Wear / Tear
Wear - Destroy target artifact.
Tear - Destroy target enchantment.
Fuse (You may cast one or both halves of this card from your hand.)
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Wear / Tear Discussion
5 hours ago
I see you also have a combo-based Alesha deck. I have some recommendations that you'll probably enjoy.
Master of Cruelties and the Aggravated Assault + Sword of Feast and Famine are both really powerful combos. You could make them much more potent as well. Break Through the Line will work so long as you pay 1 mana before equipping the sword to whichever creature, and Master of Cruelties finds it hilarious if you give it to him before blockers are declared. Key to the City also works but as a trade-off you lose haste for card filtering which is a decent trade-off.
I also see you have Skullclamp. If you invest in a Bloodghast your land-drops become 1-mana draw two spells, and if you get more fetch-lands they become 2-mana draw four spells. You normally got to be running blue to get that kind of draw power.
Panharmonicon is pretty nice, but if you have that and Flameshadow Conjuring you get quadruple the enter the battlefield triggers. Pair that with Avalanche Riders or Murderous Redcap or Angel of Invention or Siege-Gang Commander and you got some pretty solid value right there.
If you want to put your opponent at punching range Sorin Markov is your right-hand man. Putting someone down to 10 life in a commander game is pretty painful and if he manages to survive after you minus him he'll actually eat that opponent alive himself with his plus ability.
If you want a really nasty game-ender I suggest running Blasphemous Act and Repercussion which for 4-mana can end games. Simply cast the enchantment once you have both in hand, and then cast Blasphemous Act. While Blasphemous Act is on the stack you'll want to sacrifice all your creatures to Goblin Bombardment or Ashnod's Altar or any of your other sac-outlits so Repercussion doesn't kill you once Blasphemous Act resolves. If you do this any opponent with three creatures will take 39 damage which normally is lights-out for them, and anymore creatures than that will definitely be lethal.
Hope my suggestions interest you. Good job crafting the deck by the way. +1 to you my good sir.
2 days ago
4 days ago
I think trying to lower your average converted mana would help out a ton. Cheaper cards to consider: Mother of Runes and Eight-and-a-Half-Tails for protection, Knight of the White Orchid, Solemn Simulacrum, and Burnished Hart, and Treasonous Ogre can help ramp out threats while applying pressure. Sunforger is an absurdly good card when including enough good instants. Some good targets: Dawn Charm, Boros Charm, Price of Progress, Return to Dust, Lapse of Certainty, Orim's Thunder, Tithe, Silence, Swords to Plowshares, Wear / Tear, and if you don't like blue, Boil.
6 days ago
It's not badly formatted at all.
For lands I'd advise you try running Clifftop Retreat and Isolated Chapel since they can be very helpful about mana fixing and will likely not come in tapped. Also considering you run quite a bit of swamps I'd recommend Tainted Peak and Tainted Field over Temple of Malice and Temple of Silence since they always come in untapped. Another helpful land to consider is Ash Barrens which can grab any of your colors and has that Basic Land come in untapped. Geier Reach Sanitarium would also help with putting creatures from your hand into your graveyard while drawing cards.
For Artifacts and Enchantments I'd recommend Panharmonicon and Flameshadow Conjuring which both can double all your enter the battlefield triggers. Since you also have lots of ways of recurring and sacrificing little creatures I'd recommend Grave Pact and/or Dictate of Erebos which can really put some hurting on your opponents. For equipment you can also run Hero's Blade and Obsidian Battle-Axe which will auto-equip to Alesha making her power larger so its more difficult for your opponents to block her.
For Instants and Sorceries I recommend Path to Exile, Anguished Unmaking, Wear / Tear, and Return to Dust which gives your deck more flexibility over removing your opponents permanents as well as Blasphemous Act, Buried Alive, Vandalblast, which also help give your deck an edge. Also I'd recommend running Steelshaper's Gift over Open the Armory since it costs and your deck doesn't run any auras.
