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Creatures you control have haste.
2 days ago
No prob! Legendaries Matter is a fun flavor of Mardu with plenty of options to choose from. If you want some more Haste, Fervor is another helpful option, along with the classics like Swiftfoot Boots and Lightning Greaves.
Lastly, I think you could probably swap Josu Vess, Lich Knight, as it's pretty mana intensive to get its benefit with Kicker. Ratadrabik of Urborg could be a fun on-theme swap, or maybe even Tori D'Avenant, Fury Rider if you want a bit more Aggro.
6 days ago
To build off the feedback from the last comment, you could cut about 5-6 creatures. I usually focus on creatures with higher CMCs (anything 6+ for aggro), and creatures which make you jump through hoops to get their pay-offs.
Definitely add in some more mana rocks like Talisman of Indulgence & company, as well as some repeatable draw like Tome of Legends, & Idol of Oblivion if you lean into the token strat some more. Tocasia's Welcome is also solid for token decks, or decks with lots of cheap creatures.
An Anthem affect like Fervor is also helpful for keeping your board aggro.
1 week ago
I'd also recommend trimming some of the top-end of your creature curve, especially the 8 & 9 cmc creatures.
Lower your curve wherever possible & reduce the hoops you have to jump through. In a similar vein, you might want to trim a couple equipment at your discretion, since they can be mana intensive.
You could add some more token producers to really lean in with Purphoros, God of the Forge. Mishra, Claimed by Gix Meld, Commissar Severina Raine, & Tectonic Giant can similarly help you push damage with lots of token bodies
2 weeks ago
Pitiless Plunderer has this strange thing where he doesn't care if the creature dying is a token. Normally cards will specify "nontoken creature", in order to try and prevent infinite loops. He, oddly enough, does not.
So if you have March of the Machines out, and a creature you control were to die, you'd create a Treasure token, which is now a 0/0 artifact creature.
Now, I do know that state based actions will check and it'll be sent to the graveyard due to having 0 toughness. According to the official terminology of the game, whenever a permanent is moved from the battlefield (specifically) to the graveyard (specifically) it does in fact "die". So yes, it is accurate to say that the token creature dies to state based actions.
When this token dies, Pitiless Plunderer is going to see this, make a Treasure token, which is created as a 0/0 artifact creature thanks to March of the Machines. When priority is changed and state based actions are checked, it too dies and the cycle continues.
So, this seemingly is a 2-card infinite death-loop, which cards such as Falkenrath Noble will care about. Similarly, if we slide into Grixis, Purphoros, God of the Forge will care when the new Treasure artifact creature ETB.
Long winded wall of text aside, here's my REAL question:
Suppose we are, in fact, in Grixis and I have something such as Fervor in play, such that I am now able to use activated abilities the turn the creature enters the battlefield.
- My 0/0 Treasure artifact creature is created
- The game is on pause, waiting for priority to switch to my opponent(s)
- When this occurs, state based actions are going to see my 0/0 and attempt to move it to the graveyard
Can I, at any point in this process, tap and sacrifice it for the mana, since it has haste thanks to Fervor? Because it'll still die (moving from the battlefield to the graveyard), so I'll still continue the loop. But since activating a mana ability does not use the stack, and the permanent in question is sacrificed as part of the cost (and therefore can not be responded to), I should be able to theoretically produce infinite mana of any combination of colors in this way, correct?
- And be aware, you (or an opponent) must have a means to break this loop. If all you have is Pitiless Plunderer and March of the Machines with no means to end the loop (Removal of Pitiless Plunderer, an enchantment to make the Treasure artifact creature at least a 0/1 so it survives state based actions, etc) you will cause the game to formulate a draw and nobody wins or loses the game, it'll simply end and cease to be.
2 weeks ago
Your list is solid! My only recommendations are:
Professional Face-Breaker, especially with the other Treasure creating effects you have in your deck.
Tymna the Weaver - Not sure if you had this in list before, but thought it might be of interest, especially if you like to play higher-powered.
1 month ago
Thank you for the suggestion Last_Laugh. Ogre Battledriver is cool and definitely something I've had on my radar. I had it in an earlier version of my Maybeboard, but removed it for whatever reason. I know I for sure have it in the considering board for my Moxfield version of the deck. Lol my Tappedout Maybeboard is about 100 cards fewer than that version's.
My deck velocity feels consistent for the most part, but something I'll consider if I want to go a bit faster. Similarly, I've had Emblem of the Warmind in my back pocket as another cheap, but conditional Haste anthem. Fervor has felt like the sweet spot in terms of CMC and being a bit less vulnerable to board wipes compared to the other two.
1 month ago
Lol that must have been someone else Ragecody. I deactivated my Facebook sometime back in 2018.
When I optimize decks, I generally try to minimize the hoops I have to jump through for a pay off. Emblem of the Warmind is another cool Haste anthem. Taranika, Akroan Veteran is a creature that synergizes with Isshin's game plan & protects a couple creatures.
1 month ago
No worries! You will get a better feel for the pacing of the deck the more you play it. I want to make sure that my suggestions are budget friendly enough, but I do want to make a couple of suggestions that are a bit pricey, but should be under $20 depending on the vendor.
If you want some interaction against spot removal, then Tibalt's Trickery, Rebuff the Wicked, Dash Hopes, and Mana Tithe are kinda funky counter spells. There's also Faith's Reward as a post boardwipe response.
In general, getting more draw effects will be the best way to ensure that you're getting answers or staying stocked on creatures. Plumb the Forbidden can be used as a response to a boardwipe - just sacrifice all your creatures that would have died anyways and stock up for your next turn. Liliana's Standard Bearer is another post boardwipe refueling effect. It's kind of funny to use someone's board wipe against them.
In my experience playing Isshin, I don't really run any reanimation effects like Alesha, Who Smiles at Death (I adore her though). I think the reanimation and equipments are kinda clunky for an aggro deck like Isshin. I found more success having the cheapest CMC creatures or enchantments to quickly rebuild with after a board wipe. Board wipes don't hurt as much if you can be the first to rebuild and start swinging aggro again. In addition to Lightning Greaves and Swiftfoot Boots, Fervor has really helped me keep the foot on the gas.
I'd also recommend Zhentarim Bandit as a budget option for treasure production.