Shalai, Voice of Plenty
Legendary Creature — Angel
You, planeswalkers you control, and other creatures you control have hexproof.
: Put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control.
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Shalai, Voice of Plenty occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.29%
All decks: 0.09%
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All decks: 0.04%
GW (Selesnya): 1.28%
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Shalai, Voice of Plenty Discussion
1 day ago
Lots of subthemes you got there, that's some interesting challenge. All in all, you're running way too many high-costed cards for a Commander that generally revolves around more of an aggressive strategy. I'll further provide you a personalized list of adjustments, trying my best to keep it at the lowest budget as possible.
Very first thing, 37 lands is too much for an Anafenza deck imo. You can easily go down to 35/34 in order to feel more proactive. That being said, the mana base of your decklist is pretty unstable, and you'll need better mana rocks, around 5/6 good rocks should do it helping you stabilizing.
The second thing to bring up is that you play loads and loads of creatures with actually specific abilities that don't always combine altogether well. Like, for example, in which way would Slimefoot, the Stowaway help Anafenza, the Foremost being consistent? My answer, without another kind of appreciation than logic: not any single one. If you need cheap legendary to keep it up with your theme, there are better options, but remind that this was only a little example.
Finally, you lack reactivity because of very few instant/flash spells. It's not as necessary as some think, but still have a way to protect dutifully your creatures is a key for aggro/midrange decks in EDH. Being able to answer what your opponents bring up to the tape is moreover essential, and I don't see enough removals/tricks in there.
So, let's take a closer look from now on. I'll make some different categories starting with the cuts to make it easier to read.
1.) Back to 100 cards:
Abzan Battle Priest > not bad on its own, fits decently in some casual decks with +1/+1 as their central archetype. It's not a good card to include since you aren't only focusing on this aspect. It's too slow, unreliable.
Abzan Falconer > same comment
Mer-Ek Nightblade > still the same / it's even the worst one
Tuskguard Captain > still and still water
Spirit of the Hearth > overcosted, overrated, no particular reason to include this card there even if a Cat Spirit feels pretty cool
Wingmate Roc > not bad but too slow, doesn't synergize well with your themes, in concurrence with just better cards on the spot
Soul of the Harvest > overcosted card draw outlet, I'll procure you some better option for a cheap price
Slimefoot, the Stowaway > despite being legendary, doesn't do much
Reya Dawnbringer > recursion is like... really good, but damn this card is slow and bad. You have to wait one whole turn for it to trigger, with only cards like Shalai, Voice of Plenty in your list to protect it. Yeah, I don't think it'll happen often. Definitively cut.
Noosegraf Mob > +1/+1 card but without any real synergies. You have better options.
Lena, Selfless Champion > too slow
Hornet Queen > good card but doesn't fit in there, seems like a weird choice of token generator
Parhelion II > cool card, poor consistency there
Quietus Spike > same: cool card, poor consistency
Kaya, Bane of the Dead > slow removal, pretty bad imo
Brave the Sands > non-mbo with Anafenza, overrated card
Abundance > good card, not needed there
Kin-Tree Invocation > not bad not good, lacks interactions
Mirari's Wake > same comment as for Abundance
Leyline of Abundance > not enough interactions
Panharmonicon > not enough interactions
Trostani, Selesnya's Voice > not enough interactions
Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord > not enough interactions
3 basic lands
2.) Cheap Improvements:
2.1.) Mana Rocks:
Sol Ring > yeh it's boring to see this card everywhere I know
Fellwar Stone > excellent mana rock, tapping for every color most of the time
2.2.) More removals:
Those are the classical ones you surely know. They are easily affordable and would give your deck a small lift at controlling the board state.
2.3.) Better Legendaries:
Mikaeus, the Lunarch > not the cheapest already, but really effective, almost a staple for your deck style
Hope of Ghirapur > underrated card, does a lot, insane with recursion to lock down a combo player at low cost
Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit > certainly a staple / and somewhat a reason to get rid of the token subtheme which is maybe a bit too much
Syr Faren, the Hengehammer > also certainly a staple / aggressive, good interactions with Anafenza, better than lords already in your deck
Kethis, the Hidden Hand > Yawgmoth's Will for legendaries? I'll take that. It could also be a nice alternative commander when you face more control-ish decks you're stuck against, enabling you to have an efficient late game on its own once made your commander.
Mangara of Corondor > Legendary creature which works as a nonsituational removal. Really good. Even if you can't always activate it when it hits the table, your opponents have to get rid of it using their hand resources and you make 1 for 1.
Masako the Humorless > Underplayed card / can be a game-changer / and it's a legendary creature.
2.4.) Voltron Outlet:
Sword of the Animist > ramp while keeping the pressure on your opponents
Hero's Blade > certainly a staple there with your legendary subtheme
Blackblade Reforged > same comment as for Hero's Blade
2.5.) Other cool cards to look at:
Throne of the God-Pharaoh > feels like a staple / Legendary
Vivien's Arkbow > cheap tutor / overall excellent
Vivien, Champion of the Wilds > flash out your creatures for more survivability and tricks
Primevals' Glorious Rebirth > excellent win condition / recursion
Kamahl's Druidic Vow > excellent win condition / Genesis wave for legendaries' madmen
Eladamri's Call > staple / it's cheap now that it's been re-edited in Modern Horizons, I'll try to get a copy of it by trading/buying it if I were you
3.) Medium Budget Improvements:
3.1.) Mana Rocks:
3.2.) Even more removals:
3.3.) Legendaries' Staples:
Rishkar, Peema Renegade > nice ramp, +1/+1 counters, overall really strong
3.4.) Neverending Voltron Outlet:
Konda's Banner > Yeh, it's a little bit expensive money speaking, but it does everything you're searching for, like a bridge between your Cats, your legends and your Voltron strategy.
