2 minutes ago
BioProfDude I'm going to keep play testing it, and if it does seem like I'm struggling with the tokens I definitely plan on changing it up based on your suggestions. Thanks again for the great feedback!
3 minutes ago
Seek greater decks... seek the Tron, for that is the only way, lest this format swallow you whole as it has so many others.
Lmao jk. It's a very cool and I love the darksouls reference and gif :D
13 minutes ago
Thanks Spazik007, yeah I was thinking that too as I was mowing the lawn today after putting this deck up haha! I like the Drakes as more protection for Gideon as well.
14 minutes ago
No, yahelhotam, she isn't. In my description of the deck I put that she isn't a legendary, but my playgroup has a list of creatures that we allow as commanders, and she's on the list. This is my deck I run with her, and really just posted it for casual play and the such.
16 minutes ago
Is Krosan Verge that good?! It might be a little slow but it thins the deck for the important dual lands! 2 of them at that or even the forest creature... the name evades my mind right now.... But yes it's that good.
18 minutes ago
Those are valid reasons for keeping as-is for now, so I say play test it and see how it goes! Good luck!
I do think, though, that you won't get quite as many tokens as you think. Hopefully I am incorrect. Opponent's are pretty quick to act on token generators, so I have found that they are difficult to keep out in any significant numbers. Nevertheless, it's worth a try.
Oh, one other thought-- if you're liking the idea of +1/+1 counters as your sideboard indicates, maybe 2x Nissa, Voice of Zendikar because of her -2 ability, and her +1 adds tokens! You could tap those tokens for attack, even as 0/1 creatures, just to get the Throne of the God-Pharaoh trigger.
21 minutes ago
And about the land, I definitely would like to replace Foul Orchard with Blooming Marsh but I really hate having more than 4 land that enter's tapped, though Hissing Quagmire's pay ability might be worth the extra turns wait
25 minutes ago
Sure, looks good enough for casual play. I've never liked Staff of the Sun Magus/Staff of the Death Magus- it just feels like there is cheaper stuff that works out blocking more incoming damage- Nyx-Fleece Ram, Sanctimony or Kor Firewalker for example. One thing to think about is how effective 1-off effects are. I despise Chaplain's Blessing type cards (although that is probably the best of them) because they 'spend' a card without providing an ongoing advantage. Against something spending cards for direct damage, trades for 1-and a half Lightning Bolt which is fine. Against something spending cards for ongoing damage, less fantastic.
I have this list for modern viable mono black stuff Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox- there will be some stuff that works well in there. Exquisite bond is fantastic as a combo finish- Its a little too high mana cost for my preferred setups, and a one-of Blood Baron of Vizkopa fills the role well enough, but if you want to all-in with it Vizkopa Guildmage is functionally an extra body and combo-piece. Timely Reinforcements nets creatures and life super efficiently when behind.
If you're feeling competitive List of Modern Sideboard Staples is super useful for finding those 'fix this problem cards'. You're allready pretty close to the 'soul sisters' archetype, so you could mine recent versions of that deck for cards, although it has lost popularity recently.
All of this said, if you're going to be playing the same deck a lot, try for variety- either have an extra stack of cards you swap in when bored or run a lot of 1-ofs. It helps keep things interesting.
26 minutes ago
BioProfDude Thanks for the great feedback!
So, my thinking with Lord of the Accursed over Gifted Aetherborn was, like you pointed out was for the +1/+1. With Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Doomed Dissenter, Liliana's Mastery, and liliana, death's majesty it was my thinking that my zombie numbers would get pretty high, pretty quick in addition to the amount of zombie creatures already in the deck.
I definitely hear what you're saying about Throne of the God-Pharaoh. I've been contemplating whether or not to take it out, especially with Kalitas' lifelink. My thinking behind that was with the amount of token creatures I can end up with around mid-game I could potentially double my health fairly easy.
Rhonas's Monument is definitely a test and see. If anything, I may sideboard it in exchange for nixing Bontu's Monument completely because most of my sideboard is green as is, and Bontu's just doesn't seem to go with this deck.
31 minutes ago
Cards like Delirium Skeins, Liliana, Defiant Necromancer Flip, Smallpox, and Ill-Gotten Gains would make for devistatingly effective sideboard pieces for when you need to switch from aggro to control to shutdown combo. Especially if your using those or similar cards with cards such as Waste Not, Necromancer's Stockpile, and Cryptbreaker.
36 minutes ago
Nope. Never mind. Pyromancer Ascension puts the copy of the spell directly on the stack, meaning Tendrils of Agony is only cast once, copied via storm, then copied once more from Pyromancer. This would mean that you need to have an almost active ascension already in play before casting Doomsday. This slows the deck down even more, and probably removes it from viability. Dang.
