Devoted Caretaker

Devoted Caretaker

Creature — Human Cleric

{{W}}, Tap: Target permanent you control gains protection from instants and from sorceries until end of turn.

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Format Legality
Leviathan Legal
Unformat Legal
Limited Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Casual Legal
Vintage Legal
Highlander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal

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Devoted Caretaker Discussion

TCK_Green on mono white indestructeble plays

5 months ago

Avacyn out of the Helavault, backed by other angels and with a plan to destroy the world? Sounds like a fun deck! :D you've asked to keep it budget, so most of the suggestions below should cost <$1 each. I've split my advice into sections, hopefully that'll help break it down into more bite-size chunks.

CHOOSE YOUR BATTLEFIELD

It felt like you had lots of fun cards in the deck, but it's not entirely clear how all of them fit in - at the moment it feels like you're trying to do a bit of everything. It might be worth (A) choosing what direction you want to take the deck (e.g. lifegain / big angels / destroy the world), (B) what your win-con and win-con cards are going to be for A, and (C) what cards would feel awesome to draw when you're winning / terrible to draw on an empty board. Hopefully those three questions will help shape what cards you choose to add and remove :) I decided to go human-angel tribal for one of my first decks that I built (Brisela, the confused angel), and whilst it wasn't my best deck (and is definitely in need of an update), you'll notice that there aren't (m)any creatures that aren't humans or angels. (I've also build a 'destroy the world'-style Oathbreaker deck, which does funky things with boardwipes, Dingus Staff/Dingus Egg and Second Sunrise!)

Well, with a slight plan of where you want the deck to go, let's think about some things you might want to consider. I've tried to keep the advice below quite general - if you're struggling to know what to remove, then do let me know and I'm happy to offer specific suggestions.

PROTECT THE GENERAL!

I really like how you've got 'fair' "destroy all" board wipes in there, which become one-sided when Avaycn is around. However, do be careful if someone exiles Avacyn in response to your Armageddon (or similar) - you really don't want to be on the receiving end of your own wipe! Avacyn is great, but she is vulnerable to pesky cards like Swords to Plowshares and Path to Exile that keep appearing in EDH. You might want to add some cards that give Avacyn hexproof or protection - I like the Mirror Shield and Flicker of Fate in the deck, but that's very little Avacyn 'protection' for 99 cards. Some suggestions here are artifacts like Whispersilk Cloak and Swiftfoot Boots. (Lightning Greaves is the best of these, but is a little more expensive - definitely a commander staple, so do pick one up at some point!). Creatures that give protection are also great, and those have the added bonus of providing you some early-game safety, especially those with repeatable protection. I'd suggest adding Devoted Caretaker to the deck, and either Benevolent Bodyguard or Alseid of Life's Bounty (with plans to upgrade to everyone's favourite Mother of Runes - another commander staple! - and Giver of Runes if you're happy to spend a little more).

Now that Avacyn's bodyguards are sorted, let's have a think of how we can get her out as fast as (reasonably) possible.

RISE AND SHINE, ANGELS

Since you have got a lot of high CMC creatures, I'd be tempted to chuck some more mana rocks in there - Worn Powerstone and Hedron Archive are good places to start - as well as card that reduce the cost of your high-end cards - Oketra's Monument is especially great here since it also gives you extra creatures to block with, Pearl Medallion is also good if you can stretch the budget. (I'd personally definitely remove Lotus Petal - it doesn't do a huge amount for you, and it takes up a slot that could be used by a repeatable mana rock.) Rocks/reducers will allow you to get more angels out quicker, meaning that you're more likely to have a board presence in the midgame - and rescue Avacyn from the Helavault as early as possible!

The creatures you have could do with some tweaking - I think it might be worth trimming your choices, but how you want to do that will depend on what 'theme' you want to have.

MAYDAY MAYDAY, WE'RE OUT OF AMMO!

The most important resource in MtG are cards. You use cards to get mana and play creatures that ultimately win you the game - if you don't have any cards then it's very hard to win games. I don't currently see much in the way of card draw in your deck, so I imagine you'd be top-decking quite often with this, hoping to get the card you really need from the top. (There are also a couple more lands than usual - standard EDH decks run 40 lands - meaning that you're a little more likely to have a 'dead draw' than you would otherwise be.)

