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Legendary Planeswalker — Gideon
As long as it's your turn, Gideon Blackblade is a 4/4 Human Soldier creature with indestructible that's still a planeswalker.
Prevent all damage that would be dealt to Gideon Blackblade during your turn.
+1: Up to one other target creature you control gains your choice of vigilance, lifelink, or indestructible until end of turn.
-6: Exile target nonland permanent.
6 days ago
Hey! I'm trying to look into interesting 1CMC counterspells you could replace Remand with. Mana Tithe, Spell Pierce, Miscast, Swan Song or An Offer You Can't Refuse could be interesting, tho they all have different drawbacks. If you want to stick to 2CMC, I'd say Dovin's Veto and Counterspell are always good options. The former is noncreatures only, but it is uncounterable, and the latter of course costs so it's harder to cast on multicolor.
As for other cards, perhaps Lair of the Hydra could interest you. It's very similar to Celestial Colonnade, except you can make it bigger if you've got the means to do so. Sadly it's only, but it can enter untapped if played early. Upsides and downsides.
Apart from that, I don't see anything I'd personally change in your deck, it seems really solid!
If you want to add insult to injury you could always play Teferi, Time Raveler. If you're looking for creatures that are harder to get rid of, you could always get Gideon Blackblade. You could also run The Wandering Emperor for flavor points.
Hope this helped! It's awesome to see an older deck still being worked on 6 years later :D
3 weeks ago
Thank you for your suggestions! Path of Ancestry i feel like the benefit of 10 possible triggers isn't worth it, i think you are right with the deck thinning - i might add the new Plaza of Heroes instead. Kamiz, Obscura Oculus would also be a great addition, i might remove Windfall instead because i felt the last few games with it in hand that it benefited my enemies more than myself... Gideon Blackblade is mostly for flavor in the deck :)
4 months ago
I always loved Trelissara's design. Sadly, my lifegain deck is Esper, so she didn't really fit! I don't know if this helps at all, but I think of my deck in terms of lifegain enablers (our Soul Warden and friends that gain us life) and payoffs (things that benefit us when we gain life, like Trudge Garden).
I would pay special attention to one thing with life gain payoffs: a lot of the cards care about one of 2 things...either 'instance of life gain' (the ones worded 'whenever'...they do not care how much life you gain, just if you do or not), and the ones that care about quantity (the ones worded 'if you gained X or more life).
You're going to want to sculpt your life gain enablers in the deck around what of those you have, and how much life gain they want you to have in a turn, to make sure they can hit your X.
I would consider that a little more next time you play, pay attention to what cards want what effects.
For example, my deck is built entirely around the 'instance of life gain effects', so I seldom need to worry about how much I gain.
That said, some weak spots I noticed: Benevolent Bodyguard, Ilysian Caryatid, Soulmender, From Beyond, Indomitable Might, Hedgewitch's Mask. These are excellent places to start with upgrades! They're not bad on their own, but we can do better!
Note on Aetherflux Reservoir: There are some playgroups that playing this will just get you ganged up on. I always caution people about that. If that's fine with you, it's a strong card. I didn't find it could gain enough life to make it worth it in my deck.
Some possible (not too expensive) upgrades that I enjoy:
Good in an 'instance of life gain' deck: Linden, the Steadfast Queen, Sunscorch Regent, Suture Priest, Gideon's Company, Twinblade Paladin, Omen of the Sun, Ajani's Pridemate, Oketra's Monument, Regna, the Redeemer
5 months ago
You know, you could take advantage of the discard effect further by changing up your strategy a bit. There are plenty of playable reanimation spells in White, for example, that would love a powerful discard outlet like Mageta. Invoke Justice is a very playable card that comes from a long line of no-nonsense reanimation spells: False Defeat, Breath of Life, Resurrection, Late to Dinner, oh and there's Elspeth Conquers Death, of course. I personally really like the idea of Angel of Serenity since it can be a very flexible removal spell, a way to protect creatures from a future board wipe, or a triple reanimation spell. There are tons of other reanimation spells in White, so there is enough for a pretty deep theme here.
Containment Construct also loves discarded cards during your main phase. Too bad it's a creature, but it still has potential.
Planeswalkers probably play really, really well with Mageta as well since they typically flourish on clear boards. Most Elspeth cards make creatures, and many Gideons have indestructible, so they survive board wipes even as creatures. I like Gideon Blackblade in particular because not only does he naturally have indestructible on your turn, but he can give indestructibility to another creature every turn and is also relevant removal.
I hope this is helpful!
5 months ago
I would like to say, before I say anything else, that the first few decks people build often have a bunch that could be fixed, so if it seems like I wrote an essay, I'm not trying to be overly critical. My first deck was a mono-white Angel Tribal Lifegain deck that had no real payoff for gaining life. Needless to say, it had a lot that could have been done, and my next deck was one of the Commander Pre-Cons from C18. I'd also like to say that these are just observations.
For cuts, I can see a few. Several of the planeswalkers seem only sort-of related, so you could get away with dropping some of them (like Gideon Blackblade and Ajani Steadfast). I'm not sure why Blackblade Reforged is in. It is great for go tall decks, where you want 1 really big creature (usually made big using equipments and/or auras), but in a go wide deck like this one, I'm not sure if you need it. Plus, dragons are fairly big on their own. | Chaplain's Blessing. I know gaining 5 life might seem good, but I've come to realize that gaining a bunch of life isn't very good without something like Aetherflux Reservoir. And at that point, I think a better option is to build around Aetherflux Reservoir, not dragons. | Not entirely sure what Bag of Holding is doing. | There are a few dragons that don't seem to be doing much, with the way your deck currently is. There doesn't seem to be a lot of instants/sorceries for Backdraft Hellkite get back. There aren't a lot of +1/+1 counter synergies, so Enduring Scalelord isn't doing a ton. There aren't a lot of artifacts, so Hellkite Igniter isn't getting the absurd amount of damage output that I've done with it, myself. It does have haste, but a 5/5 hasty flyer for 7 isn't super great. Unless you can give it deathtouch, most things in commander aren't bothered by Shockmaw Dragon's combat damage trigger. There aren't a lot of 2-colour spells for Niv-Mizzet Reborn to see off the top. | Dictate of Erebos can be brutal, but usually in aristocrat-style decks, where you want your own things to die.
Some other things I've noticed: Crux of Fate is a cheaper Descent of the Dragons that is also one sided. | About the Sarkhan question, I've always thought that Sarkhan the Masterless is kind of funny, and he can act as a deterrent for attacks (or a magnet, depending on board state). | 5 mana counterspells seems nice, but often end up being rather underwhelming, more often than not. | Fight effects (like Clash of Titans) are nice, but in a 5-colour deck, you also have cards like Path to Exile, Bedevil, Anguished Unmaking, Generous Gift, or Chaos Warp, that don't need you to have a big creature, and don't need you to put that creature at risk. | I feel like you could use a bit more ramp. I'd recommend a few of the guild signets from Ravnica, Arcane Signet and Farseek. | The Ur-Dragon was the out-of-the-box Commander for a 5-colour dragon tribal commander deck from C17. Usually he is the head of a dragon tribal deck, but he's still powerful in the 99.
All of this is just my opinion, with my own biases, and I'm still learning a fair bit myself, so take it with a grain of salt. Playtest it, see what works and what doesn't. See what you like, and what you don't. I will admit that I prefer more aggressive play as opposed to a slower, more control heavy style, so that may influence my choices, and I've also been (partially) traumatized by a few planeswalker decks before, so I don't really like them that much (although I do like the concept and design of them).
Lastly, I don't know if you have any pet cards or any cards that you are running because you like them (even if it may be not as good), so if a personal favorite is listed among the cuts, feel free to ignore that. Magic IS about having fun, at the end of the day. And, yes, Dragon Tribal is glorious!
10 months ago
First FNM with this deck and it BOMBED (and not in the good way). DRC's top deck filtering was not enough of an edge and without some kind of card advantage the deck runs out of resources very quickly.
However, I had some ideas on how to fix this issue:
- 3x Stoneforge Mystic - Replacing the Giver of Runes to add more card draw/threats and be less reactive
- 2x Teferi, Time Raveler - Card Draw/Blocker Removal
- 1x Batterskull - Lifegain
- 1x Kaldra Compleat - Threat
- 1x Sword of Light and Shadow - Protection + Lifegain + Late game advantage.
10 months ago
After minimal playtesting I'm finding this deck preforms best with a creature + 2 lands in starting hand and really needs a way to filter/draw cards.
I've made the following swaps to help make the deck more consistent:
- 4 Dragon's Rage Channeler - top deck filtering every time you play an extra turn or pact is very imPACTful you could say...
- 2 Gideon Blackblade