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|Commander: Rule 0
|Pauper Duel Commander
Light of Hope
Choose one —
- You gain 4 life.
- Destroy target enchantment.
- Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.
3 months ago
Hey there, I'm the author of Rishadan Feverdream, and I'm so flattered you like it! Sounds like you stumbled across it right before I put it "in the tank" and unlisted it for a while; sorry about that... The deck looks rather different now, but I think it stays true to its original spirit, so feel free to check out the new version if you like! You're welcome to keep this list up, since I still go back and forth on several of these cards even now (forgot all about Goldenglow Moth until I found this, just swapped it back in for Light of Hope!). Thanks for your interest!
10 months ago
you have a super-low threat-density… only Speaker of the Heavens poses any real threat. I think you need far more ways to pressure the opponent.
cards that only gain life are pretty universally bad, as they don’t further your own boardstate at all, and so are generally just costing you a card. I would recommend ditching all of Light of Hope, Chaplain's Blessing, Light of Hope, and Chalice of Life Flip in this vein, as they’re all pretty-universally useless.
I don’t see a game ever going long enough to cast Felidar Sovereign… and even if you can cast it, i don’t see you managing to be on 40+ life so late in the game.
you have no creatures with decent etb effects, so there’s not a lot of reason to bounce anything - Cloudshift seems bad here.
you currently have no way to interact with your opponent (i.e. for killing their stuff). Just letting your opponent do what they want is never a good idea - it gives them free reign to build a bigger boardstate and beat you down with it.
11 months ago
Personally I would add in at least some creature removal here. (Ossification is a great start)
Why? Because I know a LOT of builds that run Knight of Dusk's Shadow and/or Blightbeetle in their decks just because Lifegain/Countergain is so common and can be such an easy strat to shut down. If either of those cards hit the board Turn 2 you're dead in your tracks. You also might look out for some enchantment hate since Solemnity has a few uses in a couple of different builds, and it similarly would shut you down. There's also Tainted Remedy floating around in some decks, just because so many effects include some kind of lifegain bonus that it's easy to flipping it all to damage instead works against a wide variety of builds to varying degrees.
Light of Hope is good for enchantment hate in your case since (in the event you don't need Enchantment hate) the other 2 options are very useful for your build & keep with its synergy.
Further, I think Lunarch Veteran Flip would serve you better in the slots in place of your Impassioned Orators. Not only are they cheaper to get out, they can come back into play if they're killed giving them a lot more versatility than the 1 extra pwr/tgh that the Orator gets you for that 1 extra mana.
Also I 100% agree with the above comment that Blue splash in here is doing you NO good at all (it's even increasing the number of 'enters tapped' lands you're running since you're using the guildgate; go straight Black/White with this puppy, either a Plains or a Swamp basic even would be better to draw in those slots.
Hope some of this helps give you some direction, and either way it's nice to see another fellow Arena player here using the site! +1 just for that!
1 year ago
Overall nice build! +1
It's really nice to see someone else playing on Arena not caught up with just Netdecking.
One thing I'll say is that, at a glance, this looks a bit light on good removal. I think a few Vanishing Verse in place of Invoke the Divine might suit you a bit better (less mana too).
I get that invoke the Divine is lifegain as well, but if that's your primary concern then I'd go with Light of Hope since it's much less mana to cast (albeit you can't destroy AND gain -- I don't think you lose out on too much here). 3 mana is an awfully high cost for a one-time effect that isn't just cripplingly good in a wide variety of situations in my opinion.
If you're good with giving up the lifegain aspect & Instant-speed cast, but want to keep both artifact & enchantment hate (Vanishing Verse pretty much sucks against most relevant Artifacts), maybe take a look at Revoke Existence since exile is preferable to destroy, and it similarly saves you 1 mana.
Black/White is just crushingly good at control/removal; your Fateful Absences, Vanishing Verses (already mentioned) -- even stuff like Declaration in Stone if you're willing to give up Instant speed for extra potential power.
If it were me, at the very least, I'd sideboard some of the above-mentioned options and play around with them in Best-of-3 matches. Figure out what the most common annoying (or devastating) thing opponents regularly do to you & structure some removal around that.
In any case, cool assortment you've got here! I like it.
1 year ago
MagicSteve6 Thank you for the comment! Im so glad that there's people still interested in the deck. Answering your question, I sadly haven't played mtg in a while, but I've been looking at some new cards that can really synergize well with the deck. Fortifying Draught is interesting, since its cost is so low, you can combine it with a Chaplain's Blessing for just two mana, and turn your 4/4 trampler into a 11/11 at instant speed. Also cards like Lucky Offering, Sanctify and Light of Hope can deal with artifacts and enchantments while gaining you the life necesary to transform the Lone Rider Flip.
