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Imprint - When Extraplanar Lens enters the battlefield, you may remove target land you control from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.)
Whenever a land with the same name as the imprinted card is tapped for mana, its controller adds one mana to his or her mana pool of any type that land produced.
3 weeks ago
3 weeks ago
Dromar's Cavern (and the other "Lair" lands) would function just fine as a budget tri-land.
The others could just be filler lands in a -deck. As was necessary before the printing of Wastes in OGW..
Finally there are a few "Deserts-matter" cards that were printed in AKH & HOU..
1 month ago
Hi decidingtoast! Thanks for the comments and suggestions! Idol of Oblivion is a great card in a token deck. Nonetheless, while we make angel tokens as much as is reasonable, we only do so in the most efficient ways, and I think tying draw to token generation will result in inconsistent draw. This ties into a misconception about the deck. I think some builds online that I've seen really try to go out on tokens. While free tokens are indeed great with Giada since she pumps them, she doesn't really incentivize them over cast angels. Since angel tokens are big and fly, game design makes them more difficult to generate, and if we leaned more into this theme we'd be committing a lot of mana to it and would be slowing down the deck quite a bit. Instead we really only play Angelic Accord effects where we get free angel tokens from our life gain, which synergizes with both the angel piece of our theme and the life-gain aspects of the deck. I've only recently added Eye of Vecna so the jury is still out, but its not even close to painful due to our life gain, and is unconditional and consistent, even if we do have to pay each time, which is the downside of the card. Nonetheless paying for our cards is a thing in white, and at least with Eye since its an upkeep trigger we'll always have the mana to pay if we want to (whereas if we gain life with Dawn of Hope out after tapping out it won't do us much good, since we won't be able to pay the ). Tome of Legends, on the other hand, is a card I have a lot of experience of and is nothing short of amazing. Since Giada flys and has vigilance we can usually attack with her every turn, and can then tap her to cast more angels during our second main phase, meaning we'll always have the counters to power it and will basically get one card for every turn, which is a great rate.
As for Faceless Haven, the reason this card is a consideration for the deck is because of a wacky combo with Snow-Covered Plains and The Book of Exalted Deeds. Basically if we make a haven a creature, we can then sac the book to put a divinity counter on it. At the end of turn it will revert to being a land but will keep the counter, basically meaning we have a land version of Platinum Angel. Since land destruction is less common this will be a major barrier to our opponents winning the game by any means, which gives us time to destroy them. Committing to Snow-Covered Plains is also seen as beneficial because for decks running Extraplanar Lens Snow Plains are seen as beneficial since they don't help your opponents. Both the book and Faceless Haven are tutorable with Search for Glory, which can help with putting this together.
There really isn't much of an argument against running this combo, and Mutavault would make it more consistent, so that's a good call! So far I haven't quite felt committed enough to pick up the set of snow plains and these cards, but having two ways to do it could push me over the edge. I'll definitely put Mutavault on the maybe board.
1 month ago
I just like them better. I have considered Extraplanar Lens but haven’t added one yet
1 month ago
Drumbellower is a bit of a Seedborn Muse for sure, albeit for creatures only and in this case we don't have dorks to re-use for mana. Still, it could be an interesting engine in support of something, and white has a lot of tapping/untapping synergies. I'll have to ponder that! It's a cool card. It might be nice in some of my other aggro decks, and maybe here.
I forgot about Together Forever! I pulled a foil promo version of that out of a Battlebond prerelease kit, and had never found a use for it, but its perfect here! It can also protect Giada, which is an added plus. I've found in my limited play so far that the deck goldfishes past, but the card draw is slower than I'd like, and getting targeted and blow out is a constant concern. This card makes Sephara, Sky's Blade even better. The Ozolith is another great counters card that I forgot about. Extraplanar Lens is great, and definitely an auto-include once I can swing the price. It's be nice if Wizards actually reprinted it for a change. That Faceless Haven trick is neat! Stapled a Platinum Angel to a land for and make them play land destruction of they hope to beat you. That's a cool idea which I might do, especially since I'm playing the Book anyway.
Thanks again all for comments, suggestions, upvotes, and adds!
1 month ago
Might I suggest changing your lands to snow-covered plains, this allows you to run Faceless Haven which combos with The Book of Exalted Deeds in a funny way. Also, lets your run Extraplanar Lens for big ramp value. The Ozolith I think should also be an auto include for this commander, just letting you recover from board wipes in a big way. Together Forever is another really powerful piece in this deck I think. Anyway, food for thought! Good list
2 months ago
Just taking a quick look at the deck a few things jump out to me. With that said, it is not like I am an expert player so take my suggestions with a grain of salt.
First is I feel like unless there is a specific reason you are running more than 60 cards in a deck, it is a trap to do so. All that does it make it so you have less chances of drawing the cards you want to draw. Having 4 copies of a card in a 60 card deck give you a 1-in-15 chance of drawing one of them while a 70 card deck drops that down by an additional 15%. I noticed you are running a lot of single copies of cards and in a 70 card deck you will never see those. I know it is a challenge to do so but I would highly recommend you bite the bullet and shave this down to 60 cards.
Second thing I noticed is a lot of people have commented on your VERY high mana curve and recommended more lands to compensate. Your response is usually that you have cards to help with the mana situation in the deck. I quick look and I counted 7 cards like Land Tax, Knight of the White Orchid, Endless Horizons, Weathered Wayfarer, Extraplanar Lens. There were also like two cards to help drop the cost of your angels down but even with these cards, I would expect the deck really struggles to consistently get set up even in free for all games when you have extra time. I would recommend dropping some of these mana assist cards in exchange for actual lands as if you are running such a high mana curve you really need that 24-25 mana in a 60 card deck, let alone a 70 card deck.
Lastly, just browsing the angels you have in the deck, it looks like you grabbed a lot of your favorite angels. Again, this is going to be a challenge but I would highly recommend you remove some of these angels from the deck to cut things down. For example, you are running Sunblast Angel and Wrath of God which are very similar. It would be easy to cut out Sunblast Angel and just run Wrath of God.
Those are my initial thoughts. Hope they were helpful!
3 months ago
First off, love the concept as I have something played with a similar deck but it has diverged a lot from a its original lifegain strategy.
A few things I could suggest with my experience with mono-decks and cats are the following:
Lands - Maybe add Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx as your devotion to white is going to be pretty high. Another possibility would be Extraplanar Lens as you will likely have a lot of basic plains and that is a good way to increase your mana pool in your situation. Radiant Fountain would be a great replacement for Kabira Crossroads as it does not enter tapped and you should have plenty of other ways of getting mana.
Ajani's Welcome would fit in nicely considering your heavy focus on gaining life to pump creatures or win.
I would recommend dropping Spirit Mantle for more removal spells. it just seems pretty lackluster.
The last thing I would mention is that protection from a color is handy at times but it does not provide 100% protection. Board wipe spells such as Damnation or similar spells that do not have any particular target ignore protection. With that said, protection still does have its benefits but just keep in mind it is not foolproof.