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 Post subject: Alfred Hitchcock presents: Kangee
AgePosted: 2012-Feb-24 1:24 pm 
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When I was first getting back into Magic, I noticed everyone in my LGS took the game way too seriously. I constantly failed to get them to enjoy the spirit of togetherness, and so I vowed to use silly cards to beat them. Birds came to mind as a tribal which is not the best... then I discovered Kangee.

The idea still seemed bad (Kangee is rather expensive with the kicker) until I remembered one of my favorite cards Enchanted Evening works quite nicely with Serra's Sanctum. This combo alone makes a bird army rather scary.... then Proliferate came out ^.^

Keep in mind that every card either works with Proliferate, is a bird, or was needed to protect my birds (Counterspell + Overrule to name a few); the deck isn't supposed to be too serious, and I only have one tutor (a bird!). If I can draw one of my many filter birds, though, I can still arrange my draws nicely.

So here is the deck -

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1. Kangee, Aerie Keeper

Creatures:
2. Emeria Angel - makes birds, so she's allowed. I used to have an infinite with Intruder Alarm, Trade Routes and Walking Atlas... but Intruder Alarm became a liability.
3. Rainbow Crow - sometimes you just need to have a 'black'bird around :)
4. Windbrisk Raptor
5. Kingfisher
6. Dream Thrush - fixes mana, and also shuts down any pesky mazes that may be floating around
7. Spire Owl
8. Carrier Pigeons
9. Raven Guild Initiate - bounce Kangee to my hand to recast with more mana or to avoid tucks
10. Sawtooth Loon -filter cards and get counters on Door of Destinies
11. Soulcatcher
12. Cloudchaser Eagle - removal, bonus with Enchanted Evening in play
13. Cloudchaser Kestrel - removal, bonus with Enchanted Evening in play
14. Mirror Entity - mana dump for Serra's Sanctum if I can't play Kangee
15. Crookclaw Elder
16. Lieutenant Kirtar - was funny when I had Lifeline in the deck
17. Augury Owl
18. Mindshrieker - still can't wait to mana-dump Serra's Sanctum into this guy :D
19. Coast Watcher
20. Keeper of the Nine Gales
21. Thrummingbird - workhorse for adding counters to ALL THE THINGS!
22. Esper Cormorants - blocks fear/intimidate
23. Sage Aven
24. Freewind Falcon
25. Aven Mindcensor - I'm only sorting the top 4, so should everyone else!
26. Glarecaster - new add, mana dump + effect
27. Thieving Magpie
28. Murder of Crows
29. Sage Owl
30. Aven Fogbringer
31. Raven Familiar
32. Hydromorph Gull
33. Duskrider Falcon
34. Aven Mimeomancer - adds free counters to Kangee = profit.

Enchantments:
35. Cloud Cover - protection for my many toys, even saves them from split-second
36. Enchanted Evening - best, enchantment, ever (I don't care about Back to Nature if we all start over, amusing if I have Sacred Ground out. Sure! I'll have all my lands back, thanks!)
37. Sigil of the New Dawn - replacement for Lifeline
38. Soulcatchers' Aerie
39. Sacred Ground - if they kill Serra's Sanctum, it comes right back (won me the game when a friend Jokulhaups the board lol)
40. Steel of the Godhead - makes Kangee a 4/4 beater if need be, also allows Thrummingbird to do its job
41. Gravitational Shift - hasn't seen play yet, seems good to kill Kiki/Pestermite combos
42. Inexorable Tide - gravy
43. Quest for Ancient Secrets

Instants:
44. Mirrorweave
45. Evacuation
46. Wing Shards - bird removal!
47. Dissipate
48. Aven Warcraft - Massacre Wurm defense + swing for the win if I have threshold
49. Mnemonic Nexus
50. Discombobulate
51. Disenchant - the Master's Edition art with the bird on the shield ;)
52. Steady Progress
53. Counterspell
54. Fuel for the Cause
55. Swords to Plowshares - Ice Age art
56. Overrule
57. Put Away

Sorceries:
58. Idyllic Tutor
59. Battle Screech
60. Tezzeret's Gambit
61. Airborne Aid

