Quote from Miscalcul8edRiskI got blown out by a Kaalia deck last night at our weekly EDH tourney because of a turn 3 Kaalia into a turn 4 Balefire Dragon followed by a turn 5 Skithiryx.
Glad to see there's another one running around that might show up and repeat the offense...
Quote from davemtg0239Hi 3drinks,
I'm surprised you don't run some lower cost disruption in the deck considering it is built for 1 v 1? I have found cards like Thoughtseize,Duress, Tidehollow Sculler, Inquisition of Kozelik and Mind Twist to be handy in being able to drop Kaalia next turn know its not going to get path'd, swords'd, or killed any other way.
I think the relative high cost of your cards also means that if Kaalia is killed/ exiled in early turns, it makes it hard to come back as you have to continue to build your mana base whilst they start dropping their threats.
Have you thought of running Stoneforge Mystic considering you are running the Swords? I have also found jitte to be a thorn in the side of the deck, especially if the opponent has counters on it before Kaalia is even on the board. I run stoneforge with SoFI, SoFF and jitte (mainly to stop opponent's jitte).
Maybe have a think about changing the following creatures:
1 Adarkar Valkyrie
1 Baneslayer Angel (maybe)
1 Bladewing the Risen
1 Blinding Angel
1 Reya Dawnbringer
1 Tariel, Reckoner of Souls
1 Urabrask the Hidden
I don't think these creatures are ball breakers when they hit the field, and it gives you a little space to help lower the CMC of the deck (Hellkite Charger would also work well with SoFF).
Hope you get a few ideas from the post - obv. just an opinion, but again, have found the disruption to be real handy, especially against decks like Edric!
Quote from VirtusNo Bitterblossom? I know it doesn't do anything with Kaalia, but c'mon!
Also, how well has Tariel, Reckoner of Souls been working out for you? I'm not much a fan of random effects...
Quote from davemtg0239Hows the testing going?
Another 2 cards that I think are pretty handy are Grand Abolisher and Necropotence. I do find that the deck can run out of gas so Necro is awesome in keeping it full, but probably not so great with the moderate reanimation stuff you're running. Grand Abolisher is another way to protect Kaalia and is also useful as an early dude/ blocker (if need be).
Also, how does Stranglehold play in the deck?
I don't think you will regret running Mind Twist. Good luck!
Quote from capitacomI would always run terminate as being unconditional is great. The other two are very close and I would mostly make the choice based on how much you need 1 cmc removal against generals like edric.