Creature — Archon
When Ashen Rider enters the battlefield or dies, exile target permanent.
|Want (2)||roxypop , Reivax17|
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Ashen Rider Discussion
1 month ago
Iona, Shield of Emeria is incapacitating if you can get it to stick. Ashen Rider is ok, mostly for it’s death trigger. Otherwise I’d say you could do better. I’d lean into Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur more myself.
1 month ago
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Update at 01/2021
2 months ago
Corpse Knight synergizes nicely with the Thalisse you already have.
I'd remove Anointed Procession. Teysa as your commander does the same and more.
Ashen Rider is overcosted for what it does. I suggest removing it.
2 months ago
Harvey_Vorthos-Allsack, awesome job and well said! And you are just scratching the surface. The rabbit hole goes deep...
Here’s a little tidbit which Balaam will probably appreciate as well - clearly someone at WotC is into the Apocrypha, especially the Books of Enoch, Jasher, and Jubilees found in the Dead Sea Scrolls, and several texts found in the Nag-Hammadi Codex, because certain concepts are mentioned in MtG lore that correspond to these texts. For example, Nephilim and Archons are mentioned in cards like Might of the Nephilim, Blessing of the Nephilim, Yore-Tiller Nephilim, Ashen Rider, Archon of Coronation, Archon of Emeria, etc.
According to the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Watchers were fallen Angels who rejected God, chose to take human wives, and fathered a race of giants which were known as Nephilim. The creation of the Nephilim eventually led God to initiate the Great Flood, as these creatures sired half-giants and consumed everything from animals to humans, thus causing the breakdown of society.
The Nag-Hammadi Codex is named after Nag-Hammadi, Egypt, where it was discovered. Several texts, including the Apocryphon of John, describe a race of formless beings known as Archons who predate humans and were born of a predatory force called Ialdaboath, Samael, or the Demiurge. The Demiurge, a cosmic aberration which has become self-aware, has humans trapped in a holographic soul prison to sustain itself and attain the status of God, which it desperately seeks. It created a shadow world which is a crude copy of the real world and created legions of imposter angels and lower beings to serve its bidding.
Archons are responsible for causing error in human thought patterns, to confuse the human into thinking that it wants to do something, so the human can make the bad decision on its own. Early Gnostics believed the Demiurge’s plan was doomed from the beginning, and eventually humans will escape from their holographic prison and reunite with Jesus and God.
Isn’t it curious that WotC would pay homage to these concepts in their MtG lore? I’m sure there are more examples throughout the game. Anyway, I think all of this is fascinating. Food for thought!
3 months ago
Thanks for your comment abby315! Great points. Your deck looks awesome too!
I took your advice and added Grave Titan to the sideboard, moved Ashen Rider to the sideboard, and added Tidespout Tyrant to the mainboard. It just dawned on me how amazing Griselbrand, Tidespout Tyrant, and Sire Of Insanity are together. Big G draws you cards, you play spells to return permanents to your opponent’s hand with the Tyrant, and the Sire discards those cards during your End Step...Big G draws you more cards, repeat! Brutal!
3 months ago
Nice! Love to see another RB-based reanimator player. My list is here: NEED 4 T1 GRISELBRAND
I run the version that just runs a Bayou to cast Reverent Silence for free, but I know the Wear / Tear version is just as viable, so up to you. I will definitely say I recommend the heck out of a Grave Titan in the sideboard. It's a very good option for when you need to play a fairer game post-board because it's pretty easy to hardcast. I also prefer Tidespout Tyrant mainboard over Ashen Rider because it's far more flexible. Just as good against UB reanimator and Sneak&Show, but also fair game against Death and Taxes, Delver, and most other strategies tbh. You lose the ability to hardcast, but I think it more than makes up for it. The games you have to hardcast something are definitely not in your favor anyway!
3 months ago
Change log after not investing in this list in a while:
In terms of creature swaps, Ashen Rider is incredibly strong and a hard cut, but I’d rather have the cheap efficiency of Path. Archon of Justice costs less and is about as good.
Boreas Charger has always kinda sucked even if I get double death triggers, so in goes Celebrant as an additional wincon.
Sadistic Hypnotist is pretty good, but Altar costs less, can sacrifice at instant speed, and is a wincon.
Just an upgrade to a mana rock. I’d rather curve into Teysa on turn two than have an extra colorless mana a turn later.
This list really badly needed a way to just draw cards instantly; we have plenty of card draw value engines. I decided Dark Prophecy competed with Necro for its slot and got the cut.
Martyrs Bond I never really saw while playing, but I’d rather have another drain effect than something that stalls the game.
Sorry, foil original print Sorin, he’s a little slow to generate tokens for his mana cost. The deck needed a fourth tutor to more consistently pull together its combos anyway, and Grim is a spicy recent reprint.
And just some upgrades in the manabase. Overall, can’t wait to see how this list can perform even better!