Quote from Gray24 »Thank you for the insights as always. I enjoy reading them because it tempers my excitement.
I'm excited to see the list when you get it up and running. I know there has been some changes and I'm excited to see where your list stands.
Also, I'm watching the price of Imperial Seal daily. I wanna snag one once it goes under $100. Once I do, bye bye Utter End
Are you cutting Panharmonicon and Mangara of Corondor?
I wanted to thank you again. Your list is the reason why I play EDH Xenphire.
Quote from Jonas Ukulore »I got utterly wrecked playing Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter by some of the newer 4-color commanders lately. Especially Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder cascader into cascades is hard. I'm changing it back (again :)) to my old Ayli, hoping to deter some early attacks. Do you think equipping Ayli with a Viridian Longbow too cute an idea? (shooting creatures down with her death touch).
Anyhow, please find here under my new (old) list, for your kind consideration.
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Commander1 Ayli, Eternal PilgrimLand (37)8 Plains9 Swamp1 Scrubland1 Marsh Flats1 Godless Shrine1 Isolated Chapel1 Tainted Field1 Caves of Koilos1 Fetid Heath1 Temple of Silence1 Command Tower1 Bojuka Bog1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth1 Shizo, Death's Storehouse1 Eiganjo Castle1 Flagstones of Trokair1 Strip Mine1 High Market1 Volrath's Stronghold1 Phyrexian Tower1 Geier Reach Sanitarium1 Maze of IthMana Help (7)1 Mana Crypt1 Sol Ring1 Fellwar Stone1 Orzhov Signet1 Coalition Relic1 Chromatic Lantern1 Weathered WayfarerTutor and Card Draw (11)1 Demonic Tutor1 Vampiric Tutor1 Entomb1 Enlightened Tutor1 Rune-Scarred Demon1 Recruiter of the Guard1 Necropotence1 Phyrexian Arena1 Skullclamp1 Sorin, Grim Nemesis1 Sensei's Divining TopRemoval (10)1 Swords to Plowshares1 Vindicate1 Anguished Unmaking1 Utter End1 Archon of Justice1 Ashen Rider1 Mangara of Corondor1 Fiend Hunter1 Fleshbag Marauder1 Angel of SerenitySweepers (5)1 False Prophet1 Damnation1 Merciless Eviction1 Black Sun's Zenith1 Demon of Dark SchemesRecursion (14)1 Reveillark1 Karmic Guide1 Sheoldred, Whispering One1 Xiahou Dun, The One-Eyed1 Puppeteer Clique1 Sun Titan1 Angelic Renewal1 Profane Command1 Beacon of Unrest1 Argivian Find1 Necromancy1 Corpse Dance1 Nim Deathmantle1 Yawgmoth's WillAdditional Sacrifice Outlets (5)1 Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter1 Viscera Seer1 Spawning Pit1 Blasting Station1 Ashnod's AltarVarious(10)1 Serra Ascendant1 Blood Artist1 Vizkopa Guildmage1 Reassembling Skeleton1 Nezumi Graverobber1 Divinity of Pride1 Kokusho, the Evening Star1 Yosei, the Morning Star1 Gray Merchant of Asphodel1 Exsanguinate
Quote from Dechs KaisonWhat the Griselbrand, Xen. Just when I thought your stuff couldn't get any better, you churn out that Jeleva banner. It's gorgeous.
Quote from Gray24 »Also, and I was hoping you wouldn't mind, but I saw what may be my next modern deck...B/W tokens. I saw you had a list. Is that on tapped out? Would the modern event deck "Marxh of the Multitudes" be a good start?
I look forward to every post and your insights. I'm glad we can talk over cards. Your list inspired me to build Ayli. And she has a beautiful wrymwood gaming deckbox.
Quote from Jonas Ukulore »Gray Merchant of Asphodel sometimes is a wincon, given enough reanimation and/ or blink (especially Corpse Dance). I tend to think of it as Kokusho2.
Serra Ascendant usually gets in for 1 or 2 hits, then attracts a removal spell by annoyed opponents. It's mainly just there to get my life total above the magical 50 mark with just 1 hit and a sacrifice to Ayli.
