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Wall of Shards
Snow Creature — Wall
Cumulative upkeep-An opponent gains 1 life. (At the beginning of your upkeep, put an age counter on this permanent, then sacrifice it unless you pay its upkeep cost for each age counter on it.)
Wall of Shards Discussion
1 day ago
Tree of Perdition
won't work with how state based checks and the stack works. If the tree is dead you can't have it switch its toughness with a life total, similarly if it was moved to any other area of the game before the ability resolved. You can use things like
if you cast it at instant speed, I think. I know an anthem effect to make it a 1/14 beforehand would be the best bet. Or something like
The Wall of Shards + Tainted Remedy thing is definitely cute. I'll consider it but I can't see me justifying take anything out for those two cards. If I get an Exquisite Blood , I'll be putting it in my Vampire deck I'm building before this deck. I prefer to have solid things that can work without comboing off. The only really dead card in this deck is Darkest Hour and I mean dead as in, it doesn't do anything helpful outside of the combo.
2 days ago
Wall of Shards + Tainted Remedy , or Exquisite Blood + Epicure of Blood + Brainspoil to help pull off the combo. Tree of Perdition + Transmutation if you order the mechanic in proper order, can one shot your opponent as things resolve on the stack. must be played properly though.
1 month ago
I love defender decks.
Have you considered Overgrown Battlement and Doorkeeper ? Overgrown Battlement is kind of a second Axebane Guardian although not quite as good, while Doorkeeper can potentially give you a secondary win condition in a long game.
Fortified Area would be great, allowing you to block much more safely.
I'd even consider Wall of Shards - in multiplayer you can spread the health around or give it all to one player who either really needs it or whose good side you want to get on. Could be an interesting tool in that regard. And considering how hard those walls can fall on people once you get Arcades, the Strategist , High Alert or Assault Formation out, a bit of extra life can be gotten around (unless it's been sitting there for like 20+ turns, at which point you could probably just win with Doorkeeper).
I'd say you probably want to take out of Wall of Reverence , though. I could be wrong, but I haven't seen anything in this deck that actually synergises with the power-based life gain.
1 month ago
Thanks for the suggestions, Lucky! The issue I've run into with Alms Beast is that it's strength is largely dictated by what my opponent is playing, making it seem more relevant in a sideboard. Even then many of the large creatures that I can't outsustain with the occasional self-heal tend to either have life-gain effects anyways (IE. Griselbrand or Wurmcoil Engine ) or are better targeted by a Condemn than hoping that they only have the one creature so that Devour Flesh would be relevant, though I would likely keep some Devour Flesh in the SB. Even Oust seems to be generally better specifically because I can choose a target, and even if the damage is only effectively a bolt it works better on smaller creatures or the ones that don't attack and therefore can't be Condemn ed anyways.
The other creatures are primarily placeholders at the moment. I'd auto-include Dark Confidant if I had the money for him at the moment, and I already have Wall of Shards listed in the main deck. Currently running the cheap deathtouch creatures+ Warriors' Lesson is a solid enough replacement until I can afford it, but it's not looking to be the end-all-be-all of the build.
Thanks again for the suggestions...!
1 month ago
My friend made a weird version of this deck using Alms Beast . My suggestion (Which is what my friend did) is to use 4 Wall of Shards , 4 Devour Flesh in the main board. The other enchantments in the deck cost too much mana for modern and don't have enough pay off. In addition, you have enough life gain in the deck that you probably only need the 4 Wall of Shards and 4 Alms Beast . Your other creatures are too easy to kill with Fatal Push , Electrolyze , Lightning Bolt etc. Also, you probably want to change your land base to more fetches and only one or two copy of each shock land that works and a single copy of each basic. Finally, Beacon of Immortality makes a player instantly lose and should be included in the deck for a last resort. And you defiantly need draw. You'll run out of cards really fast and also need to dig for Tainted Remedy , so I suggest Harmonize
Overall, here is what I would recommend
3 months ago
So what's to stop me from paying and sacrificing a Wall of Shards , then paying and the 8 life I got from Wall of Shards to wipe them clean with -8/-8 and give all of my creatures +8/+8?
4 months ago
I love the idea of a BUG Snow deck. Marit Lage's Slumber seems like a potential build around and Ice-Fang Coatl is begging for a deck. The trick with BUG decks is balancing Cantrips v. disruption. In other words, Serum Visions and Thoughtseize both want to be played on T1 but do very different things. Force of Negation could be a key to fixing this conundrum. Having a free counter spell at the ready gives the Archetype more breathing room to get set-up and into the Mid-Game without dying to some hideous Aggro deck.
I've been kicking it around in my head as to what colors the Snow Deck is going to be in Modern. Obviously UG, but is another color really necessary to fuel the deck? I've been looking to White for Path to Exile and Wall of Shards . Or Black for Dead of Winter and Thoughtseize . Both are possible additions, but I haven't really nailed down the best choice.
The deck would need a critical mass of Snow Permanents if it plays Marit Lage's Slumber . That leads to a bunch of Basic Lands . I don't know how well that works in a 3-color deck so the whole plan of getting Marit Lage on-line might not be possible.
Dead of Winter is definitely a Magic card. Feels like powered down Toxic Deluge to me. I'll definitely be brewing around the Snow theme for a while to see what I can conjure up.
4 months ago
fun deck! A couple things come to mind.
I like that humble defector is in here Soldevi Sentry and Wall of Shards are other great political pieces (although wall of shards has shot up in the past couple weeks with all the new snow decks going around, might want to wait to get one) Oath of Lieges is probably my favorite political card. Nobody wants to kill you.
Wall of Shards occurrence in decks from the last year
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All decks: 0.0%