Vault of the Archangel
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Vault of the Archangel Discussion
5 days ago
Mcoronato, yeah, despite dark ritual being a god awful card to look at, I find that it is a really good black ramp that deserves a set of 4 in most black decks that are looking to get control early. It's practically a black lotus for black. Of course, it costs one so its three mana turn one, not 4 like the lotus. As far as how to fit it in, you could look to add some more token generation, then you wouldn't need as many creatures. Spells like Sengir Autocrat, Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder, Skirsdag High Priest, Sorin, Solemn Visitor, Lingering Souls, Secure the Wastes, and Sram's Expertise are some good ways of creating tokens to sacrafice.
Finally, what's going on with your sideboard? Seems a little out of place lol :)
1 week ago
Suggestions for some possible upgrades:
2 weeks ago
More importantly, however, I think you need some other kind of removal. Path to Exile is the obvious choice, but it's out of your budget. I'd consider Dismember or Condemn as alternatives. You can also mix things up with Go for the Throat, Murderous Cut, and Victim of Night. I'd at least move around some Doom Blades to make room for those. That way, you have a mix of things and don't just lose to a Siege Rhino or Grim Flayer. Oblivion Ring and Journey to Nowhere also do a lot of work.
At least one Timely Reinforcements can drastically improve your chances when you're behind. It's an absolute beast of a card against decks like Burn.
4 Zealous Persecution seems like a lot. I'd cut 2 of them for Elspeth, Knight-Errant, Oath of Gideon, Promise of Bunrei, or (probably the best choice) Secure the Wastes. If you want to go even more budget, Triplicate Spirits is a cheap alternative to the above.
Vault of the Archangel will win you games. You only need 1, but may find you like it so much you want it every game.
The other issue I see is your mana curve. Normally, your 1-drops are Inquisition of Kozilek and Thoughtseize. Since you're on a budget, the Duresses are a good choice. I'd still add some other 1-drops. Soul Warden, Weathered Wayfarer, Thraben Inspector, or some other 1-drop white creature are all good here.
For your sideboard, I'd go something like:
2 weeks ago
Secure the Wastes: Won't find it's way in. Raise the Alarm is a steady 2 drop which gives two tokens. With Wastes I'd block my mana which I need for the Planeswalkers and flying (!) tokens from drop 3 on. Nevertheless it would have been a great mana sink, but I'll adress this issue later on in my answer.
Utter End and Anguished Unmaking: to costly manawise. With Inquisition of Kozilek and Path to Exile I feel like there's enough control at my hand. If not I'd rather go for a supplementary set of Thoughtseize playable as 1 drop.
Sideboard: Isn't a topic at the moment, see one of my first answers in the comment section ;)
Bitterblossom: Nah.. Just to costly moneywise and I don't think I'd could swallow a constant lifeloss with this deck since it's rather a midranged one. Also the tokens are kind of a subtheme. Maybe in a distant future when I don't know anything else to do with my money :D
Westvale Abbey Flip: It's an interesting card, but also not very beneficial for the deck. Sure I could sac the tokens, but I'd rather use them for a constant damage dealing. But maybe I put one in there just for the lulz after playtesting some more, we'll see :)
Changes: Your inputs, especially Westvale Abbey Flip and Secure the Wastes made me think about mana sink possibilities. This was an issue which now I worked around with Vault of the Archangel. Also fiddled around with the manabase, welcome Marsh Flats. For these changes went down 2 Plains and 2 Isolated Chapel.
2 weeks ago
First of all, thanks for the attention.
I'll be cutting one of the Vault of the Archangel because as you say it screws up my mana more and having more than one of the field won't really help me. I'm planning on obtaining fetches by trades but for now I've just added in lands I have at home myself. I know they're a necessity for the deck but they're quite out of my wallets reach.
2 weeks ago
Vault of the Archangel gets worse in multiples. Also the lack of fetches will really screw you given you want U/B on turn 1, U W on turn 2 and 3, and be able to hold up UBW most of the for path/mana leak etc.
Also this really isn't a 20 land deck. 22-23 I would say. Mutavault with fetches etc isn't too bad as a threat.
3 weeks ago
Your deck is already really close to Soul Sisters. As a matter of fact, you have most of the cards for it already.
Here's a few examples and links of the deck:
White/Black Soul Sisters
White/Red Soul Sisters
Mono-White Soul Sisters by Louis Torres 8th. Place Finish
Mono-White by Derek Meyers 3rd. Place Finish
List of Soul Sisters decks on MtG Goldfish
List of Soul Sisters Decks on MtG Top 8
I'd also suggest a second color.
The thing you'll find about these types of decks is how much easier it is to use the life gain to pump up your team. You don't need Aetherflux Reservoir or Felidar Sovereign when you can just beat people's faces in with It That Rides as One Flip, Serra Ascendant, and Ajani's Pridemate!
3 weeks ago
Love the build. Usually people run BW tokens, but I like the red splash because Lightning Bolt is too good, and Terminate is one of my favorite cards. As far as suggestions... 1. I think you should consider Vault of the Archangel and Windbrisk Heights. I'm seeing them as usually a 1-of and 2-of respectively and I think the potential value is high. 2. If budget allows, I think you should really go 4 Inquisition of Kozilek and down to only 2 or 0 Duress. Inquisition is just vastly better, and there's few relevant things in modern that it doesn't hit, but your other removal will get. 3. Zealous Persecution could be a good include as it's a surprise buff or a potential wrath against the mirror.4. Secure the Wastes provides late game, as well as that surprise instant speed factor.
5. Timely Reinforcements might be a bit awkward, as you want to be the one beating down, but it has performed incredibly good for me when I'm receiving the beats, lol.6. Angel of Invention could be a dope finisher. *i know, i know, dies to lightning bolt7. Lastly, Gather the Townsfolk seems medium. But I don't really know what you'd replace it with and if you'd wanna replace a token source for something more generic, but all-purpose.
Anyway, I've rambled long enough, good luck! Hope my thoughts were useful.