Also, it's very good with Vizkopa Guildmage.
I really need to get Ayli a special deckbox, myself. She's in one of those Ultra Pro Satin boxes right now. They work amazing and they're pretty secure, but this deck is my baby and deserves better haha!
Quote from Gray24 »Treasure keeper looks very interesting. I def agree. I was thinking lf cutting Sad bot for it. Would that warrant testing?
Exquisite Angel also looks interesting. But I feel like I'd need to cut Angel of Serenity to test it.
Also, make Mimoc Vat primary deck again. it's really fun.
My land base is also different than yours. I have a Scrubland and a marsh Flats...as well as a Verdant Caracomvd, and a Flagetones. Is that too much?
Thank you for the great update. You've tempered my expectations. As for Yahenni's Expertise? I'll just get one at Game Day.
I'm just gonna say this b/c hopefully it'll happen. Recurring Nightmare gets unbanned with the next RC update.
Quote from Gray24 »Do you have about 5-10 cards you keep with Ayli that get switched in and out say if you aren't feeling a certain card or a meta change occurs? I ask as it seems like that would be a good idea for me.
How are you finding Recruiter of the Guard? How is the testing of Magus of the Will going? The more I think about it, you may have been right about it effectively being 6cmc for the same effect. But...redundancy is good.
How's Breya coming along? Is there anything in Aether Revolt you want for her? ...any chance of a primer like this amazing one for her? I mean my wallet wouldn't want that, but I would.
Quote from Jonas Ukulore »Am I right in thinking that Vizkopa Guildmage and Exquisite Archangel makes all my oppononents lose 1BW times 40 life? (if I set myself to 0 with Necropotence for example) I think that effect or abilities that just set your life total to a certain amount (think Tree of Perdition or Sorin Markov, make you lose or gain the appropriate number of life?
Quote from Fiveod »I really like your Ayli set analysis, please keep doing them.
I don't want to get too far off topic, but do you have any quick Selvala, Explorer Returned tips?
Quote from Gray24 »Thank you for everything xenphire. The assets can't wait for the updated primer.
Quote from Jonas Ukulore »Play Report from yesterday:
Normally I play in 4-player pods, but yesterday we tried 2 games with 6 players.
(Mogis, God of Slaughter, Breya, Etherium Shaper, Atraxa, Praetors' Voice, Reaper King, Karona, False God, and me, with Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim).
This was abysmal. Everyone considers Ayli a combo deck that needs to be held down. T2 Ayli gets exiled (while there are much scarier things on the board) - T4 again.
Next few turns, I get a couple more removal and land-destuction spells pointed at me, and I'm forced to scoop T8 with only 2 plains remaining, nothing else on the board, and Atraxa and Reaper King fight it out behemoth style with 8 and 10 mana spells resolving unhindered.
Somehow this deck has the reputation of being the villain that makes unexpected wins from outta nowhere, and thus must be kept down. :-( Arguing this is not necessarily so helps nothing.
Quote from Xenphire » That's unfortunate. This sort of thing is why I almost always refuse to play anything bigger than a 4-player pod. The deck can deal with being the Archenemy, but making the fight 5-on-1 makes it almost impossible. If you're still facing hate in 4-player pods, then it's probably a call for escalation, which means more aggressive stuff like Desolation Angel, Sorin Markov, Reanimate, Hatred and a more aggressive removal strategy that becomes more proactive than reactive.
Quote from Jonas Ukulore »Quote from Xenphire » That's unfortunate. This sort of thing is why I almost always refuse to play anything bigger than a 4-player pod. The deck can deal with being the Archenemy, but making the fight 5-on-1 makes it almost impossible. If you're still facing hate in 4-player pods, then it's probably a call for escalation, which means more aggressive stuff like Desolation Angel, Sorin Markov, Reanimate, Hatred and a more aggressive removal strategy that becomes more proactive than reactive.
I'll keep that in mind for the next games. Also: your list inspired me: I just bought a nice Italian Ugin, the spirit dragon
Quote from Gray24 »Imperial Seal is currently $210 on TCG Player....my resistance is...futile....seriously though, would you cut Utter End still for it?