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I see where you're going with that, but I don't think one +1/+1 counter is impactful enough for the deck. It's pretty easy for our Bogle to become the biggest creature on the board but we'll just get chump-blocked without evasion.
October 21, 2017 4 p.m.
Thanks for the suggestion! I've added the tag.
October 20, 2017 7:42 a.m.
I like the idea, but I see three main problems.
22 lands is going to lead to stumbles in the early game.
The obvious solution to the first issue is to go up to the full 4 copies of Kitesail Freebooter. I'd also recommend running Siren Stormtamer. It's cheap, evasive, and the ability can be useful to protect your Ferocidons and Freebooters.
For the second issue, I'd recommend running at least 3 copies of Cut / Ribbons. The deck could stand to have a bit more removal anyway and ripping a big Ribbons later one could be a great way to close games out. It would drastically reduce your fizzle rate, too, since it's a lot harder to race a couple of bigger Lava Axes from the graveyard than pings.
For the third, 24 lands should ensure that you can get to your Panharmonicons at a decent rate. You could go with a light Desert package (a few copies of Ifnir Deadlands and Ramunap Ruins) to help ensure you don't flood out.
I'm not sure what to cut, though; that's the rub.
October 19, 2017 2:38 p.m.
This deck isn't Standard-legal.
October 17, 2017 2:57 p.m.
Thanks for the suggestion!
Yeah, sometimes Essence Scatter can bridge the gap until we start playing Bogles but we have to mulligan for them sometimes. I've been experimenting with cutting the Striped Riverwinder entirely and moving 3 copies of Unquenchable Thirst into the main and that's seemed pretty good so far.
Benefaction of Rhonas is a really good idea! I'm not sure what to cut for it, though. Maybe Larger Than Life? Larger is pretty middling a lot of the time anyway and I'd be less inclined to run it if I were using Benefaction anyway.
October 17, 2017 10:27 a.m.
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Metallic Mimic isn't a budget-friendly card at all, so it's out for that reason alone. I managed to pick up a playset when it first came out but now we're stuck with a $13 pricetag.
More generally, I've been really disappointed with Metallic Mimic. The card just eats a removal spell if you play it early and does nothing if you play it late. It's too inconsistent to be worth including if you have any other options for the tribe.
In this deck in particular, Metallic Mimic really isn't the turn-2 play we want. We really, really need to be able to attack on turn 3, but Mimic can't do that -- it dies to any board if it attacks. We're trying to win with Sanctum Seeker procs anyway so +1/+1 counters, while nice, aren't crucial to our plan. Attacking safely is.
October 16, 2017 1:58 p.m.
@Variux: Ok, I pulled the trigger and swapped in Adanto Vanguard for the 2 Bishop's Soldier and 2 Duress. I got in a bit of testing last night and Vanguard plays way, way better than it looks. Meanwhile, Bishop's Soldier is just so terrible; the Lifelink is nice, I guess, but it can't attack safely into very many board states and I hate running basically-strictly-worse versions of cards already in the deck. Duress is not a great 2-of; if you're running it at all, you really need to run 4 to make sure you can fire it off on turn 1.
I'm keeping Skyblade for now; playing an evasive creature by turn 2 is really important for enabling this deck so I want to maximize our chances. It's on the short list for replacement when Rivals comes out, though (and switching to 2x Skyblade and 4x Gifted Aetherborn is one of the best reasons to run better lands).
October 12, 2017 10:27 a.m.
Thanks for the suggestions!
My main reason for running Queen's Commission over Call to the Feast is for curve purposes. We're light on quality 3-drops, especially since Mavren Fein is Legendary and we only want to run 3, but Queen's Commission fills that gap perfectly. Color isn't a problem by the time we have 4 lands on the battlefield, I just really don't want to run any more 4-drops than absolutely necessary.
You're totally right about Adanto Vanguard. I was skeptical that we'd be able to afford paying 4 life all the time to keep it alive but it turns out that that's not really that bad most of the time. I'd still like to fit Skyblade in here somehow, as an evasive, Shock-proof 2-drop hits a lot of sweet spots for this deck. The deck does have two flex slots currently taken by Duress (or by Vampire's Zeal, if you can run Fatal Push in its place), so maybe Skyblade would work better there as Vanguard 5-6. I might give that a try and then switch back to Vampire's Zeal if it doesn't work out.
October 11, 2017 11:36 p.m.
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Gifted Aetherborn is definitely much stronger than Bishop's Soldier, but I dropped to a 2x-2x split for budgetary concerns. If you can afford the extra Aetherborn and can run Concealed Courtyard over Forsaken Sanctuary, you should definitely do that. At the $28 price point, though, Bishop's Soldier is better due to its more permissive mana cost.
Legion's Landing is outside of our budget range so I haven't given it much serious though. My inclination is to stick with our current 1-drops since tokens don't trigger Mavren Fein and we're not really looking to grind games out. However, go ahead and test Legion's Landing if you have a playset! It could absolutely be a real card for this deck.
October 8, 2017 4:49 p.m.
I don't like Spell Pierce in the main board. Its only target in a lot of matchups will be removal spells, but those are often played off-curve. Negate is way better.
October 5, 2017 9:40 a.m.
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I've tried Gonti's Aether Heart in the past and honestly, it's just too darn expensive and clunky. The upside is there but the deck runs far more smoothly when its curve stays very low. It's possibly correct to run a 1-of as a tutor target for Saheeli but even still, you should almost always be able to assemble the combo pieces off a Saheeli ult anyway.
Anointed Procession would reduce the number of combo pieces, but I'd honestly rather just run more copies of Panharmonicon. It works better with the rest of the deck rather than doing nothing except when we're going for the win. Plus we'd have to run three colors, reducing consistency and requiring a more expensive mana base.
Winding Constrictor is interesting but four colors is just far too greedy for me, especially without tripling the cost of the deck just for the lands.
October 4, 2017 10:39 a.m.
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