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Hideaway (This land enters the battlefield tapped. When it does, look at the top four cards of your library, exile one face down, then put the rest on the bottom of your library.)
: Add to your mana pool.
, : You may play the exiled card without paying its mana cost if you attacked with three or more creatures this turn.
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Windbrisk Heights Discussion
1 month ago
This looks to be a really fun deck, and at a great price point too! I might recommend sticking in a Windbrisk Heights too, as it would be super easy to cast its Hideaway card with all the creatures you're pumping out. Also may want to think about Oblivion Ring or Banishing Light just because while you have plenty of removal, most of it is destroy effects that won't be able to shut down anything with Indestructible.
2 months ago
Hey so I took a look at the deck. Your choices are very solid, not a bad card in the list. So that means that were talking about really fine tuning, and getting into some fairly knit picky choices. Some of this will depend on how fast your meta is, if its slower than its cool to go a little bigger, if your meta is a little faster either go faster or play removal to slow things down. But One of the first things I was looking at was just over all count cards. Creature count looks good, land count Id like to see you go up 1 to 37. I would like also like to see the enchantment count come down slightly, maybe subtract 2. I think the big change needs to be that your artifact needs to come up so that we can make sure that you always have metalcraft in the mid to late turns. On the same note Id like to see more mana ramp as well. Your ramp count is about 4 ish right now id like to see that closer to 8. Cards I would like to see added, Thran Dynamo and Worn Powerstone, are amazing sources of ramp, and Palladium Myr does a nice impression of worn powerstone plus can be an attacker late. Then Sensei's Divining Top is so good for everything that you want to be doing, metal craft and smoothing out draws. Its not out yet but Smothering Tithe looks like it will be incredible in this deck so I would add that when it comes out. Another artifact that looks very good is Shrine of Loyal Legions is an artifact that makes lot of artifact tokens, metal craft and power. Also looking at your maybe board, theres a lot of good cards in there as well. Conquerors flail is super sweet, especially if you are like me and prone to get blown out by cyclonic rift mid combat, or even just shutting off counterspells so good. A few other cards that I would add or at least think about are Windbrisk Heights, and Spinerock Knoll, also side note becareful with how many colorless mana producing lands you run it can cause problems especially early in the game. I have found myself cutting slayers stronghold of late since tapping out 3 is kind of a lot, unless its really late. Hanweir garrison is just much better IMO. Few more cards to think about White Sun's Zenith end step and hit big on your turn, and finally Gift of Estates and Boreas Charger and/or Tithe making land drops is so important, be sure not to get stuck on 4 or 5 lands. So those are the cards I would add or at least think about. Oh Cultivator's Caravan would be interesting also.
Next up cards to cut. This is generally the harder part. And as I mentioned you don't really have bad cards in the deck, so cuts will be difficult. Like I mentioned, I think enchantment count needs to come down a little. Do you find that breath of fury, and goblin assault are carrying their weight? Those might be the 2 that I would cut, though I haven't played Breath very much myself. Has curse of opulence performed well?
Lands - Do you find that you are getting value out of slayers stronghold, secluded steppe, and kher keep? Cut any that you really don't find yourself using.
Creatures - Cut 1 or 2 of your worst creatures. Has Tilonallis Summoner performed well? Firemane Avenger is sometimes awesome, sometimes not in my experience, potential cut. Are you getting value from mirror entity, I don't run it often but I feel like I never get to activate it.
Artifacts - heres my controversial picks...Do you find that sword of fire and ice and rogue's gloves are performing well? Fire and Ice is amazing but doesn't necessarily belong in every deck since 5 is a lot of mana to draw a card and shock something. Treasure Map is much cheaper and faster which may help the metal craft plan much more.
Anyway let me know what things are working and what things aren't, and about how long your games go turn wise and maybe I can help with the cuts a bit more.
3 months ago
Sorry for the late response - I've been overseas.
Thanks for the comment and suggestions!
We've played this a few times, and I would say it plays pretty well. I'm quite happy with my card selections, particularly with going the enchantress route. Given there are so many enchantments that can help tap Emmara, plus the anthems, I think she can naturally lend to that play style. Though, Karametra is probably objectively better?
Earthcraft is NUTS but its also $60 and I don't have one... soooo it's out of the question at the moment ;P.
Old Emmara fit the 'pretty' build around requirement, and I was curious to see how'd she run. So far not super impressed - that 7 mana is a REAL cost...
My only complaint at the moment is that is has a HEAVY reliance on its commander. She is only 2 cmc, but when you start having to pay 8-10 to recast her it feels bad. I played a game where everyone just kept removing her, and I literally did nothing. Looking at trying to get some redundancy, or more protection via Privileged Position since I have one lying around and Lightning Greaves. Also potentially something like rootborn defences because board wipes are a huge blowout - I just fear having too many cards dedicated to protection...
Divine Visitation has been a HOUSE. On average, we've been making 2 angels the turn it comes out, with a huge potential, especially with Seedborn Muse type effects.There could be an argument for running both, given I'm trying to have some redundancy.
One card I'm running that isn't on this list is Crop Rotation, because we actually have quite a few lands we'd like to go search for -Reliquary Tower if needed, Holdout Settlement/Survivors' Encampment, Wirewood Lodge,Windbrisk Heights, Krosan Verge if we want some ramp - Emeria, The Sky Ruin if we have it online (considering replacing it / adjusting my basic land count to make it more usable). I think when we have 2 or more enchantresses, having essentially two ways to get no hand size is worth it - we'll see, though :).