Artifacts:
62. Everflowing Chalice
63. Eternity Vessel
64. Cloudstone Curio - build up counters on Door of Destinies or bounce Kangee for recast
65. Unbender Tine - untap Serra's Sanctum or Contagion Engine
66. Khalni Gem - bounce Serra's Sanctum for reuse
67. Door of Destinies - artifact support for Kangee
68. Contagion Engine - mah engine

Lands:
69. Nimbus Maze
70. Gemstone Mine
71. Mystic Gate
72. Reliquary Tower
73. Thalakos Lowlands
74. Azorius Chancery
75. Serra's Sanctum
76. Seaside Haven
77. Command Tower
78. Hallowed Fountain
79. Calciform Pools
80. Adarkar Wastes
81. Minamo, School at Water's Edge
82. Coastal Tower
Island x9
Plains x9

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Last edited by Superstrength79 on 2012-Mar-15 4:01 am, edited 2 times in total.

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 Post subject: Re: Alfred Hitchcock presents: Kangee
AgePosted: 2012-Feb-24 1:42 pm 
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This is what I was shooting for...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPC_Mp0Y ... re=related

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 Post subject: Re: Alfred Hitchcock presents: Kangee
AgePosted: 2012-Feb-24 4:39 pm 
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Needs Soraya the Falconer. It's been errata'd to Birds.

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 Post subject: Re: Alfred Hitchcock presents: Kangee
AgePosted: 2012-Feb-24 10:32 pm 
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I used to run Defensive Formation to combat trample damage... I guess banding could do the trick as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Alfred Hitchcock presents: Kangee
AgePosted: 2012-Feb-25 2:23 am 

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I prefer defensive formation over the banding actually.
It just seems cooler :p

Also shouldn't quest for ancient secrets be Elixir of Immortality?

And what happens if enchanted evening or serra is put into your graveyard?
You don't really have ways to get it back, except for shuffle your library effects. (Don't really know if it exists :p, but white does have ways to get enchantments back).
Maybe something to look into? If your gameplan is about serra & enchanted evening.

Also how good is intruder alarm? Except for the combo with emeria angel.
(Just noticed it's not longer in your list)

And you have listed sacred ground twice ;)

Overall it's a nice deck ^^
I love to see it in action some time


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 Post subject: Re: Alfred Hitchcock presents: Kangee
AgePosted: 2012-Feb-26 5:28 pm 
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Quest lets me tuck someone else's graveyard as well. It used to be elixir, but I'd like to have a little graveyard hate in the deck too. I chose it over Reminisce since I can use quest as an additional enchantment to count for Serra's Sanctum.

Serra's Sanctum + Enchanted Evening is one of my most powerful mana sources in the deck, but I've won several games without seeing either before. Everflowing Chalice can get rather large in a proliferate deck, and Mirror Entity with a bunch of cheap birds and just 5-6 mana on the board can hurt rather badly. Even an unanswered Door of Destinies can be brutal with all the cheap birds I can cast.

Sacred Ground is listed once as a card, but mentioned several times. I'll go back and number the cards themselves.

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 Post subject: Re: Alfred Hitchcock presents: Kangee
AgePosted: 2012-Feb-26 8:02 pm 
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Alright, after Soraya as a cheap lord, here are my suggestions:

Expedition Map
Coastal Piracy
Magus of the Moat Not a bird, but strong
Absolute Grace
Absolute Law
Leonin Sun Standard

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 Post subject: Re: Alfred Hitchcock presents: Kangee
AgePosted: 2012-Feb-27 12:56 am 

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Dovescape? Of course, it might get a bit out of hand...


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 Post subject: Re: Alfred Hitchcock presents: Kangee
AgePosted: 2012-Feb-27 3:39 am 
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@DR. B: I had looked at Leonin Sun Standard before. I might stick in some day in place of one of the netsuke. For the absolute law/grace, I'd rather run Akroma's Memorial. Even though they are both enchantments, the memorial is a giant statue, and we all know that birds enjoy a good statue ;)

Coastal Piracy could replace Thieving Magpie I suppose. It's an enchantment, and that always helps!

