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Rage Reflection Discussion
4 weeks ago
I had another deck concept this morning: Use the cascade from Flamekin Herald to cast Resurgent Belief for a big pile of enchantments. I'm looking for some direction to go forward with this idea. Budget isn't a serious concern, but it should match the competitiveness. I don't want to put a $300 card in a casual jank deck. Similarly, I tend to play toward the lower end of the competitive EDH scale. I like to win, but I like to mess with the game and try new things just as much. Uniqueness is more important than victory, as long as victory is possible.
Right now, I see two ways to design this thing. First is straight enchantment combo, something like Havoc Festival + Wound Reflection that just wins the game. Second is Voltron, using something like Eldrazi Conscription and Rage Reflection .
I'm also not sure where to go with the commander. I'm looking hard at a partner set. Sets that support the Voltron line are Kediss, Emberclaw Familiar + something , or Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder + pretty much anything at MV 2. Akiri, Line-Slinger is on color and MV 2 for the cascade, but the ability doesn't offer much. So basically, I need a partner set that includes:
- a very cheap (MV 2) option
- + color identity
- something that reasonably interacts with enchantments or Voltron
The commander consideration is also related to how the enchantments are getting into the graveyard in the first place. There aren't any huge, game winning enchantments with cycling. Wheels give away free cards in this setup. Self-mill might be the way to go.
Also, if anyone has any specific card suggestions to help the core concept, please throw them in, too. This deck is more or less a Living End variant for enchantments in EDH.
5 months ago
As much as I like this deck, and I do, I must suggest you run Rage Reflection . It's a must-have for this deck.
8 months ago
Oh, I like Chained to the Rocks a fair amount. Keep that one in.
As far as utility goes, you have some real winners. I like Berserkers' Onslaught and LOVE Warstorm Surge and Where Ancients Tread. Iroas, God of Victory is excellent. I like Brave the Sands a lot too. I actually have a soft spot for Story Circle but i could see it staying or being cut.
I kind of like Deflecting Palm but Comeuppance may be better. Probably won't have room for them though. Feudkiller's Verdict I love for the flavor but isn't too great. I might be tempted to keep it though!
I love that Hammer of Purphoros is in. Haste matters a surprising amount when you're dropping huge creatures. You might want to include Fervor as well. I should have one on hand for trade. One more advantage for Swiftfoot Boots and Lightning Greaves. No wonder they're so ubiquitous!
Aurification seems like a sweet choice. I have a Ghostly Prison on hand if you want an added layer of defense. I run one in my Giant deck. Speaking of defense, Boros Charm is an excellent include. Make sure it ends up in the final list.
I would drop all the anthem effects. They aren't great when you're boosting two 6/6s up to 7/7s. They're for go-wide strategies like zombies, elves, and goblins. Spear of Heliod has the utility of destroying creatures, but leaving three mana open al the time is hard when you're trying to cast a bunch of 7-drops. Perhaps it could count as one of your Removal cards.
Damage doublers will be much more effective. I have a promo Dictate of the Twin Gods if you'd like. Furnace of Rath is good and Fiery Emancipation is insane, but they're pricey. I don't have either of them for trade. I do have a Gratuitous Violence somewhere that you can have; it's almost as good.
Along with Berserkers' Onslaught, I have Blood Mist and a Duelist's Heritage on hand. Rage Reflection would be great too because it works on defense too. I don't have one though. I have a Loyal Unicorn, but it's no giant. Nahiri's Machinations is a fun budget choice if you wanted to pick up an effect like that. I have a Dolmen Gate for trade as well. I adore that card and run it in many decks.
You probably aren't going to have much more room for utility cards if you want to keep your creature count high. I would recommend dropping every miscellaneous card not mentioned here.
9 months ago
Some fun cards to perhaps note:
Blood Mist, Duelist's Heritage, Rage Reflection, and True Conviction are all interesting alternatives to Berserkers' Onslaught--each with their own pros and cons. Nothing wrong with Berserker's Onslaught though. I kind of like True Conviction for the lifelink, since Gishath sometimes comes online late and it can give you an extra turn to swing for lethal.
I just noticed you don't have a single board wipe. Even in very creature-oriented decks you sometimes need to put a halt to an emergency. With all your ramp and your commander's ability you can ideally rebuild faster than your opponents. Lots of options there, from the classic and well-costed Wrath of God and Blasphemous Act to even more impactful stuff like Hour of Revelation or Ondu Inversion Flip
9 months ago
Did you ever get round to converting this deck into Chromium? I'm looking at building a saboteur/combat trigger tribal deck and struggling to narrow down my colour choices. Grixis Marchesa is top of my list for now. Dimir has my favourite triggers Mindleech Mass, Fallen Shinobi and Ashling, the Extinguisher and red has haste enablers, Rage Reflection and Berserkers' Onslaught. Double strike could be a bit win more though.
PS Dauthi Embrace is a great, repeatable way to give unblockable that's less vulnerable than the auras.
10 months ago
I forgot to mention that you can probably get away with dropping a land or two, Rage Reflection might also be something you want
10 months ago
WotC has printed creature versions of three of the five reflections from Shadowmoor; Rhox Faithmender is a creature version of Boon Reflection, Archfiend of Despair is a creature version of Wound Reflection, and Nyxbloom Ancient is a creature version of Mana Reflection, which means that WotC has not yet printed creature versions of Rage Reflection or Thought Reflection.
Naturally, I would like to see creature versions of those enchantments, since creatures generally are far more useful than are enchantments; I have Rage Reflection in several of my decks, and those decks would greatly appreciate having that effect on a creature.
11 months ago
Hey man, love the deck! Just a question, though: Why no Rage Reflection? It gives you double the card draw with Subira.