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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
6 days ago
1 week ago
It's never a true cycling deck with Curator of Mysteries. Other suggestions are Hollow One, Archfiend of Ifnir, and maybe a Regal Caracal, just to hold the line. I love how you use Approach of the Second Sun as a win condition. I made a similar deck, and you can check it out below for more suggestions. Nice deck, keep up the good work, hope my suggestions help!
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1 week ago
harbingerofduh I'll take a look at that, the archfiend seems pretty good! As far as manabond goes, I've done some play testing on here, and it plays pretty alright. I like the fact that your whole hand gets discarded, so you refill back to 7, and also helps fuel Yawgmoth's Will, which is a very large value piece of this deck. However burgeoning also seems good, and since I actually have that now, I'll try it out! Any suggestions for what to take out for Archfiend of Ifnir? Again thanks for the suggestions!
1 week ago
With all this discard focus, you should really take a closer look at the Amonkhet "discard matters" cards, especially Archfiend of Ifnir, which gives you some much-needed board control that won't also kill your own Damia.
I'd also add more land-ramping spells. Ramp is great in Damia decks. They accelerate you to cast Damia sooner, and Damia refills your hand after you've emptied it playing ramp spells. They're also easy discard choices in the late game.
I also have a discard-focused Damia deck. Feel free to check it out if you're looking for new ideas: Damia Discard
1 week ago
Seems like a modern deck (also, its U/B/W instead [I think?]). If you publish it as modern, if you scroll down you will be able to see if it truly is modern legal. Some suggestions: Search for Azcanta Flip can work well with Abandoned Sarcophagus, and can help you dig for answers. Also, consider at least sideboarding God-Pharoah's Gift for the following reason. With God-Pharoah's Gift, you will probably want at least 1 Refurbish. Thus, if you cycle something such as Curator of Mysteries, you can bring it back as a 4/4 token. Finally, a powerful finisher that you dig for (or tutor) can help you create a more solid win condition. Right now, (correct me if I'm wrong), your win condition is to use Archfiend of Ifnir to destroy your opponent's creatures and then use your smaller creatures to attack for lots of damage. However, consider adding 1 or more Torrential Gearhulk, The Scarab God, or an Archangel Avacyn Flip to finish off your weakened opponents. Good_luck_daNoodalz
1 week ago
Lol it will be my pleasure, friend.
So Kess says only during your turns, and also an instant/sorcery. Automatically, that means I wanna move away from tons counterspells and more towards a value-based shell. Instants are still fine, since sometimes you'll need to respond, but you won't be able to flash back a counterspell very often, probably. Looks like you've already anticipated that, though, with some solid top-end value.
I'd prioritize focusing on a) your low-curve, and b) your threats.
For goal a) look at Ponder, Preordain, Anticipate, Minds Aglow, Diabolic Tutor, etc. Maybe some limited non-basic LD like Molten Rain (but not too much bc ppl will h8 u). Mass discard like Delirium Skeins will hurt your opponent more than you, probably. Artifact hate like Shatterstorm or Shattering Spree or Vandalblast will kill opponents' mana rocks. Graveyard hate like Learn from the Past and Commit / Memory. In general, you wanna pick spells that will help you survive into the late game, when Kess will shine. Card draw, cycling, and scry will help smooth your mana, too, and keep your hand/graveyard full of value. Oh, and stuff like Goblin Electromancer, Jace's Sanctum, Arcane Melee, and Curious Homunculus Flip will be good.
Goal b) is up to you. Wanna cast Leviathans like Shipbreaker Kraken or Stormtide Leviathan? Wanna put in tons of cycling-themed finishers like Archfiend of Ifnir, Shadowstorm Vizier, and Drake Haven? Or just go straight value with Melek, Izzet Paragon and Talrand, Sky Summoner? Personally, I'd try to pick a neat theme, since Kess is fairly value-oriented by herself. I would be afraid of making it a "goodstuff" build, because those get boring to me after a couple of rounds.
Great start! Best of luck.
2 weeks ago
It's a fun deck! Still my one in real life is still a work in progress compared to my list (namely in the lands department). It tends to do better in multiplayer matches where people are happy to trade some life for cards to smash each other. Plus with the walls and other instants for help, it becomes more profitable to attack someone else! :D
Namely the way it wins is with wheel effects and things that take advantage of lots of drawing, large hands, and discarding. Archfiend of Ifnir or Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind can be one sided board wipes, The Locust God can summon an army of bugs, hands could be full so Stormbreath Dragon could be dangerous. Nekusar is either damaging them the whole way or getting milled in a roundabout way with all the drawing and discarding.
Feel free to experiment with it! =)