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Student of Ojutai
Creature — Human Monk
Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, you gain 2 life.
Student of Ojutai Discussion
3 weeks ago
Firebrand Archer , Abbot of Keral Keep , Jeskai Elder , Mistfire Adept , If you can and are willing to due it's price, Monastery Mentor , Ojutai Exemplars , Soulblade Djinn , Soulfire Grand Master in case you are willing to trade some card draw instants for Bolts, Helix and such spells, even so, with her ability it could get your spells back, Strongarm Monk , Monastery Swiftspear and Student of Ojutai , those will be my suggestions to achieve something like a monk type tribal thing? also some of them help your commander such as the one that taps creatures and gives flying, Voltron seems like a good theme for this guy, if you put up a description sooner, tag me in! I wanna see it, and if you want to come by my profile to see some of my decks, will be appreciated! :)
2 months ago
VaalVanir First off Electrostatic Field is indeed a great addition is you feel like you've been falling back on to AoE damage as your main win condition. Let's say your play group runs a TON of artifact hate or something, than the damage you get from it is worth the card slot. the only reason I run Firebrand Archer instead is because she deals damage on more than just Instant and Sorcery cards being cast, so the little bit of damage helps.
Sentinel Tower is also a good addition as well, but I haven't gotten around to playtesting it. The main issue with it is that it ONLY works on your turn. But Feather, the Redeemed usually plays her cards on EVERY turn. Which means this card is only really working 1/4th of the time. Its effect is still strong tho, so we shall see.
And here is the reason I do not run any lifegain cards in my deck, I will try to explain as best as possible. Aetherflux Reservoir gives FAR more lifegain than we need. When it gets used, it either dies right away to removal (nothing you can do about that) or you pop off with it and win. I've never had it only go kinda halfway then peeter off, and here is why. The rest of the game I was preparing my boardstate for it, and not gaining life. When Aetherflux Reservoir and Paradox Engine aren't on the field, you'll want to be spending almost all your resources on getting several things; a bunch of mana rocks, 2-3 cantrip cards, and a field full of targetable creatures with either Mirrorwing Dragon or Zada, Hedron Grinder to back them up). If you spent that time gaining life here and there than you would have enough life to MAYBE kill someone right away if you were able to attack with enough guys. But if we are ready for Aetherflux Reservoir when it hits the field in a normal game, we can win that turn easily by cycling through our hand. It will get to the point easily where you are gaining 9-10 health a single spell without the need to attack.
Which also leads me to the second reason we do not run those cards, and it is their restrictions. I'll talk about each one individually. Soul Warden and Soul's Attendant are both ONLY good if you already have a token engine on the field, and at most they will then be gaining you only a little bit of life before we need to do other things with the board (maybe about 7-8 if we're lucky). Soul's Grace will really ONLY ever hit for 1 about 80% of the time, a 2 mana spell that only gains us one life is nowhere near good enough for us. Which means it is only SOMEWHAT decent with you have Zada, Hedron Grinder or Mirrorwing Dragon on the field, and cards that are completely useless without another in a 99 card deck are almost always a bad decision. Spirit Link , Spiritualize , and Take Heart all REQUIRE you to attack with something in order to be effective, and if you recall from earlier, attacking is almost always the way we dont play our deck. We will get maybe 1 solid attack with up to a dozen or so creatures before we either combo off with Aetherflux Reservoir or we eat a boardwipe and need to rebuild. Also Spiritualize is just WAY to heavily costed for a card that will be gaining us 1 life 80% of the time, it draws a card sure, but so do a TON of 1 mana spells in the deck. Student of Ojutai also falls under the WAY to heavily costed category, in fact, he is as expensive as our main win condition, so let us compare the two. Let's say we cast about 8-12 spells a turn when we get the ball rolling, I'll average it to 10 for simplicities sake. With Student of Ojutai on the field that means we will be gaining 20 life, not bad. But with Aetherflux Reservoir on the field that means we will be gaining 55 life, MUCH better. NOW let's say we DONT cast Student of Ojutai and instead use that mana for up to 4 more spells, since he costs 4 and we run a ton of 1 cost cards. Add that on to our already 10 cards cast and that's and extra 50 life! So investing in casting more small spells and cantrips instead of investing in Student of Ojutai is a lot better for our lifegain. Syndic of Tithes is just WAY too taxing on us. Almost all of what we do is 1-2 mana so his extort makes our spell twice as expensive, aka we will be doing half as much for only minimal returns. And you can ONLY use white mana for it, not colorless or red, and we are already stretched pretty thin for colored mana in our deck since many mana rocks tap for colorless. Tablet of the Guilds this one is probably the most "ok" of the lifegain cards so far, unfortunately tho the artifacts in our deck are all good because we can tutor for them a lot. And there is little to no circumstances where I will be tutoring for Tablet of the Guilds instead of something like Paradox Engine or Sunforger , but as a budget option Tablet of the Guilds isnt totally horrible, just not good enough to make the cut. And lastly we have Tandem Tactics for 2 mana it does very little, most of our cards do something, and raw us a card, this card does something and gains us a bit of life. That little bit of life is almost never worth the loss in card draw. Since card draw is afterall, one of Boros main weaknesses.
