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Alms of the Vein
Target opponent loses 3 life and you gain 3 life.
Madness (If you discard this card, you may cast it for its madness cost instead of putting it into your graveyard.)
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Alms of the Vein Discussion
1 day ago
First thing I would do is probably at least cut two of the Faith of the Devoted because you only need one out for Amaizing value, and as far as winning the game or doing damage there are better options if you keep ending up hellbent, a great one being Bloodhall Priest, it can end up still pinging for two once a turn, and although you lose the life gain you have a 4/4 body out and can target creatures. If you play it right, especially using Ye power if key to the city you can slam it on urn three, then get hellbent in turn four.
As far as consistent discarding goes, I think you will find that Olivia, Mobilized for War will easily fix this and add tons of pressure on the board. I would've at least run one and take out the one copy of Lightning Axe. I find two Lightning Axe and four copies of Fiery Temper is the right amount of burn facing most decks.
2 days ago
Bomat Courier generally dies real easy and becomes useless towards the late game, so I would neglect to run a play set of them. Also Flameblade Adept as a card is a little underwhelming I don't think it is any better than 1 drops like Dread Wanderer.
Amaizing cards in these types of decks would be Olivia, Mobilized for War and Bloodhall Priest. Olivia, Mobilized for War has synergy with every other creature and Fiery Temper, and Bloodhall Priest can shoot down small blockers they have or just get that extra two damage to their face to finish them off.
Im also not a fan of Alms of the Vein. it just doesn't do as much as some of the other madness cards like Stromkirk Occultist which gets around the problem where heckbent decks generally run out of cards to play.
Key to the City also seems pretty useless to me, in control matchups there wont really be any creatures to get around, and in agro matchups good removal like Fatal Push or Magma Spray (If you need to stay with a low budget) can effectively make your creatures almost impossible to block and reduces the counter attack your opponent will have.
You also don't have a sidebored which can easily lose you games at Friday Night Magic. Your worst matchups are probably going to be any Zombie or marvel deck. A few sidebord cards can fix you up against these two types of decks though. In my black-red agro deck I run a play set of Magma Spray in the side, because it deals with Scrapheap Scrounger, Dread Wanderer, Cryptbreaker, and significantly reduces the power of Diregraf Colossus. I also would run at least three Release the Gremlins because it is your only real good answer to Aetherworks Marvel. The last real card you absolutly need in your Sidebord is Transgress the Mind, because its just good against control decks that like to hold onto big scary gearhulks. the rest of your sidebord you can play around with.
Overall great deck for only being sixty dollars, you have some great stuff going for you. You seem like a fun magic player. :)
1 week ago
Hey friend! First small suggestion: it's generally more helpful to see card types first, so I'd suggest making your default order by type (looks like you have it by set).
Next, I'd highly recommend cutting the cards in your deck to 60. The reason for this is that it makes you more likely to draw your best cards (a max of 4/60 chance rather than 4/71). Usually, 24 lands and 36 non-lands is a good ratio (you have 23, which means you really need to cut spells or otherwise you'll never draw enough lands). In order to get there, I'd initially cut out every card that doesn't achieve your stated goal of -1/-1 counters. It appears that Archfiend of Ifnir is crucial to your strategy, so I'd also keep everything with cycling at first. Sadly, that means Landfall and your Allies will have to go -- maybe you can build a second deck focused on them, but decks succeed the most when they are tightly focused on a single mechanic. Also, cards that have only been printed in Conspiracy (like Capital Punishment and Pyrokinesis) are illegal in Modern, so put them in your EDH/Commander deck instead.
Then, strategically add extra copies of the cards you've already got that oil your deck's engines. Archfiend of Ifnir is so important to your strategy that you'll want 3-4, for example. So is Liliana's Influence. However, you will still likely be below 60 cards if you really did cut everything extraneous, so now you get to the fun part where you get to add cards.
Prioritize adding cards that support -1/-1 counters and discarding. I'd put it 4 Tormenting Voice, as well as Fiery Temper, Alms of the Vein, Hazoret the Fervent, Ruthless Sniper, and anything with the Wither keyword (use the advanced card search on T/O to find those!). Cycling, as I've noted, also synergizes really well with what you've got so far.
I hope this helps prep you for a tourney! Of course, the best advice I can give is to play lots of games, and pursue improvement! Best of luck, and mention me (same way you mention a card, by putting my username in double square brackets) if I can do anything else to help! Cheers.
1 week ago
Hey friend. I've got a deck very similar to this one, and I can't recommend Alms of the Vein highly enough. 6 life swing is nothing to sneeze at. I'd also recommend Tormenting Voice in the SB if you find yourself needing fuel (like if your opponent boardwipes).
