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Oath of Kaya
When Oath of Kaya enters the battlefield, it deals 3 damage to target creature, player or planeswalker and you gain 3 life.
Whenever an opponent attacks a planeswalker you control with one or more creatures, Oath of Kaya deals 2 damage to that player and you gain 2 life.
Oath of Kaya Discussion
1 week ago
Hi! Nice list :-) How has Emry been doing for you? I didn't find her that useful without Guild Globe and Golden Egg . About Vantress Gargoyle , isn't it a little too slow? Have you considered adding Dreadhorde Invasion and Oath of Kaya ? They synergize both quite well with Alela.
2 weeks ago
Vraska's Contempt and Alela, Artful Provocateur and Enter the God-Eternals seem like useful cards! I really, really wish I could use Baral, Chief of Compliance ! Now that's an awesome wizard card! Tyrant's Scorn and Oath of Kaya seem very useful too!
3 weeks ago
First off, I'd like to say that I enjoy your take on Abzan for the new standard meta. I think that this color combination is positioned to be a strong mid-range deck. However I'd like to make a few suggestions that might steer your deck making into a more refined direction.
Note: Bear with me as I realized I wrote a lot more than I planned to. I tried to do my best to explain all changes rather than just tell you what cards I would add.
Standard recently has been very polarized, between hyper-fast aggressive builds like Mono-Red Cavalcade (which is getting better with Torbran, Thane of Red Fell ) and slow value-based decks like Temur Elementals and Field of the Dead variants. I think that this deck, as it stands, needs a more refined and focused build to be able to compete against those archetypes.
To start, I'd suggest running all four copies of Gilded Goose . The ramp it provides is necessary to keep up against fast builds, it can block against creatures like Scorch Spitter , and will fix your mana which is important when going into 3 colors. With 2 of your 8 ramp creatures on the board early, you're able to play Nissa, Who Shakes the World on turn 3. This will completely overwhelm your opponent if they can't handle the planeswalker, and propel you into your late game plays. To add 2 more Gilded Goose , I would cut Yorvo, Lord of Garenbrig . It is an easy-to-kill creature with no key word abilities, leaving it easy to block as well.
Transitioning from my last point about ramp, I think that you would be best to maximize this by playing all 4 copies of Nissa, Who Shakes the World The likelihood of playing her on turn 3/4 in a game with 8 ramp creatures is fairly high, and having extra copies will help make that game-plan more reliable. To do this, I would cut Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord . As you will see with my later points, I think you would be best to take advantage of the stronger non-creature cards in this build, and paying 4 mana just to give lifelink to creatures isn't the best use of these slots. I can imagine a deck that leans more into creatures use this as a way to recur cards like Gilded Goose , however it looks to me that you are building more of a control shell at the top end. Additionally, to take full advantage of Nissa, I would make sure to include all 4 Temple Garden for the Forest sub-type.
I like the inclusions of Assassin's Trophy , Oath of Kaya , and Murderous Rider . They are very versatile removal, and in the case of Murderous Rider double as a threat to apply pressure. I would play 3/4 of each of these, as they are your best ways to remove threats low on the curve. To do this, I would cut Realm-Cloaked Giant , God-Eternal Oketra , and a copy of Duress . I think Duress is going to be good to main deck in the new standard, so dropping to 2 in the main deck seems like enough for my taste. God-Eternal Oketra is better when maximizing her ability to create tokens, and having less than 25-30 creatures really will negatively impact her ability to perform. I would rather use these slots to main-deck removal spells. Realm-Cloaked Giant is a decent safety valve, but will only hurt you when transitioning into using Nissa and small creature ramp.
I like the inclusions of Shifting Ceratops and Thrashing Brontodon , however I think they will be best to stay in the sideboard. They are good creatures to play against control when they side-in planeswalker removal, as well as things you can bring in against agro/midrange while taking out some of your high-CMC plays. They are great silver bullets against certain strategies, but I think they should be reserved for only those cases. I would instead choose to main-deck 4 copies of Questing Beast . I think that overall this creature is better in most situations than the previously stated ones, and provides a much higher-value threat for its mana cost.
