Serra Ascendant

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Serra Ascendant

Creature — Human Monk

Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)

As long as you have 30 or more life, this gets +5/+5 and has flying.

Mortlocke on The Song of Phyresis

43 minutes ago

kpmate, Sorry it's been awhile, life just keeps me busy sometimes. I just want to say that i'm always grateful for good criticism. Thank you for taking the time to look at my list and give it an honest critique. I should add that this decklist is far from finished. I have an idealized vision of this deck, and it likely won't be even close to being realized until Wizards prints some new and impactful Phyrexians who have the Infect keyword ability. I'm holding my breath for a few archetypes but that's besides the point.

From my experience the deck has fairly good rocks in the form of Astral Cornucopia, Everflowing Chalice and the like. Sure, the deck could always use some more ramp, but i'm overall pretty satisfied with Three Visits and Nature's Lore. If anything, I would say it's the draw options that need the most help which is why I do like the suggestion of Black Market Connections, but for some reason I just don't feel completely sold on it. It always demands life loss, it doesn't proc the turn it ETBs, and is one of the more expensive options when compared to Sensei's Divining Top and Sylvan Library. Also the crazed vorthos in my head keeps screaming about it lacking flavor.

Serra Ascendant won't ever make it to this list. This deck is very much dedicated to the flavor of phyrexian tribal - while maintaining it's stax and infect strategies. Herald's Horn would be nice if the deck was more creature oriented, but alas it just won't provide much value. Honestly, for now i'm just waiting for spoilers from Dominaria United/Brother's War - hoping that if not for new Infect creatures - just better Phyrexians to include. I've seen "Potato Cam" pictures of a rumored Sheoldred that will supposedly be released in Dominiaria united - but it looks deeply underwhelming. I can't go into too much detail about it though, as it's TappedOut's policy to not discuss leaks.

Thanks again for your input - I truly hope my wants will be met in the near future so I can show you what i'm trying to achieve with this deck.

BotaNickill on Divine Penumbra

2 days ago

I love angels, so you've got my vote! I am working on a mono White Angels deck right meow. I would suggest having some kind of first turn drop in there somehow. Speaker of the Heavens, Giver of Runes, Mother of Runes, or Serra Ascendant perhaps? I also would consider Giada, Font of Hope for a bit of extra ramp to help get you to the four drops and bigger a bit quicker. Check out my Angel Decks on my page if you need more Ideas? Best of luck with your Angel Tribe deck!! Cheers!

TheOfficialCreator on Heliods army

1 week ago

Alright!

Aegis Angel is a good card, don't get me wrong, but currently given the low number of Angels in the deck as a whole and with no Angel tribal, it might be worth looking into Avacyn, Angel of Hope or, some more budget options, Indestructibility, Gift of Immortality, Kindred Boon, Shielded by Faith, Spirit Bonds, or Timely Ward. All of these grant a single creature indestructible for a lower cost, albeit they are not attached to a big flier.

Nothing for Ajani's Pridemate. It's just a good card. If you're interested in other similar cards, Light of Promise, Archangel of Thune, Gideon's Company, Cleric Class, Heliod, Sun-Crowned, Cradle of Vitality, Celestial Unicorn, and Nykthos Paragon are some good ones.

Archetype of Courage seems a bit weak to me personally. Enchantment creature cards with the same mana value that are white and better for your deck (at least from my POV) include Eidolon of Countless Battles and Heliod, Sun-Crowned.

Banisher Priest is good.

Blinding Souleater could easily be replaced by Law-Rune Enforcer, or, if you'd prefer an artifact creature, Burnished Hart is just better in general.

Captain of the Watch and Cataclysmic Gearhulk are both good cards, though the latter doesn't seem to work too awfully well with your deck. I would consider putting in another destroy boardwipe such as Wrath of God or Fumigate.

Chardalyn Dragon is pretty bad, even for an artifact flier. Other fliers with the same mana value include Adarkar Valkyrie, Admonition Angel, Ancestor Dragon, Angelic Skirmisher, Archon of Coronation, Aven Brigadier, Empyrial Storm, et cetera... white is ton of amazing fliers! Put 'em to good use! XD If you specifically want an artifact creature to replace it, Wurmcoil Engine is a good one.

Consul's Shieldguard... see the Aegis Angel comments.

Court Street Denizen... see the Blinding Souleater comments, though this one is better so it's definitely worth keeping around if you want.

Drillworks Mole is a cool card. Basri Ket, Felidar Retreat, and Cathars' Crusade are good too.

Eldrazi Devastator is actually a card I used to run in my decks as a finisher. I would recommend something like Finale of Glory as an alternative that you can really sink your mana into.

Felidar Cub is nice, but War Priest of Thune is strictly better.

Glint-Sleeve Artisan is interesting, and I see how it plays into a bit of your artifact synergies, but if you want that, just use an artifact creature like Adaptive Automaton, Cloudsteel Kirin, or Etched Champion.

Heliod's Pilgrim has a good effect and it's flavorful, just keep in mind you only have two Auras in the deck.

Inspiring Overseer and Knight of the White Orchid are good.

Kozilek's Channeler is a decent card, but given you like small creatures I'm not sure that paying extra for a big body is a great benefit. Worn Powerstone, Thran Dynamo, Arcane Signet, and if you want to splurge Pearl Medallion are all good ramp in white.

Lagonna-Band Elder can be replaced by one of the cards I told you about in my previous comment.

From there, all your cards are great until Soulmender, which again can be replaced by one of the cards in my previous comment, or even Fountain of Renewal. Same with Stone Haven Medic and Sungrace Pegasus.

Toolcraft Exemplar is a really cool card that I have NEVER seen before. If it's working well for you, you should try out Serra Ascendant as well. It runs in a similar vein.

