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Aspect of Mongoose
Enchantment — Aura
Enchanted creature has shroud. (It can't be the target of spells or abilities.)
When Aspect of Mongoose is put into a graveyard from play, return Aspect of Mongoose to its owner's hand.
Aspect of Mongoose Discussion
1 week ago
Thanks, Beebles! I've tried more aura-heavy builds of this deck, but, honestly, those builds felt the worst out of all the various variations I've tried on this idea. Since this deck is trying to put auras onto angels and dragons instead of your typical 1-2CMC Bogles and the like, auras too often felt like dead cards since they need to sit in your hand waiting for a good target. Plus the deck ended up feeling really dependent on Kestia herself and everything felt more vulnerable.
You're totally right though; Aspect of Mongoose is a card that is high on my maybe list. (You're right in terms of me not totally loving the flavor of Rancor and Spirit Loop)
I'm only running Angelic Destiny (love the flavor) and Bear Umbra (super powerful) as my auras in the deck, but Ephara and Heliod (and Heliod's tokens) can carry a ton of weight in terms of being another source of a Kestia trigger. I can pretty consistently get 2-3 cards out of Kestia per combat in the middle/late game, but I definitely keep more auras in mind in terms of future possibilities. Always keeping an eye out for new auras that get printed!
Thank you for the thoughtful comment!
1 week ago
Love the concept and this build. You obviously put a lot of effort into this and it shows. +1!
One thing that stood out to me though is that you run very little aura's. As Kestia only triggers when you attack with an enchantment or enchanted creature, I was expecting a few more of those. Perhaps the first ones I'd add would be the aura's that come back to your hand when its host dies: Rancor , Spirit Loop and Aspect of Mongoose , although those might not gel as well with the underlying philosophy of the deck.
Anyway, great stuff!
1 month ago
So three things:
There is, as far as I know, only one asymmetric Null Rod effect: Karn, the Great Creator . In EDH, where there’re typically no sideboards, he can be underwhelming. But his +1 and passive are very relevant.
I think with regard to the not wanting to draw dorks late, you can just rely on mass card draw. I mentioned a few card advantage engines above (see Beast Whisperer ) which would draw you through dorks to GET to your threats, late game.
There are some voltron-y-style enchantments in green you might find useful instead of the equipment package. Aspect of Mongoose is excellent, though note that it grants Shroud and not Hexproof. Rancor and Dragon Fangs give trample, and Rancor , like Aspect of Mongoose , is self-recurring. Bear Umbra is another good form of protection. Unfortunately, there don’t seem to be any auras in green that grant lifelink; that being said, running Collector Ouphe doesn’t preclude your running one or two lifelinking equipments.
4 months ago
My two cents:
(1) you need more evasion. You have a metric ton of +1/+1 counters, which is great... but only 2-3 things that give trample and only 1-2 other pieces of evasion. Against the wrong deck, you'll get chump blocked all day. These specific cards are mostly just examples, but consider adding unblockable ( Suspicious Bookcase , Whispersilk Cloak ); deathtouch ( Gorgon Flail , Nightshade Peddler ); trample / multi-purpose ( Loxodon Warhammer , Haunted Cloak ).
(2) you need more protection. Everyone will gun for your doggo, knowing that it's your whole win-con. You have a few things, but not enough IMO. Add more indestructible ( Hammer of Nazahn ) and hexproof ( Mask of Avacyn , Archetype of Endurance ).
I'd suggest culling some of the +1/+1 cards - especially one-shot like Battlegrowth . Also, shroud isn't great with voltron because you can't target/enchant/equip, so I'd lose Lightning Greaves and Aspect of Mongoose .
Looks like a fun deck!
4 months ago
I'd probably take out Solemnity unless your meta has a lot of counters or infect going on. You have a TON of ramp enchantments as well so i'd feel comfortable going down one or two lands. The Chain Veil will just end up hurting you if you can't pillow fort up.
What is your win-con? If it's creature damage maybe something like Aspect of Mongoose would help your creatures stay alive longer since you only have a few. There is actually a whole cycle of enchantments that return to your hand like that (3 per color i think). Launch and Spirit Loop are the only others that come to mind though.
Collective Restraint could add to your pillow fort cards and the appropriate gods could give you burly creatures (Thasa, Nylea, Heliod etc but they don't cause thing to untap from Estrid's +2 i guess ). The gods are getting kind of pricey though.
8 months ago
Thanks for the thoughts and advice!
I fully agree on the Lightning Greaves , the reason i didn't include them was that most of my creatures have no legs haha, but I'll put them on the maybeboard in case Aspect of Mongoose heavily disappoints after playing a few games.
Ohran Viper is no doubt a good card but the reason I took Selkie Hedge-Mage here was specifically because this deck runs a lot of bounce, and it has a little wee bit of merfolk synergy. So it just feels like a slightly better fit to me.
Worn Powerstone is great! It's much cheaper than Sol Ring so I've swapped it for that. It is indeed less efficient but prices are important too. If I later end up buying sol ring I can still use both so its not a bad investment anyway.
8 months ago
Seems like a fun commander deck to play in a casual setting! There are definitely better simic commanders available but turtles are cool so screw it!
It it were me I would probably swap out Aspect of Mongoose for Swiftfoot Boots or Lightning Greaves , In my opinion they just have more of an impact. They can be removed much easier, but the fact that you can give one of your larger creatures haste is pretty big.
I'm not really a fan of a having a large amount of bounce in the deck and like to see more removal in decks I play, that being said blue-green doesn't really have a whole lot of that. I would switch out Selkie Hedge-Mage for something like a Ohran Viper , It's like having a deathtouch creature that also allows you to draw cards if your opponents don't want to block.
You might want to look into a bit more ramp, getting those big creatures out is really your only win condition, mana rocks are always useful. I for one run Worn Powerstone in most of my decks because I love me a mana rock that taps for 3 mana, it's not the most efficient but it's low in price.
Anyways these are only suggestions and I'm sure the deck would be fun to play as is!
9 months ago
This list is awesome, especially the categorization makes it a real good help!
Some suggestions that I haven't come across in your list:
- Curious Obsession
- Aether Tunnel
- Aspect of Mongoose
- Triclopean Sight
- Sigil of Sleep
- Phantom Wings
- Ghostly Wings
- Shimmering Wings
- Gryff's Boon
- Genju of the Falls
- Spirit Loop
- Pemmin's Aura
Hope it helps.
Aspect of Mongoose occurrence in decks from the last year
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