Kaya's Guile

Kaya's Guile

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Choose two —

  • Each opponent sacrifices a creature.
  • Exile all cards from each opponent's graveyard.
  • Create a 1/1 white and black Spirit creature token with flying.
  • You gain 4 life.

Entwine (Choose all if you pay the entwine cost.)

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

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Kaya's Guile Discussion

nUKe13 on nUKe13 Mardu Pyromancer

2 weeks ago

JacenSolo29 as far as the next update goes, I’m waiting to see if there is anything else that drops from MH2, but I think we have the complete list now.

My first impressions are:

1) Faithless Salvaging - this works better than Thrill of Possibility since it can be cast on an empty hand and the rebound can’t be caught by hand disruption. Instant is nice if we really do want to cast on opponent’s end step. Then, if we draw an instant, we can cast with rebound on the stack to get full value.

2) Prismatic Ending - I personally really REALLY like this. Great against aggro, Humans, Jund, Ponza, Death's Shadow (minus Gurmag Angler ). See (https://strategy.channelfireball.com/all-strategy/home/is-prismatic-ending-the-new-swords-to-plowshares/)

3) Damn - again, LOVE IT! Definitely love the versatility, but I don’t know if it would replace Dreadbore (hits PWs), Fatal Push (instant and cheaper), or Engineered Explosives (can be triggered at instant speed and can be cheaper). Definitely a consideration for spots that previously included Damnation or Wrath of God .

4) General Ferrous Rokiric - I personally really like this. Immune to most removal (specifically EFFICIENT removal) such as Lightning Bolt , Path to Exile , Fatal Push , and Cryptic Command bouncing it. If you play a lot of multicolor spells, like Kolaghan's Command , Kaya's Guile , Kaya, Orzhov Usurper , Nahiri, the Harbinger , Dreadbore / Terminate , and Lightning Helix , then you definitely benefit from having this.

5) Dragon's Rage Channeler - this has a Magmatic Channeler feel to it and couples well with the graveyard-centric focus. If you opt for utility ARTIFACTS, like Mishra's Bauble , Damping Sphere , or Engineered Explosives , ENCHANTMENTS, like Blood Moon , or PLANESWALKERS, like Liliana of the Veil or any of the previously mentioned PWs, then you have an even easier time to activate Delirium. You do have to attack every turn, but having flying as evasion is really nice. Surveil is good if we start running more Flashback spells, like more Lingering Souls or Smiting Helix .

6) Void Mirror - TRON HATE FTW! This would compete with Damping Sphere as far as utility goes, but still really REALLY nice.

7) Obsidian Charmaw - OMG there are SO many Tron hate cards in this set, and I LOVE it. If Tron or Eldrazi Tron get more popular through all the hate from this set, then this would be great to add create a clock.

8) Vindicate - old EDH tech being added to Modern. I like the idea of destroying anything, but sorcery speed and 3 cmc, with everything else that has come into the game (and power creep), makes me unsure of its power. Could be what we need, but 3cmc is already crowded in the list.

9) Flame Blitz - UW/x, Jund, and maybe Tron typically run more PWs, so if we forgo running PWs, ourselves, then this serves as an extremely cheap PW hate card. Cycling is nice if we draw it and the opponent has side boarded out a majority of their PWs.

10) Harmonic Prodigy - if we bring back Young Pyromancer , add in Dark Confidant , and focus on Prowess, then I think this would rather have a home in a Feather, the Redeemed /spell-slinger deck. Still, it would be ok here, with the high spell count we run.

11) Sanctifier en-Vec - I don’t think we want to use this... definitely expect it in Burn or D&T lists against us.

12) Dauthi Voidwalker - now THIS we can use. Basically Sanctifier en-Vec , but unilateral hate and can help against Dredge or other recursion based decks. I like that we can sac on targeted removal and cast one of their spell(s). can conflict with our spells, but we are usually ok. If we get Blood Moon ed, we can usually laugh it off and power through it.

13) Bone Shards - in the primer, I’ve indicated that Mardu Pyro has different variants (spells/grave, PW, and Aristocrat/tokens). I feel this would slot nicely into an token deck, along with Village Rites , Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger , and Afterlife creatures.

