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.
Other creatures you control with flying have indestructible. (Damage and effects that say "destroy" don't destroy them.)
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
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Sephara, Sky's Blade Discussion
12 hours ago
Hey, good first attempt and decent budget version of Kaalia.
You have a few Angels/Demon/Dragons who are impactful when you cheat them onto the battlefield with Kaalia, but many could be improved to get more repeatable effects.
Some budget Angels/Demons/Dragons to consider adding:
- Angel of Despair: destroy any permanent.
- Emeria Shepherd: repeatable reanimate with Plains or recursion of nonland permanents with other lands.
- Liesa, Forgotten Archangel: repeatable recursion of nontoken creatures you control that die and lifelink.
- Sephara, Sky's Blade: protect Kaalia and all other flying creatures you control and lifelink. Pairs well with Aegis Angel to give Sephara indestructible to then have all flying creatures you control have this protection.
- Bloodgift Demon: repeatable draw at your upkeep for the cost of only 1 life.
- Steel Hellkite: repeatable destroy opponents nonland permanents.
On a low budget lands are last to think about, but there's a few more that are $2 or less to consider for some improvements:
- Caves of Koilos
- Path of Ancestry
- Foreboding Ruins
- Furycalm Snarl
- Shineshadow Snarl
- Rogue's Passage
- Tyrite Sanctum
Some changes to consider:
- Angel of Despair --> Black Dragon
- Emeria Shepherd --> Furnace Whelp
- Liesa, Forgotten Archangel --> Serra Angel
- Sephara, Sky's Blade --> Radiant, Serra Archangel
- Bloodgift Demon --> Shieldhide Dragon
- Steel Hellkite --> Sunblade Angel
- Caves of Koilos --> Scoured Barrens
- Path of Ancestry --> Vivid Meadow
- Foreboding Ruins --> Rakdos Carnarium
- Furycalm Snarl --> Wind-Scarred Crag
- Shineshadow Snarl --> Orzhov Basilica
- Rogue's Passage --> Darksteel Citadel
- Tyrite Sanctum --> Unclaimed Territory
If interested I offer more advice. Good luck with your deck.
1 month ago
Hey, what you have so far is fine with many good cards, but also quite a few cards that look out of place or could be replaced with better even budget options. I see that you're not finished yet with your first version since have only 18 lands as well as missing Command Tower.
I want to mention that if you want to gain life then a good way is playing flying Angels who have lifelink who you can cheat onto the battlefield with Kaalia or even cast. Gaining life from attacking Angels goes well with the overall game plan of cheating creatures onto the battlefield attacking.
After you add more lands to get 35-38 then also consider adding more ramp?
Cards such as Wanderer's Twig and Armillary Sphere are not ramp since they don't put the land you get onto the battlefield, it goes into your hand for a land drop. These types of cards are quite bad when there's actual mana rock ramp that could be added. Weathered Wayfarer also isn't ramp, but the difference is it can be a repeatable effect to get a land which is worth it from a one drop. A reason to add more ramp is as a backup plan to be able to cast high CMC creatures if and when Kaalia gets disrupted since don't count on having/controlling Kaalia all game.
I offer more advice. Good luck with your deck.
1 month ago
Here are a few mono white decks that I run that might be better suited to the blue deck:
I think today I may also see about building a mono-white allies deck and see how that goes. I have a blue and white Sephara, Sky's Blade deck that I could convert to mono white if that interests you.
1 month ago
Some Angel Suggestions:
Herald of War (should help speed it up)
Linvala, Keeper of Silence hatebear
Baneslayer Angel (always has been one of my favs)
Some more card draw and ramp
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx (you have a lot of triple white)
A good Ramp package that should have you set up well to cast however you want (I use it in my UG list and I can pretty easily Finale of Devastation into a Blightsteel colossus)
Some Control options
2 months ago
Ramble Sadly, I've seen it happen multiple times at a few LGS'. Last time was last Wednesday. I was admittedly ahead on board but the one guy had 12 commander damage on me with Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider and had just thrown down a mana doubling enchantment. I've seen that deck just explode after he has mana doublers out.
Yes, I could've but I only had enough to keep myself alive for maybe two turns against commander damage. He was gunning for me due to, again, having the best board state and I didn't cry about it. He saw a threat and was doing something about it.
I also had a Sephara, Sky's Blade I then convoked the following turn. Another reason not to chump. Sephara is one of my curve-topping beaters.
Anyway, the guy had played stuff like Golos 5C and won flat-out with Expropriate against my draft-chaff Talrand in previous weeks. Also, Eldrazi stuff against basically slightly upgraded pre-cons from the other three players.
Everybody else took his powerful combos and/or cards in stride. None of the other people got more upset than a sigh of resignation. We all just shrugged and moved on to the next one.
2 months ago
Hey, well done so far on a budget.
Consider the Emeria Shepherd + Pyre of Heroes interaction with basic Plains? Shepherd is an Angel to reanimate because then she along with Plains can reanimate any nonland permanent. The interaction of these two cards comes from being able to sac an Angel to tutor for to cheat another one onto the battlefield and then reanimate the Angel you just saced with Shepherd. Just by playing a land Shepherd can get a nonland permanent into your hand such as Mind Stone to cast to help to trigger Firja.
Angel of the Ruins has a powerful ETB effect and is another nice Angel with Shepherd because any land can return Ruins to your hand to then plainscycle to search for a Plains. Another interaction with Pyre is repeatedly sacing the same Angel such as Angel of Despair and reanimating it with Shepherd as long as you have Plains.
