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Said on All in on ......

#1

Took the deck for a spin in casual play on Arena, as it does look life fun to make a ton of griffins. Sadly, I could only pull off a single win with the 2x Speaker of the Heavens + Light of Hope opener against a slow deck. Everything else was against mono-red aggro, mono-green aggro, gruul aggro and izzet aggro.

A problem I found with the deck is that it's VERY reliant on Griffin Aerie + Revitalize and/or Light of Hope. The creatures aren't impactful enough by themselves, which means that other aggro decks just run them over and can therefore keep our life total in check. It's also next to impossible to trigger Aerie without one of the two lifegain spells, unless you make unfavorable attacks. Again, because the creatures are all small and don't scale.

I tend to play midrange, so I'm definitely not the optimal player for these kinds of decks, but any kind of "meta" aggro deck seemed close to impossible to beat.

Don't have any immediate ways to fix that, but I think at least some amount of Ajani's Pridemate could make the early game more doable. As you also mentioned, 4x Rally of Wings often left some amount stranded in hand.

Cool idea, but I think it needs some tuning. Hope you can make it work!

August 6, 2020 8:27 a.m.

Said on Garruk Lifelink...

#2

Hi there!

  • You seemingly have a lot of cards that have some lifegain, but don't do much for your plan in the long run, i.e. Light of Hope, Consecrate / Consume and Revitalize. Ajani's Pridemate and Bloodthirsty Aerialist want continuous ways to gain life, which is best achieved with early lifelink creatures such as Alseid of Life's Bounty and Speaker of the Heavens - the last of which also cares about you gaining life.

  • Another lifegain card that works well with Garruk, Cursed Huntsman is Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves, as every wolf gains you 3 life and may fight something, if needed.

  • Luminous Broodmoth is a strong card, but it usually wants sac outlets to really shine and it adds no synergy to the lifegain theme.

  • Ethereal Absolution is another juicy card, but again, it has no synergy and often times doesn't impact the board enough for a 6-drop.

  • I get that you want as many lifegain triggers as possible, but playing a ton of lands that enter tapped might make the deck too slow. Having a good mana base and strong synergy between your spells should be sufficient. I'd swap them for shock lands, unless you're running on a budget.

  • Having an avg. cmc of almost 3.5, you normally want 1-2 more lands for the sake of consistency, or lower the curve.

Honestly, most of the good lifegain cards are in white right now, so using that as a base and "splashing" the other colors in would probably be the way to go.

Hope that helps. Good luck with the deck!

August 6, 2020 7:49 a.m.

Said on Good ol' Muddy ......

#3

Titus7007 That's not a bad idea, thanks mate. Swapped Chromatic Orrery for Ugin, the Ineffable.

August 6, 2020 6:33 a.m.

Said on Blue/Green Flash...

#4

While I hate playing against counter-heavy decks, and probably shouldn't help them improve, I do have some ways to (hopefully) make the deck better:

  • If you're going to play any of the eternal formats, I think Ice-Fang Coatl over Ambush Viper and play snow lands is better, if you want an instant-speed deathtoucher.

  • As is, you're running too few lands, given the amount of 4-drops. Also, I'd play some amount of Rewind, as it lets you counter a spell AND play a threat on turn 4+.

  • Brazen Borrower is probably the best interaction this deck has access to and it's definitely a stronger card than Faerie Duelist. Unless you're going for a budget deck.

  • From my experience, Brineborn Cutthroat is better than Wildborn Preserver. You're not always sitting on mana to pump the Preserver and they get worse in multiples. Cutthroat doesn't.

  • Sea-Dasher Octopus could be nice in some amount, as it can start drawing extra cards as soon as turn 2 off of a turn 1 Spectral Sailor.

  • Titanic Growth is underwhelming in flash decks. They just need to tempo out the opponent, which is best done with value creatures and bounce and/or counter spells.

  • Frilled Mystic is a great tempo play. If you up the land count, you should play all 4.

Hope that helps. Good luck with the deck!

August 5, 2020 5:54 p.m.

Said on Cacophony of Fears...

#5

A different take on mono-black. I like it!

No love for big-boy Rotting Regisaur though? That guy carries Demonic Embrace like a boss and can even throw some enchantments in the yard, if needed (vs. control for example). Plus it holds down the fort nicely vs. other aggro decks.

Maybe cut down on a Lurrus of the Dream-Den and Murderous Rider and/or some of the other removal. You have plenty of interaction as is.

August 5, 2020 4:32 p.m.

Said on Lofty Veto...

#6

A few suggestions for optimization:

  • Being a low-cost aggro deck, you want as many of your lands to enter untapped as possible (and on color). Blast Zone is a poor fit, cause it hits on your side too, you won't have the time or mana to pump it and it doesn't tap for any of your colors, which can hurt your early plays. I'd probably also swap out the Temple and Triome for the last Hallowed Fountain and more basics.

  • Shark Typhoon is too slow. You only play 21 lands, so it'll often be a very small shark and you'd want to close out the game before it really becomes impactful. I get that you can keep up counterspells a little easier that way, but the deck is mostly tempo/aggro. The full 4x Brazen Borrower should be a better fit.

  • Your creature count is a bit on the low end. If you want some more instant-speed stuff and card draw, you might want to add some copies of Sea-Dasher Octopus - it plays well with all of your 1-drops.

  • I like Skycat Sovereign and Sephara, Sky's Blade for this deck. Consider trying 2x Sephara and 3-4x Skycat. Maybe instead of some number of Dovin's Veto and/or Mystic Subdual.

Hope that helps. Good luck with the deck!

August 3, 2020 3:42 p.m.

kenvan19 Thanks for the feedback mate. Glad you liked it!

Given todays bans, this deck seems to have a better chance now!

August 3, 2020 2:48 p.m.

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