14) Fury - at first glance, I’ve been conflicted. Seems ok as protection from aggro strategies, but I wish it had either 1 more toughness, did more damage, hit players, or cost less. It just seems... meh... I’m skeptical, but I’ve definitely been proven wrong before, so I’ll keep my mind open.

15) Mine Collapse - great if we run a bit more heavy on lands and run late. Too bad it doesn’t hit players though... a common theme from cards this set.

16) Arcbound Whelp / Esper Sentinel /Knighted Myr - another idea that has come to fruition from this set is Mardu Affinity. No, we won’t tech for Hardened Scales , but the removal suite that we run, in addition to these new artifact creatures (and lands!) is tempting enough to test some brews.

I hope this gives an idea of what we could change for the deck. The list was roughly done in the order of what we would tech in to the current build, but anything is possible! Let me know what you all think.

Edit: some of the cards (Knighted Myr, Mine Collapse, and Bone Shards) did not have the links set up in TappedOut as of the time of this post, so I do apologize for that.

kellpiece on Black and White Lifegain Deck

1 month ago

Karlov of the Ghost Council is an INSANE card for a deck like this when you combo it with ajani. its pricey, but kicks major ass. I'd look into cheaper dual lands like Caves of Koilos and Temple of Silence . They both work pretty well for me

Vizkopa Guildmage huge in decks like this. I might consider replacing some Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord with Sorin, Lord of Innistrad for the vampire and life gain theme.

Kaya's Guile and Mortify are super strong here too. perhaps consider ditching Vampire of the Dire Moon and Vizkopa Vampire for Gifted Aetherborn or Vampire Nighthawk since those 1 drops are easy targets for cheap removal.

Rhox Faithmender , Cradle of Vitality and Dawn of Hope all great additions as well

TheVectornaut on GW populate

2 months ago

Everything you've said about Trostani is definitely true but applies equally to Advent of the Wurm , except wurms also get hit by Abrupt Decay , non-revolt Fatal Push , and any Unsummon or O-Ring effects. The reality is that at 4 mana, neither of these cards is viable in a competitive modern environment. If your meta is cutthroat enough to see that much single-target removal flying around, I'd recommend going into black to run spirit tokens ( Spectral Procession , Lingering Souls , Kaya's Guile , etc.) which are generally better than populate staples like Call of the Conclave , Selesnya Charm , and Wake the Reflections , especially if you lean into anthems like Intangible Virtue , Leyline of the Meek , Force of Virtue , and so on. You're already pretty far in that direction anyway by running Legion's Landing  Flip and Gather the Townsfolk . Those were more the cards I was thinking of cutting for a singleton Trostani or Ranks. Definitely don't cut March, as it's pretty great as a finisher. (I had a lot of fun messing around with it and Harmonious Archon in standard pre-lockdown. XD) Also, regardless of which colors you prefer, Timely Reinforcements is a classic sideboard option against burn that also loves playing with Virtue.

TheVectornaut on A sweet ass B/W deck

3 months ago

Hero of Precinct One and Tome of the Guildpact are some decent cards that care about multicolored without being so themselves. Orzhov picks could be Pillar of the Paruns , Beckon Apparition , Blood Baron of Vizkopa , Nightsky Mimic , Kaya's Guile , Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim , Karlov of the Ghost Council , Resolute Rider , Seraph of the Scales , or Vizkopa Guildmage . I tried to pick card suggestions that fit in with either the multicolored or the lifegain plans. Popular inclusions in more tempo or aggro focused Mimic/Divinity builds include Castigate , Orzhov Charm , Mourning Thrull , Cartel Aristocrat , Sin Collector , and Gift of Orzhova . Combine the two and you might get some value out of a shell of Ajani's Pridemate , Heliod, Sun-Crowned , Light of Promise , Wall of Limbs , and Archangel of Thune .

Anyway, now that I've probably named every black and white card ever printed, do let me know if you have questions. Good luck!

zephyr_chang on Dead Guy Ale

7 months ago

I feel like some copies of Lingering Souls are always good in a deck like this that is grindy and also plays Equipment. I might cut at least one Cling to Dust and one Kaya's Guile - they are quite situational and I don't know if you need 2 copies of each.

