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Offline w00tw00t111

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Semi-Angel / Philistine - How to Play It?
« on: July 26, 2018, 06:50:25 PM »
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Hey guys,
A little background:
I've played this deck now about 20+ times - playgroups, two different regional tournaments and several times against a full apostle/demon deck. It's done well in the different games, unless Hezekiah's Signet Ring is played - then it is cut down pretty good.

It started as a full mono-silver/black deck. Then AuTO was added Joshua was added and then Justin Martyr. For the most part it's still pure angel.

The problem (this will sound weird) is I just don't know how to play it. How to use AuTO, Joshua, and Justin Martyr correctly. I can't seem to find any consistency in what to do.

I'd appreciate y'alls advice in looking over to see if there's holes in the structure or perhaps a reason why I can't find a "rhythm" in how to play it.

Thanks so much!

Main Deck

Lost Souls
6 (Fat Guy)
Awake
Exchanger
Hopper
Hunter
Lawless
N.T. Only
Shuffler

Dominant
Angel of the Lord
New Jerusalem
Son of God
Burial
Christian Martyr
Destruction of Nehushtan

EC
Delilah
King Achish
Philistine Armor Bearer
Philistine Garrison
Rapha of Gath
Saph
The Twelve Fingered Giant
The Amalekites' Slave

EE
Babel
Bringing Fear
Devourer
Hunger
Ishbibenob's Sword
Joseph in Prison
Overwhelmed by Philistines
Philistine Chariot and Horses
Seized by Rioters

Heroes
Angel from the Alter
Angel Under the Oak
Angels of Wrath
Captain of the Host
Michael, the Archangel
Servant Angel
The Binding Angel
The Strong Angel

Justin Martyr

Joshua, Son of Nun

Good Enhancements
Angelic Guidance
Birth Foretold
Consuming Fire
Fifth Seal / Justice Seekers
Glad Tidings
Hailstones
Overwhelming Presence

Dual Characters
Prisoners at Gaza

Dual Enhancements
Second Seal / War

Fortress
Chamber of Angels
Heavenly Temple
Philistine Outpost

Sites / Fortress
Babel

Artifacts
The Golden Altar
The Great White Throne

RESERVE
EC
Goliath
Philistine Diviners

EE
Wrath of Satan

Heroes
Jepthah

GE
Everlasting Beings

Blood of the Lamb
Word of Their Testimony

Dual Enhancements
Fourth Bowl of Wrath
Fifth Bowl of Wrath
Foreign Sword

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Re: Semi-Angel / Philistine - How to Play It?
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2018, 07:21:28 PM »
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I personally believe that Joshua and Captain actually make you weaker.  It's a decent option but it's not your best stuff.  I also believe you have too many EE's.

I would suggest cutting 10
Joshua
Captain
Ishbibenobs Sword
Hunger
Babel (EE)
Amalekite Slave
Chamber of Angels
Delilah
The Binding Angel
A Birth Foretold

I would add these 10
Priest of Zeus
Demetrius the Silver Smith
House Hold Idols
Gabriel (I/J)
Striking Herod
Overwhelming Presence (I think that is the silver withdraw or underdeck all)
Foreign Wives
Lot's wife
Abandonment
Wheel Within a Wheel

I believe those changes upgrade your power and consistency without changing he color scheme or intention of the deck)

(Yes keep Auto even though all he does now it draw 2)
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Re: Semi-Angel / Philistine - How to Play It?
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2018, 09:39:24 AM »
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Thanks jbeers! I'm not familiar with most of those cards so I'm doing some researching on Orcid now to see what they do and how that changes the dynamic.

What I've found when I have tested it is my defense is typically very strong, but offense can get shutdown. That may be my inexperience in playing that I'm choosing the wrong cards or enhancements to play at the wrong time. :)

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Re: Semi-Angel / Philistine - How to Play It?
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2018, 09:54:44 AM »
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I just realized you already have overwhelming presence. Perhaps Protection of Angels could be the 10th add.

Playing the right enhancements at the right time is going to happen just by playing more games.
In general you want to use battle winners like "discard an opponent's character" first. Then your opponent may negate it. Then you have a chance to negate their negate. That is the general idea.
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