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Creature — Human Berserker
Valley Dasher attacks each turn if able.
Valley Dasher Discussion
3 months ago
Here is why I have chosen these cards: Child of Alara - This is my Commander - This is Sakura. Alara reads "When Child of Alara is put into a graveyard from play, destroy all nonland permanents. They can't be regenerated. Now we all know how much it sucks to have to worry about the threat of a board wipe being on the field - so I have chosen to put 1 restriction on Alara. In the series during The Final Judgement, Sakura essentially has her memories wiped and life as she knows it as a Cardcaptor never existed. This only ever happens to Sakura ONCE. For this reason, I am putting a restriciton on her, that I can only choose for her to go to the Graveyward ONCE per game. This means timing of this is crucial. Other reasons for why I have chosen Alara and the Commander: - She is a Child, like Sakura was when she encountered the cards - You will need recursion as a key element in your deck building to ensure you can continue to use Alara. Sakura always has access to her cards, so having the ability to pull things back from the grave fits in perfectly with that aspect.
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow - This is Shadow. Has shadow in the name as well as gives you the ability to draw a card and have your opponents lose life based on its CMC
Voice of All - Voice. The cards title is the essence of what the Voice Card does.
Tishana, Voice of Thunder - Thunder(1). I chose this card 1) because it has Thunder in the name but also because the artwork is of Tishana who is controlling the 'thunder' (but is actually water) Tishana would be Sakura. This card allows you to have no max hand size - which isnt an essential element to this deck but again- access to all cards. She allows you to draw a card and her 'Thunder' is as strong as you can make it. Just as it would be is CCS.
Thunderbolt - Thunder(2). Some cards are too hard to not have in when they fit so perfectly with a CCS card. This card speaks for itself as to why I would choose it as Thunder
Soul Manipulation - Illusion(1) My first thoughts when i though about Illusion as a MTG was making something appear as something it isn't - Like a Morph card. Another thought I had, which i feel fits more correctly with CCS is that Illusion would appear in the disguse of what that person feels. Manipulating the space in front of them so see something else. This just lead me on key word search for Manipulation and this seemed to be a reasonable result. Also allows for graveyard recursion.
Illusionary Servant Illusion(2). Has Illusion in the name. Is essentially just another creature.
Maze of Shadows Maze. Has maze in the name and allows for a 'Fog' on target creature.
Etali, Primal Storm Storm. Has storm in the name, is a big creature. Storm is an aggressive Card. Etali, feels just that. In the series Saoryan became the first Cardcaptor to control Storm, essentially taking the card away from Sakura. So, Etali, Primal Storm, will take others cards away from them.
Mirror Mockery Mirror. Mirror had always been used to make a copy of Sakura (until Clear Card) but Mirror was never the real Sakura. So I searched for something that would create of copy of a creature that wouldnt become a permanent. Essentially this would need to be used on a card with an ETB trigger or with Haste.
Blood Mist Mist (1). Has mist in the name. Originally i was thinking of a creature that had deathtouch as everything Mist touches gets destroyed. Instead I went with a card that has Mist in the name and allows for Double Strike.
Dread Return Return. I know from the start that any of the Time element related CCS Cards would have be graveyard related. I felt this was the best of my options and has Return in the card name.
Dragon-Style Twins Twin. CCS Twin Card are 2 twins who fight in unison. This creature has Twin in the Title, The art is of twins about to engage in combat and has Double Strike.
Valley Dasher Dash. Dash is a super fast card that panics when scared or flees. Valley Dasher has Haste and has to attack each turn if able. I think that is a pretty close similarity in the fact that this card is "always on the go"
Sandcrafter Mage Sand. Art work is of a Mage casting Sand Magic. That alone fits in the CCS.
Carpet of Flowers Flower. Im not gonna lie originally i was going to go with Flower / Flourish simply because the card is called Flower however, Carpet of Flowers allows for colouring fixing if used against an island deck. An essential element in a 5 colour deck.
Pit Fight Fight. I always knew what style of card I wanted for Fight. This seemed like a reasonable option.
Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest Silent. Has silent in the name. In the art Shu Yun is in a temple. A quiet place. Just like the museum was in the series. This card has the ability to allow additional damage.
Snowhorn Rider Snow. Besides from running One snow covered land. This seemed like the next best option.
Agony Warp Little. There are no LEGAL cards with little in their name. The little card is known for making things smaller. Whilst my BIG card does not currently do this in reverse. I felt Agony Warp was a good alternative.
Wall of Wood Wood. A gentle card that does essentially nothing but defend. My RAIN card was originally going to be a card that allows walls to attack as if they have no defender but I am not running enough walls in this deck for it to be worth while. instead I went with once that could be used with Wall of Wood being on the field or any other card.
Angelic Shield Shield. Makes your creatures tougher- giving them more protection. Allows for Graveyard recursion.
