Teyo, the Shieldmage
Legendary Planeswalker — Teyo
You have hexproof. (You can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)
-2: Create a 0/3 white Wall create token with defender.
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Teyo, the Shieldmage Discussion
1 month ago
VayraTheGatherer Hey, feel free! I posted the deck and primer for a reason! :D For Arcane Artisan, in my own personal experience playing Group Hug Decks, I'm not a huge fan of effects that let my opponents cheat things into play such as Braids, Conjurer Adept, Hypergenesis, or Tempting Wurm. When I used to play these sorts of cards in my Phelddagrif Group Hug deck, what happens is you usually just end up randomly Kingmaking whichever opponent happened to be playing the biggest scariest thing in the hand like an Eldrazi or something. Its never as symmetrical as it seems it should be, you know? That's why I like focusing on card draw for my Group Hugging, you still speed up the game by making sure people hit their land drops and ramp and have action to play, but they still have to put in the work to cast those cards, they don't just get to cheat them for free.
Dimensional Breach feels like an absolutely miserable card to play against, because this will hit every single permanent including lands. Tokens are just gone forever, and players are now forced to slowly get back 1 land or creature or whatever at a time to rebuild their boards. Its like starting the entire game over, and nobody is going to want to sit through that. A much better option I think would be Out of Time, which phases out only creatures as a sort of pseudo-board wipe for a number of turns but then safely returns them all back into play without removing tokens or retriggering any ETB, and most importantly, its ONLY creatures, so no need to replay absolutely everything. Its also why I prefer cards like AEtherize as opposed to Wrath of God because you can be a bit more precise with what to remove, and you're only temporarily bouncing it back to hand to be replayed later, rather than just removing it forever.
Having Hexproof for yourself is nice, but kind of unnecessary I think. Ideally no one should really be targeting you with very many spells since you're far from being the biggest threat at the table. Anything they DO target you with you should most likely have a counterspell for if its a big enough deal, or otherwise if its not actively about to kill you, let it slide. The great thing about Kwain is that we're playing him on Turn 2 every single game, and he should hopefully stick around the whole game, so when we're gaining a life every single turn our life total should be pretty stacked. If there's some sort of infinite damage combo or repeatable trigger that keeps threatening your life total, than that's what we have counterspells and removal for. I like to take a more reactive approach to things, rather than trying to construct an untouchable pillowfort. Its why I don't play Solitary Confinement or Island Sanctuary or Blazing Archon. And if you're worried about burn, cards like Aegis of the Gods or Teyo, the Shieldmage won't actually do much besides eat the first burn spell.
Spiritual Focus is... a weird card. I guess if you want to run it as a metagame decision if someone in your playgroup plays Nath of the Gilt-Leaf, Tinybones, Trinket Thief or some other discard focused deck or a lot of wheels like Nekusar, the Mindrazer. But honestly, with the sheer amount of card draw that this deck will provide the entire table, discard decks are going to have a much harder time keeping up, and they're just going to have a bad time. You'll have enough cards in hand that you won't really care to ditch one or two.
As for Nekusar, the Mindrazer and other similar strategies looking to punish card draw... well that's sort of a sticky situation for us since all of our extra card draw is actively hurting everyone except the Nekusar player and helping them a LOT. This is the sort of matchup you really just want to discuss and avoid in Rule 0 conversations, because someone is going to have a miserable time, and its probably the Nekusar player as every single card they play in their deck is a threat that you simply can't allow to resolve to stick around on the board for more than a turn.
I hope this helps :)
1 month ago
Some other stuff I'm thinking of: Dimensional Breach... the longer I look at it... :P Aegis of the Gods and Spiritual Focus in case the table got smarter or you're facing burn. Similarly, Teyo, the Shieldmage could do a trick or two alongside limiting your opponents' attackers.
1 month ago
The biggest weakness I see to your deck is if someone plays something like Teyo, the Shieldmage or Shalai, Voice of Plenty , the hexproof will effectively shut your deck down. May I suggest cards that don't target opponents including, but not limited to, Maddening Cacophony and Ruin Crab ?
2 months ago
Promise of Loyalty is good here. Nevinyrral's Disk kills everything except your walkers. I also run Jokulhaups but I know not everyone is cool with MLD. It does work nicely with your Smothering Tithe too. Combine with Boros Charm for a win ;)
Pramikon, Sky Rampart and Mystic Barrier help keep your walkers safe from attacks. I run Meekstone as well, but you have some big guys in your list so idk if youd want it. Karmic Justice is a nice deterrent for removal spells.
I run Narset + Wheels, but that's another salty combo so it depends on your group. You have Emergency Powers so Day's Undoing Whirlpool Warrior or Windfall aren't too far off. Add in a Solve the Equation and a Drift of Phantasms to search up the combo.
