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Destroy six target creatures.

legendofa on Mono Black Rats Deck (First Deck Ever)

5 months ago

I'll give some good general-use options for several budget levels.

$20+ Thornbite Staff, Ashcoat of the Shadow Swarm

$10-$20 Contamination, Liliana of the Veil

$1-$10 Capital Punishment, Ratcatcher

Less than $1 Feed the Swarm, Fraying Omnipotence, Hex

legendofa on Yugioh in MTG Final

1 year ago

This will focus more on the text box than on the costs and stat lines, so those are still up for review.

Gaia, the Fierce Knight might be better served as a kicker-style card. Tracking a first strike counter would be a lot easier than tracking the rules text it doesn't have.

Curse of Dragon is pretty good. It's more of a build-around card, since flying + either means it won't be blocked often. You're going to need another source of -1/-1 counters. Maybe Crumbling Ashes + Blowfly Infestation?

Does Honest gain the stats of the creature you control or the creature blocking/blocked by the creature you control? The wording's a little ambiguous.

I don't know if this is your intent or not, so I'll make it a straight observation, but the Ward on Goyo Guardian is somewhat worse than Ward . You can tap two lands, a land and a token, a token and a planeswalker, or any other combination of two permanents. This one is a big glass cannon.

Stardust Dragon needs a sentence break and some more punctuation. This might be a good place to use stun counters to track which permanents are tapped for its effect. Or just give it hexproof, since it's almost there. Between ward and optional targeting denial, I know I wouldn't target it except as a last desperate resort. Pure hexproof is less interesting, but it will be functionally the same most of the time.

In Red Dragon Archfiend's "When this creature attacks and deals combat damage," cut the "attacks and." It's redundant with combat damage. This is an all-out aggro card. This one can get live testing, but I'm sure it would get tweaked some more, maybe become slightly faster and less punishing, but weaker stats and buffs.

Re-templating Black Rose Dragon: "When ~ enters the battlefield, you may destroy all other nonland permanents and put a drought counter on ~. This counter remains on ~ as it moves to any zone other than a player’s hand or library.

Exile a Plant creature from your graveyard: Target creature has base power and toughness 0/1, loses and can't gain indestructible, shroud, hexproof, and deathtouch, and must block this turn if able. Activate this ability no more than once per turn, and only if there are three or more nonland permanents on the battlefield and if ~ has a drought counter on it." This is another case where less might be more. There are a lot of effects and restrictions here that more or less work out to "target creature dies in combat." And the creature can still be regenerated, or have protection, or damage prevention, or...

Ancient Fairy Dragon is pretty good. Very heavily anti-enchantment, so abusable with Enchanted Evening. I would require destroying four enchantments (no "up to", compare Hex) and drop the life gain down to 1 or maybe 2 per enchantment, using Fracturing Gust, Paraselene, and Cursebreak as references. The first ability is pure pillowfort value.

Please define "card effect" for Black-Winged Dragon. Is it anything that targets you? A triggered or activated ability that targets you? Instant or sorcery? Some combination of the above?

Lifestream Dragon is another card I would make legendary. At six mana, it's very powerful. Even with legendary, it's probably safe to tune it down somewhere.

kirbysan on [Primer] Helming the Host of Heaven *Update*

1 year ago


Buddies cancelled so I played 3 pub games instead:

Opponents: Esix, Fractal Bloom, Captain N'ghathrod, Sigarda, Host of Herons

Starting hand: Emeria, The Sky Ruin, Plains, Plains, Path to Exile, Angelic Page, Archangel of Tithes, Sanctuary Warden

As we played through the game it became clear that Esix was the big threat. The board was wiped twice, once with N'ghathrod's Hex and a second time with Sigarda's Day of Judgment. Archangel of Tithes helped get a few early attacks in against Esix as they usually tapped out to play some bigger spells.

I was able to keep Esix in check a few times by using Path to Exile on their commander when they were about to pop off. I also used Oblation again on Esix when they cast a Pest Infestation destroying my Crucible of Worlds and Vanquisher's Banner but netting 12 pests. Finally, I had a Kabira Takedown  Flip but only 2 creatures on the field so it couldn't deal with anything on Esix's board so I used it on Sigarda's Soul Warden.

At the final turn I had Sanctuary Warden equipped to Sword of Feast and Famine, Righteous Valkyrie and Angelic Field Marshal. In my hand I had Avacyn, Angel of Hope, Emeria Shepherd, Sword of Hearth and Home and a Seraph Sanctuary. Giada had been removed 3 times this game so she cost 8. Esix was at 6 but also had a Sublime Epiphany with open mana and a Craterhoof Behemoth in hand with 19 creatures, mostly 1/1 tokens on board.

As I'm writing this I realized I had the answer but didn't realize it at the time. If I had casted Sword of Hearth and Home Esix would have countered it and bounced my Sanctuary Warden forcing it out of their hand. I could then equip the Sword of Feast and Famine to another angel and swung for lethal since they had no flying blockers. I could have also moved to equip Sword of Feast and Famine to another angel which they could've countered once, but I had open mana to do it again. Despite losing this round let's count it as a win due to my misplay.

Opponents: Tevesh Szat, Doom of Fools, Kraum, Ludevic's Opus, Captain N'ghathrod, Sigarda, Host of Herons

Starting hand: Windswept Heath, Sol Ring, Pearl Medallion, Angel of Vitality, Mangara, the Diplomat, Soul Warden

Perhaps this was a risky hand to keep but with the Sol Ring and Pearl Medallion I could literally play everything in my hand if not disrupted so I kept it.

