Unflinching Courage

Unflinching Courage

Enchantment — Aura

Enchant creature

Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has trample and lifelink. (Damage dealt by a creature with lifelink also causes its controller to gain that much life.)

Unflinching Courage Discussion

Grubbernaut on

1 month ago

With 4 passage and 4 attune, I think you need more basics; or, to cut some of those cards. I'd go down to 2x passage, and replace them with a couple more basics.

Also, with several higher CMC haymakers, I think 4x Sylvan Caryatid would be a good plan. Blocks little creatures, not easily removed, fixes, and ramps to the big stuff.

Lastly, I'd cut Unflinching Courage from the SB and swap in Knight of Autumn for the flexibility. Maybe even 3, since it's currently at 14 cards.

Cheers!

NoSoyYucateco on Suck It, Sheoldred!

2 months ago

I think you need a bit more ramp to speed up the deck. You're playing green--why are you running the signet over more durable land ramp, especially when you only have 35 lands here? Rampant Growth , Nature's Lore , Cultivate , Diligent Farmhand , Wood Elves , Farhaven Elf , and Solemn Simulacrum are all cards I would pick before the signet. These will help you get Sigarda out sooner and give you staying power for the late game.

Also, if you're up against Sheoldred regularly, you might want to consider some more graveyard hate, like Scavenger Grounds , Tormod's Crypt , and Sentinel Totem . Sigarda will keep you from sacking but she won't prevent them from reanimating.

I would also swap one of your artifact/enchantment removal spells for Return to Nature , since it can exile something targeted by a reanimate effect.

Since you're aura-focused here, I would also think about Battle Mastery .

You also have virtually no draw here. Sram, Senior Edificer , Rishkar's Expertise , or Return of the Wildspeaker would all be great in this build. Even a Harmonize would do you good.

As for what you could cut to make room for some of these suggestions, I'd think about Flower / Flourish , Unflinching Courage , Dromoka's Command , Devouring Light , Indestructibility , Darksteel Plate , Bow of Nylea , and maybe one or two other targeted removal spells. You have a lot here.

cpollock055 on Just wait until I play my Bogle

3 months ago

-I'm not sure that this is a Once Upon a Time deck. It only hits 10 "important" things and if you already have a bogle in play it's pretty much useless and a waste of mana. Maybe keeping 1 for some insurance is fine but I don't think that card is meant for this deck.

-I'm not totally sold on Gift of Orzhova . It's just a slightly worse version of Unflinching Courage and gums up your curve by being so high cmc. I would just go the full 4 Unflinching courage and replace the remaining two Gifts with some lower cmc auras (maybe Gryff's Boon if you're worried about having flying? And to provide early evasion).

- Hero of Iroas seems really strong for racing non-interactive linear/combo decks and reducing your somewhat high aura curve, but obviously isn't great for other more interactive matchups since it doesn't have hexproof.

-I would most definitely play Veil of Summer in the sideboard, that card is just far too powerful to not play and protects you against Thoughtseize and your opponent blowing up your key auras.

-And finally I don't think you're winning the game if you have to play Witchstalker on 3. Waiting to attack until turn 4 is too long in this format even if they do ban the more degenerate stuff like copy cat and Kethis combo.


Upvoted. Creative and budget-friendly. Good luck hope you have fun in the new format! :)

SaberTech on Karona, The Pillow Enchantress

9 months ago

Hi, I'm just dropping in after seeing the link you left on your twitter page.

If you are looking for just 4 cards to remove, I think that Clout of the Dominus , Graceblade Artisan , Norn's Annex , and Celestial Mantle would be the first cards I would look at potentially removing.

Looking at the deck, I'm assuming that the general game plan is to fort up and let Karona get passed around the table with the hope that your opponents will swing at each other with it. If I've got that right, then plan B appears to be suiting up Bruna or Uril and smashing face. Maybe I have the priority of the two plans reversed.

That being said, I think that there are a few things to consider. Celestial Mantle and Unflinching Courage work well on creatures you control, like Uril, but aren't cards that you would want on Karona as she is being passed around the table. The Mantle gives life to the enchanted creature's CONTROLLER, and Unflinching Courage gives lifelink to the creature so Karona's controller would also be the one gaining life. For your deck Unflinching Courage in a drastically inferior version of the Armadillo Cloak you also run because the Cloak's triggered life gain effect will always give YOU the life instead of Karona's controller. It's an important difference that is worth looking at when refining your selection of auras.

