Creature — Dog
Sacrifice Selfless Savior: Another target creature you control gains indestructible until end of turn. (Damage and effects that say "destroy" don't destroy it.)
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Selfless Savior occurrence in decks from the last year
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Selfless Savior Discussion
2 weeks ago
I'm not the best with Winota decks, I couldn't tell you what ratio is best, but it seems like there are too many humans (payoffs) and not enough non-humans (enablers). Goldspan Dragon is a very good card to include, Selfless Savior protects Winota and counts as a non-human, Basri's Lieutenant is a human but a good one to hit, and Alseid is an alternative to Selfless Savior if you'd prefer.
There are plenty of low-power hits in here, but I totally understand just wanting to play cards that look cool!
3 weeks ago
Something that did cost me a game right out of the gate was forgetting that the green cat Lord give protection from dogs even your own dogs so my Selfless Savior couldn't save my Rin and seri!
3 weeks ago
Yeah, I play them on a regular basis since the card came out. It´s a blast to play with. I play them in a mostly dog tribal with very few exceptions of cats like Lurrus of the Dream-Den and Necropanther (Necropanther only for the mutate since I didn´t want to include a fourth color). Put some Selfless Savior and Pack Leader in it and be a cuddly but deadly midrange aggro deck :D
If you have the cards/wildcards for it, definetly try it out! ;)
1 month ago
DanMcSharp - Selfless Savior is a perfect idea. I'll play around with some of the other ideas today and see how it goes, thanks for thinking things out so well! I have to defend Archon of Absolution , that card just wins games. If it had no protection from white, I would still run it. Opponents simply don't read the card, and if they don't plan around it, they screw themselves over. Almost every game where I can get one or more out, I watch the opponent sit there trying to declare attackers, getting confused, tapping, untapping, raging, quitting. Even if they do know, it's amazing against a sea of small creatures. Don't underestimate it! Thanks for your help as always!
1 month ago
Honestly I don't know if my insight is so great that you should eagerly look forward to it like this, but I certainly don't mind, always glad to help as I can!
First thing I notice is that you don't have a lot of 1 and 2 drops. The deck mostly starts to come online at turn 3 or 4, and then you try to get the most out of cards like Watcher of the Spheres and Warden of Evos Isle (8 of these seems like a bit much btw, you could remove a few Warden of Evos Isle ) which would imply that you want to use all your mana every turn, otherwise they didn't achieve much. You also don't have anything to play at instant speed as it is, so if I was you I would replace the 4 Alseid of Life's Bounty with 4 Selfless Savior because taxing yourself 1 mana for each Alseid of Life's Bounty that you want to use really hurts since you have nothing else to do with the mana if you end up not using it. Getting hexproof is nice, but you run so many creatures that I'm pretty sure you should be more worried about board-wipes, and Selfless Savior usually helps more with that anyway. Sure Alseid of Life's Bounty has lifelink, but it's not getting any bigger or enchanted in this deck, so I wouldn't count on it to keep you alive with its life gain.
I have to admit I'm not a big believer in Archon of Absolution myself, but I can see how useful it can be with today's meta since mono-white life gain/agro is everywhere. But I must say I feel like it's dead weight in any control matches, and it only having 2 toughness at 4cmc makes it too easy to remove for anything that's not white. If it works well for you, I'm glad to hear it though!
Reidane, God of the Worthy Flip seems like a fine addition. It's probably annoying enough to play against for you to run some, and with all the snow cards around these days it's the best time to try it out.
If you're concerned about protecting your creatures, the first thing that comes to mind for you in this deck would be Lofty Denial , but if you feel fancy you could try adding 1 or maybe 2 Flicker of Fate . It can save a creature from targeted removal, return a stolen card back to your side of the battlefield, mess with the opponent's enchantments, +1/+1 counters and equipments, could be a combat trick for your Watcher of the Spheres by bouncing another flier, could draw you a card with Cloudkin Seer or bounce another target with Riddlemaster Sphinx and more interestingly, it could turn your Hakka, Whispering Raven into Alrund, God of the Cosmos Flip at instant speed!
This would already give you a few instant speed things to do if case you'd rather keep Alseid of Life's Bounty in the deck. If you go that route you could also consider Skycat Sovereign since it's a good 2 drop anyway, and it would give you more things to do with any leftover mana. Actually, 1 or 2 castles like Castle Ardenvale or Castle Vantress probably wouldn't hurt either.
I'm more used to seeing azorius flier played as a low curve agro deck, but it can probably work fine this way too. Actually you could also try slotting in like 2 Mazemind Tome , it's usually a fine addition for midrange decks that don't have much control elements, and it's also life gain!
Hopefully this gives you some food for thought.
2 months ago
Raining Cats and Dogs Nice work bdodds, I think you have selected a handful of great cards but I'd think you could benefit from an earlier CatDog play and cheaper creatures to really start raining cats and dogs. Even without Aluren, every creature coming in with an extra token produces insane value. Especially considering your general's ability.
