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Creature — Human Cleric Ally
Whenever you gain life, you may pay . If you do, put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.
Serene Steward Discussion
1 month ago
Kor Bladewhirl and Serene Steward are both cards that rely upon others to be good -- just as you pointed out the cohorts are -- and frankly neither has a good enough effect to justify including here. Steward gets me one counter for one mana when a Cleric flickers, as opposed to Hada and Kazandu each getting counters for free. Bladewhirl is slightly better but if I have protection I can block without fear anyway, I wouldn't need first strike -- And those being there means I don't have a flicker spell.
As for Eerie Interlude , while you point out that modern is heavier on spot removal than boardwipes, they do exist in the meta -- Maelstrom Pulse for one, which is a killer outside of a singleton format. There are also auras, bounce spells, burn spells and the like. Flickering a couple of creatures for lifegain, protection and pumping is a better solution than just having more creatures.
Tormod's Crypt is fair enough, but it doesn't stop cards from being targets in the graveyard -- Exiling a graveyard is a last resort instead of the utter intent. The sideboard is up in the air, so I'm not discounting it at all.
Captain's Claws are quicker than some equipment and the tokens coming in are an absolute boon with allies -- If you're drawing lands, you still get the ally triggers when you attack; Protection and Lifegain guaranteed every turn.
Allies are symbiotic; They do rely on each other to be effective. While the advice on that player gave you might be correct most of the time, here it's the complete opposite. Modern isn't as loose of a format as EDH -- Where you have room to experiment and have fun with creature choices, especially with Tazri where you can get the best of all colours and have a searcher on tap -- what works there rarely works here. Modern is about mastering the curve and cost effective choices; Seizing and maintaining the board early.
2 months ago
Hello, nice deck, I love allies, to prove myself I own the first General Tazri EDH of the site lol
Let's talk about Eerie Interlude and Ephemerate:
This cards seems very nice with the ETB triggers, if you blink the cohort it's amazing! But... if you dont have the cohort or only have Hada and kazundu both cards are dead cards in your hand, one day, a long time ago, an more experient player told me: Don't use cards that depends on others to be good, unless it's strict necessary to your deck.
Lets imagine you have two hadas, you make a cohort, it's a 4 drop, usually you spend all your mama on it. hadas became HUUUGE, you opponent destroy the cohort and have a blocker, you draw ephemerate..... all the pressure go away.
Modern only have spot removal, you don't need eerie to avoid an wrath of god, and the one which gives pro color saves all your creatures from a anger of the gods, commonly seen in the format.
What to you think of substitute this spells for more creatures? Making a fast search in scryfall I have some names for you:
Another question: How the claw is doing? It seems very slow, you need three manas to cast and equip and 2 turns to make 2 allies, it's not better to run the instant who put two allies?
About sideboard: Tormoid crypt in the place of the ixalan ones, FOUR MANA to exile graveyard? you already loose to phoenix, dredge and living end.
4 months ago
Nice reply, and i agree with most of what you’ve said. I’m also someone who would rather brew than netdeck. I think a lot of my “lifegain” gripes come from introducing players to magic and seeing them overvaluing the mechanic, leading to a long line of “bad decks” until they work out that life totals don’t represent who’s ahead.
You mention my vagueness in suggestions thus far, and i do agree - i’ve been waiting to hear from EpoH to see what they actually want this deck to do.
If i were to make an actual suggestion of deck changes, it’s be:
-4 Felidar Sovereign
-1 Serra Avatar
-2 Elixir of Immortality
-4 Sunbeam Spellbomb
-2 Rest for the Weary
-4 Chaplain's Blessing
-2 Sunspring Expedition
+4 Soul Warden
This removes a lot of the “pointless” lifegain cards, while still offering a lot of life for the Pridemate. It lets you actually interact with your opponent (the Ring), and Murder Investigations help you safeguard a bulky Pridemate. But this would make a completely different deck, and might not be what EpoH is after (hence my hesitation to suggest anything)
4 months ago
6 months ago
You’re right. While I can probably create some giant creatures fast for 1 hit kills, attacking wont be a regular occurrence with this deck.
It’s funny cause I had put Serene Steward in the binder pages for this deck as I was accumulating and organizing cards for it, but she didn’t make the cut cause she cost mana to produce those counters where others got counter triggers passively. The ghave tricks are mana intensive. What I didn’t consider until now is how useful her ability might be because you can direct where those counters go! This could be great for adding more to cards like Elenda, the Dusk Rose and Wall of Limbs . I was also considering of adding Cruel Sadist for creature removal, and this could sunergize there as well. Good thought! I’m going to explore that more.
6 months ago
Just did a little browsing through an old casual lifegain deck I used to run, I came across Serene Steward which could be a lot of fun here, as she's both cheap and would be providing Ghave with constant counters to continue to fuel his abilities. Path of Bravery is also a fun card, though I'm not sure if it would work as well here because by looking at the deck it seems you won't be attacking with enough regularity to warrant the card slot.
7 months ago
Final Reward needs to be replaced with a much better exile. Path of Exile comes to mind or something more cost efficient. 5 cost exile is way to high when many now are 1 to 3 cost. I would remove Legion Conquistador and put in something more use full. Having 8 cards that basically do the same thing is not very cost efficient. Yes it may allow you to get more vamps on the board but having 8 that are only basic 2/2 with no life link or anything effective is only usful to help out your Bloodline Keeper Flip I would maybe try a Serene Steward or Vizkopa Guildmage could combo well.
eastly on Ally Drain
10 months ago
I'm going to make hella recommendations for cards here. I'm not really sure what your budget is so I'll include cards that fall into the budget and non budget categories (Non budget mostly being a reasonable price, not the most optimal cards that tend to cost a ton of money.)
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Next is your mana base, you have the Ally Encampments which is good, but I would look into picking up a playset of dual lands to round out the manabase a little more. My go to budget option is: Scoured Barrens
Deck Focus and How Many Copies to Play Show
TLDR: Every deck has themes that it uses to acheive it's goals, a deck can have sub-themes as well. For example, this is a Drain Deck with life gain and ally sub-themes. Almost every card should in some way compliment AT LEAST one of these strategies, Ideally every single card compliments the main theme, and builds upon one of the sub-themes. However, exceptions can be made. The question you have to ask yourself is: Does this card compliment my main theme? If not, is this card strong enough on it's own to warrent weakening my main theme
I'll give you the following advice, but I'll be vague so you can apply the theory yourself. I think that you have too many copies of Ondu Cleric but I don't think you should drop all of them. You should have at most 4 cards that cost 5 Mana. Cards that only serve to gain life are worth running only if they get incredibly powerful.
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PS: You have 61 cards rn
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