"The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it".
The Bible, John 1:5
"The Fire In Her Eyes" by Two Steps From Hell: https://youtu.be/CrKR0PIdtNw
=== I N T R O D U C T I O N ===
I love Magic's angels. Not only because they're (usually) above-average powerful flyers; but mainly because artists like Greg Staples (Archangel of Strife
), Terese Nielsen (Basandra, Battle Seraph
) and Jason Chan (Angelic Overseer
) manage to depict them as the majestic and breathtakingly beautiful divine beings they're supposed to be.
Quite some time ago, I changed the theme of my Akroma EDH deck from angel/human to voltron. To this day I am very content with the result, but I still wanted to have a deck which has that peculiar "shepherd and flock" flavor, so I did a Gatherer query, found Sigarda, Heron's Grace
, and assembled this list.
Sigarda is able to create an army (almost) out of thin air, but her static ability is also very powerful. Giving all of my humans hexproof means that I may effectively use creatures which are usually not that good in EDH, like Ulvenwald Tracker
, Knight of the Reliquary
and Captain Sisay
. Since, as creatures, they are affected by summoning sickness I'm often not able to get any value from them, because they get killed before my next untap step. But Sigarda shelters them all, so unless someone wipes the board or kills my commander I can use them reliably and repeatedly.
And besides, giving ME hexproof is also a good thing
. Some time ago, during one of the first games with this deck, a friend targeted me with a Villainous Wealth
, with X
being somewhere around 10. While he was cheerfully grabbing my Avacyn, Angel of Hope
from among the cards I exiled from the top of my library, I read Sigarda's rules text again and pointed out that I wasn't a legal target for his spell. Needless to say, he was not amused.
=== S T R A T E G Y ===
a) Get some cards into my graveyard to turn into human creature tokens.
b) Play Sigarda.
c) Create an army of humans and angels, buff them with +1/+1 counters, and go to town.
1. Beatdown with tons of creatures. Quantity has a quality of its own.
Mentionable cards & synergies:
- Fetchlands and Knight of the Reliquary
Very convenient ways to get cards into my graveyard. The knight may also tutor for Gavony Township
, which is important for my strategy.
- Mask of Memory
, Rites of Spring
, Emmessi Tome
More ways to fill my graveyard while providing card advantage or card filtering. Angel of Glory's Rise
can provide a glorious return for all humans discarded this way, and Reya Dawnbringer
is able to cheat the appropriate air support into play.
- ETB abilities of all kind
Sigarda creates creature tokens, so cards like Aura Shards
, Cathars' Crusade
, Mentor of the Meek
and Champion of Lambholt
are even more bonkers than usual.
- Lyra Dawnbringer
It may seem odd to put an angel lord into a (mostly) human tribal deck, but a first striking, flying 5/5 with lifelink
is a bomb in itself. Plus, she buffs Sigarda, and once I cast Devout Invocation
and tap some humans she looks REALLY good. (And have you read her flavor text...?)
- Divine Visitation
This card enables Sigarda to turn dead humans into angels, and turns Increasing Devotion
into a spell that ends games. Lyra likes it too.
- Captain Sisay
Initially added by me simply as another source of card advantage, Sisay proved to be the most powerful creature in the deck. A repeatable tutor is always strong, but when it is able to find bombs like Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
, Mageta the Lion
or Kamahl, Fist of Krosa
things get nasty very quickly.
Tips & tactics:
Nothing to say here... Maybe later.
=== E V A L U A T I O N ===
The deck turned out to be surprisingly strong, due to its many tutors and its resilience - my whole army may have hexproof and indestructible, and even if my creatures die I have several ways to return them to play.
I would love to hear about your impression of my design, so please leave a comment. Thanks!