Talisman of Resilience
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|Modern Horizons (MH1)||Uncommon|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Talisman of Resilience Discussion
1 month ago
Spark Harvest is probably better than Severed Strands. Crashing Centaur is a little slow for a discard outlet at six mana. The shroud is nice, but you might want to consider Bog Witch. Costly Plunder is strictly better than Altar's Reap. Talisman of Resilience is good ramp, and a wrath or two lie Crux of Fate or Damnation might be good, depending on your budget. Stitcher's Supplier is very good self mill, as is Satyr Wayfinder. Cut Windgrace Acolyte for one of those, or some other, cheaper self mill if you can't find those two. Deathgreeter does Sultai Flayer's role better than the Flayer.
1 month ago
Ok, I have a few suggestions for you and I'll try to keep it budget(ish) friendly.
The main thing I see that needs some tlc is your mana rocks. I'd drop all your lockets etc. that cost mana and get the rest of your Signets and Talismans in here. Dimir Signet, Talisman of Dominance, and Talisman of Resilience. Crystal Vein will also ramp into Muldrotha and can ramp in one turn with Muldy in play.
Feel free to check out my list for ideas. It's definitely not budget friendly but you may find a few ideas there. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Muldrotha's Madhouse - No Infinite
2 months ago
It looks to me, from a quick count, that you're running around 18 tutors, counting your creatures that tutor. That could clear the path for 9 draw spells and 9 ramp spells, balancing you out pretty good.
Sol Ring is a staple in most EDH decks, but honestly, it won't help you ramp into your commander very well. Other two-drop rocks or two-drop land ramp spells would be ideal. Moving into the two-drop land ramp spells will push you more into green, however, and I don't know how that will affect your deck. If you're looking to keep the same mana base, two-drop rocks would be the answer.
Two-Drop (or less) Rocks:
- Arcane Signet
- Fellwar Stone
- Gruul Signet
- Golgari Signet
- Selesnya Signet
- Orzhov Signet
- Talisman of Conviction
- Talisman of Impulse
- Talisman of Unity
- Talisman of Resilience
- Wayfarer's Bauble
- Sol Ring
I'm not sure how important the Commander is for this deck, or if it's just a placeholder for colors. If that's the case, you could probably look to more three and up CMC rocks, but ideally, keeping it around two is going to be more efficient for you deck.
Now, if Saskia is merely a placeholder for colors, you could look into some of the Partner options in these colors, one of which would allow you to run Tymna the Weaver, which adds a card draw spell to your command zone. If you have card draw available in the command zone, then you can more easily get away with running fewer draw spells in your deck, because you'll always have access to it. With this in mind, you have some options to look at. You don't run a high creature count, so getting creature damage early could be a challenge, and thus prevent you from refilling your hand. But, it's an option worth considering. I do see the combat benefits that Saskia does offer you for this deck, and understand if keeping her as the Commander is your preference.
I hope this presents some options for you to consider.
2 months ago
Before I start helping with the main portion of the deck, I want to start with the base of the deck. I know that this is not the most exciting part of your deck, but a well-built base will help you to have a lot more fun with the deck.
To start, the average CMC of the deck is a little over 4. This is fairly high which means you need a decent amount of ramp to effectively play. A great place to start is with signets and talismans. I greatly prefer these over most three-mana mana rocks because they come down fast and help you just as much. Since you're in three colors, you have three of each.
- The signets: Simic Signet, Dimir Signet, and Golgari Signet (Arcane Signet is great too)
- The talismans: Talisman of Curiosity, Talisman of Dominance, and Talisman of Resilience
Now for ramp spells, I only see two, Kodama's Reach and Tempt with Discovery. Tempt is usually not a good card, unless you can really take advantage of it. In most playgroups, people won't take the offer because it puts you way ahead. This means that you spent four mana to get one land. Cards like Wood Elves and Migration Path will help you more reliably get lands onto the field.
