Enchantment — Aura
Enchant creature you control
When Setessan Training enters the battlefield, draw a card.
Enchanted creature gets +1/+0 and has trample. (This creature can deal excess combat damage to the player or planeswalker it's attacking if lethal combat damage would be dealt to all blocking creatures.)
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Setessan Training Discussion
7 months ago
Anyway, that's an interesting take on the poison counter deck. It's a clever idea to use Rune of Might and Setessan Training to get through blockers with deathtouch. Actually I don't want to nitpick too much but an enchanted Varragoth, Bloodsky Sire would actually do 1 damage to the blocking creature and 2 damage to face because of the +1 attack. This means that it would work nicely with any 1/1 deathtouch creature, not just with Varragoth, Bloodsky Sire as you seem to imply.
Speaking of 1/1 creatures, this is a deck that ideally wants to win quickly by throwing as many deathtouch creatures at your opponent as possible to reach that 10 poison counter with Fynn, the Fangbearer asap, and just a quick look at your curve tells me that you would benefit a lot from having more 1 drops. You should definitely run 4 Foulmire Knight and probably even some extra Moss Viper . It would also improve your chances of having a target for your enchantments on turn 2, just in case.
I don't think you want too many Chevill, Bane of Monsters since he's legendary, and while Nighthawk Scavenger can be a powerhouse in the right decks, it's not really at home here since it's expensive, slow, and the amount of damage it deals should be mostly irrelevant. Vengeful Reaper in comparison seems like a great call to get that surprise finishing blow, I would run more than 1.
I'm not sure what you're trying to achieve with Garruk's Uprising since you already have the trample plan covered and giving trample to 1 power creature doesn't do anything for you. If you want card advantage, you might as well just run Call of the Death-Dweller instead to bring back 2 creatures from the graveyard, especially since giving one of them menace can be a big deal. Then if you get to enchant that creature it would really become a nightmare to block.
For your sideboard, running 4 Heroic Intervention under any circumstances will always be too many, it's too situational on top of taxing your mana. If you want boardwipe protection you might as well just remove like 2 of them in favor of more recursion spells again like Call of the Death-Dweller .
Another card you might want to consider is Binding the Old Gods because it's an amazing card already even in decks that ignore the 3rd chapter, but for you it could make your Toski, Bearer of Secrets even more annoying to manage.
Hopefully these are useful, cheers!
7 months ago
Your list looks great. Personally I would make the following swaps:
Llanowar Tribe -> Ulvenwald Tracker
Scute Swarm -> Primal Rage
Nissa's Pilgrimage -> Stampede
Karametra's Acolyte -> Rancor
Fierce Empath -> Siege Behemoth
Back to Nature -> Setessan Training
Cultivate -> Hunter's Prowess
Commander's Sphere -> Harvest Season
Farhaven Elf -> One with Nature
Migratory Greathorn -> Baru, Fist of Krosa
Adventurous Impulse -> Executioner's Hood
Mwonvuli Beast Tracker -> Nightshade Peddler
Rampant Growth -> Mask of Memory
Manglehorn -> Rogue's Gloves
1 Forest -> Skeleton Key
1 Forest -> Animation Module
10 months ago
But don't you think that 27 cats is enough, TriusMalarky?? I'd rather cut some cats and get more lands. Remember that this is also a token deck, so Pride Sovereign would greatly benefit when there are a lot of tokens of 1/1 lifelink cats which also get buffs.
Pride Sovereign in numbers of 2 is really useful with Blessed Alliance, and can generate tokens on his own. I am using Regal Caracal for tokens as well. I have 4x Anointed Procession for a reason. I've usually had great success using tokens in my cat deck. I also have 1xSundering Growth for its populate ability not to mention it will be useful if I ever need a artifact or enchantment removed, which will most likely be hard to draw this card, but regardless I believe it will be used often in games.
The reason I don't have many Feline Sovereigns is because I traded one for Unbreakable Formation. This balances out my ability to have +1/+1 with a creature and instant. But does the Feline Sovereign only give +1/+1 when its on the battlefield, or not?
I_Want_To_PlayAllTheDecks Birthing Pod is really nice. But I don't think I could use that to eternalize adorned pouncer or anything like that; the only card it would work on is Regal Caracal when paying 4 or 3 mana and 2 life for making a 5 mana creature. And Karn, the Great Creator is only useful if I'm running lots of artifacts. And what is CoCo? With Ajani's Pridemate if I have a lot of 1/1 lifelink cat tokens, and attack with those using Encircling Fissure, I can buff him up so much it will be very useful to have Setessan Training and/or Angelic Gift.
Adorned Pouncer is very expensive mana-wise when you eternalize it, so it will be late in the game when I use it. Same goes for Fleecemane Lion. And Bronzehide Lion is expensive for making a single creature indestructible when I can use something like Unbreakable Formation for 1 more mana cost while buffing my entire army. Yes, they're good for 3/3 for 2 mana, but regardless I have other cards for that. For instance, Prowling Serpopard is very useful against blue counter heavy decks, covering my entire army with their ability, and is a 4/3 for 3 mana.
Angelic Gift is a must if I'm facing flying decks or if there are decks that don't have fliers or reach so I can deal direct damage, and on top of that it functions as a 2 mana cost draw 1. Just think if I used that on a Eternalized Adorned Pouncer!
What I need are tutors or something that allows me to pick out what I need for whatever occasion; that's how a good toolbox deck would work. Perhaps splashing black for Agonizing Remorse and Lay Bare the Heartand Grim Tutor??? Hand control is great when you know what cards are best in their hand, and Grim Tutor is currently the best tutor in Pioneer, I think.
