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Steelshaper's Gift Discussion
6 hours ago
So, I don't have Vampiric Tutor. I feel like I'll probably pick it up somewhere along the lines, along with Mana Crypt on your suggestions. I'm really wondering on what to replace Vampiric Tutor with though. Originally I assumed Fabricate would be fine, but then I found Whir of Invention and felt like it was a decent trade off for that spot. I'm only wondering if Steelshaper's Gift might not be a better choice for me since it would allow easy access to either Nim Deathmantle, Sword of the Meek, or Lightning Greaves. Just wondering on what the general opinion was on this?
1 day ago
It's not badly formatted at all.
For lands I'd advise you try running Clifftop Retreat and Isolated Chapel since they can be very helpful about mana fixing and will likely not come in tapped. Also considering you run quite a bit of swamps I'd recommend Tainted Peak and Tainted Field over Temple of Malice and Temple of Silence since they always come in untapped. Another helpful land to consider is Ash Barrens which can grab any of your colors and has that Basic Land come in untapped. Geier Reach Sanitarium would also help with putting creatures from your hand into your graveyard while drawing cards.
For Artifacts and Enchantments I'd recommend Panharmonicon and Flameshadow Conjuring which both can double all your enter the battlefield triggers. Since you also have lots of ways of recurring and sacrificing little creatures I'd recommend Grave Pact and/or Dictate of Erebos which can really put some hurting on your opponents. For equipment you can also run Hero's Blade and Obsidian Battle-Axe which will auto-equip to Alesha making her power larger so its more difficult for your opponents to block her.
For Instants and Sorceries I recommend Path to Exile, Anguished Unmaking, Wear / Tear, and Return to Dust which gives your deck more flexibility over removing your opponents permanents as well as Blasphemous Act, Buried Alive, Vandalblast, which also help give your deck an edge. Also I'd recommend running Steelshaper's Gift over Open the Armory since it costs and your deck doesn't run any auras.
This deck looks pretty good and I hope you found my review helpful.
1 day ago
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Nahiri, the Lithomancer
3 weeks ago
Hi, Emzed, Glad that you liked the deck, and thanks a lot for the advice.
Rather than a meta call, Containment Priest is more of a personal pet card having foiled a good number of Tooth and Nails when the playgroup was more casually. However, apart from hosing Derevi and occasional green tutors and graveyard shenanigans, I'm not sure whether the card is that crucial to my deck performance nowadays. Say If I'm gonna swap out the card, should I swap in some cheap counterspells or not?
Secondly, in my meta, owing to Brago not being the number one threat to eat removal on the spot, Sisay, that is, unless Cursed Totem 'd, I might be reluctant to run both boots. My preference on Swiftfoot Boots is that there were more than one Static Orb from both myself and the Derevi deck, and that I was too eager not to break the parity. But now I agree with you that Lightning Greaves is actually better, and I may try to swap out Static Orb for something not so troublesome to myself, with Derevi's swapped out earlier due to similar reasons.
As for the Palace Jailer, it's the card I've totally overlooked. In my opinion, it might create enough diversion to the beatdown player, I being monarch or not. I'll definitely give it a try, maybe in place of Lavinia of the Tenth or Treachery, due to the steep cost.
In order to give Palace Jailer a try, I'm currently considering replacing Rishadan Footpad, Static Orb, Lavinia of the Tenth with Recruiter of the Guard, Hokori, Dust Drinker, Palace Jailer. Furthermore, there's chance that Treachery may eventually become a Parallax Wave or, more aggressively, a Humility. I'm a fan of the latter one, simple and strong, but again, hard to break. I could use it as a last resort, when Strionic Resonator is not an option, hoping to hose the table long enough to assemble Helm of Obedience + Rest in Peace before death by furious 1/1 vanillas.
At last, I'm always sceptical of the use of Prophetic Prism. As a 2-drop that replace itself, with a meagre activated ability, it is the card that simply not good enough without commander presence. Some possible replacements are listed as follows: Ancestral Knowledge has more or less the same problem, if more mana intensive. Open the Armory might actually be good, being a tutor at least, fetching boots or Spreading Seas when necessary. However, the third possbile target, namely Treachery, is almost impossible to fetch and cast in the same turn, so this usage is niche. Steelshaper's Gift is a cheap, but narrower boot-fetcher. Idyllic Tutor can fetch any enchantment, but the cost is a bit more steep that the capability of fetch-and-cast is not guaranteed.
English is not my mother tongue, so pardon me for the glitches, if any. Thanks for reading. Any thought is welcomed.
1 month ago
You should include a secondary win-con into the deck, the standard Kaalia of the Vast is Crucible of Worlds + Armageddon + Ravages of War + Command Beacon + Strip Mine + Wasteland. Others are Worldgorger Dragon and/or Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker which is the one I play. It's too hard to deal 40 damage to all 3 players, especially with your board position, it pulls attention of the other decks, even though the others may be driving toward their win-con combos.
Mother of Runes is a nice cheap re-usable protection as well.
Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite is awesome, miss Phyrexia/Innistrad, but she isn't an A/D/D so tough to cast her. She will be too slow, albeit very controlling.
You have Brave the Sands use Angelic Field Marshal spot for something else. Maybe an Exquisite Archangel to hit the reset life button, or a Baneslayer Angel to lifelink who can be cast without Kaalia of the Vast, maybe Angelic Arbiter/Linvala, Keeper of Silence if you like the control aspect, or a Grand Abolisher which protect Kaalia of the Vast during your turn, which especially combos nice with the Haste.
I think Sheoldred, Whispering One again is someone that's not working with your overall game plan. The Praetors are way too awesome, but they are going to be far too slow for what you need to accomplish with Kaalia of the Vasts bar-brawl style of aggro play.
Citadel Siege is a little slow, your guys are already pretty big, not sure it's worth the 1 blocker tap-down.
Really cool, love Kaalia of the Vast, the mana will take a while but slowly work on it. Cheers.
1 month ago
Its not a bad build for a beginner, however there are some cards I personally don't like, in my many times of testing
Ankle Shanker - Its not a BAD card, but if you reanimate, it doesn't trigger his ability, cause he was never declared as an attacker. Otherwise, its an ok card, but a card like Master of Cruelties would be better and provide a game winning play.
Burnished Hart - With a low curve, Sad Robot is better in the long run. Sure this guy gets you lands, but you are better off running more Signets or mana ramp
Ponyback Brigade - I'm not saying its a bad card, but for the mana you are paying, you aren't getting much value. I'd run something with more utility, like Knight-Captain of Eos, which synergizes with the deck but ALSO creates tokens for blocking or helps to fog the field if someone goes wide. Mogg War Marshal, Noosegraf Mob are other inexpensive (money wise) cards that make tokens as well
Rakka Mar - Other than being recurable, this doesn't really provide you much advantage. a 2/2 that makes a 3/1 isn't overly fantastic.
Behind the Scenes - While it is good, there are much better things you can run. The only creature you don't really want dying is Alesha, so focus more on cards that keep her alive or swing in without issues.
Impact Tremors - Less effective than Purphoros, God of the Forge (though a better "budget" card), I don't see alot of "abuse" you get from it. In my version of the deck, I have at least 9 token producers, two of which are on attack only so I get more value from them. I recommend either going more tokens, or focus more on things of yours dying, like Blood Artist, Zulaport Cutthroat and Falkenrath Noble to start draining life from the opponents.
Mana base is what it comes to for a budget deck. Can't really comment on it too much
One thing that shuts down an Alesha/any ETB focused deck, is cards like Torpor Orb and Hushwing Gryff. While these may or may not be in your meta, having the answers to them is key. Wear / Tear, Disenchant are two artifact AND enchantment removal, and inexpensive (money wise), helping you turn off other strategies or things that are hindering your plan or can slow down people.
Personally I'd remove Mardu Banner, and instead include Fellwar Stone, if nothing else. This gives you another signet like effect, and is low enough CMC to help you get to where you need to go. Non-budget I'd get a Chromatic Lantern as an upgrade
Cards I'd consider adding:
Sadistic Hypnotist/Mind Slash - Both of these cards, while can only be used at sorcery speed, can help to disrupt players hands and can help to take them off of cards, without overly affecting your board, depending on whats going on.
Mindless Automaton - Personally I like card draw guys you can use more than once. Mindless Automaton can fuel discard effects, while also adding to the card draw. Even if you reanimate him, he gets blocked, you get to draw a card. Other card draw effects I'd consider are Phyrexian Arena, Greed, Smuggler's Copter ect.
Open the Armory/Steelshaper's Gift - Both help you to get much needed equipment out. Non budget version would be Enlightened Tutor, Stoneforge Mystic ect. Tutors are very much needed to get cards you need, but with enough card draw you can easily offset the loss of "I need X Card" to "I can draw multiple cards and dig into it", or use Viscera Seer to begin scrying to it.
As noted, the deck seems fine as a whole, but there are some cards I'd change for more consistency. I will link my deck below for reference. I personally really like my current build, and just need to work on tweaking it as I try new things and see what works and what doesn't. Hope this helps!
1 month ago
KALE434 Can't say I'm a big fan of O-Naginata. The power buff isn't bad but without increasing Zurgo's toughness it falls short when compared to Tenza, Godo's Maul. That's just my opinion. Sunforger isn't a bad idea. I've got one lying around, I might be able to find enough of a use for it. Mask of Memory feels like another Infiltration Lens. The draw on damage seems less useful than the card draw on block that the lens provides, given that Zurgo may very well end a game in the turn he isn't blocked.
Stoneforge Mystic would be awesome, but it's a bit too expensive for my taste. Stonehewer Giant on the other hand would fit perfectly in here. Steelshaper's Gift is really good too. I'm mixed on Steelshaper Apprentice. Four mana for a 1/3 that requires another mana to activate his ability seems a bit too costly.
1 month ago
Sram, Senior Edificer has to be in here.