Lastly, I want to talk about card draw and card advantage. More so than in other formats, card draw and advantage are super important to a well-running deck. While your commander gives you pretty good card draw, she will be a target, and you can't rely on always having her out. I recommend running several cantrips like Ponder, Preordain, and Frantic Search. They don't seem like much, but they are a massive help. In the early game, they can ensure that you have cards to play. In the mid to late game, they can help you dig for the cards you need. I also recommend a couple of sources of card draw that stay on the field and continue to help you (like Rhystic Study) or scale with the game. Things like Necropotence and Pull from Tomorrow.
I hope this helps. I'd love to help you on the main part of your deck too, but let's start with the basics. If you have any questions, just ask!!
3 months ago
I want to preface this with a couple of things. First, I'm not sure what power level you're building this deck for. I tend to build decks between 6-9, so some of my suggestions might not be the best fit. Second, based on the current price of the deck, I imagine this is more of a budget build. So I'll try to keep my recommendations within a decent price point.
Now, let's talk about what you've got. I don't want to pick apart your creature selection card by card. Rather, I want to know why you chose the creatures that you chose. Obviously, Kathril wants cards in your graveyard to have a bunch of keywords, but those creatures aren't always going to be there. You're going to need to play them some times. It's important that the creatures that you put in do something on the field too. I do want to call out a few cards that I feel like will not do what you want them to do.
- Gravebreaker Lamia: The CMC is much too high are what you're getting
- Night Incarnate: Same issue
- Anvil of Bogardan: You don't have a good way to make use of your opponents getting card advantage too
- Arguel's Blood Fast Flip: Doesn't do a lot
- Asceticism: It's a pricy card for a deck that should already be giving its stuff hexproof
I'm not seeing a wincon in here either. I know Kathril can be a big flying force, but if that is your main plan, you should be packing a pretty strong sub-strategy. I think hand destruction would be a strong choice for this deck. Cards like Oppression and Necrogen Mists give you a way to discard cards without making you fall behind. I saw Noose Constrictor in the maybeboard. That is a prime example of something that you should avoid. Yes, discarding a keyword-soup creature will help you with Kathril but you will not be getting a card's worth of value from that. When you discard a card, you want to make should that you are not falling behind. So, either everyone needs to discard too or you need to get a card back (like with Fauna Shaman).
Now, here's the fun bit. With group discard effects, there will be a lot of creatures in graveyards (or at least yours). I would run a suite of reanimation spells, Reanimate, Animate Dead, and even a finisher like Rise of the Dark Realms. This will turn already good discard effects into massive value.
Next, let's talk about ramp. A great way to work in ramp that isn't too pricy are two-drop rocks. In basically all of my decks, I run every signet and talisman (like Talisman of Resilience) that I can. In this deck, that's 6 cards of solid power. Also, Fellwar Stone goes in basically all my decks too. It's just solid. I also want to point out Knight of the White Orchid. It has a keyword that's relevant and ramps you. Also, it's not technically ramp but does a great job here, Life from the Loam.
Lastly, your removal needs work. I would try to work in some of the following because they are good and efficient.
Overall, I think you're well on your way to having a fun deck!!
If you want some inspiration of a hand-destruction/reanimation/aristocrats style deck, check out my Liliana deck here.
4 months ago
Hey, there's some good cards here, but my advice is before you make any other changes that you focus on the manabase. If you want better results then improving the manabase can help. The ratio of 28 lands that are green sources of mana to 10 sources of black mana is subpar. Even though there's more green cards here than black you still need more black.
It appears you're playing so many Forests because you're counting on having a green land ramp spell to search for a Swamp. This is a trap, it's too risky, because if you don't draw a land ramp spell then how are you going to get black mana? A safer plan is not count on having land ramp spells instead build the manabase with the idea that you will not have access to them. Think of them as a bonus for ramp, instead count on the consistency of different colored lands to cast cards.
Lands within the budget to consider adding:
- Command Tower: one of the best lands for multicolored decks in Commander and it's only $1.
- Llanowar Wastes: Golgari Pain land.
- Tainted Wood
- Jund Panorama: can search for a Swamp or a Forest.
- Golgari Rot Farm: Golgari Bounce land.
