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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
|Pauper Duel Commander||Legal|
Creature — Human Cleric
Whenever another creature enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.
1 week ago
ParacleX Thank you so much for the kind words! Boromir, Warden of the Tower is definitely a great card, being a direct improvement over Dauntless Escort. As a general rule, the list I show here is what I consider to the optimized in a vacuum. So feel free to experiment and adjust the list to fit your meta/matchups! And agreed, Moonshaker Cavalry aka Craterhoof #2 was exactly what the deck needed at this point.
So the reason why I feel lifegain doesn't have a place in this list is because it requires too much investment to be viable. The only inbuilt lifegain mechanic Emmara has is attacking with the tokens she makes, which have lifelink. This is sub-optimal since (1) you don't want to risk getting your tokens killed, (2) you can only attack once per round (3) you are normally tapping her tokens for mana and they don't naturally have vigilance. As such, if you really wanted to go lifegain with Emmara you would have to start adding cards like Soul Warden and Essence Warden. These cards are great, but by themselves they are kinda useless. At that point you might as well just go all-in and make a lifegain Emmara build, which in my opinion is not an optimal way to play her. But to each their own! Other than that, I cannot think of a lifegain card that is powerful enough by itself to slot into the current build. I am always open to suggestions though!
2 weeks ago
Oloro, Ageless Ascetic is one of those Commanders I've always suspected could be busted, but never extensively brewed. That being said, I still gathered some data on him...
Firstly, you need more Mana sources. Being a 6-drop is a big deal nowadays, & you're gonna need way more Rocks & possibly a few Rituals as well if you want to get him out on time. I'd recommend running 10+ Rocks - all of your Guild Signets and Talismans plus a few more, and a handful of Instant-speed Rituals like Dark Ritual & Cabal Ritual. You'll need as much Mana available to draw cards with, which we'll get to in this next paragraph.
Secondly, I'd recommend some low-cost Lifegain Spells that will scale with the activity of both you & your opponents like Archivist of Oghma, Blood Artist, Deathgreeter, Leonin Elder, Soul Warden, Soul's Attendant, Profane Memento, Ashes of the Abhorrent & Spectrum Sentinel. All of these will draw you a bunch of cards as long as your Commander is on the field. Prism Ring & Tablet of the Guilds would likely do a lot of work here as well. Sedgemoor Witch could be a great value engine here, too. Things that allow you to devote your floating Mana to your Commander's triggered ability without having to necessarily pay Mana for each Lifegain trigger OR wait for your own upkeep to draw cards are solid gold here.
Thirdly, once you resolve your chunky 6-drop Commander, you need to protect it! Your entire deck engine relies too heavily on Oloro, Ageless Ascetic's presence to allow him to be easily removed. Lightning Greaves & Swiftfoot Boots are non-negotiable imo. Along with a few ways to Tutor them up, like Steelshaper's Gift & Enlightened Tutor.
It might end up being quite a bit faster than a typical midrange deck, though, as you'll be drawing a ton of cards per turn cycle on your way to your combo win.
1 month ago
This is by far the most I have worked on any of my tapped out decks. And there's a reason. Now, magic players sometimes wish they could just have a deck that could gain so much life, that they can counter any attack just by taking the hits. But of course, not so good that it's going to cost 450+ dollars. This deck is below 300 dollars, and leans into a strategy I call "The Life Lock," to gain enough life. Instead of gaining bulk life, The Life Lock is a different perspective that instead prevents other players from dealing as much damage. (While of course gaining a ton of life) Cards like Soul Warden and Cradle of Vitality, or maybe some Rhox Faithmender will keep your opponents on their toes, and always question whether their creatures are actually worth it. Feel free to edit this deck on your own, adding more protection, more lifegain, or more +1/+1 counters to make this deck as fun for you to play as it is to me.
2 months ago
Great Commander choice, dude, greatly underrated nowadays imho.
I'll get right to it. Considering that they also translate into card draw, I'd have to recommend an abundance of low-cost Lifegain effects. Archivist of Oghma, Serra Ascendant, Soul's Attendant, Soul Warden, Blood Artist, Zulaport Cutthroat, Elas il-Kor, Sadistic Pilgrim, Leonin Elder, Profane Memento, Spectrum Sentinel, Authority of the Consuls & Blind Obedience will trigger often. Zuran Orb allows you to just straight up turn your excess Lands into card advantage mid-late game, provided you tap them for mana before you sacrifice them. Not bad for a 0-drop.
