Up to two target creatures each get +1/+0 and gain first strike until end of turn.
Madness 1R (If you discard this card, discard it into exile. When you do, cast it for its madness cost or put it into your graveyard.)
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Abandon Reason Discussion
4 months ago
6 months ago
It seems like Avacyn's Judgment and Abandon Reason are meant to be cast for Madness? If so, Bloodrage Brawler is awfully inconsistent here, as there's no way to be sure you'll have a hand with both Bloodrage Brawler, Avacyn's Judgment in a game, and it's even less likely you'll have the mana to cast both of them in the same turn. I'd recommend either replacing the Bloodrage Brawlers with the suggestions below, scrapping Abandon Reason, or both.
Bloodrage Brawler is an incredibly aggressive card, I'll admit. However, there are some creatures that are quite a bit more synergistic with your deck. Nantuko Husk, Carrion Feeder, and Blood Bairn help your creatures die without Distended Mindbender. Perilous Myr and Goblin Arsonist are relatives of Mudbutton Torchrunner.
It seems like Distended Mindbender and Avacyn's Judgment are your sac outlets right now. Your opponent isn't going to block your Mudbutton Torchrunners if they're going to take 3 damage for it - they're just going to let the 1 go through. So, you need ways to power them yourself. Again, Nantuko Husk, Carrion Feeder, and Blood Bairn will all do that job for you, and Artillerize and Fling are cheap, sometimes even better, substitutes or alternatives.
For a budget deck, your mana base is to be expected, but it can be better. Rakdos Guildgate is a dual land, sure, but entering the battlefield tapped without anything else means it's outclassed by others. Akoum Refuge and Bloodfell Caves are gainlands in Rakdos colors. Rakdos Carnarium is a tapland that bounces one of your own lands, which can be bad or good, but helps you stay on curve the turn after, unlike the Guildgate. Temple of Malice is a scryland, which might not be so useful, but it's still better than the Guildgate by virtue of its scry. Dragonskull Summit is probably your best bet for a dual under $5/each, though, because it's not necessarily a tapland as long as you have a Swamp or Mountain.
Soul-Scar Mage and Abandon Reason are really weird cards in this deck. You have no burn spells (which might be something to consider) if you don't hit creatures with your Torchrunner or Showstopper, so I would consider either burn spells or better combat tricks. Red has much better combat tricks than Abandon Reason, like Brute Strength, a red Giant Growth.
Sorry for the wall of text; I hope it helped.
6 months ago
That's a good choice.
It's an easy sub for Abandon Reason, if you need to deal extra damage to the Opponent and/or gain some life yourself.
I didn't answer your question above about how many Hazoret the Fervent you should have.
Since it works so well, I would run 4.
So having a spare is not a bad thing.
I actually found that Bontu the Glorified was very tricky to put online.
I think that God is better in decks that generate a lot of Tokens, or have a lot of recurrence.
6 months ago
One issue this deck has is that everything wants to discard a card for profit.
You can't discard one card to meet all these conditions e.g. You can't discard the same card as part of the casting cost of Lightning Axe AND discard the same card to activate Key to the City. If you want both of those to work at the same time you often have to chose one of the other, because you can't afford to discard two cards, or just don't have enough cards left.
I played around with the land, because I was often unable to cast Olivia, Mobilized for War or Bloodhall Priest. Although you have a lot of cards, you have two cards that can be cast on Turn 3. I think you'd be better off with 10x Mountains and 6x Swamps.
+1 from me.
6 months ago
You have 14 discard outlets not counting Prophetic Ravings. I think you could take that out. If you're using it for the haste, best to have another red cartouche instead since stopping something from blocking is more relevant than another discard outlet that requires a creature + not getting attack at the same time as being a discard outlet or other benefit.
I would rather have Invigorated Rampage in the main if you want that kind of buff card instead of Abandon Reason. I see that you say it's great protection but frankly your deck isn't about protecting your creatures, it's about rushing down the opponent and getting damage through at all times. The only creatures in standard that have first strike will be stuff that you're going to burn out of play before attacking anyway. Thalia, Heretic Cathar for example. Being able to give a creature a big damage buff and trample over a chump blocker is more useful imo to your overall strategy.
It also enables my next point which is that with all of the targeted removal in this meta, including exile effects like Cast Out which will absolutely be everywhere, Fling should be part of your main deck so that you can have a response when they try to remove your buffed creature / Hazoret or whatever. Not a lot of them, like 1-2 so that you have that final damage reach out of nowhere. being able to flood the board early, then buff an unblocked attacker with +4 damage, deal combat damage and then fling it main 2 for 6-8 damage could be an easy turn 4 win.
I also think that Glorybringer should be in the main or at the very least the sideboard. I saw you had him in but took him out. I think you should reconsider.
I think you should run 20 lands at the bare minimum instead of 19. You're a discard deck for one, for 2 even mono white humans who have a curve that stops at 3-4 CMC run at least 20 lands and finally if you're going to run lands in the sideboard, make it a splash color / man land / both. For example mono white humans usually runs 4 Inspiring Vantage in the main and then 4 Needle Spires in the side for red splash. You could do the same for a color that would benefit your strat. But don't run 3 basics in the side, it just seems like such a waste imo.
6 months ago
Combat Celebrant Is just there for a win con. battlefield scavenger is there for Ahn-Crop Crasher. Plus he is a good creature on his own merit. 2/2 for 2 with an upside.
Thanks for enjoying the deck.
6 months ago
I'm not sure how I feel about Combat Celebrant and Battlefield Scavenger. Exerting is great, but you wouldn't want to play Celebrant without a haste enabler, so Turn 4 at the earliest. Without Glorybringer or Celebrant, Scavenger really only triggers off himself and one other creature, and with no evasion or combat ability outside of a win more trigger, he doesn't really seem worth it to me. Even with Celebrant, you'd only really exert Celebrant to win, so the card draw isn't even necessary at that point. I think you could cut these guys for a couple more burn spells like Shock, Lightning Axe, and Magma Spray; some more discard outlets for Flameblade Adept like Tormenting Voice, Cathartic Reunion or more Prophetic Ravings; or some more Bloodrage Brawler.
Either way, I really like the deck.