- Ash Barrens: basic landcycle for a Swamp or Forest.
- Evolving Wilds
- Terramorphic Expanse
- Hissing Quagmire: Golgari creature land.
- Temple of Malady: Golgari Scry land.
If you cut 10x Forest for these lands then you have many more black sources while still keeping the green sources the same. There's an artifact theme here which makes mana rocks Golgari Signet and Talisman of Resilience good budget options for ramp.
Good luck with your deck.
4 months ago
Lots of subthemes you got there, that's some interesting challenge. All in all, you're running way too many high-costed cards for a Commander that generally revolves around more of an aggressive strategy. I'll further provide you a personalized list of adjustments, trying my best to keep it at the lowest budget as possible.
Very first thing, 37 lands is too much for an Anafenza deck imo. You can easily go down to 35/34 in order to feel more proactive. That being said, the mana base of your decklist is pretty unstable, and you'll need better mana rocks, around 5/6 good rocks should do it helping you stabilizing.
The second thing to bring up is that you play loads and loads of creatures with actually specific abilities that don't always combine altogether well. Like, for example, in which way would Slimefoot, the Stowaway help Anafenza, the Foremost being consistent? My answer, without another kind of appreciation than logic: not any single one. If you need cheap legendary to keep it up with your theme, there are better options, but remind that this was only a little example.
Finally, you lack reactivity because of very few instant/flash spells. It's not as necessary as some think, but still have a way to protect dutifully your creatures is a key for aggro/midrange decks in EDH. Being able to answer what your opponents bring up to the tape is moreover essential, and I don't see enough removals/tricks in there.
So, let's take a closer look from now on. I'll make some different categories starting with the cuts to make it easier to read.
1.) Back to 100 cards:
Abzan Battle Priest > not bad on its own, fits decently in some casual decks with +1/+1 as their central archetype. It's not a good card to include since you aren't only focusing on this aspect. It's too slow, unreliable.
Abzan Falconer > same comment
Mer-Ek Nightblade > still the same / it's even the worst one
Tuskguard Captain > still and still water
Spirit of the Hearth > overcosted, overrated, no particular reason to include this card there even if a Cat Spirit feels pretty cool
Wingmate Roc > not bad but too slow, doesn't synergize well with your themes, in concurrence with just better cards on the spot
Soul of the Harvest > overcosted card draw outlet, I'll procure you some better option for a cheap price
Slimefoot, the Stowaway > despite being legendary, doesn't do much
Reya Dawnbringer > recursion is like... really good, but damn this card is slow and bad. You have to wait one whole turn for it to trigger, with only cards like Shalai, Voice of Plenty in your list to protect it. Yeah, I don't think it'll happen often. Definitively cut.
Noosegraf Mob > +1/+1 card but without any real synergies. You have better options.
Lena, Selfless Champion > too slow
Hornet Queen > good card but doesn't fit in there, seems like a weird choice of token generator
Parhelion II > cool card, poor consistency there
Quietus Spike > same: cool card, poor consistency
Kaya, Bane of the Dead > slow removal, pretty bad imo
Brave the Sands > non-mbo with Anafenza, overrated card
Abundance > good card, not needed there
Kin-Tree Invocation > not bad not good, lacks interactions
Mirari's Wake > same comment as for Abundance
Leyline of Abundance > not enough interactions
Panharmonicon > not enough interactions
Trostani, Selesnya's Voice > not enough interactions
Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord > not enough interactions
3 basic lands
2.) Cheap Improvements:
2.1.) Mana Rocks:
Sol Ring > yeh it's boring to see this card everywhere I know
Fellwar Stone > excellent mana rock, tapping for every color most of the time
2.2.) More removals:
Those are the classical ones you surely know. They are easily affordable and would give your deck a small lift at controlling the board state.
