Destroy all nonwhite creatures.
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Mass Calcify occurrence in decks from the last year
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Mass Calcify Discussion
5 months ago
Hey, nice start, mono white can be tricky to build and play in Commander. You have Avacyn, Angel of Hope, make her the Commander? This is Angel tribal, but using Elesh Norn as Commander is strange...
No matter the Commander with Angel tribal Angels take up most, if not all, the high CMC spots in the deck because the best Angels have high CMCs. My advice is cut the majority of the other nonAngel high CMC (5 CMC or higher) cards. Ramp and Angels should be priority.
Cards to consider cutting right away because they're not as good as other cards or are redundancy you don't need:
- Beacon of Immortality
- Parhelion II
- Akroma, Angel of Wrath
- Bruna, the Fading Light
- Mass Calcify
- Serra's Guardian
- Seraph of the Sword
- Segovian Angel
- Curse of Exhaustion
- Moonsilver Spear
- Answered Prayers
- Serra Avenger
- Angelic Chorus
- Ajani, Wise Counselor
- Guardian of the Gateless
- Angelic Skirmisher
- Rhox Faithmender
- Vanquisher's Banner
This is 20 cards that doing a quick look over are subpar compared to the rest. The next 10 cards are cut to streamline by choosing the most important cards at different CMCs and cutting the others. Cards to consider cutting:
- Resolute Archangel
- Angel of Vitality
- Gisela, the Broken Blade
- Blinding Angel
- Linvala, the Preserver
- Platinum Angel
- Serra the Benevolent
- Cleansing Nova
- Angelic Accord
- Treasure Map Flip
The last four cards is where it gets difficult to make cuts, but continue to streamline:
Hopefully this info helps and I offer more advice especially if you change to Avacyn, Angel of Hope as Commander since there's several good interactions to take advantage of.
Good luck with your deck.
5 months ago
There is also artifact/enchantment removal you should have like Crush Contraband , Aura of Silence which can also slow your opponents down, and Forsake the Worldly which can also be cycled away for 1 card.
Some board wipes can also be very good like Cleansing Nova , Fumigate , Mass Calcify this one costs a lot of mana so I wouldn't recommend it too much , Rout which has the advantage of being able to be used at instant speed. There is also Martial Coup which if you put enough mana into it then you'll have some soldiers on board after everything is over.
5 months ago
So, Divine Sacrament doesn't quite do much for the deck, as the lack of creatures and ways to fill the graveyard cause it to add a little power to the board. I would just add Rest in Peace for disrupting the opponents.
Emerge Unscathed, Gods Willing, and Brave the Elements are fine spells. They are a solid one-for-one, but they act best in decks that can draw lots of cards. Mono-White cannot do that, so things that trade with the opponents don't cut it. Lightning Greaves continuously protects, Fractured Powerstone accelerates your game plan, and Enlightened Tutor is fantastic utility.
Anent being bereft of many lands, Temple of the False God is oft a dead card. It is only active if you are serendipitous enough to hit five lands without having much card draw. Scavenger Grounds hits the graveyards as a bonus to just being a lovely land.
That shall be all from me. May fortune betide!
6 months ago
, Crackdown actually looks fantastic. Such a great mention. I haven't seen that card before.
Abolish also looks interesting. I've added that to my scratchpad and it's up for consideration.
I had considered Mass Calcify, but figured I'd go with Wrath of God instead. It's really there to help me against early board pressure. I'm still undecided though. It would definitely be to my advantage to play Mass Calcify to preserve my own board, but it is kind of costly. I've actually been thinking about Catastrophe, but not sure if I want another land removal card.
The artifacts you mention are nice, but I can't find room for them :(.
I've made a few changes since you last looked at the list and included Crackdown :)
6 months ago
Alright. I'm not too adroit with mono-white, though I have some fun inclusions.
I see taxation effects, thence I surmise you don't mind being a little mean. Let me introduce you to Crackdown! It locks down boards all whilst leaving your untouched, whereupon it is most splendid.
It may be expensive on cast, but Mass Calcify is leastwise worth mentioning.
And that shall be all. Fare thee well!
6 months ago
Angel Tribal is something that I love to see done!
A few things I would add: Archangel of Thune, Lyra Dawnbringer, Mass Calcify, Luminarch Ascension, Resplendent Angel and Seraph of Dawn. I have made a few Angel tribal decks in a few different formats (mostly edh), and I find that these cards work quite well with Angel tribal. Just my own opinion, of course. The deck is ultimately yours. Looks Great!
8 months ago
Cleanse was not banned for simply stating "destroy all black creatures." It was banned because the verb, to cleanse, has been used throughout history to refer to racial cleansing.
But wait, you argue, Black creatures in Magic are traditionally foul spirits or demons, and "cleansing" has also been used historically when discussing purification of evil. In fact, the very artwork itself seems to show depictions of spirits and little demon things, kind of contradicting the whole racial point.
That is a good point, hypothetical me who I am speaking with. But context matters. As we all know, there exists a certain type of Magic player who likes to make racist comments--you know the type: those sad, lonely, pathetic individuals who give all the rest of us nerds a bad name (not to mention make nerddom depressingly intolerable to our minority brothers and sisters, be it a racial, sexual, or orientation minority).
Cleanse, has been cooped by that particular group as a symbol of hate. Let's look at TappedOut's decks containing Cleanse. There are 28 TappedOut Decks that run Cleanse that were created before this update. Five of these are databases of cards, not actual decks. Of the 23 remaining decks, 6 of them (26%) - use Cleanse specifically because they saw racist overtones in the card.
I think Wizards probably thought something along these lines:
The name Cleanse alone; probably fine. Destroying just black creatures; probably fine.
But, when you combine those two things together on the same card, AND it starts being used specifically for its being viewed as a hate-filled card? Maybe it's better to err on the side of the ban hammer.
That's also why the left cards like Mass Calcify unaffected--Mass Calcify only hit one of the problematic points; it was not a combination of both resulting in the unfortunate co-opting of the card by Magic's seedy underbelly. At that point, it was time for the card to go.
You are simply wrong that the crusades are not affecting the world today, and language regarding the crusades has been resurgent in recent years. Currently, they are used as a tool of propaganda on both sides. Terrorist cells use them as a recruitment tool, citing them as examples of how the West has been interfering with their lands for centuries. Some Western warhawks often call for a "crusade" against terrorists/governments they view as enemies specifically to invoke the racist imagery of the crusades themselves.
It's not just the historical event that is problematic; it's how the word itself is being used in modern, aggressive parlance.
Even today, centuries later, those wounds
8 months ago
Cleanse was an overreach. It was banned for, as you said, referring to the destruction of black creatures. I do not believe any magic player is confusing the color pie with ethnicity.
Overall I think WOTC made the right choice except for Jihad, Crusade, and Cleanse. I also think they should have put the art behind a click screen instead of straight removal. Just removing the art partly feels like they are hiding some of their choices in the past.