Sword of the Animist
Legendary Artifact — Equipment
Equipped creature gets +1/+1.
Whenever equipped creature attacks, you may search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.
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Sword of the Animist Discussion
1 week ago
Deck looks fun and good so far! I like it. I have a comment to start. Tahngarth's ability works similarly to Kaalia of the Vast in the sense that there is no attack trigger, so for things like Bear Umbra the ability does not trigger when you give him to other players to attack, so it's really only useful on other creatures.
Interestingly enough, even if you kept him on an opponent's field for a full turn cycle, this actually is bad! Since they control Tahngarth, they will get the benefit, due to the card's wording. You only control the things attached to Tahngarth, so since Bear Umbra gives the ability to Tahngarth's text, the opponent would get to untap lands.
All this ^^^ was more just of interest rather than general advice.
Moving on, in your OTHER category. You have a LOT of incentives to get people to not attack you, too many in fact. I'll tell you which ones I think are best, but it's up to your personal preference which ones to cut. I think the Curse of Predation , Curse of Disturbance , Bloodthirsty Blade , Frenzied Saddlebrute , Disrupt Decorum , Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor , Shiny Impetus , Xantcha, Sleeper Agent , and Goblin Spymaster are the best personally, as they are the most effective at goading.
I think Dimir House Guard is really not that great, and you have enough other tutors to get Tahngarth.
Cunning Rhetoric is a fabulous card for this deck (also in general, holy moly I'm glad I know about this card now). Your monarch cards might not be that great to have, but I think it's worth play-testing. I think it might make it hard for you, since you can't attack a person who is the monarch for fear that they will attack you, although this can be counteracted through goad cards.
Otherwise, I think this deck is pretty cool, and I approve of it.
1 week ago
Great deck with enough ramp. I'd suggest bringing in two more card draw options as well as two more targeted removal.
Both seem very slow when you have much better options. And the sword is legendary which does not work with your commander.
These cards serve a double purpose for card-draw and removal.
1 week ago
Psychic Corrosion is strictly better than Teferi's Tutelage I've also had a lot of good luck putting equipments on the little unblockable nerds such as Sword of the Animist and Sword of Light and Shadow . Something like Whispersilk Cloak can also be good to give your bigger creatures unblockable
2 weeks ago
Hi, first of all, I like the simplicity of this Deck. Lathril, Blade of the Elves has the colour identity green and black (gb). Unfortunately hybrid mana, like the mana for Rhys the Redeemed and Growing Ranks gives both colours to the colour identity of a card, so that these two cards are regarded green and white cards and are therefor illegal in a Lathril deck. (If your playgroup ignores that, which is you right to do, ignore that.)
Since you propably want to attack with Lathril, you'll want to protect her. The two most basics cards to do that would be Lightning Greaves and Swiftfoot Boots , although they are not vrey flavourful. You could also improve her first effect by giving her double strike (i.e. with Fireshrieker ), which would result in triggering the effect twice per attack.
An additional Elf, I would recommend, is Fauna Shaman . With that you can search you library for more important elves. The following cards would greatly improve the deck, but are also pretty expensive moneywise, are Kindred Dominance , Kindred Summons and Doubling Season .
If you want to protect your whole board (at least for a single time) you could add Druid's Deliverance .
I hope I could help you a little.
Have fun with your deck
3 weeks ago
Hiya! Long time Boros player here, got a few tips for the list.
1) In your creature line-up there are several creatures that aren't knights. There are also creatures that not only aren't knights, but don't synergize with knights. I would examine each of these creatures with a critical eye. The strength (and fun) of a tribal deck is its synergy. If there are creatures in a tribal deck that don't contribute to that synergy, they have to majorly make up for it (both for power's sake and for fun's sake). So I would look at each non-knight in your list and see if they're worth it (both power wise and fun wise).
2) There are also knights in your build that synergize with other things, namely equipment. If the deck were led by Syr Gwyn, Hero of Ashvale then this would make more sense. Since it's not, I would recommend trying to replace the equipment subtheme you have going on with better tribal synergies.
