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|Pauper Duel Commander||Legal|
Creature — Human Cleric
Whenever another creature enters the battlefield, you may gain 1 life.
4 days ago
Triggered abilities go on the stack and resolve independently. The following rule defines triggered abilities:
603.1. Triggered abilities have a trigger condition and an effect. They are written as “[When/Whenever/At] [trigger condition or event], [effect]. [Instructions (if any).]”
The following rule is in regards to multiple triggered abilities triggering off of the same event:
603.3b If multiple abilities have triggered since the last time a player received priority, the abilities are placed on the stack in a two-part process. First, each player, in APNAP order, puts each triggered ability they control with a trigger condition that isn’t another ability triggering on the stack in any order they choose. (See rule 101.4.) Second, each player, in APNAP order, puts all remaining triggered abilities they control on the stack in any order they choose. Then the game once again checks for and performs state-based actions until none are performed, then abilities that triggered during this process go on the stack. This process repeats until no new state-based actions are performed and no abilities trigger. Then the appropriate player gets priority.
In short: You gain 1 life twice, triggering Trelasarra, Moon Dancer twice, creating two instances of a +1/+1 counter being placed and you scrying 1.
3 weeks ago
Hey, for a first deck, well done on a budget.
I see some good deck building here, a clear game plan, some 4 ofs and a nice set of Godless dual lands. However, the numbers on some cards are off and there's some cards that belong in the sideboard rather than main deck because they cost too much mana for what they do unless you know for sure you're getting value from them. Revenge of Ravens, Kaya's Wrath, Exquisite Blood could all go in the sideboard in smaller numbers. Ill-Gotten Inheritance isn't worth playing.
There's an archetype in Modern called Soul Sisters and that's what you're mimicking here. In Soul Sisters you're also growing creatures p/t when you gain life. It's called Soul Sisters because of 4x Soul Warden and 4x Soul's Attendant are the sisters, life gain engine. In Soul Sisters there's nonbudget payoff wincons, Serra Ascendant and Heliod, Sun-Crowned, huge payoffs from wanting to gain life. You're going for a budget Soul Sisters and there's several budget replacements to consider.
- 4x Lunarch Veteran Flip --> Ill-Gotten Inheritance
- 2x more Pridemate --> Gideon's Company
- 4x Lingering Souls --> Revenge of Ravens
- 3x Speaker of the Heavens --> Exquisite Blood and Kaya's Wrath
You have a clear game plan here, but you can improve gameplay by changing the numbers of some cards and adding more lower mana cost effects that gain life? You're going to want more than just 4x Warden as one drop repeatable life gain with creatures. Veteran is a budget replacement for Soul's Attendant since Attendant is now $5 each. If you can get 1 or some Attendants then for sure play them, but if you can't get 4 than play 4x Veteran as another one drop sister. It's the 4x number of each that you want to have a better chance of having a sister turn one.
For your version the best opening curve is one drop sister into Pridemate, but to get this consistently you want more one drop sisters and more Pridemates. Lingering Souls gives you a lot of creature value for the mana cost because can flashback for lesser cost later or even same turn. With a sister or more in your control Souls can trigger nice amount of life gain while also creating flying Spirits who can be attackers or fodder as blockers. Turn one Warden, turn two Pridemate, turn three Souls, turn four flashback Souls and cast some thing else is a curve to build a huge game winning Pridemate.
Speaker of the Heavens is a fine budget payoff for having more life by creating 4/4 Angels. Creating an Angel triggers sisters and it's another one drop with lifelink.
Good luck with your deck.
1 month ago
Got another couple games in today:
I made some swaps prior to today's match incluuding:
I think our decks are still functionally the same but I have a lot of the tech you were heavily considering already swapped in and will be focusing on their performance in multiplayer format.
Forgot to snap a picture of my starting hand but I think it was something like that. Important play of the game was Firkraag playing an early Agitator Ant. By turn 3 I had Giada equipped with a Lightning Greaves and slowly played out my hand, focusing on dropping lands and playing removal. I constantly dumped the +1/+1 counters onto Giada and since she had the greaves equipped she was basically untouchable.
After bringing Arvinox and Ryu down to the low 20's with just Giada I began dumping the counters onto a Bishop of Wings that I drew into so I could start swinging at Firkraag. Ryu also got in 2 Hadokens against Firkraag's board to draw cards. I only got 1 swing into Firkraag before they boardwiped.
I was able to recast Giada and cast an Angelic Page drawing me a card off Folk Hero. I also cast a Pyre of Heroes excited to chain it off for some spicy tech. Unfortunately Ryu was at low life and killed shortly after the boardwipe. As the other 2 players had no board they scooped to end the game so we could start the next, giving me the win.
This game had some intense interactions. Isshin had a turn 1 Authority of the Consuls. Tevesh nearly played a turn 2 Tevesh Szat, Doom of Fools with a Jeweled Lotus but was countered by Muldrotha. Firkraag played a Pursued Whale giving us all Pirate tokens and forcing us to attack. Isshin played into that with a Combat Calligrapher. The entire table started swinging into each other with increasingly multiplying Inkling tokens. After Isshin's Combat Calligrapher was blown up and they took a bunch of damage from their own Inklings they decided to super wipe the board with a Ruinous Ultimatum but luckily their board was pretty sparse.
I lost Pearl Medallion, Well of Lost Dreams, Sword of the Animist, Lightning Greaves and Righteous Valkyrie. This set me back really far but luckily I had been ramping every turn with Sword of the Animist and kept some strong angels in hand.
I recast Giada, and played Archangel of Tithes, Angelic Field Marshal and Lyra Dawnbringer with Mutavault giving me the extra +1/+1 counter. At this point Isshin started going off and nearly killed me with a combination of Tectonic Giant, Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin, Isshin, Two Heavens as One, Aurelia, the Warleader but they tapped out for Dihada, Binder of Wills to give Krenko vigilance, lifelink and indestructible. When they tried to swing at me, they forgot about the tax for Tithes and instead knocked out Tevesh and Muldrotha. Muldrotha took out Aurelia, the Warleader as retribution.
On the final turn I was left with only Oblation and Breathkeeper Seraph in hand. I had the choice to use it on one of Isshin's creatures but they were in such a dominating position that giving them 2 cards was probably a bad idea. Instead I used it on a tapped Emergence Zone and drew into Thraben Watcher and Sigarda's Vanguard. With the combination of all the angels I brought Isshin down to 3 and Firkraag cleaned up but had nothing against my board so scooped.
I debated even listing this game as it was over so fast. Alela burst out on turn 1 with an Island into Sol Ring into Arcane Signet. Turn 2 they played a Smothering Tithe. Turn 3 they played a Bolas's Citadel. In one of their turns they cast a Vendilion Clique bottoming my Teferi's Protection. Despite whiffing for 2 turns off the top of their library they were so ahead with ramp that they quickly overtook the game. I died by turn 5 to 35+ damage from a faerie army beefed up with Coat of Arms. The other 2 players scooped as they had no interaction with the Coat.
T1 Esper Sentinel did some amazing work here. I drew off every player at least 2-3 times so it netted me like 7-8 cards for just 1 mana.
I also attempted to attack with Battle Angels of Tyr but it was bounced to my hand by next turn.
The Ozolith ended up doing nothing this game but that's more due to having no boardstate. Together Forever wouldn't have done anything in this game either so its impact still hasn't been seen. Other players did comment that it could be a problem with a bigger board.
I did have a misplay here as I should have held up mana for removal spells which I had in my hand. My final hand was Vanquisher's Banner, Archangel of Thune, Angelic Accord, Serra Paragon, Valkyrie Harbinger, Path of Exile and Swords to Plowshares. I just didn't expect Alela to quintuple their damage in one turn.
T1 - Secluded Steppe tapped
I had several misplays this game as it had been a long day. The first was using my Clues too early instead of playing out my hand and refilling it later with the Clues.
Phenax became a huge threat towards mid-game as they had a Haunt of high tower on board along with their commander Phenax, God of Deception. They forced Ghisath to mill 40+ cards with 4 creatures. I had Kabira Takedown Flip in hand but it wouldn't put a dent in the Haunt. Instead I opted for player removal and swung with everything knocking them out.
My second misplay here was not tapping Giada to cast Angelic Field Marshal which would've given all my creatures vigilance. I was so used to swinging with Giada first and then tapping her that I failed to see her as a mana dork. Since I had Archangel of Tithes out it would've prevented huge swings against me as well.
Since I was wide open Gishath took the advantage and swung at me dropping a good number of dinos on their board. However on their next turn when they tried to use Silverclad Ferocidons with Pyrohemia Jared saved the day by sacrificing Primeval Spawn into a Time Warp.
When I tried to rebuild I realized I had no clues left and no attackers to draw into answers. I also made my third misplay by wasting a Path to Exile on a random dinosaur thinking it would sacrifice Pyrohemia but then stupidly played Bishop of Wings so I could trigger my The Book of Exalted Deeds by replaying Giada.
I died on the next turn to due to lethal Gishath commander damage. If I had saved my Path I could've used it on Gishath and played out more angels for the lifegain.
Lightning Greaves was amazing in the 2 games it was played. It was so great that Isshin focused Giada when it came back out. In fact I like it so much that I'm going to try and find a spot for Swiftfoot Boots so I can keep equipping without removing the protection.
Archangel of Tithes was SO GOOD. It saved me from lethal once and would've again a second time if I didn't misplay again. With vigilance it does double duty.
Well of Lost Dreams felt a little clunky in game 2. I want to like it, it has a high ceiling but it needs some prep work to start drawing. Either I drop it instead of a threat or I play it much later. I also need lifegain and the mana to draw from it. With the amount of work that goes into it to activate it, a board wipe usually turns it off. We have no other lifegain outside of creature based lifegain. So we would only draw with an established board presence and we're using mana to draw into threats rather than play them. It feels either like a win-more card or a hail mary to get something good. I'm actually debating its place in this deck and what may be a better card draw. Court of Grace at least replaces itself on our end step and provides either an Angel or Spirit on our upkeep. It also requires no additional maintenance to get it going.
Others at the table commented that Authority of the Consuls is a better option to the soul sisters. While I do like the tap mechanic of Authority, it doesn't trigger off my creatures. Also having it be an enchantment means that most people won't bother with it all game. Soul sisters typically get wiped with the rest of the board whereas opponents have to target Authority. I find that I don't usually hit the payoffs on opponents turn but on my own turn. However, I only hit the magic 4/5 life when Bishop of Wings or Righteous Valkyrie is out, not off a soul sister. I know that you really like the soul sisters but practically every game I've had a board wipe and the payoffs haven't been worth it.
Even though I STILL haven't pulled off Pyre of Heroes properly I'm once again debating Recruiter of the Guard and Weathered Wayfarer. Since they're both humans they can chain into our human sub-theme. Weathered Wayfarer can be sacrificed into Bishop of Wings to get our lifegain payoffs going. It also helps grab lands for Emeria Shepherd if we want to recur stuff from the graveyard. Recruiter of the Guard can tutor for Starnheim Aspirant, Esper Sentinel, Inspiring Overseer, Thraben Watcher and can be sacrificed into Mangara, the Diplomat.
1 month ago
Changes to be made:
Mulldrifter for Search Party Captain : Better digging option with the upside of being able to be evoked if in a pinch. SPC being dependent on attackers is good for when Abdel has made enough tokens, not great in your opening hand though.
Stonehorn Dignitary for Watertrap Weaver : Why tap an opponents creature when you can stop them from attacking at all? Yes they will be able to use their remaining creatures as blockers, No Abdel doesn't care when he attacks with 100x 10/10 soldiers.
Fellwar Stone and other two cmc rocks will replace the three cmc ones over time to lower the curve even further.
1 month ago
I feel my blood pressure spike every time I look over a deck you build.
As far as what to cut, I think I remember you saying mono-white sacrifice and board wipe tribal so my recommendations are with that in mind. I'd cut the following:
Liquimetal Torque . I'm not sure what you'd want to turn into artifacts, you don't have anything that cares about when an artifact you control is put into the graveyard, and you have plenty of removal that I don't think you'd need to turn other people's permanents into artifacts.
Doomskar . This one I can see why you wouldn't want to cut it. Board wipe at instant speed. But it is the only Foretell card in the deck so once you exile it everyone will know there's a board wipe incoming. Thalia, Guardian of Thraben . It's symmetric, it's staxxy, doesn't really fit your theme I think. Spirited Companion or Wall of Omens . They do the same thing, one of them is just a defender. Soul's Attendant . Just a Soul Warden that costs $2 more. The Fall of Lord Konda Flip . It's removal, but it feels underwhelming, and it's second ability conflicts with Helm of Possession. Oketra's Monument . I feel like every time I build a mono deck, I always end up cutting the monument. That might just be me though. Altar of Dementia . It's an amazing sac outlet, but idk if you want to go for milling out your opponents or self mill.
I'm not sure what else you could cut. I hope that helps a little bit lol
1 month ago
You have a good start having a plan that plays to the tribes strengths and is not just a tribal mishmash, it is even on theme for clerics.
Maybeboard: There are a few creatures that should be taken off the maybe board like Moon-Blessed Cleric for tutoring powerful enchantments. You have some straight up more powerful lifegain creatures like Righteous Valkyrie and Soul's Attendant sitting on the sideline, these should be main decked immediately. Yawgmoth, Thran Physician is amazingly powerful and especially deadly with your commander out, he does it all, card draw, removal and sacrifice outlet. Rotlung Reanimator pairs very well with your commander I think, rewarding you even more for sacrifice and even though the tokens are zombies they do provide attackers, blockers and sacrifice fodder for some abilities.
Unspeakable Symbol is an excellent redundancy to go along with Vizkopa Confessor for adding a little more resilience to the win condition. This card also has some more subtle effects making it very interesting for multiplayer as it can target an opponent's creatures, letting you change combats and can be used for political favors.
Some new considerations: Selfless Spirit fits in very well with your commander and is easy to reoccur adding some real resilience to your clerics. Mikaeus, the Unhallowed is obscene with your commander and in tribe as well. Speaker of the Heavens is not a major add but thought I would mention him as a decent token generator for your fleet. Pontiff of Blight is a decent cleric that can help grind out long games by transforming spells into burn spells with multiple extort triggers on cast, the amount of damage and lifegain over time is no joke.
2 months ago
A mulligan is not like folding in poker…. If you fold in poker, you are done for the round. You do not get to play this round of poker, while everybody else at the table finishes the hand.
In mtg if you mulligan, do you just sit an watch everybody else play the game while you do nothing? No. You shuffle up and draw and play like normal.
If mulligans are ANYTHING similar to poker, it’s like in 5 card draw when you give some cards from your hand back to the dealer for a new set of cards.
And why does MTG NEED to reward you by winning by a huge margin? And how would you even determine that? If i win when I’m at 1 life why does it matter? Why should I get more points if I beat you at 20 life? That doesn’t make sense.
In mtg, life is a resource just as much as the cards in your hand are. The only thing you are incentivizing is that cards like Thoughtseize get worse because they take life from you, and cards like Soul's Attendant get worse because “they increase the margin of victory.
You can win in MTG in more than 1 way, so the margin of victory is literally impossible to determine. Would all COMP REL events have dozens of judges going around to determine the exact amount of points each person wins after EVERY GAME?? That just isn’t practical dude. I don’t think you’re really thinking this through from any other standpoint than your opinion that you want something changed.
3 months ago
Black Market Connections can do a lot of work for a 3 drop, and you've got access to White for random life gain to make it less of a problem. It's clunky but Axis of Mortality is a really fun/interesting card that can make it an asset to pay life, and you can also use it to just switch two opponent's life totals if yours is the highest. If you want something lower to the ground, there are also the Soul Sisters, Soul Warden and Soul's Attendant, or Lunarch Veteran Flip. One or two of those coming out early can mean a ton of life if nobody is wiping.
I think Welcoming Vampire might work, but you probably want to have tokens enter on other people's turns, not sure if you can pull that off readily. There is also Bennie Bracks, Zoologist, which doesn't care what kind of token you're making and can be cheap to cast, he's really nice with Pitiless Plunderer and a sac outlet or Smothering Tithe.
Not sure if you get walled very often, but if you're usually going wide Angel's Trumpet can create a ton of chaos for unprepared decks.