10 months ago
Hello, Kaiser_Silver7 and thanks for posting!
I can't afford Temple Garden. And, Unclaimed Territory can be a problem if I draw anything other than a creature card, and on top of that everything in my deck is either green or white so it's no big deal to go without Unclaimed Territory.
Also, Always Watching will be useless with my tokens, as I plan on spamming 1/1 lifelink cats. I like watchers of the dead because it's a solid 2/2 and can be sacrificed to empty graveyards. I like Encircling Fissure because it is what will allow me to attack with tons of cat tokens without sacrificing them to the blocker.
Unbreakable Formation costs 1 white and 2 generic, so it's just as good as Feline Sovereign, the difference being that one is a creature that can be killed, and the other an instant.Should I replace Feline Sovereign with Unbreakable Formation? I mean, both are really useful.
Collected Company could be useful, as I have generally 3 mana cost cards or lower, but it costs 4 mana for what is 3 or less mana, and I don't know the chances of drawing a 3 or lower mana card. Perhaps you can show me the mathematics behind it? I don't particularly like cards that say 'draw X' and then 'keep x and discard x'. I have Angelic Gift and Setessan Training for drawing power, but they also have other benefits.
What cards would you cut from my collection of creatures?
I'm trying to make this a toolbox deck, which is why i have Sundering Growth, Angelic Gift, Blessed Alliance,Prowling Serpopard, and Watchers of the Dead. Anything that will make it more varied in being prepared for anything would be great!
1 year ago
Without trample or unblockable, infinite power and toughness won't do anything. Off the top of my head Aether Tunnel or Setessan Training would work. Since this is modern, you can cut Negate and add Force of Negation. I think there is a bit too much digging for your pieces in this deck and not enough interaction. AEtherize would be some much needed removal. Misty Rainforest in place of 4xIsland would be really good as well.
1 year ago
Oops, I, for some reason, thought that Setessan Training and Cartouche of Strength gave me reach, not trample. Trample is kinda useless for my cards unless I have an absolutely gargantuan card. I'll rely upon giving buffs to my 1/1 lifelink cats more and attacking en masse, which if I have enough, could translate to a gigantic P/T Ajani's Pridemate or Pride Sovereign, so trample isn't way off. I just want to protect against flying, as they could begin the game with something like Healer's Hawk and continually sap my life-points with things like Angels or Blue and/or White Flying decks, which would make my deck completely pointless. Maybe something like Angelic Gift with its draw power and flying buff that only costs 2 mana?
1 year ago
I’m not entirely sure what a “toolbox deck” officially refers to, but I’ve always seen them as decks that can very easily adapt to face different strategies that your opponent might be using, be that by using tutors to find answers or flexible cards that can deal with multiple things. Since I’m a fairly budget player, any toolbox deck I build focuses on the flexibility side, and as such I tend to like using planeswalkers, since their different abilities give me options of what to do.
I’ll have a go at convincing you why planeswalkers can be so powerful and fun to play with, especially in a deck like this. If you can keep them alive, they provide immense value across a game, enough that they will often be what win you games. Since you have such a creature heavy deck, with lots of chump blockers in your tokens, a planeswalker should be pretty easy to protect against most strategies (exceptions being decks with lots of fliers, and in those matchups you can just sideboard them out). They also can be must answer threats, which will redirect much of their attention away from you and your board and life total, or stop them developing their own boards. They are particularly strong if they bring with them the ability to protect themselves, either by making blockers or removing threats (hence I like Ajani, Strength of the Pride quite so much, since he can pump out tokens to block with), since even playing them out into an unprotected board can be viable. However, I would say that you should not include a planeswalker just for its ultimate, since most of the time the opponent will have been able to remove it before you reach the required loyalty, or will at least deal some damage to slow it down. Hopefully this makes sense, please just ask if you want more advice on how to use planeswalkers, I’d be happy to help.
As for the choice of aura between Cartouche of Strength and Setessan Training, I would probably lean towards Training. The fact that it replaces itself in hand can be very significant, and the fact that it is one mana cheaper is also pretty important. The removal can be pretty situational, since it requires you to have the bigger creature, which you won’t always have, and your board pressure will often force them to make blocks that will remove creatures anyway. I still wouldn’t disregard Unflinching Courage though, giving a Pridemate lifelink can be ridiculous.
1 year ago
I think Prowling Serpopard and Watchers of the Dead are good cards simply because they have their P/T as equal to or more than their Mana cost, making them actually useful cards if I don't need the abilities of them. I'll just keep 1 of each in my deck, as their abilities are still useful if I face a deck with graveyard-heavy or counter-heavy.
Which card would you recommend out of Setessan Training and Cartouche of Strength? I think maybe having 1 of each in my deck would be good? The drawing power is great, but I am on the fence when it comes to fighting another creature with my chosen card, as it might not be that powerful early on in the game, but it does say 'may' so I'm not committed to doing so.
I personally don't like planeswalkers. So I'm not running any in my deck simply because I don't know how to use them, or how to keep them from being killed. If I were to use any planeswalker it would probably be Ajani, Caller of the Pride, as it gives flying and doublestrike, effectively making me able to either block a flying creature, or attack my opponent directly with flying, which doublestrike would allow me to decimate them. On top of that, it's -8 ability is incredibly powerful: X tokens of X life-points! As long as he stays in the game for 4 turns, using his +1 ability, he will allow me to use that ability, which I will ASAP, but if I know that I can attack my opponent directly with flying, I will use that instead.
Also, as a final question, is it really called a 'toolbox' when you prepare for any deck you might face?
I don't mind the long posts! I love that you are such a good player and know the game enough to give me great advice! <3