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Enchantment — Aura
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 for each enchantment you control and has first strike.
3 months ago
Have you thought about adding Ancestral Mask and All That Glitters, possibly Ethereal Armor, to allow voltron off of one card and what your deck is already trying to do? Zur the Enchanter can be found via Sisay and can find these pieces. Zur can also find Freed from the Real or Pemmin's Aura to make infinite mana off of Sanctum Weaver, which I feel is a card you might look at even if you don't bother with Zur. Zur in general is good with Shrines or Backgrounds, I feel like with both he's a great fit.
Really love this deck!
5 months ago
Some recently released commanders that are extremely powerful, even in budget decks, that I would recommend would be -
Three color :
Two color :
Most of these could easily be powerful even on a low budget. Most of them are also pretty easy to follow for newer players. Isshin cares about cards that have "Whenever ~ attacks" triggers, Miirym cares about anything relating to dragons, Muldrotha loves graveyard shenanigans and Alela cares about artifacts, enchantments and faeries. Lathril is all about elves and tokens, Sythis is enchantment focused and Aesi is lands-centric (and is available as a precon!).
It all really comes down what type of playstyle you enjoy. Given what you have, I think I'd recommend Alela, Artful Provacateur. You have some cards from your precons already, is in perfect colors for disruption/interaction with opponents and she could be built in literally any way that has enchantments and/or artifacts as a focus. Auras such as All That Glitters and Ethereal Armor? Sure! Anthems such as Favorable Winds or Glorious Anthem? Yep! Artifact-centric cards such as Sai, Master Thopterist, Etherium Sculptor, Foundry Inspector and Bident of Thassa can make your board state explode from one turn to the next. I had an Alela deck for my brother for a bit that focused on playing cheap artifacts/enchantments and then buffing the tokens with cards like Favorable Winds. With a few effects like that on the field, casting a single artifact/enchantment could net you something like a 7/6 flier, which is insane! She could very easily be built on a budget as well.
Again, it all depends on your playstyle. If you could specify your favorite colors/strategies it would help us recommend you something that you would find more fun!
8 months ago
Thank you for the suggestions! I've been thinking a bit about how more often than not there is little need for buffs outside of the most powerful bunch; Phyresis, All That Glitters, Ethereal Armor, and/or Battle Mastery are usually enough considering the middle two will continue to buff Zur while tutoring for other things. Originally the idea was that I should cast buffs on Zur while I use him to tutor for more important things in the meantime, but I always find myself going for one of the buffs listed previously. With all that said, you're right. There is no need to include cards simply because they can be tutored with Zur, and it's better just to include better cards instead. It would be better to ramp in the meantime, let Zur handle refilling our hand, and take our time with buffing him.
The previous point also stands for Nighthowler. As you said, he is a fantastic option if necessary and he is certainly not wasted space if we draw him anyway.
Thanks for bringing Court of Cunning to my attention. I think it is a perfect card for this deck since it acts as draw and annoys our opponents with mill. Could be a blast sitting back and waiting for everyone to helplessly mill out.
With all that said, I'll go ahead and add those cards. Thanks for the suggestions!
8 months ago
In my experience using Retreat with Artist, it worked well at a lower budget, but in the decks I used it I eventually need to get a card like Sakura-Tribe Scout to get infinite landfall. Artist is actually a really solid ramper in a deck that can expect to get extra cards into hand, and if you just don't fetch Retreat until you need it, it'll rarely be an issue. For a card that's worse maybe, I look at The Birth of Meletis, I suspect it's pretty bad to draw, getting a Basic Plains after you've already gotten access to White isn't going to matter a whole lot, but it is a land drop you'll hit. With Dreamscape Artist, you get weenie sac fodder, but you're ramping, so you get actual lands into play, and if all you have is Blue mana, Dreamscape can get you Black and White the same turn, possibly letting you cast Zur, the lands are untapped even. Thus, I think you'd much prefer to draw Dreamscape to Birth, and I can't think of too many situations when you really want to fetch Birth with Zur, I suspect you have much more important things to find in almost any scenario. For Retreat, I'd look at pulling any of the small buff Auras, I suspect they aren't big enough buffs in multiplayer when you can already fetch stuff like All That Glitters or Ethereal Armor for a much bigger buff. Retreat would then work with Stasis to some extent, but also with Dreamscape Artist. Aside, but if you did add a big ramp combo like that, you could also throw in Daily Regimen as a way to soak up large amounts of mana.
