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Celestial Kirin - Because I'm Awful
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Author:  Proxy [ 2011-Jul-28 9:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Celestial Kirin - Because I'm Awful

Before you even look at it: I'm awful at actually making decklists. I'm pretty decent at playing them, but not so much making them. Nevertheless, I was listening in on the latest edition of Commandercast, and I was inspired by their challenge to make a Celestial Kirin deck (an underplayed Mono-White commander from Saviors of Kamigawa), and here's what I ended up with.

The Ghost Giraffe Itself:
Celestial Kirin

GHOSTS (and other stuff too):
Blinking Spirit
Celestial Crusader
Changeling Hero
Deathless Angel
Eternal Dragon
Hikari, Twilight Guardian
Kami of Ancient Law
Kami of False Hope
Kami of the Palace Fields
Karmic Guide
Kataki, War's Wage
Mirror Entity
Mistmoon Griffin
Moonlight Geist
Mother of Runes
Nikko-Onna
Oyobi, Who Split the Heavens
Spectral Gateguards
Spirit en-Dal
Spirit of the Hearth
Thunder Spirit
Torii Watchward
Transcendent Master
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre
Windborn Muse
World Queller
Yomiji, Who Bars the Way
Yosei, the Morning Star

Lone Planeswalker:
Elspeth, Knight-Errant

Instants, Sorceries, Enchantments, Artifacts (The Removal/Ramp Stuff)
Afterlife
Akroma's Vengeance
Armillary Sphere
Austere Command
Banishing Stroke
Candles' Glow
Charge Across the Araba
Cleanfall
Condemn
Crib Swap
Darksteel Ingot
Darksteel Plate
Dust to Dust
Endless Horizons
Ethereal Haze
Ghostway
Gift of Estates
Honor the Fallen
Land Tax
Lapse of Certainty
Marshal's Anthem
Oblation
Otherworldly Journey
Path to Exile
Quiet Purity
Return to Dust
Shining Shoal
Spiritual Visit
Swords to Plowshares
Terashi's Grasp
Terashi's Verdict
Terminus
Wrath of God

Ghost Towns
Cavern of Souls
Drifting Meadow
Emeria, the Sky Ruin
Ghost Quarter
Gods' Eye, Gate to the Reikai
Kor Haven
29 Plains
Secluded Steppe
Strip Mine



There were a bunch of cards I didn't want to cut, but I decided to to keep the mana curve from being a total mess (it's honestly not much better than it was when I first constructed this list). The basic idea of playing this deck is to either:
A. Get out Kirin, Go to town with the many Spirits and Arcane spells at your disposal.
B. Save Kirin for later, and keep the field controlled with wrath and destruction effects.
C. Get Kirin out, slap on a Darksteel Plate, commence with plans A and B.

I can't actually test this deck out just yet, but I'm hoping to soon. I'll post a list of cards I cut soon enough. I just don't want to right now. Too tired. z.z



CHANGE LOG
5/2 - AVACYN RESTORED UPDATE:
-1 Armageddon
-1 Catastrophe
-1 March of Souls
-1 Plains
-1 Spectral Rider

+1 Banishing Stroke
+1 Cavern of Souls
+1 Moonlight Geist
+1 Spectral Gateguards
+1 Terminus

Author:  Sinis [ 2011-Jul-29 5:46 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Celestial Kirin - Because I'm Awful

Since you're willing to go full-hog into the spiritcraft for white, I highly recommend:
Waxmane Baku — Can build up for a lethal tap-out. Also is a spirit that's 3 for a 2/2 (which would be bad under normal circumstances, but is great here).
Faithful Squire/Kaiso, Memory of Loyalty — Eventually turns into a flying critter with a combat trick.

Also, if you can get your mitts on a Land Tax, that card is a baller.

Finally, World Queller can leave your opponents in an awkward position. If you've managed to destroy an assymetrical number of creatures, forcing sacrifices can be devastating (and really, you're only losing chump spirits anyway).

