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Ambition's Cost Discussion
1 day ago
Despise is not really a strong discard spell, I'd rather have Duress, as that usually hits the most dangerous cards. Of course Inquisition of Kozilek and Thoughtseize are better than both. If you want to stay budget, which I assume, why not go for Tidehollow Sculler or Sin Collector? Both are really strong cards, even in competitive Modern.
i'd bring your landcount to 23. Try to get the full playset of Isolated Chapel. Concealed Courtyard and Caves of Koilos are affordable as well. Evolving Wilds is not great and would just be an emergency solution. Either way, you need more dual lands to have reliable mana.
I've seen some decks that run Tainted Remedy as the cornerstone to play cards that grant the opponent life. You don't have enough lifegain cards to make that a viable direction though, it's also much more vulnerable and combo-like.
I see what you are trying to do with Niblis of the Urn, but it is a pretty weak card overall. You should find another alternative for tap-effects, that one is a bit weak. Or just go with more removal, no tapping needed then. Luckily, Black and White have the best removal.
The appeal of Black & White decks comes from Lingering Souls in most cases, which is a pretty insane card. It will drive any Control player mad, as it is a nightmare to destroy with removal. I would highly recommend slamming it in any B/W deck, you almost can't go wrong there. It works well with Cartel Aristocrat, but that would go in a completly different direction I suppose.
Edge of the Divinity is a good, but problematic card. It makes your opponent's removal twice as good, but it offers a cheap and strong boost. I'd say only ever run Auras in Modern if you put it on a Hexproof creature. Even if you'd ignore that for now, this card wants to be played in a highly aggressive deck. Your deck is a bit too slow for that to work out, so I personally wouldn't run it.
I wouldn't focus your deck towards Alms Beast too much. Just use it as a finisher and your top-end card. You should decide which direction your deck should go. Either you go down on creatures, and instead increase removal and hand disruption, maybe add some Mana Tithe and play Orzhov Control with the Beast as your finisher. Or load up on creatures, cut your draw and removal and go aggressive, with creatures low in cost and high in power to go wider. Either way, both varieties would be stronger than what you have now, which is sort of a mix of both and that never really worked out as far as I know.
Good luck with the deck!
4 days ago
I also noticed you're lacking in card draw which usually wins games in EDH: Phyrexian Arena, Sylvan Library, Ambition's Cost/Ancient Craving, Armorcraft Judge/Inspiring Call, Shamanic Revelation/Collective Unconscious, Elemental Bond, Mentor of the Meek, Syphon Mind, Dark Prophecy, Carnage Altar/Phyrexian Vault, Harvester of Souls, Promise of Power, Decree of Pain (so good), Infernal Offering... this would be a decent pool to pick out of. I personally try to run as much draw as possible. IMO, you'd want to run atleast 6 draw cards on a curve. On top of more draw spells, you could also go the Land Tax + Scroll Rack route. It depends on how much ya have to spend on cards :P
6 days ago
Awesome deck dude very sweet! Love me some good Nico Bolas! Just a couple of suggestions though would you consider running Ambition's Cost or Ancient Craving i know they're a little expensive but i find the splash-ability of them to kinda help. Anyways just a thought, Again awesome deck!
1 week ago
Suggestions for your mana base:
Bad Moon, Eternal Thirst, and Lashwrithe are fine cards but your creatures are already so huge, I don't think you need them. I would just add more ramp instead: Ashnod's Altar (also serves as a sacrifice outlet), Caged Sun, and Expedition Map (to find Cabal Coffers).
Suggestions for draw and card advantage:
It seems like a great win condition is the interaction between your Commander and Maralen of the Mornsong so I recommend more tutor and dark spells to get the combo out. Maybe switch out: Cremate, Sanguine Bond, Unholy Hunger, Abyssal Persecutor, Visions of Brutality, and Vile Requiem for Night's Whisper, Dark Petition, Behold the Beyond, Ambition's Cost, Beseech the Queen and Viscera Seer.
Suggestions for removal spells:
Several of your removal spells cost alot of mana. To the Slaughter, Reach of Shadows, In Garruk's Wake, Dregs of Sorrow, and Annihilate could be replaced with Diabolic Edict, Hero's Downfall, Killing Wave, Malicious Affliction, and Grave Pact.
2 weeks ago
RE: souls sisters.. I feel that they really don't impact the game enough to include them, and they don't really further the goal of the deck. They aren't a very good top deck, and the life gain is minimal...
