Pretty basic Bant Exalted deck built around Rafiq of the Many. Turn 1 Noble Hierarch means turn 2 Ardent Plea cascade into a Sigiled Paladin then turn 3 drop Sublime Archangel and swing with an 8/8 first strike then at least a 10/9 flying the next turn. Drop a Rafiq of the Many turn 4 thats a 12/11 flying double strike. Rancor allows for all of that exalted buff you worked to hard to get to make it straight to the face. Give him double strike or a second combat phase, you can say GG to your opponent. I'm Sure someone will ask "Why aren't you running Cathedral of War???" The answer is simple, It slows me down. It comes into play tapped, and very few generic symbols exist on my creatures. A turn 1 cathedral of warfare doesn't allow me to play Akrasan Squire or Noble Hierarch. It also prevents me from playing turn 2 Sigiled Paladin and Ethercaste Knight. So don't ask about that card! Although it suffers to some control and sweepers, this deck can annihilate super fast. Just roll some disruption and that control worry is no more.
I always try to think of something non-generic to name my decks and I thought it fit really well with what Exalted is all about. Thanks a bunch :)
July 21, 2012 1:23 a.m.
This is a very good looking deck. The only thing I can think of is maybe adding a Silent Arbiter . It's good to see someone who really knows what he's doing.
July 21, 2012 12:22 p.m.
I think Rancor would work better than Rhox Charger when it comes to giving trample. First, it can be cascaded into, while Rhox Charger cannot. Also, Rancor is a lot more resistant to removal than Rhox Charger is, and finally, Rancor 's +2/+0 power boost is better than the +1/+1 you'd be getting from Rhox Charger 's extra instance of exalted.
Oh. Rancor also costs 3 less.
July 21, 2012 1:32 p.m.
Very cute idea! Have you considered maybe like 2x Cathedral of War ?
July 21, 2012 2:21 p.m.
@Jon1337 maybe. I like the card but Every card but lands in this deck have exalted.
@vishnarg If you read the deck description, I specifically went into detail about why I'm not running that card.
July 21, 2012 3:09 p.m.
LOL at vishnarg asking about Cathedral of War after you explicitly said not to. :) I will +1 this because I love Rafiq... he's my most deadly EDH deck Commander. This deck looks very sensibly built, great mana curve!
July 21, 2012 7:49 p.m.
Cavern of Souls naming human early game or what ever you need later game (angel or I guess soldier) could help for both mana fixing and the control match up. Also maybe with the high number of knights you could sideboard Knight Exemplar to combat board wipe.
July 22, 2012 6 p.m.
Knight Exemplar isn't in Standard anymore, unfortunately.
July 22, 2012 6:50 p.m.
Also, the Knight Exemplar is a good suggestion, IMO.
July 22, 2012 10:06 p.m.
@aeonstoremyliver I hadn't payed attention to the cards I put in the sideboard lol. But I'm on the fence about Knight Exemplar . What do I take out for it? and The fact that it doesn't come standard with exalted is kind of eh. That and Not every creature is a knight. The Important ones are but not all of them. If it was available for cascade from Ardent Plea I would probably be more likely to run it but i'm not sure yet.
July 22, 2012 10:31 p.m.
Yeah, Knight Exemplar is good of course... this is not a Standard deck. Guess I looked at one too many decks today, whoops!
July 22, 2012 11 p.m.
I would suggest Battlegrace Angel as at least a sideboard card in case things get messy.
July 23, 2012 10:37 a.m.
I think you need to focus less on exalted triggers and more on what would get you more wins quicker, I think Akrasan Squire and Ethercaste Knight are great but underwhelming cards. Running a set of Birds of Paradise could help get out expensive pieces a turn earlier. A couple Wall of Denial could really just make this deck unattackable. Bant Charm is also a great utility card at your disposal.
Giltspire Avenger seems like a really good 3-drop to have, I'd run it over Rhox Charger . Qasali Pridemage is also a modern staple card, very useful to deal with artifacts or enchantments, while still buffing with exalted, maybe put them in the sideboard.
I like running Jhessian Infiltrator in exalted decks as well, sure she doesn't have exalted herself, but she's a guaranteed unblocked swing which is great to have. Maybe Invisible Stalker is better with the hexproof, but they are something to consider. Artful Dodge might also have a place.
Stoic Angel is a pretty good card for exalted decks, though your 4 drop slots are getting a bit cramped, Silent Arbiter is also a really good idea. I think including one of these cards will help put your opponent on very uneven ground when It comes to attacking.
July 23, 2012 2:15 p.m.
July 24, 2012 12:12 a.m.
July 25, 2012 3:24 p.m.
Definitely add a rancor or 4, but otherwise this is great.
July 25, 2012 7:42 p.m.
Okay so these are the changes madeMain board:
-4x Akrasan Squire -4x Ethercaste Knight -1x Finest Hour -1x Sublime Archangel -3x Rhox Charger +3x Rancor +1x Silent Arbiter +4x Birds of Paradise +2x Invisible Stalker (hexproof made it overtake Jhessian Infiltrator ) and +3x Qasali Pridemage
Thoughts on the deck now? It seems slightly slower to me but it will most likely hold up a bit better against a wider variety of decks. I'm wondering If I should remove Mana Leak from the sideboard and replace it with maybe 2x Bant Charm and 2x Oblivion Ring ?
July 26, 2012 3:57 a.m.
Glad you took my suggestions, deck is looking much better now.
July 26, 2012 11:14 p.m.
If you have trouble with black removal, you can try Knight of Glory