2.3.) Better Legendaries:
Mikaeus, the Lunarch > not the cheapest already, but really effective, almost a staple for your deck style
Hope of Ghirapur > underrated card, does a lot, insane with recursion to lock down a combo player at low cost
Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit > certainly a staple / and somewhat a reason to get rid of the token subtheme which is maybe a bit too much
Syr Faren, the Hengehammer > also certainly a staple / aggressive, good interactions with Anafenza, better than lords already in your deck
Kethis, the Hidden Hand > Yawgmoth's Will for legendaries? I'll take that. It could also be a nice alternative commander when you face more control-ish decks you're stuck against, enabling you to have an efficient late game on its own once made your commander.
Mangara of Corondor > Legendary creature which works as a nonsituational removal. Really good. Even if you can't always activate it when it hits the table, your opponents have to get rid of it using their hand resources and you make 1 for 1.
Masako the Humorless > Underplayed card / can be a game-changer / and it's a legendary creature.
2.4.) Voltron Outlet:
Sword of the Animist > ramp while keeping the pressure on your opponents
Hero's Blade > certainly a staple there with your legendary subtheme
Blackblade Reforged > same comment as for Hero's Blade
2.5.) Other cool cards to look at:
Throne of the God-Pharaoh > feels like a staple / Legendary
Vivien's Arkbow > cheap tutor / overall excellent
Vivien, Champion of the Wilds > flash out your creatures for more survivability and tricks
Primevals' Glorious Rebirth > excellent win condition / recursion
Kamahl's Druidic Vow > excellent win condition / Genesis wave for legendaries' madmen
Eladamri's Call > staple / it's cheap now that it's been re-edited in Modern Horizons, I'll try to get a copy of it by trading/buying it if I were you
3.) Medium Budget Improvements:
3.1.) Mana Rocks:
3.2.) Even more removals:
3.3.) Legendaries' Staples:
Rishkar, Peema Renegade > nice ramp, +1/+1 counters, overall really strong
3.4.) Neverending Voltron Outlet:
Konda's Banner > Yeh, it's a little bit expensive money speaking, but it does everything you're searching for, like a bridge between your Cats, your legends and your Voltron strategy.
Skullclamp > staple
3.5.) Cool cards:
Eternal Witness > best green recursion card
Green Sun's Zenith > one of the best green tutors
Scout's Warning > good card overall, cycles when you don't need it
4.) Expensive Improvements:
Finale of Devastation > tutor, win condition, not a necessity though
Blade of Selves > good equipment, not a necessity
Umezawa's Jitte > Core tool of lots of Voltron decks, would be necessary if you want to confront this deck to more competitive ones.
Swords' package > same comment as for the Jitte
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben > meta-depending staple
Gaddock Teeg > meta-depending staple
Liliana, the Last Hope > card-draw/legendary
Loyal Retainers > staple if you're going more in the legendary archetype
Selvala, Heart of the Wilds > card-draw/legendary/ramp
Reki, the History of Kamigawa > card-draw/legendary
Captain Sisay > staple / tutor / legendary
5.) Some other cards you could try (which I mostly haven't, or for which I have a doubt about their efficiency):
Sigil of Distinction > feels Voltron-ish
Sigiled Sword of Valeron > interacts with Anafenza, creates tokens, Voltron equipment
Masterwork of Ingenuity > I used it long ago in my Tajic's deck, which was globally a Voltron deck running between 15/20 pieces of equipment. Dunno if it could be of use there but it's a good card for sure.
Heart of Kiran > good card overall, you can Crew it and buff the creature you used to do so with Anafenza. That being said, I think it may reveal too inconsistent.
Sensei Golden-Tail > seems funny
Kunoros, Hound of Athreos > powerful hate-bear with good stats and abilities, certainly really good in a more good-stuff oriented iteration.
Isamaru, Hound of Konda > Lil' bro' of Kunoros doubtlessly, made for aggressive purposes. Good overall.
Thalia, Heretic Cathar > also more of a good-stuff card.
Taranika, Akroan Veteran > I never played her but damn she seems strong af.
Hua Tuo, Honored Physician > repeatable recursion.
Pir, Imaginative Rascal > not that I dislike it, however Hardened Scales already was a bad card if I'm honest. Pir is a tad bit better. Certainly better than Corpsejack Menace you're running, and carries more interactions.