!)
im sure youll get this comment, but Prophet of Kruphix is banned in edh, so just be aware if you try to bring it to an LGS.
Good luck smashing face!
2 months ago
Looks pretty neat! Some substitutions I recommend considering are Bonesplitter for Darksteel Axe, Godless Shrine for Isolated Chapel or other lands, and Spirit Mantle/Unquestioned Authority for Knight's Pledge. Also, History of Benalia would be insane in this deck.
2 months ago
I do feel like it needs a few finishing touches like better haste enablers such as Need for Speed, Mass Hysteria, Generator Servant, or Ashling's Prerogative. I'd also try to find room for a few evasive auras like Aqueous Form, Steel of the Godhead, or Spirit Mantle. And a few great mana rocks to consider... Pentad Prism (ramps 2 colored mana on a 2 mana rock) and Chrome Mox.
Feel free to check out my list for ideas. Narset, American Beauty