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Archfiend of Ifnir
Creature — Demon
Whenever you cycle or discard another card, put a -1/-1 counter on each creature your opponents control.
Cycling (, Dicard this card: Draw a card.)
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Archfiend of Ifnir Discussion
13 hours ago
gdm1989: Honestly, it's just not worth the 9 mana to me; one copy of Hapatra is enough to go infinite ;)
goldlion: Thank you for the comment! I'm glad the deck seems interesting :D
In answer to your questions: Cryptolith Rite is one of the many cards on the maybeboard at the moment...I own a foil copy, and I know it would be fantastic in the deck, but I'm not sure what to cut for it...Any ideas? ;)
Pitiless Plunderer is an interesting thought, I hadn't considered that previously. I'll think on it! Black Market is probably too slow, I'm afraid, and honestly this deck doesn't have many good mana sinks for it (very low CMC curve overall, since I have ways to cheat in high-cost things like Craterhoof). Archfiend of Ifnir has proven to be pretty good, albeit somewhat conditional. Luckily, I can cycle him away if I don't have Survival of the Fittest or Generous Patron, so he never hangs out in my hand being useless. Thanks for your thoughts!
OptimalGreen: Full disclosure - while Exotic Orchard IS a good card, and fantastic-looking in foil, I accidentally forgot to order my fourth fetch. It's on its way now >.< and Ifnir Deadlands is...so-so, in my testing so far. The issue is that many times I want a basic Swamp for Earthcraft, and the 5 mana to get the 2 counters is pretty rough. Though, to be fair, I do like the cute synergy with Scavenger Grounds :3
2 days ago
Pretty good for your first go! Here are some cards that can be considered that aren't too expensive!
- Mystic Remora
- Mission Briefing
- Insidious Dreams
- Thought Vessel
- Bonus Round
- Whirlpool Warrior
- Notion Thief
- Baral, Chief of Compliance
- Commit / Memory
- Day's Undoing
- Time Reversal
- Mystical Tutor
Cards I would recommend cutting:
- Archfiend of Depravity
- Archfiend of Ifnir
- Dragon Mage
- Jushi Apprentice
- Nightscape Familiar
- Nin, the Pain Artist
- Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind
- Nivix Guildmage
- Fated Return
- Diabolic Revelation
- Venser's Journal
Hope that helps!
1 week ago
Sorry for the delay Daedalus19876, I had written this last night but didn't click post.
Oh man, the mechanics in here are ridiculous. The infinite combos you listed look pretty fun to sequence out and it seems like there'd always be things for you to do. Wild.
I was wondering about Cryptolith Rite as a good addition for mana ramping, but I see it was already recommended. Why not?
Maybe Pitiless Plunderer with all the dying?
Black Market—the Growing Rites of Itlimoc Flip for —could be huge, especially it's when ANY creature dies... though perhaps it's to high a mana cost judging by the curve you're currently running; it looks like your in a pretty fast metta. I've got it in a Ghave deck and it's nuts.
I've got Archfiend of Ifnir in a madness/discard strategy I'm working on and he's a keystone power card in there with all my discards and cycling each turn. The combo with Generous Patron is fantastic. Unfortunately the madness deck is; are there other scenarios you really find him performing big in this deck?
1 week ago
smashadams83: Due to the updated wording on Necropotence (notably not printed on my copy), you still discard the cards and they get exiled from your GY. This means that discarding extra cards with Necro DOES trigger Archfiend of Ifnir, though you won’t be able to reanimate those cards at sorcery speed (so no Victimize or Reanimate, but you CAN get them back with Atzal, Cave of Eternity).
1 week ago
Daedalus19876 - necropotence is a non-bo with Survival of the Fittest and the Archfiend of Ifnir since you’ll be exiling cards you discard, but it could be explosive. I chose not to run it since I’m running alot of discard effects to trigger archfiend. Maybe it can work for you though
3 weeks ago
Wow, Expropriate is wild! That'd go nicely in my Lazav, Dimir Mastermind deck. Definitely expensive though. I might prefer Insurrection in your deck, for the fact it needs creativity to permanently steal their creatures (I like that challenge) - but they are both nuts in there. I see what you mean about Razaketh, the Foulblooded, and the lag to play one of those other two after you search for them...
...If that's the win-con package, maybe some passive ramping could help? A couple examples of what I mean would be Pitiless Plunderer and Black Market. I run both those in my Ghave, Guru of Spores to great effect. A Ruthless Knave, rather than the plunderer, offers a sac engine while creating two treasure tokens. Not efficient enough for this deck I think, but more for inspiration :). He offers a mana sink if you find yourself with extra mana in the first 5-6 turns and helps you position yourself for 1 big turn.
Maybe, after playing this version a bit, swapping your high cmc for Grave Betrayal and some one sided board wipes like Plague Wind could be an interesting take to try out?
I put an Unspeakable Symbol in mine as well. Seems like it was made for her, taking your life below your opponents while putting on the counters. I dream of having it out in this "Steal Yo Gurl!" style, with a Champion of Stray Souls on the battlefield. If the sequencing and mana could work... Value town.
In regards to the version I'm working on: We have a lower level player in our playgroup who doesn't quite have the cards or the know-how for stronger deck building. I wanted to make something less powerful than Kresh and Ghave, for playing him while still enjoying myself. Madness is a really fun mechanic I'm building around with a lot of trigger opportunities through the draw, discard to cast, and different recursion. Such great value, just not the power. Madness fits naturally with the Innistrad vampires that get +1/+1 counters for dealing damage. Great synergy with Marchesa and it's letting me play interesting cards, including some sweet old commons, that I probably wouldn't play otherwise (ex: Bog Witch). Cards like Archfiend of Ifnir and Squee, Goblin Nabob become elite. I'll let you know when a version is online.
3 weeks ago
Here are a few cards I think you could consider for this deck Liliana's Mastery, Unclaimed Territory, Army of the Damned, From Under the Floorboards, Archfiend of Ifnir, Shadow of the Grave, Cryptbreaker, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, and Commit / Memory.
1 month ago
Thank you for introducing me to that, I will definitely consider it when reshaping my decks. As for removal, I decided to rely upon combat deterrents and board wipes to protect myself. Kagemaro, First to Suffer and Archfiend of Ifnir can be used at instant speed but are conditional, although I think this is enough given my card draw. I have decided to categorize cards in the description to help me and others see how the deck is laid out.