Ashiok, Dream Render Dream. Has dream in the name. Looks somewhat similar to the CCS Dream Card Art. Allows for Graveyard control.
Drana's Emissary Sweet. There are NO CARDS with Sweet in their titles. Sweet only appears in flavour text. Out of all the options. This seems the most beneficial.
Goldenglow Moth Glow. Only card with glow in its name. it is similar to CCS Glow Card and allows for life gain. A gentle card that is really - Just a 'pretty' card just like in CCS.
Spirit Loop Loop. Has loop in the name. Allows for life gain and the card itself, essentially in undying... just like a loop.
Luminescent Rain Rain. The only card with Rain in its title that seemed some what in resemblance to the CCS Card and could still work with WOOD.
Avenger of Zendikar Create. Create is a card that creates creatures. Avenger seemed to be a good fit. Avenger being the book and the plant tokens being the creatures that Create makes. This card will be changed out for Deep Forest Hermit(UNRELEASED) which creates squirrels and works with your graveyard.
Sword of the Animist Sword. Allows you to attached a sword to target creature and allows for ramping.
Archangel's Light Light. Originally I wanted a card that was similar to Dark- just like in the series. It was hard to find any that that worked that included the words light and dark. There is the potential that the 2 cards could become One single card in future, as in the series the 2 cards must always be used in unison. This card has light in the name and has graveyard recursion.
Erase Erase. REMOVAL. No further explanation needed.
Floating Shield - Float. Has float in the name. Allows you to choose WHITE as the protection colour without it being removed from enchanted creature.
Pathway Arrows Arrow. We never for to see much about how Arrow works as a card when being controlled. But we do know that it shoots arrows. So, this card has Arrow in the name, the artwork is of a bow and arrow and is an equipment allowing equipped creature to tap to deal a damage to another creature - almost as if it were shooting an arrow.
1 year ago
You don't need 28 lands in an aggressive deck. That being said as long as you play this many 4 drops, you probably can't drop down the the 20 or less most aggro decks run. 22-23 Perhaps?
There are some cards in your deck that there are just better versions of out there.
Storm Sculptor doesn't do much for you. You have no highly rellevant ETB abilities, so you could just drop it for a cheaper evasive card, like Skywinder Drake or if you're feeling frisky, stay at four cmc and run Impaler Shrike. This is of course budget examples, for just a little more money you can have the much better Nimble Obstructionist.
1 year ago
Seems like your deck wants to play fast and cheap (with only 18 lands). I like it! I would personally go -2 Valley Dasher, -1 Blaze, +1 Kolaghan Stormsinger, +2 Mudbrawler Cohort so that you could consistently T1 a Stormsinger and T2 a Cohort putting yourself 4 points ahead on T2. Also, it seems that Goblin Bushwhacker would help also to give you some reach and the ability to close the game out quickly with your creatures if your opponent doesn't make an early play. I would strongly consider taking out the Macetail Hystrodon, if you're cycling it more often than not, for another land (probably a Swamp).
2 years ago
Any particular reason for taking Mudbrawler Cohort over Valley Dasher or Rip-Clan Crasher? I play something similar and find a lot of situations against removal heavy decks where I'm topdecking without creatures in play. Also Rancor has been super good, but I get it if you can't get a hold of them.
2 years ago
I play Zurgo a lot in 20 life, and I know that the format is very different, but in general we want to be doing the same things. In 20 life you can very reliably go for a heavy burn plan and have it work out well. This strategy is in my opinion very sub-optimal at 30 life. I think you basically want to be as heavy on the beatdown plan as possible. 30-life zurgo was basically a meta-gaming deck, if you see a lot of control decks, this is were you want to be, Green meta-game = not so much. From what I understand of the format for 1v1 commander online, it is heavily slanted to control(vial smasher etc), and somewhat combo (baral). This means that Zurgo is in a good spot, however if the Nissa/Azusa decks get very popular, or more hate bear style decks come up Zurgo will get much worse.
Here are my suggestions for your deck, cut the following:
- Bomat Courier
- Chandra, Fire of Kaladesh
- Countryside Crusher
- Grenzo Havoc Raiser
- Hazorent the Fervent
- Jaya Ballard Task Mage
- Legion Loyalist
- Sin Proder
- Dangerous Wager
- Faithless Looting
- Kari-Zev's Expertise
- Lava Spike
- Molten Rain
- Wheel of Fortune
Some of these are too slow(Wheel of Fortune, Skullclamp), some of there just aren't efficient enough for 30 life(Lava Spike), and some are just outright bad (Bomat Courier, Sin Proder etc.).
What you want to look for in your cards is the following; repeatable sources damage (mostly in the form of creatures though artifacts and enchantments are great sources as well) or the ability for your instants/sorceruies to kill creatures as well as deal damage to players.