I would suggest cutting 1 copy of Liliana, Dreadhorde General in favor of Garruk, Cursed Huntsman solely for the purpose of diversifying your end game plan. You don't really want to be stuck with a second copy of Liliana in the later turns, and Garruk will provide additional support on the ground to finish out a game quicker as well as sacrifice fodder for Liliana and another inclusion I encourage you to look into: Vraska, Golgari Queen . This planeswalker is removal, and can also be card draw when sacrificing unneeded lands or food tokens. Consider sideboarding the copy of Legion's End in favor of Vraska, Golgari Queen .
Finally, as a shift away from a "catch-all" board wipe, I would suggest running Find / Finality instead of Kaya's Wrath . If all the changes made in this comment were applied, the only two white cards would be Oath of Kaya and Kaya's Wrath . I think the wrath is a great card, but with the amount of creatures you will have on board, running Find / Finality instead will allow you to at least retain something. This can also bring back a Questing Beast or two in the late game. I would probably push this to the side board in favor of a 2nd copy of Vraska, Golgari Queen .
Overall, I think the planeswalker package in is VERY strong. They provide strong removal and card draw, and can be easily ramped into. 3/4 of the planeswalkers I suggested make creatures to protect themselves as well, meaning that you're able to still provide pressure at a lower main-deck creature count. The deck crafted in this comment is more of a control build splashing for Oath of Kaya . I think that Oath of Kaya along with Murderous Rider and Vraska, Golgari Queen are enough life gain for the deck to make it to the late game, and the planeswalker suite along with Questing Beast will be strong enough to overpower any midrange you face up against.
I would dedicate the sideboard to combating control. 2 Duress , 2 Thrashing Brontodon , 2 The Elderspell , and 4 Shifting Ceratops are perfect to substitute in. The last few slots I would use for 4 Legion's End and 1 Find / Finality , as they are great against aggro as well as Field of the Dead .
I hope you enjoy my take on this build, and possibly include some of my suggestions. Like I said, I think this is a great start to a strong build that just needed a bit of focus. If you have any questions or need further explanation for any of my choices just let me know!
1 month ago
and could you expand upon whats up with Oath of Kaya ? It seems like a great stabilizer, particularly when my big wincons are in Gideons.
2 months ago
I looking to add the Kaya, Orzhov Usurper , Oath of Kaya , and Teferi, Temporal Archmage . What cards would you suggest removing to accommodate these cards? As well what would you add or modify to have the deck more at a competitive level and take off quicker?
2 months ago
Oath of Kaya can be a kind of nice way to slow opponent's creatures from attacking you, the proc triggers for each planeswalker being attacked and still goes off even if they're blocked.
3 months ago
3 months ago
This is unlikely the deck for Drill Bit , Oath of Kaya is functionally a much more versatile card for the format atm, it kills most aggressive creatures, punishes loose opposing planeswalker play, and puts you up on a higher health total, I'll have to admit the bellhaunts are likely too heavy white to really be consistent, the mild bolas impression is nice sometimes, but he's also more for the Command the Dreadhorde variants of esper control.
You may enjoy Disinformation Campaign as a discard spell that cantrips and can do so again later.
As a deck with kefnet you may want to run 3-4 Opt and 1-2 Chemister's Insight to dip into more miracle chances on your opponent's turn, not only do they help kefnet when it's on the field but they also help you get back to him.
Now I have to admit, your sideboard is likely a mess, without a 5-12 The Rack s your mainboard is likely already overflowing with discard spells that you'll see dead draws too often. fit spells that mess with the decks that are pummeling you Lazotep Plating I'll admit is kind of my pet card to play as a more reactive hexproof that will also save your creatures/planeswalkers, the amass 1 can also stop some x/1 bodies. Mortify is likely going to be better than tower in most cases your opponent has hexproof from a leyline while also being a kill spell, Cry of the Carnarium is likely also going to be quite important for the format.
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