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Creature — Unicorn
Lieutenant — At the beginning of combat on your turn, if you control your commander, prevent all combat damage that would be dealt to creatures you control this turn. Other creatures you control gain vigilance until end of turn.
4 months ago
Loyal Unicorn is kind of nice in a deck that swings out a lot, as you can throw everything as much as you want without any standard drawbacks. It's super nice for strategies around multiple attack phases too. Its price is like, 50 cents.
8 months ago
EDHRec is a good place to start when your this early in the building phase. You can see what strategies are common and directions others have taken.
1 year ago
Hey, build your deck here at TappedOut and link to it? Linking to your deck at Moxfield while asking for help here is disrespectful.
Sanctuary Warden is a good budget Angel, for it's low price there aren't many other six drop Angels that are better. Bruna is not worth adding, you can get better reanimation with Karmic Guide or Emeria Shepherd.
Well of Lost Dreams is reliable draw when your Commander can gain life, but it loses a lot of effectiveness when it can't. When your Commander has flying, playing lot of other fliers and you want to be attacking than Mask of Memory can be nice budget repeatable draw.
Palace Jailer and/or Court of Grace can be powerful effects when you can defend to keep the monarch. The monarch is helpful for repeatable draw in mono white. Angels are good defenders, Giada gives them high toughness and there's many budget vigilance sources: Thraben Watcher, Loyal Unicorn. These could replace Seraph of Dawn, Stalwart Valkyrie, Light of the Legion
Consider finding room/budget for Sephara, Sky's Blade and Serra's Emissary? Either one of these Angels can enable attacking Angels to win. If matching price is a concern for cuts then they're better than Youthful Valkyrie or Righteous Valkyrie.
Angel tribe as a lot of budget Angels who are also removal sources. Get more value out of Angels other than attacking effects? These could replace Angel of the Dawn, Baneslayer Angel, Patron of the Valiant.
1 year ago
Welcome to Magic, I see you've started off by picking the best format, Commander. Huzzah!
Might I recommend Loyal Unicorn, since your deck revolves so much around controlling your Commander and attacking?
You only have a handful of Equipment, but what about Godo, Bandit Warlord to give you more extra attack phases?
Not sure how new you are to the game, but do you know about an ability called Exalted? That can be a great source of power for you too with your current build. Consider the land Cathedral of War for an example of what I mean.
1 year ago
Hey, you're welcome. Nice, those are good changes to make :)
Think bigger when it comes to your gameplan and card quality? Gideon's Avenger and Vampire Scrivener are low power level creatures who need other cards to make them good and to fit with the deck's strategy. Their game impact is very low. Vampire Scrivener being a five drop 2/2 flier is worse because it doesn't do anything for five mana. Which is not good when you have other five drops like Liesa, Stinging Study, Liesa, Forgotten Archangel, casting + equipping Sword of Feast and Famine, etc. can impact the game for five mana right away.
Your best attacker and life gaining is Liesa since she has flying, lifelink and she's your Commander meaning she does Commander damage. If you need a blocker then give Liesa vigilance which is what Loyal Unicorn does and it's a good card to keep for this reason. I don't think attacking with lots of creatures or building creatures to be attackers should be your game plan here. Liesa as attacker yes, but instead the creatures you play should support the life gaining strategy for value, draw, protect Liesa, make Liesa a better attacker, be sacrificed to keep Leisa alive, etc. Creatures with lifelink are preferred since if they get to attack they might gain life, but think of that as a bonus.
Liesa, Forgotten Archangel is your second best attacker/life gaining and her other abilities are excellent. Markov Purifier is a good example of a quality budget support creature with Liesa since he can be repeatable draw and if you get to attack with him then he might gain life, but you really play him because of his repeatable draw not because he may do combat damage to gain life.
You have a lot of budget filler creatures here who you don't need to play because they aren't helping gameplay enough to take up a deck spot. As a lesson in Commander deck building try to limit to only quality creatures here. This is not about adding/upgrading creatures, except a few that are in the precon, but instead about choosing only the quality creatures you're currently playing.
What we are looking for in creatures is how they interact or support with the deck strategy. If they're good enough support keep them, but if not then cut them. Even budget filler creatures such as Infantry Veteran can be quality, Veteran is not quality.
This list I've made below is not a knock on your deck building, you're using cards you have available to you, that's great and everyone has this same start. This advice is to how to improve the cards that you play to fill in the rest of the deck spots to have a full deck. Filler cards can also be quality, but you first have to know which cards are not as good as others so that you can improve them within budget.
- Soul Warden: repeatable life gain.
- Keen Duelist: repeatable draw using life.
- Knight of the White Orchid: ramp.
- Tithe Drinker: repeatable life gain from extort, lifelink.
- Markov Purifier: repeatable draw, lifelink.
- Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose: repeatable opponent drain, source of lifelink for all creatures you control.
- Windborn Muse: defense.
- Loyal Unicorn: defense.
- Liesa, Forgotten Archangel: second best attacker, repeatable creature recursion, opponent disruption, lifelink.
- Deathbringer Liege: defense and repeatable removal.
- Necropolis Regent: third best attacker, make Liesa a better attacker.
I have reduced the creature base down to 11 of the quality creatures your currently playing. We are looking for good impact from creatures to make when they are played the first turn which means they have some kind of helpful abilities. Less high end creatures because both Liesa are your best high end creatures who are five drops.
If you're still interested I can continue with advice in another comment. Shall I continue?
1 year ago
multimedia great feedback! All of those cards were on the maybe list for me for sure. The deck was feeling a little creature heavy.
There are a few mechanics I would like to keep though. I am using Gideon's Avenger and the Vampire Scrivener to counter up and give them life link with one of the 3 enchants I have for that. Makes them good blockers or attackers and a tempting removal burn to keep Liesa out longer. They fit in line with the punishment theme of Liesa. If I had something that did both, that would be better. If Liesa is out, each combo costs me 4 life. It is a side road I need to consider if I can get my Loyal Unicorn out and haven't found my Victory's Herald .
Also, it pains me to let go of my infi-chump blocker. Blinking Spirit is one of my favorite cards for watching peoples heads explode, it probably should have been blue, really. But I can see the sense in getting rid of a recasting creature in a Liesa deck. Good call.
What do you think of this:
- Stinging Study --> Restless Bloodseeker Flip keep Vampire Scrivener
- Keen Duelist --> Dromoka Captain
- Orzhov Signet --> Infantry Veteran
- Inkshield --> Wedding Security
- Knight of the White Orchid --> Unholy Officiant
- Cunning Rhetoric --> Brilliant Halo keep Gideon's Avenger
- Greed --> Blinking Spirit
I appreciate the help! Cheers!
2 years ago
I totally get what you're saying legendofa because I also use to wonder the same. Until I saw them put commander only cards in other sets. Rarity should mean, that commons are easy to find and Mythic rares are hardest to find. That's not the case always because Loyal Unicorn is harder to find than Chainer, Nightmare Adept. So I think the rarity has to do with reprints and power levels. Also Chainer, Nightmare Adept was a Mythic rare and got reprinted as a rare so maybe I'm wrong about power level too
2 years ago
Hey, well done with your budget upgrade of Ghired precon, nice Purphoros.
Quartzwood Crasher is a very good budget creature with Ghired since it can create huge Dino tokens who have trample and Rhinos have trample. Pair Quartzwood and creating Rhinos with Garruk's Uprising for repeatable draw and giving all creatures you control trample.
Dragonmaster Outcast can create a 5/5 Dragon at your upkeep if you control at least six lands which is not difficult to do when playing green with land ramp. Court of Grace at your upkeep can create a 4/4 Angel if you have the monarch or a 1/1 Spirit if you don't. Having the monarch is also repeatable draw at your end step and only one player can be the monarch at one time.
Loyal Apprentice and Loyal Unicorn are budget creatures who care about when you control Ghired. You want to attack with Ghired since then you get his populate trigger, but sometimes you can't attack because it's not safe since Ghired will not survive the attack. Unicorn lets Ghired safely attack because he will not take damage in combat. Creatures you control also gain vigilance which is helpful for defense.
When you control Ghired Apprentice creates a 1/1 flying Thopter with haste at combat before you attack. Enchant a 1/1 flying Thopter with Breath of Fury for a combo of infinite attacks or infinite damage to opponents with Purphoros. As long as the Thopter does combat damage to an opponent then you sac it and attach Breath to the newly created 1/1 Thopter and repeat. Breath can also be used with Ghired by enchanting a Rhino, but you would first need a haste enabler for creature tokens such as Fires of Yavimaya. Then as long as Ghired can safely keep attacking and the Rhino can attack/do combat damage to an opponent you get infinite attacks.
Tyrite Sanctum is a nice support land since for two mana it can repeatedly make Ghired bigger with a +1/+1 counter then sac it to give Ghired indestructible to protect him in combat and from most board wipes as well as from most other opponent removal.
Some changes to consider:
- Quartzwood Crasher --> Soul Foundry
- Garruk's Uprising --> Dragon Throne of Tarkir
- Dragonmaster Outcast --> Empyrial Storm
- Court of Grace --> Growing Ranks
- Loyal Apprentice --> Ant Queen
- Loyal Unicorn --> Thelonite Hermit
- Breath of Fury --> Stoneforge Masterwork
- Fires of Yavimaya --> 1x Forest
- Tyrite Sanctum --> 1x Plains
I offer more advice. Good luck with your deck.