Creature — Angel
Flying, first strike, lifelink, protection from Demons and from Dragons ((Remember the acronym debt.) This creature can't be damaged, enchanted, equipped, blocked or targeted by Demons or Dragons.)
|Have (4)||metalmagic , Forkbeard , , Fatalkiller246|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Baneslayer Angel Discussion
3 weeks ago
Wow, this deck has gotten some good suggestions before I even come in!
With DanMcSharp's (good) suggestion about Elite Spellbinder taken, you now have 5 copies of it between your main board and your sideboard. It's not really a sideboard card, so you may as well take it out of there entirely. Kunoros also isn't great for a sideboard (although he is a good pupper). If you want graveyard hate, put Cling to Dust or Weathered Runestone . Kunoros is easily removed from the battlefield, especially as many graveyard-based decks will be running black, the color of amazing removal.
Since this is a low average CMC deck, you don't really want tapped lands most of the time. I'd recommend removing the temples for more basics or for some of the new Snarls, if you have them/don't mind crafting them.
Shadrix Silverquill is not a good card imo. Let's think about some possible scenarios:
You don't use his ability. He's now a 2/5 flying double strike. At that point, just play Baneslayer Angel . Even with the counters in the deck, it's better.
You give your opponent a 2/1 flying. That blocks your biggest flier, which may be Shadrix. So that ability basically blanks his attack for the turn.
You give your opponent a card for a life. Easily his best mode, but now you've given your opponent card advantage. You can't really afford that in a deck that already lacks a lot of card advantage methods.
Your opponent's creatures get larger. Situationally the best. However, your opponent either isn't a creature-based deck (and so has removal for Shadrix or is already losing badly), or will be racing you with their ground creatures, in which case the counters really help. Sure, you'll be getting some benefit from Shadrix too, but the floor of the card is very low. I don't think it's competitively viable.
Your only real creature to sacrifice to Village Rites is Eyetwitch . I'm not sure that's enough to justify having it in the deck, but use your experience and judgement to decide if you're getting good use from the card or if it's just better to find something else. Same thing with Eyetwitch itself, actually. It's your only learn-related card right now. I think you should either find more learn cards or ditch the mechanic altogether. Only having three copies of something that learns is not worth having that many lessons in the sideboard.
Closing Statement feels... Okay. Your own end step is possibly the worst time possible to remove a creature, and five mana for a Murder that hits planeswalkers and a +1/+1 counter is not a good rate. I'd recommend Bloodchief's Thirst instead, or more Heartless Act s.
Blot Out the Sky is a possible finisher if you find you struggle to close out games or need a mana sink late in the game. At X=3 it's pulling a decent rate, and past that you're just getting value.
Those are my initial thoughts on the deck. I still feel like it's missing a big insta-win card to make the deck great, but for a homebrew, it's not a bad list. +1 from me.
4 weeks ago
Dear amerika00 how is a 2 costing 3/3 flying in a bad thing?
How is a Baneslayer Angel a bad thing? Especially in midrange during Standard?
How is Opt a bad card? (people want to limit it in Standard)?
1 month ago
Wdym top 8 decks? As in the most popular archetypes? Sultai Control plays him sometimes, but he's more used as a beater than as a broken token doubler. He's not integral to the deck's strategy. He's used in mono-green aggro, possibly where he's most effective, but that's not a T1 deck (I'd rate it T2 or 2.5). Good value card, nothing broken. Kind of like Elder Gargaroth or Baneslayer Angel . I think if the right cards are printed, he could be busted, but that depends on how well R&D does over the next year or so until he rotates.
I said I'd try the deck out later that day, but then I was busy. I also haven't actually been enjoying playing Magic as much lately. I'll get to it when I feel like it, I guess.
1 month ago
Ok, angels is workable. Most of the angels decks I've seen don't need cost-reduction from Dream Devourer because of cards like Youthful Valkyrie that come down early, or because they have removal ( Heartless Act , Eliminate , Banishing Light , etc) to last them until they get their bigger angels (usually around 4 CMC). I've seen a few Azorius (U/W) foretell tribal decks, but it really needs to be all-in, as does angels (usually Orzhov, W/B).
