Castle Ardenvale enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Plains.
: Gain .
, : Create a 1/1 white Human creature token.
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Castle Ardenvale Discussion
1 month ago
In my opinion, you need more token generators for the theme of the deck. You have plenty of ways to poly into a big beater, but you only have three and a half generators of which all are 4 MV or above:
- Outlaws' Merriment @ 4
- Kykar, Wind's Fury @ 4+ when commander tax comes into play
- Assemble the Legion @ 5
- Shark Typhoon @ 6 (or the half here is at a minimum 3 when cycling, which is no longer recursive)
My suggestion would be to change two of the filter draw cards for token sorceries:
Other suggestions that may make this more consistent:
If you follow through with these, you may need to rebalance the number of Islands you have in comparison to Plains, maybe a two-for-two swap.
I do not believe that these changes will overpower your deck, but it should let you durdle more successfully.
1 month ago
Grimclimb Pathway Flip and Castle Ardenvale would be awesome replacements for two basics. Commander damage is a rare backup plan for this deck since Krav, the Unredeemed doesn't have any evasion so Sadistic Glee probably won't make it in unless I decide to focus a bit more in that area. Righteous Cause and Revenge of Ravens are both cards I haven't really seen before but I will definitely consider adding at least one of them to get more lifegain triggers.
Thanks for the suggestions!
1 month ago
Grimclimb Pathway Flip is a MDFC from ZNR and Castle Ardenvale from ELD can help make more tokens. Both could replace a basic or two. Sadistic Glee can double up on the counters that Krav racks up from the tokens he eats. Righteous Cause and Revenge of Ravens are good for dissuading people from attacking for fear of gaining you more life.
Looks good overall, though!
1 month ago
I have not played pioneer in a while either, so take what I say with a grain of salt I suppose... There will be a TLDR.
Generally speaking, Weenie Hut can use some of the better token producers and can run with that idea pretty strongly. I'd suggest running 3 or 4 of History of Benalia , 3 of Legion's Landing Flip, and then you can cut down to 1 of Castle Ardenvale if that helps you mana at all! Curious Obsession is fantastic in these types of decks, and so is Adanto Vanguard , so running 4 of both is your best bet as well. Skymarcher Aspirant is also another 4-of lock in my eyes. Spectral Sailor and Siren Stormtamer are early fliers with upside.
Another option is the run some planeswalker aggression through Gideon(s). Gideon, Ally of Zendikar is probably your best bet, however, my personal favorite version of him is Gideon Blackblade . The passive ability 4/4 indestructible that also gives vigilance, indestructible or lifelink can be very helpful!
If you utilize this type strategy, it does make cutting some creatures and cards overall pretty simple. Luminous Broodmoth just won't work with tokens, so that is probably an easy cut. Search for Azcanta Flip is too slow, so I think that comes out. I think that Ephara comes out as well since the plan might change to flurry of little creatures between turns 1-2-3, the goal is to be empty handed and threatening to kill by turn 4 or 5. That also means Dream Trawler should go, but I'd understand wanting to keep a late game insurance policy.
TLDR-- Knights/White Weenie with a splash
1 month ago
Played a quick game against W/B Pox Reanimator. I don’t even know if the deck was going heavier on Pox but it had Liliana of the Veil , probably as discard outlets.
They led on a pair of Inquisition of Kozilek and Liliana of the Veil to strip me. I was able to hold out long enough to get Gideon, Ally of Zendikar to threaten Lili. They continued stripping me down to top deck mode. I managed to pull Gideon of the Trials to to get an emblem before being taken down. Middle Gideon held down the fort for a couple turns and the opponent ate up their Lingering Souls . I got out Castle Ardenvale to help with the Smallpox . They got out a Priest of Fell Rites and I followed up fortelling Doomskar . We went a couple turns with a Knight Ally token and Priest trading blows with Castle providing blocks for Priest. They got a Smallpox to eat some board and eternalized Priest to get Archon of Cruelty to kill my token. I stupidly forgot about my Doomskar for a turn but was kinda hoping for a Path to Exile or Solitude but I ended up blowing it up on the next hit. They followed up with a Persist and I pulled a useless Stoneforge Mystic .
That was a slug fest as they stripped my hand, I deployed threats, they are my threats and got out a big boi with me blanking on removal. I should note that I had a Path earlier in the game but between double Inquisition, several Liliana activations, and Smallpox , I had lost it before it was relevant. We’ll played, opponent.
2 months ago
Two new cards have been added, which makes a total of 4 new cards (including the previous update)
Just noticed your older message FriskyRedPanda, but yes this decklist is still being updated :-)
4 months ago
Grubbernaut you certainly could, and I considered it, but the deck is actually pretty hungry for white mana. The Raise the Alarm , The Birth of Meletis , Omen of the Sun , and Secure the Wastes give so many reliable tokens already that it isn’t really worth making the mana potentially worse for 1 token. If this were a heavier red spells build, then I’d say for go for it. But as is I can’t afford any other lands that mostly ETB tappedand only produce one color. I even cut out Castle Ardenvale for that same reason.
4 months ago
Nice deck :)
For discard start with the bread-and-butter budget option: Duress , it's cheap budgetwise and only does not hit creatures, but if you have enough removal creatures should be easy to handle.
For draw I actually like the Village Rites since it only costs 1 Mana and is an instant. What you can do is after you declare blockers sacrifice a Token that you used to jump-block and sacrifice it so you don't lose on anything since the token would have died anyway.
Other good draw options would be Castle Locthwain and Night's Whisper (2Mana Read the Bones minus the scry).
Generally Castle Ardenvale is a good option if you have mana open at the end of your opponents turn.
For the sideboard exchange the Fatal Push for either Bloodchief's Thirst or Eliminate to hit early Planeswalkers as well.