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Creature — Giant Berserker
Your opponents can't gain life.
At the beginning of your upkeep, Quakebringer deals 2 damage to each opponent. This ability triggers only if Quakebringer is on the battlefield or if Quakebringer is in your graveyard and you control a Giant.
Foretell (During your turn, you may pay and exile this card from your hand face down. Cast it on a later turn for its foretell cost.)
4 months ago
Thank you seshiro_of_the_orochi! Very cool of you to say!
It's true that 7 mana may as well be 7,000. I think you're right that slimming that curve down would help: I just liked the idea of flinging something world ending like Borderland Behemoth. The first run build of this deck had 2 copies of Quakebringer in it because he's so much fun, and great point with Inferno Titans card draw potential.
Thanks for the advice, I'm going to make a few adjustments!
4 months ago
First off, this is a master piece, very cool deck!
I'm not a modern player, but I think you could optimize this build by chosing a different creature to fling. As I see it, you basically need any giant with power 5 or greater to deal the 20 damage you want with your combo. So as awesome as Borderland Behemoth is, it's seven mana, which I heard is basically a million mana in modern. I went through the existing giants to suggest you some that might be more efficient. Here's what I found:
Inferno Titan and Frost Titan are obviously powerful, and they happen to be giants power 5+. Basically they could help you win games even without the combo. Quakebringer is similar in that it's pretty powerful even without the combo, and even when your opponent gets rid of it, it still has some damage potential.
All three of the mentioned giants give you a way to stay in the game if you can't assemble the combo. Oh, and thanks to Aegar, Inferno can even draw you some cards. The three I'll list now could help you going for tje combo a bit harder if you really want to focus on that:
Chronosavant would need a way to entomb it and even needs a splash. It's still propably the cheapeast way to get a 5+ power giant.
No matter which way you decide, I wish you lots of fun with this very creative deck.
6 months ago
Hey here is some thoughts I have on the deck. The comments are through the lens of trying to be very competitive.
With Birgi, the strongest win condition is storming out and clapping all of your opponent's cheeks in one fell swoop. The best way to achieve this is comboing out as opposed to going for a lot of chip damage. Chip damage by its very nature takes time and is hard to make work in a competitive meta (maybe in some form of stax it could work). Your deck list appears to have its foot in both doors which is fun and cool, but ultimately reduces the overall lethality of the deck.
The problem with mono-red as a top-tier EDH colour is that it is very limited in tutors, which makes it difficult to find your win conditions consistently. To overcome this, a player needs to put in a few win conditions and the ability to dig for them in the deck. You really are on the right track I think with all the cantrip and impulse draw spells. Dragon's Rage Channeler filters like a champ in this deck, and synergizes very well with Past in Flames and Underworld Breach
You have Grapeshot which is great, but if you were to also throw in an Aetherflux Reservoir and Manaform Hellkite you would be set up. Grinning Ignus with Birgi, God of Storytelling Flip gives you infinite storm. Add a Ruby Medallion to turn this into infinite mana, and a Impact Tremors or Altar of the Brood for an additional win con. Also quite funny with Sunbird's Invocation. You can tutor for the Ingus pretty reliably with Imperial Recruiter and Flamekin Harbinger.
So I realize this is turning into a small essay so I'll try to keep it a little briefer.
If you take the path of trying to combo, some cuts I'd make because they either are clunky, work towards a different win con, or just don't generate a ton of value are: Insurrection Captain Lannery Storm Quakebringer Toralf, God of Fury Flip Blindblast Traitorous Blood Experimental Frenzy
If you are going to all-in commit to just combing off with ingus (which I think you should) also consider cutting: Sulfuric Vortex Stigma Lasher Solphim, Mayhem Dominus Torbran, Thane of Red Fell Mechanized Warfare
I can talk on and on and on about theory for this deck so just hit me up if you want more insight. You know what you're doing, so obviously ignore me if this "deck primer" doesn't suit you at all!
10 months ago
If cmc is a concern then throwing some suspend and/or foretell creatures in their to make use of 2 mana here or there whilst still setting yourself up for a cast from exile might be worth it? (e.g. Quakebringer, Gargadon)
2 years ago
1empyrean I wanted so bad for Svella, Ice Shaper to be a playable upgrade to Roshi, the art even looks like if our girl hadn't stood up for a while. I love her flavor wise but hate that she doesn't just go off.
I hadn't even seen Quakebringer before you mentioned it and it's going in. That's hilarious.
2 years ago
Every time I see the name of this deck, I think of Svella, Ice Shaper.
Anyways, Quakebringer could be fun, just because your commander is a giant.
2 years ago
I recently made a Giant tribal deck as well, and I highly recommend adding Lightning Bolt . Because of the high mana value of your cards, you need some interaction in the early game to help you not fall far behind. Bolt solves that issue by killing most early-game threats, and is also nice to give you that last bit of reach to close out games.
I also highly recommend cutting Beanstalk Giant and Hamletback Goliath . While they are both fun, they are extremely mana intensive and generally do very little for you compared to the other giants. I think it is better to have more Calamity Bearer , Quakebringer , and Tectonic Giant . Doubling your damage with Calamity Bearer is so good (especially with Surtland Flinger ), and works well with Quakebringer . Speaking of which, Quakebringer puts a clock on the opponent, even in the graveyard (which is where it is likely to be, due to the abundance of removal). Tectonic Giant is a good cheap giant (as giants go) that also provides you some value even if it dies.
Additionally, I also recommend cutting Battle of Frost and Fire along with Reflections of Littjara . I personally love those card choices here, but from my limited experience, you already have great cards at this mana value slot, and with giants you have a hard time trying to get threats out. Adding more high-mana cards only results in a hand full of cards but not the ability to play them. I recommend considering using cheaper board wipes like Pyroclasm and Anger of the Gods so that you have something to do earlier, before you get the mana to play your giants. That way, you aren't having to decide between removing your opponents threats at the same time you are wanting to drop your own.
Lastly, I would recommend adding either Opt or Serum Visions , just so that you have more early-game action. They help ensure you find the lands or giants you need, and have really helped smooth my deck out.
With the new giants released in Kaldheim, I have really fallen in love with the tribe, so I am glad to see someone else come to enjoy it as well!