Vault of the Archangel
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, : Creatures you control gain deathtouch and lifelink until end of turn.
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Vault of the Archangel Discussion
1 hour ago
1 week ago
Bitterblossom is modern? When did this happen?? is my personal pet deck and I love it. Depending on the hand you can go aggro and kill them turn 3-4 or you can play the grindy game with Bitterblossom and win through inevitability.
It has good matchup against a lot of the meta decks and goes even against most others. It hard loses to R/G tron though so be wary. It has plenty of life gain from Sorin, Timely Reinforcements, and Vault of the Archangel, and Shambling Vent that it can make it hard to kill you at times. You can churn out chump blockers and with Vault of the Archangel, those chump blockers can kill anyone. Liliana of the Veil churns out pure value with discarding Lingering Souls.
All in all its a really fun deck that I love playing. I'm constantly updating the list and looking to see what can be made better. My sideboard is against a generic meta if you don't know what you'll be against.
3 weeks ago
@melvorn That's about right. Most creatures in this deck also have flying, Witch most Decks theses days don't always have, Also one more thing if you're able to get Always Watching on the field that allows you to swing in with all your creatures and not worry about blocking during your opponent's turn . If you're going non-budget Vault of the Archangel can help gain you health.
1 month ago
inb4 "zomg y u no Doubling Season"
Collective Blessing could help prevent your serperlings from getting Norned >_>
And Vault of the Archangel is pretty good defense/rattlesnake with a mob of tokens.
1 month ago
soul sisters is really worth looking into if gaing a bunch of life is (and making ajani pridemate huge) your goal.
to see all the different types (white and black is a budget version but gives you plenty of options)http://www.mtgsalvation.com/forums/the-game/modern/developing-competitive-modern/490942-soul-sisters
but if you want to rogue brew here are some thoughts:
Rest in Peace or Tormod's Crypt
Leyline of Sanctity
Disenchant(artifacts are more prevalent than enchantments and it hits both which will be worth more than a single instance of 2 life.
Vault of the Archangel
1 month ago
Thanks for such a thoughtful response Aondail. Blind Obedience and Kokusho, the Evening Star are definitely high on my list of potential swaps. I have a Kambal, Consul of Allocation already so I'll swap him in and try him out as per your suggestion (I might even run him as my commander to change things up a bit). I totally agree with you about the Vault of the Archangel and the Kabira Crossroads. I'm sure I have a few other special lands laying around too. Sunbond I like to use because I can throw it on one of my guys with lifelink or flying and gain a bunch of life/do a bunch of damage. Also, it gives me another way to unleash Essence Harvest. However, I see your point and will consider swapping it for something else if I come across a must have. As for One Thousand Lashes I am going to have to disagree with you, but only because I know the type of people I usually play against and enchantment removal is not a very prevalent thing (but graveyard play is a definite). As for Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts, I think you are right. She is a great card, but just doesn't fit the strategy very well. She will likely be replaced shortly.
Thank you for your help! If you can think of any big life drain spells I am missing I would love to hear them!
1 month ago
Theres a bunch of cards in your maybe board i think should be main decked - Blind Obedience Pontiff of Blight both come to mind - extort is amazing with Karlov since each trigger just gets substantially better since each counts as its own instance of gaining life. The life swing gains you can get from Kokusho, the Evening Star should not be over looked - in a 4 player game he is a 20pt life swing to each player (-5 life for them and +15 to you).
Also after seeing someone's Kambal, Consul of Allocation deck in action a few weeks ago - i can 100% advocate for this card. The total amount of life it can gain is just absurd because people look at it and go - well thats not that strong and just kind of ignore the card
Vault of the Archangel should also be main - you are running only 1 Utility land at the moment and in a 2 color deck you can definitely afford to run a couple. The best part of this one is that even if you dont use its ability it does work as a somewhat nuclear deterent kind of effect - just because of the potential Deathtouch. Orzhova, the Church of Deals is another choice you could make just as another way to add some counters to karlov.
Kabira Crossroads might also be worth an included here in place of a plains.
A few of the cards I would consider cutting would be - Sunbond - the effect is just average imo, if this let you diversify by putting the counters on a target creature it would be great, but forcing you to essentially voltron - just hurts it imo. Righteous Confluence i find underwhelming simply because its sorcery speed - exiling enchantments is nice - but id rather just play Return to Dust and have the option to do it at instant speed. Even in this deck im not sure the other two modes are super relevant over even something like Blessed Alliance.
One-Thousand Lashes is another one - I see the way it fits flavorfully, but I think i prefer something like Consuming Vapors or Unholy Hunger - yes they are more expensive but at least they make whatever it is dead. Lastly Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts - the card is great dont get me wrong - but its the one creature in your list that doesnt really seem to fall on theme with all others you've chosen - more just a flavor thing then any ;).
1 month ago
If people are playing slow mana bases, Leonin Arbiter and Ghost Quarter is a powerful reaction. As for the cat himself, He is a good hate bear but not particularly synergistic with vial. Even with vial you just run him out early.
Id make room for two more Caves of Koilos to help the mana base, both with tidehollow and Thought-Knot Seer, though you already have an acceptable amount of colorless sources. On a side note, TKS is a powerful 4 drop in every Matchup. It gets even better with flicker abuse.
What does priest do in your matches? How many triggers are you getting, and most important: Do they matter? This list is going to get most of its wins off of Resto and Flickerwisp beating down in the air, and finishing them off with the ghost council. If it is to deter aggro, you would probably rather have Wall of Omens come down, or remove a threat. Out of your two drops, Priest is definitely the worst. Id rather have Authority of the Consuls so it comes down earlier, stops creature combos and combat tricks, and sticks. I don't think the damage is relevant.
as a final point, don't run westvale abbey. Their are better utility lands, and flipping it is a trap. Path is too prevalent to rely on that, and i'd rather run another Vault of the Archangel in the slot, or Sea Gate Wreckage if you are looking for some inevitability.Your life is fine, I see no Issue with both dismember and Anguished, mainly because you will be able to pay no life for dismember once your mana settles.