4 months ago
I know you're not wanting to make this deck extremely competitive. I also don't know if your intent is to buy this deck in real life. But here are my suggestions:
With any Kaalia deck, you're not only making yourself a target, but you're also putting all your eggs into one basket. If Kaalia dies too often, you will be forced to hard cast all of your spells. And with only 33 lands and 8 ramp spells, that will be very difficult to do. Rose runs 38 lands and 7 ramp spells in his Kaalia deck, and he will still have mana issues. I would highly recommend a few more lands, (closer to 38). And in addition, I would also recommend a few more protection spells including:
Avacyn, Angel of Hope
Cavern of Souls
Maze of Ith Note: I don't count this as a land.
Since you're running Mardu, you're not going to have that much card draw. So In replacement of that I would recommend search cards. That way, once you have Kaalia out, you can use the search card to find whatever creature you want, and put it into your hand before she attacks.
Also, since you will be top decking a lot with little to no card draw, I find that Sire Of Insanity works really well with Kaalia, since you're preventing everyone else from drawing/having a hand.
I noticed you don't have any board wipes, I typically like to run at least 3-5 for emergency purposes. Some good ones are:
Decree of Pain
Wrath of God
Catastrophe is especially good for Kaalia.
There are some other cards that can also help abuse Kaalia's effect such as:
Scourge of the Throne
Helm of the Host
If you do ever make this deck extremely competitive, land destruction is the best way to abuse Kaalia:
Ravages of War
Yosei, the Morning Star
Here are some cards that are just generically good to have:
Archfiend of Despair
Iona, Shield of Emeria
Master of Cruelties
Archfiend of Depravity
Lord of the Void
Windbrisk Heights and Quicksilver Amulet can also help cheat in creatures.
5 months ago
Why not some Serra Ascendant?
You have no removals, no counters and no draw cards spells, meaning you just play on the draw. In my personal opinion you are underestimating too much your opponent's deck.
Cards you could consider are: Path to Exile, Oblivion Ring, Auriok Champion, Archangel of Thune, Ranger of Eos, Sun Titan, Emeria, The Sky Ruin, Elspeth Tirel, Elspeth, Knight-Errant, Spectral Procession, Martyr of Sands, Baneslayer Angel, Honor of the Pure, Chalice of Life Flip, Windbrisk Heights
6 months ago
Hey, man. Finally got the chance to look at it, thanks for linking it to me. Here are my suggestions:
There are a few really good upgrades you can make on the cheap. I'd say almost all the upgrades below are strictly better except Divine Visitation which is new to MtG, since it's a part of the new Guilds of Ravnica block. Trading out Sigil is just personal preference.
- Swiftfoot Boots for Lightning Greaves
- Sigil of the Empty Throne for Divine Visitation
- Prison Term for Conclave Tribunal
- Kemba's Skyguard for Boreas Charger
- Ajani's Sunstriker for Burnished Hart
- Worn Powerstone for Thought Vessel
You've got too many enchantments eating up space for things that are more important like your land base. White has a really hard time ramping and tends to be the most costly color, so you want to draw as much of it as possible. I'd aim for 35 lands minimum, but 36 is probably preferable. Every land counts.
- Angelic Gift
- Cradle of Vitality
- Curse of the Forsaken
- Ethereal Armor
- Luminarch Ascension
Six of the eight add-ins below are lands. You need a hard to deal with board wipe like Wrath of God and I'm really surprised you didn't immediately go for Riot Control, since it's a table staple. If you really don't want it, I'd go straight for the Path to Exile.
- Windbrisk Heights
- Terrain Generator
- 2x Plains
- Myriad Landscape
- Mistveil Plains
- Wrath of God
- Riot Control
Mono-colors can get some crazy mana numbers going, but white has terrible ramp, cards like Land Tax and Thawing Glaciers will help you get lands on the board, while the multiplier artifacts will keep your mana plentiful.
Brylon on Shalai EDH
6 months ago
shalai edh update number 2:
out :: 21
Azusa, Lost but Seeking is very expensive. I am very aware she is awesome, so I've added her to a maybeboard if I decide I want to further upgrade this deck. Flickerwisp and Glimmerpoint Stag are removed because I am largely removing flicker effects because the strat is not powerful enough in this deck.
Originally I wanted to take advantage of Shalai, Voice of Plenty's hexproof for planeswalkers, but I didn't make great picks on planeswalkers, and ultimately Karn, Scion of Urza, and Elspeth, Sun's Champion were really the only ones worth it. I can't reasonably afford Karn for this deck, so he has been moved to the maybeboard.
Flicker effects have largely been removed.
Flicker effects have largely been removed. In this case being sorcery speed makes them less valuable, because they cannot be used for avoidance. Fumigate is removed in order to make way for better mass removal.
It's just too expensive. Shalai, Voice of Plenty does the same thing, and I can just cast her from the command zone.
These are less valuable in a deck that is only 2 colors.
The first 4 of these are just bad, and the last 2 are being removed to make way for more plains.
in :: 21
Powerful spot removal that puts the card where the player can't get it.
Path of Ancestry is good for tribal. Reliquary Tower gives me no max hand size. Homeward Path protects me from effects that take my creatures. Emeria, The Sky Ruin lets me cheat back in dead creatures, and the Plains are added to support Emeria.
Cards for later
expensive, but maybe at some point:
Windbrisk Heights occurrence in decks from the last year
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