Flicker of Fate
Exile target creature or enchantment, then return it to the battlefield under its owner's control.
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|Theros Beyond Death (THB)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Flicker of Fate Discussion
1 day ago
Haven't touched the deck in quite a while outside of throwing Hall of Heliod's Generosity in when MH came out.
There are some fun ones I'm considering too: Wellspring seems unobtrusive and interesting, especially outside of blue.
There's a lot from TBD that seem niche but might be good:
Callaphe, Beloved of the Sea might do enough.
Dawn Evangel I feel lacks targets.
Destiny Spinner looks fun.
Flicker of Fate is cute.
Transcendent Envoy over Danitha Capashen, Paragon?
I much prefer input from friends over staring at EDHREC, so I'm looking forward to what you have to suggest in general.
3 days 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!"
2 weeks ago
Also, I had Flicker of Fate used against me at a tournament once, damn good flicker. As I said before, Azorius things like Capture Sphere would be good. Crystal Shard might also be good for removal if your opponent taps all their mana sources.
3 weeks ago
Cool deck! You might like these: Steelshaper's Gift, Godo, Bandit Warlord, Stonehewer Giant, Spellbinder, Cloudshift (if you blink Aurelia after her attack trigger, she comes back as a new object, which has technically not attacked yet this turn, allowing you to get another additional combat when she attacks during the 1st additional combat. The best time to blink her is usually during the end of combat step so that you can get damage in with her), Acrobatic Maneuver, Ephemerate, Flicker of Fate, Justiciar's Portal, Feather, the Redeemed, Mask of Memory, Anarchist, Charmbreaker Devils
3 weeks ago
A couple of observations worth considering:
Flicker of Fate seems a bit of an underperformer. It gives a cute "gotcha" surprise, but I can't think of a time that I wouldn't prefer to build my board presence with new enchantments. I found that I didn't actually want to reset my sagas - I wanted them in the graveyard ASAP for that Dance of the Manse! I'm considering cutting them for an additional Omen of the Sea and The Birth of Meletis.
Narset, Parter of Veils isn't the all-purpose champion here that she is in Azorius Control. Her draw-denial is critical in some matchups, and useless in others, and her dig ability can actually be quite frustrating - I've found that often what I'm really looking for is either a creature (Dream Trawler usually) or the last land that would let me drop my Trawler or big, murderous Manse. To dig and then see these cards banished to the bottom of the deck incites much gnashing of teeth. I'm considering putting two Narsets to the sideboard and putting two Archon of Sun's Grace mainboard. After much mulling of Archon vs. Trawler, I'm thinking por que no los dos? Let's ramp up the aggression - this deck is enjoyable because of its blend of control and hard hits. Narset can switch back in for the various draw-factory decks.
A nod to the control aspects - the "stymie your opponent's early game" package of Alseid of Life's Bounty, The Birth of Meletis, Teferi, Time Raveler, Banishing Light, Shatter the Sky, and Elspeth Conquers Death are really doing the intended work. AND they ensure you have a couple of enchantments in the graveyard at the perfect time.
I'm interested to see how this plays with a couple more clutch creatures - should add value to Elspeth's step III as well as up the aggression. And with the enchantments bumped up to 17(!), Setessan, Archon, and of course, Dance should all be happy.
3 weeks ago
1 month ago
If I bring back a Flicker of Fate... What do I cut? There are plenty of cards I like in this deck, but the hardest part of deckbuilding for me is knowing what cards to cut. I just think that Flicker's power level wasn't enough to justify that extra copy in the deck.
I wasn't too high on T3feri before watching Worlds, but if you watch most of those matches, if aggro isn't one of the decks it almost becomes "Who can stick their T3feri first?" So if you want a lesson on how to use him, do the same thing as with most every other problem... Go to the pros!
1 month ago
Sorin_Markov_1947 if you want to keep Flicker of Fate I think that's reasonable. I didn't want to suggest cutting Birth, because it was a centerpiece originally. It still is quite useful, but Alseid of Life's Bounty has been better