Sephara, Sky's Blade

Sephara, Sky's Blade

Legendary Creature — Angel

You may pay and tap four untapped creatures you control with flying rather than pay this spell's mana cost.

Flying, lifelink

Other creatures you control with flying have indestructible. (Damage and effects that say "destroy" don't destroy them.)

Sephara, Sky's Blade Discussion

Guerric on [Primer] Helming the Host of Heaven: A Giada Guide

1 week ago
I got in a three player game today against a fast Anowon, the Ruin Thief deck and my own Feather, the Redeemed deck which another person was playing, which is optimized. The MVP of the game was the almighty duo of Sanctuary Warden (just recently added to the deck) and Sword of Hearth and Home, which it turns out is a devastatingly powerful engine. While Anowon deck exploded out of the gate and was soon milling me four cards per turn, the Feather deck was slowed for the first few turns because he kept a hand with no red mana, which definitely helped. I drew Sword of the Animist in the first couple of turns and soon had Giada herself swinging with both, which meant I had absolutely no mana problems at all throughout the game, and felt like I was in a green deck. Sanctuary Warden was the first angel I got on the battlefield besides Giada, and she was an absolute powerhouse. Not only did Sword of Hearth and Home put a fresh, untapped plains onto the battlefield each turn, but it blinked Sanctuary Warden, allowing me later to put more counters on it after more angels were out, and drew a free card pretty much every turn. The milling actually helped out a couple of times because it milled me through some land clumps that would have been dead draws, and combined with two swords my deck was thinned to the goodstuff near the end. I ended up oblating the Anowon player's best mill piece and hitting him exclusively with my ever-growing angelic armada, which had been reinforced by Archangel of Thune and Angel of Jubilation. In the mean time, the Feather player had stabilized, hitting one of his tokens with Path to Exile to rapidly catch up in ramp, and began doing what feather does best. At that point I hit him for the first time with some large angel tokens generated by Archangel of Thune and The Book of Exalted Deeds, and also finished off the Anowon player, who I knew had a counterspell in hand, and then tutored up Sephara, Sky's Blade with Search for Glory and promptly played it! I knew he still had Path in hand, but was pretty confident he didn't have enough mana to both path Sephara and wipe my board the same turn. And that was where I made a huge mistake! I should have seen it coming, especially because it was my own darned deck and he had exactly four mana open. Instead of just swinging with just a little bit more power than I needed to kill him and holding Sephara in reserve, I just alpha swung with everything, thinking the game was over. And then I got my Comeuppance! It was absolutely brutal watching my whole board go to the graveyard and none of my damage or life-gain triggers working. Thankfully, Giada was saved by Sword of Hearth and Home and Sanctuary Warden was saved by her shield counters. Clearly they were still the MVPs! Since all of my mana was still untapped and I had cards in hand I played in quick succession, piling them with counters again. He wasn't able to come back even after his epic play, and on my subsequent term I finished with a win. It was certainly an enlightening game, aside from showcasing the power of two specatacular cards. I made quite a few misplays, and was fairly sloppy. Aside from the Comeuppance debacle I missed all of the on attack draw triggers for Sanctuary Warden and also forgot to scry and draw each turn with Herald's Horn, which was on the battlefield for a good part of the game. The deck was nonetheless strong enough to overcome these misplays. I've heard some people warning potential players on Reddit and elsewhere that Sanctuary Warden is a trap and not good enough, though others have defended its inclusion. After my experience today, there is definitely a lot of evidence in its favor. I'm also amazed that I was able to pick up Sword of Hearth and Home so cheaply still. Smuggler's Share costs three times enough and while good, is a narrower card that won't be anywhere near as expensive as the second best sword of will be in several years. Definitely invest in it now! As expected, The Book of Exalted Deeds and Archangel of Thune also played a role, and the deck still seems to have a great curve and lots of synergies.

seshiro_of_the_orochi on Griffin Warfare

1 week ago

Sephara, Sky's Blade would be a powerful addition here.

Guerric on [Primer] Helming the Host of Heaven: A Giada Guide

2 weeks ago

AbyssalChampion

Drumbellower is a bit of a Seedborn Muse for sure, albeit for creatures only and in this case we don't have dorks to re-use for mana. Still, it could be an interesting engine in support of something, and white has a lot of tapping/untapping synergies. I'll have to ponder that! It's a cool card. It might be nice in some of my other aggro decks, and maybe here.

