@bazaarofbaghdad said in Where is Oath right now?:
@brianpk80 said in Where is Oath right now?:
I tested Thrun and found it made no sense to play a 4/4 onto boards filled with opposing Spirit tokens. Carnage Tyrant would be better in this slot. Stormbreath Dragon on the other hand is amazing. And Gisela does the most important work against Workshops. I have lost to Shops after Oathing up Griselbrand, Titan, and so forth but Gisela specifically shuts down their deck. Bear in mind, her clause means that Walking Ballista's activated ability will do exactly 0 damage each time, so she closes off the ways in which you can lose even when things are going your way--this is an important concern given how hyper aggressive Shops has become.
Can you please walk me through how Gisela is better in terms of net match win percentage increase vs. Shops / Dredge / other compared to Blazing Archon? Easy to construct individuals on both sides but my gut says Archon is overall better. If you think it's Gisela, how close is it?
V. Shops, Gisela. V. Dredge, possibly Archon. "Put everything on my Ravager, then my Ballista" is too deadly v. Workshop and leads to losses too frequently, especially if you are Oathing in the mid-game. Gisela is a much faster clock than Archon as well and significantly easier to hardcast. I've had a few close games where my library got very low and her lethality was the difference between losing and winning. Similarly, hardcasting her in places where Archon would be impossible to cast has been relevant.
Archon is better v. White Eldrazi however due to the Karakas factor. Each has pros and cons but with Shops being where it's at right now and the hardcast factor being important, the scale is tilted slightly towards Gisela for me. I have run Archon in the past and it's a fine card, so no disrespect meant to it.