3) Your deck is kinda short on both card draw and ramp (You're doing great in the removal package though!). Boros is fortunate to have been getting tons of love in both the card draw and ramp departments in recent years, so we actually kinda have options. From what I can see in this (like many) tribal deck is that you want to play lots of creatures that synergize with each other, so you're going to be emptying out your hand very quickly. Wheel effects ( Reforge the Soul , Wheel of Misfortune ) are great sources of card draw when you're emptying your hand. Impulsive draw ( Showdown of the Skalds , Light Up the Stage , Ignite the Future ) is also pretty good for this. As for ramp, that's probably more down to preference. In aggressive decks I like Sword of the Animist and Dowsing Dagger Flip since they reward you with ramp for attacking.
1 month ago
1 month ago
Hey KevinLandonChanning, again I appreciate the words of praise! I'm grateful that you designed and built your own deck - taking inspiration from my own, that's awesome. Terror of the Peaks is a cool Dragon, and aesthetically I see what you mean but unfortunately due to it lacking the Dinosaur creature sub-type means that it won't have much synergy overall in the deck and will only be of any real relevance when Polyraptor hits the field. I'd prefer the inclusion of cards that can manage to both play into common strategies as well as stand out on their own within the deck.
Never considered Dryad of the Ilysian Grove , as it does suffer from being super easy to remove. I think i'll stick with my mana rocks to try and fix my mana pool. Honestly, i'm just hoping for Wizards to print more Dinosaurs - specifically dinos that are low CMC (1 or 2) that can also function as mana dorks in some unique fashion that incorporates a cool Enrage trigger that nets mana. For now I haven't seen anything printed to give me pause, but i'm always paying attention to spoilers. Sword of the Animist is pretty interesting. Never considered it before, but i'll give it some thought. Thanks again for posting, I wish you all the success and luck with your Zacama deck!
1 month ago
I'm glad I could help! I have some other suggestions if it's no longer budget (I won't include Mana Crypt an stuff though haha) and you want to improve it some more: I see that you also have Ohran Frostfang , which is a great deterrent for your opponents deciding to block. Another good source of Deathtouch could be Bow of Nylea , which also does some other cool abilities on top of giving deathtouch. Some other good drawing enchantments include Garruk's Uprising , Elemental Bond , and Colossal Majesty . Since you run anthems, these guys can trigger on your weenies too. If you want something more consistent, Beast Whisperer and Mentor of the Meek are also good draw power. A fun card that puts creatures onto your opponent's side of the board is Hungry Lynx , especially because it gives your commander protection from the creatures it makes! Legion Loyalist seems perfect in this deck since he gives all your creatures first strike, trample, and evasion from tokens, and all of those things make it easier to get the goad trigger. Dragonmaster Outcast and Emeria Angel can make even more flying tokens to get that sweet goading trigger. Feldon of the Third Path seems good for when things are inevitably in the graveyard and you want to use them. Blade of Selves lets you use a creature you already have even more! Some other ramp that you haven't included is Selesnya Signet , Sol Ring , Rampant Growth , and Sword of the Animist . Anthems that you might consider are War Horn , Spear of Heliod , and Glory of Warfare .
The cards I would cut include: The small creatures with only a landwalk ability, like Dwarven Grunt and Treetop Scout ( Dryad Sophisticate is good, though). They are limited in their ability to get in for damage, and don't do much else beyond that, which makes them your more weak cards. I agree with your decision to try to cut the Hunted Troll , but the Hunted Dragon seems good since you can swing immediately and goad the tokens it makes. Although the Soltari creatures with shadow are good, I think you may have too many of them--they are intensive, and only Soltari Champion and Soltari Visionary really do anything when you use them. The Healer's Hawk and Segovian Angel are basically really bad Serra Ascendant s. If you want the 1-drop, maybe consider Figure of Destiny (gets bigger) or even Rhys the Redeemed (makes tokens). Citadel Siege and Dictate of Heliod are too slow and/or costly to make an impact, in my opinion. You know your meta better though.