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Watchers of the Dead
Artifact Creature — Cat
Exile Watchers of the Dead: Each opponent chooses two cards in his or her graveyard, then exiles the rest.
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Watchers of the Dead Discussion
5 days ago
Great, nice pick ups :)
So, first of all. There will be a lot of rotation when Ixalan comes out. That will be at the end of September. I will however, suggest some picks from the sets that will rotate out, to try and add some alternate wins in the deck. Keep that in mind with any suggestions NOT from Kaladesh/Aether Revolt/Amonkhet or Hour of Devastation.
Starting with one of those: Felidar Sovereign is really cheap and will fix stalled boards for you if you run into those matchups. As long as you can keep it alive for a turn, you'll most likely win with all the life you gain. I would add 1 or 2 copies. You could possibly replace it with Aetherflux Reservoir but I like it less.
Vizier of the Menagerie is quite a good card. It's a bit more expensive, but will fuel the deck somewhat. If I would play it, I'd play 2 copies as well. Metallic Mimic is a great card, and you should try getting more. Try to pick up 4 copies of Blossoming Defense. It will save you from spot removal, and can be played offensively or as a combat trick. Works great in this deck.
On a similar note Heroic Intervention is great as well, and works against board wipes as well. It's slightly more expensive in both money and mana, but I'd consider running a few.
Cast Out is a great removal spell and hits everything at instant speed. Even in matchups where it doesn't always have a target, you can cycle it to draw another card. Try to get 4 as well. (although you might want to sideboard 2 and maindeck 2 or something like that)
Declaration in Stone is a great card, but will rotate, so don't spend money on it probably.Lifecrafter's Bestiary might be worth picking up, you will be able to filter cards you wont need due to scry and get to draw cards a bit. Not sure how I feel about this card in this deck though.
Attune with Aether works as mana fixing and counts as a one drop :p. The energy synergizes with both the aether hub land and with your Longtusk Cub which can deal damage as a 3/3 thanks to it. Worth trying out 4 copies.
Scattered Groves is the only dual land when the set rotates, so definitely try picking 4 of them.
Canopy Vista and Fortified Village are quite cheap, so these might be worth it for the 2 months they're legal, although I would pick up 4x aether hub before that.
Aether Hub is a quite expensive land, but works well in your deck, especially considering most dual lands rotate in September. Personally, I'd add these to optimize your manabase, which you want to do if you find you run into mana problems. However, you have very few dual casting costs, so you should be fine.
Always Watching is a cool card but will rotate soon, so it might not be worth picking up.Oath of Ajani is a similar card, and might be worth picking up, as it helps your cats grow, but is only fully used in a deck with some planeswalkers. It will however, still buff all your cats, tokens included, and might be worth it anyways. I'd add 2 or 3, but not a whole playset.
I would probably add another copy of Oketra's Monument since it's great. Watchers of the Dead is a fine card, however, you probably only want it against decks that use their graveyard, and as such I'd put them in the sideboard. The same is true for Forsake the Worldly.
I'm on the fence about Prepare / Fight It could be playable, and gives you some buff and removal, but I might cut it since there are better options, such as Ambuscade for the removal part and Appeal / Authority works better as a finisher for just 1 mana more.
Shefet Dunes is also a card you could consider using since it uses a land slot and can finish games at times.
6 days ago
I still haven't had much chance to playtest this deck (not much STD gets played around me) so if you guys try this in paper or online then I'm very interested to hear how it plays!
6 days ago
Personally I'd move the Prowling Serpopard to the side board and run Prepare in the main the ability to make two cat tokens off of Pride Sovereign then untap it pump it and attack with it lifelinked is big especially with the tokens back as defense . Gets even bigger if Metallic Mimic or Anointed Procession are out. Watchers of the DeadCould be Crook of Condemnation and I don't see the value of Stinging Shot kills very few flyers that are played these days but I do think it should be replaced with another removal spell. Typically I run 4 main deck removal and 4 in sideboard. Just my thought on that tho.
1 week ago
also wanted to add, i added in a Watchers of the Dead which really helps with the exile triggers.
1 week ago
Oh! Sweet. The title made me think Deserts were the main theme, so my bad there. You're right that this wants to be a Deserts-matter zoo deck and a mill deck at the same time, but there's no reason we can't go all-in on mill(:
For mill, Thing in the Ice Flip is a must-have, because it essentially reads "waste resources and turns killing me, or scoop now". Then I'd also add more counterspells to synergize with it. And, since this is a grave-heavy meta, Watchers of the Dead and Crook of Condemnation wouldn't hurt in the sideboard. Cut Excavator, Tracker, Rhonas, and Champion for starters from green, and see how that feels. Engulf the Shore is good. I think you're right that R can aid a mill deck, with Fevered Visions and Sweltering Suns and Hour of Devastation being some of the best cards in Standard rn.
Hope this makes up for my earlier error(: I'm always happy to see an off-the-wall mill deck.
1 week ago
Any thoughts to graveyard hate once you mill your opponent's decks? Just in case they have things that synergize with their graveyards? I'm thinking Watchers of the Dead or Scavenger Grounds or something like that.
Maybe you mill fast enough it's not needed.
1 week ago
Hey friend. I'd recommend adding some graveyard hate like Watchers of the Dead or other similar cards from AMK, just in case you run into Delirium/Embalm/Eternalize cards across the table. To find room for those in the sideboard, I'd jam some Thing in the Ice Flip over some of your 1-ofs here, because that card is a pseudo-Engulf the Shore that also happens to distract your opponent from killing you, because they know what will come if they don't. Always glad to see a mill deck!
1 week ago
Hour of Reckoning is out of standard. The deck is worth a pursuit, but I'd change a couple of things. First, I would replace Hour of Reckoning with Manalith to give you mana of any color. I'd then replace Watchers of the Dead with Pride Sovereign. It only costs 3 mana and will be a huge creature for you, since it gets +1/+1 for each cat you control. Also if you play it with Regal Caracal it gets another +1/+1 counter and has lifelink!