Below, I would like to outline 4 core concepts and considerations. Ramp, Creatures, Protection, Draw.
Ramp - Prioritizing cards that help you play Rin & Seri turn 3! Nature's Lore Rampant Growth Three Visits Boros Signet Selesnya Signet Gruul Signet Talisman of Conviction Talisman of Unity Talisman of Impulse Fellwar Stone This should be easy to replace the ramp packaging you already have. Look to cut cards like Explosive Vegetation, Chromatic Lantern, Obelisk of Naya, etc.
Creatures - Prioritizing 3CMC or less and upping your creature count to closer to 30! Think about adding creatures that fullfill multiple roles and allow you to run less other stuff. Qasali Pridemage is a great example cause it can pump a swinger +1/+1 as well as remove a pesky enchant or artifact.
Cheap Utility Kitties- Adorned Pouncer Brimaz, King of Oreskos Bronzehide Lion Initiate's Companion King of the Pride Leonin Relic-Warder Oreskos Explorer Pride Sovereign Qasali Ambusher I like the returners you have for multiple cast triggers too! Can get stupid with Aluren... Whitemane Lion Temur Sabertooth Fleetfoot Panther ? Snow Hound
Protection/Return - Build a huge board and keep it protected! Unbreakable Formation Rootborn Defenses Heroic Intervention Teferi's Protection Asceticism Marshal's Anthem Kindred Boon Akroma's Will Flawless Maneuver
Draw(ish) - The cheaper the cards in hand the more you gonna empty and wanna draw! Skullclamp Colossal Majesty Elemental Bond Beast Whisperer Fecundity Garruk's Uprising Descendants' Path Realmwalker Hunter's Insight Snake Umbra Lifecrafter's Bestiary Mentor of the Meek Guardian Project Return of the Wildspeaker Shamanic Revelation Slate of Ancestry Collective Unconscious Camaraderie
General good cards for Cat/Dog: Maskwood Nexus Mirror Entity Crib Swap Felidar Retreat Basilisk Collar Thousand-Year Elixir Rings of Brighthearth Seht's Tiger Shields of Velis Vel Naya Charm Kindred Summons Volatile Claws Beastmaster Ascension Titanic Ultimatum Hour of Reckoning Triumph of the Hordes Finale of Devastation Idyllic Tutor Winds of Abandon Lightning Greaves (secret lair dog art!) Coat of Arms Swiftfoot Boots Impact Tremors Rhythm of the Wild Aura Shards Shared Animosity Mirari's Wake Growing Rites of Itlimoc Flip Any Cheap Changelings really...
2 months ago
First, White is one of my favorite colors and a lot of my decks are mono white or White/Splash secondary color.
The big problem with white is it doesnt really have an identity that is strongly supported by cards. It doesnt have anything unique to white that isnt done better by other colors.
Generally speaking, White mechanically is not really the best at anything useful for winning games.
If it does have a good card, there isnt support for that card. If it does have a good card, other colors have a card that does the same thing but better. Then the only good things white has going for it, Stax or Prison, is hugely unpopular with the player community. Its too slow to win with in 60 card formats. In commander it quickly turns into 1v3 against the Stax/Prison player.
Add to that, poor/narrow card advantage, poor/narrow ramp and little/No specific cards that are win conditions then you end up with a very unpopular color. Smothering tithe is so good
WotC is to blame for this because of color pie creep from other colors gaining White's utility/answers. And for not printing strong cards for white in general.
If you look at the top 8 in any format the only white decks that appear are generally not high up the list and are either weenie/human aggro or hatebears. Both of those archetypes are heavily disadvantaged versus the rest of the field. If weenie doesnt dream hand/perfect start, it loses. Hatebears is slow, so generally, loses. Look at Standard 2021 for an example of what's wrong with White. What is the best card in White right now? Selfless Savior? Glorious Anthem? Speaker of the Heavens? Outside of a couple very narrow archetypes all of these cards suck. The reason they see play is because of how bad all of the rest of White is. In what universe outside of a combo deck would any of those cards normally see play? The only reason Selfless Savior is in a deck is because it's format includes Embercleave.<--- Not White.
I won't list how many extremely good cards any other color has. But at least 2 of the other colors have cards so good they are either banned or in the process of warping the entire Magic meta.
2 months ago
What a sweet idea. I would consider adding Selfless Savior because works like Resolute Watchdog, but better since you don't have to spend the additional mana for protection. Plus the art is really cute ... just don't have her read the flavor text though (the feeeeeels).
Also, I know you said you wanted to keep this simple, but maybe just a single copy of Impostor of the Sixth Pride to show a bit of rule bending in magic, since the imposter is "changeling" it is a cat and a dog simultaneously (catdog?) and will trigger Rin and Seri, Inseparable twice. Plus it doesn't hurt that the art is depicting it changing into a cat. Hope this helps.