40 minutes ago
kilthias, thanks for the upvote and for the compliment! A revision to this deck is coming very soon. I have finally had a chance to play test a bit more and I think I have a slightly better build for it by making a couple of small adjustments.
41 minutes ago
Cool deck! My first reaction in a quick look: why Lord of the Accursed when Gifted Aetherborn has the same power/toughness for 1 less mana? You only have two additional zombie creatures, so this isn't quite as efficient. The activated ability is nice, but you have to tap the creature to do it, which is a bit unfortunate.
With only 17 creatures, I'm not certain that Throne of the God-Pharaoh is the best card to have. If you had 20 (minimum) or more creatures, then this becomes more relevant. Otherwise it's in a 2 mana spot that could be used by better spells.
I have a similar hesitation with Rhonas's Monument in that you have more black mana, but this helps with green cards. It's a good card to be certain (because of the +2/+2 and trample stuff), so this one is worth testing for certain.
I'm also a bit concerned about only 20 mana. Will you get cards out reliably enough? I think with your mana curve that 22 to 23 might work better for you, and (if you can afford them) Hissing Quagmire and Blooming Marsh would be great cards to have. I get it, though, if they're expensive and you don't yet have them.
That's what I have in a first glance. Let me know what you think! +1 from me!
43 minutes ago
I think it would definitely worth it to try Blessed Alliance here, especially when you've opted not to use Always Watching. It's sac option often hits great targets in my experience and the ability to 2-for-1 by killing a swinging creature while also untapping your exert guys is great value.
43 minutes ago
I want this deck to be good... I was thinking about adding Oketra's Monument and I will probably replace Oath of Gideon as a 3 drop, but I will have to playtest both. Also the embalm mechanic is really good because they are all tokens when they come back. That's why I run a playset of Sacred Cat and Anointer Priest. As far as adding blue, esper just seems worse than having just B/W or U/W, so ultimately I went with B/W
44 minutes ago
Been playing with this theme, but with soul-scour mage, instead of the adept and glimmer of genius instead of Hieroglyphic Illumination (although i like the cycling ability this has). Also using harnessed lightning, do to it's interaction with glimmer and soul-scour. Additionally I threw in Chandra, because why not?
47 minutes ago
I've been looking at other reanimation decks today and had come to the same conclusion about Carrier Thrall! Too used to playing creature heavy decks I think :)
I'm also going to add a few Life/Death into my sideboard to give me the option of speeding the whole thing up when my friend decides to get his aggro deck out.
Thanks once again for your input. As a relatively new player it's been nice to have someone to discuss this tactic with and has been a great first experience on this site.
47 minutes ago
Replace Shock with Lightning Bolt. Strictly better. Also, due to the number of Legendary copies, consider Mirror Gallery to transform dead cards in hand into dangerous insults to injury. I also suggest adding some form of permanent or artifact/enchantment removal. Abrupt Decay and Destructive Revelry are strong and affordable Modern options in your colors. Maelstrom Pulse is probably best if you want to shell out the money for it.
54 minutes ago
Insult is already in there though I may take out evolving wilds. Evolving wilds always goes in as a precautionary until I decide if I need it or not.
I know 18 creatures is slightly much and I may cut it down to 16. I've never been sold on expedite and am not sold yet on renegade tactics.
While I appreciate the input i feel you are offbase on the criticisms. Geier is a great card draw despite any advantage your opponent gets. Evolving wilds is definitely not just for those types of decks. Glimmer is definitely too costly and doesn't allow room to double cast like anticipate. Since no energy package harnessed is ok but not versatile enough for this build.
54 minutes ago
I like the deck I see what your doing lots of hydras and other goodies along with life gain and life syphon. The only advice for this deck I see is u need more Ramp. Your playing a lot of green stompy things so u need to get there quickly so u can apply pressure to your opponents. 30 Lands is risky with not enough ramp, I'd say for a 30 land base I'd say about 10-12 ramp spells/rocks, u are playing green so there are plenty of choices out there for ramp spells, some of my personal favorites include Skyshroud Claim, Nature's Lore, Kodama's Reach, and Cultivate to name a few.
1 hour ago
I made a few modifications utilizing the Amonkhet set. Oketra's Monument and Rhonas's Monument are replacing Woodweaver's Puzzleknot and Animation Module. Sandwurm Convergence is replacing Spawning Grounds as it can provide air protection, and gives me another creature token without having to tap valuable mana.