RE: Crusade: I still think the Crusade is worthwhile even with only a few token generators. I understand you lose the counter\ counters, but you're not usually flickering more than 2 creatures a turn- and if you keep flickering a single ticket the other creatures get big... and the Triad can get bigger too...
In general, in looking at your list, I think it needs more card drawing. I don't know how you recover from wipes, or even get to your money cards, or for that matter make land drops consistently. I know the Triad can help offset it some, but the only way you have to draw cards is the Disciple, Hedron Archive, and Read the Bones. You'll be in top deck mode the majority of the game. Someone earlier suggested Phyrexian Arena, which I think is ideal, but if it's not in the budget there are a ton of good black draw spells that are cheap- Moonlight Bargain is .33, Ambition's Cost is .20, or the same effect Ancient Craving .32, Damnable Pact is .37, and even Promise of Power .49. But these will all net you cards for life, but there's plenty of life gain to balance that out.
I would also recommend Solemn Simulacrum. He's a commander staple as ramp with the ETB effect and draws a card as well. Just a good value card.
2 weeks ago
Nice deck! Got a couple ideas for you.. I'm a big fan of Duelist's Heritage over Battle Mastery... Sword of the Animist is great in non green decks especially Voltron style ones... Inspiring Statuary is great with lots of equipment cards... I like effects like Dictate of Heliod over aura pump spells here since you have so many small value creatures, plus a bunch fly. Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx can get crazy in 2 color decks. Also I feel like you could use some big card draw spells. There's so much black card draw out there that uses life loss as a drawback that you could probably some no problem. Skeletal Scrying, Phyrexian Arena, Parting Thoughts, Ambition's Cost, Ancient Craving, Graveborn Muse, Minions' Murmurs, Moonlight Bargain, Necrologia, Promise of Power, and Underworld Connections... That's more than you need, but i would pick a few of them...Alhammarret's Archive is great in life gain but it's better with card draw effects... also Rhox Faithmender & Boon Reflection for more life gain doubling. Happy gathering!
3 weeks ago
Hey tylerjjobrien635, thanks for your comments on my deck, Anafenza Aristocrats. Our decks are surprisingly similar, but I really like what you've got going on here, in fact I've already added a card or two from your list!
I'll give you some of my thoughts on the things that I've run into with my deck:
- In Abzan colors, I sometimes had difficulty keeping cards in my hand, and I've found draw spells like Night's Whisper Ambition's Cost and Ancient Craving to be really helpful.
- For my deck, fast colorless mana often isn't very helpful as I really find myself choking on color more than cost. I included Birds of Paradise and Elvish Mystic, over Sol Ring and Mana Vault.
And here are a few suggestions that I think you might consider:
- I see that you're running Pattern of Rebirth and Karmic Guide but not Boonweaver Giant? If you add the giant, you'll have another infinite combo that also lets you play every creature in your deck at no cost.
- Another card that works fantastically with the Archangel of Thune and Spike Feeder combo is Defense of the Heart.
- Heroic Intervention is a great spell, but just because of the high number of creature recursion effects in this deck, you might consider Selfless Spirit in that slot instead.
- To help get the Kitchen Finks combo going, you could add Safehold Elite which would serve as a second copy of Finks. Also, Juniper Order Ranger gives you even more ways to bolster.
That's all I can think of. Thanks again for your comments on my deck!
3 weeks ago
joshuaizac I have Titania in my Omnath deck, she's a very good card to have, however and maybe later I may consider getting another for this deck. Meren I decided to opt out on because I feel as though she is better as the commander in her own deck rather than in the 99 due to only her benefitting from the experience counter mechanic. I've been considering Killing Wave, and I might as well add it in because it is a neat sacrifice engine.
Rzepkanut I personally have mixed feelings about Manifests due to the RnG nature and not having many draw filters. Whisperwood Elemental is really good against boardwipes, so I may consider at least him since this deck crumbles to boardwipes, plus you can get pseudo-card advantage with the manifestation so I'll put him in the maybeboard. I think mass-resurrection spells would be awesome, but Rise of the Dark Realms has a casting cost of 9, which is really high for this low-to-the-ground deck as far as CMC goes. I'll definitely check out your take on Mazirek when I get the chance to.
JaceTheSwagSculptor I think all your suggestions are great! The problem is acquiring the cards like Eternal Witness (Really want a Contamination too!), but I'll keep them in the maybeboard for now. I also really want Phyrexian Arena for this deck (and others too haha), but I have Ambition's Cost, which is just Ancient Craving with a different name.
Thanks for all the great suggestions (and upvote)!