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 Post subject: Orzhov Shadowborn Athreos (Athreos, God of Passage)
AgePosted: 2018-Dec-23 1:03 pm 

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Commander - (1)
1 Athreos, God of Passage

Creatures - (34)
23 Shadowborn Apostle
1 Edgewalker
1 Fiend Hunter
1 Pawn of Ulamog
1 Dread Presence
1 Harvester of Souls
1 Ob Nixilis, Unshackled
1 Angel of Glory's Rise
1 Eater of Hope
1 Rune-Scarred Demon
1 Archfiend of Despair
1 Razaketh, the Foulblooded

Instants - (8)
1 Enlightened Tutor
1 Pull from Eternity
1 Rebuff the Wicked
1 Despark
1 Eerie Interlude
1 Teferi's Protection
1 Insidious Dreams
1 Utter End

Sorceries - (8)
1 Desperate Research
1 Diabolic Intent
1 Immortal Servitude
1 Vindicate
1 Kaya's Wrath
1 Dark Petition
1 Secret Salvage
1 Sudden Disappearance

Artifacts - (9)
1 Elixir of Immortality
1 Skullclamp
1 Sol Ring
1 Orzhov Signet
1 Thought Vessel
1 Phyrexian Altar
1 Pattern Matcher
1 Thrumming Stone
1 Bolas's Citadel

Enchantments - (4)
1 Land Tax
1 Hallowed Ground
1 Dictate of Erebos

Planeswalkers - (4)
1 Teyo, the Shieldmage
1 Kaya, Ghost Assassin
1 Liliana Vess
1 Ob Nixilis, the Hate-Twisted

Lands - (33)
5 Plains
14 Swamp
1 Drifting Meadow
1 Polluted Mire
1 Secluded Steppe
1 Barren Moor
1 New Benalia
1 Temple of Silence
1 Phyrexian Tower
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1 Godless Shrine
1 Homeward Path
1 Isolated Chapel
1 Orzhov Basilica
1 Reliquary Tower
1 High Market

Credit goes to Josh Lee Kwai from The Command Zone for the original build.

Strategy is to pressure opponents into losing life every time you sacrifice Shadowborn Apostle with Athreos, God of Passage while also controlling the board state with Demons. Thrumming Stone is literally the bread and butter of this deck since it's unable to function properly without it (it can still function without it just that it'd be a bit more difficult though). Dread Presence helps you get out of dead draws while also having synergy with Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth. Angel of Glory's Rise / Immortal Servitude is in here for recurring the Shadowborn Apostles you sac with Athreos, God of Passage.

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 Post subject: Re: Orzhov Apostles (Athreos, God of Passage)
AgePosted: 2018-Dec-24 3:25 pm 
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Age: Elder Dragon
Location: New Hampshire
This deck REALLY needs a Rotlung Reanimator. Preferably in addition to the Xathrid Necromancer, but replacing it if necessary.

Card Slinger J wrote:
Phyrexian Altar is the bread and butter of this deck since it's unable to function properly without it.

Might want to come up with a plan B for that - countermagic and artifact hate are both things you can reasonably expect to encounter.

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 Post subject: Re: Orzhov Apostles (Athreos, God of Passage)
AgePosted: 2018-Dec-25 8:38 am 

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Liliana, Heretical Healer would actually be a better fit than Rotlung Reanimator and Xathrid Necromancer, plus when she flips over to Liliana, Defiant Necromancer she can control the board with her +2 by having everyone discard a card not to mention that Edgewalker makes her a 2 drop since she herself also counts as a Cleric before becoming a Planeswalker.

Harsh Sustenance could be useful as an extra copy of Tendrils of Agony. Thrumming Stone definitely needs to be in this deck for giving Shadowborn Apostle ripple 4 not to mention that it's a lot more consistent than Assembly Hall. I wonder If I should swap out Grave Pact and Black Market for Liliana's Contract and Axis of Mortality for politics?

I could try to even out the number of instants and sorceries in this deck by adding in cards such as Ghostway and Eerie Interlude for protecting my Shadowborn Apostle's including Mausoleum Secrets for tutoring a black card with CMC equal to the number of Shadowborn Apostle's in my graveyard though I'm drawing a blank for other good instants to add into this deck.

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 Post subject: Re: Orzhov Apostles (Athreos, God of Passage)
AgePosted: 2018-Dec-25 3:22 pm 
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Card Slinger J wrote:
Liliana, Heretical Healer would actually be a better fit than Rotlung Reanimator and Xathrid Necromancer,

Care to elaborate on that? You're replacing "Sacrifice a [human/cleric]: Create a 2/2 zombie" with a one-shot make a zombie and get a frankly underwhelming walker. I don't see her +2 as board control - making everyone pitch their worst card once per turn at sorcery speed isn't going to have a very big effect on the game in most situations, and the ability to spam zombie tokens seems pretty good with things like, say, Harsh Sustenance. What you have here is a deck that wants to be snackrificing creatures over and over and over again, and profiting from doing so. Rotlung/Xathrid are IMO much more suitable for this purpose. If you need anything, it's MORE ways to snackrifice for profit. Attrition seems like a good bet for starters.

Card Slinger J wrote:
I could try to even out the number of instants and sorceries in this deck

Why? What purpose does balancing card types serve you? Better to pick cards that are relevant to your strategy and/or help shore up your vulnerabilities. Speaking of which, you are pretty vulnerable to mass graveyard hate effects like Rest in Peace. Having artifact/enchantment hate would serve you well.

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 Post subject: Re: Orzhov Apostles (Athreos, God of Passage)
AgePosted: 2018-Dec-25 7:24 pm 

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Sid the Chicken wrote:
Care to elaborate on that? You're replacing "Sacrifice a [human/cleric]: Create a 2/2 zombie" with a one-shot make a zombie and get a frankly underwhelming walker. I don't see her +2 as board control - making everyone pitch their worst card once per turn at sorcery speed isn't going to have a very big effect on the game in most situations, and the ability to spam zombie tokens seems pretty good with things like, say, Harsh Sustenance. What you have here is a deck that wants to be snackrificing creatures over and over and over again, and profiting from doing so. Rotlung/Xathrid are IMO much more suitable for this purpose. If you need anything, it's MORE ways to snackrifice for profit. Attrition seems like a good bet for starters.
Fair enough though I think I could put Living Death to better use over Attrition including Urborg Justice. Might add in Renounce to sacrifice my Shadowborn Apostle's in response to a board wipe as well.
Sid the Chicken wrote:
Why? What purpose does balancing card types serve you? Better to pick cards that are relevant to your strategy and/or help shore up your vulnerabilities. Speaking of which, you are pretty vulnerable to mass graveyard hate effects like Rest in Peace. Having artifact/enchantment hate would serve you well.
Just added some artifact / enchantment hate that should suffice.

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