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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
|Pauper Duel Commander||Legal|
Enchantment Creature — Griffin
Aura spells you cast cost less to cast.
1 month ago
I would consider adding: Ghoulish Impetus, Kaya's Ghostform, Nurgle's Rot, Starfield Mystic, Ashiok's Reaper, Spellbook Vendor, Hateful Eidolon, Parasitic Impetus, Sage's Reverie, Sram, Senior Edificer, Killian, Ink Duelist, All That Glitters, Transcendent Envoy, Danitha Capashen, Paragon, Starnheim Courser, Umbra Mystic, Light-Paws, Emperor's Voice, Solemn Simulacrum
2 months ago
I'm still feeling my way around Pauper, but hopefully I can offer some suugestions. Theros Beyond Death might have some cards for you. Transcendent Envoy is an enchantment that reduces the cost of your Auras. Sentinel's Eyes is a reusable Aura, so you can recycle it if the creature it's on dies.
I personally would switch out some of the dual lands for basics, especially Forests, letting you play your mana creatures on turn 1 more reliably.
Also, your Auras feel like they're vulnerable to removal and/or sacrifice, since they go away when the creature they're in leaves play. Some further recursion might help, or adding a Bogles creature base.
7 months ago
Hello! May I step in to give you some recommendations? Since you're on a budget, all cards suggested are 2 dollars or less.
Part 1: Ramp
In: You probably want aura ramp and cost reducers over standard land ramp: Wild Growth, Transcendent Envoy, Hero of Iroas, Jukai Naturalist and Stenn, Paranoid Partisan (choosing Enchantment). These will allow you to storm through your deck casting Auras ad nauseam.
Part 2: Card draw
Just as important as ramp is card draw: Galea won't always be available to you.
Part 3: Removal
Swords to Plowshares is GREAT, no doubt. But, in this kind of deck, you can spice it up with the great Auras that has for removal.
The objective is, then, to use the cheapest Auras that can hit more than one permanent type, with emphasis on "loses its abilities" in the text box.
Part 4: Boardwipes
In: I believe you should run more boardwipes that leave your board mostly untouched. Austere Command is one such example. You almost always will clean all artifacts and the half of creatures that are more dangerous to you. Curse of the Swine is another selective wipe.
Part 5: Protection and Evasion
In Voltron, tempo is crucial.
- In: Negate and Delay are inconditional and cheap counters mana-wise.
- Out: Calculated Dismissal and Frilled Mystic aren't.
Now to the Auras:
- In: Spirit Mantle, Unquestioned Authority and Mask of Law and Grace are protection and evasion at the same time (protection also means it can't be blocked).
- Out: Favor of the Overbeing, Observant Alseid and Leafcrown Dryad.
Following the same logic as with removal, I'm using auras over instants to protect the Voltron.
- In: Shield of the Oversoul, Alpha Authority, Canopy Cover.
- Out: Benevolent Blessing, Shielding Plax, Karametra's Blessing. (I believe proactive protection goes miles farther than a reactive one.)
Part 6: Tutors
Part 7: Win Conditions
Out: Bruna, Light of Alabaster is slow and telegraphed in this build. People won't let her stick to the field. Nissa, Steward of Elements is tough to protect in a Voltron build, while she only offers scry, which your lands can already do.
Part 8: Lands
- You might consider more lands that fix your colors and manipulate the top of your library at will: Terramorphic Expanse, Temple of Plenty, Temple of Enlightenment, Temple of Mystery, Cabaretti Courtyard, Brokers Hideout, Obscura Storefront, Naya Panorama, Esper Panorama.
- Rogue's Passage is great evasion on a land.
- Thriving Grove, Thriving Heath and Thriving Isle are neat fixing, but the Temples are superior since they play into Galea's strategy.
- Path of Ancestry is great if you're in a 5-color deck or in a tribal-heavy creature deck. This build is neither.
- Lumbering Falls is good for suiting Equipments on, but Auras will just go to the graveyard when this land stops being a creature.
- Azorius Chancery, because you don't run the other two bouncelands.
- Razorverge Thicket. You'll soon realize that the later turns are more important than the early ones in EDH. This land is a beast in Modern, but it is far from worth it in Commander unless you're playing a turn-3 win deck.
- Forest and Forest to give room for the two remaining Panoramas. (With all the land searching above, you're probably more likely now to have a target for Utopia Sprawl than before.)
- Seaside Citadel. I know, I know: tri-lands are great and all, but, in this build, I'm trying to bake the top-of-library manipulation into the manabase so you have more free spell slots for your Auras, similar to what I did with Yennett, Cryptic Oddity (to a great success): each land in it has to either enter untapped somehow or change the top card of the library.
If you read this far, congratulations! Here is the list of the deck with all the suggested alterations, in case you want to test it: Galea, Menacing Aura. Good luck and have fun!
1 year ago
Cool deck idea! Transcendent Envoy might work well here.
1 year ago
Nice deck, Killian is super fun.
Spirit Link/Vampiric Link would be awesome in here, since they stack with Lifelink. I think I would first take Battle Mastery since it also doubles life gain (if on a Lifelink creature), and also doubles damage dealt.
Holy Mantle is another source of protection from creatures that I think would be good here.
Gift of Doom is a little expensive mana wise, but turn 2 commander -> turn 3 Gift of Doom is possible and pretty great.
Kaya's Ghostform is another "extra life" aura that's really good.
As far as what I'd replace anything with: Grisly Transformation, Spirited Companion, Transcendent Envoy all seem like reasonable cuts. Reasoning being: You can add better evasion than Intimidate (grisly transformation) with Holy Mantle. There's (almost) never a bad time to put Kaya's Ghostform on Killian, and there are quite a few situations where Spirited Companion is simply a 2 mana draw a card spell. All your auras are so cheap with your commander that another cost reduction from Transcendent Envoy feels... a little unnecessary, TBH. That of course, depends on how much your commander gets targeted, but if you use more protection auras like Flickering Ward or Gift of Doom, I think it can make up for that.
Hope that helps, or gives you some ideas!
2 years ago
2 years ago
I guess you can technically talk about booster stories within the context of my original question. There are places for that are ready though, so if you could please post those within those threads.
As you can tell I'm not a booster man, I buy all my cards out right. I used to be a booster pack person, but then I realized I was just wasting a bunch of money. I only buy boosters as a prize play for whenever I play casual with my brother and nephew. I do enjoy the enthusiasm though.
Transcendent Envoy I freaking love the card and card art for it!! I first discovered this card while building my nephew his first magic deck! A helpful commenter showed me the card and it's actually one of the pillars of the deck! These are stories I like.
2 years ago
Shielded by Faith and other Aura enchantments must be attached to a permanent (usually a creature--the text box will have the details, or the type line in older cards) at all times. It can't "fall off" and stay on the battlefield. Equipment artifacts can be on the field without being attached, though. Darksteel Plate is an Equipment that gives creatures indestructible, but it's considerably more expensive.