Ajani Vengeant is another one that you should only run if your group is ok with land destruction.
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon is obviously great but I know not everyone has the budget for him.
Tezzeret's Gambit is a flavorful draw spell for 3 generic and 2 life.
Just thoughts. I see you are doing more of a token theme. I personally focus more on wraths and resource denial to keep opponents from advancing their boards until I can get emblems. I admit that everyone HATES my version, but I love it lol. Cool deck.
3 months ago
I have Teyo, the Shieldmage in my deck and I'm wondering what things hexproof actually works against. As far as I know, it should protect me from spells like Soul's Fire , as this requires a target, but does it protect against Ill-Gotten Inheritance and Dogged Pursuit ? The difference being that these say things like "Each opponent" rather than "target opponent"
Does the phrase "Each opponent" just separately target each opponent, or are they target-less?
4 months ago
I would heartily NOT recommend Armageddon . You can check out the thread in the Forum on MLD (mass land destruction) from this week. It is NOT generally considered polite in casual circles, and generally frowned upon overall. Social Contract and LD Discussion
As to the Planeswalker question, looking at the options, I would front the extra money and buy Sorin Markov , as he fits well here. The others don't seem like they would add a lot of value. Overall, though, I usually don't run Planeswalkers. I have a few here and there that I like in certain decks, but overall, I find they aren't really worth it to me. They just put a target on my head, and unless they significantly advance my strategy, they're not worth the slot. Now I have a deck that does some Druid tribal, and Freyalise, Llanowar's Fury is awesome. I love Nissa Revane in an elf tribal deck. I like Teyo, the Shieldmage because he's a cheap option for personal hexproof, which can be very annoying. But overall, a Planeswalker is optional unless it really helps you.
Sunblast Angel and Blinding Light is a fun combo, but you need to be running multiple copies of each, and possibly some blink, to actually make it work. I had a deck that abused that, running Astral Slide , Rune of Protection: White et al, Auramancer , Momentary Blink , Cloudshift , Sunblast Angel , Subjugator Angel , Blinding Light , and Resolute Archangel . Yes, I am awful. It eventually became Hoofprints through the Galaxy, but that didn't last long, as all my friends hated playing against it. Basically, I just stopped them from attacking me by preventing damage from their sources until I could start dropping my big angels and swing for the kill. Still trying to come up with a deck for Hoofprints of the Stag that doesn't piss everyone off. Also, Sunblast Angel won't work if you're running Hushwing Gryff , FYI.
7 months ago
I think Defiant Strike is just as good as Opt but instead of scrying it gives +1 P. Very useful when I want to buff up my white weaklings as well as draw a card. Silence is the ultimate fog card, and only costs 1 mana. Remember that I have a manabase problem with needing cards that have only one of non-generic mana, and the rest has to be generic mana. When I reach 4 cards that tap for 3 mana if I only draw filter lands, then I will be in good tempo. Imprisoned in the Moon is incredibly useful for answering creature and planeswalker threats, as well as making their lands useless for them. If I want to keep them from doing anything, Imprisoned in the Moon is a good card, and it only costs 3 CMC. Ahh I had thought that Solemnity would affect Planeswalkers. I guess I'll put it in the sideboard?
All of those cards you mentioned are difficult for me to use because I have to have either a Mana Confluence , Survivors' Encampment or Aether Hub , and Survivors' Encampment depends on my creatures on the battlefield. Painted Bluffs and Shimmering Grotto require me to use that land and another land to generate rainbow mana, so that means that I would always be one turn behind with these cards. Aether Hub is only useful once in the game, unless I run some energy counter accumulating cards. And Cascading Cataracts is only useful on turn 6 if I don't have ramp like 4x Arboreal Grazer , 2x Dryad of the Ilysian Grove . And, if I do get Chromatic Lantern , I will be able to cast all colored things, but that depends on if the opponent has artifact removal.
Do you know of any good Stax effect cards I can use? Teferi, Hero of Dominaria is pretty useful, especially his draw ability. I personally put 1x Teyo, the Shieldmage , 3x The Wanderer for their Stax effects and their cheap mana cost. The Wanderer is incredibly useful for going against high CMC cards, and Teyo, the Shieldmage is good for not only his making the player hexproof, but generating cards that I can tap for mana with Survivors' Encampment .
I think I'll remove Demolish .
7 months ago
White has great 'prevention' cards. These prevent your opponent from doing anything. I'm coming from pioneer, and I'm sure there are a ton of other cards that aren't in pioneer that are like these.
- Drannith Magistrate
- Mangara, the Diplomat
- Tajuru Paragon
- Thalia, Heretic Cathar
- Ashes of the Abhorrent
- Banishing Light
- Captured by the Consulate
- Smothering Tithe
- Teyo, the Shieldmage
- Tithe Taker
I use these in my deck:
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