Artifact — Equipment
Equipped creature gets +1/+1 for each color among permanents you control.
As long as Conqueror's Flail is attached to a creature, your opponents can't cast spells during your turn.
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Conqueror's Flail Discussion
1 week ago
The Ramp, the Lands and Topdeck Manipulation
The major goal of every good Galea deck is the right method of ramp and topdeck manipulation. Every time you see a card that Galea cannot play, you should have a way to change the situation somehow. And there are two primary ways to achieve that:
Direct manipulation. Scroll Rack , Sylvan Library , Soldevi Excavations , Vantress Gargoyle and Jace, the Mind Sculptor directly manipulate with your topdeck, allowing you to gain card advantage. Let's look at Scroll Rack for example. If you have say three Auras/Enchantments in your hand that you can play this turn, and your topdeck isn't Aura or Equipment. You just draw three cards, put your Auras/Equipments on topdeck and play all them, actually drawing three cards for 1 mana!
Fetching lands. As long as Galea cannot play lands from top of your library, you should fetch lands as much as you can. This reduces the number of lands in your library (and the chance to see a land on your topdeck), and allows you to shuffle your library. We have six lands that fetch the other lands, and one of them ( Thawing Glaciers ) can fetch multiple times. We also have Sword of the Animist and Elvish Reclaimer that fetch lands repeatedly, and Expedition Map .
The Ramp strategy of this deck uses "the best of all worlds" principle: the best creatures, the best artifacts and the best Aura ( Wild Growth ). Most of the Ramp cards cost 1 mana, but there are few 0-cost and 2-cost cards. Why don't I use more Auras? Because creatures and artifacts are more efficient, and I need Ramp prior to playing Galea. Why do I use mana dorks? There are two reasons: I need early targets for my Equipment, and I want to sacrifice them later to Skullclamp .
This deck has three ways of fetching NON-basic lands: Elvish Reclaimer , Expedition Map and Tolaria West - and if you have Academy Ruins , you can recycle Expedition Map to fetch more lands. One of the best targets for the fetching is Urza's Saga , which can create a giant token and fetch Skullclamp or Expedition Map . Another very important target is Glacial Chasm , which can allow you to survive and grab victory even in a grave sutuation. Of course, Academy Ruins and Hall of Heliod's Generosity are also the popular fetch targets.
The Aura Selection
Most Auras in this deck steal or spoil enemy creatures (especially Commanders). It's hard to win when your Commander is stolen or converted to Insect :) There are only two Auras that should be played on your creatures: Mantle of the Ancients and Unquestioned Authority . Most of the time they are played via Sovereigns of Lost Alara : you attack, then fetch one of them from your deck, and, in case of the Mantle, also play all Equips from your graveyard.
The Hidden Gems
Conqueror's Flail prohibits opponents from playing spells during your turn. This allows you to play all your stuff without pesky counterspells and attack safely. It's very important for this deck.
Dowsing Dagger Flip should be transformed into a land that provides three mana of any color. It's a great Ramp, especially if you consider that Sword of Feast and Famine and Treachery untap your lands. With a bit of luck, you can even create two Construct tokens with Urza's Saga !
Fractal Harness is the easiest way of creating an enormous creature. It will grow very fast, and Belt of Giant Strength may give it +10/+10! If you get both in play, follow the "Trident Punch" path and look for Surestrike Trident .
Umbral Mantle doesn't have a lot of good targets in this deck: there are no creatures with powerful "Tap:" abilities. But you can steal them! :) Talking seriously, the Mantle is used to untap our Ultron after attacking. I am not a big fan of using Galea for this purpose: it's better not to put all the eggs into one basket. Plus, the Mantle makes a great combo with Surestrike Trident .
Shimmer Dragon is really great for this deck. It flies and almost always has Hexproof. It provides insane amount of cards. And it is much better material for Ultron than Galea IMHO. Most of the time you would need just one Scytheclaw or Kaldra Compleat on it to deal very serious damage.
Fierce Guardianship means that you always might have a counterspell :)
Thassa, God of the Sea is very helpful for two reasons: it can make your creature unblockable (even a tiny Elf with the Scytheclaw becomes a very dangerous threat!) and it provides a free Scry 1 every turn (see above on topdeck manipulation). Still, you have a chance of turning her into creature, since there are several permanents with UU in their casting cost. Having an indestructible creature is always nice!
1 month ago
Hey, saw your forum topic asking for help. Nice deck, you have good card sense with a high budget.