Aside from that, I think that Clout of the Dominus isn't the best choice in the deck. The fact that it gives shroud is counter-intuitive to a voltron strategy.

If you decide to take Celestial Mantle out, maybe it would be worth considering running Pollenbright Wings ? If you put it on Karona it will always give you the tokens, not Karona's controller, which can help give you an army of saprolings that you can then boost with Karona's ability when it gets back to your turn.

Of course, that all depends on people actually choosing to attack with Karona. Since you are already running pillowfort cards, I think that it is worth running cards like Fumiko the Lowblood that force your opponents to attack. The rules say that even if you have a Propaganda in play, opponents still have to attack someone to meet the requirement. They can't just choose you, decide not to pay to attack, and claim that their attack has been negated. If they don't pay to attack you then they have to attack someone else if possible. It's a useful way to get your opponents to whittle themselves down and to limit the use that they can get out of their utility creatures.

The deck has a number of ways to try to handle your opponents' cards, but you are pretty reliant on Anguished Unmaking and Merciless Eviction to permanently deal with opponents' utility creatures. Everything else you have either bounces or just prevents those creatures from attacking you. It might be worth looking at cards like Prison Term and Darksteel Mutation as more effective enchantment-based removal options that you can search up with your enchantment tutor cards if you need them. Winds of Rath is also useful for helping to clear the board while leaving your enchanted creatures untouched.

I don't know how much of that helps with the direction you are currently looking to take the deck, but I hope that it gave you some ideas.

AnonymousBadger on Elf/Knight Enchantment Deck

1 year ago

Hey there! Building a deck around powerful auras is a consistently strong idea for a deck. To develop it further, I would consider which creatures you're putting those auras on. One of the major problems with aura decks is that when you put a bunch of enchantments on a creature and your opponent kills it with, say, a Doom Blade, your opponent just got rid of a bunch of cards, while only wasting one.

A trick to get around this is stacking your enchantments on cheap creatures with Hexproof. The most famous example is a competitive Modern deck that puts enchantments on cards like Slippery Bogle, Gladecover Scout, or my personal favorite, Silhana Ledgewalker. I really like your idea with using Shalai to accomplish this, but it's easier to just drop all your buffs on a creature that already has the ability.

As for some powerful enchantments to put on creatures like this, cards like Unflinching Courage that you're already playing are awesome, because they both add power and toughness and also grant strong abilities. I'd look for more auras like this. Some of the most powerful auras that the competitive deck plays include Rancor, Spirit Mantle and Ethereal Armor. Another cool set of auras is the Umbra enchantments, like Hyena Umbra and Spider Umbra. These protect your creatures while also giving them bigger buffs.

All the cards I've listed are actually very cheap, both in mana and money-wise. If you want to convert it to a more aggressive deck like I've suggested, I'd replace some of the higher cost cards like Colossal Dreadmaw that don't play into your aura game plan. This would also let you bring down the number of lands in your deck from 26 to around 21-22. Lastly, however tempting it might be to run more than 60 cards in this deck, I'd drop it down to exactly 60. This helps keep your deck consistent and strong.

Hope this helped!

lagotripha on Order of the Jade Lotus

1 year ago

While I like the idea of efficient 2 drop creatures 3 drop enchantments to generate very powerful creatures, I feel like a lot could be smoothed out with some minor adjustments.

Run some budget 1 mana removal. Oust is good if you don't have path. Condemn is very playable. Smite isn't awful, just bad (if you have trample).

Qasali Pridemage is amazing, in that it is a maindeck answer to Ensnaring Bridge, ironworks and Oblivion Stone, along with a playable body, and well worth a look. There are more budget equivalents around, but I've never failed to want pridemage.

Running a few more 2 drops like Auratog or Herald of the Pantheon also opens up Renegade Rallier- a body and card advantage is not bad.

On the note of 3 drops though, Satyr Enchanter, Mesa Enchantress, Eidolon of Blossoms and Verduran Enchantress offer major card advantage. For a longer term 'lifelink and disruption' plan, they are no joke.

In terms of enchantments, I've run Alpha Authority/Aspect of Mongoose to punish players tapping out, Unflinching Courage may be a bad Armadillo Cloak, but its still ok

Good luck, and I hope you get a strong list out of the end of it.

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