DerWille » Wed Sep 24, 2014 5:52 pm wrote:Khaospawn » Wed Sep 24, 2014 8:36 am wrote:DerWille » Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:39 am wrote:Khaospawn » Wed Sep 24, 2014 12:48 am wrote:[deck]
4 Firedrinker Satyr
4 Monastery Swiftspear
4 War-Name Aspirant
4 Goblin Rabblemaster
4 Ashcloud Phoenix
n4 Titan's Strength
4 Magma Jet
4 Lightning Strike
2 Arc Lightning
4 Stoke the Flames
I like this Khaos. It seems like it'll run right through anyone who stumbles or any annoying green cards. Have you tried running some number of Stormbreath/Sarkhan in this shell? If you did, how'd it go?
After the little bit of actual playing I've done, this is where I'm starting to steer to. I just want something reliable and consistent that can punch through some early resistance but can also switch gears if need be
There's actually a couple of flex slots, mainly in the 2 drop section.I could play Eidolon or Bloodseeker, but I really think that anything with some kind of evasion will be the best choice. I assume that most of the early game opposition will be tokens, caryatids, and coursers, so aspirant seems to be the way to go. The Titans Strengths are really going to shine when attacking head on into coursers, plus the Scry will be good
for helping me dig for Burn
Haven't tested THIS list with the Dragons yet, but I have played similar shells before with 23 land and 2 dragons. It can be done, I think, just by removing a Phoenix and 2 burn spells for a land and 2 Stormbreaths.
Being able to fly overhead is going to be really strong as I suspect that many people will be trying to just play big fatties to brick wall aggro strategies
Agree with everything here.
I did some light testing with the deck and Ashcloud Phoenix is way better than I thought. Once you get to 6 mana that bird never dies. I noticed that it had an awesome interaction with Purphoros. When you're opponent kills the bird, it hits the graveyard then comes back morphed and triggers Purphoros. Turns any kill spell on the bird into a 2 for 1 in your favor. I'm not sure how powerful of a combo it is though, probably just cute.
How have your thoughts on side boarding been? I like how flexible this deck is so it can go a lot of ways. Almost like
a transformative side board could work. Something like
[deck=Side Board Idea]
2 Arc Lightning
2 Harness By Force
2 Hammer of Purphoros
3 Magma Spray
3 Searing Blood
2 Stormbreath Dragon
I think Magma Spray is going to be relevant in aggro mirrors because it's a 1 mana kill spell and it exiles Bloodsoaked Champion. The Mountain, Dragon, and Harness is there for Abzan/Temur decks. Hammer is there for the BUG control list to keep the gas going.
Haven't even seriously attempted to build a sideboard, but a transformational board was something I definitely had in mind (and something very similar to what you've already put together). The deck itself really reminds me of the early INN/RTR decks that the pre-FoS crew was building. It had a very similar curve and the sideboard plan was to board into a bigger deck, capable of playing the control role well.
Finding a utility land would be very nice to have for the sideboard. Back then, we did have the luxury of
having Hellion Crucible as an excellent mana sink that produced a very hard to deal with threat. And recently, of course, we had Mutavault. We don't have that now and I'm not sure if Radiant Fountain, fetches or even Nykthos are necessary (though it couldn't hurt). I'm wary about devoting too much, um, devotion, to the Nykthos idea because then the deck will want to obviously want to shift into something much bigger. I like the medium size of the deck where it's small enough to get under the bigger and slower decks, but just big enough to go over the very low to the ground aggro decks. For me, it's something like the goldilocks zone, not too big and not too small - just the right size for me to assess my role as beatdown or control and go from there.
The cards I'm considering are definitely Magma Spray and Searing Blood. Spray is great for the reasons you mention, and I'm almost inclined to play a full set.
Another definite inclusion is Chandra, Pyromaster. At least 2. I believe that she'll
be able to do it all for whatever role the deck needs to play by either allowing us to sidestep fatties and go ultimate with the burn package, or be content to snipe x/1's.
Prophetic Flamespeaker is also on my mind since he's able to produce a ton of advantage and pairs nicely with Chandra. He's a fairly big brickwall for smaller aggro strategies (though Boros Reckoner he is not) and you can utilize the "sword and shield" technique with fliers. (The "sword and shield" is when you wall up with tough defenders ((the shield)) while swinging overhead with a sizeable flier ((the sword)) to win the game) It's possible he could be a maindeck inclusion, but I'd prefer to remain on the side of being proactive in Game 1.
One thing that I have my doubts about right now is Hammer of Purphoros. I'm not sure if it will be as effective in this shell since for all intents and purposes, I'd actually like to see 6-7 mana for recycling my bird and possibly going monstrous with Stormbreath.
However, I could be wrong, and I'd like to test it out before I make any wild claims.
Eidolon of the Great Revel also seems like it may be a decent inclusion. Maybe not the full set, but some number. And I do like Harness by Force.
Anyways, with some of these cards, I figure that this would be a good place for me to start:
3 Magma Spray
2 Searing Blood
3 Chandra, Pyromaster
3 Prophetic Flamespeaker
2 Stormbreath Dragon
2 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
It could be that I'm just wanting build a bad devotion deck. And I probably am. But I'm still going to test it out tomorrow afternoon. And I'm sure Alex will probably want pics to confirm this.