@plank: I had considered that, but I'm not always guaranteed to be able to crank out more birds, and Kangee pumps ALL birds :/

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 Post subject: Re: Alfred Hitchcock presents: Kangee
AgePosted: 2012-Mar-01 10:18 am 

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Don't forget that there are plenty of "generic" lords and spells you can use (which become really quite amusing set to bird).

Adaptive Automaton
Brass Herald
Distant Melody (second Airborne Aid)
Shared Triumph
Call to the Kindred
Harsh Mercy
Mutavault! Oh my god its a BIRD LAND!
Urza's Incubator

Avian Changeling looks like a bird AND is a bird!
Pride of the Clouds

More "bird removal":
Weight of Conscience
Second Thoughts
Coordinated Barrage
Essence Scatter (M10 one has a creature dissolving into birds)

Stormtide Leviathan seems fun in your deck.

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 Post subject: Re: Alfred Hitchcock presents: Kangee
AgePosted: 2012-Mar-02 3:50 am 
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Coco wrote:
Distant Melody (second Airborne Aid)
Shared Triumph
Call to the Kindred
Mutavault! Oh my god its a BIRD LAND!

Avian Changeling looks like a bird AND is a bird!
Pride of the Clouds

Second Thoughts
Essence Scatter (M10 one has a creature dissolving into birds)

Distant Melody (second Airborne Aid) - Might do it some day, using my copy in Oona at the moment (for obvious reasons!)
Shared Triumph - Nice, cheap enchantment, might replace Eternity Vessel
Call to the Kindred - very nice... I misread this when I opened it the other day
Mutavault - nice after a wrath, needs more flying though :(

Avian Changeling - I'd rather have a bird with protection or a card-draw effect
Pride of the Clouds - If his CMC and Forecast costs were reversed, I'd use it

Second Thoughts - maybe so
Essence Scatter (M10 one has a creature dissolving into birds) - not sure what counterspell it could replace, and I'm more interested in countering wrath effects

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 Post subject: Re: Alfred Hitchcock presents: Kangee
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What I would really enjoy is if Kangee had access to green. There are so many good birds and support cards with green in them...

Flurry of Wings is the shining example

Messenger Falcons is another drawbird without a drawback (Thank you, I'll be here all night! lol)

I thought of using Treva, the Renewer at one point. It would give me a source of lifegain so I wouldn't have to worry about that in the deck as much, and I could include some ramp spells.

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 Post subject: Re: Alfred Hitchcock presents: Kangee
AgePosted: 2012-Mar-02 8:37 pm 
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Phantom Flock Seems like it would be good with all that Proliferate. If you like oddball critters Osai Vultures can also work with proliferate and is cheap and unexpected. (And likes wrath effects if you have an Eldrazi Monument for your birds to roost on - since you have a few that want to die for 781 effects).

Commander Eesha is always good for attack or defense. If you run all 4 Legendary Birds, Konda's Banner can be fun and inspirational too. And did I miss seeing Stormscape Familiar? If you have any Whim effects, you can turn Black to Blue, but just the savings on White can help the mana curve for Bird Decks.

Duskrider Peregrine might also be nice - suspend in the early game, but you should be able to cast outright late game if the Sanctum is getting you as much mana as you expect.

Serra Aviary seems thematically needed. It's Serra ... with pictures of Birds ... and pumps fliers...

For more bird tokens, there's always Battle Screech.

Just some thoughts from my Tribal Kangee deck, though I am not running an enchanted evening subtheme.

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Battle Screech is in there.

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 Post subject: Re: Alfred Hitchcock presents: Kangee
AgePosted: 2012-Mar-06 8:29 am 

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Dovescape works best when combined with Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite, which might just be good for your deck, though the symmetrical pump effects still make the 'scape dangerous. In a pinch, you can use your cloudchasers to get rid of it.

Isperia the Inscrutable seems like a strong card here, especially with Keeper of the Nine Gales providing re-usable bounce (so you know at least one card in their hand).

Cloudchaser Kestrel always makes me think of classic hosers, like Circle of Protection: White. This is a great combo if anybody likes killing you with commander damage, and if somebody just happens to be playing white already...

Aven Brigadier?

For more fun with Enchanted Evening, consider Arenson's Aura, Teferi's Care, Tattoo Ward, Azorius First-Wing, Greater Auramancy, and most importantly Cleansing Meditation.

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