Creature — Archon
When this enters the battlefield or dies (is put into the graveyard from the battlefield), exile target permanent.
|Have (2)||orzhov_is_relatively_okay819 , vashaclarens|
Combos Browse all
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
Latest Decks as Commander
Ashen Rider Discussion
1 month ago
Thanks for commenting tman007!! You bring up excellent points.
I have been conflicted with running Terastodon since I first started experimenting with this build. While it can be useful in certain situations (when multiple artifacts, enchantments, or lands must be removed), I concur that I would prefer a fourth Archon of Cruelty , so I am dropping Terastodon doe now. I am running Ashen Rider strictly for removing indestructible cards, which is especially relevant against other Stoneblade decks with Kaldra Compleat , etc.
I’m also experimenting with keeping the deck’s CMC and land count as low as possible. You are right that running 18 lands makes it difficult to unearth Priest of Fell Rites and play/flashback Unburial Rites , but the deck can theoretically function and win with only two lands. For now I have returned to 20 lands, which seems to be the sweet spot.
1 month ago
Nice deck, the red splash for Thrilling Discovery is interesting and helps offset some of the weaknesses of B/BW lists with the lifegain and draw effect. I do think I would rather have another Archon of Cruelty over Ashen Rider or Terastodon , they do similar things and Archon's effect is much stronger than both in most cases. Also, 18 lands might be a little low in games where you need to cast Rites or unearth Priest.
2 months ago
I would consider a couple of other creatures as one offs as alternatives for when you need an answer and not a threat. Ashen Rider springs to mind. As a good catch all. Another thing that may be worth adding is a few more shambling vents as needle spire is not great.
Lastly I would add at least 1 Unburial Rites. As I can be tutored with unmarked grave and used from the gy.
I would also look for a couple of winds of abandoned as solid mb removal spells that also can act as boardwipes against midrange. (As currently I feel like you may struggle against a more aggressive oponent, especially with only 1 reanimation target)
Lastly having something like Lingering Souls or Smiting Helix as alt wincons that also function well in a discard heavy deck. (At the moment you pretty much fold to surgical extraction, and/ and we'll times gy hate.) They would also allow you to stall games against aggro and still provide pressure when your combo gets countered/removed/discarded.
3 months ago
TransMarx Thanks for the thoughts! This is a different direction than what I've been going in, but I'll give it a try and see if it works better.
I've never dropped below 3 Archon of Cruelty , that thing is insane when you don't pay full price. I've been looking for replacements for It That Betrays (killer with haste, vulnerable without it), and both Ashen Rider and Terastodon were on the short list. It's probably time to make that change.
Bone Shards is great and worthy of at least a sideboard slot, if not main deck. Liliana of the Veil comes down when this version of the deck wants to be dropping its finishers, but I'll try it alongside your suggested line. I tried Unmarked Grave for a while, but there was only enough space for so many MV2 graveyard fillers, and Collective Brutality and Thrilling Discovery did enough in initial testing to make the cut. I'll revisit it, since it will help reliability, but in the end it's a one-trick pony. If Dark Ritual ever shows up in Modern (not gonna happen), Unmarked Grave would be jammed in immediately.
3 months ago
reanimator is a tough build rn, as dredge is a forever staple to the format (always middle of the pack at the least, and top tier when new tools are printed) every deck will just have great sb options against you even if you pop off game 1, secondly in modern you kind of need your deck to be doing a few things to be viable. Can't just go ALL IN on one strat, the more diversified your play style and more modular your deck the better it holds up in a format with many answers.
my suggestion would be stretch the deck into a midrange/reanimator style deck for reanimator targets I'd stick with Archon of Cruelty as a 3-4 of and add a singleton of Terastodon and maybe an Ashen Rider essentially all your reanimated creatures have to DO SOMETHING as soon as they hit the board.
but yeah got to diversify the deck to do more than one thing, get some just solid value out of everything that is played and like honestly no more than 3-5 reanimator targets MAX.
3 months ago
Yeah Coat of Arms would be pretty crazy, but also unless I'm wrong, the triggered ability off of Felisa isn't actually a spell, you'd have to actually cast a spell with black in it (i.e., something like Eradicator Valkyrie or Ashen Rider ) for the Deathbringer Liege part to work. The token creation is from a triggered ability, not a spell. Nonetheless, liege also pumps all the tokens by +2/+2 and you still are casting black and white spells for the other triggers so I'd agree, it could probably stay, but you would not get triggers from the token creation as they are abilities not spells.
Also, I think blade of the bloodchief should still definitely be in the deck somehow especially with the minor Vampire tribal, but sword of t/w is quite insane that definitely has to go in.
3 months ago
Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts is funny but yeah not really worth it in the deck.
Keen Duelist is definitely a cheaper option that I will change eventually, it is too risky if you are playing vs high CMC decks.
Gonti, Lord of Luxury is there just to slow/get information about the other decks, he have to go too yeah.
Deathbringer Liege lets me tap and kill creatures everytime I make tokens with Felisa (Tokens are b/w) so I will leave it for now.
You are helping me a lot, I really appreciate it, If you prefer/want I can give you my discord user so we can talk through there anytime you want. Hope you have a nice day!