Here is what I would add to the deck:
- Lightning Mauler
- Mardu Scout
- Mudbrawler Cohort
- Speedway Fanatic
- Valley Dasher
- War-Name Aspirant
- Thriving Grubs
- Hellspark Elemental
- Eidolon of the Great Revel
The deck's best hands are turn one zurgo, turn two 2-cmc creature (preferable hasty) so I've tried to maximize the number of 2-cmc creature to ensure this happens as often as possible. If you end up wanting more 2-cmc creatures I suggest looking towards Ember Hauler or Goblin Bushwhacker
Next lets add a little beef to your threats:
Hero is essentially, Hellrider # 2 so it is great. Heelcutter is great at allowing you to spend you mana every turn, and also Superb against single blockers. Koth is just an outstanding card that allows you to diversify your threats in the face of wraths and can win games single handedly.
Instants and sorceries you should add:
These are efficent and you are already playing effective copies of 3 of the cards. If you find yourself running into more blockers, or the meta game is more green, I would look to the following cards: Flametongue Kavu, Chandra, Torch of Defiance, Flame Slash, Mizzium Mortars, Roast. These are great at clearing paths for your creatures to get through uncontested.
Personally I am not a fan of either Chandra, Pyromaster or Outpost Siege as they feel tough to maneuver around counterspells and are very slow against combo. As a result I would cut them and play Flame Slash and Forked Bolt (which feels great against many of the x/1 of the format).
In terms of your mana base, if you are playing grim Lavamancer, you should be to play all the red fetches. Encroaching wastes should be wasteland (I'm sure budget is a big concern here but even still I would just cut it), Rishadan Port is another great land you aren't playing. Mutavault is excellent to help with flooding. Hellion Cruicible seems a little underwhelming, and honestly most of the creatures in the deck have hast so Hanweir Battlements seems like a pipe dream to try to meld, however I think it is mostly a free roll if you are dead set on playing it. Barbarian ring is another card you could be playing, and so is teetering peaks. I also tend to play 37 lands as it is roughly equivalent to 22 lands in 60 card decks, and you are trying to cast 4 drops in this deck but 36 should theoretically work.
Best of luck!
2 years ago
i guess you also have Valley Dasher, Kill Shot, Flamerush Rider, Outrider en-Kor, Spectral Rider, Wingsteed Rider, Guan Yu, Sainted Warrior, Riding Red Hare and a bunch of the other horsemanship cards from portal.
3 years ago
Foundry Street Denizen is 1 of the best budget RDW cards you can get. He can quickly get out of control, especially if you're playing Zurgo Bellstriker. However, you usually want to add some Dragon Fodders, Mogg War Marshals, or Krenko's Commands to go with him. That way, you're guaranteed to swing for 3. Alternatively, you can play Akroan Crusader with Titan's Strength and Madcap Skills to get triggers. Hellspark Elemental and Spark Elemental can also help get triggers.
Lava Spike and Rift Bolt are the other cards you want, especially Rift Bolt. Shock and Flames of the Firebrand are just mediocre. Skullcrack is another card you'll want to put in the deck so you don't just lose game 1 to a Kitchen Finks or Wurmcoil Engine.
Firedrinker Satyr is absolutely amazing...except when your opponent is packing Lightning Bolts. He'll make Burn mirrors almost unwinnable. Be careful using him and try to get an idea of your local meta. Against decks like Tron, Eggs, Storm, Esper Gifts, and other decks that can't play large burn spells, he's going to be an all-star.
Rakdos Cackler is the other card that can be cut to make room. Having 2-power 1-drops is important, but the lack of haste can make him a dead card.
Outpost Siege is a great singleton to make sure you don't run out of gas and can close out the game. It gives you some staying power past turn 3 when you start running low on cards and threats.
As for the sideboard, I'd recommend:
- 2+ Smash to Smithereens (vs. Affinity and Tron)
- 4x Dragon's Claw (for the mirror)
- 2+ Molten Rain/Stone Rain (for Tron, control, and decks with manlands or problematic utility lands)
- 2+ Relic of Progenitus (graveyard hate)
- 1x Outpost Siege/Chandra, Pyromaster (you'll want the 2nd. copy for the more grindy matches, such as Collected Company, control, or B/G/x Midrange)
...and some mix of meta-dependent sideboard cards:
- Mark of Mutiny (beats decks like Tooth and Nail, Tron, and Junk Midrange that throw giant creatures in your way)
- Flames of the Blood Hand (in case 4 Skullcracks aren't enough, such as with Soul Sisters)
- Grafdigger's Cage (graveyard hate and stops Collected Company)
- Pyroclasm/Volcanic Fallout/Anger of the Gods (beats Affinity, Faeries, Infect, and sometimes Boggles)
3 years ago
I might a dash card you'll like, Alesha's Vanguard is pretty good, Kolaghan Stormsinger is fantastic to give other creatures who's dash is too much and need to attack,Monastery Swiftspear and Valley Dasher are great haste creatures, and you should go ahead and add the Mardu Shadowspear for more life lost
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