Unfortunately we're in white so what we have is card advantage instead of card draw, but do have a think about what cards you could add that might help - Mentor of the Meek is a favourite of mine, but you need to have enough low-power creatures to make it work (or cards that create small tokens - like Oketra's Monument!). If you have a bit of budget then an Endless Atlas is a safe staple for EDH mono-colour decks, and Well of Lost Dreams is really nifty in a lifegain deck :) also, cards that fetch to the battlefield effectively count as card draw, so I'll also allow cards like Myriad Landscape, Reya Dawnbringer, and Brought Back (which can even function as a ramp card if you manage to use it on lands like Myriad Landscape).

WATCH THE WORLD BURN

I heard you like board wipes? End Hostilities is cheap, but if you want to go OG then the purest wipe is Wrath of God, though it's younger brother Day of Judgment) is a lot cheaper. Fumigate, Rout, Martial Coup, Phyrexian Rebirth and Nevinyrral's Disk also fit in that slot. Finally, if you can make it fit then I'd perhaps look at adding Worldslayer. It's a lot of mana to equip, but once it's on Avacyn there's no way anyone else is coming back from that!

Do remember that all of the above are just suggestions, let me know if you have any questions, good luck, and remember - once all the dust settles and the other players die, "Only one may stand!"

Blemur on One Man Armory - Voltron EDH

5 months ago

Edit to previous comment: Meant to say Giver of Runes, not Devoted Caretaker for Pro-White interactions.

Blemur on One Man Armory - Voltron EDH

5 months ago

Epicurus: Well of Lost Dreams is actually a very good suggestion, I had not seen that card. That would likely generate a lot more card draw in almost all situations when we've got lifelink on board. It's great value to refill your hand later in the game if need be. And on top of that it has all the artifact synergies that our deck provides. I'll be swapping that out for Dawn of Hope!

And in regards to Godsend, I had included it in every build up to this current one. The number of times it has fallen off due to Protection from White interactions in the deck (Mother of Runes, Devoted Caretaker, Sword of Light and Shadow, Sword of Truth and Justice) makes me strongly dislike running it. The dis-synergy is the main and really only reason to not run it. If you are fine with those drawbacks, or don't run the Pro-White interactions, it is definitely worth running.

Thanks for the suggestion, cheers :)

Apotheosis616 on I'm Walking on Sunshine

5 months ago

dhoby87,

Devoted Caretaker was in a previous iteration of the deck. Ultimately the card was taken out because there is a lot more Pyroclasm type of cards than single target removal. Also, there were just other cards that needed to be included more than this one.

F4D3.

Unfortunately, Mikokoro, Center of the Sea is just a really bad card. Paying for everyone to draw a card is super bad in competitive. The same goes for Geier Reach Sanitarium. The only reason Geier Reach Sanitarium is seeing some play, is because it has the discard clause. However, these cards really are not worth the inclusion even if they can theoretically stop an oracle deck from winning. In most cases, you will never tutor for this card, you will never have it when you need it, it will suck when you have it, and a good oracle player can Tainted Pact leaving 2 cards left so they don't die to it.

dhoby87 on I'm Walking on Sunshine

6 months ago

Thoughts on Devoted Caretaker ?

Hazankob on Basilica of the Demon Lords

7 months ago

February 2020 update:

Deck holds up very well in multiplayer, though some of the clerics' abilities aren't as relevant as I'd expected them to be so time to shave a bit off of the top for removal and more mana ramp. Some of the existing removal is being swapped for more versatile/lower CMC cards as well. I'm torn between Devoted Caretaker and Giver of Runes but went with Giver since its activation doesn't have a mana cost.

Out: Decree of Pain, Despark, Force of Despair, Return to Dust, Soltari Priest, True Believer, Devoted Caretaker, Orim, Samite Healer

In: Wrath of God, Cleansing Nova, Swords to Plowshares, Heliod's Intervention, Erebos's Intervention, Ashnod's Altar, Darksteel Ingot, Giver of Runes

Future: I do like the suggestions of Blood Speaker, Children of Korlis, Daru Spiritualist, Shaman En-Kor and Heirloom Blade and I'll see if I can eventually fit some or all of them in somehow, particularly the Blood Speaker and Blade.

triproberts12 on Heliod's Sun Gun

8 months ago

Greater Auramancy is good in a deck with so many high-impact enchantments, including your combo commander. Faith's Shield Razor Barrier , and Devoted Caretaker can guard either half of your combo.

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