Firja as a five drop starts the chain nicely with Pyre when saced to get a six drop Angel such as Valkyrie Harbinger and then Harbringer the next turn gets Shepherd. From there get back Harbringer with Shepherd and then sac it later on to get Sephara, Sky's Blade.
Profane Tutor is a budget low CMC tutor that you cast from suspend. Open the Armory is a low CMC tutor to get Mask of Memory or Animate Dead. Dawn of Hope can do a lot when your Commander has lifelink as well as has evasion.
Court of Grace can be repeatable Angels as well as draw from the monarch. Flying Angels especially ones with vigilance can help to defend for you to keep the monarch, not letting your opponents do combat damage to you. Cleric Class is another one mana card that can help to gain life to trigger various effects and the other levels are good too.
Apprentice Necromancer has interaction with Sun Titan to repeatedly reanimate any 3 CMC or less permanent for one black mana. With Titan in your graveyard reanimate him with Necromancer. Titan ETB reanimates Necromancer and Titan has haste thus he attacks reanimates any other 3 CMC or less permanent. At your end step Titan is saced putting him in your graveyard to reanimate again with Necromancer on your next turn and repeat.
Titan can reanimate Evolving Wilds which is fuel for Emeria Shepherd. Because of Titan For one black mana you could repeatedly trigger Shepherd two times until you run out of Plains or nonland permanents to reanimate/recur. Patriarch's Bidding and Victimize are upgrades for some reanimate spells and Bidding is now a budget card.
Dark Ritual is one mana to help to cast a second spell to trigger Firja or use it to help to cast Firja since she's double black mana cost. Orzhov Signet, Talisman of Hierarchy, Mind Stone are some budget mana rock additions/upgrades. Caves of Koilos, Shineshadow Snarl, Snowfield Sinkhole, Path of Ancestry, Esper Panorama, Ash Barrens are some budget lands to consider adding.
If interested in any of these suggestions then I offer more advice of cuts to consider. Good luck with your deck.
2 months ago
Welcome to Magic bud! Magic is a super expensive hobby, and I highly suggest checking out as many budget brews online as you can before delving into a deck and sinking your money into it. As for your deck, it seems solid for your first deck, though I have a few suggestions. You can always look on edhrec.com to find ideas for your decks! Archaeomancer's Map Sephara, Sky's Blade Empyrean Eagle Scion of Oona Anointed Procession Glen Elendra Liege Archetype of Imagination are a few cards that I found through edhrec that seem to help the general idea your deck is trying to do.
Hope you enjoy your time playing Magic, and knock out plenty of opponents with your first deck!
2 months ago
Get ready for a long post. I put way to much effort into this.
Depends on what direction you want to go and how competitive you want to be. Currently, Ephemerate doesn't really give you much value for flicking your angels, meaning that it isn't worth the card it is taking up over just another angel. I see two different ways to take this deck, either leaning into Angel synergies with life gain or a Ephemerate deck.
Ephemerate decks are great, and if your looking for a budget deck for a kitchen table or low powered modern games then you can build something pretty cheaply by just looking around for cool cards on Scryfall. The issue is that if you want more than that and want a more powerful deck the creatures that work well with Ephemerate are generally really really good and become very expensive by being played loads. In competitive modern these are often 80 cards Yorion, Sky Nomad decks that run Stoneforge Mystic and Solitude as there main cards, which are very expensive. You can try something with Wall of Omens, Thraben Inspector and Charming Prince to generate value but it won't be very powerful with Stoneforge. I think if you want bang for your buck you probably want to try and build the deck around Angel's synergies, although if you want to upgrade into competitive Modern deck at some variable point in the future it is less good.
In the angel's direction, the main payoffs in Modern are being able to play Aether Vial, Resplendent Angel and Archangel of Thune which are all, presumably, out of your price range. To make a budget version you probably want to make out on Youthful Valkyrie, Speaker of the Heavens, Seraph Sanctuary and Bishop of Wings for additional synergies with Angels. You probably want to play some Serra Avenger as a cheap beater and source of Angel related triggers. Some other cards are Sephara, Sky's Blade, although with would be best with a source of tokens such as Lingering Souls and Spectral Procession and cheat it in more consistently if you want to build around it. Archangel of Tithes is greater in creature matchups if you play against them regularly and can easily win races combined with your lifegain. Angel of Invention is a 'Lord' effect that also can create chump blockers and have value if your creates all die. Honor of the Pure is a pump effect that is difficult to interact with. Starnheim Unleashed is one of the most powerful cards in standard Angels and can win games by itself.
As much as it pains me to say it as a big fan of Meld Gisela, the Broken Blade and Bruna, the Fading Light Flip aren't really that good, either dying to the most played removal in the format like (Lightning Bolt) for no value or costing 7 mana for too little upside. The same is true for Angel of Destiny which seems like a massive win more card 90% of the time. Starnheim Aspirant seems good but considering the number of white symbols in your costs I doubt this will be legitimately save on mana enough to warrant an inclusion. With your current mana base, you only going to draw double black to cast Sign in Blood 53% of the time by turn 6 and I doubt increasing the number of tapped lands is worth the card draw. Speaking of which making out on Scoured Barrens is probably worth it alongside a couple of other dual lands of your choice, maybe Silverquill Campus if your going to be running the Firja's Retribution which I recommend as that card is very very good.
TLDR: Add good cards cut bad cards.