Nighthowler's main use is to create an alternative Voltron target that is already big enough to one-shot people, so it is pretty meta-dependent. Is everyone on mill strategies with lots of creatures in their decks? If so, this can be better than swinging with Zur, and mostly needs evasion and protection, things you're already running. It can also be a big blocker if you give it Vigilance I suppose, but giving it Shadow or Unblockable is really shocking the first time, when people thought all you had was a 30/30 vanilla. If you actually draw it btw, it can be a gargantuan buff for Zur, even in a typical scenario by late game it'll add tons of power to Zur compared to any other single Aura that isn't Colossification, but technically this can be even bigger. It works well with Court of Cunning as a fetchable Mill source that can do serious work if you're safe from being attacked. I actually theory-crafted a deck around Solitary Confinement and Court of Cunning with Zur finding both. You'll also want a way to draw more cards after you've got it set up, but you're fairly hard to take the Monarchy from at that point, and Court pays for Solitary every turn. Nighthowler could then speed up the closing of the game for you if Milling people to death by itself sounds too slow.
9 months ago
Thanks for commenting.
You'll find the Bogle deck to be easy to buy, build and play. I built mine just because I had the cards on hand, later finding that I liked the simplicity.
Really only play advice I have is don't be afraid to mulligan - you only need 2 cards to start (Forest and Bogle or Scout) but you NEED them right away. As for auras, prioritize Ethereal Armor as early on the first strike and growth is key but yes that wipe protection from Umbras is next. Don't under estimate flying, I find it better then trample and reach. I like Kor Spiritdancer, just don't have any, or Sixth Sense for that matter. Would like some Witchstalker as well, just because. I had a Daybreak Coronet but I believe I needed it in another deck. Thanks again & I will check out the cards you suggested.
Zobi on RaH's Bogle
9 months ago
Hi Rahrune, I am actually building this deck! I didn't already ordered all the cards I need but here is how I made it;
I have a bunch of hexproof creatures, like Slippery Bogle, on which I try to put as much auras as I can. I have cards like Kor Spiritdancer and Season of Growth to draw a lot of cards and refill my hand. I added 4 Path to Exile to my sideboard, just in case other players have too big creatures like Lord of Extinction.
For the auras, I am relying on these;
Rancor to trample over my opponent's creatures
Sixth Sense to draw more cards
Ethereal Armor to make my creatures bigger
Daybreak Coronet to pump and give lifelink to my creatures
I understand your choice on Sigarda, Host of Herons to prevent your creatures to be sacrificed but I prefer being more aggressive. I don't know if you are really focused on auras but maybe you should try voltron strategy. If you have any tips for me I will appreciate it.
I hope this will help you Rahrune!
10 months ago
It seems that the database is missing the versions of Hidden Strings and Approach of the Second Sun from the Pioneer Challenger decks. It may also be missing the other cards from those decks, Isolate, Silkwrap, Spell Queller, Chandra, Torch of Defiance, Wild Slash, Searing Blood, Lurrus of the Dream-Den, and Ethereal Armor. I think the set number is Q06 for all of them
10 months ago
As you're playing on a budget, I'd recommend building the deck in 2 or 3 main colors (including green) while using specific ramp & lands like the 'vivid' cycle to hit all five colors for your commander.
You seem to be wanting to play an aura voltron deck, did I get that right? If so, I'd recommend looking at selesnya enchantress decks for a solid basis for card draw & some value enchantments. Many also got a lot cheaper since modern horizons 2! Those won't interrupt with your plan for The Prismatic Bridge and help count towards powerful enchantments like Ethereal Armor.
With your 'slower' gameplan (I don't know how your playgroup is, but this deck seems to want to play the prismatic bridge before it's able to become a threat) it might be valuable to use cards like Ghostly Prison to help protect you.
I understand you're passionate about using Evershrike as your 'actual commander', but with your current decklist The Prismatic Bridge will only do one thing, once. That seems a little tough. In addition to 'always having protection for it in hand for exile' as you mentioned, you'd also need protection from edict effects like Plaguecrafter. Because of this, I'd strongly recommend running not just one, but a few creatures that all support the aura voltron strategy as strong as evershrike does. A few suggestions for those, with reasoning:
Uril, the Miststalker has hexproof and gets bigger fast, helping speed up the voltron aura strategy
Sigarda, Host of Herons has hexproof and completely protects you from edict effects.
Bruna, Light of Alabaster is in itself an amazing recursion engine for all auras that could end up in your graveyard.
Of these, I'd definitely recommend Sigarda and Light-paws. With a selesnya manabase, those two and Evershrike can easily be cast if they ever end up in your hand, and really support the aura voltron strategy, while still making sure you have Evershrike in at most three turns after resolving The Prismatic Bridge.
Other cards that would help you survive, give time for you to deploy your game plan and help control the board would be boardwipes. There are several that allow you to save 1 creature from it, and even if you destroy all creatures your Evershrike can be easily returned to the battlefield.
I also see you have a lot of low mana value auras. Those are nice and cost efficient, but I don't think they fit very well with a deck that has at least WUBRG mana available before it has it's first aura target on the board. I'd advise to lean into the more 'effective' cards, that either allow you to draw (Unquestioned Authority, Keen Sense, Snake Umbra) or provide significant benefits (Bear Umbra, Daybreak Coronet).
I understand that some of these suggestions may be a bit high in the budget range, but you could ask your playgroup if they're fine with you proxying a few cards.