Welcoming Vampire is good too.

Celestial Flare could be replaced by Silence.

Dauntless Onslaught could be replaced by Charge, Bastion Protector, Benalish Marshal, Ethereal Guidance, Glorious Anthem, Guardians' Pledge, or Path of Bravery.

Divine Verdict could just be replaced by plain removal, like Swords to Plowshares, Path to Exile, Journey to Nowhere, Cast Out, Conclave Tribunal, or Oblivion Ring.

Feat of Resistance is nice.

Gideon's Reproach - see Divine Verdict's feedback.

Gods Willing is good.

Kill Shot - see Divine Verdict's feedback. Actually, for the rest of these cards see that and Dauntless Onslaught's feedback.

Aligned Hedron Network is good.

Cloak of the Bat and Hero's Blade - see Dauntless Onslaught's feedback, but also Commander's Plate.

Spidersilk Net doesn't make a whole lot of sense. If you want another 0-mana artifact, look no further than Mishra's Bauble.

Font of Vigor - see previous comment

Siegecraft - Eldrazi Conscription is one of the best auras in the game, but Battle Mastery is nice too

Not Forgotten - Rest in Peace, Ashnod's Altar

Sunlance - any other removal that I've mentioned

Also consider Sphere of Safety.

I hope all this helps! ^^" it took a bit to write up but I think it'll help introduce you to some staples and ways about thinking about deckbuilding and power level. I sent you a friend request so that we can keep in touch and so that I can see and help you with your future decks!

kpmate on The Song of Phyresis

1 week ago

This will be abit of an essay but if we look at Sylvan Library, Phyrexian Arena and Black Market Connections there are obvious parallels.

  • Sylan Library can be seen as reorder the top 3 cards + optional pay 4 life for card draw
  • Phyrexian Arena can be seen as pay 1 life for card draw
  • Black Market Connections can be seen as pay 1/2/3 life for ramp, card draw, ramp+card draw

Your phyrexian tribal deck lacks good ramp or colour fixing (thematic?) in addition to consistent card draw.

So phyrexian arena is a flavour win and gives a good rate for card draw while Black Market Connections give a good rate acts as both a free Strike it Rich and a phyrexian arena.

The situation in which SL is better than BMC is:

a) I am looking to draw 0 extra cards and reorder the top 3 of my library, and I have no need for ramp/colour fixing

  • If we look at these two situations reordering the top 3 of the deck overlaps with Sensei's Divining Top, and this effect isn't great without any synergy at all. If this is valuable to the deck it would make sense to pivot to Herald's Horn to get some free draws but the expected value with only 22 creatures is pretty low. In my version of your list I cut both cards due to the fact we really would rather be spending mana/slots to be drawing bangers than scrying and spinning our wheels.

b) I am looking to pay 8 life to draw 2 cards, and I have no need for ramp/colour fixing

  • This deck lacks strong lifegain, we could slot in a Serra Ascendant (would be on theme since atraxa is a fallen angel) but as it stands our health is a valuable resource. How many rounds in a game do we draw 2 extra and pay the 8 life, best case scenario 3 rounds for a total of 6 cards and 24 life. On the other hand with BMC I have never turned down paying 3 life for ramp+1 extra draw. The rate is just so much better, even when comparing to Phyrx arena would I pay 1 extra life for the ability to ramp instead of draw? Yes.

I really like your list and primer but there are some adjustments like SL/SDT that I think could make it more consistent and impactful.

Bulldawg1310 on God of Tokens

2 weeks ago

Youvegotplasticinyourlungs turn 5 without any interaction with your opponent in any meaningfully competitive setting is a deathwish. if youre playing against a tribal deck theyve probably out boarded your board state by the time you get your 1/1 chumps down. burn probably has you murdered by the time you get creatures (that your opponent doesnt care about) down. assuming any of the murktide decks durdle out and cant counter your meaningful stuff they probably dont care about your tokens either because they have a delirious dragons rage out and atleast a 3/3 murktide. hell, by turn 5 against any tron deck they have tron on board and probably have you locked by then. the point is, you gotta be quicker or do more things to shut your opponent down without hurting your gameplan as well.

you can probably safely toss the mentor for atleast 1 more raise the alarm, as wallisface said above, you need atleast path to exile if not Solitude as well. maybe change the deck to something that will gain you some life for the tokens entering. if you go that route you can run Serra Ascendant and actually have an early wincon threat. ultimately, it is your deck, you can do what you want, but i agree with wallisface, by the time you start getting to enjoy the benefits of this deck youll already be dead or damn close to being dead. i look forward to reading about what you do with this thing.

wallisface on B/W Gain n Drain

3 weeks ago

Pumitri personally the only cards I think that make lifegain viable are Serra Ascendant (this gets used for Maytr Proc decks), and then Speaker of the Heavens and Righteous Valkyrie, which are both used in Cleric decks (Vito is sometimes also used in these decks, as a 1-or-2-of, but he’s certainly not the main reason to run lifegain).

The problem with Bond and Vito is that they basically represent a really slow, clumsy, and disputable burn strategy… that is, you might as well just play burn and jump through less hoops. These cards themselves don’t present any board threat either, which further limits their helpfulness. These cards can be useful as backup plans, but imo aren’t on-their-own good enough to validate lifegain.

I found this budget cleric list here on mtgGoldfish, with a pretty good description & commentary- i’d suggest giving this a read as it may be a good direction to take the deck.

Bulldawg1310 on Moonlight Sonata

1 month ago

no Serra Ascendant? too pricey or just over looked? also Martyr of Sands will help you facilitate that early life boost. i think you could do without Tamiyo's Safekeeping and Patch Up if you decide to go this alternative route.

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