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If you have less life than an opponent, you gain 6 life. If you control fewer creatures than an opponent, put 3 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens onto the battlefield.
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Timely Reinforcements Discussion
2 weeks ago
I wouldn't splash, no. Or maybe blue for Snapcaster Mageing your burn spells but it's not necessary to me since you have the combo.
First, I'd remove 2-3 Clifftop Retreat and put in Sacred Foundrys instead (price drop incoming with the reprints). An opening hand with 2 or 3 Retreat is awful since them all come in tapped. Against any aggro deck, you're dead. And mulligan feelsbadman.
Concerning KCI, it can deal with anything ultimately so just wait for the ban hammer. It's just a hard time to but everything will be fine :)
Third, wtf is with the sideboard? I'm really curious about what motivated your choices here:
Why 4 Thalia? You run 24 non-creature cards mainboard, you don't want to see her at all, even on your oppnent's board, so why play her yourself?
Why 4 Rabblemaster? Unless you can drop him T2 in the control matchups ok but I don't see how your deck does it. Again, you run sweepers to avoid having to deal with too many creatures, just get rid of him.
Just my 2 cents :)
3 weeks ago
Shalai, Voice of Plenty is more of a sideboard card in my opinion to start and even then I would only personally run it as a one-of there. The list you have here is very much somewhere between the decks I mentioned earlier, taking some things from martyr proc and some from B/W tokens. My first suggestion though is to drop the soul sisters plan. It may seem weird I know but personally I have always found it much too slow for modern and they likely don't sit around long anyway, in their place I would run 4x Martyr of Sands, 2x Cast Down, 1x Wrath of God, 1x Oblivion Ring, and 1x Damnation. This is also assuming Shalai gets moved to the side. Ajani's Pridemate can also go with this setup, in it's place 1x Timely Reinforcements, 1x Gideon of the Trials, and 2x Sorin, Solemn Visitor can come in. The plan should be to gain enough life quickly to beat down with ascendant but to that end have a ton of removal characteristic to midrange to help this plan.
3 weeks ago
The hard part with tribal decks is having a reason to actually play the tribe. Right now you've got Sporecrown Thallid but that's it. You could consider Metallic Mimic or Adaptive Automaton, and if you're willing to splash into another color you should definitely spring for Slimefoot, the Stowaway and Pack's Disdain.
As for sideboard, the two general directions you can go in is planning for the decks that are good against you, or planning for the meta (the decks you expect to play against). Wrath effects and dedicated burn decks will both be a struggle for you. I'd recommend you up the number of Heroic Interventions for fighting against control since you can't recover very well from a wrath. I'd also recommend you look at some cheap lifegain or way to interact with burn. I see Congregate there, but by the time you're able to cast it burn decks will have already killed you. Timely Reinforcements is a good option, so is Blessed Alliance. Leyline of Sanctity is a great option too, but its pretty pricey. If you splash black like I suggested you could even look at a few copies of Collective Brutality. Beyond that you should expect the meta. It's very graveyard heavy right now, so I'd recommend 1-3 copies of Rest in Peace. Tron and Storm are also both present, so 1-3 copies of Damping Sphere would be a good idea as well. Artifact and enchantment destruction is always good to have access to, so 1-3 copies of either Fragmentize or Naturalize would serve you well. 1-2 copies of Pithing Needle can be nice as a catch-all, and a bit of extra removal in the form of Blessed Alliance, Journey to Nowhere, or Condemn could be nice in some games too. If you run black those could swap for Fatal Push, Collective Brutality, or Go for the Throat. With the addition of black you could also throw in some hand disruption against combo or control, things like Thoughtseize or Inquisition of Kozilek.
Whatever you choose to do, good luck!
1 month ago
arcane_trouper While Engineered Explosives is really good in other decks, I think it's terrible in tokens. You can only abuse x=0 to x=2 but rarely do you want x=2 as it hurts you. X=0 kills yours own tokens so that leaves you with x=1 as your only option. A lot of the one mana stuff you want to get rid of have better answers.
