Starnheim Aspirant

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Brawl Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Pre-release Legal
Standard Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Starnheim Aspirant

Creature — Human Cleric

Angel spells you cast cost less to cast.

lhetrick13 on Sin Eaters

1 week ago

BrantMTG - I like your take on the angel tribe deck with a focus on lifegain and token creation.

If I were to offer up my initial thoughts on improving the deck, I feel like you likely need another land or two to make this deck more consistent. You are running a number of cards like Starnheim Aspirant to accelerate the deck and make the angels more playable sooner but the average CMC of the deck is 3.05 and you are only running 20 lands. Maybe adding in 2xNykthos, Shrine to Nyx would be a good fit.

Also, I feel like not running any removal may hurt you in the long run. has a lot of ways to exile creatures or destroy artifacts/enchantments, some of which may be more of a sideboard but not having any in a deck that will likely be slow to get off the ground and/or slow to rebuild from a board wipe likely will lead to lots of near victory games.

Lastly, on the topic of additional draws, Well of Lost Dreams or Dawn of Hope are killer in lifegain decks as they keep your hand full. I personally like Well of Lost Dreams better but that is more in mid-range decks.

Anyways, good stuff! Happy Brewing!

BioProfDude on MonoW Pioneer Angels

1 month ago

I strongly suggest Youthful Valkyrie, and I'd do 4x of them. To make room, I'd remove 2x each of Starnheim Aspirant and Bishop of Wings. Those two cards are good, but they don't fly and they don't scale as well as Youthful Valkyrie.

I'd also increase Shalai, Voice of Plenty to 3x and reduce to 1x Sephara, Sky's Blade to make room. Shalai is just super good.

Gisela, the Broken Blade  Meld is also exceptional.

Cool deck! +1 from me!

Best regards, Brian

wallisface on

3 months ago

Feridia Some decks can justify running cards above 4-mana, but it's not super common - you need a good reason to justify it. I would say Herald of War doesn't help your curve at all because its own mana cost is already 5, so its not actually helping you play threats any faster. Starnheim Aspirant might help you play slightly above curve, although I wouldn't say by much, as you realistically can't rely on drawing it in a game (and because it costs 3 mana, it's kindof an awkward card to cast, as it applies no pressure on its own) - generally speaking if you're wanting to run a higher mana-curve, you want a bunch of very-low mana cards (1-mana, sometimes 2) provide you some kind of mana acceleration.

Feridia on

3 months ago

wallisface Thank you for the advice! So anything over a 4 drop is out in modern? Even with the cost reduction abilities of Herald of War and Starnheim Aspirant? Would it work better if I removed some of the higher drops for more price reduction lords?

Forkbeard on Lyra Dawnbringer: Seek & Destroy

5 months ago

Made a few tweaks...

In: Cosmos Elixir, Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire, Giada, Font of Hope, Starnheim Aspirant, Esper Sentinel & Mangara, the Diplomat

Out: Angelic Arbiter, Plains, Akroma, Angel of Wrath, Ghostly Prison, Gauntlet of Power & Norn's Annex

I still want to have a few bombs in the deck, but taking a couple of the high cost angels out in favour of draw options + a few more efficient but on theme pieces may help the game plan.

AstroAA on Maya Angels

5 months ago

So first things first - I see you swapped the commander to Atla Palani, Nest Tender, and I do think that she is stronger for cheating things into play as her plus her ability costs the same as a single Mayael the Anima activation, her ability triggers whenever an egg dies, and besides her you only have one egg producer in the deck - Nesting Dragon - and you aren't running any token doublers, I'd advise running something like Rings of Brighthearth or Illusionist's Bracers to copy her ability, allowing you to potentially cheat in multiple things a turn. However, her ability only triggers when something dies. I see you have Ashnod's Altar and Phyrexian Altar in the maybeboard, and they're definitely probably your best options to accomplish this as that mana can also be used to cast angels in your hand.

Also, your CMC is 4.03, which is ridiculously high. You also aren't running any mana ramp outside of artifacts, which while your commanders ability is based around cheating things into play - if you don't have access to your commander or sac outlets than you're screwed. Things like Cultivate, Kodama's Reach, Migration Path, or cards like Birds of Paradise, Avacyn's Pilgrim, Fyndhorn Elves, or even cost-reducer cards like Starnheim Aspirant, Pearl Medallion all can make a big impact. Or, even just swapping some of the higher CMC angels out for lower-costed ones, like Angel of Vitality, Angel of Jubilation, Resplendent Angel and Righteous Valkyrie can go a long way towards a smoother game.

raspberryfish25 on Lyra Dawnbringer: Seek & Destroy

5 months ago

One last card I forgot to include Starnheim Aspirant is really strong ramp for all your angels. I would add this card too.

9-lives on

7 months ago

How about instead of Renewed Faith you add Chaplain's Blessing? Much cheaper MV, and almost as good. Also, Chaplain's Blessing gives just enough life to trigger Resplendent Angel. I would also get rid of Emeria's Call  Flip as it's mana prohibitive, and replace it with Angelic Accord; Angelic Accord is useful with Chaplain's Blessing and Bishop of Wings. When you use Angelic Accord, then trigger it with Chaplain's Blessing, And, Righteous Valkyrie is another with Angelic Accord, considering that the token's toughness is 4, and even with Bishop of Wings it adds 4 more life, which makes for triggering Resplendent Angel. Also, I would definitely exchange Lyra Dawnbringer with Shalai, Voice of Plenty. The latter protects with hexproof, which is great against many types of threats, especially counter/burn decks. I would also get rid of Starnheim Unleashed with Starnheim Aspirant.

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