Kraum also kept a risky hand but it paid off for them in the short term. They cast a Show and Tell which let me only drop Angel of Vitality but they dropped an Omniscience and proceeded to play out their hand giving themselves an immense board state on turn 3.

Kraum made a serious misplay here as they used a Cyclonic Rift on my Sol Ring and a bounce spell that returned all creatures with power less than 5. This was supposed to wipe the board but Angel of Vitality was a 5/5. They followed this up with a Wheel of Misfortune paying 35 life expecting us to bet high life totals so they wouldn't get the wheel. Unfortunately for them we bid pretty low numbers and Kraum took the full 35. With no flying blockers on board they were dead next turn.

With Kraum out of the game and a fresh 7 card hand I ended up dominating the board. Some nice synergies were using Sword of Hearth and Home on Sanctuary Warden to 2 cards a turn, one for ETB, one for swinging. Bishop of Wings with Resplendent Angel and Angelic Accord gave me double angels on my end steps. Finally, having Emeria, The Sky Ruin and 7 plains let me fill my boardstate quickly. While the game took longer I never hit another board wipe and closed it out with 64 life.

Opponents: Kykar, Wind's Fury, Atraxa, Praetors' Voice & Sigarda, Host of Herons

Starting Hand: Flooded Strand, Path of Ancestry, Soul Warden, Luminarch Ascension, Pyre of Heroes, Folk Hero, Angelic Curator

I was excited about this hand because it had 2 new cards that hadn't come up in the last couple games I played so I wanted to test it out. While it should have curved out pretty nicely, having only Folk Hero as the draw card with a single angel should've been a warning sign. My early board state included Giada, Font of Hope, Soul Warden and Luminarch Ascension. As predicted, Luminarch Ascension was able to get 3 counters on it after a single turn.

However I was hit by a board wipe early on and had to decide whether to use Luminarch's ability or recast Giada. I foolishly recast Giada only to have her removed again with Skysovereign, Consul Flagship. When Sigarda went to blow up Luminarch I produced 3 4/4 angels with 6 mana to give me some blockers. I had also drawn into The Ozolith but it was only able to add 1 counter on it.

For the rest of the game Kykar solely targeted me with their growing vehicle board state. Since Giada now cost 6 and Skysovereign was pinging for 3 every turn I couldn't waste the mana to recast her which turned off Folk Hero. I cast Angelic Curator just for a blocker since it would be hugely advantageous against vehicles but it was promptly removed with Dispatch by Kykar. I was also able to draw into a Mask of Memory but was stalled out since Kykar had Spirit token blockers, Atraxa had their commander and Sigarda also had their commander. I was the first to be knocked out and this was a definite loss. I did cast Pyre of Heroes but didn't draw into any angels until late game so it had no effect.

Archangel of Tithes is actually pretty great but probably more effective as a late game play when board states are bigger. Battlecruiser decks will typically tap out to get the edge and will not hold up mana for tax effects which will help in getting damage through.

Luminarch Ascension is a great card but also a lightning rod. In the third game it presented a threat early on and if Giada hadn't been removed twice so early it could've helped end the game. Not getting those +1/+1 counters on the angels hurt my game plan quite a lot.

The Ozolith saw play but had little impact. Again, if Giada hadn't been removed early I could've dumped all those counters onto it and preserved threats.

Pyre of Heroes also saw play but had little impact. The overall flow of the game meant I was essentially stuck. Eye of Vecna would've been more impactful here but since Kykar had such an oppressive board state I would need to play much bigger threats to make a difference.

While Giada may not always be necessary to our gameplan, not having her and being unable to cast her slows us up so much that opponents can just out ramp or out threaten us pretty quickly. Dodging an entire table's board wipes and single target removals is pretty tough and makes me consider Lightning Greaves or Swiftfoot Boots again.

Gidgetimer on Prizefight interaction

2 years ago

No, you must have the correct amount of targets to cast a spell. Prizefight requires both a creature you control and a creature you don't control to be targeted. Hex requires six creatures to target. Decimate requires an artifact, a creature, an enchantment, and a land to be targeted in order to cast.

Polaris on Does Swerve Work Against Cyclonic …

2 years ago

An overloaded spell no longer has targets, so Swerve would not work.

Swerve also wouldn't work on Hex, since it doesn't have "a single target."

TriaxialFleas on None

2 years ago

If someone casts an overloaded Cyclonic Rift, and I cast Swerve targeting it, would I be able to make it not bounce everything on the board?

Or does it only work if the 'casted' version of the card says target on it like Hex

Orange+ on Pinball Wizard

2 years ago

Hey lil_cheez, thanks so much for your suggestion :)

Plague Wind is a sweet card in this deck and definitely better than Hex. Unfortunately I did set a 2$ budget per card when making this deck - With the exceptions of Dimir Signet, Reliquary Tower, and the commander. A few cards also rose in price just after adding them to the deck draft.. I did not write this anywhere, so I don't know how I was expecting anyone to guess this budget limit, but I've now added this information to the description.

I haven't physically gathered this deck yet, but if it shows that the deck is under-performing in my playground, I will definitely have to look at cards in a tad higher price range. In that case I will strongly consider Plague Wind. Another card I'd also really want to play with is Mnemonic Deluge, which looks super good in this kind of deck. But at this time, it is also just above the budget point.

Thanks again for a great suggestion!

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