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When Abhorrent Overlord enters the battlefield, put a number of 1/1 black Harpy creature tokens with flying onto the battlefield equal to your devotion to black. (Each in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to black.)
At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice a creature.
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Abhorrent Overlord Discussion
3 days ago
SynergyBuild, thanks for the thoughtful recommendations! There's no denying that the Triskelion and Mikaeus, the Unhallowed combo is useful, and would fit nicely into this deck, but I already have it in another one of my more competitive decks. I wanted this one to be pretty casual for the most part, which is also why I avoided putting too many tutoring cards in there.
As for the 0-drops such as Memnite, Shield Sphere, Ornithopter, etc.: I'd rather focus on creatures that can generate tokens like Abhorrent Overlord, Sifter of Skulls, and Sengir Autocrat for the sac bait. Since CMC isn't an issue for Whisper, Blood Liturgist's ability, there'd be no point to include the 0-drops that would only be worth a single sacrifice, and not necessarily be worth bringing back with Whisper, Blood Liturgist to sacrifice again.
I do think that most of the cards you suggested be cut still have pretty valid reasons to be present in the deck. Most of those cards are either for spot removal Malicious Affliction, control Grave Pact, ETB/upon death triggers Kokusho, the Evening Star, discard effects Call the Bloodline, or token generation Noosegraf Mob. I mean, sure, Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger doesn't really fit in the deck, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to potentially cheat out an Eldrazi titan on like, turn 4.
I could probably drop Ancient Craving for one of the more efficient cards like Night's Whisper though. I really like Corpse Connoisseur too. Diabolic Intent fits the theme of the deck, so I might swap that in for one of the other tutoring cards. Withering Boon seems pretty great too. Counterspells in black are hilarious, and often unexpected. Toxic Deluge could very well end up replacing Damnation, because you're right, it is pretty good. Just not sure if paying that much life is always worth the effect.
Thanks again for all the great suggestions! I've definitely still got some work to do on this deck.
3 weeks ago
1 month ago
Funny aspect, I really like it. Why not throw a Nyx-Fleece Ram or Soulmender, though? They're pretty much gain life each turn. Secondly, Abhorrent Overlord can work really well, sacrificing your Bloodsoaked Champion (which I would trade out for Oathsworn Vampire), and if you want to risk Awakening Zone, you can use your Eldrazi Tokens to snag a green mana.
2 months ago
Yeah, flying is something I'm worried about as well and I'm similarly trying to fit in cards that can fill in multiple roles (which is why Bow of Nylea is in my Maybeboard despite it being a proverbial master of none). Here's some cards I brainstormed up, maybe you'll find something useful among them:
Bitterblossom is cheap and could give you some chump blockers that can attack, be sac'd and trigger Path of Discovery as well. There's also Hornet Nest & Chronozoa but they require some setup and aren't very cheap.
I see you removed Nyx Weaver at some point, how do you feel about taking it back? It doesn't solve things completely but with 3 toughness and reach it's a pretty OK blocker in addition to its graveyard-related abilities.
2 months ago
ok so with that in mind, Abhorrent Overlord fits well? And from here out I should add things that pump tokens like mad rather than focus just on zombies
2 months ago
Turn 9 my devotion was 15, I cast Abhorrent Overlord made 15 harpy tokens, FTW! +1
2 months ago
At the beginning of your upkeep both Sheoldred, Whispering One and Abhorrent Overlord will trigger. You can put the triggers on the stack in either order, but you will have to choose a target for Sheoldred, Whispering One's ability. The target has to be a card in the graveyard already, so you will not be able to choose the creature that you are planning to sacrifice.
If you have Reaper from the Abyss and Archfiend of Depravity on the battlefield and your opponent's end step and Morbid is active, you can put both abilities on the stack in either order, but you have to choose a target for Reaper from the Abyss. If Reaper's ability resolves first, they will be short that one creature and can choose two others to keep. If you have Archfiend of Depravity's ability resolve first, they'll still have the targeted creature, but can choose it to be one of the creatures sacrificed so that the can keep to others. If on the other hand Morbid is not active by the time it goes to their end step, only Archfiend of Depravity's ability will trigger and even if a creature does die, it will be too late for Reaper from the Abyss to trigger.
Improvise allows you to tap any untapped artifact to reduce the cost of the spell, regardless of whether it has a printed tap ability or not. The tap requirement is only there to prevent multiple spells in a single turn from benefiting from your artifact count, as they do with Affinity.