Author:  Proxy [ 2011-Jul-29 9:39 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Celestial Kirin - Because I'm Awful

Thanks for the suggestions, Sinis. Waxmane Baku seems alright, but I think I like the suggestion of World Queller just a little bit better. Seems like a good board position creator. I'll definitely need to piece this deck together and test it out, but for now, I think I'll be making these changes:

+1 Land Tax
+1 World Queller

-1 Pilgrim's Eye
-1 Tithe

Author:  Wrecked [ 2011-Jul-29 1:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Celestial Kirin - Because I'm Awful

While I wouldn't recommended the LD with Armageddon/Catastrophe route, as people will generally stop playing with you, if you are going to go that route, let me humbly submit Cataclysm. Does a lot, and with proper positioning, can just win you the game.

Author:  Sicktoid [ 2011-Jul-30 4:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Celestial Kirin - Because I'm Awful

Tallowisp can actually search for some pretty decent answers to opposing creatures. Arrest and Prison Term come to mind.

Ranger of Eos. It would already search up Mother of Runes and Kami of False Hope and you could even add something like Serra Ascendant or Martyred Rusalka to your repertoire. Playing Weathered Wayfarer is never a bad idea in a white deck. Then you can take a look at a card called Proclamation of Rebirth :)

Shield of Kaldra is another equipment, which can grant Indestructibility.

Author:  Fugu [ 2011-Jul-30 5:39 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Celestial Kirin - Because I'm Awful

I'm glad you have Shining Shoal. Instant Engineered Explosives sounds badass.

Author:  _Tawnos_ [ 2011-Jul-30 11:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Celestial Kirin - Because I'm Awful

Let the conspiracy begin.

I'm not sure about Cleanfall. Try Allay if you don't have it already. It's hard to make recommendations for white because it can remove any type of permanent right now.

Author:  Proxy [ 2011-Oct-13 8:53 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Celestial Kirin - Because I'm Awful

Made me a few more changes since Innistrad actually gave us a few more Spirits to work with.

-1 Judge Unworthy
-1 Pilgrim's eye
-1 Tithe

+1 Land Tax
+1 Spectral Rider
+1 World Queller

I kinda wanna try Gallows Warden since it's another 5drop Spirit and it's a tiny, but sometimes relevant boost i guess i don't know what i'm talking about

Author:  moraff [ 2011-Oct-14 8:23 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Celestial Kirin - Because I'm Awful

_Tawnos_ wrote:
Let the conspiracy begin.

I'm not sure about Cleanfall. Try Allay if you don't have it already. It's hard to make recommendations for white because it can remove any type of permanent right now.


Cleanfall is the better option in his deck due to the commander. It reads:

Destroy all enchantments and permanents that have a CMC of 3.

When you consider that, it makes sense.

Author:  Etsap [ 2011-Oct-14 5:03 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Celestial Kirin - Because I'm Awful

As good as Darksteel Plate seems to be, have you thought about Equipment search? Steelshaper's Gift, Stoneforge Mystic, Stonehewer Giant, Taj-Nar Swordsmith, and/or Steelshaper Apprentice? I wouldn't recommend ALL of them, but one or two seems like a good idea.

Author:  shmebula [ 2011-Oct-15 3:54 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Celestial Kirin - Because I'm Awful

Wrecked wrote:
While I wouldn't recommended the LD with Armageddon/Catastrophe route, as people will generally stop playing with you, if you are going to go that route, let me humbly submit Cataclysm. Does a lot, and with proper positioning, can just win you the game.

It goes back to the whole "don't play LD unless you're going to win" argument, but we have a player that plays Cataclysmjust because with no way to win in the next 15 turns. Man I hate that card.

Author:  Proxy [ 2012-May-02 10:22 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Celestial Kirin - Because I'm Awful

5/2 - AVACYN RESTORED UPDATE:
-1 Armageddon
-1 Catastrophe
-1 March of Souls
-1 Plains
-1 Spectral Rider

+1 Banishing Stroke
+1 Cavern of Souls
+1 Moonlight Geist
+1 Spectral Gateguards
+1 Terminus

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