You also need to consider what you would have to give up for the lifegain cards. You could choose to cut into the Sunforger tools, but then you have no protection, or way to interact with the enemies board state. If you choose to cut into the tutoring creatures/cards then we no longer have any consistency in our deck, and our win percentage drops drastically. And if you cut into our card draw then we are back to square one in Boros EDH where we no longer have enough cards to win the game or combo off. In the end tho it all comes down to how unnecessary it is. Aetherflux Reservoir is more than enough for us, and cards that are being used to to its job but worse, would be better spent helping it do its job safely. "There aint no kill like overkill" is a very false statement in MTG, overkill is expensive and unsafe.
Hope that explained it well enough :)
2 months ago
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1 year ago
So, deck would be stronger and more stable, if you remove cards that give life only once Lagonna-Band Elder,War Report, and even cards that give life once per circle Silent Attendant, then add more protection to play over Soul Warden-alike cards: Angelic Renewal, Hyena Umbra
1 year ago
not about to tell you to get another deck or a "modern deck", since you already stated this is more a list of what you have to work with rather than a finished deck. I dont know how much modern matches you could observe until now, but modern is a very fast format that evolves mostly around the first 4-6 turns of a game. With that premise, you should start by cutting most of your mana expensive cards from the finished build, they just wont help you win in time or to stay alive. Things like Soul's Majesty, Hunt the Weak, Quietus Spike or Staff of Nin are far to slow to have an impact on your matches. The same goes for your "big" cats like Raksha, Jedit Ojanen and Taj-Nar Swordsmith. Little critters like Infantry Veteran are cheaply costed, but outclassed very easily and dont have enough of a usefull ability. If i were you i probably would drop the equipment/arifact based cards in the deck completely and go more in the direction of +1/+1 counters.
Try to ask around if someone has some Travel Preparations and/or some more Fleecemane Lion's for trade, or buy some of them at your LGS (they are pretty cheap) and up the number of Ainok Bond-Kin. Try to avoid Dragon Bell Monk and Student of Ojutai and try to get some Seeker of the Way instead. They have a better body for a lower cost, get the Prowess bonus from casting your +1/+1 counter spells and combat tricks as well as getting you some more life. Consider Prey Upon to go with them.
Overall advice: try to lower your mana curve so that you have a reasonable chance to play something every turn from t1 to t5, perhaps even mutiple spells from t3 onward, to get your opponent to 0 life as quickly as possible. If you want to stick with GW as your colors and want to use some of your cats, an aggro strategy (poissibly) with +1/+1 counter interactions would be the first thing you should look at. Also cheap, efficient spot removal in form of Lightning Bolt, Path to Exile and Fatal Push are some of the most played cards in modern. If you can do it, try to add something that protects your creatures, or gives you an advantage if they get removed. Something like Brave the Elements, Emerge Unscathed or Shapers' Sanctuary should be a fine solution.
I hope this is what you were looking for. If you have further questions, feel free to ask away.
1 year ago
The caravan is 3 mana for a vehicle/rock. pretty good deal, in other situations, but i eliminated it this time because 3 mana could be 3 1cmc equips. It still hangs out in that deckbox, however. :)
The two other equips you mentioned are in the mail right now. :)
That leonin dude looks really good for this; i will get one. I think he could outright replace the Student of Ojutai, or maybe work as a second way to gain life.
Grinding Station was suggested by a friend a while ago, and i just forgot about it. On my list now. :)
Metalworker hadn't occurred to me, but it makes sense. I am willing to pay for it, and it's a classic that is a pretty good investment.
The recharge rocks are pretty okay here... yeah, they need to have mana pumped into them... but a Grim Monolith early enough allows for 3 additional 1cmc equips to come out. which means a greater chance of drawing lands and other needed stuff. the deck does move fast enough, for these to not be much of an issue actually.
1 year ago
About the ramp I'm not really sure how it plays out, but it feels like those mana rocks you need to "recharge" are not really what you would need in this deck. As far as I know those kind of rocks are great because they help you reach high costs soon, this deck uses as much mana as possible every turn, is a one turn thing best thing in this deck? Wouldn't other rocks with a steady mana production be better? You can't count on having the Paradox Engine every time. Worn Powerstone is an all time good rock, Cultivator's Caravan is not specially good by itself (on a mono color deck), but maybe it overcompensates by being a vehicle. If you are willing to spend some money, Metalworker is the best mana producer you can get.
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