A Request From a Friend
Posted on Sept. 27, 2018, 1:34 p.m. by ZendikariWol
So on request from a friend, I have brewed a budget Honden deck (JUNDens), and would like to see if anyone has other ideas or inputs. Basically I wanted to see if anyone proposed other sweet Honden decks, or can think of a strategy that would be fun.
My friend gave me 3 specifications: it has to be pretty heckin cheap, it has to be casual, and it has to be non-abusive, at least mostly. (Note that the deck I made does NOT count as budget, but replace the shock lands w/... probably just taplands and it's basically in the clear.)
I think the Hondens are actually really cool and fun and my friend's older brother is CONVINCED this will not work, so for all those reasons I really want to make this awesome.
September 27, 2018 5:27 p.m.
Actually I got a really good suggestion on that. It'll force me to scramble some color combos and Joseph may not be the happiest with it, but Paradox Haze is more or less just as good as Mirror Gallery here, and I'm using Kruphix's Insight rather than a stupidly expensive tutor.
September 28, 2018 9:37 a.m.
I know my husband has plans to eventually build a 5-color Honden deck utilizing effects like Paradox Haze, Sterling Grove, and possibly a Mirror Gallery, though I think he wants to try to keep it purely enchantments, with possible consideration for Theros's enchantment creatures. The deckbuild hasn't really gotten beyond vague ideas yet, though.
September 28, 2018 10:42 a.m.
Arright guys, I'm almost there, but here's where it gets tricky. Budgets do not support a 5-color mana base. So which honden, in your opinions, is the weakest?
September 28, 2018 12:49 p.m.
White one maybe try Vivid Grove and the like for the mana base
September 28, 2018 1:35 p.m.
Honden of Seeing Winds can be incredibly dangerous when you have more than 1-2 other shrines.
Imagine you have all 5 shrines in play, Honden of Infinite Rage will kill an opponent from 20 in 4 turns. During that time, you'd draw 23 cards.
Under most circumstances, this is fine, but if the opponent ever has more life than cards in your library, or creates planeswalkers that you need to spend an upkeep to burn, then you might run into problems.