Timely Reinforcements is an okay card. It tends to be high variance. Sometimes your board state doesn't match up against creature decks to get full value out of it. Against Burn, it all depends on whether they have the anti-lifegain card and can play around it. Imo it's a bit situational. Overall, it might just be better to play more Collective Brutality as it's better against Burn and has utility against both creature and non-creature decks. Although it seems you already play 2 in the main board so I think you're totally fine. I would just recommend you play an extra Dismember to handle bigger threats and 1 Fatal Push. I really like this split based on the versatility.
Which matchups are you bringing in Runed Halo for? I think depending on the meta, one card to consider is Alpine Moon with one Sacred Foundry in the deck. It's the best hoser against the Tron and Valakut decks, which are probably the worst matchups for this deck. I'm not saying you should run it but it's something to brainstorm about.
1 month ago
Thanks for the advice CarelessEmu! I have previously toyed with adding LotV, but had previously found my 3 drop spot was already crowded with Lingering Souls and Spectral Procession. But Lili is definitely a powerhouse, so I might reconsider her.
Your ideas got me thinking, and I redid my sideboard. You are correct that two Stony Silence is too much. Even one might be too much, but I decided to keep at least one in for now. What are your thoughts on Timely Reinforcements and Engineered Explosives?
1 month ago
2 months ago
Glad I was able to be of help! My friends play aggro and tempo almost exclusively so it's nice to share my thoughts on control. :) As for Monastery Mentor, if you really like the card there's nothing wrong with keeping it in. I'm a big advocate of playing what's fun, not necessarily what's the strongest. For example, I absolutely LOVE Esper Charm and refuse to play the colors without it, despite there being much better options. To each their own, eh?
As for sideboard, if your meta is really that big then there's two directions you can take: you can either try to cover the most popular decks, or you can try to cover your decks biggest weaknesses. For popular decks you're looking at five color humans, affinity, burn, Tron and ETron, Grixis shadow, and other UXx control decks. For big weaknesses, usually a deck like this is going to struggle against all forms of Tron and most forms of aggro, not to mention anything that plays Blood Moon. I'd recommend bumping up your Damping Sphere count to 2 or 3 because without it you stand very little chance against Tron, plus it completely hoses Storm as a nice bonus. Spot removal and wraths are ok against aggro decks, but most of them have some effects that go face, plus you may not be able to consistently one-for-one them so they'll chip your life down. I'd recommend looking at Leyline of Sanctity and maybe Timely Reinforcements to shore up that weak point. Covering everything else can be a little tricky since there's so much you can go up against. Stony Silence rocks against affinity, but it usually only takes one wrath top make them scoop so you can probably go down to just one in the board. Nihil Spellbomb is nice since it replaces itself, but the fact that it's a one-time effect makes it significantly less powerful (in my eyes at least) than alternatives like Leyline of the Void and Rest in Peace. Trust me when I say I am the president of the Elspeth, Sun's Champion fan club, but I'm struggling to find a reason to have her in the board. What exactly do you plan to bring her in against? She won't resolve in the control mirror, she's too slow for aggro matchups, she doesn't do shit against Tron, and you're already perfectly set up to fight combo... again, if you really like the card maybe you want to keep it in just because, and that's fine. But in terms of a competitive viable sideboard, she probably doesn't deserve a slot. Bontu's Last Reckoning is a fine wrath in standard, but paying the premium of one more mana for Damnation, Wrath of God, or Supreme Verdict to be able to untap your lands next turn is well worth it. Spell Queller is a powerful tempo card that gives you a body with a pseudo-counterspell, but you maybe better suited running some extra hand attack or some removal for non-creature permanents. If you like the idea of bringing a flying body with your effect you could try Vendilion Clique, which will help deal with the threats before they're even able to cast them. Otherwise you can try an extra Thoughtseize or a Collective Brutality for hand attack, or a Cyclonic Rift or Anguished Unmaking to remove problematic artifacts/enchantments/planeswalkers. Blessed Alliance is also a nice one-of to have in the board since it hits Slippery Bogle and gains you life against aggro.
Building the sideboard is the hardest part of modern in my opinion, so whatever you decide on, good luck!
2 months ago
I think that BA is at its best in the traditional UW builds. The life gain is nice but Timely Reinforcements is often better, and there isn't really anything BA does that this deck can't already do.