This deck looks pretty good and I hope you found my review helpful.
1 week ago
Rift Bolt would be great to trigger the Prowess as well; spend the mana the turn earlier to squeeze in an extra spell which will pump your guys.
Wear / Tear for the Sideboard for sure since you're already in the colors
2 weeks ago
Hey, GlistenerAgent. Yeah traditionally that is the case with Wear / Tear, however I believe a lot of that comes with the thought it's a useless sideboard card with other options. However l what's I've found is if you're on the draw, it can destroy your strategy. On the play, don't side it in. I still run the Ancient Grudge but as a one to supplement Hurkyl's Recall. Both are mainly in for the mirror but I see where you're coming from. The idea is if you swing big enough you only need one time. And recall can clean a board, get rid of counters, and return the nexus lands. Some guy ran it like that and I've played it ever since and haven't been disappointed. As for he singletons of Thoughtseize, Stubborn Denial, and others, this deck aimed to create more consistency. The Thoughtseizes are still there. The denial and pierce have been replaced with Chalice of the Void and at 2 rather than one. Which also shuts down storm. I play 3 etched champion. That's typically where they run. With the rise of jund and Fatal Push a decent amount have run 4, but with it being a 3 cost most just run 3 and switch with Master of Etherium still to keep the average CMC down. I would strongly consider changing the Engineered Explosives so a grid or other Ancient Grudge as the grid is good(I forgot about it while making this), and grudge is good for the reasons you said.
2 weeks ago
I think your artifact hate of choice should be Ancient Grudge over Hurkyl's. It's also good in matchups where they have a smaller number of artifacts that are high impact, and is in general more versatile.
Affinity sideboards I've played in the past generally have at least one (usually two) Stubborn Denial/Spell Pierce, at least one Thoughtseize, at least one Whipflare (maybe less good now), and at least one (most likely 2) Ghirapur AEther Grid. Aether Grid in particular is awesome, play it. Other cards worth thinking about are Sea Gate Wreckage and some kind of Storm hate card, likely Eidolon of Rhetoric.
Also, I hope you are playing all four Etched Champion in the main. If not, the rest should be in your board.
2 weeks ago
Hey everyone, recently I've been working on a Affinity deck and have put the full 75 together; however, recently I've been pondering the sodeboard strategy in Affinity. So, put together a short primer focusing just on a Affinity sideboard.
An affinity deck wins games on its own and really, there aren't very many cards that shut the deck down. There's Stony Silence and kataki, war's mage, recently Harsh Mentor, but the latter doesn't seem to pop up too much yet. On top of that, affinity packs galavanic blast main board to deal with the creatures. I'm sure I'm missing one or two others, but other than the said, removal is really the only other threat (perhaps the biggest of all). The point of the removal in turn becomes to slow Affinity down to the point where the other deck can go off. With that thinking, that they're simply trying to slow you down mosty, why not create a sodeboard that really just stops their deck to the point where removal won't help? The problem with that theory seems to be that it's hard to hit that much of the meta with three cards. I've noticed that most, if not all, affinity decks run a very generalized reactive sideboard for this reason. Cards such as counters, removal, board wipe, and discard, enchantment and artifact removal. All of which don't shut down one deck, but improvise and buy time against any deck instead of completely shutting down one. Even worse, the sideboards typically run so few of each to combat so much meta, that there's really no consistency with drawing what you sideboard. The later is probably due to just how well the deck runs. Could this not be improved though? Surely affinity can gain consistency and completely shut down major threats within the meta, without sacrificing to much of the flexibility of the sideboard. So, here are my thoughts on some cards that I think should be staples in every sideboard and the number to which they should be played. Let me know what you all think.
Slots 1&2: Spellskite seems to be to slow for Affinity at first, but when you're thinking about what you would put spellskite up against, it's not that bad. The most obvious is bogles. It steals the auras which actually makes it the pretty fast. Other than that it stops infect by stealing their pumps, stops burn by eating two spells which is crucial against burn who empties their hand fast, and eats any removal to protect the goods. It also pumps Cranial Plating and arcbound ravanger. It's not the most important card as it only shuts down two or three decks and bogles and infect are fringe at this point, and for this reason it's a 2 of for alright consistency since without it you might not face those matchups anyways.