I'd encourage you to look at some current orzhov angels decklists and see what you like. Angels isn't top-tier or anything, but it'll get you up to plat in MTGA if you play it enough. Firja's Retribution is a strong one for angels, as it's a creature, removal, and win condition all in one card. Rampage of the Valkyries might be a two-of to discourage removal. Baneslayer Angel is just difficult to deal with outside of straight removing it. If you're going the lifegain route, Speaker of the Heavens is a good one. Angel of Destiny as a one- or two-of alternate win condition.
1 month ago
It looks like your breakpoint for Eldritch Evolution is at 3 mana, but the single copy of Gisela is the only creature you can tutor for at that point that costs more than the sacrificed creature. If you want Evolution to be the Birthing Pod for this deck, I'd suggest adding more threats that cost 4-5 mana. Fives are particularly valuable since they can themselves be sacced to find Bruna or Deceiver of Form . Sticking with the Eldrazi type, Emrakul's Hatcher , Kozilek's Channeler , and the popular Reality Smasher seem like they'd be the most effective. The world's your oyster if you don't mind running other creature types. Stormbreath Dragon , Sigarda, Host of Herons , Baneslayer Angel , and Thragtusk are some picks recommended by the internet as the best modern creatures on 5. If you prefer having only the biggest baddest threats in the 7-9 range, I'd cut Evolution entirely for more ramp in Cryptolith Rite / Citanul Hierophants , From Beyond / Awakening Zone , or really whatever other options you prefer. Another card I'd consider cutting is Kozilek's Return since it will wipe out all of your tokens (even after upgrading with Emrakul's Evangel ) unless you're lucky enough to also have Eldrazi Monument out. Maybe Mizzium Mortars could be your sweeper if that's what you're looking for. A final cut I'd make is the odd fifth copy of Game Trail . Unless that's a typo, you don't typically want to run more than 4 copies of nonbasics, even in casual. Plus, your deck looks like it could use more white and colorless mana sources anyway. An interesting option that jumped to my mind was Westvale Abbey Flip since you already have a human token theme. Some other tribal picks that might fit are Champion of the Parish , Thalia's Lieutenant , and Mayor of Avabruck Flip.
Let me know if you have any questions and good luck! (BTW, I'm not a great sideboard builder, but I do know eldrazi make use of Warping Wail and Oblivion Sower in addition to the more traditional hate artifacts.)
3 months ago
Invoke the Divine for Non-creature removal.
3 months ago
Just checking in to say that your suggestions from our last discussion have proven to be very interesting!
Skyclave Apparition + Charming Prince is huge! The Prince replaces the Wall and is a human, the life gain/flicker options which are nice to have to complement the scry 2/draw of the Wall, plus its attack of 2 can sometimes dissuade some attackers. And the Apparition is a good replacement of the Oblivion Ring , with added devotion and the fact that they never get the card back (and the flicking with the Prince is just yummy!)
Emeria's Call Flip is great, always a positive as a one-of/two-of, and the small synergy with Lyra Dawnbringer and the fact that she is legendary has made me prefer her to Baneslayer Angel (or Linvala , as I don't have too many creature-based combos in my meta).
Mistveil Plains + Secluded Steppe are doing a lot more than I expected! Like you said, with the Wayfarer you can pay to draw a card, or to do it every turn, which in practice has been more interesting than the Arch for me. And finally, the Mistveil Plains are not only great with the Steppe, but also with any legendary angel an opponent would have destroyed/made you discard as you can bounce the Lancers with the Prince to get your angel back! It can really make the difference, and my angels have come back to play this way infinitely more in a few games than Emeria, The Sky Ruin has ever done.
Deck is very smooth now, a joy to play again! I won't pretend it's competitive in 2021's Modern state but I'm having a great time and you still get a fair amount of wins against non-control decks! Cheers :)
3 months ago
Angels are a very heavy tribe in CMC, and the mana curve of their deck is also very high. I would advise to put lighter and more effective cards for the strategy in place of heavy cards with appeal only to Flavor.