Shields of Velis Vel
Tribal Instant — Shapeshifter
Changeling (This card is every creature type at all times.)
Creatures target player controls get +0/+1 and gain all creature types until end of turn.
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Shields of Velis Vel Discussion
4 weeks ago
king-saproling - Ah, a well-knowledged player!
When I reworked this deck, my goal was to make it rely less on the commander and thusly removed pieces such as Knight of New Alara and Lovisa Coldeyes, but there are some here I really like. I really only cast him with Evolutionary Leap, Purphoros, God of the Forge, or Gaea's Cradle.
I am not too fond of cards that merely ramp lands with X in the cost, especially if it may get not value. Animist's Awakening, though can be impressive, there is better I can do with my mana.
Lotus Cobra is one I own but isn't in here. It probably should be.
Stone-Seeder Hierophant is one I have never heard of, one of my avocations being perusing older sets for unseen gems. Though it can be powerful and is findable with Imperial Recruiter, it's ramp with summoning sickness on turn four, having but one toughness. Lotus Cobra seems more idoneous.
Avenger of Zendikar is quite literally perfect for this strategy. The only reasons I do not run it is because I do not enjoy having multiple of the same finisher across my decks and it's arguably a strictly better version of my commander. I couldn't do that to Hazezon. xD
Impact Tremors is more difficult to tutor version than Purphoros, whilst being far less impactful on its own.
This deck already has quite a few tutors, and it doesn't actually make that many tokens afore turn five. The value in Enlightened Tutor and Imperial Recruiter is that they can find setup pieces early due to the low cost and have value later. Oracle of Mul Daya early, Ulvenwald Hydra later. I am not too fond of the high cost of Chord of Calling here, also because the deck has a fair amount of tutoring as is.
I have also tested with Safe Haven, though it was just far too slow.
Divine Visitation can get out of hand very quickly, but I have it as a finisher in tokens. Best not to end the games the same way as other strategies, in my eyes at least.
I used to love Shields of Velis Vel. Oh, the blowouts it bestowed. I cut it when I made the deck less reliant on the commander, but I would love to use it again.
Walukut would be fun to include, though the lands slot is rather tight, and I refuse to remove Hammerheim. (It's never done anything. Not yet, anyway.)
Thank you for the comment. You obviously know the game well, and I'll have to look at some of your decks. :)
4 weeks ago
Cool deck! Thoughts on these? Genesis Wave, Animist's Awakening, Lotus Cobra, Stone-Seeder Hierophant, Avenger of Zendikar, Emeria Angel, Impact Tremors, Nature's Revolt, Chord of Calling, Green Sun's Zenith, Tempt with Discovery, Reap and Sow, Creeping Renaissance, Safe Haven, Divine Visitation (gets around Hazezon's downside), Shields of Velis Vel (this one is fun with Hazezon. If somebody plays removal on him, target an opp with Shields of Velis vel and Hazezon will exile all their creatures as he leaves).
4 months ago
This deck is beauteous. Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor could be a fun include since your general can tutor for Shields of Velis Vel ;) You might consider these too: Bishop of Wings, Rattlechains, Crested Sunmare, Risen Reef, Sigarda, Heron's Grace, Drogskol Captain, Hero of Goma Fada, Harabaz Druid, Wirewood Channeler, Midnight Entourage, Whelming Wave.
Also, the changeling champions (Changeling Berserker, Changeling Hero, Changeling Titan) could be neat since your general can tutor for them and if you loop all three of you get an arbitrary number of ETB triggers in any creature type. You could draw your deck with Azami or Risen Reef, blow up opponents' boards with Reaper King, get infinite life with Bishop of Wings!
4 months ago
The other one is Shields of Velis Vel . Can't sac your board, but can turn bad blocks or a wrath around.
5 months ago
Nice list! Shields of Velis Vel seems like it'd be fun in response to a boardwipe. You might like these too: Shivan Harvest , Dark-Dweller Oracle , Runed Stalactite , Amorphous Axe , Second Harvest , Parallel Evolution , Magewright's Stone , Thousand-Year Elixir , Hua Tuo, Honored Physician , Ghired, Conclave Exile , Rootborn Defenses , Song of the Worldsoul , Wake the Reflections , Bloodspore Thrinax
7 months ago
CavemanlyMan at the moment it's / because I wanted to try the most ponies as I can (which happens to be in white) but I plan on reducing some because they aren't performing that well. If I were to go 5c I was thinking along the lines of Chameleon Colossus , Changeling Outcast , Taurean Mauler or we could even throw in a Morophon, the Boundless . Other possible tech upgrades I could add are Birthing Boughs , Shields of Velis Vel , Wings of Velis Vel , and Arcane Adaptation . Any thoughts?
7 months ago
Dragon Broodmother prob. In my deck's current form, I want eggs, but not so many that my deck falls out of control. Again, delicate balance! Having some changelings makes for interesting dynamic, like using Shields of Velis Vel against a wrath, making all your guys eggs, turning a wrath into a board builder.
The best thing about this deck is watching opponents throw all their resources at 0/1 egg tokens, trembling in fear, choosing not to attack just because I HAVE an egg on board! It's really amusing.
7 months ago
I think Runed Stalactite would be fun here. Toss it on Worldspine so he becomes an egg, then sac him and potentially get him right back. With an altar and Runed Stalactite out you've got yourself infinite wurms and life! Amorphous Axe , Shields of Velis Vel , and Blades of Velis Vel work similarly to the stalactite though they are more restrictive.