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- Lifelink: dealing greater damage than the blocker's/target's toughness
- Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver and Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver...
- If you tap a land and it produces more mana than you need to cast a particular spell, like if it was being effected by mana flare, would you be able to use that 'extra' mana to cast another spell afterwards, or is it wasted?
Creature — Human Monk
Flying, vigilance, haste
Mantis Rider Discussion
1 month ago
From what you've described, there are a few options for decks you could build- the great thing is that you don't have to commit too much to any one of them, by carefully picking non-budget cards that support the playstyle you want, while remembering that you can just change everything else.
Yes, miracle cards should always be cheated in and are build-around. Its absolutely not for everyone.
Bitterblossom is a spectacular card, but most of the matchups blue/red has cheaper/more effective options for- spending on sorting out mana with Shivan Reef / Spirebluff Canal will win you more games.
If you want to run bitterblossom, look at running primarily Black so that you can focus your most expensive cards into one colour, letting you run several decks based on that 'core'. I love black for Inquisition of Kozilek and Fatal Push - a solid removal/hand disruption suite can make almost any deck work, giving you immense freedom in the other slots. That said, it makes for slower games- not commander slow, but still grindy. Red/black has aggro options, but its basically either burn or non-budget.
Remember that if you have a solid manabase, you can run most budget decks in those colours so you arent always bringing the same thing to the table. Delver/Prowess aggro, wizards, Storm, Pili-Pala combo/control, izzet control, Metallurgic Summonings control etc. Blue red also has a lot of interaction without getting grindy, which mostly makes for great gameplay.
If you are looking at flying tribal, blue white Sephara, Sky's Blade Stompy is also well within your budget. The thing about winds lists is that they want a lot of creatures, while delver lists like lots of spells- you tend to end up picking one or the other (unless you are in a weird tokens variant, but that mostly becomes an Intangible Virtue list)
There is also a jeskai variant on the ephara list that runs Lightning Angel and Mantis Rider instead of ephara. Either way, Mausoleum Wanderer and Judge's Familiar deserve a look if you want to go this way- which will pull your lands towards U/W.
If you want to play black, I reccomend at looking at creature/spell synergy based around Unearth with delver, possibly looking for value with cards like Lightning Skelemental . Stick to a fast gameplan, so that you can use pain lands for cheaper mana, or tribal strategies so that you can use Unclaimed Territory
I love playing budget modern- there is something about going 2/1 up against a 2 grand deck with something you put together for fifty which is very satisfying. Whatever people say, you can get wins with tier two cards in competitive metas- you won't crush a tournament, but you can consistantly go 3/2 at fnm, and hold pace with anything a serious modern player brings, even if you never get that edge you need to crush tournaments.
1 month ago
54 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER
- Gavony Township vs Humans and E-Tron
- Bojuka Bog vs Phoenix and anything else
- Stirring Wildwood when I need to block Arclight Phoenix or Mantis Rider
- Field of Ruin and Ghost Quarter vs tron and UW and Jund
- Sejiri Steppe on a board stall. This card seriously wins games.
- Blast Zone to beat awful things like Ensnaring Bridge . This might be moved to the sideboard.
I wasn't sure what else to play, so I'm playing Collected Company and Eladamri's Call . Eladamri's Call feels like bad Green Sun's Zenith , but it is nice to tutor up Collector Ouphe or Scavenging Ooze or Tireless Tracker .
I own the lands to splash other colors but I don't know what cards to splash for. Wrenn and Six is too expensive.
The deck feels clunky. Especially against Phoenix. I have the tools to wreck them but sometimes they're 1 turn too late or they simply have Lightning Bolt or 2 bolts and I can't stick a critical creature.
Any suggestions for the main deck or sideboard? Thanks!
2 months ago
Dunes of the Dead is neat one to keep in mind. I don't think it's good enough, but definitely one to keep in mind.
The standout tutor targets are the land destruction and Bojuka Bog when the matchup warrants them, and Gavony Township and Stirring Wildwood . Township wrecks opposing creature decks like Humans and E-Tron. And Stirring Wildwood can block Mantis Rider really effectively.
Interestingly, I don't feel the need to play a Horizon Canopy . This deck almost always has too many things to do with its mana already.
GWC is definitely not the best way to use Elvish Reclaimer . A Naya deck with Wrenn and Six is definitely the best way, but W6 is so expensive right now and I want to actually build a deck in paper with Elvish Reclaimer .
I wish I knew more about GW decks. Does this deck want Thalia? What about Voice of Resurgence or Qasali Pridemage ? Is Noble Hierarch better than Giver of Runes ? Can I run both or is that too many 1-drops? I might have to make this into either Bant or Junk so that I can play the midrange cards that I'm more familiar with. Naya without Wrenn and Six is also appealing because of Bloodbraid Elf .
3 months ago
Hydroid Krasis could actually be good. If you play Unbound Flourishing on turn 3 and Krasis on turn 4, then the x=2 becomes x=4, so for 4 mana you get a 4/4, draw 2 cards, and gain 2 life. That's pretty good. A 4/4 flying creature blocks Mantis Rider and Arclight Phoenix .
3 months ago
Hi everyone, ive always wanted to build the Humans deck but, as you know, its very expensive so i came out with differents variations of this deck but they never convinced me. Finally i came out with this variation that is, i think better tha the others, or at least more interesting. This is part of it:
The thing is that i dont know if its good enough to start. Im still searching for a substitude for Phantasmal Image , cuz here were i live its at least 15 euros each one. I dont know if i should go with only two or three Aether Vial , cuz its expensive too. Lands are another problem, Cavern of souls its really really expensive so i need a substitude. i guess ill go with Ancient Ziggurat and Unclaimed Territory but i dont know which other lands should i take.
4 months ago
Alesha, Who Smiles at Death works with quite a few of these guys. Mantis Rider is pure value, Hero's Blade for the large number of legendary dudes you have and with the number of multocolored dudes you have, perhaps Morophon, the Boundless ?
4 months ago
- -1 Barren Moor +1 Azorius Signet
- -1 Lonely Sandbar +1 Dimir Signet
- -1 Tranquil Thicket +1 Gruul Signet
- -1 Forgotten Cave +1 Simic Signet
- -1 Secluded Steppe +1 Boros Signet
- -1 Azorius Chancery +1 Coalition Relic
- -1 Boros Garrison +1 Thran Dynamo
- -1 Dimir Aqueduct +1 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
- -1 Golgari Rot Farm +1 Wandering Fumarole
- -1 Gruul Turf +1 Raging Ravine
- -1 Izzet Boilerworks +1 Celestial Colonnade
- -1 Orzhov Basilica +1 Creeping Tar Pit
- -1 Rakdos Carnarium +1 Hissing Quagmire
- -1 Selesnya Sanctuary +1 Pentad Prism
- -1 Simic Growth Chamber +1 Riftwing Cloudskate
- -1 Mantis Rider +1 Duplicant
- -1 Psychatog +1 Thought Erasure
- -1 Drooling Groodion +1 Vraska, Relic Seeker
- -1 Ancestral Mask +1 Inferno Titan
- -1 Twisted Abomination +1 Exhume
- -1 Sengir Vampire +1 Animate Dead
- -1 Ravenous Rats +1 Unburial Rites
- -1 Spirit Mantle +1 Angel of Invention
- -1 Brood Butcher +1 Cloudgoat Ranger
- -1 Elephant Guide +1 Verdurous Gearhulk
- -1 Gladecover Scout +1 Terastodon
4 months ago
Here is a list of generally good Jeskai midrange/tempo/aggro cards in Modern. Feel free to run any or all or none of these, depending on what you can afford:
Path to Exile
Geist of Saint Traft
Snapcaster Mage (if not on a budget)
Delver of Secrets
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Gideon of the Trials
These cards tend to be more expensive. Feel free to get them as you can afford them. I would recommend Lightning Bolt over Lightning Strike, Remand / Mana Leak over Cancel, and Lightning Helix over Shock as a starting point. This will lower your mana curve and allow you to cast more spells per turn. Likewise, Mantis Rider and Lightning Angel are good threats that are more efficient than your current setup, but are still affordable on a budget.
Your mana base would do well to get lands that enter untapped, such as painlands (ie Shivan Reef ), fastlands (ie Spirebluff Canal ) or, if you can afford them, fetch and shock lands (ie Flooded Strand and Steam Vents .) This will allow you to more easily cast your spells "on curve."
I think you only need 2 Planeswalkers, not 3. Choose your two favorites (or one off the list I provided) and run those. For me personally, I run Chandra, Torch of Defiance and Elspeth, Knight-Errant , but the choice is ultimately yours.
Feel free to take a look at my deckThe Spirit of '76: Jeskai Lightning Geist for inspiration.
Most of these suggestions come from me as a competitive Modern player. Your deck is tagged as "Modern" so as such I am approaching suggestions in that way, with more competitive (tournament) gameplay in mind.
I look forward to seeing what you come up with!! You have an excellent game-plan, but if you can, remember that "efficiency is key" for decks like this.
All the best, Gofy
Mantis Rider occurrence in decks from the last year
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