Slots 3-5: Blood Moon is a 3 of because of how much of the meta it can shut down at this point. With the inclusion of fetches and shocks in recent years, many decks are only running maybe two or three basics at this point. And the biggest, or one of the biggest problems for Affinity? Jund. It can completely stop jund when on the play. And jund is packed with a ton of ant affinty cards. It also shuts down tron, death's shadow, collected company, storm on the draw, valakut, infect, and a lot of control. It can win games and there's a reason there's a deck built around it. At three of, th chances of drawing are near the best. Four could just give a dead draw.
Slots 6&7: Chalice of the Void also shuts down a lot of the top meta right now. Casting on turn two can land a chalice for 1 and will completely shut down burn, deaths shadow, and storm. While it takes othe the effectiveness of Signal Pest, it's probably getting sided out anyways with how easy both decks can kill it. Outside of that, it stops a ton of removal and counters at that point against Affinity. Ceremonious Rejection? Spell Snare? You know the rest. Again, I know I'm missing a lot of what the card hits. It also pumps the artifact synergy within the deck. Against all these decks Affinity does do well against, so the card is a two of as it will probably win the game against a lot of decks, but you could win without it.
Slot 8: Engineered Explosives may not appear that great, and it's number of slots reflect that; however, it can cripple a deck such as shadow who went all in on the shadow, auras, collected company, tokens, and merfolk. Again, sure I'm missing more. This is more of a good against a general population that can cripple a deck and pumps for artifact synergy. The problem is that the mana cost can be sketchy as you likely are going to only be able to cast it as 1 but two isn't out of the question, and it's a card that you could win without. All of which lead to the card being included but only as a one of.
Slots 9&10: there is no specific card here, rather two graveyard hate. I prefer a split between Graffdigger's Cage and Rest in Peace here as Rest in Peace stops arcbound ravanger, doesn't offer artifact synergy, and doesn't always stop collected company. Graffdigger's Cage doesn't stop delve and Tarmogoyf. Making them two copies wouldn't be bad, but graveyard hate is necessity which both do well in slightly different ways. At two, the chances are higher of drawing the one I see most decks run.
Slots 11&12: Hurkyl's Recall in the mirror, whoever has the most artifact hate will win and recall is a big one that can cause devastating results to Affinity. It also works against many other decks that will grind the game out. These re the two big ones for affinity but aren't the only artifact hate as reflected in slots 12 and 13.
Slots 13: Here's where I run Wear / Tear. Since I already have Hurkyl's Recall, I stray away from ancient grudge here in favor of the anti Stony Silence option the card gives you. It cost the same amount and you still pack deadly hate against the mirror while having the same amount of cards as your opponent will have Stony Silence. Coincidentally, also hits cards like Ensnaring Bridge and other control. Here's where the sideboard becomes more reactive, but doesn't give up consistency. Maybe consider running one more or a copy of Ancient Grudge.
Slots 14&15: the last two slots are a toss up to your local meta in my opinion, and can be two separate cards, however I'd lean towards keeping the two cards the same for consistency if you can. My immediate suggestion is Thoughtseize as it gets rid of key combo cards, creatures, and removal that might hurt your speed or ability. Two would be fine to run with. Outside of two Thoughtseize you can look at additional Etched Champion, a Whipflare, Spell Pierce which I'm not keen on because it requires you to keep mana and slow the deck, Dismember, or Dispatch. I'm a fan of dispatch since it exiles any creature, but I'm not too sold on the latter with Galvanic Blast and Thoughtseize.
Let me know what you think about this sideboard primer of affinity. I'm interested to see the community's response to some of the changes I've made to the sideboard, mainly cutting variety for consistency and power.