Quote from BartHenryksson »Quote from Witty_Banterer »Hi, all, what is everyone's thoughts on what to replace Reflector Mage? Maybe Deadeye Harpooner instead of Reflector Mage? It's better against decks that use Vial that can just play the bounced creature again. It's slightly easier to cast at 1 white, 2 colourless. I feel there are enough fetches to activate this card.
The major downside, of course, is that the targeted creature has to be tapped. But it combos well with Retreat to Coralhelm.
I'm just finding Reflector Mage underwhelming in certain matchups, and too much of a win-more against Shadow decks, and only a slight deterrent against similar mirror decks.
I don't think it's a good replacement. Sure, the casting is easier but in the worst case you hit her in a Company and your opponent has no tapped creautre/you have no Revolt-trigger. Imo Fiend Hunter is even better than Deadeye Harpooner. Also I'm a huge fan of Reflector Mage.
I'm moving from Human Knightfall to classic Knightfall and need some help - here is my current list:
First of all some choice I have to explain:
Wooded Foothills over Misty Rainforest - obvious budget cut
2nd Temple Garden - no Canopys at my LGS... so it's budget.
3x Noble Hierarch - I didn't manage to get a 4th Hierarch... What's your opinion on the amount of manadorks? In the Humanbuild 7 was right because the curve was a little bit lower and I could play more aggro with a Champion of the Parsih. Intuitively I would play 7 dorks.
Voice of Resurgence - never played with the card. What is the right number to play here? Some posts earlier somebody stated that Voice is good is almost every matchup. I share that opinion.
Reflector Mage - MVP in the humanbuild! Some classic lists play 0 other play up to 4 (split main and side). What's the forums opinion?
The sideboard is just an idea for now. In the humanbuild I had 1x Bojuka Bog but I think with ScOoze I have enough graveyardhate.
My "Maybeboard" consists of:
2nd Courser of Kruphix (main)
Eternal Witness (also in the main)
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Any tips you have? As an longtime aggro-player it's a new world playing the midrangestuff.
Thank you in advance
Any Budget concerns are acceptable. Magic is retardedly expensive compared to most games so I understand if you are making cuts and considerations because of it.
Voice of Resurgence is a weird. It deters opponents from interacting with it and you on your turn, thereby discouraging reactive interaction, yet it is not a proactive card. The only reason you'd want it is because of various flavors of interactive Blue and Black decks. The X/X body is leaves behind is nice, but Voice has to die in order for you take advantage of it, and if your board is huge then a huge voice is not necessarily winning you the game unless your board is a bunch of misfits creatures. That being said, it is still an amazing creature and helps you stabilize the board against aggressive decks and is a HUGE pain to deal with as blue decks. In this current meta, Voice is an excellent inclusion to the deck at around 2-3 copies.
Reflector Mage will always be a good card regardless of the style of deck. Yes it's great when your deck geared towards killing your opponent really fast, but it also halts aggression and board development. "Classic Knightfall" is a big midrange tempo deck and being able to disrupt your opponents rhythm, stymie their board development, and deny their aggression is a powerful tool. Our goldfish (outside of the combo) is pathetic lol. You really want to spend your time developing your board WHILST denying your opponent from doing what they want to do. In conjunction with a Knight of the Reliquary, suddenly your 2/3s are like 3/4s or 4/5s while they're trying to get back into the game. The only times Reflector Mage sucks is when you have no follow up (basically no power cards) but that has nothing to do with the card, so much you just didn't have gas lol. Also, this deck just has no good VIABLE removal aside from Path to Exile, so having a creature act as pseudo removal or you can just cast/get off coco to attack is nice. Yes it's a 2/3, but it's what we got yenno lol
Courser is great, but it really depends on what your goals are with it.
Eternal Witness also falls into that description but is a bit more flexible so if you want it, put it in lol
BFT... lol no
Elspeth is excellent if you get into insane board stalls or you're playing Geist of Saint Traft, but currently the meta is unforgiving for her and as much as I hate to say it, you shouldn't play her unless you know what's in the room. (She's my favorite planeswalker </3)
Gideon on the other hand is excellent because the stream of bodies are much more relevant than elspeths (2/2 vs. 1/1), it's a 5/5, and most importantly, it's anthem is so powerful against Jeskai.
It's awkward trying to conceptualize this deck as a midrange deck because things aren't as apparent as other midrange decks, but basically the way you build midrange decks are with Disruption, Aggression (a strong clock), Flexible Utility, and Card Advantage. You're trying to deny what your opponent is doing with disruption and flexible utility whilst killing them with an indomitable board state (ex. 3 5/6 Tarmogoyfs, 2 7/7 Death's Shadows, etc.), or an insurmountable card advantage (pro tip: if you have more stuff than your opponent, unless they can come up with lethal, you're going to win lol xD).