Tariel, Reckoner of Souls
Legendary Creature — Angel
: Choose a creature card at random from target opponent's graveyard. Put that card onto the battlefield under your control.
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Tariel, Reckoner of Souls Discussion
3 weeks ago
Looking over the deck a few times, the two "Star" dragons have death triggers. combing that with Kiki-Jiki... that's just plain rude. Kiki and Rune-Scarred Demon is tutor for days, Restoration Angel is flicker, and Angel of Despair is just destructive. And I'd also like to back Tariel, Reckoner of Souls. Everyone else in my play group does grave reclamation and I managed to have all other commanders under my control at the same time. Needless to say, I won. Anyway, I digress. If you wouldn't mind, could you critique my KotV deck. She's still in the works after a year and, well, her W:L is 13:7. Not bad but not good either. Ugh... I keep rambling. Anyway, I'll take any suggestions Kaalia and Friends
1 month ago
Spirits Thanks for the ideas - after looking at your comments, I would have to agree with those critiques, so I added Balefire Dragon, Rune-Scarred Demon, Deathless Angel and Exquisite Archangel, and dropped Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon, Tariel, Reckoner of Souls and Duelist's Heritage. I'll give it a run this way and see how it performs. There are a couple other tweaks included as well - hopefully it can keep up with my Animar and Leovold decks this way. Thanks again.
1 month ago
You could really use a Rune-Scarred Demon in here. He is a respectable 6/6 but replaces himself with a Master of Cruelties or an Avacyn, Angel of Hope depending on board position, or he can pull an Anguished Unmaking if you have a problem.
I also really like Balefire Dragon, he is one of my favorites.
Since you have Crucible of Worlds could utilize an additional land destruction like Ravages of War or Cataclysm, or at least a Strip Mine. There is a second Strip Mine as well, it's name escapes me at this very moment.
I would have to verify this but I don't think Duelist's Heritage can double strike the Angel/Demon/Dragon. Both Kaalia of the Vast and Duelist's Heritage triggers will go on the stack (in the order you choose), but you have to select the targets when going on the stack, which means, the creature isn't on the battlefield yet. I could be wrong, but feel like Silverblade Paladin might be a better option, but he's a creature so easier to remove, I understand that.
You don't have many equipment, the double strike maybe, but worries Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon without any equipment or other creature support might not get there on the 10 poison counters, and then he's really just slowing you down since everyone else is just doing damage, except him.
I personally dislike the randomness of Tariel, Reckoner of Souls plus it relies on opponents graveyards, when all you removal is Exile. Although you do run LOTS of board remove (except Terminus which won't help with graveyard)
Pretty cool. +1.
1 month ago
Going Orzhov or Mardu?
Steal from graveyard we have Tariel, Reckoner of Souls to be used as general.
1 month ago
What I found is that I often make it to the mid or end game with the most life, even by if by just a little bit, making symmetric damage a decent option, and this applied very well to Eye for an Eye. It's like in Chess when you end up a pawn ahead in the mid game. At that point, it pays to start trading pieces.
I also noted that I could survive on less land than most decks, and being conscious of this makes Acidic Soil and Citadel of Pain asymmetric in my favor. Reactive spells end up requiring a huge amount of untapped mana, and even Reflect Damage is a big mana requirement for a deck that likes to run fewer lands.
I often found that I wanted to be able to bring my own offense once I entered into a conflict with an Aikido card. After looking at all this, I realized that having some traditional wincons mixed into my offense made all those Aikido cards more effective. When I can redirect an opponent's offense for a big chunk of damage, punish them for their overcommitment in the form of lands or creatures for another big chunk of damage, and then hit them a couple times with a big creature attack of my own, I may not win on their turn, but I usually win between their turn and my next.
Taking the deck in this direction also shored up a general weakness of this deck. By adding that little bit of my own offense in the form of my own big swingy attacks, I can become very aggressive against another reactive deck, which is the type of deck that Aikido traditionally has trouble with. To me, this is an extension of the idea that you should punish each deck for what it is. For other reactive decks, Citadel of Pain after an early aggressive start can make them cry.
While I did not adhere to Rachmiel's original theme of only hitting them with their own stuff, I believe my Pillow Fort and Rattlesnake suite is psychologically stronger for this deck, and my deck can become very aggressive in ways that his really had a harder time with. His did have Tariel, Reckoner of Souls to get aggressive with their graveyard, but I would prefer to hate their graveyard and then bring my own offense, especially since I can take out a single opponent with the right hand by turn 4, without their help at all. Tariel, Reckoner of Souls is an expensive beater that needs a full graveyard to exploit before it really gets going. His cannot be that aggressive.
In the end, I think that Aikido gains a ton of power from being a strong theme in a deck, but not the only option. Redirected attacks, exploiting overcommitment, punishing decks for things that all decks do, and traditional big beaters combine nicely in ways that are starting to make a dedicated Aikido redirection style deck look one dimensional.
1 month ago
@Spirits, Definitely some awesome card suggestions that I have taken on board. Always good to hear from other Kaalia of the Vast players and to get their imput.
I feel that I too have been wildly underwhelmed every time I see Tariel, Reckoner of Souls in my hand. I want so much for that card to be good, but can honestly say I've tried and it just doesn't fit. I have replaced it with your suggestion of Rune-Scarred Demon as it just does more for me in a tight spit. Oh well, to the trade binder Tariel shall go...
Yes, Path to Exile and Swords to Plowshares are more cost effective and versatile than Hero's Demise, but yes, I want to keep stuff in the yard for that late game Rise of the Dark Realms if I somehow find myself there. I am also keen on having my exile effects not specific to card type, so I can deal with mostly any card that becomes a threat permanently. That is why I have opted for Anguished Unmaking and Utter End.
1 month ago
+1, never seen a 5 color angel deck before.
I'd look at Cavern of Souls for making sure your important angels hit the board. As far as the land base goes, it's really good. Exotic Orchard and Mystic Confluence could probably find homes in here, though. Maybe even a Forbidden Orchard, since your creatures are predominantly flying.
I try to include Mirari's Wake in any deck that can run it, as the mana it provides is crazy good. Tempt with Discovery is another card I try to include in decks that run a lot of non-basic lands. It usually grabs me 4 lands in a game. But if you're in a more highly competitive meta, then Skyshroud Claim could work well. You might even want to add both, your creatures have very high CMC.
Atraxa, Praetors' Voice from Commander 2016 is great. Even if you can't make much use of the proliferate, the stats and body are highly efficient for her mana cost.
Your average CMC is pretty high already, but I think Maelstrom Wanderer would be a good include. He buffs all of your angels and free casts two spells (Which are likely to be two other creatures).
1 month ago
Isochron Scepter only has 5 possible imprints, Hide/Seek, Lightning Helix, Reroute, Swords to Plowshares, Terminate. Not really worth it, will be a dead draw most of the time. Some other additions to make it useful would be Path to Exile, Boros Charm, Vampiric Tutor, Enlightened Tutor, I'm sure there are some others, I haven't calculated a geometric probability, but my gut says at least 10-12 targets to make it in there.
No Master of Cruelties, I know your focus is ETB, but he win's the game, no better ETB than that!
Karmic Guide has the best ETB of all!
I really dislike Tariel, Reckoner of Souls, only target's opponents graveyards, and random. Not that awesome for CMC 7 and 4 Power!
Cool take on Kaalia of the Vast +1.
PS: Terminate is in both Sideboard & Mainboard.