1 week ago
Splashing B really increases your available card pool. Cut / Ribbons and Bone Picker are both very good in a burn/tempo deck. You also get to run Alms of the Vein which is another huge burn spell for B and helps against aggro. Incendiary Flow is good. Collective Defiance is removal, burn, and a madness enabler/hand reset. I would also recommend against running more than 2 Bedlam Reveler since they are awful in multiples and can be hard to cast if you say, draw 2 of them and not enough spells. 15 creatures is too many to have Reveler be consistent. Thermo-Alchemist is insane in a burn deck.
-Add B, since it improves the deck whether you're going aggro or burn. It doesn't have to be a big splash, but a lot of good aggro creatures are black (Scrapheap Scrounger and Dread Wanderer), and you get good removal (Unlicensed Disintegration alongside Scrounger or Fatal Push) and sideboard options (Lay Bare the Heart is big right now).
-Decide whether you want to play creature aggro or burn. Bedlam Reveler doesn't really go in the creature version. Bomat Courier, Dread Wanderer, and Scrapheap Scrounger are pretty well set in the aggro version, along with 1-2 Glorybringer and/or 2-3 Hazoret the Fervent as top-end. The 2 and 3 drops are less set; I've seen Forerunner of Slaughter, Pia Nalaar and Weldfast Engineer, or Bloodrage Brawler if you're doing madness. You can also go a stronger artifact theme with Inventor's Apprentice if you have any Heart of Kiran. For the burn version, you want to cut most of the creatures except for 1-2 Bedlam Reveler and 4 Thermo-Alchemist. Bone Picker and Glorybringer also fit if preferred, but ideally the creature count is 8 or less. Goblin Dark-Dwellers is also pretty good if you tailor your spells so it can cast most of them. For spells, 4 Alms of the Vein and 4 Fiery Temper, 3-4 Lightning Axe, 2-3 Collective Defiance, 2 Cut / Ribbons, and either a 2-4 or a 3-3 split between Tormenting Voice and Cathartic Reunion, keeping in mind that Reunion is stronger, but harder to cast in general and much worse against control (since they can counter after you pay the discard cost - sweet 3 for 1). Incendiary Flow is a good card if you want another versatile early burn spell. You also need some number of sweepers. I prefer 2-damage sweepers here like Kozilek's Return or Flaying Tendrils since 3-damage sweepers take out Thermo-Alchemist, even though Sweltering Suns is pretty cool. Chandra, Torch of Defiance is pretty perfect in burn if you have it. You can also go a neat energy variant that runs Harnessed Lightning for removal, Aether Hubs, and 4 Gonti's Machinations. This gives you more survivability against aggro and another 1-cmc 3 damage effect. Not sure how inserting the energy subtheme affects the card totals.
-I don't think you want more than one Insult / Injury, if any. Injury is pretty expensive at 3 mana considering it does nothing without either another burn spell to follow up (hard to do before turn 5-6) or creatures on the field. The card doesn't seem great in aggro either since it's mostly just discard fodder. Injury is expensive for a sorcery burn spell.
-Soul-Scar Mage is fun, but doesn't really go in burn since he encourages you to burn creatures rather than your opponent. I feel like it might make sense as a sideboard card against big creature decks if you plan to try removing their creatures, but it's usually just better to have a fast burn clock against midrange.
This is mostly academic. The best burn deck in standard right now is U/R, but you basically need 4 Torrential Gearhulk (expensive!) and the deck is incredibly soft to Dispossess. You can also always make a U/R or Temur Turbo-Drake deck that just cycles and dumps most of your deck into the grave while casting fogs until you stick an Enigma Drake and Fling it at your opponent's face. The ability to do 50+ damage in a turn is pretty foul.
1 week ago
@ Eilel The reason I like Incendiary Flow is because it gives me the choice of hitting a creature or hitting the player, and I really like having that choice. However I am definitely going to try the Alms of the Vein since the madness cost makes it instant and I could do it at the end of their turn which is also pretty invaluable. But it doens't work with Insult like Incendiary Flow does. So there is things to consider for though.
1 week ago
Yeah, Kari Zev is good. Here are some random suggestions:
If you're willing to take out your least aggressive artifacts, I'd suggest a little more Madness in there (as it is, you've barely got anything to trigger Fiery Temper), with Alms of the Vein, Bloodrage Brawler, Heir of Falkenrath Flip, Incorrigible Youths. With Invigorated Rampage for Built to Smash, it should actually be a bit of an acceleration for your deck. I also think Dread Wanderer is superior to Inventor's Apprentice for a 1-drop slot.
Hope that helps! I have a bit of experience with RB discard aggro, so let me know what else I can do!