Skullclamp > staple
3.5.) Cool cards:
Eternal Witness > best green recursion card
Green Sun's Zenith > one of the best green tutors
Scout's Warning > good card overall, cycles when you don't need it
4.) Expensive Improvements:
Finale of Devastation > tutor, win condition, not a necessity though
Blade of Selves > good equipment, not a necessity
Umezawa's Jitte > Core tool of lots of Voltron decks, would be necessary if you want to confront this deck to more competitive ones.
Swords' package > same comment as for the Jitte
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben > meta-depending staple
Gaddock Teeg > meta-depending staple
Liliana, the Last Hope > card-draw/legendary
Loyal Retainers > staple if you're going more in the legendary archetype
Selvala, Heart of the Wilds > card-draw/legendary/ramp
Reki, the History of Kamigawa > card-draw/legendary
Captain Sisay > staple / tutor / legendary
5.) Some other cards you could try (which I mostly haven't, or for which I have a doubt about their efficiency):
Sigil of Distinction > feels Voltron-ish
Sigiled Sword of Valeron > interacts with Anafenza, creates tokens, Voltron equipment
Masterwork of Ingenuity > I used it long ago in my Tajic's deck, which was globally a Voltron deck running between 15/20 pieces of equipment. Dunno if it could be of use there but it's a good card for sure.
Heart of Kiran > good card overall, you can Crew it and buff the creature you used to do so with Anafenza. That being said, I think it may reveal too inconsistent.
Sensei Golden-Tail > seems funny
Kunoros, Hound of Athreos > powerful hate-bear with good stats and abilities, certainly really good in a more good-stuff oriented iteration.
Isamaru, Hound of Konda > Lil' bro' of Kunoros doubtlessly, made for aggressive purposes. Good overall.
Thalia, Heretic Cathar > also more of a good-stuff card.
Taranika, Akroan Veteran > I never played her but damn she seems strong af.
Hua Tuo, Honored Physician > repeatable recursion.
Pir, Imaginative Rascal > not that I dislike it, however Hardened Scales already was a bad card if I'm honest. Pir is a tad bit better. Certainly better than Corpsejack Menace you're running, and carries more interactions.
3 days ago
6 days ago
Hi, KaraZorEl, thank you for the comment, feedback is always appreciated. However, it seems you have completely misunderstood the intention of this deck. This isn't an abzan midrange deck, this deck is about suddenly winning the game out of nowhere.
Hexdrinker just straight up wins the game if left unchecked.
I will give you that Murderous Rider is the weakest link mainboard right now, but there's no other creature with converted mana cost 3 or less than can just straight up kill a creature or plainswalker like that.
Castle Locthwain is actually turning out amazing. I need all the card advantage I can get, and the Horizon lands are great, but they die when used. I don't care about the loss of life or I wouldn't be playing Modern with shock and fetch lands.
I already have Abrupt Decay, and that can kill everything with converted mana cost 3 or less. Despark gets rid of anything that costs 4 or more, thus covering every mana cost that exists in magic. No need for anything else.
Wheel of Sun and Moon gets played a ton! It is perfect grave hate tech against the usual suspects like Dredge, Phoenix, Jund, and Yawgmoth, but also works wonders against Urza because it doesn't hate just on creatures. It stops the Thopter Sword combo in its tracks.
And lastly, never, ever Gaddock Teeg. The two biggest parts of the deck are Collected Company (a spell with converted mana cost 4 or more) and Chord of Calling (a spell with converted mana cost X in the casting cost). Why would I want to handicap myself like that?
2 weeks ago
2 weeks ago
Thieves' Auction is brutal haha, I didn't realize it only exiled nontokens! Definitely finding a spot for that one and Genesis Wave. I think those effects are enough to warrant spots for more non-permanents.
Is Sword of Truth and Justice just for the protection? Not sure how it benefits my strategy.
Thanks for your help!!
3 weeks ago
Thanks for another comment on this deck. I will try and remember to post on your Pioneer Angels deck, just as a token of my appreciation for how much you've helped me with this deck. I also see that you have a Rienne deck (although mine has more multicoloured synergies), great minds think alike ;).
For your card draw suggestions, I think that Keeper of Fables or Colossal Majesty are my best options because Keeper of Fables can draw me lots of cards when I'm in a good situation, and Colossal Majesty can help me when I'm in a worse position, perhaps leaving my guys back to block.
I didn't like Bishop of Wings in my old deck because I felt that he was either a win-more card or did nothing. I am going to try out Gisela, the Broken Blade, but my only concern is Wizard's Lightning, as most of the aggro decks at my LGS have a lot of Wizards, so I'll have to try and figure out how to deal with that. Bruna is definitely in the conversation, but my curve is probably a little bit too high already, so I'll have to figure that out.
I really like Heroic Intervention and Unbreakable Formation, so I'll have to test both. I'm not a big fan of Selfless Spirit because people can just kill it and I'd rather be playing big Angels anyway.
I like Shalai, Voice of Plenty due to her hexproof giving ability (as it stops burn spells and kills spells) and mana sink ability (in case I have nothing to do). You're probably right about Thalia, Heretic Cathar, so I'll take out a Thalia and some other things for some Gisela.
I think that the Heliod, Sun-Crowned investment is worth it, he'll probably add so much to the deck, so I'll cut Nylea for him.
Also, now that I think about it, what are your thoughts on Stasis Snare versus Banishing Light? I think I agree with you now about taking out Cast Out I've rarely flashed it in and only cycled it a few times.
Finally, what are your thoughts on the changes that I've listed below?
Thanks again, your suggestions have really helped both of my Pioneer decks,
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1 month ago
Hello again! Here are some suggestions for this build: