Sower of Temptation
Creature — Faerie Wizard
When Sower of Temptation enters the battlefield, gain control of target creature as long as Sower of Temptation remains on the battlefield.
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Sower of Temptation occurrence in decks from the last year
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All decks: 0.02%
Sower of Temptation Discussion
3 weeks ago
Helm of Possession sac outlet for 2 with the steal
Keiga, the Tide Star a little high cast but with haste I can kill each turn and get the steal
Olivia Voldaren if I’m worried about having lots of mana I can’t use up anywhere
Reins of Power ok I think this has significant multiplayer opportunity. I swap prior to combat attack the one with the most life sac all their borrowed creatures to make them permanently mine then I get back the stuff I loaned out.
Sower of Temptation flier with a steal ETB
1 month ago
Last_Laugh Thanks for your comments. To your suggestions:
Spellskite: seems like a perfect card for Marchesa. I will put this in. :D
Metallic Mimic: same as spellskite. I will put this in. Seems really strong!
Glen Elendra Archmage: i thought about this card already and the potential lock. For me it is not fun to play such a lock since i want a good time with my playgroup. :D Similar reasons with Oona's Blackguard/Sadistic Hypnotist. Discard seems a good control aspect but put instantly me as a target. I have to figure it out if and how i can use these in the future.
Sower of Temptation:Was one of the last cuts for me. My thinking with Thalakos Deceiver is that he fits very well in this deck for some reasons. First he can sac himself what i already want to get him back. Second he synergies very well with Marchesa's dethrone ability. Give him the +1+1counter and sac him afterwards. But i need to test it to evaluate the card.
Fleshwrither: Seems good with all the 4 drops. I personally like to play with no or less tutors which makes every game quite diffrent. I guess for mimic and spellskite i will drop one or two 4 drops.
About Vicious Shadows and Stolen Strategy: Vicious shadows is a card i want to build around for a long time. Since my playgroup will draw a lot of cards this card seems good within this deck to punished it. Stolen strategy is one of my pet cards :D It works kinda with the theme of the deck and is usefull for card draw/advantage and removal!! because the cards stay at exile :D
Btw. I checked and upvote your list out and i think it is really good and a nice name :D
1 month ago
Nice deck, it's similar to my build but mine is less theft focused. I like the inclusion of Invasion Plans here. I do have a few suggestions for both cuts and additions.
Spellskite helps protect Marchesa and you can redirect the same spell/ability on the stack as many times as needed to set your life where you want it.
Metallic Mimic allows you to abuse any etb/death trigger on everyone's turn instead of once per round. Just sac Mimic to reset the creature type as needed.
Glen Elendra Archmage is a counterspell on a stick that also doubles as a combo piece with Mikaeus and a free sac outlet. Infinite mana with Phyrexian/Ashnod's, infinite damage w/ Goblin Bombardment, and infinite mill with Altar of Dementia.
Legion Loyalist is a pet card of mine here. First strike + trample out of relatively nowhere is great thanks to haste. The tokens can't block part has saved my butt more often than I thought it would also.
Cuts: Burnished Heart/Solemn Simulacrum are both too slow here imo. Feast on the Fallen is another card you won't miss much, it looks better on paper. At 7 mana Vicious Shadows should damn near win you the game but doesn't have nearly that impact. Thalakos Deceiver is probably your worst theft effect (maybe Sower of Temptation instead). Stolen Strategy also seems very mana intensive and awkward to find the right time to spend 5 mana on it, but I've admittedly never tried it.
Feel free to check out my list for ideas, it's one of the top rated Marchesa lists on this site and has tons of posts to sift through for more ideas. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Every Masochist Needs a Marchesa To Love Them
2 months ago
Hey, good start for a causal version of Yarok :)
How are you winning the game with Yarok? Even casual decks need a way to win the game. You may be playing a causal deck, but you're also playing many noncasual cards. I ask this because you should build the rest of your deck around how you want to win. One way is with infinite mana to infinite blink Agent of Treachery to gain control of all your opponents permanents. I suggest this way because Agent is an amazing card to abuse with Yarok and blink.
The main enabler for this is Deadeye Navigator who can blink the creature it's soulbound too. Peregrine Drake soulbound to Deadeye is the enabler to make infinite mana by infinite blinking Drake to tap and untap your lands. When you have infinite mana you can soulbound Deadeye to a win condition creature in this case Agent and then infinite blink Agent.
If you add Deadeye then it's safe to say that you should build the rest of your deck around Deadeye and Agent because they're how you win. Deadeye has interaction with many other creatures not just Agent because it's a repeatable source of blink for the soulbound creature. If you're interested in learning about this combo then I can explain it in more detail in another comment. Would you like to know more?
25 cards that are 5 CMC or higher is a lot. This many is making the avg. CMC of your deck very high at 4.2 meaning that the avg. mana cost of the cards in your deck is four mana. You risk not being able to cast a single card until you have four or more mana which could be all game if you get land screwed. An improvement would be to streamline these 24 cards down to 10 or less to start. Yarok is the five drop you want to cast more than the rest which is something to keep in mind when choosing which ones and the number of other five drops to play.
The best high CMC cards here are: Yarok, Agent of Treachery, Rune-Scarred Demon, Tooth and Nail, Sepulchral Primordial, Diluvian Primordial, Ob Nixilis, the Fallen, Sire of Stagnation, Tatyova, Benthic Druid, Mulldrifter, Conjurer's Closet. All the rest not named could theoretically be cut. If you add Deadeye and Drake then they could replace Nixilis and Stagnation.
Further streamlined example: Yarok, Agent of Treachery, Deadeye Navigator, Peregrine Drake, Rune-Scarred Demon, Tooth and Nail, Mulldrifter. All these cards can help to assemble Deadeye/Drake and then Deadeye/Agent as the win condition. Mulldrifter can soulbound with Deadeye for infinite blink to draw into your deck until you can assemble the combos with protection.
Some cards to consider cutting:
- Siren's Ruse: worst blink spell, at two mana to blink only one creature and there's only one Pirate.
- Illusionist's Stratagem: four mana is a lot to only potentially use this spell once.
- Casualties of War: six mana difficult mana cost and a sorcery is in my opinion not worth it.
- Deathsprout: four mana and it's difficult casting cost is not worth what you get.
- Gilded Lotus: can do better than five mana ramp.
- Ulvenwald Hydra: have lower CMC creatures who can get lands and you don't have a specific very powerful land to tutor for.
- Duplicant: this conflicts with lots of other cards here since it exiles opponents creatures. Do you want to exile them or gain control of them?
- Hornet Queen: Myr Battlesphere is more of a threat with the tokens it creates and you could even cut Battlesphere.
- Memorial to Folly
- Villainous Wealth: I would only include it if you also include the infinite mana combo with Deadeye/Drake then infinite blink of Eternal Witness can be infinite casts/recur Wealth which can be a win condition.
- Rishkar's Expertise: six mana draw, you can get more repeatable draw from other lower CMC sources.
- Nekrataal and Shriekmaw: not needed because you have Ravenous Chupacabra, no restrictions on what opponent creature you can destroy.
- Golgari Findbroker: not needed because you have Witness.
- Sower of Temptation: have better creatures that can gain control of opponents creature.
- Entomber Exarch
- Torrential Gearhulk
- Meteor Golem
I have other some suggestions of cards to add which I can make in another comment. Would you like more suggestions?
Good luck with your deck.
3 months ago
Sure thing! I'm going to be looking at this from the perspective of someone who wants to make the deck as "competitive" as possible; I won't talk about stuff like flavor and such because then all of my opinions would clash and you'd be confused. >.<
In the main deck:
I like Quickling, but I would change those Silkbind Faeries back to Pestermite, because even though Silkbind is reusable, it uses up mana and takes a turn to get the effect. Pestermite, while only a single-use creature, gives you an immediate effect and has a more flexible ability that can tap opposing lands, untap one of your own lands to play another creature or leave up counterspell mana, untap one of your creatures to block, etc. whereas Silkbind can only tap creatures. I can't tell you how many times I've saved myself from a turn 4 sweeper or other removal spell by flashing in Pestermite on an opponent's upkeep and tapping down one of their splash colors. Also, the difference between a spell that does something on turn 3 and a spell that sits around on turn 3 then takes mana to do something on turn 4 is huge in Modern (I realize your daughter will be playing against Standard Challengers, but there's still a big difference there).
Faerie Trickery: As an aggressive deck, you want to deal with threats for as little mana as possible, even if the effect is only temporary; that way, you can play your offensive spells on top of the removal and continue to push pressure onto your opponent. This is somewhat less of a deal when you have flash creatures (makes threat evaluation a bit easier), but I've found that it still works far better to keep the cmc of removal spells low. So, I suggest you replace Faerie Trickery with Mana Leak. Exile effects won't matter as much when the deck is as proactive as this one is, so it's better to take the lower cmc and easier-to-cast colors of Mana Leak.
As for Faerie Tauntings, I just don't think it's a very good card. Three mana is a lot for a card that doesn't do much the turn it comes into play. In my opinion, it would be better to just play a couple Vapor Snag in its spot, since this deck needs a few creature removal spells to keep up with other aggressive decks. A 4:2 or 3:3 split of Vapor Snag:Mana Leak would be preferable, actually.
In the sideboard:
Peppersmoke: Generally, when building sideboards you want every card to have as much of an affect on a specific matchup as possible. Peppersmoke is just not that type of card, haha. Fun fact: against Jund specifically, Peppersmoke is pretty bad since it counts as two card types in the graveyard for Tarmogoyf, which means the creature is literally unkillable (even if it's a 0/1) and gets a +2/+2 buff if you try to do so! If you want more creature removal, I suggest playing something more powerful, like Echoing Truth (deals with tokens well), Fatal Push if you can spare the money, Victim of Night, Dismember.
Hypnotic Sprite: This is, once again, not a great sideboard card. You do not want to counter Burn spells with a 3 mana counter (3 mana spent vs 1 mana spent = mana lost and a whole turn spent on your part), and the combo decks I know of will either kill before turn 3 (Neoform combo) or have a >3 cmc spell as their most important combo piece (Past in Flames in Storm, Ad Nauseam). These 3 card slots are much better used by Duress, Spell Pierce, Negate, or Dispel since they cover the same matchups and more for a lower cmc.
Thieving Sprite: They're okay, but I wouldn't play more than 2 of them. This is another example of a card whose function can be covered by a lower cmc card (Duress). Also, Earwig Squad is a really good card in the control matchups since you can search their deck to preemptively take out removal or win conditions, and it can't be hit by Fatal Push.
Notorious Throng: To answer your question, no, the card can definitely be worth it in single player formats. Especially if you're pitting this deck up against a Standard deck. In fact, I would totally play three of them in the main if I knew I was playing against a Standard deck. But putting that aside, the card is very good in midrange matchups, like Jund and them. It's very difficult for black-based midrange to deal with tokens because of their reliance on one-for-one removal; a card that makes a bunch of tokens that fly and occasionally force discards is crazy good against them. Not to mention the Prowl ability on it. shiver
As for the other cards in your list, I think Thieves' Fortune, Latchkey Faerie, and Faerie Macabre are the best of the bunch (that's why they're in the original deck, haha). Macabre is a great graveyard hate card, and Latchkey is very good if you want to take the deck along a more aggressive path; creatures that cantrip, like Silvergill Adept and Elvish Visionary, have always been a staple of their respective tribe archetypes. The only thing that makes me particularly hesitant about playing Faerie Seer, Thornwind Faeries, Sower of Temptation, or Faerie Formation is the fact that they don't have the Rogue creature type. Putting them in the deck can lead to inconsistencies, and when two of the three lords only work with Rogues, I would rather not risk it. Of those, I think Sower has the best chance of being a decent sideboard card (because it is one). Don't play Faerie Formation. Its cmc is too high and its ability uses too much mana.
But honestly, if you think any of those cards would be good includes for their competitive value or flavor or whatnot and you think your daughter might think so too, I say just buy them (if possible) so you and your daughter can play around with numbers yourselves. That's what I did when I bought the deck (I have a set of Latchkey and a set of Cloak and Dagger that have fallen to the wayside lol). When you're trying to decide how best to build a deck, a question which has no definitive answer imo, buying cards like that saves a lot of time; the process of optimizing/customizing a deck to be your own is also a fun activity in itself. But if you want to take my opinion one more time, I believe the best way to navigate the details is to ask your daughter which cards she wants to play with herself, since at the end of the day she's the one whose opinion really matters!
Anyways, I'm really glad your daughter's happy! Have fun with the deck!!!
3 months ago
Hi, I modified the list a bit (not because I think there's anything wrong with it but simply because the deck is for my 10y.o. daughter to bash my son ^_^ I'm not gonna spend 80/90 bucks for that!) Can I ask you what do you think of it?
- 4*Changeling Outcast
- 4*Faerie Miscreant
- 4*Nightshade Stinger
- 4*Oona's Blackguard
- 4*Quickling (to recover other creatures with interesting ETB effects)
- 4*Spellstutter Sprite
- 4*Scion of Oona
- 3*Silkbind Faerie (like Pestermite but permanently on the battlefield)
- 4*Stinkdrinker Bandit
- 2*Faerie Tauntings (to go with all those Flash creatures and instants)
- 4*Faerie Trickery
- 2*Faerie Conclave
- 2*Secluded Glen
- 4*Unclaimed Territory
- 3*Peppersmoke (against Swarm/Jund/etc.)
- 3*Hypnotic Sprite
- // Mesmeric Glare (protection from Combo or Burn)
- 4*Thieving Sprite (for Control)
- 3*Morsel Theft (to recover from Aggro)
- 2*Notorious Throng (is this worth only in multiplayers?)
Also, what do you think of any of the following? Would they be worth including?
- Faerie Seer or Thieves' Fortune (to manipulate my draw)
- Thornwind Faeries (nice utility ability)
- Latchkey Faerie (I don't know why but I like it, with the cantrip and whatnot)
- Faerie Macabre
- Sower of Temptation (seems interesting with big beasts decks)
- Faerie Formation (to help growing the field) My problem is that I wouldn't know what to sub them for -.-
Anyway, she's so happy to finally have her Faeries that you shouldn't be surprised to receive a parchment starting you received a vote to become the next Arch-Chancellor of the Unseen University ^_~
5 months ago
5 months ago
Hey thanks! Much appreciated.
In a nutshell, the deck plays with a combination of two types of cards: the ones used to activate Barrin’s ability and the one’s we generally want to return back to our hand. In a dire situation we can target our opponent’s creatures but that is not the primary focus.
Cards like: Hatching Plans, Ichor Wellspring, Mycosynth Wellspring are budget cards thatbwork perfectly as sac fodder and give some sort of reward for sending them to the graveyard. Metallurgic Summonings and Genesis Chamber are great examples of ways to generate sac fodder at minimal cost as well. Toothy, Imaginary Friend and Matter Reshaper among others give a little more of a reward when sent to the graveyard.
Then there are the cards we want to target with Barrin’s ability. Basically just a bunch of stuff with delicious ETBs. Master of Waves, Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre, Sower of Temptation, Myr Battlesphere and Torrential Gearhulk are prime examples of this. Large payoff if we can get them to bounce multiple times.
All the instants and sorceries are a basic round-up of counterspells and spells that will help syphon through the deck. When building this, the other person who helped me mainly used cards from Guilds of Ravnica and later. So mostly newer cards.
I’ve only played a few games with this and it’s definitely fun. Biggest problem i’ve noticed is I need more firepower. I’m thinking of adding in Kozilek and Jin-Gataxius just as some potential finishers. I’m not a blue player either but Barrin appealed to me for his obscurity and the fact his ability is really solid.
Thanks for commenting and I’ll check out your Naban deck to see if I can help you out!