VampDemigod on Sleighs & Gifts Needed

8 months ago

Some effects that exile graveyards, again, budget friendly (useful for about 3 of the cards I linked): Burn Away, Hedonist's Trove, Sentinel Totem, Crook of Condemnation, Tormod's Crypt, Agent of Erebos, Nihil Spellbomb, Angel of Finality, Identity Crisis, Kaya's Guile, Remorseful Cleric, Rakdos Charm, Mnemonic Betrayal, Scavenger Grounds, Bojuka Bog, Day's Undoing.

I’d recommend only running 3-6 of these if you run the 3 cards that care about empty graveyards that I mentioned earlier.

JKRice on *{[Budget Gifts Control]}*

8 months ago

Hey I saw your comment and I wanted to help you out with your list! Hopefully my suggestions are useful in budget (I think a couple of them might push the line there) but I’m glad there’s another gifts modern player.

The very first first thing you should do is swap out redundant copies of cards. By this I mean there are a certain number of slots in your deck for each type of card (I.e. removal, countermagic, win conditions, etc) and you want those slots to be filled up with as many differently named cards as possible so gifts can function at full capacity. Also, since you can only have 4 gifts in your deck at a time, you also need to make sure your deck can hold its own until you draw gifts. This means making sure you have the correct amount of card type slots.

As a general rule the only card in your deck that you have 4 of is gifts ungiven.

First is lands. I think you should diversify your lands, but I don’t think you should increase the number. In a normal gifts deck, you should have 25 lands minimum, because fetchlands thin the deck out and Crucible of Worlds makes land-based strategies more effective. Since you have access to neither of these on a budget, definitely keep the land count at 23 maximum. I think something necessary in any gifts deck is either Ghost Quarter or Field of Ruin, especially field since it gives you the land back. I think you should split your basic lands between normal and snow-covered since snow-covered lands are just as cheap but have different names from normal lands. I think you should have more lands that function like Caves of Koilos and Glacial Fortress since early tapped lands can lose the game in modern, but you should still keep at least one copy of every land you have just to retain diversity in card names. If you can push the budget a bit, Fabled Passage is a really good card for this deck, and the cheapest option if you want to have fetchlands.

Second is removal. I think you should definitely have more individual removal spells, with less counter magic and less discard spells. Not including the sweep spells, you only have 5 removal spells, and they are not especially diverse. Dismember and Fatal Push are both pretty cheap, and fatal push is especially necessary in holding off your opponent early on. I actually prefer fatal push over path to exile because it doesn’t give your opponent anything back. Also, Maelstrom Pulse use to be like 18 bucks but now it’s just a dollar and it’s pretty op, but unfortunately it’s in green. Kaya's Guile is a great situational removal card because it also supplies defense. It would Be good in a gifts pile with lingering souls and another removal spell I think. Again pushing budget a bit, Abrupt Decay is a worthwhile card to have because it can hit more than just creatures. Unfortunately, it’s also green. You definitely need something that can deal with noncreature threats, but abrupt decay specifically isn’t necessary for this purpose. Last random add on: Deputy of Detention could be good idk. With regards to sweeper spells, I think Supreme Verdict could be good, it’s kinda mid range in price but it would definitely be good to have more diversity in your sweepers.

Third is utility. With regards to draw spells, you should probably diversify and have more of them. Sleight of Hand, Opt, and one other that I’m forgetting rn are all good choices. I think one aspect that is necessary in your utility toolbox is more graveyard interaction. One or two copies of Mission Briefing would be really good here as a way to either force a choice in a gifts pile or make graveyard stuff recursive. Noxious Revival is green but that doesn’t really matter cuz you can pay the life, but it is five bucks so idk. I think Body Double could be an interesting pick as a utility creature. This way, if your first unburial rites fails and they somehow make it so you can’t bring Ionia or grave Titan back, you can play body double and you still get the ETB effect. Treasured Find’s usefulness is iffy at best, but since you kind of need recursiveness in a gifts deck it could be good. Narset, Parter of Veils is cheap and good, and if you are a real try hard you could add in Day's Undoing. Then the gifts pile could be Ionia, grave titan, day’s undoing, and narset. Either they give you a massive threat or they give you the ability to make them discard their hand, which is cool and good. That’s just a random idea idk if it would work for real in a gifts utility deck.

That’s everything I can think of rn but I prob forgot something so hope this helps

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