Grand Abolisher and Conqueror's Flail are helpful to protect Wyleth on your turn to safely equip and attack. Puresteel Paladin is repeatable draw with equips as well as can be 0 cost equip. If adding Puresteel than adding a few artifact lands: Ancient Den and Great Furnace helps to activate metalcraft. Imperial Recruiter and Recruiter of the Guard can get Stoneforge or another support creature.
Could replace the Diamonds with Signets: Arcane Signet and Boros Signet since they make either color and ETB untapped. Mox Opal and Mox Amber are more powerful mana rocks for more speed. Aggravated Assault combos with Sword of Feast and Famine for infinite attacks. Bloodforged Battle-Axe and Mask of Memory are good equips especially with double strike.
Spectator Seating is a Boros dual land upgrade. Bloodstained Mire and Windswept Heath are two more Fetch lands. Deflecting Swat and Flawless Maneuver can protect Wyleth for no mana cost. Pyroblast and Red Elemental Blast are helpful to counter an opponent's counterspell. Generous Gift and Chaos Warp are removal spell upgrades. Jeska's Will is a powerful ritual.
If interested in any of these suggestions then I offer more advice of cuts to consider. Good luck with your deck.
4 months ago
Omniscience_is_life thank you for the suggestions. Sword of Vengeance isn't the best weapon in Balan's arsenal, but those key words aren't the least relevant. Vigilance for blocking, trample for getting through blockers, and haste so she can go to town the turn she lands. Add to that a +2 power boost and it's not too shabby. I do like Infiltration Lens , but tbh it doesn't offer a power boost and I'm trying everything in my power to get Balan through unblocked lol. I do actually have Cartographer's Hawk , Verge Rangers , Burnished Hart , Endless Horizons and a few other rampy dudes in my list of considerations. Tbh though, blackblade puts in some real work, it only ever needs to get to +8/+8 but even at +5/+5 I'm only 2 away from lethal. I know my land is much lower than it needs to be, but that's why I pay close attention to the average cmc of the deck, it's currently sitting at a comfortable 2.18, which is probably going to get lower once i cut Batterskull (something of a pet card lol). I'm definitely investing in an Ancient Tomb asap, as well as a Conqueror's Flail , Champion's Helm , Sword of Sinew and Steel , as well as a few other things to help get the deck to it's highest potential. I'm even looking at some of the mdfc lands to help spice it up
5 months ago
So I've been looking at it for a bit, if you're painting a large target on your back, Conqueror's Flail for Rotting Regisaur . I feel like yes the Regisaur is a big body, but the deck already struggles keeping cards in hand. I also had some issues with Zirgo but I also see why he's there, because you can hit for 7 minimum or force someone to take block, but the issue is that he's very squishy, it's pretty much just a strong burn spell for a turn for 5 cmc. The last card I struggled with was Mirri's Guile it's just a budget Sylvan Library
5 months ago
Ruby Medallion seems like a good inclusion as it is great in mono red in general and enables your grinning ignus mana combo.
Also have you found any need to protect against disruption on your storm turn? I run Conqueror's Flail and Pyroblast in my mono red combo deck but they are not always useful, but sometimes critical.
Cheers and have fun!
7 months ago
I playtested the deck, while I don't like it/can't pilot it properly, doesn't mean it isn't a good deck. +1, good work, good AVG cmc.
I disagree with some of your card choices. Thoughts on adding Deflecting Swat? Counters countersells, redirects targetted removal, extra turns, draw, etc.... very powerful effect to use while tapped out.
Idk the level of blue in your meta but Boseiju, Who Shelters All is noteworthy as well given you are sinking all of your resources into an X spell, it would suck if it were countered. Conqueror's Flail is another anti-blue option should you need it.
Skyshroud Claim > Explosive veggies - They also printed an explosive veggies with cycling recently should you wish.
8 months ago
8 months ago
I could add Price of Glorybut a few of my cards I have in the deck are aimed to stop counters with them not able to play spells on my turns with Conqueror's Flail City of Solitude and Dosan the Falling Leaf plus with cards that encourage tapping out. It won’t be a big issue for me with counters. Awakening would just reverse what I want people to do when playing their lands so not sure if I want that effect. I definitely think I need Exquisite Blood as I need some way to counter the amount of damage I will be taking as well from my effects. I might replace Victory Chimes as it is a cute effect but will just end up making people mad most of the time