Some higher costed stuff like Kambal, Consul of Allocation, Queza, Augur of Agonies, Sheoldred, the Apocalypse, Life Insurance, Shabraz, the Skyshark & Sunscorch Regent will all draw you a bunch of cards.
As far as winning goes, there are a few combos that work intrinsically with what the deck is already trying to do. I see you're running Sanguine Bond + Exquisite Blood as one of your WinCons, so you're off to a good start. Heliod, Sun-Crowned + Walking Ballista fits here, as does Aetherflux Reservoir + Bolas's Citadel + Sensei's Divining Top. All of these combos can be easily Tutored within Esper, with the only dead card being Walking Ballista. "Dead" meaning it's useless on it's own, not that it's hard to Tutor.
Speaking of Aetherflux Reservoir & Bolas's Citadel, using your Life as a resource is obviously a good strategy here since you'll be gaining so much of it no matter how you build this one. Greed, Unfulfilled Desires, Phyrexian Processor, Phyrexian Reclamation & Defiler of Faith are good examples. Necropotence & Ad Nauseam obviously exists as well. You could also run stuff like Razaketh, the Foulblooded & Vilis, Broker of Blood, but that would require a Reanimator strategy...
Other than that I'd probably add some more Tutors & Ramp for your combos, & more protection for Oloro, Ageless Ascetic.
3 months ago
wallisface Thanks for the tips. I suppose this really should've been labeled as Casual rather than Modern.
Regardless of the label, you're right that the curve is too high. I think I can cut the Debtors' Knells, Deathbringer Lieges and the Honden, and swap them out with some combination of Children of Korlis, Soul Warden and Serra Ascendant. All would work well with the Sanguine Bond.
Maybe Edge of the Divinity too to get a similar effect of the Deathbringer Liege for much cheaper.
3 months ago
Main Problem would be the manacurve of the deck
4 months ago
darkmus! Awesome to meet another Angel Tribal Member! Angels are my favorite tribe in magic! You are just the person I need to talk to! I just checked your build out, and it looks good! +1! I had not seen the new Sigarda, Font of Blessings yet, I'll have to track her down and get some copies. Kinda of a Realmwalker effect going on there, I like it! I was kinda surprised you are running Green and No Collected Company tho? I guess you have 9 Angels that are 4 cmc tho, so maybe not great for your build. I Run this deck as Selesnya CoCo Angels on Arena and have pretty good luck with it, but my Paper Deck I switched to Orzhov for better removal. My bro plays a dragon deck with Stormbreath Dragons and they are kinda hard to get around with all white angels. Thus the black removal spells in the sideboard. Plus my Horizon Canopys are in my Bogle Deck, so, yeah I picked up some Silent Clearings and here we are. That, and I feel like the Godless Shrine goes well with the flavour of the deck. I do have two Archangel of Thune she is one of my Favorite Angels for sure, and I did have them in the deck for a while, I kinda go back and forth with the Ratio, Two Archangel and two Lyra Dawnbringer or 3 lyra and 1 Archangel. IDK. Maybe I'll throw them back in there based on your advise. Shadowspear is there for when I run into a bogle deck or something else that has indestructible like Heliod, Sun-Crowned or whatever. I had the Esper Sentinels in the deck as well as my two copies of Giver of Runes but right now I am testing out having the Soul Wardens and Speaker of the Heavens instead. I tried the Aether Vials along with a playset of Serra Avengers but wasn't too happy with how it played out. I don't have the Cavern of Souls but those would probably be nice. I do like having the Soul Partitions tho, it's pretty decent removal in my opinion, and so is the Lay Down Arms but you have to keep your plains count up to make it consistent. Legions to Ashes I was using to help against my brother's Squirrel deck, but I've also been using Temporary Lockdown in my arena build with some pretty decent success. I actually just saved my own ass with it this morning against a merfolk deck for the W!
Do you play in Modern tournaments with your build? I never really see anyone playing angels outside of Historic on Arena.
Thanks for the advice, the upvote and for sharing your deck! Much Appreciated!
4 months ago
Love your deck friend :)