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Bant midrange with the Knightfall combo (Retreat to Coralhelm + Knight of the Reliquary).

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The combo route

Tap Knight of the Reliquary with Retreat to Coralhelm in play to grab a land. Untap Knight of the Reliquary with Retreat to Coralhelms ability. Tap the land you fetched and repeat for lots of mana and to put all forests, plains and as many fetches you want to pay for from your library into your graveyard. Fetches trigger Retreat to Coralhelm twice, perfect for tapping down blockers. Fetch Rogue's Passage to make the now incredibly huge Knight of the Reliquary unblockable.

The aggro route

The deck is not dependent on the combo. We don't want to be screwed by a single Rest in Peace, Relic of Progenitus, Tormod's Crypt, Phyrexian Revoker, Pithing Needle, Path to Exile or the alike. The combo is actually pretty easy to disrupt, and then we are left with a pretty solid aggro strategy..
Beatsticks: Geist of Saint Traft, Knight of the Reliquary, Loxodon Smiter and Mirran Crusader
Enablers: Exalted from Noble Hierarch and Qasali Pridemage is great with Geist of Saint Traft and Mirran Crusader. Elspeth, Knight-Errant pumps and gives evasion. Retreat to Coralhelm taps down blockers.

The best thing about this deck is that your opponent has to choose between stopping the combo or the beatdown. Save a Terminate for Knight of the Reliquary and you will loose to Loxodon Smiter beatdown. Terminate my Loxodon Smiter and I have less to worry about when i combo :).

Turn 3

T1: Noble Hierarch
T2: Knight of the Reliquary
T3: Retreat to Coralhelm

6 mana:
T1: Noble Hierarch
T2: Retreat to Coralhelm
T3: tap Noble Hierarch for mana, play Windswept Heath , untap Noble Hierarch, tap Noble Hierarch for mana, crack fetch, untap Noble Hierarch, tap Noble Hierarch and your 3 lands for 6 mana.

12 damage in the air:
T1: Noble Hierarch
T2: Mirran Crusader
T3: Elspeth, Knight-Errant

Suggestions appreciated. Cant afford goyf :)

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what do you think about Woodland Bellower and Bring to Light to help fetch? Also would Kiora, Master of the Depths work to sort through stuff? im thinking of building a budgeted version of the deck.

December 5, 2015 7:55 p.m.

Hunter-mcq says... #2

Do you think Kitchen Finks is a good card in this deck?

January 4, 2016 8:29 p.m.

smackjack says... #3

It would be fine i guess, but im playing more aggressive creatures instead.

January 5, 2016 8:04 a.m.

Xica says... #4

What about Hedron Crab as an alternate win condition?

February 6, 2016 1:31 p.m.

ChiefBell says... #5

I don't think mirran crusader or voice of resurgence are right for this particular meta. Given the lack of removal and the lack of B/G decks. Half of your match ups are going to be aggro or the new eldrazi deck. Neither of which are helped by either crusader or resurgence.

Imy leaning onwards 6 to 7 mana creatures and 4 retreats.

February 17, 2016 3:08 p.m.

smackjack says... #6

Mirran Crusader + X exalted triggers + Elspeth, Knight-Errant.. Mirran Crusader + Elspeth, Knight-Errant does more damage, even without any exalted triggers, than Geist of Saint Traft + Elspeth, Knight-Errant does. Voice is just for the value, most of the times its a 2 for 1..

February 17, 2016 3:15 p.m.

ChiefBell says... #7

Mirran crusader is 4 or 6 damage realistically. Geist is 6 or 7.

I'm discounting elspeth because she's a 2 of.

Obviously the dream is ramp into crusader into elspeth but that's not going to happen often enough to make it a centre piece, in my opinion.

Its a better top deck than geist though so that of something. Perhaps in a lightning bolt less format he's better than smiter.

February 17, 2016 3:18 p.m.

smackjack says... #8

You take out Elspeth? Are you mad? She is the thing that ends stale games, and the card that wins me more games than the Retreat to Coralhelm combo. She is a beast in this deck, how will you do without her?

Geist of Saint Traft is obviously a better card than Mirran Crusader, but considering Tarmogoyf, Abrupt Decay, Terminate, Murderous Cut, Scavenging Ooze, Kitchen Finks, Kolaghan's Command, Maelstrom Pulse, Slaughter Pact, and the occasional Go for the Throat etc pro B/G is quite useful. I like him as a 4th Geist.

February 17, 2016 3:30 p.m.

ChiefBell says... #9

No I mean I just don't include elspeth in my calculations of explosiveness because it's rare to draw her on time. I won't take her out the deck though.

I don't know how I feel about crusader. Geist consistently puts out the most damage, followed by crusader, followed by Loxodon. Perhaps that is how you should prioritise threats given that this is an aggro deck.

February 17, 2016 3:33 p.m.

smackjack says... #10

I think Crusader is a must. When building aggro you need cards that helps you when your opponent is winning too. Crusader is quite aggressive, blocks Goyfs for days, and that alone is a reason to include him as a 1-of. The insane amount of damage combined with Noble Hierarch /Qasali Pridemage and Elspeth, Knight-Errant is nice enough not to ignore. Games where they leave a Goyf as blocker is usually very stale, but Crusader and Elspeth both break through. Even tho this is an aggressive deck its not the most aggressive and thus it has a bad matchup against the most aggressive decks out there. You need to recover, thats why i have Mirran Crusader, Eternal Witness, Scavenging Ooze and the one of Chord of Calling to get any one of those.

February 17, 2016 3:45 p.m.

m0nsta says... #11

I like the Crusader in your list, +1 ;-)

Check out my list Praise the Sun

February 17, 2016 4:30 p.m.

ChiefBell says... #12

Crusader is better than Loxodon smiter.

February 17, 2016 4:36 p.m.

smackjack says... #13

Smiter has its advantages. I have lots of Lili and UWx in my meta, so it stays. In a meta without Lili Crusader is better :)

February 17, 2016 4:45 p.m.

ChiefBell says... #14

Yeah agreed.

February 17, 2016 4:48 p.m.

smackjack says... #15

I might go 2-2... I really want to go +1 Elspeth and maybe another Chord too. Im gonna give this deck some work soon :)

February 17, 2016 4:56 p.m.

simoHayha says... #16

I would go 2-2 as well. Crusader is just such a bigger beating when hit off of Coco or chorded into with all the exhalted you have going on here.

Also, kinda confused about the sideboard. Why so many Gaddock Teeg's and no Kataki, War's Wage? Isnt affinity big right now cuz its good against Eldrazi and Gaddock Teeg just dies to pyroclasm? Also what do you think of Kitchen Finks as your goto sideboard card against burn or a split of Finks and Rhox War Monk instead of the feed the clan's & Leyline of Sanctity's. If your running Leyline because of discard cards id just sideboard more smiters.

February 17, 2016 5:28 p.m.

have you thought of Kessig Wolf Run it works cheaper and have to worry less about your own life

March 14, 2016 1:52 a.m.

smackjack says... #18

hideinginyourbush I actually like Rogue's Passage more. It lets my Geist of Saint Traft pass safely. It would be nice to run along side passage, but i need my plains and forests for the combo.

April 17, 2016 9:35 p.m.

smackjack says... #19

Im gonna try Tamiyo, Field Researcher as a 1-of. I think she has potential. Her +1 will almost always let you draw 2, and with Mirran Crusader you can draw 3-4. Her -2 is very good when they have a blocker or two. Her ult is pretty nice :).

I took out one Loxodon Smiter to make room for her..

July 13, 2016 5:52 p.m.

Nixin72 says... #20

I feel like you can drop to 22 lands with 7 dorks in the deck. You currently have more than 50% of you deck as being mana sources, which is probably overkill. I'd drop 2 lands for another Voice of Resurgence another Qasali Pridemage.

August 7, 2016 12:21 a.m.

smackjack says... #21

Im gonna try but i think i need them for the combo

August 7, 2016 4:33 a.m.

Nixin72 says... #22

I'm running the combo on 22 lands. You have only 4 lands that aren't either a fetch or a forest/plains, plus 2 of them you can sac to get into the grave, meaning you have 22 lands that can easily get into your graveyard giving you a 24/24 knight. And on top of that, with greedy modern manabases, your opponent will likely have a lost a little life up to that point too.

August 7, 2016 9:55 a.m.

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This deck is Modern legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.72
Tokens 4/4 Angel, 1/1 Soldier, 1/1 Elemental, Elspeth
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+3 Chord of Calling main
-9 Geist of Saint Traft main
-6 Plains main
+9 Geist of Saint Traft main
-15 Forest main
+6 Plains main
+3 Sword of Fire and Ice main
-9 Temple Garden main
-3 Horizon Canopy main
+6 Breeding Pool main
+12 Misty Rainforest main
+4 Spell Queller main
+2 Sword of Light and Shadow main
+1 Eternal Witness main
-3 Sword of Fire and Ice main
-2 Sun Titan main
+15 Forest main
-6 Breeding Pool main
+3 Horizon Canopy main
+1 Ajani Unyielding main
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