Phoenix of Ash
Creature — Phoenix
: Phoenix of Ash gets +2/+0 until end of turn.
Escape—, Exile three other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)
Phoenix of Ash escapes with a +1/+1 counter on it.
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|Theros Beyond Death (THB)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Phoenix of Ash Discussion
1 month ago
I know it might be a stretch of the mana, but Phoenix of Ash might be a solid addition.
1 month ago
Nope, genuine compliment. :)
Honestly, I can't argue with most of it. I'm still not high on Phoenix of Ash, but it might just be one of those cards you have to play to see the value of. The main purpose I see in him is as an escape card, which is something I think most every Standard deck should have.
I agree that Thassa's Intervention stretches your already taxed mana base, but it also provides some utility the deck is short on. I'd probably replace it with more Elspeth Conquers Death, which is just broken (especially with so many valuable creatures in the deck). Come to think of it, Ionize does nearly the same. Do you find you're casting it consistently, and then still being able to cast Haktos?
1 month ago
So I disagree with a few things that you suggest but I'm more than willing to debate on it.
I agree that Haktos the Unscarred and Dream Trawler require specific mana requirements and the mana base would have more shocks if I had the rare wild cards for it, for paper picking up a full play set of shocks/fable would be required. I've been leaning more and more to bumping out Thassa's Intervention for either Phoenix of Ash main board or Storm's Wrath to four copies. Speaking of, Phoenix of Ash is actually a fantastic sideboard option against UW, Simic Ramp, and any other control deck. Because of the mana requirements of Haktos the Unscarred we are forced to over saturate our red sources even though we have more blue requirements in general within the deck itself to be able to reliably cast him on 4/5 which is just another reason to remove Thassa's Intervention.
In regards to Citywide Bust, that card is an MVP, albeit useless against aggro. It hits Questing Beast, titans, other Dream Trawler's, Torbran, Thane of Red Fell(making it not an immediate totally dead draw to RDW game 1), and more great hits while Haktos the Unscarred completely dodges it. In fact, with Simic Ramp/UGx being so popular, having an additional way to remove a Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath, who is 3CMC, or Hydroid Krasis, 2 cmc, is really fantastic.
I do agree about Storm's Wrath, if this was paper I'd be at 3 copies most likely. Maybe 4, would need to be playtested. At two it already feels fantastic.
Phoenix of Ash is really fantastic in the sideboard. Everything you state is correct allowing the deck to go long against a control deck and a potential finisher on its own. When you side it in you almost become a midrange aggro deck if you can drop a Phoenix of Ash and Haktos the Unscarred turn 3 and 4.
Flicker of Fate is really interesting, I'll playtest it and see how I like it!
1 month ago
Write a longer description. A longer description helps players like me to see why you have certain cards in the deck, and helps you think out those reasons as well as the interactions between cards. It also keeps people interested in the deck, rather than just clicking on, looking at the list, not understanding it, and clicking away.
Haktos the Unscarred and Dream Trawler in the same deck make for veeery specific mana requirements. Really, Haktos the Unscarred on his OWN makes for specific mana requirements! You really need the full playset of all four shocklands.
Storm's Wrath is really good in this deck, since usually Haktos won't be affected, and Dream Trawler will almost never be affected. At LEAST have the same number of those and Deafening Clarion. I feel like Citywide Bust isn't that good. It kills your own Dream Trawler, and doesn't affect all that many cards in the meta besides the sphinx himself. Phoenix of Ash is not a sideboard card. It is a finisher and self-recurring creature for aggro decks, which has no purpose here.
The Birth of Meletis is just an auto-four-of. Period. It's so good against aggro, and never bad in other matchups. Flicker of Fate is also very nice, letting you reset Haktos if you didn't want a 2 on him, reset Elspeth Conquers Death (which should also be made a four-of instead of Omen of the Sea), or protect any of your non-land permanents.
2 months ago
I think that Phoenix of Ash could be a very nice additional threat, but it plays a different role in the deck than Ox of Agonas, since this one is more like a Treasure Cruise that you can toss to the gy just like an Arclight Phoenix.
I'm not so convinced with Storm's Wrath, since it f's my planeswalkers too (and I'm boarding quite a few). Anyway, I'll try the phoenix.
2 months ago
If I were to swap cards out it would probably look something like this.
+1 chandra's regulator