Finally, I really like Ram Through as a janky removal, because you can kill an annoying creature while hitting your opponent with a bit of damage and gaining a bunch of life.
2 years ago
The deck looks very solid - it's smart that you included so many ways to spread indestructibility around, since board wipes are basically the only answer to a deck that builds up this many fearsome creatures! That said, there are a few card slots that I'm more... skeptical of. Possibly there's an opportunity to tighten these spots up!
Demystify is something of a, well, mystifying choice. It gets the job done, but even for the exact same mana cost there are a number of strictly superior options, including Erase, Wax / Wane and Light of Hope. For your build in particular, you might prefer something like Sundering Growth for the added effect and ability to nail artifacts as well. Since you're running very few ways to deal with artifacts, finding room for options like Nature's Claim, Sylvan Reclamation and Aura Shards is probably worthwhile!
The card advantage and lifegain of Camaraderie is great, but since you're aiming to grow such a buff army, you might find you often get more life from Shamanic Revelation, which even costs one mana less! The only advantage of Camaraderie is really the +1/+1 which feels pretty minor at six mana.
One other choice I was curious about was Mentor of the Meek. Normally he's great card advantage for a white deck, but seeing as your commander quickly gives all of your creatures a big static boost, it might quickly be the case that you never have a creature with power 2 or less coming into play, even if they're a 1/1 token. Do you find this ever backfires, or Kyler is active rarely enough that it doesn't often overlap?
To support your strategy, a few other cards that might be a good fit in this build come to mind. It's a little slow and clunky, but Hydra's Growth might be a great way to achieve truly ludicrous size on Kyler. Deftblade Elite is a super versatile one-drop that can do it all: help your other creatures get past blockers, or hold off a deadly attacker indefinitely. Thanks to the boosts your commander is handing out, though, it's conceivable that the Elite could quickly get big enough to kill off a utility creature every turn thanks to Provoke, too! Mother of Runes is also a superb one-drop that is great for protecting your commander from any unwanted interactions.
2 years ago
This is a really cool deck you have going here! If you’re going for life gain and adding +1/+1 counters, I would recommend Light of Hope. It’s a one-drop instant that offers solid options for what you’re going for with this deck.
Enjoy this one, it looks like fun!
2 years ago
With Feather, you need to lean one way or the other, pump or burn. Cards like Firebrand Archer won't do much of anything in a deck that wins by Commander damage, whereas the pump is best replaced in a burn deck. This deck leans more toward pump, so I'll suggest cards for that.
Ajani's Presence is strictly better than some of the protection spells in here. Inquisitor's Flail is a repeatable way to double Feather's damage, it also stacks with both double strike and Unleash Fury. Kediss, Emberclaw Familiar turns a one=person kill into a full win. Blacksmith's Skill is just about the best protection spell you could ever want. Sejiri Shelter Flip is a relevant MDFC. Intimidation Bolt can save you games. Impact Resonance can help you deal with problems too, and speaking of removal, you need some boardwipes. Austere Command is a very flexible sweeper, Blasphemous Act is a quality cheap one that you can frequently protect your own stuff from, and Slaughter the Strong is also cheap and mostly doesn't affect you. If you're running Sunforger, you really need to run Magnetic Theft to fetch on the first activation. It's a very effective combo. And then Storm-Kiln Artist is just a must in every Feather deck. It turns your engine from good to game-ending in seconds. Show of Confidence is also a game-ender, pairs very well with the storm aspect of the deck and the counters are permanent and it's hard to counter.
If you find your stuff is getting countered, or you need to use spells but Feather can't stay out, recursion like Dreadhorde Arcanist, Mavinda, Students' Advocate, and Past in Flames might be worth looking into.
In general, remove two-cost spells if possible, remove burn, and think about what color your mana production is. In my experience, most of the spells you want to cast multiple times are white, so red-mana production is less valuable. And Remote Farm will backfire very quickly without a way to increase its counters or blink it. There are a few other cards in here that just aren't quite good enough if you need advice on more things to take out.
If your playgroup starts to adapt, like mine did, and runs cards that don't care about your protection like Sakashima's Will, Out of Time, Extinction Event, etc., think about Eerie Interlude. It's three mana and one-time protection, but it can get you out of a rough spot that no other card can.