Kingtalk

I forgot about Together Forever! I pulled a foil promo version of that out of a Battlebond prerelease kit, and had never found a use for it, but its perfect here! It can also protect Giada, which is an added plus. I've found in my limited play so far that the deck goldfishes past, but the card draw is slower than I'd like, and getting targeted and blow out is a constant concern. This card makes Sephara, Sky's Blade even better. The Ozolith is another great counters card that I forgot about. Extraplanar Lens is great, and definitely an auto-include once I can swing the price. It's be nice if Wizards actually reprinted it for a change. That Faceless Haven trick is neat! Stapled a Platinum Angel to a land for and make them play land destruction of they hope to beat you. That's a cool idea which I might do, especially since I'm playing the Book anyway.

Thanks again all for comments, suggestions, upvotes, and adds!

AbyssalChampion on [Primer] Helming the Host of Heaven: A Giada Guide

2 weeks ago

I love this! Currently building a Sephara, Sky's Blade deck myself and this is really cool to see! I love the explanation as it's really useful to have a thought process out there.

I know this might not be on theme, but might I suggest Drumbellower? It's a new card from the Kamigawa commander decks that is a really nice Seedborn Muse in white! Plus it has Flying! I've seen this card do a lot of work and for aggro strategies like Angel's tend to be I think the effect would work really well!

SithLord on Birb Storm

2 weeks ago

There are very few birds to be found here. Odd, because this is a tribal bird theme deck. You aren't even running Maskwood Nexus or Arcane Adaptation

So here are some birds I found that would be fun to play:

Derevi, Empyrial Tactician

Augury Owl

Arctic Aven

Falcon Abomination

Aetherstorm Roc

Apex Hawks

Aven Brigadier !!!!!

Aven Gagglemaster

Aven Mindcensor

Aven Squire

Aven Wind Guide

Bay Falcon

Celestial Gatekeeper !

Airborne Aid !

Battle Screech !

Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle !

Steel-Plume Marshal !

Emeria Angel

Judge's Familiar

Skycat Sovereign

Cloudchaser Kestrel

Healer's Hawk

Esior, Wardwing Familiar

Skyway Robber

River Hoopoe

Donal, Herald of Wings

Whippoorwill an exile for so little the cost

Storm Crow why isn't this here?

Spire Owl cheap, but nice

Jubilant Skybonder

Sephara, Sky's Blade this hits the field by turn 4 for 1 white mana!

Ledger Shredder badass name and badass ability

Cartographer's Hawk a fun card that empties your deck of plains

Watcher of the Spheres dude

Flurry of Wings and Settle the Wreckage There is so much fun to be had

Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker_ look at this scawwwwww _ Warden of Evos Isle not needed, but nice for making 5 mana birds cost less

Empyrean Eagle lord

Kangee, Sky Warden all it takes is one 1/1 bird token to scwwwaaa

Kangee, Aerie Keeper you can't run one bird and not have any feathers ay?

Shabraz, the Skyshark its a sharknado

Wingmate Roc the best wingman

High Sentinels of Arashin use your mana ramp to buff your army

Nimble Obstructionist _a tale's end _

Cloudfin Raptor

Emeria Angel dude

Soulcatchers' Aerie

wallisface on Flyers

5 months ago

Some thoughts:

  • Celestial Colonnade is only really played in hard-control decks that generally lack any other practical ways to win. In general, i'd say ditch all of your taplands and just ru basics. You'll find that a land coming in tapped will trip up your tempo faaar too often, and with your current card selection I don't see you having many issues at all just running basics anyway. If you are wanting a better manabase on a sudo-budget, I'd suggest getting cards like Glacial Fortress, Adarkar Wastes, and Seachrome Coast. You want to avoid lands that enter tapped at all costs.

  • Warden of Evos Isle and Watcher of the Spheres don't look like they'll do too much as they won't be able to reduce the cost of a lot of your team (i.e. Skycat Sovereign, Healer's Hawk, Watcher of the Spheres, realistically Sephara, Sky's Blade). I'd think it would make sense to reduce the number of these you're playing (personally i'd ditch Warden of Evos Isle entirely)

  • a playset of Squadron Hawk should be useful here.

  • As Foretold does almost nothing for you here, I'd suggest ditching it. Griffin Aerie should probably also be ditched, because there are just too few ways to get value from it in your current list.

  • Creature based lists like these oftentimes can't make good use of countermagic, like Absorb and Counterspell, because they're using their mana on their turn to play creatures. I thing you would be better off playing proactive-spells instead of reactive ones. Stuff like Path to Exile is going to get you a LOT more value, because it lets you keep playing aggressively on your turns, without having to slow down so much for countering stuff.

  • Modern decks should always aim towards 60 cards. While running 64 might not seem like much more, it will make your hands & draws weaker overall, and create less consistency. I would suggest strongly to aim to get down to 60 cards (there are a lot of suggestions of stuff to remove above so should be an easy job)

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