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To Arms! Discussion
11 hours ago
I'd like to point out that the color of To Arms! and Silence are irrelevant: you'll imprint them on Isochron Scepter, and pay no matter their printed cost. Or, you'll tap a Birds of Paradise to cast it.
It occurs to me that Remand is probably the best 2-mana counter you could imprint, if you wanted to go all-in on Isochron.
12 hours ago
@Funkydiscordgod So just to get some things straight, I never knew any of the cards you mentioned existed so essentially all of this feedback sounds great!
To Arms! sounds like a great win card when a scepter is in hand. I really have no objections of it being white since its not like I use Dramatic Reversal any differently. Speaking of white cards, I came across Silence. It saves the effort of trying to counter or block everything but it's white. Not sure how I would use it.
Cathartic Adept is a great backup plan just like you said. I had the feeling some decks would have protection from burn super early but never found the time to research how to get around it. I must thank you for telling me about this card.
As for the situation with Pithing Needle, Deconstruct, the card you proposed to side board, is interesting since its free if 3 mana is open. However, Naturalize can additionally hit annoying enchantments, get imprinted if needed for some reason, and its easier to drop if my field is short on mana. Natural State is the same but its a 1 drop and only hits if they're 3 or lower. With these options, I'm not sure which one to choose. I am kind of leaning towards Natural State since its a small drop that can quickly take care of messy lock ups or combos I don't want on the field. Overall, I'm sure all three can be side boarded for every unique situation.
About Spell Pierce over Mana Leak, I think it falls under preference just like Deconstruct and Naturalize. Spell Pierce is bad to imprint since it only costs 1 and imprinted spells cost 2 no matter what. But exiling via Kaho is pretty decent and with no scepter in hand, it's more likely to save me than Mana Leak. But if you take into account how many birds and elves are in this deck, how much more is 1 mana for a better effect? I'll probably run it since I seem to be hiding behind Isochron Scepter too much.
14 hours ago
What's your opinion on To Arms!? You just imprint it on a scepter, cast it with your dorks, and keep casting it until you find the combo pieces you need. If you do, could Cathartic Adept be a backup plan?
Your deck doesn't seem have any good way to deal with the Pithing Needles your opponents will inevitably sideboard in against you. Would Deconstruct make a good sideboard card to counter their sideboard?
1 week ago
New to Magic? If so, Welcome to the Fold.
Your deck isn't as terrible as you think. You have a decent mana base. Your mana-curve isn't the worst, and you have some decent synergy going.
So how do we make this more efficient...
If you removed all three, you'd have room for a 2nd Glory-Bound Initiate. It's personally one of my favorite Exert creatures. In fact, if there are cards you know you want to see every game, I'd make room for 4 of them. If you did that, you wouldn't need the lifelink from Tenacity and could trade to something like To Arms!. Cheaper, and you get to draw.
I'd also consider shaving the Nef-Crop Entangler. It doesn't trade well if you need it for defense. 1 toughness when it's not exerted seems low.
I'm not sure what your budget is like, but this is where the suggestions can get pricey, depending how serious you want to get with this build.
Lands. As mentioned, you're missing to flashback. You could break banks and pick up Godless Shrines and fetchlands Marsh Flats... but if you're keeping it budget, I'd just add 4 Evolving Wilds, a Swamp or 2, and drop the Stone Quarrys. They're coming in tapped anyway, and you can pull the basic of your choice.
Anyway, sorry for the novel. I hope this makes sense, and is helpful.
1 week ago
Since you're new, I'll just list all the cards I'd add or replace lesser cards with:
2 weeks ago
1 month ago
Fine, you've won your upvote.
Call to Glory can probably take the place of To Arms! as a similar effect, and Inner-Chamber Guard can probably take the place of Fiendslayer Paladin. High Ground is cute, but bushido doesn't stack for each creature blocked, so it's a weak card I would cut for removal. I could also see either Gift of Immortality or Angelsong getting the axe for extra removal.
5 months ago
Cool deck I like it a lot. Got me thinking...got some ideas.. Emeria Shepherd & Nim Deathmantle for more uses of your ball lightning cards. Conjurer's Closet can help you keep your stolen dudes around to use more before nuking them. Twilight Shepherd, True Conviction, Dictate of Heliod, To Arms!, Thousand-Year Elixir, Magewright's Stone, Thunderblust, Impetuous Devils...I bet Phyrexian Dreadnought makes its way into non budget builds, sac it with its ETB trigger on the stack. Happy gathering!