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Thanks! Yes, I meant Sublime with Ajani. I just picked her up today, and I might replace both Benedictions with her. Now, why Tormented Soul over Servant of Nefarox and Sun Titan ? I like that it's a one drop, but I thought having more Exalted and Sun Titan helps me keep Ajani in play. But I'm terrible at this, so i'm happy to hear better ideas!
Tormented Soul is pretty great with exalted, especially when a Sublime Archangel on the board. Exalted deals massive damage with a single swing. If that swing is unblockable...ouch. Also with exalted, you don't have to ultimate Ajani for him to be helpful. You could use Ajani, Caller of the Pride 's -3 just for the double strike. I think I just talked my self into acquiring a couple Ajanis...
I found 4 Cathedral of War to be too much, as they come into play tapped. 2 seems to be working nicely for me.
I've also found Essence Harvest to be a nice finisher for this type of deck. The Exalted effect lasts until "end of turn". So, take a big swing for half their life, then Main Phase 2 cast Essence Harvest for the win.
Take a look at my deck if you would like to get some ideas, or have any thoughts of your own.
Tormented Soul is a boss because he cant be blocked, that means that no matter how big of a creature you opponent throws down you can always sneak behind him and do a lot of damage. As far as sideboard goes you can take a look at my exalted deck :) Tormenting Their Souls
card:Faith's Reward is a perfect sideboard for when you opponent pulls out a Bonfire of the Damned or some other annoying removal,And I like keeping a 1-3 ratio on the Knights, depending of what color deck on facing,
Oh also card:Builder's Blessing was practically made for exalted! Turns all your guys sitting around doing nothing into blockers :P Anyway good luck!
Servant of Nefarox just seems too costly for what it provides, another exalted body with low toughness and no other effects. I like tormented soul as well and am considering putting him in after my boy Mirran Crusader rotates out. Another card you might consider is Disciple of Bolas because you can sack the exalted guy for a large draw/life gain if you have bodies to spare. I'm not sure if I'll be keeping this card and I need to try out card:Builder's Blessing as someone mentioned before. Chech out my deck and tell me what you think BW Exalted Post Rotation
Remove Avacyn, Angel of Hope , Angelic Overseer , Nefarox, Overlord of Grixis and both Grand Abolisher s. The abolishers should go in the sideboard. Avacyn is just too hard to reliably cast and you should have won by the time you can cast her.
Take out Angelic Benediction , 1 Oblivion Ring and Spirit Mantle . Angelic Benediction (a) takes up a four-drop spot that Sublime Archangel would otherwise have, and (b) many of your guys get through for themselves anyway. Oblivion Ring is good but 4 slows down the deck. The aim of this deck should be to outrace the opponent.
Take out Dead Weight s, Rain of Blades , Essence Harvest , Tribute to Hunger and Timely Reinforcements . +2 Doom Blade . Most turns you should be dropping creatures. Rain of Blades doesn't hit enough things to make it effective in this meta, although sideboard them against Zombies. Essence Harvest , Dead Weight and Tribute to Hunger are all mediocre removal spells, and you want to be faster and more aggressive than they allow.
+2 Ajani, Caller of the Pride . It fuels the purpose of being aggressive. It's first ability works really well with hard-to-block guys like Vampire Nighthawk and Tormented Soul . It's second can provide the win pretty easily. You should also put in 2 copies of Sorin, Lord of Innistrad . He works really well in this deck as he does everything this deck needs. He gives you guys which can provide exalted with Sublime Archangel and his emblem ability pumps everything. Elspeth Tirel is also a good choice as she can help you out late-game. Cut Gideon Jura . He plays a much more controlling game, which this deck isn't aimed at doing.
-1 Avacyn, Angel of Hope -1 Angelic Overseer -2 Grand Abolisher -1 Nefarox, Overlord of Grixis -1 Restoration Angel -1 Sun Titan -2 Rain of Blades -1 Tribute to Hunger -1 Angelic Benediction -2 Dead Weight -1 Essence Harvest -1 Oblivion Ring -1 Spirit Mantle -1 Timely Reinforcements -1 Gideon Jura -2 Lands.
Finally, replace 4 lands with Isolated Chapel . Hope this helped!
I would take umbrage with a few ideas. Sun Titan is not too pricey, can hit huge with exalted, and can pull out almost everything from the graveyard, including Ajani, Caller of the Pride . And if I can swing with him and Ajani's +3 just once, that's 12 damage and 2 creatures to pull out! Gideon Jura also won me a few matches at FNM with his +0. His 6/6 with exalted is vicious. Spirit Mantle was also amazing against the heavier spell decks. I will side board it however since both Knights have protections from certain creatures anyway. . . Essence Harvest is awesome if i can cast it after an exalted attack, but I'll probably sideboard it too....
Grand Abolisher will probably get sideboarded. It's AMAZING against counter decks, especially for a 2 drop. It can save a lot of creatures, but he isn't useful against creature decks. Nefarox, Overlord of Grixis is another great card against creature decks, and he isn't prohibitively expensive. I will add in the Lingering Souls , Knight of Infamy , Doom Blade and the Tormented Soul s today. Geting 3 more Sublime Archangel and more Ajani's might be too pricey for me right now, but i really want to add them.
Sure, that all sounds good. My steering for the deck is just one that's a bit faster than it is now, but maybe less potentially good late-game. Yeah, Gideon is pretty ridiculous tbh :P, fair enough to leave him in. I suppose Nefarox is also a pretty substantial bomb that needs to be dealt with as well. Definitely go with the 4 Tormented Souls, they just get ridiculous with the exlted boosts, as well as with Ajani. Good luck! :)
I just added in a bunch of your suggestions, and it seems to draw a lot more consistently. I did get a ton of mileage out of Tormented Soul last night, and I should definitely keep in four. What about Murder for Doom Blade since Doom is on its way out?
I think I'm going to keep Nefrox and Gideon until I can afford to swap them out for more Sublime and Ajani, and possibly Sorrin if i can find some. It's too bad all the best suggestions are so expensive!
First off you need to get this deck down to 60 cards. Where is the Silverblade Paladin ? If you are going to play Sublime Archangel and Lingering Souls you do not need to run Knight of Infamy and Servant of Nefarox , they are actually pretty terrible since they have like no toughness. Tormented Soul is pretty good since it gets threw, but no of your other creatures will consistently get through, in general exalted is pretty slow and without trample it is pretty bad. Gideon Jura is a control card and not meant to be in an aggressive deck like this. Elspeth Tirel is ok but doesn't really fit. Serra Avatar is a terrible card and doesn't fit either especially for the cost. The Grand Abolisher should be replaced with Thalia, Guardian of Thraben she shuts down delver decks.
Essence Harvest and Increasing Devotion do not fit and are just random cards. I know they could potentially save you during some games but overall they really dont do anything for you, you could utilize different cards to make the deck more consistant. I would run 4 card:Faith's Shields since they can give you unblockable creatures or protect your creatures. Sorin, Lord of Innistrad is ok with the buffing and creating a lifelink vampire, but for exalted he doesn't really fit. He is a beast in a token deck which this seems to be half half of.
You do need to have 4 Sublime Archangel s since it is the sickest card in the set IMO especially with rancor. I run a semi exalted deck with just 4 Sublime Archangel s and have no problem getting the exalted to trigger. Check it out at deck:gw-sublime-beatdown-comments-please, it will show you how you dont need a million exalted cards to make it worth while.
I would decide if your going exalted or tokens. Hope this helps. Remember you want it to be consistent.