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The idea is to get in stupid amounts of damage up until turn four or five and then to win. I have removal in Dismember and Go for the Throat , as well as temporary removal in Fiend Hunter to help clear the field so I can swing. One flyer to block Sublime Archangel or War Falcon ? Okay, Dismember . You get the point.
This gets 3 damage in T2 because of exalted triggers, or 2 damage in and I gain 2 life, essentially putting a distance of 4 life between the opponent and me.
T3 gives me the options of:
2x Blade Splicer allows me to buff Champion of the Parish and gives me an additional body to benefit from Sublime Archangel 's ability that grants Exalted. Once Scars rotates out Blade Splicer will probably be replaced by Attended Knight . Blade Splicer is also nice as it only has W in its casting cost, rather than WW, although this usually isn't an issue.
3x Mirran Crusader has super beat-face power with Double Strike combined with Exalted, as well as pseudo-evasion in its Pro-Black and Pro-Green ability. I'm jumping between 3:2 or 2:3 with Mirran Crusader and Blade Splicer .
2x Ajani, Caller of the Pride for control matchups where I can afford to play a little slower and hit a little harder later in the game. I'm worried about running him mainboard because he feels sort of slow. I'll continue to test with him in mainboard, though.
3x Faith's Reward allows me to quickly recover from board wipe, the only problem is that on T4 I, ideally want to tap out for Sublime Archangel , but it's usually worth waiting to maintain board presence, or I just don't have Sublime Archangel in hand. (I might take this out once M12 and Scars rotates out, because I don't have to worry about Day of Judgment )
3x Thalia, Guardian of Thraben synergizes well with my deck anyway, and she really helps against Delver and other spell heavy decks.
3x War Priest of Thune helps me destroy enchantments like Obvlivion Ring or Intangible Virtue or Tempered Steel , what's nice is that he actually destroys them, and doesn't exile them like Leonin Relic-Warder ; unfortunately, he only targets enchantments.
+1 if you like the deck, and comment if you don't. :)
I very much like the deck. One comment about your sideboard reasons, I would suggest thinking about keeping card:Faith's Reward in because with Mutilate and Bonfire of the Damned there will still be some board wipes in standard, although depending on the meta game of where you are playing this might not be a problem, just a thought to keep in mind. +1 btw
I wish I could run Vault, but if I did I'd have to take out Cathedral of War because I don't think I can support the mana base otherwise. I'll try it, but the exalted land is nice and the casting cost on vault is pretty costly. I'll try Tormented Soul -- it might be more conistent than War Falcon .
Oh man, thanks for reminding me about Specter. I was thinking of running him but never got the chance to test him out before I forgot. When I get back in town Ill be sure to. I think I mostly just want to run him because of how cool his ability is, Im not sure how well he actually synergizes with the deck though.
looks good man :) i think War Falcon works better when you don't have the splicer/hunter/pilgrims diluting the type base, but if it works, it works! but i do think it's better than Tormented Soul because the need for a black source on Turn 1 can really screw you (same goes for Duty-Bound Dead ).
in my deck i run Vault Skirge , as it is freaking amazing and can drop turn 1 regardless of color, and the 2 life is made up if you drop an exalted source T2.
+1 for sure! check out my list, it seems like you used to be a little more like it but you switched, i'd be interested in hearing your reasoning! Moral Support (B/W Exalted Tokens)
I've played the version on the PS3 game and have pretty much geared that deck to Tormented Soul because it whips everything so bad with exalted. Heavy removal could be a concern although I see you currently have card:Faith's Reward in the SB.
I also second thundernick on the O-Rings, whether in the main or SB. Also, 2 mained Ajani might be a thought. His -3 gives me the willies.
Overall though it looks nice. Champion of the Parish is gonna be one happy dude. +1
Deck needs lingering souls, i did some testing with this, and whenever you curved 1drop 2drop lingering souls angel, you just autowon the game.the thing about the angel, is that it is usually your most viable creature to swing with late game because it has flying. unfortunately you can not risk losing it to a dismember and a delver.so the lingering souls provide ~4 exalted triggers AND defense/offense.
Side Note: I would consider playing 1-2 evolving wilds and 1 vault of the archangel.
Stuck on my phone right now. But thinking of Ajani> Paladin. Try Lingering Soyks back in. t1 Parish, t2 Abolisher, t3 Ajani +1/+1 on parish, t4 angel +1/+1 on angel (puts her out of slagstorm range), t5 Lingeringg Souls + flashback -> -3 Ajani -> 12/11 double strike in the air. plus Ajani could be more flexible than Psladin, only drawback is he isn't a creature spell.
So far I'm not feeling Ajani, but I haven't been able to test a whole lot and cockatrice really sucks to test on. One thing I do like about Ajani is that he helps me have a bit of a stronger late game. If my opponent board wipes his creatures are gone and so are mine, but I've got Ajani. Thanks to the wording of his + whatever, I can use it without having a creature on board, and then eventually drop off a few cat tokens to finish the deal; however, I'd like an answer or two more for mid to late game, since I often find the problem with this deck is that period, should I not be able to take the opponent down quickly.
Champion of the Parish and Gather the Townsfolk are typically a package, if you want one of them, you need all 8. The extra creatures also helps out for Sublime Archangel . I also think the flexibility of Lingering Souls -- late game draw getting four guys on the board, adding to exalted also, and keeping a flashback option in case of board wipes -- is definitely worth keeping in.
Is this supposed to be an early, mid, or late game deck?
You mentioned you thought Ajani, Caller of the Pride was too slow, but you have Essence Harvest . If you're intending to win early, you're never going to want that card in your hand, and you'll wish you had a more offense based card (which Ajani is since you can use his second ability immediately without dying, and it goes awesome with exalted).
The idea behind running 8 Knights of X was that I could have a more efficient and synergistic Champion of the Parish - Gather the Townsfolk relationship going on, I don't know how much I'd benefit from running Gather, at least any more than any other card (plus Gather is pretty underwhelming without Champion's buff). What I like about Essence Harvest is that it essentially doubles a turn's damage. Say I drop Archangel turn 4, then swing for like 8 damage or something on turn 5. Then play essence harvest and deal another 8 damage and gain 4 life. If I run it in the final edit, I probably won't as the current 3 of, but a 1 or 2 of is a definite possibility. I do like Doomed Traveler and I have been intermittently testing him. I think I'll be reworking my sideboard soon.
It's cycling out. I don't think I will run this deck post-rotation. If I do exalted it will probably be a creature heavy g/w deck instead, with Thalia mainboard. Depending on what we see in RTR I guess a b/w version with Thalia mainboarded and few spells is possible, but Rancor is so fucking great with exalted. I don't even know if I'll find exalted to be worth playing without my favoritist hate bear Grand Abolisher .
It's not a matter of being broke, it's a matter of it being sub-par post rotation. :P The ability to stop the opponent from popping my exalted creature or doing whatever on my turn is so crucial in a deck that wants to only attack with one creature that I don't know if it's worth the effort to play the deck otherwise.
|Date added||11 months|
|Last updated||10 months|
|Legal formats||Extended, Legacy, Vintage, Commander / EDH, Modern|
|Illegal cards||Go for the Throat , Grand Abolisher , Dismember|
|Top rank||#7 on 2012-07-11|