Champion of the Parish
Creature — Human Soldier
Whenever another Human enters the battlefield under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on Champion of the Parish.
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Champion of the Parish Discussion
lagotripha on HA
1 month ago
Allies is far from solved. Most competitive lists I've seen have tended towards 3-5 colour aggro, but it is an open field. Go wide with +1+1 counters will do good.
You can pretty much run Champion of the Parish as 'extra allies' since allies are humans in most lists.
Kabira Evangel is amazing for pushing through damage with 'pseudo unblockable' and offers protection in vial lists. You might want the 'blank' 1 mana allies (equipment guy, the 2/1 and the other one I forget) to even out a curve.
+1+1 synergy is probably the best bet - I've tried to get three colour with Oona's Blackguard working as a grindy list, but it was a little too clunky, but might still be worth a sideboard slot in some matchups.
1 month ago
Your deck seems a little unfocused. For example, you're running Stoneforge Mystic (a non-Human btw), but not enough bomb Equipment to take advantage of her value.. Also, it's hard to tell exactly how you plan on winning in face of a stalled boardstate (outside of Odric).
I suggest dropping the Aristocrat stuff from the 98 (but keep the Xathrid Necromancer ), as well as a boardwipe or two, and replacing them with some fun (Voltron) toys for Kitty.. One equipment in particular is Vorrac Battlehorns , as it renders creatures with Menace effectively unblockable..
On the Tribal side of things, Champion of the Parish & Gallows at Willow Hill are worth considering. Brave the Sands is a thing. And finally, since you're a Mardu deck that likes to go wide, you may really appreciate Fervent Charge . Pair that with repeat combat effects (ex. Aggravated Assault ) for maximum value
2 months ago
I'll go ahead and play devil's advocate here and suggest that orzhov humans is a great budget deck archetype that can be both aggressive and controlling at the same time. It also easily supports Grand Abolisher , Kambal, Consul of Allocation , and even Starfield Mystic if you have a critical mass of Oblivion Ring s, Pacifism s, and such. Champion of the Parish is a key card of the deck, as is Thalia's Lieutenant . After that, it depends on what kind of gameplan you want to build around. My take on orzhov humans, Assassination Squadron makes use of tappers like Gideon's Lawkeeper and Minister of Impediments to combo and destroy creatures with assassins like Royal Assassin and Gideon Jura . With access to the legacy card pool and a bigger budget, King's Assassin and Deathbringer Liege could be on the table too. Tribal support like Adaptive Automaton , Metallic Mimic , or Door of Destinies is nice, but it certainly isn't a requirement. (Fun fact: when I built this deck years ago, Lieutenant cost much more than the Door. Funny how things can change so drastically.)
Creating tokens tends to work well in this kind of deck because both human lords can buff and/or be buffed by them. Gather the Townsfolk and Thraben Doomsayer are the usual suspects, and I personally like Mentor of the Meek as a way to keep the hand topped off. If you want to go for a lifegain plan with Kambal at the helm, Vizkopa Guildmage is a budget Sanguine Bond on a stick. While certainly not budget, Serra Ascendant and Westvale Abbey Flip can also work in such a build. Now that I think about it, a lot of soul sisters staples happen to be humans ( Auriok Champion , Martyr of Sands , Ranger of Eos , Soul's Attendant , Soul Warden , Speaker of the Heavens , etc.) Another idea is to focus on maximum destruction and exile. High Priest of Penance is a good way to make opponents think twice about their decisions in combat, and I've been having reasonable success with Mangara of Corondor as a sort of slow O-Ring that happens to trigger the lords. Humans are such a common tribe that there's no end to the number of directions you can steer them in if you really want to.
2 months ago
For starters, I would take out Champion of the Parish (this needs to be in a deck that has a lot more humans) and Bile Urchin as I think it's maybe not enough value. Starfield Mystic is another early cut, as it wants to be in a deck with a high number of enchantments. It seems to me that you like a more control style build, so I'll focus on that. Full disclosure, I do not play black myself, so I'm not as good at Orzhov as I am at Selesnya, but I play enough magic that I should be able to give you some pointers.
4 months 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.)
4 months ago
Omniscience_is_life, some examples of how the 5 modern-playable tribes operate, to give you an idea of what you’re up against:
Humans have creatures that grow very bog very quickly in both Champion of the Parish and Thalia's Lieutenant . Almost every other human is then actively ruining the opponent ability to play (i.e. Meddling Mage , Kitesail Freebooter , Reflector Mage ), or providing backup damage (i.e. Mantis Rider )
Spirits function down a similar line to humans, except with everything in the air, and lots more lords. They buff with the likes of Drogskol Captain and Selfless Spirit , and disrupt with the likes of Skyclave Apparition , Spell Queller and Mausoleum Wanderer . They even have built in protection in the form of Rattlechains and Selfless Spirit .
Goblins are a hyper aggressive deck aiming to win by comboing off, or besting you down. Their combo pieces are Conspicuous Snoop and Boggart Harbinger (putting Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker on top then Sling-Gang Lieutenant to win). They can easily assemble their pieces with the likes of Goblin Matron and Goblin Ringleader . They also have a lot of aggressive go-wide threats to try winning without the combo.
Merfolk are less interactive than the 3 above decks, and because of that, generally weaker. Almost everything they run is a lord and/or grants islandwalk ( Lord of Atlantis , Master of the Pearl Trident etc), and they aim to simply race the opponent by swinging in with lots of 5/5 unblockable merfolk thanks to the likes of Spreading Seas . They basically aim to race the game, so their interaction is just to mess with their opponent, like Merfolk Trickster , Harbinger of the Tides etc.
The above decks can all win their games by turn 4 or 5, most of them giving the opponent constant grief while doing so.
As a further example, Slivers are not a modern-viable tribe, because just throwing creatures down on the board and hoping for the best doesn’t cut it in the modern environment.
I think you need to consider what you’re actually getting out of Dryads, and whether you want this to be a competitive deck, or a casual/meme deck.